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Radio Spirits Newsletter, January 2011

Charles Rector's Weblog; Jan. 16, 2011; By Charles Rector
Type: News
Green Hornet Feature Article

January 2011

This Month's Features


-- The Green Hornet – Ripped From Real Life?

-- 2010 Necrology
-- New When Radio Was Affiliate Stations
-- Radio Spirits iPhone App

-- TCM Movies of Note

-- The Six Shooter (Re-Issue)
-- Amos 'n' Andy
-- Broadway's My Beat
-- Nick Carter, Master Detective
-- X Minus One

-- The Green Hornet
-- Amos 'n' Andy
-- Broadway's My Beat
-- Nick Carter, Master Detective
-- X Minus One

-- Butterfly McQueen’s 100th Birthday
-- Premiere of the New Green Hornet Movie
-- Film Noir Festival
-- 75th Anniversary of the Premier of The Green Hornet Radio Show
Featured Article
By Elizabeth McLeod The Green Hornet is celebrating his 75th anniversary this month and is in the news with the release of the upcoming feature film on January 14th. Our own new collection of radio shows, featuring many previously uncirculated shows, is expected to be available for shipment around the same time. In the liner notes for this set, radio historian Elizabeth McLeod references a possible real life inspiration – reporter Jerry Buckley -- behind the Hornet's creation in 1936. We asked Elizabeth to expand a little on that topic, and we present it to you here.

Unprecedented corruption was the rule in many of America's cities as the 20's turned into 30's. Bootlegging, grafting, gambling, and every other form of vice combined to make city life a trial for honest, hard-working people.

And then a champion arose: a journalist by day, a crusader by night, indefatigable in his pursuit of justice, and merciless in his war on crime. His home base was one of the most corrupt cities in the nation...

Read the rest of this exclusive article on THE GREEN HORNET by clicking here.
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News & Information
Compiled by Ron Sayles and Edited by Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. Let us remember the men and women we lost during 2010 who spent part of their lives contributing to radio and the performing arts.

Jean Carroll (01/07/11-01/01/10) – Standup comedienne and actress (TV’s The Jean Carroll Show, aka Take it from Me) who also penned scripts for the radio soap opera Our Gal Sunday.
Rory Markas (12/20/55-01/04/10) – Sportscaster who once worked at KNX-AM.
Bob Blackburn (1924-01/08/10) – One-time sportscaster for KOMO and KJR.
Jayne Walton Rosen (08/28/17-01/10/10) – Vocalist and “Champagne Lady” for Lawrence Welk and his orchestra.
Shirley Bell Cole (02/21/20-01/12/10) – Chicago-based actress who appeared as Little Orphan Annie (on the program of the same name) and Patsy Donovan on Captain Midnight.
Carl Smith (03/15/27-01/16/10) – Country music singer-songwriter who often appeared on The Grand Ole Opry and Cas Walker’s Radio Show.
George Jellinek (12/22/19-01/16/010) – Host of the syndicated radio series The Vocal Scene, a show produced at New York’s WQXR.
Jean Simmons (01/31/29-01/22/10) – Stage, screen and television actress who appeared on The Lux Radio Theatre and a 1949 syndicated broadcast of “A Christmas Carol”.

See the complete 2010 Necrology here.

NEW RADIO STATIONS TO BROADCAST WHEN RADIO WAS We're pleased to announce the following new additions to the family of radio stations now broadcasting our nationally syndicated When Radio Was show. Be sure to tune in to listen to great classic radio on stations in your area:

KRNT-AM - Des Moines, IA – Sunday 7-9pm
KICA-AM - Clovis, NM – Monday through Sunday 6pm-7pm
KWOR-AM - Cody, WY - Monday through Friday 4pm-5pm

NEW RADIO SPIRITS IPHONE APP We recently released our very first iPhone App! This FREE App allows you to stream the latest three episodes of our nationally syndicated radio program When Radio Was. If you've got an iPhone and you're interested in downloading our App, you can get it by clicking on the App Store button on your iPhone and then searching for "Radio Spirits".

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIAM BENDIX! William Bendix, beloved star of The Life of Riley radio series, was born on January 14, and Turner Classic Movies is presenting 10 of his movies this month including an 8 movie marathon on his birthday starting at 7:15 am.

Also airing on TCM of interest to radio fans is Red Skelton starring in “Whistling in the Dark” (1941) at 6 am on January 15, and Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in “To Be or Not to Be” (1942) at 12:30 pm on January 28. Jack Benny compatriot Eddie “Rochester” Anderson co-stars in “The Green Pastures” (1936) on January 17 at 6 am. All times are Eastern.
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New Radio Spirits Releases – Available Now!

THE SIX SHOOTER: SPECIAL EDITION (RE-ISSUE) Travel the western territories with this special Six Shooter Edition. Saddle up with Britt Ponset-the slow talking, fast shooter- as he becomes a legend in his own time. Enjoy 20 digitally restored and remastered episodes of this maverick gun fighter as he takes aim and becomes known as the Six Shooter. Played by the legendary Jimmy Stewart, the Six Shooter is an easy-going cowboy who is able to...
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AMOS 'N' ANDY: ARCHIVES COLLECTION Amos 'n' Andy, radio's all-time most popular series, dominated American broadcasting for a third of a century. Freeman Gosden starred as Amos Jones, George "Kingfish" Stevens and Lightnin', with Charles Correll as Andy Brown and Henry Van Porter, and Ernestine Wade as Sapphire. What these charismatic characters lacked in money, they more than made up for with warmth, wile, and whimsy...
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BROADWAY'S MY BEAT: NEON SHOALS Larry Thor, a staff announcer turned actor with an expressive and powerful voice, played the role of Detective Danny Clover. His beat was Broadway, and each week he narrated a new tale of nighttime drama along the Great White Way. Writers Morton Fine and David Friedkin delivered scripts of elegant intricacy that turned routine description into near poetry. Three soundmen worked in unison to create one of the densest soundscapes on radio - capturing the chaotic buzz of the New York night as a counterpoint to the music and dialogue ...
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TWO-FISTED Before Philip Marlowe, before Sam Spade, there was the father of all American private eyes: Nick Carter, Master Detective. Lon Clark stars as this two-fisted crime-fighting defender of justice in the 16 digitally remastered radio shows presented here. Nick has deductive genius, a knack for disguises, and a fast right hook, all of which comes in handy as he solves an interesting variety of cases...
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X-MINUS ONE: ARCHIVES COLLECTION "From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future, adventures in which you'll live in a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds." Once again, these 18 digitally restored and remastered episodes are available from the Radio Spirits Archives Collection. This CD re-release of our long out of print cassette collection...
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Upcoming Radio Spirits Releases
In January

The Green Hornet: Fog in the Night – 10 CDs (item #44922)
The Falcon: Private Eye to Super Spy – 8 CDs (item #44932)

In March
For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting another batch of previously uncirculated episodes of The Phil Harris – Alice Faye Show...the wait is over! A new 10 CD set will be available this month.

Richard Diamond, Private Detective - 8 CD Set
Murder at Midnight – 8 CD Set
Jack Benny v. Fred Allen: The Feud – 10 CD Set

* Please note all new release dates are subject to change.
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Events and Memorable Dates Calendar
Including contributions from Martin Grams, Jr. January 8, 2011 - Butterfly McQueen's 100th Birthday
January 14, 2011 - Premiere of the new Green Hornet movie
January 21-30, 2011 - Film Noir Festival, San Francisco -
January 31, 2011 - 75th Anniversary of the premier of The Green Hornet radio show

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