The Archive Hour

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.


61434. The Archive Hour. November 21, 1998. BBC Radio 4. "Writing For Talking". The story of Alistair Cooke and the program he's done ("Letter From America") since March 24, 1946. On Mr. Cooke's ninetieth birthday, the program is referred to as, "The longest running broadcast in human history" (a statement that's not even close to being accurate). Cooke is said to have "badgered" the BBC and "pleaded" for the opportunity to do the program. Mr. Cooke's own recollections of the circumstances do not use those words. Mr. Cooke's March, 1997 address to the Royal Television Society (in New York) is heard. The story of how "Letter From America" led to the start of "Omnibus" is told. Alistair Cooke tells several amusing anecdotes about live television (the speech runs about forty minutes). The program includes a rebroadcast of the "Letter From America" program of June 9, 1968, after the assassination of Robert Kennedy (see also cat. #74400). Nick Clarke (presenter), Tony Grant (producer), Alistair Cooke. 58:02. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

96572. The Archive Hour. May 22, 1999. BBC Radio4. "Orson Welles: The Story Teller". 8:02 P. M. (UTC). Program #1 of 2. Orson recalls his first theatrical performance. An extended excerpt from, "The Shadow" is heard ("The Circle Of Death" from November 28, 1937). An excerpt of "Hamlet" from a November 14, 1936 broadcast is followed by an excerpt from "Les Miserables" of July 23, 1937 and from "The War Of The Worlds" of October 31, 1938. Simon Callow (presenter), Orson Welles (by recordings), Jules Wilkinson (producer). 58:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

96573. The Archive Hour. May 29, 1999. BBC Radio4. "Orson Welles: The Story Teller". Program #2 of 2. The career of Mr. Welles, starting with, "Citizen Kane." Excerpts are heard from, "The Magnificent Ambersons," "The Jack Benny Show," a complete "The Lives Of Harry Lime" broadcast (introduced as "When Greek Meets Greek," but actually "Man Of Mystery"). Orson is heard as Dr. Moriarty in "Sherlock Holmes," and the last recording made by Orson Welles. Simon Callow (presenter), Orson Welles (by recordings), Jules Wilkinson (producer). 58:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

90697. The Archive Hour. August 25, 2001. BBC Radio4. "That'll Never Work On The Wireless". 8:00 P. M. (UTC). The program is preceded by news bulletins. A program of unusual recordings, presented by Sean Street, Britain's first (and only) Professor of Radio (at Bournemouth University's Media School). Sean Street, Julian Maye (producer). 59:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

80393. The Archive Hour. October 11, 2003. BBC Radio4. "Miller On Mike". 8:00 P. M. (UTC). A program about the famous playwright, who is also heard singing, "Old Man River." Arthur Miller, J. David Goldin (contributor). 56:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Apparently complete.

Report contains 5 programs.