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Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Dramatic 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.
 
Open Worship is a gathering of Christ seekers in Denton, Texas, who cherish inclusive community, uplifting mission, and radical love. Visit us at opendtx.com to learn more.
 
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This is the open to the first episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in which David and Ricky Nelson played themselves on air. During the previous four seasons child actors played the duo.By James Scully.
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)___________On Friday April 10th, 1942 People Are Funny debuted over NBC airwaves, sponsored by Brown & Williamson Tobacco. It was the brain-child of gameshow maven John Guedel. Guedel was a jack-of-all-trades. In addition to writing he’d spent time as a WPA ditc ...…
 
In January of 1986, KRLA broadcast a tribute to Ricky Nelson after his tragic death in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1985. One of the people spoken to was Jack Wagner, famous as the Malt Shop Man on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.Jack's show business career began at age 4 in Hollywood films as a French-speaking child actor. By age 17, he ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)___________In the aftermath of Jack Benny’s move to CBS, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet lost half their audience. Ozzie Nelson and director Glenhall Taylor were searching for an answer. On February 20th, 1949, they broadcast an episode called “Invitation to ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)___________One summer day in 1948, Willam S. Paley received a proposal from Lew Wasserman and Taft Shreiber—President and VP of The Music Corporation of America. They asked if CBS would be interested in buying The Amos N’ Andy Show, then airing on NBC.At the tim ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)___________In the fall of 1948, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet moved to Sunday evenings at 6:30PM on NBC radio. Although critically acclaimed, the couple had failed to crack the overall top-50 ratings on CBS in any of its first four seasons. The band-leadin ...…
 
Barbara Walters interviewed George Burns for 20/20 in 1979. During the course of the interview George spoke about how Gracie forever altered his life.By James Scully.
 
On Wednesday October 15th, 1947 at 6:30PM over ABC's New York City flagship station WJZ (today WABC), New York Tonight signed on with emcee Allen Prescott. Prescott was born in St. Louis in 1904. By the post-war years he was an ABC panel host and radio commentator. This evening program featured news, his personal reflections, and music. It ment ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)___________On August 31st, 1941, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve stepped off a train in the town of Summerfield, bringing with a now common concept in American entertainment: The Series Spinoff. Gildersleeve had begun as a character on Fibber McGee and Molly. The m ...…
 
In August of 1971, radio, television, and cartoon character actor Hans Conreid sat for an interview with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC "Golden Age of Radio" program (full interview here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-17.html). During the interview Hans explained the differences between New York, Chicago, and Hollywood as radio d ...…
 
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.
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)___________In 1945 Bing Crosby decided that he wanted to pre-record his NBC Kraft Music Hall program. Although transcription had existed since the late 1920s, NBC and CBS forbade their use for prime-time network shows.NBC and Kraft refused to budge. Crosby walke ...…
 
On October 12th, 1947 from Montreal over Canada's CBC airwaves, famed British fashion designer Sir Edwin Hardy Amies, KCVO spoke with Ms. Rita Greer about that winter's changes to that season's ready-made women's styles.By James Scully.
 
In February of 1973 Don Ameche sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their WTIC Golden Age of Radio program for a conversation about his life and career (full interview here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-35.html). Early in the interview, Dick Bertel asked Don Ameche how he got started in network radio.…
 
New York, 1835: A city at its tipping point.In ten years since the completion of the Erie Canal, New York City’s population has grown from 167,000 to 270,000 and total land value has increased from $65 million, to over $230 Million by 1836. Widening old streets and creating new ones is central to raising property value. Between 1834 and 1836, 3 ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)___________On July 12th, 1946 over the American Broadcasting Company, a new detective show took to the air starring a relatively unknown thirty-two year old actor named Howard Duff. The show’s lead character was one of America’s most famous fictional detectives: ...…
 
In 1981 David Hartman interviewed Harriet, David, and Rick Nelson for Good Morning America. It was a fantastic conversation that touched on all three of their combined and individual careers and lives. They also spoke about how Ozzie and Harriet were able to give their children as normal a childhood as possible.…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 96: Halloween On The Air (1943 - 1953)___________In 1934, with Chicago the center for radio production, NBC Writer and director Wyllis Cooper created a program for NBC's affiliate WENR that drastically altered the tone of horror. Cooper had been writing advertising copy in the late 1920s when he ent ...…
 
