This is a 15 minute Gi-Jive radio show prior to GI-Jill (Martha Wilkerson) hosting as the DJ. Frank Nelson is the DJ on this show that was produced by "Yank - The Army Weekly Magazine" and broadcast over shortwave radio to our troops overseas. The songs played were requested by the soldiers. Songs in order of play: Lucky Millinder: Apollo Jump / Sister Thorpe: Trouble in Mind / Kay Kyser: Ain't Misbehavin' / Erskin Hawkins with vocal by Ida James: Knock Me A Kiss. Between songs, some sports news of the era. This Track will be stored in the "GI- JIve" Playlist.
Audio intro gives brief history of the series and introduces the actors and the roles they played. There are only a few recordings of this series known to exist and most are suffering from poor audio. This is a rebroadcast of the Armed Forces Radio Service broadcast in 1945. As mentioned in the past, the AFRS did a much better job at preserving their transcription discs than the regular broadcast networks did... This track will be found in the "Mystery, Crime" Playlist
Don't tell anyone, but the secret word on this show is "Window"... Once again the amazing wit and sense of timing that Groucho Marx possessed is highlighted in this comedy game show. It is still seen on many cable tv stations that feature vintage tv shows.. This show lives in the "Game Show" Playlist.
Two back to back episodes from 1935! In our last Episode, Lum was in Jail because town folks thought he had been stealing things ... evidence was that he had big feet and the footprints were big... that was it. But in the first episode, Lum is released from the town jail and just in time to start is campaign to be elected to the office of President of the Jot 'Em Down Country Store that was soon opening in town. Abner is also running for President of the store and he doesn't take to kindly that his friend, Lum, is doing some campaigning behind his back. Sponsor is Horlick Milk... and they are giving away small flashlights if listeners will send in a box top and 10 cents for S/H! TEN CENTS! Lum uses the promotion to ask people to vote for him... and that riles up Lum who is about to put his campaign into high gear! Goff and Lauck worked together from 1931 to 1954 producing about 5000 shows, of which 1600 are known to exist today. Wouldn't be great for someone to find some transcription discs of the approximately 3000 missing shows? The show was a dialect comedy featuring rural country humor. In 1936 Lum ran a humorous campaign for the presidency offering people who wrote in campaign buttons. But they were blown away when over 250,000 listeners wrote in for the buttons! This was a hugely popular show. Keep in mind, neither Lauck nor Goff liked the term "hillbilly" and they weren't about making fun of the people who lived in AK... they just wanted to have a show that recognized a culture and way of life that many people knew nothing about... and the show was a hit! More "Lum 'n Abner" in their very own Playlist!
On this track I feature another episode of Vic and Sade…one of my favorite radio shows… a radio show that ran from 1932 to 1946… it was the most popular series of its kind… with over 7 million listeners of the 5 day a week 15 minute episodes for most of its 14 year run. It starred Art Van Harvey as Victor Gook, Bernardine Flynn as Sade Gook, Victor’s wife… and Bill Idelson as their adopted son, Rush… The Gooks lived on Virginia Avenue in the small house half way up the block… somewhere in the United States… and the characters in the show were known as “radio’s home folks”… it is all about the dialog… and it is a wonderful series. No music, no sound effects, just ordinary folks of the 1940's carrying on a discussion of some issue or problem that is important to them, though it may seem silly to listeners. Two back-to-back episodes. First... Uncle Fletcher's coming to visit as he us waiting for a train coming in at 1 AM! Second... The Sky Brothers of the Sacred Star of the Milky Way Lodge have a Ladies' Auxiliary Marching Team, but Sade wants nothing to do with marching... but Vic is a Sky Brother and tries to convince her to participate. I added a an old time radio commercial to separate the two Episodes. The show was created and written by humorist Paul Rhymer. He wrote about 3500 scripts for this series during its 14 year run. More "Vic and Sade" tracks in their Playlist.
Music... instrumentals and vocals along with a mixture of comedy skits with the most requested stars of the era appeared on Command Performance. Only heard via shortwave radio and not on standard radio broadcast stations. Talent, Technical Crew, Facilities... were all donated to this extremely popular show that was designed to raise the morale of our fighting men and women during WW II. It was broadcast and thankfully preserved by the Armed Forces Radio Service for us to enjoy some 80+years later. Track lives in "Jazz and Big Band" Playlist.
Playlist: "Sweet Sue" ... "Divorce Me COD" ... "Thunder and Blazes" ... "Old Buttermilk Sky" ... "Love Lifted Me" ... "Done Gone" This track will live in the "Country Western Music" Playlist.
