Ruth Lyons (Ruth Reeves Oct.4,1905 to Nov. 7 1988) was a pioneer inradio and television broadcasting. Her career was in Cincinnati,Ohio. She was the creator of the daytime TV talk show and she built an empire around that.
Her career began at WKRC w she worked as a radio show pianist and organist. Her first broadcast was when a show host called in sick and she was asked to take over. In 1942 WKRC lost Lyons because of t failure to give her a $10 raise and she went to WLW. The owner of Taft broadcasting said the ten dollar raise cost his company millions in advertising.
The 50/50 Club started on radio when 50 women were invited to a daily broadcast. It was renamed the 50/50 club when the audience went to 100. It was broadcast on TV for 90 minutes. Ruth had a variety of guests including Bob Hope, Arthur Godfrey, David Letterman and Phil Donahue. Ruth also ad libbed TV commercials. She is credited with making... read more