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

Episode description

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 scheduled FBI in Peace and War was preempted for a special Victory Bond program, hosted by Bing Crosby and orchestra leader Paul Whiteman. Although In December of 1945 Bing Crosby was on strike with NBC, he had no problem donating his time and talent to CBS to help sell Victory Bonds. US Government Series E Bonds were first issued in 1941 to help pay for the US’ Entry into World War II. Seven War bond drives had taken place throughout the war. The budgetary expenses for the years 1941–1945 amounted to $317 billion, of which $281 billion was directly related to the war effort. Expenditures had also fiscally climbed from $9.6 billion in 1940 to nearly $100 billion in 1945. The result of which was that in December of 1945, the U.S. War Debt was $240 Billion. The Victory bond effort was part of a renewed public service marketing campaign to help sell these US Bonds which accrued interest for 40 years. Print ads appeared in major newspapers and trade periodicals. Radio—long a patriotic organ—did its part of help. 407,316 American men and women had lost their lives in World War II. Another 671,278 were wounded. With these Victory Bonds, Americans could help make sure their wounded countrymen and women would be cared for. NBC dedicated its entire Saturday December 8th block of programming to the Victory Bond selling effort on the final day of the drive. Denominations were incrementally available between $25 and $10,000.

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On the evening of Independence Day in 1964, writer, storyteller and radio personality Jean Shepherd was at the Limelight in Greenwich Village, New …

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe—Episode 5: The Release The Ruse & The Meeting—Coming July 8th

July 1st, 2018

Coming July 8th, 2018: Episode 5 of A Man Named Marlowe, entitled “The Release, The Ruse, & The Meeting. In episode 5, Spokane begins to yield …

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

June 30th, 2018

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 …

Experience Fred Allen's First Trip to New York City 9.19.1914

June 29th, 2018

Saturday September 19, 1914: 8am Fred St. James(Fred Allen's then stage name) is pulling up to Mrs. Montfort’s boarding house on west 40th street …

Songwriter Mort Greene Shares a Fred Allen Story About A Panhandler Named Whistler

June 26th, 2018

After Fred Allen passed away on St. Patrick's Day in 1956, the entire radio community mourned. That May 29th, in honor of what would have been his …

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

June 24th, 2018

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 …

Jimmy Durante Tells a Funny Fred Allen Story

June 21st, 2018

After Fred Allen passed away on St. Patrick's Day in 1956, the entire radio community mourned. That May 29th, in honor of what would have been his …

Fred Allen Explains How Giveaway Programs Helped Kill Radio

June 19th, 2018

At 1PM on November 24th, 1954, Fred Allen appeared on NBC's Tex and Jinx Show out of WEAF. It was recorded on a grey, rainy Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Peacock Alley at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York city. …

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe—Episode 4: The Ghost & The Odyssey—Coming June 24th

June 16th, 2018

Coming June 24th, 2018: Episode 4 of A Man Named Marlowe, entitled "The Ghost & The Odyssey." In Episode 4, two more murders bring Marlowe to the edge, until a visit from a ghost sends him to Spokane looking for …

Fred Allen Explains Why He Dislikes Advertising Agencies

June 14th, 2018

At 1PM on November 24th, 1954, Fred Allen appeared on NBC's Tex and Jinx Show out of WEAF. It was recorded on a grey, rainy Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Peacock Alley at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York city. …

Jack Benny Explains How His Feud With Fred Allen Began

June 13th, 2018

After Fred Allen passed away on St. Patrick's Day in 1956, the entire radio community mourned. That May 29th, in honor of what would have been his …

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

June 10th, 2018

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. …

An Excerpt from Norman Corwin's "Home For the Fourth"—7.4.1944

June 6th, 2018

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Norman Corwin Delivers a Thanksgiving Eulogy—11.9.1941

June 6th, 2018

On the eve of World War II (for the United States) Norman Corwin had control of CBS' Columbia Workshop for 26 weeks. It was his final night as the …

Fred Allen Explains His Problem With Executives and Running Long

June 4th, 2018

At 1PM on November 24th, 1954, Fred Allen appeared on NBC's Tex and Jinx Show out of WEAF. It was recorded on a grey, rainy Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Peacock Alley at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York city. …

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe—Episode 3: The Aftershock & The Proposition—Coming June 12th

June 3rd, 2018

Coming June 12th, 2018 : Episode 3 of A Man Named Marlowe, entitled "The Aftershock & The Proposition." In Episode 3, Marlowe's offered a large sum of money to drop the case and stop looking for John Moriarity, …

