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Favourite early radio shows

katlaughing 17 Oct 99 - 10:17 AM
Rick Fielding 17 Oct 99 - 11:17 AM
kendall 17 Oct 99 - 11:25 AM
wildlone 17 Oct 99 - 11:38 AM
Little Neophyte 17 Oct 99 - 12:06 PM
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Jon Freeman 17 Oct 99 - 12:16 PM
wildlone 17 Oct 99 - 12:33 PM
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Little Neophyte 17 Oct 99 - 12:47 PM
bbelle 17 Oct 99 - 01:33 PM
bob schwarer 17 Oct 99 - 01:51 PM
katlaughing 17 Oct 99 - 02:21 PM
kendall 17 Oct 99 - 03:05 PM
Rick Fielding 17 Oct 99 - 03:37 PM
Llanfair 17 Oct 99 - 03:38 PM
wildlone 17 Oct 99 - 04:12 PM
Doctor John 17 Oct 99 - 04:22 PM
Little Neophyte 17 Oct 99 - 04:50 PM
wildlone 17 Oct 99 - 05:13 PM
Penny S. 17 Oct 99 - 05:51 PM
Melbert 17 Oct 99 - 05:57 PM
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DougR 18 Oct 99 - 12:38 AM
katlaughing 18 Oct 99 - 12:55 AM
Jon Freeman 18 Oct 99 - 01:05 AM
M. Ted (inactive) 18 Oct 99 - 01:12 AM
Patrish(inactive) 18 Oct 99 - 04:45 AM
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Roger the skiffler 18 Oct 99 - 08:04 AM
Steve Parkes 18 Oct 99 - 08:17 AM
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Bert 18 Oct 99 - 10:20 AM
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Art Thieme 18 Oct 99 - 11:15 AM
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Subject: Favourite early radio shows
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 10:17 AM

In another thread,Don Meixner mentioned an old radio version of one of my favourite books, The Voice of Bugle Ann, possibly with Lionel Barrymore.

That triggered an old memory of what I remember from very early on, as a small child in the 50's, of radio. My first memory is Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge, in A Christmas Carol. It was on every year and to this day, I can still hear it in my mind, with HIS voice. As a family, we never missed listening to it.

My second memory is spending every Saturday listening to Gunsmoke and cheering Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty on.

The first song I remember hearing & learning from the radio was Catch A Falling Star.

What are your first memories of radio, musical and otherwise?


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 11:17 AM

Jack Benny!! Inner Sanctum!!!!! Dean Martin singing "Memories Are Made Of This", Tennessee Ernie doing "16 Tons". From England: Tony Hancock and The Goons. (if anyone feels my sense of humour is dark and twisted, blame Hancock and the Goons.) BASEBALL!!!


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: kendall
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 11:25 AM

Radio programs... The Green Hornet, Tom Mix, Jack Armstrong, the Shadow, I Love a Mystery.. Mysterous Traveller, Mr Keen, Tracer of lost persons. Music.. Don Messer and the Islanders from Canada, the Luck Strike hit parade. God, I'm so old...


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: wildlone
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 11:38 AM

Rick how can anyone say the goons have a dark and twisted humour There is nothing wrong with people who like the goons NOTHING I TELL YOU NOTHING. ANY ONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE SHOULD BE DEADED OR THROWN FROM A VERY HIGH PLACE SO THEY GO FLOPPITY IN THE WARTOR!!!!!
your friend blue bottle


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 12:06 PM

I would love to participate in this thread but the topic is way before my time.
Little Neo
did you notice I'm taking HTML 101 ?


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 12:07 PM

Ah, just remembered one more: Arthur Godfrey and his ukelele; my dad always listened to him, while in his truck. I have this one vivid memory of riding with dad, listening to AG and eating Triscuits!


