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Summer Replacment Shows during the Golden Age of Radio

Summer Replacement radio shows allowed big name radio stars to have a break while up and coming stars got a break into show business. As radio's influence grew in the 1930s and 1940s, big name and big money radio ruled the airwaves. Many radio programs centered around a special radio star such as Jack Benny , Fred Allen , Dinah Shore , Red Skeleton , Bob Hope , and George Burns and Gracie Allen . As these stars fame and influence grew, they requested special privileges and most insisted on summer hiatus from their radio gigs. Many radio stars like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were also film stars and were able to leverage time away from their radio programs to make films. Hope and Crosby created the films from the "Road to...(Singapore, Rio, Hong Kong, etc) series while on break from their respective radio shows. However, Some radio stars like married couple Jim and Marian Jordan, who portrayed Fibber McGee and Molly on radio from 1935 until 1959, took a real break and used t