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Are you an old time radio expert or a nostalgia newbie?
Let's find out with these twenty general knowledge questions ranging from the simple to the sublime.
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following cowboy sidekicks is Wild Bill Hickok's Deputy?

    • A.

      Chester Proudfoot

    • B.

      California Carlson

    • C.

      Tonto

    • D.

      Pancho

    • E.

      Jingles

    Correct Answer
    E. Jingles
    Explanation
    Jingles is the correct answer because he is known as Wild Bill Hickok's Deputy. He served as Hickok's loyal sidekick and deputy, assisting him in his adventures and helping maintain law and order in the Wild West.

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  • 2. 

    In which year was the first radio news broadcast made?

    • A.

      1920

    • B.

      1905

    • C.

      1910

    • D.

      1915

    • E.

      1925

    Correct Answer
    A. 1920
    Explanation
    The first radio news program was broadcast on August 31, 1920 on the station 8MK in Detroit, Michigan; owned by The Detroit News, the station covered local election results. This was followed in 1920 with the first commercial radio station in the United States, KDKA, being established in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Source: Wikipedia)

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  • 3. 

    Which Big Band leader also played on the Burns and Allen Radio Show?

    • A.

      Charlie Barnet

    • B.

      Benny Goodman

    • C.

      Ken Carpenter

    • D.

      Artie Shaw

    • E.

      Count Basie

    • F.

      Duke Ellington

    Correct Answer
    D. Artie Shaw
    Explanation
    Artie Shaw is the correct answer because he was not only a renowned big band leader, but he also played on the Burns and Allen Radio Show. This means that he had a dual role in the entertainment industry, showcasing his musical talent as well as his ability to perform on radio shows.

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  • 4. 

    Which female actress in the movie, Gone With The Wind, later on played Mary Livingstons Maid on The Jack Benny Show?

    • A.

      Butterfly McQueen

    • B.

      Portland Hoffa

    Correct Answer
    A. Butterfly McQueen
    Explanation
    Butterfly McQueen is the correct answer because she played the role of Prissy, a maid, in the movie Gone With The Wind. Later on, she went on to play Mary Livingstons Maid on The Jack Benny Show.

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  • 5. 

    In the series 21st Precinct, long time star Cpt. Canelli was replaced on his promotion by Cpt. Cronin played by an actor who made a mark in TV in the same sort of role. Who was it?

    • A.

      James Gregory - Inspector Luger on 'Barney Miller'

    • B.

      Ray Collins - Lt. Tragg on 'Perry Mason'

    • C.

      Broderick Crawford - Chief Dan MAthews on "Highway Patrol"

    • D.

      Lee Marvin - Lt. Frank Ballinger on 'M Squad'

    Correct Answer
    A. James Gregory - Inspector Luger on 'Barney Miller'
    Explanation
    The correct answer is James Gregory, who played Inspector Luger on 'Barney Miller'. The question asks about the actor who replaced Cpt. Canelli on his promotion in the series 21st Precinct. James Gregory, known for his role as Inspector Luger on 'Barney Miller', fits the description of an actor who made a mark in TV in the same sort of role. Therefore, James Gregory is the correct answer.

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  • 6. 

    Who played the part of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke?

    • A.

      William Conrad

    • B.

      Parley Baer

    • C.

      Howard McNear

    • D.

      Harry Bartell

    • E.

      Barney Phillips

    Correct Answer
    A. William Conrad
    Explanation
    William Conrad played the part of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke.

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  • 7. 

    On which radio network was the Mercury Theatre on the Air classic War of the Worlds first broadcast?

    • A.

      CBS

    • B.

      NBC

    • C.

      Mutual

    • D.

      ABC

    Correct Answer
    A. CBS
    Explanation
    The correct answer is CBS. The Mercury Theatre on the Air classic "War of the Worlds" was first broadcast on CBS. CBS, also known as the Columbia Broadcasting System, was one of the major radio networks in the United States during the 1930s. The show, directed and narrated by Orson Welles, caused a significant panic among listeners who mistook the fictional news bulletin for a real alien invasion. The broadcast on CBS on October 30, 1938, remains one of the most famous and controversial moments in radio history.

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  • 8. 

    Where was the setting for Father Knows Best?

    • A.

      Alaska

    • B.

      California

    • C.

      Deep South

    • D.

      Midwest

    • E.

      Mexico

    Correct Answer
    D. Midwest
    Explanation
    Father Knows Best is a popular American television sitcom that aired during the 1950s and 1960s. The show depicted the lives of the Anderson family, who lived in the fictional town of Springfield. The setting of the show was in the Midwest, which is evident in the portrayal of a typical suburban American family and the values and traditions associated with that region during that time period.

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  • 9. 

    In the early radio episodes of Dragnet, Chief of Detectives Ed Backstran was played by someone who later had great success as a TV actor. Who was it?

    • A.

      Raymond Burr - TV's Perry Mason

    • B.

      Chuck Connors - TV's the Rifleman

    • C.

      James Arness - TV's Matt Dillon

    • D.

