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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

Jack BennyAll 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 Show Schedules.

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

Sept 14th to Sept 20th Radio Classics

June Foray 1952 Channel friend and frequent performer Peggy Webber is 89 this week, and is the subject of two different specials, the annual playing of Escape’s “Earth Abides” with Peggy working alongside lead, John Dehner and some more of her supporting work on The Saint, Richard Diamond Private Detective and The Whistler. She is not the only lovely lady still with us marking a birthday this week, we also celebrate June Foray’s 97th (with a couple episodes of The Stan Freberg Show).

Additional birthday tributes for Lauren Bacall (born Sept 16th, 1924 – died August 12th 2014); Agatha Christie; Penny Singleton (Blondie); Larry Dobkin (Ellery Queen, The Saint, The Whistler, etc); Eddie “Rochester” Anderson (The Jack Benny Program); Tom Conway (The Saint, Sherlock Holmes); musician Korla Pandit (Chandu, The Magician), etc.

We also mark the 61st anniversary of the debut of The Six Shooter with Jimmy Stewart. The two-hour special features three episodes of the western radio series plus my interview with Charles & Erna Reinhart, co-authors of Jimmy Stewart On The Air. It debuted a year ago, but I have switched out the three episodes to go with the interview segments.

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Sept 7th to Sept 13th Radio Classics

Claudette Colbert 1934 First of all if you are reading this posting on Friday the 5th or Saturday the 6th: a warning there is a scheduled preemption of the RadioClassics Channel on XM radios (due to an unusually heavy load of sports programming) beginning at 3pm ET (2pm CT, 1pm MT, Noon PT) on Saturday the 6th. This will not impact the online or cell phone app version of the channel and may not preempt Sirius radios. The regular programming on XM radios is due to return at approx 9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT). Again that is only for part of one day, Saturday Sept. 6th. As this preemption is out of my control, I encourage you to direct your comments to Sirius XM Listener Care http://www.siriusxm.com/contactus.

Okay for the week of the 7th through the 13th, we’ll have birthday tributes for Peter Lawford (Suspense’s “The Moonstone” & “A Terribly Strange Bed”); Edmond O’Brien (Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar; Family Theater); Claudette Colbert (Lux Radio Theater; guest on The Bob Hope Show); author O.Henry (creator of The Cisco Kid); Frank Cady (Sam Drucker on TV’s Petticoat Junction and Green Acres featured on a couple from Gunsmoke) writer Walter B. Gibson (The Shadow, Nick Carter, Blackstone The Magic Detective); Anne Seymour (Two from The Inner Sanctum Mysteries). Plus we mark the series debut anniversaries for The Bickersons (68th); The Molle Mystery Theater (71st) and Tarzan (82nd).

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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 the genre.

Now you can listen to those interviews for free, here on my Web site.

Robb Weller Interview - 2010

Robb WellerThis first interview is with Robb Weller, TV producer and nephew of longtime radio and television announcer Art Gilmore, which I conducted in October of 2010, as heard on Sirius XM Radio Classics.

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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
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.

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