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“It … is …. later …. than …. you …. think!”  And so began one of radio’s great theater of chills:  “Lights Out.”  Helmed by novelist, director, producer, screenwriter, and playwright Arch Oboler, often compared to Orson Welles, “Lights Out” became one of radio’s most legendary properties. OK, on to the show:  Everyone knows what […]

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We’re a fortnight from Christmas; time for “a tale well-calculated to keep you in SUSPENSE!” …. Wait. “Suspense?” On a fortnight from Christmas?  Yes. “Radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” not only specialized in casting actors against type (comedy-legend Jack Benny in “Murder in G Flat,” for example,) but they also gave us some wonderful Christmas-themed […]

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It’s a holiday weekend, so even the radio is outside playing!  Commemorating our great nation’s birthday  (I can hear the Left now: “America is a cancer!  Literally and astrologically!”)  Tonight, a heart-warming tale of legal immigration:  “An American Is Born” on “The Cavalcade Of America” ….   Preview Open

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“Hen – Reeeeeeeeeey! HEN – REEEEY ALD – rich!!!!”  “Coming, Mother!”  So began on one of the most delightful of the “awkward teen” old time radio shows: “The Aldrich Family.”  The show ran from 1939 to 1953.  How popular was “The Aldrich Family?”  The show was presented in radio, films, comic-books, and even made its […]

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Orson Welles was a giant!  Not physically.  (Though he was a big fellow at six-feet tall and well over 200 pounds toward the end …. probably closer to 300 pounds toward the end.)  No, I’m talking about his creativity and artistry.  He was a pioneer on stage, a pioneer on the radio, and a pioneer […]

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Just as Charles Lindbergh brought dreams of flying to boys everywhere, Amelia Earhart did the same for girls. Tonight, we take to the skies with the Earhart-inspired “Ann of the Airlanes:” “Ann Burton” was an airline hostess for the fictional Interstate Airlines. She also worked for the Secret Service and, along with her boyfriend pilot […]

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“Hey, kids, what time is it?” They reply in unison, “It’s Howdy Doody time!” Yes, it’s “Howdy Doody” time! Featuring America’s favorite marionette and Buffalo Bob Smith. “The Howdy Doody Show” was a pioneer in children’s programming and set the stage, if you will, for children’s programming thereafter. Though mostly a television phenomenon from 1947 […]

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Tonight, a chiller on “The Weird Circle!”  A 30-minute, syndicated, supernatural/fantasy series that ran from 1943 through 1945.  The show’s strength was stories from famous writers of the two genres, including Robert Lewis Stevenson, Victor Hugo, Edgar Alan Poe, and even Charles Dickens.  So tonight, from December 3, 1944, a tale not written by one […]

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During World War I, the DuPont Chemical Company produced much of the nation’s gunpowder, and in the 1930s, the Democrats in power accused them of war-profiteering – and the company was getting a bad reputation! Although the company sold very few things that everyday Americans could actually purchase, in 1935, they sponsored “The Cavalcade of […]

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John C. Fitzgerald (1901-1991), Dean of the Loyola University Law School was the series host and legal expert for “Case Dismissed” a short lived radio show that was broadcast on historic Chicago radio station WMAQ every Saturday evening. Each week a story was presented that would educate the public on some of the lesser-known aspects […]

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Sock hops, malteds, DA haircuts, submarine races. It wasn’t Elvis on “The Ed Sullivan Show” that kick-started the Rock & Roll revolution, it was radio! Tonight, we look at those early days of “Rock & Roll Radio” with “Cruisin’ 56.” Do you remember Rock & Roll radio?  ….   Preview Open

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As long as there has been food, there have been “foodies.” And one of the most legendary foodies was “Betty Crocker.” While fictional, “Betty Crocker” has nonetheless achieved iconic status through extensive ad campaigns, her famous cookbooks, and radio shows. In fact, “Betty Crocker” programs first appeared on radio in 1924. So let’s get cooking […]

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Not everyone knows that Bing Crosby wasn’t the only entertainer in the Crosby family. In fact, he had several brothers and sisters, some of whom were pretty darn good singers themselves. (Though, lets be honest: Can’t none of them touch Bing Crosby!) One brother in particular, Robert (Bob,) was a successful band-leader, had several hit […]

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Last week’s selection of “Duffy’s Tavern” prompted this remark from our very own James Lileks: “If you listen to the radio show, you’re pitched into a bygone era, a long-gone conception of New York with broad accents and old archetypes. You almost imagine the bar in black-and-white. An era of hats and the clattering El, […]

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ACF Masters #12: The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

 

One time during the war years, Preston Sturges proposed a solution to the war problems: A baby boom. Mussolini simply gave up–Hitler demanded a recount–American fertility was simply unbelievable! So Zena Hitz and I talk about it, our fifth and last Sturges conversation. Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek is a small town comedy, but it also has a sentimental side–it pokes fun at heartland America and then shows the loving heart of America–it shows what our conventional ideas get wrong, but also how they try to help nature along, as well as where nature rebels against convention… There’s much farce, but every bit of it is also a reflection on who we really are as human beings, including some of the darkness in us. In short, what we call as classic.

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Transistor radios changed everything! The idea of taking music, that you didn’t have to physically play, with you, anywhere, had been a dream of inventors for centuries. Then in 1954, the transistor radio came along. Now if you wanted music, you wouldn’t have to tote along your grandma’s Victrola, (and your grandma’s 78s,) now you […]

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For twenty years, “Suspense” presented some of the greatest mysteries and thrillers on radio – legendary plays like “Sorry, Wrong Number,” “The Hitch-Hiker,” and “The House in Cypress Canyon.” During its long radio run, Suspense attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood to play the hunter and hunted, heroes and villains, victims and killers, often […]

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“Say goodnight, Blue Eyes”: George Burns on Best Friends (Quote of the Day)

 

“So there I was, married to a woman who knew she loved me because I made her cry, and best friends with a hack violin player who thought it was hysterical when I hung up the phone on him.”-George Burns (1896-1996), Gracie: A Love Story 

The morning after Christmas of 1974, the hack violin player died. Ten years earlier, the pixie-like Catholic girl cried for her Jewish husband who had died suddenly of a heart attack, and that same hack violinist had held his best friend’s arm through the long funeral service, stopping only to carry the girl’s coffin. It had been a long fifty-five years. 

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He was one of the biggest stars of the twentieth-century: Al Jolson! Though, sadly, now known more for his performances in “blackface” than anything else, Jolson was a dynamic, power-house entertainer; influencing such greats as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, and more. Tonight, from May 26, 1949, it’s “The Kraft Music […]

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