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BW - EP75: We Are Echoes—The Birth Of Radio (1887 - 1912)

In Breaking Walls Episode 75 we go back in time to the beginning of radio to tell the story of how this medium began. Highlights: * Why the Blizzard of 1888 played such an important role in the need for wireless telegraphy * Who Was Heinrich Hertz? What experiment made him the father of Hertzian Waves? * What Oliver Lodge, Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, and Amos DollBear have in common * Guglielmo Marconi, father of radio? * The benefits to wireless telegraphy * David Sarnoff — His...


TRAILER: We Are Echoes—The Birth of Radio

This is James Scully, speaking from Brooklyn. The next episode of Breaking Walls, which will be released on February 15th, 2018 will begin a long-term story arc on the history of the american radio drama. What is radio drama? Prior to television, people tuned in to Radio to hear their favorite comedies, thrillers, westerns, high-adventure dramas, soap operas, kids shows, and melodramas, along with the talk, news, music, and sports that still dominate the airwaves. Radio Drama on the major...


BW - EP74: Jay M. Kholos of The Zero Hour & John C. Abbott of The Who Is Johnny Dollar Matter

More In Breaking Walls episode 74, we celebrate the WallBreakers’ 6th birthday with an anniversary extravaganza! First, we’ll chat with the creator of the 1970s radio drama The Zero Hour, Mr. Jay M. Kholos. Then, a portion of a recent conversation with the author of The Who Is Johnny Dollar Matter, Mr. John C. Abbott. If you’ve been listening to this podcast, you know...


Jay M. Kholos On His Relationship With Rod Serling

The creator of The Zero Hour, Jay M. Kholos speaks about how me met the host of The Zero Hour, Rod Serling. Mr. Kholos also tells a funny story about something that happened involving he and Rod on an airplane while promoting the show. The full conversation with Jay M. Kholos will be available on Breaking Walls Episode 74, starting 2.1.2018


BW - EP73: The 1970s Revival of Dramatic Radio and Why It Failed

In Breaking Walls Episode 73 we spotlight the CBS and Mutual Broadcasting dramatic radio revival and why it ultimately failed. Highlights: • Go Inside the November 1, 1973 Mutual Broadcasting closed circuit press conference from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City announcing Zero Hour • How Elliot Lewis came to produce and direct the Zero Hour • How Himan Brown got CBS to say yes to the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre • Why Himan Brown wanted the Mystery Theatre on 7-nights per week • Rod...


TRAILER: The 1970s Radio Drama Revival - Promo 2

Actor Howard Duff talks with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran in November of 1973 about his time with Actor/Writer/Producer/Director Elliott Lewis in the Armed Forces Radio Service. Why was Elliott Lewis the topic of conversation in 1973? Because Howard had just done some work for him. On What? Tune into Breaking Walls Episode 73: The Rebirth of Radio Drama on Monday January 15, 2017 to find out. Subscribe on iTunes - on...


TRAILER: The Rebirth of Radio Drama - Promo 1

In Breaking Walls Episode 73 we go inside a press conference for the Mutual Broadcasting System on November 1, 1973. Why was this such a momentous event? Tune into Breaking Walls Episode 73: The Rebirth of Radio Drama on Monday January 15, 2017 to find out. Subscribe on iTunes - on Soundcloud - on Player FM - on Short Orange...


BW - EP72: Johnny Dollar and The Death of Dramatic Radio

In Breaking Walls Episode 72 we tell some of the story of American dramatic radio’s last decade on the air through one of the last shows to air, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar. Highlights • The cautionary tale of the Mutual Broadcasting System and why CBS, NBC, and ABC killed their own radio business • The 3rd Floor of NBC and Colby's Restaurant • Why Johnny Dollar was relaunched as a 15 minute, 5x per-week serial in 1955 • Jack Johnstone's unusual and effective directing methods • The many...


BW - EP71: A Vintage Christmas Murder Mystery

In Breaking Walls Episode 71, we offer season’s greetings, glad tidings, and a preview of what our next episode (72) of Breaking Walls will be on January 1st. We've been getting a lot of traction with the golden age of radio mini-documentaries we've have been producing. If this is foreign to you, check out episode 70 which delves into the life and career of comedian Jack Benny, featuring show clips and interviews with Jack Benny and his supporting cast by Chuck Schaden, Dick Bertel, and...


BW - EP69: From Antarctica To India With Gratitude Announcements

In Breaking Walls Episode 69, I talk about some of the things I’m most grateful for this year. For the past four months I’ve been working on a podcast that will launch in January on The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals These 17 goals are an incredibly important initiative to end world poverty, reduce inequality, provide climate action, take care of life on land and below water, and create a more sustainable, economical rising world that’s...