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Tiger
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 12:09 PM

The Lone Ranger, Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, The Shadow, Sky King, The Green Hornet, Ozzie and Harriet, Meet Corliss Archer, No School Today


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 12:16 PM

I am pretty sure that the first radio program I would have heard was called Listen With Mother. I can't remember too much about the program but at the start, the presenter always used to say "Are you sitting comfortably - then I'll begin"

My other memory would be a long running (UK) school radio program called Singing Together and if my memory is correct, the first song I learned from it was Marianina.

Singing together used to make use of a lot of folk songs from various parts of the world and later in life, I met somebody who taught guitar in local schools who had been collecting the pamphlets which accompanied the series and he gave me a set that covered from around 1967 to I think around 1980 - there were quite a few of them. I lent them out to somebody over a year ago - I must try and get them back.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: wildlone
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 12:33 PM

For all you poor young folks who might wonder what Rick and I are talking about click here.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: wildlone
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 12:40 PM

I can see what i did wrong try this


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 12:47 PM

Wildlone, your blue clicky is out of order


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: bbelle
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 01:33 PM

I don't remember early radio shows because my grandparents bought a tv as soon as they were available. I do, however, remember radio stations because we were often stationed (father: US Navy career) in places without television. I especially remember WCKY out of Cincinnati, OH. It was old style country music and bluegrass, which is probably where I began my love affair with "old" music. Another station was out of Chicago (cannot remember the station's call letters). I listened to it at night and the disc jockey's name was Dick Biondi ... moonchild


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: bob schwarer
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 01:51 PM

Yeah, I remember those shows mentioned by Kendall. One of the earliest memories is of the "Hindenburg" fire & crash. Also Bill Stern & Saturday football.
Besides the LS Hit Parade there were "Name That Tune" and the WLS Barn Dance. Later on Grand Ole Opry. For the Classical fans there was the "400 Hour" with Norman Ross sponsored by the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad.(Route of the 400's------400 miles from Chicago to Minneapolis in 400 minutes). On every weekday morning 6 to 7 or 7 to 8; forget which.
Texaco put on the Metropolitan Opera every Saturday during the Met season. It was still on a year ago, but I don't know if Texaco is still involved. That musy be some sort of a record run.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 02:21 PM

Yea Bob, as far as I know Texaco is still doing the Met, but of course, it's hard to tell in the great state of Wyoming. Our public radio station deemed it unnecessary to bring any *highbrow* culture to its citizens and dumped it from their programming about three years ago. That's why I quit sending them money.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: kendall
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 03:05 PM

How about A DATE WITH JUDY? Terry and the Pirates? This could turn into a Can You Top This? another radio show. For those of you who dont connect... there was another very funny one called It Pays To Be Ignorant.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 03:37 PM

Wildone, thank you! May you never get the spon, and I'll do a chorus of "I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas" for you in the key of C. By the way, Do you play the saxophone?

Rick(little Jim) Fielding


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Llanfair
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 03:38 PM

Jon, I've got a couple of those pamphlets, I can remember singing "The Keeper" at the top of my voice whilst getting ready for Brownies one dark, snowy evening. Must have been the mid 50's. The BBC light programme had gems like "Round the Horne", "The Navy Lark", and terrific afternoon theatres. We got a telly when I was 10. Hwyl, Bron.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: wildlone
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 04:12 PM

Rick tried it once could'nt get the hang of it it was so painful it put me off sax forever.
Little neophyte my first blue clicky thing may be.
But the one underneath works OK.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Doctor John
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 04:22 PM

"Uncle Mac's" Children's Favourites, where I first heard folk and folkoid music. Big Bill Campbell & His Rocky Mountaineers. Dick Barton: Special Agent (wonderful signature tune). The Goon Show. Journey into Space. Hancock's Half Hour. Dr John


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 04:50 PM

Thanks Wildlone
I think I would have enjoyed Michael Bentine's 'The Reluctant Jester'
Little Neo


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: wildlone
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 05:13 PM

Now for a real early look at UK radio.
Henry Halls dance band,Romany,Childrens Hour,
Big Bill Campbell and his Bunk House Boys,
Radio license was 7/6d or 37.5p.
The above was brought to you by GBWC me old Mum.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Penny S.
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 05:51 PM

Jon, I've been so carried away with rescuing Singing Togethers being thrown out that I'm pretty sure I have some duplicates. If I can find them, I'll let you know, and you can see if you're interested.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Melbert
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 05:57 PM

When I was young we didn't have a radio - we had the WIRELESS.

