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Frank Sinatra Remembers Visiting a Heroin Dry Out Clinic To Prepare for The Man With The G…

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In 1955 Frank Sinatra starred in Otto Preminger's production of The Man With The Golden Arm. It was a film many consider to be well-ahead of its time about a heroin addict who gets clean while in prison, but struggles to stay that way in the outside world. In this clip Sinatra talks years later about going to visit a teenager who was in the process of kicking the addiction at a facility in order to learn how to get into the character of Frankie Machine. Episode 85 of Breaking Walls will spotlight Frank Sinatra's radio career and be available beginning November 1st, 2018 at www.TheWallBreakers.com and everywhere you get your podcasts.

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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 …

Announcer Don Wilson on Jack Benny's Comedic Philosophy & Christmas Shows in Palm Springs

December 11th, 2018

1:32
In June of 1980 famed radio announcer Don Wilson, who starred on Jack Benny's program for decades, sat down with Chuck Schaden for a conversation …

Radio Director William N. Robson Explains Why Gunsmoke And Other Adult Westerns Came Late To Radio

December 10th, 2018

1:01
In the early 1970s, famed radio writer and director William N. Robson was interviewed for a documentary on the history of Gunsmoke. During the course …

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

December 8th, 2018

15:15
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

1:31
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

1:15
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

1:01
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

9:09
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

2:05
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

17:53
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Radio's Involvement in the US Victory Bond Drive—December 1945

December 2nd, 2018

4:59
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

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 …

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

November 30th, 2018

6:00
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 …

Actress Jan Miner Tells a Funny Radio Drama SFX Flub Story

November 28th, 2018

1:14
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 …

The Open of NBC/RCA's First Television Broadcast—07/07/1936

November 27th, 2018

1:50
In 1932 RCA field engineers were testing an Iconoscope pickup tube linked to a transmitter installed on the roof of a Camden, NJ research plant. …

Jackson Beck's Thoughts on the Radio industry of the 1970s

November 25th, 2018

2:08
In March of 1973, Jackson Beck was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here - …

ABC's Mr. District Attorney 30-Second Promo Spot, 1951

November 24th, 2018

0:32
ABC's 30-second promo spot for their crime drama, Mr. District Attorney, which aired Friday nights at 9:30PM for sponsor Vitalis over ABC stations. …

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

November 23rd, 2018

4:48
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Mercedes McCambridge On Radio's Imaginative Power

November 22nd, 2018

1:13
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Director Jack Johnstone Tells a Funny Story about a Superman Radio SFX Flub

November 21st, 2018

2:09
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Writer Carroll Carroll Tells a Funny Story About Bing Crosby Forgetting His NBC Pass During WW2

November 20th, 2018

1:34
In 1972, writer Carroll Carroll sat down for Same Time Same Station to talk about Bing Crosby's radio career. Carroll had been a long-time Crosby …

WOR's Anti-Isolationist Christmas Message on MBS' Year in Review—12/25/1945

November 18th, 2018

1:52
At 9:30PM EST on the Christmas evening in 1945, the Mutual Broadcasting System aired its coast-to-coast year in review. This 90-minute program told …

Fiorello La Guardia Rails On Gangsters and Corruption on His Talk To the People Radio Show—1/28/1945

November 16th, 2018

4:48
New York City Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia had his own radio show on WNYC from 1941-1945 and on ABC for the first six months of 1946. In this clip from January of 1945, when LaGuardia was still Mayor, he rails on …

Writer E Jack Neuman On Johnny Dollar And The Death Of Dramatic Radio

November 15th, 2018

2:14
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Voice Actor Mel Blanc on Getting Hired by Jack Benny and His Many Voices

November 14th, 2018

1:45
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Jim Jordan on the Origin of Fibber McGee and Molly

November 12th, 2018

2:39
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Announcement: Burning Gotham—A New Audio Drama Set in 1830s New York City

November 10th, 2018

2:31
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

1:43
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Jack Benny's 1946 New Year's Message—12/30/1945

November 9th, 2018

2:53
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

1:13
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The Announcement of the "I Can't Stand Jack Benny" Contest—11/25/1945

November 6th, 2018

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

November 4th, 2018

11:09
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

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When Jack Benny Got Robbed—10/28/1945

November 2nd, 2018

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How Frank Sinatra Broke Free From Tommy Dorsey in 1942

November 2nd, 2018

14:18
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BW - EP85: From Hoboken to Eternity—Frank Sinatra's Radio Career (1935-1955)

October 31st, 2018

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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 …

Sammy Davis Jr. On His Friendship with Frank Sinatra and Being Jealous

October 28th, 2018

1:33
Sammy Davis Jr. speaks with Tom Cottle about his friendship with Frank Sinatra and being jealous of him.

