We invite you to listen to a complete 4-hour program from the 39-year run of Those Were The Days (1970—2009) hosted by Radio Hall of Famer Chuck Schaden. The encore programs that run on this page are exactly as first broadcast over the air. They contain vintage radio shows, special guests and commercials and messages as originally presented on WLTD, Evanston (May 2, 1970 thru July 31, 1975); on WNIB, Chicago (September 6, 1975 thru February 10, 2001) and on WDCB, DuPage County (February 3, 2001 thru June 27, 2009). Encores are selected by us and are available on demand 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Program selections are added every week on Wednesday, 6 a.m. Central Time.
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HERE COMES THE SHOWBOAT!
Originally broadcast on WNIB
Saturday, July 1, 1995
LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-24-40) “Show Boat” starring Irene Dunne, Allan Jones and Charles Winninger in the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical about life on a Mississippi show boat.
AMERICANA (10-26-49) “The Show Boat and Other Pastimes.” Northwestern University School of Speech professor Martin Maloney narrates while announcer Bill Griskey reads passages from Captain Billy Bryant’s 1936 autobiography, “Children of Old Man River” subtitled “The Life and Times of a Show Boat Trooper.”
THIS IS YOUR LIFE (10-26-49) Host Ralph Edwards surprises tonight’s subject, Captain Billy Bryant, whose career as a show boat captain is told in this broadcast. Helping Captain Billy recall those pleasant days are his wife Josephine and his daughter Betty. Also presented is a Show Boat performance in capsule form, “Ten Nights in a Barroom” featuring Betty’s daughter in the role her mother originally played on the show boat.
OUR SPECIAL GUEST is BETTY BRYANT whose family-owned show boat plied the inland waterways of the Ohio River from before the First World War until 1942.