I remember Sunday lunch at mom's house in Birmingham (UK) with Round the Horne, the Jimmy Clitheroe Show, and the Navy Lark.

Also Monday nights at 10.30 "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again".


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: sophocleese
Date: 17 Oct 99 - 06:03 PM

I grew up in a CBC household. I only paid attention on Saturdays to Quirks and Quarks and the rest of the week it was "around the world on shortwave, this is As It Happens" . Not a lot of music really. "Thrown into dungeons a deep, dark and a dunk, all hopes of freedom gone, Chained to the wall by the ears, nose and teeth, three for the price of one." Goon shows I heard because Dad had a couple of LPs of their stuff.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: DougR
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 12:38 AM

One of earliest radio memories was "Let's Pretend." The there was the Jack Benny Show, Red Skelton Show, Little Orphan Annie, Jack Armstrong (The All American Boy!), The Lone Ranger, Gang Busters!, The Green Hornet, The Shadow, The Firestone Hour, I Love a Mystery, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, The Hillbilly Hit Parade, The Lucky Strike Hit Parade, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, Three Sheets to the Wind (starring John Wayne in his early years), Lux Radio Theater, Just Plain Bill, Ma Perkins, My Gal Sal, The Mercury Theater. And lots more. I think one reason folks of my generation (read that old) have some pretty creative ideas is because we listened to radio before the moving pictures in our living rooms were available. We had to use our imagination.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 12:55 AM

I agree, DougeR, but I'm not that old...I don't think! We didn't have a tv until Dad won one in a drawing when I was about 8 yrs. old; a little B&W version. Then we got my grandma's fancier B&W when I was 13. By 8 yrs old I'd already been inculcated with loads of books and being read aloud to as well as reading aloud myself;I escaped the early influences of tv with my very vivid imagination intact. I would wish the same for today's children but I think it is hopeless.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 01:05 AM

Llanfair and Penny_S, I pleased to know that I am not the only one here hanging on to old Singing Together pamphlets. I reckon that the program was a classic. In my school times, I think my all time favourite was one called "The Shepherd and his Dog" that went to the tune (verse only) of Click Goes The Shears but there were so many that I enjoyed.

Penny_S, When I get my collection back, I will have a look at what I have got - maybe I have some duplicates that we can swap or maybe you'll be able to fill a few gaps for me. So I'll get back to you on that one.

When I was in primary school we used to have a blue book that contained a colection from several of the Singing Together series - has anybody ever come accross those? As well as the radio program, one of the teachers used to play the piano and we used to sings songs from this book.

I'll finish now with what I remember of the Shepherd and his Dog.

Jon

Now there once was a shepherd who lived all alone
Away in the hills in a hut built of stone
He guarded his sheep so they kept to the trail
And the shepherd whistled gaily and the dog wagged his tail.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 01:12 AM

It was "Our Gal Sunday" I think--and I was pulling my hair out trying to remember "Ma Perkins"-- how about "Have Gun, Will Travel"? and did somebody get "Perry Mason"? It is probably still dangerous to mention "Amos 'n' Andy" but that was on until about 1963, I think--I also remember a folk music program with The Brothers Four that was on in the late 50's or early sixties, sponsored, if you can believe this, by the United States Army--

Any those of you from the Detroit area, remember "The Sunny Side of the Street" with "Bud" Guest?


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 04:45 AM

I used to listen to the radio a lot, Uncle Mac, Rambling Sid Rumpole - who used to sing about mangle wurzels I remember someone shouting "Wakey Wakey" it used to make me laugh....(little things) I wish I had some old Singing Together pamphlets. I do remember learning "Marianina" and another song about a dog who sat by the fire and burnt his tail... I would love to have a reminder of the songs from the Singing Together series. cheers Patrish


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Bugsy
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 05:22 AM

Definitely Uncle Mac, Round the Horn, Navy Lark, Also 2 Way Family Favourites on a Sunday lunch time, also, Sorry I'll Read That Again, The Grumbleweeds, Movie-Go-Round, Take it From Here, it just goes on, doesn't it?

