Breaking Walls

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

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Stories From Radio's Christmas Day Programming—12/25/1945

December 8th, 2018

As night fell on Christmas Eve, a crowd of 10,000 gathered on the snow covered south lawn of the White House to witness the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. They were a mix of men, women, and children with all …

Radio Legend Elliott Lewis Explains Why He Called Ad Execs The League of Frightened Men

December 7th, 2018

In the early 1980s, radio actor/writer/producer/director Elliott Lewis was a guest of John Dunning's Old-Time Radio program for 71K Newstalk Radio in Denver, CO. During the course of the conversation the two were …

Radio Announcer Tony Marvin on Life as a CBS Staff Announcer in the 1940s

December 6th, 2018

In the spring of 1973, longtime radio announcer Tony Marvin sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio to discuss …

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

December 5th, 2018

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 …

Stories From NBC's Tuesday Night Comedy Lineup—December 1945

December 4th, 2018

Tuesday night’s comedy lineup featured the three highest-rated shows on the air. Between 9 and 11 PM eastern time on Tuesdays, NBC ran Amos n’ Andy, …

Eve Arden On How Our Miss Brooks Was Created

December 3rd, 2018

In the early 1980s, radio, film, and theater actress Eve Arden spoke with John Dunning for 71K News Radio in Denver, Co. During the course of the conversation John asked her how Our Miss Brooks, her most famous radio …

Network Radio's Soap Opera Programming in December of 1945

December 3rd, 2018

In New York, WABC signed on at 5AM the morning of Wednesday December 5th, 1945 with news. WEAF followed at 5:30 with recorded music. WOR at 5:45 with …

Radio's Involvement in the US Victory Bond Drive—December 1945

December 2nd, 2018

Normally after Suspense aired at 8:00 over CBS stations on Thursdays, The FBI in Peace and War followed at 8:30. Thursday December 6th 1945’s usually …

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

November 30th, 2018

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 …

Ventriloquist Dummy Charlie McCarthy Flirts With Susan Hayward on His Radio Program—12/16/1945

November 30th, 2018

Almost nine years to the day after making his first appearance on Rudy Vallée's Royal Gelatin Program, Edgar Bergen and his alter-ego Charlie McCarthy hosted Susan Hayward on their radio program. McCarthy, always the …
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