Thursday, December 27, 2012

America's Top 10 - October 3rd 1982

Those occasions when Casey Kasem wasnt available to do the taping for America's Top Ten he had good substitutes and on this occasion it was game show host and former LA disc jockey Bob Eubanks.

I think Bob does a good job, this has been really cut down but you get a good idea of how the show went.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

New York Times Bestseller List - Fiction 12/23/2012

NY Times Bestseller List
Week  Ending December 23rd 2012

10 - The Last Man - Vince Flynn   (4 weeks on list)

9  -  Winter of the World - Ken Follett    (12 weeks)

8  -  Agenda 21 - Glen Beck w/Harriet Parke   (3 weeks)

7  -  The Black Box - Michael Connelly   (2 weeks)

6  -  Merry Christmas, Alex Cross - James Patterson   (4 weeks)

5  -  The Forgotten - David Baldacci   (3 weeks)

4  -  Notorious Nineteen - Janet Evanovich   (3 weeks)

3  -  The Racketeer - John Grisham   (7 weeks)

2  -  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn    (27 weeks)

1  -  Threat Vector - Tom Clancy w/Mark Greaney
As China threatens to invade Taiwan, the covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. aids his father's administration - but his agency is no longer secret.

Gunsmoke - On the Radio (A Christmas Story)

From the Golden Age of Radio, Gunsmoke's first season Christmas episode.

This episode started out by showing that Gunsmoke was not the feel good radio kiddie western.

Thanks to Buck Benny and his OTR podcast for this episode.  Follow his podcast for more great shows.

Xmas Story
Originally aired 12-20-1952
starring William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Jack Benny Show 1952-53 Season

Two more wonderful episodes of The Lucky Strike Program starring Jack Benny from the 1952-53 radio season.
Jack was the #2 show of that season behind Amos N' Andy which followed his show on Sunday nights at 730pm.

Thanks again to Buck Benny and his OTR Jack Benny Podcast for these high quality shows.  I am giving you 2 episodes again so we can get to the great Christmas shopping episode for Jack and the Gang.

Happy Time

Jack Buys a Gopher Trap for Don Wilson

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Andy Griffith Show (with Parley Baer)

Barney and The Governor
a classic from The Andy Griffith Show with radio legend Parley Baer as Mayor Stoner.

Season 3 Episode 15
Originally aired January 7th 1963
Barney tickets the Governor's car for a parking violation.  Then the Governor wants to meet the man who ticketed his car to shake his had for showing no favorites.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New York Times Bestseller List - Fiction 12/16/2012

New York Times Bestseller List
Week Ending December 16th 2012

10 - The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling   (10 weeks on list)

9  -  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn   (26 weeks)

8  -  The Last Man - Vince Flynn    (3 weeks)

7  -  Merry Christmas, Alex Cross - James Patterson  (3 weeks)

6  -  Agenda 21 - Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke  (2 weeks)
A girl begins to question the authorities who run the Republic, the totalitarian successor to the United States created by the U.N.

5  -  The Racketeer - John Grisham  (6 weeks)

4  -  The Forgotten - David Baldacci   (2 weeks)
The military investigator John Puller, the protagonist of "Zero Day", probes his aunt's mysterious death in Florida.

3  -  Notorious Nineteen - Janet Evanovich
The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum tracks down a con man who disappeared from a hospital.

2  -  The Black Box - Michael Connelly
In a case that spans 20 years, the Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch links the bullets from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the race riots.

1  -  Cold Days - Jim Butcher
Harry Dresden lives, but he's no longer Chicago's only professional wizard.  Now he's the Winter Knight, Queen Mab's assassin, and she wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal.

The Jack Benny Show 1952-53 Season

Here are 2 more episodes from the 1952-53 radio season of The Jack Benny Show.

Once again these shows come through the courtesy of The Jack Benny OTR Podcast produced by Buck Benny.  He does such an incredible job bringing us the highest quality OTR programs.

Jack's show finished #2 for this season behind Amos N' Andy that aired right after The Lucky Strike Program on Sunday nights at 730pm.    CBS radio owned the airwaves in 1952-53 with 9 of the top 10 shows on radio.