CBS Forecast: The Country Lawyer—8.18.1941

June 2nd, 2018

Perhaps the most experimental of all the Forecast broadcasts was the August 18th, 1941 episode called The Country Lawyer. Experimental because the …

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

May 31st, 2018

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

Mel Allen Talks About the Crazy Sportscasting Competition Between NBC and CBS

May 30th, 2018

Mel Allen began his broadcasting career as a staff announcer at CBS before transitioning to sportscasting. In July of 1975, he appeared on Dick …

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

May 28th, 2018

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 …

Famed Suspense Producer William Spier Explains How He Got Involved With Radio

May 25th, 2018

Suspense and Sam Spade producer William Spier and his second wife, actress June Havoc (famed author/singer/actress Kay Thompson was his first wife) …

William S. Paley Explains How He Bought CBS

May 21st, 2018

On November 20, 1958 head of CBS William S. Paley received an award for his thirty years of work in the field of programming. Paley had purchased a …

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe—Episode 2: The Advice & The Horror—Coming May 29th

May 21st, 2018

Coming May 29th, 2018: Episode 2 of A Man Named Marlowe, entitled "The Advice & The Horror." In Episode 2, a busted tail job, a birthday dinner, and a trip north set Marlowe on a path to a grizzly series of murders …

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

May 14th, 2018

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 …

Vincent Price Explains Why He Loves Radio Drama

May 11th, 2018

In November of 1972 Vincent Price appeared on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran. During the interview he spoke about …

Hans Conried Explains the Differences between NYC, CHI, and Hollywood as Radio Drama Hubs

May 9th, 2018

Radio, television, and cartoon character actor Hans Conreid sat for an interview with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their Hartford, CT-based WTIC …

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe—Coming May 15th

May 5th, 2018

What if everything you knew was destined to change? What if it was all a lie you created to keep you getting up in the morning? What if murder …

The Story Behind Orson Welles' War of the Worlds

May 1st, 2018

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Early Career (1931-1941) which you can find in the same feed as this track if you've subscribed to the podcast. You can subscribe by searching for …

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

April 30th, 2018

In Breaking Walls Episode 79, we present a detailed look at Orson Welles’ radio career through the end of 1941. Highlights: • Beginnings in …

Orson Welles and H.G. Wells Discussing Impending War—10.28.1940

April 27th, 2018

On October 28, 1940, Orson Welles and H.G. Wells met for the first time in San Antonio, TX. They appeared on a panel for KTSA discussing H.G. Wells' take on Orson's War of the Worlds broadcast as well as the upcoming …

Orson Welles And Johnny Carson Share a Funny story about George Burns Ribbing Jack Benny

April 26th, 2018

In 1976 Orson Welles appeared on Johnny Carson and the two shared a funny story about Jack Benny and George Burns, two legendary comedians. Hear more about Orson Welles' life and career, coming May 1, 2018 on Breaking …

Orson Welles On Citizen Kane Camera Techniques and Creative Expression

April 24th, 2018

In 1960, Orson Welles sat down with BBC's Huw Wheldon for their Monitor program. The conversation centered around Orson's work as an actor, director and filmmaker, with special attention paid to the 1941 Citizen Kane. …

Hans Conried Explains Why NBC, CBS, and ABC Killed Radio Drama in the 1950s

April 20th, 2018

Radio, television, and cartoon character actor Hans Conried sat for an interview with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their Hartford, CT-based WTIC …

Excerpts from Orson Welles' Letter To his Mentor Roger Hill, March 1933

April 18th, 2018

Shortly before his 18th birthday, in the spring of 1933, Orson Welles booked second class passage on a tramp steamer, The Exermont  bound for Morocco. While onboard he worked on an introduction for a book he was writing …

Experience the Premiere of Citizen Kane at the Palace Theater in NYC — 5.1.1941

April 17th, 2018

May 1, 1941 outside the Palace Theatre in New York city on West 47th street and Broadway. There’s a throng of onlookers comprising every social strata of New York society. They’ve come to see one man. That man—as …

Orson Welles Explains the Difference Between Real Audiences and Audiences of Today

April 14th, 2018

In 1979 Orson Welles was a guest on the Dinah Shore daytime television show. Dinah asked Orson his thoughts on how to win over an audience. He quickly exclaimed that today's (1979s) audience they were speaking with …

