In 1938, Lucille Ball, as many other starlets, picked up radio as a way to earn extra money as well as gain exposure.
Early in 1938 I appeared on Jack Haley’s weekly radio program, The Wonder Show. This led to a featured spot on Phil Baker’s Hollywood radio show. I worked with some wonderful comics, Jack Carson and Al Pierce, as well as Jack Haley and Phil Baker. This gave me a name in the trade as a good feminine foil. I could flip a comedy line, which a lot of actresses couldn’t do. In radio I couldn’t depend upon props or costumes or makeup; I had to rely on timing and tone of voice for comedy effects, and this was invaluable training.
- Lucille Ball (from her autobiography Love, Lucy)