• 05:09

    DIY Music - D&D Radio

    in Hobbies

    We're going DIY with our music today on The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana!
    Our first guests are members of the up-and-coming indie band Farraday tagged with creating "a special brand of DIY music." We'll learn about their work ethic and what it takes to make it as musicians in 2011... as well as about how they've played with some of the biggest names in pop rock and punk. We might even talk them into playing a song or two!
    In our Craftsmanship segment, we're calling up Katahdin Studio Furniture founder John Stass. He's an expert in his field of furniture making, and has especially made a name for himself by building great pieces for music studios. His celebrity clients include Melissa Etheridge, Andy Griffith, and Conan O'Brien... so he must be doing something right!
    We've also got a DIY Disaster story as told by Kristi Gustafson Barlette of the Times Union, and in our Man-Land segment we're discussing great Harrison Ford movie roles with Jimm Fowler of myFiveBest. Now that's a show!
    Let's get Down and Dirty...

  • 01:00


    in Radio

    Boston Blackie is a fictional character who has been on both sides of the law. As originally created by author Jack Boyle, he was a safecracker -- a hardened criminal who had served time in a California prison. Prowling the underworld as a detective in adaptations for films, radio, and television, the detective Boston Blackie was "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend".
    The Boston Blackie radio series, starring Chester Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show -- Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer.
    On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. While investigating mysteries, Blackie invaribly encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement.
    Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play.

  • 00:30

    LOST C.R.A.P.

    in Entertainment

    Corey and Russ discuss the latest episode of Lost, The Variable.

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