Biographies In Sound

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.


229. Biographies In Sound. January 31, 1956. NBC net. "Will Rogers: Man Of Oklahoma". Sustaining. A rebroadcast of a program originally heard May 22, 1955 and was rebroadcast on February 26, 1957. The program was given a "Christopher Award." The story of the beloved humorist/philosopher, told by his family and friends. The system cue has been deleted. Fred Allen, Will Rogers Jr., Guinn Williams ("Big Boy" Williams), Homer Troy (Rogers' friend), Dorothy Stone (daughter of Rogers' friend Fred Stone), Carl Sandburg, Billie Burke, Hal Roach, George M. Cohan (from a 1936 broadcast), Will Rogers, Bill Henry (narrator), Sumner Weener (editor), Carl Miller (U. S. Capitol guide), Herb McSpaden (Rogers' nephew), Susan McClellan (Rogers' neightbor), Theda Blake (Rogers' sister-in-law), Bascom Timmons (journalist), Sam Rayburn (Speaker of the House), Mike Monroney (Senator, Oklahoma), Paula Love (niece, curator of the Will Rogers museum), Bruce Quisenberry (Rogers' aide and secretary), Ben Pitty (Rogers' friend). 52:48. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

51058. Biographies In Sound. February 7, 1956. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Courage To Live". The story of Emil Ober, a man with severe heart disease. A portrait of how he was helped by heart surgery. The program possibly has been edited as twice during the program, a running time of fifty-five minutes is mentioned. The program was rebroadcast February 12, 1957 (this recording may be of that rebroadcast). Radcliff Hall (announcer), Emil Ober. 51:11. Audio condition: Excellent. Apparently complete.

51054. Biographies In Sound. February 14, 1956. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "They Knew Grantland Rice". The story of the great sports writer. The program was rebroadcast on April 9, 1957 (this recording may be of the rebroadcast). Tom Manning (narrator), Gene Tunney, Red Smith, Rube Goldberg, John Kieran, Bill Corum, Hank Greenberg. 55:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

228. Biographies In Sound. February 28, 1956. NBC net. "Magnificent Rogue: The Adventures Of W. C. Fields". Sustaining. The program was rebroadcast September 25, 1956. Fred Allen (narrator), W. C. Fields, Ed Wynn, Maurice Chevalier, Mack Sennett, Leo McCarey, Norman Taurog, William LeBaron, Robert Louis Taylor, Jim Harkins, Kitty Hughes, Mrs. George Kuramoto (Fields' sister-in-law), Errol Flynn, Rae Dooley (Mrs. Eddie Dowling), Ronald Leroy Overacher ("Baby Leroy"), Lester Cowan, Ann Ronell (Mrs. Lester Cowan), Edgar Bergen, Joseph Dembo (writer, editor), Arthur Wakely (producetion supervisor). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

295. Biographies In Sound. March 20, 1956. NBC net. "They Knew George M. Cohan". Sustaining. The program was rebroadcast on July 3, 1956 and March 5, 1957. Kenneth Banghart (narrator), George M. Cohan. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

613. Biographies In Sound. March 27, 1956. NBC net. "Thornton Wilder, Keeper Of The Time Capsule". Sustaining. The program was rebroadcast February 5, 1957. Garson Kanin (narrator), Thornton Wilder, Isabel Wilder (sister of Thornton), Theodore Keller, Elder Olsen, Talcott Williamson, Robert Hutchins, Jed Harris, Tyrone Guthrie, Harrison Smith, Florence Reid, Mrs. Theodore Keller, Gene Tunney, Norman Unger, Ross Parmenter, Jerome Jacobs (writer, editor). 53:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

69840. Biographies In Sound. April 10, 1956. NBC net. "Mr. Baseball, The Story Of Connie Mack". Sponsored by: Sustaining, Kools. The story of the long Major League career of the owner and manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. Howard Emke tells a great story about the 1929 World Series. A brief portion has been deleted near the end of the program. The program is preceded by a newscast by Kenneth Banghart, sponsored by Kool. Lindsey Nelson (narrator), Red Smith, Andy Cokely, Mickey Cochran, Mrs. Eddie Collins, Jack Barry, Connie Mack, Jimmy Foxx, Howard Emke, Ford Frick, Will Harridge, Robert Cenedella (writer), George Voutsas (director). 57:52. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.

