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Listen to “The African History Network Show” with Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network on 910 AM The Superstation WFDF in Detroit, Mon. - Fri. 11pm - midnight EST, Sundays, 9pm-11pm EST. We focus on Educating, Empowering and Inspiring people of African Descent throughout the Diaspora and around the World because Right Knowledge corrects wrong behavior. Listen LIVE on 910 AM WFDF in Detroit or around the world online at www.910AMSuperstation.com or by downloading the iHeart ...
 
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On December 23rd, 1948, CBS Chairman William Paley and CEO Frank Stanton broadcast a special closed circuit press conference to their affiliates and staff. The move was to officially announce that Jack Benny was switching his program from NBC to CBS. The change would begin with the first broadcast of the new year. When William Paley signed Jack Ben…
 
African Empires that Europeans tried to Steal and claim as their own (Class Preview) - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 11-23-22 (WATCH VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/live/BePUcI1r93g?feature=share REGISTER NOW for Michael Imhotep’s Online Courses: Next Class Wednesday, 11-30-22, 7pm EST! WATCH CONTENT ON DEMAND NOW!!! ‘Ancient Kemet (Egypt), The Mo…
 
In Breaking Walls episode 133 we spend Thanksgiving 1949 with the cast of I Love a Mystery.——————————Highlights:• Thanksgiving Eve, 1949• Carlton E. Morse—Budget Stretcher• The First Two I Love a Mystery Runs• Mutual Broadcasting in 1949—I Love a Mystery Relaunches• Thanksgiving Day 1949—Thorson and Boles• Mercedes McCambridge—Oscar Winner• Tony Ra…
 
Well, that brings our look at I Love A Mystery to a close, but there’s no mystery about what people thought of the subject of our next Breaking Walls episode. Next time on Breaking Walls, we celebrate the holidays by going shopping with the one and only Jack Benny.Av James Scully
 
Chuck Schaden interviewed Tony Randall on September 16th, 1970 at the Ambassador Hotel in Chicago. Eight days later Randall’s new series The Odd Couple debuted on ABC. Randall played Felix Unger. The show ran for five seasons and became Randall’s most-remembered role. He continued acting until passing away on May 17th, 2004.After I Love A Mystery w…
 
Although the serial went off the air in 1952, in May of 1954 a new audition record was produced for CBS in Hollywood. With Russell Thorson back in Los Angeles he carried over the role of Jack, with Ben Wright as Reggie, and Parley Baer as Doc. Parley Baer was most-known for playing Chester Proudfoot on Gunsmoke.CBS didn’t pick up the series and I L…
 
Black Panther Wakanda Forever discussion, MesoAmerican Culture, Midterm Elections Results, What happened to the 'Red Wave'? DETROIT Screening of 'Black Panther Wakanda Forever' & Lecture by Michael Imhotep host of 'The African History Network Show' - 11-16-22 on 'The Anthony Adams Show' with guest host Charlene Mitchell on 910AM Superstation WFDF D…
 
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Rules With $330 Million Globally, $180M in US; Midterms Shocker - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 11-15-22 ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Rules With $330 Million Global Launch, $180 Million Domestic Debut; Midterms Shocker: Democrats maintain control of Senate, defeating many Trump-backed Republicans; Marla Gibbs s…
 
Initially running at 7:45PM, Mutual moved I Love a Mystery to 10:15 in 1950. Although geared for teenagers, it was obviously not standard juvenile programming. Many listeners remembered tuning in under blankets with the lights down low.But, as entertaining as the program was, by 1952, television was taking over in big cities. One Man’s Family began…
 
Tony Randall was born Aryeh Leonard Rosenberg on February 16th, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Northwestern University for a year before going to New York City to study under Sanford Meisner and choreographer Martha Graham. Randall worked as an announcer at WTAG in Worcester, Massachusetts. As Anthony Randall, he starred with Jane Cowl in Geo…
 
Carlotta Mercedes McCambridge was born to farming parents in Joliet, Illinois on March 16th, 1916. She graduated from Mundelein College. McCambridge began her radio career in the 1930s first in Chicago, and then in New York while also performing on Broadway.In 1949 she made her film debut opposite Broderick Crawford in All the King's Men, for which…
 