Experience the Titanic Disaster on the Evening of April 14, 1912

April 12th, 2018

This is an except from Breaking Walls Episode 75: We Are Echoes—The Birth Of Radio (1887 - 1912), available on itunes, and everywhere else you get your podcasts by searching for Breaking Walls, or by going to …

Announcement: A Man Named Marlowe—An Original Audio Drama

April 10th, 2018

Coming on May 15, 2018: an original audio drama called: A Man Named Marlowe. Author Raymond Chandler set The Big Sleep, the first of his novels …

Orson Welles And Johnny Carson Share Prank Stories from the Golden Days of Radio

April 8th, 2018

In 1976 Orson Welles appeared on Johnny Carson and the two shared stories of pranks and ribs they'd pulled or seen pulled during their days working …

Experience Orson Welles' First Night on Stage in Dublin, Ireland 1931

April 8th, 2018

Coming May 1, 2018. Download and Subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts or at In Breaking Walls Episode 79, we'll spotlight "The Boy Wonder," Orson Welles' radio, stage, and screen work between …

Dizzy Dean Shares A Story of His 1938 World Series Heartbreak

April 5th, 2018

Sometime during early 1937 while pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, Dizzy Dean hurt his arm. It's quite possible that whatever the injury was, it …

The Story Behind The Birth of the Mutual Broadcasting System

April 3rd, 2018

This clip, from Breaking Walls Episode 77: The Birth of The Radio Networks—From NBC to CBS to Mutual Broadcasting (1922 - 1934) tells the story of the birth of the Mutual Broadcasting System. In the early 1930s, WOR in …

BW - EP78: Our Game—Baseball Memories From Throughout Radio History

March 31st, 2018

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 …

Jackie Robinson Interviews Branch Rickey in 1960

March 30th, 2018

After Jackie Robinson's playing career ended, he hosted a syndicated radio show called Jackie Robinson's Radio Shots. In 1960 Jackie Robinson spoke with long-time baseball executive Branch Rickey on The Continental …

How Babe Ruth Got His First Baseball Bat

March 27th, 2018

On the Friday March 22nd, 1946 episode of Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel, which was sponsored by Colgate and aired on NBC at 10:30PM, Bill Stern's …

Jackie Robinson Interviews Satchel Paige in 1960 on His Career

March 26th, 2018

After Jackie Robinson's playing career ended, he hosted a syndicated radio show called Jackie Robinson's Radio Shots. In 1960 Jackie Robinson spoke with Satchel Paige about Paige's career in both the Negro and Major …

Rudy Vallee Tells The Story of How He Started on NBC

March 23rd, 2018

On October 24, 1929, the same day that the US Stock Market lost 11 percent of its value at the opening bell, The Fleishchmann Yeast Hour premiered on NBC at 8PM. It had been packaged by the ad agency J Walter …

Experience Jackie Robinson's 1947 Major League Debut at Ebbets Field

March 20th, 2018

Coming April 1, 2018. Download and Subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts or at In Breaking Walls Episode 78, in honor of Major League’s Baseball’s opening day, we’ll present stories, …

The Story Behind the Birth of Hollywood as Radio's Top Recording Location

March 19th, 2018

By 1934, Los Angeles was beginning to be a cultural and recording center for radio broadcasting. This clip, from Breaking Walls Episode 77: The Birth …

BW - EP77: The Birth Of The Radio Networks—From NBC To CBS To Mutual Broadcasting (1922 - 1934)

March 15th, 2018

In Breaking Walls Episode 77 we pick up our story on the history of American radio broadcasting, as a few ramshackle radio stations become large national networks, giving rise to an entire generation of entertainment …

TRAILER: The Birth of The Radio Networks—From NBC to CBS to Mutual Broadcasting (1922 - 1934)

March 13th, 2018

On July 2nd, 1921 in front of 80,000 fans at Boyle's Hundred Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey, the National Boxing Association’s heavyweight champion …

BW - EP76: Over There—The War for Radio’s Airwaves (1912 - 1922)

March 1st, 2018

In Breaking Walls Episode 76, we pick up our story on the history of American dramatic radio after the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912. The time between 1912 and 1922 saw three competing interests battle for …

Band Leader Vincent Lopez On First Night at WJZ - November 27, 1921

February 27th, 2018

Brooklyn-born bandleader Vincent Lopez (12.30.1895 – 9.20.1975) talks about his first night on the air for WJZ on November 27, 1921. Lopez, who began leading his own band at age 17, was 25 at the time. Lopez worked …