51059. Biographies In Sound. April 24, 1956. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Sinclair Lewis". The story of the Pulitzer and Nobel prize winning American author, as told by the people who knew him. Bennett Cerf (narrator), Frederick M. Manfred, Helen Woodward, John William Rogers, Harrison Smith, Melville Caine, Cornelius Traeger, Harry Mall (?), Mark Shorer (?). 54:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

26907. Biographies In Sound. May 8, 1956. NBC net. "The Wonderful World Of Robert Benchley". Sustaining. Memories of the famous humorist by those who knew him. Well done, funny but tearful portrait of a man you would want to know. The program was rebroadcast December 11, 1956 and April 2, 1957. Nathaniel Benchley (narrator), Deems Taylor, Peggy Wood, Irving Berlin, Jimmy Durante, Michael Romano, Marc Connelly, George Voutsas (director), Robert Benchley. 52:09. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

227. Biographies In Sound. May 15, 1956. NBC net. "Recollections At Thirty". Sustaining. "A salute to network radio on its thirtieth anniversary." Excerpts heard: The Kansas City Nighthawks, Bob and Ray, The First National Speed Crocheting Contest (1939), famous news bulletins and reports, excerpts from Toscanini broadcasts, Ben Grauer describes the conclusion of Toscanini's last broadcast, an Arch Oboler broadcast, "One Man's Family (Chapter 8, Book 29)," "Pot Of Gold," "Information Please," "The Fred Allen Show," "The Kraft Music Hall," "Vic and Sade," many other brief excerpts. Al Jolson, Arch Oboler, Arturo Toscanini, Ben Bernie (panelist), Bernardine Flynn, Bert Silan, Bill Stern, Bob Elliott (Johnson's Back Plaster commercial), Charles Correll, Clarence Hartzell, Clem McCarthy, Cliff Hall, Clifton Fadiman (host), Don Bell, Don McNeill, Edgar Bergen, Fred Allen, Freeman Gosden, Groucho Marx, H. V. Kaltenborn, Harry Truman, Horace Heidt (narrator, vocal), Huey Long, Jack Pearl, Jerome Jacobs (writer, producer), Jim Jordan, Jimmy Durante, John Kieran, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Leon Pearson, Little Jack Little, Marian Jordan, Ben Grauer, Pat Kelly (producer), Ralph Howard Peterson, Ray Goulding (Johnson's Back Plaster commercial), The Kansas City Nighthawks, W. C. Fields, Walter Damrosch, Westbrook Van Voorhis. 53:59. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

1520. Biographies In Sound. May 29, 1956. NBC net. "A Portrait Of Fred Allen". Sustaining. The life story of the famous radio humorist. The program was rebroadcast December 18, 1956. The program was also rebroadcast on "Same Time, Same Station" (see cat. #20196). Kenny Delmar, Tallulah Bankhead, Doc Rockwell, Jack Benny, Herman Wouk, Jim Harkins, Earl Hamner (writer), Francis Spellman, Donald Voorhees, Peter Donald, Bill Mullen, James Mason, Jimmy Durante, Goodman Ace, Henry Tugan, Joe DeGray, Mike Jakes, Minerva Pious, Jack Haley (narrator), Fred Allen, Ed Herlihy (announcer), Edgar Bergen, Herb Shriner, Benny Droan (?), Clifton Webb, George Jessel, John Royal, Roger White, Pat Weaver, Harry Von Zell, John Crosby, Stanley Trablinsky (a newsboy), Morton Green, George Foster, Su Chan, Max Asgur, Alan Reed, Parker Fennelly, Robert Wogan (director). 55:09. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

15514. Biographies In Sound. June 19, 1956. Program #33. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Life Of Heywood Broun". The life and times of the noted columnist. Heywood Hale Broun. 55 minutes. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

293. Biographies In Sound. June 26, 1956. NBC net. "Fiorello La Guardia, The Little Giant Of Gotham". Sustaining. The program has also been dated January 26, 1956. The program was rebroadcast January 15, 1957. Grover Whalen (narrator), Fiorello La Guardia. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51056. Biographies In Sound. July 10, 1956. NBC net. "H. L. Mencken: The Bitter Byline". Sustaining. Recollections of the famous critic and writer. Recordings of Mr. Mencken's voice are played. The system cue has been deleted. Alistair Cooke, Chet Huntley (narrator), H. L. Mencken, Jerome Jacobs (writer, producer), Lawrence Spivak, Bill Hill (writer, producer), William Manchester. 54:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

290. Biographies In Sound. July 27, 1956. NBC net, WRCA, New York aircheck. "Meet Ernest Hemingway". Sustaining. A repeat broadcast, the program was previously heard December 19, 1954 and April 3, 1955 and subsequently on March 19, 1957. This recording may be from the 1954, 1955 or 1957 broadcast. The system cue has been deleted. Leon Pearson (narrator), Ernest Hemingway, Leonard Lyons, James T. Farrell, Sidney Franklin, Marlon Brando, Charles Fenton, Cornelia Otis Skinner, John Mason Brown, Max Eastman, Edward Scott, Al Capp, Robert Manning, Malcolm Calley. 52:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

89143. Biographies In Sound. August 14, 1956. NBC net. "Biography In Rhythm". Sustaining. The study of the origins of jazz, illustrated with recordings made of African natives and of the West Indies. The program is followed by network news (which is incomplete). While not exactly in the "Biography In Sound" format, and by implication, not part of the series, this program was heard in the "Biography In Sound" time slot. Arthur Wakely (narrator, editor), Arthur S. Alberts (known for his West African field recordings), Bill Grauer (head of Riverside Records), Joseph Meyers (producer), John Rich (newscaster, a one-time Tokyo correspondent, not a network cailbre news reader). 58:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51057. Biographies In Sound. September 11, 1956. NBC net. "They Knew Rockne". Sustaining. The story of the famous Notre Dame football coach, as told by his friends, his players, and others who knew him. The system cue has been deleted. Kenneth Banghart (narrator). 54:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

51064. Biographies In Sound. October 2, 1956. NBC net. "Woodrow Wilson: Portrait Of A Peacemaker". Sustaining. The story of the college president, governor of New Jersey and president of the United States, as told by his family and friends. The program includes recordings of President Wilson's voice. The broadcast was repeated April 16, 1957, this recording may be of the rebroadcast. Chet Huntley (narrator), John Foster Dulles, Woodrow Wilson (by recording), James Harper (writer), Arthur Wakely (editor). 54:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

45146. Biographies In Sound. October 16, 1956. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Meet Mary Martin: The Documentary Of A Career". A sound biography of the actress/singer. Frank Blair (host), Jinx Falkenburg, John Chapman (host), Joshua Logan, Mary Martin, Myron McCormick, Oscar Hammerstein (book and lyrics), Radie Harris, Vinton Freedley, Wally Westmore. 54:01. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

51055. Biographies In Sound. November 13, 1956. NBC net. "An Impression Of Alexander Woollcott". Sustaining. Danton Walker and Woollcott's other friends remember the unusual writer and radio personality. The system cue has been deleted. The program has also been dated November 13, 1955. The program was rebroadcast April 23, 1957. Kenneth Banghart (narrator), Danton Walker, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ben Hecht, Orson Welles, Jack C. Wilson (preparer), Alexander Woollcott. 54:18. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