Thursday, November 24th, 1949 was Thanksgiving Day. It was clear and crisp in New York as Macy’s put on its twenty-third annual parade. Floats included The Chef’s Turkey Dinner, the Snowman, and Santa’s Sleigh. Milton Berle guest-starred.WOR—Mutual aired Cornell vs. Penn at 1PM, Queen for a Day and Luncheon at Sardi’s in the late afternoon, Gabriel…
 
Origin of Race, Virginia Slave Codes 1705, Moors were exempt NOT Negroes, Moor Sundry Act 1790 - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 11-6-22 (WATCH VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/live/H_qOAPF5fMM?feature=share Register for our Online Course: ‘Ancient Kemet, Moors & Maafa: Understanding The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade’. Next Class Wednesday, 11-23-22, 7p…
 
In the summer of 1949 NBC-TV approached Carlton Morse with the possibility of coming to New York to put One Man’s Family on TV. Because the entire production would need to be re-cast, Morse had to audition a whole new group of actors.Mercedes McCambridge, who’d played on I Love A Mystery in Hollywood, was now working in New York and cast, while Rus…
 
I Love A Mystery first took to the air Weekdays at 3:15PM on NBC’s West-Coast network in January of 1939. Michael Raffetto starred as Jack Packard, head of the A-1 Detective Agency, with Barton Yarborough as Texan Doc Long, and Walter Paterson as the British Reggie Yorke. The three world travelers searched for action, thrills, and mystery. From the…
 
On the eve of Thanksgiving in 1949, Russian diplomat Andrey Vyshinsky told the UN General Assembly Russia fully supported Communist China’s in removing the Nationalist Chinese delegation from the UN. While US, British and French commissioners agreed to lift many industrial and diplomatic restrictions on West Germany. And Israeli Foreign Minister Mo…
 
'How Climate Change affects African Americans and What We can Do about it' – Marnese Jackson on TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 10-30-22. The Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition 2022 Equity Summit, Wednesday, Nov. 2nd – Friday, Nov. 4th, 2022. Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal @ The…
 
In Breaking Walls episode 132 we go back to the late 1940s and say Happy Halloween with Mutual Broadcasting.——————————Highlights:• The Seedy Underbelly of Coney Island on The Crime Club• Take a Ride with The Mysterious Traveler• Mystery is My Hobby• Quiet Please• 1948 Halloween News with Arthur Bario• The House of Mystery• True Detective Mysteries•…
 
We’re going to stop here, but we’re not even close to finishing with I Love A Mystery. Next time on Breaking Walls, while we spend Thanksgiving with Carlton E. Morse, Russell Thorson, Jim Boles, and Tony Randall, we utter a simple statement: Bury Your Dead, Arizona.The reading material used in this episode was:American Radio Networks: A History — B…
 
Carlton E. Morse’ I Love A Mystery first took to the air Weekdays at 3:15PM on NBC’s West-Coast network in January of 1939. Michael Raffetto starred as Jack Packard, head of the A-1 Detective Agency, with Barton Yarborough as Texan Doc Long, and Walter Paterson as the British Reggie Yorke. The show told of three world travelers in search of action,…
 
Black Man targeted by Gov. DeSantis gets Voter Fraud Charges dropped; Who Counts as 'Black' In Louisiana? – TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 10-23-22 Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal @ TheAHNShow@gmail.com or http://www.PayPal.me/TheAHNShow or visit http://www.TheAfricanHistoryNetwork.com …
 
Murder By Experts debuted over Mutual on June 13th, 1949. Written by David Kogan and Bob Arthur, it quickly gained the respect and approval from the radio world at large. Mystery writers like John Dickson Carr and Brett Halliday hosted with New York’s best character talent like Lawson Zerbe, Ann Shepherd, Santos Ortega, Ralph Bell, and William Zuck…
 
On Tuesday November 2nd, 1948 The United States held its forty-first presidential election. If you’d tuned into the results early in the evening, you’d have been convinced that the pre-election polls were correct and Thomas Dewey would become the next president. You’d have been wrong.Dewey ran a low-risk campaign. His advisers believed all he had t…
 
At 5PM Mutual’s most famous program, The Shadow signed on. The show was in its eleventh season on the air in 1948. Andre Baruch handled emcee duties while Grace Matthews played Margo Lane. Bret Morrison was Lamont Cranston. Halloween’s episode was called “Murder By A Corpse.” This season’s Shadow rating was 13.2. It was Mutual’s highest-rated show.…
 
