It Began On Radio
Of course, it wasn’t Candid Camera when it ran on the radio – the show was Candid Microphone. It first broadcast in June of 1947 and was designed in a similar fashion to the way that the TV show would turn out.
The idea was to combine psychology and pranks to deliver a unique reaction from the people taking part. TV bosses realized immediately that the show would be better if the audience could see what was happening and it was quickly snatched it up for broadcast. Candid Microphone spent just over a year on air before it paved the way for the TV show.