Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Take The Radio Train: The Way It Was, 7 February

1915---The first known train-to-station radio message is transmitted to Binghamton, New York. And if anyone Out There knows precisely what that message said, I'd appreciate your sharing it greatly---since I'm having only slightly less luck finding that message than I'd have catching and taking the A train on schedule and with room to squeeze into the morning rush hour crowd without having to leave a foot between the doors when they close.


1937: JACK'S VIOLIN IS STOLEN---"They have nominated the thief for the Nobel Peace Prize," is what Fred Allen might say about it, after hearing of the theft---which Jack himself discovers after proclaiming he'll play "The Bee" this very night to show him and everyone else---on tonight's edition of The Jell-O Program with Jack Benny. (NBC.) Co-stars: Kenny Baker, Phil Harris, Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson. Writers: George Balzer, Milt Josefsberg, William Morrow, Sam Perrin, John Tackaberry.

1956: VARIATIONS ON A THEME---The best laid plans go to waste even for someone such as a man (Parley Baer) who thinks planning equals the perfect murder, on tonight's edition of Suspense. (CBS.) Also starring: Paula Winslow, Sam Edwards, Barbara Fuller, George Walsh, Peter Lee. Writer: Anthony Ellis.


1915---Eddie Bracken (comedian/actor: The Aldrich Family; The Eddie Bracken Show), Astoria, New York.
1923---Keefe Brasselle (actor: Stars in the Air, Suspense), Elyria, Ohio.
1924---Hattie Jacques (actress: It's That Man Again, Educating Archie), Sandgate, Kent, U.K.


Blogger Gene Bach said...

Hey there Jeff, gretings from one of the Elite Eight! LOL!

Hey, what kind of information can you dig up, classic radio-wise, for Jan 31, 1959? Curious as to what happened the day I came to be.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Jeff Kallman said...

Gene---About the only thing I could exhume (if you'll pardon the expression) thus far was that, on the day you were born, morning disc jockey Irv Smith of WINS, New York (this was, I believe, during the station's time as a rock and roll comer, before switching to all news in 1964) was killed in an automobile crash. Road accidents are also known to have taken the lives of DJs Don (Big Daddy) Owens (WLCY, Tampa, Florida) in 1964, Dick Norman (WFLA, Tampa) in 1989, Barney Pip (several stations including Chicago WCFL) in 1994, and Bobby Simon (KZOK Seattle, WIFE Indianapolis) in 2002.

I wish it were a happier radio news day for the day you graced this world with your birth, my friend . . .

7:34 PM  

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