Friday, May 29, 2009

Crosley Broadcasting's "The 50-50 Club" is Back!

Remember Ruth Lyons and Crosley/AVCO Broadcasting's "The 50-50 Club?" Broadcast daily on Crosley television stations in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Indianapolis from Noon to 1:30 PM, the live show was a mainstay of Midwest television beginning in 1949. It reached an audience of 7 million.

In conjunction with the launch of the biography of Ruth, titled Before Oprah: Ruth Lyons, the Woman Who Created Talk TV, publisher Orange Frazer, actress Shelley Bamberger Bailey, and I did a reenactment of "The 50-50 Club" to kick off the book's launch. This was on April 29, at Joseph-Beth Bookstore in Cincinnati. We repeated the show at a number of other signings. You can watch part of the show by clicking here (it's on Youtube and Orange Frazer's Web site). Or, click on the image above.


Anonymous said...

I grew up with the 50-50 club on TV and one of those most vivid things I remember is the Christmas music Ruth Lyons did. My mother had an LP with a bunch of favorites on it, but it can't be found today! Is any of it on CD anywhere? I now live in California, so if it's sold only locally I can't get it.

Michael A. Banks said...

A new video documentary about Ruth Lyons is coming. Keep an eye on WCET's Web site, for information. The DVD should be available in spring or early summer.