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Whispering Streets KBST announcement clipping, March 2, 1952
KBST announces Whispering Streets
premiere, March 2nd 1952

Premiere spot ad for Whispering Streets from March 3rd 1952
Premiere spot ad for Whispering Streets
from March 3rd 1952

General Mills sponsored the ABC Run of Whispering Streets
General Mills sponsored the ABC Run
of Whispering Streets

General Mills 'Whispering Streets' Spot ad, ca. 1952 thumb
General Mills 'Whispering Streets'
Spot ad, circa 1952

Gertrude Warner as Hope Winslow for Carnation Milk circa June1955
Gertrude Warner as Hope Winslow
for Carnation Milk circa June1955

1959 Mum Cream Deodorant ad
1959 Mum Cream Deodorant ad

Stay-Puf Laundry Rinse was another of the sponsors of the CBS run of Whispering Streets
Stay-Puf Laundry Rinse was another
sponsor of the CBS run of Whispering
Streets

Saturday, Nov. 26, 1960 announcement of end of soap operas on CBS, including 'Whispering Streets' thumb
Saturday, Nov. 26, 1960 announces
the death knell of soap operas on
CBS--including 'Whispering Streets';
and by inference, the end of The Golden
Age of Radio

Background

Whispering Streets wasn't your ordinary daytime, melodramatic serial "soap opera"--indeed CBS itself, during its run referred to the program as a 'weekly' drama anthology--and justifiably so. For one, it's first nationwide sponsor wasn't a detergent manufacturer--it was General Mills, and for another, while technically a serial melodrama, it was 'serial with a twist'. Each new episode brought a fully formed mini-drama, but each day's installment presented a link to both the previous episode and a teaser to the character--or characters--that would become entangled with the subsequent drama. If the concept is difficult to differentiate, here's an example:

Say Monday's installment has Mary Smith meeting five characters during the course of the episode. She encounters Character 1 on the bus to work, though she's not aware of her, but the character is named by the narrator ostensibly in passing only. Mary Smith then says hello to the foyer girl at the Information Counter in the building where Mary works. But yet again, it's only the narrator that knows the counter girl's name. Mary arrives at her desk, engaging in idle greetings with her peers, but the narrator names only one of her peers in the process. Mary then enters her boss's office to retrieve some correspondence, greets her employer, who the narrator informs us, is harboring idle, non-work related impressions of Mary. And finally, Mary returns home again after work, greeting her next door neighbor--Character 5--in the process.

The teaser at the end of Monday's installment may hint at a further personal mini-drama involving any of the five characters Mary Smith encountered during her episode, but that next episode may not mention Mary Smith at all--or ever again. Indeed, she may not be heard of again for weeks or months--or ever. But Tuesday's episode will introduce one or more casual or intimate characters interacting with the protagonist of Monday's episode, while spinning off what may well be an entirely different mini-drama for the protagonist of the Wednesday drama, and so on and so on.

As the program evolved, it became apparent that the Monday through Friday installments were of a piece--a self-contained, yet interwoven series of five installments of one central theme for the week. It was a very clever concept, but devilishly daunting to pull off. It creates the best of both worlds for Romance melodrama fans; a possible opportunity to track the developments of one or more characters of interest to them for weeks, months, or years at a time, while at the same time providing a self contained, fully resolved, independent mini-drama every episode. No hanging entanglements, no cliff-hangers, but a possible hint at some further--however remote--interaction with one or more of the characters within each mini-drama in weeks and months to come. Something for everyone.

It was a brilliant notion for the program's producers and writers as well. Each day's mail would bring new letters showing interest in one or more of the 'teaser' characters introduced to the anthology each week. This gave the producers and writers immediate feedback on how much interest each character--however obscure--was generating. They could then tailor subsequent week-long scripts to maintain maximum interest in the series. The program's audience could actually shape the episodes that might follow from week to week.

The fictional narrator--and principal expositor--for the program was 'Hope Winslow.' Ms. Winslow's back-story is that she had been a newspaper correspondent for several years, covering adventure the world over. She purportedly retired as a newspaper correspondent, becoming an author of Romance and Adventure novels--drawing on her worldwide experiences as a journalist. It's the fictional Ms. Winslow who provides the exposition that threads and interweaves the daily segments of each week's drama into--and through--each other. Hope Winslow was first portrayed by Gertrude Warner, then by Ann Seymour during the ABC Run. Laraine Day portrayed Hope Winslow in the CBS run. Bette Davis acted as the narrator for the program for most of the extant AFRTS episodes in circulation, displacing the Hope Winslow character. There are also numerous circulating episodes from the AFRTS syndication that have Laraine Day in the Hope Winslow persona, providing the narration and exposition.

The program ran for over six years on ABC, then for two more years on CBS, for a total run of over 2,000 individual episodes comprising over 400, distinct, segmented week-long scripts. The mastermind behind most of this incredible dramatic interweaving from week to week was the legendary author and scenarist, Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, Jr., a Brooklyn-born writer who began as a columnist and journalist, became an editor and novelist, and wrote poems, articles and short fiction stories, in addition to hundreds of radio and television scripts. Ms. Sangster was viewed as an outstanding writer of daytime serials. In addition to her eight-year run of Whispering Streets scripts, her episodes of My True Story ran from 1943 through the 1950s.

From the May 25th 1952 edition of the Baton Rouge Advocate:

Radio Ramblings -- No Hurdles for Gertrude
 
     If you ask Gertrude Warner what hurdles she encountered in reaching the top of her profession--radio acting--she'll tell you with complete candor there were none.
     Now she adds a new role in her long "repertoire"--that of Hope Winslow, star of the new daytime drama "Whispering Streets," heard on WLCS and the ABC Radio network at 9:25 a.m., every Monday through Friday.  An ex-reporter and world traveler, Hope Winslow recalls the dramatic episodes encountered along the prominent and obscure "whispering streets" she has traveled.  These episodes are presented by a large supporting cast.
     Miss Warner's only experience when she came to New York in 1939 to seek an acting job was a stint with a local radio stock company in Hartford, Connecticut.  Just one week later, she had won not only a job--but the lead in the prize-winning dramatic series, "Against the Storm."
     Other assignments followed steadily, and since then she has played leading roles in such radio shows as "Ellen Randolph," "Perry Mason," "Ellery Queen," "Mrs. Miniver," "Joyce Jordan, M.D.," and "Mrs. District Attorney."
     Her off-the-air-waves activities include hospital tours for the Theatre Wing as well as courses in art and singing.

Tom Collins, Edith Ivy and Evelyn Patrick reenact a June 1955 episode of Whispering Streets for Radio TV Mirror.
Tom Collins, Edith Ivy and Evelyn Patrick reenact a June 1955 episode of Whispering Streets for Radio TV Mirror.

From the November 2nd 1958 edition of the Buffalo Courier Express: 

Chldren Are Radio Show's Problem head
 
     NEW YORK, Nov. 1 --
     Gordon Hughes, who directs CBS Radio's daily 25-minute dramatic series, "Whispering Streets," uses an average of 20 different actors each week, but with the abundance of excellent radio players in Hollywood, has only one casting problem.  Children!
     "Whispering Streets" stars Cathy Lewis as Hope Winslow; the rest of the cast changes each day.  During the last two weeks Hughes has cast such veteran performers as Mary Lansing, Betty Lou Gerson, Shep Menken, Shirley Mitchell, Russell Thorsen, Lee Millar, Eddie Firestone, Victor Perrin, Barbara Eiler, Charlotte Lawrence, John Stephenson, Jack Edwards, Peggy Webber, Forest Lewis, Eve McVeagh, Irene Tedrow, John Wilder and many more.
     But the big problem, according to Hughes, is that he can't find the young talent, the very young children, teenagers and young leads.  Not too many years ago Hollywood was full of youngsters who could pick up a script and read with the professionals--but not now.

From the February 8th 1959 edition of the Augusta Chronicle-Herald:  

Bit of hero in everyone head
 
     Author Margaret E. Sangster is often asked, "Why is your short story series on CBS Radio called 'Whispering Streets'?"  Here is her answer:
     It's because the streets of the world--be they avenues or narrow cow paths, dirt roads or lilac-bordered lanes--are the veins and arteries that send the blood of life pulsing through a community.  The Whispering streets of the world are traveled by many people, and each one of these people is the hero or heroine of his own particular story."
     The "Whispering Streets" programs are heard on CBS Radio, Monday through Friday, at 1:05-1:15 p.m., EST.

Series Derivatives:

AFRTS END-633 'Whispering Streets'
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Serial Romance Dramas
Network(s): ABC and CBS [58-03-31 through 60-11-24]
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 52-03-03 01 Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 52-03-03 through 60-11-25; Varying times; mostly daytime fare as with other daytime Serial Melodramas and Dramatic Romance anthologies; 15-minute and 30-minute episodes, Monday through Friday [NOTE: CBS didn't consider Whispering Streets a serial soap opera, instead referring to it as an anthology of weekly dramas.]
Syndication: AFRTS as series END-633, Whispering Streets
Sponsors: General Mills [1952-1954]; Mum Deodorant [1960]; Sta-Puf Laundry Rinse; Toni Home Permanent; General Foods, Ltd.; Carnation Milk Company; Seaman Brothers [Air-Wick and Nylast];
Director(s): Producer: Ted Lloyd; Gordon T Hughes
Principal Actors: Gloria Grant, Ken Peters, Robert Clark, Yvonne Peattie, Barbara Eiler, Cathy Lewis, Virginia Gregg, Lee Millar, Jack Edwards, Lester Fletcher, Shirley Mitchell, Hans Conreid, Joan Banks, Eve McVeagh, Ruth Perrot, Billy Strange, Carlene Collins, Jeanne Bates, Helen Kleeb, Irene Tedrow, Tom Collins, Mary Lansing, Evelyn Patrick, Edith Ivy, Stuffy Singer, Frank Cady, Viola Breslin, Vic Perrin, Elizabeth Ball, Charlotte Lawrence, Paul Dubov, Robert Clarke, Irene Winston, Isa Ashdown, Jane Webb, Tom Holland, Janet Waldo, Patricia Hitchcock, Stuart Foster, Donald Buka, Elaine Rost, Viola Breslin, Lucye Walker, Bernard Lenrow, Vivian Smolen, Ethel Wilson, Irene Winston, Isa Ashdown, Byron Kane, Jane Webb, Ruth Perrot, Tom Holland, Charlotte Lawrence Jack Edwards, Frank Cady, Jack Edwards, Vic Perrin, Helen Kleeb, Irene Tedrow, Gloria Grant, Yvonne Peattie, Virginia Gregg, Lee Millar Jr., Janet Waldo, Parley Baer, Betty Lou Gerson, Dolores Tatum, Victor Rodman, Ken Peters
Recurring Character(s): Hope Winslow, fictional retired author and former newspaper columnist [in order: Gertrude Warner, Larraine Day, Bette Davis, Anne Seymour, Cathy Lewis];
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production.
Author(s): Margaret E. Sangster [CBS run]
Writer(s) Margaret E. Sangster [CBS run]
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): Dan Cubberly (Announcer); Narrators: Gertrude Warner, Ann Seymour, Bette Davis [AFRTS] and Laraine Day
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
Approximately 2250 episodes.
Episodes in Circulation: Approximately 72 episodes
Total Episodes in Collection: 61
Provenances:


May 28th 1955 Ottawa Journal Spot Ad for Whispering Streets
May 28th 1955 Ottawa Journal Spot Ad for Whispering Streets
Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, 'The Directory of The Armed Forces Radio Service Series'.

