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Now Hear This: Underwater Demolition Team

Written by  on July 29, 2017

On This Date in 1951

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CBS News of the World, AM Edition

Written by  on November 7, 2014

The CBS News of the World, Morning Edition, was part of the larger news lineup of CBS Radio Network.  Also known as The CBS World News Roundup, the show first aired March 13th, 1938.

The first broadcast was a one time special report, in response to the growing tensions in Europe and a demand for up to date news.  The format of the special, containing reports from multiple locations around the world, was so successful that it quickly developed into a daily show.  This type of format, consisting of multi-point live reports, was revolutionary for the time and was executed with impressive precision.

Journalists broadcasting on CBS News included radio giants such as Edward R. Murrow, Robert Trout, and William L. Shirer, as well as famous correspondents Charles Collingwood, William J. Dunn and John Charles Daly, among others.

The CBS World News Roundup continues today, making it America’s longest running network newscast on radio or TV. This collection contains the 1942 broadcasts.

Strange As It Seems

Written by  on September 25, 2014

Strange As It Seems was an American radio program that featured stories of stunning but true events that were first publicized by newspaper cartoonist John Hix. Hix’s format was similar to famous newspaper cartoonist named Robert L. Ripley of Ripley’s Believe It or Not fame . Both articles appeared in major newspapers, and both had a disclaimer printed under the cartoon stating that one should contact the author for proof of any story that the reader thought was untrue, and the cartoonist would provide proof.

Strange As It Seems would go on from its humble cartoon roots  to spawn a series of 10 minute movie shorts for Universal, before becoming a successful and long-running radio program.

Behind the Mike

Written by  on September 24, 2014


Behind the Mike was a behind-the-scenes view of radio personalities, personnel and operations. This version of the program aired from 15 Sep 1940 until 19 Apr 1942. Of the possible 83 episodes, it appears only 32 are currently known. The program was developed as a way for radio listeners to learn more of their favorite radio personalities, programs, and behind-the-scenes people who contributed to the production of radio programs. The host of the show was Graham McNamee.

Origin of Superstitions

Written by  on September 9, 2014

Why do people avoid walking under a ladder? Step around a black cat? Throw spilt salt over their shoulder? If you’ve ever wondered about any of these, The Origin of Superstition radio show has the answer for you!

Also known as “Superstition on the Air”, The Origin of Superstition was a 1935 series of short stories that showcased many of the more popular superstitions of modern life. These were dramatizations that took the listener across space and time to explain when, where, how and why superstitions originated. The show was meticulously researched: The episodes add or subtract nothing to the superstition, but let the facts speak for themselves. The only fiction in the show was the names, which had been changed for purposes of discretion.

Superstitions are often ridiculed, until a coincidence or quirk makes us wonder if fate guides our destinies, after all. In episodes such as “Rabbit’s Foot”, “Knocking on Wood”, “Opening an Umbrella Indoors”, and “Breaking a Mirror”, you may hear superstitions that you yourself observe, and come to understand their origins.

Included in the series are superstitions less well known today, such as “Sing Before Breakfast”, “Don’t Stand Behind a Chair”, “Two Walkers Separated”, and “Bubbles in a Tea Cup”. There are thirty-nine episodes in all, including “Horseshoe Over the Door”, “Three on a Match”, “Thrown Shoes” and “Itching Palm”.

The Origin of Superstition was produced and syndicated by Transco, the same company that produced the Cinnamon Bear. The show featured actors Verna Felton, Hanley Stafford, Gale Gordon, Howard McNear, Barbara Jean Wong, all of whom also performed on “The Cinnamon Bear” radio show, which was recorded in the same Transco studio in 1937. The narrator of The Origin of Superstition, Lindsay MacHarrie, was the director of The Cinnamon Bear” program.

So grab your rabbit’s foot and tune in for fascinating tales of superstition!