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Classic Radio Highlight Reel



Each weeknight the WRVO Playhouse focuses in on an event from radio's past. From a program debut to an actor's birthday, we rack up an illustrative clip from our archive to bring the information to life, and to your ear. The podcast is updated every weekd



Published: Thu, 06 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:23:27 GMT

Copyright: WRVO - 2010
 



1/6 Halls of Ivy

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Popular Hollywood couple Ronald and Benita Colman had a legacy on the silver screen in the states and in their native England, and on radio starred as husband and wife on the ,"Halls of Ivy" program, which made its debut on this day.


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1/5 Phil Spitalne

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

Phil Spitalne was known best during the golden age of radio for his novelty 'all-girl' orchestra. Hear the background on this bandleader along with one of his well known tunes.


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1/4 Carnation Contented Hour

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A program that lasted nearly two decades made its debut on this day, the variety show, "Carnation Contented Hour". Listen to a profile of this popular program.


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1/3 Lord Haw Haw

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

On this day one of World War 2's best known radio propagandists was hanged for treason. Tune in for a profile of 'Lord Haw Haw', with an excerpt of him on the air.


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1/2 Last Soap Opera Day

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

A sad day for soap opera fans happened on this day in 1961. Tune in for the background on what is now known as the last day of the radio soap opera.


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1/1 Rose Bowl

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 05:00:00 GMT

The first radio broadcast collegiate football's Rose Bowl was heard on this day many years ago, marking the first time a college game was on the air. Listen in to the history of the event, and some fun at the Bowl with Jack Benny.


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12/31 Wild Bill Hickok

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Even though this legendary figure recently missed his pardon, we bring you a profile of Wild Bill Hickok as translated on the air.


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12/30 Mutual - Don Lee Network

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The powerhouse Mutual and Don Lee radio networks merged on this day, and we bring you a moment from their on-air celebration of this monumental radio event.


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12/29 Paul Whiteman

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The self-proclaimed 'king of jazz' Paul Whiteman is remembered with the full version of his signature song, "Rhapsody in Blue".


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12/28 Red Skelton / Pledge of Alliegence

Tue, 28 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Though comedian Red Skelton was a hit on television, his talents translated to radio well before with his talented cast of self-made characters. Tune in to hear a different side of Skelton as he relates his interpretation of the Pledge of Alliegence.


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12/27 Breakfast Club

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Don McNeil's, 'Breakfast Club' program entertained radio listeners for 35 and a half years, and we celebrate the last day of the show with an excerpt.


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12/26 Daniel Frohman

Sun, 26 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Legendary Broadway and film producer Daniel Frohman is remembered on the day of his passing. Hear the history of this pivitol figure in entertainment.


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12/5 The Green Hornet

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Heard for the final time on this day we remember one of radio's most popular action/adventure programs, "The Green Hornet".


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12/4 Walter Winchell

Sat, 04 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Reporter, broadcaster, gossip. Much can be said about controversial columnist Walter Winchell, from his time on the Hollywood beat to taking on the Nazi regime in his newspaper and subsequent radio program. Tune in to hear a brief history of his career, and a moment from his famous radio broadcasts


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12/3 Gertrude Lawrence

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

One of the premier stars of the English and American stage, Gertrude Lawrence is profiled on the anniversary of her radio debut in the US.


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12/2 Crime Club

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The anthology series, "Crime Club" made its debut on this day. Hear a profile of the series that was put together by some of the best in the radio business during its golden era.


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12/1 Boys Town

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Humanitarian Father Flanagan's influence was widespread, so much so that he was portrayed on screen by Spencer Tracy in the film, "Boys Town". Tune in for a profile of Father Flanagan, and hear him on air during the golden age of radio.


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11/30 I Love Lucy

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were a powerhouse comedy team during televisions' early years, but on radio it was given a pilot broadcast to see if it would catch on. Listen in to an excerpt from, "I Love Lucy".


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11/29 NBC Chimes

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

One of only two patented sounds in the country, we bring you a comprhensive history of the NBC chimes, on the anniversary of their on-air debut.


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11/28 World War II Rationing

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

On this day in 1942, coffee rationing went into effect. We bring you a synopsis of war-time rationing, along with an explainer from radio's golden age.


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11/27 First Nighter

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

For 23 years, radio's, "First Nighter" program entertained with it's drama and comedy, but also with a unique sound device. Listen in to an excerpt on the anniversary of its debut.


