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C.P. MacGregor and the Transcribers

One of the great debates of the Radio Era was “Live” versus “Transcribed” broadcast. This seems like a curiosity today in the Cable TV era, when about the only live shows are sports and local news, and even those are … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Gale Gordon

On Feb 20, 2015, we celebrate the 109 birthday of the beloved character actor Gale Gordon. Gale Gordon was born Charles T. Aldrich in New York in 1906, the son of vaudevillian Charles Aldrich and his English actress wife, Gloria … Continue reading

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Happy 39th birthday, Jack Benny!

Happy 39th, Jack Benny – From 1937-55, listeners had a chance (or had no choice but to turn the station) to sit in on the perpetual 39th birthday of the famous radio ham, whose real 39th was in 1933. Continue reading

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Jan 1: Happy Birthday, Dana Andrews!

The melodramas that were later labeled “film noir” needed a special sort of actor. The genre depended upon pathos, overwrought emotion and moral polarization (extreme good vs extreme evil). Noir stories are often related to Hard Boiled Detectives, but the … Continue reading

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December 7: Happy Birthday Arch Oboler

It is interesting that Pearl Harbor Day is also Arch Oboler‘s birthday. Interesting, but probably not significant. Arch would be105 years old in 2014, so it is interesting to wonder how he must have spent his 32nd birthday. Ronald Colman‘s … Continue reading

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Aviation in Old Time Radio

The sleek designs, the light construction, the spray of white light from the propellor: the fighter plane captured the hearts and minds of millions of American boys in the 1930’s and 40’s. Piloting an elegant craft and achieving flight was … Continue reading

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Our Miss Brooks’ Halloween Party

Halloween is about letting the kids have some fun. Of course, just because the kids get a little older they don’t seem to outgrow the desire to have a little bit of haunted fun! What about the grownups? Should they … Continue reading

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