The Chicago Theatre Of The Air

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.


47994. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. May 16, 1940. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination/aircheck. "The Student Prince". Sustaining. A well-done version of the story about a prince whose youth ended all-too-soon. It was seldom (if ever) mentioned that Marion Claire was the wife of Henry Weber). Marion Claire, Jan Peerce, Igor Gorin, Henry Weber (conductor), William A. Bacher (director, adaptor), Pierre Andre (announcer), Olan Soule, Noel B. Gerson (adaptor), Lou Yacobson (associate producer). 59:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

47995. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. October 12, 1940. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago aircheck. "The Chocolate Soldier". Sustaining. The charming story of Bummerly, the Swiss chocolate soldier and his musical romance. The second show of the network series. Annette Burfridge (?), Bob Jellison, Bret Morrison, Dick Good, Earl Willkie, Fran Carlon, Helen Barkus, Henry Weber (conductor), James Melton, John Weigle (announcer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Mark Lowe, Marvin Miller, Nina Carlton, Olan Soule, Parlenia Osgood, Ray Charles (arranger), Sam Harrison, William A. Bacher (director). 59:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

91220. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. November 23, 1940. Mutual-Don Lee net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Eileen". Sustaining. Several celebrities are mentioned as being in the audience, including Jack Johnson, the famous boxer. Marion Claire's dress is described in detail. James Melton, Bruce Foote, Marion Claire, Grace McCarty (?), William A. Bacher (producer), Nathaniel Shilkret (conductor), Bob Bailey, Bret Morrison, Fran Carlon, Bob Jellison, Louise Barkley, Jane Meredith, Dan Gallagher, Stan Harris, Marvin Miller. 59:38. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39614. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 23, 1943. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Martha". Sustaining. A performance of the opera by von Flotow. Colonel McCormick speaks about "The Rights Of Americans." Bret Morrison, Douglas Beedey, Earl Willkie, Eugene Conley (tenor), Kenneth MacGregor (producer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Marvin Miller, Robert McCormick, Ruth Slater. 59:06. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39932. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. February 13, 1943. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Faust". Sustaining. The opera by Gounod, sung in English. Colonel McCormick speaks about, "Freedom Of The Press." Approximately one minute is missing from the middle of the program. Bret Morrison, Bruce Foote, Don MacDonald, Eugene Conley, Henry Weber (conductor), John Barclay, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Marvin Miller, Robert McCormick, Ruth Slater. 58:07. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

39931. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. March 20, 1943. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Cavalleria Rusticana". Sustaining. The opera by Mascagni, sung in English. Colonel McCormick begins his lecture on naval warfare with a memorable quote, "The performers on the stage are very much worried that I'm going to take too much time....that's their worry...I am!" Bret Morrison, Bruce Foote, Charles Penman, Eugene Conley, Henry Weber (conductor), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Marvin Miller, Robert McCormick, Ruth Slater. 58:24. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

106400. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. July 17, 1943. Mutual net, WGN Chicago origination. "Peer Gynt". Sustaining. The music of Henrik Ibsen; the story is told in English. Barbara Luddy, Marvin Miller, Henry Weber (conductor), Bob Jellison, John Barclay, Cliff Soubier, Edward Howard, Robert Trendler (choral director), Jack LaFrandre (writer, producer), Ruth Slater, Laurette Fillbrandt (doubles). 57:09. Audio condition: Fair to good. Complete.

39935. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 11, 1943. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Student Prince". Sustaining. The operetta by Sigmund Romberg, sung in English. The broadcast originates from The Medina Temple in Chicago. Henry Weber (conductor), Marion Claire, John Brooks (referred to as "John Brooks McCormick" in the credits), Robert McCormick, Bruce Foote, Robert Trendler (choral director), Olan Soule, John Barclay (speaking cast), Johnny Coons (speaking cast), Marvin Miller (announcer). 60:07. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

39930. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. February 19, 1944. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "La Boheme". Sustaining. The program originates from the Medina Temple, Chicago. The opera by Puccini, sung in English. Colonel McCormick does not speak to allow the opera to be presented in "its entirety," (no one seems to miss him). This program has also been dated March 4, 1944. Henry Weber (conductor), Marion Claire, Richard Tucker, Virginia Sellers, Bruce Foote. 59:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

