Ruth Lyons , (born Ruth Reeves Oct 4 , 1905 , died Nov 7 , 1988 ) was a pioneer radio and television broadcaster in Cincinnati, Ohio . She began her career in 1929 on radio at WKRC , moving to WLW and WSAI in 1942 . Her show, the 50/50 Club, was aired nationwide by NBC for 11 months in 1951 ; it was also the first show broadcast in color in Cincinnati, in 1957 .It is said Ruth Lyons -- quite by accident -- more or less invented the daytime TV talk show. But her story long preceded television. Ruth Lyons spent nearly 50 years on Cincinnati TV and radio. She was a natural entertainer with a gift for knowing what the common man and woman wanted. She became an astute businesswoman, who understood the power of radio and TV. Much like Arthur Godfrey and others of the era, Ruth built an empire no one could touch, despite criticism. Considering her ratings and the love of viewers and listeners, no one dared. Broadcast managers with new ideas came and went. Many were baffled by her success. Later, they would realize that it was simply the essence of broadcasting: one-on-one communication at its best and involving a particular midwestern audience. No chips or cracks to glasses, they are in fabulous condition. Lucky winning bidder please include $7 s/h in USA.
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