NEWSLETTER | VOL. 26, June 2023
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by Carl Amari
THE RADIO DETECTIVE MATTER ‘Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar’ was a mainstay into the 1960s by Carl Amari and Martin Grams
America’s “fabulous freelance insurance investigator” was one of radio’s great sleuths, pursuing both stolen goods and villains with a vengeance. Johnny Dollar was hired by various insurance companies to apprehend poisoners and drug smugglers and recover gems from a heist.
Like other famous private eyes, Dollar had the crime all wrapped up before the cops were remotely aware that anything was amiss. His status as an insurance investigator gained him access to case files at police departments, and there were usually trips to exotic locales. Each story ended with Dollar dictating his report, every line accompanied by the relevant expenses, from aspirin and cab fairs to new suits. The program featured snappy scripts and was a cut above the average radio whodunit.
A number of talented actors, including tough-guy screen stars Edmond O’Brien and John Lund, played the lead; but none defined the personality of Johnny Dollar better than Bob Bailey. Bailey played Dollar during the high-water mark of the show, in the mid 1950s when it switched format from a 30-minute weekly offering to five-part 15-minute episodes broadcast daily.
In the early 1950s when other radio programs were transitioning to television, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar stuck to its radio roots. It managed to stay on the air until September 30, 1962 the date when CBS canceled it and another long-running radio favorite, Suspense. Sadly, the final two programs originating from the golden age of radio were now off the air.
LEND ME YOUR EARS | THIS MONTH’S SONG: PIECE BY PIECE, Kelly Clarkson
by Lisa Wolf
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“This song is basically my past, present, and future. It’s my love letter celebrating and thanking my husband for being a man that knows how to love me and our children without expecting anything in return. Also, this is a promise to my kids that I will never cease to love them, and be present in their lives always.” ~ Kelly Clarkson
“Piece by Piece” is the title song from Kelly Clarkson’s seventh-studio album, released November 9th, 2015. The song was written by Kelly along with Greg Kurstin, who produced the record. There is also an alternate rendition – the “Idol version” – from her 2016 American Idol performance.
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Kelly Clarkson’s passionate performance of the song on American Idol finished with a standing ovation from the judges and audience. Kelly ultimately broke down in tears.
“I guess you don’t realize something is missing until you feel it. I can’t imagine walking away from my little girl. I can’t imagine not having that love anymore. I didn’t know it was missing because I never had it. It was a revelation and that’s why I wrote that song. I think a lot of people go through that.”
The black-and-white song video features emotional images of children and mothers. It ends with Kelly holding her own daughter, River Rose, who leans in to give her mom a kiss.
SIGNAL OIL PLUGS RIVAL NETWORK’S SHOWS TO CAPTURE AUDIENCE
by Karl Schadow
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THE NEW ADV. OF PHILIP MARLOWE 4/18/50 The Angry Eagle
MURDER AT MIDNIGHT 4/19/46 The Dead Hand
DUFFY’S TAVERN 9/22/50 Archie Buys a Radio Station
THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM 11/20/49 Jack Goes to Rehearsal
GUNSMOKE 4/18/53 Bum’s Rush
ROCKY FORTUNE 1/12/54 Ride ‘em Cowboy
BLONDIE 11/6/39 Uncle Gideon and Aunt Bessie
THE STORY OF DR. KILDARE 4/26/50 Warren Jackson
FORT LARAMIE 2/5/56 Squaw Man
SUSPENSE 7/12/55 Kaleidoscope
THE LIFE OF RILEY 6/19/48 Father’s Day
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR 11/11/56 The Big Scoop Matter
ACADEMY AWARD 10/2/46 My Man Godfrey
HAVE GUN-WILL TRAVEL 7/12/59 Young Gun
INNER SANCTUM MYSTERY 8/24/52 No Rest for the Dead
MY FAVORITE HUSBAND 9/30/49 Woman’s Club Election
THE SHADOW 6/26/38 The Old People
HOPALONG CASSIDY 3/29/49 Hoppy and the Iron Horse
MR. CHAMELEON 10/13/48 The Case of Murder and the House of Whispers
THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE 11/7/51 Bronco and Marjorie Want to Build a House
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