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Jimmy Durante Tells a Funny Fred Allen Story

6/21/2018
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After Fred Allen passed away on St. Patrick's Day in 1956, the entire radio community mourned. That May 29th, in honor of what would have been his 62nd birthday, NBC Broadcast a Biography in Sound on Fred Allen. As part of the broadcast, comedian Jimmy Durante, a close friend of Fred's told a funny story about an experience they had at an italian restaurant in New York. Hear more from Fred Allen on Breaking Walls Episode 81, which will spotlight his life and career, coming July 1st, 2018....

Duration:00:00:49

Fred Allen Explains How Giveaway Programs Helped Kill Radio

6/19/2018
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At 1PM on November 24th, 1954, Fred Allen appeared on NBC's Tex and Jinx Show out of WEAF. It was recorded on a grey, rainy Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Peacock Alley at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York city. In Fred's first memoir, Treadmill to Oblivion, he explained that giveaway programs played a large part in killing radio. Here he explained how. Hear more from Fred Allen on Breaking Walls Episode 81, which will spotlight his life and career, coming July 1st, 2018. Download and...

Duration:00:02:44

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe Episode 4: The Ghost & The Odyssey—Coming June 24th

6/16/2018
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Coming June 24th, 2018: Episode 4 of A Man Named Marlowe, entitled "The Ghost & The Odyssey." In Episode 4, two more murders bring Marlowe to the edge, until a visit from a ghost sends him to Spokane looking for answers. Download and subscribe at thewallbreakers.com or by searching for "Breaking Walls" everywhere you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:01:38

Fred Allen Explains Why He Dislikes Advertising Agencies

6/14/2018
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At 1PM on November 24th, 1954, Fred Allen appeared on NBC's Tex and Jinx Show out of WEAF. It was recorded on grey, rainy Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Peacock Alley at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York city. Fred was asked by Jinx Falkenberg where his distate for ad men stemmed from. Fred explained. Hear more from Fred Allen on Breaking Walls Episode 81, which will spotlight his life and career, coming July 1st, 2018. Download and subscribe by searching for Breaking Walls...

Duration:00:01:18

Jack Benny Explains How His Feud With Fred Allen Began

6/12/2018
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After Fred Allen passed away on St. Patrick's Day in 1956, the entire radio community mourned. That May, in honor of what would have been his 62nd birthday, NBC Broadcast a Biography in Sound on Fred Allen. 1956 - 05 - 29 JackBenny OnFredAllenFeud

Duration:00:01:25

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 3: The Aftershock & The Proposition

6/9/2018
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Previously on A Man Named Marlowe: Marlowe gets tailed across town to his friend Bernie Ohl’s house. After leaving Bernie’s he heads up to Big Bear Lake to investigate the cabin his new client Ruth Moriarity mentioned. There he finds something unspeakably gruesome. In Episode 3, Marlowe's offered a large sum of money to drop the case and stop looking for John Moriarity, even though he's already stumbled upon two horrible murders. Heard in this episode: Nancy Pop as The Waitress Olga...

Duration:00:24:06

An Excerpt from Norman Corwin's "Home For the Fourth" - 7.4.1944

6/6/2018
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Duration:00:09:58

Norman Corwin Delivers a Thanksgiving Eulogy - 11.9.1941

6/6/2018
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On the eve of World War II (for the United States) Norman Corwin had control of CBS' Columbia Workshop for 26 weeks. It was his final night as the producer/director, November 9th, 1941. That evening he produced a play entitled "Psalm for a Dark Year." It was a Thanksgiving ode for a troubled world. At the end of this play, he delivered a speech talking about the hard times passed, and the hard times yet to come. He stressed how thankful Americans should be. It was poignant, and fitting.

Duration:00:02:25

Fred Allen Explains His Problem With Executives and Running Long

6/4/2018
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At 1PM on November 24th, 1954, Fred Allen appeared on NBC's Tex and Jinx Show out of WEAF. It was recorded on grey, rainy Wednesday before Thanksgiving in Peacock Alley at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York city. Fred was asked about where his problems with NBC executives started. He explained. Hear more from Fred Allen on Breaking Walls Episode 81, which will spotlight his life and career, coming July 1st, 2018. Download and subscribe by searching for Breaking Walls everywhere you get...

