Summer Heat (Aired August 13, 1945)
Beulah was employed as a housekeeper and cook for the Henderson family: father Harry, mother Alice and son Donnie. After Hurt died of a heart attack in 1946, he was replaced by another white actor, Bob Corley, and the series was retitled The Beulah Show. When black actress Hattie McDaniel took over the role on November 24, 1947, she earned $1000 a week for the first season, doubled the ratings of the original series and pleased the NAACP which was elated to see a historic first: a black woman as the star of a network radio program. McDaniel continued in the role until she became ill in 1952 and was replaced by Lillian Randolph, who was in turn replaced for the 1953-54 radio season by her sister, Amanda Randolph.
August 13, 1945. "Summer Heat"
- CBS network, KNX, Los Ageles aircheck. Sponsored by: Tums. We're having a heat wave! Cleaning the basement and keeping cool. Marlin Hurt (triples), Carol Stewart, Albert Sack and His Orchestra, Phil Leslie (writer), Helen Mack (producer, director), John Brown, Katharine Carr, Jess Kirkpatrick, Ken Niles (announcer). 29:09. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.