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, April 25, 2007

Birth of a Father, Death of a Diary: The Way It Was, 25 April

1874: BIRTH OF A FATHER---Guglielmo Marconi is born in Bologna; his future experiments in producing and detecting over long distances the radio waves discovered by Heinrich Hertz launch the activities---including the world's first known successful commercial wireless company---that earn him the sobriquet "the father of radio."

1969: DEATH OF A DIARY---Five thousand and four hundred broadcasts after it first appears in 1948, Britain's first post-World War II radio soap, Mrs. Dale's Diary, airs for the final time, in an episode in which daughter Gwen Dale (Aline Waites) becomes engaged to a television producer (John Justin).


1945---Radio 1212---the so-called "black propaganda" operation based at Radio Luxembourg (who turned its facilities over to the U.S. Army after the Grand Duchy had been liberated) and operated by the U.S. Office of War Information's Psychological Warfare Division (supervised by CBS chief William S. Paley), whose mission it was to broadcast as though from Nazi Germany and gain an audience of loyal Nazis before using that influence against them---broadcasts for the final time.


1939: ROTTEN DAVIS TELEPHONES---There went the calm after dinner, interrupting leisurely Vic (Art Van Harvey) on the davenport, pondering Seattle; Sade (Bernadine Flynn) in the easy chair, pondering nothing in particular; and, Rush (Bill Idelson) pondering his old enemy algebra, on today's edition of Vic & Sade. (NBC.)

Writer: Paul Rhymer.

1944: TROUBLE OPENING THE PACKAGE---Merely receiving a mysterious package from Tennessee is nothing compared to that kind of trouble---especially with Lum (Chester Lauck) itching to get to whatever's inside and Abner (Norris Goff) thinking it isn't all that much to begin with, on today's edition of Lum & Abner. (Blue Network.)

Writers: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff, possibly Wedlock & Snyder.

1948: SCALPING BASEBALL TICKETS---For which your host and the then-manager (returning from suspension and not very long for his job as it was) of the Boys of Summer in waiting are brought to trial, after the Alley deminonde is compelled to ruminate on superstitions, on tonight's edition of The Fred Allen Show. (NBC.)

Senator Claghorn: Kenny Delmar. Titus Moody: Parker Fennelly. Mrs. Nussbaum: Minerva Pious. Ajax Cassidy: Peter Donald. Leo Durocher: Himself. Music: Al Goodman Orchestra, the Five DeMarco Sisters. Writers: Fred Allen, Bob Schiller, Nat Hiken.


1899---Guinn Williams (actor: Biography in Sound), Decatur, Texas.
1908---Edward R. Murrow (as Egbert Roscoe Murrow; newscaster/commentator, CBS), Pole Cat Creek, North Carolina.
1918---Ella Fitzgerald (jazz singer: Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm, Jubilee, The Big Show), Newport News, Virginia.
1919---Albert Alley (actor: Hop Harrigan, Stella Dallas), New York City.
1921---Robert Q. Lewis (actor/comedian: The Horn and Hardardt Children's Hour, Arthur Godfrey Time, The Robert Q. Lewis Show, mr. ace and JANE), New York City.


Blogger Mr. Liberty said...

Hi Jeff,
I found your very interesting blog...well, actually I don't know how I found it. I'm always looking for all things otr on the web (and often being dissapointed) and from whence you came I know nought. But I have saved it on my Google Homepage, it is a really nice resource.

I think I'm writing, really is because of your subtitle "Standing athwart nostalgia, yelling "Art!" . . .which as a Buckley fan I appreciate. "Standing athwart history, yelling Stop"! is the genesis of the conservative movement, appearing in the first issue of National Review, as I am sure you are well aware of.

Too bad, though, that the conservatism that W.F, Buckley revived almost alone in the 50's, whike still in his thirties has passed away in an orgy of power hungrymen who will sacrfice power for principle. Oh woe!

I will read your blob regularly now, Jeff. Thanks for it and all of the great great links you've provided. I'm having a high time today.

I wrote in my blog (more bolggers than readers, of course) about Buckley's 80th birthday which I leave here with you now.


Joe Postove

10:07 AM  
Blogger Jeff Kallman said...

Joe---Well, you caught me! (I did indeed fashion my subtitle as a nod to Mr. Buckley's ancient mission statement.) In turn, I've enjoyed your comment on Mr. Buckley's 80th and commented appropriately, and the rest of your charming blog. A good curmudgeon is a noble meal, and with mustard and sauerkraut. Welcome to my blob.---Jeff

10:43 AM  

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