Show No. 430 with guests Wink Martindale and Marc Cushman
Original Airdates: Dec. 14-17, 2018
First hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Marc Cushman, author of Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of The Moody Blues, Volume 1: 1965-1979, an in-depth biography and discography that covers the first fifteen years of the group’s history. Topics this week include the origins of the band, the longstanding relationship between The Moody Blues and The Beatles, and how the Moodies changed the way in which music artists released albums. Chuck Harter co-hosts this segment. Also in this hour: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the new DVD release of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, and how the casting of Mickey Rooney, Fred Astaire and Keenan Wynn were all inspired choices. Greg not only provides audio commentary for Santa Claus, but appears in The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass, the excellent documentary that is part of the DVD package. Second hour: Ed welcomes longtime radio host, author, and game show legend Wink Martindale (Gambit, Debt, Tic Tac Dough, Winking at Life, “Deck of Cards”). Wink’s new spoken word recording, “Heavenly Child,” which pays tribute to Elvis Presley, is now available through iTunes. Wink also hosts and produces the 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time, the annual countdown that will be heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country on Christmas Day. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember the premiere of The Perry Como Show on Christmas Eve night, 1948.