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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WHEN RADIO WAS KING and THE KING LIVED IN ENCINO

DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY    2011

At one time radio was the most popular entertainment medium in America. And the "king" of daytime radio was the variety show host of Breakfast In Hollywood, Encino's Tom Breneman.  Tom's show, originally aired on KFWB began broadcasting in January of 1941, cheered up America during the years of WW II and lasted until 1948. The characters on his show were as well known as situation comedy tv stars are today.

Tom Breneman and his oldest guest, Miss Sarah Van Dyke of Sacramento, California - vintage postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2011.  (click on image to enlarge)

Polio was the scurge of America in the 1940s. Here Mischa Auer and Tom Breneman celebrate over
$ 523,000 contributed to the March of Dimes through the radio show Breakfast in Hollywood. vintage postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2011.  (click on image to enlarge)

Tom Breneman and his pal Uncle Corny - vintage postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2011.  (click on image to enlarge)

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