Breaking Walls

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

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Jim Jordan on the Origin of Fibber McGee and Molly

November 12th, 2018

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 …

Announcement: Burning Gotham—A New Audio Drama Set in 1830s New York City

November 10th, 2018

On the frigid, blustery night of December 16th, 1835, the worst fire in New York city history swept through Manhattan. Everything south of Maiden Lane and east of Broad street—at that time the city’s chief merchant …

Radio Actor Staats Cotsworth On The Power Behind A Compelling Voice

November 9th, 2018

In 1975, long-time New York radio actor Staats Cotsworth sat down with Ed Corcoran at a radio convention to chat about his career. This interview was …

Jack Benny's 1946 New Year's Message—12/30/1945

November 9th, 2018

At the end of Jack Benny's December 30th, 1945 program, he offered a message about the just passing 1945 and the upcoming 1946.

Actor Mandel Kramer On CBS and NBC Networking and Camaraderie During the Golden Age of Radio

November 7th, 2018

In September of 1974 east-coast radio actor Mandel Kramer sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (the full …

The Announcement of the "I Can't Stand Jack Benny" Contest—11/25/1945

November 6th, 2018

In November of 1945, with Jack Benny's rating slipping for the first time in years, Benny and his writers devised an ingenious way to bring …

How Frank Sinatra Got the Role of Maggio in From Here to Eternity

November 4th, 2018

In 1952 Frank Sinatra released eight singles. None topped the charts at higher than number 19. Four failed to chart altogether. Columbia’s A&R …

Mary Livingston Red Cross PSA & Lucky Strike Commercial — Jack Benny Program 12/2/1945

November 3rd, 2018

In the winter of 1945 there were many soldiers who were still injured and recovering in army hospitals across the world. To help pay back its war …

When Jack Benny Got Robbed—10/28/1945

November 2nd, 2018

In October of 1945, the Jack Benny Program's ratings were falling. It was a short period of time that would later be known as "the Benny slump." In …

How Frank Sinatra Broke Free From Tommy Dorsey in 1942

November 2nd, 2018

The Tommy Dorsey Band was staring at the Palladium when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Manilla, finally sending the United States into World …
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