SUNDAY WITH GARROWAY
Compiled by Martin Grams, Jr.
Dave Garroway was first heard over WMAQ in Chicago in 1947 and soon became popular for featuring top musicians, but exclusive interviews with celebrities making headlines during the week. Alfred Hitchcock was guest in one broadcast, to help publicize the release of his latest picture, Rear Window, which opened in New York that same month.
On the June 13 broadcast, author Kamal el Mallakh was interviewed via remote from Egypt. Kamal el Mallakh discovered a solar boat in early-mid 1954. What the Cheops mighty pyramid was to do for the pharaoh’s body, the boat was to do for his Ka, or soul. Kamal’s discovery widely hit the newspapers and Garroway had the opportunity to interview him for the June 13 broadcast.
Paul Whiteman was scheduled to appear as guest on the September 19 broadcast, but was unable to so he was made guest the week after.
It is interesting to note that glamorous Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida was interviewed on September 19 to help promote her latest film, Bread, Love and Dreams. Just four years before the May 1952 issue of People Today magazine had a cover story, "Sex from Italy Invades USA" which featured Gina on the cover. (Months later she would appear on the cover of Life.)
On the August 8 broadcast, Aldous Huxley discussed his theory of "Man in the Atomic Age."
On the July 4 broadcast, a recording of George M. Cohan singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy" was played over the air, in celebration of the 4th of July.
Broadcast over NBC from 8 to 10 p.m., EST on Sunday evenings.
The name of the program was previously Dial Dave Garroway.
In October 1954, the program moved to Friday and the name changed to Friday with Garroway.
and Bill Ryan