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Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Dramatic Radio.

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Favorite Story: A Christmas Carol, Starring Ronald Colman

November 20th, 2019

28:58

Favorite Story was a nationally syndicated Ziv production, which grew from a local dramatic offering, developed and continued on KFI, Los Angeles.

The fare was classic literature, both the novel and short story, with …

CBS Dimension: Burgess Meredith Visits The Liberty Bell

November 19th, 2019

2:21

When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on …

Thanksgiving 1947 With George Washington And Van Heflin

November 18th, 2019

23:29

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History
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At 10PM eastern time on …

Fred Allen On Radio vs Television

November 17th, 2019

0:47

On November 24th, 1954 Fred Allen was a guest of Tex and Jinx's New York talk show for a discussion about his life and career. During the course of the interview, Allen talked about leaving radio in 1949 and his …

Ralph Edwards On How He Got to CBS

November 16th, 2019

1:35

On October 7th, 1971 Chuck Schaden interviewed famous host and emcee Ralph Edwards about his life and career (full interview here -

Milton Berle On His First Showbiz Gig At Five Years Old

November 15th, 2019

0:53

On November 10th, 1970, comedy legend Milton Berle was a guest of Chuck Schaden's radio program (full interview here -

The Jack Benny Program: 1947 Thanksgiving Show—11/23/1947

November 14th, 2019

29:30

On the Sunday, November 23rd, 1947 episode of The Jack Benny Program, the gang celebrates Thanksgiving with a movie of Jack's life.

This episode aired live over all NBC stations at 7PM Eastern Time, with an additional …

Goodman Ace On His Radio Origins

November 14th, 2019

1:35

In January of 1971, prolific radio writer and humorist Goodman Ace sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC Golden Age of Radio …

Thanksgiving 1947 With Eddie Cantor

November 12th, 2019

6:15

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History
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On Thanksgiving Night 1947, …

Thanksgiving 1947 With Al Jolson And Casey Crime Photographer

November 11th, 2019

20:43

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History
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Earlier in 1947 Bing Crosby …

Johnny Carson and Orson Welles Tell a Funny George Burns, Jack Benny Story

November 9th, 2019

1:08

In 1976 Orson Welles was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show for a segment on Orson's life and career (full segment here -

Thanksgiving 1947 With Burns And Allen

November 8th, 2019

16:01

On Thanksgiving Day in 1947, as east-coast families were digesting dinner and settling in for dessert, Bob Crosby’s Club Fifteen took to the air on …

NBC News of The World At the Famed Hollywood Santa Parade—11/26/1947

November 7th, 2019

1:49

On Wednesday November 26th, 1947, the annual Hollywood Christmas parade was taking place in Los Angeles. Each November beginning in 1928, extravagant …

Jan Miner And Thanksgiving 1947 With Soap Opera Laura Lawton

November 6th, 2019

9:34

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History
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On Thanksgiving day in 1947, …

Thanksgiving With The Answer Man on WOR

November 5th, 2019

5:46

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History

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At 12:45PM on Thanksgiving Day …

Jan Miner On The Significance of Frank and Anne Hummert

November 3rd, 2019

0:53

In the 1970s, Prolific New York stage, radio, and TV commercial actress Jan Miner sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC Golden Age …

Orson Welles Shares His Thoughts on Hollywood

November 2nd, 2019

0:23

In the 1950s, Orson Welles sat down with the BBC for a wide-ranging chat on his career. In this short clip he shares his thoughts on Hollywood.

BW - EP97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History

October 30th, 2019

2:23:59

In Breaking Walls Episode 97 we usher in the holiday season with the first of a three-part mini-series on the 1947-48 radio season. The 1947-48 …

George Burns On Marrying Gracie And Their Honeymoon in Cleveland

October 29th, 2019

0:46

Barbara Walters interviewed George Burns for 20/20 in 1979. During the course of the interview George spoke about marrying Gracie while performing on the vaudeville circuit.

NBC News Of The World Breaks Down the Marshall Plan—11/26/1947

October 28th, 2019

3:32

Hosted by Morgan Beatty, NBC's News of the World was broadcast twice per evening. On the eve of Thanksgiving in 1947, The Marshall Plan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Plan) was the most important piece of …

John Wayne on the Screen Directors Playhouse—1/9/1949

October 27th, 2019

4:04

In January of 1949 NBC suddenly had a huge void in its Sunday night lineup. Jack Benny had departed to CBS and Edgar Bergen was on a hiatus. They filled it with the NBC Screen Director's Playhouse, which debuted on …

Dennis Day On His First TV Experience—Jack Benny's Transition to TV

October 26th, 2019

1:49

On Easter Sunday in 1982, Dennis Day was a guest of John Dunning's radio show for 71KNUS in Denver. The two spoke about Day's life and career, which naturally led to his association with Jack Benny. Here Day talks about …

Walter Winchell Jergen's Journal — 11/9/1947

October 25th, 2019

14:30

On the November 9th, 1947 edition of Walter WInchell's Jergen's Journal on ABC, the outspoken journalist commented on the famine in Europe, Anti-communist fears, the latest James C. Petrillo Musician's Union strike, and …

Jack Benny Pro-Teacher PSA—11/30/1947

October 24th, 2019

1:07

At the close of the November 30th, 1947 episode of The Jack Benny Program, Jack Benny spoke eloquently about the problems teachers were facing in the post-War world. His plea mirrors many we might hear today.

When Sherlock Holmes Had A Halloween Adventure

October 23rd, 2019

15:26

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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Sherlock Holmes peaked on radio between 1939 and 1946 …

Les Tremayne On How Radio Stabilized The Lives of Actors

October 22nd, 2019

0:47

Noted radio and tv actor and narrator Les Tremayne had a career that spanned eight decades. Here he spoke with Chuck Schaden (full interview here -

Radio Actor John Gibson on When He Knew TV was Going To Kill Radio Drama

October 21st, 2019

0:56

Radio actor John Gibson (of Casey, Crime Photographer; Terry and the Pirates) seen here (far left) with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran, was a guest of …

Ricky and David Nelson's First Appearance on The Ozzie and Harriet Show - 2/20/1949

October 19th, 2019

4:45

This is the open to the first episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in which David and Ricky Nelson played themselves on air. During the previous four seasons child actors played the duo.

John Guedel, Art Linkletter, And The Story Behind People Are Funny

October 19th, 2019

23:04

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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On Friday April 10th, 1942 People Are Funny debuted over NBC airwaves, sponsored by Brown & Williamson Tobacco.

It was …

Radio and TV Actor Jack Wagner On Ricky Nelson Being Funny

October 16th, 2019

1:13

In January of 1986, KRLA broadcast a tribute to Ricky Nelson after his tragic death in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1985. One of the people spoken to was Jack Wagner, famous as the Malt Shop Man on The Adventures of …

When Ricky And David Joined The Ozzie And Harriet Cast

October 15th, 2019

9:31

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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In the aftermath of Jack Benny’s move to CBS, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet lost half their audience. Ozzie Nelson and …

When Jack Benny Went Trick-Or-Treating

October 14th, 2019

18:13

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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One summer day in 1948, Willam S. Paley received a proposal from Lew Wasserman and Taft Shreiber—President and VP of The …

When Ozzie And Harriet Visited A Haunted House

October 13th, 2019

17:05

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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In the fall of 1948, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet moved to Sunday evenings at 6:30PM on NBC radio. Although …

George Burns On How Gracie Changed His Life & Saved His Career

October 12th, 2019

0:35

Barbara Walters interviewed George Burns for 20/20 in 1979. During the course of the interview George spoke about how Gracie forever altered his life.

WJZ's New York Tonight With Allen Prescott — 10/15/1947

October 12th, 2019

14:08

On Wednesday October 15th, 1947 at 6:30PM over ABC's New York City flagship station WJZ (today WABC), New York Tonight signed on with emcee Allen Prescott.

