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The Family Doctor Radio Program

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Warner Brothers' KFWB Radio first aired 'The Family Doctor' in 1938
Warner Brothers' KFWB Radio first aired 'The Family Doctor' in 1938


Background

From the September 9th 1938 edition of the San Marino Tribune and News:

Caption reads -- 'Genial Dr. Adams in Altadena Hospital's radio program, 'The Country Doctor,' is shown above. This new serial is heard over KFWB on Sunday evenings.'
Caption reads -- 'Genial Dr. Adams in Altadena Hospital's radio program, 'The Country Doctor,' is shown above. This new serial is heard over KFWB on Sunday evenings.'

     Dr. John F. Brereton, of the Altadena Hospital, is sponsoring a radio program over station KFWB.  This program, "The Family Doctor," began Sunday evening, September 4, at 7:45 p. m.  Filled with homey philosophy, humor, pathos, tragedy and comedy, these quarter-hour programs will prove of interest to every member of the family.
     Arranged through Bogardus Advertising agency of Pasadena, the program is a series of stories dealing with the problems, emergencies and happy incidents which fill the life of "Dr. Adams," the beloved "Family Doctor."  The experiences which are dramatized are purely fictitious but parallel many which are familiar to every individual who has in the past known the genial, personal attention which the old time, happily recalled family doctor gave to each and every one of his patients.
     According to Dr. Brereton, the Altadena Hospital is the first in the United States to go on the air with its own, individual program.  The attention which is given to every patient at the Altadena Hospital by the registered nurses and competent physicians and surgeons is symbolized in the program which it is sponsoring.


From the October 21st 1938 edition of the San Marino Tribune and News:

Dr Brerton Program Has Time Change

Dr. John F. Brerton, medical director of the Altadena Hospital and sponsor of the radio program "The Family Doctor," which has been coming over Warner Brother KFWB at 7:45 each Sunday evening, announces that this program in the future will be heard over the same station on Monday at 8:45 p. m.
     This change of time was made by Dr. Brerton so that his program would not conflict with any of the major coast-to-coast shows which have returned to their fall schedules.  According to Dr. Brerton, countless fan letters have been received at his hospital direct and by Warner Brothers commenting on the excellent drama, "The Family Doctor."
     For those who have not heard their interesting program it may be said that this is a show with an all-star cast which is highly dramatic and intensely interesting.  The episodes are based upon stories taken from the lives of real people.  All of the scenes are laid in a small midwestern town.  The family doctor who serves this community is forced to practice psychology and a kindly philosophy along with his medicine.


Series Derivatives:

Family Doctor
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Serial Drama
Network(s): KFWB; KIRO; KOL; CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 38-09-04 01 False Witness
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 38-09-04 to 39-05-28; [KFWB]; Thirty-nine, 15-minute programs;
Syndication: Broadcasters Program Syndicate/Bruce Eels and Associates syndication
Sponsors: Bogardus Advertising Agency, for Altadena Hospital
Director(s):
Principal Actors: J. Donald Wilson, Lindsay MacHarrie
Recurring Character(s): Doctor Sam Adams [J. Donald Wilson]
Mrs. Adams
The tailor, Max Kaminsky
Sid Bloom - Tailor
Jess Rankin - Hardware Store Owner
Amos Day - Newspaper Editor
Griff Miller
Hank Hazen
Mattie
Johnny Kemp
Duncan Webb
Mrs. Parkins
Mr. Parkins
Ella Mary Bliss
Francois Millaly - Actor
'Junior' Windsor
Chick Harper
Police Chief Benson
Mr. Joe Stanley
Mrs. Stanlely
Esther Guffy
Maynard Twins
Ben Carson
Ambulance driver, Pete May
Faith Windsor
Marvin
Reverend Maynard
Mrs. Forest
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s)
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s):
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
39
Episodes in Circulation: 39
Total Episodes in Collection: 39
Provenances:
.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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The Family Doctor Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
38-08-28
--
--
38-09-04
1
False Witness
Y
38-09-11
2
Wanted--Bright Youngster
Y
38-09-18
3
Error In Diagnosis
Y
38-09-18 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Doctor, 7:45.
38-09-25
4
Enjoyment
Y
39-09-25 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Doctor, 7:45.
38-10-02
5
Once To Every Boy
Y
39-10-02 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Doctor, 7:45.
38-10-09
6
Cupid Without Wings
Y
39-10-09 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Doctor, 7:45.
38-10-16
7
Glass House
Y
39-10-16 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Doctor, 7:45.
38-10-24
8
Race With the Stork
Y
[ Moves to Mondays at 8:45]

