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Final farewells and a grisly revelation: Old-time radio listening, 15 April

FDR's funeral train steams along the Hudson River toward his burial at his Hyde Park home. (Photo: National Archives.)

FDR’s funeral train steams along the Hudson River toward his burial at his Hyde Park home. (Photo: National Archives.)

A nation, if not a world choked with grief, says final farewells and offers tributes to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

They include, and we begin with, a soon-to-be nationally famous broadcast entertainer whose later reputation for petulance and off-mike tyranny will astonish those who know him on air as the folksy, almost neighbourly type—who turns out to have been far more beholden to FDR than anyone knows at the time.

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Illness-gotten stories: Old-time radio listening, 4 April

At least twice during their long, distinguished radio career did the Jordans need to work around each other's serious illnesses. (Photo: NBC.)

At least twice during their long, distinguished radio career did the Jordans need to work around each other’s serious illnesses. (Photo: NBC.)

At least twice upon a time the First Couple of 79 Wistful Vista and their nonpareil writers were compelled to compensate on the air for the serious illness of each. It speaks much that they were able to do it almost seamlessly, though for a reason that should seem obvious only one of the two illnesses will find its way to show storylines . . .

Fibber McGee & Company: Antique Furniture (NBC, 1939)

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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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The mighty Quinn: Old-time radio listening, 17 October

Quinn, master humourist. (Photo: NBC)

Someday,” Don Quinn will tell a 1965 panel of American comedy writers, three years before he will die himself, “I hope to write the definitive work on comics, comedians, and humourists . . .”

A comic is a strange and fascinating breed; almost always from the wrong side of the tracks; no education—anything for a laugh . . . A cut above him, the comedian, who’s a little more literate, a little more educated . . . And, above the comedian, is the humourist. They fall pretty well into categories.

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