“Home For the Holidays” (2017)

December 3, 2017

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Happy Holidays to one and all!!!  Helen and I are honored and proud to again host an installment of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop at 48 High Street 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, December 8th (6:30PM to approximately 9:00PM), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a tasty beverage and share in the Holiday Season with us as we present, “Home for the Holidays”. We will be presenting three classic Christmas Shows from the “Golden Age of Radio” to get us all in the Holiday 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 the following Wednesday, December 13th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Home for the Holidays” presentation live, once at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, and once on “Radio Once More”.  We have some great Christmas shows, Christmas music, 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 wish you all a joyous Holiday Season and we hope to see you Friday evening at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on December 8th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening December 13th at 9PM, and as Tiny Tim said at the end of “A Christmas Carol”, God Bless Us, Everyone!!!

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‘Radio Once More’ Welcomes Back Joanna Wilson

December 2, 2017

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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 conversation.  Joanna and I began our discussion about her recent visit to the official ‘A Christmas Story’ House in Cleveland, Ohio.  Joanna appeared on Cleveland morning television along with a few Cleveland anchors and discussed her book, “The Triple Dog Dare: Watching–& Surviving–the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story”.  Joanna and I chatted about this book last year on ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ and you can catch this wonderful discussion here.

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Joanna Wilson at the official ‘A Christmas Story House’.

We also discussed one of my favorite books in the world, “Tis the Season TV:  The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-For-TV Movies”.  Joanna explains her inspiration for this incredible volume, and the amount of research, dedication, and time, it took her to complete this amazing reference book.  This book along with her other books are published by 1701 Press and can be purchased through their web site, or you can contact Joanna at her web site and arrange purchasing an autographed copy from her directly.  Joanna’s web site is:

www.ChristmasTVHistory.com.

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We then turned our discussion to Classic Christmas Films that we all fell in love with growing up and watching on TV in the comfort of our home.   Since we already mentioned it, we started with, “A Christmas Story” from (1983).  We also discussed “A Christmas Carol” (1951), “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946), and “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947).

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“A Christmas Story” (1983)

 

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“A Christmas Carol” (1951)

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

And we also consoled each other about the fact that the 1973 Made-For-TV remake of “Miracle on 34th Street” (1973) has not been released to DVD yet.

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“Miracle on 34th Street” (1973)

Now please don’t tell Mr. Sawyer, but this beloved version of “Miracle on 34th Street” can be viewed on You Tube!!!!

We then discussed a few classic Television Christmas Specials.  We started with Charles Schulz’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from (1965).  We also discussed “Davey & Goliath: Christmas Lost and Found” (1965), “The Spirit of Christmas” (1950) featuring the Mabel Beaton Marionettes adaptations of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “The Nativity Story”.  And we ended our discussion with the Rankin/Bass Christmas classic, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” from (1970).

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“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

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“Davey & Goliath:  Christmas Lost and Found” (1965)

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“The Spirit of Christmas” (1950)  – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

 

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“The Spirit of Christmas” (1950) – ‘The Nativity Story’

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“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (1970)

Below I have posted our discussion that we aired on November 29th on ‘Radio Once More’.  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 Woo-Hoo!!!!!!

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Helen and Holmsey with author Joanna Wilson

 


‘Mel Simons returns to Radio Once More’

November 23, 2017

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Radio Once More again had the pleasure to chat with author, entertainer, emcee, host, and all-around great guy, Mel Simons. Mel and I had a wonderful chat about trivia and his wonderful trivia books, and his career as a professional wrestling announcer.  We also discussed his famous “Audio Clip Trivia Quiz” that he has brought to WBZ Radio in Boston as a special guest for close to 40 years!!!

We had a fun segment with Mel, where we again “Turned the Tables on Mel”. During this segment, we played Old Time Radio Theme for Mel and he attempted to guess the name of the radio series. Below is the complete segment that was aired on November 15th 2017 as part of our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” Live Show on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More”.

 

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Mel’s books are all published by Bear Manor Media, and his web site is www.MelSimons.net.

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Mel Simons conducting an interview

 

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  Mel Simons with Aileen Quinn (Annie), Paul Petersen (Donna Reed Show), Tammy Locke (The Monroes),  and Geri Reischl (The Brady Bunch Hour)

A big thanks again to Mel Simons for taking the time to chat with us on ‘Radio Once More’!!!!! Enjoy the Mel Simons discussion!!!

