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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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“Two Full Glasses, That’s a Lot”

 

pepsi best adPepsi-Cola hits the spot
Two full glasses, that’s a lot
Why take less when Pepsi’s best?

Listening to Counterspy, an old time radio program from the 1940s and 1950s, I was gradually struck by the sponsor’s advertising campaign. Pepsi was the sponsor for several years, and their big pitch in the context of World War II and post-war belt-tightening was that Pepsi was more economical than the unnamed competitors, Coca-Cola and its distinctive bottle first and foremost. Pepsi’s big idea, their play? The original super-sized packaging, the 12-ounce bottle.

The jingles and the script repeatedly pointed to 12 ounces as two servings. That seems strange to us today, but that is because our glassware, our tumblers, our mugs, have grown to accommodate larger portions over the decades. Consider that Coke was mostly purchased in a 6.5-ounce bottle. That was a serving. Think about airlines when they served you cold drinks in plastic cups, the same cups found at the bar of any catered party. Fill the glass with ice and pour soda over the ice. You are getting about half a 12-ounce can.

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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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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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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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