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.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Twelve on Shell: The Way It Was, 26 October

1935: ---Judy Garland's old-time radio credentials would come to include a guest spot with Clark Gable on Good News Maxwell House, and four appearances at least on Lux Radio Theater, among other vintages.

But tonight MGM's tragic girl wonder appears with Wallace Beery on NBC's Shell Chateau . . . when she is a mere twelve years old, and Beery is installed freshly as the program's host after Al Jolson had to withdraw due to a film commitment.


1957: THE POPE IS ON THE AIR---Twenty-six years after Pope Pius XI becomes the first Roman Catholic pontiff to deliver a radio address---and with Guglielmo Marconi himself among those present---Vatican Radio goes on the air as a radio station in its own right.


1943: ARCHIE'S LIFE STORY---Just about the last thing guest star Ida Lupino needs is Archie (Ed Gardner) hectoring her to put on a film of his life story, on tonight's edition of Duffy's Tavern. (The Blue Network.)

Eddie: Eddie Green. Finnegan: Charles Cantor. Miss Duffy: Shirley Booth. Writers: Ed Gardner, Abe Burrows, possibly Larry Marks.

1947: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PHIL HARRIS---The sponsor (guest Arthur Q. Bryan) wants to know whether a magazine profile of one of Phil (Harris) and Alice (Faye)'s typical days---especially about Phil---is as loaded as Remley (Elliot Lewis) usually is, on tonight's edition of The Fitch Bandwagon. (NBC.)

Willie: Robert North. Little Alice: Jeanine Roos. Phyllis: Ann Whitfield. Music: Phil Harris and Walter Sharp. Writers: Martin A. Ragaway, Ray Singer, Dick Chevillat.


1876---H.B. Warner (Harry Byron Warner; actor: Hollywood Hotel; Lux Radio Theater), London.
1911---Mahalia Jackson (gospel singer: The Mahalia Jackson Show), New Orleans.
1913---Charlie Barnet (jazz saxophonist/bandleader: Nothing Serious; The Kate Smith Hour; Jubilee; AFRS Down Beat), New York City.
1914---Jackie Coogan (actor: Forever Ernest), Los Angeles.


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