Frontier Gentleman and CBS Radio Workshop

Frontier Gentleman: A Horse for Kendall. Originally broadcast 9/14/1958

Frontier Gentleman was a radio Western series heard on CBS from February 2 to November 16, 1958, initially heard Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm (Eastern Time) through March when it moved to 7pm. FrontierGentlemanThe program opened with a trumpet theme by Jerry Goldsmith and this introduction: “Herewith, an Englishman’s account of life and death in the West. As a reporter for the London Times, he writes his colorful and unusual accounts. But as a man with a gun, he lives and becomes a part of the violent years in the new territories. Now, starring John Dehner, this is the story of J. B. Kendall, Frontier Gentleman…” Frontier Gentleman was different from other radio westerns in that the story centered not around some colorful character out of the old West, but it was about a foreigner. An Englishman who came to America to experience firsthand what it was like to live in the still wild and untamed frontier. As the series went on, we find that Kendall is as good with a gun as he is with a pen.
Before John Dehner began a long and distinguished career on radio and television, he began as an animator for Walt Disney’s studios. John was also a professional pianist, an Army publicist and a radio journalist. On the radio John guested on many of the first rate shows, such as Gunsmoke, Suspense and Escape. After playing the starring role on Frontier Gentleman, John went on to star as Paladin on the radio version of Have Gun, Will Travel. On television, John appeared on The Betty White Show, The Westerner, The Don Knotts Show, and Young Maverick among many others.

This episode: A Horse for Kendall –  Kendall buys himself a horse from Wohaw Simmons, a man who claims that the horse can out race any other horse in Deadwood, including those sold by Fitch Tallman. The race is set, with J.B. doing the riding for Simmons… all three hundred miles of it. Cast: Ralph Moody, Jack Moyles, William Allen, Will Wright and Vic Perrin. Music – Joel Davis. Announcer – Bud Sewall.

CBS Radio Workshop: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Originally broadcast 11/02/1956

The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental dramatic radio anthology series that aired on CBS from January 27, 1956, until September 22, 1957. Subtitled “radio’s distinguished series to man’s imagination,” it was a revival of the earlier Columbia Experimental Laboratory (1931), Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory (1932) and Columbia Workshop broadcasts by CBS from 1936 to 1943, and used some of the same writers and directors employed on the earlier series’. The CBS Radio Workshop was one of American network radio’s last attempts to hold onto, and perhaps recapture, some of the demographics they had lost to television in the post-World War Two era.
The premiere broadcast was a two-part adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, introduced and narrated by Huxley himself.

This episode: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was the aptly titled CBS Radio Workshop production that provided an unprecedented examination of The White House and its history. An Election Year, 1956 was the year Dwight Eisenhower successfully defended his first term, winning a second four-year term with a 57% majority. The Workshop’s 40th program, and one of its best, is filled with fascinating trivia specific to the White House itself. The program also serves as a stirring anthem to the symbolism of the resident of our Chief Executive and all it represents to both America and The World.

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