Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Bing Crosby Show....Wartime Radio


Every now and then, I get a chance to browse on PLAYLIST.COM for new or seasonal songs for my blog's play list. Sometimes, while I'm browsing, I'll find a little treasure hidden among the songs there.

(By the way, did you know that, if you prefer NOT to hear music when my blog loads, hit "end" on your keyboard, and then scroll up just a hair or two and go to "What's on the Record Player?" click on the largest round button on the play list box and that should stop the music for you. Unfortunately, you would need to do this each time you log on to my blog page or you can just hit mute when you log in.)

Recently, in an effort to load some Christmas songs onto my play list, I accidentally came across a BING CROSBY RADIO SHOW that shows a date of 12-24-1942! This, of course is a Christmas eve radio show and is it ever GOOD.


If you are like me and love all things vintage and you'd like to listen to the whole broadcast, you'll need to leave the computer on my blog page for awhile because it lasts almost an hour. Just hit number four down on my play list and let the fun begin.


Keep in mind that all the music and everything is done live!


In this broadcast, you'll hear sentiments from the war years and inspirational readings, banter between cast members, and of course, good old Bing singing all kinds of Christmas songs sometimes in duets. I enjoyed it immensely and think you will too. Even the commercials were fun, done live.

There was also a patriotic edge to the whole show; and the reading at the end was especially poignant. I like the encouragement that was given to both the listener at home and the soldier abroad....truly thoughtful.


Here's our old vintage radio. We once had it restored to work, but it's getting harder and harder to find the old tubes and right now it isn't in working order. When it has all tubes working, it can pull in radio stations from literally everywhere, some in languages we don't even understand.


While researching for this post, I found this website for more old-time radio shows to listen to from your pc: go to Old Time Radio Network where you can hear Lucile Ball, or Bob Hope, just about anyone from the old radio days. What fun!

This little treasure is something I hope you are able to enjoy sometime this Christmas season, perhaps while you bake or decorate. I am so glad someone took the time to upload it to Playlist's website. Listening to old radio transports us back to a simpler time.


This is how the show ends:

"MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, FROM HOLLYWOOD. THIS IS THE NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY."





More old time radio on the internet here.
And here.

9 comments:

the wild raspberry said...

I just loved looking through your recent posts....your blog is wonderful and your home is gorgeous.

Those cinnamon rolls made my mouth water.

I have a stray pheasant glass that just may need to come live at your house~

Have a great day~
Chasity

Donna said...

I also have my Grandparents old radio that needs new tubes...love it! Love these old shows...Thanks for the links!!hughugs

Jennifer said...

How fun! I truly love this and so appreciate you shring it today. It is amazing how in just two generations our society has changes so much....and not necessarily for the better.

Have a fabulous day,
Jennifer

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Ooh! When I am busy cleaning up in my room I am going to put this on! (computer is in our bedroom) I love Bing!

Dee said...

Thanks for sharing Joni....I can't wait to listen to it while decorating our family room tree later today! My grandfather would reminisce about the days of radio when I was a young girl, so it should be neat to actually hear it!

I also love your red ryder ad. One of our favorite christmas movies is A Christmas Story! We watched it the Saturday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. Thank you for sharing, so glad I stopped in today!
Have a good day!

~~Carol~~ said...

Thank you so much for the link to the old radio shows!
We've got an old radio that picks up all those great stations too. Have you tried Ebay for tubes for yours? I like looking at (and buying) all of the vintage radios, and there are tons of tubes on there too. I hope you can find some, because as you know, there's nothing like listening to an old radio!

jAne said...

I've got quite a few posts to peruse and need a good cup of coffee to go along with my visit. :o) Thanks for the "END" key info - never knew that. And huge big time thanks for the Bing Crosby radio program link and the other links you shared. Awesome. Going there once I get through all the posts I've missed for the last 7 years. ;o)

jAne * tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

Mary your sis said...

Who wouldn't want to listen to this adorable music? I read in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion once, if you want your children to go to sleep early on Christmas Eve, play lot's of Bing Crosby! I don't know whether or not it works, but if so, I should have tried it when Casey was a little guy! Any excuse to listen to Bing will do, though! What a mood maker!

Mandie said...

What a wonderful find. Bing Crosby is one of my all time FAVORITE! I truly prefer to listen to Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and the likes. Thanks for posting about this!