and Jim Jordan---seen here in a photo from their Chicago days---assumed the classic
roles of Fibber McGee and Molly in the Merchandise Mart studios from the time
of the show's inception in the spring of 1935 until their move to Southern California
in the early months of 1939.
Jordans made their Chicago radio debut on WIBO and later moved on to WENR
and WMAQ when the station
was still owned by the Chicago Daily News. When NBC purchased WMAQ late
1931, the Jordans moved over to the Merchandise Mart where, next to Freeman Gosden
and Charles Correll, they became the network's hottest Chicago properties. "Smackout"
(which you can listen to) was their first hit. But "Marian and Jim"
(as they were known in their early days) also popped up on any number of variety
shows (including "The Breakfast
Club") NBC pumped to the net or ran locally.