106402. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 9, 1944. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "A Waltz Dream". Sustaining. The first radio performance of the operatta by Oscar Strauss. The program begins with a "Happy Birthday" tribute to Henry Weber. Colonel McCormick speaks on the topic: "Aviation and Warfare." Ruth Slater, Henry Weber (conductor), Robert McCormick, Jack LaFrandre (writer, producer), Earl Willkie, Oscar Strauss (composer), Robert Trendler (choral director), Sondra Gair, Holland Engle, John Barclay, Marion Claire, Marion Claire, Gilbert Russell, Gilbert Russell, Ruth Slater, Henry Weber (conductor), Robert McCormick, Jack LaFrandre (writer, producer), Earl Willkie, Oscar Strauss (composer), Robert Trendler (choral director), Sondra Gair, Holland Engle, John Barclay, Eloise Commer, Rita Ascot, William Averitt (narrator), Lee Bennett (announcer). 59:48. Audio condition: Good to very good. Complete.

106397. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 16, 1944. Mutual net, WGN Origination. "Sari". Sustaining. The recording starts after the address by Colonel McCormick. The operetta is complete, the program is not. Angelo Raffaelli, Earl Willkie, Henry Weber (conductor), Robert Trendler (choral director), Marion Claire, Igor Gorin, Jack LaFrandre (writer, producer), John Barclay, William Averitt, Arnold Robertson, Jackie Northrup, Carl Kroenke. 42:24. Audio condition: Good. Incomplete.

18120. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. March 31, 1945. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, WOR, New York aircheck. "Girl Crazy". Sustaining. "Girl Crazy" by George Gershwin with an all-Chicago cast. The talk by Colonel McCormick has been deleted. Morton Bowe. 46:22. Audio condition: Good to very good. Incomplete.

18121. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. April 7, 1945. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, WOR, New York aircheck. "Hit The Deck". Sustaining. "Hit The Deck" by Vincent Youmans. Penny Perry. 15 minutes. Audio condition: Good. Excerpts.

106398. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. November 9, 1946. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Bittersweet". Sustaining. The recording starts after the conclusion of Colonel McCormick's address. The operetta is complete, the program is not. Marion Claire, Noel Coward (composer), Donald Dame, Bruce Foote, Henry Weber (conductor), Robert Trendler (choral director), Lee Bennett (announcer), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Angela Nore (?), Olan Soule, Hope Summers, John Barclay, Mary Ann Bertrand, Everett Clark. 47:50. Audio condition: Good. Incomplete.

111229. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 28, 1946. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Prince Of Pilsen". Sustaining. Colonel McCormick's talk has been deleted. Listen for Lee Bennett giving the middle station break in a heavy German accent, imitating Sidney Ellstrom. Frank Pixley (lyrics), Gustave Luders (music), June Browne, Angelo Raffaelli, Sidney Ellstrom (singing and speaking parts), Lois Fehr, Henry Weber (conductor), Richard Page, Robert Trendler (choral director), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Sondra Gair, Everett Clark, Muriel Bremner, Norman Gottschalk, Angela Knorr, Lee Bennett (announcer), Carl Kroenke. 43:56. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

111228. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 18, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Madame Pompadour". Sustaining. Colonel McCormick's talk has been deleted. Marion Claire, Morton Bowe, Henry Weber (conductor), Robert Trendler (choral conductor), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Leon Fall (composer). 46:56. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

39596. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. February 1, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Carmen". Sustaining. The opera by Bizet, sung in English. Colonel McCormick speaks on "The Panama Canal and Pan Americanism." Georgio Tozzi, Henry Weber (conductor), John Barclay, Lee Bennett (announcer), Richard Tucker, Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Ruth Slater, Virginia Parker. 60:14. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39925. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. March 1, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Gondoliers". Sustaining. A performance of the operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan. Colonel McCormick speaks about, "The Boston Massacre." See cat. #7195 for an AFRS edited version of this broadcast. Lee Bennett (announcer), John Carter, Robert McCormick, Shirley Dickenson, Robert Trendler (choral director), Emma K. Bowers, Georgio Tozzi, Earl Robinson, Earl Willkie, Henry Weber (conductor), John Barclay. 1 hour. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

