Did you know that the Mercury Theater on the Air radio program (playlist) lasted only five months? Yup, the program that aired H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds in 1938 in news-bulletin format was short-lived. This and other fascinating facts can be found at the Radio Hall of Fame. The list of members has some very familiar names. Whether you listen to current talk-radio or NPR, old-time dramas, music or sports, you'll recognize some of these folks. From Wolfman Jack to Susan Stamberg, Rick Dees to Paul Harvey, they're in there.
I happened across the site while looking for the name of a 1960s television show; it was a crime/legal drama with a catchy theme song. I remember the first part of the name as H-A-double R-I, but I can't remember the rest. I found a match called Harrigan and Son which sort of matches the genre I was thinking of, but it was only on for two seasons (1960-1961), and that seems an awfully short time to have embedded the song in my memory (late update: I found the theme on SitcomsOnline; sure enough, it was Harrigan and Son!) It starred Pat O'Brien as the lawyer/father.
Speaking of theme songs, if you're looking for .wav files of movie and television theme music, try this site; the guy (as a hobby!) has over 8,200 themes in zipped format, and he'll take requests. Poke around a little; he outlines the process of mailing them. The amount of mail he gets is staggering.Posted by Linkmeister at April 3, 2003 07:47 AM