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Story | Dec 19, 2007 | 8:05 AM`Sam and Henry" were not the names that would make Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll famous, but they were the names of Gosden's and Correll's characters when their show was first broadcast on radio station WGN on this day. In the vaudeville tradition of white actors performing in blackface, Gosden, a former Virginia tobacco salesman, and Correll, a one-time Peoria bricklayer, performed comedy in a thick Negro dialect.