97972. Biographies In Sound. December 4, 1956. NBC net. "Ticket To The Moon". Sustaining. When re-introduced after a station break, the program titled is announced as, "Trip To The Moon." An audio examination of science fiction by those writers at the top of their profession at the time. This period would come to be known later as, "The Golden Age" of science fiction. A well-done documentary (how can anything narrated by Norman Rose be bad?) that would later be material for a time capsule. Norman Rose (narrator), Arch Oboler (his play, "Night Of The Auk" opened on Broadway the previous night, it ran only 8 performances), Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, John Campbell Jr., Willy Ley, Robert Richardson, A. E. Van Vogt, George Pal, Forrest Ackerman, Mrs. Forrest Ackerman. 47:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

51060. Biographies In Sound. December 25, 1956. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "America's Grandma: The Story Of Grandma Moses". A sound portrait of the ninety six year old artist and her works, as told by those who know her, and in her own words. Vice President Richard Nixon sends birthday greetings by recording. Lillian Gish, who portrayed Grandma Moses on televison appears. A program was originally broadcast September 4, 1956 and subsequently March 12, 1957 (this recording may be of the 1957 broadcast). Grandma Moses, Leif Eid, Lillian Gish, Richard Nixon, W. W. Chaplin. 54:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51065. Biographies In Sound. January 8, 1957. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Meet Frank Lloyd Wright". The story of the famous architect, as told by his clients and associates. A repeat broadcast that includes recordings of eighty seven year old Mr. Wright. The program was originally heard August 7, 1956. Morgan Beatty (narrator), Frank Lloyd Wright, William Zeckendorf. 55:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51063. Biographies In Sound. January 17, 1957. NBC net. "The Man Behind The Legend: A Tribute To Arturo Toscanini". Sustaining. A rebroadcast of the program on the day after Toscanini's death. The story of the famous conductor, illustrated with his recordings and compositions. Ben Grauer (narrator), Don Gillis, Jack Costello, Arturo Toscanini, Howard Taubman. 53:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

294. Biographies In Sound. July 9, 1957. NBC net. "The Veep: Alben W. Barkley". Sustaining. Announced as the first show of the series. It is therefore either a repeat broadcast or perhaps the first show of the season. The program has also been dated April 21, 1956. This recording has also been dated as January 9, 1957. Morgan Beatty (narrator), Alben Barkley. 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

226. Biographies In Sound. September 10, 1957. NBC net, WRCA, New York aircheck. "The Prince Of Clowns: Danny Kaye". Sustaining. The progam is heard as part of NBC's "Nightline" feature. The system cue has been deleted. Bob McElwaine, Larry Kaye (brother of Danny), Lou Eisen, Sylvia Fine, Phil Goldfarb, Dave Harvey, Max Leibman, Eddie Dukov (Danny's manager), Dinah Shore, Don Hartman, Sammy Prager (Danny's accompaniest), The Archbishop Of Canterbury, Leo Durocher, Walter O'Keefe ("Nightline" host, narrator), Eugene Ormandy, Maurice Pate (director of UNICEF), Danny Kaye. 53:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

89142. Biographies In Sound. November 14, 1957. NBC net. "Theodore Roosevelt". Sustaining. The broadcast is heard as part of, "Nightline." The program was previously broadcast on "Biography In Sound" on November 14, 1957 (see cat. #89140). Mrs. Gifford Pinchot, Walter O'Keefe ("Nightline" host), Mrs. Richard Derby (Roosevelt's daughter), Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Herman Hagadorn (Roosevelt biographer), Learned Hand, John Lord O'Brien, Stanley Isaacs, Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt, Avery Andrews, Henry Fletcher, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fairfield Osborne, Roy Watkins, William Savakol (?), Mrs. William Loeb, Mrs. Francis Cole, Theodore Roosevelt (by recording), Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Truby Davidson. 52:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

