June 18, 2017 Subject:
Regarding Mutual Radio Shows
As the other reviewer mentioned, Jean Shepherd didn't mention in detail the Mutual Broadcasting System radio shows later on. And I have yet to read elsewhere of any anecdotes from the old radio WOR/Mutual radio days. That would be a real treasure trove. The closest I've found is Chicago author Studs Terkel writing about his radio days as a radio actor in MA PERKINS. Otherwise, it is really great that Archive has all these shows. A bonus is when the tape kept rolling and we hear a WOR newscast after Shep's show.
December 23, 2012 Subject:
Jean Shepherd reads 1939 radio schedule
Shepherd tells what radio programs were heard over WOR NYC in 1939. Interesting how many of his stories were based on personal reminiscences of that time, and yet he had never heard of certain actors or announcers. Mutual Radio catered to independent stations that were not network. One show they carried was "The Johnson Family" a black family comedy soap opera where the voices were all done by a white man, Jimmy Schrivner, yet Shepherd never heard of it. He also repeats the urban legend about Uncle Don, the children's program host, who allegedly cursed his young listeners when he thought he was off the air. While this story has been debunked, even though a "blooper" record claims to have it, Shepherd continues the rumor. He mentions Ernest Chappell, who at that time was a newscaster, but later became the narrator of a popular drama program, "Quiet Please." Shepherd does not mention this. WOR Mutual also carried several afternoon children's serials as well as the Lone Ranger which came from Studio WXYZ in Detroit.