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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Jul 9, 2012

Though Jack Paar is best known as the host of the Tonight Show before Johnny Carson, he was active in radio in the 1930s and 1940s. 

He was a DJ on stations in Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Buffalo before World War II.  He entertained the troops in the South Pacific during the war, and one of the fans who saw him perform was Jack Benny. 

Thanks to some inside pull from Benny, Paar was named  the summer replacement for Jack Benny in 1947. 

In this episode, broadcast on August 17, 1947, Jack Benny is a contestant in a talent contest designed to find a "fall replacement" for the Jack Paar Show.