This is a track that I digitized a long time ago but never posted. I apologize for the poor audio quality; this was with my old computer which put a lot of digital noise into everything. But I’ve decided that it’s better to get material up here that isn’t perfect rather than sitting on it until I get the chance to fix it (which might never happen).
This is an incomplete program, part one of two. Proctor and Gamble, Makers of Ivory Soap present Hercule Poirot in “The Blonde Who Went Bye-Bye.” Harold Huber stars as Hercule Poirot.
As a thank-you to those of you who are still with me after such a long hiatus, here’s something that I think is pretty special. This was one of my grandpa’s “b-sides,” where he really only cared about the material on the other side. This was totally unlabeled and undocumented in his records.
Jimmie Fidler was apparently a somewhat controversial entertainment reporter who had a weekly Hollywood news show.
This is a program that isn’t listed in my grandpa’s notes. I’m sure he was only interested in what was on the other side (which I will have in my next post). The recording is incomplete; it’s another part 1 of 2 where I don’t have 2. The record doesn’t have a year on it, but I was able to figure out that it was 1947 through Googling some of the names and events I heard in the recording.
Columbia’s Church of the Air, in the words of the announcer, was established by the Columbia network so “clergyman of the major faiths might bring their message to a nationwide congregation of worshipers.” This service is “…from the studios of WJEF in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the 159th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church… is now in session … Mr. Wilbur LeRoe Jr., an attorney of Washington, D.C., who will conduct our service this morning, has just been elected moderator for the coming year. Mr. LeRoe has entitled his sermon, ‘Christ’s Way to Fullness of Life.’” Music for the service provided by the choir of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, directed by Mr. Douglas Peterson. Mr. Peterson is at the organ.
Order of service:
Invocation: Howard Moody Morgan (Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia)
“Fairest Lord Jesus”
Scripture reading and prayer (Howard Moody Morgan)
Here is some serious melodrama! Unfortunately I only have part two, so this starts in the middle of the story. This episode is called “Wild Oranges,” based on a book by Joseph Hergesheimer. Helen Claire and Lawson Zerbe star.
Here’s the direct link to the bandcamp page for this program.
Here’s some great wartime material. In this episode of the serial drama “This Life is Mine,” Eden felt sure she wanted to marry Bob Hastings. But she was engaged to Paul Warner, who is away in the war. A “Dear John” letter is written to Paul. Starring Betty Winkler in the role of Eden Channing.
Dated 2-16-1944, for broadcast on 2-17-44 at 3:00-3:15am.