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Bob and Ray (OTR 1948-1960)

Bob and Ray (OTR 1948-1960)
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Bob and Ray

Bob Elliott (born 1923) and Ray Goulding (1922–1990) were an American comedy team whose career spanned five decades. Their format was typically to satirize the medium in which they were performing, such as conducting radio or television interviews, with off-the-wall dialogue presented in a generally deadpan style as though it were a serious interview.

Elliott and Goulding began on Boston radio. Each was a disc jockey with his own program on radio station WHDH-AM, and each would visit with the other while on the air. Their informal banter was so appealing that WHDH would call on them, as a team, to fill in when Red Sox baseball broadcasts were rained out. Elliott and Goulding (not yet known as Bob and Ray) would improvise comedy routines all afternoon, and joke around with studio musicians.

Elliott and Goulding's brand of humor caught on, and WHDH gave them their own weekday show in 1946. Matinee with Bob and Ray was originally a 15-minute show, soon expanding to half an hour. This is why Elliott and Goulding became known as Bob and Ray: it rhymed with "Matinee." Goulding later quipped, "If the word had been Matinob, we would have been Ray and Bob."

They continued on the air for over four decades on NBC, CBS, Mutual, on New York City local stations (WINS, WOR, WHN) and NPR, ending in 1987. In the 1970s they were the afternoon drive hosts on WOR.

They were regulars on NBC's Monitor, often on stand-by to go on the air at short notice if the program's planned segments developed problems, and they were also heard in a surprising variety of formats and timeslots, from a 15-minute series in mid-afternoon to their hour-long show aired weeknights just before midnight in 1954-55. During that same period, they did an audience participation game show, Pick and Play with Bob and Ray, which was short-lived. It came at a time when network pages filled seats for radio-TV shows by giving tickets to anyone in the street, and on Pick and Play the two comics were occasionally booed by audience members unfamiliar with the Bob and Ray comedy style.

Some of their radio episodes were released on recordings, and others were adapted into graphic story form for publication in Mad magazine. Their earlier shows were mostly ad-libbed, but later programs relied more heavily on scripts. While Bob and Ray wrote much of their material, their writers included Tom Koch, who scripted many of their best-known routines, and the pioneering radio humorist Raymond Knight. Bob Elliott later married Knight's widow. Another writer was Jack Beauvais, who had performed as a singer for WEEI in Boston during the 1930s and also worked for some of the big bands in the 1940s and 1950s.

276 radio shows (in MP3 format) all on 1 data CD!



Numbers refer to production or broadcast dates (yymmdd) and series number when known:

