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Jerry Haendiges'
"Old Time Radio Classics"
Jerry began broadcasting over several Southern California stations from 1969 till 1989. In 1974, with Jim Coontz and Kevin Stern, he started an old time radio club in Los Angeles, The Society To Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy, using the acronym SPERDVAC. In 2002 he offered to Guest host his very close friends, John and Larry Gassman's "Same Time, Same Station" temporarily till they could take it over again. John and Larry are now back and you hear their excellent programs right here every week right here on his Olde Tyme Radio Network. Jerry is continuing on using his original show title of "Old Time Radio Classics."


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    This Week's Old Time Radio Classics Schedule:

    Martin Luther King; American Hero!
    The Negro In American History (Reprise)

    4-17-60 Guest: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Narrator: Ned Brooks
    NBC Sustained

    Episode 6 12-18-38 "The Negro In The United States"
    The story of the only group who came to America against their will.

    Episode 11 4-29-44 "Bowed Shapes"
    NARRATOR: Archibald MacLeish
    WRITER: Archibald MacLeish
    DIRECTOR: Frank Patt
    NBC SUSTAINED Saturdays 7:00 - 7:30 pm

    Episode 55 7-31-49 "The Trumpet Talks"
    The story of Louis Armstrong
    Began as a Civil Rights program, showing the Negro plight, rise, and accomplishments in America, using a predominately Negro cast.
    WRITER: Richard Durham
    PRODUCER: Homer Hect


    Larry and John Gassman's
    "Same Time, Same Station"
    Identical twin brothers, John and Larry Gassman are used to surprising skeptics. Blind since birth, they have been exceeding the expectations of doubting observers all their lives.
    The Gassman's radio careers were launched in 1973, at a small radio station at Rio Hondo College in Whittier. By 1980, they were the sole hosts, producers and engineers of the KPCC-FM radio program, "Same Time, Same Station". The show was devoted to airing vintage radio programs which featured dramas, comedies, variety programs, news broadcasts and documentaries from the 1930's, '40's, and '50's. These original productions were aired in their entirety, uncut and uninterrupted. The show lasted until March of 2000. They then moved their program to KCSN in Northridge, California. In 2002 they both became to busy to continue the broadcast. Rather then to see the show die, Jerry Haendiges offered to "guest" host the show temporarily. After an absence of over 8 years, the Gassman's are happy to now resume "Same Time, Same Station" on my Olde Tyme Radio Network (and I'm really happy to have them back)..


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    This Week's Same Time, Same Station Program Schedule:

    This week we look at the radio career of Debbie Reynolds.
    She did more radio than I had thought.

    11/03/1954 Ep396 Cliff.

    11/18/1950 epxxx Chicago Stadium. Debbie Reynolds, Martin and Lewis.
    Dean and Jerry stray far far from the script with many visual jokes that had the Chicago stadium audience in stitches. But the audience at home most likely had no idea of what was going on. I know I did not the first time I heard this show.

    Mickey Rooney, Phil Harris, Debbie Reynolds, and Donna Reid.
    Audition show with Peter Potter as moderator.

    08/23/1952 (585) The First Man She Met.


    Duane Keilstrup's
    "OTR Classics And Curios"
    Duane Victor Keilstrup, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Arlington, is a native Nebraskan and a Texan by choice. He grew up enjoying big bands at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha and now produces vintage music and classic radio comedy shows on YesterdayUSA. He served many years as editor of an educational journal and recently authored a book with the subtitle "Singing and Soaring on Paths of Joy" at Xulon Press. Dr. Keilstrup and his wife of over 50 years reside in Arlington, Texas where they enjoy their three children, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Duane says he is excited to join The Olde Tyme Radio Network and invites listeners to visit his website at


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    This Week's Classics & Curios Show:

    "Echoes of Songs and Laughter"

    Episode 239



    This episode showcases again one of the very best Eddie Hubbard DJ shows, the first in a series that highlighted great songwriters. This show, with edited “Liner Notes,” features Johnny Mercer while other shows in the series focused on Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, and George Gerschwin. Mercer, as Eddie points out, was one of the most loved and greatest lyricists of American music, and his songs remain among the best in the Great American Songbook.

    Songs with Mercer's lyrics that Eddie chose to feature on this show from June 18, 1989, are among his best and include "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "In the Cool, Cool ,Cool of the Evening," "Moon River," "Charade," "Days of Wine and Roses," "The Aitchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe," "GI Jive," and "I'm Old Fashioned." Five of the songs are among my favorite songs by any composer, namely, "Accentuate the Positive," "Dream," "Blues in the Night," "And the Angels Sing," and "Glow Worm." Johnny's new lyrics to "Glow Worm" are simply the work of a wordplay/wordsmith genius, and the lyrics of these favorites and others rank among the most brilliant ever written while enhancing the brilliance of the music by composers like Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini, Harry Warren, Barry Manilow, Harold Arlen, and Ziggy Elman.

    Artists who perform the songs include Hoagy Carmichael, Rosemary Clooney, Andy Williams, Dinah Shore, the Mills Brothers, Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman, and Woody Herman.

    Eddie had less than an hour to focus on Johnny's songs, so countless tunes had to be left out, like "Lazybones," "I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande," "That Old Black Magic," "Wings Over the Navy," "Satin Doll," "The Summer Wind," "My Shining Hour," "Jeepers Creepers," "Goody Goody," "Autumn Leaves," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Something's Gotta Give," "Hooray for Hollywood," and "P.S. I Love You."

