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Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (March 30, 1913 – February 6, 2007), was one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century.


Listen to REMEMBER RADIO with Middle of the road singers and instrumentalists PLUS Radio programs of Pop Singers of the mid 20th Century: (Cut and paste this link to your web browser to Listen)...

http://www.live365.com/stations/rememberadio [WEB LINK]

http://www.live365.com/stations/rememberadio?user [LISTEN LIVE]


'Brace Beemer' (December 9, 1903 - March 1, 1965) was an American radio actor and announcer at radio station WXYZ, Detroit, Michigan. He served as the announcer for The Lone Ranger from its first broadcast in 1933. Beemer took over as the voice of The Lone Ranger (alias John Reid), from 1941 to the end of the series in 1955. He also portrayed Sergeant Preston (of the Yukon) on Challenge of the Yukon. He was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois, and is buried in Troy, Michigan. Hit play to hear a radio tribute to the announcer/actor shortly after his death.

Other notes: http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/radio/ranger1.htm


A wounded Texas Ranger is nursed back to health by a childhood friend, and becomes the famous masked rider of the Old West in The Legend of The Lone Ranger.  TLR was the creation of writer Fran Striker and radio exec. James Jewell, program manager of WXYZ, Detroit. However in 1935 Radio producer and WXYZ station owner George W.Trendle and his associates, incorporated the Lone Ranger so Striker and Jewell would never make anything, other than their salaries, from the spinoffs in Lone Ranger royalties, movies, merchandise, etc. George W Trendle, Jr (Honolulu Trust Attorney and son of Sr) tells Broadcast Scrapbook editor RACampbell that for most of the the music played on WXYZ dramatic shows, Trendle and H Allen Campbell (no relation to RAC) always specified classical (read "not under copyright") so the music was free. This was not an uncommon practice among the radio stations in those days. Hit play to hear an edited re-creation of the legend of The Lone Ranger.
[For more information 'Google' Brace Beemer, John Todd, Fred Foy, Jack Wrather, WXYZ, George W. Trendle, Fran Striker]


"Smilin" Jack Smith (16 November 1913 in Seattle, Washington - July 3, 2006) was a crooner in the 1940s and also acted on TV and movies including On Moonlight Bay with Doris Day. He hosted the television program,"You Asked For It", in 1958 and 1971-72 with sporadic production continuing until 1977.

He earned his own radio show in 1945, which featured such established singing stars as Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting and Ginny Simms. Following a guest appearance in the musical film Make Believe Ballroom (1949), Jack was offered the second lead in Warner Bros.' On Moonlight Bay (1951) opposite Doris Day. He played Doris' nerdy suitor Herbert Wakely who loses the love game pretty easily to handsome Gordon MacRae. Radio fans of Jack did not like this unflattering image of him, and Jack, actually a handsome, strapping figure, turned down the role when it was repeated in the sequel By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953). Radio lost its core audience with the coming of TV and Jack subsequently lost his show in 1952. He switched gears and became the TV host of the long-running show "You Asked for It" (1950) during the 1958-1959 season. Our podcast is ´The Tide Show´ from June 10, 1952.


Born Michael Delaney Dowd in Chicago on Aug. 11, 1925, Death Aug 11, 2006 Douglas began his career as a teenage singer and entertainer for supper clubs and radio programs.

He was the staff singer at radio station WKY in Oklahoma City before joining the Navy during World War II and serving on a munitions ship.

Returning home, he became a featured performer on the radio and eventual television program, "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge." Kyser gave him his stage name.

Douglas had some hits with Kyser in the 1940s, including "Old Lamplighter" ( our podcast selection) and "Ole Buttermilk Sky." He made the pop charts one more time in 1966 with the sentimental "The Men in My Little Girl's Life."


A singer whose early recordings tended to be forgotten after her ascendancy into the commercial sphere during the mid-'50s, Kay Starr was among the first pop singer to capitalize on the "rock fad" with her 1955 novelty "Rock and Roll Waltz." Her biggest hit came with the era-defining "Wheel of Fortune," a prime slice of '50s adult pop with a suitably brassy reading.


Radio Program Rosemary Clooney with The Russ Morgan Orchestra.
Born May 23, 1928, in Maysville, Kentucky. The distinctively unpretentious, deep, rich, and smooth voice of Rosemary Clooney earned her recognition as one of America's premiere pop and jazz singers. According to Clooney's record company press biography, Life magazine, in a tribute to America's "girl singers" named her one of "six preeminent singers ... whose performances are living displays of a precious national treasure ... their recordings a preservation of jewels." First-class crooner Frank Sinatra stated, as was also reprinted in Clooney's press biography, "Rosemary Clooney has that great talent which exudes warmth and feeling in every song she sings. She's a symbol of good modern American music."


A 1963 program of US Air Force's "Serenade in Blue" ( The series ran syndicated on radio1954-76 ).....“Men who wear the Air Force blue bring you A Serenade in Blue". ... Serenade in Blue was written, produced, performed by men in blue. Radio Recording unit Bolling AFB, Anacostia, Washington, DC.
The Air Force Strolling Strings, Symphony in Blue, and the big band sound of Airmen of Note (which was originally started by Glenn Miller during WWII). Earlier 1950s programs include The Air Force Symphony Orchestra and The Singing Sergeants. (photo: Director and conductor, Col. George S. Howard)