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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:

    Thanksgiving Special

    11-21-51 "We Gather Together"
    Special Thanksgiving program about a small boy in a small town on a Thanksgiving of long ago.
    Narrator: Hugh Downs.
    Features: Vic Riddenban, Sam Schotz, David Duval, Phyllis Spargnam, Melitz Caulkey,
    Music: Jerry Goldsmith.
    Announcer: Ben Presser.
    Writer: Hal Vincent.
    Director: Arthur Munch.
    Assistant Director: Pat Scott.
    Sound Patterns: Beverly Anderson, Dolores Scheinblum.
    Engineer: Vic Lavotie.

    Episode 1854 11-23-49 "Pilgrim's Progress"
    Stars: Brace Beemer as THE LONE RANGER & John Todd as TONTO.
    Announcer: Fred Foy
    ABC Syndicated

    Episode 21 11-23-40 "Thanksgiving Aftermath"
    Stars: Parker Finnley, Ted Osbourne, Edgar Stehli, Tom Davies, Brad Barker
    BLUE Network Sustained Saturdays 6:30 - 7:00 pm

    Episode 294 "Thanksgiving Fast"
    Syndicated Version by Robert L. Ripley

    Episode 1126 11-26-53 "Suzy's Thanksgiving"
    Stars Paul Sutton
    Announcer: Jay Michael
    Creator/Producer: George W. Trendle
    Director: Fred Flowerday
    Mutual Quaker Oats

    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:

    Thanksgiving Special

    (MBS) 11/22/50 Kellogg's Corn Flakes presents Matt Crowley in "Jim Pilgrim's Prized Turkeys" Jackson Beck narrates.

    (NBC) 11/29/47 Starring William Bendix. Thanksgiving Day plans go amiss when there's no turkey. With: Paula Winslow and John Brown.

    (ABC) 1/23/44 Lum has nowhere to go for Thanksgiving Dinner. Chester Lauk & Norris Goff.

    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 is our Thanksgiving show.

    11/16/1941 ep012 Serviceman for Thanksgiving.

    11/19/1948 (220) Father-In-Law Trouble.

    520809 Ep016 Kentucky Tolmans

    11/27/1949 ep068 Thanksgiving Weekend. .


    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 194


    Welcome again to a traditional Classics & Curios Big Band Thanksgiving special, slightly edited from our Archives. If you're thankful for great Big Band recordings from all the way back to 1929, this is a show for you. Andy Griffith begins the show by asking you to "Turn Your Radio On" as we "tune" into God, the generous Giver of our blessings. We'll begin by jumping back to the 1940's as we listen to Evelyn Knight and the Stardusters perform "Powder Your Face with Sunshine." This recording was on "Your Hit Parade" for 15 weeks in 1948-1949, 2 weeks at number 1. Evelyn had a bunch of top 40 hits and was a pioneer in early TV, appearing on shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Colgate Comedy Hour,” and "Abbott and Costello."

    Peggy Lee blessed us with many songs, including one back in 1947 with the title "It's a Good Day." This is a song that will pick up your spirits and inspire you to sing right along with Peggy, who incidentally wrote the lyrics. Not surprisingly it was on “Your Hit Parade" for 11 weeks. Peggy hit the big time with Benny Goodman, taking Helen Forrest's place in 1941. Her first million seller was "Why Don't You Do Right" in 1943, and she went on to have top 10 hits in 3 consecutive decades. She had success on radio (for example, ”Chesterfield Supper Club" and "Jimmy Durante Show"), wrote several song hits, and even mentored artists such as Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra in the art of jazz singing.

    Another feel good tune takes us into the snow season and gets us looking not only at Thanksgiving but also toward Christmas. One of my favorite bands had a really great instrumental version of it: Les Brown's 1946 recording of Irving Berlin's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," and Les sent the tune on a "Hit Parade" sleigh ride serenade for 7 weeks. It first appeared in the film "On the Avenue" with Dick Powell and Alice Faye and was recorded first by the Mills Brothers in 1938. Later Les and his band of renown performed the song on the Bob Hope's Show, and the reaction was so great that Les' recording company, Columbia, asked him to record it. His response was to tell Columbia to check its vault of recordings because it was already there and had never been released. The Lloyd "Skip" Martin arrangement made it a true classic, and the song was one of the last great big band instrumental hits. Later in 1949-1950 the amazing Mills Brothers put the song back on ”Your Hit Parade" for 11 more weeks.

    The Mills Brothers give us cause to give thanks for their countless hits, many radio performances, and films. We hear them get softly sentimental with a tune called "Put Another Chair at the Table." A loved one coming home is a special heartfelt blessing, and the Mills Brothers make the most of it, first, as a ballad and, then, in their upbeat swing-touched style making us feel the joy of anticipation of reunited loved ones, as when soldiers return home from war. No group could sing better, ever!

    Fred Waring was known as "the man who taught America how to sing" and "America's singing master." President Reagan appropriately awarded him the "Congressional Gold Medal" for his musical contributions to American society. His Fred Waring Banjo Orchestra in the 1920's eventually became Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. His band performed "You Gotta Be a Football Hero" on radio in 1933 to great acclaim, and he went on to sell millions of records in the 1940's and 1950's. I especially enjoy his early band recordings, and also his popular later choral works like "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." One of my Mother's favorite songs was one that she would often hum in the kitchen, and to her it told of her deep love for her family. That beautiful song: "I'll Always Be in Love with You." She first heard Fred Waring performing it on his 1929 recording. Now she sings it in the Lord's heavenly choir, and the message is still true.

    As the great English author Thomas Carlyle said, "Music is well said to be the speech of angels." So it follows that through good music angels often remind us of precious past blessings and anticipate future blessings together. Appropriately Andy Griffith sings "Precious Memories" to end our show as we briefly celebrate Thanksgivings past and present with some of God's blessings in music. My Thanksgiving wish for you, in the words of a Meredith Willson song title, is: "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You."

    On a personal note, I am especially thankful for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who enables us to sing and soar in His glory, grace, love, joy, and eternal hope. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! And please pray in the name of the Lord for Paris and the USA! .

    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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    Big John and Stu celebrate Thanksgiving and Greg's Birthday!

    Harold Peary Jack Benny Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Bret Morrison as The Shadow Bret Morrison as The Shadow, Grace Matthews
    Harold Peary Jack Benny (l to r) Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Bret Morrison as 
    "The Shadow"
    Bret Morrison and Grace Matthews

    The Great Gildersleeve - "Serviceman For Thanksgiving" 
    originally aired Sunday, November 16, 1941 on NBC
    Starring: Harold Peary, Walter Tetley, Lurene Tuttle, Earle Ross, Lillian Randolph, Alan Reed, Herb Vigran. 
    Jim Bannon announcing.
    Sponsor: Kraft Foods

    The Jack Benny Program - "Jack Discovers He Has Purchased An Ostrich For Thanksgiving Dinner" 
    originally aired Sunday, November 19, 1939 on NBC  
    Starring: Jack Benny, Mary Livingston, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, Verna Felton. 
    Don Wilson announcing. 
    Sponsor: Jell-O

    The Hall Of Fantasy - "The Masks Of Ashor" 
    originally aired Monday, November 23, 1953 on MUTUAL and in Syndication
    Starring: Richard Thorne. 

    The Shadow - "The Comic Strip Killer"
    originally aired Sunday, November 23, 1947 on MUTUAL
    Starring: Brett Morrison, Grace Matthews.
    Andre Baruch announcing. 
    Sponsor: Blue Coal

    running time: 2 hours, 48 minutes, 54 seconds

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