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

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July 12th, 2020

0:14

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Eve Arden On Jack Benny Considering Offering Her Mary Livingston's Role

July 11th, 2020

0:32

On January 31st, 1975 Eve Arden was a guest of Chuck Schaden's backstage at the Drury Lane Theater in Evergreen Park, Illinois (full chat here -

Lurene Tuttle On Her First Radio Role

July 10th, 2020

0:48

On August 26th, 1975 Chuck Schaden sat down with radio legend Lurene Tuttle for a conversation about her life and career (full interview here -

The Radio Life And Tragic Death Of Jeff Chandler

July 9th, 2020

18:58

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

Jeff Chandler was born Ira …

Alan Reed Tells a Hilarious Story About Strong-Arming His Way To An Early Acting Role

July 8th, 2020

2:57

Alan Reed, TV's Fred Flintstone, was also a prolific radio and film character actor. On February 17th, 1975, Mr. Reed sat down with Chuck Schaden for …

The Story Behind Bill Spier's Exit From Suspense

July 6th, 2020

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 …

The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Missing Newshawk Caper—07/18/1948

July 5th, 2020

29:33

On the July 18th, 1948 episode of Sam Spade, entitled "The Missing Newshawk Caper," Lurene Tuttle returned to the series as secretary Effie Perine …

Columbia Presents Corwin: Home for the Fourth—07/04/1944

July 4th, 2020

28:25

At 9PM on Independence Day in 1944 CBS presented an episode of Columbia Presents Corwin called "Home For The Fourth." Written and directed by Norman …

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

July 3rd, 2020

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 …

Bill Spier On Starting Sam Spade

July 1st, 2020

1:59

In November of 1970, Bill Spier was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (Full show here -

Announcer Richard Joy Tells A Funny Jack Benny Radio Station Story

June 30th, 2020

3:38

In early 1982, longtime radio announcer Richard Joy was a guest of John Dunning's on 71KNUS for a chat about his life and career. During the chat, Joy relayed a funny Jack Benny story from Joy's days working at a local …

BW - EP105: Sam Spade Comes to Radio (1946 - 1951)

June 29th, 2020

2:44:26

In Breaking Walls Episode 105 we pour shots and take dictation with The Adventures of Sam Spade.

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Highlights:
• Bill Spier’s Musical Beginnings Lead to Suspense
• Howard Duff: Unknown Actor
• How About Now For Sam …

Jack Benny Explains How His Feud With Fred Allen Began

June 27th, 2020

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 …

Lawrence Dobkin On Playing Louie The Cabbie On The Saint

June 26th, 2020

0:34

On August 9th, 1986 Lawrence Dobkin, Lillian Buyeff, and Don Diamond were guests of SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) for a conversation about their long-running radio, tv, and film careers. During the course of the …

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

June 25th, 2020

4:47

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 …

Claudia: A Visit To Coney Island—08/25/1948

June 24th, 2020

14:06

In 1948 a syndicated Coca-Cola sponsored version of the soap opera Claudia, starring Katharine Bard and Paul Crabtree produced an episode for airing …

BW - EP104: Orson Welles' Radio Career From Pearl Harbor to the End of Radio’s Peak (1941—1948)

June 23rd, 2020

3:57:03

Here is the full episode as one track for those who requested! — In Breaking Walls Episode 104 we focus on Orson Welles’ radio career from Pearl …

Lawrence Dobkin On Auditioning For Jack Webb

June 22nd, 2020

0:41

On August 9th, 1986, Lawrence Dobkin, Don Diamond, and Lilian Buyeff were guests of SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) for a conversation about their lives and acting careers.

During the chat, the conversation swung around …

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

June 21st, 2020

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 …

Howard Duff On The Sam Spade Actors and Rehearsal Atmosphere

June 20th, 2020

1:15

In November of 1973 Howard Duff was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here -

BW - EP104: Part 5/5—Orson Welles' Radio Career From Pearl Harbor to the End of Radio’s Peak

June 18th, 2020

41:28

In Breaking Walls Episode 104 Part 5, we finish off our story on Orson Welles’ radio career in the 1940s.

PRODUCTION NOTE: This episode will be split into five parts and released on 6/1/2020 ; 6/5/2020 ; 6/10/2020 ; …

Shirley Mitchell and Jack Kruschen On Why Film Actors Struggled With The Pace of Radio Acting

June 18th, 2020

2:39

On September 12th, 1987 actors Shirley Mitchell and Jack Kruschen were in-studio guests of Jim Bohannon for a special broadcast of his radio show from Westwood One in Los Angeles, California. During the course of the …

This Is My Best: Heart of Darkness w/Orson Welles—03/13/1945

June 16th, 2020

28:56

This is My Best debuted over CBS airwaves on Tuesday September 5th, 1944.

Originally, it was a book of the book of the month club. Producer Homer …

Burning Gotham Teaser 004: The Penny Press War

June 15th, 2020

3:42

It’s the Spring of 1835. We’re at the offices of The New York Sun, published by Benjamin Day and edited by George Wisner. When the Sun launched in …

BW - EP104: Part 4/5—Orson Welles' Radio Career From Pearl Harbor to the End of Radio’s Peak

June 14th, 2020

45:57

In Breaking Walls Episode 104 Part 4, we pick up with Orson Welles as the calendar turns to 1945 and World War II comes to an end.

PRODUCTION NOTE: This episode will be split into five parts and released on 6/1/2020 ; …

Actress June Havoc on Her Radio Acting Career

June 13th, 2020

1:59

In November of 1970, famed actress June Havoc—along with her husband, acclaimed radio producer and director Bill Spier—sat down with Dick Bertel and …

Jeanette Nolan On Orson Welles Asking Her To Star In MacBeth

June 12th, 2020

2:13

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

The Charlie McCarthy Show: Guest Orson Welles—10/29/1944

June 11th, 2020

29:14

This Halloween 1944 episode of the Chase and Sanborn program starring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy featured Orson Welles. It aired on October 29th, 1944 on NBC.

Welles was then heavily campaigning for President …

BW - EP104: Part 3/5—Orson Welles' Radio Career From Pearl Harbor to the End of Radio’s Peak

June 9th, 2020

41:21

In Breaking Walls Episode 104 Part 3, we pick up with Orson Welles as he joins the Democratic campaign for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s reelection in 1944.

PRODUCTION NOTE: This episode will be split into five …

Mercury Summer Theater: The Hitchhiker—06/21/1946

June 7th, 2020

29:59

In the summer of 1946 Orson Welles was in New York appearing on broadway in Around the World in Eighty Days. While there, CBS gave him a thirteen-week summer series of past Mercury Theatre adaptations.

On June 21st, …

D-Day: First Confirmation of Invasion on NBC—6.6.1944 3:30AM Eastern War Time

June 6th, 2020

4:23

This is the first confirmed bulletin to take to the airwaves on the morning of D Day, June 6th, 1944 at 3:30AM Eastern War Time.

NBC newsman Robert …

Jack Benny On The Importance of Organic Character Development

June 5th, 2020

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 …

Jack Benny Program: Orson Welles Guests as Jack Returns from Illness—04/11/1943

June 5th, 2020

29:38

In early 1943 Orson Welles was in production alongside Joan Fontaine with 20th Century Fox for Jane Eyre.

Although Welles enjoyed acting for the screen, he preferred live radio. In March, when Jack Benny took ill with …

BW - EP104: Part 2/5—Orson Welles' Radio Career From Pearl Harbor to the End of Radio’s Peak

June 4th, 2020

58:10

In Breaking Walls Episode 104 Part 2, we pick up with Orson Welles after he comes back to the United States from South America in late 1942.

PRODUCTION NOTE: This episode will be split into five parts and released on …

The Screen Guild Theater: Between Americans—12/07/1941

June 2nd, 2020

29:58

On the evening of December 7th, 1941, with the United States reeling from the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Manilla, Orson Welles took to the air on …

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

June 1st, 2020

2:46

In 1976 Orson Welles was a guest of Johnny Carson's on The Tonight Show. In this clip the two share radio stories and Orson Welles talks about why he …

BW - EP104: Part 1/5—Orson Welles' Radio Career From Pearl Harbor to the End of Radio’s Peak

May 31st, 2020

46:28

In Breaking Walls Episode 104 Part 1, we focus on Orson Welles’ radio career as he returns to Hollywood radio after production of Citizen Kane …

Hal Styles interviews Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth on their Wedding Day—09/07/1943

May 28th, 2020

2:38

At The Mercury Wonder Show's intermission on September 7th, 1943, Hal Styles interviewed the Wonder Show audience and cast — including Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, and Marlene Dietrich.