BW - EP68: Psalm For A Dark Year—An Ode for Giving Thanks In Honor of Norman Corwin

In Breaking Walls Episode 68, we welcome November’s theme of “Gratitude” with an interactive look back at Norman Corwin’s radio plays, originally heard on the radio in the United States around Thanksgivings of 1941. We can draw a lot of parallels from 1941 in 2017. That’s a scary thought! Perhaps the world isn’t in nearly as bad of a place today as we imagine. If we want to learn some lessons from the Americans who were alive 76 years ago, the main entertainment medium of the...


BW - EP67: Chasing Summer—Recording Artist Brodie Jaymz

Breaking Walls Episode 67, we’ve got a return guest in Staten Island based recording artist Brodie Jaymz. Brodie was a guest on Breaking Walls episode 26 in October of 2015, and Breaking Walls episode 42 in October of 2016. The reason for the third October conversation in three years? Brodie has recently released a new LP, entitled Chasing Summer (available on all major music outlets). Brodie and I get into his inspiration for, and execution of, the album, what’s been going on in his life,...


BW - EP66: An Interactive History of Suspense—Radios Outstanding Theater Of Thrills

In Breaking Walls episode 66, we weave the history of radio's outstanding theater of thrills, Suspense, into an story told by producer and directors William Spier, William N. Robson, and Elliot Lewis, and actors and actresses June Havoc, Cary Grant, Vincent Price, Hans Conreid, Howard Duff, Robert Taylor, and Cathy Lewis. Suspense aired on CBS Radio from June 17, 1942 to September 30, 1962. Over 900 of the 945 episodes survive, many in high quality. The production value for the shows...


BW - EP65: Student Loan Debt Stories and Advice

On Breaking Walls Episode 65, we open up a forum to discuss what we can do about the United States' rising student loan debt crisis which has now reached 1.4 TRILLION DOLLARS. This show features: Pratt Institute Undergraduate Advisor, Mike Farnham Xavier High School Art Professor Denise Iacovone Comedian, podcaster, actress, and recent college graduate Nancy Pop Advertising sales account executive Teresa Triolo-Thompson They give advice, tell stories, and offer up hope for patience and...


BW - EP64: The Evolution Of A Dancer—Laura DeLaurentis

In episode 64 of Breaking Walls, we sit down with New York City-based professional ballet dance Laura DeLaurentis for a chat about her life, career, and lessons she’s learned along the way. in order to see what her experiences can help teach us about our own. Highlights • How being adopted and growing up in Connecticut influenced Laura • "There is only right now" • The importance of working hard and training hard • Finding out you're a leader • The Homo Veritas Dance Theatre & What's next...


BW - EP63: Are You You with Artist Shantell Martin

On Breaking Walls Episode 63, we head to Mana Contemporary Studios in Jersey City, New Jersey for a chat with groundbreaking artist Shantell Martin. Shantell produces large scale murals and installations designed to invoke high vibrations from the audience, and get them asking more questions about life. If you haven’t seen Shantell’s creations and are now hearing this, I’d suggest you definitely go check to Seeing her work will absolutely give you larger context for who...


BW - EP62: Life With Lucille Ball

In episode 62 of Breaking Walls we profile Lucille Ball's life and career in honor of her upcoming 106th birthday. From chorus girl, to 1940s movie starlet, to radio comedian, to television star, to studio executive, to mother, to ambassador for women, we'll cover Lucy's career from her own mouth with tons of interviews and other multimedia clips. You'll hear what she was most proud of, what she feared, what she did when getting fired from her first job, her views on marriage, fading...


BW - EP61: Writing On It All At Governors Island with Artistic Director Alexandra Chasin

In Breaking Walls Episode 61, we head to Governor's Island to explore the participatory art project Writing On It All, and speak with artistic director Alexandra Chasin. Highlights • An abridged history of Governor's Island • Audio from “Here,” by Ana-Maurine Lara and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs at the day of this event • Where Alexandra's inspiration for Writing on It All Comes From • Why it's so important to break free from these societal fears • Why the history of Governor's Island is so...


BW - EP60: Home For The Fourth

On episode 60 of Breaking Walls, we present a look at the history of audio in America on the fourth of July in honor of the 241st anniversary of America's Independence Day. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll get angry, and perhaps, we’ll all be able to answer what it means to be an American. Highlights: • Norman Corwin Presents: Home for the Fourth, which originally aired on July 4, 1944. • A little-known tale about how the American Revolution began from 1948 • Jean Sheppard tells Fourth of...


TRAILER: Inside the Maggie Flanigan Acting Studio

Here's a sneak peak of Episode 59 of Breaking Walls, which premiers on Thursday, June 15, 2017. In this episode we'll go inside the Maggie Flanigan Acting Studio, a top-notch Meisner method studio located in the heart of New York City. On this episode we'll get an exclusive look at how Maggie and studio head Charlie Sandlan teach by listening in on class, and we'll also have a one-on-one interview with Charlie. Subscribe on iTunes here -...


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