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This is the Story

This old time radio show takes a fascinating in depth look into unknown tidbits about people and events that shaped our culture, history, and world. Update: additional episodes. Update: additional recordings

47 old time radio show recordings
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William Holmes McGuffyHow did the shopping department success Woolworth's come to be?  Who ever heard about the comedian W.C. Fields getting his start out of a pool game?  Many Americans learned the how's and why's of these and other stories. This is the Story was a radio program that ran during the late 1940's and into the fifties, telling the little known trivia and untold lessons of the people, places and machines that Americans knew.

This is The Story Radio Program was the encyclopedia of the airwaves. Radio was a medium to get the "word out" as it were and often that word was the stories of providing hope and glee to listening hearts all over. This is the Story was one such program and it never failed to register a rapt attention in living rooms and bedrooms, as the "story" unfolded to millions every week.. Yes..."this is the story!"

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In one episode, William Holmes McGuffy was a preacher and teacher.  His was a life devoted to personal faith and education.  In fact, million of Americans received their early education from the primer's created by this frontier educator that believed in putting his Christian faith into his readings. But , what many people do not realize is how this modest man first began his writing of the first McGuffy primers.  He and his wife, Harriet, were wanting to move on out of the college he worked at, but they did not have the financial means to do so. "This is the Story" takes up this part of the saga that told the story of the publishing company that contracted McGuffy to create a simple work for educators. Through the frustration of not knowing where their next meal would come from, William and Harriet, stayed in faith and pursued by creating the waited upon publication. The publisher was so impressed, he asked McGuffy to create more of the simple readers that taught generations of young children.

WC Fields on RadioSuperimposed next to this story in contrast is the legacy of W.C. Fields and how he went from being a commonly known juggler on vaudeville to one of most famous comedians that loved his drink and frivolity. Fields fell upon hard times in his current career and looked for his next nickel for a drink and a meal.The story spotlighted his hilarious antics with a pool cue that spoke the billiard skills of the bulbous-nosed rapscallion. It was during this performance of skill and wit that someone noticed the potential in Fields and offered him an opportunity to travel giving similar performances around the country. From this one-stop saloon appearance to the history of stage and film, W.C. Fields found his career.

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There many more programs like this focus on the unknown tidbits that shaped our culture, history and world.  People would tune into the radio for a bit of education, a dab of insight and a whole lot of entertainment. These series of programs were a gentle respite at a time that the world was in turmoil.  This is the Story gave laughter, learning and longing. It gave hope.

See also: Mr President and Ripley's Believe It Or Not. This collection is not to be confused with Red Cross' This is My Story radio broadcasts from 1943.

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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.



