Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Network Radio Broadcasting.
In Breaking Walls episode 137 we celebrate the Irish by focusing on St. Patrick’s Day on the air.
• Fred Allen — The End and the Beginning
• Beat the Band
• Burns and Allen at the NYC Parade
• Bill Stern’s Sports Newsreel
• Dennis Day Returns from the Navy
• Fred Allen is King For a Day
• Elliott Lewis and Broadway Is My Beat
• The Death of Fred Allen
• Ending with Jean Shepherd
• Looking Ahead to Opening Day
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The reading material for today’s episode was:
• Treadmill to Oblivion and Much Ado About Me — By Fred Allen
• On The Air — By John Dunning
• Network Radio Ratings — By Jim Ramsburg
• The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio — By Christopher H. Sterling
As well as articles from
• The New York Daily News
• The New York Times
On the interview front:
• Fred Allen was interviewed by Tex and Jinx on NBC Radio — November 24th, 1954
• Goodman Ace, Tallulah Bankhead, Jack Benny, Mort Greene, Jim Harkins, George Jessel, Doc Rockwell, Donald Vorhees, Pat Weaver, Roger White, and Herman Wouk spoke for Biography In Sound — May 29th, 1956
• Dennis Day and Phil Harris spoke to Chuck Schaden. Hear these full chats at SpeakingOfRadio.com
• Dennis Day and Elliott Lewis spoke to John Dunning for his 71KNUS program from Denver.
• Morton Fine was with Dan Haefele
• Jack Kruschen with Jim Bohannan in 1987.
• Orson Welles on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
• George Burns spoke to Barbara Walters
Selected music featured in today’s episode was:
• The Sails of Galway — By W.B. Snuffy Walden
• Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34 — By Andre Moisan
• Someone To Watch Over Me — By Blossom Dearie
• The Minstrel Boy — By Jacqueline Schwab
• Swing into Spring — By Benny Goodman
A special thank you to Ted Davenport, Jerry Haendiges, and Gordon Skene.
For Ted go to RadioMemories.com, for Jerry, visit OTRSite.com, and for Gordon, please go to PastDaily.com.
Thank you to:
Orson Orsen Chandler
Thomas M. Joyce
Filipe A Silva
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