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Columbus Day Collection

This horizon-busting collection contains great shows about when Columbus sailed the ocean blue with old time radios shows from genres such as comedy, historical, and suspense.

10 old time radio show recordings
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5 Audio CDs


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"You Are There: Columbus Discovers America"



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Columbus Day
Did you know that: in Spain, the day Columbus arrived in the Americas is called "Fiesta Nacional (National Day)?"  On the day that the rest of the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day as a national holiday, Hawaii instead commemorates Discoverers Day, observing the day on which Polynesian discoverers made it to that island?

Linda DarnellThere are a lot of interesting facts about Columbus Day, Autumn's first national holiday, celebrated the second Monday in October, to commemorate Columbus's arrival in the Americas on Oct 12, 1492.  Yet another is that it was first celebrated in Colorado in 1906 and made a federal holiday in 1937.  

Columbus was, of course, trying to reach the East Indies when he sailed his ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria across the Atlantic.  His first landing in the Americas was in one of the Bahaman Islands, possibly San Salvador.

The land of old-time radio is home to quite a few programs themed around Columbus Day.  This horizon-busting collection contains great shows.

On Oct. 12, 1940, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, the cantankerous and funny ventriloquist and dummy team, brought in Linda Darnell and yucked it up exploration style.  Ms. Darnell's song stylings may not relate to Columbus or his day, but they are elegant nonetheless.  The Columbus tie-in is a long comical story with the cast members playing Columbus and Ferdinand and Isabella.

Better living through better chemistry--in the form of the DuPont Corporation--brings us Cavalcade of America, with Orson Welles starring on the Oct 12, 1942 adaptation of Admiral of the Ocean Sea, a short play that probably would've been dramatic even without Welles' intense style.

Bergen McCarthyWhat's to say about Bob and Ray?  While there are some controversies about Columbus Day and imperialism, etc., Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding took the starch out of the occasion and the holiday with their usual drollery and bone-dry wit.  Eventually they get the year of Columbus's original discovery right.

You Are There had a memorable Columbus Day old time radio show. You remember this show, on which they broadcast as though doing so from the day of a particular historical event, CBS putting you right there.  Their 1948 Columbus Day broadcast aimed at suspense, focusing on the voyage itself.  

Other shows rounding out the collection include Hallmark Playhouse, Mr. and Mrs. North, and The Judy Canova Show

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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.



    10 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 26 min
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      10 shows - total playtime 4 hours 26 minutes
      1. Bergen Mccarthy 441231 New Years Party Play Chrls Laughton.mp3
      2. Bergen Mccarthy 471012 W Linda Darnell.mp3
      3. Bob Ray 591013 77 Celebrating Columbus Day.mp3
      4. Calv 421012 300 Admiral Of Ocean Sea.mp3
      5. Ft 561010 490 First Voyage Of Columbus.mp3
      6. Hallmark Playhouse 491208 E066 Christopher And Columbus.mp3
      7. Judy Canova 431012 Jailed Breaking Into Cary Grants House.mp3
      8. Mel Blanc Show 461029 09 Community Chest Show.mp3
      9. Mr Mrs North 441011 094 Norths Discover Christopher Columbus.mp3
      10. You Are There 481010 45 Columbus Discovers America.mp3
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    10 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 26 min
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      10 shows - total playtime 4 hours 26 minutes
      1. Bergen Mccarthy 441231 New Years Party Play Chrls Laughton.mp3
      2. Bergen Mccarthy 471012 W Linda Darnell.mp3
      3. Bob Ray 591013 77 Celebrating Columbus Day.mp3
      4. Calv 421012 300 Admiral Of Ocean Sea.mp3
      5. Ft 561010 490 First Voyage Of Columbus.mp3
      6. Hallmark Playhouse 491208 E066 Christopher And Columbus.mp3
      7. Judy Canova 431012 Jailed Breaking Into Cary Grants House.mp3
      8. Mel Blanc Show 461029 09 Community Chest Show.mp3
      9. Mr Mrs North 441011 094 Norths Discover Christopher Columbus.mp3
      10. You Are There 481010 45 Columbus Discovers America.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



    10 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 26 min

    Disc A001

    1. Calv 421012 300 Admiral Of Ocean Sea
    2. Judy Canova 431012 Jailed Breaking Into Cary Grants House

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    Disc A002

    1. Mr Mrs North 441011 094 Norths Discover Christopher Columbus
    2. Bergen Mccarthy 441231 New Years Party Play Chrls Laughton

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    Disc A003

    1. Mel Blanc Show 461029 09 Community Chest Show
    2. Bergen Mccarthy 471012 W Linda Darnell

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    Disc A004

    1. You Are There 481010 45 Columbus Discovers America
    2. Hallmark Playhouse 491208 E066 Christopher And Columbus

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    Disc A005

    1. Ft 561010 490 First Voyage Of Columbus
    2. Bob Ray 591013 77 Celebrating Columbus Day

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