Behind The Mike

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


92095. Behind The Mike. September 15, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. The first show of the series. Wilma Gray is interviewed. She's been in the audience of about 32,500 broadcasts. An NBC page named Billy Livingstone has been late to work twice a week, he's on the board of directors of a company in Baltimore, a friend of society girl Brenda Frazier (of "Brenda and Cobina" fame) and also appears in the soap opera, "Society Girl" (which went off the air 3 weeks after this program (October 4, 1940). Ward Wilson (a former NBC engineer) who became "Beetle" on, "The Phil Baker Show," recalls 1932 when he did imitations as a line test. Radio song pluggers: an interview with George Marlowe. Leonard Carleton answers questions from listeners: Was Phil Cook the first ventriloquist on the air? What's the difference between a recording and a transcription? How a radio character played a part in a boy's fight for life: House Jameson tells how "Renfrew Of The Mounted" came to the rescue. Graham McNamee (host), Charles Noble (announcer), Wilma Gray, Billy Livingtone, Ward Wilson, George Marlowe, Johnny Green, Leonard Carleton (radio editor of the New York Post), House Jameson, Johnny Novak. 29:43. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92096. Behind The Mike. September 22, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Warming up a studio audience: Harry Von Zell tells how it's done. Sidney Anthony (of Stamford, Connecticut) tells what he did with the $1000 he won on, "Pot Of Gold." Jane West, writer of and performer on the soap opera, "The O'Neills," tells a story about one of the program's listeners. Donald Dane, an animal imitator, tells how he impersonated a killer ape on, "The Shadow." Oddities in radio: Doug Storer tells how Bob Ripley planned a Christmas interview a with man whose real name was Santa Claus. E. L. Bragdon (radio editor of The New York Sun) answers questions from listeners: How can a listener can hear "The Aldrich Family" twice in one night? What is ad-libbing? The story behind the story behind the mike: Captain Tim Healy (of "Tim Healy's Stamp Club") tells the story. Graham McNamee (host), Gene Hamilton (announcer), Harry Von Zell, Sidney Anthony, Jane West, Donald Dane, Doug Storer, E. L. Bragdon, Tim Healy. 29:52. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92097. Behind The Mike. September 29, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Radio babies: how (18-year-old) Janice Gilbert imitates infants. Don Cordray, the host of, "The Morning Patrol," the earliest morning show on the Blue net (6:30 A.M.) finally appears at night. The story of how eleven-year-old Mary Small ("The Little Girl With The Big Voice") was discovered and appeared on the Rudy Vallee show in 1933. Mary would have her own show on the Blue net in 1944. She belts out a great, "Louisville Lady." John McManus (radio editor of "P.M.") answers questions from listeners: Why do U.S. radio stations start with a "W" or "K" (or "N")? What does "Goodnight and thirty" mean? Robert Gunderson tells how he teaches blind students amateur radio (even though he's blind himself). Gilbert Martin (announcer), Janice Gilbert, Don Cordray, Mary Small, Ernie Watson (piano accompaniment, composer, conductor), Robert Gunderson, Mort Lewis (writer), Graham McNamee (host), Vladimir Brenner (piano fill, briefly). 24:59. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92098. Behind The Mike. October 6, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. An interview with Charlie Cantor, dialect radio actor, who speaks in several accents and tells jokes. He's been in radio 11 years and was in vaudeville before that. Oddities in radio: Mark Hawley was forced to do a commercial in falsetto. What happened when the lights went out while Frank Black was conducting the NBC orchestra on the air. The food habits of radio stars: Leo Linderman (owner of "Lindy's") tells all. J. Edgar Hoover eats raw meat! How a cab driver became a successful radio and show writer: Eddie Davis tells his story. Al Newman (radio editor of "Newsweek") answers questions from listeners: How does a sponsor tell if is program is popular? What exactly is a soap opera? What is a "stooge" and how did the word originate? How a radio broadcast saved the life of a great football star (Ken Strong of the New York Giants). The program ends early and the closing theme is extended. Charlie Cantor, Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Sam Kaufman, Leo Linderman, Eddie Davis, Al Newman, Ken Strong, Mort Lewis (writer), Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer). 29:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92099. Behind The Mike. October 13, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Joseph Marais, host of, "Sundown On The Veldt," tells the story of a native Zulu he met in London; a descendant of Zulu royalty. Oddities in radio: An elevator operator becomes an announcer...with amusing results. Ernest Chappell tells about a program he did in Syracuse...through a telephone switchboard. Bill Stern tells how a football game is broadcast. A salute to "The Maxwell House Showboat." Betty Copley (radio editor of the New York Herald Tribune) answers questions from listeners: How are baseball games broadcast when the announcer is not at the game? Do comedians write their own jokes? Does the national anthem always have to be played until its completion? The story of an appendix operation done by radio! Joseph Marais, Milton Cross, Ernest Chappell, Bill Stern, Muriel Wilson, Betty Copley, Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Mort Lewis (writer), Swede Larson, Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer). 29:22. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92100. Behind The Mike. October 20, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Hildegarde Halliday describes how she's an excpert sneezer on the air. John J. Anthony reveals the case that gave him "the most terrific shock I ever had on radio." One of his guests admitted that he's planning to kill his lover's husband. Oddities in radio: Len Doyle talks his way out of a speeding ticket by mentioning he's with, "Mr. District Attorney." A salute to, "The RKO Hour" ("The RKO Theatre Of The Air") with Georgie Price and Tom Kennedy. A program from 1930 is recreated...with Jack Benny (imitated by Ward Wilson). Georgie sings his signature, "Bye, Bye Blackbird." Questions from listeners: Joe Ranson (radio editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) answers, What is the oldest commercial program still on the air? What was the earliest theme song on the air? Is Jerry Colonna's character "Yehudi" his own idea? How is a telephone "filter box" used? Haven MacQuarrie (imitated by Ward Wilson) tells, "the strange way in which a radio broadcast affected a member of the studio audience." John J. Anthony, Len Doyle, Georgie Price, Tom Kennedy, Haven MacQuarrie, Hildegarde Halliday, Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Mort Lewis (writer), Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Ward Wilson. 29:45. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92101. Behind The Mike. October 27, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. A visit from a "female stooge," Minerva Pious. She tells about the many character voices she uses on, "The Fred Allen Show" (including her "Bubbles Rappaport" voice, interviewed by a Fred Allen imitator). Don't miss her reading the poem, "Vas Vilst Du Girls of 1940?" "Uncle Jim" Harkins of "Uncle Jim's Question Bee" tells how the show chooses the questions. Oddities of radio: Ted Malone (imitated by Ward Wilson) tells of an unusual listener reaction. Adrian Savitch (?) of, "We The People," tells how the program got a convict released and pardoned by the governor while the show was on the air. A salute to "The Gold Dust Twins," with Earle Tuckerman and and Harvey Hindermeyer as the original "Goldy" and "Dusty." They recreate the program as it sounded in 1924! Questions from listeners: Wilson Brown (Eastern editor of Movie-Radio Guide Magazine) replies: Do actors play more than one part during the same show? How do you sell your idea for a radio show? Who played the violin and spoke the dialogue for "Don Amazo?" John B. Kennedy pays tribute to Colonel Thomas T. Davis (of "The Collier's Hour" in 1927). Colonel Davis is credited with coming up with the idea of a studio audience. The program of January 12, 1930 is recreated, during which Colonel Davis tried to speak on the air. A fascinating show! Minerva Pious, Jim Harkins, Adrian Savitch (?), Earle Tuckerman, Harvey Hindermeyer, John B. Kennedy, Graham McNamee (host), Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Ward Wilson (impersonator of Fred Allen and Ted Malone). 29:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92102. Behind The Mike. November 10, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Ted Slade and Ray Kelly (head of the NBC Sound Effects Department) demonstrate various sound effects and explain how they are made. Gilbert Mack presents his various character voices (a virtuoso performance). Oddities in radio: Don Cordray tells about his days at KFI, when he finally got a chance to do a remote broadcast from the Cocoanut Grove (replacing the regular announcer, Freeman Lang). Before he could start, he was knocked out by a microphone and Ken Carpenter did the show. A salute to, "The Atwater Kent Hour." A recreation of the program of December 11, 1927. Agnes Davis (soprano) sings and wins the competition. Questions from listeners are answered by C. J. Ingram, radio editor of The Jersey City Journal. Is Bob Burns an expert rifle shot? He really was rifle champion of the A.E.F. What was the very first broadcast and what were the call letters of the station? It was WWJ, Detroit, or KDKA, Pittsburgh (according to this broadcast). When was the first broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera house? It was 1910! What was the first broadcast ever to appear on a network? It was "The Sweethearts Of The Air," with Peter de Rose and May Singhi Breen, on WEAF (New York) and WRC (Washington, D.C.). Jimmy Wallington tells about a medical emergency in the Mojave desert involving Lawrence Tibbett and Donald Novis. Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Ted Slade, Ray Kelly, Gilbert Mack, Don Cordray, Agnes Davis, C. J. Ingram, Jimmy Wallington, Mort Lewis (writer), Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer). 29:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92103. Behind The Mike. November 17, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Milton Herman tells about his radio profession; dying! He always plays gangsters who are killed. He performs several of his tough-guy roles. Radio Oddities about the early days of radio, told by Ben Gross (radio editor of The New York Daily News since 1924). He tells about the man who hears radio program in his head, the time he claimed Toscanini knew more about music than Rudy Vallee, network system cues that mentioned each station on the network. A salute to, "Real Folks," on the air 1926 to 1932. A program is recreated with members of the original cast. Addie Amore is interviewed, he's the head page at NBC (he also does 3 local programs in New York City). He's also a song writer; one of his songs is sung by Mary Small. Neal Axtel Blake reads his winning essay about radio. Dave Elman tells about the talking dog that appeared on, "Hobby Lobby." He really did talk...except in front of a microphone. Another dog performed as a stand-in! George Frame Brown, Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Irene Hubbard, Elsie Mae Gordon, Edwin Whitney, Addie Amore, Mary Small, Neal Axtel Blake, Dave Elman. 29:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92104. Behind The Mike. November 24, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Dinah Shore sings, "I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair," and tells about her big fan...a truck driver. The sound effect of the week: from "The Bishop and The Gargoyle," the sound of a beheading by guillotine. An NBC page (Bill Huck) auditions for Pat Kelly, head of the NBC announcing department. Pat decribes the qualifications needed to be an NBC announcer. The next week, it was announced that Bill got a job at WGAC, Augusta, Georgia. A salute to, "Harry Horlick and His A and P Gypsies." Harry Horlick conducts and Graham recreates the show. Letters from listeners are answered by Mel Spiegel (radio editor of The New York Morning Telegram). When was the first transatlantic broadcast made? What was the first coast-to-coast broadcast and when was it? How can a star appear on his own show and another show on another network right afterwards? In June, 1934, Pick and Pat (Molasses and January) appear on, "The Maxwell House Show Boat" right after Pat learns his wife has just died. Dinah Shore, Pat Kelly, Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Bill Huck, Harry Horlick (conductor), The A and P Gypsies, Ward Wilson (imitating Pat Padgett), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Mort Lewis (writer), Pick Malone. 29:42. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92105. Behind The Mike. December 1, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. How NBC broadcasts the war from London. Fred Bate tells how it's done. On-air mistakes of famous announcers (impersonated are Milton Cross, David Ross, Frank Knight, Ralph Edwards, Jerry Lawrence, Art Whiteside and Graham McNamee). Announcer Gilbert Martin makes a fluff at the end of the show. An interview with a real sponsor: Lee Bristol (vice president of advertising for Bristol-Myers). A salute to, "The Palmolive Hour." Olive Palmer recreates a 1930 broadcast. Bill Huck leaves for WGAC, Augusta, Georgia after last week's on-the-air announcing audition. Resourceful radio actors: Burford Hampden, Stanley Harrison and Alfred Shirley read a script they've never seen before. Fred Bate (NBC News, London), Jack Hartley (NBC producer in New York), Lee Bristol, Olive Palmer (Virginia Raye), Mort Lewis (writer), Graham McNamee (host), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Burford Hampden, Stanley Harrison, Alfred Shirley. 29:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92106. Behind The Mike. December 8, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. 5:30 P.M. (EST). How musical bridges are used on dramatic programs. Ernie Watson tells how music is used. A salute to "radio's first dialect comedian," Henry Burbig. Tom Riley, the director of "Great Plays" (and also a director of television for NBC) conducts an audition for the female lead for the next broadcast, "The Imaginary Invalid." The sound effect of the week: the crumbling of the wall of an ancient temple. A salute to, "The CeCo Couriers" with Henry Burbig. Henry tells the story of, "Little Red Riding Hood" in a Yiddish dialect. Letters from listeners are answered by Nick Kenny (radio editor of The New York Daily Mirror). What is done if a remote pickup does not show up? Who selects a program's announcer and orchestra? Are quiz programs run separately or is there a clearing house to avoid duplication of questions? Lanny Ross tells how a song he sang on his Franco-American program caused a runaway mother to return to her son. Henry Burbig, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor, performer), Linda Watkins, Marjorie Clark, Charles Webster, Nick Kenny, Graham McNamee (host), Lanny Ross, Gilbert Martin (announcer). 29:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92107. Behind The Mike. December 15, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. 4:30 P.M. (EST). Gertrude Warner demonstrates her versatility as a radio actress. Soprano Jane Cousins recalls how she almost missed a radio broadcast on KPO, San Francisco. She had to ask a panhandler to lend her a dime for the streetcar! Behind the scenes at the NBC International Division: Carl Watson tells about shortwave broadcasts to foreign countries. The sound effect of the week: a baby crying and man suffering from the D. T.'s. Both effects are done with the same record. A salute to and recreation of, "Eno Crime Clues." Jane Cousins, Clyde North, John McBryde, John Brewster, Arlene Blackburn, Mark Smith, John Mitchell, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer). 29:37. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92108. Behind The Mike. December 22, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Ben Grauer substitutes for Graham McNamee, who has gone to California to cover the Rose Bowl. The man with the most unpronounceable name in radio (it's nearly unspellable as well): Yoichi Hiraoka, who performs on the xylophone. Elsie Mae Gordon describes her art as a dramatic coach and demonstrates her dialects. Oddities in radio: announcer's fluff's (recreated). A salute to, "The Mills Brothers." They re-create their program of October 5, 1933. Letters from listeners are answered by Fred Fennis (? editor of Radio Mirror Magazine). How are actor's voices "faded out" during a scene? How do stations on a network receive the same program at the same time? Why doesn't Jack Benny broadcast from New York anymore? For the last year, Cheerio has been writing, "Cheerio's Book Of Days." He tells about a soldier who asks a poem to be read on the air, and what happened in 1919, and reads the poem. Yoichi Hiraoka, Elsie Mae Gordon, The Mills Brothers, Fred Fennis, Cheerio, Mort Lewis (writer), Ben Grauer (host), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Gilbert Martin (announcer). 29:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92109. Behind The Mike. December 29, 1940. Blue Network. Sustaining. Phil Cook tell's why he has the hardest job in radio, hosting the "Radio Almanac." He's on the network an hour a day for 6 days-a-week. The sound effect of the week: how a record of a man speaking slowly (in Spanish) is made to sound like Donald Duck. The rehearsal of a dramatic script: Carlo Di Angelo, director of, "The Wheatena Playhouse," does a run-through of a scene from, "The Citadel." Oddities in radio: an announcer on WBZ forgets the name of the sponsor. A salute to, "Roxy's Gang" ("Roxy and His Gang"). A recreation of the show with Ward Wilson (impersonating Roxy) and members of the cast. Letters from listeners are answered by Albert E. Sonde (? radio editor of "The Newark Evening Call"). How can I become a sound effects man? How can I come to New York and get an acting job in radio? Allie Lowe Miles (of the program "Husbands and Wives") tells the story of a wife who is determined not to be dominated by her husband. Phil Cook, Carlo Di Angelo (director of "The Wheateena Playhouse"), Ralph Forbes, Jill Esmond, David Victor (adaptor), Herbert Little (adaptor), A. J. Cronin (author), Ward Wilson, Douglas Stanbury (baritone), Bert Schafter (duo-pianist), Vladimir Brenner (duo-pianist), Allie Lowe Miles, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Albert E. Sonde (?), Ben Grauer (host, substituting for Graham McNamee), Gilbert Martin (announcer). 29:44. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