Cheers

Bugsy.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 05:37 AM

Two way family Favoutites - that takes me back. I used to wonder where "BFPO" was, cos a lot of the requests used to come from there. Was it Michael Aspel who read the requsts?

Patrish


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: bill\sables
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 07:05 AM

Does anyone remember one of the stupidest radio programmes on BBC in the early 50s called "Educating Archie" It was a half hour show with a ventroliquist called Peter Brough and a dummy called Archie Andrews and I could never quite understand how the BBC could get away with such a show on radio. When TV came out you could see his lips moving so he did not last long. The only other thing to come near to this was an LP recording of Northumbrian Folk in the 60s with a track of Johnson Ellwood the clog dancer, all you could hear was a melody line on melodeon and a lot of rythmic clattering. Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 08:04 AM

In the UK: Goons, Journey into Space, and a thriller by J.McLaren Ross the name of which I hace forgotten but had Monty Sunshine's "Hushabye" as the sig. tune.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 08:17 AM

Wash your mouth out, Bill S! Quite a few wireless heroes started out with Archie, such as Tony Hancock, Bernard Breslaw, Hattie Jacques, even the great Max Bygraves. I have a record of this last with AA. If you wonder how you can get away with a vent. act on radio, just ask the Americans - clue us in, guys!

My grandad used to make his own wireless sets, and listen in to 2LO (London), pre-BBC - in fact, pre British Broadcasting Company, let alone Corporation. Top that, then!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Margo
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 10:01 AM

Ahhh, yes! I used to listen to HARRY LIME with that zither theme, and THE SHADOW with his wicked snicker. But part of the memory is the fact that I was supposed to be going to sleep! Instead I had a transister radio that I kept under my pillow, and tuned in late at night. There was another detective character who had a sidekick by the name of Miss Summers....anyone remember who it was?

Margo-rita


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Bert
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 10:20 AM

It's amazing how many of these posts are from the UK.
I don't know why that should be but I'm going to add a few more and give away my age.

Much binding in the Marsh
ITMA (It's That Man Again - Tommy Handley)
The Billy Cotton Band Show (Which Patrish remembers as Wakey, Wakey)
Childrens Hour which ran several good serials that included 'High Barbaree' & 'Sweet Polly Oliver'. Adventure stories based on folk songs.
Ray's a Laugh (Ted Ray)
Take It From Here (Jimmy Edwards & Dick Bentley)
Beyond our Ken (Kenneth Horne)
Twenty Questions
Desert Island Discs

I remember Big Bill Cambell as well, Wasn't his show called 'Riders of the Range'? BTW, Tom Glazer (On Top of Spaghetti) used to play in his band.

Mel, We also used to call it the 'Wireless' or as my Dad would say 'Wirelips'

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 11:02 AM

I could never understand why it was called "wireless", until I found out the French equivalent is "(la poste de) T.S.F.", which stands for "telegraphie sans fils", i.e. "wireless telegraphy". I suppose "wireless apparatus" or "wireless set" is the full name for it in English. Of course, we all know on this side of the pond that a radio is a small plastic thing that you can listen to under the bedclothes; quite different from a wireless, which is a big wooden box which lights up, is full of big glass valves (tubes to you!), takes a couple of minutes to warm up before any sound comes out, smells of warm dust if it hasn't been on for a day or two, and is absolutely packed full of nostalgia. And a much better class of nostalgia it was, when compared wth the modern '60s nostalgia in the little plastic box!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Art Thieme
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 11:15 AM

Back Where I Come From---CBS---host: John Henry Faulk--with Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston (1940).

