Aug 23, 2010
He was the voice of Bugs Bunny. He was the voice of Porky Pig. He was the voice of Jack Benny’s perpetually-frustrated violin teacher, and Jack’s parrot, and Jack’s antique Maxwell automobile when it struggled to get started.
Mel Blanc, the man of a thousand voices, had his own radio series that ran for one season on CBS. Mel played a mousy handyman who ran a fix-it shop with the help of his assistant Zookie, who sounded a lot like Porky Pig.
Sadly, Mel’s unique talents were wasted in this series. The writing was weak and the jokes not very funny. Still, for historical purposes, old-time radio fans should listen to an episode or two of The Mel Blanc Show.
This one is called The Astrologer, and it was originally broadcast on November 19, 1946.