There is a scene in the 1973 movie Paper Moon that features Ryan O'Neal's daughter Tatum O'Neal sitting down to enjoy one the very few pleasures that poor people had during the Depression -- listening to a popular radio show. Tatum's character eagerly tunes in Fibber McGee and Molly just in time to hear Fibber open the hall closet door to the sound of a resounding crash.
During the golden age of radio from about 1932 to about 1952, the city of Chicago was just as likely to be the point of origin for national network hookups as either New York or Los Angeles. One of the best known network shows was The National Barn Dance produced by WLS Radio in Chicago and carried by NBC Blue Network (later ABC) affiliates for many years. The Quiz Kids from WMAQ Radio in The Merchandise Mart was also carried on NBC Blue as was Amos n Andy starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. The two white actors imitated their version of black dialects to play the role of a taxi driver and his friend. While Gosden (Amos) was from Virginia, Correll (Andy) was also born in Peoria and lived in Rock Island and Chicago until he died. Correll also recruited retired Broadway actor Tim Moore, who was African American and a native of Rock Island, to play the role of The Kingfish on the TV version of Amos n Andy from 1951 to 1953.