100 years ago this month a new technology called radio began, just in time for the presidential election returns between Warren G. Harding and James M. Cox. The Greatest Memories salutes this centennial anniversary with some early radio highlights, Show Tunes Spotlight, a military veteran who honed his radio skills in the U.S. Air Force, and Del Ward’s groundbreaking career in the radio industry.
This month we begin our 8th season of The Greatest Memories podcast. We have a very personal Veteran’s story, a salute to The Andy Griffith Show on its 60th anniversary, Show Tunes Spotlight, Del’s Datebook and musical memories from the Drifters, Jo Stafford, Four Tops, Buddy Holly and more.
We have a definite train theme running through this month’s podcast. You can learn about the National Railroad Museum and a musical with a train theme on Show Tunes Spotlight. And Del Ward shares her memories of the Nancy Hanks and other trains. Train songs by Elvis, Peggy Lee and Gladys Knight & the Pips. Plus headlines from 50 Septembers ago, and a Navy veteran who was touched by Pearl Harbor though he served after that “Day of Infamy.”
Don Reid of the Statler Brothers talks about his new book…Help veterans and get your own combat boots through Boot Campaign.org…Show Tunes Spotlight looks at Merrily We Roll Along…Del Ward shares memories of back-to-school…Headlines from 70 Augusts ago…stories behind the songs from Dean Martin, Troggs, Beach Boys and Temptations.
Our veterans segment this month has an Air Force love story…the 2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival, AKA the Byron Pop Festival, is 50 years old…Show Tunes Spotlight has a song with an interesting history…Del Ward talks about summer vacations…and stories behind the songs from the Essex, Tommy Dorsey, Everly Brothers and more.