Monthly Archives: December 2013

Jo Morrissy recording

Among Dad’s tapes was a disk of Mom’s. The A side is the recording of a radio play by Jo Morrissy. It won first place in the annual radio playwriting contest of the Wisconsin Dramatic Guild (in 1939?). The B side has no identifying info. It is a dramatic...


Close Up TV

In 1954 Mal was doing some TV. This is audio from the show “Close Up” that he hosted. The audio is from the “pretty little girl” sketch. If I recall correctly, Dad did this sketch wearing a zoot suit. I think this show may have been a favorite of his. He kept the artwork slides for this sketch on the walls of his home, even when he moved to Woodstock, 60 years later. You can tell from his reading that he was having a good time.

I have no idea how long the show was on the air; not long I suppose. Close Up was an early evening variety show. Shortly after this he went back to radio to stay.


Mal’s notes on his bio

Here are handwritten notes Mal made when preparing to talk about his work. (If you have heard his talk you understand he never typed a word.) Interesting things he mentions that you may not hear in the talk — His first job in on the air was a commercial...