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Grantland Rice Story - Pgm GRS-32

May 21st, 2010 · Comments

Jimmy Powers, NBC sportscaster, steps up the mic again as host of "The Grantland Rice Story", a mid-fifties syndicated Thesaurus series based on "The Tumult and the Shouting", Rice's autobiography.

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In program GRS-32, Powers narrates Rice's story of "Big" Jim Thorpe, the Native American considered one of the greatest all-around athletes of the past century.  As a bit of trivia, Thorpe passed away in 1953, just a couple of years before this program was recorded.

The show was transferred from original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5118-1.

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Grantland Rice Story - Pgm GRS-31

May 13th, 2010 · Comments

Does anyone talk about polo anymore?

Well, to Grantland Rice, the famous early 20th century sportswriter, it was just another competitive sport that he wrote about during his long and storied career.  Program GRS-31 in the syndicated series "The Grantland Rice Story" is titled "Polo's Greatest".  Our narrator, as usual, is NBC sportscaster Jimmy Powers and our guest on this episode is Devereux Milburn, Jr, a well-known polo player of the 40s and 50s.

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The show was dubbed to digital from an original RCA Thesaurus 12" vinyl transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5117-1C.

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Grantland Rice Story - Pgm GRS-30

May 7th, 2010 · Comments

Jimmy Powers returns again this week to narrate the NBC Thesaurus syndicated series, "The Grantland Rice Story" from circa 1955-56.

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Program GRS-30 in the series is titled  "Through the Mists".  In this episode, the famous sportswriter discusses in his memoirs something closer to his heart than sports - poetry.

The show was mastered to digital from an original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5190-1.

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Grantland Rice Story - Pgm GRS-29

May 3rd, 2010 · Comments

Jimmy Powers steps up to the mic again to narrate "The Grantland Rice Story".

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Program GRS-29 is "Bantam Ben Hogan", with Grantland Rice telling us his memories of the famous golfer.  The program was transferred from original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5127-1.

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The Grantland Rice Story - Pgm GRS-28

April 22nd, 2010 · Comments

And now this week's installment of "The Grantland Rice Story", syndicated by Thesaurus in the mid-1950s.

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Program GRS-28  is titled "Sports Writers".  In this episode, Rice recalls many of the great sports writers he ran into during his long career.  NBC television sportscaster Jimmy Powers is, as usual, our narrator.

The show was transferred from original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5149-1.

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The Grantland Rice Story - Pgm GRS-27

April 19th, 2010 · Comments

Now this week's entry in "The Grantland Rice Story", a Thesaurus syndicated program from the mid-1950s with sportscaster Jimmy Powers reading excerpts from the autobiography of the legendary sportswriter.

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Program 27 in the series is "Sport Films", where Rice discusses the movie shorts he produced over the years that featured major sports personalities.  The guest on the program is Rod Warren, a football player from Penn State, that worked with Rice on the films.

Our program was transferred from an original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5124-1.  The opening theme, by the way, is off-speed on the original disc.

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The Grantland Rice Story - Pgm 26

April 12th, 2010 · Comments

Well, we're half-way through our year-long look at "The Grantland Rice Story", a sports series syndicated by Thesaurus circa 1955 and featuring NBC sportscaster Jimmy Powers reading selected material from the autobiography of the famous sportswriter and interviewing people who were connected with Rice's life.

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Program GRS-26 is "My Friend, Joe Louis".  The show was digitized from original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5152-1.

If you're just joining us for the series, here's a few factoids.  The program was released at the same time as several other new series in mid-1955 by Thesaurus and promoted as part of the syndication service's 20th anniversary.  The host of the show, Jimmy Powers, was the main boxing announcer for NBC from 1949 to 1960, according to the Wikipedia article on the "Gillette Calvacade of Sports".  A 1950 "Billboard" article mentions that Powers was the highest paid broadcast in television at the time.  His NY Times obituary noted that he was also a sports editor for the New York "Daily News".

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The Grantland Rice Story - Pgm 25

April 3rd, 2010 · Comments

Jimmy Powers steps up to the microphone again in "The Grantland Rice Story", a syndicated program from Thesaurus released in 1955.

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Program GRS-25, "Uncle Remus and Some Others", has an intriguing look at the newspaper writers Rice knew at the turn of the century when he was starting out in the business in Atlanta.

The program was digitized from an original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5153-1.

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The Grantland Rice Story - Pgm 24

March 27th, 2010 · Comments

We're almost half-way through our year-long run of the complete episodes of "The Grantland Rice Story" with NBC sportscaster narrating the memoirs of the famous sportswriter.  The series was syndicated in the 1950s by Thesaurus.

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Program 24, "Football's Advance Guard", has Rice recalling many of the leading college football coaches of the past.  The show was digitized from original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5181-1

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The Grantland Rice Story - Pgm GRS-23

March 21st, 2010 · Comments

Jimmy Powers picks up the "Grantland Rice Story", continuing our weekly look at this mid-1950s syndicated series from Thesaurus.

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Program GRS-23  is "Football's Famous Coaches" where Granny looks at colorful college coaches from the turn of the century through the 1920s.

Our show was transferred from original RCA Thesaurus 12" transcription, matrix number F7-MR-5150-1.

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