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Whispering Streets Series Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
52-02-25
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52-02-25 New York Times
10:25--WJZ--Edward Arnold
52-03-03
1
Title Unknown
N
[Premiere over ABC]

52-03-02 Paris News
New Program Set on KPLT "Whispering Streets," a new diversified drama series based on the life and experiences of a sophisticated author and ex-newspaper correspondent, will make its bow on KPLT and the American Broadcasting Company Monday, March 3, from 9:25 to 9:45 a.m. Thereafter the program will be heard Monday through Friday at the same time. The program will be based on the life and experiences of Hope Winslow, former newspaper correspondent and author, and her experiences as a writer and world traveller to whom the daily impact of events recall the "whispering streets" of cities she has known the world over. Gertrude Warner will be featured in the leading role.

52-03-03 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
(Premiere)

52-03-03 Oakland Tribune
10:30 AM.
KGO--True Story; 10:55--Whispering Streets.
11:00--KGO--Whispering Streets;
52-03-04
2
Title Unknown
N
52-03-04 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-05
3
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52-03-05 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-06
4
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52-03-06 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-07
5
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52-03-07 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-10
6
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52-03-10 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-11
7
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52-03-11 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-12
8
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52-03-12 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-13
9
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52-03-13 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-14
10
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52-03-14 New York Times
10:25-WJZ-Whispering 'Streets
52-03-17
11
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52-03-18
12
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52-03-19
13
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52-03-20
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52-03-21
15
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52-03-24
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52-03-25
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52-03-25 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS Gertrude Warner plays the role of Hope Winslow, the authoress who tells the secret stories of the "Whispering Streets." This afternoon,
the story of a Korea-bound soldier who re-discovers his father!
52-03-26
18
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N
52-03-27
19
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52-03-27 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS Author Hope Winslow relates the stories hidden on every street and byway in the nation.
Today, the story of an old man who finds the years hang heavy upon his retirement.
52-03-28
20
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52-03-31
21
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52-04-01
22
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52-04-01 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS Hope Winslow, authoress, tells the story of a man whose one great love was himself. Hear this dramatic tale of a construction engineer who felt he could do no wrong!
52-04-02
23
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52-04-03
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52-04-04
25
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52-04-04 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Mike Burke, a handy man with his fists, dreamed of becoming a boxing champion . . . till he met lovely Mary Shannon. You'll enjoy this dramatic story of young hearts and young love this afternoon.
52-04-07
26
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52-04-07 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
How does a sensitive girl rebuild her dreams when she finds she is an adopted child? Hear this dramatic story of Meg Taylor and her dreams on "Whispering Streets" today.
52-04-08
27
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52-04-09
28
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52-04-10
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52-04-11
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52-04-14
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52-04-15
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52-04-16
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52-04-17
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52-04-17 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Hope Winslow recounts a poignant story of a once great stage star who discovers a truth about the meaning of charity. You'll enjoy this warmly told story of "Whispering Streets" today.
52-04-18
35
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52-04-21
36
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52-04-22
37
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52-04-22 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS Thrill to the exciting story of a young husband who bought roses for his wife . . . and how a perfect marriage runs into a blind alley of heartache. There's good listening for you on "Whispering Streets."
52-04-23
38
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52-04-24
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52-04-25
40
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52-04-28
41
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52-04-29
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52-04-30
43
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52-05-01
44
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52-05-02
45
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52-05-02 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Hear the dramatic story of a woman who lived only for her career, till a husband's attempted sacrifice awakens her to the meaning of life. You'll thrill to this afternoon's story told by the Whispering Streets!
52-05-05
46
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52-05-06
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52-05-07
48
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52-05-08
49
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52-05-09
50
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52-05-12
51
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52-05-12 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
A philandering bank cashier covers the wound of a lost love with feigned indifference, but discovers he can't fool his secretary. Hear this dramatic story today, narrated by Hope Winslow.
52-05-13
52
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52-05-14
53
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52-05-15
54
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52-05-15 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
This afternoon's story tells of two proud old sisters who attempt to resist the march of progress until one of them is taught the evils of false pride.
52-05-16
55
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52-05-19
56
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52-05-19 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
When a wealthly man finds he has one year to live, he tries desperately to ake amends to people he has wronged. Hear this dramatic story as narrated by Newswoman Hope Winslow this afternoon!
52-05-20
57
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52-05-21
58
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52-05-22
59
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52-05-22 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Enjoy today's amusing story of a hairdresser who saved a man from an unhappy marriage through her beauty craft. It's romantic, rollicking tale related by Hope Winslow.
52-05-23
60
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52-05-26
61
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52-05-27
62
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52-05-28