Frank Sinatra's Appearance on the Bing Crosby Show Three Days After Winning An Oscar—03/28/1954

October 26th, 2018

11:02
On March 25th, 1954, Frank Sinatra won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his roll as Maggio in "From Here to Eternity." On the Sundays bookending …

Nancy Sinatra on Her Relationship with Ava Gardner

October 24th, 2018

1:33
In 1995 in honor of Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday, Nancy Sinatra Jr. sat down with Larry King to talk about a retrospective book she put together on Frank Sinatra's career. During the wide-ranging interview, Larry King …

Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, and Lauren Bacall on Command Performance—08/30/1945

October 23rd, 2018

16:23
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Vincent Price Tells a Funny Story About Jack Benny and Ronald Colman

October 22nd, 2018

1:35
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The Story Behind Orson Welles' Prolific 1937 That Led to the War of the Worlds

October 20th, 2018

15:32
By late spring in 1937, the WPA’s Federal Theater Project was under intense scrutiny for staging what some felt to be too many left-leaning labor …

Frank Sinatra Remembers A Concert Where Screaming Girls Scared His Grandfather To Death

October 19th, 2018

0:39
In the 1970s, Frank Sinatra remembered a funny story involving his grandfather and a concert at the Paramount where Sinatra was performing in the …

Songstress Jo Stafford On Mitch Miller's Bad Material Selection Capabilities

October 17th, 2018

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Frank Sinatra on The Jack Benny Program 10/08/1944

October 16th, 2018

7:58
In October of 1944 Frank Sinatra was enjoying the greatest popularity of his early career. Still only 29, he had taken to radio acting as well as …

Frank Sinatra Tells a Hilarious Story About Don Rickles Embarrassing Him at a Restaurant

October 13th, 2018

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Andre Baruch On The Sponsor's Tight Control of Your Hit Parade

October 12th, 2018

0:40
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Rudy Vallée Explains The Importance of Being Different—How He Started Out

October 10th, 2018

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Suspense: To Find Help—Starring Agnes Moorehead and Frank Sinatra 1/18/1945

October 8th, 2018

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The Story Behind Bill Spier's Exit From Suspense

October 6th, 2018

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Orson Welles Reflects on War Of The Worlds—Admits He Scared People On Purpose

October 5th, 2018

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Frank Sinatra Tells A Joke About What Misery Is

October 4th, 2018

0:47
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The Story Behind Lights Out—The Most Gruesome Radio Show of the 1930s

October 3rd, 2018

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In 1934, as Chicago was cresting as the center for radio production, NBC Writer and director Wyllis Cooper created a program for NBC's Chicago affiliate WENR that drastically altered the tone of radio horror. Cooper …

The Story Behind Escape and The Saint, as told by Vincent Price and William N. Robson

October 2nd, 2018

15:12
After World War II ended, transcription became a network possibility as CBS and ABC in particular, pumped resources into programming. New mystery …

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? 
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Harry Bartel Tells a Funny Jeanette Nolan Crime Classics Story

September 29th, 2018

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Actress Peggy Webber Tells Funny Radio Script Stories About Orson Welles and Peter Lorre

September 27th, 2018

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Roxy Rothafel, Lew Fields, and Joe Weber Rehearse For the Opening of Radio City's Music Hall in NYC

September 25th, 2018

3:06
Impresario Samuel 'Roxy' Rothafel in rehearsal for his radio show to be broadcast from Radio City in New York City, 1932. In this clip, Roxy Rothafel stands at microphone onstage in front of orchestra talking to comic …

Radio Actress Jan Miner Explains How She Got Started in New York Radio

September 24th, 2018

1:03
In August of 1970, Jan Miner, Network Radio Soap Actress and heroine of "Hilltop House," sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran to talk about her career as a radio actress in New York city. In this clip she explains …

Director William N Robson Explains How War SFX Were Achieved On Radio During the 1940s

September 22nd, 2018

1:54
In January of 1976 famed radio producer/director William N. Robson sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran to discuss his career for WTIC's The …

ABC's The Clock: Nicky—Debut Episode Directed by William Spier 03/04/1948

September 22nd, 2018

29:43
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Arch Oboler Explains Why He Punched Lou Merrill During a Rehearsal

September 20th, 2018

3:31
Noted radio writer, producer, and director Arch Oboler sat with Chuck Schaden on August 5th, 1976 and explained why he once broke his hand on Lou …

Radio Actor John Dehner Tells a Funny Story About Forgetting He Was Supposed To Be On The Air

September 19th, 2018

1:56
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Announcer Ken Roberts on How He Became The Shadow's Announcer

September 17th, 2018

0:59
In the early 1980s, radio announcer Ken Roberts sat down for a documentary on the Shadow. Here he recounts how he came to be the announcer for the program in the early 1930s.