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Holmsey with Mel Simons in 2017

 


Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of “An Evening of Old Time Radio” with ‘Fright Night’

September 24, 2017

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Hello All!!!!! Helen and I invite you to come out and celebrate our 5th Anniversary of “An Evening of “Old Time Radio” at The Daily Grind Coffee Shop located at 48 High Street 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 13th (6:30PM to 9PM)…………….(YES, FRIDAY THE 13TH), we cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a hot cup of coffee as we present the return of, “Fright Night”. For our 5 year anniversary, we will be presenting the same ‘spine tingling’ line-up of classic shows from the “Golden Age of Radio” we presented 5 years ago!!!!  These shows 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 18th at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our “Fright Night” presentation live, once at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, and once on the internet radio station “Radio Once More”. We have some great scary shows, Halloween music, 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 the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on October 13th at 6:30PM and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening October 18th at 9PM!!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!

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“Sunday Summer Sci-Fi”

August 17, 2017

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Hello All!!!!! Helen and I are proud to host a special presentation of “An Afternoon of Old Time Radio” at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop at 48 High Street in beautiful, downtown Mount Holly, New Jersey. If any of you wonderful folks happen to be in the vicinity of Mount Holly on Sunday, August 20th (2PM 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 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 the following Wednesday, August 23rd at 9PM. This gives you two chances to catch our ‘Sci-Fi’ presentation live, once at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop, and once on “Radio Once More”. We are going to have some great shows, music, and treats lined up for this special Sunday afternoon 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 Sunday afternoon at the Daily Grind Coffee Shop on August 20th and on “Radio Once More” on Wednesday evening August 23rd at 9PM for all the Sci-Fi Fun!!!!!  Woo-Hoo!!!!

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Rick Goldschmidt on ‘Radio Once More’

July 29, 2017
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Rick Goldschmidt and ‘Holmsey’ at the ‘Chiller Theatre Expo’ in Parsippany, New Jersey (April 2016)

Merry Christmas in July!!!!!  On July 26th, we had as a special guest on the internet radio station “Radio Once More”, author and official historian/biographer of Rankin/Bass productions, Rick Goldschmidt.  I had the pleasure to have an extensive conversation with Rick about his earliest Rankin/Bass memories and his eventual association with Rankin/Bass productions.

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During our discussion I played audio clips from various Rankin/Bass productions, (both Christmas and non-Christmas) and Rick discussed and shared stories and neat trivia about the various series’ and specials that we played on ‘Radio Once More’.  We started off with a few Rankin/Bass clips that were not Christmas related including, the 1970 special, The Mad Mad Mad Comedians, the series from 1972-1973, Festival of Family Classics, the Saturday morning cartoon series, King Kong, which ran from 1966-1969, and finally the 1967 feature film, Mad Monster Party?

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And then we moved to what Rankin/Bass is probably best known for, their Christmas specials.  Our first Christmas clip came from the 1969 classic, ‘Frosty the Snowman’.  Our next clip was from the delightful 1970 production, ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town’.  We ended our discussion with a clip from the 1964 Christmas classic, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’.

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20th Anniversary Edition of “The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio”

Here is the entire conversation with Rick Goldschmidt

Again, a big thanks to Rick Goldschmidt for appearing on ‘Radio Once More’.  Please visit Rick’s web site at MiserBros.com.  Thanks for stopping by the ‘Holmsey Blog’ and…….Merry Christmas in July!!!!!!…….Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!

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Rick Goldschmidt at a convention in 2017

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Garry Berman on ‘Radio Once More’

June 29, 2017

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Happy Summer All!!!!  On June 28th, I had the pleasure to chat on the internet radio station, “Radio Once More” with author and pop culture historian, Garry Berman.  We briefly chatted with Garry about some of the books that he has written, and then we turned our conversation to Classic Television.  Garry’s most recent book, “For the First Time on Television” is about television firsts.  Garry’s books are available at GarryBerman.com and at Amazon.com.

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During our discussion, we played audio clips from classic TV shows from the 1950’s to the 1980’s and then Garry and I chatted about each series we played a clip from.  Some of the series we discussed include, “I Love Lucy“, “The Honeymooners“, “The Twilight Zone“, “Leave it to Beaver“, “Batman“, “Star Trek“, “Mary Tyler Moore Show“, “Columbo“, “All in the Family“, and “Cheers“.

Here is the entire conversation with Garry Berman

I had a wonderful time chatting with Garry about one of my favorite topics….Classic TV. So again, big thanks to Garry Berman for spending some time with us on ‘Radio Once More’.

Also on our ‘Classic TV’ themed radio show, we featured a rare radio version of “The Honeymooners”.  A neat treat to hear the Kramdens and the Nortons in a radio production from 1954.

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We also featured a flashback of when Helen and I first met…………aboard the “Starship Enterprise“!!!

Thanks for stopping by the “Holmsey Blog“.  We’ll catch you back here soon and of course on “Radio Once More

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