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First Nighter Program, The

Premiere Episode: 1930-11-27
Final Episode: 1953-09-27

Number of Episodes: 829

Genre(s):
Anthology Drama
Anthology

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Broadcast History:

Dates: 11/27/1930 - 5/1931
Network: NBC Blue
Days: Thursday
Starting time: 8:30PM
Sponsor: Campana Balm
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 5/1931 - 9/1931
Network: NBC Blue
Days: Wednesday
Starting time: 8:00PM
Sponsor: Campana Balm
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/1931 - 8/1932
Network: NBC Blue
Days: Saturday
Starting time: 9:30PM
Sponsor: Campana Balm
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 8/1932 - 8/1933
Network: NBC Blue
Days: Friday
Starting time: 9:00PM
Sponsor: Campana Balm
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/1933 - 9/29/1933
Network: NBC Blue
Days: Friday
Starting time: 10:00PM
Sponsor: Campana Balm
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 10/6/1933 - 2/12/1937
Network: NBC
Days: Friday
Starting time: 10:00PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 2/19/1937 - 12/21/1937
Network: CBS
Days: Friday
Starting time: 9:30PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 1/7/1938 - 8/26/1938
Network: NBC Red
Days: Friday
Starting time: 9:30PM
Sponsor: Campana Sales Co. (Italian Balm, Coolies, Dreskin, DDD Ointment) (1938)
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/2/1938 - 7/1939
Network: CBS
Days: Friday
Starting time: 8:00PM
Sponsor: Campana Sales Co. (Italian Balm, Coolies, Dreskin, DDD Ointment) (1938)
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 7/1939 - 1940
Network: CBS
Days: Friday
Starting time: 9:30PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 1940 - 1941
Network: CBS
Days: Tuesday
Starting time: 8:30PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 1941 - 1942
Network: CBS
Days: Friday
Starting time: 9:30PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 10/4/1942 - 4/1944
Network: Mutual
Days: Sunday
Starting time: 6:00PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 4/1944 - 10/25/1944
Network: Mutual
Days: Wednesday
Starting time: 9:30PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 10/20/1945 - 4/13/1946
Network: CBS
Days: Saturday
Starting time: 7:30PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 10/4/1947 - 12/1947
Network: CBS
Days: Saturday
Starting time: 8:00PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 12/1947 - 1949
Network: CBS
Days: Thursday
Starting time: 10:30PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 6/9/1949 - 9/1/1949
Network: CBS
Days: Thursday
Starting time: 10:00PM
Sponsor: Campana
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 4/27/1952 - 9/1953
Network: NBC
Days: Sunday
Starting time: 7:00PM
Sponsor: Miller Beer
Length of show: 30 minutes

Dates: 9/13/1953 - 9/27/1953
Network: NBC
Days: Sunday
Starting time: 7:00PM
Sponsor: Miller Beer
Length of show: 30 minutes

Series Synopsis: An elaborate format and a deep American fascination for the theater world are undoubtedly responsible for much of the early success of The First Nighter Program. The illusion was that anyone might be transported to “the little theater off Times Square” to witness an “opening night performance” of a fine romantic comedy. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio by John Dunning
Series Theme: Neopolitan Nights
Creator: ***  
Cast: Don Ameche
Rita Ascot
Parley Baer
Luise Barclay
Rye Billsbury(Mr. First Nighter)
   
Director: Joe Ainley
Announcer: Gene Baker
 Rye Billsbury
 Gene Hamilton
 Larry Keating
 Fort Pearson
 Vincent Pelletier
 Gene Rouse