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Howard Culver Reads “The Christmas Story”

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:25 pm

The program today was recorded from a red promotional 45-rpm record (you youngsters might not remember when sound was recorded on flat disks with grooves…) recorded by Howard Culver (Straight Arrow, Strange Wills, We Deliver the Goods, others) with Bob Mitchell at the organ. As Lois Culver explains:

Howard was doing a radio show on KFI Los Angeles for several years, called ‘A Joy Forever’ - previous to that it was called ‘Stairway to the Stars’ and first ran on KFRC San Francisco, with George Wright as the organist.

It was a fluke beginning….Howard and George were lushing it up pretty good one night late…went into the KFRC studios and threw out all the programming and did a poetry show with organ interludes. Expecting to be fired the next day, they were surprised that many people had called raving about the show….so, they put it on on a regular basis.

The Program Manager there subsequently moved to Los Angeles as PM for KFI, and the show started up there with Bob Mitchell at the organ. This disk was cut for purpose of getting a mail count….just write in and request it, and it was yours! They were completely amazed at the response, but it still remained a sustaining program.

Lois has given permission for this recording to be placed on the Net for everyone to enjoy, as a way for us to say, “Happy Holidays!” and to thank you for stopping by The Nostalgia Pages and the Nostalgic Rumblings blog, and subscribing to The Internet OTR Digest this past year!

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I’m really behind this year…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 7:27 am

I can’t seem to catch up this year for some reason. There are still presents unwrapped, our Christmas Cards haven’t yet been addressed (if we’re really lucky, they’ll get mailed Saturday), and even the tree isn’t up and decorated.

But if I get nothing else done this morning, my little Christmas present to you, gentle reader, will be here a little later today - thanks to Lois Culver, a sound file of Howard Culver, with Bob Mitchell on the organ, reading The Christmas Story. Look for it in this space a bit later.

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