Welles and Hayworth had been …

Orson Welles Radio Almanac: Guest Ann Sothern—02/09/1944

May 27th, 2020

29:36

On Wednesday January 26th, 1944, CBS, Mobil Oil, and Orson Welles launched a variety program, with comedy, jazz, and a weekly guest star. It would …

Night Beat NBC Sales Promo—02/06/1950

May 25th, 2020

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 …

Orson Welles On Getting $55K From RKO President Harry Cohn To Finance Around The World in 80 Days

May 24th, 2020

1:05

In 1946, Orson Welles decided to make a musical out of Around The World In Eighty Days. He wanted a circus on stage, traveling by a train running through the West. When the show cast ballooned to seventy, including four …

Burning Gotham Teaser 003: Moving Day

May 24th, 2020

2:38

May 1st, 1835.

It’s a cold and rainy Moving Day. Every renter in New York is out on the street looking for lodging. Most of the city’s …

Theater Five: April Snowfall—03/05/1965

May 23rd, 2020

21:33

The American Broadcasting Company was never able to overtake NBC or CBS in ratings or revenue during the Golden Age of Radio. But by 1964, the only …

Actress Peggy Webber On Orson Welles Last Minute Script Cuts

May 22nd, 2020

0:37

On August 14th, 1982 actress Peggy Webber was part of a SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) event featuring some of the great radio character actors from …

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

May 21st, 2020

0:47

In November of 1972, Vincent Price was a guest on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio, with hosts Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran (Full interview here -

Orson Welles On Radio Imagination

May 20th, 2020

0:40

In 1976 Orson Welles was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show for a segment on Orson's life and career (full segment here -

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

May 19th, 2020

2:48

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 …

Breaking Walls: The Lora Lawton Collection

May 18th, 2020

25:49

This three-act collection from Breaking Walls Episodes 97-99 tells the story of a melodramatic holiday season for radio's Lora Lawton, title …

Campbell Playhouse: June Moon w/ Jack Benny & Orson Welles—03/24/1940

May 16th, 2020

59:40

On March 24th, 1940 Jack Benny was guest-star for a dramatic role on Orson Welles' Campbell Playhouse over CBS airwaves.

The story they chose was …

Orson Welles On Primetime Soaps During His Last Interview

May 15th, 2020

1:02

In the last interview of his life on October 9th, 1985, Orson Welles appeared on Merv Griffin's TV show for a wide-ranging conversation about his life and career. During the course of the chat Orson spoke about the …

Jack Benny Program: Orson Welles Guest Appearance—04/11/1943

May 14th, 2020

12:53

In this hilarious excerpt from the April 11th, 1943 episode of The Jack Benny Program, Jack has been sick with pneumonia the previous weeks and Orson Welles has been guest-host. Jack is feeling well enough to come back …

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

May 13th, 2020

2:59

In September of 1972, former NBC engineer and producer Aldo Gizalbert sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their Hartford, CT-based WTIC …

Bold Venture: Deadly Merchandise with Bogart and Bacall—03/26/1951

May 12th, 2020

27:20

Bold Venture was a syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall that aired in 1951-52. Morton Fine and David Friedkin scripted …

Rocky Fortune: The Oyster Shucker with Frank Sinatra—10/06/1953

May 11th, 2020

24:59

In the fall of 1953, thanks to From Here to Eternity, Frank Sinatra's star was again on the rise. He was, however, in need of a pay day. NBC radio presented two new opportunities for Frank.

On October 6th, 1953, at Radio …

Breaking Walls: The Jack Webb Collection

May 10th, 2020

1:06:21

This two-act collection from Breaking Walls Episode 94 tells the story of Jack Webb's radio rise and how he launched Dragnet in 1949.

Les Miserables Part I: The Bishop with Orson Welles—07/23/1937

May 9th, 2020

29:15

On Friday, July 23rd, 1937 at 10PM eastern time from the Mutual Broadcasting System’s flagship station WOR in New York, a seven-part adaptation of …

Breaking Walls: The Eve Arden Collection

May 9th, 2020

52:57

This two-act collection from Breaking Walls Episode 95 tells the story behind the rise of Eve Arden's radio career and her title role in Our Miss …

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

May 8th, 2020

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 …

Burning Gotham Teaser 002: The Letter

May 6th, 2020

1:57

March 1835: Paris, France.

What do an inheritance, a proposition, and two lovely Russian countesses have in common?

Don’t be fooled, danger is coming.

Orson Welles Tells a Funny Radio Story Involving Irving Reis, Bernard Herrmann, and Hamlet

May 5th, 2020

1:10

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, director Peter Bogdanovich recorded conversations with friend and mentor Orson Welles about his life and career. These later turned into a biography, finally published in 1992.

During …

Agnes Moorehead On The First Time She Met Orson Welles in 1922

May 4th, 2020

2:23

On February 18th, 1973, Agnes Moorehead was a guest of Dick Cavett's for his late night ABC television program. During the course of the conversation, Ms. Moorehead recounted the first time she met her close friend …

The Shadow: The Temple Bells of Neban—10/24/1937

May 4th, 2020

29:24

Orson Welles and Agnes Moorehead star in the October 24th, 1937 episode of The Shadow, originally broadcast from WOR in New York over the Mutual …

Orson Welles and H.G. Wells Discuss Impending World War—10/28/1940

May 3rd, 2020

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 …

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

May 2nd, 2020

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 …

Gunsmoke: The Liar From Blackhawk—05/21/1955

May 2nd, 2020

29:43

In May of 1955, CBS' duel broadcast of Gunsmoke’s pulled in radio’s highest combined rating. New episodes aired on Saturday evenings with a repeat …

Orson Welles & Rita Hayworth Interviewed On Their Wedding Day—09/07/1943

May 1st, 2020

2:38

Hal Styles of KMDR interviews Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth on the day of their marriage at the Mercury Wonder Show.

Words From The Famed Late 1940s Hollywood Radio Character Actors

April 30th, 2020

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 …

Burning Gotham Teaser 001: The New Audio Drama Set in 1835 New York City

April 29th, 2020

2:35

COMING SOON
New York, 1835: A city at its tipping point.

It’s ten years since the completion of the Erie Canal. New York City’s population is now over …

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

April 29th, 2020

1:26

During the Korean War, NBC sent reporters to talk to the soldiers on the front lines during the conflict. This is some of what they said.

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis with Guest Marilyn Monroe—02/24/1953

April 28th, 2020

8:28

By the summer of 1951, Martin and Lewis had become the biggest act in show business, with both blockbuster film roles and a touring act selling out …

The Jack Benny Program: Last New Radio Show—05/22/1955

April 27th, 2020

29:22

In May of 1955, radio’s highest rated show was still The Jack Benny Program. Just under three-million homes tuned in, and many more in their cars. On May 22nd after twenty-three seasons on the air, Jack Benny brought …

Bob and Ray: Wally Ballou Reports From The New Quiet Subway—1963

April 26th, 2020

2:17

The comedic duo of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding first appeared on radio in 1946 for WHDH in Boston. In July of 1951 they joined NBC’s full network …

The Clock: Bad Dreams—04/25/1948

April 25th, 2020

27:57

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 …

Radio Drama Stories From May Of 1955

April 24th, 2020

22:56

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 103: A Weekend at the Malt Shop with Fibber McGee and Molly (1955)
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In May of 1955 NBC’s …

Our Miss Brooks: The Tape Recorder—04/23/1950

April 23rd, 2020

29:32

"... Well everyone knows that our school system out of necessity is a carefully budgeted operation and our Miss Brooks, who teaches English at …

Suspense: Backseat Driver w/ Fibber McGee and Molly—02/03/1949

April 22nd, 2020

29:42

On February 3rd, 1949 comedians Jim and Marian Jordan appeared as Fibber McGee and Molly on "Radio's Outstanding Theater of Thrills" Suspense.

By …

Don Quinn On The Best Radio Writing

April 21st, 2020

0:37

In 1951, longtime radio writer Don Quinn was on vacation with his family in Hawaii when he sat down with Owen Cunningham for an interview about his …

Jim Jordan on Why He Didn't Work Often After Marian Passed Away

April 20th, 2020

1:02

On October 17th, 1984, Chuck Schaden sat down for a conversation with longtime friend Jim Jordan about his life and career (full interview here -

BW - EP103: A Weekend at the Malt Shop with Fibber McGee and Molly (1955)

April 19th, 2020

2:13:46

In Breaking Walls Episode 103 we visit the town of Wistful Vista to spend a weekend at Walt’s Malt Shop with Fibber McGee and Molly. While between …

June Havoc and William Spier On The Death of Dramatic Radio

April 17th, 2020

1:31

In November of 1970, Actress June Havoc and her husband, the prolific radio director Bill Spier were guests of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's …

Rocky Jordan: The Adventure in Zaqaziq—04/16/1950

April 16th, 2020

29:52

Not far from the mosque Sultan in Cairo stands the Café Tambourine run by Rocky Jordan. The Café Tambourine crowded with forgotten men, alive with …

Actor Staats Cotsworth on His Radio Beginnings

April 15th, 2020

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 …

Casey Crime Photographer: Special Presentation For Anchor Hocking—04/15/1947

April 15th, 2020

27:35

In the Spring of 1947, the cast of Casey, Crime Photographer recorded a special presentation at sponsor Anchor-Hocking Glass' convention in Lancaster Pa. It includes the introduction of the cast and Anchor-Hocking …

Jim Jordan On People Calling Him "Fibber McGee"

April 13th, 2020

0:54

On May 29th, 1982 John Dunning had famous radio comedian Jim Jordan on Dunning's 71KNUS radio show, via the telephone. During the course of the chat, Dunning asked Jim Jordan if people still called him "Fibber McGee."

