Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside

Phil at Just Playing sent me an e-mail this afternoon with a link to the 1950 radio sitcom, Granby’s Green Acres—a website of which I had not been previously aware. I’ve added it to the OTR Shows links—if you’ve never heard an episode, there are about four available for download; I think you’ll find them interesting as a precursor to the later television hit, Green Acres. Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet were the stars and though their character names were changed, they were essentially playing the same couple from My Favorite Husband (Rudolph and Iris Atterbury). (Thanks again, Phil!)

Just received the lastest newsletter from RHAC (Radio Historical Association of Colorado) and though I’ve only been able to glance through it, it spotlights an article on Inner Sanctum by noted Sanctum biographer Martin Grams, Jr. So that’ll be a treat for later on.

And in the “The Man Who Came to Dinner” department, Nostalgic Rumblings’ Charlie Summers has had a surprise guest drop in to sup and drink (emphasis on drink) with him—Harlan (Hal) Stone, former radio child actor/television director whose best known OTR work is that of Jughead Jones on Archie Andrews (“Aw re-lax, Archie…re-lax…”). I've had an opportunity to chat with Hal on mIRC on occasion and while he's a hell of a raconteur his "Jughead" is one of the most obnoxious characters in the whole of old-time radio. (I may be a tad biased, since I'm an Aldrich Family partisan.)

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