    47 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 12 min
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      47 shows - total playtime 17 hours 12 minutes
      1. This Is Story 000000 000 We Take Our Stand AFRS.mp3
      2. This Is Story 000000 010 Question Of True Liberty Russ.mp3
      3. This Is Story 000000 011 Case Number 876 Russia Series .mp3
      4. This Is Story 000000 040 Robinson Crusoe, Usn Afrs.mp3
      5. This Is Story 000000 042 Commander Packs Satchel.mp3
      6. This Is Story 000000 043 Brave Men Afrs.mp3
      7. This Is Story 000000 043 Voyage Of Pregnant Perch.mp3
      8. This Is Story 000000 044 Tour Of Duty Ambassador Of Good.mp3
      9. This Is Story 000000 058 Family Nagashi Afrs.mp3
      10. This Is Story 000000 084 They Put Out To Sea.mp3
      11. This Is Story 000000 098 Great Mcgraw.mp3
      12. This Is Story 000000 137 Decision To Use Atomic Bomb.mp3
      13. This Is Story 000000 254 Vanishing Americans.mp3
      14. This Is Story 000000 Freedom Of Press Afrs.mp3
      15. This Is Story 000000 Red Ball Express.mp3
      16. This Is Story 400000 009 War In Pacific.mp3
      17. This Is Story 400000 035 Walt Whitman.mp3
      18. This Is Story 440516 Tapestry For Radio Afrs New York City.mp3
      19. This Is Story 440613 011 American Trilogy Thomas Wolfe Afrs.mp3
      20. This Is Story 441029 053 Tabernacle In Dukes Place.mp3
      21. This Is Story 460416 115 Last Speech.mp3
      22. This Is Story 460630 This Is Singing Country.mp3
      23. This Is Story 470323 Army Music.mp3
      24. This Is Story 470524 Czech Ear For American Music.mp3
      25. This Is Story 470619 Paderewski Pianist, Patriot.mp3
      26. This Is Story 500000 004 Pocket Guide Afrs.mp3
      27. This Is Story 500000 063 City Of London.mp3
      28. This Is Story 500000 064 Paper.mp3
      29. This Is Story 500000 065 House Of Burgesses Afrs.mp3
      30. This Is Story 500000 081 Gutenberg Printing Press.mp3
      31. This Is Story 500000 082 Easter Eggs.mp3
      32. This Is Story 500000 087 Woolworth.mp3
      33. This Is Story 500000 088 Mustard.mp3
      34. This Is Story 500000 103 Boston.mp3
      35. This Is Story 500000 104 Robert E. Lees Mother.mp3
      36. This Is Story 500000 115 Ralph Waldo Emerson.mp3
      37. This Is Story 500000 116 Bismarck.mp3
      38. This Is Story 500000 117 Charles Dickens.mp3
      39. This Is Story 500000 118 Mcguffeys Reader.mp3
      40. This Is Story 500000 133 Ulysses S. Grant.mp3
      41. This Is Story 500000 134 Leaves Of Grass.mp3
      42. This Is Story 500000 145 Little Jack Horner.mp3
      43. This Is Story 500000 146 Daniel Dafoe.mp3
      44. This Is Story 500000 155 Hans Christian Anderson.mp3
      45. This Is Story 501227 114 Barrier.mp3
      46. This Is Story 510000 016 Reluctant Fighter.mp3
      47. This Is Story 521127 049 Arctic Miracle.mp3
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    47 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 17 hours, 12 min
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      47 shows - total playtime 17 hours 12 minutes
      1. This Is Story 000000 000 We Take Our Stand AFRS.mp3
      2. This Is Story 000000 010 Question Of True Liberty Russ.mp3
      3. This Is Story 000000 011 Case Number 876 Russia Series .mp3
      4. This Is Story 000000 040 Robinson Crusoe, Usn Afrs.mp3
      5. This Is Story 000000 042 Commander Packs Satchel.mp3
      6. This Is Story 000000 043 Brave Men Afrs.mp3
      7. This Is Story 000000 043 Voyage Of Pregnant Perch.mp3
      8. This Is Story 000000 044 Tour Of Duty Ambassador Of Good.mp3
      9. This Is Story 000000 058 Family Nagashi Afrs.mp3
      10. This Is Story 000000 084 They Put Out To Sea.mp3
      11. This Is Story 000000 098 Great Mcgraw.mp3
      12. This Is Story 000000 137 Decision To Use Atomic Bomb.mp3
      13. This Is Story 000000 254 Vanishing Americans.mp3
      14. This Is Story 000000 Freedom Of Press Afrs.mp3
      15. This Is Story 000000 Red Ball Express.mp3
      16. This Is Story 400000 009 War In Pacific.mp3
      17. This Is Story 400000 035 Walt Whitman.mp3
      18. This Is Story 440516 Tapestry For Radio Afrs New York City.mp3
      19. This Is Story 440613 011 American Trilogy Thomas Wolfe Afrs.mp3
      20. This Is Story 441029 053 Tabernacle In Dukes Place.mp3
      21. This Is Story 460416 115 Last Speech.mp3
      22. This Is Story 460630 This Is Singing Country.mp3
      23. This Is Story 470323 Army Music.mp3
      24. This Is Story 470524 Czech Ear For American Music.mp3
      25. This Is Story 470619 Paderewski Pianist, Patriot.mp3
      26. This Is Story 500000 004 Pocket Guide Afrs.mp3
      27. This Is Story 500000 063 City Of London.mp3
      28. This Is Story 500000 064 Paper.mp3
      29. This Is Story 500000 065 House Of Burgesses Afrs.mp3
      30. This Is Story 500000 081 Gutenberg Printing Press.mp3
      31. This Is Story 500000 082 Easter Eggs.mp3
      32. This Is Story 500000 087 Woolworth.mp3
      33. This Is Story 500000 088 Mustard.mp3
      34. This Is Story 500000 103 Boston.mp3
      35. This Is Story 500000 104 Robert E. Lees Mother.mp3
      36. This Is Story 500000 115 Ralph Waldo Emerson.mp3
      37. This Is Story 500000 116 Bismarck.mp3
      38. This Is Story 500000 117 Charles Dickens.mp3
      39. This Is Story 500000 118 Mcguffeys Reader.mp3
      40. This Is Story 500000 133 Ulysses S. Grant.mp3
      41. This Is Story 500000 134 Leaves Of Grass.mp3
      42. This Is Story 500000 145 Little Jack Horner.mp3
      43. This Is Story 500000 146 Daniel Dafoe.mp3
      44. This Is Story 500000 155 Hans Christian Anderson.mp3
      45. This Is Story 501227 114 Barrier.mp3
      46. This Is Story 510000 016 Reluctant Fighter.mp3
      47. This Is Story 521127 049 Arctic Miracle.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