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52-05-28 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Enjoy today's romantic and humorous story of a highly efficient businessman, his prim office manager and a small dog that entered the duo's lives.
52-05-29
64
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52-05-30
65
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52-06-02
66
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52-06-03
67
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52-06-04
68
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52-06-04 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Thrill to this absorbing story of the love a woman and her soldier husband! Tune in this afternoon for a dramatic story of doubt . . . and a message of hope.
52-06-05
69
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52-06-06
70
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52-06-09
71
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52-06-09 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
A town mayor finds his career at stake when he finds his son driving a stolen car! Enjoy this dramatic storyof faith and human emotions on todays exciting program.
52-06-10
72
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52-06-11
73
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52-06-12
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52-06-13
75
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52-06-16
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52-06-17
77
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52-06-18
78
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52-06-18 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Hear a dramatic story of a woman who thought she had found the "one man in the world" when she married, but who had some surprises in store. Don't miss this story narrated by Hope Winslow.
52-06-19
79
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52-06-20
80
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52-06-23
81
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52-06-24
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52-06-25
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52-06-26
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52-06-27
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52-06-30
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52-07-01
87
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52-07-02
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52-07-03
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52-07-04
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52-07-07
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52-07-08
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52-07-09
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52-07-10
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52-07-11
95
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52-07-14
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52-07-15
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52-07-16
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52-07-17
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52-07-18
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52-07-21
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52-07-22
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52-07-23
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52-07-24
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52-07-25
105
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52-07-25 Richmond Times Dispatch
5:05 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS Author Hope Winslow relates the dramatic story of a GI's wife in a small town who starts a little business and becomes entangled with an unscrupulous business rival!
52-07-28
106
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52-07-29
107
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52-07-30
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52-07-31
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52-08-01
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52-08-04
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52-08-04 Richmond Times Dispatch
2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS Enjoy these complete dramatic stories each day at their new time--2:30 P.M. This afternoon's play tells of the secretary of a famous movie lover who learns her idol has feet of clay.
52-08-05
112
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N
52-08-06
113
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52-08-07
114
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52-08-07 Richmond Times Dispatch
2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Today's complete drama tells the story of an orphan and an unloved "poor little rich girl" who ran away together and came home to face the consequences! Enjoy these heart-warming stories every afternoon at this time!
52-08-08
115
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52-08-11
116
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52-08-12
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52-08-13
118
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52-08-13 Richmond Times Dispatch
2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
A persistent suitor proves a point to a self-accusatory widow on this afternoon's complete drama! You'll like this heart-warming story of romance.
52-08-14
119
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52-08-15
120
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52-08-18
121
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52-08-19
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52-08-20
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52-08-21
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52-08-21 Richmond Times Dispatch
2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Patricia Hitchcock portrays a young woman whose vanity almost leads her into tragedy on today's complete story. You'll enjoy this suspense-filled and romantic drama!
52-08-22
125
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52-08-25
126
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52-08-26
127
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52-08-27
128
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52-08-28
129
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52-08-29
130
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52-09-01
131
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2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
What kind of future faces a woman who loses her husband and her son in tragedy? You'll hear how one wife faced this on this afternoon's complete story. Listen this afternoon and each afternoon for these full-length drama's of real life and its problems.
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2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
The drama of a beautiful young wife, a jealous husband and a glamorous younger brother form a triangle of suspicion on this afternoon's full-length story. Listen as Hope Winslow narrates another of these thrilling stories of life and love . . . each one a complete drama.
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2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
When a fat man's wife goes on a diet, it usually means trouble for him. Listen this afternoon to the story of James Dearborn, and how his wife's diet led his lilfe into new directions. You'll enjoy today's complete drama on Whispering Streets . . . the program that features a new story each afternoon.
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2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Hear the story of Barry Whalen, a night club singer who puts aside a great personal tragedy to help save the lives of others on today's dramatic story! You'll enjoy Hope Winslow's narration of this thrilling tale--complete this afternoon.
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2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Chet Gleason and his ex-wife share a strange reunion at the "Nuova Napoli," as memories of their wedding dinner there bring them back for a dinner with a surprise finish! Hear this complete story this afternoon as Hope Winslow narrates another drama of life and love.
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2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
Not until she and her missionary husband are about to leave the isolated land they have lived and worked infor 20 years does Nancy Dillon realize what they are about to lose. Listen this afternoon as Hope Winslow narrates another complete drama.
