Speaking of Radio

Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden


John M. Kennedy

Recorded May 18th, 1991 - 90 min

A trio of well-known network radio announcers plus actor Les Tremayne joined us for a “roundtable discussion” in the Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster’s Clubroom in Hollywood, California. John Milton  Kennedy (Lux Radio Theatre), Wendell Niles (Bob Hope Show), Dressar Dahlsted (Death Valley Days) and Les Tremayne (First Nighter) all spoke of their experiences during the golden days of radio. John was born December 23, 1912 and was 79 at the time of this conversation; Wendell was born December 9, 1904 and was 87; Dressar was born September 19, 1900 and was 90;  Les was born April 16, 1913 and was 77. Mr. Kennedy died June 11, 2006 at age 94; Mr. Niles died March 28, 1994 at age 89; Mr. Dahlsted died April 20, 1998 at age 97; Mr. Tremayne died December 19, 2003 at age 90.

Lux Radio Theatre - 6/26/44 - Christmas In July

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to John M. Kennedy as announcer for the Lux Radio Theatre on June 26th, 1944.


  1. Michaela Nelson says... comment left on April 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm


    What a delightful and informative 90 minutes to hear these treasured actors give us a glimpse of the life as actors in radio.

    Our SAG-AFTRA Radio Players, in particular the favorites for me, have performed many Lux Radio Theatre shows. It is even more precious to listen to this now, since all four gentleman have passed away.

    Thank you for all that you do to continue keeping the Golden Age of Radio alive and well. You are probably able to do even more with your website and time now than when you were hosting “Those Were the Days.”

    Mickey Nelson

  2. Hal Evans says... comment left on November 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    This is very good. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Andrew Smith says... comment left on April 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Have had the pleasure of being Mr. Kennedy’s voice for 2 Lux Theater [re-enactment] presentations to date; “The Bachelor And The Bobby Soxer” and “Meet Me In St. Louis”, now in rehearsal. It is fun portraying a “real” person in the theater rather than a character. It’s an honor to hear him just talk about his experiences.