Retired Biology_Environmental Science educator... passion for old time radio... protecting the environment, civil rights, and audio/video editing for local radio and TV station production. Produced 60+ OTR re-enactments with local actors. 13 years as radio host for "Audio Theater". Currently co-ho…
Introductory audio has background about Hoff Hospital and the appearance of Kay Kyser and his Orchestra as he brings his "Kollege of Musical Knowledge" to the many military members who are patients in Hoff Hospital on March 28, 1945. The hospital served over 27,000 military personnel in 1945! This is a mixture of comedy, music, and some quiz questions about music... and if an audience member got the correct answer to Kay's question.... there were prizes. Fun show, especially in light of where it was held and why it was held... many wounded soldiers were in that hospital and Kay Kyser was there to raise their morale... and that he did very well. This will be stored in our "Big Band and Jazz" Playlist.
Introductory audio gives background on the origin of "The Mutual Radio Theatre" and introduces Vincent Price as the host of a Wednesday night radio show with the theme "Mystery." A couple gets a great buy on a Yacht... but why is such a good deal? Could something be wrong with it? Could it be "haunted"? Come aboard and find out on this play produced by Elliot Lewis. This will be in the "Horror/Suspense" Playlist.
You cannot keep a good space ship crew down on earth... they are always wanting to fly around the solar system looking for Space Pirates, planets of gold or silver, space villains who want to take over earth... you know, important things like that. Well here is another space adventure for you "Treasure of Planetoid" from 1953. This adventure will be living with the other Space Patrol adventures in the "Space Patrol" Playlist
A "haunting" story "The Moonlit Road" by Ambrose Bierce was adapted for radio by Erik Bauersfeld and broadcast during the 1960's and a few during the early 1970's on a series entitled "The Black Mass". Bauersfeld often played several roles in the shows as he was an excellent vocal artist. This track will be stored on the playlist "Horror and Suspense." There are several programs from The Black Mass on the list now. This is a good Halloween show... listen to it with the "lights out" ... unless of course you are driving!
August 21, 1944... audiences tuned to NBC heard "The Best of the Big Bands" live from "The Famous Door" on 52nd Ave. in NYC... The Band That Played The Blues... The Woody Herman Orchestra with guest vocalist Carol Kaye. Playlist: Choppin Wood / Faithful Forever - Woody is vocalist / South of the Border - Carol Kaye, vocalist / Midnight Echoes / Little Old Dutch Garden - Woody, vocalist / Woodchopper's Ball / It's a Blue World / Blues on Parade. Woody Herman was born on May 16, 1913 in Milwaukee, WI and died on Oct. 29, 1987 in West Hollywood, CA. ... His band often played music that was considered to be "cutting edge" and experimental. His recordings received many Grammy nominations. Track will be stored in the "Big Band / Jazz" Playlist.
Audio introduction gives background on the series and introduces listeners to Dr. Christian, played by Jean Hersholt for almost 20 years on radio. He was so believable as a physician that listeners constantly wrote to him for medical advice. He of course told them to take two aspirin and a glass of water and sent them a bill for $35, which was a lot of money back in the 1930's. Of course he did not give any medical advice, but listeners probably would have taken it and followed his instructions if he had. This and other Dr. Christian episodes are stored in the playlist "Soap Operas and Medical Dramas"
Mixing New Orleans Jazz with High Society from New York City on Sunday afternoons at 4:30 PM is what the The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin St. did from 1940-44, returned in 1950... and had a summer series on Saturday nights in the summer of 1952... all on NBC. Guests included Benny Goodman, Count Basie, W.C. Handy, Bobby Hackett, Lead Belly, Lionel Hampton, Jelly Roll Morton (on this track), Sidney Bechet and Alec Templeton among man other famous names in the jazz world. This was an extremely popular show. This track and other tracks of the Chamber Music Society are living in the Jazz / Big Band Playlist.
