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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

Mar 29th to Apr 4th Radio Classics

Doris Day First of all a little “housekeeping”, as satellite radios are basically computers, they need to be rebooted from time to time. Recently some listeners contacted me saying they had lost channel 82 from their radios or the channel was playing a recording saying it was off the air. If this happens you may need to “refresh” your radio. Sometimes just turning it off and then on again can fix it, or by directly dialing from another channel and then back to 82. If that does not work, you can refresh your radio by visiting the following website https://care.siriusxm.com/retailrefresh_view.action.

Okay on to the week’s highlights.

It’s Doris Day’s 91st so we have her as the featured vocalist and cast member on The Bob Hope Show. Plus we mark Debbie Reynold’s 83rd with her Spring 1953 appearance on The Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Show.

Other birthday specials: Jack Webb (Dragnet, Pat Novak For Hire, Jeff Regan Investigator, Pete Kelly’s Blues); Wallace Beery (Lux Radio Theater’s “Salute Of The Marines”); Bea Benaderet (The Family Theater, The Everyman’s Theater); Maurice Tarplin (The Mysterious Traveler, Strange Dr. Weird, Boston Blackie); Charles Russell (Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar); Les Damon (The Falcon); comedian Henry Morgan (Columbia Workshop’s “Descent Of The Gods”, CBS Radio Workshop’s “The Crazy Life”); Frances Langford (The Bickersons); Lou Merrill (Crime Classics, The Whistler); John Brown (Damon Runyon Theater, Digger on The Life Of Riley) and radio, television and film writer Ernest Kinoy (X-Minus One, Rocky Fortune, Nick Carter, Master Detective, Doctor Six-gun).

We mark the anniversaries of the radio debut of Mr. District Attorney and Academy Award Theater.

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Mar 22nd to Mar 28th Radio Classics

Joan Crawford 1936 I think we are into Spring, right? I know here where I broadcast from (The Washington DC area), the next snowstorm might be just around the corner! Either way, we have another great week of shows, and here are some highlights:

Once again I will share with you an offering from the revival series, The Mutual Radio Theater from 1980. Produced and directed by Elliott Lewis, hosted by Vincent Price with a script by Arch Oboler and the following cast; Betty Lou Gerson, Vic Perrin, Parley Baer and Fletcher Markle. It’s actually part of a birthday tribute block for Markle which also includes Studio One’s hour long version of “Wuthering Heights” which he produces, directs and stars in (as Heathcliff).

Additional birthday tributes for the following folks among others: Richard Denning (George in My Favorite Husband, Jerry in Mr. & Mrs. North); Joan Crawford (Screen Director’s Playhouse’s “The Damned Don’t Cry” plus The Suspense episode “Three Lethal Words”); Paula Winslowe (Peg on The Life Of Riley and featured in Suspense’s “Goodbye, Miss Lizzie Borden”); Nancy Kelly (Suspense); Frank Lovejoy (Suspense’s “The Long Night” plus two new to the channel offerings from Night Beat); writer Lucille Fletcher (“The Thing In The Window”, “Night Man” and “Sorry, Wrong Number”); Ed Begley, Sr (The Fat Man, Richard Diamond, Philip Marlowe); writer Phil Rapp (The Bickersons, Baby Snooks & Daddy); Andy Clyde (California Carlson in Hopalong Cassidy) and writer Joel Murcott (Adventures Of Frank Race, Tales Of The Texas Rangers).

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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.

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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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