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Hey folks, back from the Inaugural Radio Spirits Cruise and rolling into Fourth Of July Week. As I get my “sea legs” back and have some time to go through all the great audio, video and pictures from the event, I will look to share some of it will all of you who were not able to join me. For the folks that did sail with me, thanks again so much for a tremendous time! I never realized so many of you were skilled radio actors and sound effects specialists! Hope to make it an annual event.
Okay back to the channel; the big holiday special this week is “We Found Jack! The Lost Episodes Of The Jack Benny Program.” It begins on the evening of July 4th at 8pm ET (7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT) and runs through Saturday (July 6th) at 8pm ET (7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT). Ah, but there is a catch; you see these 18 lost episodes are from The Jack Benny TV series. They are part of a new DVD release from Shout Factory. That being said, Jack’s TV writers, like him, came from radio, so the excerpts of the episodes I will share with you, work pretty well as just audio. But they will only be a small portion of the marathon. Most of the time you’ll hear Jack Benny radio episodes.
Other weekly highlights include; The CBS Radio Workshop’s “Gettysburg”as we mark the 150th Anniversary of that Civil War Battle. Plus some traditional Fourth Of July patriotic fare from Norman Corwin (Citizen Of The World) and James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy). We have birthday tributes for Olivia de Havilland (97 this week); Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart and WXYZ station owner George W. Trendle (The Green Hornet).
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