Arthur Godfrey was one of the most influential television personalities of the 1950s. His career took him through the ranks of radio first, and he gained fame when he took over a microphone in April of 1945 to announce the death of President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1948 his "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" program was broadcase simultaneously on radio and television. Godfrey kept up the variety show format throughout the 1950s, gaining sales for his sponsors by cleverly ad-libbing during commercial segments. Music, performed by him and his many cast members, was a staple of his show. His novelty "Calendar Songs," one for every month of the year, were typical of his program's weekly fare.