    47 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 17 hours, 12 min

    Disc A001

    1. This Is Story 000000 000 We Take Our Stand AFRS
    2. This Is Story 000000 010 Question Of True Liberty Russ
    3. This Is Story 000000 011 Case Number 876 Russia Series

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    Disc A002

    1. This Is Story 000000 040 Robinson Crusoe, Usn Afrs
    2. This Is Story 000000 042 Commander Packs Satchel

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    Disc A003

    1. This Is Story 000000 043 Brave Men Afrs
    2. This Is Story 000000 043 Voyage Of Pregnant Perch

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    Disc A004

    1. This Is Story 000000 044 Tour Of Duty Ambassador Of Good
    2. This Is Story 000000 058 Family Nagashi Afrs
    3. This Is Story 000000 084 They Put Out To Sea

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    Disc A005

    1. This Is Story 000000 098 Great Mcgraw
    2. This Is Story 000000 137 Decision To Use Atomic Bomb

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    Disc A006

    1. This Is Story 000000 254 Vanishing Americans
    2. This Is Story 000000 Freedom Of Press Afrs

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    Disc A007

    1. This Is Story 000000 Red Ball Express
    2. This Is Story 400000 009 War In Pacific

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    Disc A008

    1. This Is Story 400000 035 Walt Whitman
    2. This Is Story 440516 Tapestry For Radio Afrs New York City

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    Disc A009

    1. This Is Story 440613 011 American Trilogy Thomas Wolfe Afrs
    2. This Is Story 441029 053 Tabernacle In Dukes Place

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    Disc A010

    1. This Is Story 460416 115 Last Speech
    2. This Is Story 460630 This Is Singing Country

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    Disc A011

    1. This Is Story 470323 Army Music
    2. This Is Story 470524 Czech Ear For American Music

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    Disc A012

    1. This Is Story 470619 Paderewski Pianist, Patriot
    2. This Is Story 500000 004 Pocket Guide Afrs

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    Disc A013

    1. This Is Story 500000 063 City Of London
    2. This Is Story 500000 064 Paper
    3. This Is Story 500000 065 House Of Burgesses Afrs
    4. This Is Story 500000 081 Gutenberg Printing Press

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    Disc A014

    1. This Is Story 500000 082 Easter Eggs
    2. This Is Story 500000 087 Woolworth
    3. This Is Story 500000 088 Mustard
    4. This Is Story 500000 103 Boston
    5. This Is Story 500000 104 Robert E. Lees Mother
    6. This Is Story 500000 115 Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Disc A015

    1. This Is Story 500000 116 Bismarck
    2. This Is Story 500000 117 Charles Dickens
    3. This Is Story 500000 118 Mcguffeys Reader
    4. This Is Story 500000 133 Ulysses S. Grant
    5. This Is Story 500000 134 Leaves Of Grass
    6. This Is Story 500000 145 Little Jack Horner

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    Disc A016

    1. This Is Story 500000 146 Daniel Dafoe
    2. This Is Story 500000 155 Hans Christian Anderson

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    Disc A017

    1. This Is Story 501227 114 Barrier
    2. This Is Story 510000 016 Reluctant Fighter

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    Disc A018

    1. This Is Story 521127 049 Arctic Miracle

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