38-10-31
9
Secret Between Three
Y
38-10-31 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Dr., 8:45.
38-11-07
10
The Flood
Y
38-11-07 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Dr., 8.
38-11-14
11
Fatty Brain
Y
38-11-14 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Dr., 8:45.
38-11-21
12
Farewell To Johnnie
Y
38-11-21 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Family Dr., 8:45.
38-11-28
13
The Fire Alarm
Y
38-11-28 Los Angeles Times
KFWB--Christian Science, 8, 1 hr.
38-12-05
14
Bison Pete's Revenge
Y
38-12-12
15
The Love Scene
Y
38-12-19
16
The New Home
Y
38-12-26
17
Nature Takes Its Course
Y
39-01-02
18
Tolerance
Y
39-01-09
19
The Prospectors
Y
39-01-16
20
All Bets Are Off
Y
39-01-23
21
Dr Adams, Detective
Y
39-01-30
22
The Committee Meeting
Y
39-02-06
23
Pete May, Ambulance Driver
Y
39-02-13
24
Louder Than Words
Y
39-02-20
25
The Carnival
Y
39-02-27
26
Patchwork
Y
39-03-06
27
Chick's Date
Y
39-03-13
28
The Beauty Contest
Y
39-03-20
29
Casting
Y
39-03-27
30
The Pageant
Y
39-04-03
31
The Doctor Goes Shopping
Y
39-04-10
32
House Cleaning
Y
39-04-17
33
Campaigning
Y
39-04-24
34
The New Suit
Y
39-05-01
35
New York
Y
39-05-08
36
Out Of Control
Y
39-05-15
37
The Call
Y
39-05-22
38
The Decision
Y
39-05-29
39
Farewell
Y
39-06-05
--
--





Steven Graham, Family Doctor Radio Program Log [Mutual Broadcasting System]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
47-02-01
--
--
47-02-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Ray Benson's orchestra [M].
47-02-08
1
Title Unknown
N
47-02-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor: Adventures of typical small town doctor. [Premiere.]

47-02-07 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday 2:30 p.m.--Family Doctor (WGN): new series about life of a general practioner."
47-02-15
2
Title Unknown
N
47-02-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor.
47-02-22
3
Title Unknown
N
47-02-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor, drama, with Bob Griffin.
47-03-01
4
Title Unknown
N
7-03-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor.
47-03-08
--
--
47-03-08 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Los Angeles Symphony [M],
47-03-15
5
Title Unknown
N
47-03-15 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Family Doctor.
47-03-22
6
Title Unknown
N
47-03-22 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Family Doctor.
47-03-29
7
Title Unknown
N
47-03-29 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Family Doctor.
47-04-05
--
--
47-04-05 Chicago Daily Tribune
2:30 p.m.--W-G-N--I Behold His Glory; 1:30 p.m.--Cancer Control show.
47-04-12
8
Title Unknown
N
47-04-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor.
47-04-19
9
Title Unknown
N
47-04-19 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor.
47-04-26
10
Title Unknown
N
47-04-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor.
47-05-03
11
Title Unknown
N
47-05-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor.
47-05-10
12
Title Unknown
N
47-05-10 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor.
47-05-17
13
Title Unknown
N
47-05-17 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor.
47-05-24
--
--
47-05-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--This Is Jazz [M].
47-05-31
--
--
47-05-31 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--This Is Jazz [M].
47-06-07
14
Title Unknown
N
47-06-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Dr. [M].
47-06-14
15
Title Unknown
N
47-06-14 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Dr. [M].
47-06-21
16
Title Unknown
N
47-06-21 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Dr. [M].
47-06-28
17
Title Unknown
N
47-06-28 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Dr. [M].
47-07-05
18
Title Unknown
N
47-07-05 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Dr. [M].
47-07-12
19
Title Unknown
N
47-07-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Dr. [M].
47-07-19
20
Title Unknown
N
47-07-19 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Dr. [M].
47-07-27
21
Title Unknown
N
47-07-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Dr. [M].
47-08-03
22
Title Unknown
N
47-08-03 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor [M].
47-08-10
23
Title Unknown
N
7-08-10 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor [M].
47-08-17
24
Title Unknown
N
47-08-17 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor [M].
47-08-24
25
Title Unknown
N
47-08-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor [M].
47-08-31
26
Title Unknown
N
47-08-31 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor employs psychological therapy and finds out why a child is starving to death.
47-09-07
27
Title Unknown
N
47-09-07 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Family Doctor: Dramas about psychological therapy.
47-09-14
28
Title Unknown
N
47-09-14 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor [M].
47-09-21
29
Title Unknown
N
7-09-21 Chicago Daily Tribune - 1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor [M].
47-09-28
30
Title Unknown
N
47-09-28 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor [M].
47-10-05
31
Title Unknown
N
47-10-05 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Steven Graham, Doctor [M].
47-10-12
--
--
47-10-12 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:00 p.m.--W-G-N--Citizens of Tomorrow.