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53-01-19 Richmond Times Dispatch - 2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS An editor who goes overboard for a new writer both professionally and personally, travels 200 miles before he discovers that Wendy Markham can spin a pretty tale about herself as well as her characters. Hope Winslow narrates another enjoyable story--complete this afternoon.
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2:30 P.M.--WHISPERING STREETS
You'll enjoy Hope Winslow's complete story this afternoon on Whispering Streets . . . the story of a woman who married on the rebound, and didn't realize for 10 years just what her marriage and husband meant to her. It's complete in one chapter--and it's a thrilling story.
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53-04-12 Paris News
KPLT Program Will Feature Brave Stories
An elderly woman who engages in an impersonation that brings happiness to all concerned, a home loving wife who forges ahead in business to help her ne'er-to-well husband, and an aging screen actress who learns too late the importance of the dictum "Be yourself," are among the human and interesting characters in stories on the ABC Radio Network and KPLT's "Whispering Streets" during the week beginning Monday. The program is heard Mondays through Fridays from 9:25 to 9:45 a.m. With writer and world traveler Hope Winslow as narrator, the week's story-lines will be as follows: Monday,--A mother-in-law who subtly tries to smash the marriage of her son and his night club singer wife learns in her hour of desperation that the girl is worthy and kind. Tuesday--A young wife who wants only a home and children takes up a business career to help her husband get his start. Wednesday,--A middle-aged film actress tries to act young to captivate her youthful leading man and finds that he was more attracted to her when she was mature and sincere. Thursday,--An old woman headed for the poor farm impersonates another woman to get a job as housekeeper and baby-sitter for a young widow and learns eventually that she is loved for herself instead of the person she is impersonating. Friday,--A wife who has never goaded her husband to be a success does an about-face with rewarding results.
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53-05-03 Abilene Reporter-News
The story of an old woman living with her daughter and son-in-law and about to be sent to an old folk's home will be presented in "Whispering Streets" from 9:25 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday over KRBC. The program is heard Monday through Friday.
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53-05-10 Baton Rouge Advocate
Whispering Streets A surgeon whose gifted hands have become useless . . . a man and wife whose ship of matrimony is foundering . . . a nurse who seeks substitutes for her dead baby in the children of others . . . these will be among the characters in the five complete stories on hte ABC Radio Network's "Whispering Streets" during the week beginning Monday, May 11. The series, with writer and world traveler Hope Winslow as narrator, is heard Mondays through Fridays from 9:25 to 9:45 a.m., on WLCS.
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53-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9:25 a.m.--Whispering Streets (WISC): A widow is visited by the ghost of her dead husband.
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9:25 a.m.--Whispering Streets (WISC): Farm boy finds adventure in the city.
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9:25 a.m.--Whispering Streets (WISC): A middle-aged actress and her 18-year-old actress daughter engage in a strange conflict.
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53-07-28 Richmond Times Dispatch
WRNL 2:30-2:50--"WHISPERING STREETS" A DAILY DRAMA OF LIFE Sponsored by the Toni Company.
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53-08-05 Richmond Times Dispatch
ABINGDON, Aug. 3--
Two Virginia actors, Lucye Walker, of Roanoke, and Frederick Combs of Portsmouth, will be seen in Robert Porterfield's production of "Family Portrait," which will star Judith Anderson at the Intermont Outdoor Theater in Bristol, for the week beginning Monday. Miss Walker is returning to Barter Theater where she had been seen in "Double Door" and "The Hills Between." Currently she is heard daily on the ABC radio program "Whispering Streets."
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53-11-28 Winona Republican-Herald
KWNO's "Whispering Streets" is a program you'll remember and talk about. Every Monday through Friday at 9:25 a.m., a complete drama is enacted--drama of intrigue, suspense, romance, violence and love. One of radio's finest actresses, Gertrude Warner, portrays HOPE WINSLOW, a writer and world traveler from whose experiences these tales are spun. For 20 minutes of good drama, don't miss hearing "Whispering Streets" and Hope Winslow.
The tales for the coming week find fate taking a turn for the unexpected when a baby, a confession and a wrong address affect the lives of memorable characters.
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Morning entertainment on WCOG
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54-07-31 Winona Daily News
Every Monday through Friday at 9:25 a.m., you can hear a program you'll remember and talk about. It's WHISPERING STREETS. A complete drama is enacted each day--drama of intrigue, suspense, romance, violence and love. One of radio's finest actresses, Gertrude Warner, portrays Hope Winslow, a writer and world traveler from whose experiences thse tales are spun. For 20 minutes of drama at its best, hear WHISPERING STREETS and Hope Winslow every day. And be sure to hear the other fascinating morning drama programs on KWNO which are being acclaimed all over America.
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54-08-18 Richmond Times Dispatch
Every day a complete, absorbing story!
Today an elderly New England tavern proprietor helps a lovely maid win the youth she has loved from afar. Tune in Monday through Friday at 10:25 A.M.
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54-09-08 Richmond Times Dispatch
Broadway showgirl stars today on WHISPERING STREETS
Today glamourous world traveler Hope Winslow narrates the story of
Peter Garfield's campaign to ruin the career of a broadway showgirl. You'll enjoy the fascinating tale of how his plot boomerangs. Tune in today at 10:25 A.M. WRNL.
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55-01-14 Richmond Times-Dispatch
Hear "Whispering Streets" when Hope Winslow tells
the story of Trudy . . . who found it wasn't easy being married to a man whose first wife had been a "marvelous" woman! Every Monday-Friday at 10:25 A.M.
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55-01-17 Rome Daily Sentinel
Viola Breslin plays the lead in "Whispering Streets," a drama to be heard over WRUN Tuesday morning at 10:25.
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55-02-05 Winona Daily News
A nightclub singer who can't remember her past is the central character in the WHISPERING STREETS episode Monday at 9:25 a.m. Each Monday through Friday you can hear 20-minute episodes like this, a new one each day. Narrator of the shows is Hope Winslowe.
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WHISPERING STREETS--10:25 A.M.
presented by Carnation Co., Mon.-Wed.-Thurs.-Fri. WRNL
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55-10-20 New Orleans Times
A kitten ties a love knot on Whispering Streets, via ABC-WSMB (9:25 a.m.).
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WHISPERING STREETS, heard at 9:45 a.m. Monday through Friday, presents the following dramas next week: On Monday, Hope Winslow relates the story of a farmer who finds a fortune in hidden treasure, but learns it won't buy love. The Tuesday program tells how a bank secretary's fear of losing her job is realized when the president discharges her--to make her his bride. An unusual story is presented on Wednesday when a vacationing reporter learns that the haughtiness of an aging recluse was born of heroism. Narrator Winslow on Thursday tells the story of a postman who plays cupid to save a girl's life. A drama of a young girl forbidden by her mother to have anything to do with a youth from the other side of the tracks, and the boy's act of heroism which wins him the acclaim of the town, marks the Friday offering on WHISPERING STREETS.

