Railroad Hour

Hosted by Jack French. A popular place for perusing a plethora of posts patently pertaining to radio's past. The updated, direct descendant of the original Old-Time Radio BBS on the WWW.

Moderator: Jack French

Posts: 10
Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2005 3:41 am

Railroad Hour

Postby Scotty » Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:47 am

Why was the Railroad Hour called "The Railroad Hour"?
All episode I have heard are either 45 minutes or 30 minutes.

Any other show billed with Hour in the title but was really a 30 minute show?

Jack French
Posts: 20
Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:00 pm

Railroad "Hour"

Postby Jack French » Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:28 pm

It's very simple, Scotty, it was called "The Railroad Hour" because the sponsor picked the title. Simple addage: You pay the bills; you name your show. The actual time of the each program, as you've pointed out was either 45 or 30 minutes.

Calling a show of less than 60 minutes, an hour of something was very common in the Golden Age of Broadcasting. There are countless examples; here's just a few:

Hour of Charm (half hour), Hour of Faith (half hour), and Hour of St. Francis (15 minutes.) However, Hour of Mystery was 60 minutes as was Fred Allen's Hour of Smiles.

Jack French

Hal Evans
Posts: 36
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:37 am

Postby Hal Evans » Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:38 am

The RR Hour was a terrific show. One of my favorites was El Capital by Sousa. (Hal Evans) :P

Return to “Main OTR BBS”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users