This track features another story from the "Defense Attorney" series starring Mercedes McCambridge that ran on ABC Radio from 1951-52. There is an introductory audio clip that gives the background on Mercedes McCambridge and the "Defense Attorney" radio show. She was a Broadway actress, a film actress (won an Oscar!), television actress, and a radio actress...and she had the talent to be successful in all of them. When Orson Welles thinks you are the greatest female radio talent... well that is quite a strong recommendation! This track will be stored in the "Mystery/Detective/Crime" Playlist
Introductory audio gives background on Mercedes McCambridge and her role in this legal defense drama... Defense Attorney... heard on ABC Radio from 1951-52. With an outstanding supporting cast and the star that Orson Welles said was the best female radio talent that he had ever heard... You are in for a treat if this is the first time you have heard this well written and excellently acted radio program. It will be living in the "Drama - Adventure" Playlist
Eddied Cantor had a 20 year career on radio, and for a good reason... he was an extremely talented performer. He was a comedian, a singer, an actor and knew how to connect with his audiences. They loved him. I am going to begin an Eddie Cantor Playlist as there are many programs of exceptionally good quality sound that are crying out to be heard! The guest on this show is Jack Benny's band leader, Phil Harris... who was quite a talent himself. He and Eddie have a couple of routines where the get to show off their wits and comedic timing. This is the premier for Eddie Cantor on Heirloom Radio... a different oldies program!
At a recent staff meeting I had with myself... I agreed that I have neglected "Superman"... so I put it to a vote and I voted to edit the next two episodes (18 and 19) back-to-back. Epi 18 is "Wolfe vs The Yellow Mask" and Epi. 19 is "The Secret Empire"... the whole gang is here.. Lois Lane, Clark Kent (and we all know who he really is, right?) It is action and adventure from 82 years ago that is still fun listen to today. I will be adding more tracks soon... and they are all stored in the "Superman" Playlist. Thanks for listening.
On this track is a Sci-Fi adventure story that was produced by the AFRS on Nov 6, 1955. The idea for "Destination Mars" was sent in by a listener as part of "Contest Theater"... a program that asked listeners to present their ideas for stories. If they were selected, popular actors of the time would be featured in a radio adaptation of the winning idea. Actor Dane Clark stars in this story of 4 astronauts, 3 men and a woman, who make the first trip to Mars... and were more than surprised at what they found there. This track will be stored in the "Sci-Fi" Playlist. The Armed Forces Radio Service evolved after World War II and by 1949, all of the wartime original AFRS programs had been discontinued and the then-renamed Armed Forces Radio and Television Service had grown their operations and studios to the TV media as well as radio. The AFRTS moved to Hollywood to Sun Valley in 1986 and then to March Air Base in Moreno Valley in 1995. Today, the American Forces Network (AFN) Broadcast Center, is a world-class facility and is the center of all AFRTS broadcasting activity.
The AFRS broadcast a weekly show from NYC entitled "Date with the Duke" featuring the Duke Ellington Orchestra, vocalists Kay Davis and Joya Sherrill. Here is playlist: Theme - "Take the A Train," Orch: "Teardrops in the Rain. " Joya Sherrill sings "Everything But You. " Kay Davis sings "You Are But A Dream. " Orch: "Perdido " Orch and Vocalists: Medley of 3 original songs: "In A Sentimental Mood;" "It Don't Mean a Thing;" "In My Solitude." Orch: "C Jam Blues". Theme: "Take the A Train." - Outro AFRS broadcast. In "Big Band/Jazz" Playlist.
