Speaking of Radio

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


Frank Nelson

Recorded February 18th, 1975 - 28 min

Jack Benny’s famous “ye-e-esss” man, the floorwalker, the ticket agent, Benny’s nemesis on radio and television.  He worked through the radio days as announcer, narrator or actor on hundreds of broadcasts.  He was born May 6, 1911 and was 63 at the time of our conversation in his very comfortable California home with a fabulous view of Hollywood.  He died September 12, 1986 at age 75.

Jack Benny Program - 12/12/37 - Christmas Shopping

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Frank Nelson play the part of two floorwalkers on the Jack Benny Program, December 12, 1937.


  1. Kevin Henry says... comment left on October 31, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I enjoyed that. I met Frank briefly in 1978. Charming man.

  2. CJ deVroeg says... comment left on November 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Wow. You know, after ONLY hearing their voice characterizations for years, it is such a unique treasure to actually hear these gifted artists in their own speaking voices. If I heard this guy just talk in his normal dialect like recorded here, I would never in a million years guess this was Frank Nelson. For example, Mel Blanc’s speaking voice is more or less the same nasally twang / dialect – but this guy…. What an act he had… Thanks, Chuck, for having the foresight years ago to record these unique treasures – to remind many years later the generations that still care about knowing about these people – how truly talented they were (and what seemingly nice people to boot!)…. Cheers! and thanks for your generosity.