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
All 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
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
May 19th to May 25th Radio Classics
While we celebrate the birthday’s this week of a number of familiar folks, I want to highlight one in particular; Raymond Burr. Why? Because not only do we have TV’s Perry Mason in episodes of Suspense, Pat Novak For Hire and multiple episodes of Fort Laramie, but he stars in a tremendous one person new to the channel production of The CBS Radio Workshop. Known as “The Silent Witness”, it is a courtroom drama featuring only Burr. Great radio!
The other major name being celebrated is Jimmy Stewart and like Burr, he will headline two different specials. A Lux Radio Theater version of his western motion picture, “Winchester ’73″ as well as multiple episodes of his very own western radio series, The Six-Shooter. I also will share with you portions of my visit with Charles & Erna Reinhart, the c0-authors of the very comprehensive book, Jimmy Stewart On The Air which covers Stewart entire radio career.
Additional birthday tributes for Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes); British actor Herbert Marshall (The Man Called X); Dennis Day (A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day, The Jack Benny Program); Barbara Luddy (The First Nighter Program); radio director Jock McGregor (Nick Carter, The Crime Club, The Sealed Book) and Jeanne Bates (a featured role in a new one from Let George Do It).
We have a 5-part Yours Truly, Johnny Marathon as well as a Man of Steel Marathon (A six-part storyline from July 1940) plus additional new to the channel this week episodes from Hopalong Cassidy, The Shadow, Bergen & McCarthy, Jack Benny, Phil Harris & Alice Faye, The Damon Runyon Theater, Screen Director’s Playhouse, Suspense, CBS Radio Workshop, Suspense, Lux Radio Theater and Frontier Fighters.
May 12th to May 18th Radio Classics
We begin the week with Mother’s Day (and four appropriately themed episodes from Harris & Faye, The Red Skelton Show, The Life Of Riley, Father Knows Best). And we once again mark National Police Week with a number of law enforcement episodes from Dragnet, Calling All Cars and Tales Of The Texas Rangers.
Among the birthday tributes: Katharine Hepburn (Lux Radio Theater’s “Undercurrent”); Henry Fonda (Lux Radio Theater’s “Mary Burns, Fugitive”, The Cavalcade Of America, Suspense); Joseph Cotten (Academy Award Theater, Suspense); Maureen O’Sullivan (Chase & Sanborn Hour); bandleader Meredith Willson (Burns & Allen Show); author Leslie Charteris (The Saint) and more.
Additional new to the channel offerings from The Whistler, The Jack Benny Program, Let George Do it, The Life Of Riley, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Wild Bill Hickok, CBS Radio Workshop, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, Candy Matson, Suspense, The Great Gildersleeve and The Weird Circle.
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
Now you can listen to those interviews for free, here on my Web site.
Robb Weller Interview - 2010
This first interview is with
Robb Weller, TV producer and
nephew of longtime radio and television announcer
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
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.