As radio shows grew in popularity during the early 1940's, there was a clamor for more information about the media format. It was out of this thirst for knowledge that Behind the Mike was born. This old time radio program was first aired on September 15, 1940, comprised of 83 episodes until the series' end on April 19, 1942. The format and content of the shows were relatively simple and geared toward providing informative news about the listener's favorite actors, actresses and old radio shows among others. Aside from that, it was also a means to educate the audience about the begind the scenes goings-on in the industry. Graham McNamee hosted the series during its entire run. He found a way to connect with his audience by taking on live callers and answering their questions on air. Behind the Mike is one old time radio collection that certified audiophiles will definitely appreciate. Gather snippets of information and old time radio trivia while you listen.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 31 old time radio episodes:
|09.22.1940||behind the mike (02) warming up a studio audience||
+Blue Network. Warming up a studio audience: Harry Von Zell tells how it's done. Sidney Anthony (of...
|09.29.1940||behind the mike (03) baby's cries||
+Blue Network. Radio babies: how (18-year-old) Janice Gilbert imitates infants. Don Cordray, the ho...
+Blue Network. An interview with Charlie Cantor, dialect radio actor, who speaks in several accents...
|10.13.1940||sundown on the veldt||
+Blue Network. Joseph Marais, host of, "Sundown On The Veldt," tells the story of a native Zulu he ...
|10.20.1940||behind the mike (06) radio sneezing||
+Blue Network. Hildegarde Halliday describes how she's an excpert sneezer on the air. John J. Antho...
+Blue Network. A visit from a "female stooge," Minerva Pious. She tells about the many character vo...
|11.10.1940||making a living by dying||
+Blue Network. Ted Slade and Ray Kelly (head of the NBC Sound Effects Department) demonstrate vario...
|11.17.1940||behind the mike (10) dinah and the truck driver||
+ Blue Network. Milton Herman tells about his radio profession; dying! He always plays gangsters wh...
|11.24.1940||war news mistakes||
+Blue Network. Dinah Shore sings, "I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair," and tells about h...
+Blue Network. 5:30 P.M. (EST). How musical bridges are used on dramatic programs. Ernie Watson tel...
|12.15.1940||radios dramatic actresses||
+ Blue Network. 4:30 P.M. (EST). Gertrude Warner demonstrates her versatility as a radio actress. S...
+Blue Network. Ben Grauer substitutes for Graham McNamee, who has gone to California to cover the R...
+Blue Network. Phil Cook tell's why he has the hardest job in radio, hosting the "Radio Almanac." H...
|01.05.1941||weird prospective guest interview||
+ Blue Network. Scriptwriter Mort Lewis recalls his luncheon appointment with Henry Morgan. George ...
+Blue Network. Katherine Seymour, one of the first script writers in radio (currently scripting "Li...
|01.19.1941||fdr third inaugural ceremonies||
+ Blue Network. Graham McNamee describes the activity behind the scenes at NBC's plans to broadcast...
|01.26.1941||youre my dream||
+ Blue Network. The program has no studio audience because of a Ted Weems broadcast. The show usual...
|02.02.1941||putting a program together||
+Blue Network. How a radio program is put together...this particular program. Graham mentions that ...
|02.09.1941||the lady from oklahoma||
+Blue Network. Ida Bailey Allen tells about a telephone call from a listener from Oklahoma. The sou...
+Blue Network. Alan Drake tells how he creates dialect and character roles. Sound effect of the wee...
+Blue Network. How a radio comedy broadcast is put together (Fred Allen is impersonated). The sound...