Arch Oboler on Giving Of Yourself When Listening To Radio

September 14th, 2018

1:44
In August of 1976, Chuck Schaden sat down with famed radio writer, producer, and director Arch Oboler for a conversation about Oboler's career. In …

CBS, Alfred Hitchcock and The Story Behind The Birth Of Suspense

September 13th, 2018

9:32
*For the full story about CBS' Forecast, tune into Breaking Walls EP80* At 9:30PM on July 22, 1940, CBS' experimental pilot series, Forecast, …

Vincent Price On How He Broke Into Radio Acting

September 11th, 2018

1:13
Vincent Price explains how he became a radio actor even though he wasn't part of any radio stock company. Price worked in radio drama either in the United States, or in another country for the rest of his life.

Inner Sanctum Host Raymond Edward Johnson on the Power of the Radio Mystery

September 11th, 2018

0:39
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E.G. Marshall on How Doing Different Dialects Helped You Get Voice Acting Work

September 9th, 2018

1:03
In March of 1974 E.G. Marshall was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio. In this clip he talks about the …

Hans Conried Explains The Dangers of An Actor Doing Free Work—Even When Desperate

September 8th, 2018

1:46
In August of 1971, radio and television character actor Hans Conried spoke with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's Golden Age of Radio. In this …

Orson Welles Explains Why He Hired an Ambulance To Take Him To Radio Gigs

September 7th, 2018

2:46
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Vincent Price on How to Get Started in The Acting Business Through Radio Drama

September 6th, 2018

0:47
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Elliott Lewis on the Importance of Understanding All Aspects of the Creative Process

September 5th, 2018

1:09
On July 14th, 1979, radio writer/producer/actor/director Elliott Lewis was a guest of SPERDVAC in California. In this clip, he speaks about the …

The Story Behind RCA/NBC's Development of TV in the 1920s-1930s

September 3rd, 2018

9:30
As 1933 ended, the business of RCA was improving and its deficit narrowing, although the economy continued to languish despite the New Deal legislation passed at President Roosevelt’s behest. Unlike film and theater, …

The Story Behind The CBS Talent Raids Of 1948-49

September 2nd, 2018

9:46
By 1948, CBS Chairman WIlliam S. Paley understood that programmers alone could not develop programs that would enable CBS to surpass NBC. Stars were …

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 …

Director William N. Robson On When The Golden Age of Radio Truly Was

August 30th, 2018

2:26
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Famed Horror Playwright and Director Arch Oboler On How He Got on NBC

August 28th, 2018

0:46
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August 27th, 2018

2:07
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Actress June Havoc on Her Radio Acting Career

August 25th, 2018

1:59
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Radio Actress Fran Carlon Explains Why You Had To Be On Your Toes When Acting During World War II

August 23rd, 2018

0:59
Radio Actress Fran Carlon speaks about why radio actors and actresses needed to be on their toes for script cuts and news cutaways during World War II.

David Sarnoff's NBC-TV Introduction at the 1939 World's Fair in New York—4.20.1939

August 22nd, 2018

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Arthur Godfrey Reports from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Funeral—April 14, 1945

August 18th, 2018

1:11
President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away on April 12, 1945. Two days later at his funeral, roaming CBS announcer Arthur Godfrey was added to the CBS news team for the special coverage. Choking back tears, he …

On the Korean War Front Line with Soldiers Talking About Their Experience—1952

August 17th, 2018

1:27
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Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis with Guest Marilyn Monroe—02.24.1953

August 16th, 2018

8:28
On February 24th, 1953 Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis played host on their radio show to Marilyn Monroe. All three of the entertainers were on the rise. Martin introduced the play she'd perform in as, "Tonight's play is …

Columbia Presents Corwin: Fourteen August—08.14.1945

August 15th, 2018

16:09
Seventy-three years ago this day Japan accepted the United States' terms of surrender, officially ending World War II. That evening, Norman Corwin produced a special broadcast commemorating this event. It was a …

I Love Lucy: Breaking The Lease—2.26.1952

August 12th, 2018

31:36
One of the most successful television shows of all-time, I Love Lucy, starring husband and wife team Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuted on CBS …

NBC Announcer Ben Grauer On Fast News Relays During World War II

August 10th, 2018

1:08
For Westinghouse's 50th Anniversary in 1970, Long-time NBC radio announcer Ben Grauer spoke about being on his toes with news relays during World War II.