TRAILER: Over There—The War for Radio’s Airwaves (1912 - 1922)

February 25th, 2018

In 1914 David Sarnoff, then 23, met Edwin Howard Armstrong, then 24, at Marconi's Belmar, NJ station to test Howard Armstrong's new invention. This …

John B. Gambling (1897 – 1974)Talks about Early WOR Programming

February 22nd, 2018

John Bradley Gambling (4.9.1897 – 11.21. 1974)was the host from 1925 to 1959 of "Rambling with Gambling" on WOR. In an interview from 1970 he talks about how he was hired by WOR in 1925 and how his early-morning …

WOR Chief EngineerJack Poppele (1898 - 1986) Talks About Launching WOR on 2.22.1922

February 22nd, 2018

Radio legend and Chief Engineer Jack Poppele (02.04.1898 - 10.07.1986)recalls his part in the launch of WOR on 2.22.1922 during an interview he gave in 1970. WOR took to the air from Bamberger’s department store in …

BW - EP75: We Are Echoes—The Birth Of Radio (1887 - 1912)

February 15th, 2018

In Breaking Walls Episode 75 we go back in time to the beginning of radio to tell the story of how this medium began. Highlights: * Why the …

TRAILER: We Are Echoes—The Birth of Radio

February 8th, 2018

This is James Scully, speaking from Brooklyn. The next episode of Breaking Walls, which will be released on February 15th, 2018 will begin a …

BW - EP74: Jay M. Kholos of The Zero Hour & John C. Abbott of The Who Is Johnny Dollar Matter

February 1st, 2018

In Breaking Walls episode 74, we celebrate the WallBreakers’ 6th birthday with an anniversary extravaganza! First, we’ll chat with the creator of …

Jay M. Kholos On His Relationship With Rod Serling

January 20th, 2018

The creator of The Zero Hour, Jay M. Kholos speaks about how me met the host of The Zero Hour, Rod Serling. Mr. Kholos also tells a funny story about …

BW - EP73: The 1970s Revival of Dramatic Radio and Why It Failed

January 14th, 2018

In Breaking Walls Episode 73 we spotlight the 1970s CBS and Mutual Broadcasting dramatic radio revival and why it ultimately failed. Highlights:

 • …

TRAILER: The 1970s Radio Drama Revival - Promo 2

January 11th, 2018

Actor Howard Duff talks with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran in November of 1973 about his time with Actor/Writer/Producer/Director Elliott Lewis in the Armed Forces Radio Service. Why was Elliott Lewis the topic of …

TRAILER: The 1970s Radio Drama Revival - Promo 1

January 11th, 2018

In Breaking Walls Episode 73 we go inside a press conference for the Mutual Broadcasting System on November 1, 1973. Why was this such a momentous event? Tune into Breaking Walls Episode 73: The Rebirth of Radio Drama …

BW - EP72: Johnny Dollar and The Death of Dramatic Radio

December 31st, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 72 we tell some of the story of American dramatic radio’s last decade on the air through one of the last shows to air, …

BW - EP71: A Vintage Christmas Murder Mystery

December 15th, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 71, we offer season’s greetings, glad tidings, and a preview of what our next episode (72) of Breaking Walls will be on …

BW - EP70: Christmas Shopping With Jack Benny—How One Man Changed The Entertainment Industry

November 30th, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 70, we’re celebrating the month of December by spotlighting The Jack Benny Program. Jack Benny was the highest rated comedian of his era. Beginning on radio in 1932, he was a radio mainstay …

BW - EP69: From Antarctica To India With Gratitude and Announcements

November 15th, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 69, I talk about some of the things I’m most grateful for this year. For the past four months I’ve been working on a …

BW - EP68: Norman Corwin and 1941

November 1st, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 68, we welcome November’s theme of “Gratitude” with an interactive look back at Norman Corwin’s radio plays, originally heard on U.S. radio around Thanksgiving of 1941. There are a lot of …

BW - EP67: Chasing Summer—Recording Artist Brodie Jaymz

October 15th, 2017

Breaking Walls Episode 67, we’ve got a return guest in Staten Island based recording artist Brodie Jaymz. Brodie was a guest on Breaking Walls episode 26 in October of 2015, and Breaking Walls episode 42 in October of …

BW - EP66: An Interactive History of Suspense—Radios Outstanding Theater Of Thrills

