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Behind the Mike

During the Golden Age of Radio things may have been less technical, but the effort required the skills of a great many diverse personalities, Behind The Mike introduces us to many of these folks, and tells the inside story of Old Time Radio from the people who were there to create it.

32 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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16 Audio CDs


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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Graham McNameeBehind the Mike features interviews with radio personalities, technicians, engineers, producers, sound effect artists, dialect actors, musicians, theme-music writers, announcers, imitators, even animal imitators!  The show is hosted by radio great Graham McNamee, also heard as sports announcer, radio newscaster, on Ed Wynn's show and Rudy Vallee's program.

In Behind the Mike, listen to the answers of questions from listeners about radio production such as:

  • What's the difference between a recording and a transcription?
  • How do networks know how many people are listening to a program?
  • Who was the first ventriloquist on the air?
  • How long do actors rehearse radio shows?
  • Are there any female directors in radio?

Well edited and entertaining, Behind the Mike is a fascinating and informative old time radio show and a must for all radio fans.  In each episode, even the seasoned old time radio listeners will learn new aspects about the multifaceted world behind the microphone of a radio production.

Also see: Recollections at 30.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    32 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 15 hours, 44 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 44 minutes
      1. Behind Mike 400915 01 First Episode.mp3
      2. Behind Mike 400922 02 Warming Up A Studio Audience.mp3
      3. Behind Mike 400929 03 Babys Cries.mp3
      4. Behind Mike 401006 04 Versatile Acting.mp3
      5. Behind Mike 401013 05 Sundown On Veldt.mp3
      6. Behind Mike 401020 06 Radio Sneezing.mp3
      7. Behind Mike 401027 07 Stoogedom.mp3
      8. Behind Mike 401103 08 Sound Effects.mp3
      9. Behind Mike 401110 09 Making A Living By Dying.mp3
      10. Behind Mike 401117 10 Dinah And Truck Driver.mp3
      11. Behind Mike 401124 11 War News Mistakes.mp3
      12. Behind Mike 401208 12 Musical Bridges.mp3
      13. Behind Mike 401215 13 Radios Dramatic Actresses.mp3
      14. Behind Mike 401222 14 Difficult Names.mp3
      15. Behind Mike 401229 15 Radio Almanac.mp3
      16. Behind Mike 410105 16 Weird Prospective Guest Interview.mp3
      17. Behind Mike 410112 17 Script Writers.mp3
      18. Behind Mike 410119 18 Fdr Third Inaugural Ceremonies.mp3
      19. Behind Mike 410126 19 Youre My Dream.mp3
      20. Behind Mike 410202 20 Putting A Program Together.mp3
      21. Behind Mike 410209 21 Lady From Oklahoma.mp3
      22. Behind Mike 410216 22 Character Actors.mp3
      23. Behind Mike 410223 23 Comedy Broadcasts.mp3
      24. Behind Mike 410302 24 Pioneers Of Radio Entertainment.mp3
      25. Behind Mike 410323 27 Lee Deforrest Story.mp3
      26. Behind Mike 410420 31 Director Star Relations.mp3
      27. Behind Mike 410504 33 Enoch Lights Disappearance Airways.mp3
      28. Behind Mike 410518 35 Amusing Stories Behind Radio.mp3
      29. Behind Mike 410608 38 Selling A Show To A Sponsor.mp3
      30. Behind Mike 410629 41 Associated Press.mp3
      31. Behind Mike 411012 56 Zulu Radio Star.mp3
      32. Behind Mike 411130 63 Impersonations Of Famous People.mp3
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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 15 hours, 44 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 44 minutes
      1. Behind Mike 400915 01 First Episode.mp3
      2. Behind Mike 400922 02 Warming Up A Studio Audience.mp3
      3. Behind Mike 400929 03 Babys Cries.mp3
      4. Behind Mike 401006 04 Versatile Acting.mp3
      5. Behind Mike 401013 05 Sundown On Veldt.mp3
      6. Behind Mike 401020 06 Radio Sneezing.mp3
      7. Behind Mike 401027 07 Stoogedom.mp3
      8. Behind Mike 401103 08 Sound Effects.mp3
      9. Behind Mike 401110 09 Making A Living By Dying.mp3
      10. Behind Mike 401117 10 Dinah And Truck Driver.mp3
      11. Behind Mike 401124 11 War News Mistakes.mp3
      12. Behind Mike 401208 12 Musical Bridges.mp3
      13. Behind Mike 401215 13 Radios Dramatic Actresses.mp3
      14. Behind Mike 401222 14 Difficult Names.mp3
      15. Behind Mike 401229 15 Radio Almanac.mp3
      16. Behind Mike 410105 16 Weird Prospective Guest Interview.mp3
      17. Behind Mike 410112 17 Script Writers.mp3
      18. Behind Mike 410119 18 Fdr Third Inaugural Ceremonies.mp3
      19. Behind Mike 410126 19 Youre My Dream.mp3
      20. Behind Mike 410202 20 Putting A Program Together.mp3
      21. Behind Mike 410209 21 Lady From Oklahoma.mp3
      22. Behind Mike 410216 22 Character Actors.mp3
      23. Behind Mike 410223 23 Comedy Broadcasts.mp3
      24. Behind Mike 410302 24 Pioneers Of Radio Entertainment.mp3
      25. Behind Mike 410323 27 Lee Deforrest Story.mp3
      26. Behind Mike 410420 31 Director Star Relations.mp3
      27. Behind Mike 410504 33 Enoch Lights Disappearance Airways.mp3
      28. Behind Mike 410518 35 Amusing Stories Behind Radio.mp3
      29. Behind Mike 410608 38 Selling A Show To A Sponsor.mp3
      30. Behind Mike 410629 41 Associated Press.mp3
      31. Behind Mike 411012 56 Zulu Radio Star.mp3
      32. Behind Mike 411130 63 Impersonations Of Famous People.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    32 recordings on 16 Audio CDs
    total playtime 15 hours, 44 min

