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11 March: Rochester’s enduring stand

Eddie Anderson, the irrepressible Rochester. (Photo: NBC.)

Eddie Anderson, the irrepressible Rochester. (Photo: NBC.)

Eddie Anderson was the son of a minstrel performer and one of the extremely few black high-wire artists. His father objected to his traveling up and down the west coast as a teenage entertainer. But he eventually became the first black performer hired for a permanent radio cast spot and almost as much of a radio institution as the man who hired him in the first place.

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6 December: Two moves for Jack Benny

1936 was a very good year for J. Benny, and 1937 wouldn't be half bad, either. (Photo: NBC.)

1936 was a very good year for J. Benny, and 1937 wouldn’t be half bad, either. (Photo: NBC.)

Jack Benny in 1935-36 is a man in transition. Long based in New York, Benny finds himself getting enough film offers from Hollywood that he figures a move to California is about the only way to satisfy that demand while continuing his increasingly popular radio show.

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A movement for murder: Old-time radio listening, 13 September

Quiet, Please: Symphony in D Minor (Mutual, 1948)

Cesar Franck, as depicted in Jeanne Rongier’s 1885 painting, “César Franck at the console of the organ at St. Clotilde Basilica, Paris.”

In its final episode on Mutual, Quiet, Please‘s creative supermen elect to pay tribute to the symphony whose second movement has yielded the show’s arresting musical theme . . . by deploying it as a murder tool. Which may or may not be more benign, in its macabre manner, than the backstory animating the symphony itself.

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