JHeroes: Radio Newsies for Christmas

Pickpocket Fingers Fogarty shops for Christmas … not exactly a case of journalistic detachment in this 1946 Casey, Crime Photographer episode from my online old-time radio research, but at least a little bit of Christmas cheer.

Casey’s best line…

Annie: Maybe you need glasses.

Casey: I do; several glasses.

This 1947 episode opens with the journalists and their bartender friend commiserating about working on the holiday, even if Casey and Ann do come back with the story about “The Santa Claus of Bums Boulevard.”

Source: http://www.archive.org/download/Casey_Crime_Photographer/

While on this Christmas theme, I noticed a Big Town episode in the archive.org collection, “Prelude to Christmas,” from 1948, a World War II refugee Polish newspaper editor teaches his daughter about postwar faith in America and freedom of the press, with help (of course) from Steve Wilson of the Illustrated Press:

Listen for a remarkably ecumenical message from a waterfront mission preacher who mentions Allah among other prophets, while searchers for the lost girl visit a synagogue as well as a Catholic church.

Source: http://www.archive.org/details/otr_bigtown

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

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