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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

Aug 31st to Sept 6th Radio Classics

Eve Arden Check out the first video from the 2nd Annual Radio Spirits sea cruise at this link CLICK HERE.

Back To School – we are marking that annual event with a two-hour Our Miss Brooks special, four episodes of the Eve Arden led comedy series.

Birthdays this week include – Alan Ladd (Box 13, Screen Director’s Playhouse version of both “Chicago Deadline” and “Lucky Jordan); announcer Don Wilson (multiple Jack Benny Shows); Amanda Randolph (The Beulah Show); Kenny Delmar (Senator Claghorn on The Fred Allen Show); Charlie Cantor (Finnegan on Duffy’s Tavern); author Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan); Grace Matthews (The Shadow, Suspense) and we also mark the 78th anniversary of Milton Berle’s radio debut with a couple episodes of his variety show plus the 60th anniversary of the debut of the western series Dr. Six-Gun with a new to the channel broadcast.

Additional new to the channel offerings from The Molle Mystery Theater, Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons, Let George Do It, Archie Andrews, The Life Of Riley, The CBS Radio Workshop, Duffy’s Tavern and the late 70s early 80s revival program – The Mutual Radio Theater.

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Aug 24th to Aug 30th Radio Classics

Lauren Bacall As most of you know during the week of August 10th through the 16th, I was on the second annual Radio Spirits cruise and therefore was unable to note the passing of Lauren Bacall (Died August 12th at age 89) so this week we are presenting a belated tribute for her. The two hours will consist of four in a row co-starring her then husband, Humphrey Bogart, two Bold Venture episodes followed by their appearances on The Jack Benny Program and Command Performance.

The other major special airing this week marks the 75th anniversary of the national theatrical release of “The Wizard Of Oz” (it went national on August 25th, 1939). I am bringing back Lux Radio Theater’s Christmas Day 1950 radio version of the classic motion picture with Judy Garland returning as Dorothy. After Lux’s “Wizard Of Oz” stick around for more of my Spring 2014 interview with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne.

Birthday tributes for Lurene Tuttle (The Whistler; Sam Spade, Red Skelton Show); Fred MacMurray (Suspense, Bright Star); Raymond Massey (NBC War Bond Parade special); Ingrid Bergman (Screen Guild Player’s “The Bells Of St. Mary’s); Ann Whitfield (Little Phyllis on Harris & Faye Show); Larry Thor (Broadway Is My Beat); Van Johnson (Suspense); Willard Waterman (The Great Gildersleeve, The Whistler); Charles Boyer (Screen Director’s Playhouse, Suspense, Bergen & McCarthy) and a belated birthday for voice of Fred Flintstone, Alan Reed (Life with Luigi, Fred Allen Show, CBS Radio Workshop, Philip Marlowe).

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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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