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The Terry Bonadonna Show features Old Time Radio (OTR) programming from the Golden Age of radio. From 2007 to 2010, it aired Friday nights, 9:00 pm-midnight, on WXAV, 88.3 FM, the college radio station of Saint Xavier University in Chicago. The show features several genres: comedy starring radio greats like Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Jim and Marian Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly), Bob and Ray, Burns and Allen; mystery programs (Suspense, The Whistler, I Love a Mystery); detective programs (The Shadow; Dragnet; Casey, Crime Photographer); westerns (The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, Roy Rogers); science fiction (Dimension X); quiz shows (Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge, You Bet Your Life); sports; drama; history; and so on. The program first aired on September 14, 2007, and that episode (minus the opening greeting, unfortunately) and most of the program's episodes are gathered here. Each show is roughly three hours in length. With the assistance of his guest bandleader (e.g., Benny Goodman, Glen Miller), host Terry Bonadonna guides listeners through a weekly tour of five or six programs he has chosen from the archives of radio's Golden Age.

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The Terry Bonadonna Show features Old Time Radio (OTR) programming from the Golden Age of radio. From 2007 to 2010, it aired Friday nights, 9:00 pm-midnight, on WXAV, 88.3 FM, the college radio station of Saint Xavier University in Chicago. The show features several genres: comedy starring radio greats like Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Jim and Marian Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly), Bob and Ray, Burns and Allen; mystery programs (Suspense, The Whistler, I Love a Mystery); detective programs (The Shadow; Dragnet; Casey, Crime Photographer); westerns (The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, Roy Rogers); science fiction (Dimension X); quiz shows (Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge, You Bet Your Life); sports; drama; history; and so on. The program first aired on September 14, 2007, and that episode (minus the opening greeting, unfortunately) and most of the program's episodes are gathered here. Each show is roughly three hours in length. With the assistance of his guest bandleader (e.g., Benny Goodman, Glen Miller), host Terry Bonadonna guides listeners through a weekly tour of five or six programs he has chosen from the archives of radio's Golden Age.

    December 20, 2019--The Christmas Program

    December 20, 2019--The Christmas Program

    This week's programming includes:

    Fred Allen: ”Santa Claus Sits Down" (December 20, 1942) ||***|| 
    Bill Stern Sports Newsreel: ”Guest Ezra Stone" (December 21, 1945) ||***|| 
    Mayor of the Town: ”A Christmas Carol" (December 24, 1942) ||***|| 
    One Man's Family: ”Christmas at the Barbours” (December 25, 1950) ||***|| 
    Jack Benny Program: "Last Moment Christmas Shopping" (December 21, 1947)

    • 2 hr 47 min
    December 21, 2018--The Christmas Program

    December 21, 2018--The Christmas Program

    This week's programming includes:

    Jack Benny Program: "Old-Fashioned Christmas Party" (December 20, 1936) ||***||
    The Saint: "Christmas Jewels" (December 24, 1950) ||***||
    Truth or Consequences: "Christmas Seals" (December 20, 1947) ||***||
    The Big Show: "Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn, Margaret O'Brien" (December 24, 1950)

    • 3 hr 6 min
    December 22, 2017--The Christmas Program

    December 22, 2017--The Christmas Program

    This week's programming includes:

    Candy Matson: "Jack Frost" (December 19, 1949) ||***||
    Jack Benny Program: "Jack Buys a Wallet for Don As a Christmas Gift" (December 19, 1948) ||***||
    Radio Reader's Digest: "Room for a Stranger" (December 19, 1946) ||***||
    Fibber McGee and Molly: "Looking for a Christmas Tree" (December 21, 1943)

    • 3 hr 6 min
    December 22, 2016--The Christmas Program

    December 22, 2016--The Christmas Program

    This week's programming includes:

    Our Miss Brooks: "Magic Christmas Tree" (December 25, 1949) ||***||
    Superman: "Phony Housing Racket" [Chapter 8 and 10] (December 25 and 27, 1946) ||***||
    Gunsmoke: "Christmas Story" (December 20, 1952) ||***||
    FDR Speech: Christmas Tree Lighting (December 24, 1941) ||***||
    Jack Benny Program: "The Christmas Tree" (December 21, 1941)

    • 3 hr 6 min
    December 18, 2015--The Christmas Program

    December 18, 2015--The Christmas Program

    This week's programming includes:

    Jack Benny Program: "The Beavers Come to Jack's for Christmas" (December 24, 1950) ||***||
    Dennis Day: Christmas Medley ||***||
    Grand Central Station: "Miracle at Christmas" (December 22, 1945) ||***||
    Fibber McGee and Molly: "Christmas Card from Elizabeth" (December 21, 1948) ||***||
    The Great Gildersleeve: "Family Christmas" (December 22, 1948)

    • 3 hr 12 min
    December 19, 2014--The Christmas Program

    December 19, 2014--The Christmas Program

    This week's programming includes:

    Damon Runyon Theater: "Dancing Dan's Christmas" (March 3, 1949) ||***||
    Fibber McGee and Molly: "On the Night Before Christmas" (1945) ||***||
    Jack Benny Program: "Jack's Christmas Open House" (December 25, 1938) ||***||
    Boston Blackie: "Rings for Santa" (December 22, 1948) ||***||

    • 3 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

roboref ,

Out of the 48 Podcasts I listen to, this is my favorite!

I'm guessing Terry has graduated from St. Xavier and so is no longer doing the show. I'm so disappointed there are a limited number of these, but that makes each one gold! He has a lot of knowledge of Old Time Radio, especially for a 20-something. I'm a 40-something which doesn't quite make me old enough to have listened to very much radio drama or comedy but I'm making up for it now.

drdarbro ,

Terry Bonadonna Show

Love the old shows. I feel I have stepped into a time tunnel. Keep up the good work!

Goldie oldie soul ,

Terry B

I mite be a little young to listen to this kind off stuff but I love it I listen to it every nite

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