The Hour of Charm
|Country of origin||United States|
|Hosted by||Rosalind Green|
|Directed by||Joseph Ripley|
|Original release||May 18, 1934– May 2, 1948|
|Opening theme||The American Hymn of Liberty|
|Ending theme||We Must Be Vigilant|
Linit Bath Oil
Zotos Machineless Permanent Wave<General Electric
Combined electric cooperatives
The Hour of Charm is an American old-time radio music program. It debuted on CBS on May 18, 1934, and had its final broadcast on CBS on May 2, 1948. The program also was broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, and after its network broadcasts ended, a new version was syndicated via transcriptions.
The table below shows the program's varied schedules and sponsors during its time on network radio.
|Beginning Date||Ending Date||Network||Day||Time (Eastern)||Sponsor|
|May 18, 1934||June 1, 1934||CBS||Friday||10:30-10:45||Cheramy|
|June 6, 1934||September 26, 1934||CBS||Wednesday||8 - 8:15||Cheramy|
|January 3, 1935||June 25, 1935||CBS||Thursday||8 - 8:30
|Linit Bath Oil|
|February 23, 1936||June 21, 1936||CBS||Sunday||6:30 - 7||Zotos Machineless Permanent Wave|
|November 2, 1936||September 1, 1946||NBC||various||various||General Electric|
|September 29, 1946||May 2, 1948||CBS||Sunday||afternoon||Combined electric cooperatives|
Source: On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio
The musical group featured in the program was originally called Phil Spitalny's All-Girl Orchestra. Spitalny directed the group that, as the name implies, was composed only of females. In time, however, the group became so associated with the program that it became known as the Hour of Charm Orchestra.
Violinist Evelyn Kaye was the concertmistress and featured player. On the air, she was identified only by her first name —as was Spitalny's policy with all of his musicians — billed as "Evelyn and Her Magic Violin". She was with the group from its inception until its disbanding, and she married Spitalny in 1946.
The trade publication Billboard published two reviews of The Hour of Charm. The March 7, 1936, review called the program "a tuneful affair, revealing several excellent arrangements, the better ones being of the South American tang ..."
A brief review in the December 31, 1938, issue pointed out several shortcomings of a remote broadcast from the Hotel Biltmore in New York. Daniel Richman described the broadcast as "so laden with arrangements, production trappings, descriptions of the girls' clothes and talents, and so much general excess baggage that it sounded more like the Ford Sunday Evening Symphony than a dance remote."
- Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 331–332. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
- Tucker, Sherrie (2001). Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s. Duke University Press. ISBN 0822328178. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Evelyn Klein Spitalny, Violinist, Is Dead at 79". The New York Times. New York, New York City. 1990. Archived from the original on 2 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "Queens of Harmony (1937)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "Phil Spitalny Marries Evelyn Kaye, Soloist". The Times. California, San Mateo. United Press. June 19, 1946. p. 2. Retrieved May 3, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Hour of Charm'" (PDF). Billboard. March 7, 1936. p. 9. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- Richman, Daniel (December 31, 1938). "Music in the Air" (PDF). Billboard. p. 67. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "Phil Spitalny" (PDF). Billboard. August 1, 1942. p. 4. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "'Light' Exhibitors" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 23, 1951. p. 23.
- "Hour of Charm Features All-Girl Orchestra". The Tampa Tribune. Florida, Tampa. June 24, 1951. p. 9 - C. Retrieved May 3, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Log of episodes of The Hour of Charm from Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Log of episodes of The Hour of Charm from radioGOLDINdex