Arthur Godfrey

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey

Profession: Radio and TV Host

United States of America

Biography: Arthur Godfrey was a popular American radio and television personality in the 1940s and 1950s. He began his career in radio in the 1930s and quickly became known for his folksy, down-to-earth personality and his ability to connect with his audience.

Godfrey was one of the first broadcasters to gain a national following, and he helped to pave the way for other popular radio and television personalities. He was a successful businessman as well, owning several radio and television stations. In the 1950s, he was also a pioneer in the use of product placement on television.

Godfrey retired from broadcasting in the early 1960s, but continued to make occasional appearances on television.

Born: August 31, 1903
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: March 16, 1983 (aged 79)

Historical Events

  • 1945-04-30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio
  • 1949-01-12 "Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1951-06-25 1st color TV broadcast, CBS' Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities
  • 1953-10-19 Singer Julius LaRosa is fired on TV by Arthur Godfrey
  • 1972-04-30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio