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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: Black Museum, The Third Man, Suspense, fill-in hosting on The Jack Benny Program and Mercury Theatre 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 radio superstars Bing Crosby (Command Performance, Philco Radio Time) and legendary radio writer/director Norman Corwin (Columbia Workshop’s “Odyssey Of Runyon Jones”, “Citizen Of The World”) Plus I will bring back a portion of my past interview with him on the eve of his 100th birthday.
We also have a birthday block for legendary 60 Minutes newsman, Mike Wallace with his early announcing jobs on Sky King, Meet The Meeks.
Additional birthday tributes: Alice Faye (Harris & Faye Show plus Screen Guild Theatre’s This Thing Called Love); Gary Cooper (Lux Radio Theatre’s “The Virginian”); Anne Baxter (Suspense, Charlie McCarthy Show); Tyrone Power (guest On Jack Benny Program); Mary Astor (Campbell Playhouse’s “Hurricane”); Frank Nelson (Jeff Regan Investigator, Jack Benny Program); and Ben Wright (Pursuit, Suspense, The Whistler).
The week ends on Mother’s Day, and we celebrate that holiday with a two hour comedy block featuring four appropriately themed episodes from Harris & Faye, The Red Skelton Show, The Life Of Riley, Our Miss Brooks.
And this year we introduce a new special for Star Wars Day (May The Fourth Be With You!). That all science fiction block includes offerings from X Minus One, The CBS Radio Workshop and The Mysterious Traveler.
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