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Henchmen as kittens… porn, yo?

Writing about old time radio programs at http://jheroes.com means a lot of transcribing from  mp3 files made by collectors over the years from tapes of even older transcription discs.  With my eyes bothering me on a recent morning, I decided

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Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady Journalist

For any hardcore English majors among my “portrayal of the journalist in film, fiction and popular culture” students, I should mention another great American novel with a newspaperwoman lurking in its pages: Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, which

Posted in film, Journalism, jpop, literature, Magazines, movies, oldtime radio, popular culture, writing

Fictional journalists behaving badly on old time radio

I’ve been doing more posting at Newspaper Heroes on the Air (jheroes.com) than here lately, so a cross-reference seems in order. If you haven’t visited that site, please do. On the weekends, I’ve been commenting on an “Adventures of Superman”

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Happy New Year 2012

Enough of this 1930s and 1940s nostalgia… Here’s something that’s “only” 30 years old, The Roches getting a handle on a seasonal standard. Very, very hard to believe that was so many years ago. But remembering it was enough to

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Editors can be heroes, too

I’m finishing up the “Clan of the Fiery Cross” storyline from the Superman radio show of 1946, and it’s changed my whole impression of Perry White. In earlier episodes that I’d listened to, White seemed to be somewhat old and

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Wrapping up Women’s History Month in Radio Dramas

Over at JHeroes.com, I’ve had a fun month tipping my hat to Women’s History Month, exploring the audio biographies of famous women editors, publishers and reporters — partly because “women reporters” is a major theme my “Portrayal of the Journalist

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Behind the Microphone

Archive.org has had copies of this film at various resolutions for years, but I just noticed that it’s now at YouTube too, which means I can embed it here for easy reference. Titled “Back of the Mike,” this nine-minute 1938

Posted in History, oldtime radio, radio, Video

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:

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J-Heroes: “Not THE Flash Casey!”

Like his first boss, a crusty editor whose quote in the headline above ends “Not THE Flash Casey!… Never heard of you,” you should get to know Flash Casey, radio’s best news photographer. For a dozen years on radio, plus

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J-Heroes: Rescuing the Competition

Not only were newspaper reporters and editors cast as heroic characters in old time radio dramas, they even made heroic attempts to help the competition. That’s because — like the editor in my previous podcast — they recognized journalism as

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