November 4, 2016

Around the dial

We're a little light on links this week, but for a good reason - most of my colleagues can be found in the "Terror TV Blogathon" hosted by the Classic TV Blog Association. I'm not enough of a horror buff to have participated in this one, but I promise you're going to enjoy reading their pieces - you won't miss me a bit! In other blogs:

At Christmas TV History, Joanna gives us a heads-up on her Christmas schedule, which includes not only great pieces from the past and present, but when your favorite Christmas show might be on. I always look forward to this time of year!

The Broadcast Archives at the University of Maryland has a terrific picture of the cover of a 1930 booklet entitled The Romance and Reality of Television. I don't know if I've ever heard a better description of the promise television held - question is, has it lived up to that promise?

Cult TV Blog has a very interesting article on the Troughton Doctor Who episode "The Invasion," including how this episode expresses the show's traditional caution towards technology. I'm fond of this DVD, because it's out of print and outrageously priced in the U.S., but the U.K. version became my first purchase for my new region-free DVD player.

If you're in the mood for a little old-time radio, Recap Retro has a great piece on "Night Beat," the 50s series set in Chicago, and starring Frank Lovejoy as newspaper reporter Randy Stone. I've heard this on Radio Spirits, and it's pretty good - you can find episodes online to check it out.

A reminder that our friend Ray Starman, author of The Sitcom Class Wars, will be appearing later this month on Ed Robertson's TV Confidential podcast - I'll have more details as we get closer.

And finally, a question for you all from reader Brian, who wants to know if anyone out there has a copy of the Merv Griffin-hosted game show Play Your Hunch from April 8, 1960. Merv's guest singer that day was Beverly Kenney. If so, please let me know via comment or email.

That's it for this week - see you back here tomorrow.

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