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A radio interview with George Maharis

George Maharis, co-star of CBS-TV’s “Route 66″ drama of the early 1960s, was interviewed for 21 minutes a few days ago on “The Vintage Rock and Pop Shop” on WFDU radio in New Jersey. Maharis now is 85 years old. In…

Religious imagery and “The Grapes of Wrath”

Frank Gifford of rt66pix.com recently was interviewed by Susan Olasky of WORLD radio, which is part of a Christianity-based multimedia group. Gifford explained how he found Christian imagery in John Steinbeck’s seminal novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” much of which…

Michael Wallis confirms there will be a “Cars 3″

Michael Wallis, author of “Route 66: The Mother Road,” recently traveled to Alton, Ill., for a reunion of Western Military Academy alums. You’ll hear him during this 25-minute interview on WGBZ radio in Alton about the military school, plus Route…

Route 66 Radio Tour begins Thursday

Chicago-area-based WRLR-FM 98.3 and UK-based Forest FM 92.3 will begin a long-planned joint broadcast of their Route 66 Radio Tour on Thursday. The stations will do daily broadcasts through June 12 with significant figures and landmarks along Illinois Route 66.…

An NPR commentary about the “Route 66″ TV show

In 2003, Larry Cohen delivered this commentary about the 1960s television drama, “Route 66,” on WRVO-FM, a National Public Radio station in New York state. Cohen said he was inspired to do the piece after talking to the officers of…

A look at retro tobacco ads

Frank Kocevar of Historic Seligman Sundries in Seligman, Ariz., put together this video about vintage cigarette advertisements, including radio clips, from the 1940s and ’50s. It’s startling to see doctors and nurses touting the health benefits of smokes. Cigarette advertising…

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