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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

Apr 20th to Apr 26th Radio Classics

Betty Lou Gerson The week begins with Easter and so we have a two-hour comedy block with Easter episodes from Phil Harris & Alice Faye, The Life Of Riley, Life With Luigi and The Great Gildersleeve. And new this year; two Easter religious episodes from The CBS Radio Workshop “The Son Of Man” featuring the words of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (as voiced by Herbert Marshall, Victor Jory, Robert Young and Vincent Price!) Plus Ethel Barrymore hosts The Family Theater broadcast, “The Passion and The Death”.

I am marking the 62nd anniversary of Gunsmoke’s radio debut with three episodes from the western series and I am joined by old time radio expert, Jack French. He is the co-editor of the book “Radio Rides The Range: A Western Guide To Western Drama On The Air, 1929-1967.

We note a few other series debuts this week including Richard Diamond, Private Detective (The 65th); X-Minus One (59th) and Lum & Abner (83rd!)

Leading the birthday tributes will be a centennial celebration for Betty Lou Gerson (Crime Classics, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, The Whistler) also Vic Perrin (Suspense, CBS Radio Workshop, Escape); Charlotte Lawrence (Suspense); Ted Osborne (The Columbia Workshop, The Mysterious Traveler);Frances Robinson (Let George Do It, The Whistler) and the recently passed Shirley Temple (Lux’s Bachelor & The Bobby-Soxer with Cary Grant).

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Apr 13th to Apr 19th Radio Classics

Mickey Rooney We open this week with a two-hour tribute for Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney who passed away April 6th at age 93. He will be heard alongside Judy Garland in both Lux Radio Theater’s “Merton Of The Movies” and The Screen Guild’s Theater’s production of “Babes In Arms”.

We also have birthday tributes for Bob Hastings (Archie Andrews, X-Minus One) still with us at 89; as well as Marian Jordan (Fibber McGee & Molly); Al Hodge (The Green Hornet); Hans Conried (My Friend Irma, The Life Of Riley….); Les Tremayne (The Falcon, The Thin Man); Joan Alexander (Lois Lane on Superman, Ellen on Philo Vance); film actress Wendy Barrie (Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Suspense) and more.

We also have a 2-hour Superman Man of Steel Marathon, a Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar special featuring three episodes starring Edmond O’Brien plus additional new to the channel episodes from The Family Theater, Crime Classics, The Falcon, Gangbusters…

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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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