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About Greg

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

Feb 1st to Feb 7th Radio Classics

Ida Lupino Birthday specials for some movie stars, presidents, famous authors, cartoon voice artists and major radio legends.

We celebrate Ronald Reagan (Lux Radio Theater); Clark Gable (Lux Radio Theater, Command Performance); Eddie Bracken’s Centennial (Academy Award Theater, Suspense); Ida Lupino (Suspense); author Charles Dickens (Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Weird Circle); cartoon voice wiz Janet Waldo’s 91st (Great Gildersleeve, Ozzie & Harriet), John Lund (Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar); radio superstar Bill Johnstone (The Shadow, The Line-Up, The Whistler); Bennett Kilpack (Mr. Keen Tracer Of Lost Persons) and author Clarence E. Mulford (Hopalong Cassidy).

We also celebrate the 65th anniversary of the debuts of both the quality Frank Lovejoy series Nightbeat and the Brian Donlevy led program Dangerous Assignment. Plus the 57th anniversary of the debut of Frontier Gentleman starring John Dehner.

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Jan 25th to Jan 31st Radio Classics

Tallulah Bankhead 1920s This week marks the 59th Anniversary of the debut of the top notch series, The CBS Radio Workshop. I am marking the event with two episodes; “The Storm” narrated by William Conrad followed by “Young Man Axelbrod” new to the channel and narrated by John Dehner.

The birthday tributes include movie stars; Tallulah Bankhead, Victor Mature, W.C. Fields as well as very busy radio and television actor Howard McNear (Doc on radio’s Gunsmoke, Floyd The Barber on the Andy Griffith TV Show). McNear will be heard in two different specials not only featuring his work in Gunsmoke but also The Whistler, The Family Theater, The Casebook of Gregory Hood and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar on which he plays the title character in “The Indestructible Mike Matter”.

Also birthday specials for Fred Allen’s wife Portland Hoffa and early radio legend, Eddie Cantor.

And remember; the 3rd Annual Radio Spirits Sea Cruise is scheduled for July 10th – 17th, 2015 departing Seattle for Alaska on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of The Seas. It may still be months off, but we are nearly out of available cabins. If interesting in joining me on the cruise (and possibly on stage for the many radio re-creations) then visit the following website http://www.cruisingwithgregbell.com or give Larry a call at 800-269-2127. Videos from last summer’s cruise can also be viewed at 2014 Cruise.

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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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