Behind the Mic | Old Time Radio

Behind the Mic | Old Time Radio

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Welcome to the Behind the Mic from otrpodcasts.com. On this podcast, we explore the history behind many of Old Time Radio's greatest performances!

We jump around from series to series, picking one episode each week and together we learn about the actors, producers, sponsors, and more before listening to that full episode as it was originally broadcast. Thanks for tuning in!
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Welcome to the Behind the Mic from otrpodcasts.com. On this podcast, we explore the history behind many of Old Time Radio's greatest performances!

We jump around from series to series, picking one episode each week and together we learn about the actors, producers, sponsors, and more before listening to that full episode as it was originally broadcast. Thanks for tuning in!
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Ep2 | "The Hollywood Story" (Richard Diamond, Private Detective)
Just a few weeks ago, I was listening to an episode of Richard Diamond, Private Detective when I heard a line that jumped out at me. The episode I was listening to is called "The Hollywood Story" and begins with someone coming to see Richard Diamond to get his help on a case in CA (and for those of you unfamiliar with Richard Diamond, he lives in New York City). Diamond agrees to take the case but while in route to CA he says to the man "Why come all the way to New York for me? You've got some pretty good boys in California. Spade, Novak…" Now, as I mentioned in my first podcast, Sam Spade is another fictional character that appears on his own radio program. So it Pat Novak. So what stood out to me as I was listening to this was that this was the first time I'd ever heard what I'd consider to be a "connected universe" in the land of Old Time Radio. The idea of a connected universe is not unfamiliar to anyone who's read a comic book or been to the movie theater in the last 12 years. It's fairly common to see character's like Batman and Superman appear in each other's comic books and since the release of the movie Iron Manin 2008, Marvel has been raking in billions on this concept as they create movie after movie with iconic character's like Captain America, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk all living in the same universe. In fact, it's been such a success that their most recent movie, Avengers: Endgame, holds the record as the highest-grossing movie of all time after passing Avatar which had held the record since 2009. Universal Studios even tried to create a "dark universe" with all of their classic monsters like Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man but they scrapped those plans after their Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise bombed in 2017. I personally find that disappointing as I loved the 1999 reboot with Brendan Fraiser and Rachel Weisz and I was excited to see a world where all those characters interacted with one another. Now, while it's not uncommon to see this happen in today's pop culture, I'd never heard an example of it on the radio. If anyone listening thinks I'm crazy for not noticing this before, please let me know of other episodes that do the same thing. I'd love to listen to them. And since this is the first time we'll be listening to something from Richard Diamond, Private Detective, I want to give a quick series intro before playing the episode. I forgot to do the same last week when we listened to an episode of Suspense so I'll be sure to provide some background the next time we listen to something from that series. Richard Diamond, Private Detective is radio series featuring Dick Powell as a wisecracking, former police officer turned private detective. Episodes typically open with a client visiting or calling cash-strapped Diamond and agreeing to his fee of $100 a day plus expenses. It began airing on NBC Radio on April 24, 1949 and jumped around to various networks and sponsors until it's final broadcast on September 20, 1953. The script for today's episode was originally used on the CBS radio network on November 16th, 1951. However, since a recording of that episode is not available, what you'll be hearing today is a second performance that aired on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) on August 23rd, 1953. Please enjoy "The Hollywood Story" from Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
30:34
September 14, 2019
Ep1 | "The House in Cypress Canyon" (Suspense)
My introduction to Old Time Radio began at a young age after my parents got a few cassette tapes featuring popular radio programs like Dragnet, Lights Out, Inner-Sanctum, and Suspense. My brother and I shared a room at the time and we both loved falling asleep listening to those old radio shows. Of all the episodes we listened to, one of the most memorable for me was "The House in Cypress Canyon" from the radio program Suspense. I remember being terrified while listening to that episode but I couldn't stop listening because I had to know how it ended! While preparing for this episode, I did some research and it appears that I wasn't the only one who thought it was scary. According to John Dunning (known in OTR circles for his Encyclopedias on Old Time Radio), "the episode is frequently cited as one of the most terrifying programs broadcast during radio's Golden age." The plot is presented as a "story within a story," framed by a meeting between detective Sam Spade (who also appeared in his own radio program which will cover in a future episode) and a real estate agent who has discovered a manuscript in a currently unfinished house in Cypress Canyon. After a brief introduction, the narrative shifts to the story presented in the manuscript. I won't go into further detail because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't already heard it. But, trust me, it's worth a listen. As you listen to the episode, listen for the voice of the real estate agent Jerry. He's played by Hans Conried who voiced Captain Hook in Walt Disney's Peter Pan. The characters of the detective Sam Space and the main character Ellen Woods are performed by Howard Duff and Cathy Lewis. Both of whom were born in WA state. I find that particularly interesting consider I live in Seattle. The episode first aired on December 5th, 1946 and, despite being very popular, was never performed again. On that same day in history: President Truman issued      Executive Order 9808, creating a 16-member Presidential Committee on Civil      Rights José Carreras, Spanish opera singer, and      one of The Three Tenors; was born in Barcelona Now, without further ado… please enjoy "The House in Cypress Canyon"
33:38
September 2, 2019
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