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Hey folks a nice variety of specials this week, hope you enjoy them.
For example: I am sharing with you a half-hour interview I conducted with New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore discussing his latest novel, Noir. Renowned for combining humor with horror, fantasy, mystery and historical fiction…, Noir is his 16th novel. While I have visited with Chris many times in the past, this new book is particularly perfect for the RadioClassics audience as it captures the atmosphere and dialogue of 1947 post-war San Francisco. Our visit airs on the channel on Thursday April 26th at 8pm ET and then encores at a more friendly time for the West Coast on Friday April 27th at 9pm PT (so Midnight early Saturday ET). After I visit with Christopher Moore, I’ll share episodes of Pat Novak For Hire plus The Damon Runyon Theater.
Speaking of the shows…..
This week’s highlights are topped by the 66th Anniversary of radio’s Gunsmoke! Before it’s 20 years on television it began it’s decade long radio run on April 26th, 1952. And not only do we celebrate it with a First and Finale Special, I bring back a rare and hilarious rehearsal recording which debuted on the channel last year. Around Christmastime 1955, the Gunsmoke cast and crew apparently combined their booze-filled holiday party with a rehearsal of “The New Hotel” episode. It’s a recording featuring flubs, bloopers, uncontrolled laughter, improper sound effects and even some profanity (bleeped out of course for this replay). I will play the rehearsal followed by the actual episode as it later aired in February of 1956.
In addition to Gunsmoke we mark radio debut anniversaries for Lum and Abner (87th); Richard Diamond, Private Detective’s 69th and X-Minus One 63rd.
Heading up the birthday celebrants is former child superstar Shirley Temple as we bring back her performance in Lux Radio Theater’s “Captain January” plus a visit to The Bob Hope Show. We also mark the birthdays of Vic Perrin (Suspense, Escape); Ned Wever (Bulldog Drummond); and writer George Harmon Coxe (Casey, Crime Photographer).
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