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PHILCO RADIO TIME WITH BING CROSBY

 Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby

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Philco Radio Time One personality from the Golden Age of Radio who needs no introduction is Bing Crosby. Best loved and remembered for his rendition of White Christmas, Bing's ability to take advantage of new technologies as they came along boosted his career. There is no denying Bing's rich voice, but it was his ability to take advantage of electrical amplification that allowed him to develop his trademark laid back, intimate style.

Bing was not afraid to invest his own money in technology. He had long advocated recording his radio programs so that the best material could be broadcast, but both CBS and NBC felt that audiences would not be receptive to “Canned” performances. After all, the best radio comics, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, even Crosby himself, got the biggest laughs on the material that did not go exactly right.

The networks scoffed that prerecording was simply a dodge to allow Crosby to get more time on the golf course. Bing stuck to his guns, and eventually walked out on Kraft Music Hall, after being with the show for 10 years.

Bing CrosbyArmy Signal Corp Officer Jack Mullin's mission was to investigate German recording and broadcasting technology at the end of the war. Among his discoveries was a magnetic recording machine that used tape and provided a higher fidelity recording than traditional shellac records.

Crosby saw a demonstration of the technology when Mullin pitched it to the movie industry. He immediately saw the potential for radio programs, but he could not sell it to the NBC brass.

Bing CrosbyHowever, ABC, which had recently formed from the Blue Network, found the idea of a pre recorded show much more acceptable. ABC offered Bing $30,000 per week to produce the Philco shows, and he received another $40,000 from independent stations, which aired the show from lacquer/aluminum disks.

Bing had complete control over the production, which he found incredibly rewarding. Not only was he able to use the recording technology, he was able to place the microphones to his best advantage. Bing was a significant enough celebrity that he had little trouble attracting guest talent. The shows were recorded “before a live audience”, usually lasting 35-45 minutes, and the best material kept for the broadcast. Those closest to Bing reported that his favorite element of the production was being able to work in a hat, rather than wearing the hated toupee which was necessary in the NBC studio.

The show is a great listen, not only for Bing and his guests great music, but also for the fun, informal tone of the show. Many of Bing's guests had a close association with other sponsors, and Bing had little problem allowing them a good natured plug while still getting the message across for Philco. Bing also made regular plugs for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the professional baseball team in which he had part ownership.

Once the songs were sung, the editing done, and the show in the can, Bing still had time to get to the golf course.

Bob Hope Bing Crosby

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
Volume 1: 40 shows - total playtime 19 hours 55 minutes

Philco Radio Time 461016 Bob Hope
Philco Radio Time 461023 Spike Jones
Philco Radio Time 461030 Les Paul Trio
Philco Radio Time 461106 Skitch Henderson and Ralph Mendez
Philco Radio Time 461113 Ezio Pinza
Philco Radio Time 461120 Burl Ives
Philco Radio Time 461127 Judy Garland
Philco Radio Time 461204 Jimmy Durante
Philco Radio Time 461211 Jerry Colonna
Philco Radio Time 461218 Skitch Henderson and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 461225 Skitch Henderson and the Charioteer
Philco Radio Time 470101 Joe Frisco and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 470108 Mickey Rooney and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 470115 Al Jolson
Philco Radio Time 470122 George Jessel and Lina Romay
Philco Radio Time 470212 Groucho Marx and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 470219 Leo McCarey, William Frawley and J
Philco Radio Time 470226 Andrews Sisters and Joe Frisco
Philco Radio Time 470305 Al Jolson
Philco Radio Time 470319 Danny Kaye and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 470326 Jack Benny and Mary Livingston
Philco Radio Time 470402 Al Jolson and John Charles Thomas
Philco Radio Time 470409 Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 470416 Jimmy Durante
Philco Radio Time 470423 Les Paul and Burl Ives
Philco Radio Time 470430 Groucho Marx and Dorothy Shay
Philco Radio Time 470507 Al Jolson and Irving Berlin
Philco Radio Time 470604 Fred Allen and Connie Boswell
Philco Radio Time 470611 Alec Templeton and Ethel Merman
Philco Radio Time 470618 Bob Hope and Jimmy Demaret
Philco Radio Time 471015 Dinah Shore
Philco Radio Time 471022 Clifton Webb and Burl Ives
Philco Radio Time 471029 Boris Karloff and Victor Moore
Philco Radio Time 471112 Peter Lorre and Williams Bros
Philco Radio Time 471119 Barry Fitzgerald and Dorothy Kirste
Philco Radio Time 471126 Frankie Laine
Philco Radio Time 471203 Al Jolson
Philco Radio Time 471210 Walter O'Keefe
Philco Radio Time 471217 Joe Frisco, Eileen Woods and Rudol
Philco Radio Time 471224 Christmas Show The Small One

Volume 2: 39 shows - total playtime 19 hours 30 minutes

Philco Radio Time 471231 Danny Thomas
Philco Radio Time 480107 Lone ranger and Walter O'Keefe
Philco Radio Time 480114 George Burns
Philco Radio Time 480121 Burns and Allen
Philco Radio Time 480128 Esther Williams
Philco Radio Time 480204 Jimmy Durante and Dick Haymes
Philco Radio Time 480211 Oscar Levant
Philco Radio Time 480218 Robert Taylor
Philco Radio Time 480225 Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 480303 Jack Benny
Philco Radio Time 480310 Jimmy Stewart
Philco Radio Time 480317 Maragret O'Brien
Philco Radio Time 480324 Wild Bill Elliott
Philco Radio Time 480407 Fred Astaire
Philco Radio Time 480414 Fibber McGee and Molly
Philco Radio Time 480428 Claudette Colbert
Philco Radio Time 480505 Barry Fitzgerald
Philco Radio Time 480519 Ethel Merman
Philco Radio Time 480526 Beatrice Lilly and Alec Templeton
Philco Radio Time 480929 Claudette Colbert and Crosby Boys
Philco Radio Time 481013 Ray Milland and Bill Gargan (Vancou
Philco Radio Time 481020 Dan Dailey and Marilyn Maxwell
Philco Radio Time 481027 William Powell and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 481103 Edgar Bergen
Philco Radio Time 481110 Oscar Levant
Philco Radio Time 481208 Morton Downey and Kay Starr
Philco Radio Time 481215 Bob Hope
Philco Radio Time 481229 Mills Bros, Peggy Lee and Joe Venut
Philco Radio Time 490105 Harry James and Betty Grable
Philco Radio Time 490112 Johnny Mercer
Philco Radio Time 490126 Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time 490202 Jimmy Durante and Gertrude Nielson
Philco Radio Time 490209 Groucho Marx and Connie Haines
Philco Radio Time 490216 Bob Burns and Kay Starr
Philco Radio Time 490223 Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows
Philco Radio Time 490302 Burl Ives and Dinah Shore
Philco Radio Time 490309 Phil Harris
Philco Radio Time 490518 Johnny Mercer and Rhonda Fleming
Philco Radio Time 490601 Last Show

 


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