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.

Bill McCluskey the man behind Cincinnati's St. Patrick's Day Parade

Bill McCluskey and St. Patty’s Day

March 16, 2013

It's that time of year to remember St. Patrick and all things Irish and, for many older Cincinnatians, thoughts turn to the late Bill McCluskey. It was Bill McCluskey who co-founded Cincinnati's St. Patrick's Day Parade in 1968 and he was often Grand Marshal of that parade when he was... Continue Reading »

Richard LeGrand posing as Peavey from The Great Gildersleeve

Mr. Peavey

March 12, 2013

When discussing the memorable characters on radio’s The Great Gildersleeve, there seems to always be interest in the character “Mr. Peavey,” portrayed by character actor Richard LeGrand. Mr. Peavey was proprietor of Peavey’s Drug Store in Gildy’s hometown of Summerfield. He was quiet and had a droll sense of humor.... Continue Reading »

Cast members of the Jack Benny Show: Jack Benny, Dennis Day, Don Wilson and Mary Livingstone

Mrs. Dennis Day

March 1, 2013

A friend sent me a small death notice recently from California noting the passing of Margaret (Peggy) McNulty Day—widow of Jack Benny Show vocalist Dennis Day—on February 1st. Mrs. McNulty Day was 89-years old. Dennis (whose birth name was Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty, but used “Dennis Day” as a stage... Continue Reading »

Humphrey Bogart publicity photo from The Maltese Falcon

Academy Award Theater

February 20, 2013

It’s the time of the year for the Academy Awards and you may not realize that there was a radio program called Academy Award Theater during radio’s golden age. However, while similar shows like Lux Radio Theater (which Media Heritage draws upon for our Hollywood Radio Theater program) lasted for... Continue Reading »

James "Jim" Jordan and Marian Driscoll as Fibber McGee and Molly

Fibber McGee and Molly

February 13, 2013

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we’re highlighting one of Radio’s most beloved couples, Fibber McGee and Molly. James “Jim” Jordan (Fibber) and Marian Driscoll (Molly) first met at church choir practice in Peoria Illinois. They started out not in radio, but as a vaudeville act in Chicago. It wasn’t until 1924... Continue Reading »

Raymond Scott, (born Harry Warnow) famous composer for Warner Brothers

Raymond Scott

January 30, 2013

For those of us who studied—really studied—those wonderful Warner Brothers cartoons of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, the names that rolled through during the credits are permanently inscribed in our memories: Chuck Jones, Fritz Freleng, Robert McKimson, music by Carl Stalling, voices by Mel Blanc. One name that did not... Continue Reading »

Barbara Cameron, the Dayton born singer who was popular on WLW

Barbara Cameron

January 22, 2013

For a period in the mid-to-late 1940s, the name “Barbara Cameron” was everywhere at WLW. The Dayton-born songstress was hired to replace none other than Doris Day in late 1943 and the attractive 18-year-old quickly filled several holes in wartime-depleted WLW’s vocal department. Barbara sang on the popular late-night Moon... Continue Reading »

Avast Ye Pirate!

January 10, 2013

Pirate radio stations are certainly not new. These are radio transmitters operating without permission by the FCC and their origins can be traced to the very earliest days of broadcasting. In fact, before computers became the youth distraction they are today, it wasn’t uncommon for young, tech-savvy lads to buy... Continue Reading »

A map showing how radio station call letters are set in the US

Did You Know? Radio Station Call Letters

December 29, 2012

Ever wonder why radio station call letters start with the letters K or W? The reason goes back as early as 1912 and originated with the United States federal government. In 1923 the boundary was set by the Mississippi River and all radio stations to the West were given K... Continue Reading »

Andy, Dick, Don and Bob, the singing Williams Brothers

Andy Williams

December 21, 2012

The news of the passing of legendary vocalist Andy Williams did not come as too much of a surprise. Andy, himself, announced he faced a diagnosis of bladder cancer last fall and British tabloids were reporting his impending death as recently as July. Still, even at age 84, Williams’ passing... Continue Reading »