Posted Bykurt on December 12, 2001 at 17:58:30:
This has occasionally been addressed before, but I don't think the question ever has been asked this way: How many recordings of both the East and West Coast broadcasts of the Benny programs are out there? I've found exactly two programs so far, one from 1939 and one from 1940.
Most of the aircheck recordings from the pre-transcription era appear to be of the West Coast broadcasts.
The principal differences, aside from different audience reactions, is that a gag or two would be changed from each broadcast. No more than that, however, since they didn't re-rehearse the broadcast, and they wouldn't have done anything that threw off the length of the show.
Also, are there any rare broadcast recordings that are still showing up? Or have we found all that can be located?