The Jack Benny Program: Fifty Cents to a Bum (Easter Program)—04/09/1950

April 12th, 2020

30:00

On Easter Sunday 1950, The Jack Benny Program, then airing Sunday evenings on CBS radio to a season rating of 20.7, broadcast their Easter episodes, aptly titled "Fifty Cents to a Bum."

CBS Dimension: Burgess Meredith Goes to The Old Drug Store—1960

April 11th, 2020

1:55

When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on …

The Jack Benny Program: The Easter Parade—04/10/1955

April 10th, 2020

29:30

One of the last original episodes of Jack Benny's radio program to air was the April 10th, 1955 show, which aired on CBS. In this episode an Easter …

Fibber McGee and Molly: The Magic Act (Fibber Gets Robbed)—01/06/1948

April 8th, 2020

29:19

In the midst of radio's highest-rated season, on Tuesday January 6th, 1948 Fibber McGee and Molly broadcast an episode from Hollywood in which the …

Jim Jordan On Fibber Mcgee's Hall Closet

April 7th, 2020

1:51

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 …

How Bob Bailey Got The Role Of Johnny Dollar

April 6th, 2020

15:31

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 102: The Return of Johnny Dollar (1955)

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At a CBS radio affiliates meeting in September of …

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

April 5th, 2020

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 …

The Mysterious Traveler: The Man From Singapore—04/04/1950

April 4th, 2020

29:44

Written and directed by Robert Arthur and David Kogan, The Mysterious Traveler fired aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System on December 5th, 1943.

The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the …

Frank Sinatra Tells A Joke About What Misery Is

April 3rd, 2020

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 …

Jean Shepherd On Letterman—03/10/1982

April 2nd, 2020

12:04

Jean Shepherd was a guest of David Letterman on March 10th, 1982. In this clip he tells funny stories about growing up in Hammond, Indiana.

Elliott Lewis Explains Why A Creator Must Understand All Aspects of the Creative Process

April 1st, 2020

1:09

On July 14th, 1979 writer/actor/producer/director Elliott Lewis was a guest of SPERDVAC's to talk about his radio career. This interview was …

Jim Jordan On Not Bringing Fibber McGee and Molly Into TV

March 31st, 2020

0:25

In 1982 Jim Jordan, famous from the radio era as Fibber McGee, spoke via the telephone with John Dunning for his 71KNUS radio program from Denver. During the course of the conversation, Jordan recalled not taking Fibber …

Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Price of Fame Matter—02/02/1958

March 31st, 2020

21:35

On February 2nd, 1958, Vincent Price was the special guest star (playing himself) alongside Bob Bailey in Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. The episode is …

Roberta Bailey-Goodwin on Her Father Bob Bailey's Post-Radio Career Struggles

March 29th, 2020

1:08

On February 7th, 1982, Bob Bailey's daughter Robert Goodwin Bailey joined John Dunning on 71KNUS for a chat about her father's life and career. Bailey was famous on radio for playing the lead in Let George Do It and …

The Jack Benny Program: Orson Welles Subs For Jack—03/28/1943

March 28th, 2020

29:30

On March 28th, 1943, Orson Welles subbed as host on Jack Benny's Grape Nuts Flakes Program on NBC. This is that broadcast.

Scenes From The Early History Of Johnny Dollar

March 26th, 2020

16:34

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 102: The Return of Johnny Dollar (1955)

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On December 7th, 1948, film veteran Dick Powell …

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

March 25th, 2020

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. …

Vincent Price On Why He Loves Radio Drama

March 23rd, 2020

1:33

In November of 1972 Vincent Price appeared on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran (full interview here -

Jack Johnstone On Bob Bailey

March 22nd, 2020

0:16

In this short clip, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar director Jack Johnstone offers some glowing praise for his star, Bob Bailey.

BW - EP102: The Return of Johnny Dollar (1955)

March 20th, 2020

2:31:20

In Breaking Walls Episode 102, we travel back to the fall of 1955 for the re-launch of Yours Truly Johnny Dollar. Although the five-part Dollar …

Fort Laramie: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar Promo—05/06/1956

March 20th, 2020

1:44

At the end of the Sunday, May 6th, 1956 episode of Fort Laramie entitled "Never the Twain," CBS broadcast a promotional spot for Yours Truly Johnny …

Phil Leslie On How Long He Wrote For Fibber McGee and Molly

March 19th, 2020

0:22

On December 13th, 1973 Chuck Schaden sat down with radio writer Phil Leslie (full Conversation here -

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

March 18th, 2020

44:24

In 1955 NBC, CBS, ABC, and Mutual Broadcasting were looking for ways to pivot programming with cost-effectiveness and a more mobile audience in mind. Studies were showing that at least half of radio's audiences were now …

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

March 17th, 2020

9:39

On the March 17th, 1937 episode of Town Hall Tonight, Fred Allen joked about his new-found friendship with Jack Benny. This episode aired three days after the two comedians famously squashed their beef in a sensational …

Gunsmoke Director Norman Macdonnell On How Executive Committees Hurt Radio in the 1950s

March 16th, 2020

1:59

In 1967 Radio producer/director Norman Macdonnell sat down for a documentary interview with John Hickman on Gunsmoke. Macdonnell directed the series during its entire radio run from 1952-1961. During the interview, he …

X Minus One: Nightfall—12/07/1955

March 16th, 2020

28:51

The December 7th, 1955 adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall," as broadcast by X Minus One on NBC from New York.

Director Jack Johnstone On The Johnny Dollar Recording Process

March 14th, 2020

0:40

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 …

Mel Brooks Tells Johnny Carson About a Prank He Pulled on General Sarnoff, Head of RCA/NBC

March 13th, 2020

2:34

On the February 13th, 1975 episode of The Tonight Show, Mel Brooks was the guest. The interview took place not long after Young Frankenstein debuted.

Harry Bartell On Being the Announcer for Mutual's Sherlock Holmes

March 12th, 2020

1:31

On August 14th, 1982, Harry Bartell and several other prominent CBS radio character actors were guests of SPERDVAC for a conversation on their intersecting lives and careers. During the course of the chat, Bartell …

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

March 11th, 2020

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 …

The Story Behind The Birth Of Frontier Gentleman

March 10th, 2020

14:40

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 101: Frontier Gentleman and The Saga of Belle Siddons (1958)

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In 1957, CBS Radio saw a rise in revenue for the first time since 1950. For all of that year, Gunsmoke …

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

March 9th, 2020

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 …

Frontier Gentleman: JB Kendall Speaks with an Outlaw On Death Row

March 8th, 2020

4:34

The twice-broadcast episode of Frontier Gentleman called "Random Notes" told a series of stories in vignette form, one of which had J.B. Kendall …

Director Jack Johnstone On Marilyn Monroe Being a Bad Actress

March 6th, 2020

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 …

Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: Gerald Mohr Auditions As Dollar—08/29/1955

March 4th, 2020

28:01

In 1955 CBS was relaunching Yours Truly Johnny Dollar as an evening strips that would air five nights per week for fifteen minutes each night.

On …

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

March 2nd, 2020

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 …

What Was On CBS Radio—02/02/1958

February 29th, 2020

27:19

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 101: Frontier Gentleman and The Saga of Belle Siddons (1958)

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When Frontier Gentleman debuted on Sunday, February 2nd, 1958 over CBS airwaves, TV’s most-watched …

CBS Western Shows Afternoon Program Bumpers—2/23/1958

February 29th, 2020

4:02

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 …

John Dehner On Playing Paladin in Have Gun Will Travel

February 27th, 2020

0:30

John Dehner speaking with John Hickman for Mr. Hickman's "History of Gunsmoke" documentary on the character Paladin in Have Gun, Will Travel. John Dehner played Paladin in the radio version of the series from November …

BW - EP101: Frontier Gentleman and The Saga of Belle Siddons (1958)

February 25th, 2020

3:37:45

In Breaking Walls episode 101, we spotlight the career of John Dehner during 1958. In February of that year, Dehner was cast in the title role of …

Jack Benny Praises His Writers and Talks About Why He's Easy To Write For

February 24th, 2020

0:46

In this interview clip, Jack Benny speaks about why he got along so well with his writers and how he became an easy character to write for.

