Friday, June 14, 2013

June 14, 1922: The first President's speech on radio

June 14, 1922: WEAR in Baltimore for the first time broadcast President Warren G Harding's speech when dedication the the site of honour of Francis Scott Key. That was the first President's speech on the radio.

The President Warren G Harding's speech broadcast was his first speech on radio but generally not his first performance on radio. At the first time, the President was held a series radio conferences headed by Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover (February 27, 1922)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 12, 1947: Sergeant Preston and his ever-dependable pal in the series 'Sergeant Preston of the Yukon'

June 12, 1947: Radio series ‘Sergeant Preston of The Yukon’ made its debut and remained on air until 1955. It featured Canadian Mounted and his faithful dog King. The show first began on 3 February 1938 on Detroit’s WXYZ as was The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet. Preston was developed by Fran Striker and George W. Trendle.

"Sergeant Preston of the Yukon," which had the original title "Challenge of the Yukon," was an adventure series that featured Sergeant William Preston and his dog called Yukon King. The new title was given in November 1951, and used until the show's last radio and TV episode.

Preston's ally Yukon King was said to be the real star of the show, since he was actually able to do more work than his master.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11: Happy Birthday Gerald Mohr

On June 11, 1914, Gerald Mohr was born and appeared in radio, movies and television as one of the all-time favorite character actors. For 20 plus years, Mohr performed in radio as the tenacious gumshoe detective Philip Marlowe on radio in almost 120 radio plays.

Before this Gerald Mohr had been on a path towards becoming a doctor when he was stricken with an illness and taken to the hospital. During the stay he met a radio personality who invited him down to audition for an on-air position as a reporter. in the mid 1930’s he was invited by Orson Welles to join the Mercury Theatre.

By the late 30’s he had moved onto the screen as a villain in the Jungle Girl series. after his military time during WWII, Gerald Mohr began to perform in a number of hit westerns and other serial programs, which ran through the 1950’s. His screen presence made him a favorite to be cast as the tough guy or the murderous villain. His portfolio for hit shows grew until he was one of the most sought after actors to be in the weekly hits. He also made guest appearances on a few of the comedy hits as well, including the Jack Benny Show and George and Gracie. Mohr continued acting until 1969 when he was struck down by a heart attack while performing in Sweden.

Monday, June 10, 2013

June 10: Happy Birthday Judy Garland

Somewhere over the rainbow can be found the face and voice of Judy Garland. Although hers was a sad end of life tale, her time entertaining people holds a mark as one of the most loved and cherished with fans. Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in 1922 and was discovered as a teenager in vaudeville.

 Judy Garland had been performing with her two older sisters in musical acts in Minnesota, than California when Busby Berkley went to watch one of her performances with her sisters. She signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, where she met and performed with Andy Rooney in 9 films. in 1939, Miss Garland starred in the classic hit Wizard of Oz.

 Her fame continued to grow and saw her cast with the likes of Deanna Durbin and others. One of the highest accolades laid at her feet was that of Fred Astaire who described her as, “one of the finest entertainers to ever live”. Miss Garland was as adept a singer as she was an actress and proved it with many famous recordings, including her hit, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Garland was as popular an adult star as she was in her teen years.

Playing opposite the likes of Frank Sinatra only grew her fame; especially when much of her music was hitting the radio airwaves to make Mr. and Mrs. America take notice of her contralto voice. Judy Garland was married five times and in those marriages had 3 children, two of which (Liza Minelli and Lorna Luft) became established stars. Miss Garland passed away in 1969 at the age of 47. She will be remembered for a long time.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 9: Happy Birthday, Fred Waring

What does a famous American iconic blender and a famous bandleader have in common? That will become evident soon.

Fred Waring was born in 1900 and became one of America’s most well-beloved bandleaders and tv/radio personalities.

His band, “Waring Pennsyvanians” performed during the 1920’s for Victor Records and held incredible acclaim on the radio. He later added to the band by promoting glee style singing with the Robert Shaw Chorale through the 1930’s.

One of his signature aspects was that tuxedos were posh as the uniform of the chorale. His band was a huge promoter for war bonds during WWII which travel across the bulk of the contiguous United States.

He became a hotel owner when he purchased an Inn and named it the Shawnee Inn. When approached by an inventor to back a new creation of a food blender,

Waring jumped at the opportunity with the proviso his name be on the consumer device. Radio was not the only venue to have Fred Waring’s talents presented.

By the late 1940’s, Waring signed on with CBS and hosted a program, The Fred Waring Show. The choral style of music stayed put on the program for many years until the adolescent crowd wanted a hipper tone, so he combined chorale with the new music and was a hit for a season.

Waring was also a collector of comics and hosted a number of parties and shows that brought together the great talent of the time in comic art to showcase their creations. Fred Waring passed away in 1984. Thanks to Mr Waring, tuxedos never went out of style.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

June 8, 1924: The First Political Convention Report of Graham McNamee

June 8, 1924: Graham Mc Namee reported political convention for the first time on radio. The convention was  Republican National Convention that aired from Cleveland, OH.

Graham McNamee (July 10, 1888 - May 9, 1942) was an important person in  American radio broadcast history.  He started his career from WEAF. He has got various on-air duty during his career at WEAF such as sports event commentary, host of national political conventions, presidential inaugurations and the arrival of aviator. Later that year, McNamee was featured on the cover of Time (October 3, 1927) and appeared on the broadcast, Behind the Mike.