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Greg Bell is the Host of Radio Classics on Sirius & XM Channel 82 and the Host of When Radio Was, a syndicated old-time radio show on 200+ stations....more

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Welcome to My Web Site

Jack BennyAll the good stuff you know and love is always easily accessible using the links at the top of this page or in the left-hand column, including the Blog site (with all the pictures I know you enjoy), and the Show Schedules.

Don't forget, to get to all the great pictures from radio's Golden Age you simply need to click on any of the stories on the Blog site and they will pop up.

Upcoming Shows on Sirius XM Radio Classics Channel 82

Apr 26th to May 2nd Radio Classics

Eve Arden Wrapping up April and rolling into the month of May!

I am marking the 63rd anniversary of Gunsmoke’s radio debut with three episodes from the western series and I am again joined by old time radio expert, Jack French. He is the co-editor of the book “Radio Rides The Range: A Western Guide To Western Drama On The Air, 1929-1967.

We also celebrate the 84th anniversary of the radio debut of the characters, Lum and Abner with an hour of new to the channel this week episodes which originally played back in October of 1942. As well as a First & Finale special by playing Jack Benny’s debut on radio (The Canada Dry Program from May 2nd, 1932) and his final original episode (The Jack Benny Program from May 22nd, 1955).

Birthday tributes for the following folks among others – Eve Arden (Our Miss Brooks and The Danny Kaye Show); Lionel Barrymore (Mayor Of The Town, Dr. Kildare); Vic Perrin (Suspense, CBS Radio Workshop, Escape); Frances Robinson (Let George Do It, The Whistler); Harry McNaughton (It’s Higgins, Sir); Ian Martin (Sherlock Holmes, Suspense) and movie stars Glenn Ford (Suspense’s “The End Of The Road”) and Mary Astor (she re-creates for radio, with help from Orson Welles, the 1937 film, “The Hurricane” as presented on The Campbell Playhouse plus she joins Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in the 1943 Screen Guild Players version of “The Maltese Falcon”).

We also have the Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Marathon “The Clinton Matter” from March of 1956; Andy Griffith hosts a Mutual Radio Theater new to the channel offering and William Powell and Myrna Loy recreate for radio their roles of Nick and Nora Charles in a 1936 Lux Radio Theater production of “The Thin Man.”

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Apr 12th to Apr 18th Radio Classics

Stan Freberg We open this week with a two-hour tribute for radio legend, Stan Freberg who passed away April 7th at age 88. Not only frequently featured on RadioClassics Sirius XM 82 but Stan also preceded me as one of the hosts of the syndicated AM-FM radio series When Radio Was. A huge talent and major personal influence of mine who will be greatly missed.

We honor him with a two-hour tribute with a couple episodes from his 1957 summer series, The Stan Freberg Show which feature some of his best known skits including “St. George and The Dragonet “and “Bang Gunley, US Marshall Fields.” In the second hour, Freberg hosts An Analysis Of Satire on The CBS Radio Workshop plus plays it straight in the Suspense episode, “Alibi Me.”

Also this week, a double tribute as we mark the 80th anniversary of the national radio debut of Fibber McGee & Molly (April 16th, 1935) plus celebrate the birthday of Molly actress, Marian Jordan (Born April 15th, 1898). We also have a centennial celebration for Joan Alexander (Lois Lane on Superman, Ellen Deering on Philo Vance and also featured in a new to the channel this week episode from Words At War). Additional birthday specials for Bob Hastings (Archie Andrews, X-Minus One); Al Hodge (The Green Hornet); Hans Conried (My Friend Irma, The Life Of Riley….); Arthur Lake (Dagwood in Blondie); Les Tremayne (The Falcon, The Thin Man); Sir John Gielgud (Sherlock Holmes); film actress (Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Suspense) and more.

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Interviews as First Heard on Sirius XM Radio Classics

As I've mentioned on the air, I frequently have the pleasure of visiting with various radio performers, celebrity fans, authors, etc., who are in some way involved with the Old-Time Radio business, or who are simply just huge fans of the genre.

Now you can listen to those interviews for free, here on my Web site.

Robb Weller Interview - 2010

Robb WellerThis first interview is with Robb Weller, TV producer and nephew of longtime radio and television announcer Art Gilmore, which I conducted in October of 2010, as heard on Sirius XM Radio Classics.


So What Else Have I Been Up To?

My First Audio Books

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of narrating screenwriter Derek Haas' first two novels, which are taut and suspenseful thrillers about a wily assassin who struggles with his conscience and his past. They were enormous fun to read, even though recording an audio book is a lot harder than it looks (sounds?).

These are gritty, contemporary stories that contain adult content and language, so if you think you might be interested, you can listen to a sample and download them by clicking on the links below. 

"Screenwriter Haas's debut features a darkly compelling narrator. When a young hit man who refers to himself as Columbus learns his next job is to assassinate presidential candidate Abe Mann, Columbus is not taken aback so much by Mann's national prominence as he is by the key role Mann once played in Columbus's past. Soon Columbus realizes that those behind the plot appear to be setting somebody else up as well - himself." - Publisher's Weekly

Download "The Silver Bear" for only $7.49 at Audible.com

"Like Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter, Columbus is a thoroughly likable villain. He operates on the wrong side of the law, with his own moral code and his own unique sense of compassion. It’s impossible not to like the guy, even though he explicitly and repeatedly tells us not to, just as it’s impossible not to like the novel itself." - David Pitt at Booklist.

Download "Columbus" for only $7.49 at Audible.com


The Cast of "Unconditional," by Michael Gilvary
The cast of "Unconditional," by Michael Gilvary
From left
: Jeff Baker, Nancy Camp, Spencer Bush, Craig Sechler

New Audio Dramas

Independent of my work on Radio Classics and When Radio Was, I have been working with some folks who love radio dramas to produce some brand new audio shows, including the top Hollywood screenwriter Derek Haas ("Wanted," "3:10 to Yuma," etc.), whose PopcornFiction.com Web site showcases some of the best short story writing coming out of Hollywood today. (Note: Some of the stories are adult themed, so use discretion as to what you wish to read.)

To listen to an exclusive sneak preview of our demo for what we hope will be the first in a series of cutting-edge, new audio shows, click here.

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