October 1st, 2017

In Breaking Walls episode 66, we weave the history of radio's outstanding theater of thrills, Suspense, into an interactive story told by producer …

BW - EP65: Student Loan Debt Stories and Advice

September 25th, 2017

On Breaking Walls Episode 65, we open up a forum to discuss what we can do about the United States' rising student loan debt crisis which has now reached 1.4 TRILLION DOLLARS. WNYC Link - …

BW - EP64: The Evolution Of A Dancer—Laura DeLaurentis

September 1st, 2017

In episode 64 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with New York City-based professional ballet dance Laura DeLaurentis for a chat about her life, career, and lessons she’s learned along the way. in order to see what her …

BW - EP63: Are You You with Artist Shantell Martin

August 15th, 2017

On Breaking Walls Episode 63, we head to Mana Contemporary Studios in Jersey City, New Jersey for a chat with groundbreaking artist Shantell Martin. Shantell produces large scale murals and installations designed to …

BW - EP62: Life With Lucille Ball

August 1st, 2017

In episode 62 of Breaking Walls we profile Lucille Ball's life and career in honor of her upcoming 106th birthday. From chorus girl, to 1940s movie starlet, to radio comedian, to television star, to studio executive, …

BW - EP61: Writing On It All At Governors Island with Artistic Director Alexandra Chasin

July 14th, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 61, we head to Governor's Island to explore the participatory art project Writing On It All, and speak with artistic director Alexandra Chasin. Highlights • An abridged history of Governor's …

BW - EP60: Home For The Fourth—A History of Independence Day Radio Programming

July 1st, 2017

On episode 60 of Breaking Walls, we present a look at the history of audio in America on the fourth of July in honor of the 241st anniversary of …

BW - EP59: Inside The Maggie Flanigan Acting Studio

June 15th, 2017

On Breaking Walls Episode 59, we go inside the New York City-based Maggie Flanigan acting studio for an in-depth conversation with studio head and teacher Charlie Sandlan, and an exclusive listen in on Charlie and …

TRAILER: Inside the Maggie Flanigan Acting Studio

June 13th, 2017

Here's a sneak peak of Episode 59 of Breaking Walls, which premiers on Thursday, June 15, 2017. In this episode we'll go inside the Maggie Flanigan Acting Studio, a top-notch Meisner method studio located in the heart …

BW - EP58: Subways Are For Sleeping—A History of New York Subway-based Radio Programming

June 1st, 2017

On Breaking Walls EP58, we continue our Radio Chronicles series with a look at old-time radio plays that took place on, or around, the New York City …

TRAILER: Subways Are For Sleeping

May 31st, 2017

A sneak peak of Breaking Walls Episode 58, which drops this thursday June 1st! We'll examine #radio plays that took on or around the #nyc #subway system. Highlights: • Who was Henry Shelby and how did he survive as a …

BW - EP57: A History of Coney Island and The American Radio Drama

May 15th, 2017

On Breaking Walls Episode 57, we examine the unique connection between radio during its golden age, and Coney Island during the last of its heyday …

TRAILER: Coney Island! — How Radio Has Played a Part in Its History

May 11th, 2017

Here's a neak peak of the upcoming 5.15 episode 57 of Breaking Walls. We'll examine the history of Coney Island and how the American radio drama …

BW - EP56: Mummies!—An Exclusive BTS Look at the American Museum of Natural History's New Exhibit

May 1st, 2017

On Breaking Walls episode 56, we go behind the scenes at The American Museum of Natural History’s new #Mummies Exhibit. You'll hear from museum …

TRAILER: Mummies!—An Exclusive BTS Look at the American Museum of Natural History's New Exhibit

April 24th, 2017

#Mummies Here's a sneak peak of the upcoming 5/1/2017 episode 56 of Breaking Walls. It's a behind the scenes look at the new Mummies exhibition at @amnh the American Museum of Natural History. Many of these mummies …

BW - EP55: Author David Shields—No Matter What We Do, We Are Each Other

April 14th, 2017

In episode 55 of Breaking Walls, join myself and author David Shields for brunch at the famous #Jewish restaurant Russ and Daughters in the #LowerEastSide. David and I last spoke in November of 2015 shortly after the …

TRAILER: Author David Shields - No Matter What We Do We Are Each Other

April 13th, 2017

This Friday, April 14, 2017 on Breaking Walls Episode 55, hear an exclusive chat with #Author David Shields. We met over brunch at Russ & Daughters to talk. Some of our highlights include: • David's latest book, …