7195. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. March 1, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Gondoliers". With a cast of 100! Who is the king of Baritaria? See cat. #39925 for the complete network broadcast. Gilbert and Sullivan (composers), John Carter, Shirley Dickenson, Robert Trendler (choral director), Emma K. Bowers, Georgio Tozzi, Earl Robinson, Earl Willkie, Henry Weber (conductor), John Barclay. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

39597. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. March 8, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Naughty Marietta". Sustaining. The operetta by Victor Herbert, with a cast of one hundred! Colonel McCormick speaks about, "The Red Cross and Its History." Richard Tucker, Marion Claire, Carol Smith, Bruce Foote, Henry Weber (conductor), Robert Trendler (choral conductor), Lee Bennett (announcer), Robert McCormick, Rita Johnson Young (author), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Muriel Bremner, Everett Clark, Eloise Commer, Burr Lee, Carl Kroenke, Sidney Ellstrom. 59:31. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

7184. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. April 12, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Sari". An operetta about the king of the gypsies who has lost his "spark" and the girl who he hopes will rekindle it. AFRS program name: "Showtime." Dorothy Steiger, Bruce Foote, Richard Page, Earl Willkie, Henry Weber (conductor). 30:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

7185. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. April 19, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Mikado". AFRS program name: "Showtime." Gilbert and Sullivan (composers), Marion Claire, John Carter, John Barclay, Bruce Foote, Ruth Slater, Henry Weber (conductor). 30:18. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

48317. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. May 31, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Great Waltz". Sustaining. The last show of the seventh season, with a cast of one hundred. Colonel Robert R. McCormack starts the program with a talk about the story. The operetta is about Johann Strauss (the younger), and his efforts to get his waltzes accepted, despite his father's opposition to them. See cat. #7187 for an AFRS abridged recording of this program. Brooke Summers, Bruce Foote, Earl Lee, Elmira Ressler, Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), John Barclay, Lee Bennett (announcer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Morton Bowe, Muriel Bremner, Norman Gottschalk, Olan Soule, Pierre Andre (announcer), Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Sondra Gair. 59:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

7187. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. May 31, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Great Waltz". An operetta set in musical old Vienna about the son of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King. AFRS program name: "Showtime." This is an abridged AFRS broadcast of the network broadcast (see cat. 48317). Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Morton Bowe, Bruce Foote, Earl Lee, Elmira Ressler, Brooke Summers, Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), John Barclay, Lee Bennett (announcer), Bruce Foote, Muriel Bremner, Norman Gottschalk, Olan Soule, Pierre Andre (announcer), Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Sondra Gair. 29:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

39419. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. November 8, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Rose Marie". Sustaining. The program is nominally "sustaining" as there is no specific product advertised, not even "The Chicago Tribune." Colonel McCormick, the paper's publisher insisted however, on delivering a "radio editorial" on each program, delivered in a monotone, often on a subject of no interest to anyone but himself. When the Colonel was traveling, as he often was, the address was presented transcribed, there was just no escaping it. The series was produced and hosted by Marion Claire. This week, Col. McCormick's address is transcribed from Tokyo. He describes his meeting with the Emperor. Meanwhile, back at "Rose Marie," the Mounties musically get their man, as always. Andzia Kusack, Georgio Tozzi, Henry Weber (conductor), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Morton Bowe, Robert McCormick. 1 hour. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39600. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 13, 1947. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Hansel and Gretl". Sustaining. Adapted from the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, sung in English. Colonel McCormick speaks on "The Constitution Of The United States." The program may be dated December 13, 1947. Robert McCormick, Marion Claire, Ruth Slater, Bruce Foote, Henry Weber (conductor), Robert Trendler (choral conductor), Johnny Coons, John Barclay (narrator), Lee Bennett (announcer). 60:55. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

