The Colgate Sports Newsreel was a radio program focusing on sports. It has been called ´´one of the most successful and most listened-to shows in radio history´´ and ´´one of radio broadcasting´s most entertaining and engaging programs.´´ However, much of the information reported as fact was actually fiction. The program was first broadcast in October 1939, on NBC Blue. Although Colgate dropped its sponsorship in June 1951, the show continued on NBC as Bill Stern´s Sports Newsreel through September 1953. It then switched to ABC, where it ran until June 1956. During World War II, the Newsreel was among the programs that NBC rebroadcast by transcription to members of the United States armed forces stationed abroad. Bill Stern, the star, made the program memorable with his enthusiastic, dramatized delivery. He was already both the narrator of MGM´s News of the Day newsreels and a sports announcer. Thus the format of this program came naturally. For most of its run, the show was sponsored by Colgate brushless shave cream. The opening theme ´´was sung in barbershop quartet style to the tune of ´Mademoiselle from Armentieres´´´ and mentioned the sponsoring product prominently. Although the singing group was not named in the program, a news brief announcing the show´s launch in 1939 identified it as the Armchair Quartette. The theme´s lyrics varied a bit over the years, but the basic form was as follows: Bill Stern the Colgate shave-cream man is on the air. Bill Stern the Colgate shave-cream man with stories rare. Take his advice, and you´ll look keen. You´ll get a shave that´s smooth and clean. You´ll be a Colgate brushless fan. Celebrity guests include Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Doris Day, Babe Ruth, Joe Lewis, Roddy McDowell, Casey Stengel, Ted Williams, and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Stern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045675/bk_acx0_045675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Six more episodes of the topical comedy show that takes a satirical look at the news, presented by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. An entertaining blend of stand-up, sketches and songs, The Now Show sees presenters Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis joined by a host of special guests for a comic romp through the latest news, events and issues. In these six episodes, recorded in front of a live audience, performers including Jon Holmes, Freya Parker, Holly Walsh, Grace Petrie, Mae Martin, Mitch Benn and John Finnemore get their teeth into a wide range of topics and speculate on what the future may hold in the worlds of politics and current affairs. As always, everything is fair game, and nothing is out of bounds for the team, and subjects tackled include the John Lewis Christmas advert, the Paris terror attacks, the vote on Syrian airstrikes, the Sports Personality of the Year Award, flooding in the North, Donald Trump and Tim Peake. This series was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November and December 2015. NB: contains humour and language that some listeners may find offensive. Duration: 3 hours approx. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002295/bk_rhuk_002295_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sandi Toksvig chairs four sparkling episodes of the ever-popular topical comedy show The News Quiz, ‘the finest topical comedy panel game known to radio’, has been providing headlines and punchlines since it first aired in 1977. In these four episodes, long-standing panellists including Jeremy Hardy, Fred MacAulay, Mark Steel and David Mitchell take a wry look at the news in all its larger-than-life glory. With guest players including Bob Mills, Sarah Pascoe, Samira Ahmed, Justin Moorhouse, Elis James and Lucy Porter, they tackle issues as diverse as Scottish Independence, commuter train standards, Russian activities in Crimea, dietary health scares, passport delays and black cab strikes. Also included is a special Sport Relief interlude in which the players answer questions whilst clocking up miles on an exercise bike - with a special guest appearance by Duncan Goodhew! Sandi Toksvig chairs proceedings, while Neil Sleat, Kathy Clugston and Diana Speed read a selection of humorous cuttings. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sandi Toksvig, Jeremy Hardy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/001889/bk_rhuk_001889_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.