Easy Aces—a radio show -written by Goodman Ace, starred himself as a stressed out realtor and the exasperated but loving husband of the deceptively scatterbrained, malaprop-prone Jane Ace ("You've got to take the bitter with the better"; "Time wounds all heels")---The Easy Aces program became a long-running 15 minute serial comedy (1930-1945) and a low-keyed legend of old-time radio for its literate, bland conversational style and the malaprops of the female half of the team, the real-life spouse of Goodman Ace, his wife Jane. The show was done without an audience and is noticeably quiet. No sound effects… just dialog. Sort of the same basis as Vic and Sade. There is an "Easy Aces" Playlist on this Podcast.
The Jack Benny Program, which starred no less than Jack Benny himself, was a comedy series than went on-air for more than 30 years in both radio and television. It premiered on NBC Blue on May 2, 1932, and had its last episode on CBS radio on May 22, 1955, producing a total of 931 episodes. The TV adaptation, which was just a continuation of the radio program, was aired from 1950 to 1965. Apart from lead character Jack Benny, other radio stars included in the show were Eddie Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Mel Blanc, and many more. The show made use of a show-within-format, where each character's role was no other than themselves. It would start with a performance from the orchestra, or sometimes a joke between Benny and Wilson. This was followed by gags between Benny and the rest of the cast, usually about the day's news, or about the characters themselves, most especially something about Benny's life. Track is in "Comedy" Playlist.
The Jack Benny Program, which starred no less than Jack Benny himself, was a comedy series than went on-air for more than 30 years in both radio and television. It premiered on NBC Blue on May 2, 1932, and had its last episode on CBS radio on May 22, 1955, producing a total of 931 episodes. The TV adaptation, which was just a continuation of the radio program, was aired from 1950 to 1965. Apart from lead character Jack Benny, other radio stars included in the show were Eddie Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Mel Blanc, and many more. The show made use of a show-within-format, where each character's role was no other than themselves. It would start with a performance from the orchestra, or sometimes a joke between Benny and Wilson. This was followed by gags between Benny and the rest of the cast, usually about the day's news, or about the characters themselves, most especially something about Benny's life. Track is in "Comedy" Playlist
Starring James Stewart - This is a very different kind of a western from the general westerns heard on radio. The listener can hear what the main character, Brett Ponsett is thinking about... this is accomplished by having him whisper his thoughts... it is a narrative style unlike anything used at the time and listeners loved it. Enjoy this western adventure - Battle At Tower Rock.. Thank you for listening and supporting the Golden Age of Radio. More "Six Shooter" in the "Westerns" Playlist.
Courtesy of the Armed Forces Radio Service... an episode of that daffy board of in-experts - Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell, and George Shelton (Photo front left to right). Their equally bright quizmaster was Tom Howard (Photo - standing). All of these veteran performers originally made their living in vaudeville... and brought their same jokes to radio and managed to conjure up some solid belly laughs during every show. CBS Friday night at 10 PM). The show ran for 9 years.. 1942 - 1951 and bounced from the Mutual to CBS, and finally to NBC typically as a summer replacement show. Sponsors were Phillip Morris Cigarettes, Chrysler and DeSoto Automobiles. This series lives in the "Game Shows" Playlist
Two Episodes edited on one track. Epi 41: Marco Finds True Love and Epi 42: Journey to Peking. Series was produced, directed and starred George Edwards... an man with incredible vocal talents. He played multiple characters, often in the same scene. This Australian series was done in the late 1930's and distributed worldwide on 16" Transcription discs in the early 1940's. Adapted for radio from an original book written based on Marco Polo's trips and adventures to the Far East and China. He was born in 1254 in Venice, Italy . He was a Venetian merchant and adventurer who traveled from Europe to Asia in 1271-95, remaining in China for 17 of those years. Series is living in the "Marco Polo" Playlist.
Epi.43 Favor From Khan and Epi. 44 Ambushing Kings Messenger edited together on this track. Adapted for radio from an original book written based on Marco Polo's trips and adventures to the Far East and China. He was born in 1254 in Venice, Italy . He was a Venetian merchant and adventurer wo traveled from Europe to Asia in 1271-95, remaining in China for 17 of those years and whose II milione ("The Million") known in English as the Travels of Marco Polo is a classic of travel literature. Produced and Directed by George Edwards in Australia. He was a very talented vocal actor and often played several roles in his productions. This series was transcribed on 16" discs and sent worldwide during the early 1940's, This track will live in the "Marco Polo" Playlist on this Soundcloud.com originated Podcast.
Introduction to the Command Performance program and a description of what was happening in World War II during the time of this performance. More shows in "Big Band and Jazz" Playlist
Audio Introduction gives information about Command Performance and what was happening during World War II around the date of this July 7, 1942 performance. Bob Hope is Emcee and Lena Horne is his guest. Also in the show are a recurring cast of comedians, orchestra, etc. These shows were not aired on any broadcast stations, they were all transmitted by shortwave radio to military overseas. More in Big Bands and Jazz Playlist
Audio Introduction identifies the actors and the characters they play in this Suspense 1942 "Will You Make A Bet With Death?" and a brief synopsis of the story. This track will be stored in the "Suspense, Horror" Playlist.
Audio introduction to the track provides general background on Radio City Playhouse and a brief synopsis of the featured track, "Murder Is A Matter of Opinion".... This is an excellent program with a surprise ending. The Radio City Playhouse featured stories that they felt were good... it did not matter if the writer was well-known or not. Some young writers got their start by submitting their scripts to this series and that is what made it unique. The track will be stored in the "Murder, Mystery, Crime" Playlist
Audio Introduction gives some history of "Space Patrol" both on television and radio... All Space Patrol episodes can be found in the Playlist "Space Patrol"... Thank you for listening.
Another episode of "The Easy Aces" with Goodman and Jane Ace... real-life husband and wife. Jane is often called Malaprop Jane because she continuously uses words that sound somewhat like the one intended, but ludicrously wrong in the context "Jesus healing those leopard" is an example of a malapropism. See how many Jane makes in this 10 min episode from 1937. There is an "Easy Aces" Playlist that has a lot of space to grow!
Back with the next two episodes of "Lum 'n Abner" ... Lum is nervous because he is afraid the people in Pine Ridge think he is the one that is being doing stealing... and then he is thrown in jail for the very thing he was worried about... Why they are even demanding that he resign as a member of the School Board. More back country delightful humor down in Pine Ridge, AK and the "Jot 'Em Down Country Store" Lum 'n Abner have a Playlist dedicated to their show.
Audio introduction to the story provides the general history related to "Obsession" This is an Armed Forces Radio Service rebroadcast of the second show in the series. It stars Vincent Price. This track will be living in the "Horror/Suspense" Playlist. More programs from this series will be forthcoming.
Audio introduction the program has background on the series which stars Sam Buffington. He was an excellent actor who simply has been forgotten! Google him and you will see what I mean. He was born in 1931 and died by suicide in 1960... he was only 29 years old... a tragedy for sure. There will be more of the stories from this short-lived series and they will be in the "Westerns" Playlist
Remote broadcast from "The Blue Note in Chicago" ... Music in order of play: Duke Ellington Orch - Cat Anderson "Eighth Veil" / Orch: "How High the Moon" / Jimmy Griffin - "In My Solitude" / Jimmy Hamilton on Clarinet and Wendall Marshall on Bass - "Duet" / Theme Song - Vocalist Betty Roche' - "Take The A Train" / Juan Tizol "Caravan" / Ray Nance - "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - Theme and Outro. This track on Playlist - Big Band and Jazz.
Audio intro to the track has background on the series and introduces the characters of this delightful comedy series "My Friend Irma"... Remember this was 1949 and the comedy was centered around a woman who was not the brightest bulb on the light string... It was a popular kind of comedy back then... This track has its own Playlist "My Friend Irma"
106 Episodes of "HGWT" were produced for radio. It was a unique program because it was first popular on television with Richard Boone as Paladin John Dehner agreed to play the Paladin on one condition, that he could be his own character and not a copy of Richard Boone's portrayal of Paladin. If you have ever seen the television series, I know you would immediately see and hear the differences between the two characters with the same name. This track will be living in the "Western" Playlist
Two back-to- back 13 min episodes.... FIrst, Abner pretended he broke his arm to get sympathy and donations to help stock up the Jot 'em Down Country Store... but his wife believed he did have a broken arm and files an insurance claim. Abner receives $200 from the Insurance company for a broken arm that wasn't broken... and the plot thickens. Lum 'n Abner ... more in the Playlist by the same name! Norris Lauck played Lum and Norris Goff was Abner.
Grouch has brought his comedy wit to another episode of "You Bet Your Life"... now you cannot tell anyone, but the secret word is "Ink"... Shhhhh! Analytics say that this is one of the most listened to show on this podcast... and you can still see re-runs of these show on cable TV... that is proof that good humor never gets old. More Groucho in the "Game Show" Playlist.
Audio intro says it all... back by popular demand (I want to thank the 3 folks who made the request!)... it is the "Light Crust Doughboys" singing and playing on their daily show sponsored by the Light Crust Flour and Dough Company in Arkansas. Be on the lookout of two guests, "Dan and Nan" ...about 9-10 minutes into the track. Have your earplugs handy!
Audio introduction gives background on the series and introduces the episode on this track. These shows were considered "juvenile western" shows, but many parents and other adults listened to them as well! This and other Yukon Adventures can be found in the playlist "Challenge of the Yukon.