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.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Navy Yard Singer: The Way It Was, 16 December

1907: DID SHE REALLY WANT TO HURT HIM?---Eugene H. Farrar, about whom little much else if anything seems to be known, may be the first singer known to perform over radio, when a performance of "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" (assuredly not to be confused with the eventual Culture Club hit of the same name) by Farrar is carried live from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


1941: PAROLE OFFICER---He's in the Goldberg living room talking to Mr. Way and Oriane, just days after Mr. Way's appearance before the parole board, and all the while Molly (Gertrude Berg) is trying to keep Oriane from marrying Way until she can convince his former wife to help repay Way's debts, a plan Jake (James R. Waters) doesn't exactly like, on today's edition of The Goldbergs. (CBS.)

Rosalie: Roslyn Silber. Sammy: Alfred Ryder. Additional cast: Unknown. Announcer: Clayton (Bud) Collyer. Writer: Gertrude Berg.

1945: SEEKING A RADIO JOB---That would be Fred (Allen) on behalf of opera star Lauritz Melchior, once the Alley demimonde finishes discussing what raised the family income, if anything did, on tonight's edition of The Fred Allen Show. (NBC; rebroadcast---with choppy musical breakins: Armed Forces Radio Network.)

Portland: Portland Hoffa. Senator Claghorn: Kenny Delmar. Titus: Parker Fenelly. Mrs. Nussbaum: Minerva Pious. Falstaff: Alan Reed. Announcer: Kenny Delmar. Music: Al Goodman Orchestra, the Five DeMarco Sisters. Writers: Fred Allen, Bob Weiskopf.

1949: THE QUEST PESTS---Apparently, not even old-time radio's popular Quiz Kids are immune to the cheerful barbequer of sacred cows (well, calves), on tonight's edition of The Henry Morgan Show. (NBC.)

Cast: Arnold Stang, Fran Warren, Pert Kelton. Announcer: Ben Grauer. Music: Milton Tatum Orchestra. Writers: Henry Morgan, Joe Stein, Carroll Moore, Jr.


1890---Jane Morgan (actress: Aunt Mary; Our Miss Brooks; The Harold Peary Show), North Platte, Nebraska.
1892---Cameron Prud'homme (actor: Little Herman; David Harum), Auburn, California.
1898---Lud Gluskin (conductor: Hollywood Showcase; Amos 'n' Andy; The Adventures of Sam Spade), New York City.


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