At 4:30PM on Sunday October 31st, 1948, True Detective Mysteries signed on. The program had a rating of 10.7. It was Mutual’s number two show overall. Based on items from True Detective magazine, the series was sponsored by Oh Henry Candy bars. Many of the stories unfolded from the criminal’s viewpoint: the show was much like Gangbusters in allowin…
 
By October 31st, 1948, The Mutual Broadcasting System’s flagship WOR in New York was approaching its twenty-seventh anniversary. It was argued that no station matched its signal coverage. WOR-Mutual was known for its cop shows, soap operas, and on Sundays, it’s mysteries. At 4PM eastern time, House of Mystery signed on for General Foods. John Grigg…
 
'Myths About Slavery We Need To Stop Believing'; How the North profited from Slavery (Class Preview) - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 10-12-22 Register for our Online Course: ‘Ancient Kemet, Moors & Maafa: Understanding The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade’. Next Class Wednesday, 11-23-22, 7pm EST! https://theafricanhistorynetwork.com/history-courses/ S…
 
The 1948 DNC convened in July with President Truman’s approval rating as low as 32%. Northern Democrats pushed for a strong civil rights platform, which the President was in favor of.Conservative southern Dems were opposed. Moderates feared voter alienation. When the convention adopted the civil rights plank in a close vote, Southern Dems walked ou…
 
In 1934 Chicago was the center for radio production. Writer and director Wyllis Cooper created a program for NBC affiliate WENR that drastically altered the tone of horror. Cooper had been writing advertising copy in the late 1920s when he entered radio, working first as a continuity editor, then for NBC's Empire Builders. His idea was to offer lis…
 
Mystery is My Hobby originally came to Don Lee’s west coast airwaves in April of 1945, before going full network over Mutual that October as Murder Is My Hobby. It starred Glenn Langan as Barton Drake, a police inspector and the author of the book Mystery Is My Hobby. Drake combined his professions by collecting material for stories while he solved…
 
Written and directed by Robert Arthur and David Kogan, The Mysterious Traveler first aired over the Mutual Broadcasting System on December 5th, 1943. Mostly sustained, the show was heard on virtually every night of the week. There were frequent gaps in its runs, but it was always good for a revival. It was cheap to produce; there were no major film…
 
‘Little Mermaid’ starring Halle Bailey inspires Joy For Young Black Girls but Intense Anger From Bigots. They would be shocked to know the first Mermaid was African.; Mami Wata, the most celebrated Mermaid-like deity from Africa who crossed over to the West; (Part 2) Prof. James Small: 'The Woman King & The Real History of The West African Kingdom …
 
By October of 1947, nearly eleven million babies had been born in the U.S. since the end of World War II. Young parents were staying home with their children. Movie attendance bombed.The 1947-48 season had the largest radio audience in history. Homes with radios jumped 6%, car radios 29%. NBC, CBS, ABC, and Mutual added nearly one-hundred fifty aff…
 
In Breaking Walls episode 132 we spotlight Orson Welles’ time as The Shadow in 1937-38.——————————Highlights:• Orson Welles’ on The March of Time and The Columbia Workshop• The Shadow as Narrator• Les Misérables• WOR and Network Radio In The Fall of 1937• The Shadow Launches With Orson Welles• Jeanette Nolan and The Temple Bells of Neban• Early Revi…
 
In the fall of 1938 as Orson Welles was launching The Mercury Theater of The Air, radio character actor Bill Johnstone became The Shadow. Johnstone held the role until March 21st, 1943, when Brett Morison took over. Morison had the title role for most of the rest of the radio run. The Shadow would air until December 26th, 1954.We’re going to stop h…
 
Historian, Prof. James Small, former Black Studies Prof. at CUNY and featured in the films, 'Hapi', 'Hidden Colors' & 'Elementary Genocide 3', joins Michael Imhotep to discuss 'The Woman King & The Real History of The West African Kingdom of Dahomey'. The #1 Movie, 'The Woman King' from producer Viola Davis and Director Gina Prince-Bythewood is ama…
 
