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Tom Breneman (L) talks with Bob Hope (R) on Breneman's show Breakfast in Hollywood (1940s).

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Thomas Breneman Smith (June 18, 1902 – April 28, 1948) was a popular 1940s American radio personality known to his listeners as Tom Breneman. Breneman was born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. His father worked in a sand mine, and Breneman was one of six children. Breneman graduated from the public schools in Waynesboro and attended Columbia University.

Breneman began broadcasting in 1927. In 1930, he was program director at KFVD in Culver City, California. In 1931-32 he had a program, Laugh Club in New York City. In 1937, Breneman was host of Secret Ambition, which originated at KNX radio in Los Angeles, California, and was carried on CBS' Pacific Coast network. Breneman was host of the show Breakfast in Hollywood which aired on the Blue Network, ABC, NBC and Mutual at various times from 1941 to 1948. Breneman's program went through numerous title changes but was best known as Breakfast in Hollywood (1948-49).

By the mid-1940s, Breneman had ten million listeners. The popularity of the radio program was such that he created his own magazine, and in 1945 he opened his own establishment, Tom Breneman's Restaurant, located on Vine Street off Sunset Boulevard. The opening on March 26, 1945, had "a gala crowd of Hollywoodites in attendance, including distinguished members of the radio industry, a number of famed screen and air personalities, and representatives of the press."

Fact file

  • Born Thomas Breneman Smith, June 18, 1902
  • Died April 28, 1948, Encino, California
  • Buried Hollywood, California

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