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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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Big Band and Swing Bands in Old Time Radio

Music has always been an indispensable element of radio broadcast. The station which would eventually become WHA, Wisconsin Public Radio, began its first music broadcasts as early as 1917. It is not surprising that we have a number of terrific … Continue reading

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Lonesome for the Lonesome Gal

We reasonably expect that music programs should focus on the music. The presenter is an essential part of the package of course, linking the songs together and injecting their own personality into the mix. “Border Blaster” radio Wolfman Jack‘s programs … Continue reading

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How Hitler Helped Create Allen’s Alley

The title of this should not be interpreted with any insinuation that Fred Allen may have been a Nazi. Like most Americans of his generation, the more Fred and the rest of the entertainment industry learned about Hitler and his … Continue reading

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