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11/26 Bride and Groom

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

An entertaining, heartwarming show made its radio debut on this day. Listen in to a profile of a newlywed radio program called, "Bride and Groom".


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11/25 FBI In Peace and War

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

With stories based on the nation's most powerful law enforcement agency, the "FBI in Peace and War" is featured with a profile and an excerpt on the day of its radio debut.


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11/24 Andrews Sisters

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

On the day they recorded one of their biggest hits, we bring you a profile of the singing trio, The Andrews Sisters, along with a medly of their top tunes.


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11/23 Have Gun, Will Travel

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

One of the few programs to originate on televsion, we deliver a profile of one of radio's last great westerns, "Have Gun, Will Travel".


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11/22 Helen Hayes

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The first lady of the American theater, Helen Hayes is remembered with an interesting excerpt of her on radio, on the same day of her stage debut..


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11/21 Roy Rogers

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

The 'king of the cowboys', Roy Rogers made his self-titled radio show debut on this day. Listen in to a profile of his career, and an excerpt from his radio show.


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11/20 The Goldbergs

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

We celebrate the beginnings of one of radio's most influential soap operas. Gertrude Berg's, "The Goldbergs". is profiled with background and an excerpt of the show.


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11/19 Space Patrol

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

A program that began on television and with its runaway popularity made its way to radio, we bring you an entertaining look at the, "Space Patrol" series.


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11/18 Stephen Leacock

Thu, 18 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

One of Canada's greatest storytellers, Stephen Leacock was considered that country's answer to Mark Twain. Hear all about this famous writer and lecturer on the day one of his tales was adapted on radio - with Jack Benny.


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11/17 Kay Kaiser

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 05:00:00 GMT

One of the 20th century's most successful bandleaders set the foundation for one of radio's most popular educational music shows, "Kay Kaiser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge". Tune in for a profile of the program.


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11/1 Terry and the Pirates

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the program's anniversary, we bring you a profile of an exciting comic strip translated into an even more exciting radio show. Hear the story of, "Terry and the Pirates".


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10/31 Donner Party

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On this day in 1846, the now famed Donner Party - who perished while traveling west - struck their final camp in the snowy mountains. Their story was adapted on radio and we deliver the history of the group, and a moment from a broadcast of their harrowing tale.


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10/30 War of the Worlds

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

We bring you through the most famous and effective radio program of all time. Listen in to a profile of the Mercury Theater's version of the story, "The War of the Worlds", the show that no matter what the rumored outcome, shocked the nation and changed how people listen to radio.


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10/29 Jumbo

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

We celebrate a formal, unconventional and extremely expensive radio program that featured Jimmy Durante. Don't miss the interesting story behind the very ambitious circus program, "Jumbo".


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10/28 Wally Brown

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On this day during radio's yesteryear, comedian Wally Brown made his debut on Dinah Shore's program, which launched him into a major radio appointment and a major step in his career. Hear about his background and an excerpt from the show.


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10/27 You Bet Your Life

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of radio's and subsequently television's most popular comedy/quiz series is profiled. Tune in to hear the history and a moment from the hysterical, "Your Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx.


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10/26 Judy Garland

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Listen in to a tribute to Judy Garland on her birthday - where you'll hear an excerpt of her singing on the air at just twelve years old.


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10/25 John Steinbeck

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Author John Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for literature on this day in 1946, and we deliver an excerpt of one of his famous stories adapted on radio.


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10/24 Rudy Vallee

Sun, 24 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

In honor of one of radio's pioneers on the air, we pay tribute to entertainer and radio host Rudy Vallee on the day of his radio debut.


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10/23 Fred Allen

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Comedian Fred Allen's legacy on radio was memorable and vast - from his characters on the fictional 'Allen's Alley' to his bombastic fued with fellow radio funnyman Jack Benny. Listen in to the history of Fred Allen on radio on the anniversary of his on air debut.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/932326/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/932326.mp3




10/22 Let's Have Fun

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Rogers and Hart made their mark with musicals on the Broadway stage, and because of their success were offerered a radio gig. Listen in to the background and an excerpt of their short lived, "Let's Have Fun" radio show.


