BW – EP92: Radio And Coney Island (1906 – 1960)

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In Breaking Walls episode 92 we open the summer season with a trip to Coney Island, Brooklyn. The New York city summer locale was frequented in radio programs and by radio performers. It was also, in the days of wireless telegraphy, an important station location for Guglielmo Marconi.
Highlights:
• Marconi’s last link
• André Baruch Gets His Radio Start at Coney Island
• Allen’s Alley Opens the Summer
• Connee Boswell Sings
• The Crime Club Uncovers a Coney Island Murder
• Irma and Jane Go To the Beach
• Broadway Is My Beat
• Vincent Price in Coney Island
• Jean Shepherd Stops By
• We Take the Subway Home
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The reading material used in today’s episode was:
On The Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio – by John Dunning
Network Radio Ratings, 1932-53 – by Jim Ramsburg

As well three tremendous internet resources:
Charles Denson’s History Project at ConeyIslandHistory.org
David Sullivan’s Heart of ConeyIsland.com
Jeff Stanton’s research at Westland.net/ConeyIsland
On the interview front:
• André Baruch, Larry Dobkin, Lou Krugman, and Herb Vigran, were with SPERDVAC. For more information, please go to SPERDVAC.com

• Hans Conried, June Havoc, Vincent Price, and William N. Robson were with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC’s The Golden Age of Radio. These interview can be heard at GoldenAge-WTIC.org.

• Elliott Lewis and E. Jack Neuman were with John Dunning for his 1980s 71KNUS program from Denver.

• Vincent Price and Allen Reed spoke to Chuck Schaden. Hear their full chats at SpeakingofRadio.com.

• Fred Allen was a guest of Tex and Jinx on November 24th, 1954.

• Connee Boswell was interviewed by Lee Phillip in 1963.

• And Morton Fine was with Dan Haefele on August 9th, 1988.
Selected music featured in today’s episode was:
• Under the Boardwalk – by the Drifters
• And Shine on Harvest Moon – by Joan Morris & William Bolcom
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