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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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Our own @jennastocker made a great comment in last week’s “Saturday Night Radio:” “And I find it so interesting that married couples were so comedically dynamic, especially Vaudeville, radio, and the early television days. Portland Hoffa & Allen, Lucy & Desi, Burns & Allen, etc. …” And right she was! There were a slew of […]

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Tonight, from June 12, 1941, it’s “The Saga of the Great American Drugstore” on The Texaco Star Theater starring Fred Allen … https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/comedy/fred-allen-texaco-star-theater/fred-allen-texaco-star-theater-41-06-12-36-the-saga-of-the-great-american-drugstore-west-coast-41-06-11 Preview Open

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What do you play on a Mickey Mouse radio? Mickey Mouse, of course! Well, a show with Mickey’s name on it, anyway. On the road to Disney becoming DISNEY®, The Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air  looms large. Created as a means of promoting Disney’s first full-length feature-film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The […]

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Star Trek, Star Wars, Star This, Star That all owe a debt of gratitude to the grand-daddy-of-them-all, credited by many as the first science-fiction radio show: Tonight, from April 5, 1939, it’s Buck Rogers in the 25th Century ….. https://free-classic-radio-shows.com/Sci-Fi-Horror/Buck-Rogers-in-the-25th-Century/1939-04-05-001-The-Origin-Show/index.php Preview Open

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A 1932 radio deserves a 1932 radio show …. Or at least a radio show looking back at 1932. Tonight, from August 7, 1950, it’s “The Railroad Hour” sponsored by The Association Of American Railroads with “Review of 1932.” Hosted by Gordon MacRae of “Oklahoma” fame and mezzo-soprano songbird Lucille Norman, “The Railroad Hour” was […]

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Recently, Instapundit linked to an entry at “The Bleat,” the fine blog operated by our very own @jameslileks, in which he was scanning-the-XM-dial for something to listen to, but stated “I did not want to listen to riled-up radio or find some old radio show that would, without question, feature William Conrad and Howard McNear, […]

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I can picture this radio playing in someone’s kitchen, so let’s do a “soap-opera!” What happens when a small town girl marries a big time actor and moves to the Big city? Jealousy, deceit, avarice, amnesia and rage! From August 13, 1947, it’s “Backstage Wife!” “The story of what it means to be the wife […]

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Now that Summer is officially here, let’s grab some cold drinks and take the portable outside! For a “well-written, different kind of love story:” From March 9, 1948, “Sometime Every Summertime” starring the supremely-versatile Burgess Meredith on CBS’ “Studio One” …. https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/drama/studio-one/sometime-every-summertime-1948-03-09 Preview Open

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It was the precursor to Dragnet, Highway Patrol, Tales of the Texas Ranger, heck, all of our favorite police-dramas: Calling All Cars! Tonight, from July 4, 1934, eighty-six years ago tonight, we’re going to do a “ride-along” with “July 4th in a Radio Car” …. https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/crime/calling-all-cars/july-4th-is-a-radio-car-1934-07-04 Preview Open

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On June 29, 1940, darn near eighty-years ago tonight, NBC debuted a bold, new program: Listener’s Playhouse. How bold was Listener’s Playhouse? They came out-of-the-gate with a story called “The Twenty-First Girl,” about the impending nuptials of Paul Bunyon. Yes, that Paul Bunyon….  https://www.oldtimeradiodownloads.com/drama/listerners-playhouse/the-twenty-first-girl-1940-xx-xx Preview Open

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