Biography 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.


81691. Biography In Sound. October 24, 1954. NBC net. "A Salute To Sigmund Romberg". Sustaining. The first show of the series. Recorded examples of Mr. Romberg's compositions are heard. A telegram from Mrs. Romberg is read. Ed Herlihy (host), Oscar Hammerstein II (host). 58:01. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

39868. Biography In Sound. November 28, 1954. NBC net. "The Tumult and The Shouting: His Finest Hour". Sponsored by: Allis Chalmers. An audio biography of Sir Winston Churchill on the eve of his eightieth birthday. With recordings of many public figures (including the Prime Minister of Canada). A very emotional, flowery tribute. Adolf Hitler, Alistair Cooke, Anthony Eden, Ben Grauer (announcer), Bennett Cerf (narrator), Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Marshall, Laurence Olivier, Lynn Fontanne, Paul Reynaud, Ralph Richardson (host, performer), Winston Churchill. 53:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

85305. Biography In Sound. January 16, 1955. NBC net. "Show Biz". Sustaining. A history of the past fifty years of show business, based on the book by Abel Green and Joe Laurie Jr. The program was released as a phonograph record (or this program was a playback of the program). Many recorded excerpts are heard. Many of the celebrities are were impersonated. George Jessel (narrator), Abel Green (author), Joe Laurie Jr. (author), Norman Leyden (conductor). 55:27. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

614. Biography In Sound. February 20, 1955. NBC net. "Meet Carl Sandburg". Sustaining. The system cue has been deleted. The program was rebroadcast on May 25, 1955 and March 26, 1957. Dave Garroway (narrator), Carl Sandburg, Harvey Bright, Harry Hanson, Carol Murphy, Ben Hecht, Bob Casey, Vincent Starrett, Judith Waller, Charlie Krantz, Alice Henderson, Quincy Wright, Edward Steichen, Ralph Newman, Bruce Catton (?), Alan Nevins, Leonard Lyons, Adlai Stevenson, William Saroyan, Robert Sherwood, Bill Weinstein (producer). 53:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

85306. Biography In Sound. March 6, 1955. NBC net. "The Actor". Sustaining. The program was rebroadcast May 1, 1955. What is an actor? Why is he? Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Morgan Beatty (narrator, a former minstrel performer), Hy Gardner, Rocky Graziano, Arthur Miller, Uta Hagen, Jackie Cooper, Barbara Ashley, Gant Gaither, Robert Clary, Hortense Powderbaker, Peter Ustinov, Alfred Hitchcock, Leonard Lyons, John Guston (? psychoanalyst), Helen Hayes, Dick Maney (theatrical agent), Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Ralph Richardson, Jose Ferrer, Walter Kerr, Joseph Meyers (production supervisor), Gene Hamilton (announcer), Chet Hagen (editor), Gloria Kaye (editor). 54:48. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

51068. Biography In Sound. March 20, 1955. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Meet Ethel Barrymore". A sound portrait of the famous actress. The program was rebroadcast September 6, 1955. Vincent Sheean (narrator), Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Alexander Woollcott, Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Claudette Colbert, Arthur Hopkins, Dudley Digges, Helen Hayes, Lucille Watson, Billie Burke, Herbert Bayard Swope, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ethel Barrymore. 55:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

81692. Biography In Sound. March 27, 1955. NBC net. "They Knew Bernard Shaw". Sustaining. The program was repeated May 15, 1955 and July 24, 1956. This may be one of those rebroadcasts. Leon Pearson (narrator), George Bernard Shaw (by recording), Cedric Hardwicke, Rebecca West, Bertrand Russell, John Mason Brown, Lady Astor, Norman Thomas, Louis Palmer, Joseph Meyers (production supervisor), Gloria Kaye (editor). 49:53. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

86066. Biography In Sound. April 10, 1955. NBC net. "They Knew President Franklin Delano Roosevelt". Sustaining. The story of the famous president, as a man. The program was rebroadcast January 29, 1957. This is a network version of cat. #51066. Paul Cunningham (narrator, editor), John Nance Garner, Leon Henderson, Herbert Lehman, James Farley, Robert Sherwood, Richard Harkness, Earl Godwin, Alf Landon, Winston Churchill, Chester Bowles, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, George Palmer, William McAndrew (production supervisor), Joseph Meyers (production supervisor). 56:24. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