  • 480827 Bob & Ray
  • 480913 Bob & Ray
  • 481010 Bob & Ray
  • 481013 Bob is off Because H
  • 481014 How Bob Got Rid of H
  • 481225 Their Worst Show Eve
  • 481227 Life and Loves of Li
  • 490114 Bob & Ray
  • 490700 In A Rush
  • 490715 Bob & Ray
  • 490716 Bob & Ray
  • 490718 Bob & Ray
  • 490719 Poet's Corner
  • 490720 Bob & Ray
  • 490728 Ray's Sunburn
  • 490800 Bob's Drive Through
  • 490801 Covering a Legionair
  • 490802 Mary McGoon to Swim
  • 490803 Guest 'Tex' Sings Co
  • 490805 Bob & Ray
  • 490809 Bob & Ray
  • 490811 Twenty-Five Years of
  • 490812 Review of Black Beau
  • 490813 Bob & Ray
  • 490815 Bob & Ray
  • 490816 Bob & Ray
  • 490817 Bob & Ray
  • 490818 Bob & Ray
  • 490819 Bob & Ray
  • 490820 Bob & Ray
  • 490822 Bob & Ray
  • 490823 New Singer Cleve McG
  • 490824 Visit to a Chocolate
  • 490825 Bob & Ray
  • 490829 The Brockton Fair
  • 490831 Organ and Piano Play
  • 490900 Using Old Army Blank
  • 490903 How to Impress a Wai
  • 490906 Tuesday After Labor
  • 490914 Bob & Ray
  • 490917 Bob & Ray
  • 490919 Bob & Ray
  • 490920 Mystery Band Contest
  • 490924 Testing the Paint Sp
  • 490926 Guest is the Mystery
  • 491013 Bob & Ray
  • 491014 Old Sayings
  • 491114 Bob & Ray
  • 491116 Chief Warped Arrow
  • 491117 A Visit to an Old Ca
  • 491200 Conversation Between
  • 491203 Visit From Lyle Gump
  • 491207 Bob & Ray
  • 491208 Lawrence McGafigan,
  • 491209 More Lawrence McGafi
  • 491210 Bob & Ray
  • 491213 Bob & Ray
  • 491215 Bill Green Plays the
  • 491216 Bob & Ray
  • 491217 School Assembly
  • 491219 Bob & Ray
  • 491226 Bob and Ray Painted
  • 501222 Annual Christmas Par
  • 501223 Day After the Christ
  • 510000 Tomorrow's Boston Ma
  • 510117 Anniversary of Brink
  • 510320 Out West
  • 510503 Bob in the Hospital
  • 510601 Diet Expert Dr Claud
  • 590629 Basement Broadcast S
  • 590630 Musical Typewriter
  • 590701 Camp Counselor
  • 590702 Sports-a-Phone
  • 590703 Captain Cavalry
  • 590706 Home Affair Theater
  • 590707 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 590708 Our Fella Thursday
  • 590709 Laugh Machine
  • 590710 Pheffernick Stadium
  • 590713 Charlie Chu
  • 590714 Grand Motel
  • 590715 American League Gree
  • 590716 Smelly Dave
  • 590717 Sports Reporter
  • 590720 Rescue Squadron
  • 590721 Barry Campbell Recor
  • 590722 Tour of a Road Sign
  • 590723 Flaming Bombadine
  • 590724 Smelly Dave in Peori
  • 590727 Planning for the Com
  • 590728 Moose Gap, Indiana
  • 590729 Biff Burns With a Fi
  • 590730 Smelly Dave at Alban
  • 590731 Bob and Ray Employee
  • 590803 Gumshoe Flarety
  • 590804 Who Wants to Know
  • 590805 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 590806 Army Amature Program
  • 590807 Wally Ballou and Fam
  • 590810 Answering Service
  • 590811 After Hours Televisi
  • 590812 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 590813 The Bob and Ray Saw-
  • 590814 Mr Sciences
  • 590817 The Traveling Bedlow
  • 590818 The Great Tightrope
  • 590819 Lawrence Fecthenberg
  • 590820 Scarf Johnson, Crop
  • 590821 Vincent Price
  • 590824 Arthur Shark From Du
  • 590825 Steve Bosco
  • 590826 Good Neighbor Award
  • 590827 Barry Campbell
  • 590828 Ransom Call for Smel
  • 590901 The Skinniest Man
  • 590902 Courtroom of the Air
  • 590903 Big Motor Race at th
  • 590903 Ward Stuffer Reports
  • 590904 Wally Ballou on Cone
  • 590907 Dean Archer Armstead
  • 590908 Tex Blasedale and Hi
  • 590909 Bif Burns
  • 590910 Smelly Dave Found
  • 590911 Lawrence Fecthenberg
  • 590914 One Fella's Family
  • 590915 Leonard Burnside Cro
  • 590917 Lawrence Fecthenberg
  • 590918 Wally Ballou Watches
  • 590921 Bob and Ray Gourmet
  • 590922 One Fella's Family
  • 590923 Public Lawyer
  • 590924 Grand Motel
  • 590925 Project Far Sight
  • 590928 Fly Away School of A
  • 590929 Wally Ballou in a Ba
  • 590930 Mr District Defender
  • 591001 Jack Headstrong, All
  • 591002 Bob and Ray Trophy T
  • 591005 One Fella's Family
  • 591006 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 591007 Old West Dramatizati
  • 591008 Campaign Microphones
  • 591009 Wrap-Up Time Detecti
  • 591012 Guess the Name of th
  • 591013 Celebrating Columbus
  • 591014 Chat With Champions
  • 591015 Up in the Morning Wi
