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INTRODUCTION

One of the pioneering radio quiz programs, Vox Pop was the brainchild of Jerry Belcher and Harry Grier of station KTRH in Houston, Texas. When Vox Pop began in November 1932, Belcher and Grier quizzed passers-by on the streets of Houston. Grier was soon replaced by Parks Johnson, and with a keen judge of the public taste, Johnson and Belcher changed Vox Pop from a quiz program heard locally in Houston to an audience participation program heard nationally from locations around the world. Before going off the air in 1948, Vox Pop experienced changes in co-hosts, sponsors, and networks, but one thing remained the same: the program's dedication to bringing the voice of public to the radio airwaves.

This site will allow you to explore Vox Pop's HISTORY, as well as a CHRONOLOGY of the important stages in the show's evolution. You will be able to meet the HOSTS of the show, the men whose wit and charm brought out the stories and personalities of those they interviewed. You will find listings of the BROADCASTS arranged by LOCATION and by YEAR. You might even discover yourself to be a VOX POPPER if you or someone you know was ever interviewed on the program.

The information and photographs in this website come from the VOX POP COLLECTION, the incredible storehouse of information and primary materials that Parks Johnson saved to document the show's history.

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