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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

Aug 17th to Aug 23rd Radio Classics

Maureen O’Hara Back from the 2nd Annual Radio Spirits Sea Cruise with a jam packed week including a few belated birthday tributes bumped from last week.

Some headlining specials: The Todd Matter a five part storyline as presented on Yours Truly Johnny Dollar; two-hours of Ray Bradbury (including productions of “Zero Hour”, “Kaleidoscope” and “Mars Is Heaven”); plus we mark the 55th anniversary of the 50th State entering the Union (CBS Radio Workshop’s Hawaii themed episode known as “Malahini Magic”).

In addition to Bradbury, other birthday week long tributes include Gene Kelly (Theater Guild On The Air’s “Boy Meets Girl” and Suspense’s “Thieves Fall Out”); Maureen O’Hara (she is 94!); Mae West; Marie Wilson (My Friend Irma); Lesley Woods (Margo on The Shadow, Mary on Boston Blackie); Jay Novello (Captain Sabaaya on Rocky Jordan) and announcer Ken Carpenter (Bing Crosby Show, The Life Of Riley, The Great Gildersleeve).

The belated birthday list includes specials for Gloria Blondell; movie director and Lux Radio Theater host, Cecil B. DeMille and famed thriller motion picture director, Alfred Hitchcock. This year we bring back Lux Radio Theater’s version of Hitch’s “Strangers On A Train”, Mystery In The Air’s “The Lodger” (with Peter Lorre, Agnes Moorehead and Harry Morgan) plus The Screen Guild Players take on “Rebecca” which was Hitch’s only best picture Oscar winner.

Joining me for that two-hour special will be friend and channel fan, Derek Haas. The Hollywood screenwriter (3:10 to Yuma, Wanted) is co-creator, producer and writer for NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. He also is the author of four novels, the first two I was lucky enough to voice the audiobook narration. You can learn more about Derek and his novels over http://derekhaas.com.

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Aug 10th to Aug 16th Radio Classics

Bon Voyage Hard to believe but yes indeed it’s time for the 2nd annual Radio Spirits Sea Cruise as your humble host and a bunch of this channel’s loyal listeners are spending 7 days in the Eastern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom Of The Seas.

While I am at sea; the channel is on auto-pilot. Not to worry though, I have left you landlubbers with all the top series and many great episodes.

Enjoy and see ya next week!

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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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