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CBS Afternoon Program Bumpers—2/23/1958

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

These are their mid-show and end-show program bumpers.

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

In 1952, Jack Johnstone was …

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

April 4th, 2019

1:09

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

Words From The Famed Late 1940s Hollywood Radio Character Actors

April 3rd, 2019

9:30

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

By 1946 Los Angeles was the …

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

April 2nd, 2019

0:31

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

During …

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

March 31st, 2019

3:54:27

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

Don Ameche And The Story Behind The Empire Builders

March 29th, 2019

11:27

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

Sponsored by The Great Northern …

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

March 27th, 2019

2:20

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

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

March 24th, 2019

0:47

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

Gunsmoke Director Norman Macdonnell On Gunsmoke's Dead Air SFX

March 23rd, 2019

3:09

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

In this clip Macdonnell speaks about the sound …

Eve Arden On Jeff Chandler

March 21st, 2019

1:26

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

Night Beat NBC Sales Promo—02/06/1950

March 20th, 2019

2:04

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

Byron Kane On Working with Orson Welles and Hans Conried

March 19th, 2019

6:05

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

William S. Paley On The Importance of Radio

March 18th, 2019

1:32

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

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

March 17th, 2019

9:40

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

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

March 16th, 2019

8:29

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

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

March 15th, 2019

2:47

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

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

March 12th, 2019

4:38

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

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

March 11th, 2019

4:05

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

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

March 9th, 2019

6:01

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

This season's …

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

March 8th, 2019

0:47

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

The two shows ran back …

William N. Robson On The Death of Dramatic Radio

March 7th, 2019

2:06

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

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

March 6th, 2019

1:28

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

Their ad campaign touted the lack of throat irritation …

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

March 4th, 2019

4:17

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

Jeanette Nolan On Her Radio Beginnings

March 3rd, 2019

3:30

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

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

March 2nd, 2019

1:07

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

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

February 28th, 2019

2:20:51

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

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

February 24th, 2019

3:40

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

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

The circuit was able to …

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

February 23rd, 2019

1:05

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

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

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

February 20th, 2019

2:15

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

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

February 18th, 2019

1:49

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

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

February 17th, 2019

1:18

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

William Conrad Tells a Funny Story About a Fan Interaction

February 16th, 2019

2:04

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

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

February 15th, 2019

1:09

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

Jimmy Stewart On His Love of Radio & Westerns

February 13th, 2019

1:30

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

John Dehner on Leaving a Disney Animation Job for Radio Acting

February 11th, 2019

3:26

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

Director Jack Johnstone On Marilyn Monroe Being an Awful Actress

February 10th, 2019

2:26

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

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

February 9th, 2019

4:10

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

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

February 9th, 2019

11:55

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

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

February 8th, 2019

17:06

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

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

February 6th, 2019

2:32

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

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

February 5th, 2019

2:23

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

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

February 3rd, 2019

1:07

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

Don Wilson Remembers Jack Benny

February 2nd, 2019

0:58

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

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

January 31st, 2019

3:17:53

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

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

January 28th, 2019

1:57

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

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

January 26th, 2019

44:24

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

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

January 25th, 2019

2:37

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

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

January 23rd, 2019

2:13

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

Fred Allen On Ad Execs; Jack and Mary Benny

January 22nd, 2019

2:21

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

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

January 18th, 2019

1:31

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

Lucille Ball on Getting Homesick at the Beginning of Her Career

January 16th, 2019

2:10

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

Jack Benny on Why He Preferred Television Over Radio

January 13th, 2019

1:20

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

The Story Behind Our Miss Brooks

January 13th, 2019

16:44

This audio is a section from BW - EP87: New Year's Day On the Air (1946 - 1956)

Eve Arden broke into radio on The Danny Kaye show in 1945 before co-starring with Jack Haley in 1946, and with Jack Carson on The Sealtest …

Radio Director Himan Brown on Bringing Dick Tracy to Radio

January 12th, 2019

3:32

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

Radio Director Jack Johnstone Explains His In-Studio Directing Methods

January 9th, 2019

1:06

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

Jack Benny On The Importance of Organic Character Development

January 7th, 2019

1:32

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

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

January 5th, 2019

2:07

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

Radio Actress Shirley Mitchell On How She Got Started in Hollywood

January 4th, 2019

1:53

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

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

January 4th, 2019

3:20

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

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

December 31st, 2018

1:52:17

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

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

December 28th, 2018

7:56

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

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

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

December 26th, 2018

16:29

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

Her guest star for the …

Elliott Lewis on How He Got Into Radio Directing

December 25th, 2018

2:11

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

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

December 24th, 2018

2:06

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

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

December 18th, 2018

1:09

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

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

December 12th, 2018

12:28

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

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

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

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

December 2nd, 2018

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

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

Mercedes McCambridge On Radio's Imaginative Power

November 22nd, 2018

1:13

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

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

November 21st, 2018

2:09

In 1987 prolific radio writer and director Jack Johnstone was a guest of SPERDVAC for a talk about his radio career. During the course of the …