Hootenanny CBS-- host: Clifton Fadiman: many of the above

Jack Webb's radio detective show---Pat Novac For Hire---had the best writing of any U.S. radio show ever. Vey noir. Lines like, "SHE HAD A VOICE LIKE A BOWEL OF WARM STEW"----ond those semantic gems went on and on for weeks and weeks...

The Six Shooter was a great Western drama with Jimmy Stewart.

CBS RADIO THEATER did two folklore gems as radio dramatic poems---The Ballad of Annie Christmas" and Robert, Earl of Huntinton--Robin Hood.

Last year's CHICAGO CUBS broadcasts -- with Sammy Sosa & McGwire going for the homer record. (This year wasn't bad for that either (just---but the Cubs were simply terrible this '99 season.)

X Minus One---"The Green Hills Of Earth" by Robt. Heinlein. About Riesling, a Woody G. of the spaceways.

BBC---Building Of The Alaska Highway

The Lives Of Harry Lime with Orson Welles (This was after "The Third Man" and was the one with the zither mentioned earlier by someone.

Fibber McGee & Molly with Jim & Marion Jordan and their exploding closet.

Sgt. Preston of the Yukon

Casey Crime Photographer

St. Regin Hotel Jam Session--N.Y.--1938 broadcast back to England like it was a boxing match--blow-by-blow----(Alistaire Cooke--1938)

Edward R. Murrow's wartime broadcasdts from England--1940s

African Queen with Bogart (Lux Radio Theater).

Dimension-X----sci-fi radio

X-Minus One--sci-fi radio

Fred Holstein, Jim Craig & me doing our yearly Woody Guthrie birthday tribute at Holstein's in Chicago--circa 1970s--as broadcast on WFMT radio.

Lux Radio Theater---A TALE OF TWO CITIES with Ronald Coleman, THE VIRGINIAN, The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Chicago Bears entire 1985 SUPERBOWL WINNING SEASON.

CARLTON B. MORSE radio dramas.

and last but not least:
Chmaber Music Of Lower Basin Street (1940) GUESTS: DINAH SHORE and LEADBELLY.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Art Thieme
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 11:24 AM

Of course ;-), that should red "a voice like a 'bowl' of warm stew"---not 'bowel'. But I kind of like it the first way...

Art


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Rana
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 11:45 AM

Nostalgia!

Somone mentioned Uncle Mac - I had totally forgotten that program.

Jon Freeman mentioned Listen with Mother - can't remember that too well but do remember Watch with Mother

(To bore the non-Brits Monday:


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Rana
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 11:49 AM

I seem to have sent the last one by accident.

To re-iterate Watch with Mother (on the Beeb)was

Monday: Picture Book Tuesday: Andy Pandy Wednesday:Bill and Ben - the flowerpot men Thursday: Rag, Tag and Bobtail Friday: The Woodentops

On the Radio was Larry the Lamb and Toytown - I'd love to hear that again.

Also was Muffin the Mule a song or also a programme?

Life seemed simpler!

Cheers Rana


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 11:56 AM

I used to love picture book, a lady called Patricia Driscoll used to host it. There was a girl called lizzy who had a dress with magic flowers on it. If she rubbed the flower she could make a wish. Its 5.00pm here "time to go home, time to go home, Andy and Teddy are waving goodbye"

Patrish


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: DougR
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 12:37 PM

Art, your list brought back a lot of memories! Wasn't the Jack Webb show you referred to, "Dragnet?" And I think "bowel" instead of "bowl" is pretty classy. :)

DougR


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: annamill
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 12:53 PM

Wow people! You have really brought back some memories! I was madly in love with St Preston, well actually it was King I was in love with. Lone Ranger, THE SHADOW KNOWS!, etc.

