Monday, December 15, 2014

25 Days of Old Time Radio Christmas: Day 15 - Christmas in Connecticut (with Ronald Reagan)

Working on sending out one blog entry each day in December to showcase great Old Time Radio for the Christmas season.  Here is a link to all the entries.  Here is day 15 - though it was not technically aired for the holidays - but it definitely has a Christmas theme.  It is again from the Screen Guild Theater - their production of Christmas in Connecticut with Ronald Reagan...YES, that Ronald Reagan!  I will probably feature Lux Radio Theater's version of It's a Wonderful Life soon....I hope!

If you have Sirius/XM, you can listen to Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#82). He has a number of great programs available throughout the month of December on his great show.  You can also get a large number of these programs at a variety or resources on the web. One place to find these shows is the 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive. This is a great resources for many of these wonderful radio shows!

Dad Barry & Corey at Mystic Connecticut (June 23, 1968)

My brother and I with my dad, Mystic Seaport in Connecticut - June 23, 1968

This is a really cool item that I found on Old Time Radio. Is is the Screen Guild Theater production of Christmas in Connecticut, The recording is from August 5, 1946 - so it is not in the middle of the holiday season - but it does the trick. The recording features the married couple of Ronald Reagan (yes, the President of the United States) and his wife at the time, Jane Wyman. Besides being interesting with the former president serving as the star of the recording, it is very cool to learn about one of Radio's charity programs. From the Digital Deli: "Why charity? From the outset, the various Screen Guild programs were conceived, produced and broadcast for the express purpose of raising money for the Motion Picture Relief Fund. Over the years, the Motion Picture Relief Fund appeal extended to raising funds for a Country Home and Hospital for retired, ill, indigent, or destitute Motion Picture Industry artists."

Here is the episode:

Here are some links to programs relating to Screen Guild Theater and Christmas in Connecticut:
25 Days of Old Time Radio Christmas:

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