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10/27/2014


The Jack Benny Program from December 2, 1951

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:19 pm

I usually don’t post “raw” Old-Time Radio shows, but I’m posting this one by the request of someone who has been making me laugh for a really long time as a small payback for all the joy. This is the annual Christmas Shopping show from 1951…each year, Jack would go shopping and merry mixups would occur. In this episode, listen for Sheldon Leonard as the Race Track Tout playing Santa, trying to talk a young boy out of his Christmas wishes and getting severely one-up’ped - and especially listen to Jack still chuckling when he comes back at the end of the bit. That young boy is played by Harry Shearer, he of Spinal Tap, The Simpsons, and the currently-running-on-YouTube-but-some-of-us-saw-it-on-Sky Nixon’s The One.

Oh, and if you want to hear Harry Shearer talk to Bob Edwards about working with Jack Benny and on other Old-Time Radio shows, check out this interview we posted a few years ago.

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10/19/2014


SummersTime for the week of 06/02/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 6:32 pm

This week it’s all-comedy, since we needed some laughs! Kate giggles with the Jack Benny Program, I laugh at the antics of Burns & Allen, she hits the Fix-It Shop on the Mel Blanc Show, and I enjoy my favorite radio funnyman, Fred Allen!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

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10/8/2014


SummersTime for the week of 05/26/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 4:11 pm

While Kate studies for finals, it’s just me this week; first up, I play Hail to the Chief for Mr. President, then we enjoy William Powell and Myrna Loy in the Lux Radio Theater, and I’m star-struck by Hollywood Star Time!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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10/4/2014


Ten years ago this morning…

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 2:53 pm

…at a little before 8:00am eastern, I was sitting at my desk listening to the month-old XM Public Radio channel on my month-old Roady2 anxiously awaiting the end of my months-old drought of not waking up every weekday morning with Bob Edwards’ voice in my ear.

And then, after a promo bumper and “underwriting” announcement (back then, the channel actively tried to sound like a terrestrial public radio station, unlike today when pubrad stations openly run paid commercials), what you can hear with permission below began a decade-long weekday morning ritual…listening to the show.

Afterwards, I “reviewed” the show (realizing I’ve been sharing my thoughts here for over a decade shook me up a bit this morning, frankly), and promoted it and XM Satellite Radio every chance I got.

Man, how things have changed over a decade. I’m morose over the end of the show’s production, thanks to bean-counters at the merged-monopoly company who are more interested in airing juvenile hijinks than quality conversation. I’ve stopped recommending SiriusXM as an entertainment choice; their satellite feed has atrocious sound quality, their Internet stream is cumbersome and annoying to use, and their online “My” button is a useless attempt at competing with Pandora or Slacker…I mean, if you can’t trust the station’s programmers (who are programming multiple channels, voice-tracking months at a sitting, and generally just phoning it in since there’s no longer competition in satellite radio), what’s the point in spending so much for so little?

 

So until Bob finds an new home for his talents (I sincerely hope he finds a weekday gig, although I’d be thrilled if someone put together a newly-produced weekly show - hell, I’ll take whatever I can get), I’m living in the past; both by listening to the re-run show and by selecting archive editions on my own for my daily walks (if you’re interested, monitor my Twitter feed to find out which).

And today, instead of whining about an ending, I celebrate the beginning of The Bob Edwards Show, ten years ago today. A show which began like this…

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10/3/2014


The Bob Edwards Show First Anniversary Party, September 28, 2005

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 10:59 am

Because I originally posted this report in three parts, I am posting this pointer-post to the three.

First up, My Trip to Spaceship XM…Part 1 where we left the hotel, hit the XM Satellite Radio building, and instead entered the Starship Enterprise.

Next, Down the Rabbit Hole…Part 2 where we grabbed a bite to eat and then scurried around the building like mice in search of cheese…

Finally, Hello, and Welcome to The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday, October 4th…Part 3 where we all moved into the XM Performance Studio (now named for the CEO Bob interviewed that evening, Hugh Panero) and watched the show.

Some passing thoughts. Annie and I still have the Maker’s Mark they gave us, although I opened mine last week to drink a toast (or three) to the final original show, and will have another toast tomorrow on the 10th anniversary of that very first show. The CDs are here, too, and maybe this weekend I’ll listen to one again. The congratulations board we all signed way back then was still sitting in the conference table nook when I visited the studios last month - didn’t get the time to look for my signature, but I know it’s on there somewhere. If you contrast-and-compare the studio photos from 2005 and last month, you’ll see not much has changed.

And it looks like my hopes for a 30th anniversary party have been dashed…

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10/2/2014


SummersTime for the week of 05/19/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:30 pm

Kate uses her two-way wrist radio to contact Dick Tracy, I laugh at the antics of Our Miss Brooks, she rockets into Dimension X, and I get hard-boiled with Rocky Fortune!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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