Quite the famous folks birthday week as we celebrate movie star leading men, radio and television legends, singer/actors, famous detective novel authors and more.
This week is special, to paraphrase The Beatles, its Eight Days A Week! Beginning on Monday May 21st the weekly schedule on SiriusXM RadioClassics will run from Monday through Sunday, so in order to make that transition, we have a bonus Sunday – and it’s very special one. Jimmy Stewart Sunday marks the multiple Oscar nominated movie star and radio actor’s 110 birthday, and we will celebrate with a 24 hour special.
Heading our list of birthday celebrants is the incomparable Orson Welles. Beginning with his one year stint as The Shadow (1937-38), Welles was a very prolific radio performer and we’ll present him in the following series among others: The Black Museum, The Third Man, Suspense; Columbia Presents Corwin, fill-in hosting on The Jack Benny Program and Mercury Theater On The Air’s version of “The Count Of Monte Cristo.” I also bring back Orson Welles one and only visit with “War Of The Worlds” author H.G. Wells (which occurred in San Antonio, Texas in 1940).
We celebrate the 86th anniversary of Jack Benny’s radio debut with a First and Finale Special plus mark this week’s Kentucky Derby with a two-hour horse themed block featuring episodes from The Jack Benny Program, Duffy’s Tavern, Boston Blackie, Gangbusters).
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.