Douglas Edwards & Charles Osgood On Live Radio Flubs of the 1940s

August 8th, 2018

2:49
For CBS's 50th anniversary celebration in 1977, CBS anchors Doug Edwards and Charles Osgood spoke about on-air flubs. Mr. Edwards told a great story …

The Story Behind The 1933 Press-Radio War

August 6th, 2018

10:27
Back In 1933, in part because of President Roosevelt’s fireside chats, the newspaper publishers decided that radio had scooped the press once too often. They closed their wire services to the networks and demanded the …

An Interview With Best-Selling Author David Shields

August 4th, 2018

1:05:22
I've been fortunate enough to interview David Shields (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Shields) for Breaking Walls twice before, The first …

The Story Behind Bing Crosby's Lawsuit and Jump From NBC to ABC

August 2nd, 2018

6:58
In 1945 as World War II ended, Bing Crosby decided that he wanted to pre-record his Kraft Music Hall program on NBC. There’d been disc-transcriptions since the late 1920s, and while the Mutual Broadcasting System had no …

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 …

New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reads Dick Tracy on Radio—7.1945

July 29th, 2018

1:12
In July of 1945 during a newspaper deliveryman's strike, New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia took to the air on WNYC and read comics to the kids. …

CBS Head William Paley on Early CBS Struggles

July 28th, 2018

1:23
Head of CBS William S. Paley talks about some of the early struggles he had running CBS in the late 1920s.

D-Day: First Radio Bulletin on NBC—6.6.1944 3:30AM Eastern War Time

July 26th, 2018

4:23
This is the first bulletin to take to the airwaves on the morning of D Day, June 6th, 1944 at 3:30AM Eastern War Time. NBC newsman Robert St. John …

Bing Crosby Explains Why He Left NBC for ABC in 1946

July 25th, 2018

1:15
During World War II the technology which would allow transcription discs started to become feasible. After the war ended Bing Crosby saw this as an …

Edward R. Murrow's Full Report from Buchenwald

July 24th, 2018

10:41
On April 15, 1945, Edward R. Murrow reported back to CBS for their World News Roundup about his experience at the Buchenwald concentration camp. This …

Edward R. Murrow Condensed Report from Buchenwald Concentration Camp—4.15.1945

July 23rd, 2018

1:41
On April 15, 1945, Edward R. Murrow reported back to CBS for their World News Roundup about his experience at the Buchenwald concentration camp. It's a haunting account, and one that only scratches the surface of what …

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

July 21st, 2018

28:18
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Bob Hope on Performing The Night England Entered World War II

July 20th, 2018

1:01
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Arthur Godfrey Shares How He Began in Radio in 1929

July 18th, 2018

1:00
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NBC Engineer Aldo Gizalbert On Studio Problems at Radio City's Opening

July 16th, 2018

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July 14th, 2018

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NBC Announcer Ben Grauer On NBC Stuffiness in the 1930s

July 13th, 2018

0:50
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Radio Announcer Andre Baruch on his Coney Island Radio Beginnings

July 13th, 2018

1:10
Film narrator, radio announcer, news commentator, talk show host, disc jockey and sportscaster André Baruch was taking a walk through Coney Island one day when his life was changed forever. Here he tells how his career …

Conductor Howard Barlow Talks About CBS's First Night Confusion in 1927

July 12th, 2018

1:58
Conductor Howard Barlow, who'd later go on to be known as "the voice of Firestone," was conducting in-studio for CBS during their first big broadcast in 1927. In this clip, recorded for Westinghouse's 50th anniversary …

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July 8th, 2018

29:38
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The Story Behind Jack Benny & Fred Allen's Feud

July 5th, 2018

13:31
On Sunday December 30th, 1936, during the East Coast Broadcast of Town Hall Tonight. Allen had on in his amateur performance section of the show, a …