Hope Winslow relates the story of a farmer who finds a fortune in hidden treasure, but learns it won't buy love.
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A county official fears his son's delinquency will ruin his political aspirations on "Whispering Streets" at 10:45 this morning on WGR.
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A determined wife sets out to prove her invalid mother-in-law is not as helpless as she appears, on "Whispering Streets," at 10:45 a.m. Monday over ABC.
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56-10-29 Niagara Falls Gazette
Ranier Wedding Incident Told By Actor Guest
During a rehearsal for ABC Radio's "Whispering Streets" series, actor Donald Buka, a guest at the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier, recalled an amusing incident following the ceremony . . .
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[ Bette Davis assumes the Narrotor role of Hope Winslow]

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Bette Davis is the new hostess on "Whispering Streets," mornings at 11:05 on WBEN. She replaced actress Loraine Day. . . .
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58-04-15 Augusta Chronicle
You perhaps have found out that Bette Davis is now hostessing a daily series on WRDW Radio. It's called "Whispering Streets" and is kind of a radio "Matinee Theatre." Seventy-year-old man turns to baby-sitting today.
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[ Anne Seymour assumes the role of Narrator Hope Winslow]

59-01-04 Pasadena Independent Star-News
"WHISPERING Streets" inaugurates its new daily time schedule with the opening chapter of a seven-episode short story about a young lawyer whose wife unwittingly investigates an office romance, on KNX-Radio's "Whispering Streets" Monday from 11:05 to 11:15 a.m.

59-01-04 Richmond Times Dispatch
Anne seymour, currently featured on Broadway in "Sunrise at Campobello," will be heard as Hope Winslow, narrator of CBS Radio's "Whispering Streets" short stories, beginning Monday afternoon at 1:05. The program will be heard Monday through Friday from 1:05 to 1:15 P.M.
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[ Cathy Lewis assumes the role of Narrator Hope Winslow]

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You saw them there . . . waltzing to the music of a cab radio. Or maybe it was a dream . . . Their dream. But for a moment you shared it on WHISPERING STREETS. For this new radio drama takes you wherever life leads, makes you part of the people you meet on the way. Each day, as only she can, CATHY LEWIS brings you a new scene . . . an unforgettable story on Whispering Streets. Join her, Monday through Friday at 1:05. WRNL
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Foster in New Dramatic Role

New York--As a result of his successful debut as a dramatic actor in the leading role of a recent CBS radio Suspense thriller, singing star Stuart Foster (a Binghamton) has been cast to play the featured role in a seven-episode short story on CBS radio's Whispering Streets daily series starting Tuesday (1:05-1:15 p.m.). The personable young baritone will portray a popular nightclub singer whose reputation as a romantic philanderer becomes an almost unsurmountable barrier when he falls in love with a level-headed business girl, played by Elaine Rost.

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Radio stations are taking part in a traffic safety crusade. And speaking of radio, Friday's episode of "Whispering Streets" on CBS was Margaret E. Sangster's 2,000th script. It has been going along for eight years.
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60-11-26 San Antonio Express and News
CBS Ends Long Soap Opera Runs . . .
Three other shows ended Friday but CBS pointed out they weren't soap operas. They were "Best Seller," a dramatization of novels; "Whispering Streets," a drama with a different story each week; and "the couple next door," a husband and wife thing. . .





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Actress Bette Davis stars in part two of the story of Hope Winslow on the new show "Whispering Streets" at 3:05 p.m.






Whispering Streets Biographies




Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, Jr.
(Columnist,Writer, Journalist, Poet)

(1894-1981)

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

Education:

Radiography:
Joyce Jordan, M.D.
My True Story
Light Of the World
Hope Alden's Romance
1952 Whispering Streets

Margaret Sangster circa 1938

From the February 8th 1959 edition of the Augusta Chronicle-Herald: 
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     Author Margaret E. Sangster is often asked, "Why is your short story series on CBS Radio called 'Whispering Streets'?"  Here is her answer:
     It's because the streets of the world--be they avenues or narrow cow paths, dirt roads or lilac-bordered lanes--are the veins and arteries that send the blood of life pulsing through a community.  The Whispering streets of the world are traveled by many people, and each one of these people is the hero or heroine of his own particular story."
     The "Whispering Streets" programs are heard on CBS Radio, Monday through Friday, at 1:05-1:15 p.m., EST.

