75th Anniversary of “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast

On Oct. 30, 1938 many people in the US heard on the radio what they thought was an invasion from Mars. What they were hearing was a radio dramatization of H. G. Welles The War of the Worlds (1898). In this radio version, the Martians landed in Grover’s Mill, NJ. Orson Welles was both director …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #10

The next song to reach the top of the charts in 1962 was not a rock song. It was Stranger on the Shore by Mr Acker Bilk. Bernard Stanley Bilk got the nickname “Acker” from a slang term meaning “friend.” He wrote the song for his daughter, Jenny, and named the song for her. He …

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Hi-Yo Silver

I’ve been watching episodes of the old “Lone Ranger” TV show in the last month. It airs on a couple of  religious stations that I get on DishNetwork. One channel airs episode weekdays and the other channel puts the show on only during the weekend. It is a good fit for religious stations because of …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #4

The fourth song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 was “Hey! Baby” by Bruce Channel. Bruce wrote the song with Margaret Cobb in 1959 and performed the song for two years before recording it. It ended up being the number one song for the week of March 11-17. It remained the number …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #3

The third song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 is “The Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler. Gene had been the lead singer for the Dukays and recorded the song with them. The group’s record company preferred to release another song and said that Gene could release as a solo artist. The …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #2

This proves how popular the dance The Twist was fifty years ago. “Peppermint Twist” by Joey Dee and the Starliters hit the top of the Billboard list for the week of Jan, 21-27, 1962 and remained at the top of that list for another two weeks. On the other national record list, Cash Box, the …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #1

The song that was the top song on the charts in Jan. 1962 was “The Twist” by Chubby Checker. You may think that I am mistaken about the year. “The Twist” was first on the top of music charts in Sept. 1960. Then the song returned to the music charts in Jan. ’62 and became …

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Genealogy Guys #183

The Genealogy Guys did a podcast at the FGS Conference and in one segment Drew walked around and interviewed some people. I was one of those that Drew interviewed. Plus they answered questions and I was surprised that they were able to come up with answers right off the top of their head. Even though …

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Old Radio Programs

Want to hear the past? Archive.org has thousands of old radio programs, news broadcasts and music. They span the time from the late 1920s to the early 1960s. A lot of the programs include the commercials making them a chronicle of the time. One of the things that helped preserve some of the old shows …

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