Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fibber McGee's telephone operator

Don Quinn, who wrote the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show, came up with some lines that have become classics.  "Don't open the hall closet,"  as everything tumbles out of it. And "Hello? Oh is that your Myrt " as Fibber asks the operator how's every little thing. 

Friday, August 04, 2017

Paladin's gun. Did he have a horse?

Paladin (Have gun will travel) is one of the radio shows I never watched when it went on TV. Was he some kind of cowboy on TV?  No like that at all on radio.  I listened to an episode last night that had lots of Chinese dialect that wouldn't fly at all today.  Good radio though

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lake Wobegon a satire?

Funny how we interpret things so differently. Somebody commented that Garrison Keillor's tales of the Town that Time Forgot were his  satirical pokes at his provincial,  fundamentalist upbringing in Minnesota.  I heard them as a loving, funny tribute to those days. Probably because I come from a town that was a whole lot like Lake Wobegon and I treasure the memories. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fun with Father. Brown, that is...

Oh those Brits know how to do TV.  The Father Brown mysteries are a mix of good writing, casting and acting.  I haven't read enough of Chesterton's original tales to know how TV compares.  Nor have I got around to listening to the radio version. Will I see the TV characters when I listen?

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Girls in the Band

PBS ran a special about "The girls in the band."  Great female pop musicians past and present.  I caught only the last few minutes.  I hope they had something about Phil Spitalny and his all girl orchestra. Who can forget Evelyn and her magic violin.  Click on Phil.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Old deejays never die.  We just grumble about what happened to radio.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

When radio was all there was

I wonder if a person who grew up in the world of television and internet can ever fully appreciate the value of the spoken word as it was transmitted by radio in that medium's "golden era." A few podcasters  try, but the word "radio" has a different feeling, a totally different meaning for them than it does for one who experienced radio when that's all there was.