Garroway at Large

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Garroway at WMAQ in 1951 with Connie Russell and Jack Haskell.

Garroway at Large was an experimental American musical variety show program with the host Dave Garroway in the Golden Age of Television. It was telecast at 10pm on Saturday (and later on Sundays and Fridays) on NBC from April 1949[1] to 1954.[2][3][4] Garroway at Large aired with a full symphony orchestra conducted by Joseph Gallicchio. There were two female singers, Betty Chapel and Connie Russell and a male singer, Jack Haskell. In addition, the Hamilton Trio, a contemporary dance group, appeared each week, along with comedian Cliff Norton.

The show had only one local Chicago broadcast on April 8, 1949 before becoming an NBC Network program.[5]

The series is notable for introducing an innovative presentation and staging to television.[6] When television began in New York City, the shows adopted the familiar theatrical proscenium concept, separating the stage from the audience area. After World War II, several programs originated from Chicago, where Garroway was a disc jockey on radio station WMAQ.[7]

When Garroway was assigned to host on television, he abandoned the usual conventions for a more casual approach in which the reality of the studio was acknowledged. Followed by a single camera, he walked around the entire large studio space and simple abstract sets as he talked to guests and the TV viewer directly. This live staging technique, known as the "Chicago Style", was developed further on Garroway's next show, Today.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ "Chi NBC Video Sets Garroway, Wallace Shows". Billboard. 26 March 1949. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "TV Turns up a New Comic". Look. 22 November 1949. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Chicago School With Special Emphasis on Dave Garroway". Time. 11 September 1950. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Video file downloads-The Best of Garroway at Large
  5. ^ "Dave Garroway". The Toronto Daily Telegraph. 7 September 1950. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dave Garroway:Prop Man At Large". Life. 10 October 1949. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Glenn Miller". Tux Junction. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ Samuels, Rich. "Chicago School of Television". Samuels, Rich. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Railton, Arthur (October 1951). "They Fool You Every Night". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Perrigo, Lucia (9 November 1951). "Garroway-More At Large Than On TV". Kentucky New Era. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 

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