51066. Biography In Sound. April 10, 1955. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "They Knew President Franklin Delano Roosevelt". The story of the famous president, as a man. The program was rebroadcast January 29, 1957. See cat. #86066 for a network version of this broadcast. Paul Cunningham (narrator, editor), John Nance Garner, Leon Henderson, Herbert Lehman, James Farley, Robert Sherwood, Richard Harkness, Earl Godwin, Alf Landon, Winston Churchill, Chester Bowles, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, George Palmer, William McAndrew (production supervisor), Joseph Meyers (production supervisor). 55:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

69838. Biography In Sound. April 17, 1955. NBC net. "Leo The Lip". Sustaining. A sound portrait of Leo Durocher, the famous manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The system cue has been deleted. The program was rebroadcast October 4, 1955. Branch Rickey, Toots Shor, Leo Durocher, Charlie Dressen, Pee Wee Reese, Horace Stoneham, Russ Hodges, Barney Clemento, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Larry MacPhail, Laraine Day, Alvin Dark, Pat Tracy (writer), Chet Hagen (editor), Frank Frisch (narrator), John Kieran, John Kieran Jr. (editor). 55:56. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.

26905. Biography In Sound. June 5, 1955. NBC net. "The Life and Times Of A Musician: The Kenton Era". Sustaining. an excellent, musically illustrated biography of Stan Kenton and his music. The program was originally broadcast March 13, 1955. This as also been dated June, 1959. Frank Sinatra (narrator), Don Gillis, Leith Stevens, Robert Wogan (producer, director), Fred Collins (announcer), Stan Kenton, Ted Levan (recording engineer), Romney Weaver (BBC commentator), Frank Bourgholtzer (from Paris), Robert Wogan (producer, director). 55:01. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

15512. Biography In Sound. June 28, 1955. NBC net. "This Was F. Scott Fitzgerald". Sustaining. Everett Sloane reading from the works of Fitzgerald. Memories of the famous author by his friends. The program has also been dated August 12, 1955. The program was rebroadcast September 20, 1955 and February 19, 1957. The system cue has been deleted. F. Scott Fitzgerald (author), Cecil Reed (a childhood friend), John Biggs Jr. (Fitzgerald's room-mate), Robert Beekner, Gerald Murphy, Dick Washington, Harold Ober (Fitzgerald's agent), Malcolm Cowley, Henry Whales, Bennett Cerf, Lois Moran, Arthur Mizener, Edwin Mayer, Bud Schulberg, Everett Sloane (reading the works of Fitzgerald), Bill Hill (editor), Joseph Allmeyers (supervisor), Kenneth Banghart (narrator). 54:43. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

26906. Biography In Sound. July 5, 1955. NBC net. "George Washington, The Man Nobody Knows". Sustaining. A no-holds-barred portrait of the President's life and time in office...the good as well as the bad. The story is told as if he had only died recently. The program closing has been deleted. The program was rebroadcast February 21, 1956. The program is followed by a newscast. Bill Henry (newscaster). 59:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51051. Biography In Sound. July 12, 1955. NBC net. "Labor's John L. Lewis". Sustaining. Labor journalists and coal miners tell the story of the head of the United Mine Workers. The system cue has been deleted. Kenneth Banghart (narrator), Albert Warner, Joseph O. Meyers (supervisor), Rex Gold (editor), Bill Hill (editor), John L. Lewis (by recording), Saul Walinsky, Fred Perkins, Matthew Nealy. 55:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

292. Biography In Sound. July 20, 1955. NBC net. "Meet Gertrude Lawrence". Sustaining. A repeat broadcast of a program originally heard January 23, 1955 and June 14, 1955. Barbara Aldrich, Helen Hayes, Radie Harris, Vinton Freedley, Oscar Hammerstein (narrator), Gertrude Lawrence, Elstance Collier (?), Mary Margaret McBride, Stanley Marcus, Richard Aldrich, Andre Charlot, Beatrice Lillie, Jesse Matthews, Winthrop Aldrich, Johnny Green, Alan Claxton, Leonard Lyons. 54:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

80320. Biography In Sound. August 9, 1955. NBC net. "The Atom: Menace and Promise". Sustaining. A program to mark the tenth anniversary of atomic energy. The program is followed by an incomplete newscast. Arthur Wakely (editor, narrator), Leslie Groves (Lieutenant General), Hanson Baldwin, David Woodbury, Robert A. Lewis (co-pilot of "The Enola Gay"), Kyoshi Tanemoto (a Methodist minister in Hiroshima was it was attacked), Tex McCrary, Chet Huntley (Los Angeles), George Thomas Folster (Tokyo), Edwin Newman (London), Romney Wheeler (London), Winston Churchill (recorded in Boston, 1949), Richard Harkness (Washington, D. C.), Lewis Straws (Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission), John Rich (describing the first H-Bomb explosion), Bertrand Russell, Pauline Frederick, Frank Bourgholtzer (Geneva), Samuel M. Sharkey Jr. (supervisor), Jack Costello (announcer), Bill Henry (newscaster). 56:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

