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Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (1948-1958)



Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts

(1948 – 1958)

Variety

30 minutes

Arthur Godfrey hosted his Talent Scouts program on the radio from 1946 to 1956, and the show was also on CBS television beginning in 1948.

Godfrey had a crew of talent scouts who searched for new acts that they would bring to the show .  The audience’s approval of the performance would be measured on an audio meter, measuring their applause.

Contestants on the show included Pat Boone, Tony Bennett, Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, Rosemary Clooney, Wally Cox, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis, Don Knotts and Vic Damone.  Two notable people who auditioned but were not chosen to appear on the program were Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.

Interestingly, Art Carney was one of the producers of the program, the only program he ever produced.

Arthur Godfrey was such a popular personality of the era that he had three programs airing on television as the same time: Arthur Godfrey Time , Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, and Arthur Godfrey and His Friends.

The December 24, 1956 episode is the first program that was videotaped for broadcast.

July 30, 1956



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