Graham MacNamee has 2 radio sound effect experts on stage to show how he makes various sound effects as a short story is narrated. Trains, footsteps, doors, fights, horses and wagons, and row boats.
Character actor, Gilbert Maxx, tells about his background that helped him with his broad range of characters. He demonstrates by playing a scene by doing all the parts from kids to the aged, various dialects, and a sound effect or two.
Oddities in Radio. A prominent radio announcer shares a story from his early days, and his aspirations to announce on the popular Coconut Grove radio broadcast. An accident with a stage hand blew his chance at the famous night spot.
Though a young technology, traditions in radio were developing. The Atwater Kent Hour was an early show that is now revisited to relive a few moments of its musical variety, and tallent show format. Kind of like American Idol of it’s day.
Letters from Listeners. CJ Ingram, of the Jersey City Journal answers today’s questions. Is it true Bob Burns is a crack shot with a rifle, as proclaimed? What was the very first broadcast, and the call letters of the station? The answer was, and still is controversial. When was the first broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera? What was the first program to appear on a networlk?
Announcer for Fred Allen, Jimmy Wallington appears to share a story. A woman struck with appendicitis, and crossing a lonely stretch of the Mojave dessert with her husband, was rescued by a man and his son as they travelled. Later, while acting as announcer for the Atwater Kent program, the first prize singer, Donald Novas has the rest of the story.