Fred Allen Explains How Giveaway Programs Helped Kill Radio


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At 1PM on November 24th, 1954, Fred Allen appeared on NBC's Tex and Jinx Show out of WEAF. It was recorded on a grey, rainy Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Peacock Alley at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York city. In Fred's first memoir, Treadmill to Oblivion, he explained that giveaway programs played a large part in killing radio. Here he explained how. Hear more from Fred Allen on Breaking Walls Episode 81, which will spotlight his life and career, coming July 1st, 2018. Download and subscribe by searching for Breaking Walls everywhere you get your podcasts, or at

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