Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Photograph, Your Hit Parade, 1951, Russell Arms and Sue Bennett

This is a rehearsal photograph from the September 22, 1951 telecast of Your Hit Parade, on NBC (the photograph appears in my book).  The song being performed was "Shanghai," the number five song on the Hit Parade survey that week.  The fictional scene was a nightclub, and the number featured singers Russell Arms, and my mother, Sue Bennett.

(Photo used by permission of Lost Gold Entertainment, Inc.)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Radio Shows

In a previous post, I noted that I am no longer a host at the Internet radio station "Radio Once More." Last Sunday night, the station dropped my Thursday night program from its schedule.

The ending of my show was not the station's only change, last weekend. The previous day, my friend and colleague Kathleen Meola--the Monday night co-host on "Radio Once More"--had chosen to leave the station.

Kathleen was one of the radio station's most enjoyable, and one of its most popular, personalities. I wish her all the best.


Have been enjoying watching the mystery/crime program Gracepoint, on Fox television.  The show, a ten-episode series, stars David Tennant and Anna Gunn.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Radio Show

I've been the host of a weekly talk show on "Radio Once More," the Old-Time Radio and nostalgia-oriented Internet station, since the spring of 2011.

The radio station and I have now parted ways.  I enjoyed, immensely, being a part of the station, and I wish "Radio Once More," and its listening audience, the very best.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Morgan White, Jr., and Mel Simons

I've written previously, in this space, about my friends Morgan White Jr., and Mel Simons.  Both are trivia experts, authors, and entertainers; both have appeared for years--Morgan as a host, Mel as a guest--on Boston's WBZ Radio.

Since November of 2013, Morgan has been the host of The Morgan Show, heard Saturdays on WBZ, from 10 p.m. to midnight (Eastern time).  This week, Mel will be his guest.  The program will feature Mel's "Audio Clip Trivia Quiz," in which listeners are asked to identify well-known voices (as heard, for example, on records, or radio and television programs).  Mel will also be discussing his just-released book, The Comedians Trivia Book.  It is the 11th title he has written for BearManor Media.

To listen to The Morgan Show, please visit this link:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, and collector Rick Payne

The ninth Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention will be taking place this week (from Thursday to Saturday), in Hunt Valley, Maryland.  The convention  is organized each year by Martin and Michelle Grams.  

This year's convention will, once again, feature celebrity appearances (by Connie Stevens, Piper Laurie, George Lazenby, and others).  The convention's lectures/seminars will include a history of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer;  the film work of “Buffalo Bill” Cody;  and a presentation about W.C. Fields (featuring Dr. Harriet Fields, Fields' granddaughter, and film historian Rob Farr).

Many nostalgia-oriented vendors will also be setting up shop at the convention.  I'd like to put in a word for one of them:  collector Rick Payne (who has appeared on my "Radio Once More" talk show, and is a friend).   Rick is an immensely knowledgeable and discerning collector (and preserver) of Americana.  

He has a very beautiful collection of tickets to old radio and television shows (which he has presented, on several occasions--via webinar--to the audience of "Radio Once More"). He also collects vintage movie/radio/television magazines, and newspaper comic strips; sheet music; premiums from radio and television programs; movie posters; radio transcriptions; vintage toys and games; and a great deal more.  

I have enjoyed talking with Rick, over time, about his life as a collector. I like the fact that he does not only collect popular culture artifacts, and souvenirs--though that would of course be perfectly fine, on its own; his collection would still be remarkable.  He is also, however,  a student of history.  He studies the items he finds, the artifacts he locates--gathers information about them, and items like them--and seeks to situate the artifacts, seeks to understand them, within the broader cultural and historical realm.  He is also, I must add, unusually eloquent in discussing his sense of the domain, and the meaning, of collecting.

He will be at the convention on Thursday and Friday, and while I don't know what items he will be offering for sale, I can guarantee that they will be worth looking at.

Here, for your reference, is Rick's store on the auction site ebay:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

(Photograph, circa 1978; used by permission of artist Jenny Lynn.)