Greg Bell is the Host of Radio Classics on Sirius & XM Channel 82 and the Host of When Radio Was, a syndicated old-time radio show on 200+ stations....more
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Welcome to My Web Site
All the good stuff you know and love is always easily accessible using the links at the top of this page or in the left-hand column, including the
Blog site (with all the pictures I know you enjoy), and the
Don't forget, to get to all the great pictures from radio's Golden Age you simply need to click on any of the stories on the Blog site and they will pop up.
Upcoming Shows on Sirius XM Radio Classics Channel 82
Dec 1st to Dec 7th Radio Classics
Rolling into December folks. Of course later in the month we’ll present holiday shows from all the top series on the channel, and not just the comedies and variety programs, as most of the dramas also had Christmas episodes each year.
Meanwhile for this first week of December, here are some of the highlights.
We have two different Pearl Harbor Day tributes. one featuring Norman Corwin’s landmark patriotic program – We Hold These Truths and the other has Oscar winning actress Fay Bainter in Lux Radio Theater’s “The War Against Mrs. Hadley”.
Also marking the anniversary of a few radio series debuts, for example, we have multiple episode of The Mysterious Traveler which launched on the Mutual Broadcasting System 70 years ago this week. There also is a two-hour Man of Steel Marathon with Bud Collyer as Superman.
Among the birthday tributes are the following: Agnes Moorehead (Suspense, The Shadow, The Columbia Workshop’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass”); producer/director Arch Oboler (Lights Out, Arch Oboler’s Plays); producer/director William Spier (Suspense, Sam Spade); writer Cornell Woolrich (Suspense); Ezra Stone (The Aldrich Family); Isabel Randolph (Fibber McGee & Molly); writer Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe) and a Centennial Celebration for Mary Martin (guest on The Jack Benny Program).
Nov 24th to Nov 30th Radio Classics
Happy Thanksgiving To All My U.S. of A. folks (and happy belated Thanksgiving to my Canadian listeners as it was back on October 14th).
As is usually the case, we’ll have lots of holiday themed episodes airing on the channel this week, but that’s not all.
We have Centennial Celebrations for two of radio’s biggest stars; Howard Duff (Sam Spade, Suspense’s “The Kandy Tooth”) and Harry Bartell (Escape, Gunsmoke, Fort Laramie, Suspense, etc).
Additional birthday tributes for Elliott Lewis (Casebook of Gregory Hood, Voyage Of The Scarlet Queen and of course The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show); Ralph Bell (Mysterious Traveler, The Chase); Richard Crenna (Our Miss Brooks, The Great Gildersleeve); J. Scott Smart (The Fat Man); Don MacLaughlin (Counterspy); Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain (CBS Radio Workshop’s take on “Roughin’ It”); sci-fi writer Frederik Pohl (X Minus One’s “Tunnel Under The World”) and mystery writer John Dickson Carr (Murder By Experts, Suspense).
Interviews as First Heard on Sirius XM Radio Classics
As I've mentioned on the air, I frequently have the pleasure of
visiting with various radio performers, celebrity fans,
authors, etc., who are in some way involved with the
Old-Time Radio business, or who are simply just huge fans of
Now you can listen to those interviews for free, here on my Web site.
Robb Weller Interview - 2010
This first interview is with
Robb Weller, TV producer and
nephew of longtime radio and television announcer
Gilmore, which I conducted in October of 2010, as heard on
Sirius XM Radio Classics.
So What Else Have I Been Up To?
My First Audio Books
Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of narrating
screenwriter Derek Haas' first two novels, which are taut and suspenseful thrillers about a wily assassin who struggles with his conscience and his past. They were enormous fun to read, even though recording an audio book is a lot harder than it looks (sounds?).
These are gritty, contemporary stories that contain adult content and language, so if you think you might be interested, you can listen to a sample and download them by clicking on the links below.
"Screenwriter Haas's debut features a darkly compelling narrator. When a young hit man who refers to himself as Columbus learns his next job is to assassinate presidential candidate Abe Mann, Columbus is not taken aback so much by Mann's national prominence as he is by the key role Mann once played in Columbus's past. Soon Columbus realizes that those behind the plot appear to be setting somebody else up as well - himself." - Publisher's Weekly
Download "The Silver Bear" for only $7.49 at Audible.com
"Like Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter, Columbus is a thoroughly likable villain. He operates on the wrong side of the law, with his own moral code and his own unique sense of compassion. It’s impossible not to like the guy, even though he explicitly and repeatedly tells us not to, just as it’s impossible not to like the novel itself." - David Pitt at Booklist.
Download "Columbus" for only $7.49 at Audible.com
|The cast of
"Unconditional," by Michael Gilvary
From left: Jeff Baker, Nancy Camp, Spencer Bush, Craig Sechler
New Audio Dramas
Independent of my work on Radio Classics and When Radio Was, I have been working with some folks who love radio dramas to produce some brand new audio shows, including the top
Hollywood screenwriter Derek Haas ("Wanted," "3:10 to Yuma," etc.), whose
PopcornFiction.com Web site showcases some of the best short story writing coming out of Hollywood today.
(Note: Some of the stories are adult themed, so use discretion as to what you wish to read.)
To listen to an exclusive sneak preview of our demo for what we hope will be the first in a series of cutting-edge, new audio shows, click here.