In late June 1938, Orson Welles was approached by CBS. He was offered a one-hour, network sustained time slot on Mondays at 9PM. William Paley’s concept: A Mercury Theater of the air for a nine-week trial run. Unlike Welles and Houseman’s theater productions which had several weeks of rehearsal, the show would begin in just two, on July 11th. House…
 
The success of The Shadow was shared by Blue Coal. Billboard reported that twelve months after the premiere their sales were up nearly eleven percent. Blue Coal was selling for as much as two dollars per ton more than their competitors. In February of 1938 Orson Welles opined that “radio’s future big-wigs will be college graduates.” By then more th…
 
‘The Woman King’ Conquers the box office as it amazes moviegoers across the country. The movie deals with a complicated period of history and the African Female Warriors of Dahomey fighting against Portuguese Colonizers; Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda may cut ties with the British Monarch & King Charles III. Renew call for Reparations for Slavery; "Rev…
 
Orson Welles opened in Julius Caesar on November 11th, 1937. He also made time to perform in guest appearances elsewhere on radio with Tallulah Bankhead and Cedric Hardwicke. Thursday, November 25th, 1937 was Thanksgiving Day. The New York Daily News headline spoke of Consolidated Edison finally getting on board with F.D.R.’s new deal program. Nove…
 
On Halloween 1937, Benito Mussolini removed Italy’s foreign minister to France due to strained relations between the two countries over Italy's participation in the Spanish Civil War. Adolph Hitler gave the Order of the German Eagle to the Japanese emperor’s son, while Chinese forces abandoned its defense of the Sihang Warehouse.Sunday was Hallowee…
 
The September 29th, 1937 issue of Variety said “that melodramatic and at times astonishing crime fighter, “The Shadow,” returns to the ether to probably find a rather sizable slice of listeners waiting for him. In this series the sponsor will benefit from having a program aimed right at the vulnerability of the audience it seeks. Orson Welles, a yo…
 
On the October 24th, 1937 episode of The Shadow called “The Temple Bells of Neban,” Lamont meets an Indian woman and drug smuggler named Sadi Bel-Adda. She knows The Shadow’s true identity. She’s the niece of the man who trained Lamont, and capable of using the same powers. This cast featured Ray Collins as Commissioner Weston with Carl Frank as Je…
 
Queen Elizabeth II, British Colonialism & Hundreds of Years of Slavery & NO REPARATIONS'; Britain paid Reparations to 46,000 Slave owners; Jamaica demands Reparations - TheAHNShow with Michael Imhotep 9-8-22 (WATCH VIDEO) https://youtu.be/qxmrmccLFTc Support The African History Network through Cash App @ https://cash.app/$TheAHNShow or PayPal @ The…
 
In the fall of 1937, Orson Welles was busy readying for a Mercury Theater broadway production of Julius Caesar. The agency Ruthrauff and Ryan approached Welles about the possibility of starring in a weekly radio series. His signing was announced in The New York Times on August 29th, 1937. Welles’ contract allowed him to miss rehearsals and readings…
 
The voice at the top of this clip is that of former WOR chief engineer Jack Poppele. The station went online on February 22nd, 1922. In 1934, WOR became one of the flagship stations of the Mutual Broadcasting System. The next March, Poppele was chiefly responsible for the creation of radio’s first directional antenna just as WOR increased its power…
 
Biden calls out MAGA Republicans as a Threat to Democracy; Jackson, Mississippi’s Water Crisis Update, Biden Declares State of Emergency sending Federal help; Civil Rights Leaders meet with Biden and declare a State of Emergency, Warn of the Threat of White Supremacy; Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) sent back $100 million in Rental Assistance c…
 
By late spring in 1937, the Federal Theater Project was under intense scrutiny for staging what some felt were too many left-leaning labor plays. In Washington, there were rumors funds would be cut.At the same time, Welles and John Houseman were rehearsing a production of The Cradle Will Rock. The play took place in "Steeltown, USA.” It followed th…
 
Join us on Saturday, 9-3-22, 10:30pm EST for a Preview our Online Course, ‘Ancient Kemet (Egypt), The Moors & The Maafa: Understanding The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade' with Michael Imhotep, host of The African History Network. Join us for our Next Class Session, Sunday, 9-4-22, 2:00pm EST at our ONLINE SCHOOL. Register Here for the Online Course to …
 
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