Family Theater aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System from February 13,1947 till September 11, 1957.
In the opening minutes of each show the announcer would say “More has been wrought by prayer than this world dreams of “.
It is the best of the radio theater shows in my estimation since it was such a family oriented program.
The shows started telecasting in 1951 while the radio version was still being broadcast.
The very first regular episode starred Don Ameche and Loretta Young in Flight From Home with Jimmy Stewart as the host.
The following writeup at radiogoldindex.com describes that program:
65761. Family Theatre. February 13, 1947. Mutual net. “Flight From Home”. Sustaining. The first show of the series. A powerful drama about a marriage in deep trouble. The script was subsequently reused on “Family Theatre” on January 8, 1952 (see cat. #66521). Jimmy Stewart (host), Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, True Boardman (writer), Richard Sanville (director). 29:49. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.
My favorite show in the series was A Daddy For Christmas which I listen to every Christmas season since it reminds me of the true meaning of Christmas. This program will take the listener on an emotional roller coaster but the ending makes it worth listening to till the very end.
70323. Family Theatre. December 15, 1948. Mutual net. “Daddy For Christmas”. Sustaining. Young Stevie asks Santa Claus for a daddy for Christmas! His mom winds up married to Santa, who tries to be a good father…but fails. A tearful story that’s good radio. Shirley Temple (hostess), Pat O’Brien, Bobby Driscoll, Linda Johnson, Jack Lyman (writer). 25:02. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.
The Flight Home episode can be heard at otr.net No.2 on the list of programs:
The Daddy For Christmas episode can be heard at No.95 on list of programs.
Family Theater is old time radio at its best and you will hear some of the biggest movie stars at the time on the programs.