Monthly Archives: December 2010

“Bong…BONG…bong. The NBC Chimes”: Quick History of an Elegant Solution of Station Identification

Like so many things in life that are familiar to us all, the NBC Chimes are known by every fan of old time radio shows, but surrounded by myth and legend, some of it true, some of it with no … Continue reading

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Farewell, Fred Foy, announcer for The Lone Ranger

We are saddened today by the loss of Fred Foy, best known for voicing the most memorable introduction lines from the Golden Age of Radio, The Lone Ranger. “Hi-Yo, Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud … Continue reading

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Nontraditional Christmas Shows: Old Western Christmas

Christmas memories are full of chestnuts and open fires, snowy scenes and jingle bells. But Christmas Radio Shows turns up in some unexpected places. The Old West seems a strange place to find Christmas , but of course it is there. … Continue reading

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Great Gildersleeve Christmas

Just like at your house, Christmas in Summerfield is a special time. Of course sponsor Kraft Foods would insist that Gildy’s Christmas be extra special! During the first season of The Great Gildersleeve the 15th episode would occur on Dec … Continue reading

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Christmas in Wistful Vista: Part 2

Today we continue our trip down Christmas Radio Shows Nostaliga Lane with our favorite old time radio comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly: On Dec 24, 1940 there is confusion in the McGee household when they receive a package addressed to Gildy, an expensive radio/phonograph … Continue reading

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Christmas in Wistful Vista: Part 1

Any radio sitcom that lasts more than one season is likely going to do a Christmas Radio Shows. I think it may be an FCC rule. It is fun to think about, especially for pre-recorded TV Sitcoms that are probably … Continue reading

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An Old Time Radio Christmas Carol

After the Blessed Birth in the Manger and the Guy in Red bringing presents, Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is probably the most frequently told and retold of Christmas stories. (The forth would probably be George Bailey seeing how the world … Continue reading

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The Eternal Light Radio Program Begins in 1944

For over forty years, The Eternal Light radio program captured the interest of their listeners. Premiering on October 8, 1944, The Eternal Light series brought hope to an audience still embroiled in World War II. Programming included stories of human … Continue reading

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Top 5 Old Time Radio Shows to Cure Insomnia

Some old time radio fans enjoy listening to radio shows at night to help them fall asleep. Some listen to classic comedies such as Fibber McGee and Molly or Jack Benny. Other sleepy snoozers prefer to listen to calm music shows; … Continue reading

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December 1932 Welcomes Charlie Chan Radio Series

The astute Chinese-American detective, Charlie Chan first hit the airwaves on the NBC Blue Network in 1932. Charlie Chan was the creation of Earl Derr Biggers, who based the Chan character on a real Chinese-American police detective in Honolulu. The … Continue reading

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