In early 1982, longtime radio announcer Richard Joy was a guest of John Dunning's on 71KNUS for a chat about his life and career. Joy was the longtime announcer for The Adventures of Sam Spade, which was directed by Bill Spier and starred Howard Duff and Lurene Tuttle. Here, Joy talks about some of his experiences working on the series.…
 
In Breaking Walls Episode 96, we laugh, scream, and cry while we join radio’s best as they celebrate Halloween on the air.——————————Highlights:• The Birth of the Great Gildersleeve• Sam Spade has a Halloween adventure• Ernest Chappell says, “Don’t Tell Me About Halloween”• Spike Jones and His City Slickers Celebrate• Sherlock Holmes and the Lau ...…
 
In Breaking Walls Episode 96, we laugh, scream, and cry while we join radio’s best as they celebrate Halloween on the air.——————————Highlights:• The Birth of the Great Gildersleeve• Sam Spade has a Halloween adventure• Ernest Chappell says, “Don’t Tell Me About Halloween”• Spike Jones and His City Slickers Celebrate• Sherlock Holmes and the Lau ...…
 
On Saturday October 1st, 1948 Frank Sinatra was a guest on Spike Jones' Spotlight Review, over the CBS airwaves. Sinatra's natural ability to drift between comedic routine and singing performances was on display.By James Scully.
 
On March 9th, 1971, Lucille Ball, Lucie Arnaz, and Carol Burnett were guests of Dick Cavett's on his ABC late-night show. During the course of the interview Lucille Ball discussed being "fired" by renowned Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld at the tender age of sixteen.By James Scully.
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)_________________________As the end of Summer turns into Autumn, the weather cools off and Friday night football games, dances, and eventually All Hallow’s Eve become part of school functions.In 1820 Washington Irving, one of America’s first great novelists, ...…
 
On September 3rd, 1970 Chuck Schaden interviewed Jack Benny backstage at the Mill Run Playhouse in suburban Niles, Illinois (full interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/benny-jack/). During the course of their conversation they spoke about Mr. Benny incorporating a comedy commercial right into his radio show.…
 
On March 8th, 1974 Rick Nelson was a guest of Johnny Carson's on the Tonight Show. During the interview the (then) thirty-three year-old Nelson briefly spoke with Johnny about people still thinking of him as the child star he was during the 1940s-1950s.By James Scully.
 
On February 17th, 1975 Chuck Schaden interviewed well-known radio announcer Ken Carpenter about his life and career (full-interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/carpenter-ken/). One of Mr. Carpenter's longest associations was with Bing Crosby. Ken was present for the controversy that Bing created by wanting to pre-record his ...…
 
On November 18th, 1969 Ozzie and Harriet Nelson were guests of Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. During the segment, Ozzie told a funny story about the couple visiting Rutgers (his alma-matter) for a centennial parade.By James Scully.
 
In 1970 Westinghouse put together a retrospective on the history of radio broadcasting in honor of the 50th anniversary of KDKA broadcasting the 1920 election returns. Years prior, Dr. Frank Conrad, who received numerous awards for his work, including, from the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the 1930 Edison Medal "for his contribut ...…
 
After Ricky Nelson tragically passed away in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1985, KRLA in Southern California broadcast a retrospective on his career, which featured many interviews, including one with older brother David Nelson. In this clip, David talks about when he and Ricky began to perform on their parents' radio show in 1949.…
 
Have you heard of the This Day in Jack Benny podcast? It’s hosted by John Henderson. Like myself, John discovered the Golden Age of Radio as a child and like millions of Americans, John has found The Jack Benny Program to be amongst the most well-written and timeless of shows from that era. Each week on This Day in Jack Benny, John posts a Jack ...…
 
On April 28th, 1971, Chuck Schaden interviewed radio legend and the original Great Gildersleeve, Hal Peary (full interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/peary-harold-actor/) about his life and career. During the course of the chat, Hal Peary spoke about starting the character of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve and the character' ...…
 
