Cultural highlights of 1935
Radio shows: US
• America's Town Meeting [of the Air] (NBC, from 30 May) begins a 21-year run.
• Backstage Wife (Mutual, from 5 August). Drama; run continues to 1959.
• Cavalcade of America (CBS, from 9 October). Half-hour real-life dramas, series runs until 1953, moving to NBC in 1939. It is sponsored throughout its run by DuPont ('Better things for better living through chemistry.'
• Fibber McGee and Molly (from 16 April).
• G-Men (NBC, from 20 July). Crime series, later called Gangbusters, begins a 22-year run.
• Lights Out (NBC, from 17 April). Horror show begins a 17-year run.
• Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour (NBC network from 24 March after a year locally on WOR). It is later hosted by Ted Mack, transfers to television, and runs on radio until 1952. Winners on 8 September are the Hoboken Four, whose lead singer is Frank Sinatra.
• Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (CBS, from 4 February). Hick drama. It runs until 23 December 1938.
• Popeye (NBC, from 10 September). Comedy, based on the cartoon strip by Elzie Crisler Segar.
• Your Lucky Strike Hit Parade (NBC, from 20 April). Based on record companies' reports of their sales, it popularises the term 'hit parade' and runs until 1959. The first number one is Irving Berlin's Cheek to Cheek.
• Porgy and Bess, George Gershwin's opera, opens in Boston (30 September) and on Broadway (10 October).