Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Glowing Dial - Show No. POD06 Premieres!

The Glowing Dial
Latest Episode # POD06
running from July 20 to August 9, 2014
episode running time: 2hrs. 43min.

Big John and Stu are playing games with you!

Twenty Questions - The Mouse That Ran Up The Clock
originally aired Sunday, March 10, 1946 on MUTUAL
Starring: Bill Slater (host), Fred Van Deventer, Florence Rinard, Bobby McGuire, Herb Polasie, E.J. Kahn (panelists)
Robert Martin announcing.

The Ask-It-Basket - What Is A Ruminant?
originally aired Thursday, September 21, 1939 on CBS
Starring: Jim McWilliams (host).
Panelists are: a stenographer, a sailor, a buyer, a student.
Del Sharbutt announcing.
Sponsor: Colgate

Truth Or Consequences - 6th Anniversary Celebrity Show
originally aired Saturday, March 23, 1946 on NBC
Starring: Ralph Edwards (host), Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Phil Harris, John Charles Thomas, Dinah Shore, George Montgomery, Rudy Vallee,  William Bendix, Basil Rathbone, Charlie Cantor, Ken Carpenter, Harlow Wilcox,  Jimmy Wallington, Truman Bradley, Don Wilson.
Jay Stewart announcing.
Sponsor: Proctor and Gamble for Duz

Can You Top This? - Complaints
originally aired Saturday, January 11, 1947 on NBC
Starring: Ward Wilson (host), Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie, Jr., Peter Donald.
Charles Stark announcing.
Sponsor: Colgate/Palmolive

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"Twenty Questions" on the radio
Max Liebman, James Carmine and Bill Slater of "Twenty Questions"
Radio Ticket for "The Ask-It-Basket"
Ralph Edwards of "Truth Or Consequences"

"Can You Top This?" Newspaper Ad

Peter Donald of "Can You Top This?"

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Actor Bob Hastings passes away

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Bob Hastings. Bob had a list of portrayals a mile long and was a fine actor. As far as old time radio goes, I remember him best from an episode of “X Minus One” entitled, “Tunnel Under The World” by Frederick Pohl. Great story with a great twist ending. Of course, television audiences probably remember him best from “McHale’s Navy” where he played Lt. Elroy Carpenter.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Bob at a Friends Of Old Time Radio convention in the late 1990s. He was a lot of fun and had some great stories to tell about his days in radio and television. He will be missed.

Here’s an L.A. Times article on Bob’s passing:

Listen to The Glowing Dial episode where we interviewed Bob:

Episode POD06 of The Glowing Dial will premiere July 20, 2014 with a tribute to Game Shows!