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

In the 1980s John Dunning interviewed writer E. Jack Neuman for 710 KNUS Radio in Denver. Neuman wrote many radio scripts under the pen name "John …

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

November 14th, 2018

1:45

In 1974, Mel Blanc sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran to talk about his career as a voice actor for their WTIC program, "The Golden Age of …

Jim Jordan on the Origin of Fibber McGee and Molly

November 12th, 2018

2:39

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

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

November 10th, 2018

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

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

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

November 9th, 2018

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

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

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

November 6th, 2018

8:00

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

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

November 4th, 2018

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

1:41

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

When Jack Benny Got Robbed—10/28/1945

November 2nd, 2018

7:09

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

How Frank Sinatra Broke Free From Tommy Dorsey in 1942

November 2nd, 2018

14:18

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

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

October 31st, 2018

2:51:54

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

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

Command Performance took to the airwaves on March 1, 1942 over a special service division of the war department, called The Armed Forces Radio Service.

Lauded by Time, the program had an estimated weekly budget of …

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

October 22nd, 2018

1:35

In the early 1970s, Vincent Price sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio to discuss his career. During the chat …

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

1:14

In 2003 singer and musician Jo Stafford, who had 10 top-5 hits between 1944 and 1959, sat down with musician Michael Feinstein to talk about her career. During the conversation she touched on many subjects like her …

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

2:20

On November 12th, 1976 Frank Sinatra was a guest on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. They spoke of their relationship and Frank's career. In the middle of the interview Don Rickles surprised the duo by walking out on …

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

October 12th, 2018

0:40

Longtime radio announcer Andre Baruch tells of American Tobacco President George Washington Hill's control of the show. Hill churned through many a …

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

October 10th, 2018

2:00

In the early 1970s Rudy Vallée, the most popular music artist of the late 1920s and early 1930s, sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's …

Frank Sinatra Remembers Visiting a Heroin Dry Out Clinic To Prepare for The Man With The Golden Arm

October 7th, 2018

1:34

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 …

The Story Behind Bill Spier's Exit From Suspense

October 6th, 2018

7:42

After the November 20th, 1947 episode of Suspense, Roma Wines wrapped up its sponsorship of the series. For the next five weeks CBS broadcast Suspense on Friday evenings. Beginning on January 3rd, 1948 the program …

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

October 5th, 2018

2:36

In the 1950s, Orson Welles reflected upon the public reaction to his War of the Worlds broadcast on October 30th, 1938, and also admits that he and the rest of his Mercury Theater production crew did the broadcast to …

Frank Sinatra Tells A Joke About What Misery Is

October 4th, 2018

0:47

In 1965, CBS cameras followed Frank Sinatra around with unprecedented access to the performer's personal life. In this clip, seated at Jilly Rizzo's …

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

October 3rd, 2018

8:34

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 had …

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?

• What pre-dated …

Harry Bartel Tells a Funny Jeanette Nolan Crime Classics Story

September 29th, 2018

0:34

In 1982, SPERDVAC hosted a panel discussion with some of CBS's well-known Hollywood radio character actors. During the discussion, Harry Bartel told …

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

September 27th, 2018

1:11

In August of 1982 at a SPERDVAC panel discussion with some of CBS Hollywood's biggest radio character actors, Peggy Webber, who played numerous parts …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

July 31st, 2018

1:44:55

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

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

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

July 21st, 2018

28:18

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

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

July 8th, 2018

29:38

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

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

June 30th, 2018

1:31:38

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

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

June 24th, 2018

20:57

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

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

June 10th, 2018

24:07

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

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

May 31st, 2018

1:24:01

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

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

May 28th, 2018

23:19

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

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

May 14th, 2018

22:36

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

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 …

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

April 30th, 2018

2:04:48

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

Highlights:
• Beginnings in Illinois …

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 …

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

March 31st, 2018

1:19:31

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

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 …

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