July 19, 70 Years Ago

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July 19, 70 Years Ago

Postby cart_machine » Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:02 am

Here’s Dick Diespecker’s column from the Province for this date in 1950. Diespecker revelled in hoity-toity radio.

Doris Day got pre-empted on ‘WX for Harry Truman. “Take a Number” was a Mutual show that aired Saturdays, so ‘WX ran it transcribed. It was a giveaway show hosted by Red Benson. “The Haunting Hour” came from NBC. I presume Jim Cox was giving the lacrosse play-by-play on ‘NW.

Unless Hoppy ran 90 minutes, KING was broadcasting a test pattern during part of the early evening.


Around Your Radio Dial Tonight
CBC Wednesday Night will feature the poetry of Earle Birney, the music of English composers played by Jean de Rimanoczy and his string orchestra and the dramatization of The Cleric of Oxenford from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Birney, Vancouver poet and professor of English at UBC, is no stranger to CBC listeners. Both his own voice and his works have been heard on a number of occasions. He has twice won the Governor General's Award for literature. His poems will be read by Lister Sinclair and will be heard over CBR at 6:30.
At 8 p.m., three English works for string orchestra will be presented. They are the finale from Music for Strings by Sir Arthur Bliss, Symphony for Strings by Gordon Jacob and Sir Hubert Parry's Lady Radnor's Suite.
At 9, the feature drama will be presented. It tells of the virtues of Griselda, a peasant girl of Saluzzo in Italy who is elevated from poverty to the position of marchioness, as extolled by the "Cleric of Oxenford" in Canterbury Tales.
The drama adaptation of the Clerk of Oxford's tale is by Nevill Coghill who himself introduces the program. The production was recorded in the London studios of the BBC under the direction of Stephen Potter.
A series of eight concerts from the Hollywood Bowl featuring world-renowned conductors and soloists will be broadcast on NBC each Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. starting at the end of July.
Among the noted artists scheduled for appearance on the series are Serge Koussevitzky, Artur Rodzinski, Artur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Oscar Levant, Jose Iturbi, Helen Traubel and Alfred Wallenstein.
The opening concert will be in the form of a tribute to George Gershwin. Gordon MacRae, baritone; Lucille Norman, soprano, and conductor Carmen Dragon, all regularly heard on the Railroad Hour, will be featured along with pianist Marco Wolff Jr. Film star Gregory Peck will read a memorial to Gershwin written by Oscar Hammerstein II.

6:00 p.m.—It Pays to be Ignorant, KIRO; Dangerous Assignment, KOMO.
6:30 p.m.—Voices That Live, KJR; ABC's of Music, KIRO; Poetry of Earle Birney, CBR.
7:00 p.m.—The Haunting Hour, CJOR; Lone Ranger, KJR.
7:30 p.m.—Dr I.Q., KJR; Hollywood Music Hall, KIRO.
8:00 p.m.—Open House, CKMO; Detour, KJR; English Music, CBR.
8:30 p.m.—Vaughn Monroe, CKWX; The Well of English, CBR.
9:00 p.m.—Canterbury Tales, CBR; Break the Bank, KOMO; Lacrosse, CKNW.
9:30 p.m.—Mr. District Attorney, KOMO; Take a Number, CKWX.
FLASH . . . Address by President Truman on the Korean Situation . . . Tonight . . . 7:30 p.m., CJOR CBR and CKWX.
6:30, Hopalong Cassidy; 8:00, Ken Murray Show; 9:00, Sherman Clay Music Room; 10:00, Telenews Daily.
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