    Disc A001

    1. Behind Mike 400915 01 First Episode
    2. Behind Mike 400922 02 Warming Up A Studio Audience

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    Disc A002

    1. Behind Mike 400929 03 Babys Cries
    2. Behind Mike 401006 04 Versatile Acting

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    Disc A003

    1. Behind Mike 401013 05 Sundown On Veldt
    2. Behind Mike 401020 06 Radio Sneezing

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    Disc A004

    1. Behind Mike 401027 07 Stoogedom
    2. Behind Mike 401103 08 Sound Effects

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    Disc A005

    1. Behind Mike 401110 09 Making A Living By Dying
    2. Behind Mike 401117 10 Dinah And Truck Driver

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    Disc A006

    1. Behind Mike 401124 11 War News Mistakes
    2. Behind Mike 401208 12 Musical Bridges

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    Disc A007

    1. Behind Mike 401215 13 Radios Dramatic Actresses
    2. Behind Mike 401222 14 Difficult Names

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    Disc A008

    1. Behind Mike 401229 15 Radio Almanac
    2. Behind Mike 410105 16 Weird Prospective Guest Interview

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    Disc A009

    1. Behind Mike 410112 17 Script Writers
    2. Behind Mike 410119 18 Fdr Third Inaugural Ceremonies

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    Disc A010

    1. Behind Mike 410126 19 Youre My Dream
    2. Behind Mike 410202 20 Putting A Program Together

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    Disc A011

    1. Behind Mike 410209 21 Lady From Oklahoma
    2. Behind Mike 410216 22 Character Actors

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    Disc A012

    1. Behind Mike 410223 23 Comedy Broadcasts
    2. Behind Mike 410302 24 Pioneers Of Radio Entertainment

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    Disc A013

    1. Behind Mike 410323 27 Lee Deforrest Story
    2. Behind Mike 410420 31 Director Star Relations

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    Disc A014

    1. Behind Mike 410504 33 Enoch Lights Disappearance Airways
    2. Behind Mike 410518 35 Amusing Stories Behind Radio

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    Disc A015

    1. Behind Mike 410608 38 Selling A Show To A Sponsor
    2. Behind Mike 410629 41 Associated Press

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    Disc A016

    1. Behind Mike 411012 56 Zulu Radio Star
    2. Behind Mike 411130 63 Impersonations Of Famous People

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