Duration:00:03:01

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe—Episode 3: The Aftershock & The Proposition—Coming June 12th

6/3/2018
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Coming June 12th, 2018 : Episode 3 of A Man Named Marlowe, entitled "The Aftershock & The Proposition." In Episode 3, Marlowe's offered a large sum of money to drop the case and stop looking for John Moriarity, even though he's already stumbled upon two horrible murders. Download and subscribe at thewallbreakers.com or by searching for "Breaking Walls" everywhere you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:01:19

CBS Forecast: The Country Lawyer—8.18.1941

6/2/2018
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Perhaps the most experimental of all the Forecast broadcasts was the August 18th, 1941 episode called The Country Lawyer. Experimental because the story was told in several tenses and told as a story within a story that also combines a foe—“Making of” version of Forecast. The story was written as a memoir by Bellamy Partridge about his father, country lawyer Samuel Selden Partridge, and the little town of Phelps, New York in which Samuel came to practice law during the 1880s. It had been a...

Duration:00:04:07

BW - EP80: Forecast—The Most Important Forgotten Series in Radio History

5/31/2018
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Question? What do starlets Marlene Dietrich, Kay Thompson, Margaret Sullivan, and Loretta Young have in common? How about writers and directors Norman Corwin, Helen Deutsch, and Bill Spier. How about Danny Kaye, Mel Allen, Gerald Mohr, Elliot Lewis, Byron Kane, Lurene Tuttle, Paula Winslowe, Joseph Kearns, and Arthur Q. Bryan? Answer: They guest-starred, grew, or launched their careers on CBS’s Forecast! Forecast was a summer replacement series for the Lux Radio Theatre which ran for two...

Duration:01:24:01

Mel Allen Talks About the Crazy Sportscasting Competition Between NBC and CBS

5/30/2018
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Mel Allen began his broadcasting career as a staff announcer at CBS before transitioning to sportscasting. In July of 1975, he appeared on Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's Golden Age of Radio Program for WTIC out of Hartford, CT. In this clip he talks about some of the crazy things that went on when NBC and CBS were fighting for sports reporting exclusives.

Duration:00:04:00

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 2: The Advice & The Horror

5/28/2018
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Marlowe gets tailed across town to Bernie Ohl’s house. After leaving Bernie’s he heads up to Big Bear Lake to investigate the cabin Ruth mentioned. There he finds something unspeakably gruesome. Heard in this episode: Dan Mountain as Bernie Ohls James Scully as Philip Marlowe Closing Song: Red Sails In The Sunset by Bing Crosby 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...

Duration:00:23:19

Famed Suspense Producer William Spier Explains How He Got Involved With Radio

5/24/2018
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Suspense and Sam Spade producer William Spier and his second wife, actress June Havoc (famed author/singer/actress Kay Thompson was his first wife) sat down with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio in November of 1970. In this clip he talks about how he got involved with radio broadcasting in the 1930s. This portion will be featured in Breaking Walls Episode 80: Forecast—The Most Important Forgotten Series in Radio History, which will be available beginning June...

Duration:00:01:37

William S. Paley Explains How He Bought CBS

5/21/2018
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On November 20, 1958 head of CBS William S. Paley received an award for his thirty years of work in the field of programming. Paley had purchased a then struggling Columbia Broadcasting System for $417,000 on September 25, 1928. Within those first two years he focused on two things—gaining as many coast-to-coast network affiliates as possible, and putting together the most complete, experimental programming schedule on network radio. In this clip from that speech, he explains how he came...

Duration:00:03:46

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe—Episode 2: The Advice & The Horror—Coming May 29th

5/20/2018
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Coming May 29th, 2018: Episode 2 of A Man Named Marlowe, entitled "The Advice & The Horror." In Episode 2, a busted tail job, a birthday dinner, and a trip north set Marlowe on a path to a grizzly series of murders that forever alters how he sees the world. Download and subscribe at thewallbreakers.com or by searching for "Breaking Walls" everywhere you get your podcasts.

Duration:00:01:23

A Man Named Marlowe Episode 1: The Man & The Case

5/14/2018
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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? Heard in this episode: Christopher Bradley as Lou Parker Javan Ivey as Joe Briggs Nancy Pop as Ruth Moriarity James Scully as...

Duration:00:22:36

Vincent Price Explains Why He Loves Radio Drama

5/11/2018
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In November of 1972 Vincent Price appeared on WTIC's The Golden Age of Radio with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran. During the interview he spoke about why he loved radio drama so much and why he feels the networks made a big mistake in forgoing the medium for television. The full interview can be found here - http://www.goldenage-wtic.org/log.html

Duration:00:01:33

Hans Conried Explains the Differences between NYC, CHI, and Hollywood as Radio Drama Hubs

5/8/2018
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Hans Conried Explains the Differences between NYC, CHI, and Hollywood as Radio Drama Hubs by

Duration:00:01:30