TEX AND JINX Radio & Television BROADCAST HISTORY:
April 22, 1946- February 27, 1959.
WEAF (WNBC, WRCA), New York weekdays at 8:30 A.M. until 1954; at 1:00pm,1954-1955; then at 6:30 and 10:35pm until July 31, 1958, moving briefly to WOR, broadcasting at 2:15pm.
In addition to the Kollmars (Dorothy Kilgallen and husband Richard Kollmar) and the Fitzgeralds (Pegeen and husband Ed Fitzgerald), another well-recognized New York couple, newlyweds Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg, added their own bread-and-bacon banter to the local airwaves between 1946 and 1959. Their gabfest, initially Hi Jinx but later revised to Tex and Jinx, was beamed over WEAF which was subsequently re-lettered WNBC and later WRCA. In limited doses, the flagship outlet of the National Broadcasting Company transmitted Meet Tex and Jinx to the whole country during 1947 and 1948.
Tex and Jinx devoted most of their airtime to lofty and noble concepts, visitors and sidebars. Tex and Jinx [on WEAF-WNBC-WRCA] were interviewing Bernard Baruch, Margaret Truman, or Ethel Waters…. McCrary built the show on the assumption that the early morning audience was not stupid, as programmers generally assumed; that people in general had fresher minds and were more open to serious topics at the beginning of the day.”
Their joint radio venture began in April 1946 just 10 months following their nuptials (June 10, 1945). Launched as a breakfast feature, the series later shifted to afternoons and finally into the evening hours before departing the ether a dozen years afterward. They were branded by one journalist “Mr. Brains and Mrs. Beauty.”
In early 1947 NBC put them on its television network as a portion of a Sunday evening quarter-hour dubbed Bristol-Myers Tele-Varieties. “The McCrarys were naturals for TV,” wrote a reviewer, “with their combination of friendly chatter, interviews, and features.” That summer the web awarded them an exclusive Sunday night half-hour format under the appellation At Home with Tex and Jinx. A decade later, in the 1957-58 season, the duo hosted a daytime NBC-TV showcase, The Tex and Jinx Show.
When hepatitis sidetracked Falkenburg in 1958 from their broadcast commitments, McCrary carried on solo on their radio show for another couple of years. In the 1980s, however, the couple separated, remaining on genial terms. McCrary died in New York on July 29, 2003 and Falkenburg expired just 29 days later in the same city, on August 27, 2003.
The scores of TEX AND JINX SHOWS archived by Archival Television Audio, Inc. were originally obtained as original 16" Electronic Discs from Barry Farber, producer of the show (1957-1959), in 1960 after he had begun his own career in front of the mike at WINS Radio. These discs were subsequently transferred to 1/4" reel to reel tape, and then disposed. These broadcasts are rare and represent the largest known collection of TEX AND JINX extant broadcasts in the world.
Today's Headlines: Marion Davies married, 550,000 hail Princess Elizabeth in Washington, DC, Reds yield on truce line in Korea. Vatican ambassador appointment cited as disaster by Protestants, A-bomb can be used on field of battle, might be used in Korea if truce talks fail, according to Congressman Albert Gore, Sr. Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella voted National League Most Valuable Player. Joe Louis asks public to bear with him concerning future plans. Negro football players jaw broken deliberately during game.
Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper looks back over the thirty years she has spent in the movie capital. Guests are Gary Cooper, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Lucille Ball, Robert Cummings, Anthony Perkins, Don Murray, Hope Lange, John Cassavetes, Stephen Boyd, Gloria Swanson, Janet Gaynor, Francis X. Bushman, Ramon Novarro, Marion Davies, Jody McCrea, Walt Disney, William Daniels, Westmore Brothers, Anne Bauchens, King Vidor, Teddy Rooney and Bob Hope. Liza Minnelli sings a song her mother made famous, "Over the Rainbow."
This version of Hedda Hopper's Hollywood is a complete audio air check which includes the original opening and contains all Rexall commercials. It's drawback is that this air check was recorded by open mike and not by direct line like Archival Television Audio #6: Hedda Hopper's Hollywood.
If requested, for a small additional fee, a special edited version can be processed using the best elements available, combining the original opening and all Rexall commercials with the more pristine direct line audio represented in ATA#6, creating the best audible complete version of this broadcast available.