Something I can only rememer vaguely was a time I would sit in my mothers kitchen while she ironed the clothes and we would always listen to "Young Doctor Malone", "General Hospital", "Days of our Lives", etc.. The younger 'catters won't remember real ironing when you would dampen the clothes and spend all afternoon sitting there listening to wonderful stories. Our clothes were all made of wool, cotton, if you were real lucky maybe something of silk. We had NO man-made materials, no dryers (barely washers). Everything was hung out on the line in back. In winter, we would bring the clothes in frozen stiff and we would have to wait til they thawed and then hang them on the radiators to dry them out from the frost. While she ironed we always had "the soaps" on. I can't remember them all, maybe some of you can. I remember "White Rain" commercials, but I'm afraid that's about it. At that time there was only me and Mom. My three siblings didn't come along til later and they never got to do this as Mom had to go to work. That's too bad. It was a good time.

Thanks for the memories.

Love, annap


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Bert
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 01:04 PM

Oh and what about Biggles?


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: DougR
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 01:06 PM

Annap, I'll bet your mom listend to "Just Plain Bill," too! And probably "Stella Dallas" and "Portia Faces Life." My mom listened to those too.

DougR


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: annamill
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 01:18 PM

I think I remember "Stella Dallas" Doug. It sounds familier. Oh, I wanted to point out of very funny fact of life this thread has made me realize. Look at the price of "Natural Made Materials" now. Tee Hee!! We were so excited when "wash n' wear" came out. And "Nylon stockings"!! We had no pantyhose then. Only garterbelts. Now the only place you can get those is at "Victoria's Secret". Just joking, I know they still sell them at K-mart.

HaHaHa!! Love, annap


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 01:20 PM

Rana, I don't remember all of the Watch With Mother programs that you listed but I remember Andy Pandy, Bill And Ben and the Wooden Tops (with Spotty Dog). My mother tells me that when I was very young, I used to cry when Andy Pandy waved goodbye - remember the song?

Another one that I thought was in the Watch With Mother programs was Tales From The Riverbank. I doubt that this is true but I once heard it said that poor old Hammy Hamster and co used to have his feet taped to the boat etc!

Sticking with TV, later there was Camberwick Green and Trumpton. I still play the tune that the band played at the end of Trumpton in sessions once in a while.

Here's a challange - What where the names of the fireman in Trumpton?

Jon


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 01:29 PM

Annap--

People were better dressed then, or at least, more well-kempt--and everyone wore hats!!


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: bill\sables
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 02:05 PM

Jon the firemen were called Pugh,Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub and the fire chief I think was called Captain Flack. I remembered the Pugh because I have just sold my house to a man called Pugh. Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Melbert
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 02:14 PM

Patrish, Two way familyfavourites - wasn't that hosted by Cliff Michelmore (later of Panorama fame) and Judith Chalmers? Didn't they marry in the end having "met" over the airways?

Ah, I'm such an old romantic!


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Bert
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 02:29 PM

Rana,

Muffin the Mule was a TV show. Muffin was a marionette who danced on Annette Mills' Piano.
When Annette was sick her sister carried on the show, it lacked something though, and when Annette died the show was cancelled.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Rana
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 02:44 PM

Jon, I believe Tales of the River Bank replaced Rag, Tag and Bobtail. Several Hammies were used. I missed Trumpton so I certainly couldn't name the firemen.

Bert, thanks for the info on Muffin - I think all I recall is the song - must have been too young.

Interseting how this thread has different characteristics on either side of the Pond - certainly not surprising. I'm sure the folks on thsi (N. American) side will not know of 4 other early favourites albeit TV - namely The Magic Roundabout - now admit it, how many people made a Dougal out of a liquid detergent bottle, also I recall a mad rush in Hall of Residence at my undergrad day's to the TV room at 5:45. Always likesd the Herbs. Two other favourites (which I found using a web search engine) were Captain Pugwash - all Mudcatters should recognise the theme music and Noggin the Nog.

"Time for Bed" said Zebedee.

Cheers Rana


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 03:09 PM

Rana, I hadn't realised until recently but following a discussion in rec.music.celtic found out that the Trumpet Hornpipe (the theme for Pugwash) is in fact a traditional tune.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 03:21 PM

Now Rana, again not radio but making things out of liquid detergent bottles... doesn't that bring us on to Blue Peter?

