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

Breaking Walls James Scully

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    • 4.8 • 77 Ratings

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

    Escape: Leiningen Versus the Ants—08/04/1949

    Escape: Leiningen Versus the Ants—08/04/1949

    On the August 4th, 1949 episode of CBS' Escape, "You are isolated on a remote plantation in the crawling Amazon Jungle and an immense army of ravenous ants is closing in on you - swarming in to eat you alive. A deadly black army from which there is no escape."

    This is the third broadcast of "Leiningen Versus The Ants" broadcast on Escape. This version features Gerald Mohr and Tudor Owen.

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    Red Skelton on How Ed Wynn Got Him Started in Comedy

    Red Skelton on How Ed Wynn Got Him Started in Comedy

    In the early 1990s, Red Skelton was a guest of Canadian television host Dini Petty's talk show. They spoke about his life and career. In this clip, Red Skelton explains how comedian Ed Wynn got him started in show-biz when he was just a kid.

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    Breaking Walls: The Podcast on The History of American Radio Broadcasting

    Breaking Walls: The Podcast on The History of American Radio Broadcasting

    Breaking Walls is the podcast on the history of American network radio broadcasting. It focuses on people, places, stories, and events from the Golden Age of American Radio. Find us and subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts and at TheWallBreakers.com

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    Have You Been Enjoying Breaking Walls? Give the Show a Rating!

    Have You Been Enjoying Breaking Walls? Give the Show a Rating!

    Have you been enjoying Breaking Walls? If so, give the show a quick rating on whatever platform you listen, especially iTunes.

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    BW - EP118: Radio and The Gas Station (1939 - 1982)

    BW - EP118: Radio and The Gas Station (1939 - 1982)

    In Breaking Walls episode 118 we hit the road with part one of an Americana mini-series. We’ll gas up with some of radio’s best and examine shows taking place at America’s filling stations.


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    Highlights:
    • Al Hodge and The Green Hornet
    • Getting a Checkup at Doctor Christian’s
    • Lux Presents: They Drive By Night with Lana Turner and Lucille Ball
    • Orson Welles and The Hitchhiker
    • ABC competes with NBC and CBS
    • Dragnet leads to The Lineup
    • Stacey Keach and The Last Tales of the Texas Rangers
    • The Gas Crisis and the CBS Radio Mystery Theater

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    Subscribe to Breaking Walls everywhere you get your podcasts.

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    The reading material used in today’s episode was:
    • On the Air - By John Dunning
    • Network Radio Ratings — by Jim Ramsburg

    As well as articles from
    • The Association For Convenience and Fuel Retailing
    • Family Tree Magazine
    • NationalParkService.Org
    • Newsweek
    • The Smithsonian Magazine

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    On the interview front:
    • Virginia Gregg and Lurene Tuttle spoke to Chuck Schaden. Hear their full chats at SpeakingOfRadio.com.

    • Himan Brown, Larry Haines, Vincent Price, and Rudy Vallée spoke with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC’s The Golden Age of Radio. Hear these full interviews at Goldenage-WTIC.org.

    • Herb Ellis, Byron Kane, Stacy Keach Sr, and Herb Vigran were with SPERDVAC. For more information, go to SPERDVAC.com.

    • Bing Crosby and John Scott Trotter spoke with Same Time, Same Station.

    • Lucille Ball was with both Dick Cavett and Joan Rivers.

    • Orson Welles with Johnny Carson.

    • Al Hodge with Richard Lamparski.

    • Vic Perrin with Neill Ross for KMPC.

    • Joel McCrae was interviewed by Al Greenberg for Orco Development.

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    Selected music featured in today’s episode was:
    • Route 66 — By Nat King Cole
    • Deep Night — By Rudy Vallée
    • The Klezmer’s Wedding — By Andre Moisan
    • Living Without You — By George Winston
    • Fly Me To The Moon — By Julie London

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    Special thanks to:


    The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
    https://www.ghoulishdelights.com/

    The Fireside Mystery Theatre
    https://www.firesidemysterytheatre.com/

    Twelve Chimes, It’s Midnight
    https://www.twelvechimesradio.com/

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    Subscribe to Burning Gotham—the new audio drama set in 1835 New York City. It’s available everywhere you get your podcasts and at BurningGotham.com.

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    A special thank you to Ted Davenport, Jerry Haendiges, and Gordon Skene.

    For Ted go to RadioMemories.com, for Jerry, visit OTRSite.com, and for Gordon, please go to PastDaily.com.

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    Thank you to:
    Tony Adams
    Steven Allmon
    Orson Orsen Chandler
    Phil Erickson
    Briana Isaac
    Thomas M. Joyce
    Ryan Kramer
    Gary Mollica
    Barry Nadler
    Christian Neuhaus
    Aimee Pavy
    Chris Pilkington

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    WallBreakers Links:
    Patreon - patreon.com/thewallbreakers
    Social Media - @TheWallBreakers

    • 3 hr 42 min
    Words From The Famed Late 1940s Hollywood Radio Character Actors

    Words From The Famed Late 1940s Hollywood Radio Character Actors

    This is a snippet from Breaking Walls Episode 90: The Hollywood People Behind Radio’s Baby Boomer Boom (1945 - 1954).

    By 1946 Los Angeles was the number one location for dramatic radio’s production. Hollywood had the country’s biggest stars and radio’s most famous performers. Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, and many others called Hollywood home.

    Even before the war, Los Angeles had been attracting hopeful radio actors, writers, and producers. By America’s first year of peace, a troupe of hungry professionals had assembled.

    These are some of their thoughts on the people they knew and the industry they worked so closely with.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Konfeta Matson ,

Fantastic!

This is an excellent podcast. I love hearing old radio people talk about the medium, and the research that goes into each episode is truly impressive.

Scirocco333 ,

Continues to be a favorite.

A lot of work goes into this podcast and I learn so much from it. The creator throws a lot of bonus teaser goodies out too between his main broadcast.

rkowna ,

Great Podcast

This is the beat researched interezting and informative podcast I have ever heard. Usually there is either a problwm with the research in an interesring podcast or a well researched podcast sounds like a textbook recital or worse, a straigjt read from wikipedia. This podcast has taught me a lot while being entertaining at the same time. I have recommended this podcast to people who have zero interest in the history of radio and all have reported back with amazed interest. This is stellar work and ia mandatory liatening

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