Hope's career in broadcasting began on radio in 1934. His first regular series for NBC Radio was the Woodbury Soap Hour in 1937, a 26-week contract. A year later, The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope began, and Hope signed a ten-year contract with the show's sponsor, Lever Brothers. Hope hired eight writers and paid them out of his salary of $2,500 a week. The original staff included Mel Shavelson, Norman Panama, Jack Rose, Sherwood Schwartz, and Schwartz's brother Al. The writing staff eventually grew to fifteen. The show became the top radio program in the country. Regulars on the series included Jerry Colonna and Barbara Jo Allen as spinster Vera Vague.
Hope continued his lucrative career in radio through to the 1950s, when radio's popularity was overshadowed by television.
She played Sarah O'Brien in Rose of My Dreams, Mary Aldrich in The Aldrich Family (a role she also played on the television version of the program. On November 11, 1944, Bauer made her 2,000th radio broadcast when she appeared on Grand Central Station.
Her most memorable TV role was as the soap opera Guiding Light. She died of complications from diabetes Feb. 28 1985 at age 62.
➦In 1957... Elvis Presley received his US Army draft notice he applied for a 60-day deferment, which he was granted so he could finish filming a movie.
➦In 1971...Talk show host Larry King was arrested in Miamifor allegedly taking money from a business partner. Larry eventually pleaded guilty to passing a bad check, and the scandal kept him out of radio for three years.
He had been a regular on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, Match Game PM, and just about every TV talk show. His career started in radio, notably with WHAS-AM in Louisville. He was a staff announcer, and his deep baritone voice was also well-suited for singing.
Brooks gained fame for his reporting of the Ohio River flood of 1937, where he was featured on emergency broadcasts by WHAS and also WSM-AM from Nashville, Tennessee. In 1952, Brooks appeared on local TV in a short-lived spoof of Gene Autry and his "Singing Cowboys". He later worked in local broadcasting as a radio and TV personality in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, before moving to the West Coast to launch a career as a stand-up comic and character actor.
➦In 2014…Longtime Nashville radio and television personality Teddy Bart died at age 78.
"It was like Johnny Carson asking you to be on his show," said David Ewing, a lawyer and Nashville historian who was on "Round Table" several times. Local politicians and business leaders tuned into the show, and guests would often have messages waiting for them when they got back to work after an appearance, Ewing said.
Bart's legacy in Nashville loomed large in the broadcast community even after he retired, and he was inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame in May 2014.
Actor Tommy Cole (“The Mickey Mouse Club”) is 79.
Jojo is 30
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- Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is 75.
- Musician Alan Parsons is 72.
- Actor Jenny Agutter (“Call the Midwife”) is 68.
- Actor Michael Badalucco (“The Practice”) is 66.
- Actor Blanche Baker (“Shakedown,” ″Holocaust”) is 64.
- Singer Billy Bragg is 63.
- Singer-bassist Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is 63.
- Actor Joel Gretsch (“V″) is 56.
- Country singer Kris Tyler is 56.
- Singer Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes is 54.
- Actor Nicole deBoer (“The Dead Zone”) is 50.
- Singer David Cook (“American Idol”) is 38.
- Actor Jonah Hill is 37.
- Actor Bob Morley (“The 100”) is 36.
- Singer JoJo is 30.