      Peter Falk - TV's Colombo

    Correct Answer
    A. Raymond Burr - TV's Perry Mason
    Explanation
    In the early radio episodes of Dragnet, the character of Chief of Detectives Ed Backstran was portrayed by Raymond Burr, who later achieved great success as TV's Perry Mason.

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  • 10. 

    On Fibber McGee and Molly, what was the real name of Teeny the little girl who lived next door?

    • A.

      Molly

    • B.

      Alice

    • C.

      Elizabeth

    • D.

      Beulah

    • E.

      Fibber

    Correct Answer
    C. Elizabeth
    Explanation
    Teeny, the little girl who lived next door on Fibber McGee and Molly, was actually named Elizabeth.

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  • 11. 

    What are the names of the husband and wife on The Couple Next Door?

    • A.

      Ethel & Albert

    • B.

      Betty & Bill

    • C.

      They have no names, they call each other Dear

    • D.

      Millie and Dick

    Correct Answer
    C. They have no names, they call each other Dear
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "They have no names, they call each other Dear." This means that the husband and wife on The Couple Next Door do not have specific names and instead refer to each other as "Dear."

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  • 12. 

    Which old time radio cowboy had a horse named Trigger?

    • A.

      Roy Rogers

    • B.

      Lone Ranger

    • C.

      Tonto

    • D.

      Hopalong Cassidy

    • E.

      Wild Bill Hickok

    Correct Answer
    A. Roy Rogers
    Explanation
    Roy Rogers is the correct answer because he was a famous old time radio cowboy who had a horse named Trigger. Roy Rogers was known for his singing and acting in Western films and television shows, and he became a popular figure in American pop culture during the 1940s and 1950s. His horse, Trigger, was also well-known and appeared alongside him in many of his films and television appearances.

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  • 13. 

    What was the name of Cisco Kid's horse?

    • A.

      Diablo

    • B.

      Silver

    • C.

      Champion

    • D.

      Trigger

    • E.

      Scout

    • F.

      Topper

    Correct Answer
    A. Diablo
    Explanation
    Diablo is the correct answer because it was the name of Cisco Kid's horse.

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  • 14. 

    How many episodes of The Adventures of Sam Spade were broadcast between 1946 and 1951?

    • A.

      51

    • B.

      81

    • C.

      131

    • D.

      221

    • E.

      301

    Correct Answer
    D. 221
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 221. This suggests that there were a total of 221 episodes of The Adventures of Sam Spade that were broadcast between 1946 and 1951.

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  • 15. 

    What was Lauren Bacall's real name?

    • A.

      Betty Joan Perske

    • B.

      Lauren Perske

    • C.

      Laura Bacall

    • D.

      Betty Bacall

    Correct Answer
    A. Betty Joan Perske
    Explanation
    Lauren Bacall's real name was Betty Joan Perske.

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  • 16. 

    In the Great Gildersleeve, who wasn't a Jolly Boy?

    • A.

      Nephew Leroy

    • B.

      Mr. Peavy the Druggist

    • C.

      Floyd the Barber

    • D.

      Judge Hooker

    • E.

      The Summerfield Police Chief

    Correct Answer
    A. Nephew Leroy
    Explanation
    In the Great Gildersleeve, all the characters mentioned - Mr. Peavy the Druggist, Floyd the Barber, Judge Hooker, and the Summerfield Police Chief - were part of the Jolly Boys club. However, Nephew Leroy was not a member of the Jolly Boys.

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  • 17. 

    In Bold Venture, the Bogarts, Humphrey and Lauren, were based in a resort hotel in:

    • A.

      Havana

    • B.

      Martinique

    • C.

      Key West

    • D.

      Bermuda

    Correct Answer
    A. Havana
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Havana. In the radio show "Bold Venture," Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall played the characters of Slate Shannon and Sailor Duval, who owned a hotel and charter boat business in Havana, Cuba. The show followed their adventures in the vibrant and exotic city, making Havana the correct answer.

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  • 18. 

    Dragnet star Jack Webb named his first child after a frequent radio guest star. Who was it?

    • A.

      Stacy Harris

    • B.

      Harry Bartell

    • C.

      Martin Milner

    • D.

      Vic Perrin

    Correct Answer
    A. Stacy Harris
    Explanation
    Jack Webb named his first child after Stacy Harris, a frequent radio guest star.

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  • 19. 

    Dennis Day, from the Jack Benny show, was married to the sister of which actress?

    • A.

      Ann Blyth

    • B.

      Loretta Young

    • C.

      Linda Darnell

    • D.

      Ann Margaret

    Correct Answer
    A. Ann Blyth
    Explanation
    Dennis Day, from the Jack Benny show, was married to Ann Blyth, who is an actress.

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  • 20. 

    Fill in the blank for this famous old time radio series. You Bet Your _____

    Correct Answer
    Life
    Explanation
    The famous old time radio series is called "You Bet Your Life." The phrase "You Bet Your Life" is a common expression meaning that something is certain or guaranteed. The show was a quiz show hosted by Groucho Marx, where contestants would answer questions for the chance to win money. The answer "Life" fits perfectly in the blank and is the correct answer for the question.

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