Prescott was born in St. Louis in 1904. By the post-war years …

The Story Behind The Birth Of The Great Gildersleeve

October 11th, 2019

21:36

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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On August 31st, 1941, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve stepped off a train in the town of Summerfield, bringing with a now …

Hans Conried on the Differences between NYC, CHI, and Hollywood as Radio Broadcasting Hubs

October 10th, 2019

1:30

In August of 1971, radio, television, and cartoon character actor Hans Conreid sat for an interview with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC …

Have You Been Enjoying Breaking Walls?

October 9th, 2019

0:21

Have you been enjoying Breaking Walls? If so, give us a quick iTunes rating. The more people who do, the more people who will be able to discover Breaking Walls through the iTunes show algorithms.

The Story Behind Bing Crosby's NBC Strike, Departure, and The Birth of Transcription on ABC

October 8th, 2019

14:13

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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In 1945 Bing Crosby decided that he wanted to pre-record his NBC Kraft Music Hall program. Although transcription had …

A CBC Discussion on The New Look In Fashion—Winter 1947-48

October 7th, 2019

3:12

On October 12th, 1947 from Montreal over Canada's CBC airwaves, famed British fashion designer Sir Edwin Hardy Amies, KCVO spoke with Ms. Rita Greer about that winter's changes to that season's ready-made women's styles.

Don Ameche On His Network Radio Beginnings

October 6th, 2019

1:17

In February of 1973 Don Ameche sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC Golden Age of Radio program for a conversation about his life …

Burning Gotham—A New Audio Drama Set in 1835 New York City

October 4th, 2019

2:35

New York, 1835: A city at its tipping point.

In ten years since the completion of the Erie Canal, New York City’s population has grown from 167,000 to …

The Story Behind The Birth Of Sam Spade On Radio

October 4th, 2019

28:21

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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On July 12th, 1946 over the American Broadcasting …

Ricky and David Nelson On Growing Up Normal Kids

October 3rd, 2019

1:02

In 1981 David Hartman interviewed Harriet, David, and Rick Nelson for Good Morning America. It was a fantastic conversation that touched on all three of their combined and individual careers and lives. They also spoke …

When Quiet Please Broadcast: Don't Tell Me About Halloween

October 2nd, 2019

15:36

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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In 1934, with Chicago the center for radio production, NBC Writer and director Wyllis Cooper created a program for NBC's …

Radio Announcer Richard Joy On The Behind-The-Scenes Process on Sam Spade

October 1st, 2019

2:58

In early 1982, longtime radio announcer Richard Joy was a guest of John Dunning's on 71KNUS for a chat about his life and career. Joy was the longtime announcer for The Adventures of Sam Spade, which was directed by …

BW - EP96: Halloween on the Air (1943 - 1953)

September 29th, 2019

3:12:16

In Breaking Walls Episode 96, we laugh, scream, and cry while we join radio’s best as they celebrate Halloween on the air.

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Highlights:

• The Birth of the Great Gildersleeve
• Sam Spade has a Halloween adventure
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Frank Sinatra on the Spike Jones Spotlight Revue—10/1/1948

September 28th, 2019

4:27

On Saturday October 1st, 1948 Frank Sinatra was a guest on Spike Jones' Spotlight Review, over the CBS airwaves. Sinatra's natural ability to drift between comedic routine and singing performances was on display.

Lucile Ball On Being Fired By Ziegfeld And Her Half-Hearted Suicide Attempt

September 26th, 2019

3:34

On March 9th, 1971, Lucille Ball, Lucie Arnaz, and Carol Burnett were guests of Dick Cavett's on his ABC late-night show. During the course of the …

When American Novels Dramatized The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

September 25th, 2019

14:38

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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As the end of Summer turns into …

Jack Benny On Incorporating a Comedy Commercial into His Radio Show

September 24th, 2019

0:41

On September 3rd, 1970 Chuck Schaden interviewed Jack Benny backstage at the Mill Run Playhouse in suburban Niles, Illinois (full interview here -

Rick Nelson On People Still Thinking of Him as a Kid

September 22nd, 2019

0:38

On March 8th, 1974 Rick Nelson was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show. During the interview the (then) thirty-three year-old Nelson …

Ken Carpenter On Bing Crosby Quitting NBC and Kraft in 1945

September 21st, 2019

0:37

On February 17th, 1975 Chuck Schaden interviewed well-known radio announcer Ken Carpenter about his life and career (full-interview here -

Ozzie Nelson Tells a Funny Story About Being Handed a Lit Joint at a Rutgers Parade

September 20th, 2019

1:24

On November 18th, 1969 Ozzie and Harriet Nelson were guests of Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. During the segment, Ozzie told a funny story about …

Dr. Frank Conrad on KDKA's Beginnings in 1920

September 19th, 2019

1:23

In 1970 Westinghouse put together a retrospective on the history of radio broadcasting in honor of the 50th anniversary of KDKA broadcasting the 1920 election returns.

Years prior, Dr. Frank Conrad, who received …

David Nelson On Starting on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet—Ricky Being Funny

September 17th, 2019

1:22

After Ricky Nelson tragically passed away in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1985, KRLA in Southern California broadcast a retrospective on his …

Introducing: This Day In Jack Benny

September 16th, 2019

28:00

Have you heard of the This Day in Jack Benny podcast? It’s hosted by John Henderson.

Like myself, John discovered the Golden Age of Radio as a child …

Hal Peary On Starting Gildersleeve on Fibber McGee and Molly

September 14th, 2019

2:25

On April 28th, 1971, Chuck Schaden interviewed radio legend and the original Great Gildersleeve, Hal Peary (full interview here -

The Story Behind ABC's 1964 Afternoon Radio Drama Called Theater Five

September 12th, 2019

10:52

The American Broadcasting Company was never able to overtake NBC or CBS in ratings or revenue during the Golden Age of Radio. But by 1964, the only …

Don Quinn, The Colmans, And The Story Behind The Halls Of Ivy

September 11th, 2019

27:37

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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Radio’s Don Quinn rose to fame as Jim and Marion Jordan’s head writer. Throughout the 1940s as he wrote …

Johnny Carson and Orson Welles Talk Radio Ribs and Jokes

September 10th, 2019

2:44

In 1976 Orson Welles was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show for a segment on Orson's life and career (full segment here -

Mike Wallace On His Radio Beginnings

September 9th, 2019

1:56

On September 23rd, 1989, legendary radio and tv announcer and interviewer Mike Wallace was a guest of Chuck Schaden's (full interview here -

Art Linkletter On His Game Show Beginnings

September 7th, 2019

1:27

On October 2nd, 1991 legendary radio and TV emcee Art Linkletter had a call with John Gassman of SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) to discuss his life …

The Story Behind The Birth Of Our Miss Brooks

September 6th, 2019

33:10

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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Our Miss Brooks debuted in …

When Johnny Dollar Took on An Entire Town to Solve a School Arson

September 5th, 2019

42:03

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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In the summer of 1955, CBS executives were looking for a way to increase weeknight listenership in a …

Howard Duff On The Sam Spade Actors and Rehearsal Atmosphere

September 4th, 2019

1:15

In November of 1973 Howard Duff was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here -

The Story Behind The Rise of Eve Arden's Radio Career

September 3rd, 2019

17:53

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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Eve Arden was born Eunice Mary Quidens in Mill Valley, California on April 30th, 1908. Her mother Lucille, …

Roberta Goodwin Bailey on Bob Bailey's Post-Radio Career Struggles

September 1st, 2019

1:08

On February 7th, 1982, Bob Bailey's daughter Robert Goodwin Bailey joined John Dunning on 71KNUS for a chat about her father's life and career. Bailey was famous on radio for playing the lead in Let George Do It and …

BW - EP95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

August 30th, 2019

3:19:24

In Breaking Walls Episode 95, we go back to school with radio’s teacher’s pets, class clowns, and perhaps the most iconic “Miss” in radio history.

