James Scully

Theater Five: Jump, Jump—08/12/1964

Theater Five: Jump, Jump—08/12/1964

Jonathan Weldon is an author who doesn’t want to live anymore. His whole world has disintegrated, the bank, his publisher, and his fiancé. Although the critics liked his books he didn’t cater to the crowds and had to turn to his father for a job and even he let him down. Now Johnny was on top of a hotel and was threatening to jump. The American Broadcasting Company was never able to overtake NBC or CBS in ratings or revenue during the Golden Age of Radio. But by 1964, the only network dramatic radio airing was part of vignettes on NBC’s Monitor. That spring, ABC announced they were launching a new show. They hired former NBC writer Jack Wilson as story editor and assigned the series to directors Warren Sommerville and Frederick Bell. Edward Byron, creator of Mr. District Attorney was brought in to advise. The new series would be a weekday half-hour anthology called Theater Five. It debuted on August 3rd, 1964. The following week on August 12th, "Jump, Jump" aired. Featured in this cast were: Ian Martin, Ralph Bell, Jack Manning, Jean Gillespie, Sam Ruskin. The announcer and series host was the legendary Fred Foy

Duration: 22 min

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