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Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Network Radio Broadcasting.

Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Network Radio Broadcasting.

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United States

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Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Network Radio Broadcasting.

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English

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Episodes

Frontier Gentleman: The Cannibal—05/11/1958

5/11/2021
The May 11th, 1958 episode of Frontier Gentleman took J.B. Kendall to Chugwater, Wyoming Territory. There is a rail station for the Cheyenne and Black Hills stage line and because of a rain storm Kendall, ever the faithful reporter for the London Times, witnessed a tragedy there.

Duration:00:24:31

Have You Been Enjoying Breaking Walls?

5/10/2021
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Duration:00:00:13

Joseph Julian Tells a Funny Story About Needing to Call an Ambulance to Get To A Radio Part

5/9/2021
In September of 1975 Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran of WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio sat down with famed New York actor Joseph Julian for a conversation about his life and career (Full interview here - https://goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-66.html). During the course of the conversation Julian told a funny story about double booking radio roles and needing to call an ambulance to get from one radio studio to the other.

Duration:00:02:51

Jackson Beck's Thoughts on the Radio industry of the 1970s

5/7/2021
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'd had a forty year career as a voice actor and announcer for radio drama, commercial work, and cartoons. In this clip, Mr. Beck talks about his feelings on the radio industry back in the (then contemporary) 1970s.

Duration:00:02:08

Jean Shepherd On Letterman—03/10/1982

5/6/2021
Jean Shepherd was a guest of David Letterman on March 10th, 1982. In this clip he tells funny stories about growing up in Hammond, Indiana.

Duration:00:12:04

Hans Conried On His Role In My Friend Irma

5/5/2021
In August of 1971 Hans Conried was a guest of Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for the 17th episode of WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (full interview here - https://www.goldenage-wtic.org/gaor-17.html). During the course of the chat, which thematically spanned the length of Conried's career, the hosts asked him about his role on My Friend Irma.

Duration:00:00:47

Writer Morton Fine On The Broadway Is My Beat Formula

5/3/2021
On August 9th, 1988, SPERDVAC's Dan Haefele sat down with radio/tv writer Morton Fine for a conversation about his life and career. Fine had a longtime partnership with David Friedkin, as well as with Elliott Lewis. One of their main projects was Broadway is My Beat. Here, Fine talks about the writing formula for the show.

Duration:00:00:28

Broadway Is My Beat: Margaret Royce Murder Case—05/02/1953

5/2/2021
On the May 2nd, 1953 episode of Broadway is My Beat, Danny Clover is about to go home for the day when he finds Lila Royce at the front desk, reporting her sister missing. Margaret's apartment has been torn apart, and Lila is convinced that Margaret is dead. This episode features Charles Calvert, Jack Kruschen, Mary Jane Croft, Whitfield Connor, Lillian Buyeff, and Hy Averback.

Duration:00:29:31

Frank Sinatra Tells A Joke About What Misery Is

4/30/2021
In 1965, CBS cameras followed Frank Sinatra around with unprecedented access to the performer's personal life. In this clip, seated at Jilly Rizzo's restaurant, he retells a joke to a group of friends and family, which included Sammy Davis Jr. and daughter Nancy Sinatra. After Nancy Sinatra explains that she wished her father caroused less, and stayed home more.

Duration:00:00:47

Herb Vigran on What Happened to Radio Actors during the 1960s after TV Killed Dramatic Radio

4/29/2021
In March of 1983 radio actors Herb Vigran and Herb Ellis were guests of SPERDVAC (http://www.sperdvac.com) to talk about their radio careers. During the course of the conversation, Herb Vigran shed some much needed light on what exactly happened to most radio actors and actresses after TV killed the dramatic radio industry. It's a story that very few Americans today know.

Duration:00:04:38

William S. Paley On The Importance of Radio

4/28/2021
For CBS's 50th Anniversary broadcast in 1977, CBS Chairman William S. Paley spoke about why he loved radio. Paley grew CBS from a ragtag group of near-bankrupt affiliates into one of the world's leading broadcast companies, using radio to do so.

Duration:00:01:32

Have You Been Enjoying Breaking Walls?

4/27/2021
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Duration:00:00:13

BW - EP115: The CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57)

4/26/2021
In Breaking Walls episode 115, we focus on one of the last experimental programs on the air, The CBS Radio Workshop, and the man at its Hollywood helm, William Froug. We’ll listen to episodes, hear interviews with men and women known and unknown, and find out why this show was so critically acclaimed in its day. —————————— Highlights: • Who is Bill Froug and what does he do? • What do Norman Corwin, Orson Welles, Ray Bradbury, Burgess Meredith, and Bernard Hermann have in common? • Network...

Duration:03:29:27

The Story Behind The Birth Of The Great GIldersleeve

4/24/2021
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 began as a character on Fibber McGee and Molly. The man behind its voice was Harold Peary. Peary joined the cast in 1937, first playing every kind of bit part imaginable. Peary was born Harold José Pereira...

Duration:00:21:34

Actor Mandel Kramer On CBS and NBC Networking and Camaraderie During the Golden Age of Radio

4/23/2021
In September of 1974 east-coast radio actor Mandel Kramer sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio (the full interview is available here - https://www.goldenage-wtic.org/log.html) to speak about his career. During the interview, Kramer spoke about how he found work in the early part of his career, and the great camaraderie that radio actors had with each other.

Duration:00:01:13

Luke Slaughter of Tombstone: The Henry Fell Story—04/20/1958

4/22/2021
Shortly after CBS debuted Frontier Gentleman in February of 1958, a second new western show, Luke Slaughter of Tombstone, debuted on Sunday February 23rd, 1958 at 2PM eastern time. Sam Buffington starred in the title role, with a vocal quality in line with William Conrad’s Marshall Dillon of Gunsmoke and Raymond Burr’s Captain Lee Quince of Fort Laramie. Buffington was only 26, and a relative stranger to American audiences. Born in Swansea, MA on October 12th, 1931, he was balding and husky,...

Duration:00:24:59

Fred Allen On Radio vs Television

4/21/2021
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.

Duration:00:00:47

Mike Wallace On His Radio Beginnings

4/20/2021
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 radio days.

Duration:00:01:56

Have You Been Enjoying Breaking Walls?

4/19/2021
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Duration:00:00:13

Frontier Gentleman: Aces And Eights—04/20/1958

4/17/2021
In the April 20th, 1958 episode of Frontier Gentleman, starring John Dehner, J.B. Kendall meets Wild Bill Hickok and sits in on a card game that becomes part of American history. For more information on Antony Ellis' wonderful production of Frontier Gentleman, please tune into Breaking Walls Episode 101: Frontier Gentleman and The Saga of Belle Siddons (1958), available for free anywhere you might download or stream a podcast, and at http://thewallbreakers.com/

Duration:00:24:41