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Sam Spade on the Radio

You’ve heard the boast: America is the country that invented rock and roll; America invented jazz, the car, the Big Mac, baseball.?  It seems fair enough to add Sam Spade, and indeed, hard-boiled detectives to the list.?  That is, there’s … Continue reading

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Your Movietown Radio Theater

For movie actors on their way up to the A-List, Your Movietown Theater provided a showcase. One result of the symbiosis between the Studio System and Radio Row was Your Movietown Theater. Symbiosis is a scientific term describing two different … Continue reading

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Ed Begley Sr in Old Time Radio

Winner of the Tony and an Oscar, Ed Begley Sr. was a force to be reckoned with on Radio Row in both New York and Los Angeles. Although he will never be as popular as the Leading Man, sometimes the … Continue reading

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Steady Work: Paula Winslow in Old Time Radio

There are stars in every industry, the CEOs who make the big decisions, the outstanding salespeople who convince new customers to buy and develop new markets for the product, the daring researchers who create new products, the ambitious production managers … Continue reading

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Comic Pages in Old Time Radio

There is no way it should work. The Comics depend on pictures! Some of the best strips don’t even have dialog! The Funny Pages are a visual medium, Radio just plain isn’t. Still some of radio’s most loved treasures began … Continue reading

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Dana Andrews and What Makes a Hollywood Tough Guy Tough

Hollywood expects a variety of qualities from its leading men; good looks, virile physicality, an appealing and understandable voice, acting ability, sex appeal, and a sense of toughness. Of course, this being Hollywood, any or all of these qualities can … Continue reading

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Old Time Radio’s Most Glamorous Blonde, Alice Faye

One thing Hollywood never had a shortage of, it was beautiful young blonds. The studio system was more than happy to take advantage of this fact, which often did not work out well for the girls. One of our favorite … Continue reading

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How Rochester Helped Win The War

Eddie Anderson was incredibly well suited for his role as second banana. This is reflected in the long term success of the Jack Benny Program, and the fact that Eddie was one of the best paid second bananas in Hollywood … Continue reading

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Presidential Nominating Convention Recordings (RNC and DNC)

Ideally, an American Presidential Election is a race between two worthy men, two worthy ideals, battling it out on the National Stage in the weeks before the National Election in November when the American People make the worthiest selection. Sadly, … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective

As the late Forties turned into the early Fifties, the airwaves were filled with a seemingly endless series of gumshoes. They were meant to appeal to the hard working, big spending young men in the audience, many of whom were … Continue reading

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