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Mitch Miller Radio Show

Mitch Miller is probably best known for his "Sing Along with Mitch Miller" record albums and his television show, "Sing Along with Mitch". What many people do not know is that Miller had a weekly radio show, The Mitch Miller Show . The 45-minute show did not feature music, it was an interview show featuring a diverse group of people from actors to authors to comedians. The show began with Miller--also called "The Beard"-- asking questions of the guests and, as the show continued, the interview eventually turned into more of a conversation. Broadcast from Sardi's Restaurant in the New York City theater district, it was almost like the listening audience was eavesdropping on a private conversation. Miller started his musical career as an oboist with the Syracuse (NY) Symphony Orchestra at 15 years old. After high school, he studied music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, graduating in 1932 with honors. After a stint with the Roche

Dancers On Suspense!

Suspense!  was one of the most well produced, acted, and written dramas on radio, as well as one of the most prolific. There were an estimated 945 episodes broadcast, most of which have survived. During the twenty year run, probably the most exciting times were from the late 40's and early 50's under Autolite Autoparts sponsorship. Pitchman Harlow Wilcox wasn't as big part of the show as he had been on  Fibber McGee and Molly , but his over the top plugs for sparkplugs and car batteries were entertaining and informative. The direction and production by Anton Leader,  Gunsmoke  co-creator Norman Macdonnell, and Elliot Lewis were all of the highest quality. An important feature of the program that all three directors made the most of was the use of famous movie actors and comedians, and playing them "out of type". It is a bit of a shock for audiences to hear  Lucille Ball  or  Bob Hope  as potential murderers, but  Suspense!  made it work very well. In ear