Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
A guide to the oral history of old time radio. What could be more natural?
For years, collectors, researchers and writers have scoured what
remains of the written record of old time radio in books old and new,
fan magazines and archival collections tucked away in the depths of libraries.
But surprisingly little attention has been paid to one of the most
obvious sources of information about old time radio: oral histories,
many compiled by such veterans of the hobby as John Dunning, Chuck
Schaden, Dick Bertel, Ed Corcoran, Richard Lamparski and Frank Bresee
Over the past 40 or so years, hundreds of individuals involved in all
aspects of radio from writing, directing, producing and performing to
the behind the scenes technicians, businessmen and station owners,
have shared their experiences with these and other interviewers. In
many instances, the interviews may be the only source of information
about a person, program or station history.
Least this valuable resource get lost in history, I decided to do
some research and compile a listing of what oral history interviews
existed, where and how copies could be obtained, and share my
findings with other collectors and researchers. The result is my
latest book, "Remembering Radio," a guide to more than 1,300
interviews of over 990 individuals located in 21 separate
locations. (Some individuals gave more than one interview.)
The 411 page book is available from Bear Manor Media, www.bearmanormedia.com
"Remembering Radio" also includes the transcript of 14 interviews
that I conducted myself, including Parker Fennelly, better known as
Titus Moody (resident of Allen's Alley), along with the Incomparable
Hildegarde, Edgar Bergen's songbird, Joan Merrill, plus juvenile
vocalists Anne DeMarco, Mary Small and the Moylan sisters. Other
interviews include Miriam Wolff, Old Nancy from The Witch's Tale
written by Alonzo Deen Cole, as well as an interview with Cole's wife
Dorothea, and many other radio personalities whose candid interviews
add spice and insight into our perception of radio's Golden Age
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
“In LONDON’S GRAND HOTELS, Ward Morehouse III bangs his fist down imperiously on the bell desk, shouts ‘Front, please!’ and commands to appear, one after another, London’s most celebrated hostelries. Each, as it were, disrobes—revealing for readers the inspired tricks of luxury and hospitality that have kept generations of happy customers coming back. If you cannot stay anytime soon at the Savoy, the May Fair, the Connaught, the Stafford, the Ritz or their like, then do the next best thing and enjoy them vicariously through Mr. Morehouse’s delightful book.”
—Alan Farnham, Contributing Editor, Forbes
LONDON'S GRAND HOTELS: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service in the World's Cultural Capital,
By Ward Morehouse III
to be published by BearManor Media on November 1, 2010
Ward Morehouse III's love affair with grand hotels began long before he wrote his first landmark book, The Waldorf-Astoria: America's Gilded Dream, which was followed by Inside the Plaza: An Ultimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel.
His father, the late drama critic Ward Morehouse (who requested "Room Service, please!" on his tombstone), lovingly indoctrinated his young son into the glamorous life of luxurious hotels in New York, London and elsewhere, teaching him that a great hotel is made up of more than fine linens and fancy uniforms— that it is the staff, the people, who make any hotel special.
LONDON’S GRAND HOTELS: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service, in the World's Cultural Capital, to be published by BearManor Media on November 1, 2010, is a captivating look beyond the physical grandeur of London’s top hotels to the grand people working in—and staying at—these real-life palaces.
London boasts the greatest collection of grand hotels of any city, and, says Morehouse, checking into any one of them is like taking part in a grand opera. His book abounds with colorful anecdotes and delightful behind-the-scenes stories of the hotels, their owners, their staff, and their famous guests — which include some of the world’s leading writers, filmmakers, politicians and stars.
In LONDON’S GRAND HOTELS, he presents twenty seven of London’s luxury hotels, beginning with Brown’s, established in 1837, and including Claridge’s; Bailey’s; The Savoy, The Ritz; and The May Fair, to more recently established hotels such as The Halkin; Soho Hotel, The Metropolitan, and Haymarket Hotel. Through their doors and onto the pages walk such illustrious guests as Rudyard Kipling, Theodore Roosevelt, F. Scott Fitzgerald; Winston Churchill; Queen Elizabeth, Laurence Olivier, Charlie Chaplin; Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn; Humphrey Bogart; Lauren Bacall; Woody Allen, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and many, many more. The book also contains exclusive celebrity photographs of current theater, film and business stars who are devotees of hotels discussed—such as Meryl Streep; Hugh Grant; Jude Law, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Richard Branson.
“England’s legendary empire truly lives on through its greatest inns,” says Morehouse. In LONDON’S GRAND HOTELS he guides us on a mesmerizing, magical “inside tour” to some of its very best. It is a book to be savored by the armchair traveler, those who love behind-the-scenes celebrity stories, and anyone fascinated with the charm and history of the places they have visited—or hope to visit in the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ward Morehouse III is the author of three previous books on hotels: THE WALDORF-ASTORIA: America’s Gilded Dream; INSIDE THE PLAZA: An Intimate Portrait of the Ultimate Hotel; and LIFE AT THE TOP: Inside New York's Grand Hotels. He has also written a book about New York’s historic Hudson Theatre (DISCOVERING THE HUDSON: New York’s Landmark Theatre from Broadway’s Beginnings to Live Television, Jack Parr and Elvis) as well as BROADWAY AFTER DARK, which contains columns celebrating Broadway written by him and by his father, the late Ward Morehouse, a well-known drama critic and columnist. It was his father who introduced him to the luxurious hotel life. His books combine that fascination with his passion for the theatre. Ward Morehouse III was chief theatre columnist for the New York Post from 1994 to 1998 and continues to contribute to its news and celebrity pages today. He also has written theatre pieces for the Christian Science Monitor, Reuters News Service, People.com, and Inside.com. He is Editor of the popular website Broadwayafterdark.com and writes the monthly Checking column for Travel Smart Newsletter, which Money Magazine calls the “Best Newsletter for Travelers on a Budget. In addition, he is the author of the off-Broadway plays "The Actors," "If It Was Easy," (co-written with Stewart F. Lane), “Gangplank,” and “Beloved Broadway” and he wrote the book for the musical, "A Night at the Astor" (music by David Romeo). He resides in New York City.
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LONDON’S GRAND HOTELS: Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Service in the World’s Cultural Capital, by Ward Morehouse III • Publication Date: November 1, 2010 • Paperback: $19.95 • ISBN: • Hardcover edition available in December: $.... • ISBN: •Photographs • Index
Sunday, August 15, 2010
My friend J Travis Grundon is opening up a new book store in my home town of Vincennes, Indiana, on September 11th, 2010.
It will be located at 19 North first street.
In addition, he will hosting a book signing featuring yours truly and 9 other authors on October 10th, 2010. Anybody living in the surrounding area or wanting to take a road trip to have a lot of fun, feel free to do so!
Some of my books that will be featured at the signing:
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Tues. Aug. 17th edition of “Dave White Presents” will be something very special—the launch of our 3rd year of online variety entertainment! Our guests include actor Ron Masak (Murder, She Wrote) and ex-CIA agent Duane DiMello talking about his novel, The Wave of the Future. But Dave also has a ton of surprises for this celebration—music, comedy, and Dave and Wes take a look back over the past two years and share some bloopers and behind-the-scenes stories with you.
The show debuts Tues. Aug. 17 at 7:30 Eastern, then 7:30 Pacific over—
On Wed. the 18th, the broadcast will be posted for 24/7 download access at—
Thanks for joining us for the past two years—we hope you enjoy what we have planned for the future! Don’t forget—entertainment news and updates are posted at our official Facebook page—
Come join the party!
Dr. Wesley Britton