From the March 18th 1959 edition of the Galesburg Register-Mail:  

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     NEW YORK (UPI)--A woman who can see people "as clearly as her own hair-do in a mirror" may find success as a radio and television writer.
     So says Margaret E. Sangster, a veteran soap opera author.
     "It's not a question of great talent for writing as much as a talent for seeing. You need to see people clearly, put thoughts straight and simply," she said in an interview.
     Writing soap operas is a good field for women because the audience is made up of women, she explained. And women can better understand the problems and ideas that appeal to this audience.
     Middle age is the best time for a woman to start, she believes.
     "It depends on the individual, but the more experience a woman has, the more sound her judgments are. It's hard for a young gal to tell a middle-aged woman what to do," said Miss Sangster, who broke into radio writing in her 30's.
     She has penned such serials as "Joyce Jordan, M.D.," "My True Story," "Light of the World," "Whispering Street," and "Hope Alden's Romance." She also has written 38 novels and thousands of short stories.
     A writer does not need a journalism school background, she said, but it is necessary to have training in techniques and knowledge of the mechanics of the medium.
     The best approach is a unique plot. She listened to programs, thought of a new angle, wrote samples, and got an agent.
     Agents or managers are necessary "to get past the office boy," she said.
     Salaries vary according to the network and the type of script. Soap operas, usually done on a contract basis, pay an average of $750 a week. Half-hour radio dramas pay about $250. Half-hour TV shows run about $800 for a live program and $1,200 for film. Hour shows average $800 for radio, $2,000 for live TV. One and a half hour TV dramas pay about $8,000 to $10,000.
     Television also provides residual rights or royalty arrangements.


From the April 3rd 1959 edition of the Trenton Evening Times:  

Trenton Times article head
      ENGLEWOOD -- WNS -- Margaret E. Sangster of Englewood is a mighty dangerous woman.     If you so much as say hello to her, you're apt to wind up as the newest character in a soap opera.
     "Nobody's safe with me," Miss Sangster admits with a grin.  "Almost everyone I meet contributes to the stories I write.     I just can't help turning people into fictional character, even though it once cost me a fiance.  I wrote a story about my first beau when I was onlly 17 and he broke our engagement and walked out because of it.
     "But I'm still doing it."     Since Miss Sangster, radio's "the Queen of Soap Opera," turns out 100,000 words of air drama a week, plenty of people have found themselves immortalized in a tear-jerker.
     This white-haired, green-eyed widow writes the scripts for both "My True Story" over NBC and "Whispering Streets" over CBS.  In 22 years as a radio soap opera author, she's also written 38 novels and a few thousand short stories.
     The way she tells it, this is easy.
     "I dictate directly to two secretaries at the typewriter four hours each morning and two hours each afternoon.  Then I correct the finished copy," she explained.
     "It doesn't leave much time for anything except writing scripts and meeting people.  I see as many people as I can--because truth really is much stranger than fiction.  In fact, some of the unbelivevable things that happen in real life have to be modified for fiction."
     Miss Sangster says the secret of a good soap opera is "interesting people and lots of catastrophe."     "Women would rather cry," she explains, "so we fill up the stories with disaster, things that appeal to the heart.
     "Some sophisticates call this corn--but I like corny stories.  Everybody does.  They're a lot more nourishing than slickness.
     Miss Sangster, who shares her big 14-room red brick house in Englewood with six cats and a hundred filing cabinets, spends most of her time at home.  But every few days, she goes to New York City to do a little "shopping and eavesdropping."
     An incident in the subway may give her an idea for a complete new story; a pair of lovers may provide the climax for a special show.
     "Anybody can write well if they see well and listen well," she says.  "I think a writer sees every human being as an interesting story.
     "I believe everybody has a book in them--but most people never write it."




Ruth Elizabeth 'Bette' Davis
(Hope Winslow)
Radio, Television, Film and Stage Actor
(1908-1989)

Birthplace: New York City

Radiography:
Hollywood On the Air
1935 Shell Chateau
1937 Lux Radio Theatre
1937 Chase and Sanborn Hour
1938 Texaco Star Theater
1938 Silver Theater
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theater
1941 President Franklin Roosevelt
1941 The Treasury Hour
1942 Hollywood Canteen
1942 Cavalcade Of America
1942 Plays For Americans
1942 Command Performance
1942 The Pepsodent Show
1942 To the President
1942 Treasury Star Parade
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater
1943 First Anniversary Of the Hollywood Canteen
1944 Everything For the Boys
1945 A Tribute To..."President Roosevelt"
1945 Word From the People
1945 Mail Call
1946 Academy Award
1949 Screen Directors' Playhouse
1949 Suspense
1950 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
1951 Hollywood Sound Stage
1958 Whispering Streets
Hollywood Calling
Bette Davis in publicity photo for The Rich Are Always With Us from 1932
Bette Davis in publicity photo for The Rich Are Always With Us from 1932
From the February 26th, 1939 edition of the Ogden Standard-Examiner:

Bette Asks for Publicity
But It's for Worthy Cause
She Tells of Her Work and
Needs In Supplying Dogs to Blind


By MAY MANN
Standard-Examiner Staff


     Bette Davis, whom public and critics alike acclaim as- -the screen's greatest dramatic actress responded to our "Open -Letter" column of recent date with a most interesting letter telling about her famous Tailwaggers Guide Dog Institute.
     World attention is focused on Bette too, just now for she was again a winner of the annual academy award for the best screen performance of 1938.  Already an award winner, the academy considered her role in "Jezebel"
to be the year's finest.  However her artistry in "The Sisters" and "Dark Victory" are equally as great in the opinion of most critics.  Bette has that touch of genius that makes you feel her laughter and her tears—her every emotion on the screen.  She is adept in any role—and so she is a great actress.
               They Didn't Know
     Last November the newspapers and magazines had pictures on every cover and front page announcing Bette's organization of the "Tailwaggers" club.  A benefit ball was held to raise funds and the general impression gained in
many parts of the country was that the organization was another fad of an actress with a lot of pet pooches.  It was said that anyone having a dog who wagged its tail was eligible to join the "Tailwaggers."  But those who said that did not know Bette--far from being frivolous, Bette is fundamentally a serious minded young person.  She spends her time only on worthwhile matters and this new organization is one of the most worthwhile.