BW - EP54: A City Grows In Brooklyn—Exploring Industry City

April 1st, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 54, we go exploring at Industry City! The former Bush Terminal in on 3rd avenue in Sunset Park has been transformed into an office and community space with both retail …

TRAILER: A City Grows in Brooklyn—Exploring Industry City

March 30th, 2017

A City grows in #Brooklyn! Here's a sneak peak of Friday's podcast. Have you heard about Industry City? The former Bush Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (seen here in 1958) has been converted into an incredible, …

BW - EP53: Fred Allen And The Feud of The Century

March 16th, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 53 we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a look at some of the on-air St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans throughout the Golden Age …

BW - EP52: Speaking of Radio With OTR Guru and Radio HOFer Chuck Schaden

March 1st, 2017

In Breaking Walls Episode 52 we present a chat with Radio Hall of Fame member Chuck Schaden about his life and career. Chuck was on the air on Chicago radio between 1970-2009 The Radio Hall of Fame lists him as the man …

BW - EP51: An Evening At Brooklyn Boulders With Noumenal Space

January 31st, 2017

In episode 51 of Breaking Walls, we attend the debut gallery event for Brooklyn-based art collective Noumenal Space. InARTguration took place on …

BW - EP50: We The People—A Message for Unity in Honor of Dr. King and Norman Corwin

January 17th, 2017

In episode 50 of Breaking Walls, we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Norman Corwin with an uplifting audio piece in honor of our rights and duties as citizens of the United States of America. Among the …

BW - EP49: An Audio History of New Year's Eve on Radio

December 30th, 2016

In Breaking Walls Episode 49, in honor of the last day of 2016, we present to you an up close look at how New Year’s Eve was handled on radio during …

BW - EP48: A Blindfolded Evening at BAM With Bittersuite

December 23rd, 2016

In Breaking Walls Episode 48, experience an evening unlike any other at BAM with BitterSuite, a fully immersive concert experience with one catch—the …

BW - EP47: What was on American Radio the week of Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2016

In Episode 47 of Breaking Walls, we introduce a new sub-series to Breaking Walls called, The Radio Chronicles. It’s the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In honor of this momentous day …

BW - EP46: How To Live, Laugh, and Love—Corporate Art and Design Consultant Elle Neale

November 21st, 2016

In episode 46 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with corporate art & design consultant Elle Neale for a conversation about the ways she’s learned to …

BW - EP45: The League Of Creative Introverts—Designer Cat Rose

November 15th, 2016

In episode 45 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with Brighton, UK-based designer Cat Rose for a conversation about The League of Creative Introverts—a creative community headed by Cat …

BW - EP44: Dr. Seuss On Crack—Illustrator Cheryl Gross

October 31st, 2016

In Episode 44 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with Illustrator and illustration professor Cheryl Gross for a conversation about how she uses fear as a catalyst in her art. Highlights Include: • The significance of …

BW - EP43: Designer Lina Gonzalez—Why Fear Is Good

October 24th, 2016

In episode 43 of Breaking Walls the old cohorts are back together as Lina Gonzalez and James Scully sit down for a chat about why fear is so …

BW - EP42: New York City MC Brodie Jaymz on Facing Fears

October 15th, 2016

In Episode 42 of Breaking Walls we sit down with Episode 26 guest, Staten Island Hip-Hop MC Brodie Jaymz (@BrodieJaymz) one year later, for a chat about facing fears to release music and the last year of Brodie's life. …

BW - EP41: Designer Kieron Lewis—Londonite Learning Lessons

September 20th, 2016

In episode 41 of Breaking Walls we sit down with UK-based designer, and BW EP21 guest Kieron Lewis for a chat about some of the important learning lessons he's picked up this year. Highlights: • What is Powder …

BW - EP40: Mayamada Co-Founder Nigel Twumasi—Entrepreneurial Learning Lessons

September 9th, 2016

In episode 40 of Breaking Walls we sit down with UK-based Entrepreneur, Writer, and Creative Nigel Twumasi about his and his partner Lao’s experience creating and growing the anime-inspired comic book and clothing …

BW - EP39: Tattoo Artist and Author Jonathan Shaw—Vintage Tattoo Flash and Reflections

May 20th, 2016

In Episode 39 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with tattooing icon, world traveler, and author Jonathan Shaw for a conversation about his life and where he's going next. This is a guy that's lived many lives—artist, …

