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Tag Archives: SiriusXM Radio Classics

CELEBRATING PEGGY WEBBER

WHAT DOES JOE FRIDAY’S mother have in common with Orson Welles’ Lady Macduff? They were portrayed by the same talented actress, Peggy Webber. What’s more, she’s founder and continues to … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

GASOLINE RATIONING AND OLD-TIME RADIO PART 1

MY INSPIRATIONS for tidbits about World War II rationing came from several sources. Reading a social history gave “Eating Brit-Style, the 1940s,” an Anglo flavor of WWII culinary matters. And … Continue reading

August 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

THE ADVENTURE OF FATS WALLER AND BOSTON BLACKIE

JAZZ PIANIST and composer Fats Waller wrote perhaps 400 songs, among them “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” Boston … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

ROMANCE OF THE SABRE-TOOTH CAT

LA BREA Tar Pits of 12,000 years ago are linked to a 1942 Romance of the Ranchos radio program and also to The New York Times published only yesterday. The … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

PEG LYNCH, THE DRUMMER, ALGEBRA AND THE HUMOR OF MARRIED LIFE

PEG LYNCH, PLAYING THE wife in radio’s The Couple Next Door, was the spiritual godmother of Tina Fey. Lynch’s warm and gentle comedic writing and acting are recurring pleasures to … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

MEDITATIONS ON CBS RADIO WORKSHOP

THE CBS RADIO WORKSHOP teamed famed journalist Edward R. Murrow and other commentators with the music of Norman Dello Joio in an epic broadcast on June 23, 1957. Murrow opened … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

LULUS ON MY MIND

I SEEM to be encountering an inordinate number of Lulus in my life. SiriusXM “Radio Classics” just broadcast “Too Many Crooks,” a segment of Orson Welles’ The Lives of Harry … Continue reading

November 14, 2015 · 2 Comments