Paul Harvey Dies...age 90 Topic: OBITUARIES Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90.
Topic: OBITUARIES Gene Parrish, a longtime host of classical music programs on KUSC Los Angeles, CA, public radio who also wrote and produced syndicated programs on worldwide jazz and American choral music, passed away at age 82. Parrish, of Hermosa Beach, CA, died Friday, 2 JANUARY 2009, of lung cancer at a Kaiser Permanente hospice-care facility in Harbor City, CA...MORE
Now Playing: Mr and Mrs North Topic: Nostalgia Radio Mr. and Mrs. North are fictional American amateur detectives. Created by Frances and Richard Lockridge, the couple were featured in a series of 26 Mr. and Mrs. North novels, a Broadway play, a motion picture and several radio and television series. Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. Then Richard Denning and Pamela Britton [photo] took over on radio and TV. Publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners.
22 NOV 1963 Topic: NEWS:Radio Dallas' three television stations were given separate assignments. As WFAA-TV 8 (ABC) was providing live coverage of the President's arrival at Love Field, KRLD-TV 4 (CBS) was set up at the Trade Mart for Kennedy's luncheon speech. WBAP-TV 5(NBC), being a Dallas/Fort Worth network based in the latter, had done live coverage of the President's breakfast speech in Fort Worth earlier that day. On hand to report the arrival on radio was Joe Long of KLIF 1190...and WFAA Radio reported as well:
Reig was best known as the voice behind the introduction to the "NBC Nightly News." He worked with famed anchormen John Chancellor, Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams during his more than 70 years of on-air announcing. He also had a brief stint as an announcer with "Meet the Press."
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Ray Conniff interview Now Playing: WTIC Radio podcast link Topic: PODCASTS Ray recalls his early days in Boston playing trombone with the Society Bands, including Dan Murphy’s Musical Skippers, performing in New York with Bunny Berrigan, Artie Shaw, and Bob Crosby and his eventual glory years at Columbia records...
Topic: PODCASTS Here is another post of a radio big band remote by the Benny Goodman Orchestra. A broadcast from 6 November 1937 at the Madhattan Room down in the basement of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City...
Profile Now Playing: Announcer Johnny Gilbert Topic: PERSONALITIES Each day, thousands of trivia junkies and elderly folks hear the siren call: “This is Jeopardy!” Johnny Gilbert, the man behind those words, started out as a choirboy at his Lutheran Church in Newport News, Virginia, which led him to pursue a singing career.
California Melodies Now Playing: episode 44 Topic: Nostalgia Radio Faust WaltzAmapolaI Guess It's Better That Way MAXINE GRAY sings There'll Be Some Changes MadeVienna Waltz OFFENBACH Orpheus In The Underworld MAXINE GRAY sings It All Comes Back to Me NowIndefinate Ryhthm
Topic: OBITUARIES All Things Considered, October 31, 2008 · Legendary oral historian, author and radio personality Studs Terkel has died at his home in Chicago. He was 96. Terkel's health had been declining for some time and he was very frail; his son, Dan Terkel, said his condition worsened on Oct. 30, and he died "quickly and peacefully" just before 3 p.m. on Oct. 31.
