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8/13/2017


Music City Mondays - WSM, Air Castle of the South

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 4:38 pm

In 2010, The Bob Edwards Show instituted a short series they called Music City Mondays; programs recorded in Nashville, TN devoted to country music. Most of you know I am not a huge fan of the genre; the sound of a pedal steel guitar is to me what fingernails on a chalkboard is to you. And yet, oddly, country music singers tend to be some of my favorite interviews…sitting the possibly-bogus twang aside, they do tend to be awesome storytellers.

But this show has less to do with country music than it does with radio history, so naturally I’m immediately sucked in. Bob’s introduction:

Today we’re telling the story of one of the country’s great radio stations. WSM in Nashville went on the air 85 years ago and started a program called the WSM Barn Dance that ultimately became the Grand Ole Opry—the longest-running radio program in history. WSM is The Legend—the Air Castle of the South—a fifty thousand watt powerhouse—and the only clear channel station in the eastern United States that is still playing music. It’s reach is so great that it’s one of those stations the federal government would use in a national emergency. And yet its Opryland studios were flooded this year, forcing the staff to work from the site of the station’s distinctive broadcast tower.

That’s where we went to bring you today’s program.

The show begins with Craig Havighurst, author of Air Castle of the South: WSM and the
Making of Music Citv,
and then a tour of the transmitter facility itself with, among others, Chief engineer Jason Cooper.

As I have before, I’ve combined the CD copy of this program from the archives with the original recording I made from the on-line stream so you can have better audio quality and the original promos as aired at 9:00am EST December 6th, 2010. For more on the trip, and a photo slideshow, check out this post at BobEdwardsRadio.com

I hope you enjoy this look at one of the biggest radio stations in the country, produced by Chad Campbell. Oh, I am pleased to report Mr. Campbell survived his close encounter with the killer transmitter…

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Monday December 6th, 2010: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Monday December 6th, 2010 [59:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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4/1/2017


Rupert Holmes and Bob Edwards In Conversation

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:41 pm

I know, I know, I’ve been derelict in my duty to post shows…what can I say, working for a living keeps getting in the way of the important stuff. ;) (And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

Rupert Holmes is known for a lot of things…for example, he wrote the preeminent pop tune, The Pina Colada Song. In my hobby, Old-Time Radio, he is beloved for creating the television program Remember WENN, although I will personally never forgive him for the confusion he caused turning the sound effects artist’s name into a pun. He’s written theater works, including his The Mystery of Edwin Drood where the audience completes the story. From the introduction:

Today we’ll explore the many incarnations of a very talented man. Rupert Holmes wrote top-40 songs back in the day when a band might exist only in a studio for several hours. Holmes became a producer for Barbra Streisand and others, then had a hit of his own with the Pina Colada Song. Still bigger successes followed - an Emmy for the nostalgic TV show Remember WENN - and several Tonys for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Now Rupert Holmes wins Edgar Awards for the mystery novels he writes-complete with companion cd. The latest is titled “Swing.”

On October 13th, 2005, The Bob Edwards Show broadcast Rupert Holmes as the sole guest for the full hour. Please enjoy this conversation with a very interesting man - of course, the script/roadmap from the paper archives is here as well.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Thursday, October 13th, 2005: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Thursday, October 13th, 2005 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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9/1/2016


More Daniel Schorr from The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 6:11 pm

I am fortunate enough to have a copy of the raw unedited interview that became The Bob Edwards Show that aired on January 2nd, 2008 (which I posted in its entirety yesterday), so I have just a little bit of audio that did not air on the program. This afternoon, I pulled some of those sound clips together into this special podcast-only edition of SummersTime. It’s only about nine minutes long, but it’s a little bonus audio to remember a man who had an amazing career in journalism and who started his broadcast career at CBS under Edward R. Murrow.

icon for podpress  SummersTime Podcast Extra - Danial Schorr and Bob Edwards [9:02m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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5/11/2016


(*sigh*) AOL Blocking the Digest. Again.

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:58 pm

Sorry, friends, AOL has yet again decided the Internet OTR Digest is a spammer, and suddenly started rejecting issues again. This is usually transient, and goes away in a few days, but if you’re still using AOL for mail (and I’m not sure why you would be), you’ve missed at least one small issue of the Digest.

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4/11/2016


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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4/10/2016


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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2/3/2016


Bob Elliott, master of satire, dies at 92

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, News, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 2:09 pm

From The Washington Post: Bob Elliott, master of satire, dies at 92

I’m missing –ally Ballou already.

Back in 2008, Bob Edwards talked to Elliott about his long career and partnership with Ray Goulding. The show is available below; you can listen right here on the page, or download a copy to take with you.

Elliott is the guest in the second half, with Arianna Huffington Bob’s first guest.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Tuesday May 6th, 2008 [51:51m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/7/2015


SummersTime for the week of 11/24/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:32 pm

It’s our last show before the Christmas break; first Kate visits with Mr. and Mrs. North, I am so scared I Sleep No More, she walks the night with Pat Novak, and I pretty myself with the Palmolive Beauty Box Theater!

