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The Telephone Hour (Music From America)

The Best of Classical and Broadway Music, presented by Ma Bell. Update: additional recordings

13 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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7 Audio CDs


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"Marian Anderson"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Today with the waning importance of Land-line phone service in the face of the multitude of cellular phone carriers and internet telephony, it may be hard to appreciate the power that was once wielded by Ma Bell.

American Telephone and Telegraph Company was a direct descendant of the American Bell Telephone Company which was formed to take advantage to the monopoly created by the telephone patents of Alexander Graham Bell. Earnings fell for a short time when the patents ran out in 1894, but the company was soon to bounce back with the motto "One Policy, One System, Universal Service". Bolstered by the Communications act of 1930 Ma Bell owned practically the entire communications system except for mail and broadcast. People didn't even own their own phones; equipment manufactured by Western Electric (an Bell Telephone HourAT&T subsidiary) was leased as part of the phone bill. IF you wanted a different phone you had to buy it at your own cost, give it to Ma Bell, and they would lease it back to you, after charging you a rewiring fee.

The Ma Bell Monopoly was finally broken up by Federal Lawsuit in 1984. AT&T remained the dominant Long Distance Carrier for a time, but was soon displaced by competition from MCI and Sprint.

One cultural legacy from the Ma Bell Company was the Bell Telephone Hour Encores radio show. The series showcased the best of Classical and Broadway Music including Marian Anderson, and reached an estimated nine million listeners each week. The program aired on NBC from 1940 through 1958, then continued on TV from 1959 through 1968. The Bell Telephone Hour Encores Orchestra was conducted by Donald Voorhees for 26 years.

For additional classical and opera radio shows, see also:

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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.



    13 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 28 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 6 hours 28 minutes
      1. Telephone Hour 440131 Afrs 064 1st Babes In Woods.mp3
      2. Telephone Hour 440904 096 Ezio Pinza.mp3
      3. Telephone Hour 440911 097 Marian Anderson.mp3
      4. Telephone Hour 440918 098 Oscar Levant.mp3
      5. Telephone Hour 440925 099 Lili Pons.mp3
      6. Telephone Hour 441218 111 Robert Casadesus.mp3
      7. Telephone Hour 450101 113 Fritz Kreisler.mp3
      8. Telephone Hour 450115 115 Ezio Pinza.mp3
      9. Telephone Hour 450212 120 Nelson Eddy Pt 1 End Clipped.mp3
      10. Telephone Hour 450219 121 Fritz Kreisler End Clipped.mp3
      11. Telephone Hour 450402 Afrs 127 Mendelssohns Fingalls Cave.mp3
      12. Telephone Hour 450702 Afrs 140 Bing Crosby.mp3
      13. Telephone Hour 450903 Afrs 149 1st Beethovens Egmont.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    13 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 28 min
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    Click here to see disc contents


      13 shows - total playtime 6 hours 28 minutes
      1. Telephone Hour 440131 Afrs 064 1st Babes In Woods.mp3
      2. Telephone Hour 440904 096 Ezio Pinza.mp3
      3. Telephone Hour 440911 097 Marian Anderson.mp3
      4. Telephone Hour 440918 098 Oscar Levant.mp3
      5. Telephone Hour 440925 099 Lili Pons.mp3
      6. Telephone Hour 441218 111 Robert Casadesus.mp3
      7. Telephone Hour 450101 113 Fritz Kreisler.mp3
      8. Telephone Hour 450115 115 Ezio Pinza.mp3
      9. Telephone Hour 450212 120 Nelson Eddy Pt 1 End Clipped.mp3
      10. Telephone Hour 450219 121 Fritz Kreisler End Clipped.mp3
      11. Telephone Hour 450402 Afrs 127 Mendelssohns Fingalls Cave.mp3
      12. Telephone Hour 450702 Afrs 140 Bing Crosby.mp3
      13. Telephone Hour 450903 Afrs 149 1st Beethovens Egmont.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



    13 recordings on 7 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 28 min

    Disc A001

    1. Telephone Hour 440131 Afrs 064 1st Babes In Woods
    2. Telephone Hour 440904 096 Ezio Pinza

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    Disc A002

    1. Telephone Hour 440911 097 Marian Anderson
    2. Telephone Hour 440918 098 Oscar Levant

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    Disc A003

    1. Telephone Hour 440925 099 Lili Pons
    2. Telephone Hour 441218 111 Robert Casadesus

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    Disc A004

    1. Telephone Hour 450101 113 Fritz Kreisler
    2. Telephone Hour 450115 115 Ezio Pinza

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    Disc A005

    1. Telephone Hour 450212 120 Nelson Eddy Pt 1 End Clipped
    2. Telephone Hour 450219 121 Fritz Kreisler End Clipped

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    Disc A006

    1. Telephone Hour 450402 Afrs 127 Mendelssohns Fingalls Cave
    2. Telephone Hour 450702 Afrs 140 Bing Crosby

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    Disc A007

    1. Telephone Hour 450903 Afrs 149 1st Beethovens Egmont

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