A KGW Daytime Drama Series

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    In the mid 1930’s most of the KGW daytime programming originated from NBC. Three openings were made in the schedule for KGW to present local programs. On those occasions NBC shows were broadcast over KEX which was KGW’s sister station. KOIN practiced this same maneuver, tranferring CBS programs to sister KALE when needed.

    One of the local live programs was a new drama called “Rented Happiness” produced at KGW studios and premiering on January 31, 1935. The 15 minute show was sponsored by the “Portland Gas & Coke Co.” later known as Northwest Natural Gas and airing on Thursday’s at 9:45 A.M. Actors were part of the Barbara Bancroft Players with the show lead played by actress Janet Baumhover (Abigail on “Covered Wagon Days”).

    On August 1, 1935 the title changed to “Easy Happiness” continuing in its Thursday time slot with the same sponsor. The program was promoted as a new series. Cast included: Larry Keating (Randolph on “Covered Wagon Days”), Deon Routh, Barbara Jane Smith and leading actress Janet Baumhover. The dramatizations were human interest incidents in American family life. In the first installment: “A bridegroom, an accidental black eye and a sympathetic bride-to-be almost bring a society wedding to an abrupt halt in the hilarious skit.”

    On August 29, 1935 yet another title change to “Turn On The Heat” same time slot and sponsor. On October 3, 1935 the show switched to 9:30am, then back to 9:45am on the 10th. On October 24th the program was moved to 10:15am. On December 19, 1935 another program switch to 6:00pm and then back to 10:15am December 26th. The last broadcast of “Turn On The Heat” was on February 27, 1936.

    TURN ON THE HEAT – Some Episodes:

    10-24-35 “Mr. McGuinness Sniffles”

    10-31-35 “Jerry Loses His Job”

    11-7-35 “Mistaken Identity”

    11-28-35 “Drafts and Drumsticks”

    12-5-35 “Grandma Takes A Hand”

    12-12-35 “Romance And Ashes”

    12-19-35 “The Captive Santa Claus” Lanny Ross as a world weary young singer who learns the joy of giving through an incident at Christmas Time.

    12-26-35 “Who’ll Wash The Woodwork” You’d think Waring’s new dumb dame, Snoony was trying to imitate Mabel Todd, only she does it in such a feeble and unfunny way.

    1-2-36 “Never Lie To A Lady”

    1-9-36 “Thanks To Susie”

    1-23-36 “Miss Mechanic”

    1-30-36 “Taming The Tryant”

    2-6-36 “Dear Honeybunch”

    2-13-36 “A Job For Mr. Stanton”

    2-20-36 “Borrowing Neighbors”

    2-27-36 “Thank Goodness For Leap Year”


    Larry Keating = Roger Addison on Mister Ed, among other TV, radio and movie credits. Buried in Portland: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7009778


    Great Find! Thanks for posting.

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