Bill Spier On Starting Sam Spade

August 30th, 2019

1:59

In November of 1970, Bill Spier was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (Full show here -

Announcer Richard Joy Tells A Funny Jack Benny Radio Station Story

August 28th, 2019

3:38

In early 1982, longtime radio announcer Richard Joy was a guest of John Dunning's on 71KNUS for a chat about his life and career. Towards the end of …

Hal Peary On Why He Left Gildersleeve & His Relationship With Willard Waterman

August 28th, 2019

2:56

On April 28th, 1971, Chuck Schaden interviewed radio legend and the original Great Gildersleeve, Hal Peary (full interview here -

CBS Dimension: Burgess Meredith Visits the Attic—1960

August 25th, 2019

2:40

When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on …

The Columbia Workshop: The Fall of the City—04/11/1937

August 24th, 2019

26:50

In April of 1937, CBS' flagship experimental drama program, called The Columbia Workshop, broadcast a play called "The Fall of the City" from the …

Actor Elliott Reid On The Ease of Acting on Grand Central Station

August 23rd, 2019

1:23

Elliott Reid was a prolific radio actor, perhaps best-known for his supporting role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes . In October of 2002 he was a guest …

Jack Haley Explains The Importance of The Palace Theater in New York City

August 20th, 2019

1:54

In February of 1975, Chuck Schaden sat down with actor, singer, and comedian Jack Haley (who is today perhaps best known as the Tin Man in the Wizard …

William Spier on The Origin of Suspense

August 19th, 2019

0:51

In November of 1970, Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran were joined by radio director Bill Spier and his wife, acting legend June Havoc on the 8th episode …

Gale Gordon On How Radio Stimulated The Imagination

August 17th, 2019

0:46

On May 13th, 1990 radio and TV legend Gale Gordon joined Chuck Schaden on his WBBM News Radio 78 radio show for a conversation about Gale's life and …

The Story Behind The End Of Fibber McGee And Molly

August 15th, 2019

18:33

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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Jim and Marian Jordan’s …

Columbia Presents Corwin: Fourteen August—08.14.1945

August 14th, 2019

16:09

Seventy-four years ago today, on August 14th, 1945 Japan accepted the United States' terms of surrender, officially ending World War II.

That evening, Norman Corwin produced a special broadcast commemorating this event. …

Roberta Goodwin Bailey on Bob Bailey's Birth & The Dollar Recording Sessions

August 12th, 2019

1:36

On February 7th, 1982, Bob Bailey's daughter Robert Goodwin Bailey joined John Dunning on 71KNUS for a chat about her father's life and career. Bailey was famous on radio for playing the lead in Let George Do It and …

How Jack Webb Launched Dragnet in 1949

August 10th, 2019

37:52

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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Network radio opened the 1948-49 season fresh off its 14th consecutive year of record earnings, …

When Inner Sanctum Mysteries Went To The Drug Store

August 10th, 2019

16:10

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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By 1945 Inner Sanctum Mysteries was on CBS Tuesdays at 9PM from New York for Lipton’s Tea.

The …

Eve Arden On Jack Benny Considering Offering Her Mary's Role

August 7th, 2019

0:32

On January 31st, 1975 Eve Arden was a guest of Chuck Schaden's backstage at the Drury Lane Theater in Evergreen Park, Illinois (full chat here -

The Rise Of Jack Webb's Radio Career

August 5th, 2019

28:33

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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On February 2nd, 1946, ABC premiered a fifteen-minute serial from KGO in San Francisco called One …

Willard Waterman On Becoming The Great Gildersleeve

August 5th, 2019

3:55

On March 17th, 1984 radio actor Willard Waterman was a guest of Chuck Schaden's for an interview about his life and career (full chat here -

When Dennis Day Was Irresistible to Women

August 4th, 2019

22:47

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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Jack Benny’s most famous Irish Tenor, Dennis Day was born on May 21st, 1916 in New York City, to …

Don Quinn On How He Became a Radio Writer

August 4th, 2019

1:38

In 1951, longtime radio writer Don Quinn was on vacation with his family in Hawaii when he sat down with Owen Cunningham for an interview about his …

BW - EP94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

July 31st, 2019

3:16:32

In Breaking Walls episode 94 we visit the malt shops, drug stores, and soda counters in America’s heartland and spend time with radio’s best dramatic …

Lawrence Dobkin On How AFRA Functioned In the 1940s-1950s

July 29th, 2019

0:46

On August 9th, 1986, SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) had Lawrence Dobkin, Lilian Buyeff, and Don Diamond as guests for a conversation about their lives and careers. Dobkin was a longtime AFRA (now part of SAG-AFTRA) …

Eve Arden On Wanting a Hit Broadway Play

July 27th, 2019

0:41

On July 25th, 1982 Eve Arden was a guest of John Dunning's for his 71KNUS Old-Time Radio program. During this hour-long interview which touched on …

Edward R. Murrow's Harsh Words For Senator McCarthy

July 25th, 2019

2:00

This clip, from early in the 1950s during Edward R. Murrow's This I Believe CBS Radio program takes aim at Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Red …

Jack Benny Praises His Writers and Talks About Why He's Easy To Write For

July 24th, 2019

0:46

In this interview clip, Jack Benny speaks about why he got along so well with his writers and how he became an easy character to write for.

When The CBS Radio Workshop Presented "Subways Are For Sleeping" with Byron Kane

July 23rd, 2019

20:17

The March 1956 issue of Harper’s Magazine featured a short story by Edmund G. Love about a man named Henry Shelby who’d been living on the streets of …

Announcer Tony Marvin On Working With Arthur Godfrey

July 21st, 2019

3:11

In June of 1973, Tony Marvin was the guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (Full interview here -

Jim Jordan On Fibber Mcgee's Hall Closet

July 19th, 2019

1:51

In 1971 Jim Jordan, better known as Fibber McGee, sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's the Golden Age of Radio to talk about his …

Pat Novak Gets Set Up—11/24/1946

July 18th, 2019

8:00

The team of Jack Webb and writer Dick Breen were at their best in Pat Novak, For Hire. It was a cult, hard-boiled detective hit that existed almost …

Lurene Tuttle On Her First Radio Role

July 16th, 2019

0:48

On August 26th, 1975 Chuck Schaden sat down with radio legend Lurene Tuttle for a conversation about her life and career (full interview here -

Dennis Day On The Jack Benny Interview Process

July 14th, 2019

1:31

On Easter Sunday in 1982, Dennis Day was a guest of John Dunning's radio show for 71KNUS in Denver. The two spoke about Day's life and career, which naturally led to his association with Jack Benny. Here Day talks about …

When Bill Spier Met June Havoc On Suspense

July 12th, 2019

25:39

This is a snippet from BW-EP93: Radio And The New York City Subway (1947 - 1975)

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On July 21st, 1941, CBS’s pilot series, Forecast presented a …

Lawrence Dobkin On Auditioning For Jack Webb

July 10th, 2019

0:41

On August 9th, 1986, Lawrence Dobkin, Don Diamond, and Lilian Buyeff were guests of SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) for a conversation about their lives and acting careers. During the chat, the conversation swung around …

John Scott Trotter On Early Philco Transcription Problems

July 8th, 2019

0:51

In 1946 Bing Crosby's noted orchestra leader John Scott Trotter went with Bing to ABC for Philco Radio Time. The series ran over ABC Radio from October 16th, 1946 to June 1st, 1949 and was noted because it was …