BW - EP38: Steve Jobs, Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, Saul Bass, and Daniel Doherty—How to Grow

April 16th, 2016

In Episode 38 of Breaking Walls we hear from Steve Jobs and Milton Glaser on getting over the fear of failure, Paul Rand and Saul Bass on the …

BW - EP37: London Band Crash Island—Ideas for Sustainable Musical Growth

April 1st, 2016

In Episode 37 of Breaking Walls we sit down for a chat about musical growth with Guillermo Varillas and Jeremy Levy of London-based band Crash Island (@CrashIsland). Highlights: • Where Crash Island's self-described …

BW - EP36: Curator and CreatedHere Founder Samantha Katz—Tips For Creating Serendipity

March 1st, 2016

In Episode 36 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with Bi-Coastal Curator, Creative Director, and Founder of Created Here Samantha Katz for a conversation about things we can all do to put ourselves out there, have more …

BW - EP35: Musician Samantha Leon—Ways To Use Vulnerability To Grow Creatively & Emotionally

February 9th, 2016

In episode 35 of Breaking Walls we sit down with art director and musician Samantha Leon for a conversation about how she’s used her own …

BW - EP34: Vulnerability—2016 State Of The Union

January 31st, 2016

In Episode 34 of Breaking Walls, we introduce February's monthly topic, hit on some burning bullet points, and wish ourselves a happy 4th …

BW - EP33: Enterprise IT Buyer Donald Thompson—Tips For Better Personal Finance

January 16th, 2016

In Episode 33 of Breaking Walls we sit down with Enterprise IT Buyer Donald Thompson as he offers tips by the common man, for the common man, for better financial literacy. Highlights: • The Importance of "naming" …

BW – EP32: Artist Stephanie Guzman—Ways to Destress in the New Year

January 8th, 2016

In Episode 32 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with Bronx-based artist Stephanie Guzman for a conversation about things she's learned in life that can help relieve stress in the new year. Highlights: • Fact vs. Myth on …

BW - EP31: Happy New Year!—Minor Announcements

January 2nd, 2016

Happy New Year! This brief message is one of thanks and announcements. We also tease our guest for Breaking Walls EP32, who stops by to say hello. Breaking Walls EP32 will be released on Friday 1.8.2016.

BW - EP30: Author David Shields—War Is Beautiful Pt2

December 10th, 2015

Part 2 of our interview with author David Shields about his pictorial novel War is Beautiful in which David looked at over 2000 New York Times …

BW - EP29: Author David Shields—War Is Beautiful Pt1

December 2nd, 2015

Part 1 of our interview with author David Shields about his pictorial novel War is Beautiful in which David looked at over 2000 New York Times …

BW - EP28: Author Pamela J. Campbell—From Foster Care To Freedom

November 1st, 2015

In Episode 28 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with two-time published author Pamela J. Campbell to talk about her experiences growing up in an abusive …

BW - EP27: Returning Guest Spencer Johnson—Conquering Fears at Greenwood Cemetery

October 21st, 2015

We change up the format in Episode 27 of Breaking Walls. While interviewing BWEP 09 Guest Spencer Johnson, he and I took a walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn and recorded our conversation. Greenwood was the …

BW - EP26: Hip Hop MC Brodie Jaymz—What's The Music Industry So Afraid Of?

October 9th, 2015

In episode 26 of Breaking Walls we sit down with Brodie Jaymz (@brodiejaymz) in anticipation for the release of his debut album "Dark Side of the Starz." In this conversation, which also showcases the return of BW EP01 …

BW - EP25: Fear & Masquerade—One Year Anniversary Show!

October 1st, 2015

For our one year anniversary, we go back and revisit important moments with all our prior interviewees. First time listeners can also hear bits of each prior episode. Our guests include: Reb Randt,​ Lina Gonzalez,​ …

BW - EP24: New Parent Matt Weckel—Life Lessons As Parenthood Approaches

September 22nd, 2015

In Episode 24 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with WallBreakers co-founder Matt Weckel about all the places his life has taken him and the things he's learned as parenthood approaches for the first time. It's a great …

BW - EP23: Bangkok Immigrant Teacher Ian Russell—Tips on Emigrating to a Foreign Country

September 9th, 2015

In Episode 23 of Breaking Walls we sit down with Philadelphia-born, Bangkok-residing Ian Russell. Ian has been teaching english to young children in Thailand since 2008. We ask him all the things that went making this …

