Drama / Soap Opera
Ma Perkins was a radio soap opera which was heard for 15 minutes on NBC and CBS from August 14, 1933 to November 25, 1960 for a total of 7,065 episodes. Between 1942 and 1949, the show was heard simultaneously on both networks. Oxydol soap was the original sponsor and dropped its sponsorship in 1956.
" America ’s Mother of the Air" was portrayed by actress Virginia Payne, who began the role at the age of 23 and never missed a performance during the program's 27-year run. Ma Perkins owned and operated a lumber yard in the small southern town of Rushville Center. The show centered around Ma offering her homespun philosophy to troubled souls in need of advice.
Ma Perkins centered around the titular character, who ran a lumber yard in the small town of Rushville Center. Ma Perkin's three children, Evey, Fay and John, and Ma Perkins dealings with them, provided many of the plot points for the show , with other plots being provided by the inhabitants of the town. Over the years Ma Perkins became not only a mother to her children, but also the town of Rushville Center, and by extension, an embodiment of motherhood and matronly advice to the nation as a whole. Over its life, the show aired a total of 7,065 episodes!
Virginia Payne as Ma Perkins
Charles Egelston as Shuffle Shober, Ma's best friend (1933-1958)
Edwin Wolfe as Shuffle Shober (1958-1960)
Dora Johnson as Evey Perkins (1933-1944)
Laurette Fillbrandt as Evey Perkins (1944-1945)
Kay Campbell as Evey Perkins (1945-1960)
Isabelle Krehbiel as Fay Perkins (1933)
Rita Ascot as Fay Perkins
Margaret Draper as Fay Perkins
Gilbert Faust as John Perkins