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TWTD Archive – February 24, 1996

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Originally broadcast on WNIB
Saturday, February 24, 1996

NOTE: This month we feature a sequence of related and mostly consecutive Benny programs dealing with the famous “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Because…” contest.

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-20-46) Since the last show, Jack was appointed Honorary Mayor of Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga! This week, the cast continues their version of “State Fair.” A telegram from Fred Allen –the supreme judge of the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest – says the winners will be announced next week.

DENNIS DAY SHOW (10-3-46) Special guests are Don Wilson and Jack Benny who give Dennis a send-off on the first program in his new show. This is a “preview” of the series telling how the program (to be called “A Day in the Life of Dennis Day” came about. Jack dreams of the future – when Dennis is a star and he is an unknown!

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-27-46) Jack must give away $10,000 to the winners of the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest. Fred Allen, in New York, announces the first prize winner and Jack names many other winners.

JACK BENNY FIDDLES WITH THE CLASSICS (1978) An entertaining, humorous introduction to the world of classical music for young (and older) listeners, in which the noted comedian – and sometimes violinist – recalls his early, fun-filled adventures as a child “prodigy.” Jack is ably assisted by Isaac Stern, Mary Livingstone and Mel Blanc. From an out-of-print Capitol Records album.

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-3-46) Jack takes Mary to a concert starring guest Isaac Stern, one of the world’s greatest violinists. They meet Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Colman at the Philharmonic Auditorium. Later, Ronald Colman reads the first prize letter in the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest.