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
Dec 8th to Dec 14th Radio Classics
This week features a number of birthday tributes none bigger than Kirk Douglas’ 97th! The multiple Oscar nominee and acting patriarch is still with us and is the subject of a two-hour special opening with a new to the channel this week episode of the Academy Award Theater “Guest In The House”. Douglas is also featured on The Screen Director’s Playhouse and two from Suspense..
We also are celebrating Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Dorothy Lamour, Van Heflin, Lillian Randolph (Birdie on The Great Gildersleeve), Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jay Jostyn (Mr. District Attorney), Eddie Firestone Jr. (Sonny on Let George Do It), author Dalton Trumbo (Johnny Got His Gun) and musical director Alexander Courage (Broadway Is My Beat, composer of Star Trek original TV theme).
Holiday fans will enjoy the sprinkling of Christmas themed shows this week as we build toward a wall to wall Christmas week of shows airing this year from Sunday the 22nd through Saturday the 28th.
Dec 1st to Dec 7th Radio Classics
Rolling into December folks. Of course later in the month we’ll present holiday shows from all the top series on the channel, and not just the comedies and variety programs, as most of the dramas also had Christmas episodes each year.
Meanwhile for this first week of December, here are some of the highlights.
We have two different Pearl Harbor Day tributes. one featuring Norman Corwin’s landmark patriotic program – We Hold These Truths and the other has Oscar winning actress Fay Bainter in Lux Radio Theater’s “The War Against Mrs. Hadley”.
Also marking the anniversary of a few radio series debuts, for example, we have multiple episode of The Mysterious Traveler which launched on the Mutual Broadcasting System 70 years ago this week. There also is a two-hour Man of Steel Marathon with Bud Collyer as Superman.
Among the birthday tributes are the following: Agnes Moorehead (Suspense, The Shadow, The Columbia Workshop’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass”); producer/director Arch Oboler (Lights Out, Arch Oboler’s Plays); producer/director William Spier (Suspense, Sam Spade); writer Cornell Woolrich (Suspense); Ezra Stone (The Aldrich Family); Isabel Randolph (Fibber McGee & Molly); writer Rex Stout (Nero Wolfe) and a Centennial Celebration for Mary Martin (guest on The Jack Benny Program).
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.