Old Radio Shows

The Dogcast: Phil Harris/Alice Faye To Brighten Your Old Radio Fun!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with one of my favorite old radio comedies. The Phil Harris/Alice Faye show was a spinoff from The Jack Benny Program. Phil Harris is best known as Benny’s boozy band leader and he was so popular he got his own show sponsored by Fitch Shampoo (appropriately called “The Fitch Bandwagon”) It was a slice of life show that feature Phil, his movie star wife Alice Faye, their children and a whole cast of characters. Highlights were Elliot Lewis as Phil’s buddy Frank Remley and Walter Tetley as mishevious grocery boy Julius. These two shows are from the 1947 season of “The Fitch Bandwagon” but in 1948 they’d change sponsors and work for Rexall Drugs. Later in the run the show was sponsored by RCA Victor. Enjoy these two episodes and hopefully they bring a smile to your face. So Sayeth The Kendog!

The Fitch Bandwagon – Will Benny Renew Phil’s Contract – 3/9/1947
The Fitch Bandwagon – Annual Christmas Show – 12/21/47

The Dogcast: Some Jack Benny/Rochester Old Radio Fun!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some more old radio fun, this time in honor of Sidney Poitier who died today at the age of 94. In honor of Mr. Poitier’s accomplishments both onscreen and off, I’m including a couple of Jack Benny programs featuring Eddie Anderson as Rochester, Jack’s long-suffering valet. In reality, the African American Anderson was one of the first noteworthy black performers on mainstream radio and Benny paid him handsomely. It was extremely rare in an era in which the two most popular black characters on the radio (Amos And Andy) were played by two white actors. With Benny’s help, Eddie Anderson was one of the first pioneers in the world of integrated entertainment. Enjoy and feel free to comment either below or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

The Jack Benny Program- Carmichael Is Sick – 3/12/1939
The Jack Benny Program – Joe Louis Acts As Jack’s Bodyguard- 11/11/1945

The Dogcast: Some Western Old Radio Fun In Honor Of “Cry Macho!”

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with some classic old radio again. This time it’s a couple of episodes of the popular radio series “Have Gun, Will Travel” starring John Dehner as Paladin, a gun for higher based out of San Francisco. The show was popular enough that it made a successful transition to television. While not as consistently excellent as “Gunsmoke” it’s still a terrific show. Enjoy the two episodes and feel free to comment either below or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

Have Gun, Will Travel – Brother Lost – 10/1959
Have Gun, Will Travel – Fair Fugitive – 11/1959

The Dogcast: Some Old Radio Thrills from the Golden Age!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some old radio thrills in the form of “The Whistler” one of the most popular radio progams of the forties and fifties, especially on the West Coast. In quality, it was second only to “Suspense” in terms of thrills and performances. I’ve got a couple for you here that I think you’ll enjoy in honor of the new James Wan horror film “Malignant.” Enjoy and feel free to comment below or on my Facebook Page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

The Whistler – The Urge To Kill – 1942
The Whistler – One Man Jury – 1945

The Dogcast: Some Old Radio Intrigue For Your Listening Pleasure!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some more old radio programs for your listening pleasure. In honor of the assassin thriller “The Protege” I have a couple more episodes of “I Was A Communist For The FBI,” a cold war program featuring Dana Andrews as Matt Cvetic, a sleeper agent for the FBI during the Cold War. Based on “real case files” this program is goofy fun in all the right ways and Andrews is terrific in the lead role. Enjoy and feel free to comment below or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

The UnAmerican Activity – I Was A Communist For The FBI – 5/6/1953
Rhapsody In Red – I Was A Communist For The FBI – 8/19/1953