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Best James Scully podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
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Updated December 2019
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Breaking Walls
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Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Network Radio.
 
Launched in the summer of 2014 and hosted by James Scully, Breaking Walls is the podcast on the history of American network radio broadcasting.
 
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Area 45
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Area 45 is a Hoover Institution podcast devoted to the Trump administration and the policy avenues available to America’s forty-fifth president. It is hosted by Hoover fellow, Bill Whalen
 
Funny, moving and insightful conversations with leading creative and business leaders from the world of Fashion, Culture and Design. Simon and his guests address current affairs, creativity and assorted topics far outside their own careers. Always looking for provocative ideas you can actually do something with, the Fashion Culture Design podcasts are inspired by the Unconference of the same name.Hosted by: Simon Collins
 
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More day to dawn
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Reflections in the spirit of Henry Thoreau ("Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star." ) and William James ("the really vital question for us all is, What is this world going to be? What is life eventually to make of itself?"). Blogging at jposopher.blogspot.com and delightsprings.blogspot.com, tweeting @osopher.
 
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The Six Shooter was a weekly old-time radio program in the United States. It was created by Frank Burt, who also wrote many of the episodes, and directed by Jack Johnstone. It starred James Stewart in his only regular radio series. The series lasted only one season of 39 episodes on NBC (Sept. 20, 1953-June 24, 1954). Initially, it was broadcas ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars————————————At 11:30AM Pacific Time on Christmas Morning in 1947, as families were opening their homes to loved ones, King George VI’s Royal Christmas Message was delivered from England, and broadcast over all CBS stations.King George said "the unity ...…
 
On February 19th, 1975 legendary radio announcer Harry Von Zell sat down with Chuck Schaden for a conversation about his life and career (full chat available here -http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/von-zell-harry-2/). During the course of the interview, Harry spoke about his long-time partnership with comedian Eddie Cantor.…
 
On February 19th, 1975 legendary radio announcer Harry Von Zell sat down with Chuck Schaden for a conversation about his life and career (full chat available here -http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/von-zell-harry-2/). During the course of the interview, Harry spoke about his long-time partnership with comedian Eddie Cantor.…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars————————————On Tuesday nights in December of 1947, NBC ran four of the top thirteen shows on the air with Amos n’ Andy, Fibber McGee & Molly, The Bob Hope Show, and The Red Skelton Show.Jim and Marion Jordan were in the midst of their ninth consecuti ...…
 
In March of 1973, Jackson Beck was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here - https://www.goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-36.html). Beck was a New York city native that had, to that point, had a forty year career as a voice actor and announcer in every format from radio (The Adventures of Superman, P ...…
 
In July of 1975 legendary sportscaster Mel Allen sat down with WTIC's Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for a conversation about his life and career (full interview here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-64.html). Before Allen became famous for calling baseball he was working as a staff announcer at CBS. In the late 1930s and early 1940s as CBS and N ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars————————————For the four major radio networks, 1947 was a year or record business: ABC saw a 7.25% gross billings increase. NBC sold out its entire primetime programming block. CBS had seventeen shows with ratings higher than fifteen. And Mutual Broa ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 98: Christmas Week 1947 with Radio's Biggest Stars————————————Sunday nights at 7PM was appointment radio from the mid 1930s through the end of the 1940s. Why? Because of one man: Jack Benny. It was the monumental success of Jack Benny’s 1945-46 season which led to solo shows for Phil Harris, Mel Bla ...…
 
In June of 2007, Chuck Schaden had the pleasure of interviewing actress Gloria McMillan at Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound convention in Seattle, Washington (Full interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/mcmillan-gloria-actress/). During the conversation, Chuck asked Ms. McMillan how she landed the role of Harriet Conklin as ...…
 
At 9:30PM on December 4th, 1947, opposite the Sealtest Village Store on NBC, Casey, Crime Photographer took to the air, live, coast-to-coast over all CBS stations.Casey was a newspaper photographer, which made for a decidedly unique kind of gumshoe. By the late 1940s, the show had established itself as a primetime hit. During the 1947-48 season ...…
 
In February of 1971, Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran interviewed famed organist Rosa Rio about her long career in radio (Full interview here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-11.html). During the course of the conversation, Ms. Rio explained how shortened time in live radio led to much improvisation while playing.…
 
In April of 1971, radio child-actor legend Jackie Kelk, famous on both Superman and The Aldrich Family, sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-13.html). During the course of the interview Dick asked Jackie Kelk about his time on The Adventures of Superm ...…
 
The morning NBC News broadcast with John Cameron Swayze from December 1st, 1947. In December 1947, The UNs’ partitioning of Palestine into Arab and Jewish quarters touched off a series of riots on its only neutral site, Jerusalem. The holy ground was in shambles. The UN’s decision led to Civil War and riots in other parts of the world.…
 
