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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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Duration:00:01:30

TRAILER: A Man Named Marlowe—Coming May 15th

5/4/2018
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What if everything you knew was destined to change? What if it was all a lie you created to keep you getting up in the morning? What if murder started to follow you everywhere you went? Would you change? Would you lose hope? Would you fight to the last breath? Use your last heart beat to try to figure it out? Or would your final hope be to give up the ghost, only to be saved by them? Welcome to my world. Los Angeles, 1935. The heart of the great depression, with glitz and glamour right...

Duration:00:02:14

How Orson Welles' War of the Worlds Caused Such Mass Hysteria

5/1/2018
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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...

Duration:00:26:24

BW - EP79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Early Career (1931-1941)

4/30/2018
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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...

Duration:02:04:47

Orson Welles and H.G. Wells Discussing Impending War—10.28.1940

4/27/2018
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On October 28, 1940, Orson Welles and H.G. Wells met for the first time in San Antonio, TX. They appeared on a panel for KTSA discussing H.G. Wells' take on Orson's War of the Worlds broadcast as well as the upcoming Citizen Kane. It was an incredible, foreboding few minutes. Hear more about Orson Welles' life and career, coming May 1, 2018 on Breaking Walls Episode 79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Work Between 1937-1941. Download and Subscribe by searching for "Breaking Walls" everywhere...

Duration:00:01:30

Orson Welles And Johnny Carson Share a Funny story about George Burns Ribbing Jack Benny

4/26/2018
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In 1976 Orson Welles appeared on Johnny Carson and the two shared a funny story about Jack Benny and George Burns, two legendary comedians. Hear more about Orson Welles' life and career, coming May 1, 2018 on Breaking Walls Episode 79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Work Between 1937-1941. Download and Subscribe by searching for "Breaking Walls" everywhere you get your podcasts or at thewallbreakers.com.

Duration:00:01:42

Orson Welles On Citizen Kane Camera Techniques and Creative Expression

4/24/2018
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In 1960, Orson Welles sat down with BBC's Huw Wheldon for their Monitor program. The conversation centered around Orson's work as an actor, director and filmmaker, with special attention paid to the 1941 Citizen Kane. In this clip Huw Wheldon asks Orson how he got the confidence to break such boundaries. This is Welles' answer. Hear more about Orson Welles' life and career, coming May 1, 2018 on Breaking Walls Episode 79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Work Between 1937-1941. Download and...

Duration:00:01:20

Experience the Premiere of Citizen Kane at the Palace Theater in NYC — 5.1.1941

4/17/2018
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May 1, 1941 outside the Palace Theatre in New York city on West 47th street and Broadway. There’s a throng of onlookers comprising every social strata of New York society. They’ve come to see one man. That man—as usual—is late. He’s known to work himself to the bone, and party even harder. He’s had romances with some of the most famous and attractive women in the country, including Virginia Nicholson, Dolores del Rio, and Rita Hayworth. He’s been hailed as a genius, a charlatan, an...

Duration:00:02:33

Orson Welles Explains the Difference Between Real Audiences and Audiences of Today

4/14/2018
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In 1979 Orson Welles was a guest on the Dinah Shore daytime television show. Dinah asked Orson his thoughts on how to win over an audience. He quickly exclaimed that today's (1979s) audience they were speaking with wasn't a real audience. When she asked why, he explained. Was he correct? Hear more about Orson Welles' life and career, coming May 1, 2018 on Breaking Walls Episode 79: The Boy Wonder—Orson Welles' Work Between 1937-1941. Download and Subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts...

Duration:00:01:28

Experience the Titanic Disaster on the Evening of April 14, 1912

4/12/2018
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This is an except from Breaking Walls Episode 75: We Are Echoes—The Birth Of Radio (1887 - 1912), available on itunes, and everywhere else you get your podcasts by searching for Breaking Walls, or by going to www.TheWallBreakers.com. By 1912, what we now know as "radio" was still known as "wireless telegraphy," aka wireless morse code dots and dashes. The industry had grown immensely during the first decade of the 20th century, but the lack of regulation to the medium created an atmosphere...

