The CBC Dominion network affiliates missed such American evening shows as Jack Benny and Amos and Andy, and persuaded the CBC to develop a new evening show called Assignment. The program was a magazine of the air, so to speak, and involved stations right across the country. Harry Boyle was named CBC radio's first executive producer. The producer was Sandy Stewart, and the hosts were Bill McNeil and Maria Barrett. The show always began with "Assignment, ment, ment, ment, ment!" One of the most memorable interviews was with the reclusive Sam McLaughlin of General Motors who was already in his nineties. Another was with a Red Cross worker as Soviet tanks were on the move into the streets of Budapest, Hungary. Assignment ran for several years until it was eventually replaced with As It Happens.