Johnny Olsen's Rumpus Room

Dumont (ended 1952)


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Long before Johnny Olsen became known as the dean of game show announcers, he was a very busy and popular radio personality. He was also on the ground floor of the new medium of television, hosting this early DuMont series, credited as the first network daytime show from New York. Little information is known about the show, other than that it was a loose variety show that showcased Olsen's skills at humorous ad-libbing with guests. Olsen himself recalled doing the show with his wife, Penny, in a tiny studio at 515 Madison Avenue, featuring singers, baton-twirlers and tap dancers. While hosting Rumpus Room and serveral radio programs, Olsen commuted to Chicago each week to host the ABC series Fun For the Money.