The Resource Calling All Cooks,, (sound recording)

Calling All Cooks,, (sound recording)

Calling All Cooks,, 1949-1954
Calling All Cooks,
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These recordings consist of the half-hour broadcasts of the Calling All Cooks quiz program and cover each weekly broadcast from October 29, 1949, to March 25, 1950, and then intermittent broadcasts from March 3, 1951, to February 13, 1954, at the WRVA Theater and John Marshall High School in Richmond. The Master of Ceremonies of the show is George Passage, and the announcer is Carl Stutz. Eight women compete on two teams of four as the Cooks and the Bakers, alternately coming on stage and answering cooking and food related questions in order to win prizes provided by the sponsors. Each prize selection is punctuated with a scripted advertisement for the product read by Carl Stutz. Prizes included items such as a Speed Queen Washer or an Airway Sanitone vacuum. Advertisers include Cloverleaf Dry Milk; Creamo margarine; Crutchfield's Corn Cake; Domino Cigarettes; FFV (Famous Foods for Virginia) Cookies and Crackers; Fleischmann's yeast; Holiday Cigarettes; Marcal paper products; Nolde's All-American Bread; Norge kitchen appliances, as supplied by local retailers; Oakite cleanser; Old Mansion Coffee, Tea & Spices; Reynolds Metal Wrap; the Richmond Dairy; Seabrook Farms frozen foods; Shoepeg corn; and Skinner's Raisin Bran, Egg Noodles and other products. At the mid-point of the program, Calling All Cooks Home Economist Harriet Allen provides cooking tips in the Norge kitchen stage set, while bantering back and forth with George Passage. Following each on-air program, Harriett Allen, with Passage's assistance, demonstrates new homemaking ideas and time-saving recipes for the audience
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Biographical or historical data
Broadcast every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. from either the WRVA Theater or the John Marshall High School Auditorium in Richmond, Calling all Cooks was a Saturday morning quiz show designed specifically as a way for sponsors to advertise their cooking and homemaking products. The program, which first aired on October 29, 1949, was hosted by Carl Stutz, who also hosted WRVA's morning program "Easy Does It," and emceed by George Passage, WRVA's news and sports editor. Passage, chosen for his handsome demeanor and appeal to females, was paired with Harriett Allen, a knowledgeable home economist and veteran newspaper writer, to provide tips on cooking and to give joint demonstrations of the sponsors' products following the on-air program. Calling All Cook's last broadcast was February 13, 1954.
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Format of music
not applicable
Funding information
Reformatting was funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Literary text for sound recordings
Calling All Cooks,, (sound recording)
Duration: 12 hr., 9 min., 37 sec
  • The Library of Virginia
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Configuration of playback channels
4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
13 sound discs
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
  • Preservation CD was created using a Disc Makers ReflexPro4 CD by LVA, May 2004. Burned at 32X.
  • Reference CD was created using a Tascom CDRW 5000 by the Cutting Corporation, November 2003. Burned at 1X.
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Specific material designation
sound disc
1.4m. per second (discs)
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Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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