The First Nighter Program, aired on various radio stations from 1930 to 1953, was a two-decade radio drama-comedy series. Charles Hughes starred as Mr. First Nighter, the show’s host.
The series presented several romantic comedies that featured radio personalities such as Don Ameche, June Meredith, Betty Lou Gerson, Les Tremayne, Barbara Luddy, and Olan Soule. The show’s opening recreated the aural atmosphere of a Broadway opening. Before each week’s drama began, Mr. First Nighter was first heard walking on Broadway, emerging from the noise of people and street traffic into the crowded lobby of “the Little Theater Off Times Square”.