Judy's back from visiting her birth home... Cactus Junction... and she cannot wait to tell everyone about her trip and how different things were in Cactus Junction than in her new home in California. Judy Canova was a classical trained vocal talent, but she took on the persona of a country bumpkin and had a career on radio that lasted for 12 years... not too shabby for a country bumpkin! There is a playlist of all the Judy Canova episodes "Judy Canova Show"
John Brown (Photo) stars as "Broadway" our narrator and participant in this comedy written by Damon Runyon for his "Damon Runyon Theater" series on radio from 1949-1950 with 52 episodes. All the stories take place in NYC... Broadway, Brooklyn... and the accents are there to prove it. Excellent series and this episode will be stored in the "Damon Runyon" playlist on this podcast. Intro audio provides some general history of the series and introduces this particular episode. Enjoy!
Introductory audio gives history of this program. Bob Bailey did this show before he starred in "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar"... guess you consider this a warm up...but listeners loved both the "George Bailey and Johnny Dollar" characters that Bob Bailey so well played. This will be stored in the "Detective Mystery" Playlist.
A very popular show on this podcast... with a rather "catchy" title. The title almost kept the show from ever going on the air. Networks thought it was too insulting. WOR in NYC took a chance and the show was a success that ran 11 years on Mutual, CBS, and NBC - 1942-51. It was especially popular with our troops overseas during WWII and thus was broadcast over the Armed Forces Radio Service who also managed to keep the transcription disks in good shape so that we can enjoy the show even today. Oh, and if the band sounds "loopy" that is how they are supposed to sound... audience loved them! This will be stored in the "Game Shows" Playlist
Introductory audio gives a general history of the series and introduces the episode you are going to hear... 68 years ago on ABC radio... during it's last year on the radio (1954-55) Brace Beemer is the Lone Ranger, John Todd is Tonto. This will be stored in the "Westerns" Playlist.
Two more episodes edited back to back are added to the "Marco Polo" Playlist. Starring George Edwards, an amazingly talented vocal artist who often played several roles, up to 5, in one story. This radio adaptation is based on ancient works from 1271 from Marco Polo's adventures to meet the Kubla Khan in Asia.
The introductory audio says it all... Another adventure into the Interplanetary Space with Commander Buzz Cory and Cadet Happy as they battle to survive and protect others from "The Indestructible Germ"... or is it? This track will be located in "Space Patrol" Playlist of this Soundcloud.com originating podcast.
With the outbreak of some paralytic polio cases in New York and the discovery of polio virus in wastewater treatment plants there, I put together some information from the World Health Organization and some of my own childhood memories... for some brief comments on the return of the Polio virus and the importance of vaccination in stopping the reoccurrence of this tragic disease. This track will be stored in "History of Radio" Playlist. Photo: Dr. Jonas Salk who discovered the first vaccine for polio in 1955.
"What is a guillotine?"... The first REAL cure for dandruff! Well that is one of the first questions asked of the panel made up of Lulu McConnell, a loud-mouthed comedienne; George Shelton, a vaudeville comedy performer; and Harry McNaughton, a dry dim-sounding Englshman. The host asking the questions in Tom Howard. The program first aired in 1942 and because of it's title "It Pays To Be Ignorant" it was a big risk because the network thought it might be offensive. But people loved it! It ran on CBS and NBC for 9 yrs... ending in 1951. The orchestra that provides "Spike-Jones" like musical interludes was Al Madru and the Esquires and then the "Corncobbers" . This show was broadcast over the AFRS (Armed Forces Radio Service) and featured guests that were military people on leave in NYC. This show is in the "Game Show" Playlist...
