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06/30/2019
BW - EP93: Radio And The New York City Subway (1941 - 1975)

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In Breaking Walls episode 93 we ride the rails with some of the most famous stars in radio history.

During radio’s golden age, there were three main production hubs: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. With so much daily content to produce, radio’s greatest minds developed programs and episodes centered around every recognizable theme, like the New York city subway.

While this episode will take place in or around New York’s public transportation system, we’ll focus just as much on the relationships forged by radio’s legends on both coasts.

Highlights:

• Mercedes McCambridge, Himan Brown, and Grand Central Station

• How Bill Spier influenced the careers of his wife June Havoc and his protégé Elliott Lewis

• From Suspense to Broadway is My Beat, Elliott Lewis shines

• Jack Benny stars on Suspense

• Cathy Lewis: Mrs Radio

• Mandel Kramer, Jan Miner, and Subway Soaps from New York

• Byron Kane and Subways Are For Sleeping

• William N. Robson, Shirley Mitchell, Virginia Gregg and Jack Kruschen on radio in the 1950s

• Bob and Ray head down into the Subway

• Himan Brown brings dramatic radio back to life in the 1970s

• Next Stop: The Soda Shop

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The reading material used in today’s episode was:

• On The Air - By John Dunning

• The CBS Radio Mystery Theater Handbook - by Gordon Payton & Martin Grams Jr.

• Network Radio Ratings, 1932-53 - by Jim Ramsburg

• The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio - by Christopher H. Sterling

as well as articles from:

• Broadcasting Magazine - November 3rd, 1947

• And Billboard Magazine - May 1st, 1948

On the interview front:

• Himan Brown, June Havoc, Mandel Kramer, Elliott Lewis, E.G. Marshall, Jan Miner, William Spier and William N. Robson were with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC’s The Golden Age of Radio. These interview can be heard at GoldenAge-WTIC.org.

• Ralph Bell, Himan Brown, Lawrence Dobkin, Betty Lou Gerson and Byron Kane, were with SPERDVAC. For more information, please go to S-P-E-R-D-V-A-C.com.

• Himan Brown, Virginia Gregg, Elliott Lewis, Mercedees McCambridge, Shirley Mitchell and Alan Reed were interviewed by Chuck Schaden. Hear their full chats and many others from Chuck’s over thirty-nine year career and SpeakingofRadio.com.

• Ellott Lewis was with John Dunning on May 23rd, 1982.

• Jack Kruschen, Shirley Mitchell, and George Walsh were with Jim Bohannon on September 12, 1987.

• And Morton Fine was with Dan Haefele on August 9th, 1988.

Selected music featured in today’s episode was:

• It’s been a Long, Long Time - by Keely Smith

• Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - by the Mallet Men

• The Big Heist and Salute to Charlie Christian - by Barney Kessel

• Atlantis and Roller Coaster - by Les Baxter

• I’ll Take Manhattan - by Blossom Dearie

• And Fly Me To the Moon - by Julie London

Special thanks to our Sponsors:

• The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society - https://www.ghoulishdelights.com/series/themorls/

• The Fireside Mystery Theater - https://www.firesidemysterytheatre.com/

I’d also like to thank Walden Hughes and John and Larry Gassman of SPERDVAC. Listen to their shows on the Yesterday USA radio network.

A Special Thank you to:

Ryan Kramer

Barry Nadler

Christian Neuhaus

Aimee Pavy

Terry Wallace

WallBreakers Links:

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Social Media - @TheWallBreakers

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In Breaking Walls episode 93 we ride the rails with some of the most famous stars in radio history. During radio’s golden age, there were three main production hubs: New York, Chicago, and Los Angel

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04/02/2019
Bill Conrad Jokes About How He Was Cast as Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke

Bill Conrad Jokes About How He Was Cast as Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke

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In 1976 John Hickman of WAMU put together an expansive five-part audio documentary on the history of the radio version of Gunsmoke, complete with cast and production crew interviews, show clips, and reflections.

During the course of his interview, Bill Conrad joked about how he was cast as the lead, Matt Dillon in 1952.

In 1976 John Hickman of WAMU put together an expansive five-part audio documentary on the history of the radio version of Gunsmoke, complete with cast and production crew interviews, show clips, and r

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07/21/2018

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 6—The Finale: The Windup & The Phoenix

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Previously on A Man Named Marlowe: At 4:30 in the morning the woman who hired Marlowe comes to his hotel room in Spokane. She explains what happened and why she lied to Phillip. Her real name is Janice Thomlinson. Marlowe decides he’s still working for her and will try to protect her against Benny Chance and John Moriarity. She stays in his room overnight. The next day he goes to see William W. Powell Jr. who owns mining property around Spokane. He lies about his reasons for the visit and arranges a meeting with William T. Phillips. Phillips and Marlowe meet at the lobby bar of the Davenport hotel. After the meeting Marlowe goes back up to his room when he’s slugged and knocked out.

