Special Guest Joanna Wilson “Dresses Up” ‘Radio Once More’

December 2, 2018

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‘Radio Once More’ welcomed back author and Christmas TV specials expert, Joanna Wilson.  Joanna was on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ radio show where we had another delightful and fun conversation.  Joanna and I began our discussion about her recent Netflix project that resulted in a beautiful red & white gown made up from close to 700 Netflix DVD address tear-away sleeves.  This amazing gown was designed in the spirit of the Christmas dress worn by Rosemary Clooney during the finale of the film “White Christmas”.  A big congratulations to Joanna and her talented designer, Alyssa Hertz.

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Joanna Wilson with over 1500 Netflix DVD sleeves!!!!

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Joanna Wilson modeling her Netflix gown in front of The Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, Kentucky

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Joanna Wilson modeling her Netflix gown inside The Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, Kentucky

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Congratulations to Joanna and her talented designer, Alyssa Hertz on a successful Netflix sleeve Christmas Gown!!!!

We moved on and discussed a few classic Christmas films including, “White Christmas” (1954), “The Polar Express” (2004),  and the made for TV re-make of “Miracle on 34th Street” (1973).

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“White Christmas” (1954)

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“The Polar Express” (2004)

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“Miracle on 34th Street” (1973)

We mentioned that although the 1973 Made-For-TV version of “Miracle on 34th Street” is still not available on DVD, the entire film can be viewed on YouTube:

We then enjoyed a musical interlude and listened to a clip from a classic “Andy Williams Christmas Show” that featured the Williams Brothers singing “Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season” along with the Osmonds.

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The Williams Brothers and the Osmonds singing “Happy Holidays-The Holiday Season”

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The Williams Brothers and the Osmonds singing “Happy Holidays-The Holiday Season”

Next, Joanna and I discussed some great Christmas episodes from classic television series including “The Mary Tyler More Show”, “Twilight Zone”, and “Gilligan’s Island”.

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The “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” Christmas episode “Christmas and the Hard-Luck Kid”

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“The Twilight Zone” Christmas episode “Night of the Meek”

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“Gilligan’s Island” Christmas episode “Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk”

And of course we couldn’t discuss Christmas television without mentioning Rankin/Bass.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Rankin/Bass production of “The Little Drummer Boy”, so we played a clip and discussed this delightful Rankin/Bass production.

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The (1968) Rankin/Bass classic “The Little Drummer Boy”

All of these films, television episodes, and Christmas television specials along with so much more are documented in Joanna’s amazing reference book, Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies.  This book is widely available at Amazon or directly from the publisher 1701 Press.

Tis the Season TV - The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies, by Joanna Wilson

Below I have posted our discussion as it aired November 28th on ‘Radio Once More’ during our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” Christmas show.  A Big Thanks again to Joanna Wilson for taking the time to chat with us!!!!  Please visit Joanna’s web site at: www.ChristmasTVHistory.com

Enjoy and a big Woo-Hoo to you all!!!!!!

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Author Joanna Wilson with Helen & Johnny Holmes!!!!

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Tribute to “B-Mom” on ‘Radio Once More’

November 25, 2018

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As many of you know, we lost my beloved Mother, Beverly Holmes, or as she is known to everyone…B-Mom, last month.  She passed peacefully at her home of over 50 years with friends and family at her side.

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One of my favorite photos of B-Mom

The Holmes Family is grateful and thankful for all the wonderful cards, well wishes, messages, and phone calls after B-Mom’s passing.  We are also very thankful and appreciative for the many donations to the ‘Aleshire, Holmes and Wurst Memorial Scholarship Fund’ in the name of B-Mom.

On November 15th, we paid a tribute to B-Mom on our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” radio show on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More“.  During the tribute, we played two sketches we aired a few years ago where B-Mom played the endearing character she created, “Butterfingers Bernadette”.  We also played some Old Time Radio that she enjoyed including “Fibber McGee and Molly” and “The Aldrich Family” and some of her favorite songs including selections from Andy Williams and The Gipsy Kings.

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B-Mom as a toddler growing up in Philadelphia

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B-Mom as a youngster

It was an honor and a pleasure to honor B-Mom during this special installment of “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” and please know that although she may be gone, B-Mom will continue to be part of “Radio Once More” every week with her wonderful jokes during our Live “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” shows and on our “Holmsey Hall of Fame” productions.

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One of my favorite childhood photos.  This was taken on Thanksgiving Day 1965 at the home of my Aunt Joan and Uncle Jack.  Mom and Dad, along with oldest brother Ken, Johnny, and brother Les.  I always loved that eagle print hanging on the wall.

 

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Another one of my favorite photos.  Mom is in the background, encouraging me to sprint across the living room floor (with my cool sweater on) while my Dad takes the picture with his trusty Polaroid camera. Dig that cool 1960’s furniture!!! The photo doesn’t show the major collision that occurred a split second after poor Dad took the photo when I ran into him head first!!!  Dad is also in the photo as well, his army portrait is on the stereo (yes, that’s a stereo) on the right.

Below is the audio archive of this tribute for you to enjoy.  And as always, a big thanks to B-Mom for sharing your wonderful personality with all the listeners on “Radio Once More”.  We Love You B-Mom….You’re Always in Our Hearts!!!!!  And as we said for many years during the closing of all of our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” shows……”Good Night B-Mom, and don’t forget to turn off the lights”.

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The Holmes family, Johnny, Ken, Les, with B-Mom’s granddaughters Katie & Kami.  By the way, in addition to B-Mom, Dad made this photo as well, his Army portrait is on the top left.

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B-Mom with her three sons, Ken, Les, & Johnny

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B-Mom’s Birthday cake with her toddler photo on it for when she turned 70.