69839. Biography In Sound. August 16, 1955. NBC net. "The Legend Of The Babe". Sustaining. The story of the famous baseball player, well told! Part of the program closing has been deleted. Mel Allen (narrator), Tom Glazer (composer, performer), James Farley, Wait Hoyt, James Farrell, Branch Rickey, Hubert Pruett, Senator Ford, Frank Stevens, John Kieran Jr., Tom Meany (of Collier's Magazine), Ben Grauer, Ed Byron, Paul Carey. 54:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

85303. Biography In Sound. August 23, 1955. NBC net. "A Profile Of Leopold Stokowski". Sustaining. The program starts with part of Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor. The program starts to sound as an extended promotion for the Pacific Coast Music Festival, in Santa Barbara. Leopold Stokowski, Ben Grauer (host), Laten Rollins, Mrs. Horace Gray, Pierrepont Morgan Hamilton. 60:11. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

51067. Biography In Sound. August 23, 1955. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Actor and Director Charles Laughton". The program features many excerpts from Laughton's films, dramatic readings and a special reading to promote his new film, "Night Of The Hunter." This was the only film Charles Laughton ever directed. Narrated by Paul Gregory, the film director and producer of, "Night Of The Hunter." Charles Laughton, Paul Gregory (narrator), Bill Wendell (announcer), The Voices Of Walter Schumann. 54:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51052. Biography In Sound. September 27, 1955. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "F.P.A., His Column and His Friends". A repeat broadcast of the story of Franklyn P. Adams, the famous writer and columnist (and panel member on "Information Please"). The date above is the original broadcast date (the program has also been dated September 15, 1955). The program was rebroadcast August 28, 1956. Bill Rippe (announcer), Clifton Fadiman (host), Deems Taylor (host), Jack C. Wilson (preparer), Kenneth MacGregor (producer), Russell Crouse, Sigmund Spaeth, Herbert Bayard Swope (journalist, editor), Margaret Case Harriman (daughter of the owner of the Algonquin Hotel), Helen Woodward, Newman Levy, Mabel Hill Souvaine (editor of "Woman's Day"), Jack Wilson (producer), Kenneth MacGregor (producer). 54:46. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

51053. Biography In Sound. November 1, 1955. NBC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "They Knew Thomas Wolfe". Ken Nordine reads from the works of the famous American author. Comments by his sister, friends, and editors. The program was rebroadcast on June 12, 1956 (this recording may be of the rebroadcast). Earl Hamner (writer), Gene Hamilton (narrator), George Voutsas (director), Ken Nordine. 55:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15513. Biography In Sound. November 19, 1955. NBC net. "The Serious George Gershwin". Sustaining. Music by Gershwin, including several of his popular-but-serious compositions. The program has also been dated August 30, 1955. Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Irving Caesar, Paul Whiteman, Todd Duncan, Fred Astaire, Arthur Schwartz (narrator), George Gershwin (music), Morton Gould (piano, conductor). 55 minutes. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

85304. Biography In Sound. November 29, 1955. NBC net. "Jerome Kern: The Man and The Music". Sponsored by: RCA. The system cue has been deleted. Robert Russell Bennett, Edna Ferber, Oscar Hammerstein II, Vaughn Monroe (commercial spokesman), Tony Baine, Kenneth Banghart (narrator), Joseph Myron, Guy Bolton, Edward Lasker, P. G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Charles Winninger, Sigmund Spaeth, Andre Kostelanetz, Dorothy Fields, Howard Reinheimer, Jerome Kern (not heard). 54:05. Audio condition: Very good. Complete as above.

39763. Biography In Sound. December 18, 1955. NBC net. "Clarence Darrow For The Defense". Sustaining. People who knew Darrow remember the Scopes Trial, Eugene V. Debs, Leopold and Loeb. The program's closing credits and system cue have been deleted. The program has also been dated September 13, 1955. The program was rebroadcast on September 18, 1956 and May 22, 1958 (see cat. #89141). W. W. Chaplin (narrator), Quin Ryan, 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, Laurel Mason (?). 52:59. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

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