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

February 20th, 2020

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 …

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

February 19th, 2020

4:04

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 …

Eve Arden On How Our Miss Brooks Was Created in the Late 1940s

February 17th, 2020

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 …

Roberta Bailey-Goodwin on Missing Dramatic Radio

February 15th, 2020

0:47

On February 7th, 1982, Bob Bailey's daughter Roberta Goodwin joined John Dunning on his 71KNUS radio program for a chat about her father's life and career. Bob Bailey was famous for playing the lead in Let George Do It …

The Story Behind The Unreleased I Love Lucy Radio Pilot

February 14th, 2020

30:51

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 100: The Radio Career of Lucille Ball (1938 - 1952)

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When the first episode of I Love Lucy aired on October 15th, 1951, the sponsor, network, and even the crew were …

John Dehner on How He Became an Actor in the 1940s

February 14th, 2020

1:05

In 1982, John Dehner was an in-studio guest of Neil Ross' at KMPC for a conversation about his acting career. During the course of the chat, Dehner explained how be became an actor.

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

February 13th, 2020

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 …

Harry Bartell On Escape and Bill Robson

February 12th, 2020

0:40

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

The Story Behind The Birth Of I Love Lucy

February 11th, 2020

18:40

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 100: The Radio Career of Lucille Ball (1938 - 1952)

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During the 1949-1950 radio season, Network revenue dropped for the first time since 1933. Radio’s ratings had …

Raymond Burr and The Story Behind Fort Laramie

February 10th, 2020

21:42

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980).

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In 1956 public interest and advertising …

Vic Perrin Tells A Funny Story About a Writer Still Scriptwriting While On Air

February 8th, 2020

0:49

In 1982 Vic Perrin was a guest of Neil Ross' for his KMPC radio show for a conversation about Vic's life and career. During the course of the conversation, Mr. Perrin recounted a funny story about a writer who was still …

When Lucille Ball Guest-Starred On Suspense In 1944

February 8th, 2020

13:52

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 100: The Radio Career of Lucille Ball (1938 - 1952)

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Between films in the mid-1940s, Lucille Ball began to carve out a second career on the radio. She appeared on …

Vincent Price On The Power of Radio Drama

February 6th, 2020

0:22

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

The Story Behind The Launch Of My Favorite Husband

February 4th, 2020

40:20

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 100: The Radio Career of Lucille Ball (1938 - 1952)

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In November of 1947, The Lux Radio Theater was the CBS Monday night centerpiece for an evening of audience …

Gale Gordon On Doing My Favorite Husband with Lucille Ball

February 2nd, 2020

0:19

On May 13th, 1990 radio and TV legend Gale Gordon joined Chuck Schaden on his WBBM News Radio 78 radio show for a conversation about Gale's life and …

Jess Oppenheimer On Being Lucky To Work With Lucille Ball and Fanny Brice

February 1st, 2020

1:14

In 1961, My Favorite Husband/I Love Lucy Producer and Director Jess Oppenheimer sat down for a wide-ranging interview on his life and career. During the course of the chat, he spoke about why he was so lucky to work …

BW - EP100: The Radio Career of Lucille Ball (1938 - 1952)

January 29th, 2020

2:45:43

In Breaking Walls episode 100 we focus on the radio career of Lucille Ball, arguably the most famous comedienne of the twentieth century.

She rose …

Lucille Ball On Being a Living Legend

January 29th, 2020

0:51

In the 1980s with Joan Rivers subbing for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, Lucille Ball was guest for a conversation about her life and career. During the chat, Joan asked Lucy if she was uncomfortable being a living …

Parley Baer Tells a Funny Howard McNear Story

January 28th, 2020

0:48

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, …

Lucille Ball Convinces Jimmy Durante Women Should Be Running Industry—04/28/1948

January 27th, 2020

8:31

In the Spring of 1948 as Lucille Ball readied herself to star in My Favorite Husband, she appeared as a guest on friend Jimmy Durante's radio show. In this episode, Lucy tries to convince Jimmy that if he wants to be …

Vincent Price On Being Allowed To Work In Radio and a Funny Lurene Tuttle Story

January 26th, 2020

2:09

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

William Conrad On The Historical Accuracy of Gunsmoke

January 25th, 2020

0:53

William Conrad, the first Matt Dillon (on radio) talks about the creation of Gunsmoke and the historical accuracy and attention to detail paid by the writers and directors.

Desi Arnaz Jokes About His Family Lineage With Johnny Carson

January 24th, 2020

0:40

In 1976 Desi Arnaz appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show to promote his newly released autobiography, "A Book." In this clip, Desi jokes about his …

Frank Sinatra On Why He Enjoys Acting

January 23rd, 2020

2:20

On May 13th, 1988, Frank Sinatra was a guest of Larry King's for an incredible chat about the legend's life and career. During the course of the chat, the conversation turned to Frank's acting career. He had this to say …

Herb Vigran On Why I Love Lucy Will Be Rerun Forever

January 21st, 2020

0:50

On March 20th, 1984, Chuck Schaden sat down with noted radio and TV character actor Herb Vigran for a fantastic conversation about his life and …

When The Big Story Beat Bing Crosby In The Ratings

January 19th, 2020

9:58

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 99: New Year's 1948 On The Air

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On Wednesday nights at 10PM eastern time during the 1947-48 radio season, The Big Story took to the air live from New York on NBC. …

Gale Gordon On Rehearsing and Ad-Libbing With Lucille Ball

January 17th, 2020

2:38

On May 13th, 1990 radio and TV legend Gale Gordon joined Chuck Schaden on his WBBM News Radio 78 radio show for a conversation about Gale's life and …

Hans Conried On The Craft of Doubling As A Voice Actor

January 15th, 2020

0:50

In August of 1971, radio, television, and cartoon character actor Hans Conreid sat for an interview with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC …

Old Gold Comedy Theater: A Girl, A Guy and A Gob with Lucille Ball—02/11/1945

January 13th, 2020

29:54

The Old Gold Comedy Theater was an NBC attempt to replicate the success of CBS’ Lux Radio Theatre. It debuted on October 29th, 1944. Silent film star …

Red Skelton On How Ed Wynn Helped Him As A Child

January 12th, 2020

3:17

In the early 1990s, Red Skelton was a guest of Canadian television host Dini Petty's talk show. They spoke about his life and career. In this clip, Red Skelton explains how comedian Ed Wynn got him started in show-biz …

Radio Stories With Dennis Day, Agnes Moorhead, And Lionel Barrymore From January Of 1948

January 10th, 2020

13:42

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 99: New Year's 1948 On The Air
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Much like Tuesday nights in 1948, NBC also dominated Wednesday’s audience. CBS managed just a single show in the top-ten and NBC’s …

Bob Hope On Desi Arnaz Working For Him

January 9th, 2020

1:17

In 1976 Bob Hope and Desi Arnaz both appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Desi had just released his autobiography. In this clip, Bob Hope speaks about Desi working as his radio program musical director in 1946-47.

Lucille Ball On How She Got From New York to Hollywood

January 7th, 2020

1:45

On December 3rd, 1984, with Joan Rivers subbing for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, Lucille Ball appeared as special guest. During the course of …

Himan Brown On How Many Broadcasts He Was a Part Of

January 6th, 2020

0:19

In December of 1973, Himan Brown was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's on their WTIC Hartford, CT-based "Golden Age of Radio" Program (full …

Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll On Being KNX Staff Writers Before Working With Lucille Ball

January 5th, 2020

1:40

On March 12th, 1994, SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) was host to a chat featuring celebrated radio and tv writers Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Pugh …

When Jack Benny And George Burns Became Musical Gypsies In January 1948

January 4th, 2020

17:14

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 99: New Year's 1948 On The Air

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On New Year's Day, 1948 As Hollywood’s Open House featuring …

Elliott Lewis On The Poor Marketing of Radio Drama in the 1970s

January 2nd, 2020

1:00

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 why …

Al Jolson And Casey Crime Photographer Ring In 1948

January 1st, 2020

18:52

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 99: New Year's 1948 On The Air

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In the mid-1940s Al Jolson’s career hit a low point. He’d …

NBC News of The World: 01/03/1948

December 31st, 2019

14:29

The December 26th, 1947 blizzard which struck the eastern seaboard of the U.S. saw, In New York, 25.8 inches of snow fall in less than twenty-four hours. It was the worst storm since the Great Blizzard of 1888.

