Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Old Time Radio Shows

Old time radio is a favorite at Fartwood Manor. In fact, many of my posts have been written with an OTR show playing in the background. My favorite is Dragnet. Love that sexy Jack Webb.  Dale has amassed a large collection of shows and there are also some good sites that have streaming broadcasts.

WGN will be broadcasting a bunch of classic Christmas radio shows on Christmas Eve--on the tee-vee. Apparently they will show an HD image of a flaming fireplace and the audio will be the radio programs. I'm a little unhappy with the scheduled time slot, but hey.....I guess you can TIVO it to watch/listen at a better time.  It boggles the mind, doesn't it?

Our Christmas night tradition is to listen to Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales", while watching the flames in our REAL fireplace. After that, it is time for the police scanner. Always a Christmas treat!

WGN Presents ‘Yule Log’ Set To Classic Radio Shows

Holiday Special Premieres Dec. 24

By Linda Moss -- Multichannel News, 12/3/2008 12:16:00 PM

WGN America will air Yule Log: The Golden Age Of Christmas, nine hours of holiday memories from the Golden Age of Radio, starting Dec. 24, officials said Wednesday.

The network, part of Tribune Broadcasting, will usher in Christmas by offering holiday programming from 9 p.m. Dec. 24 through 6 a.m. Dec. 25 using authentic presentations of classic radio programs set to the visual of the Yule Log hearth.

With new Yule Log footage (shot in HD) using the fireplace in Col. McCormick's (former Tribune president and editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune) office at Tribune Tower in Chicago, WGN America claims it will offer an alternative to the traditional Yule Log. While the flames burn, viewers will be hear timeless shows from the Golden Age of Radio.

Also on Wednesday, iN Demand Networks said it would be offering three Yule Log programs for Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to offer to their subscribers on-demand.

Classic programs which will air during WGN America’s Yule Log: The Golden Age Of Christmas include:

-- It’s a Wonderful Life (from the Lux Radio Theater 1947) A staple of Christmas television, an angel helps a compassionate but despondent businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed and stars Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

-- A Christmas Carol (Campbell Playhouse 1939) A holiday classic featuring miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who learns the error of his ways when visited by ghosts on Christmas Eve in this adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel.

-- Burns & Allen (1942) Featuring the comedy duo of George Burns and Gracie Allen.

-- Fibber McGee & Molly (1949) Fibber McGee and Molly were played by husband and wife team, Jim and Marian Jordan, with Fibber a brash, loudmouth while his ever-suffering wife, Molly, kept the peace with her sense of humor.

-- The Great Gildersleeve (1942) A spin-off from "Fibber McGee and Molly" featuring a pompous bachelor (Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve played by Harold Peary, and later Willard Waterman) who takes domestic charge of his young niece and nephew.

-- Jack Benny Show (1952) Jack Benny stars in this sketch comedy variety show, one of the longest running and most successful comedies in the history of radio.

-- Miracle on 34thStreet (from the Lux Radio Theater 1947) Six year old Susan has doubts about Santa Claus, but after meeting a special department store Santa, Susan is given the most precious gift of all, something to believe in. Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn star in this heart-warming Christmas classic.

These classic radio programs were provided by and edited for WGN America by Victor Lisle at WGN Radio. Yule Log: The Golden Age Of Christmas will be presented in 60-minute blocks without commercial interruption.

Yule Log: The Golden Age Of Christmas allows families to resurrect the innocence of a golden era and offers a nostalgic experience for viewers as they listen to memorable radio programs while opening presents, having dinner, and spending the holiday together,” Sean Compton, Tribune Broadcasting senior vice president of programming and development, said in a prepared statement.


goldenrail said...

Ooooh! There's some good ones on there. I love George and Gracie, and Fibber McGee and Jack Benny are always good, too. I may have to figure out a way to watch/listen!

MaryRuth said...

GR--yeah, it's on the tee-vee...
here are two more links for OTR. The first one is just down the road in Antioch, IL! That one has regular broadcasts that you can listen to 24/7
This one is a place to buy shows:
We were out doing our xmas shopping this weekend, listening to Jack Benny doing his!

goldenrail said...

Thanks for the links! Last time I bought a George and Gracie mp3, it skipped. :( Some new places to shop for them will be great.

Lisanne McT said...

oooh i LOVE Jack Webb too!! He has a Christmas broadcast? I'm confused!!!!

Thanks for your links and your blog makes me miss california...i lived there for a while y'know! In S.F the Haight to be exact and also Marin for a while but love the LA area..Merry Christmas to Fartwood Manor from Brooklyn NYC!

MaryRuth said...

Lisanne--Dragnet (both the radio and the tv versions) had Christmas episodes. I know of one episode that was on Jesus is stolen from the manger at the mission church. Oh no!
This site has a link to another Christmas Dragnet.

Thanks for the compliments and best wishes for a warm and happy Christmas! Keep on bloggin' !

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?