If you haven’t grabbed it yet, the new weekly schedule can be found by clicking to see Full Story & Pictures and then the following link; ShowSchedules
Before I get to the channel, I want to share with you a little shout out to a big channel fan and friend. You have heard me talk about Hollywood screenwriter, Derek Haas in the past and he currently is co-producing and co-writing the NBC series Chicago Fire. Well, Derek also is a very talented fiction writer and in the past I was lucky enough to do the narration for his first two novels The Silver Bear & Columbus. Well, his most recent book The Right Hand is a thrilling spy novel, and if you like that sort of thing, I think you’ll love it. Derek also runs the website Popcorn Fiction a growing collection of pulp fiction style short stories penned by many of Hollywood’s top screenwriters and performers. I hope to sit down again with Derek Haas in the near future and talk about his projects and his love for RadioClassics.
Okay on the the channel: Lots of great birthday tributes and new to the channel offerings this week. Topping the list a centennial birthday celebration for actor/singer/comedian Danny Kaye and the return of Poe Man’s Radio (celebrating Edgar Allan Poe’s 204th birthday). But we also mark the birthdays of the following folks among others: Cary Grant; Margaret O’Brien (the child actress is 76 this week); William Bendix (The Life Of Riley); Steve Dunne (Sam Spade); Elliott Reid (now 93 and featured in Escape & Suspense); composer Cy Feuer (Escape) and producer/director Jaime Del Valle (The Line-up; Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar).
New to the channel offerings from Jack Benny; The Whistler; Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar; The Life Of Riley; Suspense; The Weird Circle; The Hall of Fantasy; The Screen Director’s Playhouse; Wild Bill Hickok, Gunsmoke and more.
Fans of the channel can now get their own copy of my personal favorite radio shows. Radio Classics Selected By Greg Bell is a 10 CD collection with my introductions and wrap-ups just like I do on my satellite and regular radio shows.
Also remember we are still looking for folks to join us on the Radio Spirits Old-Time Radio Cruise departing June 22nd 2013 from the New York City area for Bermuda for a 5-day cruise which will include many classic radio themed events including live on stage re-creations. Some Cabins are still available and you can learn more at this link http://www.cruisingwithgregbell.com/