Ocean …

Orson Welles On The Attempt To Stop Citizen Kane From Premiering

December 30th, 2019

0:40

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. …

New Year's 1948 At Duffy's Tavern With The Accountant

December 30th, 2019

8:54

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 99: New Year's 1948 On The Air

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Between nine and ten o’clock on Wednesday nights during 1947-48, NBC aired two of the top-fifteen shows on the air. The first was …

Gale Gordon On Being Cast As A Blowhard

December 28th, 2019

1:07

On May 13th, 1990 radio and TV legend Gale Gordon joined Chuck Schaden on his WBBM News Radio 78 radio show for a conversation about Gale's life and …

BW - EP99: New Year's 1948 On The Air

December 26th, 2019

3:24:23

In Breaking Walls episode 99 we wrap up our trilogy on the most popular season in radio history with a look at the major network programming …

The Right To Happiness: Christmas Broadcast from Hospital—12/25/1947

December 26th, 2019

13:47

The Right to Happiness began as an experiment. Series creator Irna (ERNA) Phillips liked to cross-plot characters from one of her soaps into another. …

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

December 24th, 2019

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 …

Casey Crime Photographer: The Santa Claus of Bums' Blvd—12/25/1947

December 24th, 2019

29:04

Casey debuted in July of 1943 as Flashgun Casey, and had undergone a series of name changes before finding success. Anchor Hocking signed on as …

Frank Sinatra On His Supposed Mob Ties and Pulling Out of Business Deals in Vegas

December 23rd, 2019

0:38

In 1965, CBS cameras followed Frank Sinatra around with unprecedented access to the performer's personal life as Sinatra worked on arrangements for …

My Friend Irma: Double Christmas Surprise—12/22/1947

December 22nd, 2019

29:33

It's Christmas Eve, all is serene and quiet in Apartment 3b on My Friend Irma. Irma is reading and planning a surprise Christmas party for her friends. The surprise is on Irma though as one by one her guests have an …

George Walsh, Shirley Mitchell, and Jack Kruschen Joke About Radio Scale Pay

December 20th, 2019

0:26

On September 12th, 1987 actors Shirley Mitchell, Jack Kruschen and radio announcer George Walsh were guests of Jim Bohannon for a special broadcast of his radio show from Westwood One in Los Angeles, California.

In this …

Willard Waterman On Having the Role of Gildersleeve While Radio Drama Was In Decline

December 19th, 2019

2:09

On March 17th, 1984 radio actor Willard Waterman was a guest of Chuck Schaden's for an interview about his life and career (full chat here -

Suspense: Too Little To Live On, Starring Ozzie & Harriet Nelson—12/26/1947

December 18th, 2019

29:28

In November of 1947, Roma Wines announced they were dropping their sponsorship of Suspense. Roma’s last episode was on November 20th, 1947.

As CBS began to sustain the show’s cost, they indicated they were no longer …

Jo Stafford Explains How She Got Her Radio Break at KHJ

December 17th, 2019

0:52

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 …

Radio Stories From Christmas Eve 1947

December 16th, 2019

28:49

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars

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President Truman spent only two Christmas’ at the White House during his tenure. The first was in 1947. It …

When CBS Dominated Monday Night Ratings In December of 1947

December 15th, 2019

8:43

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars
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The Lux Radio Theater was CBS’ Monday night centerpiece, on live coast-to-coast for one hour at 9PM eastern …

Arch Oboler Tells a Funny Story About Boris Karloff Being Afraid of Kids

December 14th, 2019

0:37

On August 5th, 1976, Chuck Schaden was a guest at Arch Oboler's home for a conversation about the noted writer and director's career (full interview …

Vincent Price On How He Got His Radio Start

December 12th, 2019

1:13

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

The Six Shooter: Britt Poncett's Christmas Carol—12/20/1953

December 12th, 2019

28:58

The Six Shooter was a weekly old-time radio program in the United States. It was created by Frank Burt, who also wrote many of the episodes, and …

Stories From Radio's Christmas Day 1947 Programming

December 11th, 2019

36:08

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars

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At 11:30AM Pacific Time on Christmas Morning in 1947, as families were opening their homes to loved ones, King …

Harry Von Zell On Teaming With Eddie Cantor

December 10th, 2019

1:01

On February 19th, 1975 legendary radio announcer Harry Von Zell sat down with Chuck Schaden for a conversation about his life and career (full chat …

Fibber McGee Loses His Keys and Struggles With Christmas 1947

December 9th, 2019

6:23

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars

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On Tuesday nights in December of 1947, NBC ran four of the top thirteen shows on the air with Amos n’ Andy, …

Jackson Beck On His Radio Roles and a Funny Louis Armstrong Story

December 8th, 2019

1:03

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 -

Mel Allen On The Radio Sports Coverage Wars Between CBS and NBC

December 7th, 2019

4:00

In July of 1975 legendary sportscaster Mel Allen sat down with WTIC's Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for a conversation about his life and career (full …

When Milton Berle Finally Established Himself on Radio In December Of 1947

December 6th, 2019

10:44

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars

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For the four major radio networks, 1947 was a year or record business:

ABC saw a 7.25% gross billings increase. …

Jack Benny And Fred Allen Count Down To Christmas 1947

December 5th, 2019

26:06

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars

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Sunday nights at 7PM was appointment radio from the mid 1930s through the end of the 1940s. Why? Because of one …

Gloria McMillan On Getting The Role of Harriet Conklin On Our Miss Brooks

December 4th, 2019

1:01

In June of 2007, Chuck Schaden had the pleasure of interviewing actress Gloria McMillan at Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound convention in Seattle, …

Casey, Crime Photographer: The Serpent Goddess—12/4/1947

December 3rd, 2019

29:56

At 9:30PM on December 4th, 1947, opposite the Sealtest Village Store on NBC, Casey, Crime Photographer took to the air, live, coast-to-coast over all CBS stations.

Casey was a newspaper photographer, which made for a …

Organist Rosa Rio Explains The Importance of Improvisation when Playing for Live Radio

December 3rd, 2019

1:45

In February of 1971, Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran interviewed famed organist Rosa Rio about her long career in radio (Full interview here -

Jackie Kelk Tells a Funny Jimmy Olsen Superman Story

December 2nd, 2019

1:05

In April of 1971, radio child-actor legend Jackie Kelk, famous on both Superman and The Aldrich Family, sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for …

NBC Morning News with John Cameron Swayze—12/01/1947

December 1st, 2019

14:34

The morning NBC News broadcast with John Cameron Swayze from December 1st, 1947.

In December 1947, The UNs’ partitioning of Palestine into Arab and Jewish quarters touched off a series of riots on its only neutral site, …

BW - EP98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars

November 29th, 2019

3:26:57

In Breaking Walls Episode 98 we continue our trilogy on the most popular season in radio history with a look at Christmas Week 1947.

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Cavalcade Of America: The Dupont Chorus Christmas Program—12/22/1947

November 28th, 2019

29:55

On the evening of December 22nd, 1947, The Cavalcade of America presented their annual Dupont Christmas Chorus program over NBC.

CBC Letter to Santa—12/23/1947

November 26th, 2019

3:08

In 1947, Villa Matchett was an eleven-year-old girl who wrote a letter to Santa Claus pinned to a Christmas Tree being shipped from New Brunswick. …

National Farm Report: Discussions In Washington On Rationing—Winter 1947

November 25th, 2019

9:52

On the morning of Thanksgiving, November 27th, 1947 40% of the US was still rural. For the country’s farmers who often lived miles from the nearest city, radio’s morning reports were an important piece of information. …

Jo Stafford On Being a Member of the Pied Pipers

November 24th, 2019

3:01

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 …

Newsreel from the New York Macy's Thanksgiving Parade - 1947

November 23rd, 2019

0:53

Movietone newsreel audio from the 1947 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Although the annual parade first began in 1924, it became world famous thanks to the 1947 release of Miracle on 34th Street, which used footage from …

Jack Benny On His Love of Violin

November 22nd, 2019

0:54

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 …

Duffy's Tavern: French Singer Jean Sablon Guest Stars—12/03/1947

November 21st, 2019

30:27

On Wednesday, December 3rd, 1947, Jean Sablon guest-starred on Duffy's Tavern. The hilarious episode features Eddie Green and stars Ed Gardner.

Favorite Story: A Christmas Carol, Starring Ronald Colman

November 20th, 2019

28:58

Favorite Story was a nationally syndicated Ziv production, which grew from a local dramatic offering, developed and continued on KFI, Los Angeles.

The fare was classic literature, both the novel and short story, with …

CBS Dimension: Burgess Meredith Visits The Liberty Bell

November 19th, 2019

2:21

When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on …

Thanksgiving 1947 With George Washington And Van Heflin

November 18th, 2019

23:29

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History
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At 10PM eastern time on …

Fred Allen On Radio vs Television

November 17th, 2019

0:47

On November 24th, 1954 Fred Allen was a guest of Tex and Jinx's New York talk show for a discussion about his life and career. During the course of the interview, Allen talked about leaving radio in 1949 and his …

Ralph Edwards On How He Got to CBS

November 16th, 2019

1:35

On October 7th, 1971 Chuck Schaden interviewed famous host and emcee Ralph Edwards about his life and career (full interview here -

Milton Berle On His First Showbiz Gig At Five Years Old

November 15th, 2019

0:53

On November 10th, 1970, comedy legend Milton Berle was a guest of Chuck Schaden's radio program (full interview here -

The Jack Benny Program: 1947 Thanksgiving Show—11/23/1947

November 14th, 2019

29:30

On the Sunday, November 23rd, 1947 episode of The Jack Benny Program, the gang celebrates Thanksgiving with a movie of Jack's life.

