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Fibber And Molly’s Lasting Appeal

Twenty four years is a long time to do anything, especially to have America come visit you at home every Tuesday night. That is just what Jim and Marian Jordan did from April 1935 until Sept 6, 1959, playing the … Continue reading

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Murder By Experts: Origins of a Classic Old Time Radio Show

Murder By Experts was a commercial. By itself, that is not a bad thing. After all, radio itself was built as a means of marketing. The empires of the huge networks were based on selling things. So the last thing … Continue reading

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Good Night Lauren Bacall

She was only 19 when she turned what could have been a rather mediocre film into one of Hollywood’s greatest romantic classics. The film was also the starting point for one of Hollywood’s greatest romances. It also launched the career … Continue reading

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Cigarette Advertising in Old Time Radio

Light ‘em if You’ve Got ‘emĀ  Many OTR fans will tell you that Jack Webb’s Dragnet is as close to a perfect Radio Drama as you can find. The show makes great use of Audio Branding. From the ominous four … Continue reading

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Patriotic Radio: The Founding Fathers

No study of American Patriotismwould be complete without looking at the determination and sacrifice of the Founding Fathers.From the perspective of modern times it is hard to fully appreciate the risks taken by these men who pledged to each other … Continue reading

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Top Secret, “The Admiral’s Strange Identity”

Whether the role of lady spy Baroness Karin Geza in Top Secret was created for Ilona Massey, or if Miss Massey was created for the role is open for debate. There can be little argument that it was one of … Continue reading

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Good Night Ruby Dee

Actress Ruby Dee passed away quietly in her home in New Rochelle, NY, on June 11, 2014, surrounded by family. Praised for her contributions to stage, screen, radio and civil rights, Ms. Dee was 91. Ruby was born in Cleveland … Continue reading

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