Jean Shepherd Tells Independence Day Stories at the Limelight in NYC—1964

July 4th, 2018

13:23
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

2:02
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

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 …

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

June 29th, 2018

3:25
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

1:46
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

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 …

Jimmy Durante Tells a Funny Fred Allen Story

June 21st, 2018

0:49
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

2:45
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

1:38
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

1:18
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

1:25
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

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. …

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

June 6th, 2018

9:58
An Excerpt from Norman Corwin's "Home For the Fourth"—7.4.1944 by

Norman Corwin Delivers a Thanksgiving Eulogy—11.9.1941

June 6th, 2018

2:25
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

3:01
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

1:20
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

4:07
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

1:24:01
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

4:00
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

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 …

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

May 25th, 2018

1:37
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

3:46
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

1:23
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

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 …

Vincent Price Explains Why He Loves Radio Drama

May 11th, 2018

1:33
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

1:30
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

2:15
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

26:24
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

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 …

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

April 27th, 2018

1:30
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

1:43
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

1:20
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

1:23
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

3:15
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

2:33
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

1:28
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

14:22
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

10:30
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

3:54
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

3:51
Coming May 1, 2018. Download and Subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts or at thewallbreakers.com. 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

2:26
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

6:21
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

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 …

Jackie Robinson Interviews Branch Rickey in 1960

March 30th, 2018

4:23
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

7:08
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

4:45
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

8:24
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

6:44
Coming April 1, 2018. Download and Subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts or at thewallbreakers.com. 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

5:15
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

1:17:35
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

3:21
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

1:06:55
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

1:02
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

5:43
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

1:26
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

1:00
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

1:04:40
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

5:11
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

1:21:47
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

1:43
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

1:03:56
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

1:00
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

1:00
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

1:21:25
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

1:13:51
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

1:05:24
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

17:50
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

1:00:34
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

39:14
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

1:08:19
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

1:09:32
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

33:24
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

46:17
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

1:05:38
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

38:11
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

1:19:41
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

56:59
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

1:00
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

53:57
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

0:59
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

1:00:36
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

1:01
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

32:00
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

1:17
#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

1:44:41
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

0:59
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

46:42
In Breaking Walls Episode 54, we go exploring at Industry City! https://industrycity.com 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

1:05
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

52:21
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

1:12:10
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

34:08
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

24:11
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

1:07:32
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

33:33
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

1:10:13
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

1:10:29
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

1:01:17
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

1:14:07
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

1:16:58
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

46:29
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

55:52
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

1:00:06
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

1:22:50
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

37:57
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

39:38
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

1:01:23
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

52:44
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

16:48
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

46:05
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

41:37
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

16:10
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

46:33
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

46:21
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

1:23:58
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

34:06
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

1:09:49
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

1:15:32
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

1:12:13
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

1:19:50
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

1:13:51
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

1:16:17
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

1:54:08
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

1:20:57
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

1:10:27
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

7:26
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

1:07:56
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

22:49
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

15:48
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

45:45
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

29:10
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

31:15
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

53:21
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

48:36
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

45:33
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

50:03
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 …

BW - EP06: Former Bonds Salesman Steven Attanasio—Ways to Switch Gears in Your Career

November 5th, 2014

1:07:25
In Season 1 Episode 6 of Breaking Walls, the topic of discussion is: Switching Gears in Your Professional Environment & How To Make It Work. Our guest is former Municipal Bonds Salesman-turned author and …

BW - EP05: Nightlife Manager Tom Mauriello—Getting To "Yes" In a Professional Environment

October 29th, 2014

46:24
In Season 1, Episode 5 of Breaking Walls: The WallBreakers Podcast, we sit down with bar manager & nightlife promoter Tom Mauriello for a conversation about gaining confidence in the workplace in order to get to …

BW - EP04: Creating Tools For a Breakthrough Career—The Future Of The WallBreakers

October 23rd, 2014

20:43
http://www.gofundme.com/thewallbreakers In this very special episode of Breaking Walls, we go over the many announcements from this past …

BW - EP04: (Bonus) Why I Left NYC: The Future of The WallBreakers

October 16th, 2014

7:22
http://thewallbreakers.com/current-state-wall-breakers/ A Transcribed version of "Why I left NYC: The Future of The WallBreakers," which explains My …

BW - EP03: Illustrator Brett Affrunti—Everything You Need To Know About Freelancing

October 15th, 2014

51:27
In Season 1, Episode 3 of Breaking Walls: The WallBreakers Podcast, we sit down with Freelance Illustrator Brett Affrunti for a conversation about all the things that you will need to know if you’ve ever considered …
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