Welcome to the Official Website for The
Original Amateur Hour!
We're glad you stopped in to find out more about this
Long before TV's "American Idol" became a mega-hit,
there was one radio and television series that started
the talent competition craze. It was called: "The
Original Amateur Hour." On TV the host was Ted Mack. On
radio it was Major Edward Bowes and on cable it was
Willard Scott. Almost 50 major stars of movies, records,
stage, screen and television got their start on this
series. This is the show that made the "gong" famous as
well as "the wheel of fortune" and the phrase: "round'
and 'round she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows."
Some of these first-time of struggling amateurs who got
their start on "The Original Amateur Hour" included
Frank Sinatra, Pat Boone, Nick Carter, Gladys Knight,
Ann-Margret, Robert Klein, Raul Julia, Beverly Sills,
Connie Francis, Maria Callas, Joey Dee and The
Starlighters, Robert Merrill, Jim Stafford and many
others. This web site shows you some sample glimpses of
these great stars when they were still unknowns. You can
see their entire performances as well as crazy novelty
acts, radio and tv history, complete episodes of "The
Original Amateur Hour" and much more, by ordering the
full 2-DVD set through this site.
Please browse the various departments on this site to
learn more about one of the landmark programs in
broadcast history. Send us your questions and comments
... and most of all ... have some nostalgic fun
remembering: "THE ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR!"
Want your very own copy of a specific
show for you or someone you know?
Have you ever appeared on
"The Original Amateur Hour"
and want a copy of your appearance? That
historic show may be available!
Click here to learn
how to order copies!