Posted ByLaura Leff on June 19, 2002 at 03:03:27:
In Reply to: NBC Chimes posted byLarry Mayer on June 18, 2002 at 13:02:20:
: I read somewhere (probably in one of the Jack Benny Biography books) that the NBC chimes were created for the Jack Benny show, to be used to keep Jack Benny's timing to come out to a half hour. If his show ran short NBC played the chimes and if it ran on time, the chimes were eliminated.
: Anyway have more on this?
Yup, that assertion is in the Marcia Borie biography.
As luck would have it, I was listening to Jack's first radio program in my car today. At the end of it, they announce that it's the National Broadcasting Company and follow with the chimes. I don't think anyone at NBC was so psychic as to know that someday, Jack's show would be so good that it would run long.