111227. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 10, 1948. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "I Pagliacci". Sustaining. The opera by Leoncavallo, sung in English. Colonel McCormick's talk has been deleted. Henry Weber (conductor), Ruggero Leoncavallo (composer), Robert Trendler (choral director), Richard Tucker, Virginia Tucker, John Tyres, Edward Reichart, Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Marion Claire (producer), Maurice Copeland, Burr Lee, Everett Clark, Norman Gottschalk, John Barclay, Lee Bennett (announcer), Muriel Bremner. 47:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

1081. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. March 20, 1948. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Sunny". Sustaining. The musical about a European girl who stows away on a ship to America to be with her ex-sweetheart. Bruce Foote, Andzia Kuzak, Robert Trendler (music director), Jerome Kern (composer). 20:02. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

39929. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. April 24, 1948. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Blossom Time". Sustaining. The operetta by Sigmund Romberg. The musical biography of Franz Schubert. Colonel McCormick delivers a second editorial about, "The Conquest Of California." Henry Weber (conductor), Robert McCormick, Martha Briney, Bruce Foote, Robert Marshall, Marion Claire (host). 58:46. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

7182. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. April 24, 1948. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Blossom Time". An edited rebroadcast of, "The Chicago Theatre Of The Air." An operetta based loosely on the life of Franz Schubert. The program opening is slightly upcut. AFRS program name: "Showtime." The program has been edited from the original one hour format. Sigmund Romberg (composer), Henry Weber (conductor), Martha Briney, Bruce Foote, Robert Marshall. 30:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

39933. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. October 9, 1948. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Vagabond King". Sustaining. The operetta by Rudolph Friml. The 416th broadcast of the series. Colonel McCormick speaks about innovations in broadcasting in the eight years the show had been on the air. The first show of the season. Henry Weber (conductor), Marion Claire (host), Robert Trendler (choral director), Nancy Carr, Ruth Slater, Bruce Foote, Lee Bennett (announcer), Robert McCormick. 57:24. Audio condition: Very good. Apparently complete.

55344. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 4, 1948. Program #380. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "Good News". An edited version of the broadcast. AFRS program name: "Showtime." Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), Martha King, Bruce Foote, Robert Trendler (conductor). 30:34. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39598. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 18, 1948. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "La Boheme". Sustaining. The opera by Puccini, sung in English. Colonel McCormick speaks about "The Life Of Mata Hari." Marion Claire (host), Henry Weber (conductor), Robert Trendler (choral conductor), Richard Tucker, Nancy Carr, Virginia Howe, Edward Stack, Robert McCormick, John Barclay (narrator), Lee Bennett (announcer). 60:08. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

39593. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 15, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "H.M.S. Pinafore". Sustaining. The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Colonel McCormick speaks on the subject of Benjamin Franklin. Marion Claire (host), Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Adele Norman, John Barclay, John Stanford, Ruth Slater, Bruce Foote. 58:38. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

39594. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 29, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Sweethearts". Sustaining. The operetta by Victor Herbert. Colonel McCormick speaks about "The Illinois Country." Henry Weber (conductor), Lee Bennett (announcer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Morton Bowe, Nancy Carr, Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Virginia Howe. 60:38. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

16455. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. July 30, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Summer Concert Hour". Sustaining. "Summer Concert Hour." The first selection is "I've Told Every Little Star" from "Music In The Air." Birthday congratulations to Colonel McCormick with a talk on "Americanism" by announcer Lee Bennett. Colonel Robert McCormick speaks on "The Battle Of Bull Run." Marion Claire introduces the "career performance" (first major network appearance) of baritone Bernard Izzo, who sings an aria from "La Traviata." Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Marion Claire (producer), Robert Trendler (conductor), Lee Bennett (announcer), Virginia Parker, Bruce Foote, Bernard Izzo, Robert McCormick. 59:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

16386. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. August 6, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Summer Concert Hour". Sustaining. "Summer Concert Hour." The first selection is, "None But The Lonely Heart." Marion Claire introduces the "Career Performance" (major network appearance) of tenor Lawrence White. White had previously won on, "The Talent Scouts" program. The topic of Colonel McCormick's talk is "Preface To War," the history of The War Of 1812. Marion Claire (producer), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Henry Weber (conductor), Nancy Carr, Bruce Foote, Lawrence White, Robert McCormick, Lee Bennett (announcer). 59:40. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

