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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Into the Time Warp #9 – Father Coughlin on Propaganda (5/30/20)

58:37 – Join Dave in Kentucky for an examination of the first half of Father Charles E. Coughlin’s Golden Hour of the Little Flower from May 9, 1939, entitled “Propaganda at Work”. Topics include: British propaganda for two World Wars, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, the Neutrality Acts of the late 1930s, cash-and-carry, Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill”, Social Justice magazine, the sinking of the Lusitania, Karl Goetz, Wellington House, David Knight, Capt. B.H. Lidell Hart’s book series The Next War, Sidney Rogerson’s Propaganda in the Next War, John F. Kennedy, Edward Bernays, Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd., Senator Gerald Nye, Pearl Harbor, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Lukas, Eddie Murphy, Mussolini’s definition of Fascism, the National Association of Broadcasters, Marsh v. Alabama (1946), Keeper of the Flame, Katharine Hepburn, Charles Lindbergh, Philip Roth, The Plot Against America, HBO and other Hollywood smear factories.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: Father Coughlin making an emphatic point. Note the early hands-free microphone, circa 1930s.

posted by Dave at 3:56 pm filed in Dave,May20  

Friday, May 1, 2020

Killer Serials #14 – Adventures by Morse: The City of the Dead, Part Four (5/1/20)

1:33:24 – Dave in Kentucky presents the final three chapters of Carlton E. Morse’s The City of the Dead, plus old-time commercial jingles with brand-new voice-overs, Elliott Lewis, The Phil Harris – Alice Faye Show, The Casebook of Gregory Hood, stimulus payments, IRS website, the right to privacy and government surveillance, the key to a happy marriage, going to town on Saturday mornings, DC war comics: Sgt. Rock and Our Fighting Forces, Spiderman, Iron Man, “funny books”, supply chain disruptions, food shortages, and more.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: the versatile Elliott Lewis (“Mister Radio”) doubly-exposed as Frankie Remley (left) and Gregory Hood (right).

posted by Dave at 5:48 am filed in Dave,May20  

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Killer Serials #13 – Adventures by Morse: The City of the Dead, Part Three (4/11/20)

1:55:05 – Escapism intrudes on real life (or vice versa) as Dave in Kentucky presents three more chapters from the Carlton E. Morse adventure, The City of the Dead, plus an extended update on the coronavirus in Kentucky, including: Kroger pickup service, shortages, SoftSoap, paper towels, toilet paper, pinto beans, Tropical Fruit Flavor Tums, Amazon, Walmart, Nutrisystem, refrigerator breakdowns, Lowe’s, appliance repair, Clorox Wipes, coronadventures, bandana masks, nitrile gloves, a visit to the veterinary clinic, giving yourself a buzz-cut, the Remington Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit, Zinc, Vitamins C and D, malaria and the history of gin and tonics, tonic water yesterday and today, quinine, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, fluoridated water, fluoxetine and Prozac, telemedicine, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors, the Green New Deal, climate change and covid19, stimulus, inflation, hyperinflation in Weimar Germany, Zimbabwe and Venezuela, Thomas Massie, Rand Paul and more.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: a cemetery in Colma, California, the real-life City of the Dead.

posted by Dave at 7:52 am filed in Apr20,Dave  

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Killer Serials #12 – Adventures by Morse: The City of the Dead, Part Two (3/29/20)

1:32:40 – Dave in Kentucky presents three more chapters of the Carlton E. Morse adventure serial, The City of the Dead, plus: radio commercials for syndicated programs, post-war reconversion, furniture stores piggybacking on the post-war housing boom, University of California branches, San Francisco’s Hotel Britton, The Good Hotel, the Colma necropolis, Jackson Street apartments, personal freedom and potential dictators, stepping on graves both past and future, getting the shivers, and better living through chemistry.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: sample newspaper ads for Adventures by Morse, circa 1946.

posted by Dave at 7:15 am filed in Dave,Mar20  

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Killer Serials #11 – Adventures by Morse: The City of the Dead, Part One (3/14/20)

1:07:19 – Dave in Kentucky introduces a new Carlton E. Morse adventure thriller, The City of the Dead — the earliest serial in the syndicated Adventures by Morse series from the mid-1940s. This first part includes Chapter One as well as the two demos used to promote the series to potential stations and sponsors, plus: radio networks of the 1940s, anti-trust concerns, title and name changes due to intellectual property considerations, I Love a Mystery, I Love Adventure, Jack Packard and Doc Long, Bart Friday and Skip Turner, Reggie York, Walter Paterson, Gayne Whitman, Chandu the Magician, Richard LeGrand, Mr. Peavy, The Great Gildersleeve, “Olie” on Fibber McGee and Molly, Russell Thorson, Elliott Lewis, Frankie Remley, The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, Voyage of the Scarlet Queen, Broadway is My Beat, Suspense, A Coffin for the Lady, “Skip Ellis”, Jack “Sonny” Edwards, Southern and Hillbilly Dialects, the song parody “Old Joe Cain is My Name,” restrictions on beer sponsorships, etc.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: Carlton E. Morse at the typewriter.

posted by Dave at 9:48 am filed in Dave,Mar20  

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Killer Serials #10 – Escape: Earth Abides (2/22/20)

