Category Archives: Romance

28 May: Circus Maximus

The irrepressible Jordans as the irrepressible McGees. (Photo: NBC.)

The irrepressible Jordans as the irrepressible McGees. (Photo: NBC.)

Whom better to revel about circuses and wedding anniversaries on the same night six years apart than the First Couple of Wistful Vista?

Didn’t think so . . .

TUNE IN TONIGHT

Fibber McGee & Molly: The Circus Comes to Town (NBC, 1940)

As if Wistful Vista isn’t already its own kind of circus of the soul, the real thing hitting town brings out the clowns and jugglers in several of the local denizens, including and especially the High-Flying Sucker of 79 (Jim Jordan) who’s just dying to see the show’s hula dancers and bumps into an old buddy.

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18 December: The sounds of silent night . . .

Father Joseph Mohr, whose simple poem became as Christmas as Christmas itself.

Father Joseph Mohr, whose simple poem became as Christmas as Christmas itself.

A church organist and a Roman Catholic priest combined to compose one of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols in 1818.

Father Joseph Mohr wrote the original six-verse poem two years earlier while assigned to a Mariapfarr, Austria church not far from his grandfather’s home. Just what inspired the poem is lost to time, but Father Mohr carried it with him when transferred to Oberndorf in 1817.

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20 November: Twins’ peak

Tuttle in a publicity splice for "Death Sees Double." (Photo: CBS.)

Tuttle in a publicity splice for “Death Sees Double.” (Photo: CBS.)

In 1945, Radio Life bid fair to explain just how on earth Lurene Tuttle managed to bring off what was considered a radio first: playing identical twins of near-similar voice, on an episode of The Whistler, without tripping over herself or otherwise getting caught in a verbal pratfall or three.

Tuttle has been down this path once before, sort of: When Bette Davis was engaged to play a troubled woman and her alter-ego, of very different voices, on Arch Oboler’s Plays, Davis was supposed to be talking as one character while the other was crying. Tuttle stood in to provide the crying.

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1 November: NBC’s New Tuesday Night Knockout

Ol' Ski-Nose gets a boost from Wistful Vista. (Photo: NBC)

Ol’ Ski-Nose gets a boost from Wistful Vista. (Photo: NBC)

Bob Hope hasn’t exactly been a radio superman until the 1938-39 season. He’s coming off two mediocre seasons on CBS and on NBC Blue. But he’s getting as crunchy a one-two punch as any entertainer can get this season.

First, he’s been a big hit in The Big Broadcast of 1938, and the charming duet he sang with Shirley Ross, “Thanks for the Memory,” is on its way to earning the Academy Award and becoming Hope’s signature song for the rest of his life, just about.

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From Overlord to Mencken: Old-time radio listening, 7-8 June

The CBS Radio Workshop: Bring On the Angels (CBS, 8 June 1956)

H.L. Mencken himself before a radio microphone during the height of his career. (Photo: NBC.)

H.L. Mencken himself before a radio microphone during the height of his career. (Photo: NBC.)

In which H.L. Mencken’s “maddest, gladdest, damnedest existence ever enjoyed by a model youth”—his early professional life as a newspaper reporter having “a grand and gaudy time of it, with no call to envy any man”—is lent as effective a radio treatment as could be lent, even to the early days of the man once known as the Great Debunker.

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