With the success of his new film career, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine decided that expanding into the radio market, as many other actors were doing, was the next logical step. Kaye was hired for a half-hour show on CBS sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. The Danny Kaye Show began airing at 8 p.m. EST on Saturdays in January 1945 and ran for two seasons. The show was a variety program that featured sketches, songs, musical performances, and comedy. The second season featured more recurring elements, such as characters played by Kaye and costars including actors Eve Arden (1908–1990) and Lionel Stander (1908–1994). In the end, radio proved not to be the best medium for Kaye, whose performance depended greatly on a mix of physical comedy and acting; however it did allow him to hone his vocal talents, both as a singer and an actor.