What’s your favorite “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” memory? We’d bet money you have one!
Sure, Rudolph may have gone down in history, but what went on behind the scenes? Listen in to find out how Rudolph evolved from a simple character in a 1939 Montgomery Ward Christmas promotion to the star of both the song and TV special that we all know and love today.
And along the way, you might hear such interesting tidbits as…
- Why Rudolph’s red nose almost got nixed
- What made “The Singing Cowboy” Gene Autry agree to perform the song even though he was initially unimpressed with it
- How they pulled off the stop-motion animation that made the television special so innovative for its time
Like ‘Rudolph’ itself, this episode is for audiences of all ages!
Show Notes for Episode 11!
“The History of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’” NPR, November 25, 2015 (Attachments include other NPR Rudolph features, such as a copy of original manuscript and audio of daughter Barbara May Lewis reading from the manuscript)