Jon


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 04:03 PM

you've named a bunch of mine, especially kendall...but I don't think anyone mentioned "Baby Snooks" or "Judy Canova"..rememmber her theme song.."Go to Sleepy Little Baby"? (All the Pretty Little Horses)


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Rana
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 04:15 PM

Jon, It sure does bring us onto Blue Peter - Valerie Singleton was a dab hand with the Fairy (N. Americans read Ivory) Liquid.

Rana


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Melbert
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 04:25 PM

The Herbs - wasn't that the program with Parsley the Lion. I think it replaced Magic Roundabout on BBC. Personally I thought it was very childish.

If we're drifting into TV, how about TISWAS?


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: sophocleese
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 04:35 PM

Magic Roundabout, I remember watching that the year we spent in England. I had a Dougal toy but pined for Zebedee. That's about all I can remember. The next time, years later, we were there for more than a week we watched Dr. Who.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Bert
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 05:19 PM

I did hear that Magic Roundabout was originally a French political satire and Dougal was DeGaulle and Zebedee was Pompidou. The English changed the stories and made a kids show out of it. Anyone know any more about that?

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: DougR
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 05:32 PM

annap: You're not old enough to remember when the girls painted their legs because they couldn't get nylons during WW2 are you? Because I am!

Did anyone mention Fibber McGee and Molly and The Great Gildersleeve?

DougR


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Rana
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 05:53 PM

Bert, It was indeed a French show - I didn't realise it was political satire. The BBC redubbed it with a different story line (a bit like what Woody Allen did to a Japanese B movie). As for kid's show, I believe it had a lot of elements for adults - remember Dylan the rabbit, which was a great take on another Dylan.

Rana


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Doctor John
Date: 18 Oct 99 - 05:54 PM

Art, I wish I'd been able to listen to "Back Where I come From", but I did hear Woody Guthrie on Children's Hour when I was two (!)and Cisco Houston did a series of programmes on BBC radio in around 1960; SF have those in their archives. Was it Big Bill Campbell and his Rockie Mountaineers as I remember or with his Bunk House Boys? Riders of the Range was a cowboy strip cartoon in the Eagle comic (hero: Jeff Arnold) written by Charles Chiltern, the Journey into Space author and producer. Then there was "Life of Bliss" with George Cole, Housewive's Choice (sexist??) with sometimes George Elrick (does anyone remember him?). I remember wireless sets with their smell as the valves heated up, all made of bakealite. Just about old enough for ITMA _ "Can I do you now Sir" and "Don't mind if I do". Dr John


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 01:45 AM

Ok Bill (or anyone else), if you remember Camberwick Green and Trumpton - here is a real challenge! - describe the noise of Windy Millers Windmill! - I certainly couldn't

Jon


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 03:35 AM

Ah Patrica Driscoll, my first love! She was Maid Marion to Richard Greene's "Robin Hood" (one of them, anyway!).

There were other animals on "Muffin the Mule"; the only one I can remember now was Peregrine the Penguin. I've seen MtM himself twice: once at an exhibition at Walsall Art Gallery years ago, and earlier this year, where he's on permanent display at the Museum of the Moving Image in London.
If they have problems with the Teletubbies in the States today, how would they have coped with Bil and Ben the Flowerpot Men? Remember Slowcoach the tortoise?

Tell me the name of Prudence Kitten's husband, who was a ship's cat and wore a patch over one eye! And what about Billy Bean and his Funny Machine? His mate was a cuckoo, but I've forgotten his name.

That's enough - you can o.d. on nostalgia!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 04:03 AM

Steve, some of us are from different parts of the world and of dfferent ages but nostalgia is nostalgia and I could overdose on it any time!

This thread has also reminded me that like Peter Pan, I never grew up - I'm still a child at heart.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Bugsy
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 06:16 AM

Captain Pugwash now there was a series. How the hell did they get away with crew names like Seaman Staynes and Master Bates??? They'd never get that past the censors today! Oh, and I forgot the greatest comedian of all time - The Arthur Haynes Show.

