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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, August 01, 2008

Charting: The Way It Was, 1 August

1962---On the threshold of establishing itself as the edgy first cousin of New York rock and soul radio, as the old-time radio era breathes its last in the bargain, WMCA publishes its first known music survey chart.

Eventually known as the Good Guys Survey, the WMCA survey will feature regularly in a half-station oriented publication known as Go until the station sheds the Good Guys style by the end of the 1960s.


1867---Lew Fields (comedian, with Weber and Fields: The Eveready Hour; The George Jessel Show), New York City.
1878---Edwin Franko Goldman (concertmaster: The Cities Service Concert; The Pure Oil Band), Louisville.
1889---Maurice Baron (conductor, various radio symphonies), Lille, France; Charles Bickford (actor: Radio Hall of Fame), Cambridge, Massachussetts; Alexander Smallens (conductor: Rising Musical Star), St. Petersburg, Russia.
1895---Art Gillham (The Whispering Pianist; vocalist and song plugger to numerous radio programs), St. Louis; Bernard Schubert (writer/producer: The Falcon; Murder and Mr. Malone), Brooklyn.
1897---Walter Greaza (actor: Columbia Workshop; Suspense), St. Paul, Minnesota.
1900---Xavier Cugat (The King of the Rhumba; bandleader: Camel Caravan), Tirona, Spain.
1904---Lou Kosloff (conductor: Blondie; Sad Sack; Sherlock Holmes), Chicago.
1905---Dick Aurandt (conductor: Voyage of the Scarlet Queen), unknown; Richard Keith (actor: Myrt & Marge; Special Investigator), New York City.
1908---Bob Russell (singer/composer: Name That Tune), Passaic, New Jersey.
1909---Dana Andrews (actor: I Was a Communist for the FBI), Collins, Mississippi; Frank Kettering (bassist, with the Hoosier Hot Shots: National Barn Dance), Monmouth, Illinois.
1911---Hank Greenberg (Hall of Fame baseball player: We the People; Philco Radio Time), New York City; Leona Ledoux (actress: Baby Snooks; Blondie), unknown.
1913---Norman Rosten (writer: Cavalcade of America; An American in Russia), unknown.
1915---Irv Orton (musical director: Double of Nothing), unknown; Earl Sheldon (conductor: Drene Time/The Bickersons; The Jack Smith Show), New York City.
1916---Earl Wrightson (singer: Highways in Melody; Getting the Most Out of Life), Baltimore.
1917---Ted Cott (host/announcer: So You Think You Know Music; Music You Want), Poughkeepsie, New York; Shelby Storck (actor: The Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen), Kansas City.
1919---Carole Landis (actress: Command Performance), Fairchild, Wisconsin.
1922---Robert de Cormier (choral director: Christmas in Vermont with Countrypoint), Pinelawn, New York.
1923---Milt Jackson (jazz vibraphonist; various radio remotes, with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra and the Modern Jazz Quartet), Detroit.
1928---Helen Westcott (actress: Lux Radio Theater; My Wildest Dream), Los Angeles.
1938---Norma Jean Nilsson (actress: Blondie; Father Knows Best), Hollywood.


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