Herb Ellis Talks about Friend Jack Webb's Insecurities

July 7th, 2019

3:20

On March 12th, 1983, SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) hosted a conversation with actors Herb Ellis and Herb Vigran. During the course of their chat, Herb Ellis spoke about his friendship and working relationship with …

Subway Soap Opera Stories From New York

July 5th, 2019

21:46

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP93: Radio And The New York City Subway (1941 - 1975)

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Alan Reed, whom you just heard, got his start in New York acting on many soap operas before moving to California in 1943. …

Columbia Presents Corwin: Independence Day Dinner With The Family—7/4/1944

July 4th, 2019

3:34

Columbia Presents Corwin was a two-season showcase which aired on CBS that combined previously broadcast Norman Corwin dramatizations, as well as …

Actress Virginia Gregg Tells a Funny Pregnancy Wardrobe Malfunction Story

July 3rd, 2019

2:04

On August 14th, 1982 SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) was host to a panel of radio actors and actresses which included Parley Baer, Harry Bartell, …

Bob and Ray: Wally Ballou Reports From The New Quiet Subway—1963

July 1st, 2019

2:17

The comedic duo of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding first appeared on radio in 1946 for WHDH in Boston. In July of 1951 they joined NBC’s full network …

BW - EP93: Radio And The New York City Subway (1941 - 1975)

June 29th, 2019

3:05:31

In Breaking Walls episode 93 we ride the rails with some of the most famous stars in radio history.

During radio’s golden age, there were three main …

Lawrence Dobkin On Playing Louie The Cabbie On The Saint

June 29th, 2019

0:34

On August 9th, 1986 Lawrence Dobkin, Lillian Buyeff, and Don Diamond were guests of SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/)for a conversation about their long-running radio, tv, and film careers. During the course of the …

Orson Welles Tells a Funny Story About Running Out of Good Luck His First Night in Hollywood

June 26th, 2019

1:30

In 1970 Orson Welles was a guest of Dick Cavett's for a great interview about the artist's life and career. During the course of the show, Welles …

Severe Marital Problems At Coney Island on The Crime Club—7/10/1947

June 24th, 2019

3:31

Crime Club debuted over the Mutual Broadcasting System at 8PM on December 2nd, 1946. Each episode adapted one of the stories in the Crime Club Magazine. New York stage and radio actor Barry Thomson played host and …

Shirley Mitchell and Jack Kruschen On The Unsung Backup Actors Who Hung out in the Hall

June 23rd, 2019

1:51

On September 12th, 1987 actors Shirley Mitchell, Jack Kruschen and radio announcer George Walsh were guests of Jim Bohannon for a special broadcast of his radio show from Westwood One in Los Angeles, California.

In this …

Elliott Lewis, Cathy Lewis, and William Conrad in Bill Spier's The Clock—3/4/1948

June 20th, 2019

1:51

In January of 1948, Suspense producer/director Bill Spier left the show. Roma Wines had cancelled their sponsorship in November. Suspense was in the midst of an ill-fated hour-long show experiment, hosted by Robert …

Irma And Jane Visit Coney Island on My Friend Irma

June 18th, 2019

19:05

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP92: Radio And Coney Island (1906 - 1960)

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On Friday, April 11th, 1947, CBS debuted a new situation comedy called My Friend Irma.

Marie Wilson starred as Irma Peterson, a …

George Walsh on Jack Kruschen & The Announcer Holding A Show Together

June 17th, 2019

0:51

On September 12th, 1987 actors Shirley Mitchell, Jack Kruschen and radio announcer George Walsh were guests of Jim Bohannon for a special broadcast of his radio show from Westwood One in Los Angeles, California. Walsh …

Shirley Mitchell and Jack Kruschen On Why Film Actors Struggled With The Pace of Radio Acting

June 16th, 2019

2:39

On September 12th, 1987 actors Shirley Mitchell and Jack Kruschen were in-studio guests of Jim Bohannon for a special broadcast of his radio show from Westwood One in Los Angeles, California. During the course of the …

Frank Sinatra On Some of His Career High Points

June 14th, 2019

0:58

On November 12th, 1976 Frank Sinatra was a guest of Johnny Carson's for an interview about his life and career, which preceded a surprise visit from Don Rickles and a Sinatra performance. During the course of the …

William Spier On Why Actors Wanted to Guest Star on Suspense

June 12th, 2019

0:51

In November of 1970, director Bill Spier and actress June Havoc sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio to talk …

Himan Brown On How the Red Scare Hurt the Radio Industry

June 10th, 2019

2:48

On October 21st, 1993, Larry and John Gassman of SPERDVAC interviewed radio producer/director Himan Brown and actor Ralph Bell at Brown's home in New York city. During the course of the interview Himan was asked about …

When Vincent Price Was A Coney Island Fortune Teller on Suspense

June 9th, 2019

23:09

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP92: Radio and Coney Island (1906 - 1960)

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Late in 1956 CBS was able to sell individual commercial breaks for Suspense at reduced prices. On November 4th, 1956, the show moved to …

When Broadway Is My Beat Went To Coney Island

June 6th, 2019

23:40

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 92: Radio And Coney Island (1906 - 1960)

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Broadway Is My Beat first took to the air from New York on February 27th, 1949, starring Anthony Ross and directed by John …

Fred Allen Asks Mrs. Nussbaum Why She Goes to Coney Island

June 4th, 2019

1:31

On the May 12th, 1946 episode of the Fred Allen Show, Fred and Portland take a trip to Allen's Alley to ask the residents how they feel about Coney Island re-opening for the new season. The third door they visited was …

Jean Shepherd Tells a Funny Coney Island Story About An Old Man—04/09/1960

June 3rd, 2019

8:38

On April 9th, 1960, Jean Shepherd told a great story about an old man and a batting cage for his WOR radio show. The batting cages Shepherd speaks of …

CBS Dimension: Burgess Meredith Visits the Statue of Liberty—1960

June 2nd, 2019

2:02

When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on …

BW - EP92: Radio And Coney Island (1906 - 1960)

May 31st, 2019

2:25:07

In Breaking Walls episode 92 we open the summer season with a trip to Coney Island, Brooklyn. The New York city summer locale was frequented in radio programs and by radio performers. It was also, in the days of …

Alan Reed Tells a Hilarious Story About Strong-Arming His Way To An Early Acting Role

May 30th, 2019

2:57

Alan Reed, TV's Fred Flintstone, was also a prolific radio and film character actor. On February 17th, 1975, Mr. Reed sat down with Chuck Schaden for …

June Havoc and William Spier On The Death of Dramatic Radio

May 29th, 2019

1:31

In November of 1970, Actress June Havoc and her husband, the prolific radio director Bill Spier were guests of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's …

Andre Baruch on How He Helped Thwart Axis Sally During World War II

May 28th, 2019

0:55

Famed radio announcer André Baruch served in the original invasion of North Africa during World War II and spent almost four years overseas before …

Bill Stern With Mrs. Lou Gehrig, Portrait of Memorial Day—06/03/1949

May 27th, 2019

15:00

On the June 3rd, 1949 501st episode of Bill Stern's Colgate Sports Newsreel, the sports reporter recapped important events from Memorial Day like a …

Lum & Abner: Memorial Day Speech—05/30/1941

May 25th, 2019

14:24

On the May 30th, 1941 Memorial Day episode of Lum & Abner, the duo take a holiday from their duties at the Jot ‘Em Down Store. Lum has recently …

When Elliott Lewis Revived The Adult Western On The Sears Radio Theater

May 24th, 2019

19:34

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980)

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In 1979 Elliott Lewis teamed up with fellow …

The Sounds of Coney Island In 1932

May 23rd, 2019

1:58

This is audio recorded at Coney Island in the summer of 1932 of fairground rides, carnival barkers, and general fun-time ambience.

