BW - EP129: Radio, Roswell And The Flying Saucer Craze (1947 - 1955)


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In Breaking Walls episode 129 we honor the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Roswell incident by focusing on Radio and the mid-century flying saucer craze. —————————— Highlights: • World War II, Kenneth Arnold, Roswell, and “Project Saucer” • The Chicago Roundtable Attempts to Answer What Life on Other Planets Would Look Like • Sightings in The Spring of 1950 — Dimension X Launches • The 1950 Radio Landscape with Red Skelton • Fibber McGee Sees a UFO • Harris And Remley’s UFO Hoax • Edward R. Murrow’s Report on Flying Saucers • Dangerous Assignment’s UFOs in Ecuador • UFO Sightings during the Korean War • You Bet Your Life’s UFO Enthusiast • KNX, Ralph Story, And UFO Mania • Roy Rogers Takes Us Home • Conclusions? Closing Credits and a New Mystery —————————— The WallBreakers: Subscribe to Breaking Walls everywhere you get your podcasts. To support the show: —————————— The reading material used in today’s episode was: • On the Air — By John Dunning • Network Radio Ratings — by Jim Ramsburg As well as articles from: • Broadcasting Magazine • LIFE Magazine • Radio Daily —————————— On the interview front: • Alice Faye, Jim Jordan, Elliott Lewis, and Lurene Tuttle spoke to Chuck Schaden. Hear their full chats at • John Gibson, Jim Jordan, and Arnold Moss spoke to Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for WTIC’s The Golden Age of Radio. Hear these full interviews at • Jim Jordan also spoke with John Dunning for his 71KNUS program from Denver • Lilian Buyeff and Sam Edwards spoke to SPERDVAC. For more info, go to • Elliott Reid spoke with Frank Bresee • Red Skelton spoke with Dini Petty —————————— Selected music featured in today’s episode was: • I Put a Spell on You — By Screaming Jay Hawkins • Pyramid of the Sun — By Les Baxter • What A Fool I Was — By Percy Mayfield • Happy Trails To You — By Dale Evans and Roy Rogers • Someone To Watch Over Me — By Blossom Dearie —————————— A special thank you to Ted Davenport, Jerry Haendiges, and Gordon Skene. For Ted go to, for Jerry, visit, and for Gordon, please go to —————————— Thank you to: Tony Adams Steven Allmon Orson Orsen Chandler Phil Erickson Jessica Hanna Perri Harper Briana Isaac Thomas M. Joyce Ryan Kramer Earl Millard Gary Mollica Barry Nadler Christian Neuhaus Aimee Pavy Ray Shaw Filipe A Silva —————————— WallBreakers Links: Patreon - Social Media - @TheWallBreakers

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