Category Archives: radio

Radio reporter killed; Hornet on the case

A Man of Many Words,” July 7, 1946 https://archive.org/download/TheGreenHornet/Thegreenhornet-460706AManOfManyWords.mp3 This unusual 70-year-old episode of The Green Hornet begins with a heroic  (or foolhardy?) journalist defying death threats — but he’s a radio columnist, not one of the series’ usual newspaper … Continue reading

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Doctor still thinks reporter is crazy

Half-way into this half-hour broadcast of The March of Time, February 3, 1938, we get to hear a newspaper reporter sign himself into a mental hospital as a patient — only to have trouble getting out. Stories about New York’s … Continue reading

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Halloween journalists on old-time radio

The obvious choice for a Halloween-week radio show incorporating journalist characters in a dramatic production has to be Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater broadcast of “War of the Worlds.” Welles’ dramatic technique of imitating radio news alerts, simulating interruption of a … Continue reading

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The most beautiful newspaper reporter on radio

“Give me a chance, just give me a chance, and I’ll be the best male Jane Arden in the racket.” — Jerry Delaney, the newspaper’s cub reporter Jane Arden was a long-running comic strip about an adventurous “girl reporter,” pre-dating … Continue reading

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A journalist poet with a passion for croquet

Journalism’s a shrew and a scold. I like her. She makes you sick, she makes you old. I like her. She’s daily trouble, storm and strife. She’s love and hate, and death and life. She ain’t no lady. She’s my … Continue reading

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A phone call, shoe-leather and compassion turn a story into a crusade

Call Northside 777 “Well, it made a pretty good yarn, I guess. Y’know — ‘Mother slaves to save $5,000, offers it to clear her son.’ I told myself it was all in a day’s work…” — Reporter Mac McNeal About … Continue reading

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Mike Wallace on radio, from Information Please to the Green Hornet

While this blog usually deals with fictional journalists and the ¬†dramatized lives of historic journalists, today’s news is worth an exception. Legendary television newsman¬†Mike Wallace, who died Saturday at 93, got his broadcasting start in radio, and this may be … Continue reading

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