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
May 24th to May 30th Radio Classics
The final week of May is a busy one. We have our annual Memorial Day Tributes plus tons of birthday tributes. This year, in addition to Norman Corwin’s On A Note of Triumph V-E Day Celebration which once again includes my past visits with both Corwin and radio actor and WWII vet, Cliff Carpenter, three other Memorial Day specials are also airing. They include episodes of multiple episodes of Words At War plus Lux Radio Theater’s adaptation of the following WWII era motion pictures; “Wake Island” and “Pride Of The Marines”.
We’ll have, not one but, two different birthday specials for Vincent Price. One of them features two episodes of The Saint; Escape’s “Three Skeleton Key” plus some of my past visit with his son, V. Barrett Price and his daughter, Victoria Price. The other special finds Price in three Suspense productions; “Name Of The Beast”, “The Hunting Trip” and “Pit & The Pendulum” as well as Yours Truly Johnny Dollar’s “The Price Of Fame Matter.”
A couple different Bob Hope birthday tributes as well, plus birthday celebrations for Stacy Keach Sr (director of Tales Of The Texas Rangers); John Wayne (Lux Radio Theater’s “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”, Screen Director’s Playhouse’s “Fort Apache”); Al Jolson (Kraft Music Hall); Ben Alexander (Dragnet, The Great Gildersleeve, Martin & Lewis Show); Norris Goff (Lum and Abner); author Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade, The Fat Man) and more.
May 17th to May 23rd Radio Classics
Apologies for the past couple of weeks of limited schedules and highlights, and here’s what we have coming up this week -
We celebrate the birthdays of a number of familiar folks including a major movie star, a major television star and a radio singer/comedian; as in Jimmy Stewart, Raymond Burr and Dennis Day.
Before I details those three, here are some other highlights – a 90-minute Man of Steel Marathon with a six-part Superman storyline from the summer of 1940, An Arthur Conan Doyle birthday tribute featuring two from Sherlock Holmes plus his story, “The Lost Special” as presented on Escape. Additional birthday tributes for the following folks: Herbert Marshall (The Man Called X); Tony Barrett (Suspense, Adventures Of Frank Race, The Mysterious Traveler); radio director Jock McGregor (Nick Carter, The Crime Club, The Sealed Book); Jeanne Bates (a featured role in a Suspense) and bandleader Meredith Willson (The Burns & Allen Show).
Back to our primary birthday folks:
A two-hour special for Dennis Day including two from his comedy series (A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day) plus a couple Jack Benny Program episodes.
Raymond Burr will be featured in Fort Laramie, Pat Novak For Hire, The CBS Radio Workshop and Night Beat.
Jimmy Stewart stars in The Six Shooter, Suspense’s “Mission Completed” and Lux Radio Theater’s “Made For Each Other”. Plus, I also will share with you portions of my visit with Charles & Erna Reinhart, the c0-authors of the very comprehensive book, Jimmy Stewart On The Air which covers Stewart’s entire radio career.
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.