Bowes, Edward, Major, 1874-1946

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  • April 1934: First radio broadcast of Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour on WHN, New York
  • 1935: William Edward Maguiness (stage name Ted Mack) joins Bowes as emcee and talent scout
  • March 24, 1935: Coast to coast broadcast on NBC radio with Chase & Sanborn as sponsor
  • June 1935: Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour is named the most listened to radio program in the United States
  • Sept. 8, 1935: The Hoboken Four, featuring Frank Sinatra, performs on the Original Amateur Hour program
  • Sept. 17, 1936: Original Amateur Hour moves to CBS radio, with Chrysler Corporation as sponsor
  • 1944: Major Bowes retires for health reasons
  • 1945: Radio broadcast of Original Amateur Hour is suspended
  • June 13, 1946: Major Bowes dies
  • Jan. 14, 1948: Original Amateur Hour is revived on television by Dumont Studios, with Ted Mack as emcee
  • Oct. 29, 1948: P. Lorillard Company becomes a sponsor
  • Oct. 4, 1949: First national television broadcast of Original Amateur Hour, on NBC
  • 1952: Final radio broadcast
  • April 25, 1953: Pet Milk becomes a sponsor
  • Oct. 30, 1955: Television program broadcasts on ABC
  • Jan. 19, 1957: La Hora Internacional del Aficionado, Mexican version of program, broadcasts
  • July 1, 1957: Program returns to NBC television
  • May 1, 1959: Program broadcasts on CBS
  • March 7, 1960: Program returns to ABC
  • Oct. 2, 1960: Programs returns to CBS
  • Sept. 20, 1970: Final broadcast

From the guide to the Amateur Hour Collection, 1934-1948, (Music Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Charles Hanson Towne papers, 1891-1948, 1902-1945 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Miller, Gilbert. Gilbert Miller collection, 1921-1967 (bulk 1932-1955). Library of Congress
creatorOf Amateur Hour Collection, 1934-1948 Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Towne, Charles Hanson, 1877-1949. Charles Hanson Towne papers, 1891-1948, bulk (1902-1945). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Robert Benney research materials, 1926-1978 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Bowes, Edward, Major, 1874-1946. Amateur hour collection, 1934-1948. Library of Congress
referencedIn Gilbert Miller Collection, 1921-1967, (bulk 1932-1955) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Bowes, Edward, Major, 1874-194.6. Letter to Harriet Lancashire White, 1939 May 29. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Benney, Robert, 1904-2001 person
associatedWith Bowes, Edward, Major, 1874-194.6. person
associatedWith Brewer, Teresa. person
associatedWith Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968 person
associatedWith Kaye, Stubby. person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Mack, Ted. person
associatedWith Merrill, Robert, 1917-2004 person
associatedWith Miller, Gilbert. person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Sills, Beverly. person
associatedWith Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998 person
associatedWith Towne, Charles Hanson, 1877-1949. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Talent shows--United States


Birth 1874-06-14

Death 1946-06-13



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