Monthly Archives: February 2008

Calvin Coolidge, the first US President to do a radio address 2-22-1924

Today in 1924, Calvin Cooldige became the first president to do a radio address. Although his 1924 address doesn’t appear to be in existence, please enjoy a short 1928 excerpt of Coolidge bestowing a medal on Charles Lindberg: [audio:1928-President-Calvin-Coolidge.mp3] Coolidge … Continue reading

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Telecast of the Breakfast Club old time radio show bombs on Television, 2-22-1954

One of the longest-running programs on the air, Breakfast Club, with host, Don McNeill, was simulcast on TV  beginning this day. The telecast of the show was a bomb, but the radio program continued on as one of the longest-running … Continue reading

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Young Ricky Nelson appears makes his first radio appearance on Ozzie & Harriet, 2-20-1949

Today in 1949, the future teen singing idol, Ricky Nelson, first performed on his parents’ radio show, Ozzie & Harriet.  This is his premier episode: [audio:Ozzie-Harriet-49-02-20-Invitation-To-Dinner.mp3]

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Ed Wynn signed on radio as first vaudeville talent, 02-19-1922

Today in 1922, Ed Wynn became the first big-name vaudeville talent star to sign on as a radio talent. Previously, top talent never considered radio a respectable medium. The single broadcast in 1922 was over WJZ in Newark, and Ed … Continue reading

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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar Debut episode, 2-18-1949

In 1949 today, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar debuted on CBS. Featured is the first episode, titled “Mind in the Shadows.” Charles Russell plays the starring role as the insurance investigator with the action-packed expense account. Please enjoy the debut episode: … Continue reading

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