History of Broadcasting Blog

Our blog commemorates the history of broadcasting from the Golden Age of Radio to the Early Days of Television. We cover the people and stations who made history especially those from the Cincinnati area.

The history of Petri Wine and Basil Rathbone, Sherlock Holmes on The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Whatever happened to Petri Wines?

March 6, 2014

Listeners who tune into Theater of the Mind for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes often hear Harry Bartell and Nigel Bruce discuss Petri Wines before a new case is introduced. Petri – The family that took time to bring you good wine – brought The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes into... Continue Reading »

Mary Wood, Cincinnati Post's radio critic

Mary Wood Centennial

January 21, 2014

In a previous post, we mentioned the centennial of the birth of beloved Cincinnati vocalist Ruby Wright but Ruby wasn't the only one to enter the world in January 1914 because on the 19th of that month, Mary Wood was born. For folks outside of Greater Cincinnati, the name might... Continue Reading »

Ruby Wright, a Cincinnati vocalist who appeared on WLWT, WSAI, WLW and recorded on King and Columbia Records

Ruby Wright, Cincinnati Vocalist

January 11, 2014

It’s hard to believe that popular Cincinnati vocalist Ruby Wright passed away ten years ago this year. It’s perhaps even more difficult that today marks the centennial of her birth. One-hundred years ago, on January 8, 1914, Ruby Wright was born in Anderson, Indiana. Destined for a career in show... Continue Reading »

Teeny on Fibber McGee and Molly was played by Marian Jordan (Molly)

Quiz 10 – “Teeny” a.k.a. Marian Jordan

December 6, 2013

If you've just checked our blog, we're playing a game on our Facebook “Media Heritage, Inc.” and “Big Broadcast” pages. This was the tenth and final quiz this time around (see all of the quizzes here). Perhaps we'll do this again in the future. Have an idea for something you’d... Continue Reading »

WIlliam Conrad, a radio and television actor known for playing Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke and many other roles

Quiz 9 – William Conrad

November 29, 2013

If you've just checked our blog, we're playing a game on our Facebook “Media Heritage, Inc.” and “Big Broadcast” pages. If you'd like to play, “like” one or both of those Facebook pages and on Mondays, we'll post a photo of an old radio “second banana”…a secondary or character actor... Continue Reading »

Joan Banks with her husband, Frank Lovejoy

Quiz 8 – Joan Banks

November 22, 2013

Fans of the classic early-1950s radio drama Nightbeat know the lead character, Randy Stone, was played by actor Frank Lovejoy. However, fans might not know that the actress who often played the femme fatale on Nightbeat, Joan Banks, was Lovejoy's real-life wife. Joan Banks was born... Continue Reading »

Frank Nelson a voice actor who was a recurring character on The Jack Benny Show, and also on I Love Lucy, The Flinstones and even Saturday Night Live.

Quiz 7 – Frank Nelson

November 14, 2013

One of the attributes that made The Jack Benny Program such a radio and TV tour de force was the wide range of its talented stock characters and “second bananas.” In addition to the principle cast-members, fans remember Mel Blanc and Artie Auerbach and the unique humor of actor Frank Nelson, among... Continue Reading »

Arthur Q Bryan, a voice actor known as the voice for Elmer Fudd and Dr. Gamble on Fibber McGee and Molly

Quiz 6 – Arthur Q Bryan

November 1, 2013

If you're a fan of classic radio or if you've watched those classic Warner Brothers cartoons, you'll certainly recognize the voice of Arthur Q. Bryan. Bryan was born (in 1899) and raised in New York City where he struggled to find steady work as an actor, so he moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s... Continue Reading »

Tim Ryan and Irene Ryan (Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies)

Quiz 5 – Irene (and Tim) Ryan

October 24, 2013

Long before she achieved fame portraying “Granny” for nine seasons on television's Beverly Hillbillies, Irene Ryan enjoyed a solid career in film and on radio. Born in Texas in 1902, Irene Noblette grew up in San Francisco and performed in local theater there... Continue Reading »

Hans Conried Jr. was the voice of many characters on radio and tv. Notably Snidley Whiplash and Captain Hook.

Quiz 4 – Hans Conreid Jr.

October 17, 2013

Hans Conried, Jr. is our versatile “second banana” this week. Born in 1917 in Baltimore, Conried began his acting career on stage doing mostly classical roles. He did a little movie work in the 1930s before joining Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater Players in 1939. Hans was in... Continue Reading »