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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

Dec 14th to Dec 20th Radio Classics

Irene Dunne 1935 More and more Christmas themed episodes are being added this week prior to our annual wall-to-wall Christmas week which runs this year from Sunday the 21st through Saturday the 27th. As part of a deal with Bing Crosby Enterprises each Sunday in December at Noon ET (11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT) we have a two-hour Bing Crosby Christmas block featuring mostly new to the channel holiday offerings from his various variety shows. It encores on Wednesdays at 8pm ET (7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT).

In addition to holiday offerings this week, we have birthday tributes for the following folks among others (some a little early since next week is all Christmas shows) – Irene Dunne (featured in The Screen Director’s Playhouse hour-long version of the 1940 comedy motion picture, “My Favorite Wife” co-starring Cary Grant); Jeff Chandler (Michael Shayne, Our Miss Brooks); Jane Morgan (Our Miss Brooks, Honest Harold); Betty Grable (Suspense); Katina Paxinou (Suspense); Cathy Lewis (Suspense’s “Run Sheep Run”, Lights Out, My Friend Irma); Lillian Randolph (Birdie on The Great Gildersleeve); Humphrey Bogart (Academy Award Theater’s “The Maltese Falcon”); Sydney Greenstreet (Also in “The Maltese Falcon” plus The New Adventures Of Nero Wolfe); singer Tony Martin (Screen Director’s Playhouse version of “Casbah”) and a centennial celebration for Richard Widmark (Molle Mystery Theater, Suspense, Inner Sanctum Mysteries).

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Dec 7th to Dec 13th Radio Classics

Kirk Douglas Sunday the 7th is jam packed as we have a two-hour Bing Crosby Christmas block airing at Noon ET Sunday as well as two different Pearl Harbor Day traditions. One featuring both Norman Corwin’s landmark patriotic program – We Hold These Truths and The March Of Time production “First Week At War” from December 11th, 1941. With the second special starring Oscar winning actress Fay Bainter in Lux Radio Theater’s Pearl Harbor themed production “The War Against Mrs. Hadley”.

This week features a number of birthday tributes none bigger than Kirk Douglas’ 98th! The multiple Oscar nominee and acting patriarch is still with us and is the subject of a two-hour special containing; The Academy Award Theater “Guest In The House”; The Screen Director’s Playhouse and two from Suspense..

We also are celebrating Dorothy Lamour’s Centennial as well as Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Van Heflin, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jay Jostyn (Mr. District Attorney), author Dalton Trumbo (Johnny Got His Gun), Arch Oboler (Lights Out) and musical director Alexander Courage (Broadway Is My Beat, composer of Star Trek original TV theme).

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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.

LISTEN HERE


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.

1 FREE Audiobook RISK-FREE from Audible

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