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Will Rogers

Known for his quips and own brand of storytelling, The Will Rogers Program allowed him to spread his own word across the country. All the while, he donated the sponsorship money to charity.

19 old time radio show recordings
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8 Audio CDs


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Will Rogers
Rare Show of Comedy, Variety, and Down-home Philosophy (1930s)

Will Rogers"Tonight all I know is this - just what I read in the papers during the day," thus began many monologues from Will Rogers. Known for his quips and own brand of storytelling, The Will Rogers Program allowed him to spread his own word across the country. All the while, he donated the sponsorship money to charity.

At first, radio was a hard-sell for Will. He had a deep distrust, and even fear, of radio. A long-time vaudevillian, it disturbed him that the microphone never laughed at his jokes or reacted to his stories. When William S. Paley convinced Will to do a weekly show for the E.R. Squibb Company (a drug manufacturer), he brought in a live studio audience and won Will over. Will went on to do the show for Gulf Oil, and was in the midst of the broadcasting season when he was killed in a plane crash.

Will Rogers publicity photoWill never formally rehearsed his show, and it was rare for anyone else to know what he would say before he got to the microphone. In fact, he never even wrote a script. However, he did create his stories by telling them over and over during the week to various friends and strangers, building them and revising them until they were perfect for his Sunday night broadcast.

In addition to The Will Rogers Program, this collection also includes his and his sons (Will Rogers Jr.) guest appearances on other shows including a rare Ziegfeld Follies on the Air program. For more Will Rogers newspaper writing, see also: Club Car Special.

For more western variety see also: All Star Western Theater, Hollywood Barn Dance,Light Crust Doughboys, Pat O'Daniel and His Hillbilly Boys and Western Rarities.

(Please note that some of the rare recordings in this collection may be of inferior sound quality.)

Will Rogers Highway Sign

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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.



    19 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 7 hours, 16 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 7 hours 16 minutes
      1. Behind The Scenes 47 08 Will Rogers.mp3
      2. Best Of Will Rogers.mp3
      3. Cavalcade Of America 381219 144 Will Rogers.mp3
      4. Cavalcade Of America 410101 207 Will Rogers.mp3
      5. Fdr On Will Rogers Memorial.mp3
      6. Ft 540630 376 Skin Deep.mp3
      7. Ft 550209 407 Sangamo Sage.mp3
      8. Gene Autrys Mr Afrs 98 Will Rogers.mp3
      9. Henryfordpres1923 64kb.mp3
      10. Info Please 430108 Will Rogers Jr.mp3
      11. Info Please 430301 Will Rogers Jr.mp3
      12. Will Rogers 330000 Will Rogers.mp3
      13. Will Rogers 330430 Will Rogers On New President.mp3
      14. Will Rogers 330830 Will Rodgersal Goodman Orch.mp3
      15. Will Rogers 350407 Gulf Headliners (Cut) Will Rogers Gov $.mp3
      16. Will Rogers 350421 Gulf Headliners Rodgers F Orch H Gleason.mp3
      17. Will Rogers 350505 The Rogers Plan.mp3
      18. Will Rogers Philosophizer.mp3
      19. Ziegfeld Follies Of The Air 320403.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    19 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 7 hours, 16 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 7 hours 16 minutes
      1. Behind The Scenes 47 08 Will Rogers.mp3
      2. Best Of Will Rogers.mp3
      3. Cavalcade Of America 381219 144 Will Rogers.mp3
      4. Cavalcade Of America 410101 207 Will Rogers.mp3
      5. Fdr On Will Rogers Memorial.mp3
      6. Ft 540630 376 Skin Deep.mp3
      7. Ft 550209 407 Sangamo Sage.mp3
      8. Gene Autrys Mr Afrs 98 Will Rogers.mp3
      9. Henryfordpres1923 64kb.mp3
      10. Info Please 430108 Will Rogers Jr.mp3
      11. Info Please 430301 Will Rogers Jr.mp3
      12. Will Rogers 330000 Will Rogers.mp3
      13. Will Rogers 330430 Will Rogers On New President.mp3
      14. Will Rogers 330830 Will Rodgersal Goodman Orch.mp3
      15. Will Rogers 350407 Gulf Headliners (Cut) Will Rogers Gov $.mp3
      16. Will Rogers 350421 Gulf Headliners Rodgers F Orch H Gleason.mp3
      17. Will Rogers 350505 The Rogers Plan.mp3
      18. Will Rogers Philosophizer.mp3
      19. Ziegfeld Follies Of The Air 320403.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



    19 recordings on 8 Audio CDs
    total playtime 7 hours, 16 min

    Disc A001

    1. Behind The Scenes 47 08 Will Rogers
    2. Best Of Will Rogers
    3. Fdr On Will Rogers Memorial

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    Disc A002

    1. Gene Autrys Mr Afrs 98 Will Rogers
    2. Henryfordpres1923 64kb
    3. Will Rogers Philosophizer

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    Disc A003

    1. Ziegfeld Follies Of The Air 320403
    2. Will Rogers 330000 Will Rogers

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    Disc A004

    1. Will Rogers 330430 Will Rogers On New President
    2. Will Rogers 330830 Will Rodgersal Goodman Orch

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    Disc A005

    1. Will Rogers 350407 Gulf Headliners (Cut) Will Rogers Gov $
    2. Will Rogers 350421 Gulf Headliners Rodgers F Orch H Gleason
    3. Will Rogers 350505 The Rogers Plan

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    Disc A006

    1. Cavalcade Of America 381219 144 Will Rogers
    2. Cavalcade Of America 410101 207 Will Rogers

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    Disc A007

    1. Info Please 430108 Will Rogers Jr
    2. Info Please 430301 Will Rogers Jr

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    Disc A008

    1. Ft 540630 376 Skin Deep
    2. Ft 550209 407 Sangamo Sage

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