HOME | BOOKS | JEAN SHEPHERD | MOVIES | OLD TIME RADIO AUDIO CD | OLD TIME RADIO mp3 CD ROM | OLD TIME RADIO mp3 DVD ROM MOONRIVER Old Time Radio - 1 CD-ROM - 39 mp3 Moon River was a long-running late-night American radio program which originated from WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio. A combination of soft, "dreamy" music and romantic poetry set to organ accompaniment, the program aired from 1930 to 1972. Described as "one of the few programs designed to put people to sleep" by onetime announcer Bill Myers, Moon River was created by writer Ed Byron at the behest of WLW station owner Powel Crosley, Jr., who ordered the writer to come up with a poetry show which could accommodate the station's new organ. Retreating to a speakeasy with violinist Virginio Marucci, Byron sketched out some notes, including his original poem that opened the show. At one point, Marucci began playing Fritz Kreisler's "Caprice Viennois," a piece which Byron's poem brought to mind. Both the poem and the musical piece would open the program for its entire forty-two-year history. A show with a loyal following over the years, Moon River was canceled by WLW in 1953 in an effort to modernize the schedule, but revived the next summer due to continued listener outcry. In the decade after the program's final broadcast in 1972, a series of Moon River concerts were held in Cincinnati which recreated the program in front of a live audience. In 1995, WMKV revived it, with Myers as narrator, for a four-year run. Old time radio show series available at RUSC Old Time Radio Old time radio series Moon River Moon River A syndicated program of poetry and music originating in Cincinnati. Narrators included Peter Grant, Harry Holcomb, and Jay Jostyn. Moon River is fifteen minutes of pure relaxation as poetry is read out with “Clair de Lune” playing hypnotically on the organ in the background. As well as the poetry there is often beautiful singing from the DeVore Sisters, Doris Day and others. Each episode ends with the same closing poem by which time you’ll be well relaxed. Down the valley of a thousand yesterdays Flow the bright Waters of Moon River On and on, forever waiting to carry you Down to the land of forgetfulness, To the kingdom of sleep, To the realm of Moon River, A lazy stream of dreams Where vain desires forget themselves In the loveliness of sleep, Moon River, Enchanted white ribbon Twined in the hair of night, Where nothing is but sleep Dream on sleep on Care will not seek for thee. Float on drift on Moon River…to the sea. Many performers passed through Moon River over the years. The following is only a partial list. Announcers Bob Brown (the first narrator, c. 1930) Don Dowd Cecil Hale Harry Holcomb Jay Jostyn Jimmy Leonard Ken Linn Bill Myers Peter Grant Palmer Ward Charles Woods Vocalists Phil Brito Barbara Cameron Janette Davis Doris Day The DeVore Sisters (Marjorie, Billie, and Ruth) Rosemary and Betty Clooney Anita Ellis Lucille Norman Juanita Vastine aka Sweet Georgia Brown Ruby Wright Organists Charles M. "Pat" Gillick (the first organist, c. 1930) Lee Erwin (1933-1944) Fats Waller (c. 1932-1934) PLEASE READ HOW TO LISTEN TO THIS CD THESE ARE MP3 CD RECORDINGS IT WILL NOT PLAY IN REGULAR CD PLAYERS You will need CD players that read mp3 files. Here some of the more popular mp3 players: Coby, Memorex, Panasonic, Philips, Sony and many more. Be sure you buy a model that support mp3 files. You can upload the files in ipods like Apple Ipod, Sansa and 100's more. Many new car CD players reads mp3, again check your player first. 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FULL REFUND IF NOT SATISFIED EPISODES LIST Moon River 01 song Moon River 02 there be none of beauty s daughters Moon River 03 love’s philosophy Moon River 04 meeting at night Moon River 05 when I was one and twenty Moon River 06 she walks in beauty Moon River 07 sonet to laura Moon River 08 my love is like a red red rose Moon River 09 to a d Moon River 10 all for love Moon River 11 loves omnipresence Moon River 12 proposal Moon River 13 the memory of the heart Moon River 14 sunum bonum Moon River 15 shall I compare thee to a summer’s day Moon River 16 excerpts from the rubieat Moon River 17 verses for margaret Moon River 18 madragal Moon River 19 a lover’s sonet Moon River 20 sonet Moon River 21 the token Moon River 22 the arrow and the sound Moon River 25 a psalm Moon River 26 song to the evening star Moon River 27 jennie kiss me Moon River 28 go from me Moon River 29 thine eyes still shine Moon River 30 Meeting at Night Moon River 31 Imtimations of Immortality Moon River 32 a son Moon River 33 Lady I Deem No Spot on Earth Moon River 34 Give Beauty All Her Right Moon River 35 white in the moon Moon River 36 she was a phantom of delight Moon River 37 on the sea Moon River 38 jennie kiss me Moon River 39 thou art not fair Moon River 40 It Was a Beauteous Evening Moon River 41 A White Rose FEEDBACK Our feedback record is excellent but if any problems arise, contact us before leaving any kind of neutral or negative feedback or if you plan on rating us anything less of five stars in all DSR areas. 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