Mutual Game of the Day
According to The Sporting News, one August night in 1948, while the New York Yankees were embroiled in a game with another pennant contender, New York radio station WOR, corporate headquarters and East Coast network operations center for the Mutual Broadcasting System, received a long distance phone call. The call was routed to Paul Jonas, Sports Director for MBS. The urgent voice at the other end of the phone said that he was in a hotel suite in New Orleans and his room radio could not pick up the broadcast of the Yankee game that had started a few minutes earlier. The caller asked that Jonas leave his phone receiver next to a radio speaker which was tuned in to the night’s game, promising to take care of the phone bill when the game was over.
Nine innings and $340 in toll charges later, the wealthy Yankee fan had his play-by-play account of the game, and Jonas had come up with a great idea. He figured that this millionaire must be one of 50 or 75 million Americans outside the direct radio range of major league baseball and pondered the possibility of bring them the country’s national pastime to a vast audience by national network broadcasts.
Jonas shared his idea with other MBS executives. All were in agreement, and the Mutual Game of the Day was born – bringing live-action detail direct from American League parks, with National League games intermingled, to a coast-to-coast audience of 75,000,000 people six days a week.
These pitch-by-pitch broadcasts were carried on most Mutual stations, including WONN.
1950 - 1959 WONN (Featured Program)