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Anthology

presents "A selections of readings from poets, past and present and the music to accompany their poetry." Recordings include star-packed casts with poetry readings by Bing Crosby, Helen Hayes, Frank Lovejoy, Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Huston, and many more.

56 old time radio show recordings
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28 Audio CDs


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Young Agnes Moorehead There are a few times that radio turns away from the silliness of comedies like Amos 'n' Andy and Fibber McGee and Molly, from the thrills of Inner Sanctum Mysteries and Suspense, and the commercialism of Rudy Vallee's variety shows and the sponsor driven comedies of Jack Benny.

There are times when network radio goes absolutely high-brow. One fine example is the WNBC series Anthology. Unlike the novels presented for the NBC University of the Air, which were presented academically, the poetry on Anthology largely stood on it on its own entertainment value. The poetry did benefit from being presented with appropriate classical music and read by some of the great radio and stage voices of the New York Area.

Orson WellsThe program was presented by the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YMHA. Recordings include star-packed casts with poetry readings byBing Crosby, Helen Hayes,Frank Lovejoy,Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt,Orson Welles,Agnes Moorehead, Walter Huston, and many more. The series was usually hosted by Harry Fleetwood, host of WNBC's Music Through the Night. This classical music program developed from a request from Civil Defense Authorities in 1952. The request was that WNBC play a radio tone through the night so that immediate public announcements could be readily broadcast. The station instead choose to broadcast classical music, and found Fleetwood to be a popular host. (The show is still heard in different forms on several NPR stations across the nation.)

Commentator Charles Osgood discribed Fleetwood's appeal as being based on his being "so wonderfully civilized". Fleetwood brings this civility to Anthology.

For more poetry, see also Moon River, Words with Music, and Sammy Kaye Sunday Serenade.

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2016 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

