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Breaking Walls

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


BW - EP137: St. Patrick's Day On The Air (1937 - 1967)

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

• 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.

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Thank you to:

Tony Adams
Steven Allmon
Orson Orsen Chandler
Phil Erickson
Jessica Hanna
Perri Harper
Briana Isaac
Thomas M. Joyce
Ryan Kramer
Earl Millard
Gary Mollica
Barry Nadler
Christian Neuhaus
Aimee Pavy
Ray Shaw
Filipe A Silva
John Williams


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