Posted Byjerry4opry on January 22, 2004 at 06:03:40:
In Reply to: Re: Dennis Day's replacement ? posted byGerry O. on January 21, 2004 at 22:19:56:
: : Ran across this bit in a 'Baton' magazine from Dec 1944...
: : "Although Jack Benny is being very secretive about his new show , we heard that Danny O'Neil was to take the Dennis Day spot and that Don Wilson would come back and announce after all. Which makes everybody happy 'cause the program wouldn't sound right without Don and his hearty laugh."
: : Anyone know if Don was planning on leaving the show?
: : Alan S
: Perhaps the idea of Don Wilson leaving Jack's show wasn't actually Don's....
: Jack's "new show" was probably referring to the change in sponsorship from General Foods (Grape-Nuts Flakes) to Lucky Strike. Many times a new sponsor would insist on changing announcers so the new announcer would be more identified with the sponsor's product, and not considered as a "holdover" from the previous sponsor.
: A good example of this was when Fred Allen changed sponsors, going from Bristol-Myers (Ipana and Sal Hepatica) to Texaco. At that time (and for the past several years), Texaco had been using Jimmy Wallington for it's various "Texaco Star Theatre" programs, and they considered Jimmy to be the official "Texaco" announcer. Because Wallington's voice was so closely identified with Texaco gasoline, Texaco insisted that Fred use Jimmy for his announcer. Fred HAD wanted to use Harry Von Zell, who had been his "Bristol-Myers" announcer, but he had to give in.
i had assumed that NBC "owned" their announcers and that's why Von Zell didn't move to CBS in 1940 when Fred started doing the Texaco show...i thought Don quit working for the network and became Jack's "personal" announcer and therefore went everywhere Jack went...i learn something new everyday!