Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room

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Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room
Presented by Johnny Olson
Country of origin USA
Running time 60 mins.
Original network DuMont
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release January 17, 1949 (1949-01-17) – July 4, 1952 (1952-07-04)

Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room was an American variety show hosted by Johnny Olson.

Broadcast history[edit]

The show aired at 10am ET from January 17, 1949, to July 4, 1952, on the DuMont Television Network.[1][2]

The show was one of the first daytime television show broadcast from New York City to DuMont's small network of East Coast cities. Olson also hosted the DuMont talent show Doorway to Fame (May 1947 – July 1949), and DuMont's Saturday morning children's show Kids and Company (September 1951 – June 1952).

According to the book What Women Watched: Daytime Television in the 1950s (University of Texas Press, 2005) by Marsha Cassidy, the DuMont daytime schedule beginning in January 1949 was:

Olson's career[edit]

In the 1940s, Olson hosted a popular radio show also titled Johnny Olson's Rumpus Room at WTMJ in Milwaukee.[3] Sometime after 1943, Johnny moved the show (WTMJ continued to air Rumpus Room with a new host) to WMAQ in Chicago as an evening variety show running 10:30 pm to 12 midnight (CT). Olson went on to become a famous announcer on American game shows, including as the announcer on The Price Is Right on CBS Television and first-run syndication from 1972 until his death (the nighttime version of The Price Is Right reunited Olson with another prominent DuMont personality, Dennis James, for its first five years on air).

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