1:27:05 – Dave in Kentucky with the complete Escape adventure Earth Abides from November 1950, plus the Chinese coronavirus, George R. Stewart, Isherwood Williams, Cal-Berkeley, ecology, the Sierra-Nevada mountains, John Dehner, Have Gun, Will Travel, magical thinking, US 40, Route 66, inbred Royals vs. Meghan and Harry, Three Skeleton Key, Elliott Reed, Harry Bartell, William Conrad, Suspense, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, bio-weapons, wet markets and bat soup, Hanlon’s Razor, Robert J. Hanlon, Robert A. Heinlein, the “devil theory” fallacy, Occam’s Razor, William of Ockham, Copernicus, Ptolemy, Copernican heliocentrism vs. Ptolemaic geocentrism, the Law of Unintended Consequences, conspiracy theories, useful idiots, The Omega Man, antibiotics and viruses, Nutrisystem, Parley Baer, Gunsmoke, Frontier Gentleman, Paladin, color-blind animals, prize boars and prize bores, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Marlin Perkins, Cannon, Jake and the Fat Man, symbols of authority, Chairman Mao, birth of the state, license to kill, Ecclesiastes 1:4, rebuilding civilization, etc.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: A radio-casual John Dehner, circa 1950s.

posted by Dave at 10:00 am filed in Dave,Feb20  

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Killer Serials #9 – I Love a Mystery: The Thing that Cries in the Night, Part Three (2/1/20)

1:19:12 – Dave in Kentucky with the final five chapters of the I Love a Mystery adventure The Thing that Cries in the Night, plus Athena Lorde, Jerry Booker, Gloria Blondell, Joan Blondell, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, Cafe Trocadero, Ted Healy, the Three Stooges, Ellery Queen, Jim Hutton, breaking the fourth wall, fair play in the detective story, Shakespeare, soliloquies, Greek & Shakespearean tragedy, tragic flaws, Mercedes McCambridge, All the King’s Men, The Exorcist, CBS Radio Mystery Theater, John Markle, Salomon Brothers, Stephens Inc., Jack and Witt Stephens, Betsy Palmer, I’ve Got a Secret, Mrs. Voorhees, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Harry Leopold, Emil Albrecht, Fake News from the United Press, and a few other odds and ends.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: Russell Thorson (Jack) stands by while Athena Lorde and Jim Boles (Doc) act out a scene, circa 1951.

posted by Dave at 1:06 pm filed in Dave,Feb20  

Friday, January 17, 2020

Killer Serials #8 – I Love a Mystery: The Thing that Cries in the Night, Part Two (1/17/20)

1:23:36 – Dave in Kentucky with the middle five chapters of the I Love a Mystery adventure The Thing that Cries in the Night, plus a Hop Harrigan update, “Chairy” on Jeopardy, the Barnums, what Carlton E. Morse sounded like, narration in the dialogue, Hollywood then and now, voicing the demon, a Bob Marley song parody, red herrings, silencers or suppressors, fair play in the detective story, last-minute rewrites, Walter Paterson, Michael Raffetto, Barton Yarborough, Dragnet, One Man’s Family, writing characters out of shows, partial and total nudity in the theater of the mind, and Undergarments Which Must Not Be Named.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: Mercedes McCambridge, NBC Radio promotional photo, date unknown.

posted by Dave at 2:47 pm filed in Dave,Jan20  

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Killer Serials #7 – I Love a Mystery: The Thing that Cries in the Night, Part One (1/2/20)

1:15:31 – Dave in Kentucky with Part One of an I Love a Mystery adventure, The Thing that Cries in the Night, plus Jean Sibelius, Valse Triste, Vanilla Fudge, Russell Thorson, Jim Boles, Tony Randall, The Odd Couple, The Fear that Creeps Like a Cat, The Great Gildersleeve, Gildy and Mr. Peavy, Hop Harrigan, Mercedes McCambridge, Orson Welles, Linda Blair, The Exorcist, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Carlton E. Morse, One Man’s Family, Stuff the Lady’s Hatbox, Riders Radio Theater, Riders in the Sky, Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul, Joey the Cow Polka King, Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage, Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch, the Emery Theater, Bob and Ray, Scooby-Doo, The Three Musketeers, John Dickson Carr, Douglas Greene’s The Man Who Explained Miracles, and practically nothing else.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: Russell Thorson, Jim Boles and Tony Randall, the featured cast of Mutual’s I Love a Mystery series, circa 1949.

posted by Dave at 11:00 am filed in Dave,Jan20  

Friday, December 20, 2019

Killer Serials #6 – Hop Harrigan: Ghostly Avengers, Part Three (12/20/19)

1:54:40 – Dave in Kentucky with the conclusion of Hop Harrigan’s Riddle of the Ghostly Avengers, plus Descartes, dualists vs. identity theorists, epiphenomenalism, a priori and a posteriori knowledge, causality, materialism, geocentrism vs. the Copernican theory, scientists who do the bidding of others, high crimes and misdemeanors, narcissism and the Presidency, decorating for Christmas, accents, Booked for Safekeeping, cops then and now, Time’s Person of the Year, child abuse, impending disasters, folk tales and their morals, preserving Old-Time Radio, culture shock for seniors, devils known and unknown, looking ahead to 2020, and very little else.

This show is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Attribution: by Dave in Kentucky – more info at onsug.com.

Show art: Plainclothesman (Inspector Fry?) chats with uniformed patrolmen in front of the Orleans Parish courthouse.

posted by Dave at 9:00 am filed in Dave,Dec19  
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