Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by Guest, Jul 20, 2003.
I was always fond of "Lum and Abner". They're at my level.
I can relate.
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Actually, Eddie Cantor and several of the others that have been mentioned here, were already big stars in Vaudeville, notably appearing in such productions as the "Zigfield Follies" from about 1914 on! I just read about that this past week!
Now days we have to put up with "reality TV" .
BTW, since this topic has kinda died down, let me put the answer to the question I put in here earlier: Who had the last live radio variety show on a network ?
STAN FREBURG ! on CBS, if I remember correctly. You can still get CDs of the original shows.
Freburg, of course was famous for his "John - Marsha" takeoff on the radio soap operas, not to mention his spoof of Elvis's "Heartbreak Hotel" "Yeeooowww, ripped my jeans - - third pair today ! "
73 from Jim AG3Y
I wasn't old enough to hear these shows the first time around, but a local FM station used to play 15-minute episodes of the old Lum and Abner show when I was in college. Man, it was hilarious. Great folk humor -- I remember lines such as (quoting from memory here), "If you're not careful, they might law-sue ya."
Definitely worth having those recordings today.
Fibber McGee, Shadow, I Love a Mystery/Adventure, Our Miss Brooks....
And the list goes on.
If it weren't for the transcribed episodes that have been rebroadcast, I'd feel cheated.
Radio Spirits is a good source(for a cost) of many of these shows..
But then, with a 30Gb hard drive, and a reel to reel machine..
I have many hours on tape..
Duffy's Tavern, "where the elite meet to eat !" was terrific. Archie's murdering of the English language was a riot. Also, Henry Aldrich, and The Bickerson's are good for a lot of laughs...
My favorite radio program?
And, uh, Baba Booey to y'all!
I caught Mickey Rooney in the Hardy Family from 1951 this weekend... it was a slightly disturbing show... the kid, played by Rooney, is a fast-talking "street punk", and the parents seem to accept it as normal, and don't correct him. Could this be the start of the decline of America ? HI HI