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Fitch Old Time Radio Advertisement: Which kind of beard do you have . .

Another great advertisement from Fitch on Shaving Cream and their sponsored old time radio shows: Which kind of beard do you have . . . TOUGH? WIRY? LIGHT? All come off clean . . . comfortably . . . with Fitch’s NO-BRUSH Yes! No matter what type of beard you have, try Fitch’s No-Brush. It delivers a close, easy shave even in cold or hard water. The instant you apply it, the special “skin conditioner” ingredient goes to work to prepare even the most sensitive fact for a mighty sweet, smooth shave, Fitch’s No-Brush gets right next to your skin . . . holds those whiskers up until the razor mows ‘em down! Leaves the face with a frosty cool feeling that lasts for hours. Whether yours is a “problem” beard or the ordinary “garden” variety, you’ll find solid comfort shaving once you've  SWITCHED TO FITCH. BRUSH USERS! Ask for Fitch’s Brush Shaving Cream, it also contains the special “able conditioner” and gives an abundance of Laches. LISTEN TO “ FITCH

Top 10 Old Time Radio Books

I thought I would create my own list of  best books on Old Time Radio . The Top 10 Books on OTR: On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, John Dunning (1998) The Jack Benny Show, Milt Josefsberg (1977) Raised on Radio, Gerald Nachman (2000) Heavenly Days: The Story of Fibber McGee and Molly, Charles Stumpf (1987) The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age.  Leonard Maltin (1997) Remember Radio, Ron. Lackmann (1970) The Big Broadcast 1920-1950, Frank Buxton Speaking of Radio, Chuck Schaden (2003) Treadmill to Oblivion, Fred Allen (1954) Sunday Nights at Seven: The Jack Benny Story, Jack & Joan Benny (1990) *Honorable Mention* The Shadow Scrapbook, Anthony Tollin Fibber McGee's Scrapbook, Charles Stumpf Much Ado About Me, Fred Allen What would YOU pick to be on a list?

Meredith Wilson: "A Composer Turns Into Comedian"

The Milwaukee Journal – Nov 22, 1942 A Composer Turns Into Comedian By Robert Myers HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) When Dr. Albert Coates, distinguished Brit- Meredith Wilson perform as a radio comic, he got up and walked out of the studio. “I played your ‘Missions of California’ symphony in concert because I considered you one of the most promising of the young America composers,” Dr. Coates told Wilson afterward. “But when I saw you doing that . . . that slapstick with Frank Morgan , it was just too much. I was horrified.” Versatile, affable Wilson, who would have been called a heretic a few years ago by the lovers of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, laughed. “I try to enjoy everything I do. It is fun to do comedy lines. And I don’t believe this outlet has in any manner injured my reputation in the field of music.” Wilson, tall and easygoing, is proud of several things. One is his home town of Mason City, Iowa. Another is his versatility. He was written two symphon