"... We do want to clarify that the explanations and violence advisories that are part of the show are in direct response to many listeners who have requested this information by email, comments on this site, and letters -- listeners who share this program with their (sometimes young) children and/or who themselves would like more information about the content of the shows..."
Does that mean Ed Walker had been ignoring all those emails, comments on the site, and letters, and telegrams, and smoke signals, and telephone calls, and Morse code messages, and faxes, and interstellar communications requesting information assuring a safe space for delicate ears?
I'm skeptical of a claim that outside sources drove this decision to wussify the intros.
Old time radio does reflect the attitudes and values of traditional America, and much more sanity and common sense than the mental disorder that is contemporary liberalism. It always seemed a bit incongruous that leftwing NPR/WAMU tolerated the Big Broadcast to me. Yeah, Horribly Horrified Horowitz may be intentionally killing it off.
I saw one of your spot-on comments on WAMU. I don't have access to my Disqus account to chime in, plus I only have a small sample of Murray's magic on which to comment. Really cringeworthy intro to Gunsmoke. Ed may have been a liberal but he wasn't obnoxious. Does Murray realize he risks alienating his audience, as the vast majority of Americans would not appreciate his creepy propaganda?
8:30 Jack Benny 4/17/49 "Walking in the Easter Parade" Program #691 Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester Van Jones" Anderson, Phil Harris, Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, Mel Blanc (Professor Le Blanc), Artie Auerbach (Mr. Kitzel), Sheldon Leonard (sinister guy) ; Vocals - The Sportsmen Quartet ; Writers - Sam Perrin, Milt Josefsberg, George Balzer, John Tackaberry, Al Gordon, Hal Goldman ; Producer/ Transcriber - Hilliard Marks ; CBS ; Jack will be Easter strolling down Wilshire Boulevard to La Brea. Rochester reads Jack's diary entries about his trip to New York the City from the flight on April 4 to the April 14 departure for home on the Sante Fe Super Chief train. Dennis Day sings "Easter Parade".
10:15 Lum & Abner 12/25/41 "Christmas Story" Keystone #103 Norris Goff (Abner Peabody. Doc Miller), Chester Lauck (Grandpappy Spears, Lum Edwards) ; Sponsor - Alka Seltzer ; Announcer - Loy Crosby ; Abner, Grandpappy Spears, and Lum are traveling through snow, following the East Star, bringing food and blankets to a family from over by Pleasant Valley staying in an old barn for the night. Doc Miller had told Grandpappy about the family. The wife is pregnant. Her husband, Joe, is a carpenter who has been out of work for a while. Lum and Abner talk about hiring Joe to build their loading dock. Doc delivers a "fine baby boy". 1941 performance of Lum & Abner's Traditional Christmas Story.
I'll be interested to see if the 12/24/42 Lum & Abner episode Ed has scheduled is legit. A few years back, in a laborious process, I acquired all the episodes available from the Lum & Abner Society. It was fairly complete but among the missing episodes was 12/24/42. Will be nice to ass it to my collection.
9:30 My Favorite Husband 12/23/49 #68 "The Sleigh Ride" Lucille Ball (Liz Cooper), Richard Denning (George Cooper), Gale Gordon (Rudolph Atterbury), Bea Benaderet (Iris Atterbury), Ruth Perrott (Katie, the maid), Hans Conreid (Mr. Wood, Mr. Gundlefinger) ; Announcer - Bob Lamond ; CBS ; Sponsor - Jello, Log Cabin ; Producer - Jess Oppenheimer ; Mr. Wood, from next door, wants to hide out from his eleven kids at the Coopers. Mr. Negley, the mailman, shows up. The group goes Christmas caroling in a sleigh. George is vice president of the Sheridan Falls National Bank. Mr. Gundlefinger gets run over by his sleigh as it is "stolen" and reports it to the police.