The Announcement of the "I Can't Stand Jack Benny" Contest—11/25/1945

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In November of 1945, with Jack Benny's rating slipping for the first time in years, Benny and his writers devised an ingenious way to bring popularity back to the program: A nationwide contest. In 50 words or less, applicants were asked to finish this sentence: "I can't stand Jack Benny because..." The winners would be awarded prizes totaling $10,000 in Victory bonds. During the November 25th episode, Benny's fictional press agent, Steve Bradley, made the announcement. This contest will be heavily featured in Breaking Walls Episode 86: I'll Be Home For Christmas—December 1945 on the Air, available beginning December 1st, 2018.

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