Sunday, August 10, 2014

August 10: Happy Birthday, Eddie Fisher

1928: The Winter Olympics were held in St. Moritz, Switzerland; Lev Trotsky was arrested in Moscow; WMAK begins broadcasting in Buffalo, while W2XAD from Schenectady airs radio's first "melodrama," The Queen's Messenger; Haile Selassie becomes king of Abyssinia; and in Philadelphia, Eddie Fisher was born on August 10.

Fisher was a silky pop crooner, singer of such hits as "Wish You Were Here," "Any Time," "Tell Me Why," "Oh! My Pa-Pa".

In 1952, Fisher became a regular on the U.S. Army-produced program Forward March, on which he sang numbers such as "I'm Yours," "All By Myself," and "Lady of Spain."  In a similar capacity, he hit the airwaves in 1954 on a program called Coke Time, belting out tunes, usually backed by Axel Stordahl and His Orchestra.

We commemorate the birth of the great entertainer, Eddie Fisher.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 9, 1942: 'Our Secret Weapon' First Heard on CBS

August 9, 1942: Our Secret Weapon,featuring the character Rex Stout, was transmitted for the first time on CBS. The wartime show was aimed at countering the Axis propaganda.

American listeners were treated to a one-of-a-kind radio program, 'Our Secret Weapon' aired over CBS Radio. The radio program was created specifically to counter against enemy propaganda and featured Rex Stout, the famous American writer of detective fiction. He was to refute everything that the Axis claimed against the Allied countries.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Happy Birthday to Garrison Keillor (born Aug 7, 1942)

Happy Birthday to Garrison Keillor (born Aug 7, 1942), star of "Prairie Home Companion" -- an ongoing weekly broadcast "from Lake Woebegone" which references the golden age of radio.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 6, 1939: Dinah Shore stars on Her First Own Show

August 6, 1939: Dinah Shore, who performed every Sunday evening, started her own show on the NBC Blue Network after her success on network radio with Ben Bernie Orchestra.

Dinah Shore, whose real name is Frances Rose Shore,  was an American singer-actress. She was a popular radio and television performer with a career lasting for more than 40 years. She was well-known for her sincerity and great stage presence.

Monday, August 4, 2014

August 4, 1921: The first broadcast of tennis match by private radio station

August 4, 1921: KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the first private radio station in the United States to broadcast a match of tennis over the airwaves. The broadcasting of sporting events on the radio could bring large profits. Broadcast of the Davis Cup match between Great Britain and Australia made many listeners of KDKA wonder, "Is tennis on the same level as boxing?"

In the match, Great Britain was defeated by Australia. The match was reported by Arlin, from Pittsburgh's Allegheny Country Club in suburban Sewickley.

In the beginning of radio broadcasting, some sporting event organizers paid the broadcasters for having their event on the radio. Later on, the situation was switched: some broadcasters paid organizers for the license of the aired program as compensation for their loss because of the decrease in stadium attendance.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August 2: Happy Birthday, Myrna Loy!

Happy Birthday to Myrna Loy today!

Born today in 1905, the film actress was known for her many film roles including opposite William Powell in "The Thin Man" and with Cary Grant in "Mr Blandings."

During the Golden Age of Radio, Myrna Loy also appeared in such radio shows as "Good News", "Lux Radio Theater", "Screen Guild Theater", and "Suspense!"

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 30, 1942: The 'Stage Door Canteen' aired live from New York!

July 30, 1942: Stage Door Canteen aired for the first time on CBS. The show originated from New York City with an aim to entertain American and Allied servicemen every week. The program featured radio stars who generously offered their time for the troops.

At the height of  World War II, the American Theater Wing created Stage Door Canteen in New York as a recreational center for American servicemen while on leave. The show featured the biggest names in radio entertainment who lent their time to show their support to American troops who served in the war.