Now, cut that out!

Old-time radio’s greatest comedy ensemble is still funny, and worth checking out

John I. Carney

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The cast of “The Jack Benny Program,” standing in a line outside the doors of NBC studios. Jack Benny has his arms linked with Don Wilson and Mary Livingstone
The classic lineup, from left: Phil Harris, Don Wilson, Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, Eddie Anderson. Mel Blanc, not pictured here, played a number of characters, including Benny’s sputtering old Maxwell car.

Every now and then, especially if I’m driving further than just across town, I will turn on SiriusXM’s Radio Classics channel. I will stop and listen to “Gunsmoke” or “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar,” or other things if they happen to be on when I flip over.

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John I. Carney

Author of “Dislike: Faith and Dialogue in the Age of Social Media,” available at http://www.lakeneuron.com/dislike