BW – EP108: Halloween 1948—Dewey Vs. Truman

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In Breaking Walls episode 108 we go back to October 31st, 1948 and open a five-part mini series on that season’s business and programming.



• You Are There
• Dewey V Truman
• Let’s Sit This One Out
• Halloween 1948 in New York over the Mutual Broadcasting System
• Ozzie and Harriet Visit a Haunted House
• Jack Benny Goes Trick-or-Treating for a New Network
• Phil Harris and Alice Faye
• Sam Spade, Rocky Jordan, and Connie Brooks
• Walter Winchell Spits Fire
• Cabin B-13
• A Tremendous Election Upset
• Looking Ahead to Thanksgiving 1948


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The reading material used in today’s episode was:

• Sunday Nights at Seven — By Jack and Joan Benny
• On the Air — By John Dunning
• Network Radio Ratings, 1932-53 — By Jim Ramsburg
• WOR Radio 1922-1982

As well as articles from the archives of
• The Los Angeles Times
• The New York Daily News
• The New York Times
• Radio Daily
• The Saturday Evening Post.


On the interview front:

• Eve Arden, Jack Benny, Alice Faye, Phil Harris, Elliott Lewis, Bret Morrison, and Lurene Tuttle were with Chuck Schaden. Hear their full chats at

• Hans Conried, Howard Duff, and June Havoc were with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC’s The Golden Age of Radio. Hear these at

• Dick Joy spoke with John Dunning for 71KNUS.

• Ben Grauer spoke with Westinghouse in 1970.


Selected music featured in today’s episode was:

• Danse Macabre — by Camille Saint-Saëns (Camille San Sons)
• I’ll Take Manhattan — By Blossom Dearie
• Ghost Bus Tours — By George Fenton
• The Look of Love — By Nelson Riddle
• Verdi’s Macbeth Overture — Conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli
• Flag of Columbia — By Jacqueline Schwab
• Over The River and Through The Woods — By the U.S. Air Force Band


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A special thank you to Ted Davenport and Jerry Haendiges: two radio show collectors who helped supply material for this episode. They’re who the large retailers go to.

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I’d also like to thank Walden Hughes and John and Larry Gassman of SPERDVAC –


Thank you to:
Tony Adams
Steven Allmon
Orson Orsen Chandler
Briana Isaac
Thomas M. Joyce
Ryan Kramer
Barry Nadler
Christian Neuhaus
Aimee Pavy
Chris Pilkington


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