In Episode 6, it’s the finale! The Windup… and what a windup!

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05/15/2018

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Los Angeles, 1935. It’s the heart of the Great Depression and Philip Marlowe is broke. He’s contemplating whether he should pawn his .38, give up his Private Investigator’s license, and find another profession. He stops into his friend Lou’s automat for a sandwich. Lou tells Marlowe he’s got some work for him to do. It sounds like it’s Marlowe’s lucky day… or is it?

Author Raymond Chandler set The Big Sleep, the first of his novels involving famous private detective Philip Marlowe in (then) present-day 1936, but who was Marlowe before The Big Sleep? In A Man Named Marlowe, we’ll find out.

It’s a story with an empowered woman, heinous crimes, back room deals, gruesome murders, hundreds of thousands of dollars of gold, and two long-dead ghosts that teach us heroes can live forever. Premiering May 15th, 2018, a new episode will debut every two weeks for twelve weeks.

Heard in this episode:
Christopher Affonco Bradley as Lou Parker
Javan Ivey as Joe Briggs
Nancy Pop as Ruth Moriarity
James Scully as Philip Marlowe

Your announcer was Olga Lysenko

Closing Song:
Can The Circle Be Unbroken by The Carter Family

A Man Named Marlowe is available in the same feed as Breaking Walls. Subscribe on itunes and everywhere else you get your podcasts by searching for Breaking Walls or at TheWallBreakers.com.

… and if you enjoy A Man Named Marlowe, tune in to Breaking Walls, a documentary series on the history of American Radio Broadcasting. The most recent episode—number 79—chronicles the career of Orson Welles between 1931 and 1941. Both of these shows are available in the same feed, by searching for Breaking Walls wherever you get your podcasts or at www.TheWallBreakers.com

To support these shows for as little as $1 per month, please go to patreon.com/TheWallBreakers.

Nancy Pop’s website is - http://www.nancympop.com … Go check her out! She’s Director of Media and Production at The Theater Collective, and the host of both “SHEbang,” a monthly variety show in New York City featuring an all-female line up of comedians and poets, and "In Cold Read", a monthly playwriting workshop at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

A Special Thank you to:
Christian Neuhaus
Rebecca Shield

WallBreakers Links:
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Tonight at 9PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time, Episode 1 of "A Man Named Marlowe" debuts. It's the first in a 6-part audi...
05/14/2018

Tonight at 9PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time, Episode 1 of "A Man Named Marlowe" debuts. It's the first in a 6-part audio drama mini-series featuring Raymond Chandler's famous private detective, Philip Marlowe.

Los Angeles, 1935. The heart of the great depression, with glitz and glamour right next door to misery and suffering. It’s the kind of world where those with the money don’t want to share it and those without it have no idea how to get it. It’s the kind of world where Philip Marlowe will take a case, he’ll regret, but will he get to live with them?

Author Raymond Chandler set The Big Sleep, the first of his novels involving famous private detective Philip Marlowe in (then) present-day 1936, but who was Marlowe before The Big Sleep? In A Man Named Marlowe, we’ll find out.

It’s a story with an empowered woman, heinous crimes, back room deals, gruesome murders, hundreds of thousands of dollars of gold, and two long-dead ghosts that teach us heroes can live forever.

Download and subscribe at www.TheWallBreakers.com or by searching for "Breaking Walls" anywhere you get your podcasts. It's available in the same feed as Breaking Walls.

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05/01/2018
How Orson Welles' War of the Worlds Caused Such Mass Hysteria

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This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Early Career (1931-1941) which you can find in the same feed as this track if you've subscribed to the podcast. You can subscribe by searching for "Breaking Walls" everywhere you get your podcasts, or by going to www.TheWallBreakers.com.

In July of 1938, the first version of The Mercury Theatre on the Air began as a nine-week summer replacement series for The Lux Radio Theater, entitled "First Person Singular."

The response was so positive that William S. Paley renewed the productions after September 5, 1938, under a new name: The Mercury Theater of The Air and moved the show to the biggest prime-time slot in radio: Sundays at 8PM, opposite of NBC Red’s The Chase and Sanborn Hour, setting the stage for a series of events which would follow that forever altered the course of American radio drama.

This is a snippet from Breaking Walls EP79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Early Career (1931-1941) which you can find in the same feed as this track if you've subscribed to the podcast. You can subscri

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05/01/2018

Photo: Orson Welles directs the Mercury Theatre on the Air during the broadcast of The War of the Worlds from CBS' 485 Madison Avenue studio during the broadcast of The War of the Worlds on October 30, 1938. What can't be seen in this photo is the frantic scene of policeman outside the studio trying to shut the broadcast down.

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In Breaking Walls Episode 79, we present a detailed look at Orson Welles’ radio career through the end of 1941.

