Sunday, December 15, 2019

K.A.C. 2019 - T - 10 ...

     Good morning and welcome back as we continue our countdown to Christmas. Today's episode of Christmas For Your Ears is a rather fascinating one and one I've heard variations of over the years (and perhaps you have, too) while growing up - this is the earliest version of it that I recall. 

      It's from a show called Quiet, Please, which ran from 1947 to 1949, with a total of 106 episodes. It was created by Wyllis Cooper, who also created the more famous radio show Lights Out. The announcer for the show was Ernest Chappell, who had the perfect radio voice and who would take many roles during the episodes themselves, such as the 'displaced person' in this entry (actually a heavily requested repeat episode of the previous year) - from December 26th, 1948, comes the episode entitled 'Berlin, 1945'. The audio quality is not the best, but give it a listen anyway ... you'll guess the ending long before the soldiers do, but it shows how radio could pack a punch WITHOUT sound effects and with minimal music - enjoy!


      After such a quiet and stately show, let's keep it highbrow for a change and take a gander at some Christmas customs during Jane Austen's time. Can't stand another drunken holiday party? Want something more refined? Then get your inspiration here for 'Regency Christmas Traditions': 


     Speaking of traditions, it's time to decorate our tree at our house, so today's entry is short and sweet - we'll see you tomorrow with more!


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