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THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1948)
broadcast from Philadelphia during the aftermath of both the Republican and Democratic national conventions which were held there. A simultaneous ABC/Dumont Network broadcast.
THE DON McNEILL TV CLUB (1951)
includes Don's shoe size; "Fine and Dandy"; a visit with Aunt Fanny (Fran Allison); a toddler "Can't Get A Man With A Gun"; "The Thing"; Marie MacDonald; "It Pays To Be Nice To Your Neighbor"; a big shot businessman; Moment of Prayer; Zigfield Follies 1908 dancer; fashion styles; 3 black cub scouts from Gary Indiana; "How Deep Is The Ocean"; Atlantic City boardwalk revue. Philco TV ads throughout.
THE DON McNEILL TV CLUB (1952)
includes a live lion onstage; "Thanks For The Buggy Ride"; Moment of Prayer; Boris Karloff and babysitting; Don McNeill's Favorite Poems; the Scovilles and their 20 children; more. Philco TV ads throughout.
Don McNeill's Breakfast Club, in both its radio and television forms, originated in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by Don McNeill, the radio program ran from June 23, 1933, through December 27, 1968. Don McNeil's 35.5-year run as host remains the longest tenure for an emcee of a network entertainment program, surpassing Johnny Carson (29.5 years) on The Tonight Show and Bob Barker (34.67 years) on The Price Is Right, albeit split between radio and television, whereas the latter two were television only.
Don McNeill, American radio personality best known as the creator and host of The Breakfast Club radio variety series, which ran for 35 years (1933-1968), and its successor television shows, Don McNeill's TV Club (1950-1951) and The Breakfast Club television simulcast (1954-1955) (b. 1907) is credited as the first performer to make morning talk and variety a viable format in radio; many local shows even now refer to themselves as The Breakfast Club. McNeill was born in Galena, Illinois, son of Harry T. McNeill and Luella R. Weinberger. The family soon moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where McNeill graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He was a first cousin of United States Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger as McNeill's mother was the elder sister of Weinberger's father. McNeill began his radio career in Milwaukee in 1928, first as a script editor and announcer at The Milwaukee Sentinel's WISN, and later working for crosstown competitor WTMJ, owned by Sentinel rival The Milwaukee Journal. McNeill applied for a job at NBC and was sent to Chicago to audition. He was assigned to host an unsponsored early morning variety show called The Pepper Pot, which had an 8 AM time slot on the NBC Blue Network (later to become ABC radio). McNeill re-organized the hour show as The Breakfast Club, dividing it into four segments he called "the four calls to breakfast." The show premiered on June 23, 1933, with informal talk and jokes based on topical events, and often included audience interviews. In its final form, the show featured piano music and vocal groups and soloists, with recurring comedy performers. McNeil gained a sponsor, Swift and Company. Archie Bleyer, who led the band for Arthur Godfrey's daily Arthur Godfrey Time CBS radio show had founded Cadence Records in 1953. That year, Bleyer traveled to Chicago to record some patriotic spoken word recordings by McNeill. Although Breakfast Club ratings were below Godfrey's, the host took umbrage that Bleyer had taken time off from his show to record McNeill, who Godfrey considered a competitor. In October 1953 at roughly the same time Godfrey fired singer Julius LaRosa on the air, Godfrey privately dismissed Bleyer for recording McNeill. McNeill attempted to transfer the show to television as Don McNeill's TV Club (1950-1951). The Breakfast Club was simulcast on television in 1954-1955. McNeill appeared occasionally on game shows, and in 1963 hosted a short-lived game show Take Two, built around photo comparisons. McNeill's radio series finally ended in 1968, when McNeill retired from entertainment and public life. After his radio career ended, McNeill taught communication arts classes at Marquette and Notre Dame from 1970-72, represented the Deltona Corporation, Florida land developers, from 1970-80, and served as a director of the Sears Foundation and on the advisory boards of Notre Dame, Marquette and Loyola University of Chicago. Don McNeill's Breakfast Club was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. McNeill died seven years later in 1996, aged 88.