And now, we’re made it all the way to the letter B. Our first three entries are “Bimbo from Limbo,” “The Batman Mystery Club,” and Beau Brummell. Kids, Kapers and Foppish Dandies. No wonder these show were so rare!
Well, it took us seven complete episodes, but we’re finally through the letter “A” as of this podcast. This time, the shows are simply AMAZING! The Amazing Nero Wolfe, and The Amazing Mr. Tutt. Did we mention these shows are AMAZING?
Only 25 more letters to go!
This time, we dedicate the entire podcast to the “American Jewish Caravan of Stars” as broadcast in 1953. Can’t find much about this show online, save for this brief mention in a 1951 essay.
So, sit back, relax, pour yourself a nice glass of Mogen David and have a bit of chicken soup. It couldn’t hurt.
This time around on the Old Time Radio Hall of Shame, two American originals. Alexander Wollcott’s “The Town Crier” program from 1933. A featured member of the Algonquin Round Table, Woolcott was one of the most prolific theater and literary critics of his day and was known for his acerbic wit and acid tongue. Then, on “Adventure, Inc.” from 1948, join Medal of Honor winner and inspiration for the mid-70s TV show “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” Pappy Boyington spins yarns and tells tales. If you’re going to kill an hour, let us kill it for you!
Part of the fun of doing this series is listening to radio shows that never became hits, broadcast on radio stations that ceased to exist decades ago. This offering, for instance, is called “A Little Bit of Everything.” It aired on WAAM Radio in Newark, New Jersey on September 11, 1928. Think of that. About 85 and a half years ago. WAAM went on the air in 1922 and became one of the earliest stations to accept advertising. In 1933 the station merged with WODA, a station with which it shared air time, meaning they were both on the same frequency and one would sign off so the other could sign on. Then in 1934, they were merged into New York’s WNEW.
Running almost an hour, enjoy ‘A LITTLE BIT of EVERYTHING‘ is a demonstration of how a show is put together ‘now that radio is becoming a big thing’. It’s coming ‘directly from the Edison Labs’.
The program is a lot of fun from the ‘rogue’ days of early radio when everything was still pretty much an experiment. At this point it was just a matter of months since Paley had purchased CBS and NBC had been around for less than two years.
Our first entry here in the third episode of this podcast is a show of such monumental import, it merits a single line in a few books I can find on Google Books. And it doesn’t even describe the show. It just names it. A 30-minute interview program featuring people with unusual jobs, hosted by Jerry Lawrence. It lasted but one season on the Mutual network from 1938 to 1939. In this episode, which seems to be the only one online, Jenry Krakauer buys anything alive, Mildred Johnson solves problems of people in a hurry, Harold Axworthy has a lending library of toys for kids, and Maria Savage is the oldest chorus girl in the world. ONLY ONE SEASON? Remarkable. Gentle listener, gird your loins and get ready to spend a half hour with, America’s Most Interesting People. And then, Joan Caulfield (yes, THAT Joan Caulfield) stars in the Armstrong Theatre of Today. Huzzah!
There’s big money at stake! Four people are chosen from the audience in this 1939 program. The top winner pockets $25! Second place gets $10 and third gets $5. The unlucky last place finisher gets a chance to answer four more questions, and gets a whole dollar for each correct answer. Try to restrain your excitement as the questions get harder and harder as the game goes on!
We begin our podcast series with two shows, the first from 1938, the second from 1944, dealing with courtroom drama. A popular staple in old time radio that was generally done MUCH better than it is in these examples from the Old Time Radio Hall of Shame!