92110. Behind The Mike. January 5, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Scriptwriter Mort Lewis recalls his luncheon appointment with Henry Morgan. George Milnick, head of NBC's Eastern Engineering Division, tells about the importance of the studio engineer. Oddities in radio: a Texas announcer interrupts a talking dog at just the wrong time. A salute to, "The Tune Detective" with Sigmund Spaeth. Letters from listeners are answered by Sid White (of Radio Daily). How could Ward Wilson imitate Roxy Rothafel so well? Why did the radio director heard during a previous broadcast sound so strange? How do networks know how many people are listening to a program? Fred Turner tells about the time he did a broadcast originating from aboard a coast guard cutter, when a real distress signal is received...or so it was thought. Graham describes how "fill music" is used, while the orchestra plays a "fill" tune for this program of "Behind The Mike," which was actually running short. Henry Morgan, George Milnick, Fred Walwert (studio engineer), Sigmund Spaeth, Fred Turner, Mort Lewis (writer), Graham McNamee (host), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Gilbert Martin (anouncer). 29:41. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92111. Behind The Mike. January 12, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Katherine Seymour, one of the first script writers in radio (currently scripting "Light Of The World") tells how she got her job at WEAF in 1925. She tells how "Tales From The Arabian Nights" did its first show..and was a disaster. A real audition on the air is conducted by Al Williams and Marjorie Loper, NBC's Dramatic Audition Department. Al Williams loses his place in the script while chatting with Graham. Eighteen-year-old Patricia Bright auditions on the air (she appeared on "The Slapsy Maxie Show" in 1948). Violinist Zeles Smirnov (an NBC studio musician) plays, "Wings Of Song." A salute to, "Harbor Lights." A recreation of one of the programs as written by Burr C. Cook. The show was on NBC 1930 to 1933 and starred Edwin Whitney, the director of, "Behind The Mike." Gilbert Martin (announcer), Graham McNamee (host), Katherine Seymour, Patricia Bright, Edwin Whitney (director, performer), Burr Cook (writer), Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor). 29:43. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92112. Behind The Mike. January 19, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Graham McNamee describes the activity behind the scenes at NBC's plans to broadcast the inauguration of President Roosevelt tomorrow. Robert Button (assistant program manager of the Blue network) auditions two singers: Jane Clifton and Ann Francine. A salute to "The Man From Cook's," which ran from April 1925 to 1929. A program is recreated by Malcolm LaPrade. Oddities in radio: announcer fluffs by Mel Allen, Deems Taylor, Gabirel Heatter, C. J. Ingrahm (all impersonated). A salute to, "Death Valley Days," "the oldest dramatic half-hour program still on the air." "The Old Ranger" (Jack McBride) reads a letter from a listener and tells how one broadcast prevented a murder-suicide. Tiny Ruffner (host, substituting for Graham McNamee who will be covering President Roosevelt's inauguration tomorrow), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Graham McNamee (from Washington, D. C.), Carleton Smith ("the presidential announcer"), H. R. Baukhage, Patricia Lou Head (11-years-old), Townsend Pachter (? 10-years-old), Robert Button, Jane Clifton, Ann Francine, Malcolm LaPrade, Jack McBride. 29:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92113. Behind The Mike. January 26, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. The program has no studio audience because of a Ted Weems broadcast. The show usually originates from New York's Ritz Theatre. Tenor Frank Luther tells about a woman in a coma who recovers after help from Frank's program. Sound effect of the week: a complicated sound of ice breaking about a ship that was used on "Mr. District Attorney." Herbert Lewis (contest manager of "Reuben H. Donnelly") tells what happens when you enter a radio contest. Robert Button tells about last week's singer's auditions. A salute to, "The Three X Sisters" are sung by the three girls. Letters from listeners are answered by Gilbert Martin. Are real children used on radio programs? What was the first heavyweight championship fight broadcast? Why did "The Jack Benny Program" appear instead of a report from Washington? Captain Tim Healy returns to retell about a 1935 program about spies. Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer, performer), Herbert Lewis, Frank Luther, Robert Button, The X Sisters, Tim Healy, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor). 29:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92114. Behind The Mike. February 2, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. How a radio program is put together...this particular program. Graham mentions that the show is timed to 29:40. Odd letters to NBC are read. The sound effect of the week: the sound of thunder in the distance. A salute to, "The Royal Vagabonds." Ward Wilson recreates the program, which was on the air 1932 to 1933. Ward does several impersonations (quite well)! Letters from listeners are answered by David Gregory (radio editor of "Stage" magazine). Are radio stars exempt from Selective Service? What has become of Vaughn De Leath and several other early radio programs? The story of singer Carlotta Dale's fall out of a moving automobile. She also sings. Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Mort Lewis (writer, performer), Lester Lewis (writer, performer), Ward Wilson, David Gregory, Carlotta Dale, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor). 29:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92115. Behind The Mike. February 9, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Ida Bailey Allen tells about a telephone call from a listener from Oklahoma. The sound effect of the week: wagon wheels going over a country road. Dorothy Hall tells about amateur radio operators and an adventure she had while on the air. Oddities in radio: announcer fluffs by Ed Herlihy, Jimmy Dorsey, Gilbert Martin, Milton Cross, others. A salute to, "Great Moments In History." A program from February 8, 1927 is recreated. Letters from listeners are answered by Gilbert Martin. Are Leighton Noble and Ray Noble brothers? How was the sound effect of an automobile starting and stopping created? Jimmy Dorsey tells how an orchestra is put together. Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Ida Bailey Allen, Dorothy Hall, Jimmy Dorsey, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor). 29:13. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92116. Behind The Mike. February 16, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Alan Drake tells how he creates dialect and character roles. Sound effect of the week: how the sound of 2 Alka-Selter tablets fizzing in water is made. Hint: it requires 2 Alka-Selter tablets and a glass of water. Genevieve Rowe's career in radio is dramatized. A visit to the 2nd floor of the NBC building, where radio actors hang out, waiting for a job. A salute to, "The Eveready Hour." The nautical experiences of Red Christiansen are dramatized, as they were five times on the Eveready program. He was adrift for 5 months! Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Alan Drake, Genevieve Rowe, Red Christiansen, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor). 29:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92117. Behind The Mike. February 23, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. How a radio comedy broadcast is put together (Fred Allen is impersonated). The sound effect of the week: a toboggan sled going down a slide. How a singing group is created by NBC; The Singing Powers Models. Oddities of radio: B. A. Rolfe recalls the time his band's rehearsal was visited by Walter Damrosch (Damrosch is impersonated). A salute to, "Whittall's Anglo-Persians." Louis Katzman recreates the program that was on the war from 1926 to 1930. Tom Powers tells a story about "Life Studies," a program he used to do. Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Ruby Cowan (of the NBC program department), Joan Brooks, Jay Levison, The Singing Powers Models, Louis Katzman, Tom Powers, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor). 29:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92118. Behind The Mike. March 2, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. A salute to the pioneers of radio entertainment. Stories of the fish in the control room, standby musicians, fire engines during the stock market report. Tommy Cowan, WJZ's first announcer, tells how he helped to construct the station. Letters from listeners are answered by Tom Kennedy (radio editor of the New York Times). Letters from 1924: What kind of radio should I buy, a crystal set or one with tubes? Why did the station I was listening to go off the air? Do you think commercial advertising is ethical? Why didn't my radio play? A tribute to radio performers who have passed on. A day in the life of radio station WJZ during the 1920's is recreated by Phillips Carlin and early performers, such as Winnifred T. Barr (WJZ's first pianist). The Silver Masked Tenor (Joseph White) sings, "Passing By." Godfrey Ludlow (violinist). Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Milton Cross, Phillips Carlin, Tom Kennedy, Winnifred T. Barr, The Silver Masked Tenor (Joseph White), Godfrey Ludlow, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor). 29:35. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

52906. Behind The Mike. March 23, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Karen Kemple tells how she conquered her handicap of a collapsed lung and became a radio singer. Walter Compton (the host of "Double Or Nothing") tells a story about Lyle Talbot and "The Seeing Eye Institute." Dr. Lee De Forest's invention of the "audion" and the "wireless telephone" is dramatized on the thirty-fourth anniversary of the radio-telephone. Frank Butler (De Forest's assistant) is interviewed by Graham McNamee, Lee De Forest speaks from Los Angeles. Fascinating listening even though the De Forest segment takes some liberties with historical facts. An announcement is made that all radio stations "above seventy-two on the dial" will soon be moved to a new frequency! Lee De Forest, Mort Lewis (writer), Lester Lewis (writer), Walter Compton (moderator), Karen Kemple, Ernie Watson (composer, conductor), Frank Butler, Gilbert Martin (announcer), Graham McNamee (host). 29:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92119. Behind The Mike. April 20, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Ray Guy, one of the original WJZ engineers, tells about early microphones. The studio orchestra is heard playing through an original "soup plate mike." Trucks in the alley alongside the WJZ studios were sometimes heard, then there was the time an alley cat ran into the studio. Sound effect of the week: a Roman galley being rowed by slaves chained to the oars. Radio director Diana Forbin tells how to work with the stars. Letters from listeners are answered by Gilbert Martin. When you write to a radio personality, does he receive the letter himself? What's the name of this program's theme song? (it's called, "Opening Theme"). How is the echo effect made at the beginning of, "Mr. District Attorney?" Can I win the "Pot Of Gold" if my maid answers the phone? Who plays the leading role in "Big Sister?" Juano Hernandez tells about an incident while he was on, "The Rudy Vallee Hour." After playing a part involving Voodoo, a woman in the audience asks him to exorcise a demon. Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Ray Guy, Vee Lawnhurst (duo-pianist), Muriel Pollack (duo-pianist), Juano Hernandez, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer). 29:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92120. Behind The Mike. May 4, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Enoch Light tells why he disappeard from the air air for seven months. Oddities in radio: announcer's fluffs by Ben Grauer, George Putnam, Dick Dudley. There's an article on "Behind The Mike" in the current Liberty Magazine. Stuart Ludlum tells how an advertising agency prepares a program for a sponsor. The sound effect of the week: how an air raid really sounds and how it sounds on radio. A salute to, "Don Amazo, Wizard" (stories and music about a Spanish violinist). The program was also known as, "Don Amazo, The Unknown Violinist." A 1926 broadcast is recreated by Godfrey Ludlow. On Jack Benny's 10th anniversary in radio, Don Wilson interviews Jack (from California). Jack recreates his first monologue on the air and tells how Mary and Rochester started on the show. Gilbert Martin misreads his script during the closing announcement. George Hicks (host, substituting for Graham McNamee), Gilbert Martin (announcer), Enoch Light, Godfrey Ludlow, Jack Benny, Don Wilson, Malcolm LaPrade (writer), Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer, conductor). 29:46. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

