Opening A Gas Station (Aired November 29, 1945)
After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes. The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (usually, by singers such as Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbrook, Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott & Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello insulted his on-air wife routinely); he was succeeded by Michael Roy.
November 29, 1945. "Opening A Gas Station"
- Red network. Sponsored by: Camels, Prince Albert Tobacco. Costello has given his girlfriend Lena a quart of purfume (because he doesn't give a dram)! Abbott and Costello are running a gas station. Camels salutes the 38th "Cyclone" Division. Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Iris Adrian, Connie Haines, Will Osborne and His Orchestra, Ken Niles (announcer), Elvia Allman, Dick Mack (director), Sidney Fields, Frederick Shields (commercial spokesman). 29:07. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.