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.

Monday, November 24, 2008

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.


LUM & ABNER: $100 FOR A BROKEN LEG (CBS, 1941)---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 scamWriters: Chester Lauck, Norris Goff, Jay Sommers.

FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY: FIBBER GETTING IN CONDITION (NBC, 1942)---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. 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.

THE CLOCK: THE STORY OF JOHN LITTLEFIELD (ABC, 1946)---He's a man (John McCormick) going to unusual lengths enough to change his identity. The Clock: Hart McGuire. Additional cast: Ken Maine, Frank Waters, Georgia Sterling. Writer: Lawrence Klee.

QUIET, PLEASE: IN MEMORY OF BERNADINE (MUTUAL, 1947)---A former soldier (Ernest Chappell, who also narrates) is haunted by the wife (Nancy Sheridan) he left behind and lost during the war. 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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