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Uncle Ezra

One of the most popular on-air country-western charters was a philosophical corn-pone named Uncle Ezra created by Patrick Barrett.

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10 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 0 hours, 46 min)
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Play a sample episode from February 14, 1944:

"Salute to the Farmer"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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The WLS National Barn Dance did not invent hillbilly music, but the show did bring the idea of "down-home fun" to a nationwide audience. Although the program showcased what would later be referred to as "Country Music", Barn Dance's target audience was city-folk. Which only made sense, by the mid-1920's, more and more people were leaving the farm-life to find their fortune in the cities because that is where the money was.

Uncle EzraBarn Dance fans certainly enjoyed the lively, very recognizable music, but they also enjoyed hearing the corn-pone characters who filled the air in between the songs. One of the most popular was a philosophical old gent named Uncle Ezra. The character was created by Patrick Barrett, and worked with his real-life bride, Miss Cecile.

Uncle Ezra, "the Jumpin' Jenny Wren", supposedly broadcast from a "powerful five watter" in Rosedale, Illinois. Part of Uncle Ezra's bit was to rush in and breathlessly ask "Hain't missed nuthin' – have I?" Very few of the players who appeared on Barn Dance over the years made a lot of money from the show, they were usually paid five to ten dollars a night. However, the show was an important stepping stone to bigger and better things.

In 1944, NBC's transcription service began offering Uncle Ezra spots for independent stations. The friendly advice and wisdom on the short pieces (about five minutes, including the sponsor's message) could be tied into a variety of local sponsors. The show came from the fictional station (call letters E-Z-R-A) and filled with "local news", not unlike Garrison Keillor's material on The Prairie Home Companion, decades later.

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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 $4.50
    total playtime 0 hours, 46 min
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      10 shows - total playtime 0 hours 46 minutes
      1. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 001 Sales Aud And Intro To Uncle Ezra.mp3
      2. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 002 Word Together American Way Living.mp3
      3. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 003 Ed Judson Pleasure Honest Labor.mp3
      4. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 277 Cousin Horley, Medicine Tester.mp3
      5. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 278 An Unsung Hero Carrier Pigeon.mp3
      6. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 279 Salute To Farmer.mp3
      7. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 280 Rankin Good And Battleship Fund.mp3
      8. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 281 Rowdy And Church Bells.mp3
      9. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 282 Cannonball Delayed Lookout Hill.mp3
      10. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 283 Driving Automobiles Safely.mp3
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    10 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 0 hours, 46 min
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      10 shows - total playtime 0 hours 46 minutes
      1. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 001 Sales Aud And Intro To Uncle Ezra.mp3
      2. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 002 Word Together American Way Living.mp3
      3. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 003 Ed Judson Pleasure Honest Labor.mp3
      4. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 277 Cousin Horley, Medicine Tester.mp3
      5. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 278 An Unsung Hero Carrier Pigeon.mp3
      6. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 279 Salute To Farmer.mp3
      7. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 280 Rankin Good And Battleship Fund.mp3
      8. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 281 Rowdy And Church Bells.mp3
      9. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 282 Cannonball Delayed Lookout Hill.mp3
      10. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 283 Driving Automobiles Safely.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 1 Audio CD
    total playtime 0 hours, 46 min

    Uncle Ezra Disc A001

    1. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 001 Sales Aud And Intro To Uncle Ezra
    2. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 002 Word Together American Way Living
    3. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 003 Ed Judson Pleasure Honest Labor
    4. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 277 Cousin Horley, Medicine Tester
    5. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 278 An Unsung Hero Carrier Pigeon
    6. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 279 Salute To Farmer
    7. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 280 Rankin Good And Battleship Fund
    8. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 281 Rowdy And Church Bells
    9. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 282 Cannonball Delayed Lookout Hill
    10. Uncle Ezra Show 440000 283 Driving Automobiles Safely

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