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Wistful vittles: Old-time radio listening, 23 October

 

Dining with disaster? (Photo: S.C. Johnson & Son/NBC)

There are those who believe the only thing better than one dinner date with the First Couple of 79 Wistful Vista is two such dinner dates—provided that you keep Fibber McGee as far from the kitchen as you keep a Dodger fan from a Giant fan, that is . . .

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No slip of the Lip: Old-time radio listening, 29 September

It Pays to Be Ignorant: Why do Some People Eat with Their Knives? (CBS; AFRS Rebroadcast, 1944)

The Lip rarely met a radio microphone he didn’t love . . .

Surely there are those listening to tonight’s guest and thinking, considering the state of the baseball team he manages, that it takes one to know one.

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An honest (to God) mistake: Old-time radio listening, 24 September

The Harold Peary Show: A Plan to Rename Boomer Park (CBS, 1950)

Harold Peary, who “outsmarted himself and lost the role of a lifetime” in 1950 . . .

The fabled CBS talent raids of 1948-50 didn’t end happily for all the radio stars who jumped in the wake of Jack Benny’s famous 1948 leap. In fact, one of the CBS targets ended up burned, not burnished by the jump in 1950: The Great Gildersleeve himself.

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“Three, four, five, six, seven, eight . . .”: Old-time radio listening, 17 September

Edward R. Murrow: Counting the Parachutes (CBS, 1944)

Talk about going where the action was . . . (Photo: CBS)

In one of his classic broadcasts during World War II, Edward R. Murrow—whose habitual flying aboard bombing runs, married to his legendary rooftop reporting of the earlier London Blitz, prompts many at CBS to wonder if their champion news leader has a death wish—flies such a run during the Allied invasion to liberate the Netherlands from the Nazi grip.

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