52042. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. August 13, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Summer Concert Hour". Sustaining. Summer Concert Series. The first selection is, "The Two Grenadiers." Colonel McCormick speaks on "The Preamble To The North Atlantic Pact." His conclusion is that the preamble is "totally without truth." Dolores de Puglia makes her "career performance" on network radio. Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Ruth Slater (contralto), Marion Claire (producer), Henry Weber (conductor), Donald Graham (baritone), Dolores de Puglia (coloratura soprano), Robert Quick (violinist), Lee Bennett (announcer), Robert McCormick. 59:46. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

59001. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. October 22, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Mikado". Sustaining. The Gilbert and Sullivan favorite, Colonel Robert R. McCormick speaks on the topic, "Triumph At Yorktown." Norma Lotsie, David Polari, Bruce Foote, John Barclay, Ruth Slater, Flora Patterson, Muriel Bremner, Everett Clark, Hope Summers, Norman Gottschalk, Maurice Copeland, Kitty Sing, Peter Bowe, Robert McCormick, Sondra Gair, Elmira Ressler, Robert McCormick, Carl Kroenke, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Henry Weber (conductor). 59:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53123. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. October 29, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Pink Lady". Sustaining. Satyrs and nymphs in Paris? But of course! Colonel McCormick speaks on, "The Historic Background Of American Indians." Carl Kroenke, David Polari, Earl Willkie, Everett Clark, Hope Summers, Ivan Carroll (composer), Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), Lee Bennett (announcer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Muriel Bremner, Norman Gottschalk, Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Ruth Slater, Sondra Gair, Virginia Haskins. 59:12. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

52851. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. November 5, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Chocolate Soldier". Sustaining. Lieutenant Bommerly prefers chocolates in a maiden's boudoir as the Serbians fight the Bulgarians. The topic of Colonel Robert McCormick's weekly talk is, "The Bulwark Of The Union." Carl Kroenke, David Polari, Elmira Ressler, Erwin Schweig, Everett Clark, Helene Heckman, Henry Weber (conductor), Hope Summers, Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), Lee Bennett (announcer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Muriel Bremner, Norman Gottschalk, Robert McCormick, Ruth Slater, Virginia Haskins. 59:53. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

52968. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. November 12, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Madame Butterfly". Sustaining. The famous opera is sung (in English) on the twenty fifth anniversary of Puccini's death. Colonel McCormick reviews the Chicagoland Music Festival. Nancy Carr, David Polari, Ruth Slater, Luis Suttler, Robert McCormick, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Henry Weber (conductor), Robert Trendler (choral director), Lee Bennett (announcer). 59:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

52967. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. November 19, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Gondoliers". Sustaining. Who is the real king of Barataria? In addition to the Gilbert and Sullivan, Colonel McCormick reads the Gettysburg Address and a medley of Civil War songs is presented. Anja Cusak, Bruce Foote, Carl Kroenke, Earl Willkie, Elmira Ressler, Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), Hope Summers, Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), John Barclay, John Carter, Jonathan Hall, Lee Bennett (announcer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Muriel Bremner, Norman Gottschalk, Robert Trendler (conductor), Ruth Slater, Sondra Gair. 59:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

52965. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. November 26, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Vagabond King". Sustaining. The operetta by Rudolph Friml. Colonel McCormick speaks about, "The Development Of The American Navy." He says in conclusion, that guided missiles may be a significant weapon in the future! Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Muriel Bremner, Everett Clark, Nancy Carr, Thomas L. Thomas, Gloria Lane (?), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Henry Weber (conductor), Robert Trendler (choral director), Robert McCormick, Lee Bennett (announcer). 60:13. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

52966. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 3, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Countess Maritza". Sustaining. The gypsy operetta. The program features a repeat reading of, "Defining Democracy," which had been read a week previously. The president of the Freedoms Foundation awards Colonel McCormick a medal for this commentary. Nancy Carr, Thomas L. Thomas, Ruth Slater, Robert McCormick, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Robert Trendler (choral director), Lee Bennett (announcer), Henry Weber (conductor). 59:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