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B-Mom acting silly celebrating Mother’s Day

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B-Mom and Johnny Boy acting silly!!!

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A nice photo with Johnny Boy and B-Mom

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A great photo with all the Holmes women. Behind B-Mom is Helen Holmes (daughter-in-law), Katie (granddaughter), holding great granddaughter Raigan, Kami (granddaughter), and Kelly Holmes (daughter-in-law)

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B-Mom with Johnny and Helen, and yes, Dad is in this photo as well.  Big thanks to Jim McCuaig for this photo


Celebrate the 6th Anniversary of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” with ‘Fright Night’

October 7, 2018

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Hello All !!!!! Helen and I are proud to host another installment of “An Evening of “Old Time Radio” at Mount Holly’s newest coffee shop, “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, at 14 White Street in Mill Race Village, located in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey.  If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, October 12th (6:30PM to 9PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a hot cup of coffee as we present the return of, “Fright Night”. We will be presenting three ‘spine tingling’ classic shows from the “Golden Age of Radio” that will certainly be thrilling and chilling, getting us all in the ‘Halloween Spirit’.

Stay for 1, 2, or all 3 shows!!!! As a special bonus, we are also planning to broadcast the presentation live on www.RadioOnceMore.com Wednesday, October 17th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Fright Night” presentation live, once at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, and once on “Radio Once More”.  Join us as we celebrate our 6th Anniversary of presenting ‘Old Time Radio’ in downtown Mount Holly.  We have some great scary shows and treats lined up for this special Friday evening event. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!! Arrive early if you plan on attending, it is a cozy coffee shop with limited seating. Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Friday evening at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe” on October 12th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening October 17th at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!

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“Sunday Summer Sci-Fi” (2018)

August 4, 2018

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Hello All !!!!! Helen and I are again proud to host a special presentation of “An Afternoon of Old Time Radio” at Mount Holly’s newest coffee shop, “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, at 14 White Street in Mill Race Village, located in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Sunday, August 19th (2:00PM to 4:30PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage as we present “Sunday Summer Sci-Fi”. We will be presenting three classic ‘Old Time Radio’ shows from the “Golden Age of Radio” with a ‘Science Fiction’ theme.

Stay for 1, 2, or all 3 shows!!!! As a special bonus, we are also planning to broadcast the presentation live on www.RadioOnceMore.com August 22nd at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Sci-Fi” presentation live, once at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, and once on “Radio Once More”. We have some great shows and fun lined up for this special Sunday afternoon event. We will be continuing our “Sci-Fi” tradition by offering complimentary “Moon Pies” to go with your “Breaking Grounds” beverages. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!! Arrive early if you plan on attending, it’s a cozy coffee shop with limited seating.

Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Sunday afternoon at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe” on August 19th at 2:00PM and on “Radio Once More” Wednesday evening August 22nd at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!

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“Go West”

May 28, 2018

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Hello All!!!!! Helen and I are proud to host another installment of  “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at Mount Holly’s newest coffee shop, “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, at 14 White Street in Mill Race Village, located in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, June 8th (6:30PM to 9PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage as we present “Go West”. We will be presenting three classic western radio shows from the “Golden Age of Radio”.

Stay for 1, 2, or all 3 shows!!!! As a special bonus, we are also planning to broadcast the presentation live on www.RadioOnceMore.com June 13th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Go West presentation live, once at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, and once on “Radio Once More”. We have some great western shows and fun lined up for this special Friday evening event. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!! Arrive early if you plan on attending, it’s a cozy coffee shop with limited seating.

Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Friday evening at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe” on June 8th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening June 13th at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!

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“Too Much Drama”

April 6, 2018

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Hello All!!!!! Helen and I are proud to host another installment of  “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at Mount Holly’s newest coffee shop, “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, at 14 White Street in Mill Race Village, located in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, April 13th (6:30PM to 9PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage as we present “Too Much Drama”. We will be presenting three classic drama radio shows from the “Golden Age of Radio”.

Stay for 1, 2, or all 3 shows!!!! As a special bonus, we are also planning to broadcast the presentation live on www.RadioOnceMore.com Wednesday, April 18th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Too Much Drama” presentation live, once at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, and once on “Radio Once More”. We have some great drama shows and fun lined up for this special Friday evening event. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!! Arrive early if you plan on attending, it’s a cozy coffee shop with limited seating.

Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Friday evening at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe” on April 13th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening April 18th at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!

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“Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight”

February 3, 2018

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Hello All!!!!! As many of you know, our beloved ‘Daily Grind’ has closed its business. We wish the owners and the staff of the ‘Daily Grind’ much success in their future endeavors. Helen and I are proud to announce that we will be hosting another installment of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at Mount Holly’s newest coffee shop, “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, at 14 White Street in Mill Race Village, located in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly, New Jersey on Friday, February 9th (6:30PM to 9PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage as we present “Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight”. We will be presenting three classic comedy shows from the “Golden Age of Radio”.

Stay for 1, 2, or all 3 shows!!!! As a special bonus, we are also planning to broadcast the presentation live on www.RadioOnceMore.com Wednesday, February 21st at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight” presentation live, once at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe”, and once on “Radio Once More”.  We have some great comedy shows and fun lined up for this special Friday evening event. Also, rumor has it that there will be a few Give-a-Ways!!!!

Stop by and try something a little different and experience how we were entertained back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s before television. All you need are your ears and your imagination!!!! Arrive early if you plan on attending, it is a cozy coffee shop with limited seating.  Helen and I sincerely hope to see you Friday evening at “Breaking Grounds Coffee & Cafe” on February 9th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening February 21st at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!

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