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, August 17, 2009

Jail for Yawning: The Way It Is, 17 August

In which your extinguished editor has anything but a yawn over an Illinois judge who actually sentenced a courtroom spectator to (originally) six months in the freezer for . . . yawning.

He also premieres a new semi-serial, hooked around a couple canned from their jobs as college professors---for marrying each other---and now hitting the Vegas pavement in search of . . . but finding . . .

And, he includes his usual old-time radio selection, the new-time way---on the date it aired originally, back in the year, but canning the nostalgia in favour of letting it breathe as art, a show he'll describe below in his customary manner.

Helen/Announcer: Patty Price. "Helen and Troy" Announcer: Jon Lindquist. Writer/Producer/Director: Yours, truly.


THE JACK PAAR PROGRAM: LITTLE-KNOWN PEOPLE WHO MEAN NOTHING (NBC, 1947)---That's the secondary highlight of the evening, compared to Paar's guest---Jack Benny, who was also his benefactor (having discovered him on Guadalcanal in 1945, when Benny was entertaining troops and Paar was attached to a military entertainment unit; and, having mentored him and, in fact, pushed Paar as his 1947 summer replacement), and who appears here in one of his periodic running gags as a guest star---entering a talent competition as a violinist. Additional cast: Trudy Irwin, Elvia Allman, possibly Florence Halop, possibly Lionel Stander. Announcer: Hy Averback. Music: Jerry Fielding Orchestra. Writers: Larry Gelbart, Seaman Jacobs, Larry Marks, Arthur Stander.


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