USC vs UCLA Game

Thanksgiving Pilgrims

Flashback - Billboard Top 50 Hot Soul Singles 11/04/1978

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Jack Benny Show 1952-53 Season

Our continuing journey through the 1952-53 season of The Jack Benny Show, the season it finished as the #2 show on radio

Thanks to Buck Benny and his tremendous work on his OTR podcast

The Purple Pirate
(Jack and the gang take to the high seas)

Hogan's Heroes - Season 1 (John Dehner)

Here is another great episode from the first season of Hogan's Heroes (1965-66) guest starring one of my very favorite actors from radio and television, John Dehner.

John Dehner was a one of the busiest actors during the golden age of radio in the 1940s and into the 50s with many supporting roles in Gunsmoke and starring roles in Have Gun, Will Travel and Frontier Gentleman.

Here he guest stars as the nazi inspector general reviewing Col. Klink and Stalag 13.

Episode 4 Season 1
The Late Inspector General
originally aired October 8th 1965 
(Friday 830-9pm CBS)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bonanza - Season 6 A Man To Admire

We continue the look at Season 6 of Bonanza (1964-65) as it became the #1 show in prime time television for the first time.

Episode 11
A Man To Admire
originally aired December 6th 1964
NBC Television

Guest stars : James Gregory as Whitney Parker 

Knocked unconscious and framed for the murder of scheming rancher, Flint Durfee, Hoss Cartwright refuses his father's expensive lawyer and trusts his defense to new friend Whit Parker, a troubled trial attorney who is drowning his past in alcohol.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

John Lennon Top 10

Today, December 8th is the day that for a generation, the music died.  John Lennon was murdered December 8th 1980 in New York city.

His music and legacy will never die as he remains one of the biggest selling artist of all time with the Beatles and as a solo performer.

From Billboard Magazine:

John Lennon's Top 10 Hits on the Hot 100

1 - (Just Like) Starting Over
(5 consecutive weeks at #1 Dec 1980-Jan 1981)

2 - Woman
(#2) 1981

3 - Instant Karma
(#3)  1970

4 - Whatever Gets You Through The Night
(#1 for 1 week 1974)

5 - Imagine
(#3)  1971

6 - Nobody Told me
(#5) 1984

7 - #9 Dream
(#9)  1975

8 - Watching The Wheels
(#10)  1981

9 - Mind Games
(#18)  1973

10 - Power To the People
(#11)  1971

John Lennon's Top Ten Albums

1 - Double Fantasy (1980)
(8 weeks at #1)

2 - Imagine  (1971)
(1 week at #1)

3 - Walls and Bridges (1974)
(1 week at #1)

4 - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)

5 - Rock N' Roll  (1975)

6 - Mind Games  (1973)

7 - The Plastic Ono Band : Live Peace in Toronto 1969  (1970)

8 - Milk and Honey  (1984)

9 - Shaved Fish  (1974)

10 - Acoustic   (2004)

Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

One of the most famous short stories of the 19th century was Ambrose Bierce's 1890 tale of the civil war hanging of confederate sympathizer Peyton Farquhar, Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
In the 20th century this story was interpreted in both radio and television, during the Golden Age of Radio by Escape and Suspense to tremendous effect.
On television, first by Alfred Hitchcock Presents in the 5th season, episode 13 aired December 20th 1959.

Thanks to Buck Benny's OTR podcast he brought us this version
The radio adaptations began with Escape's airing on December 10th 1947, starring Harry Bartell as Peyton Farquhar.

Suspense gave us its adaptation in July 9th 1959 with Vincent Price as Farquhar.

Maybe the most famous adaptation on American television was the airing on The Twilight Zone (Season 5, episode 22, Feb 28 1964) of the french short film that won the award for Best Short Subject at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival and the 1963 Academy Awards.

Again on radio by the great OTR revival show CBS Radio Mystery Theater June 4th 1974, starring William Prince as Peyton Farquhar.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Jack Benny Show 1952-53 Season

Here is the next episode in the 1952-53 season of the Jack Benny Show from the Golden Age of Radio.

This season Jack's show was #2 for the entire season behind a resurgent Amos N' Andy.

Here is the next episode in that year

Jack goes to the doctor for a vitamin shot