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

Breaking Walls James Scully

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    • 14 sec
    Orson Welles Radio Almanac: Guest Ann Sothern—02/09/1944

    Orson Welles Radio Almanac: Guest Ann Sothern—02/09/1944

    On Wednesday January 26th, 1944, CBS, Mobil Oil, and Orson Welles launched a variety program, with comedy, jazz, and a weekly guest star. It would be a true radio almanac.

    On February 9th, Ann Sothern appeared. The Mercury team of veterans like Agnes Moorehead, Hans Conried, and Ray Collins supported. This episode aired at 9:30PM Pacific Time.

    • 29 min
    Night Beat NBC Sales Promo—02/06/1950

    Night Beat NBC Sales Promo—02/06/1950

    In early 1950 as NBC launched Night Beat starring Frank Lovejoy as Chicago night beat reporter Randy Stone, they sent this recording of the episode "Zero" out to potential sponsors with a sales message taking the place of an opening commercial. Night Beat was a high-adventure human interest series.

    The program would get sponsorship starting in July as part of General Mills' Wheaties "Big Parade," but the cereal company would drop the entire campaign after just eight weeks. Night Beat was taken off the air in November of 1950, but revived the following March. It would continue to air until September 25, 1952, never again having a regular national sponsor.

    • 2 min
    Orson Welles On Getting $55K From RKO President Harry Cohn To Finance Around The World in 80 Days

    Orson Welles On Getting $55K From RKO President Harry Cohn To Finance Around The World in 80 Days

    In 1946, Orson Welles decided to make a musical out of Around The World In Eighty Days. He wanted a circus on stage, traveling by a train running through the West. When the show cast ballooned to seventy, including four mechanical elephants, his original producer Mike Todd, pulled out.

    Welles went to Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures for money. In exchange, Welles would put the play on Broadway, and direct a film at no fee. The problem was, Welles' wife Rita Hayworth had a long-standing hatred for Cohn, even though she was still employed by RKO.

    In late Spring Welles moved to New York. Around The World In Eighty Days premiered on Broadway at the Adelphi Theatre on May 31st, 1946.

    The film that Welles agreed to do in exchange for Cohn's help became The Lady From Shanghai.

    • 1 min
    Burning Gotham Teaser 003: Moving Day

    Burning Gotham Teaser 003: Moving Day

    May 1st, 1835.

    It’s a cold and rainy Moving Day. Every renter in New York is out on the street looking for lodging. Most of the city’s quarter-million live below Houston Street in buildings four stories or smaller, but construction is booming.
    New people are pouring onto New York’s dangerously overcrowded streets by the thousands. Rich and poor, many come to earn an honest living. Others for more nefarious reasons.

    And it’s the perfect place to begin.

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    Coming soon to your favorite podcast app, Burning Gotham—a new scripted audio fiction series about the fastest growing city in the world, and the opportunists who shaped it. To find out more, please subscribe to this audio feed or go to BurningGotham.com.

    • 2 min
    Theater Five: April Snowfall—03/05/1965

    Theater Five: April Snowfall—03/05/1965

    The American Broadcasting Company was never able to overtake NBC or CBS in ratings or revenue during the Golden Age of Radio. But by 1964, the only network dramatic radio airing was part of vignettes on NBC’s Monitor.

    That spring, ABC announced they were launching a new show. They hired former NBC writer Jack Wilson as story editor and assigned the series to directors Warren Sommerville and Frederick Bell. Edward Byron, creator of Mr. District Attorney was brought in to advise.

    The new series would be a weekday half-hour anthology called Theater Five in honor of its broadcast time in the New York market.

    Theater Five premiered on August 3rd with a play called “Hit and Run.” This episode, "April Snowfall" aired on March 5th, 1965 and starred Elliott Reid and Bryna Raeburn.

    • 21 min

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Perhaps a tiny step into hyperbole but not by much, this is fine and important work. It is also a seemingly perfect balance between history and entertainment in the way it moves from interviews to the actual show recordings to historical information.

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