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.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Three Hit The Air: The Way It Was, 24 November

1923---Radio Belgium goes on the air for the first time.

1925---KRO (Katholieke Radio Omroep), a radio station originating with the Catholic church but in due course becoming as much a non-religious programmer, premieres in the Netherlands.

1926---KVI-AM is born in Tacoma, Washington, moving to Seattle before decade's end and becoming in due course one of the first radio stations in the United States to adopt an all-conservative talk radio format.


1941: $100 FOR A BROKEN LEG---Adding insult to fake injury, Lum (Chester Lauck)---who faked a broken leg to get out of an unwanted date---gets peanuts in a settlement compared to what Squire (Norris Goff, who also plays Abner) took him for in a faith-healing scam, on today's edition of Lum & Abner. (CBS.)

Writers: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff, Jay Sommers.

1942: FIBBER GETTING IN CONDITION---Winter brings out the bad enough in McGee's (Jim Jordan) lack of good physical conditioning, but his attempts at diet and exercise may bring out the worse, on tonight's edition of Fibber McGee & Molly. (NBC.)

Molly/Teeny: Marian Jordan. Mrs. Uppington: Isabel Randolph. Wimpole: Bill Thompson. LaTrivia: Gale Gordon. Announcer: Harlow Wilcox. Music: Billy Mills and his Orchestra. Writer: Don Quinn.

1946: THE STORY OF JOHN LITTLEFIELD---He's a man (John McCormick) going to unusual lengths enough to change his identity, on tonight's edition of The Clock. (ABC.)

The Clock: Hart McGuire. Additional cast: Ken Maine, Frank Waters, Georgia Sterling. Writer: Lawrence Klee.

1947: IN MEMORY OF BERNADINE---A former soldier (Ernest Chappell, who also narrates) is haunted by the wife (Nancy Sheridan) he left behind and lost during the war, on tonight's edition of Quiet, Please. (Mutual.)

Harriet Foster: Melba Lewis. Writer: Wyllis Cooper.


1888---Cathleen Nesbitt (actress: Philco Radio Playhouse), Belfast.
1900---Ireene Wicker (The Singing Lady; actress/singer: The Road of Life; Today's Children), Quincy, Illinois.
1905---Harry Barris (singer, with the Rhythm Boys: Paul Whiteman Presents), New York City.
1906---Don McLaughlin (actor: Counterspy; The Road of Life), Webster, Iowa.
1910---Pegeen Fitzgerald (host: Fitzgeralds), Norcatur, Kansas.
1912---Garson Kanin (actor: Lux Radio Theater), Rochester, New York; Teddy Wilson (pianist, Benny Goodman orchestra and small groups: Let's Dance; Camel Caravan; Saturday Night Swing Club), Austin, Texas.
1913---Geraldine Fitzgerald (actress: Arthur Hopkins Presents; Ford Theater; Cavalcade of America), Dublin.
1927---Eileen Barton (singer: The Frank Sinatra Show; The Eileen Barton Show; MGM Musical Comedy Theater), Brooklyn.


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