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    56 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 26 hours, 16 min
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    Volume 1 - 28 shows - total playtime 13 hours 1 minutes
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    1. Anthology 540228 01 Theadore Sturgeon.mp3
    2. Anthology 540314 03 Murder Fron The Past.mp3
    3. Anthology 540321 04 Facade.mp3
    4. Anthology 540328 05 Poetry In Sound.mp3
    5. Anthology 540404 06 Poetry Of The Theater.mp3
    6. Anthology 540418 08 Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere.mp3
    7. Anthology 540425 09 Mine The Harvest.mp3
    8. Anthology 540502 10 Thoughts And Stories Of England.mp3
    9. Anthology 540516 11 Elizabeth Bishop.mp3
    10. Anthology 540523 12 The Wastland.mp3
    11. Anthology 540530 13 Memorial Day 1954.mp3
    12. Anthology 540620 16 American Verse.mp3
    13. Anthology 540627 17 Shakesperian Festivalpart 1.mp3
    14. Anthology 540704 18 Special July 4 th Edition.mp3
    15. Anthology 540711 19 Shakesperian Festivalpart 2.mp3
    16. Anthology 540725 21 Shakesperian Festivalpart 4.mp3
    17. Anthology 540801 22 Carl Sandburg.mp3
    18. Anthology 540808 23 French Poetry.mp3
    19. Anthology 540822 24 Children Poetry And Nursary Rymes.mp3
    20. Anthology 540829 25 Mine The Harvest.mp3
    21. Anthology 540905 26 Dr Faustus.mp3
    22. Anthology 540919 28 Midsummer Nights Dream.mp3
    23. Anthology 540926 30 Casey At The Bat.mp3
    24. Anthology 541003 31 Poetry Americana.mp3
    25. Anthology 541010 32 Classic English Verse.mp3
    26. Anthology 541017 33 Edna St Vincent Millay.mp3
    27. Anthology 541024 34 The Rubiat Of Omar Khyam.mp3
    28. Anthology 541107 36 The Caedmon Story.mp3
    Volume 2 - 28 shows - total playtime 13 hours 15 minutes
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    1. Anthology 541114 37 Poetry Form Wales.mp3
    2. Anthology 541121 38 The Story Of Thanksgiving.mp3
    3. Anthology 541128 39 Poetry From The Dance.mp3
    4. Anthology 541205 40 The Brownings.mp3
    5. Anthology 541212 41 Salute To Jewish Book Week.mp3
    6. Anthology 541219 42 Poetry For Christmas.mp3
    7. Anthology 541226 43 The Old And The New.mp3
    8. Anthology 550102 44 Anthology 1954.mp3
    9. Anthology 550109 45 Poetry In Song.mp3
    10. Anthology 550123 47 Thomas Hornsby Ferrell.mp3
    11. Anthology 550130 48 Hy Sobaloff And Wallace Stevens.mp3
    12. Anthology 550206 49 My Little Boy.mp3
    13. Anthology 550213 50 Salute To Lincoln.mp3
    14. Anthology 550227 51 By Heart For M The Bbc.mp3
    15. Anthology 550306 52 Shield Of Achilles.mp3
    16. Anthology 550313 53 My Hearts In The Highlands.mp3
    17. Anthology 550320 54 Thoughts And Stories Of England.mp3
    18. Anthology 550327 55 Facade.mp3
    19. Anthology 550403 56 Abraham And Issac.mp3
    20. Anthology 550410 57 The Art Of Ruth Draper.mp3
    21. Anthology 550424 59 Romeo And Julette.mp3
    22. Anthology 550501 60 Poets Of Gold 1.mp3
    23. Anthology 550508 61 Poets Of Gold 2.mp3
    24. Anthology 550515 62 Poets Of Gold 3.mp3
    25. Anthology 550522 63 Literature And Language Of Learning.mp3
    26. Anthology 550529 64 Memorial Day 1955.mp3
    27. Anthology 550605 65 Archie And Mehitabel.mp3
    28. Anthology 550612 66 Poems Most Requested.mp3
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    56 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 26 hours, 16 min
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    Volume 1 - 28 shows - total playtime 13 hours 1 minutes
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    1. Anthology 540228 01 Theadore Sturgeon.mp3
    2. Anthology 540314 03 Murder Fron The Past.mp3
    3. Anthology 540321 04 Facade.mp3
    4. Anthology 540328 05 Poetry In Sound.mp3
    5. Anthology 540404 06 Poetry Of The Theater.mp3
    6. Anthology 540418 08 Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere.mp3
    7. Anthology 540425 09 Mine The Harvest.mp3
    8. Anthology 540502 10 Thoughts And Stories Of England.mp3
    9. Anthology 540516 11 Elizabeth Bishop.mp3
    10. Anthology 540523 12 The Wastland.mp3
    11. Anthology 540530 13 Memorial Day 1954.mp3
    12. Anthology 540620 16 American Verse.mp3
    13. Anthology 540627 17 Shakesperian Festivalpart 1.mp3
    14. Anthology 540704 18 Special July 4 th Edition.mp3
    15. Anthology 540711 19 Shakesperian Festivalpart 2.mp3
    16. Anthology 540725 21 Shakesperian Festivalpart 4.mp3
    17. Anthology 540801 22 Carl Sandburg.mp3
    18. Anthology 540808 23 French Poetry.mp3
    19. Anthology 540822 24 Children Poetry And Nursary Rymes.mp3
    20. Anthology 540829 25 Mine The Harvest.mp3
    21. Anthology 540905 26 Dr Faustus.mp3
    22. Anthology 540919 28 Midsummer Nights Dream.mp3
    23. Anthology 540926 30 Casey At The Bat.mp3
    24. Anthology 541003 31 Poetry Americana.mp3
    25. Anthology 541010 32 Classic English Verse.mp3
    26. Anthology 541017 33 Edna St Vincent Millay.mp3
    27. Anthology 541024 34 The Rubiat Of Omar Khyam.mp3
    28. Anthology 541107 36 The Caedmon Story.mp3
    Volume 2 - 28 shows - total playtime 13 hours 15 minutes
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    1. Anthology 541114 37 Poetry Form Wales.mp3
    2. Anthology 541121 38 The Story Of Thanksgiving.mp3
    3. Anthology 541128 39 Poetry From The Dance.mp3
    4. Anthology 541205 40 The Brownings.mp3
    5. Anthology 541212 41 Salute To Jewish Book Week.mp3
    6. Anthology 541219 42 Poetry For Christmas.mp3
    7. Anthology 541226 43 The Old And The New.mp3
    8. Anthology 550102 44 Anthology 1954.mp3
    9. Anthology 550109 45 Poetry In Song.mp3
    10. Anthology 550123 47 Thomas Hornsby Ferrell.mp3
    11. Anthology 550130 48 Hy Sobaloff And Wallace Stevens.mp3
    12. Anthology 550206 49 My Little Boy.mp3
    13. Anthology 550213 50 Salute To Lincoln.mp3
    14. Anthology 550227 51 By Heart For M The Bbc.mp3
    15. Anthology 550306 52 Shield Of Achilles.mp3
    16. Anthology 550313 53 My Hearts In The Highlands.mp3
    17. Anthology 550320 54 Thoughts And Stories Of England.mp3
    18. Anthology 550327 55 Facade.mp3
    19. Anthology 550403 56 Abraham And Issac.mp3
    20. Anthology 550410 57 The Art Of Ruth Draper.mp3
    21. Anthology 550424 59 Romeo And Julette.mp3
    22. Anthology 550501 60 Poets Of Gold 1.mp3
    23. Anthology 550508 61 Poets Of Gold 2.mp3
    24. Anthology 550515 62 Poets Of Gold 3.mp3
    25. Anthology 550522 63 Literature And Language Of Learning.mp3
    26. Anthology 550529 64 Memorial Day 1955.mp3
    27. Anthology 550605 65 Archie And Mehitabel.mp3
    28. Anthology 550612 66 Poems Most Requested.mp3
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    56 recordings on 28 Audio CDs
    total playtime 26 hours, 16 min