The American Broadcasting Company was never able to overtake NBC or CBS in ratings or revenue during the Golden Age of Radio. But by 1964, the only network dramatic radio airing was part of vignettes on NBC’s Monitor. That spring, ABC announced they were launching a new show. They hired former NBC writer Jack Wilson as story editor and assigned ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)_________________________Radio’s Don Quinn rose to fame as Jim and Marion Jordan’s head writer. Throughout the 1940s as he wrote Fibber McGee and Molly, Quinn mulled over the idea of creating a college-centered comedy. Entitled, The Halls of Ivy, in June of 1 ...…
 
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 sharing stories of jokes and ribs they saw pulled on people during the Golden Age of Radio.…
 
On September 23rd, 1989, legendary radio and tv announcer and interviewer Mike Wallace was a guest of Chuck Schaden's (full interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/wallace-mike-announcer/) during Chuck's Those Were The Days program at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Here, Mr. Wallace recalled his early radi ...…
 
On October 2nd, 1991 legendary radio and TV emcee Art Linkletter had a call with John Gassman of SPERDVAC (http://sperdvac.com/) to discuss his life and career. Here Mr. Linkletter talks about how he got involved in radio.By James Scully.
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)_________________________Our Miss Brooks debuted in transcription on CBS, Monday July 19th, 1948 as a summer fill-in for The Lux Radio Theater. The role of Connie Brooks would come to define Eve Arden’s career. The head writer and director was Al Lewis. The p ...…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)_________________________In the summer of 1955, CBS executives were looking for a way to increase weeknight listenership in a cost-effective manner. They decided to revive a once popular programming format: the fifteen-minute weeknight serial. The show they p ...…
 
In November of 1973 Howard Duff was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-44.html). During the course of the conversation, which focused mostly on Duff's radio career, he spoke about those Sam Spade rehearsal sessions in the late 1940s.…
 
This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 95: Radio And The Classroom (1939 - 1965)_________________________Eve Arden was born Eunice Mary Quidens in Mill Valley, California on April 30th, 1908. Her mother Lucille, a milliner, soon divorced her father Charles and went into business for herself. Eunice was sent to a convent school in San Raf ...…
 
On February 7th, 1982, Bob Bailey's daughter Robert Goodwin Bailey joined John Dunning on 71KNUS for a chat about her father's life and career. Bailey was famous on radio for playing the lead in Let George Do It and later Yours Truly Johnny Dollar. When his radio career ended in 1960, Bob Bailey struggled with alcoholism and although he recover ...…
 
In Breaking Walls Episode 95, we go back to school with radio’s teacher’s pets, class clowns, and perhaps the most iconic “Miss” in radio history. ——————————Highlights:• How William Paley used The Columbia Workshop to launch shows and careers.• Suspense Moves to Hollywood and Gets Sponsorship• The Radio Rise of Eve Arden and the Launch of Our M ...…
 
In Breaking Walls Episode 95, we go back to school with radio’s teacher’s pets, class clowns, and perhaps the most iconic “Miss” in radio history. ——————————Highlights:• How William Paley used The Columbia Workshop to launch shows and careers.• Suspense Moves to Hollywood and Gets Sponsorship• The Radio Rise of Eve Arden and the Launch of Our M ...…
 
In November of 1970, Bill Spier was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (Full show here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-08.html). During the course of the wide-ranging interview with both he and his wife, actress June Havoc, Dick Bertel asked Bill Spier about how he came to direct The Adventures of Sam ...…
 
In early 1982, longtime radio announcer Richard Joy was a guest of John Dunning's on 71KNUS for a chat about his life and career. Towards the end of the conversation he told a funny Jack Benny story he was a part of at a local Palm Springs radio station.By James Scully.
 
On April 28th, 1971, Chuck Schaden interviewed radio legend and the original Great Gildersleeve, Hal Peary (full interview here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/peary-harold-actor/) about his life and career. During the course of the chat, Hal Peary spoke about why he left The Great Gildersleeve and his relationship with Willard Wate ...…
 
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 ...…
 
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