BOOKS abouit early radio Topic: B O O K S
1. Sound and Fury By Francis Chase Jr. Harper, 1942 Francis Chase Jr. wrote his "informal history of broadcasting" at a time when broadcasting meant one thing: radio. With our lives now bombarded by television, satellite radio, the Internet and cellphones, it is difficult to imagine the technological breakthrough that radio represented and how it transfixed listeners. "Sound and Fury" beautifully captures the significance of radio's arrival and conveys a deep appreciation for the creative geniuses -- Fred Allen, Jack Benny and countless others -- whose radio shows were a watershed of American entertainment. Chase is astute in his appraisals of the earliest radio pioneers, and he wisely perceives that President Roosevelt's "fireside chats" in the 1930s heralded a serious new role for a medium that had once been thought strictly meant for diversion. The people Chase writes about, many of whom have been forgotten, and the conversational narrative style of the book, almost make it seem that you are listening to a great radio show. 2. A Tower in Babel By Erik Barnouw Oxford, 1966 The first of the three volumes in Erik Barnouw's towering "A History of Broadcasting in the United States" takes the reader back to the late-19th century, when scientists experimented with technology that would allow them to send sound electrically through the air. His descriptions of the earliest efforts of Guglielmo Marconi, Reginald Fessenden and other inventors bring those brilliant men to life and clearly explain the complex science involved. Though it has been used as a textbook, "A Tower in Babel" is also a model of historical storytelling and provides a fine underpinning of modern broadcasting. 3. Raised on Radio By Gerald Nachman Pantheon, 1998 Gerald Nachman was hooked on radio from an early age, and his love of the medium comes through on every page of "Raised on Radio." He describes the book as "a kind of memoir in that many of the shows within these pages were more real to me than my own life." Each chapter is devoted to a particular type of show -- the chapter called "Saddle Sore" discusses western dramas like "The Lone Ranger," while "Nesting Instincts" deals with domestic comedies. "Fibber McGee and Molly," he tells us, "seamlessly blended vaudeville high jinks with radio's cozier atmospherics." In addition to conjuring what it was like to sit at home and feel riveted by the stories emanating from the big box that dominated the living room, Nachman interviews many of the old radio writers and performers, who only enhance the sense that there was a certain magic in that vanished time. 4. Crosley By Rusty McClure Clerisy, 2006 Crosley is a highly recognized name in Cincinnati, not just because the Reds baseball team used to play at Crosley Field but also because two brothers, Powel and Lewis Crosley, built a radio business that helped spawn an entire national industry. Powel was the inventor, Lewis the businessman; together they made fortunes early in the 20th century selling auto parts and manufacturing radios. In the 1920s, the Crosleys started a small radio station, WLW, in Cincinnati -- and that's when the story turns fascinating. The book relates how a single company, and a city not located on either coast, could play a central role in radio's development. In 1934, calculating that if stations had stronger signals, then the Crosleys could build radios that were less expensive but still received broadcasts, the brothers were temporarily given permission to turn WLW into a 500,000-watt powerhouse. Author Rusty McClure, writing with David Stern and Michael A. Banks, excels in placing the brothers' pioneering accomplishments within the context of U.S. society in the 1920s and '30s, and the book sheds welcome light on the lives of two important but underappreciated figures of American business. 5. On the Air By John Dunning Oxford, 1998 John Dunning's "encyclopedia of old-time radio" is an invaluable resource about the performers, shows, sponsors, history and influence of the medium. We start alphabetically with "The A&P Gypsies" ("exotic music with a nomadic motif; one of radio's earliest, most distinctive programs") and end in "Zorro" country, finding along the way engagingly written entries that reflect a savviness about the shows themselves and their significance to audiences at the time. And Dunning is thorough: The entries include vital information about when and where shows were broadcast, who starred in them, who led the orchestra and other details that any radio fanatic will relish. Essays spread throughout this dense volume provide a commanding overview of the complexities of an entire industry at the height of its influence.
David Rose Now Playing: California Melodies 43 Topic: PODCASTS My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice DELIUS Dance for HarpsichordCarry Me Back to Old VirginnyDo I Worry? vocalist Maxine Gray Cari Mia Rhumba RUBINSTEIN Melody in FCome Down To Earth, My Angel Maxine Gray Plantation Moods
Topic: Nostalgia TV Lloyd Thaxton (May 31, 1927- October 5, 2008) was an American writer, producer and television host best known for his syndicated pop music television program of the 1960s, The Lloyd Thaxton Show, which began as a local show on KCOP Los Angeles in 1961. Thaxton died at his Studio City, California, home. He was 81. He died of multiple myeloma at his home, said his wife, Barbara. He had been diagnosed with the disease in May.
Now Playing: NBC Radio recalls the big band era Topic: Nostalgia Radio Big band remotes were a very popular form of radio programming through the 40s and in this collection we have quite a few. These were recorded off-the-air or archived from transcriptions made by NBC radio. This program from 1956 was part of a retrospective series aired on NBC Radio to commemorate 30 years of broadcasting by the network...NBC Logos.