The Dinah Shore Show was a title applied—in some cases specifically and in other cases generically—to several radio musical programs in the United States, some of which had other distinct titles as indicated below. Singer Dinah Shore starred (or in some cases co-starred) in the programs, some of which were broadcast on the Blue Network, while others were on CBS or NBC.
|Other names||Songs by Dinah Shore|
In Person, Dinah Shore
The Bird's Eye Open House
The Ford Show
Call for Music
|Country of origin||United States|
|Home station||KNX (The Bird's Eye Open House)|
|TV adaptations||The Dinah Shore Show (simulcast)|
|Announcer||Harry von Zell|
|Written by||Ben Brady|
|Produced by||William L. Lawrence|
|Original release||August 6, 1939– July 1, 1955|
|Sponsored by||Bristol Myers (August 6, 1939-April 23, 1943)|
Birds Eye frozen foods (September 30, 1943-May 30, 1946)
Ford Motor Company (September 18, 1946-June 11, 1947)
Philip Morris(February 13-June 29, 1948)
Chevrolet Dealers (1953-July 1, 1955)
All of the programs featured vocal music by Shore. Comedy and musical performances by other people were often included.
Shore's first radio program began on August 6, 1939, on the Blue Network. The 15-minute program was broadcast on Sunday evenings, with Paul Lavalle leading the orchestra. That series ended on January 14, 1940. A similar Friday-night program began on the same network on June 14, 1940, with Irving Miller in charge of the music. It ended on September 27, 1940.
On November 2, 1941, Shore began a 15-minute program on NBC-Blue, sponsored by Bristol Myers. Shore continued to sing on Eddie Cantor's weekly program, which had the same sponsor. Gordon Jenkins was the program's music director. Harry von Zell was the announcer and a foil for comedy segments. The program ended on April 26, 1942.
Originating in Hollywood, this 15-minute program ran from May 1, 1942, to April 23, 1943 on the Blue Network. Truman Bradley was the announcer, and Gordon Jenkins was in charge of the music. William L. Lawrence was the producer. The sponsor was Bristol-Myers.
Beginning September 30, 1943, Shore starred in The Bird's Eye Open House on CBS. Originating in Hollywood on station KNX, the half-hour show was the first network radio program sponsored by that frozen food brand. Each weekly episode included comedy segments featuring Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young and performances from the Joseph Lilley Singers. The music director was Robert Emmett Dolan. Harry von Zell was the announcer.
Sponsored by Philip Morris cigarettes, Call for Music replaced It Pays to Be Ignorant on CBS on February 13, 1948. Johnny Mercer and Harry James co-starred with Shore. The program switched to NBC on April 20, 1948. A story in the trade publication Broadcasting noted, "The show's format was composed and designed to catch the audience of 18 to 25 years old." John Holbrook and Jack Rourke were the announcers.