This Pot O' Gold was radio's first ever big money giveaway show.
NBC Radio (Weekly): 9/26/1939 – 6/5/1941
ABC Radio (Weekly): 10/2/1946 – 3/26/1947
Ben Grauer (NBC)
Rush Hughes (NBC)
Happy Felton (ABC)
Jack Costello (NBC)
Bob Shepard (ABC)
The premise of the radio program was that any person who picked up the telephone when the host called would automatically win $1,000. Phone numbers were chosen by three spins on the Wheel of Fortune: (1) choice of phone directory, (2) page number and (3) the line on the page. Later in the run, failing to get the call awarded $100 as a consolation prize, and the remaining $900 was added to the following week's pot (on occasion reaching $2,800).
New York City, NY