Just in case you missed the first time . . .
- 6 June: D-Day On the Air—73 Years Later
- 31 December: Here’s to the New Year
- 24 December: ‘Tis the night before Christmas
- 20 December: From Macy’s to Dickens on the plains
- 12 December: Eden rocked
- 9 December: The aftermath, continued . . .
- 8 December: Immediate aftermath
- 7 December: The date still lives in infamy
- 5 December: The mean widdle man-kid
- 21 November: Freed fall
We’re building a history here . . .
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Arguably, Clara, Lu & Em was radio’s first known soap opera and should have been left to its rest when—at the height of its popularity and influence—co-creator/ writer/performer Isobel Carothers (Lu) died unexpectedly in 1936.
The 37-year-old Carothers had been hospitalised with strep complicated by pneumonia. Her grieving co-conspirators, Louise Starkey (Clara) and Helen King (Em), yanked their creation off the air almost at once, refusing to continue without their partner and friend.
His early life isn’t much known or recorded. But Bob Bailey, yet another alumnus of Chicago’s fertile 1930s radio community, went from “born in a trunk” (as most sketchy biographies of the actor phrase it) to “the man with the action packed expense account” at a time when Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar needed either a shot in the head or a kick in the ass to deliver it from the near-banality in which it was mired since its uncertain birth in 1949.
Day two of Operation Overlord, the official name of the D-Day invasion, launches—so far as classic radio lovers should be concerned—with an immortal eyewitness report.
TUNE IN TODAY: D-DAY, DAY TWO—ABOARD SHIP
Live News: Aboard the USS Ancon (Blue Network)—The unforgettable eyewitness report—by George Hicks, who will stay aboard the former NBC Blue as it becomes the new ABC—of a period during day two of Operation Overlord, Hicks describing vividly but modestly the continuing landings on the beaches and air sorties above the area in support of the landing troops, even as the Ancon itself appears to come under fire during the operation and fights back.
Customarily, the only thing anyone wants when listening to Vic & Sade is more, more, more. Thanks to the abject stupidity of sponsor Procter & Gamble, alas, about three thousand discs would be destroyed after World War II. Those that survive the eventual demise of the great comedy will miss their openings and closings and be in dubious sound quality that doesn’t erode the performances or the writing but makes it arduous for a 21st Century listener.
Only The Whistler could get away with setting you up to know who did it right out of the chute, simply because it rarely got better than that for taking you through the labyrinths the bad guy or girl traveled before committing the crime in question . . . most of the time. Sometimes, of course, people as well as things aren’t quite as they seem at first.
On the other hand, tonight the bad girl learns the hard way about tangled web weaving . . .