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10/21 Crime Correspondent

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

An audition show that failed to make the grade is profiled. Hear a behind the scenes look at a show that 'almost' made it during radio's golden era as we investigate, "Crime Correspondent".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/930450/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/930450.mp3




10/20 Bob Trout

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The man who coined the term, "Fireside Chat" and was known as the 'president's reporter', we bring you a profile and sound from legendary newsman Bob Trout.


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10/19 Big Town

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of radio's most popular dramas, "Big Town" is featured. Listen to the background of this fast paced show that dramatized the behind the scenes work of reporters of a newspaper - including Edward G. Robinson!


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/930448/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/930448.mp3




10/18 Perry Mason

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Though Raymond Burr made attorney Perry Mason famous on television, the character cut his teeth on radio in a fifteen minute serial - listen in for an excerpt.


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10/17 NBC's New Studio

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

From the network's inception until 1938, NBC produced and delivered thousands of successful radio programs, and did the same when it moved to a new studio space on this day in 1938. Tune in for the background and a poem on the move by laureate Edgar Guest.


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10/16 Right To Happiness

Sat, 16 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of the country's most celebrated soap operas (also one of the second longest on air), "Right To Happiness" is in our spotlight on the anniversary of its debut.


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10/15 Hap Hazard

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the birthday of the programs' star Ransom Sherman, we deliver a profile of one of his main radio vehicles, "Hap Hazard".


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10/14 Lillian Gish

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Silent screen actress Lillian Gish was silver screen royalty, but she was also heard in dramatic roles on radio. Listen to a profile of her air work on her birthday.


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10/13 Lunt & Fontanne

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

America's beloved stage team of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne is profiled on the day of one of their major radio successes.


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10/12 Frank Sinatra

Tue, 12 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the day that the 'chairman of the board' caused the now legendary Columbus Day right in New York City - we celebrate the intensly popular singer, Frank Sinatra.


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10/6 Hobby Lobby

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Making its debut on this day, we profile radio's interesting and certainly inventive program, "Hobby Lobby". Tune in for an amusing excerpt!


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/927882/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/927882.mp3




10/5 Hollywood Hotel

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The first national radio program to originate from the West coast, "Hollywood Hotel" is remembered on the day of its debut, featuring renown and feared Hollywood gossip wrtier Louella Parsons.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/927678/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/927678.mp3




10/4 Damon Runyon

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of the last century's most celebrated authors, Damon Runyon is remembered on his birthday. Tune in for an excerpt of one of his short stories heard during the golden age of radio.


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10/3 Blackstone: The Magic Detective

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the first day it was heardm we profile the very amusing, "Blackstone: The Magic Detective" series. Based on the real magician, we invite you to hear the background of how the radio show came to be, along with an excerpt.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/927168/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/927168.mp3




10/2 Pepper Young's Family

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of radio's longest running soap opera's, "Pepper Young's Family", Listen in for the history and an excerpt of a show that entertained for over 25 years.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/927167/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/927167.mp3




10/1 People Are Funny

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Art Linkletter's, "People Are Funny" wasen't always that way - it was on this day that Linkletter was put into the main host spot to head up one of the most hilarious shows on the air. Listen in for an excerpt.


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9/30 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the day that is widely regarded to be the close of radio's golden age, we bring you a profile of the 'last' show of the era heard. Listen in to a profile of, "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" broadcast for the final time on this day in 1962.


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9/29 Double Or Nothing

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Giving it's listener panel a chance to earn big bucks on the air, we remember the program, "Double or Nothing" on the day of its debut.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/927153/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/927153.mp3




9/28 Al Jolson

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Al "The Entertainer" Jolson, a man who helped sculpt entertainment in the early part of the last centruy is celebrated on the day he departed his main radio vehicle.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/927144/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/927144.mp3




9/27 Bob Hope's Theme Song

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On this day in 1938, radio listeners first heard Bob Hope sing his soon to be trademark song, "Thanks For the Memory". Listen in to how it came to be a song synonymous with one of radio's great comedians.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/927143/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/927143.mp3




9/26 Vaughn de Leath

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Known as the 'original radio girl', we bring you a profile of one of radio's first singers - tune in for her fascinating story and an excerpt of her on the air.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925757/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925757.mp3




9/25 Tom Mix

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Admired by millions of young listeners during the golden age of radio, we deliver the history and an exceprt of the, "Tom Mix Ralston Straightshooters" program on the day it made its radio debut.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925753/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925753.mp3




