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John Nesbitt Appearances In Old Time Radio

Carefully crafted storytelling in The Passing Parade and the Wilson-Nesbitt Summer Show.

49 old time radio show recordings
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"John Nesbitt in Calvalcade of America: Immortal Blacksmith"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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John NesbittJohn Nesbitt is a popular radio and TV personality in the 1940s to the 1950s. He was an excellent narrator, announcer, actor, producer, and screenwriter. His fame earned him two stars in Hollywood; the one at the south side of Hollywood Boulevard was for radio and the other, at the west side of 1700 block of Vine Street, was for film. John Nesbitt is known for his radio programs Passing Parade, and The Wilson-Nesbitt Summer Show.

John Nesbitt was born on August 23, 1910 in Victoria, British Columbia. His distinct, clear, and well-modulated voice was developed through his daily interaction with his father who had a hearing disability. It was Johns role to speak clearly and enunciate words accurately for his father to understand well. This constant practice proved beneficial to John when he auditioned for an announcers job in a San Francisco radio station. The range of his speaking voice also matched the kind of microphone the station was using at that time.

Johns interest for good stories began when he was still a teenager. At 14, he was already collecting stories from his travels. His father also left him a trunkful of news clippings of strange stories from various parts of the world. Many of these became topics of his very popular radio program Passing Parade.

John NesbittJohn Nesbitts Passing Parade is a 30-minute radio program that began airing over NBC Radio in February 1937. Hosted by John Nesbitt himself, the show focused on strange events that were either little known or a common knowledge. Included in many of these shows are stories that are or related to historical events. John Nesbitt had a staff of 14 people who were tasked to research about the stories and gather more facts surrounding such event. In 1938-1949 The Passing Parade was produced on film for MGM. In the 1960s, the films were edited and aired as 15-minute docu-dramas on TV. A few of the aired radio episodes are summarized below.

John NesbittJohn Nesbitt has a long time friend named Meredith Willson. In the summer of 1942 they came up with a new show for radio that in Nesbitts words had "no formality, no fanfare, no hoopla, just as if you were having a musical party in your own home.... The show was similar to The Passing Parade. The main difference was the inclusion of music played by Meredith Willson. John Nesbitt related stories that had a patriotic theme while Meredith Willson played what they referred to as lost melodies. The origin, composer, and background information about these melodies were first relayed before the audience were treated to the captivating notes of these melodies.

The John Nesbitt collection include sall known available appearances in other radio shows:

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    49 recordings on 3 MP3 CDs for just $15.00
    total playtime 18 hours, 23 min
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    Volume 1 - 16 shows - total playtime 7 hours 45 minutes
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    1. Calv 490920 622 Troublesome Jane.mp3
    2. Calv 490927 623 Immortal Blacksmith.mp3
    3. Fibber Mcgee 420623 0331 Packing Vacation Locked Suitcase.mp3
    4. Ft 480219 054 Future Is Yours.mp3
    5. Johnsons Wax Program 420728 05 Liberty Bell March.mp3
    6. Johnsons Wax Program 420804 06 Semper Peratus.mp3
    7. Johnsons Wax Program 420811 07 Wings On High .mp3
    8. Johnsons Wax Program 420818 08 Yankee Doodle Dandy March.mp3
    9. Johnsons Wax Program 420901 10 Manhattan Beach March.mp3
    10. Johnsons Wax Program 420908 11 Youre Grand Old Flag.mp3
    11. Johnsons Wax Program 420915 12 My Ten Ton Baby And Me .mp3
    12. Johnsons Wax Program 420922 13 Hands Across Sea.mp3
    13. Radio Readers Digest 19470724 Prisoner Of Night.mp3
    14. Screen Guild 421221 123 Juggler Of Our Lady.mp3
    15. Westinghouse Prg 430000 021 Love Me W.mp3
    16. Westinghouse Prg 441224 Juggler Of Our Lady.mp3
    Volume 2 - 21 shows - total playtime 4 hours 47 minutes
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    1. Passing Parade 000000 09 Story Of Franz Anton Mesmer.mp3
    2. Passing Parade 000000 10 Elizabeth Woodcock.mp3
    3. Passing Parade 000000 17 Story Of Typhoid Mary Par.mp3
    4. Passing Parade 000000 18 Story Of Typhoid Mary Par.mp3
    5. Passing Parade 000000 19 Two Alchemists Who Tried To Cre.mp3
    6. Passing Parade 000000 20 Woman Who Was In Coma For N.mp3
    7. Passing Parade 000000 23 Wild Jack Howard.mp3
    8. Passing Parade 000000 24 Man Who Discovered Troy.mp3
    9. Passing Parade 000000 47 Story Of Mount Palomar Tele.mp3
    10. Passing Parade 000000 48 Story Of Mount Palomar Tele.mp3
    11. Passing Parade 430713 Landing On Sicily.mp3
    12. Passing Parade 431200 Special Story Of Christmas Seals.mp3
    13. Passing Parade 440606 Dday Special.mp3
    14. Passing Parade 490000 Empire State Crash.mp3
    15. Passing Parade 490000 Great Spenders.mp3
    16. Passing Parade 490000 Incredible Courage Of Common Men.mp3
    17. Passing Parade 490000 Jekyll Hyde.mp3
    18. Passing Parade 490000 Johnstown Flood.mp3
    19. Passing Parade 490000 Morro Castle Disaster.mp3
    20. Passing Parade 490000 Prisoner Of Night.mp3
    21. Passing Parade 490000 Small Incidents.mp3
    Volume 3 - 12 shows - total playtime 5 hours 50 minutes
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    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420630 01 Passing Parade.mp3
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420707 02.mp3
    3. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420714 03.mp3
    4. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420721 04.mp3
    5. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420728 05.mp3
    6. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420804 06.mp3
    7. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420811 07 Wings On High.mp3
    8. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420818 08 Yankee Doodle March.mp3
    9. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420901 10 Manhattan Beach.mp3
    10. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420908 11.mp3
    11. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420915 12 My 10-Ton Baby And Me.mp3
    12. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420922 12 Letter To Hitler.mp3
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    49 recordings on 3 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $15.00
    total playtime 18 hours, 23 min
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    Volume 1 - 16 shows - total playtime 7 hours 45 minutes
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    1. Calv 490920 622 Troublesome Jane.mp3
    2. Calv 490927 623 Immortal Blacksmith.mp3
    3. Fibber Mcgee 420623 0331 Packing Vacation Locked Suitcase.mp3
    4. Ft 480219 054 Future Is Yours.mp3
    5. Johnsons Wax Program 420728 05 Liberty Bell March.mp3
    6. Johnsons Wax Program 420804 06 Semper Peratus.mp3
    7. Johnsons Wax Program 420811 07 Wings On High .mp3
    8. Johnsons Wax Program 420818 08 Yankee Doodle Dandy March.mp3
    9. Johnsons Wax Program 420901 10 Manhattan Beach March.mp3
    10. Johnsons Wax Program 420908 11 Youre Grand Old Flag.mp3
    11. Johnsons Wax Program 420915 12 My Ten Ton Baby And Me .mp3
    12. Johnsons Wax Program 420922 13 Hands Across Sea.mp3
    13. Radio Readers Digest 19470724 Prisoner Of Night.mp3
    14. Screen Guild 421221 123 Juggler Of Our Lady.mp3
    15. Westinghouse Prg 430000 021 Love Me W.mp3
    16. Westinghouse Prg 441224 Juggler Of Our Lady.mp3
    Volume 2 - 21 shows - total playtime 4 hours 47 minutes
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    1. Passing Parade 000000 09 Story Of Franz Anton Mesmer.mp3
    2. Passing Parade 000000 10 Elizabeth Woodcock.mp3
    3. Passing Parade 000000 17 Story Of Typhoid Mary Par.mp3
    4. Passing Parade 000000 18 Story Of Typhoid Mary Par.mp3
    5. Passing Parade 000000 19 Two Alchemists Who Tried To Cre.mp3
    6. Passing Parade 000000 20 Woman Who Was In Coma For N.mp3
    7. Passing Parade 000000 23 Wild Jack Howard.mp3
    8. Passing Parade 000000 24 Man Who Discovered Troy.mp3
    9. Passing Parade 000000 47 Story Of Mount Palomar Tele.mp3
    10. Passing Parade 000000 48 Story Of Mount Palomar Tele.mp3
    11. Passing Parade 430713 Landing On Sicily.mp3
    12. Passing Parade 431200 Special Story Of Christmas Seals.mp3
    13. Passing Parade 440606 Dday Special.mp3
    14. Passing Parade 490000 Empire State Crash.mp3
    15. Passing Parade 490000 Great Spenders.mp3
    16. Passing Parade 490000 Incredible Courage Of Common Men.mp3
    17. Passing Parade 490000 Jekyll Hyde.mp3
    18. Passing Parade 490000 Johnstown Flood.mp3
    19. Passing Parade 490000 Morro Castle Disaster.mp3
    20. Passing Parade 490000 Prisoner Of Night.mp3
    21. Passing Parade 490000 Small Incidents.mp3
    Volume 3 - 12 shows - total playtime 5 hours 50 minutes
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    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420630 01 Passing Parade.mp3
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420707 02.mp3
    3. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420714 03.mp3
    4. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420721 04.mp3
    5. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420728 05.mp3
    6. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420804 06.mp3
    7. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420811 07 Wings On High.mp3
    8. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420818 08 Yankee Doodle March.mp3
    9. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420901 10 Manhattan Beach.mp3
    10. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420908 11.mp3
    11. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420915 12 My 10-Ton Baby And Me.mp3
    12. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420922 12 Letter To Hitler.mp3
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    49 recordings on 19 Audio CDs
    total playtime 18 hours, 23 min