Sears Radio Theater Opening Show Promo—02/05/1979

May 22nd, 2019

0:51

In 1979 Elliott Lewis teamed up with fellow radio veteran Fletcher Markle for a unique method towards reviving dramatic radio. The buying network …

CBS Dimension: Burgess Meredith Goes to The Old Drug Store—1960

May 21st, 2019

1:55

When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on …

Bill Shirer On Breaking The News of Germany's Surrender for CBS—5/1945

May 20th, 2019

1:04

Former CBS news correspondent and "Murrow Boy" William L. Shirer recounts his experience at work on the day Germany surrendered in May of 1945.

Fred Allen on The Power of Radio

May 19th, 2019

0:47

On November 24th, 1954 Fred Allen was a guest of Tex and Jinx's New York talk show for a discussion about his life and career. During the course of the interview, Allen recounted a demonstration he gave to a friend …

Alan Reed's Coney Island Poem on the Fred Allen Show—05/12/1946

May 18th, 2019

1:14

The May 12th, 1946 episode of the Fred Allen Show featured a trip down Allen's Alley to discuss the reopening of Coney Island for the Alley residents. The final door was Falstaff Openshaw's, voiced by Allen Reed.

Herb Vigran On Working For Jack Benny and Jimmy Durante

May 16th, 2019

2:39

On March 12th, 1983 Herb Ellis and Herb Vigran were guests of SPERDVAC ( http://www.sperdvac.com ) for a conversation about their intersecting lives and careers in radio, film, and TV. During the course of the …

Frank Sinatra On How He Wanted To Be Remembered

May 14th, 2019

0:51

In 1965 while Fran Sinatra was recording his album, "September of My Years," he allowed CBS to record the process, and gave Walter Cronkite an unprecedented interview on his life. During the course of the interview, …

Lawrence Dobkin On AFRA Taking Cecil B. DeMille's Membership Card

May 14th, 2019

1:01

On August 9th, 1986, actor and director Lawrence Dobkin was part of a SPERDVAC ( http://www.sperdvac.com ) panel along with Don Diamond and Lilian Buyeff to discuss their lives and careers. During the course of the …

John Dehner and the Story Behind Have Gun Will Travel on Radio

May 12th, 2019

30:10

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980).

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The only western series of note to begin …

Claudia: A Visit To Coney Island—08/25/1948

May 11th, 2019

14:06

In 1948 a syndicated version of the soap opera Claudia, starring Katharine Bard and Paul Crabtree produced an episode for airing on August 25th …

Andre Baruch On His Radio Beginnings at Coney Island

May 10th, 2019

2:40

In June of 1981, famed radio announcer André Baruch and his songstress wife Bea Wain were honored guests of SPERDVAC ( http://www.sperdvac.com )for a dinner conversation about their lives and careers. At the beginning …

The Story Behind Luke Slaughter Of Tombstone

May 8th, 2019

18:53

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980).

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The second adult-western show CBS …

Radio Actor Lou Krugman On Learning On The Job

May 8th, 2019

0:43

On October 8th, 1983, veteran actor Lou Krugman was part of a SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com)panel discussion during the course of which, he explained how a radio actor learned on the job.

The Story Behind The End Of Gunsmoke On The Radio

May 6th, 2019

20:32

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980).

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After Have Gun, Will Travel went off the …

Hans Conried On His Role In My Friend Irma

May 5th, 2019

0:47

In August of 1971 Hans Conried was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for the 17th episode of WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here …

Arnold Stang On His Radio Beginnings

May 4th, 2019

2:11

In June of 1974 Arnold Stang, who had a several decade radio career, was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio …

John Dehner And The Story Behind Frontier Gentleman

May 3rd, 2019

26:32

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980).

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After Gunsmoke spent 1957 as CBS’ only …

Raymond Burr and The Story Behind Fort Laramie

May 2nd, 2019

21:42

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980).

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In 1956 public interest and advertising …

William N. Robson on The Death of Suspense in Hollywood

May 1st, 2019

0:46

In January of 1976 famed radio director William N. Robson was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcorcan for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full …

BW - EP91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980)

April 30th, 2019

3:06:51

In Breaking Walls episode 91, we finish the adult western trilogy with a focus on the period after television decimated radio’s listening audience, …

Elliott Lewis On The Sears Radio Theater

April 29th, 2019

2:37

On July 14th, 1979 writer/actor/producer/director Elliott Lewis was a guest of SPERDVAC's to talk about his radio career. This interview was …

Parley Baer On A Running Gag The Gunsmoke Cast Shared During Recording

April 27th, 2019

2:16

Actor Parley Baer was interviewed in the mid 1970s for a Gunsmoke radio documentary by WAMU's John Hickman. During one of their conversations Baer …

John Dehner On Oncoming Stereo Before Radio Drama's Network Death

April 25th, 2019

0:53

In 1982, John Dehner was an in-studio guest of Neil Ross' at KMPC for a conversation about his acting career. During the course of the chat, Dehner shed some light on oncoming stereo audio in the late 1950s and early …

Lawrence Dobkin On The Differences Between The NY and LA Radio Industry

April 24th, 2019

1:53

On August 9th, 1986, Lawrence Dobkin, Lillian Buyeff, and Don Diamond were guests of SPERDVAC for a conversation about their radio careers. During the course of the conversation, Dobkin (who started in New York before …

Vic Perrin On The Passing of Barton Yarborough In December of 1951

April 22nd, 2019

1:49

On May 5th, 1982, actor Vic Perrin was a guest of Neil Ross' for his KMPC program. During the course of the interview, which touched on many subjects, the conversation turned to Barton Yarborough, who passed away …

John Wayne's 1955 Gunsmoke TV Debut Promo

April 20th, 2019

1:25

In 1955 when Gunsmoke debuted on television they turned to John Wayne for a one-minute promo spot to give the show credibility.

When Wayne heard that …

Frontier Gentleman: Short Horn Tom Teaches J.B. Kendall 19th Century Western Lingo—4/27/1958

April 19th, 2019

2:53

The April 27th, 1958 episode of Frontier Gentleman entitled "Random Notes," featured a vignette in which an old western man named Short Horn Tom …

How Elliott Lewis Advanced the Radio Western When He Took Over Suspense

April 18th, 2019

38:52

In June of 1950, Elliott Lewis was named producer and director of Suspense, replacing William Spier.

The program’s new sponsor Autolite preferred to …

How Escape Revolutionized The Radio Western

April 17th, 2019

38:36

Escape, CBS’s high-adventure anthology, debuted on July 7th, 1947.

During its erratic seven year run it was shifted and dropped frequently, almost …

NBC's Answer To The CBS Talent Raids of 1948-49

April 15th, 2019

24:10

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 90: The Hollywood People Behind Radio’s Baby Boomer Boom (1945 - 1954)

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In early 1949 NBC found itself …

Eve Arden On How She Got Her Stage Name

April 14th, 2019

0:49

On the final day of January in 1975 Eve Arden was an interview guest of Chuck Schaden (Full Interview here -

Mel Brooks Tells Johnny Carson About a Prank He Pulled on General Sarnoff, Head of RCA/NBC

April 13th, 2019

2:34

On the February 13th, 1975 episode of The Tonight Show, Mel Brooks was the guest. The interview took place not long after Young Frankenstein debuted.

The Story Behind The Birth Of Gunsmoke

April 11th, 2019

38:24

By 1951 director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston were working on multiple projects at CBS and continuing their refinement of the radio …

Fort Laramie: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar Promo—05/06/1956

April 10th, 2019

1:44

At the end of the Sunday, May 6th, 1956 episode of Fort Laramie entitled "Never the Twain," CBS broadcast a promotional spot for Yours Truly Johnny …

Raymond Burr On His First Paid Acting Role at Age Eleven

April 9th, 2019

0:46

In 1963, during the height of Perry Mason's television fame, Raymond Burr sat down with Jack Webster for an interview about his career and the changes that playing Perry Mason brought into his life. During the course of …

The Story Behind James Stewart's The Six Shooter

April 8th, 2019

22:16

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 90: The Hollywood People Behind Radio’s Baby Boomer Boom (1945 - 1954).

