Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Network Radio Broadcasting.
Hans Conried On His Role In My Friend Irma
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.
Writer Morton Fine On The Broadway Is My Beat Formula
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.
Broadway Is My Beat: Margaret Royce Murder Case—05/02/1953
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.
Frank Sinatra Tells A Joke About What Misery Is
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.
Herb Vigran on What Happened to Radio Actors during the 1960s after TV Killed Dramatic Radio
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.
William S. Paley On The Importance of Radio
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.