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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:

    Flesh And Fantasy

    Episode 261 9-3-45 "Flesh and Fantasy - Mardi Gras"
    Stars: Joan Hodiak and Clair Trevor

    Episode 254 7-16-45 "Flesh and Fantasy - The Palmist"
    Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Dame May Whitty, Vincent Price

    Episode 514 4-3-52 "Flesh and Fantasy - Circus Girl"
    Stars: Jeff Chandler and Audry Totter

    And as a lead-in to our next week's Christmas Special:
    Episode 31 12-24-49 "How I Played Santa Claus And Almost Got Left Holding The Sack"
    Stars: Charles Russell

    Tom Heathwood's
    "Heritage Radio Theatre"
    Tom has been on Boston radio and producing radio programs since the 1940's, and is now in his 28th year of looking back at OTR on Heritage Radio Theatre.


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    This Week's Heritage Radio Theatre Program Schedule:

    Christmas Special

    "The Happy Prince"    (1945)
    stars: Bing Crosby and Orson Welles.

    from Franklyn MacCormick (1948)

    "Lullaby Of Christmas" (1949)
    stars: Gregory Peck.

    (1947) stars: Lionel Barrymore
    an alternative version to the 1939 version.

    12/24/48 ABC "Christmas For Sandy"
    Stars: Brace Beemer and Johgn Todd with Fred Foy.

    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:

    Harry James Part 2.

    All shows feature Harry James.

    04/14/1945 Episode (15) One Man's Irish Family. AFRS.

    02/13/1948 First Song - Manana. Features Dinah Shore

    “Yesterday USA” 04/13/2014 John and Larry Gassman, Walden Hughes, with Perry Huntoon of the Eddie Hubbard Browsers. Harry James Part 2.


    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 150


    Christmas is truly a "Time for Joy," as the Gaither Friends' recording reminds us at the start of this special collection of Christmas music. Some 19 classic songs of the season will play without interruption, including a wonderful "Holiday Inn" medley by Bing Crosby on the Kraft Music Hall and another medley on the Armed Forces Radio Services by 3 gals named Dinah Shore, Frances Langford, and Ginny Simms.

    A few songs this week, by request, are reprises of my favorite winter songs, such as "Snow" from the 1954 film "White Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting, and "Winter Wonder Land" by Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers, and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Dean Martin, plus Vaughn Monroe's version of "Let It Snow." Most songs, however, focus on the joys of Christmas or the anticipation of the New Year. Any playlist of favorites should probably begin with "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams and end with "O Holy Night" by Perry Como. In between are favorites such as "Silver Bells" by Bob and Dolores Hope from Bob's TV Christmas show in 1978, "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by Frank Sinatra, "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" by Perry Como, "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole, "An Old Fashioned Christmas" by Guy Lombardo, "The Only Thing I Want for Christmas (Is Just to Keep the Things That I've Got)" by Eddie Cantor in 1939, and "What Are You Doing New Years?" by Margaret Whiting.

    Leading up to "O Holy Night" are "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem by EmmyLou Harris, and "Mary, Did You Know?" by the Gaither Homecoming Friends. The medley by Dinah, Frances, and Ginny includes "Joy to the World," O Come All Ye Faithful," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and "Silent Night" with the Ken Darby Singers. Of all the wonderful recordings of "O Holy Night," Perry Como's version remains our family's favorite. Perry not only reaches the moving high notes, but he seems to sing from deep within his heart and soul. Listening to him now and recalling how he sang it on his outstanding Christmas shows sends chills of excitement from within -- to the very Christmas star of Bethlehem.

    Bing's medley was broadcast on his "Kraft Music Hall" on December 14, 1944. Bing, accompanied by the John Scott Trotter orchestra and the Kraft Choral Society, sings songs from his 1942 film "Holiday Inn." He explains how each song follows the plot of the movie, which means we get not only great Christmas favorites but also great "bonus" songs of other holidays such as "Easter Parade" and "Be Careful, It's My Heart" (Valentine's Day). Of course, "Happy Holiday" introduces the medley, and "White Christmas" brings it to its high point.

    It's interesting that Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" specifically in 1940 for the "Holiday Inn" movie, along with the other holiday songs, but he didn't think it was anything special. Bing assured him to the contrary and introduced the song on his "Kraft Music Hall' on Christmas day of 1941. By the end of World War II Bing's recording of the song had become the biggest-selling hit of all time. It hit the charts on October 3, 1942, and rose to number 1 by the end of that month where it remained for 11 weeks. Bing's recording was on the top 30 charts sixteen more times and was number 1 in 1945 and 1947.

    At one point, we hear the Chief of Special Services during the war, General Reynolds, express his appreciation for the Victory-discs providing the troops with recorded entertainment from home -- entertainment such as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" by Frank Sinatra. Every month during the war a V-disc kit of 30 records was sent from the RCA plant in Camden, N.J. to ports of call and bases around the European theaters of war. The kit also included an assortment of steel needles for the phonograph, a set of lyric sheets, and a questionnaire asking the soldiers what they wanted to hear in the future. Of course, the most requested song was "White Christmas" by Bing. Sadly, most V-discs were destroyed after the war at the request of the American Federation of Musicians. Several survived, but that's a story that will be continued on another show.

    Percy Faith's recording of "Christmas Is" remains on my favorites list, with its sweet melody of joyful sights and sounds that pervade our lives at "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," such as bells that jingle and the beauty of snow and holly. But the deeper and real reason for the season echoes in the words of great spiritual songs -- songs like "Joy to the World" with its lyrics declaring to the world that the Lord has come and for the earth to receive Him as the greatest gift of Christmas: The glorious Savior King and His free gift of eternal life to those who receive Him. .

    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. Unfortunately, Steve is currently in the midst of a job search and so is unable to co-host on the newest batch of shows. We’re sure Steve will come back to the show when his schedule allows. In the meantime, Big John’s buddies Stu Chisholm and Greg Barker have been alternating co-hosting duties. It will take us a while to build our audience back so please, tell your friends about “The Glowing Dial”! See you on the radio!


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    Latest Episode # POD13

    Big John and Greg celebrate Christmas and New Year's!

    Jim and Marian Jordan Jack Benny as Santa Claus George Burns and Gracie Allen Red Skelton
    Jim and Marian Jordan Jack Benny George Burns and Gracie Allen Red Skelton

    Fibber McGee and Molly - "The Christmas Card Mystery"
    originally aired Tuesday, December 21, 1948 on NBC
    Starring: Jim Jordan, Marian Jordan, Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Arthur Q. Bryan.
    Harlow Wilcox announcing.
    Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

    The Jack Benny Program - "Jack Buys A Wallet For Don"
    originally aired Sunday, December 19, 1948 on NBC
    Starring: Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, 
    The Sportsmen Quartet, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Artie Auerbach, Charlie Cantor.
    Don Wilson announcing.
    Sponsor: Lucky Strike

    The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show - "New Year's Resolution"
    originally aired Thursday, January 3, 1946 on NBC
    Starring: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Mel Blanc, Meredith Wilson & His Orchestra.
    Bill Goodwin announcing.
    Sponsor: Maxwell House Coffee

    The Red Skelton Show - "A G.I. Remembers New Year's Eve"
    originally aired Friday, December 31, 1948 on NBC
    Starring: Red Skelton, Verna Felton, Lurene Tuttle, Pat McGeehan, The Four Knights,
    David Rose and His Orchestra.
    Rod O'Connor announcing.
    Sponsor: Proctor and Gamble for Tide

    running time: 2 hours, 43 minutes, 08 seconds

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