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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11/28/2015


SummersTime for the week of 11/17/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:46 pm

Comedy and drama this week; first, Kate visits The Great Gildersleeve, I am wooden listening to The Edgar Bergan Charlie McCarthy Show, she frightens me when she tells me Mystery Is My Hobby, and I continue the theme with the Radio City Playhouse!

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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11/22/2015


Another Issue of The Digest Rejected by AOL…

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:05 pm

Folks, I have no idea what causes AOL to decide the Internet OTR Digest is spam, but issue #96 has been rejected to all addresses controlled by AOL. Hopefully this will clear before the next issue releases, but who knows the mysteries of America OffLine?

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SummersTime for the week of 11/10/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:56 am

Kate presents her personal card reading, Have Gun Will Travel, I play the sole surviving episode of Latitude Zero, she listens to a creepy story from Macabre, and I play tricks on Chandu the Magician!

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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11/6/2015


SummersTime for the week of 09/28/2015 with guest Bob Edwards!

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 1:36 am

Yep, I know I’m behind in posting episodes of the program to the podcast, but I’m jumping the queue here to post this episode. For those of you who heard our conversation on the final Bob Edwards Show or Bob Edwards Weekend, there are a few more questions answered here, and even some clips from Bob’s favorite interviews!

In this amazing episode, Charlie makes a road trip to the XM Satellite Radio studios in Washington, D.C. to turn the tables on National Radio Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Edwards - this time, Bob answers the questions! And after the interview, we’ll play some Old-Time Radio programs he mentioned; Our Gal Sunday, The Romance Of Helen Trent, Ozzie & Harriet, and of course some excerpts with Edward R. Murrow from Hear It Now!

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!

icon for podpress  Special SummersTime from September 28, 2015 with Guest Bob Edwards! [119:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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11/5/2015


SummersTime for the week of 11/03/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 6:58 pm

First up this week, Katie plays an episode of I Was a Communist for the FBI, I have a “Close Shave” with the Molle Mystery Theatre, she reviews some if this year’s classwork listening to The March of Time, and I watch some of that new-fangled television thing with Mr. and Mrs. Blandings!

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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11/3/2015


SummersTime for the week of 10/27/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 11:44 pm

We’re back in the Nostalgialand Cemetary for another great Halloween show, this one programmed with suggestions from the Internet OTR Digest! First up, we make a great Escape, then we trick-or-treat with The Jack Benny Program, we visit “The Wailing Wall” in Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and finally we giggle with Baby Snooks!

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!

icon for podpress  SummersTime October 27, 2014 [119:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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10/31/2015


SummersTime for the week of 10/20/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 9:02 pm

This week, Katie opens up The Casebook of Gregory Hood, I enjoy the Micky Mouse Theater of the Air, she rides genteelly with Frontier Gentleman, and Saints Preserve Us I get lost with Mr Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons!

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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10/28/2015


SummersTime for the week of 10/13/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:25 am

Kate’s busy with schoolwork this week, so I’m flying solo…first up, a visit with the Family Doctor, then another episode of The Big Show, and I close it out with another episode of Family Doctor!

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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10/25/2015


SummersTime for the week of 10/06/2014

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 1:25 pm

First up, Kate runs with The Man Called X, I listen to the Nightbeat, she learns about history with the Cavalcade of America, and I end with Murder at Midnight!

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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Another Massive AOL Bounce on the OTR Digest…

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:44 am

Sorry, folks, but AOL has decided yet again that the Internet OTR Digest is spam, and rejected to all addresses under its control. This usually clears itself out after a day or two, but there is nothing I can do about it - this is all on AOL.

Hopefully once they stop blocking the server, you can retrieve the missed issue via the archive server.

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10/16/2015


SummersTime for the week of 09/29/2014

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

This week, it’s all Noir! Kate gets a letter from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, I enjoy an Adventures of Phillip Marlowe, she plays an Adventures of Sam Spade, and I close it out with a Private Eyelash, Candy Matson!

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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9/27/2015


This Week on SummersTime, Bob Edwards!

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 4:09 pm
Bob Edwards, Working in His Office

This week on SummersTime, Charlie gets to turn the tables on National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Bob Edwards! After 30-years at National Public Radio, and almost 25-years hosting its flagship program Morning Edition, he left that organization to create the first satellite-radio-produced public radio program, The Bob Edwards Show, and later its companion show Bob Edwards Weekend, the first-ever satellite radio program to be sold to terrestrial stations. Bob talks about his career, his satellite radio program which is ending this week, and even a little Old-Time Radio talk!

For those of you who heard our interview on the final Bob Edwards Weekend, there are a few more questions and answers, and even some clips from Bob’s (and my) favorite interviews! First airing is September 28th at 6:00 PM Eastern, 3:00 Pacific with repeats throughout the week!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Their goal is to pick awesome Old-Time Radio shows that they share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Airtime schedule is posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

Here’s another promo for the show with some clips to whet your appetite!

icon for podpress  Special SummersTime Promo for Guest Bob Edwards! [0:50m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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