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The Bill Kemp Show

part of the 'Live and Lively' line-up on ABC radio, 1958.

12 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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6 Audio CDs


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"Rock and Roll Polka"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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1950s Microphone"Live from New York City, the American Broadcasting
Network Presents the Bill Kemp Show!"

Bill Kemp was an up and coming comic performer in the 1950s. His daily radio show was expected to be his launch into television, following a similar path to that of Merv Griffin. The Bill Kemp Show was the final show of a 12 hour daily live broadcast. The project, "ABC, the Live and Lively Radio Network," was intended to raise the ratings and the reputation of the ABC Radio. There were several shows, all done live with no taping, Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm, all featuring their own star, announcer, vocalist, and large orchestra. High powered guests on the Bill Kemp Show included Jonathon Winters, Ava Gardner, Will Jordan, and Robert Mitchum.

Kemp is remembered both fondly and tragically by his announcer, George Ansbro, in Ansbro's autobiography, "I Have a Lady in the Balcony." He remembers Kemp going laugh for laugh with Jonathon Winters after one particularly successful broadcast, and continuing the antics at a nearby steakhouse to the point of both Winters and Ansbro being unable to continue their meal for laughter. Sadly, Kemp also had a debilitating drinking problem. Ansbro relates that Merv Griffin and Jim Backus, (both of whom had shows in the Live and Lively lineup,) were called on several occasions to cover for Kemp during absences for "personal reasons."  Eventually the Bill Kemp Show left the airwaves, and Kemp returned to his hometown of Toronto, and was never heard from professionally again. "How tragic- Bill Kemp- another alcoholic statistic" writes Ansbro.

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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.



    12 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 47 min
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      12 shows - total playtime 5 hours 47 minutes
      1. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 03 Honeycomb Afrs.mp3
      2. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs.mp3
      3. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 30 From This Moment On Afrs.mp3
      4. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 37 Chichi Chijuawawa Afrs.mp3
      5. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 44 Honeycomb Afrs.mp3
      6. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 55 Wild Is Wind Afrs.mp3
      7. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 59 Ill Remember Today Afrs.mp3
      8. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 65 Love Me Forever Afrs.mp3
      9. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 70 Ill Remember Today Afrs.mp3
      10. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 72 Honeycomb Afrs.mp3
      11. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 73 Im Alone Because I Love You Afrs.mp3
      12. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 75 Playing Solitaire Broken Dreams Afrs.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    12 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 47 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      12 shows - total playtime 5 hours 47 minutes
      1. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 03 Honeycomb Afrs.mp3
      2. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs.mp3
      3. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 30 From This Moment On Afrs.mp3
      4. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 37 Chichi Chijuawawa Afrs.mp3
      5. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 44 Honeycomb Afrs.mp3
      6. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 55 Wild Is Wind Afrs.mp3
      7. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 59 Ill Remember Today Afrs.mp3
      8. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 65 Love Me Forever Afrs.mp3
      9. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 70 Ill Remember Today Afrs.mp3
      10. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 72 Honeycomb Afrs.mp3
      11. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 73 Im Alone Because I Love You Afrs.mp3
      12. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 75 Playing Solitaire Broken Dreams Afrs.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



    12 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 47 min

    Disc A001

    1. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 03 Honeycomb Afrs
    2. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 24 Rock And Roll Polka Afrs

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    Disc A002

    1. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 30 From This Moment On Afrs
    2. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 37 Chichi Chijuawawa Afrs

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    Disc A003

    1. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 44 Honeycomb Afrs
    2. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 55 Wild Is Wind Afrs

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    Disc A004

    1. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 59 Ill Remember Today Afrs
    2. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 65 Love Me Forever Afrs

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    Disc A005

    1. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 70 Ill Remember Today Afrs
    2. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 72 Honeycomb Afrs

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    Disc A006

    1. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 73 Im Alone Because I Love You Afrs
    2. Bill Kemp Show 1950s 75 Playing Solitaire Broken Dreams Afrs

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