9/24 Glenn Miller

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the day of his final live radio show, we bring you a profile of the prolific bandleader Glenn Miller.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925751/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925751.mp3




9/23 Aldrich Family

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the birthday of one of the writers of among radio's most popular sitcoms, "The Aldrich Family", we bring you a profile of this hysterical show along with an excerpt.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925258/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925258.mp3




9/22 CBS Radio Workshop

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the last day of broadcast for one of radio's great experimental theaters, we celebrate the legacy of the, "CBS Radio Workshop".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925257/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925257.mp3




9/21 H.G. Wells

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of history's most revered science fiction authors, H.G. Wells was born on this day. In addition to his masterworks and adaptations of his stories on radio and in film, we bring you a conversation with him and another Welles - as in Orson, who dramatized his famous story, "The War of the Worlds" making it the most famous show in radio history.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925026/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925026.mp3




9/20 Mr. and Mrs. North

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

A hit during the days of early television, "Mr. and Mrs. North" set their characters precedent on radio. Tune in for a profile of the show on the birthday of the program's director.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925022/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925022.mp3




9/19 The Lone Wolf

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Known for his character of a criminal turned detective "The Lone Wolf", we bring you a profile of his author Louis Joseph Vance on his birthday, and how the 'Wolf' was translated on radio.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925019/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925019.mp3




9/18 You Are There

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of the most ambitious radio programs was heard for the final time on this day. Listen in to the history and an excerpt of the combination of the CBS radio news and dramatic units with a profile of the series, "You Are There".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925015/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925015.mp3




9/17 Harold Peary

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Harold Peary - known best for his characterization of the 'Great Gildersleeve' on the air is remembered on the day of his self-titled show debut.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/925013/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/925013.mp3




9/16 Bob Burns

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Comedian Bob Burns known to fans as the 'Arkansas Traveler' spun his brand of southern humor and unqiue musicianship (a la his invention - the bazooka) was born on this day. Tune in for some background and an excerpt.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/924224/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/924224.mp3




9/15 Agatha Christie

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the birthday of one of history's greatest mystery writers - we celebrate Agatha Christie with an excerpt of her on the air, along with a moment from a radio series based on her famous Belgian detective, "Hercule Poirot".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923967/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923967.mp3




9/14 Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The final episode of NBC's popular western, "Tales of the Texas Rangers".was broadcast on this day. Listen to the history of the show and an excerpt of this fast-paced series that featured true tales of crime in the Lone Star state.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923966/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923966.mp3




9/13 Sherwood Anderson

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Renown midwest author Sherwood Anderson was born on this day, and the last piece of writing he began before his death happened to be a radio script. Tune in for the history of this heralded writer, along with excerpts of his work.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923684/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923684.mp3




9/12 The Shadow

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Walter B, Gibson created a radio character that may not have embodied, but surely captured the spirit of radio's golden age with a crimefighter that at times, was a spirit! Tune in for a profile of one of the best remembered old time radio programs, "The Shadow".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923224/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923224.mp3




9/11 Cinnamon Bear

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the birthday of the series co-writers, we celebrate one of the most revered childrens holiday serials on radio, the "Cinnamon Bear".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923223/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923223.mp3




9/10 Scattergood Baines

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of radio's famous serial philosophers, 'Scattergood Baines' is profiled on the birthday of the shows star, Jess Pugh. Listen in to a homespun excerpt.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923214/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923214.mp3




9/9 Theatre Guild

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

A show based on shows themselves made its debut on this day. The 'Theatre Guild on the Air' delivered some of the best drama listeners had heard up to their moment in time. Tune in for the history of the renown series.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923218/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923218.mp3




9/8 Jiminey Cricket

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

After the success of Disney's, "Pinocchio", the character of Jiminey Cricket through other cartoons strangely became a trusted voice while dealing with more serious subjects. On this day a radio program featuring 'his' voice was broadcast speculting on the future - 1960! Listen to an excerpt of this fascinating, albeit strangely premised program.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923212/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923212.mp3




9/7 Affairs of Peter Salem

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

By far among our proudest reels - as through deep research were able to uncover a portion of a radio show which was thought lost for over fifty years. Tune in for the history of the discovery and an excerpt of, "The Affairs of Peter Salem".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923211/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923211.mp3




9/6 John Charles Thomas

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On his birthday, don't miss this highlight reel as we bring you behind the scenes audio of singer John Charles Thomas preparing for his popular radio show.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923209/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923209.mp3




9/5 Life Can Be Beautiful

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The soap opera, "Life Can Be Beautiful" was among the top ten shows of its kind on the air for decades - and we celebrate the program with an excerpt on the day of its debut.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923207/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923207.mp3




9/4 Ipana Troubadours

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the birthday of the groups' bandleader - we bring you a profile of the popular Ipana Troubadours, not only musicians but a commercial success as they teamed with comedian Fred Allen, who owed them some amount of success. Listen in to the history of the group.