In 1952, Jack Johnstone was …

CBS World News Roundup Promo Spot — 01/18/1959

April 4th, 2019

1:09

During the January 18th, 1959 episode of Have Gun, Will Travel, CBS used one of the mid-show act breaks for this CBS World News Roundup promo spot.

Words From The Famed Late 1940s Hollywood Radio Character Actors

April 3rd, 2019

9:30

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 90: The Hollywood People Behind Radio’s Baby Boomer Boom (1945 - 1954).

By 1946 Los Angeles was the …

Bill Conrad Jokes About How He Was Cast as Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke

April 2nd, 2019

0:31

In 1976 John Hickman of WAMU put together an expansive five-part audio documentary on the history of the radio version of Gunsmoke, complete with cast and production crew interviews, show clips, and reflections.

During …

BW - EP90: The Hollywood People Behind Radio’s Baby Boomer Boom (1945 - 1954)

March 31st, 2019

3:54:27

In Breaking Walls episode 90 and on the second part of our western trilogy, dramatic radio goes from boom to bust in a nine year period after World War II, as a group of actors become radio legends, while the radio …

Don Ameche And The Story Behind The Empire Builders

March 29th, 2019

11:27

The Empire Builders first came to the NBC Blue airwaves on January 14th, 1929, the day after Wyatt Earp passed away.

Sponsored by The Great Northern …

Lucille Ball Remembers Her Mother; Talks Working Too Much with Joan Rivers

March 27th, 2019

2:20

In 1986 as Lucille Ball was about to premiere Life With Lucy (her last sitcom) on ABC, she was a guest on Joan Rivers' talk show for a wide-ranging conversation on Lucy's career. During the course of the chat Lucy spoke …

CBS Afternoon Program Bumpers—2/23/1958

March 26th, 2019

4:02

On the afternoon of February 23rd, 1958, CBS premiered Luke Slaughter of Tombstone and ran the fourth episode of Frontier Gentlemen back-to-back at 2:05 and 2:30PM. Both of the shows were unsponsored and cost-sustained …

CBS President Frank Stanton on the CBS Differences Before and After World War II

March 24th, 2019

0:47

In 1977 for CBS' 50th anniversary, Frank Stanton, President of CBS, sat down with interviewers to talk about his life at the broadcasting network. It was here that he explained how CBS programming changed when CBS Head …

Gunsmoke Director Norman Macdonnell On Gunsmoke's Dead Air SFX

March 23rd, 2019

3:09

In 1976 John Hickman of WAMU put together an outstanding History of Gunsmoke five-part mini-series. One of the people interviewed was Gunsmoke director Norman Macdonnell.

In this clip Macdonnell speaks about the sound …

Eve Arden On Jeff Chandler

March 21st, 2019

1:26

In the early 1980s, the legendary Eve Arden was a guest on John Dunning's 71KNUS Old Time Radio program from Denver, Co. During the course of the conversation, they spoke about Our Miss Brooks and Eve's original Mr. …

Night Beat NBC Sales Promo—02/06/1950

March 20th, 2019

2:04

In early 1950 as NBC launched Night Beat starring Frank Lovejoy as Chicago night beat reporter Randy Stone, they sent this recording of the episode "Zero" out to potential sponsors with a sales message taking the place …

Byron Kane On Working with Orson Welles and Hans Conried

March 19th, 2019

6:05

Shortly after the death of Hand Conried in January of 1982, Byron Kane was a guest of SPERDVAC (http://www.sperdvac.com) for a conversation on his life and career. During the course of the conversation, he spoke of his …

William S. Paley On The Importance of Radio

March 18th, 2019

1:32

In 1977, head of CBS William S. Paley gave his feelings on radio for CBS's 50th Anniversary broadcast. Paley had grown CBS from a ragtag group of near-bankrupt affiliates into one of the world's leading broadcast …

Fred Allen Jokes About Jack Benny on St. Patrick's Day—03/17/1937

March 17th, 2019

9:40

On the March 17th, 1937 episode of Town Hall Tonight, Fred Allen joked about his new-found friendship with Jack Benny, three days after squashing their beef in a sensational broadcast from the Hotel Pierre in New York …

Gracie Allen Marches in the St. Patrick's Day Parade—03/17/1941

March 16th, 2019

8:29

On the March 17th, 1941 episode of Burns & Allen, Gracie Allen recounts her afternoon marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. It results in a …

Harry Bartell On Not Rehearsing When Working for Jack Webb on Dragnet

March 15th, 2019

2:47

On August 14th, 1982, SPERDVAC (Full interview: http://www.sperdvac.com/sperdvac_presents.html) hosted a conversation with some of radio's most …

Herb Vigran on What Happened to Radio Actors during the 1960s after TV Killed Dramatic Radio

March 12th, 2019

4:38

In March of 1983 radio actors Herb Vigran and Herb Ellis were guests of SPERDVAC (http://www.sperdvac.com) to talk about their radio careers. During the course of the conversation, Herb Vigran shed some much needed …

Byron Kane Tells a Self-Proclaimed X-Rated Radio Story About a Funny Line Flub

March 11th, 2019

4:05

In 1982, radio actor Byron Kane was a guest of SPERDVAC (http://www.sperdvac.com) in California for a conversation about his life and career. During …

Jack Benny Struggles with Daylight Savings Time—09/30/1945

March 9th, 2019

6:01

Jack Benny's historic 1945-46 season began on the Sunday evening after Daylight Savings Time's expiration in 1945. He needs to get ready for his program, but is unsure of what the time is. Hilarity ensues.

This season's …

Luke Slaughter—03/09/1958—CBS Network Mid-Show Frontier Gentlemen Promo

March 8th, 2019

0:47

During Sunday March 9th, 1958's episode of Luke Slaughter of Tombstone, CBS dedicated the network-sustained show's mid-episode break spot to a promo for the upcoming episode of Frontier Gentleman.

The two shows ran back …

William N. Robson On The Death of Dramatic Radio

March 7th, 2019

2:06

In January of 1976, famed radio director William N. Robson was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full …

More Doctors Smoke Camels Commercial from Richard Diamond—02/09/1951

March 6th, 2019

1:28

In the winter of 1951, Dick Powell was starring as Richard Diamond Private Detective Friday evenings at 8PM on ABC. The program was sponsored by Camels cigarettes.

Their ad campaign touted the lack of throat irritation …

John Wayne, John Ford, Claire Trevor, and Ward Bond close the NBC Theater—01/09/1949

March 4th, 2019

4:17

On January 9th, 1949 NBC debuted the Screen Guild Theater with a radio rendition of John Ford's 1939 film, "Stagecoach." John Wayne and Claire Trevor …

Jeanette Nolan On Her Radio Beginnings

March 3rd, 2019

3:30

At a SPERDVAC meeting on March 14th, 1992 which featured Jeanette Nolan, Mary Jane Croft, and Sam Edwards, radio legend Jeanette Nolan explained how …

Ruth Woodman, Creator of Death Valley Days Talks with Ida Blackburn in 1961

March 2nd, 2019

1:07

In 1961 Ruth Cornwall Woodman, the creator of one of the first western radio dramas, Death Valley Days, was honored at the 1st annual Western Heritage Awards for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, in …

BW - EP89: The Birth of The Adult Radio Western (1929 - 1945)

February 28th, 2019

2:20:51

In Breaking Walls episode 89, we explore the birth of the dramatic radio western show, specifically targeted to adult audiences. This is the first of …

Al Jolson and Bing Crosby at NBC's Hollywood Opening—12/7/1935

February 24th, 2019

3:40

In late 1935, a second coast-to-coast NBC broadcast connection was established from New York.