  • 591016 Natalie Attired
  • 591019 Weekley Fights with
  • 591020 Clifford Fleming
  • 591021 Nick Tinney's Birthd
  • 591022 Setting the Record S
  • 591023 One Fella's Family
  • 591026 Professor Gragins Sp
  • 591027 Wally Ballou Visits
  • 591028 Lawrence Fecthenberg
  • 591029 Webley Wester Player
  • 591030 Wally Ballou in Down
  • 591102 Bones Bronson
  • 591103 Late Night With Hack
  • 591104 Good Neighbor Award
  • 591105 Charles the Poet
  • 591106 Visit With Traffic C
  • 591109 Gourmet Club
  • 591110 Clock Hospital
  • 591111 Wally Ballou at the
  • 591112 Dr Howard Zickening,
  • 591113 Natalie Attired
  • 591116 Professor Fallinger,
  • 591117 Arthur Shrank With a
  • 591118 Wally Ballou From Ho
  • 591119 Arthur Shrank From L
  • 591120 Nelson E Plummershaa
  • 591123 One Fella's Family
  • 591124 Shrunken World
  • 591125 Lawrence Fecthenberg
  • 591126 One Fella's Family
  • 591127 Steve Bosco From Ann
  • 591130 Dean Archer Armstead
  • 591201 Wally Ballou at an I
  • 591202 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 591203 One Fella's Family
  • 591204 Al 'Bow-Wow' Perthwa
  • 591207 Army Amature Hour
  • 591208 Tips for Travel to R
  • 591209 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 591210 Barry Campbell
  • 591211 Wally Ballou in Swee
  • 591214 Dean Archer Armstead
  • 591215 One Fella's Family
  • 591216 Wally Ballou in Fron
  • 591217 Wally Ballou From Sa
  • 591218 Bob and Ray Traffic
  • 591221 One Fella's Family
  • 591222 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 591224 Giving Christmas Gif
  • 591224 One Fella's Family
  • 591228 Webly Webster Book R
  • 591229 Charlie Chu, Orienta
  • 591230 This Place for Heroe
  • 591231 Artie Scermalhorn at
  • 591307_Cbs_Show_16
  • 592906_Cbs_Show_01
  • 600101 Sports-a-Phone
  • 600104 Mr Science
  • 600105 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600106 Jessie Few, Toy Bomb
  • 600107 Al Flaming
  • 600108 Bob and Ray Employme
  • 600111 Let's Take a Tour
  • 600112 Dean Archer Armstead
  • 600113 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600114 Special Agent Paul D
  • 600115 One Shot
  • 600118 Wally Ballou From a
  • 600119 Good Neighbor Award
  • 600120 Johnny Crescendo
  • 600121 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600122 Bob and Ray Report
  • 600125 Wally Ballou at Idle
  • 600126 McBeattie Family Sin
  • 600127 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600205 The Green Pickerel
  • 600208 Ladies, Grab Your Se
  • 600209 One Fella's Family
  • 600210 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600211 Armed Forces Humor
  • 600212 Gourmet Club
  • 600215 Biff Burns Sports Ro
  • 600216 One Fella's Family
  • 600217 Mr Science
  • 600218 Ward Stuffer Reports
  • 600219 Natalie Attired
  • 600222 Grand Motel
  • 600223 Anna Mary Sturdly, A
  • 600224 Good Neighbor Award
  • 600229 Feb 29th, Locking th
  • 600301 Mr Trace, Keener Tha
  • 600302 One Fella's Family
  • 600303 Ward Carr From Holly
  • 600308 Bob and Ray's World
  • 600323 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600324 Biff Burns' Sports R
  • 600325 Closing the Door Cer
  • 600329 Sports-A-Phone
  • 600330 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600331 Wally Ballou in Manh
  • 600401 The Coming Out Party
  • 600405 Steve Bosco From Flo
  • 600407 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600411 Secret Camera Progea
  • 600413 Mr Science
  • 600414 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600415 One Fella's Family
  • 600418 Junior Bob and Ray C
  • 600422 Jimmie Feeler From H
  • 600425 Test by the Space In
  • 600428 Wally Ballou From 52
  • 600509 Mr Trace, Keener Tha
  • 600510 One Fella's Family
  • 600511 Mr Science
  • 600518 Project Farsight
  • 600523 One Fella's Family
  • 600524 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600525 Dean Archer Armstead
  • 600526 Gourmet Club
  • 600530 Wally Ballou From Ea
  • 600531 One Fella's Family
  • 600602 Lawrence Fechtenberg
  • 600603 Harlow Hicks, House
  • 600606 Dean Archer Armstead
  • 600609 Audience Guests
  • 600610 Wally Ballou From Sa
  • Best of Comedy Routines 1
  • Best of Comedy Routines 2
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