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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

Apr 12th to Apr 18th Radio Classics

Stan Freberg We open this week with a two-hour tribute for radio legend, Stan Freberg who passed away April 7th at age 88. Not only frequently featured on RadioClassics Sirius XM 82 but Stan also preceded me as one of the hosts of the syndicated AM-FM radio series When Radio Was. A huge talent and major personal influence of mine who will be greatly missed.

We honor him with a two-hour tribute with a couple episodes from his 1957 summer series, The Stan Freberg Show which feature some of his best known skits including “St. George and The Dragonet “and “Bang Gunley, US Marshall Fields.” In the second hour, Freberg hosts An Analysis Of Satire on The CBS Radio Workshop plus plays it straight in the Suspense episode, “Alibi Me.”

Also this week, a double tribute as we mark the 80th anniversary of the national radio debut of Fibber McGee & Molly (April 16th, 1935) plus celebrate the birthday of Molly actress, Marian Jordan (Born April 15th, 1898). We also have a centennial celebration for Joan Alexander (Lois Lane on Superman, Ellen Deering on Philo Vance and also featured in a new to the channel this week episode from Words At War). Additional birthday specials for Bob Hastings (Archie Andrews, X-Minus One); Al Hodge (The Green Hornet); Hans Conried (My Friend Irma, The Life Of Riley….); Arthur Lake (Dagwood in Blondie); Les Tremayne (The Falcon, The Thin Man); Sir John Gielgud (Sherlock Holmes); film actress (Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Suspense) and more.

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Apr 5th to Apr 11th Radio Classics

Harry Morgan as Col. Potter in M*A*S*H The week begins with Easter and so we have comedy blocks with Easter episodes from Phil Harris & Alice Faye, The Life Of Riley, Our Miss Brooks and Baby Snooks. And also two Easter religious episodes The CBS Radio Workshop‘s “The Son Of Man” featuring the words of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (as voiced by Herbert Marshall, Victor Jory, Robert Young and Vincent Price!) Plus Ethel Barrymore hosts The Family Theater broadcast, “The Passion and The Death”.

Course that’s not all this week on RadioClassics: We have birthday tributes for some pretty popular series and folks led by a centennial celebration for M*A*S*H and Dragnet TV actor Harry Morgan (Mystery In The Air, This Your FBI) as well as tributes for Bette Davis (Screen Director’s Playhouse “Jezebel”, Screen Guild Theater’s “A Woman’s Face”); Gregory Peck (in three from Suspense); Spencer Tracy (Lux Radio Theater’s “Arrowsmith”); Paul McGrath (The Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Suspense); Walter Huston (Lux Radio Theater’s version of “The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre”); Frankie Thomas Jr. (Tom Corbett, Space Cadet) and more.

Among the series anniversary specials – Adventures Of Nero Wolfe; Dimension X, Nick Carter, Master Detective; My Friend Irma; This Is Your FBI and The Adventures of The Falcon. And we also welcome back the MLB with a block of all baseball themed radio episodes.

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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.

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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.

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