Classic Radio Highlight Reel
By Mark Lavonier
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Each weeknight the WRVO Playhouse focuses in on an event from radio's past. From a program debut to an actor's birthday, we rack up an illustrative clip from our archive to bring the information to life, and to your ear. The podcast is updated every weekday with highlight reels of previous weeks. Segements are researched, written and edited by Mark Lavonier.
||1/6 Halls of Ivy||Popular Hollywood couple Ronald and Benita Colman had a legacy on the silver screen in the states and in their native England, and on radio starred as husband and wife on the ,"Halls of Ivy" program, which made its debut on this day.||5 1 11||Free||View In iTunes|
||1/5 Phil Spitalne||Phil Spitalne was known best during the golden age of radio for his novelty 'all-girl' orchestra. Hear the background on this bandleader along with one of his well known tunes.||4 1 11||Free||View In iTunes|
||1/4 Carnation Contented Hour||A program that lasted nearly two decades made its debut on this day, the variety show, "Carnation Contented Hour". Listen to a profile of this popular program.||3 1 11||Free||View In iTunes|
||1/3 Lord Haw Haw||On this day one of World War 2's best known radio propagandists was hanged for treason. Tune in for a profile of 'Lord Haw Haw', with an excerpt of him on the air.||2 1 11||Free||View In iTunes|
||1/2 Last Soap Opera Day||A sad day for soap opera fans happened on this day in 1961. Tune in for the background on what is now known as the last day of the radio soap opera.||1 1 11||Free||View In iTunes|
||1/1 Rose Bowl||The first radio broadcast collegiate football's Rose Bowl was heard on this day many years ago, marking the first time a college game was on the air. Listen in to the history of the event, and some fun at the Bowl with Jack Benny.||31 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||12/31 Wild Bill Hickok||Even though this legendary figure recently missed his pardon, we bring you a profile of Wild Bill Hickok as translated on the air.||30 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||12/30 Mutual - Don Lee Network||The powerhouse Mutual and Don Lee radio networks merged on this day, and we bring you a moment from their on-air celebration of this monumental radio event.||29 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||12/29 Paul Whiteman||The self-proclaimed 'king of jazz' Paul Whiteman is remembered with the full version of his signature song, "Rhapsody in Blue".||28 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|
||12/28 Red Skelton / Pledge of Alliegence||Though comedian Red Skelton was a hit on television, his talents translated to radio well before with his talented cast of self-made characters. Tune in to hear a different side of Skelton as he relates his interpretation of the Pledge of Alliegence.||27 12 10||Free||View In iTunes|