Jeanette’s extensive radio career may have begun with a broadcast of the Publix Hour, 9/28/29. She was on the Academy Awards ceremony broadcast in 1931. She hosted her own show, the Vicks Open House, from September 1937 to March 1938 for which she received $5,000 a week. However, the time demands of doing a weekly live radio show while filming, touring in concert, making records, and maintaining a happy home for husband Gene Raymond proved enormously difficult, and she decided not to renew her radio contract at the end of the 26-week season. Thereafter, she stuck to guest appearances.
Jeanette appeared in condensed radio versions of many of her films on programs like Cecil B. Demille’s Lux Radio Theatre and the Railroad Hour with Gordon MacRae: The Merry Widow, Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie, Maytime, Sweethearts, Bitter Sweet, Smilin’ Through, and The Sun Comes Up, plus other operettas and musicals like Victor Herbert’s Mlle Modiste, Irene, The Student Prince, Tonight or Never with Melvyn Douglas, A Song for Clotilda, The Gift of the Magi, and Apple Blossoms.
Other shows included The Electric Hour, the Prudential Family Hour, Screen Guild, Kraft Music Hall, and the Voice of Firestone. In 1953, Jeanette sang “The National Anthem” at the inauguration of President Eisenhower, which was broadcast on both radio and TV.
SOME OF JEANETTE MACDONALD’S RADIO APPEARANCES
(If you can provide information on additional programs, it will be gratefully accepted and added to the following list.)
Jeanette appeared regularly on the radio starting with the Paramount Publix Hour in 1930. Just a few of her hundreds of shows are listed here.
LUX RADIO THEATRE
June 29, 1936-Irene
January 25, 1937. Tonight or Never with Melvyn Douglas and Mary Garden.
January 5, 1942. Smilin’ Through with Brian Aherne and Gene Raymond.
June 12, 1944. Naughty Marietta with Nelson Eddy.
September 4, 1944. Maytime with Nelson Eddy and Edgar Barrier.
THE ELECTRIC HOUR
April 15, 1945 (Nelson Eddy, host) Gounod’s Ave Maria; I Think When I Read That Sweet Song of Old.
April 22, 1945 (Nelson Eddy, host) Sweetheart Waltz, duet with Eddy; The Italian Street Song; Medley with Eddy: Wanting You; Rose Marie; Will You Remember; I’ll See You Again; Indian Love Call.
December 16, 1945 (Nelson Eddy, host) Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life, duet with Eddy; Medley with Eddy: Wanting You; Will You Remember?; Chansonette (solo); I’ll See You Again; Indian Love Call.
February 17, 1946. Miss MacDonald substituted for Eddy who was ill.
April 7, 1946 (Nelson Eddy, host) Will You Remember, duet with Eddy and The Call of Life, duet with Eddy.
VOICE OF FIRESTONE
December 4, 1944, with Thomas L. Thomas. Just a Little Love, a Little Kiss; Day After Day; Annie Laurie.
November 30, 1950. Broadcast simultaneously over radio and television.
FORD SUNDAY EVENING HOUR
November 4, 1945 with Detroit Symphony. Come Thou, Almighty King; In the Luxembourg Gardens; Miranda.
PRUDENTIAL FAMILY HOUR
October 13, 1946. Giannina Mia; Liebestraum; Italian Street Song; Bless This House.
December 15, 1947 – Sweethearts with Nelson Eddy.
KRAFT MUSIC HALL
September 16, 1948, Nelson Eddy, host. Romance; Lover; Indian Love Call, duet with Nelson Eddy.
April 17, 1949 (Easter show) Christ the Lord is Risen.
RAILROAD HOUR with Gordon MacRae
January 17, 1949. Naughty Marietta.
January 31, 1949. Bittersweet.
March 7, 1949. The Merry Widow.
April 18, 1949. Apple Blossoms.