51-09-18
--
--
51-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Serenade in Blue
51-09-25
1
False Witness
Y
51-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): new series: "
False Witness."
51-10-02
2
Wanted--Bright Youngster
Y
51-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Wanted--Bright Youngster."
51-10-09
3
Error In Diagnosis
Y
51-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Error in Diagnosis."
51-10-16
4
Enjoyment
Y
51-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Enjoyment."
51-10-23
5
Once To Every Boy
Y
51-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Once to Every Boy."
51-10-30
6
Cupid Without Wings
Y
51-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Cupid Without Wings."
51-11-06
7
Glass House
Y
51-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Family Doctor
51-11-13
8
Race With the Stork
Y
51-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Race With the Stork."
51-11-20
9
Secret Between Three
Y
51-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Secret Between Three."
51-11-27
10
Flood
Y
51-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Family Doctor
51-12-04
11
Fatty Brain
Y
51-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Fatty Brain."
51-12-11
12
Farewell To Johnnie
Y
51-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Farewell to Johnnie."
51-12-18
13
Fire Alarm
Y
51-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Fire Alarm."
51-12-25
--
--
51-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 6:50 -8:15 Christmas Program
52-01-01
14
Bison Pete's Revenge
Y
52-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Family Doctor
52-01-08
15
Love Scene
Y
52-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Love Scene."
52-01-15
16
The New Home
Y
52-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
The New House."
52-01-22
17
Nature Takes Its Course
Y
52-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Nature Takes Its Course."
52-01-29
18
Tolerance
Y
52-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Reconciliation."
52-02-05
19
The Prospectors
Y
52-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
The Prospectors."
52-02-12
20
All Bets Off
Y
52-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
All Bets Off."
52-02-19
21
Dr Adams, Detective
Y
52-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Carnival."
52-02-26
22
The Committee Meeting
Y
52-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
The Committee Meeting."
52-03-04
23
Pete May, Ambulance Driver
Y
52-03-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Pete May, Ambulance Driver."
52-03-11
24
Louder Than Words
Y
52-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Louder Than Words."
52-03-18
25
Carnival
Y
52-03-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Carnival."
52-03-25
26
Patchwork
Y
52-04-01
27
Chick's Date
Y
52-04-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Chick's Date."
52-04-08
28
The Beauty Contest
Y
52-04-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
The Beauty Contest."
52-04-15
29
Casting
Y
52-04-15 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Family Doctor
52-04-22
30
The Pageant
Y
52-04-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
The Pageant."
52-04-29
31
The Doctor Goes Shopping
Y
52-04-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
The Doctor Goes Shopping."
52-05-06
32
House Cleaning
Y
52-05-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Family Doctor
52-05-13
33
Campaigning
Y
52-05-13 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Family Doctor
52-05-20
34
The New Suit
Y
52-05-20 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Family Doctor
52-05-27
35
New York
Y
52-05-27 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Family Doctor
52-06-03
36
Out of Control
Y
52-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Out of Control."
52-06-10
37
The Call
Y
52-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
The Call."
52-06-17
38
The Decision
Y
52-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
The Decision."
52-06-24
39
Farewell To Cedarton
Y
52-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "
Farewell to Cedarton."
52-07-01
--
Farewell To Cedarton
--
52-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Family Doctor (WFOW): "Farewell to Cedarton."
52-07-08
--
--
52-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WFOW-FM 8:00 Ralph Ginsburg