This episode aired live over all NBC stations at 7PM Eastern Time, with an additional …

Goodman Ace On His Radio Origins

November 14th, 2019

1:35

In January of 1971, prolific radio writer and humorist Goodman Ace sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC Golden Age of Radio …

Thanksgiving 1947 With Eddie Cantor

November 12th, 2019

6:15

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History
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On Thanksgiving Night 1947, …

Thanksgiving 1947 With Al Jolson And Casey Crime Photographer

November 11th, 2019

20:43

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History
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Earlier in 1947 Bing Crosby …

Johnny Carson and Orson Welles Tell a Funny George Burns, Jack Benny Story

November 9th, 2019

1:08

In 1976 Orson Welles was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show for a segment on Orson's life and career (full segment here -

Thanksgiving 1947 With Burns And Allen

November 8th, 2019

16:01

On Thanksgiving Day in 1947, as east-coast families were digesting dinner and settling in for dessert, Bob Crosby’s Club Fifteen took to the air on …

NBC News of The World At the Famed Hollywood Santa Parade—11/26/1947

November 7th, 2019

1:49

On Wednesday November 26th, 1947, the annual Hollywood Christmas parade was taking place in Los Angeles. Each November beginning in 1928, extravagant …

Jan Miner And Thanksgiving 1947 With Soap Opera Laura Lawton

November 6th, 2019

9:34

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History
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On Thanksgiving day in 1947, …

Thanksgiving With The Answer Man on WOR

November 5th, 2019

5:46

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History

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At 12:45PM on Thanksgiving Day …

Jan Miner On The Significance of Frank and Anne Hummert

November 3rd, 2019

0:53

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 …

Orson Welles Shares His Thoughts on Hollywood

November 2nd, 2019

0:23

In the 1950s, Orson Welles sat down with the BBC for a wide-ranging chat on his career. In this short clip he shares his thoughts on Hollywood.

BW - EP97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History

October 30th, 2019

2:23:59

In Breaking Walls Episode 97 we usher in the holiday season with the first of a three-part mini-series on the 1947-48 radio season. The 1947-48 …

George Burns On Marrying Gracie And Their Honeymoon in Cleveland

October 29th, 2019

0:46

Barbara Walters interviewed George Burns for 20/20 in 1979. During the course of the interview George spoke about marrying Gracie while performing on the vaudeville circuit.

NBC News Of The World Breaks Down the Marshall Plan—11/26/1947

October 28th, 2019

3:32

Hosted by Morgan Beatty, NBC's News of the World was broadcast twice per evening. On the eve of Thanksgiving in 1947, The Marshall Plan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Plan) was the most important piece of …

John Wayne on the Screen Directors Playhouse—1/9/1949

October 27th, 2019

4:04

In January of 1949 NBC suddenly had a huge void in its Sunday night lineup. Jack Benny had departed to CBS and Edgar Bergen was on a hiatus. They filled it with the NBC Screen Director's Playhouse, which debuted on …

Dennis Day On His First TV Experience—Jack Benny's Transition to TV

October 26th, 2019

1:49

On Easter Sunday in 1982, Dennis Day was a guest of John Dunning's radio show for 71KNUS in Denver. The two spoke about Day's life and career, which naturally led to his association with Jack Benny. Here Day talks about …

Walter Winchell Jergen's Journal — 11/9/1947

October 25th, 2019

14:30

On the November 9th, 1947 edition of Walter WInchell's Jergen's Journal on ABC, the outspoken journalist commented on the famine in Europe, Anti-communist fears, the latest James C. Petrillo Musician's Union strike, and …

Jack Benny Pro-Teacher PSA—11/30/1947

October 24th, 2019

1:07

At the close of the November 30th, 1947 episode of The Jack Benny Program, Jack Benny spoke eloquently about the problems teachers were facing in the post-War world. His plea mirrors many we might hear today.

When Sherlock Holmes Had A Halloween Adventure

October 23rd, 2019

15:26

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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Sherlock Holmes peaked on radio between 1939 and 1946 …

Les Tremayne On How Radio Stabilized The Lives of Actors

October 22nd, 2019

0:47

Noted radio and tv actor and narrator Les Tremayne had a career that spanned eight decades. Here he spoke with Chuck Schaden (full interview here -

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

October 21st, 2019

0:56

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 …

Ricky and David Nelson's First Appearance on The Ozzie and Harriet Show - 2/20/1949

October 19th, 2019

4:45

This is the open to the first episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in which David and Ricky Nelson played themselves on air. During the previous four seasons child actors played the duo.

John Guedel, Art Linkletter, And The Story Behind People Are Funny

October 19th, 2019

23:04

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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On Friday April 10th, 1942 People Are Funny debuted over NBC airwaves, sponsored by Brown & Williamson Tobacco.

It was …

Radio and TV Actor Jack Wagner On Ricky Nelson Being Funny

October 16th, 2019

1:13

In January of 1986, KRLA broadcast a tribute to Ricky Nelson after his tragic death in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1985. One of the people spoken to was Jack Wagner, famous as the Malt Shop Man on The Adventures of …

When Ricky And David Joined The Ozzie And Harriet Cast

October 15th, 2019

9:31

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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In the aftermath of Jack Benny’s move to CBS, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet lost half their audience. Ozzie Nelson and …

When Jack Benny Went Trick-Or-Treating

October 14th, 2019

18:13

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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One summer day in 1948, Willam S. Paley received a proposal from Lew Wasserman and Taft Shreiber—President and VP of The …

When Ozzie And Harriet Visited A Haunted House

October 13th, 2019

17:05

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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In the fall of 1948, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet moved to Sunday evenings at 6:30PM on NBC radio. Although …

George Burns On How Gracie Changed His Life & Saved His Career

October 12th, 2019

0:35

Barbara Walters interviewed George Burns for 20/20 in 1979. During the course of the interview George spoke about how Gracie forever altered his life.

WJZ's New York Tonight With Allen Prescott — 10/15/1947

October 12th, 2019

14:08

On Wednesday October 15th, 1947 at 6:30PM over ABC's New York City flagship station WJZ (today WABC), New York Tonight signed on with emcee Allen Prescott.

Prescott was born in St. Louis in 1904. By the post-war years …

The Story Behind The Birth Of The Great Gildersleeve

October 11th, 2019

21:36

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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On August 31st, 1941, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve stepped off a train in the town of Summerfield, bringing with a now …

Hans Conried on the Differences between NYC, CHI, and Hollywood as Radio Broadcasting Hubs

October 10th, 2019

1:30

In August of 1971, radio, television, and cartoon character actor Hans Conreid sat for an interview with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC …

Have You Been Enjoying Breaking Walls?

October 9th, 2019

0:21

Have you been enjoying Breaking Walls? If so, give us a quick iTunes rating. The more people who do, the more people who will be able to discover Breaking Walls through the iTunes show algorithms.

The Story Behind Bing Crosby's NBC Strike, Departure, and The Birth of Transcription on ABC

October 8th, 2019

14:13

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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In 1945 Bing Crosby decided that he wanted to pre-record his NBC Kraft Music Hall program. Although transcription had …

A CBC Discussion on The New Look In Fashion—Winter 1947-48

October 7th, 2019

3:12

On October 12th, 1947 from Montreal over Canada's CBC airwaves, famed British fashion designer Sir Edwin Hardy Amies, KCVO spoke with Ms. Rita Greer about that winter's changes to that season's ready-made women's styles.

Don Ameche On His Network Radio Beginnings

October 6th, 2019

1:17

In February of 1973 Don Ameche sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC Golden Age of Radio program for a conversation about his life …

The Story Behind The Birth Of Sam Spade On Radio

October 4th, 2019

28:21

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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On July 12th, 1946 over the American Broadcasting …

Ricky and David Nelson On Growing Up Normal Kids

October 3rd, 2019

1:02

In 1981 David Hartman interviewed Harriet, David, and Rick Nelson for Good Morning America. It was a fantastic conversation that touched on all three of their combined and individual careers and lives. They also spoke …

When Quiet Please Broadcast: Don't Tell Me About Halloween

October 2nd, 2019

15:36

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)

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In 1934, with Chicago the center for radio production, NBC Writer and director Wyllis Cooper created a program for NBC's …

Radio Announcer Richard Joy On The Behind-The-Scenes Process on Sam Spade

October 1st, 2019

2:58

In early 1982, longtime radio announcer Richard Joy was a guest of John Dunning's on 71KNUS for a chat about his life and career. Joy was the longtime announcer for The Adventures of Sam Spade, which was directed by …

BW - EP96: Halloween on the Air (1943 - 1953)

September 29th, 2019

3:12:16

In Breaking Walls Episode 96, we laugh, scream, and cry while we join radio’s best as they celebrate Halloween on the air.

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Highlights:

• The Birth of the Great Gildersleeve
• Sam Spade has a Halloween adventure
• …

Frank Sinatra on the Spike Jones Spotlight Revue—10/1/1948

September 28th, 2019

4:27

On Saturday October 1st, 1948 Frank Sinatra was a guest on Spike Jones' Spotlight Review, over the CBS airwaves. Sinatra's natural ability to drift between comedic routine and singing performances was on display.

