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Doris Day

Doris Day, one of the most influential and prolific actresses to ever grace the silver screen, was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff to a immigrated German family in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1924. As a child, she was always a … Continue reading

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George Raft in Old Time Radio

Most of America likes to imagine Hollywood as a fantasy land where a pretty girl or a handsome young man came make it on their own merit. It is true to a certain extent, but it ignores the fact that … Continue reading

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Christmas Radio Show Favorites

Every year before I even think about going up to the attic to get the Christmas decoration boxes, I make it a point to dust off my collection of OTR Christmas Programs. There will be plenty of time to sit … Continue reading

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December 12: Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra

December 12 would be Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. We would like to wish Ol’ Blue Eyes a happy one. Sinatra is a bit of an enigma. There is no getting around it: Frank was cool. Frank made sure that everyone … Continue reading

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November 14: Happy Birthday Dick Powell!

Some actors are stamped with a certain role and are never able to move beyond it. It is called type casting, and Hollywood, which has always been more commercial than artistic, revels in the practice. Why not? Once they have … Continue reading

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Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Debut on The Royal Gelatin Hour

The first thing to keep in mind is that Rudy Vallee was not enthusiastic about having a ventriloquist act on his program. On the August 6,  1936, episode of The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour,  he stated on the air “…ventriloquism hardly … Continue reading

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David Harding: Counterspy!

Sun Tzu’s ancient Chinese text, The Art Of War has been praised for its applications to warfare ever since the old general first scribbled his thoughts on strips of bamboo more than two thousand years ago. The text is as … Continue reading

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Adam and Evelyn starring Jean Simmons

Broadcast 63 years ago today: Enjoy this 1952 broadcast of Lux Radio Theater starring Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, and Chester Stratton.  In the show a professional gambler finds himself the acting father to a young girl.  This (non-commercial) AFRS broadcast … Continue reading

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Radio’s Casey Crime Photographer

Somewhere, hidden deep in the offices of the Old Time Radio Networks, in a place where only writers go, there must have been an office dedicated to the Creation of the Perfect Radio Detective. Posted on the wall of the … Continue reading

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Remembering Big John and Sparky Radio Show

When computers came along, “multitasking” became an influential buzzword. It came as a shock to many of us that even simple early computers could do more than one thing at once. What was an even bigger shock was seeing how … Continue reading

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