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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Did She Really Want to Hurt Him? The Way It Was, 16 December

1907---Little enough if anything will be known about Eugene H. Farrar, over a hundred years after the event, except for one extremely significant old-time radio factoid---he is, today, the first singer known to sing over the radio, when he performs "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" (definitely not the eventual Culture Club hit by the same name) live from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

THE GOLDBERGS: PAROLE OFFICER (CBS, 1941)---He's in the Goldberg living room talking to Mr. Way and Oriane, mere days after Mr. Way's appearance before the parole board . . . while Molly (Gertrude Berg) tries to keep them from marrying until she can convince Way's former wife to help repay his debts---a plan Jake (James R. Waters) doesn't exactly like. Rosalie: Roslyn Silber. Sammy: Alfred Ryder. Additional cast: Unknown. Announcer: Clayton (Bud) Collyer. Writer: Gertrude Berg.

THE FRED ALLEN SHOW: SEEKING A RADIO JOB (NBC; rebroadcast: Armed Forces Radio Network, 1945; choppy musical breakins included)---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. Portland: Portland Hoffa. Senator Claghorn: Kenny Delmar. Titus: Parker Fennelly. Mrs. Nussbaum: Minerva Pious. Falstaff: Alan Reed. Announcer: Kenny Delmar. Music: Al Goodman Orchestra, the Five DeMarco Sisters. Writers: Fred Allen, Bob Weiskopf.

THE HENRY MORGAN SHOW: THE QUEST PESTS (NBC, 1949)---Apparently, not even old-time radio's popular Quiz Kids are immune to the cheerful barbequer of sacred cows (well, calves). 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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