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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

June 28th to July 4th Radio Classics

Olivia de Havilland Independence Day week and in addition to the some traditional patriotic fare Norman Corwin (Citizen Of The World) and James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy) we also have a lesser known Revolutionary War story from the NBC series Inheritance. The star is the booming voiced William Woodson, still with us, and due to turn 98 in a couple of weeks.

Speaking of still with us, we also have a birthday tribute for lovely Oscar winning actress, Olivia de Havilland she is 99 on the 1st. We have her in both Suspense and The Academy Award Theater.

Additional birthday specials for Charles Laughton, Lena Horne, Gloria Stuart, Santos Ortega, Ed Gardner (Duffy’s Tavern),Dorothy Kilgallen, Bill Stern and WXYZ station owner George W. Trendle (The Green Hornet).

We mark some series debut anniversaries of The Quiz Kids’ 75th (including a hilarious new to the channel episode guest starring Jack Benny), Abbott and Costello’s 75th and The Aldrich Family’s 76th.

In the realm of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar we not only have the usual 5 part marathon but also a block which features three different half-hour episode starring three different actors, Bob Bailey, Edmond O’Brien and Charles Russell.

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June 14th to June 20th Radio Classics

Dorothy McGuire Show anniversaries and birthdays headline the week as we’ll celebrate the following:

The 73rd anniversary of Suspense, The Adventure Of Philip Marlowe’s 68th, Murder By Expert’s 66th and Crime Classics 62nd anniversary. In the case of Philip Marlowe, I will share with you three different actors playing Raymond Chandler’s private eye; Van Heflin, Gerald Mohr and Bill Conrad.

In the case of Suspense you’ll get the debut episode “The Burning Court”, the earlier audition recording “The Lodger” as well as a few new to the channel this week. Speaking of new to the channel, here are just a few of the other series with episodes debuting this week; Jack Benny Program, Mr. & Mrs. North, Phil Harris & Alice Faye, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, Richard Diamond Private Detective, Dragnet, My Friend Irma, The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Lum & Abner….

As to the birthday list we will celebrate Lillian Hellman, Errol Flynn, Dorothy McGuire, Ona Munson, Bud Collyer (Superman), Ben Morris (Dark Fantasy, Pat Novak For Hire), Gwen Davies (Let’s Pretend), Carleton Hobbs (BBC’s Sherlock Holmes), Joe DeSantis (The Clock, The Chase), composer David Rose (The Red Skelton Show), author Stanley Niss (Gangbusters), sci-fi writer Murray Leinster (Dimension X, Exploring Tomorrow) and more.

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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.

LISTEN HERE


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.

1 FREE Audiobook RISK-FREE from Audible

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