Arthur Godfrey

Arthur Godfrey
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Arthur Godfrey
Music: South side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Arthur Godfrey
Radio: North side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Arthur Godfrey
TV: West side of the 1500 block of Vine Street
Radio Host | TV Host
Born Arthur Morton Godfrey on Aug. 31, 1903 in New York, NY
Died March 16, 1983 of pneumonia and emphysema in Mount Sinai Hospital, NY

Arthur Godfrey, the gruff-voiced "old redhead," was known for his folksy chitchat, unremarkable ukelele and frequent irreverence for commercials that made him perhaps the most popular figure in the history of radio.

Godfrey was on radio and subsequently television so much during the 1940s and '50s that he was regarded as the Columbia Broadcasting System's biggest asset when he survived cancer in 1959 and returned to his five-day-a-week radio series.

The grinning man with the shock of reddish hair grew in popularity beyond anything known in radio. He conducted his Monday through Friday daytime shows as well "Talent Scouts" on Monday nights and the hourlong "Godfrey and His Friends" Wednesday nights.

In the late 1940s, his two nightly shows moved into television and remained at the top of the rating charts for several years. His baritone drawl was once described as being "like a shoebox full of bullfrogs."

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