89140. Biographies In Sound. November 14, 1957. NBC net. "Theodore Roosevelt". Sustaining. The broadcast is heard as part of, "Nightline." The program was rebroadcast on October 23, 1958 (see cat. #89142) Mrs. Gifford Pinchot, Walter O'Keefe ("Nightline" host), Mrs. Richard Derby (Roosevelt's daughter), Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Herman Hagadorn (Roosevelt biographer), Learned Hand, John Lord O'Brien, Stanley Isaacs, Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt, Avery Andrews, Henry Fletcher, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fairfield Osborne, Roy Watkins, William Savakol (?), Mrs. William Loeb, Mrs. Francis Cole, Theodore Roosevelt (by recording), Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Truby Davidson. 50:47. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

291. Biographies In Sound. January 16, 1958. NBC net. "Ernie Pyle, Typewriter In A Foxhole". Sustaining. The program was presented as part of the NBC feature, "Nightline." Robert Shenton (technical assisant), Don McDowell (technical assistant), Ray Quinn (announcer), Walker Stone (editorial assistant), Don Ameche ("Nightline" host), Mary Bales (Ernie's aunt), Mrs. Harold Russell, George C. Bales, Charles Halleck, John Stemple, Hoagy Carmichael, Lee Millar Jr., Lowell Millett, Lynn Woodworth, Nita Woodworth, Mrs. Joseph Goodman, Merrill Mueller, Don Whitehead, Omar Bradley, Lindsey Nelson, Dwight Eisenhower, Russ Tornabene (producer), Bert Ivry (? producer), Joe Pingston (editorial assistant), Robert McCormick (narrator), Ernie Pyle. 50:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51062. Biographies In Sound. April 10, 1958. NBC net. "Captain Eddie: The Iron Eagle". Sustaining. The story of the race car driver, World War I ace, president of Eastern Airlines, and survivor of twenty-four days on a life raft in the Pacific. Recordings of Captain Rickenbacker are heard, as are comments by those who knew him. Walter O'Keefe (narrator), Arthur Godfrey, Adolphe Menjou, Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Stewart, Don Cameron (writer, producer), James L. Holton (supervisor). 54:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

89141. Biographies In Sound. May 22, 1958. NBC net. "Darrow...One Hundred Years Later". Sustaining. The program originates from Chicago. Similar in content to an earlier broadcast in this series titled, "Clarence Darrow For The Defense." The programs, however, are not the same. The program was previously broadcast on December 18, 1955 (see cat. #39763) and September 18, 1956. It has also been dated September 13, 1955. Norman Thomas, Irving Stone, Victor Yarrows (? a law partner of Darrow), Roger Baldwin (of the A. C. L. U.), T. V. Smith, James Daniels, Slim Brundage, William L. Carlin (former law partner), Manuel Comroff (?), Paul Muni, Clifford Richards, W. W. Chaplin (narrator), Quin Ryan, Laurel Mason (?). 56:45. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

51061. Biographies In Sound. July 3, 1958. NBC net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Architect Of Victory, The Life Story Of George Marshall". Recollections of the famous general and statesman. The program includes a recording of General Marshall proposing what would be come to be known as "The Marshall Plan." Bert Every (producer), Bob Shenton (technical assistance), David Brinkley, Dean Acheson, Don McDowall (technical assistance), Eleanor Roosevelt, George Marshall, Harry Truman, James L. Holton (executive producer), Ray Scherer, Russ Tornabene, Sam Rayburn. 53:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Apparently complete.

81690. Biographies In Sound. October 20, 1964. NBC net. "Herbert Hoover". Sustaining. A memorial program broadcast on the day of Mr. Hoover's death. Herbert Hoover (by recording), Ray Henley (narrator), James L. Holten (writer, producer), Lawrence Cirillo (director). 54:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 33 programs.