Radio City Playhouse entered the anthology genre of radio late in the history of radio... 1948. NBC used actors from NYC rather than talent from the West Coast where most of the other radio series were being produced. There were many talented vocal actors in NYC and this show highlights that fact. It is entitled "Fanny" and is about an aging lady who is more than a bit grumpy but worth millions of dollars...and then she meets Joel. This is a very entertaining comedy from this respected anthology series on NBC. This will be stored in the "Comedy" playlist on this Soundcloud.com originating podcast
A collection of Mark Twain's reflections and stories called "Mark Twain in Eruption" included a section entitled "Hannibal Days" (Hannibal, Missouri) with a short story of his first day at school at the age of 4 1/2.. entitled "A Corn Pone Prayer" ... School is starting soon in USA... as a retired teacher with 35 years in the classroom...I thought the reading of this story written in 1906 was entertaining and interesting to compare school then and now. It is filled with Twain's humor as well. My intro and reading runs 7min 20 secs. Stored in "History" Playlist
We move forward with two more Episodes from the Australian radio adaptation of "The Adventures of Marco Polo" produced, directed, and starring George Edwards. Produced in the late 1930's and distributed worldwide via 16" transcription disks, this outstanding series was hear around the world. Based on Marco Polo's journey to Asia in the 13th Century. Epi 27: Achimet and Vanchu Plot Against Kubla Khan and Epi 28: Poisoning the Venetians are edited back to back. This track will be added to the "Adventures of Marco Polo" Playlist on this podcast that originates on Soundcloud.com.
"The Black Swan" was a schooner that was built with skill and care... but upon the launch something went very wrong... This is from the popular "Murder at Midnight" syndicated series... only 26 episodes were produced and distributed in 1946. This track will be stored in the "Murder at Midnight" Playlist.
Two back-to back episodes of Captain Midnight await you on this track. Audio intro provides background on show and a little info on warfare using a bi-plane in 1915... 1918 - World War I - "The Great War". First episode is "The Perada Treasure" and second is "Ivan Shark Escapes" - an old time Ajax commercial separates the two episodes. This track will be added to the many other Captain Midnight adventures in the "Captain Midnight" Playlist.
Gildy and his nephew get to take care of the twin babies while Marjorie, their mother, goes out on a date with her husband. But the babies keep sleeping and Gildy and Leroy want to have some fun playing with them... so they apply the age old method of waking them up... talking very loud... and then the work really begins... feeding the babies... changing the babies... not much "fun"... but it is "funny!" Enjoy. A new playlist "The Great Gildersleeve" is where you will find this and other episodes of this series that ran for 17 years on NBC radio. ... and also did a brief run on television.
"Jubilee" is an American treasure. It was the War Dept. Service Division and Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) program that featured African-American musicians and singers. Broadcast to servicemen and women via shortwave radio from 1942 to 1953. Jubilee was conceived at least in part as a morale-building service for African-American troops overseas. This Oct. 24, 1947 features Count Basie and his Orchestra with their vocalist Jimmy Rushing and guest vocalist Ella Mae Morse. So climb aboard the time machine and go back to the days of Big Band and Jazz with Jubilee! This track will be stored in the "Big Band /Jazz" Playlist on this Soundcloud.com originating podcast. Thank you for listening.
This track features a Nov 8, 1950 comedy game show... by far the best ever... with Groucho Marx and announcer George Fenneman. The Secret word is "Door"... guess it is no longer a secret, but don't tell anyone else, okay? This show along with many other "You Bet Your LIfe" episodes is stored in the "Game Shows" Playlist on this Soundcloud.com originating podcast. Thanks for listening... your support is much appreciated.
A detailed introduction to the show presents a brief history of "You Bet Your Life" and more about the amazing talent of Groucho Marx... considered by many critics to be the most witty comedian ever! This show and many other "You Bet Your Life" shows are stored in the playlist "Game Shows" on this Soundcloud originating podcast. Thanks for listening...
324 Episodes of this 15 min, 5 day a week program ran from 1932-1944 and a few episodes aired until 1946. Aired on NBC Blue Network originating out of Chicago. At height of its popularity it was aired over all 3 networks as many as six times a day! The Introductory audio gives background on series and comments from John Dunning's "The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio" about this very unique program created and written by Paul Rhymer... who some say was a combination of Norman Rockwell and Mark Twain in the way he wrote the scripts of our three main characters. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Gook (Vic and Sade) and their adopted son, Rush. More shows on the Vic and Sade Playlist. This track has two back-to-back programs edited together from Jan 21 and Jan 22, 1941.
