Lynch with Alan Bunce as Ethel and Albert, 1954.
|Born||Margaret Frances Lynch
November 25, 1916
Margaret Frances “Peg” Lynch, born November 25, 1916, in Lincoln, Nebraska, is the creator of the radio and television program Ethel and Albert.
At the age of two, her family moved to Kasson, Minnesota. In 1937, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English. She got a job as a copy editor in Minnesota. Every week she wrote commercials, a daily half-hour woman's show, a weekly half-hour theater show, a weekly farm news program, three 10-minute plays, and two 5-minute sketches. She continued to work on her ideas for Ethel and Albert as she moved from radio station to radio station.
Ethel and Albert began as an idea that Peg Lynch had at the KATE station in Minnesota, focusing on a married couple and their daily lives. Lynch was able to switch "Ethel and Albert" to multiple networks due to the fact that Lynch owned the rights to "Ethel and Albert".
Ethel and Albert
Ethel and Albert (aka The Private Lives of Ethel and Albert) was a radio and television comedy series about a married couple, Ethel and Albert Arbuckle, living in the small town of Sandy Harbor. The series first aired on Minnesota radio on April 17, 1944, as a 15-minute daily show. It continued as such until 1949, when it was expanded to a half hour. The show moved to television in 1950 as a 10-minute segment on the Kate Smith Hour, and in April 1953, Ethel and Albert became a half- hour program on the NBC network.
NBC canceled the show in December 1954, but it found new life when it was picked up by CBS as a 1955 summer replacement. In the fall of 1955, the show shifted networks yet again, this time to ABC, where it stayed until May 1956.
The series aired on CBS Radio starting in 1957, with the title changed to The Couple Next Door. Lynch and Alan Bunce continued in the title roles and Lynch continued as the show's writer. The Couple Next Door lasted for three years as a 15-minute program, ending in 1960.
Lynch has been married to Odd Knut Ronning since 1948. The couple live in Becket, Massachusetts.
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