Media Files:
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923200/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923200.mp3




9/3 Box 13

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Film actor Alan Ladd was known for his work on screen in mainly noir-style pictures. On radio it wasn't much different, as you'll hear the history and an excerpt of his main radio vehicle, "Box 13".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923197/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923197.mp3




9/2 V-J Day

Thu, 02 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On this day in 1945, World War II officially ended, and we bring you a profile of how it translated on radio. Listen to an excerpt of the signing of surrender.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/923196/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/923196.mp3




9/1 X Minus One

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the birthday of prolific radio and television radio writer Ernest Kinoy, we remember a series that served as one of is main vehicles - the now legendary science fiction series, "X Minus One".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/921661/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/921661.mp3




8/31 The Great Gildersleeve

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

From Wistful Vista on Fibber McGee & Molly to another fictional town of Summerfield, the character of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve entertained audiences with his unique brand of comedy. Tune in as we remember the, "Great Gildersleeve" show on the anniversary of its debut.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/921660/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/921660.mp3




8/30 This is Radio

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

A radio rarity was heard on this day in 1940. "This is Radio" heard on all major networks delivered a celebratory program extolling radio in its heyday. Listen in for an excerpt.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/921659/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/921659.mp3




8/29 Let's Pretend

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the birthday of actor Arthur Anderson, we deliver a profile of one of radio's most popular children's shows where he was a key player. Listen in for the background on the, "Let's Pretend" show.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920916/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920916.mp3




8/28 Charles Boyer

Sat, 28 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

The daper Frenchman Charles Boyer was well known to international audiences on the silver screen as well as in the US - which lead to his own radio program called, "Presenting Charles Boyer" in which he starred. Listen to an except of the show along with the story of his rise to fame.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920915/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920915.mp3




8/27 Roger Pryor

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Known as the poor-man's Clark Gable, radio host and film actor Roger Pryor was born on this day. Tune in for the history of his role in the world of entertainment on the stage, screen and radio.


Media Files:
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920911/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920911.mp3




8/26 Lee DeForest

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Self proclaimed and widely regarded as the 'father of radio' - Dr. Lee DeForest was born on this day. Listen to the history of his pioneering work in broadcasting, along with an excerpt of him on the 'wireless'.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920908/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920908.mp3




8/25 Father Knows Best

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Now legendary from it's early television show, the family comedy, "Father Knows Best" developed it's sitcom formula on radio. Listen to the history and a clip from the program on the day of its debut.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920905/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920905.mp3




8/24 Frank Craven

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Though among many names seemingly lost in the past, we remember a well known actor/director from radio's golden age - Frank Craven. Listen to an excerpt of his talent as the stage manager in a radio version of, "Our Town".


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920904/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920904.mp3




8/23 Happiness Boys

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Dubbed radio's first comedians, the 'Happiness Boys' made their on-air debut on this day. Tune in for the fascinating history of a pair of radio greats - Billy Jones and Ernie Hare.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920902/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920902.mp3




8/22 The Falcon

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

On the birthday of radio actor James Meegan, we profile one of his main radio vehicles, "The Falcon".


Media Files:
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920901/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920901.mp3




8/21 Ken Carpenter

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

One of radio's foremost announcers - Ken Carpenter is remembered with a very funny excerpt on his birthday.


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http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/920899/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/920899.mp3




8/20 Alan Reed / Life With Luigi

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 04:00:00 GMT

Character actor Alan Reed was a hit on several programs during radio's yesteryear. Hear his brand of comedic delivery and the history of one of his main shows, "Life With Luigi".


Media Files:
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrvo/.jukebox/media/wrvo/919642/mp3/OtherPods/podcast/5043/919642.mp3