Highlights:
• Beginnings in Illinois and China — How they helped shape Orson
• The Todd Seminary School — His first exposure to theater and Radio
• Connections and Early Breaks — How his mentor Roger Hill, Thornton Wilder, Alexander Woollcott, and Katharine Cornell helped Orson get to Broadway
• Orson meets John Houseman and Archibald MacLeish, and first appears on the March of Time
• 1935-1937 — From the March of Time to the Columbia Workshop, and how Irvin Reis taught Orson how to create for radio
• How the US Government shaped the opportunity for Orson to write, direct, and star in Les Misérables on the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1937�
• The Shadow Knows! — Agnes Moorehead and Orson Welles’ one season on The Shadow
• The birth of the Mercury Theater on the Air as First Person singular.
• How it’s success led to the most infamous night in radio in October of 1938
• Mainstream success with Campbell’s Soups
• Orson goes to Hollywood, and signs the greatest autonomous film contract in history at 24
• Citizen Kane — How William Randolph Hearst and RKO shaped the film
• Lady Esther Presents — Orson comes back to radio in the autumn of 1941
• Pearl Harbor Day and collaborating with Norman Corwin
• Joseph Cotton introduces Orson to Rita Hayworth

For the retro and film lovers out there: Brianna Ingemi is an artist from New Hampshire, U.S.A who’s currently working t...
04/06/2018
"All Call" Short Film

For the retro and film lovers out there:

Brianna Ingemi is an artist from New Hampshire, U.S.A who’s currently working towards an MFA in Media and Cinema Production.

I first met Brianna in 2013, when she was a self-taught teenage artist from New Hampshire. She’s been an art lover since pre-school age. Brianna was home-schooled from the 6th grade, which gave her extra time to work on her art and allowed for her to enter community college earlier than other young adults her age.

She’s now at Boston University and, as part of her Graduate Thesis Film, Brianna and a team of talented artists—Producer Lelai Givens; Writer Kelly Markus; Director of Photograhy Reid Boehm; Associate Producer Eric Moots; and Production Designers Jose Alberto Orive, Yuxuan Qian, and Su Ting, are producing a 10-minute short film entitled “All Call.” This film is a culmination of her lifetime of creative work.

Set in the 1950's, "All Call" tells the story of a stewardess who is living a secret life, being married despite airline regulations which say stewardesses are not allowed to marry or be pregnant while employed. These regulations were put in place because it would make stewardess’ both unattractive to male passengers and liabilities as workers. Though she wants to be a free spirit, Chrissy is being pressured to give it up to start a family with her her husband.

When she finds out that she is pregnant, Chrissy must decide between getting an abortion to continue her job as a flight stewardess or live the family life at home as a housewife.

The team's goal with this project is to show how difficult it was—and still is—to be a woman who wants to be a free spirit in a male-dominant world. The film will begin and finish production in early May, and have a fine cut with an original score and sound design by the end of September.

Brianna and co. are running a short-term Kickstarter to help fund the project— https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1062451590/all-call-short-film It’s an all or nothing project with nine days to go. For as little as $1 you can help make this young team of passionate film makers passions come to life. If you’ve got a couple of bucks to spare, please consider donating to the project to help young artists thrive. If you don’t, but love the sound of this film, consider sharing it on social media. You never know how it will help! Here’s a video of Brianna and team explaining the project further - https://vimeo.com/261663603

A short film about a woman's decision to break the rules of 1950's society and live the double life of a stewardess and housewife.

03/01/2018
BW - EP76: Over There—The War for Radio’s Airwaves (1912 - 1922)

In Breaking Walls Episode 76, we pick up our story on the history of American dramatic radio after the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912.

The time between 1912 and 1922 saw three competing interests battle for control of the wireless airwaves as wireless telegraphy transitioned into radio broadcasting. These three interests were big private business, individual HAM radio operators, and the US Government.

Highlights:
• How the Titanic’s Sinking changed Guglielmo Marconi’s business
• The Radio Act of 1912 - What it portended
• Charles Herrold and KCBS San Francisco
• Lee Deforest sells out to AT&T
• Edwin Howard Armstrong invents regeneration, and later the superheterodyne receiver
• War comes to Europe
• The Navy takes over wireless
• How World War I caused radio technology to boom
• AT&T, Westinghouse, General Electric, and the newly formed RCA make a deal
• David Sarnoff’s Rise to power
• KDKA and the birth of regular broadcasting

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The reading material for today’s episode was:
Inventing American Broadcasting 1899-1922 by Susan J. Douglas
Empire of the Air by Tom Lewis
A Pictorial History of Radio’s First 75 Years by B. Eric Rhoads
Hello Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio by Anthony Rudel &
The Network by Scott Woolley

A Special Thank you to:
Rebecca Shield

and Nancy Pop who’s website is - http://www.nancympop.com

WallBreakers Links:
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Social Media - @TheWallBreakers
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In Breaking Walls Episode 76, we pick up our story on the history of American dramatic radio after the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912. The time between 1912 and 1922 saw three competing int

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