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TRR: Episode 45, “The Street Singer’s Romance”



The tenor Arthur Tracy was popular in the 1920’s and 30’s, going by the name of “The Street Singer.” His version of “Pennies From Heaven” was chosen from among hundreds for the soundtrack of the 1981 film of the same name. Tracy had one true love, but their relationship was complicated by the fact that she was trapped in a loveless marriage.

“The Street Singer’s Romance Revealed” by John Skinner, from Radio Stars Magazine, Sept., 1933

The Reader

TRT: 24:28

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TRR: Episode 42, “Will Radio Replace the Phonograph?”



As we, like every generation before us, face a changing world, it pays to look back and see we are not alone in our uncertainty. Seeing the old and familiar fall by the wayside may cause some anxiety, but it is nothing new. At one point in the early 1920’s, there was apprehension that the new technology of radio would threaten the dominance of the phonograph for musical entertainment. Such is the subject of our selection, taken from the November, 1922 issue of Radio Broadcast Magazine.

“Will Radio Replace the Phonograph?” (1922) by Winslow A. Duerr

The Reader

TRT: 17:12

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TRR: Episode 39, “Solander’s Radio Tomb”



In this episode, we offer a story written in 1927 about the then still-new wonder that was Radio. Humorist Ellis Parker Butler wrote the story and it appeared in “Amazing Stories” magazine, and later reprinted there in 1956. Butler was, surprisingly, only a part-time author. Despite writing several books and over 2,000 short stories and articles in his 40-year long career, Butler was a full-time banker.

“Solander’s Radio Tomb” (1927) by Ellis Parker Butler

The Reader

TRT: 22:12

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