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Nov. 26, 1960: CBS cancels four radio soap operas: “Ma Perkins,” “Dr. Jerry Malone,” “The Right to Happiness” and “The Second Mrs. Burton.” Also canceled: “Amos ‘n’ Andy.”
A Times editorial said: “Daytime radio is retrenching. There will be more news, more music, more personalities, more variety. But the soap operas will no longer fill the morning hours. The CBS network is closing out the last of them, although the newer, brighter detergent operas will still fill hours of television time.”
Virginia Payne, the voice of Ma Perkins, tells Times radio columnist Don Page: "We just finished doing the 7,000th broadcast. I can't believe it will end. It is one of the last bits of Americana left."
Listen: “Ma Perkins,” “Right to Happiness” and “Amos ‘n’ Andy.”