Have you been enjoying Breaking Walls? If so, give us a quick iTunes rating. The more people who do, the more people who will be able to discover Breaking Walls through the iTunes show algorithms.By James Scully
 
In Breaking Walls Episode 98 we continue our trilogy on the most popular season in radio history with a look at Christmas Week 1947.——————————Highlights:• Ralph Edwards and Truth or Consequences—A Record Rated Show• It’s Christmas Week and Jerusalem is in Shambles• The Eternal Light and One Man’s Family• Jack Benny Does Last Minute Christmas Sh ...…
 
In Breaking Walls Episode 98 we continue our trilogy on the most popular season in radio history with a look at Christmas Week 1947.——————————Highlights:• Ralph Edwards and Truth or Consequences—A Record Rated Show• It’s Christmas Week and Jerusalem is in Shambles• The Eternal Light and One Man’s Family• Jack Benny Does Last Minute Christmas Sh ...…
 
On the evening of December 22nd, 1947, The Cavalcade of America presented their annual Dupont Christmas Chorus program over NBC.By James Scully
 
In 1947, Villa Matchett was an eleven-year-old girl who wrote a letter to Santa Claus pinned to a Christmas Tree being shipped from New Brunswick. Ms. Matchett was a poor girl who asked for a doll and a few cents. She was later interviewed by CBC reporter Ian Sclanders on Dec 23, 1947. Three Christmases ago, Ms. Matchett (then eighty-years-old) ...…
 
We are replaying this wonderful Thanksgiving podcast with Niall Ferguson. As a prolific columnist and observer of US and world affairs, Niall Ferguson has plenty to be grateful for, beginning with an American president seemingly always in the news. Ferguson, the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains the many reasons w ...…
 
On the morning of Thanksgiving, November 27th, 1947 40% of the US was still rural. For the country’s farmers who often lived miles from the nearest city, radio’s morning reports were an important piece of information. With inflation soaring, farmers needed to eke out every cent of profit they could.Americans were organizing. In the year after V ...…
 
In 2003 singer and musician Jo Stafford, who had 10 top-5 hits between 1944 and 1959, sat down with musician Michael Feinstein to talk about her career. During the conversation she touched on many subjects like her playing with the Pied Pipers, The Tommy Dorsey Band, and Mitch Miller's struggles as a music repertoire man—something echoed by man ...…
 
Movietone newsreel audio from the 1947 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Although the annual parade first began in 1924, it became world famous thanks to the 1947 release of Miracle on 34th Street, which used footage from the 1946 parade in the film. Who will be watching or going to this year's parade?…
 
On Jack Carney's June 20th, 1983 Comedy Program, he played a portion of an interview with the late Jack Benny recorded some years earlier. In this clip Jack talks about his love of the violin.By James Scully
 
On Wednesday, December 3rd, 1947, Jean Sablon guest-starred on Duffy's Tavern. The hilarious episode features Eddie Green and stars Ed Gardner.By James Scully
 
Two prominent Democratic presidential candidates want to impose “wealth taxes” on millionaires’ holdings. A prominent liberal economist declares that no billionaire ever made their fortune legitimately. John Cochrane, a renowned economist and the Hoover Institution’s Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow, explains how and why “wealth” beca ...…
 
Favorite Story was a nationally syndicated Ziv production, which grew from a local dramatic offering, developed and continued on KFI, Los Angeles. The fare was classic literature, both the novel and short story, with adaptations of Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, and The Three Musketeers. In 1947 writers Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee appr ...…
 
When NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955, it was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC radio stations from Saturday mornings until Midnight Sunday in four hour blocks, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on the weekends. The program offered actualities, remotes, comedy, and variety. Affiliates were free to pick up or put down the sh ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History___________At 10PM eastern time on Thanksgiving Day 1947, as families put their young children to bed, ABC broadcast Mr. President from its Los Angeles KECA affiliate, starring Edward Arnold and Betty Lou Gerson. Mr. President first signe ...…
 
On November 24th, 1954 Fred Allen was a guest of Tex and Jinx's New York talk show for a discussion about his life and career. During the course of the interview, Allen talked about leaving radio in 1949 and his feelings on television.By James Scully
 
On October 7th, 1971 Chuck Schaden interviewed famous host and emcee Ralph Edwards about his life and career (full interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/edwards-ralph/). During the course of the conversation Mr. Edwards explained how he found himself at CBS in New York very early in his career after giving radio up on the W ...…
 
What a week in politics: public impeachment hearings, a candidates’ filing deadline in New Hampshire, one Republican leaving the presidential race and one (perhaps two) Democrats jumping in. Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists Dave Brady and Doug Rivers review their latest poll data on the 2020 election. Did you like the sho ...…
 
