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Buck O’Neil

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 3:17 pm

This is not my “official” favorite interview aired on The Bob Edwards Show, but it might objectively be the best interview the program ever presented, and one that all of us who heard it wished had been the entire hour. The raw interview is in the archives, and producer Chad Campbell used pretty much everything there short of the level check.

John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil was a first basemen for the Negro League team the Kansas City Monarchs. Later he was a scout, the first African American coach in Major League Baseball, and a driving force behind the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

And most importantly, an amazing storyteller that personifies “great radio.”

From the introduction:

David Broder is here this morning for his Monday observations on national politics. Then some stories from Buck O’Neil, a star player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs in the old Negro Leagues. Buck made history as the first black coach in Major League Baseball, working for Broder’s favorite team, the Chicago Cubs.

First we’ll hear David Broder who has just returned from the annual meeting of the National Governor’s Association, and afterwards more sports with Tony Kornheiser, but it’s the excellent interview with Buck “Nancy” O’Neil we’re focusing on.

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Fred Foy Memoir

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:19 pm

Received the following today from Wendy Foy, daughter of announcer, actor, and friend Fred Foy:

Lone Ranger fans here is a once in a lifetime chance to obtain a very limited piece of broadcast history. As you know Fred Foy was the announcer that opened the radio Lone Ranger program with those memorable words From out of the past come the thundering hoof beats of the great horse Silver…

Fred had written a book about the inner workings of the program but was unable to get it published before his untimely death. A signed and very limited numbered (250 copies only) First Edition is being offered as a gift in a fundraiser to set up a museum display of his history in radio and The Lone Ranger in particular. For a tax deductible donation of $110.00, or more, to the museum where his display will be established you will receive one of these special editions as a gift. This First Printing is not for sale. It can only be had through this fundraiser. Numbers will be assigned in the order donations are received. Each will be hand numbered and signed by Wendy Foy, Fred’s youngest daughter. The total amount of your donation will go to setting up the display as all of the production costs are being covered elsewhere. Checks or money orders are to be made payable to The Wabash County Museum only (not to any person). The notation line should say “donation.” They are to be sent to:

Wendy Foy
PO Box 1313
Wells, Me. 04090-1313

Be sure to include the address you wish your copy to be sent to.
The book is being published by a non family member, who upon reading it, felt every Lone Ranger fan would love to have it.

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