BW - EP22: Host of PBS' A Craftsman's Legacy Eric Gorges—Changing Careers Midstream

August 31st, 2015

In episode 22 of Breaking Walls we sit down with Metalworker, Entrepreneur, and the host of PBS’ A Craftsman’s Legacy, Eric Gorges, for a conversation about ways and reasons to change careers midstream. Eric once worked …

BW - EP21: Designer Kieron Lewis—Ways To Harvest Your Skills To Become Creatively Independent

August 13th, 2015

In Episode 21 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with London-based graphic designer and visual artist Kieron Lewis for a chat about the many interests …

BW - EP20: Guitar Pop Rock Band Late Cambrian—How To Thrive As An Indie Artist

August 1st, 2015

In episode 20 of Breaking Walls, we ring in August, the month of Harvest, with an interview with Olive Hui and John Wlaysewski of Brooklyn Indie Guitar Pop band Late Cambrian. This conversation covers how John and Olive …

BW - EP19: Business Owners Olga & Fernando Sanabria's Tips on Whether The American Dream Real

July 22nd, 2015

In Episode 19 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with Olga Lysenko (Interior Designer) and Fernando Sanabria (Engineer and Real Estate Broker) for a conversation about why they’re running a business and whether they feel …

BW - EP18: Comic Book Artist Mike Freiheit—How To Use Crowd-Funding To Finance Creativity

July 14th, 2015

In Episode 18 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with comic book artist and freelance illustrator Mike Freiheit for a conversation about using …

BW - EP17: Independence And Revolution—Monthly Topic Announcement

July 1st, 2015

In a shortened episode 17 of Breaking Walls, we introduce this month's duel topics: Independence and Revolution. Stay tuned for more interviews …

BW - EP16: CEO Eric Scott—Thoughts on Starting Your Own Business

June 13th, 2015

In Episode 16 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with Dolphin Micro CEO Eric Scott for a chat about his experiences running his own business. Eric’s …

BW - EP15: The Most Important Moment In Baseball & Brooklyn History

May 31st, 2015

In Episode 15 of Breaking Walls we tell a story of the most important moment in Baseball and Brooklyn history. Here's a hint, it happened after World …

BW - EP14: The Big Appointment

May 16th, 2015

In Episode 14 of Breaking Walls, we switch up the format a bit for a tale in WallBreaking history about a world famous 20th century writer, and what …

BW - EP13: Radio And PR Guru Susan Doyle—Emigration & Career-Changing Advice

April 14th, 2015

In lucky Episode 13 of Breaking Walls we sit down for a chat with radio and public relations guru Susan Doyle for a conversation about her experiences emigrating back and forth from Ireland to the U.S. THREE TIMES! …

BW - EP12: State Of The WallBreakers Address for Spring 2015

April 4th, 2015

In Episode 12 of Breaking Walls, we pull back the curtain and describe our thought process behind: • The relaunch of The WallBreakers on 2.1.2015 • …

BW - EP11: Creative Director Monica Lo—How To Make Your Passions Known To Unleash Serendipity

March 18th, 2015

In Episode 11 of Breaking Walls we sit down with San Francisco-based creative director Monica Lo for a conversation about how having the guts to be …

BW - EP10: Animator Javan Ivey—How to Create & Sustain A Eureka Moment

March 1st, 2015

In Episode 10 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with Portland, Oregon-based stop-motion animator Javan Ivey for a conversation about how to find and sustain a eureka breakthrough. In 2007 Javan invented a form of …

BW - EP09: IOS Developer Spencer Johnson—Do's and Don'ts of Family Business

February 15th, 2015

In Episode 9 of Breaking Walls we sit down with animator and IOS developer Spencer Johnson. Spencer is part of a family business called Infinite Cortex Creations with his parents and two brothers. We talk about all the …

BW - EP08: Performer Chelsea Bonosky—Ways to Get Comfortable Being Vulnerable

January 31st, 2015

In our exclusive February mentor interview, we sit down with performer and dancer Chelsea Bonosky, who recently finished up a run playing six different characters at NYC's famed interactive theater experience, "Sleep No …

BW - EP07: Season One Finale - Important Lessons From S01 and Looking Ahead to S02

November 12th, 2014

With Thanksgiving around the corner, on Breaking Walls Season 1, Episode 7: The Season Finale we give thanks to you guys for tuning in and giving us the confidence to produce this podcast, and to our guests for …
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