late great radio days

The Late Great Radio Days

(reading time under 5 minutes)

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 “Yoo-hoo, is any body?” Molly Goldberg would call,

Sitting at the fire escape window on her apartment wall.

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We never missed Amos and Andy, or Myrt and Marge,

Those programs had audiences that were really large.

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Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club, followed by Young Dr. Malone,

Were great to hear while sick in bed, or home alone.

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Vic and Sade were on for several years and had many a fan,

I liked Gang Busters and of course the FBI G-man.

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In the early evening it was Dick Tracey, sponsoring a breakfast thing,

And who was it that sent messages by a secret coder ring?

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They were the poor man’s answer to the Broadway plays.

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People Are Funny and the great Kate Smith Hour,

Were grand entertainment too, and so was the Old Gold Hour.

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Our Miss Brooks and Mrs. Miniver always got attention,

Red Ryder and Jack Armstrong also earned honorable mention.

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Lum and Abner was a funny show, Tex and Jinx were pretty good,

Then Professor Quiz got some good answers from those that they could.

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$64 in those days was a big money show, we thought that was a lot,

Then there was the program called Suspense, as scary as it got.

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I wonder if Fibber McGee and Molly ever cleaned the closet out,

And Mr. Wimple would visit them weekly without a doubt.

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How about the Hoedown in the National Barn Dance,

And Lux Radio Theater could keep you in a trance.

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After school in those days the little Orphan Annie would convene,

I even had to buy the plastic mug to shake my Ovaltine.

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There was the Lone Ranger, Sky King, and The Zane Gray show,

Hopalong Cassidy was a hit on radio, TV, and movies you know.

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But the best western was the one that made you wanna-be a cowpoke,

The longest running western on radio and TV, called Gunsmoke.

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Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy entertained you on their shows,

And other favorites were I love a Mystery, and the Shadow knows.

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These shows are now gone, from both radio and TV,

But I loved those days where in your mind’s eye could see.

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While you vicariously joined tracing lost persons with Mr. Keane,

As his exciting stories on the radio would verbally paint a scene.

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We used to set the clock to sit by the radio or on the floor,

And wait for the sound of that scary old squeaking door.

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I’m still waiting for the twenty fifth century and Buck Rogers too,

Or Flash Gordon and his flying belts, on which he flew.

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Some of the best times were spent enthralled by just listening,

Curtains opened at the little theatre off Times Square, to do their thing.

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I think we all enjoyed music men who performed on the air,

Perry Como, Lanny Ross, and Morton Downey had flair.

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Can’t forget comedians Eddie Cantor, George Burns, and Gracie Allen,

Fanny Bryce as “Baby Snooks”, Jack Benny, and Fred, another Allen.

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Major Bowes and Arthur Godfrey supplied new talents to entertain,

And some became biggies in almost all media during their reign.

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As for organists, it was Art Hinette or Percy Crawford, big on the keys,

How about Mayor LaGuardia on the radio who used to read the funnies.

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One of a kind Will Rogers was the super humorist among men.

I even recall Father Coughlin railing against politicians way back then.

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“How doooo you dooo?” asked the Mad Russian who was slightly daft,

And we got a kick out of Park-yer-Karkis, he too made us laugh.

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Talk about funny, we can’t overlook Abbott and Costello,

How about the guy with the Bazooka, old Bob Burns, a funny fellow.

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Old timers will remember Al Jolson and his vaudeville shtick.

No matter how much you saw him, you still got a kick.

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Old and young generations still enjoy Bing Crosby’s melodious voice,

He and Bob Hope did “on the road shows”, for better or “woice”.

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But when Frank Sinatra came along he was the superstar,

Frankie fans still hear his recordings, wherever they are.

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You can add your favorites too, for many more I’m sure,

But such memorable great entertainment is no longer a lure.

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All the big shows, even the big Hit Parade, are silent you know,

There’s only one survivor I know, the great Grand Old Opry Show.