While the first line was brought to San Francisco in the late 1920s, this one went to Los Angeles.

The circuit was able to …

Thomas Edison Thanks America For Their Birthday Well Wishes—02/11/1929

February 23rd, 2019

1:05

On February 11th, 1929, the very first broadcast of The Edison Hour took to the airwaves over NBC's Blue Network from their WJZ New York City studios.

With Edison's company manufacturing radios, it was thought to be a …

Don Ameche On Chicago Radio of the 1930s and The Early SFX of Empire Builders

February 20th, 2019

2:15

In February of 1973 radio and film legend Don Ameche appeared on Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's WTIC program The Golden Age of Radio to talk about his …

William N. Robson on The Power of "Three Skeleton Key"

February 18th, 2019

1:49

In April of 1974, John Hickman hosted "An Evening With William N. Robson" for his WAMU program, called Recollections. During the course of the five …

Director Jack Johnstone Tells a Funny Story about Al Jolson Being an Asshole

February 17th, 2019

1:18

In August of 1987, famed radio director Jack Johnstone was a guest of SPERDVAC's at the Thousand Oaks Library in California. During the course of the conversation on Johnstone's life and career, SPERDVAC's Larry Gassman …

William Conrad Tells a Funny Story About a Fan Interaction

February 16th, 2019

2:04

William Conrad tells a funny story about an interaction he had with a fan during the Gunsmoke radio days.

Virginia Gregg Tells a Funny On-The-Air Romance Story About John Dehner

February 15th, 2019

1:09

In August of 1982 SPERDVAC (http://www.sperdvac.com) hosted a CBS panel at the Thousand Oaks Library in California. The panel featured some of the best known radio character actors of the 1940s and 1950s. One of them, …

Jimmy Stewart On His Love of Radio & Westerns

February 13th, 2019

1:30

In April of 1986, Jimmy Stewart was a guest of Larry King's Mutual Broadcasting radio show for an amazing hour on his life and career. During the course of the conversation, the topic of radio drama came up. Here's what …

John Dehner on Leaving a Disney Animation Job for Radio Acting

February 11th, 2019

3:26

In August of 1982, SPERDVAC hosted a CBS character actor panel featuring Virginia Gregg, Peggy Webber, Parley Baer, Vic Perrin, Harry Bartel, and John Dehner. In this clips Mr. Dehner explains how he came to be a radio …

Director Jack Johnstone On Marilyn Monroe Being an Awful Actress

February 10th, 2019

2:26

In August of 1987, famed radio director Jack Johnstone was a guest of SPERDVAC's at the Thousand Oaks Library in California. During the course of the conversation on Johnstone's life and career, he was asked by a guest …

James Stewart's Open as The Six Shooter in The Hollywood Star Playhouse—4/13/1952

February 9th, 2019

4:10

More than a year before James Stewart starred as Brit Ponset in The Six Shooter on NBC, he appeared as the character In April of 1952 on The …

Bob Hope and Johnny Carson Talk Radio, Golf, Funny Presidents

February 9th, 2019

11:55

In January of 1981 Bob Hope made an appearance on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. In this conversation they spoke about radio, playing golf, performing …

When Dennis Day Returned From The Navy On St. Patricks Day, 1946

February 8th, 2019

17:06

Jack Benny’s most famous Irish Tenor, Dennis Day was born on May 21st, 1916 and raised in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx, New York City—The second of five children born to Irish immigrants Patrick & Mary …

Director Norman Macdonnell on Gunsmoke's Rise as Dramatic Radio in Hollywood Died

February 6th, 2019

2:32

In 1976 John Hickman put together an outstanding History of Gunsmoke five-part mini-series. Towards the end of part 4, Gunsmoke director Norman Macdonnell spoke about dramatic radio drying up in Los Angeles during the …

William Conrad Tells a Beautiful Story About Howard McNear's Funeral

February 5th, 2019

2:23

On December 15th, 1969 William Conrad sat down with interviewer Chris Lambesis for a conversation about his career in radio. During the course of the conversation, Conrad gave his feelings on former Gunsmoke co-star …

Escape—12/06/1949—CBS Network Mid-Show 60-Second Spot

February 3rd, 2019

1:07

During William N. Robson's December 6th, 1949 production of Escape, entitled "Command," CBS ran this mid-show network 60-second spot advertising upcoming episodes of Burns & Allen and Bing Crosby. Escape had no …

Don Wilson Remembers Jack Benny

February 2nd, 2019

0:58

Don Wilson remembers Jack's brilliance, and explains how Jack Benny differed from most "funny" comedians in this clip.

BW - EP88: I Can't Stand Jack Benny—The Story Behind His 1945-46 Season

January 31st, 2019

3:17:53

In Breaking Walls episode 88, we spotlight the 1945-46 season of The Jack Benny Program. This season introduced characters like telephone operators Gertrude and Mabel, press agent Steve Bradley, hot dog vendor Mr. …

A Portion of Bob Hope's Eulogy for Jack Benny from December of 1974

January 28th, 2019

1:57

When Jack Benny passed away on December 26th, 1974 after a short battle with cancer at the age of 80, it was Jack's best friend George Burns who was …

NBC's Monitor Debut Episode — 06/12/1955

January 26th, 2019

44:24

As major network radio drama was winding down in the 1950s in favor of more news, talk, and music, NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955 with this closed circuit broadcast. It was a true magazine of the air, running …

Vincent Price PSA For Tolerance On The Saint's Show Close — 07/30/1950

January 25th, 2019

2:37

After the story end of the July 30th, 1950 episode of The Saint on NBC airwaves called "The Case of the Previewed Crime," Vincent Price came on for a …

Fletcher Markle On How Orson Welles Helped Him Conquer His Speech Impediment

January 23rd, 2019

2:13

In June of 1984, actor, screenwriter, and radio director Fletcher Markle was a guest of SPERDVAC to discuss his life and career. During the course of the conversation, Markle explained how hearing Orson Welles on the …

Fred Allen On Ad Execs; Jack and Mary Benny

January 22nd, 2019

2:21

At 1PM on the Wednesday before thanksgiving, November 24th, 1954, Fred Allen appeared on NBC's Tex and Jinx mid-day talk Show. It was recorded on a grey, rainy Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Peacock Alley at The …

Dennis Day Talks About the Various Singers on Jack Benny's Program

January 18th, 2019

1:31

During a 1980s Interview with John Dunning for 71KNUS in Denver, Dennis Day explained how he came to be hired by Jack Benny and the interview process.

Lucille Ball on Getting Homesick at the Beginning of Her Career

January 16th, 2019

2:10

In 1971, Lucille Ball—along with her daughter and Carol Burnett—sat down for a long interview with Dick Cavett. The conversation centered around both …

Jack Benny on Why He Preferred Television Over Radio

January 13th, 2019

1:20

On Jack Carney's June 20th, 1983 Comedy Program, he played a portion of an interview with the late Jack Benny, recorded some years earlier. In this clip Jack says he preferred television over radio and why.

