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Arthur Anderson; Actor, Author, Friend

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:52 pm
Arthur Anderson, taken October 24th, 2002

I suppose I knew that one day I would be sitting in front of this keyboard trying to put into words what Arthur meant to us, but I suspect I put it off because I didn’t want to think about a world that didn’t have him in it. Anyone who met him knows exactly what I mean…the guy was such a…gentleman…in every sense of that word that somehow the world seems a little less cultured, a bit less civil with him passing on.

I’m sure we’ll use all of the platitudes when talking about him; he’s gone to a better place, he lived a great life, etc. But saying goodbye to a friend is d*mned difficult, and I’m finding as I get older I have to do this more and more often. Losing a direct connection to radio hurts…losing a direct connection to Orson Welles, Nila Mack, and even Lucky the Leprechaun is heartbreaking.

Still, we should celebrate the life while we mourn the passing, so that’s what we’re going to do here. Arthur spent his life acting, beginning his career at an age most of us are still learning to tie our shoelaces, so I’ve put together below a short video with examples of his skill demonstrated at the various Friends of Old-Time Radio Conventions (thank you Jay Hickerson for giving me the opportunity to know Arthur and so many other amazing people from the Golden Days of Radio) - these aren’t necessarily the best examples, but all of them brought a smile to my face.

I’ve also included below his 2010 appearance on The Bob Edwards Show; when his memoir was released, I pitched him as a guest to one of the producers (waves at Andy), but it wasn’t until I had access to the program’s paperwork and spreadsheet (thanks to Chad) that I realized a different producer was responsible for the piece (nods gratefully to Ed). While I was a huge fan of the program, I never pitched a guest I couldn’t provide contact information for…it always seemed a little unfair to say, “Have on the President!” without giving the producers his blackberry number. With Arthur, of course, I could.

Ok, before I start getting maudlin and morose, let me note here that Arthur always made me smile, even with something as simple as, “Hello, Charlie.” He was extraordinarily kind to my daughter Kate, even casting her in a recreation of Let’s Pretend at the final FOTR convention (in the last clip in the below montage, she’s the redhead on stage, looking so much older than her then-thirteen years). I have no idea what it means, but we both can say we performed with a member of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre…but only Kate can say she was directed by the Lucky Charms leprechaun. So long as we are alive, Arthur’s memory will live on. All of you can enjoy his decades of performances, but we will remember the guy who always gave us a smile.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 [51:38m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  Tribute to Arthur Anderson: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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RIP Arthur Anderson

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News — Charlie Summers @ 1:13 am

Derek Tague reports the passing of Arthur Anderson, best known for Let’s Pretend, The Mercury Theatre, and as the original voice of the Lucky Charms Leprechaun.

I will be posting audio and video later today. He was not only an OTR celeb, he was a good friend to my entire family.

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Merle Haggard Dead: Legend of Country Music Was 79

Filed under: News, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:49 pm

From The Hollywood Reporter: Merle Haggard Dead: Legend of Country Music Was 79

Back in 2006, Bob Edwards spent an hour interviewing Merle Haggard; the interview aired Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 and is included complete below - feel free to listen right here on the page, or use the Download link to take a copy with you in your MP3 player.

But as an additional way to honor Mr. Haggard, I’m also including the raw interview contained on one of the DATs (Digital Audio Tapes) rescued from the dumpster by Executive Producer Chad Campbell. For this interview Mr. Haggard was in the studios of KFPR/KCHO, North State Public Radio in Redding, CA and Bob was in the XM studios in Washington, D.C. So you get to hear the, “Hello…?” I have become so accustomed to hearing when listening to these raw interviews. You will also, should you listen to both, begin to understand a bit better the work of a radio producer. The producer can take a mediocre interview and make it good; in this case, turn a fascinating interview into extraordinary radio.

Bob didn’t surround himself with good producers, he held out for excellent ones - listen to the credits at the end of these recordings, and give them the thanks they so richly deserve. And to give credit where credit is due, this interview was prepared and crafted by Producer Andy Danyo Kubis.

While I’m at it, I’m also including a PDF of the roadmap and script for the broadcast…with all this, you can almost imagine what it was like to roam the studio halls…

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Wednesday February 8th, 2006 [52:04m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  Bob Edwards interviews Merle Haggard - Unedited [56:58m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  Roadmap & Script for The Bob Edwards Show of Wednesday February 8th, 2006 : Download

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