    Disc A001

    1. Radio Readers Digest 19470724 Prisoner Of Night
    2. Passing Parade 000000 09 Story Of Franz Anton Mesmer
    3. Passing Parade 000000 10 Elizabeth Woodcock
    4. Passing Parade 000000 17 Story Of Typhoid Mary Par

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    Disc A002

    1. Passing Parade 000000 18 Story Of Typhoid Mary Par
    2. Passing Parade 000000 19 Two Alchemists Who Tried To Cre
    3. Passing Parade 000000 20 Woman Who Was In Coma For N
    4. Passing Parade 000000 23 Wild Jack Howard
    5. Passing Parade 000000 24 Man Who Discovered Troy
    6. Passing Parade 000000 47 Story Of Mount Palomar Tele

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    Disc A003

    1. Passing Parade 000000 48 Story Of Mount Palomar Tele
    2. Fibber Mcgee 420623 0331 Packing Vacation Locked Suitcase
    3. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420630 01 Passing Parade

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    Disc A004

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420707 02
    2. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420714 03

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    Disc A005

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420721 04
    2. Johnsons Wax Program 420728 05 Liberty Bell March

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    Disc A006

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420728 05
    2. Johnsons Wax Program 420804 06 Semper Peratus

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    Disc A007

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420804 06
    2. Johnsons Wax Program 420811 07 Wings On High

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    Disc A008

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420811 07 Wings On High
    2. Johnsons Wax Program 420818 08 Yankee Doodle Dandy March

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    Disc A009

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420818 08 Yankee Doodle March
    2. Johnsons Wax Program 420901 10 Manhattan Beach March

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    Disc A010

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420901 10 Manhattan Beach
    2. Johnsons Wax Program 420908 11 Youre Grand Old Flag

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    Disc A011

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420908 11
    2. Johnsons Wax Program 420915 12 My Ten Ton Baby And Me

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    Disc A012

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420915 12 My 10-Ton Baby And Me
    2. Johnsons Wax Program 420922 13 Hands Across Sea

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    Disc A013

    1. Willlson-Nesbitt Summer Show 420922 12 Letter To Hitler
    2. Screen Guild 421221 123 Juggler Of Our Lady

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    Disc A014

    1. Westinghouse Prg 430000 021 Love Me W
    2. Passing Parade 430713 Landing On Sicily

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    Disc A015

    1. Passing Parade 431200 Special Story Of Christmas Seals
    2. Passing Parade 440606 Dday Special
    3. Westinghouse Prg 441224 Juggler Of Our Lady

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    Disc A016

    1. Ft 480219 054 Future Is Yours
    2. Passing Parade 490000 Empire State Crash
    3. Passing Parade 490000 Great Spenders

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    Disc A017

    1. Passing Parade 490000 Incredible Courage Of Common Men
    2. Passing Parade 490000 Jekyll Hyde
    3. Passing Parade 490000 Johnstown Flood
    4. Passing Parade 490000 Morro Castle Disaster

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    Disc A018

    1. Passing Parade 490000 Prisoner Of Night
    2. Passing Parade 490000 Small Incidents
    3. Calv 490920 622 Troublesome Jane

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    Disc A019

    1. Calv 490927 623 Immortal Blacksmith

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