America Calling

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.

91188. America Calling. December 14, 1938. NBC net, KECA, Los Angeles origination. A tribute to "National Rededication Day." The Bill of Rights will be 147-years-old tomorrow. Tony Martin starts the program by singing, "God Bless America," THEN the program gets patriotic. Robert Millikan (Nobel Prize-winning physicist) speaks against Communism and Fascism and the groups that support them within our country. The show ends with a fiery oration against the corruption of the patronage system in America. Many more Hollywood stars were announced as being on the program at the start of the show (such as Mary Martin, Jack Benny, Connie Boswell, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, etc.). Since they are not heard, and the program was listed as being only one hour on WJZ in New York City, there are several possibilities. The program was possibly allowed to run considerably more than one hour (and that over-run is not heard on this recording). The program was possibly broadcast for the West Coast at a different time with different content, or possibly all those announced performers just didn't appear. Jeanette MacDonald, Paul Muni, Robert Taylor, Tony Martin, Judy Garland, Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker, Pat O'Brien, Frank Capra (director of, "Ship Forever Sailing"), James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Lionel Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Walter Connolly, Edward Arnold, Donald Crisp, Wayne Morris, Hanley Stafford, Virginia Weidler, Edith Fellows, The Mock Twins, Jackie Cooper, Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, The Max Terr Chorus, Truman Bradley (announcer), Kerry Wilson (creator and writer of "The Hardy Family" skit), Robert Millikan (Nobel Prize-winning physicist), Joseph Scott (described as a "white-haired 71-year old attorney"), Stanley Young (writer), John Cantwell (Archbishop of Los Angeles), Jack Searle. 59:21. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

66655. America Calling. March 12, 1940. NBC net, KSTP, St. Paul, Minnesota origination. Sustaining. A surprisingly well-written and produced oratorio about America during the Depression, put on by the students of The Radio Workshop Of Mary Miller Vocational High School. The program is based on the writings of Archibald MacLeish, Carl Sandburg, Erskine Caldwell, Walt Whitman and Adolf Hitler! Selma Blessine (director), Chester Belstrom (choral director), Thomas D. Rishward (host, general supervisor), Marion Hutchinson (organ). 29:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

42813. America Calling. February 8, 1941. Pool feed. Sponsored by: Greek War Relief. A visit to the home of "The Hardy Family." Jack Benny and Bob Hope are "co-masters of ceremonies." Shirley Temple, Charles Laughton, Groucho Marx and Madeleine Carroll appear in a comedy skit written by Dick Mack. Clark Gable and Merle Oberon appear in a "modern romance" by Robert Riley Crutcher. Frank Morgan sings an "updated" "Mikado," introduced by Reginald Owen. Groucho, Jack Benny and Bob Hope sing a trio! Ronald Colman reads "The Jarvis Bay Goes Down," a poem by Gene Fowler. Mary Martin and Myrna Loy appear in a comedy skit with Jack and Bob. The Merry Macs are heard briefly. The program was fed to two networks and independent stations. Ann Rutherford, Barbara Stanwyck, Bill Morrow (producer, transcriber), Bob Hope, Carey Wilson, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Connie Boswell, Dick Mack (director), Dick Powell, Don Wilson, Dore Schary (writer, supervisor), Ed Beloin (writer), Fay Holden, Frank Morgan, Gene Fowler (author), Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Knox Manning, Lewis Stone, Madeleine Carroll, Max Terr's Choral Group, Melvyn Douglas (narrator), Meredith Willson and His Orchestra, Merle Oberon, Mickey Rooney, Reginald Owen, Robert Riley Crutcher (adaptor), Robert Taylor, Ronald Colman, Shirley Temple, Ted Bond (Los Angeles local announcer), The Merry Macs, Tyrone Power, Mary Martin, Myrna Loy. 89:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

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