BW – EP109: Thanksgiving 1948—The Changing Radio Landscape

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In Breaking Walls episode 109 we continue our mini-series on the 1948-49 radio season by focusing on news and programming from Thanksgiving Day, 1948.

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Highlights:

• Tex and Jinx for WNBC with photographer Robert Capa
• John Nesbitt’s Passing Parade for WOR while CBS broadcasts the Macy’s parade
• Cornell vs. Penn in the Turkey Bowl Game
• Norma Young’s Happy Homes for KHJ in Los Angeles
• Let’s Get Married with Bride and Groom on KECA
• The Elgin Thanksgiving Special with Don Ameche
• Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis with Vera Vague
• Jack Benny Gets a Turkey on the Cheap — Signs A Big Contract with CBS
• David Sarnoff Overplays his Hand
• Fulton Lewis Jr. with the News from Mutual Broadcasting
• Henry Aldrich’s Turkey Run
• Burns and Allen Loose a Wedding Ring
• Pre-teen Margaret O’Brien Stars on Suspense
• Casey, Crime Photographer’s Holiday
• James Hilton Hosts The Hallmark Playhouse with Free Land
• Virginia Gregg and Willard Waterman Guest-Star on The First Nighter Program
• Thanksgiving Leftovers and Looking Ahead to Christmas

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The reading material used in today’s episode was:

• On the Air — By John Dunning
• Network Radio Ratings, 1932-53 — By Jim Ramsburg
• The fantastic work by Doctor Joseph Webb on
Suspense — https://sites.google.com/view/suspense-collectors-companion?fbclid=IwAR1L18Vl___MNGzqrDnJQd9fMgoyzxFboroMVC2akJBkfhDe5DHJHXgrYsE)

Casey Crime Photographer — https://sites.google.com/view/ethelbertsarchives/home?fbclid=IwAR1MRDebzXn8uVYd36uaJBcwIcKV-PEu_IFMKOqOo12S38ka3UXlT39wAmo

As well as articles from the archives of
• Broadcasting Magazine
• Radio Daily
• The New York Times
I’d also like to thank Mark Greenspan for supplying the audio from Penn vs. Cornell.

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On the interview front:

• Virginia Gregg, Barbara Luddy, Margaret O’Brien, Olan Soule, Ezra Stone, Willard Waterman, and Don Wilson, were with Chuck Schaden. Hear their full chats at http://www.speakingofradio.com/

• Don Ameche, Hans Conried, Staats Cotsworth, John Gibson, Jan Miner, and Vincent Price were with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC’s The Golden Age of Radio. Hear these at https://goldenage-wtic.org/

• Cedric Adams spoke with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in 1952.

• Jack Poppele spoke with Westinghouse in 1970.

• Jack Benny was interviewed for a 1972 PBS Documentary on Great Radio Comedians.

• Barbara Walters spoke with George Burns in 1979.

• Virginia Gregg spoke with SPERDVAC on August 14th, 1982. For more information, go to https://www.sperdvac.com/

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Selected music featured in today’s episode was:

• Sleigh Ride and Jingle Bells — By Al Caiola, Riz Ortolani & Jimmy McGriff
• Thanksgiving — By Michael Silverman
• Greensleeves — By Steve Erquiaga
• Night Pt. 1 – Snow — By George Winston
• Deck The Halls — By J.P. Torres

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Special thanks to:

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
https://www.ghoulishdelights.com/series/themorls/

Twelve Chimes, It’s Midnight
https://www.twelvechimesradio.com/

The Fireside Mystery Theatre
https://www.firesidemysterytheatre.com/
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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.

Ted’s got a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/otrteddavenport/
For Jerry, please visit http://otrsite.com/

I’d also like to thank Walden Hughes and John and Larry Gassman of SPERDVAC – http://sperdvac.com/

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