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Breaking Walls

338 EpisodesProduced by James ScullyWebsite

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


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

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 weekends. The program offered actualities, remotes, comedy, and variety. Affiliates were free to pick up or put down the show in four hour increments.

In the early 1960s, CBS countered with their own version called, Dimensions. Burgess Meredith hosted a show called American Landscape. He brought the listener to various American cultural institutions, like this trip to the old drug store.

This audio is hard to find and was digitized from an original transcription record.

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