On November 10th, 1970, comedy legend Milton Berle was a guest of Chuck Schaden's radio program (full interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/berle-milton-actor/)... Early in the conversation recorded in the Green Room at the Mill Run Theatre in suburban Chicago, Berle recalled his first showbiz gig.…
 
On the Sunday, November 23rd, 1947 episode of The Jack Benny Program, the gang celebrates Thanksgiving with a movie of Jack's life. This episode aired live over all NBC stations at 7PM Eastern Time, with an additional repeat for Pacific time listeners at 9:30 PM Pacific Time. Its rating was 22.0, heard by roughly 20 million listeners.…
 
In January of 1971, prolific radio writer and humorist Goodman Ace sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC Golden Age of Radio program (full interview here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-10.html). During the chat, Dick Bertel asked Mr. Ace how he got into radio.By James Scully
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History___________On Thanksgiving Night 1947, Live from KFI Hollywood At 7:30 PM pacific time, The Eddie Cantor show signed on NBC. In storyline Cantor has been kidnapped by Gerald Mohr, and Harry Von Zell has taken over the show. Sara Berner gu ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History___________Earlier in 1947 Bing Crosby and ABC signed Al Jolson to a $50,000 contract for ten Philco Radio Time guest appearances. Jolson showed up for just one Philco Radio Time appearance when Jolson signed another contract—to host Cros ...…
 
In 1976 Orson Welles was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show for a segment on Orson's life and career (full segment here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meikuHb6024). The duo focused more on the radio days than anything else, including this story told by Johnny Carson about a joke that George Burns played on Jack Benny.…
 
On Thanksgiving Day in 1947, as east-coast families were digesting dinner and settling in for dessert, Bob Crosby’s Club Fifteen took to the air on CBS with fifteen minutes of popular music opposite Guy Lombardo on NBC. Musical programs like Club Fifteen and The Chesterfield Supperclub were often used as buffers between late afternoon and prime ...…
 
For nearly two decades now, radio host and Hoover media fellow John Batchelor has saturated the airwaves with cerebral conversations pertaining to national and international affairs. This time answering the questions rather than asking them, Batchelor discusses what drew him to the world of talk radio and how the Trump presidency has affected h ...…
 
On Wednesday November 26th, 1947, the annual Hollywood Christmas parade was taking place in Los Angeles. Each November beginning in 1928, extravagant holiday decorations adorned a one-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between Vine and La Brea.The brainchild of businessman Harry Blaine and the Hollywood Boulevard Association, they promoted the ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History___________On Thanksgiving day in 1947, While families were prepping Thanksgiving lunches and dinners, morning soap operas took to the air. Opposite WOR’s radio coverage of the Macy’s Parade between 10:30 and 11:30, WNBC broadcast Road of ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 97: Thanksgiving 1947—The Most Popular Season in Radio History___________At 12:45PM on Thanksgiving Day 1947, while CBS was broadcasting Our Gal Sunday, and NBC a Thanksgiving Food Conservation Program, The Answer Man took to the air over WOR in New York.Each quarter-hour installment was filled with ...…
 
In an era of competitive influence with China and Russia, what are the policy implications for the Indo-Pacific region? Joseph Felter, a Hoover Institution research fellow and, until just recently, a defense assistant secretary for South and Southeast Asia, explains the Trump Administration’s options. Did you like the show? You can rate, review ...…
 
In the 1970s, Prolific New York stage, radio, and TV commercial actress Jan Miner sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC Golden Age of Radio program (Full interview here - https://www.goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-05.html). During the course of their conversation about her career, Jan explained how significant the Frank and Anne Hum ...…
 
In the 1950s, Orson Welles sat down with the BBC for a wide-ranging chat on his career. In this short clip he shares his thoughts on Hollywood.By James Scully
 
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s recent criticism of President Trump, coupled with growing Republican angst over the coming election, has made a complicated relationship between President Trump and party regulars all the more tangled. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover Institution’s David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies and policy directo ...…
 
In Breaking Walls Episode 97 we usher in the holiday season with the first of a three-part mini-series on the 1947-48 radio season. The 1947-48 season had the largest radio audience in history. Homes with radios jumped 6%, car radios 29%. The major networks—NBC, CBS, ABC, and the Mutual Broadcasting System added 147 new affiliates. 97% of the n ...…
 
In Breaking Walls Episode 97 we usher in the holiday season with the first of a three-part mini-series on the 1947-48 radio season. The 1947-48 season had the largest radio audience in history. Homes with radios jumped 6%, car radios 29%. The major networks—NBC, CBS, ABC, and the Mutual Broadcasting System added 147 new affiliates. 97% of the n ...…
 
Barbara Walters interviewed George Burns for 20/20 in 1979. During the course of the interview George spoke about marrying Gracie while performing on the vaudeville circuit.By James Scully
 
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