    From Wikipedia: "Mercer wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four.Well regarded also as a singer, with a folksy quality, Mercer was a natural for his own songs such as "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive", "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", and "Lazybones". He was considered a first-rate performer of his own work. [Concerning] “When October Goes”, a melancholy remembrance of lost love. [Barry] Manilow applied his own melody to the lyric and issued it as a single in 1984, when it became a top 10 Adult Contemporary hit in the United States. The song has since become a jazz standard, with notable recordings by Rosemary Clooney, Nancy Wilson, and Megon McDonough, among other performers. For the occasion of Mercer's 100th birthday in 2009 Clint Eastwood produced a [television] documentary film on Johnny Mercer's life and work called The Dream's on Me (Turner Classic Movies)."

    Mercer's own lyrics found in the title of a song composed by his friend Richard Whiting best describe the man himself and the work of this gifted performer, producer, and lyricist: "Too Marvelous for Words."

    Johnny opened his "Johnny Mercer Music Shop" on the Armed Forces Radio Service in 1944 with these words -- words fitting to start Eddie's tribute to Johnny who still makes listeners "feel tip-top:"

    "Hi there fellows, won't you feel tip-top?
    This is Johnny Mercer and his Music Shop
    All you soldiers, sailors, and Marines out there
    All you gals in the service, we're on the air."


    George and Ira Gershwin “Strike Up the Band” as more songs by great songwriters continue in the 1940 film of the same name, presented in three acts on CBS’ Lux Radio Theater from October 28, 1940, with stars Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney reprising their original movie roles. At the time of the film version Mickey was the top box office movie star. Of course, nothing on radio could reproduce the boundless energy of the movie dance scenes with whirlwind Mickey leading the way and eighteen-year-old Judy contributing her usual remarkable performance, but this Lux presentation is fun and offers songs by both stars. Director of the film was Busby Berkeley, whose name alone indicates the quality of the movie’s creative integration of camera, music, and dance scenes. Needless to say that I enthusiastically recommend watching the film on DVD after you listen to this Lux radio reproduction.

    Many songs in the film, including 10 great songs played as background music, are not included in the radio performance. Judy, as Mary Holden, does sing “I Ain’t Got Nobody [and Nobody’s Got Me]” and “Drummer Boy,” and Mickey joins her on “Our Love Affair,” a song written especially for Judy and that was nominated for an academy award. Mickey, as energetic and ambitious high school drummer, piainist, and bandleader Jimmy Conners, wins Paul Whiteman’s band competition and eventually our hearts by his unselfishness and as he recognizes that his mother is truly a “queen” who helped him realize what is important in life.

    It was my good fortune to meet Mickey in person in Branson where he performed one time in his late 80’s with the same amazing energy, as he danced and sang and played with youthful passion on the piano and drums. He was extremely gracious and shared his genuine love and respect for Judy and the joy she gave him in their performances. .

    Big John Matthews and Steve "Archive" Urbaniak's
    "The Glowing Dial"
    Big John has been into OTR since his early teens. He met Steve in 1990 and they found that they had similar interests like OTR and things nostalgic. In 1996 they started ”The Glowing Dial” for Yesterday USA and it ran for 5 years there. They had to stop for a few years due to Big John's health. Then in 2003 they started up again and ran for 4 years when, again Big John’s health forced another hiatus. But now, they're back once again, this time hopefully to stay. Big John’s buddies Stu Chisholm and Greg Barker filled in for an absent Steve, who was involved in a full-time search for work after being let go by the newspaper he had worked at for over 20 years. But now, Steve is back! He is suitably employed now and has the time to co-host the show once again. He says he missed his time away and is very glad to be back on the air. It will take us a while to build our audience back after a 7 year hiatus, so please, tell your friends about “The Glowing Dial”! See you on the radio!


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    This Week's Glowing Dial Program Schedule:

    The Glowing Dial
    with Big John and Steve

    Latest Episode # POD49
    January 8 thru January 28, 2017

    Big John and Steve present another tribute to Quiet, Please 
    and celebrate Martin Luther King Day!

    Wyllis Cooper Ernest Chappell
    Wyllis Cooper Ernest Chappell

    Quiet, Please - "The Pathetic Fallacy" 
    originally aired on Monday, February 2, 1948 on MUTUAL 
    Starring: Ernest Chappell, Charita Bauer, Michael Fitzmaurice, Vicki Vola, Wyllis Cooper. 

    Quiet, Please - "A Red And White Guidon" 
    originally aired on Monday, February 9, 1948 on MUTUAL 
    Starring: Ernest Chappell, Pat O'Malley, Arthur Cole, Floyd Buckley, Wyllis Cooper. 

    Quiet, Please - "Clarissa" 
    originally aired on Monday, April 19, 1948 on MUTUAL 
    Starring: Ernest Chappell, Bruno Vick, Peggy Stanley, Wyllis Cooper. 

    Quiet, Please - "Let The Lilies Consider" 
    originally aired on Monday, June 28, 1948 on MUTUAL 
    Starring: Ernest Chappell, Cathleen Cordell, Peggy Stanley, James Boles, Wyllis Cooper. 

    running time: 2 hours, 46 minutes, 43 seconds

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