On the air with ‘Comet Over Hollywood’

Joan Crawford on Lux Radio Theater

‘Comet Over Hollywood’ is going to be streaming live on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Some of you may know that I am a Mass Communication-Journalism student at Winthrop University in South Carolina. All students at Winthrop have the opportunity to apply to have a show with Winthop’s radio station, WINR.  I wanted a radio show to help broaden my journalism skills and get an opportunity to talk more about my favorite topic, classic films.

Starting this week until the end of the semester in December, I have a radio show called “Radio Waves Over Hollywood” which will be linked to my blog. I will discuss old movies along with playing songs from old films and musicals, particularly from my six disc “That’s Entertainment” boxset.

I also hope to bring in friends and Winthrop students who are fellow classic film enthusiasts that could discuss films with me. You already can look foward to a debate I have lined up: Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin.

What’s great about the radio show is that you can listen online and get a more personal feel about my movie interests rather than just reading my rants. You can leave comments on the blog that I can answer on air or you can even call and talk to me personally on the air at 803-323-2122!

I plan to post every Wednesday or Thursday and tell you a few of the planned topics for the evening.

A few topics for September 2:
-College in the movies
-Discussion of Latin culture in films
-Remakes vs. Original

I also will be playing music and feel free to call in (803-323-2122) and give your opinion about anything I say.

So tune in on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  live stream on www.winrfm.com (go to Listen Live.  If it doesn’t work, you may need to download something to trouble shoot or you can go to the old WINR website) or Channel 99 if you live on campus.

Check out the Comet Over Hollywood Facebook page for the latest updates.

6 thoughts on “On the air with ‘Comet Over Hollywood’

  1. That sounds like a splendid idea, and I hope the first installment went smoothly. (As a veteran of college radio myself, I know how these things can go awry.) Unfortunately, I work between 6 and 8 on Thursdays, and thus can’t listen. Will the program be archived?

    Continued success.


  2. Oh, one more thing: Are you sure that photo of Joan Crawford is from “Lux”? While I believe the series was on NBC its first season in 1934, it was done in New York and used stage stars most of the time. It moved to CBS in 1935, still based in New York, then shifted to Los Angeles in June 1936 after cheaper hookup costs made transcontinental broadcasts more financially feasible.

    Great photo, incidentally; Crawford made no bones about her discomfort with acting on radio, where you couldn’t do retakes. I know Carole Lombard (who, like Crawford, wasn’t stage-trained) had similar reservations, and thus didn’t appear on “Lux” until May 1938. Once Carole became convinced she could act on radio, she became a frequent guest on such programs over the next three or so years.


    • To be honest, no I’m not sure at all if that was Lux. I had searched in google images “Lux Radio Theater” and that was one of the photo that came up so I just assumed..which is pretty bad if I’m a journalism major because we never assume.

      Anyways, that mak a lot of sense because I recently have listened to “The Last of Mrs. Cheney” and “A Woman’s Face” on Lux radio and Crawford didn’t reprise her roles in ether.

      It’s sorta funny that you bring up Carole Lombard, because I was trying to decide between the photo I use of Crawford or one I found on of Lombard for this post. Little did I know that neither one liked performing on radio! haha.

      Anywho, thanks for the encouragement! The first broadcast went pretty well, except the first 40 minutes was mainly static. However, I figured it out and it went smoothly from there. I’m not sure if they will be archieved, but I think the radio station is working on figuring that out.


  3. Congrats on the new show! I love that because you’re broadcasting on a college radio station, you’ll be exposing younger generations to classic films. yay!


  4. I listened to your first show and was really impressed. Two hours can be a long time but you filled the time with music and chatting about what you love. Very entertaining. I will be listening this week too.


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