Last year—it seems so far away now—I contributed liner notes for a pair of smaller Radio Spirits collections that were tremendous fun to do; one of them was a project that I suggested to that company’s Mark Tepper several years ago that eventually came to fruition: a set of broadcasts from “radio’s bad boy,” Henry Morgan. Mention Henry’s name to people today and a lot of them will say: “Oh! Colonel Potter from M*A*S*H!” (And that’s Harry Morgan—though for a while Harry went by Henry until he changed it to Harry to avoid confusion. I wish I had done the same.)
a 5-CD set of ten classic Morgan broadcasts…and while nothing is in cement yet we hope to maybe conceive another one in the near future. (Sorry about putting that image in your head, by the way.)
The Radio Spirits set of Mutual Radio Theater broadcasts contains eight episodes on six CDs, and features radio veterans such as Jeff Corey, Sam Edwards, Frank Nelson, Jeanette Nolan, Parley Baer and many others—there’s even a broadcast (“Lion Hunt”) written by and featuring Lights Out maven Arch Oboler, who’s joined by producer Elliott Lewis, Ben Wright, Jack Kruschen and The Great Gildersleeve himself, Hal Peary. There is some superb radio drama on these shows—though I must also confess that I was also amused with the inclusion of some of those classic “Radio—It’s Red Hot” promos from the great comedy team of Dick "Chickenman" Orkin and Bert Berdis.
I have a set of each of these collections to give away—and I’ll give both of them to one lucky member of the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear faithful. Here’s the rules and regs:
1) Simply send me an e-mail with “Mutual’s Henry Morgan” in the subject matter to igsjrotr(at)gmail(dot)com before next Monday (January 21). You can include something pithy like “How’s your mom, Ed?” or “Potrzebie!” in the body of the message, but make sure your name is in there…and if you want to include your snail mail to facilitate me getting this out to you faster (should you win), that’s fine and dandy. If you’d rather wait until you’ve been confirmed the winner…that’s okay-fine, too.
2) Please don’t enter if you’ve been a recent winner, only because it’s nice to let everybody have a crack at this swag. (Such swag retails for $19.95 for the Morgan set and $24.95 for MRT—so we’re talking serious prizeage here.) The grace period in the past has been thirty days but math was never my best subject, so I’m going to assume you’re on the honor system.
3) Offer good only in the
and Canada. (Sorry, fans from other countries—it was a
lean year in 2012.)
The following morning, I will draw a name via the Mighty Random Number Generator at Random.org, and get the winner’s prize out to them with all deliberate speed. But remember—you can’t win if you don’t enter…so if you’d like to win some top-shelf radio, send an e-mail today. Thrilling Days of Yesteryear—where the winning tradition continues!