The Family Doctor Radio Program Biographies




Lindsay MacHarrie
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor, Writer, Director;Head of Programming for ABC
(1901-1960)

Birthplace:
Unknown

Education:
University of Washington

Military Service:
Served as Chief of the Radio Section and Public Information Secretary of the London contingent of The American Red Cross

Radiography:
1931 On With the Show
1933 California Cocktails
1933 The Rangers
1933 Headliners
1934 Crazy Quilt
1934 Komedy Kapers
1934 The Laff Parade
1934 The Blue Monday Jamboree
1934 Calling All Cars
1937 The Cinnamon Bear
1937 Komedy Kingdom
1938 The Rudy Vallee Hour
1938 The Family Doctor
1939 Lux Radio Theatre
1939 Silver Theatre
1940 Can You Imagine That
1942 The Blue Theatre
1943 Mayor Of the Town
1943 Red Cross Reporter
1944 Ellery Queen
Myrt and Marge
Guess What
Brief obituary for Lindsay MacHarrie from May 23 1960
Brief obituary for Lindsay MacHarrie from May 23 1960

Elvia Allman and Lindsay MacHarrie met while working at KHJ, Hollywood
Elvia Allman and Lindsay MacHarrie met while working at KHJ Hollywood

razy Quilt promo for S. & L. Co. from March 20 1935
Crazy Quilt spot ad for S. & L. Co. from March 20 1935

In spite of a relatively busy career in West coast Radio of the 1930s, surprisingly little is currently known about the personal and professional details of Lindsay MacHarrie's life.

MacHarrie broke into Radio first at radio station KUJ, then migrated to California to work at Hollywood station KHJ in numerous capacities between 1926 and 1938. His most popular early performances over network Radio were in On With The Show (1931), California Cocktails (1933), The Rangers (1933), and the several 1934 sketch comedies of the legendary Elvia Allman, including Crazy Quilt, Komedy Kapers, The Laff Parade, and The Blue Monday Jamboree. MacHarrie later teamed up with Allman in Komedy Kingdom (1937).

MacHarrie was also a member of the ensemble responsible for 1937's legendary The Cinnamon Bear Christmas serial, serving as both actor and director with a cast of what would eventually become many of Radio's Golden Age luminaries.

He acted in, wrote, directed and produced mostly syndicated West Coast productions such as Can You Imagine That (1940), for which he also acted as host and narrator. He'd also appeared in nationwide programs such as Calling All Cars, Myrt and Marge, The Rudy Vallee Hour, Lux Radio Theatre, Silver Theatre, The Blue Theatre and Mayor of The Town.

He took a break from civilian life during World War II, serving for two years as the Chief of the Radio Section and Secretary of Public Information for the London contingent of The American Red Cross.

Upon completing his contract with The Red Cross, he returned to performing, writing directing, and producing Radio features for the American Broadcasting Company.

Striken with tuberculosis, MacHarrie was in and out of hospitals during his 50s, and ultimately suffered an overdose of barbiturates shortly after being discharged from his latest hospitalization in 1960. He was reportedly despondent over the progress of his treatment regimen.

MacHarrie's versatility in Radio and Telvision spanned a career of over 35 years in Broadcasting. Noted for his bell-clear voice, engaging delivery and comedic and dramatic timing MacHarrie was a popular West Coast favorite definitely marked down for even greater opportunities in Broadcasting. But bedeviled by his persistent illness, MacHarrie's premature passing was a reflection of both his impatience with his health and the effects of the extraordinary competition in early Television broadcasting.

His 1940 Can You Imagine That series captures much of his on-air personality for generations to come. His promise, though regrettably never fully realized, is reflected in the over two-hundred circulating recordings that showcase his talents.



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