52907. Behind The Mike. May 18, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Columnist Al Simon tells stories about Arthur Godfrey and radio stations around the country. How sound effects are made. Alma Kitchell tells how radio saved a bad boy from reform school. Oddities in radio: bloopers dramatized from around the country. Sylvia Froos returns to the air. Questions from listeners are answered by Gilbert Martin. Are there any women directors in radio? If comedians have dress rehearsals, why don't some jokes get laughs? How do you make sure your program comes out on time when the program before runs longer than expected? Does John J. Anthony answer letters by mail? Is Ernie Watson the composer of the radio Popeye theme? What happened to Schlepperman? Bill Rapp (editor of "True Story" magazine tells about "script doctors" for soap operas. A "typical" story conference is dramatized. Al Simon, Alma Kitchell, Bill Rapp, Gilbert Martin (announcer), Graham McNamee (host), Mort Lewis (writer), Lester Lewis (writer), Sylvia Froos. 29:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92121. Behind The Mike. June 8, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Bill Koblentzer (of Wolfe Associates) tells how independant producers sell programs to sponsors. Sound effect of the week: opening a bottle of beer on a comedy show. Joseph Moran (of Young and Rubicam) tells about radio commercials. A salute to, "Lazy Dan," that was on the air from 1933 to 1937. Irving Kaufman portrys a colored porter in a hardware store, and all the other parts (Yiddish, Italian, Chinese). Questions from listeners are read by George Putnam. What do the beeps that I heard on the radio mean? (it was a facsimile transmission). How long has Billy Mills been in radio? Who sponsors, "The World Is Yours?" Will Eddie Cantor's sponsors stay on the air this summer? "Rudolph," who's in charge of a "Freedom Station" in Austria, tells about this part of the underground. Graham McNamee (host), Bill Koblentzer, Irving Kaufman, Joseph Moran, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer), Norman Cloutier (conductor), George Putnam (announcer). 29:53. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92122. Behind The Mike. June 29, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. The founding of the Associated Press is dramatized, followed by dramatized important news stories that were carried by the association. The program concludes with an actual NBC/Associated Press news report. Gilbert Martin (host), Bob Stanton (announcer), Kent Cooper (General Manager of The Associated Press), Oliver Gramling (author), Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer), Jimmy Lytell (conductor). 29:53. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92123. Behind The Mike. October 12, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Joseph Marais tells another story about his Zulu friend, Tsukili. The sound effect of the week: How Gilbert Mack imitates "Asta," the dog on, "The Thin Man." Tommy Weber, NBC's chief photographer is interviewed. Mr. Weber reads his answers at a rapid pace. Oddities in radio: announcer's fluffs by Tom Lattimore, Bill Henry and Donald Bryan. A salute to, "Paul Wing's Spelling Bee" (on the air from 1935 to 1939). Letters from listeners: What's the name of the series that will star Una Merkel? Has Everett Sloane ever been on radio before his recent appearance on, "Inner Sanctum?" Sally Franklin demonstrates the new innovation, the "Wright Sonovox." Absolutely fascinating listening. Gilbert Martin (host), Gilbert Mack (announcer, performer), Joseph Marais, Ernie Watson (composer), Paul Lavalle (conductor), Tommy Weber, Paul Wing, Don Cordray (announcer), Sally Franklin, Mort Lewis (writer). 29:52. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92124. Behind The Mike. November 30, 1941. Blue Network. Sustaining. Arthur Boran (of "The Vaudeville Theatre Of The Air") does imitations and tells how he does them. The sound effect of the week: Superman breaks down a stone wall with his bare hands. Lew White and Raymond Edward Johnson explain how the opening of "Innner Sanctum" is done. Oddities in radio: the experience of the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony in a parking lot. A salute to, "The Alec Templeton Program." Hollace Shaw sings, "All The Things You Are." Helen Hyatt (of "Today's News") tells how an Hungarian actress escaped from occupied France. Arthur Boran, Lew White, Raymond Edward Johnson, Hollace Shaw, Mort Lewis (writer), Ernie Watson (composer), Gide Sirene (?), Graham McNamee (host), Gilbert Mack (announcer). 29:51. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 32 programs.