Cheers

Bugsy.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Melbert
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 07:15 AM

Bugsy - now you're wading into dangerous waters, trying to establish who was the best comedian of all time. I'm sure our friends over there in the colonies have probably never heard of Arthur Haynes! Similarly I'm sure we'll now see a list of American comedians (and comediennes - there's must be someone over there who actually liked Lucy Ball - who we've never heard of.


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 07:26 AM

Art, glad you mentioned Fibber McGee & Molly. I don't remember it, but I've heard the rest of the family talk about it. Do you have nay tapes of your gig you mentioned?

Annap....I don't feel that old, but I DO remember ironing. I thought it was such a big deal that dad paid me to iron his hanky/bandanas! I also remember scads of ironing saved up for during the World Series, the only sport my family ever listened to until we got a tv and the Olympics came on. And, we had plenty of frozen wash dripping on the radiators! Can just smell them now...so fresh!


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 02:35 PM

Bugsy, they didn't get away with those names in Captain Pugwash, it was a myth. I thought I did have a link to an article on this subject but I have lost it.

All I can remember is that Master Bates was in fact Master Mate and one newspaper had to make an apology to the creater of the series for publicising this tale.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Rana
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 04:47 PM

Looked up Captain Pugwash using Google - a web page came up which has urban myths. This has been clipped from the page - quote from the (Manchester) Guardian

JOHN RYAN: CAPT. PUGWASH

In the Young Guardian of September 13 we stated that the Capt. Pugwash cartoon series featured characters called Seaman Staines and Master Bates, and for that reason the series had never been repeated by the BBC. We accept that it is untrue that there ever were any such characters. Furthermore, the series continues to be shown on television and on video.

We apologise to Mr. Ryan, the creator, writer and artist of the Captain Pugwash films and books. We have agreed to pay him damages and his legal costs.

\endquote

The cabin boy was not called Roger, but Tom. So there goes another bit of it. As I remember, two of the crew were Pirates Willy and Barnabas, and there may have been a M[ai]ster Mate, which may have been the source for the story.

An interactive story can be found on this web page: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/taylornm/Pugwash.htm

Indeed it confirms Master Mate and Willy and Barnabas.

Rana


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: fox4zero
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 07:02 PM

Starting in 1933 and running for 13 years, the most sophisticated humor on radio was on VIC & SADE. This was before the days of canned laughter. I still listen to the tapes and still laugh. The show came out of Chicago and they had some really neat place names like Dismal Seepage, Ohio and the Missouri State Home for the Tall etc.

We used to call Mr Keen.....Mr Tracer Keener of Lost Persons


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Bugsy
Date: 20 Oct 99 - 04:12 AM

Just shows how your memory can play tricks on you. When the names come up in conversation I can hear Captain Pugwash calling them.

Must be my age!!! Sorry.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Patrish
Date: 20 Oct 99 - 08:57 AM

I loved Uncle Mac so much that I bought the CD called "hello children everywhere" which is full of the old uncle mac stuff and forced my children, not just to listen, but to take part and sing - they have never forgiven me........ the only children of their era who can sing "me and my teddy bear"

At Whitby(festival-at the tap and spile)) this year we had a sing around based on favourite childrens songs - it went really well.

Patrish


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 20 Oct 99 - 12:21 PM

I bought the 12" double album set - now who's showing his age?!

I seem to recall the ""Me and my teddy bear" was sung by Gene Autry - if so, the Americans will know it too ... at last, sonme common ground!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: kendall
Date: 20 Oct 99 - 10:54 PM

speaking of Sgt. Preston, can someone tell me the name of the melody they used for the theme? I always loved it, now cant remember..


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Art Thieme
Date: 21 Oct 99 - 08:23 PM

DougR,

Yep, Jack Webb did the show you mentioned on both the radio & TV, but it was PAT NOVAC FOR HIRE that had the colorful writing in the brilliant scripts.

Art


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Subject: RE: Favourite early radio shows
From: Art Thieme
Date: 24 Oct 99 - 08:38 PM

Kat, Sure do. A copy will come your way when I get time to dub it.

A.T.


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