We the People

We the People began its radio life as a sketch on a 1936 Rudy Vallee Hour program. It was so popular that CBS made it a series in its own right beginning on October 4, 1936. It remained on the air until January 25, 1951. It is considered a “human interest” show, with ordinary people telling their own stories. Hollywood stars, sports figures and other famous people also appeared regularly on the show.

Jimmy Stewart has been documented to have appeared on the program of June 24, 1947. Newspaper clippings from the Asbury Park Press, Asbury Park, NJ, and the New York Times, both show Stewart as a guest that evening.

Larger, display ads were also run in some papers, but these didn’t mention Stewart. This one is from the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY.

Phillips H. Lord created the show and was its first host. By 1947, the regulars consisted of Milo Boulton (host), Dan Seymour (commercial spokesman), Tom Hanlon (Hollywood announcer) and Oscar Bradley and His Orchestra. The show was sponsored by Gulf Oil. On the East coast, the program was heard from 9-9:30 p.m.

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