First heard on radio in 1938, Bob Hope had one of radio\u2019s most popular comedy shows.\u00a0 The wisecracking, the fast one-line put-downs (usually of himself), the deadpan, dry style delivers with absolute precision were Bob\u2019s trademarks.\u00a0 His Pepsodent-sponsored comedy show on NBC radio garnered millions of weekly listeners.\u00a0 Each Summer Hope and his gang took Summer vacation and NBC had its hands full. As a result, they would try to find a suitable replacement for 13-weeks.\r\nIn 1949, NBC turned their eye toward Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis as Hope\u2019s Summer replacement.\u00a0\u00a0Dean and Jerry were popular nightclub performers with sold-out crowds everywhere they play. In conclusion, NBC offered them Bob Hope\u2019s vacated timeslot and commits to one of the biggest build-ups ever given to a pair of newcomers to radio comedy.\u00a0\u00a0Dean and Jerry didn\u2019t disappoint and proved that they could dish out their distinctive brand of zanyism over the airwaves in a big way.\r\n\r\nJerry Lewis and Dean Martin Were a Dynamic Duo\r\n\r\nThe Martin & Lewis Show was more than just Martin\u2019s golden voice and Lewis\u2019 \u201ckidding-on-the-square.\u201d\u00a0 The network insisted on a weekly celebrity guest which includes Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Bing Crosby, and even Bob Hope himself.\r\nThe weekly budget was a pricey $10,000. After a short while, the series attracts a sponsor. Therefore, executives at NBC pat themselves on the back for establishing a hit show. As a result, that also became a financial success.\u00a0\u00a0With that kind of budget, NBC could afford Norman Lear, the comedy genius later responsible for\u00a0All in the Family\u00a0and\u00a0Sanford and Son, as writer.\r\n\r\nLove Radio Programs From Yesteryear?\r\nThis article is sponsored by the Classic Radio Club! We checked it out ourselves and its wonderful! These hard to find radio shows are now easily available. DoYouRemember readers will receive 10 of the greatest classic radio shows of all-time (in superior sound quality - direct from master recordings) for only $1! Check out the Classic Radio Club for more information!\u00a0Now, back to our regularly scheduled program...\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe success led to this dynamic duo to appear as monthly hosts for NBC\u2019s Colgate Comedy Hour. However, NBC used the television program to cross-promote the radio program. It would even recycle some of the radio sketches for the television counterpart.\r\nFilm producer Hal Wallis jumps on the Martin & Lewis bandwagon signing the boys to a multi-picture film contract. Their film comedies were box office gold catapulting them to mega-stardom. With meteoritic success on radio, TV, and films, Martin & Lewis proved they are masters of all three commercial media.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDo you remember classic radio shows such as Abbott & Costello and the \u201cWho\u2019s On First\u201d sketch, The Jack Benny Program, Gunsmoke, Suspense, Inner Sanctum Mystery, and more? We've partnered with The Classic Radio Club to bring you this article on Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin!\r\nRight now all DoYouRemember Readers Can Receive 10 of the Greatest Classic Radio Shows of all-time for only $1 - Here's a direct link to Classic Radio Club, sign up today!\r\nCarl Amari is the producer\/host of the nationally-syndicated nostalgia radio series \u201cHollywood 360\u201d and the curator of the Classic Radio Club at www.classicradioclub.com. This article has a sponsorship with Classic Radio Club.