Introductory audio gives overview of the series... John Dehner made it a point to be a totally different Paladin than Richard Boone's portrayal as the Television Paladin on Have Gun Will Travel. "I don't imitate" said John Dehner and he certainly did not. Always good stories with this western series. This track will be stored in the "Westerns" Playlist on the Soundcloud.com originating podcast.
The Adventure of Marco Polo continues with two back-to-back Episodes, 25 and 26. "Acmat the Magician" and "The Prince Says Farewell and the Journey Begins" - Produced, Directed and starring George Edwards... the man of 1000 voices who played as many as 5 different characters in many of the series he developed during the 1930's and 40's. This track will be stored in the playlist "Marco Polo" in the Soundcloud.com originating podcast.
Introductory audio gives background on Dick "Two-Ton" Baker and his upbeat entertaining, piano playing and singing, but short programs. He performed for 50 years and on this track you will hear one of his 14-15 min shows from WGN, Chicago and out nationwide via Mutual Radio Network and two 4 min shows... that were used for stations to make announcements of some sorts more entertaining. Dick Baker loved his work and the fact that he got paid for doing something he loved was a bonus. I discovered this show by accident and thought it was unique and entertaining mostly because the man not only had talent, but a sense of humor and a level of energy that just says, "I love what I do and I hope you do too!" This track will reside in the "Variety - Comedy - Musical" Playlist.
The Stan Freberg Show was a weekly radio comedy show that ran on the CBS Radio Network for only fifteen episodes in 1957–58. The show, starring comedian Stan Freberg and featuring the vocal talents of Daws Butler, June Foray, and Peter Leeds and the musical direction of Billy May, ran in the 7 p.m. timeslot previously occupied by The Jack Benny Program. The show was produced by Pete Barnum with sound effects by Bill James and Gene Twombly. Despite its short run, the show managed to develop some running gags and stock jokes, from Freberg's ambivalence toward Madison Avenue (faux advertisements for "Puffed Grass" and "Food", as well as the classic sketch "Gray Flannel Hatful of Teenage Werewolves") to the overwhelmingly popular interviews with a sneaker-wearing Abominable Snowman. By the thirteenth episode, it was clear that The Stan Freberg Show was suffering from a lack of advertiser interest (perhaps helped by Freberg's werewolf comparisons). CBS canceled the series after fifteen episodes; according to Joe Bevilacqua, it was the last American network radio show to devote itself purely to comedy. Stan's radio series lasted just 14 weeks; the reason was because he refused "participating sponsorship", insisting on ONE major sponsor- and turned down at least two tobacco companies who wanted to susutain him. CBS wasn't going to wait for "big ticket" sponsors to step forward (and nobody else seemed to want to sponsor the show, since it continually satirized the very advertisers Stan was trying to attract), and cancelled Freberg's series to make way for one with "participating sponsors": Henry Morgan's panel show "SEZ YOU", which continued through the 1957-'58 season. Playlist "Stan Freberg" contains all 15 shows of the CBS Radio series. That playlist is on Heirloom Radio on Soundcloud.com
This is the next to the last broadcast of the 15 show series on CBS Radio in 1957. The playlist "Stan Freberg" includes all 15 shows from the CBS Radio Network 1957 series. The playlist is on Heirloom Radio on Soundcloud.com. Thank you for listening!
All 15 Shows of Stan Freberg's broadcast run with CBS Radio in 1957 are included in the "Stan Freberg" Playlist on this Soundcloud.com originating podcast. This track is Show No. 9 - "The Abominable Snowman Revisited." Thank you for listening
Number 8 - of 15 shows on CBS Radio in 1957... Stan Freberg Radio Show. All 15 shows will be stored in "Stan Freberg" Playlist. Thanks for listening to what many consider to be the last "all comedy" radio show. Thanks for listening
CBS Radio Show #5 for Stan Freberg from 1957... 15 shows total will eventually be in the "Stan Freberg" Playlist. OTR Scholars view this series as the last all comedy show on radio. Thanks for listening...
