Speaking of Radio

Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden


Gale Gordon

Recorded May 13th, 1990 - 71 min

By phone from his home in California, this versatile radio and television actor was a guest on our Radio Classics program on WBBM, Chicago, as we talked about his career and played excerpts from many of his radio appearances including My Favorite Husband and Burns and Allen. He was born February 20, 1906 and was 84 at the time of this conversation. He died June 30, 1995 at age 89. Gale Gordon was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.

Fibber McGee and Molly - 11/18/41 - Mayor LaTrivia won't leave!

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Gale Gordon as Mayor LaTrivia in this Fibber McGee and Molly broadcast from November 18th, 1941.


  1. Brian says... comment left on April 30, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Fantastic interview with a great, great actor.

    I found this link on the Lucy Lounge message board — there is a whole section of the board dedicated to all of the main actors who worked with Lucy on all of her series, including Gale Gordon.

    Many thanks to those who did these great interviews on this website — glad to know that there are those who have some sense of history as well as those who made it and took the effort to give credit to those people, to the benefit of all of us here online, around the world.

    Melbourne, Australia.

  2. Ed Smith says... comment left on October 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    What a versatile actor Gordon was. I enjoyed being entertained by him on many radio and television programs. One of my favorite was the arguments between him and Fibber McGee.

  3. Georgi Mihailov says... comment left on October 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Mr. Gordon was truly one of the most talented on radio, stage and television. His bombastic voice was masterfully used for short-tempered characters like Osgood Conklin, Mr. Atterbury and Mr. Wilson. In spite of this, my favorite role will always be John Granby on the short-lived radio comedy ”Granby’s Green Acress”. It was really joy to listen to Gale Gordon as the star of a show. It’s a pity that he never actively ventured into the fascinating word of cartoon voice-over work. Then again, he gave such lasting contributions to American entertainment. Thank you, Mr. Gordon.