    Disc A001

    1. Anthology 540228 01 Theadore Sturgeon
    2. Anthology 540314 03 Murder Fron The Past

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    Disc A002

    1. Anthology 540321 04 Facade
    2. Anthology 540328 05 Poetry In Sound

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    Disc A003

    1. Anthology 540404 06 Poetry Of The Theater
    2. Anthology 540418 08 Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere

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    Disc A004

    1. Anthology 540425 09 Mine The Harvest
    2. Anthology 540502 10 Thoughts And Stories Of England

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    Disc A005

    1. Anthology 540516 11 Elizabeth Bishop
    2. Anthology 540523 12 The Wastland
    3. Anthology 540530 13 Memorial Day 1954

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    Disc A006

    1. Anthology 540620 16 American Verse
    2. Anthology 540627 17 Shakesperian Festivalpart 1

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    Disc A007

    1. Anthology 540704 18 Special July 4 th Edition
    2. Anthology 540711 19 Shakesperian Festivalpart 2

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    Disc A008

    1. Anthology 540725 21 Shakesperian Festivalpart 4
    2. Anthology 540801 22 Carl Sandburg

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    Disc A009

    1. Anthology 540808 23 French Poetry
    2. Anthology 540822 24 Children Poetry And Nursary Rymes

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    Disc A010

    1. Anthology 540829 25 Mine The Harvest
    2. Anthology 540905 26 Dr Faustus

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    Disc A011

    1. Anthology 540919 28 Midsummer Nights Dream
    2. Anthology 540926 30 Casey At The Bat

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    Disc A012

    1. Anthology 541003 31 Poetry Americana
    2. Anthology 541010 32 Classic English Verse

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    Disc A013

    1. Anthology 541017 33 Edna St Vincent Millay
    2. Anthology 541024 34 The Rubiat Of Omar Khyam

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    Disc A014

    1. Anthology 541107 36 The Caedmon Story
    2. Anthology 541114 37 Poetry Form Wales

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    Disc A015

    1. Anthology 541121 38 The Story Of Thanksgiving
    2. Anthology 541128 39 Poetry From The Dance

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    Disc A016

    1. Anthology 541205 40 The Brownings
    2. Anthology 541212 41 Salute To Jewish Book Week

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    Disc A017

    1. Anthology 541219 42 Poetry For Christmas
    2. Anthology 541226 43 The Old And The New

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    Disc A018

    1. Anthology 550102 44 Anthology 1954
    2. Anthology 550109 45 Poetry In Song

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    Disc A019

    1. Anthology 550123 47 Thomas Hornsby Ferrell
    2. Anthology 550130 48 Hy Sobaloff And Wallace Stevens

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    Disc A020

    1. Anthology 550206 49 My Little Boy
    2. Anthology 550213 50 Salute To Lincoln

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    Disc A021

    1. Anthology 550227 51 By Heart For M The Bbc
    2. Anthology 550306 52 Shield Of Achilles

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    Disc A022

    1. Anthology 550313 53 My Hearts In The Highlands
    2. Anthology 550320 54 Thoughts And Stories Of England

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    Disc A023

    1. Anthology 550327 55 Facade
    2. Anthology 550403 56 Abraham And Issac

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    Disc A024

    1. Anthology 550410 57 The Art Of Ruth Draper
    2. Anthology 550424 59 Romeo And Julette

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    Disc A025

    1. Anthology 550501 60 Poets Of Gold 1
    2. Anthology 550508 61 Poets Of Gold 2

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    Disc A026

    1. Anthology 550515 62 Poets Of Gold 3
    2. Anthology 550522 63 Literature And Language Of Learning

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    Disc A027

    1. Anthology 550529 64 Memorial Day 1955
    2. Anthology 550605 65 Archie And Mehitabel

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    Disc A028

    1. Anthology 550612 66 Poems Most Requested

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