Monday, July 28, 2014

BearManor Media, Kindle titles on sale

In the previous post, I mentioned that the Kindle version of Randy West's book about Johnny Olson (published by BearManor Media) is on sale, until August 15th.

A great many other Kindle versions of BearManor Media titles are similarly on sale. Here is the list of the books, from

Monday, July 21, 2014

Author Randy West, and the book "Johnny Olson: A Voice in Time"

Randy West made a return visit to my weekly radio program, recently, to talk about his very enjoyable book about his friend and mentor, the late radio and television announcer Johnny Olson (1910-1985).

Olson is no doubt best-remembered as the announcer for The Price is Right, with host Bob Barker, but he also served as announcer for a long list of other television programs, including What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth, and The Jackie Gleason Show.  He was also the host, himself, of a number of radio and television shows, including early television's Doorway to Fame (the Dumont Network), and Ladies Be Seated (which aired on ABC Radio, as well as ABC-TV).  

Randy West's book, brought out in 2009 by BearManor Media, is Johnny Olson: A Voice in Time; it is subtitled From The Birth of Modern Media to The Price is Right.  

West is a game-show announcer, voice-over performer, actor, lecturer, and author.  His book, of course, chronicles Johnny Olson's life, and lengthy career--but it is also a portrait of the different broadcast eras Olson was a part of (including the early years of both radio and television).

The Kindle version of the book is currently on sale, until August 15th:

Here, too, is the link to the softcover edition of the book:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Author Martin Grams, Jr.

On several occasions, over time, I've written in this space about author Martin Grams, Jr.  He's written books about such television and radio programs as The Twilight ZoneThe Time Tunnel, The Shadow, Suspense, and--most recently--Duffy's Tavern.

He'll be appearing, tonight, on The Jordan Rich Show, on Boston radio station WBZ-AM.  The program begins airing at midnight (Eastern time).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Additional story, Philadelphia magazine, about the S.S. United States

A story in Philadelphia magazine about the ocean liner, following this week's report in The New York Times:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The S.S. United States, in The New York Times

A story about the historic ocean liner (which has been written about a number of times, in this space), appears in today's print edition of The New York Times:

Here, too, is the link to the Facebook page of the S.S. United States Conservancy:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Morgan White, Jr. interview

An interview with my friend Morgan White, Jr.--longtime Boston radio talk show host, trivia expert, trivia-oriented entertainer, and author--aired, on June 19th, on my weekly "Radio Once More"
program (Thursdays, 9 to midnight, Eastern).

Here is the audio recording of the interview, which is approximately thirty-five minutes long.

(Please note that the recording, which I am posting temporarily, is copyrighted by "Radio Once More," and is posted here for private listening purposes only. )

Morgan White has worked for years for WBZ Radio (1030 AM). Since November, he has been the host of WBZ's "The Morgan Show," which is heard Saturday nights from 10 till midnight (Eastern).

You can listen to the program at this link:

Morgan White's website can be found here: