Recommended Series For First Time OTR Listeners

There are so many facets to the world of Old Time Radio, it is hard to know where to start enjoying it. The truth is there is so much to enjoy in OTR, it is easy to imagine that almost anything you pick out will delight you. But that still leaves you with the difficult… Continue reading Recommended Series For First Time OTR Listeners

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 Gordon. The couple took their one year old son to Great Britain where they worked… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Gale Gordon

Fibber and Molly Go To Gildersleeve’s Halloween Party

The holiday at the end of October was actually the lead into All Saints Day, November 1, and All Souls Day, Nov 2. The religious feast is a time to remember those Saints who don’t already have a feast day of their own, and then to remember the recently departed. In ancient times they often… Continue reading Fibber and Molly Go To Gildersleeve’s Halloween Party

Fibber And Molly’s Lasting Appeal

Twenty four years is a long time to do anything, especially to have America come visit you at home every Tuesday night. That is just what Jim and Marian Jordan did from April 1935 until Sept 6, 1959, playing the beloved Fibber McGee and Molly. In the TV world, a show that lasts more than… Continue reading Fibber And Molly’s Lasting Appeal

Mysteries of Old Time Radio

One of the charms of investigating Old Time Radio shows is the element of mystery that often crops up. We aren’t talking about Mystery Programs necessarily, (although they can be a lot of fun in their own right) but mysteries about the surviving shows them selves. Much of the mystery comes from the nature of surviving… Continue reading Mysteries of Old Time Radio

Fibber McGee And Molly on the lookout for “German Spies”

Radio Espionage is deadly serious business, no matter how much fun popular culture and the media had fictionalizing the exploits of spies. The ancient Chinese text, Sun Tzu’s Art of War, which is required reading at West Point and Annapolis, dedicates its thirteenth chapter to the importance of spies. Victories in all wars, but especially… Continue reading Fibber McGee And Molly on the lookout for “German Spies”

Christmas in Wistful Vista: Part 4

Skipping down Christmas Nostaliga Lane we return to our favorite old time radio comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly: On Christmas Eve 1946 becomes special; it is one of the few times the show is broadcast on Christmas Eve.  Teeny, the young girl that Marian plays in addition to Molly has convinced Fibberto fix some broken toys for… Continue reading Christmas in Wistful Vista: Part 4

Christmas in Wistful Vista: Part 3

In our continuing journey down Christmas Nostaliga Lane from last year with our favorite old time radio comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly: In Christmas Radio Show episode from 1941, Fibber is determined not to spend money on a Christmas tree, so on Dec 16 he goes into the woods to cut his own. Of course it turns out… Continue reading Christmas in Wistful Vista: Part 3

Fibber McGee and Molly’s Beulah: A Female African American Role on Radio played by a White Man

Beulah first appears at 79 Wistful Vista on Jan 25, 1944. At her first utterances there are peals of laughter from the studio audience, almost before she has said anything funny. Fibber McGee and Molly hire Beulah for one day a week. On Tuesdays Beulah will cook, clean, wash, and respond to Fibber’s wise cracks.… Continue reading Fibber McGee and Molly’s Beulah: A Female African American Role on Radio played by a White Man