Bob Hope (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003) was one of the most recognized and unique talents in the world. Performing on Broadway, on radio and television, movies and traveling tours for the U.S. Military. Bob Hope was well known for his good natured humor and fast wit. During the length of his career, no other individual has traveled so far, to great lengths, to entertain so many people. At an early age, 12, Bob Hope worked odd jobs at a local board walk doing dance and comedy routines to make extra money. He entered many dancing and amateur talent contests, and won prizes for his impersonation of Charlie Chaplin.
Hope first appeared on television in 1932 during a test transmission from an experimental CBS studio in New York. His career in broadcasting spanned sixty-four years and included a long association with NBC. Hope made his network radio debut in 1937 on NBC. His first regular series for NBC Radio was the Woodbury Soap Hour. A year later The Pepsodent Radio Show Starring Bob Hope began, and would run through 1953.
The Bob Hope Show was one of the longest running radio programs in the history of the Golden Age of American radio. The serialization aired from 1935 until 1955 and is considered one the all-time greats when it comes to old time radio comedy.
The Bob Hope Show shared many similarities with the Bing Crosby Show and wowed their listeners with their witty and intelligent repartee. However, whereas Crosby exuded a smooth and mellow style of delivering his deadpan jokes. Hope was a comedic wildfire that raged and blasted the audience with a barrage of jokes and non-stop laughter. Adding to the entertainment value of this series of old radio shows, Hope ensured that his guests were always interesting and persons worthy of note. This, coupled with Hope’s wicked charm and rapier-like wit ensured that The Bob Hope Show kept households doubled up with laughter for a little over two decades.