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This story was published in Radio Recall, the journal of the Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club, published six times per year.

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Don't Wait for Movie
by Martin Grams, Jr ©2013
(From Radio Recall, June 2013)

In reference to Apritlssue the WAKE UP AND LIVE (1937), the movie is presently owned by 20th Century Fox and Fox rarely screens older movies on cable TV channels which the studio feels has no commercial value. Sad fact to make, but Turner Classic Movies and AMC will not be screening the movie anytime soon, as suggested otherwise in your recent issue of RADIO RECALL

The film is available on DVD at www coyerout.com and was screened at a recent Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. Any effort to watch this movie will more than likely result from a DVD purchase than waiting for a cable TV airing. Turner rarely licenses from Fox and when they do, only films that are released to DVO on a commercial level.

According to the Associated Press, a new movie about Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy wilt be coming out soon. The producer of this film is Bergen's daughter, Candice, and the screenplay will be based upon her biographical book, Knock On Wood.

The movie's two other prcx1ucers are James Francis Trezza and Pad Widener who stated they want to introduce a new generation to the early days of vaudeville, where Edgar started. They have selected Barbara Turner who worked with them on their film, Pollock, to be the screen writer

Edgar Bergen died at age 75 in 1978; his dummy, Charlie McCarthy, now resides in the Smithsonian Museum. The three foot high wooden character always got all the best lines in their radio show.

A release date for this motion picture has not been announced yet.

The Library of Congress recently acquired the massive collection of audiovisual materials generated by sports broadcaster, Bob Wolff. The Library's tentative inventory indicates about 1500 items (discs, reels, cassettes, video and motion picture film) totaling 2000 hours of footage.

Wolff, whom the GUinness Book of Records designated as the longest serving sports broadcaster donated his 74 years of audio and . visual archives to the Library. About a fourth of the collection will be digitalized and later made available on-line.

Radio Annual of 1938 reported that the 1 st patent on the wireless went to Dr. Mahlon Loomis of Washington, DC on June 30, 1872. That would make it 22 years before Marconi sent out wireless signals on his father's estate. Loomis, a D.C. dentist, beamed radio signals in the mountains near Terra Alta, WV. Radio's first inventor is open to debate. (See Dan Hughes' article on another "first radio inventor" Nathan Stubblefield of KY in our August 2010 issue, which you can read on the club web site under RADIO RECALL.)