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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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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

Sept 28th to Oct 4th Radio Classics

Doris Singleton Before the highlights a couple quick notes: one good news (another cruise) and the other not so much (preemptions) -

Channel 82′s continued preemptions for sports. While I am hopeful we are coming to the end of this extra busy sports season with overlapping leagues, I have been informed that they have scheduled yet another preemptions of RadioClassics CH 82 this Saturday evening (Sept. 27th) on the XM version (the Sirius version and online will continue to play). It is scheduled to begin at 6pm ET with the regular programming returning around Midnight ET. By the way, I am usually not informed of these preemptions prior to the completion of the weekly printable schedule, so it is not reflected on those. Here is where you send an email to listener care with your comments https://listenercare.siriusxm.com/app/ask.

More of you are asking about the 3rd Annual Radio Spirits sea cruise. It’s gonna happen and the website has been updated you can find it here www.cruisingwithgregbell.com. We are heading to Alaska out of Seattle in July. Hope you can join us, the past two cruises have been a blast!

As to the highlights:

We bring back the End Of The Golden Age Of Radio special as we’ll play the Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar episodes which played on the evening of September 30th, 1962. Plus we mark the series debut anniversaries of The Cisco Kid; Phil Harris & Alice Faye; Dennis Day Show and Barrie Craig Confidential Investigator.

Birthday birthday tributes Bud Abbott, Groucho Marx, Deborah Kerr, Virginia Bruce; Damon Runyon, Barton Yarborough (Dragnet), Ted de Corsia (Escape, Gangbusters), Lamont Johnson (Tarzan, Nero Wolfe, The Whistler), Everett Sloane (CBS Radio Workshop, Inner Sanctum), vocalist Kenny Baker (The Jack Benny Program), Doris Singleton (The Whistler) and composer Jack Meakin (The Great Gildersleeve).

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Sept 21st to Sept 27th Radio Classics

William Conrad 1952 Before the highlights a couple quick notes:

First of all the update on the 3rd Annual Radio Spirits sea cruise. It’s gonna happen and the website has been updated you can find it here www.cruisingwithgregbell.com. We are heading to Alaska out of Seattle in July. Hope you can join us, the past two cruises have been a blast!

Secondly about channel preemptions for sports. While I am hopeful we are coming to the end of this extra busy sports season with overlapping leagues, I have been informed that they have scheduled a couple more possible preemptions of RadioClassics CH 82 this weekend (Sept 20th-21st) the XM version may be preempted Saturday evening from 6pm ET to approx Midnight ET (the Sirius version and online will continue to play). Then on Sunday afternoon the Sirius version may be preempted from 2pm to approx 4:30pm ET (the XM version and online will continue to play).

Okay on to the highlights and specials.

We are marking the following birthdays this week; William Conrad (Gunsmoke, Suspense, The Whistler, Escape, The CBS Radio Workshop); Mickey Rooney (Lux Radio Theater’s “Strike Up The Band”, Suspense’s “The Lie”); F. Scott Fitzgerald (Escape’s version of his story, “A Diamond As Big As The Ritz”); George Raft (as Rocky Jordan); Barbara Britton (Mr. & Mrs. North); H.G. Wells (three of his stories adapted for Escape) and actress Martha Scott (Suspense, The Great Gildersleeve).

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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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