52969. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 10, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Mignon". Sustaining. The famous opera by Massenet. A representative of the Freedoms Foundation presents an award to Colonel McCormick. Bruce Foote, David Polari, Donald Graham, Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), Lee Bennett (announcer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Maurice Copeland, Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Virginia Haskins. 59:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53121. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 17, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Hansel and Gretl". Sustaining. The favorite operatic fairy tale by Englebert Humperdinck. Colonel McCormick speaks on, "The American Revolution and Its Effect." Bruce Foote, Elmira Ressler, Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), Hope Summers, Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), Lee Bennett (announcer), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Mary Frances Desmond, Muriel Bremner, Norman Gottschalk, Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Ruth Slater, Virginia Haskins. 59:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

53122. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 24, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Babes In Toyland". Sustaining. The Christmas classic by Victor Herbert, about a visit to the land of the toys. Colonel McCormick delivers a talk about the holiday of Christmas. Butler Manville, Carl Kroenke, David Polari, Elmira Ressler, Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), John Barclay, Jonathan Holt, Lee Bennett (announcer), Lois Fehr, Marie Hadden, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Mary Frances Desmond, Norman Gottschalk, Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Sondra Gair. 59:47. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

59642. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 31, 1949. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Merry Widow". Sustaining. Colonel McCormick's address is titled, "Facts Of Wealth." He calls Karl Marx an "evil ignoramus." Earl Willkie, Everett Clark, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Norman Gottschalk, Muriel Bremner, John Barclay, Glen Ransome (director), Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (writer), Robert Trendler (choral director), Nancy Carr, David Polari, Robert McCormick, Lee Bennett (announcer). 59:40. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

3785. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 7, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Frederika". Sustaining. An all-Chicago cast sings in English. The program includes a message by Colonel McCormick titled "Valley Forge: Bulwark Of Freedom." The love story of Goethe, the famous German poet. Robert McCormick, Marion Claire (producer, director), Henry Weber (conductor), Nancy Carr, Robert Trendler (choral director), David Polari, Carmelita Pope, Everett Clark, John Barclay, Norman Gottschalk, Carl Kroenke, Butra Manville (?), Lee Bennett (announcer). 59:29. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

106440. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 28, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Robin Hood". Sustaining. The recording starts with the conclusion of Colonel McCormick's address. Reginald De Koven (composer), Harry B. Smith (lyrics), Virginia Haskins, Earl Willkie, Bruce Foote, Arvin Schwag, Henry Weber (conductor), Marion Claire (narrator), David Polari. 40:05. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

7183. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. February 25, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "The Cat and The Fiddle". A musical romance set in a residence-hotel in old Paris. AFRS program name: "Showtime." The program has been edited from the original one hour format. Nancy Carr, Bruce Foote, Robert Trendler (conductor), Carlisle Stevens (director), Jack LaFrandre (adaptor), Norman Gottschalk. 31:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

59997. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. March 4, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "No, No, Nanette". Sustaining. Colonel Robert McCormick speaks from Cairo while making a "three continent fact-finding flight." After about two minutes, the transmission from Cairo fails and John Mallow reads the rest of the report in the studio. The musical was repeated on the program on May 1, 1954 (see cat. #39937). Lois Fehr, Earl Willkie, Flora Patterson, Max Wilson, Ruth Slater, Erwin Schweig, Ruth Bowers, Emma K. Bowers, Kathleen Kearns, Virginia Haskins, Bruce Foote, Vincent Youmans (composer), Robert McCormick, John Mallow, Lee Bennett (announcer), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Marion Claire (producer), Robert Trendler (conductor). 59:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

39927. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. March 11, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "I Pagliacci". Sustaining. The opera by Leoncavallo, sung in English. Colonel McCormick's cable from Cairo is read in the studio. Henry Weber (conductor), Nancy Carr, Richard Tucker, Earl Willkie, John Tyres, Robert Trendler (choral conductor), Lee Bennett (announcer), Ruggero Leoncavallo (composer). 57:47. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

82930. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. April 22, 1950. Mutual-Don Lee net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Madamoiselle Modiste". Sustaining. Marion Claire (producer), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Robert Trendler (conductor), Victor Herbert (composer), Nancy Carr, John Carter, Earl Willkie, Donald Graham, Muriel Bremner, Everett Clark, Maurice Copeland, John Barclay, Lee Bennett (announcer). 46:32. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

59460. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. April 29, 1950. Mutual net, Chicago origination. "Bittersweet". Sustaining. Noel Coward's first major effort as a composer. Romance and music in the Vienna of the 1880's...mit schlag! Colonel McCormick's talk is titled "The Battle Of Lexington." It's delivered on the one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the battle. Marion Claire (performer, producer), John Barclay, Muriel Bremner, Everett Clark, Maurice Copeland, Nancy Carr, David Polari, Bruce Foote, Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Robert Trendler (choral director), Noel Coward (composer), Lee Bennett (announcer), Robert McCormick. 59:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

59359. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. May 6, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Gypsy Princess". Sustaining. A romance of Napoleon and his beloved gypsy. Colonel McCormick speaks on "The Campaign Of Waterloo, Part One." Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Nancy Carr, Richard Tucker, Everett Clark, Muriel Bremner, John Barclay, Earl Willkie, Robert Trendler (choral director), Robert McCormick, Lee Bennett (announcer). 59:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

59360. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. July 8, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Summer Concert Hour". Sustaining. Colonel Robert McCormick speaks on the subject "History and The Song: The Vision Of Francis Scott Key." The first selection is the waltz song from "Romeo and Juliet." The DuPage County Historical Society presents a citation and lifetime membership to Colonel McCormick. Marion Claire and Everett Clark do, "The Curse and The Conquest," a musical drama about Beethoven's deafness. Marion Claire (performer, producer), Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Nancy Carr, Michael Guida (a Brooklyn tenor named "Career Performance Artist" of the evening), Robert McCormick, Everett Clark, Lee Bennett (performer, announcer), Robert Trendler (choral director). 59:21. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

59361. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. August 19, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Chicagoland Music Festival". Sustaining. The program originates from Soldiers Field, Chicago. The Twenty-First Annual Chicagoland Music Festival. A seventy-five-thousand voice choir begins the program with, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles!" A seventy-six-organ ensemble (with eighteen harps!) plays "Flying Down To Rio" and "Claire de Lune." The Festival prize winners are Suzanne Hamilton and David M. Aiken. Henry Weber speaks about the first festival and conducts a one-hundred-piece orchestra in Wagner's "The Festival March," as he did at the festival twenty-one years ago. Alec Templeton plays a "hot" "Hora Stacatto" and the first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." He then improvises a selection based on five notes called out at random by the orchestra. He also plays "Mozart Meets Rogers and Hart" (very clever!). Arlene Einz plays a classical accordion ("The Coriolanus Overture" by Beethoven). Jack LaFrandre forgets what network he's on while giving the system cue! A memorable broadcast! Frank Bennett (community song leader), Everett Clark (announcer), Phillip Maxwell (host), Suzanne Hamilton, David Aiken, Henry Weber, Alec Templeton, Arlene Einz, Jack LaFrandre. 60:41. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

59362. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. August 26, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Summer Concert Hour". Sustaining. The first selection is "I'll Follow My Secret Heart." Algard Brasis, a Chicago baritone, makes his "Career Performance." Colonel Robert R. McCormick speaks on the topic: "History and The Song: Tales Of The Tall Timber." "Enchantment," the premier performance of a composition by Robert Trendler. "The Legend Of The Sun and Moon," based on American Indian music. Nancy Carr is announced as going to be married to Leonard Keller in just two days. Nancy Carr, Marion Claire (producer, performer), Earl Willkie, Everett Clark (performer, announcer), Robert Trendler (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Algard Brasis, Robert McCormick. 59:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