Lucile Ball On Being Fired By Ziegfeld And Her Half-Hearted Suicide Attempt

September 26th, 2019

3:34

On March 9th, 1971, Lucille Ball, Lucie Arnaz, and Carol Burnett were guests of Dick Cavett's on his ABC late-night show. During the course of the …

When American Novels Dramatized The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

September 25th, 2019

14:38

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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As the end of Summer turns into …

Jack Benny On Incorporating a Comedy Commercial into His Radio Show

September 24th, 2019

0:41

On September 3rd, 1970 Chuck Schaden interviewed Jack Benny backstage at the Mill Run Playhouse in suburban Niles, Illinois (full interview here -

Rick Nelson On People Still Thinking of Him as a Kid

September 22nd, 2019

0:38

On March 8th, 1974 Rick Nelson was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show. During the interview the (then) thirty-three year-old Nelson …

Ken Carpenter On Bing Crosby Quitting NBC and Kraft in 1945

September 21st, 2019

0:37

On February 17th, 1975 Chuck Schaden interviewed well-known radio announcer Ken Carpenter about his life and career (full-interview here -

Ozzie Nelson Tells a Funny Story About Being Handed a Lit Joint at a Rutgers Parade

September 20th, 2019

1:24

On November 18th, 1969 Ozzie and Harriet Nelson were guests of Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. During the segment, Ozzie told a funny story about …

Dr. Frank Conrad on KDKA's Beginnings in 1920

September 19th, 2019

1:23

In 1970 Westinghouse put together a retrospective on the history of radio broadcasting in honor of the 50th anniversary of KDKA broadcasting the 1920 election returns.

Years prior, Dr. Frank Conrad, who received …

David Nelson On Starting on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet—Ricky Being Funny

September 17th, 2019

1:22

After Ricky Nelson tragically passed away in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1985, KRLA in Southern California broadcast a retrospective on his …

Introducing: This Day In Jack Benny

September 16th, 2019

28:00

Have you heard of the This Day in Jack Benny podcast? It’s hosted by John Henderson.

Like myself, John discovered the Golden Age of Radio as a child …

Hal Peary On Starting Gildersleeve on Fibber McGee and Molly

September 14th, 2019

2:25

On April 28th, 1971, Chuck Schaden interviewed radio legend and the original Great Gildersleeve, Hal Peary (full interview here -

The Story Behind ABC's 1964 Afternoon Radio Drama Called Theater Five

September 12th, 2019

10:52

The American Broadcasting Company was never able to overtake NBC or CBS in ratings or revenue during the Golden Age of Radio. But by 1964, the only …

Don Quinn, The Colmans, And The Story Behind The Halls Of Ivy

September 11th, 2019

27:37

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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Radio’s Don Quinn rose to fame as Jim and Marion Jordan’s head writer. Throughout the 1940s as he wrote …

Johnny Carson and Orson Welles Talk Radio Ribs and Jokes

September 10th, 2019

2:44

In 1976 Orson Welles was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show for a segment on Orson's life and career (full segment here -

Mike Wallace On His Radio Beginnings

September 9th, 2019

1:56

On September 23rd, 1989, legendary radio and tv announcer and interviewer Mike Wallace was a guest of Chuck Schaden's (full interview here -

Art Linkletter On His Game Show Beginnings

September 7th, 2019

1:27

On October 2nd, 1991 legendary radio and TV emcee Art Linkletter had a call with John Gassman of SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) to discuss his life …

The Story Behind The Birth Of Our Miss Brooks

September 6th, 2019

33:10

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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Our Miss Brooks debuted in …

When Johnny Dollar Took on An Entire Town to Solve a School Arson

September 5th, 2019

42:03

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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In the summer of 1955, CBS executives were looking for a way to increase weeknight listenership in a …

The Story Behind The Rise of Eve Arden's Radio Career

September 3rd, 2019

17:53

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

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Eve Arden was born Eunice Mary Quidens in Mill Valley, California on April 30th, 1908. Her mother Lucille, …

Roberta Goodwin Bailey on Bob Bailey's Post-Radio Career Struggles

September 1st, 2019

1:08

On February 7th, 1982, Bob Bailey's daughter Robert Goodwin Bailey joined John Dunning on 71KNUS for a chat about her father's life and career. Bailey was famous on radio for playing the lead in Let George Do It and …

BW - EP95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)

August 30th, 2019

3:19:24

In Breaking Walls Episode 95, we go back to school with radio’s teacher’s pets, class clowns, and perhaps the most iconic “Miss” in radio history.

Bill Spier On Starting Sam Spade

August 30th, 2019

1:59

In November of 1970, Bill Spier was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (Full show here -

Hal Peary On Why He Left Gildersleeve & His Relationship With Willard Waterman

August 28th, 2019

2:56

On April 28th, 1971, Chuck Schaden interviewed radio legend and the original Great Gildersleeve, Hal Peary (full interview here -

CBS Dimension: Burgess Meredith Visits the Attic—1960

August 25th, 2019

2:40

When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on …

The Columbia Workshop: The Fall of the City—04/11/1937

August 24th, 2019

26:50

In April of 1937, CBS' flagship experimental drama program, called The Columbia Workshop, broadcast a play called "The Fall of the City" from the …

Actor Elliott Reid On The Ease of Acting on Grand Central Station

August 23rd, 2019

1:23

Elliott Reid was a prolific radio actor, perhaps best-known for his supporting role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes . In October of 2002 he was a guest …

Jack Haley Explains The Importance of The Palace Theater in New York City

August 20th, 2019

1:54

In February of 1975, Chuck Schaden sat down with actor, singer, and comedian Jack Haley (who is today perhaps best known as the Tin Man in the Wizard …

William Spier on The Origin of Suspense

August 19th, 2019

0:51

In November of 1970, Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran were joined by radio director Bill Spier and his wife, acting legend June Havoc on the 8th episode …

Gale Gordon On How Radio Stimulated The Imagination

August 17th, 2019

0:46

On May 13th, 1990 radio and TV legend Gale Gordon joined Chuck Schaden on his WBBM News Radio 78 radio show for a conversation about Gale's life and …

The Story Behind The End Of Fibber McGee And Molly

August 15th, 2019

18:33

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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Jim and Marian Jordan’s …

Columbia Presents Corwin: Fourteen August—08.14.1945

August 14th, 2019

16:09

Seventy-four years ago today, on August 14th, 1945 Japan accepted the United States' terms of surrender, officially ending World War II.

That evening, Norman Corwin produced a special broadcast commemorating this event. …

Roberta Goodwin Bailey on Bob Bailey's Birth & The Dollar Recording Sessions

August 12th, 2019

1:36

On February 7th, 1982, Bob Bailey's daughter Roberta Goodwin Bailey joined John Dunning on 71KNUS for a chat about her father's life and career. Bailey was famous on radio for playing the lead in Let George Do It and …

How Jack Webb Launched Dragnet in 1949

August 10th, 2019

37:52

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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Network radio opened the 1948-49 season fresh off its 14th consecutive year of record earnings, …

When Inner Sanctum Mysteries Went To The Drug Store

August 10th, 2019

16:10

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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By 1945 Inner Sanctum Mysteries was on CBS Tuesdays at 9PM from New York for Lipton’s Tea.

The …

The Rise Of Jack Webb's Radio Career

August 5th, 2019

28:33

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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On February 2nd, 1946, ABC premiered a fifteen-minute serial from KGO in San Francisco called One …

Willard Waterman On Becoming The Great Gildersleeve

August 5th, 2019

3:55

On March 17th, 1984 radio actor Willard Waterman was a guest of Chuck Schaden's for an interview about his life and career (full chat here -

When Dennis Day Was Irresistible to Women

August 4th, 2019

22:47

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

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Jack Benny’s most famous Irish Tenor, Dennis Day was born on May 21st, 1916 in New York City, to …

Don Quinn On How He Became a Radio Writer

August 4th, 2019

1:38

In 1951, longtime radio writer Don Quinn was on vacation with his family in Hawaii when he sat down with Owen Cunningham for an interview about his …

BW - EP94: Radio And The Drugstore/Malt Shop (1940 - 1955)

July 31st, 2019

3:16:32

In Breaking Walls episode 94 we visit the malt shops, drug stores, and soda counters in America’s heartland and spend time with radio’s best dramatic …

Eve Arden On Wanting a Hit Broadway Play

July 27th, 2019

0:41

On July 25th, 1982 Eve Arden was a guest of John Dunning's for his 71KNUS Old-Time Radio program. During this hour-long interview which touched on …

Edward R. Murrow's Harsh Words For Senator McCarthy

July 25th, 2019

2:00

This clip, from early in the 1950s during Edward R. Murrow's This I Believe CBS Radio program takes aim at Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Red …

When The CBS Radio Workshop Presented "Subways Are For Sleeping" with Byron Kane

July 23rd, 2019

20:17

The March 1956 issue of Harper’s Magazine featured a short story by Edmund G. Love about a man named Henry Shelby who’d been living on the streets of …

Announcer Tony Marvin On Working With Arthur Godfrey

July 21st, 2019

3:11

In June of 1973, Tony Marvin was the guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (Full interview here -

