Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April 25, 1955 X Minus One debut

On this day in 1955 X Minus One debut.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter with Burns and Allen

Easter Program from March 25, 1948

Starring Hans Conrad, Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, and of course George Burns and Gracie Allen: Gracie only has two shopping days left before Easter and she needs a new schmancy Easter Dress!

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16: Happy Birthday Mercedes McCambridge

Today is the birthday of Mercedes McCambridge. Well know for her distinctive voice, she was usually cast on CBSRMT as an emotionally unstable character. She had quite the radio drama pedigree, having performed in dozens of shows and with a seal of approval from Orson Welles. The best bit of trivia is that she was also the voice of the demon possessing the girl in the movie The Exorcist.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

March 8, 1912 David Friedkin was born

On this day in 1912, author David Friedkin was born who penned many of the great radio detective scripts including episodes Broadway is My Beat, Escape, The Line-Up, Suspense, Bold Venture, Crime Classics, Hallmark Hall of Fame, and more!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March 4, 1877: Emile Berliner Invented the Microphone

March 4, 1877: The microphone was created for telephone communications by inventor Emile Berliner.  Bell telephone later purchased the patent from Berliner for $50,000.

Berliner was awarded his patent for his "gramophone" which recorded sound on cylinders.  This same method was used by Edison.  Berliner later invented a method to record sound on discs which he marketed to toy companies.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 1, 1941: From program service to commercial operation

March 1, 1941: When station W47NV in Nashville, TN started its operations on this particular day, it highlighted the start of Commercial FM broadcasting in the U.S.

Since Armstrong developed the FM Radio in the 1930’s, it focused mainly on broadcasting program services. However, this trend shifted during World War II when the FCC, a US government independent agency with regulatory authority, moved the FM frequencies. Basically, such a step made the FM radios in the pre-war era worthless. The movement to higher frequencies also cost much more for the stations, causing some to simply close their doors. This affected public confidence in FM and FM radio’s development.

Though the radio station did not completely recover from this setback, the FCC’s grant for the first commercial operation helped the radio station to align itself with development again. One of the first commercials was bought by Socony Vacuum Oil Company, now known as Mobil.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 10: Happy birthday, Jimmy Durante!

On this day in 1893, Jimmy Durante was born. Jimmy is known for his New York accent, and jazz influenced songs, He started his radio career on "The Great Shnozzola" on the Chase and Sanborn Hour.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 7: Night Beat made its radio debut

On this day in 1950, Night Beat made its radio debut. Frank Lovejoy starred as a journalist named Randy Stone and works for the Chicago Tribune.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January 13: Happy Birthday Steve Dunne

 On this day in 1918, Steve Dunne was born. He was the voice behind Private Eye Sam Spade between 1950-1951.

Monday, January 8, 2018

January 8, 1939 The Screen Guild Theater airs for the first time

On this day in 1939, The Screen Guild Theater premiered on radio. This long-running CBS anthology series featured leading Hollywood stars preforming adaptations of major motion pictures.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January 6, 1945 The Saint premiered on NBC (with Edgar Barrier in the starring role)

On this day in 1945, The Saint premiered on NBC (with Edgar Barrier in the starring role). Subsequent versions of the program starred Brian Aherne, Vincent Price, Barry Sullivan and Tom Conway as Simon Templar.

Friday, January 5, 2018

January 5, 1935 Bob Hope show premiered on radio

On this day in 1935, Bob Hope show premiered on radio. Hope was known for his topical one liners, his rapid fire delivery, and for entertaining the troops all over the world.