This is the 3rd show in the Stan Freberg CBS Radio series from 1957. There were a total of 15 shows aired before Stan Freberg was fired from CBS Radio... mostly over issues with the sponsors and some of the satirical skits that targeted big corporations including CBS Radio! This track will be stored in the "Stan Freberg" Playlist that will have all 15 shows of the CBS series. Thanks for listening.
This is the second of 15 shows on the CBS Radio Network starring Stan Freberg and a group of outstanding musicians and comedians...Barbara Fritchie was the 92 year old woman who got up our of her sick bed in 1863 to wave the American flag at a troop of Confederate soldiers under the command of Gen. Stonewall Jackson as they marched by her house in Frederick, VA. The series was cancelled after 15 shows because of an internal battle between Freberg's stand on sponsors... no cigarette company wanted by Freberg... but CBS wanted them and they were also upset at some of the comedy routines making fun of and poking at big corporations and even the CBS Radio executives. All 15 of the shows in 1957 will be in the playlist "Stan Freberg"
This is the first show of the 15 that Stan Freberg produced, directed, wrote, and starred in during 1957. CBS ended the show after 15 programs due to the fact that Stan Freberg refused to accept a cigarette company as a sponsor... and he often showed disdain for big corporations in some of his skits. This was considered the last radio show that was only about comedy. All 15 shows will be posted in the "Stan Freberg" Playlist on this Soundcloud.com originating podcast.
Audio intro gives overall history of "Lights Out" and a brief synopsis of "Money, Money, Money" ... the title of the episode heard on this track. This is a story of greed and a failure of one's moral character when there is enough money to change everything! Much like politics today. This track will be stored in "Suspense/Horror" Playlist on this Soundcloud.com originating podcast.
This series ran from 1950-51 as a Detective Mystery Drama on NBC. Sydney Greenstreet played Rex Stout's fictional armchair detective Nero Wolfe. Stout wrote several books based on the character beginning in 1934. "The Adventures of Nero Wolfe" ran in 1943 and 1944 and "The Amazing Nero Wolfe" ran in 1945 and 46. Very few recordings of the original programs exist today. Sydney Greenstreet's physique fit that of Stout's character. Nero Wolfe was also known as the galloping gourmet and an armchair detective. He rarely left the house; instead his assistant, Archie Goodwin, would collect the facts and report back to him. Gerald Mohr plays the role of Archie. Wolfe would probably have not taken on any cases, except he needed the money to for his two passions: fine food and the collecting of orchids. The episode on this track is "Killer Cards" and Nero is very reluctant to take on the case. This track will live in the "Detective/Mystery" Playlist. Thanks for listening.
Two more back-to-back Episodes from the Australian produced "Adventures of Marco Polo: - George Edwards, produced, directed and starred in this series, often times playing more than one role which exemplifies his vocal talents. The production was done during the late 1930's and distributed worldwide on 16" transcription disks into the 1940's. Stories are based on the book "Adventures of Marco Polo" written in 1271. This track will be stored in the "Adventures of Marco Polo" Playlist on the Soundcloud.com Podcast.
Audio intro give overview of the "Suspense" series, mentioning some of the great directors who made the shows possible, but singling out William Spier as setting the format of "Life and Death" for this series that ran 20 years on radio and nearly 6 years on television. William Bendix is the star in a very serious role... not anything like Chester A. Riley from the "Life of Riley"... this track will be stored in the Playlist "Horror/Suspense..." on this podcast site.
Introductory audio gives a brief background on Bob and Ray and introduces this short skit which I believe you will find is an excellent example of the improvisational talent that these two men had as they worked together for 40 years. This track will be stored in the "Bob and Ray" Playlist on this podcast