Duration:00:14:21

Dizzy Dean Shares A Story of His 1938 World Series Heartbreak

4/5/2018
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Sometime during early 1937 while pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, Dizzy Dean hurt his arm. It's quite possible that whatever the injury was, it could have been fixed with today's sports medicine. During the 1937-38 offseason, The Cardinals traded Dean to the Chicago Cubs for Curt Davis, Clyde Shoun, Tuck Stainback and $185,000 ($3.2 Million today). Although Dean only made 10 starts in 1938 for the Cubs he went 7-1 with a 1.81ERA, pitching with his hurt arm. The Cubs won the 1938...

Duration:00:02:26

BW - EP78: Our Game—Baseball Memories From Throughout Radio History

3/31/2018
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In Breaking Walls Episode 78, in honor of Major League’s Baseball’s opening day, we present stories, recollections, and in-game sounds from some of baseball’s most memorable moments and people. Highlights: Hear what Jackie Robinson’s Major League Baseball debut on April 15th, 1947 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY sounded like NY Daily News Columnist Ben Gross recalls the first World Series radio broadcast on WJZ in 1921 Dizzy Dean and the famed Gas House Gang’s 1930s rivalry with the New...

Duration:01:19:30

Jackie Robinson Interviews Branch Rickey in 1960

3/30/2018
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After Jackie Robinson's playing career ended, he hosted a syndicated radio show called Jackie Robinson's Radio Shots. In 1960 Jackie Robinson spoke with long-time baseball executive Branch Rickey on The Continental League (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_League). Rickey had revolutionized the game twice—first instituting Spring Training and the farm system in the 1920s and later as the executive responsible for signing Jackie Robinson in 1945. The Continental League never got off...

Duration:00:04:22

Rudy Vallee Tells The Story of How He Started on NBC

3/23/2018
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On October 24, 1929, the same day that the US Stock Market lost 11 percent of its value at the opening bell, The Fleishchmann Yeast Hour premiered on NBC at 8PM. It had been packaged by the ad agency J Walter Thompson, with agency staff as the directors and producers. It starred the man who would go on to become the country’s first iconic radio pop star: Rudy Vallée. In this clip, from Breaking Walls EP77: The Birth of The Radio Networks—From NBC to CBS to Mutual Broadcasting (1922 - 1934)...

Duration:00:08:24

TRAILER: : Our Game—Baseball Memories from throughout Radio History

3/20/2018
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Coming April 1, 2018. Download and Subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts or at thewallbreakers.com. In Breaking Walls Episode 78, in honor of Major League’s Baseball’s opening day, we’ll present stories, recollections, and in-game sounds from some of baseball’s most memorable moments and people. You'll hear from Red Barber, Mel Allen, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Dizzy Dean, Walter Cronkite, Bill Stern, and Babe Ruth.

Duration:00:06:44

The Story Behind the Birth of Hollywood as Radio's Top Recording Location

3/19/2018
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By 1934, Los Angeles was beginning to be a cultural and recording center for radio broadcasting. This clip, from Breaking Walls Episode 77: The Birth of The Radio Networks—From NBC to CBS to Mutual Broadcasting (1922 - 1934) tells the story of Hollywood's radio origins. Los Angeles was the third and final major network radio recording destination after New York in the 1920s and Chicago in the early 1930s. In 1935 NBC opened a $2 million complex, followed by its and CBS’ expanding into...

Duration:00:05:15

BW - EP77: The Birth Of The Radio Networks—From NBC To CBS To Mutual Broadcasting (1922 - 1934)

3/14/2018
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In Breaking Walls Episode 77 we pick up our story on the history of American radio broadcasting, as a few ramshackle radio stations become large national networks, giving rise to an entire generation of entertainment giants during the roaring 1920s. Highlights: • July 2, 1921— Jack Dempsey defends his heavyweight boxing title in front of 80,000 fans as RCA broadcasts the event Closed Circuit to over 300,000 fans. Its the first broadcast of its kind. • The Radio Craze begins as almost 600...

Duration:01:17:34

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