Blog

Home / Blog
BW – EP53: St. Patrick’s Day, Fred Allen, And The Feud of The Century

BW – EP53: St. Patrick’s Day, Fred Allen, And The Feud of The Century

Breaking Walls, Featured
In Breaking Walls Episode 53 we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a look at some of the on-air St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans throughout the Golden Age of Radio. Highlights • A profile on Fred Allen, born John Sullivan, and his feud with Jack Benny, which culminated (for the first time) at the Pierre Hotel in New York on March 14, 1937, and again three days later on Fred’s show on St. Patrick’s Day in 1937 • Irish-American tenor Dennis Day’s return from the Navy to the Jack Benny Program on March 17, 1946 • Why Gracie Allen loved the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City - From The George Burns and Gracie Allen show - March 17, 1941 • Beat the Band’s The Wearing of the Green -…
Read More
BW – EP52: Speaking of Radio With OTR Guru and Radio HOFer Chuck Schaden

BW – EP52: Speaking of Radio With OTR Guru and Radio HOFer Chuck Schaden

Breaking Walls
In Breaking Walls Episode 52 we present a chat with Radio Hall of Fame member Chuck Schaden about his life and career. Chuck was on the air on Chicago radio between 1970-2009 The Radio Hall of Fame lists him as the man who’s done more to preserve and grow the Golden Age of Radio than anyone in America. His earliest radio memory was listening to The Shadow on the afternoon of Sunday, December 7, 1941 when the broadcast was interrupted with news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.   Highlights • How Chuck got on the air in 1970 • His conversations through the years with Golden Age of Radio stars like Jack Benny, Howard Duff, Arch Oboler, and Alan Reed. • Chuck’s opinion on why the American radio drama…
Read More
BW – EP51: An Evening At Brooklyn Boulders With Noumenal Space

BW – EP51: An Evening At Brooklyn Boulders With Noumenal Space

Breaking Walls, Interviews
In episode 51 of Breaking Walls, we attend the debut gallery event for Brooklyn-based art collective Noumenal Space. InARTguration took place on 1.19.2017, the evening before President Donald Trump's inauguration at a Brooklyn Boulders location in Long Island City, Queens, New York.   This event was designed to help spread awareness and unity within the art community during a very socially uncertain time. Proceeds from the event were donated to charities like Planned Parenthood and The Bronx Defenders.   You'll hear from founders Caitlin-Marie Miner, Andy Ongulous, as well as Brooklyn Boulders' head of marketing Joe Aaron Caravaglia, illustrator Jenna Stempel, and architects Franklin Rojas and Anner Recinos.     LINKS Jenna Stempel’s work for Harper Collins and others can be viewed at www.jennastempel.com Anner can be followed on IG @anner.r.more…
Read More
BW – EP50: We The People—A Message for Unity in Honor of Dr. King and Norman Corwin

BW – EP50: We The People—A Message for Unity in Honor of Dr. King and Norman Corwin

Breaking Walls, Interviews
In episode 50 of Breaking Walls, we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Norman Corwin with an uplifting audio piece in honor of our rights and duties as citizens of the United States of America. Among the cast are: Neil Armstrong Lucille Ball Lionel Barrymore Charles Calvart Kieran Culkin Ted De Corsia Alice Frost Wendell Holmes Dr. Martin. Luther King Jr. Howard McNear Jack Moyles President Barack Obama Santos Ortega Vincent Price President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Howie Rose James Stewart and Orson Welles Music by: Charles Bradley César Franck Cheap Trick Michael Hanna Bernard Herrmann Julia Ward Howe Modest Mussorgsky and William Steffe   To subscribe to these podcasts on iTunes, Search for Breaking Walls. The WallBreakers are on all social media outlets @TheWallBreakers. The WallBreakers can…
Read More
BW – EP49: An Audio History of New Year’s Eve on Radio

BW – EP49: An Audio History of New Year’s Eve on Radio

Breaking Walls, Interviews
In Breaking Walls Episode 49, in honor of the last day of 2016, we present to you an up close look at how New Year’s Eve was handled on radio during what’s come to be known as the Golden Age of Radio, between the early 1930s and 1962.   Highlights Include: • A profile on Jack Benny, the most famous comedian of the 1st half of the 20th century • Do you remember Madge the Manicurist? New York radio veteran Jan Miner speaks about breaking into radio • Escape and Suspense: Thrillers with a New Year's twist • A decidedly lighter portrayal than usual of Wild Bill Hickok • The Rose Bowl • The decline of radio • Where we can go from here   thewallbreakers.com thewallbreakers.pixieset.com www.instagram.com/thewallbreakers/ Subscribe to…
Read More