80274. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 9, 1950. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Hit The Deck". Sustaining. The 1927 musical is preceeded by Colonel McCormick, speaking from Palm Beach, Florida about the naval hero, William Barker Cushing (McCormick sounds transcribed). Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Robert Trendler (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Vincent Youmans (composer), Herbert Fields (composer), Leo Robin (composer), Clifford Gray (composer), Lillian Murphy, Ralph Neilson, Cliff Norton, Sondra Gair, Robert McCormick, Muriel Bremner, Everett Clark, Norman Gottschalk, Lee Bennett (announcer). 59:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

80275. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 6, 1951. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Aida". Sustaining. Verdi's opera is sung in English. It is preceeded by Colonel Robert McCormick speaking on the subject, "Public Opinion and War." Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Henry Weber (conductor), Jack LaFrandre (writer, director), Robert McCormick, Aline Dumalee (? soprano), Richard Tucker, Ruth Slater, Bruce Foote, Edward Stack, Sondra Gair, Everett Clark, Maurice Copeland, Muriel Bremner, Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (choral director), George Mead (translator). 59:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

39934. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. September 26, 1953. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Concert Hour". Sustaining. "Concert Hour" series. Colonel McCormick speaks on "Assaults Upon The Constitution, Part I." Soprano Margaret Roberts sings, starting with "The Rosary." Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), Margaret Roberts, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Robert McCormick. 59:18. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39936. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. October 17, 1953. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Music In The Air". Sustaining. The musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Colonel McCormick speaks on, "Assaults Upon The Constitution, Part 2." Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), John Barclay, Lois Gentile, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Nancy Carr, Robert McCormick, Thomas L. Thomas. 59:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

39940. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. November 28, 1953. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Bloomer Girl". Sustaining. Colonel McCormick's address is titled, "Assaults Upon The Constitution Part 3," and is read by Everett Clarke. The musical as written by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, others. Bruce Foote, Everett Clark, Madelein Powell, Robert Trendler (conductor), Sondra Gair. 59:08. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

39939. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 5, 1953. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Samson and Delilah". Sustaining. Colonel McCormick speaks on, "Assaults Upon The Constitution, Part 4." Andrew Foldi, Everett Clark, Gloria Lane (?), Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Raymond Sharp, Robert Marshall, Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Sondra Gair. 59:0l. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39420. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 12, 1953. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Vagabond King". Sustaining. Francois Villon once again saves France from the Duke of Burgundy. Col. McCormick delivers his fifth address about, "Assaults Upon The Constitution," from Flordia. Marion Claire (producer, host, and also in the cast), Rudolph Friml (composer), Nancy Carr, Gloria Lane, Thomas L. Thomas, Pierre Andre (announcer). 60:03. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39438. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. December 26, 1953. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "The Wizard Of Oz". Sustaining. The favorite story by L. Frank Baum. Vicki Stevens as Dorothy. Colonel McCormick speaks on, "Assaults Upon The Constitution." Robert Trendler (conductor), Vicki Stevens, Marion Claire (producer and host), Robert McCormick, L. Frank Baum (author). 1 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

39621. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. January 9, 1954. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "Eva". Sustaining. The operetta by Franz Lehar. Colonel McCormick does not speak. Two speeches by Robert G. Ingersoll are read instead. Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), John Barclay, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Nancy Carr, Norman Gottschalk, William Blaine (Vane?). 59:06. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

39938. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. April 3, 1954. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "La Traviata". Sustaining. The opera by Verdi, sung in English. Colonel McCormick speaks on the subject "Patrick Henry." David Soleri, Everett Clark, Henry Weber (conductor), John Rudolfski, Margaret Roberts, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Robert McCormick. 59:14. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

39937. The Chicago Theatre Of The Air. May 1, 1954. Mutual net, WGN, Chicago origination. "No, No, Nanette". Sustaining. The musical by Vincent Youmans. Colonel McCormick repeats his "famous speech" in praise of the First Division, made on the battleground at Catigny, France, 1937. Colonel McCormick is filled with emotion, his voice quivering, as he concludes. The entire company then sings "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic." The music was previously heard on the program on March 4, 1950 (see cat. #59997). Bruce Foote, Everett Clark, June Brown, Marion Claire (producer, narrator), Robert McCormick, Robert Trendler (conductor), Vincent Youmans (composer). 59:04. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

Report contains 71 programs.