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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Father and Daughter, Rediscovered: The Way It Was, 10 June

(CBS, 1956)

In one of this series' most understatedly gripping installments, Kitty (Georgia Ellis) learns she's due for a slightly unnerving visitor---the father (John McIntire) who hasn't seen her since she was eight months old.

Matt: William Conrad. Chester: Parley Baer. Doc: Howard McNear. Sam: Lawrence Dobkin. Announcer: George Fenneman. Writer: John Meston.


1924: NOT-SO-SILENT CAL---The old-time radio era strikes a milestone when the Republican National Convention, which nominates incumbent President Calvin Coolidge to be their candidate (and would see him be elected to a full term in his own right, after he succeeded the late Warren G. Harding), is broadcast.

Coolidge's reputation as a quiet man bordering on reclusiveness notwithstanding, the GOP certainly picks the right man in terms of radio friendliness: he takes to radio and makes himself strikingly available to the new medium as well as the traditional press: before his term expires, Coolidge will be the first President whose inauguration is broadcast on radio; he will give over 529 press conferences; he will become the first President to give a political speech on the air; and, he will sign into law the federal legislation that creates the Federal Radio Commission.


LUM & ABNER: LOSING TO SQUIRE (NBC, 1935)---It turns out our heroes had very good reason to worry about Squire Skimp (Norris Goff) launching a rival movie theater. Lum/Grandpappy: Chester Lauck. Abner/Dick Huddleston: Norris Goff. Writers: Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.

THE INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIES: DEATH IS A JOKER (BLUE NETWORK; REBROADCAST: ARMED FORCES RADIO NETWORK, 1944)---Peter Lorre has a field night narrating and playing a murder defendant pleading to his jury about the surreal circumstances leading to the crime in question. Host: Raymond Edward Johnson. Writer: Possibly Himan Brown.


1889---Sessue Hayakawa (actor, with NHK), Tokyo.
1891---Al Dubin (lyricist: Mutual-Don Lee Dedicatory Program), Zurich.
1895---Hattie McDaniel (comedienne/actress: Beulah; Maxwell House Showboat), Wichita, Kansas.
1897---Boris Kroyt (violinist, Budapest String Quartet: The Library of Congress Concert), unknown.
1898---Norman Brokenshire (announcer: Music That Satisfies; Theater Guild On the Air), Murcheson, Ontario.
1903---Ernest Chappell (actor/announcer: The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy; Quiet, Please; The Big Story), Syracuse, New York.
1909---Larry LeSueur (correspondent, CBS News: This Week in Europe; The World Today), unknown.
1920---Anne Burr (actress: Mary Noble, Backstage Wife; Wendy Warren and the News), Boston.
1922---Judy Garland (as Frances Ethel Gumm; singer/actress: The Hardy Family; Good News of 1938; Lux Radio Theater), Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
1926---June Haver (as Beverly Jane Stovenour; singer: Hollywood Hotel), Rock Island, Illinois.
1931---Harlan Stone, Jr. (also known as Hal Stone; actor: Archie Andrews), Whitestone, New York.


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