Pat Novak Gets Set Up—11/24/1946

July 18th, 2019

8:00

The team of Jack Webb and writer Dick Breen were at their best in Pat Novak, For Hire. It was a cult, hard-boiled detective hit that existed almost …

Dennis Day On The Jack Benny Interview Process

July 14th, 2019

1:31

On Easter Sunday in 1982, Dennis Day was a guest of John Dunning's radio show for 71KNUS in Denver. The two spoke about Day's life and career, which naturally led to his association with Jack Benny. Here Day talks about …

When Bill Spier Met June Havoc On Suspense

July 12th, 2019

25:39

This is a snippet from BW-EP93: Radio And The New York City Subway (1947 - 1975)

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On July 21st, 1941, CBS’s pilot series, Forecast presented a …

John Scott Trotter On Early Philco Transcription Problems

July 8th, 2019

0:51

In 1946 Bing Crosby's noted orchestra leader John Scott Trotter went with Bing to ABC for Philco Radio Time. The series ran over ABC Radio from October 16th, 1946 to June 1st, 1949 and was noted because it was …

Herb Ellis Talks about Friend Jack Webb's Insecurities

July 7th, 2019

3:20

On March 12th, 1983, SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) hosted a conversation with actors Herb Ellis and Herb Vigran. During the course of their chat, Herb Ellis spoke about his friendship and working relationship with …

Subway Soap Opera Stories From New York

July 5th, 2019

21:46

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP93: Radio And The New York City Subway (1941 - 1975)

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Alan Reed, whom you just heard, got his start in New York acting on many soap operas before moving to California in 1943. …

Columbia Presents Corwin: Independence Day Dinner With The Family—7/4/1944

July 4th, 2019

3:34

Columbia Presents Corwin was a two-season showcase which aired on CBS that combined previously broadcast Norman Corwin dramatizations, as well as …

Actress Virginia Gregg Tells a Funny Pregnancy Wardrobe Malfunction Story

July 3rd, 2019

2:04

On August 14th, 1982 SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) was host to a panel of radio actors and actresses which included Parley Baer, Harry Bartell, …

BW - EP93: Radio And The New York City Subway (1941 - 1975)

June 29th, 2019

3:05:31

In Breaking Walls episode 93 we ride the rails with some of the most famous stars in radio history.

During radio’s golden age, there were three main …

Orson Welles Tells a Funny Story About Running Out of Good Luck His First Night in Hollywood

June 26th, 2019

1:30

In 1970 Orson Welles was a guest of Dick Cavett's for a great interview about the artist's life and career. During the course of the show, Welles …

Severe Marital Problems At Coney Island on The Crime Club—7/10/1947

June 24th, 2019

3:31

Crime Club debuted over the Mutual Broadcasting System at 8PM on December 2nd, 1946. Each episode adapted one of the stories in the Crime Club Magazine. New York stage and radio actor Barry Thomson played host and …

Shirley Mitchell and Jack Kruschen On The Unsung Backup Actors Who Hung out in the Hall

June 23rd, 2019

1:51

On September 12th, 1987 actors Shirley Mitchell, Jack Kruschen and radio announcer George Walsh were guests of Jim Bohannon for a special broadcast of his radio show from Westwood One in Los Angeles, California.

In this …

Elliott Lewis, Cathy Lewis, and William Conrad in Bill Spier's The Clock—3/4/1948

June 20th, 2019

1:51

In January of 1948, Suspense producer/director Bill Spier left the show. Roma Wines had cancelled their sponsorship in November. Suspense was in the midst of an ill-fated hour-long show experiment, hosted by Robert …

Irma And Jane Visit Coney Island on My Friend Irma

June 18th, 2019

19:05

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP92: Radio And Coney Island (1906 - 1960)

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On Friday, April 11th, 1947, CBS debuted a new situation comedy called My Friend Irma.

Marie Wilson starred as Irma Peterson, a …

George Walsh on Jack Kruschen & The Announcer Holding A Show Together

June 17th, 2019

0:51

On September 12th, 1987 actors Shirley Mitchell, Jack Kruschen and radio announcer George Walsh were guests of Jim Bohannon for a special broadcast of his radio show from Westwood One in Los Angeles, California. Walsh …

Frank Sinatra On Some of His Career High Points

June 14th, 2019

0:58

On November 12th, 1976 Frank Sinatra was a guest of Johnny Carson's for an interview about his life and career, which preceded a surprise visit from Don Rickles and a Sinatra performance. During the course of the …

William Spier On Why Actors Wanted to Guest Star on Suspense

June 12th, 2019

0:51

In November of 1970, director Bill Spier and actress June Havoc sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio to talk …

Himan Brown On How the Red Scare Hurt the Radio Industry

June 10th, 2019

2:48

On October 21st, 1993, Larry and John Gassman of SPERDVAC interviewed radio producer/director Himan Brown and actor Ralph Bell at Brown's home in New York city. During the course of the interview Himan was asked about …

When Vincent Price Was A Coney Island Fortune Teller on Suspense

June 9th, 2019

23:09

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP92: Radio and Coney Island (1906 - 1960)

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Late in 1956 CBS was able to sell individual commercial breaks for Suspense at reduced prices. On November 4th, 1956, the show moved to …

When Broadway Is My Beat Went To Coney Island

June 6th, 2019

23:40

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 92: Radio And Coney Island (1906 - 1960)

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Broadway Is My Beat first took to the air from New York on February 27th, 1949, starring Anthony Ross and directed by John …

Fred Allen Asks Mrs. Nussbaum Why She Goes to Coney Island

June 4th, 2019

1:31

On the May 12th, 1946 episode of the Fred Allen Show, Fred and Portland take a trip to Allen's Alley to ask the residents how they feel about Coney Island re-opening for the new season. The third door they visited was …

Jean Shepherd Tells a Funny Coney Island Story About An Old Man—04/09/1960

June 3rd, 2019

8:38

On April 9th, 1960, Jean Shepherd told a great story about an old man and a batting cage for his WOR radio show. The batting cages Shepherd speaks of …

CBS Dimension: Burgess Meredith Visits the Statue of Liberty—1960

June 2nd, 2019

2:02

When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on …

BW - EP92: Radio And Coney Island (1906 - 1960)

May 31st, 2019

2:25:07

In Breaking Walls episode 92 we open the summer season with a trip to Coney Island, Brooklyn. The New York city summer locale was frequented in radio programs and by radio performers. It was also, in the days of …

Andre Baruch on How He Helped Thwart Axis Sally During World War II

May 28th, 2019

0:55

Famed radio announcer André Baruch served in the original invasion of North Africa during World War II and spent almost four years overseas before …

Bill Stern With Mrs. Lou Gehrig, Portrait of Memorial Day—06/03/1949

May 27th, 2019

15:00

On the June 3rd, 1949 501st episode of Bill Stern's Colgate Sports Newsreel, the sports reporter recapped important events from Memorial Day like a …

Lum & Abner: Memorial Day Speech—05/30/1941

May 25th, 2019

14:24

On the May 30th, 1941 Memorial Day episode of Lum & Abner, the duo take a holiday from their duties at the Jot ‘Em Down Store. Lum has recently …

When Elliott Lewis Revived The Adult Western On The Sears Radio Theater

May 24th, 2019

19:34

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980)

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In 1979 Elliott Lewis teamed up with fellow …

The Sounds of Coney Island In 1932

May 23rd, 2019

1:58

This is audio recorded at Coney Island in the summer of 1932 of fairground rides, carnival barkers, and general fun-time ambience.

Sears Radio Theater Opening Show Promo—02/05/1979

May 22nd, 2019

0:51

In 1979 Elliott Lewis teamed up with fellow radio veteran Fletcher Markle for a unique method towards reviving dramatic radio. The buying network …

Bill Shirer On Breaking The News of Germany's Surrender for CBS—5/1945

May 20th, 2019

1:04

Former CBS news correspondent and "Murrow Boy" William L. Shirer recounts his experience at work on the day Germany surrendered in May of 1945.

Fred Allen on The Power of Radio

May 19th, 2019

0:47

On November 24th, 1954 Fred Allen was a guest of Tex and Jinx's New York talk show for a discussion about his life and career. During the course of the interview, Allen recounted a demonstration he gave to a friend …

Frank Sinatra On How He Wanted To Be Remembered

May 14th, 2019

0:51

In 1965 while Fran Sinatra was recording his album, "September of My Years," he allowed CBS to record the process, and gave Walter Cronkite an unprecedented interview on his life. During the course of the interview, …

BW - EP91: The Hollywood Radio Western Renaissance (1954 - 1980)

April 30th, 2019

3:06:51

In Breaking Walls episode 91, we finish the adult western trilogy with a focus on the period after television decimated radio’s listening audience, …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 Blizzard of …

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 the …

BW - EP73: The 1970s Revival of Dramatic Radio and Why It Failed (1973 - 1982)

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:


• Go …

BW - EP72: Johnny Dollar and The Death of Dramatic Radio (1948 - 1962)

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, …

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