Radio Director Himan Brown on Bringing Dick Tracy to Radio

January 12th, 2019

3:32

In June of 1991, famed Radio producer and director Himan Brown was in Chicago at the Museum of Broadcast Communications where he was interviewed by …

Radio Director Jack Johnstone Explains His In-Studio Directing Methods

January 9th, 2019

1:06

In the late 1980s, famed radio director and writer (Superman, The Six Shooter, Johnny Dollar) Jack Johnstone was in California to be interviewed by …

Jack Benny On The Importance of Organic Character Development

January 7th, 2019

1:32

In June of 1983, Jack Carney broadcast a two-part audio documentary on the life and career of Jack Benny featuring interviews and recollections with …

Dennis Day on How His Character Was Written to Annoy Jack Benny

January 5th, 2019

2:07

On Easter Sunday in April of 1982, Dennis Day was a guest of John Dunning's on 71K Newstalk radio in Denver, CO. They spoke about Day's life and career—especially his quarter-century association with Jack Benny. During …

Radio Actress Shirley Mitchell On How She Got Started in Hollywood

January 4th, 2019

1:53

In October of 1984, Chuck Schaden sat down with actress Shirley Mitchell for a conversation about her life and career (full interview here -

Press Agent Steve Bradley's First Appearance on The Jack Benny Program—09/30/1945

January 4th, 2019

3:20

During the debut episode of the 1945-46 Season of Jack Benny's Lucky Strike Program, a new character—Press Agent Steve Bradley—was introduced. …

BW - EP87: New Year's Day On the Air (1946 - 1956)

December 31st, 2018

1:52:17

In Breaking Walls episode 87, we spotlight some New Year’s Day radio programming from the Golden Age of radio, specifically beginning in 1946 after …

The Story Behind Frank Sinatra's Rocky Fortune and To Be Perfectly Frank

December 28th, 2018

7:56

This audio is a section from BW - EP85: From Hoboken to Eternity—Frank Sinatra's Radio Career (1935-1955)

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Thanks to “From Here to Eternity,” Sinatra was again on the rise. He was, however, still broke. NBC radio …

Radio Programming From The Week Between Christmas and The New Year—1945

December 26th, 2018

16:29

The week between Christmas and New Year’s can sometimes be spent returning unappreciated gifts. That’s exactly what was happening on Dinah Shore’s Bird’s Eye Open House broadcast on December 27th.

Her guest star for the …

Elliott Lewis on How He Got Into Radio Directing

December 25th, 2018

2:11

In the 1980s, radio writer/actor/director/producer Elliott Lewis was a guest of John Dunning on his 71K Newstalk Radio program out of Denver, CO. During the course of this wide-ranging interview, Lewis spoke about how …

The Great Gildersleeve—12/23/1945—The Family and Leila Open Their Christmas Gifts

December 24th, 2018

2:06

This clip comes from the December 23rd, 1945 episode of The Great Gildersleeve, which aired Sunday at 6:30PM for East coast audiences, but was recorded at NBC's KFI Studios in Los Angeles. A second broadcast was done at …

Vincent Price On The Lux Radio Theatre and Working With Bette Davis

December 18th, 2018

1:09

In late 1972, Vincent Price sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here -

When Bing Crosby's NBC Strike Opened The Ratings Door for CBS and Suspense—12/1945

December 12th, 2018

12:28

Newscasting had become a full fledged wing of broadcasting during the war. In 1945 there were twenty-nine separate prime-time news programs appearing …

BW - EP86: Home For the Holidays—December 1945 On the Air

November 30th, 2018

2:58:16

In Breaking Walls Episode 86, we spotlight what was on the air over the US’ major radio networks during December of 1945.

Highlights:
• The First …

Bob Hope's Opening Monologue—12/04/1945

November 23rd, 2018

4:48

In late autumn 1945, Bob Hope returned to Hollywood from an overseas tour entertaining troops. On this early December edition of his show, he offers …

Mercedes McCambridge On Radio's Imaginative Power

November 22nd, 2018

1:13

In October of 1976, Chuck Schaden sat down with famed actress Mercedes McCambridge to talk about her career (full interview available to stream for …

BW - EP85: From Hoboken to Eternity—Frank Sinatra's Radio Career (1935 - 1955)

October 31st, 2018

2:51:54

In Breaking Walls episode 85, we spotlight the radio career of Frank Sinatra. We’ll find out how a brash, skinny kid from Hoboken, New Jersey became …

BW - EP84: The Simple Art of Macabre—Mystery, Suspense, and Horror from Radio’s Best (1931 - 1982)

September 30th, 2018

2:19:43

In Breaking Walls Episode 84, it’s the Simple Art of Macabre, to your ears from the mouths of some of the best who ever produced radio’s stuff of nightmares.

Highlights:

• Why Do We Like To Be Scared?

• What pre-dated …

BW - EP83: Sarnoff & Paley: Tainted Friendships, Tall Tales, Talent Raids, and TV (1934 - 1952)

August 31st, 2018

1:39:28

In Breaking Walls Episode 83, we focus the radio industry of the 1930s and 40s—especially on the career of David Sarnoff, as RCA’s network, NBC begins to lose its grip on the top spot in the broadcasting industry while …

BW - EP82: Depression, War, And The Birth of ABC (1932 - 1946)

July 31st, 2018

1:44:55

In Breaking Walls episode 82 we focus on the state of the radio broadcasting industry in the late 1930s and early 1940s, as Broadcasting booms while the world goes to War. 

Highlights:
• Early days at NBC’s Radio City in …

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 6—The Finale: The Windup & The Phoenix

July 21st, 2018

28:18

Previously on A Man Named Marlowe: At 4:30 in the morning the woman who hired Marlowe comes to his hotel room in Spokane. She explains what happened and why she lied to Phillip. Her real name is Janice Thomlinson. …

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 5: The Release, The Ruse & The Meeting

July 8th, 2018

29:38

Previously on A Man Named Marlowe: After Marlowe’s meeting with nightclub owner and gangster Benny Chance, he drives to his friend Lou’s automat only to find that Lou has been murdered. Marlowe goes to his office …

BW - EP81: The Fred Allen Show—His Life On The Air (1932 - 1956)

June 30th, 2018

1:31:38

In Breaking Walls episode 81, we spotlight the life and career of one of the twentieth century’s most famous comedians, Fred Allen. Amongst other comedians and entertainers, almost no one was beloved as much as him. His …

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 4: The Ghost & The Odyssey

June 24th, 2018

20:57

Previously on A Man Named Marlowe: Marlowe stops in at an all-night diner in an attempt to decompress from the murders he’s witnessed. When he gets back to his apartment, he receives a call from a henchman, telling him …

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 3: The Aftershock & The Proposition

June 10th, 2018

24:07

Previously on A Man Named Marlowe: Marlowe gets tailed across town to his friend Bernie Ohl’s house. After leaving Bernie’s he heads up to Big Bear Lake to investigate the cabin his new client Ruth Moriarity mentioned. …

BW - EP80: Forecast—The Most Important Forgotten Series in Radio History (1940 - 1941)

May 31st, 2018

1:24:01

Question? What do starlets Marlene Dietrich, Kay Thompson, Margaret Sullivan, and Loretta Young have in common? How about writers and directors …

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 2: The Advice & The Horror

May 28th, 2018

23:19

Previously on A Man Named Marlowe:
Los Angeles, 1935. It’s the heart of the Great Depression and Philip Marlowe is broke. He stops into his friend Lou’s automat for a sandwich. Lou tells Marlowe he’s got some work for …

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 1: The Man & The Case

May 14th, 2018

22:36

Los Angeles, 1935. It’s the heart of the Great Depression and Philip Marlowe is broke. He’s contemplating whether he should pawn his .38, give up his …

BW - EP79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Early Career (1931 - 1941)

April 30th, 2018

2:04:48

In Breaking Walls Episode 79, we present a detailed look at Orson Welles’ radio career through the end of 1941.

Highlights:
• Beginnings in Illinois …

BW - EP78: Our Game—Baseball Memories From Throughout Radio History (1934 - 1972)

March 31st, 2018

1:19:31

In Breaking Walls Episode 78, in honor of Major League’s Baseball’s opening day, we present stories, recollections, and in-game sounds from some of …

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