     Bette took time off and sat down and wrote a letter personally to the readers of this column telling us all about it--and before  you're through reading  Bette's letter--you'll know that Bette should certainly be commended for her efforts.  Too, her letter gives you a glimpse into the personality of the off-screen Bette.
     "Dear May:
     "Thank you for your letter and it's nice of you to mention me in your column.
     "I would be glad to have you write up a bit about our Guide Dog Institute which I helped to organize last November.  The Tailwaggers is a non-profit corporation to provide trained guide dogs to lead the blind.  This work will be carried on independently of any other similar organization.
     "We have training quarters capable of handling 72 dogs annually and several thoroughly experienced trainers are available.  Approximately three months is required to train a guide dog.  A blind student undergoes from three to four weeks training.  Voluntary contributions and memberships from Tailwagger owners and friends will be used to defray overhead of the school which will approximate $25,000 annually.
               Many Applications
     "We have received numerous applications from blind men and women seeking persons to sponsor them for a guide dog.  A fully paid scholarship entitling a blind student to receive a dog may be arranged for by any person or group so inclined.  The cost of such scholarship is $450.  No charge is made to the blind student for training or living expenses at the school.
     "California alone houses approximately 7,100 deserving blind citizens, many of whom can be successfully rehabilitated through the use of a guide dog.
     "We have just had the good fortune to have Hazel Hurst, the blind girl, about whom there has been so much publicity in connection with her travels abroad and not being able to enter England owing to their quarantine laws regarding dogs.  Hazel is now the vice-president of our institute and lectures in clubs, over the radio, etc., in aid of our work for the blind on the Pacific coast.  I'm mailing you a picture of Hazel, myself and her 'eyes,' Babe, the dog.
     It is so wonderful to see the happiness expressed upon Hazel's countenance, her cheerful outlook upon life.  It surely makes us who have all our opportunities feel ashamed!  I was never so touched as I have been through the opportunity of personally knowing this girl.
     "With best wishes and many thanks, Bette Davis."

From the August 25th, 1942 edition of the Syracuse Herald Journal:
 
By LOUELLA O. PARSONS
 ...I am heartily in favor of the Hollywood Canteen for service men, patterned after the successful Stage Door Canteen in New York.  So many of the boys are in Hollywood for the first time and when they are on leave they have no place to go.  Both the Naval Aid Auxilliary Canteen and the Vac's, at Fort MacArthur, are doing a great work for the Army and Navy in San Pedro.  But there is also room for a canteen in the heart of Hollywood, where this one is to be located.  The Rio Grande Hall, seating 1,000, off Sunset near Cahuenga, accessible to bus and street car, is the site selected.  Bette Davis has done a tremendous amount of work in making the canteen possible.  The proceeds from "The Talk of the Town" next Saturday night go to the maintenance of the canteen...
 From the September 6th, 1942 edition of the Ogden Standard-Examiner:
 By ALICE PARDOE WEST
Standard-Examiner Staff
 
...Bette Davis . . . a live wire as usual . . . is doing a tremendous job of putting over a Hollywood canteen for service men.  This will be located in the Rio Grande hall and will be large enough to accommodate a great number of service men.  Bette, who seems to never stop working . . . is now finishing up her role in "Watch on the Rhine."  She took this part, knowing she would not be top billing . . . as she also did in "The Man Who Came to Dinner."  But she will follow it up with an extra glamorous picture "Old Acquaintance" in which she will wear the most extensive wardrobe and finery of her screen career . . .

From the October 7th, 1989 edition of the Frederick, Maryland News:

Bette Davis dead at 81


     NEW YORK (AP) - Bette Davis, whose soulful eyes inspired song decades after her tough demeanor helped create the film image of the independent woman, has died of cancer, her longtime attorney said today.  The two-time Academy Award winner was 81.
     Miss Davis died Friday night in a Paris hospital, said attorney Harold Schiff.
     The actress, who lived in West Hollywood, Calif., was traveling through Paris on her way home from the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, where she was honored for a lifetime of achievement.
     Miss Davis — who appeared in more than 80 films, including "Jezebel," "All About Eve," and "Of Human Bondage" — died after a battle with breast cancer that began after a 1983 mastectomy, Schiff said.
     "The doctors had told us the cancer had spread, that it was terminal," he said.  "The doctors had said let her go on going about her business."
     French radio reported that Miss Davis died in the American Hospital in Paris.  A spokesman at the hospital declined to confirm the report but said a statement would be issued later.
     "What a loss," said actress Olivia de Havilland, who worked with Miss Davis in four films including the 1964 "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte."
     "She was a remarkable person to work with, highly professional, innovative, brilliant and quick," said Miss de Havilland, 73, who resides in Paris.  "She was very well disciplined.  I thought she had some marvelous personal qualities and I was very fond of her."
     Vincent Price, who worked with Miss Davis on "The Private Lives of Elisabeth and Essex" in 1939 and "Whales of August" in 1987 mourned her as a film genius.
     "There are very few people left who really sum up the motion picture industry, who had that star quality.  It was really rare," Mr. Price said in Los Angeles.  "She had extraordinary energy; she was a genius."
     At a Sept. 21 news conference in San Sebastian, she joked about co-stars James Stewart — "I never should have let him get away" — and Ronald Reagan --"He never had ranch talent but as President he restored patriotism for Americans."
     Of her expressive eyes, she said, "It's my basic facial feature and what communicated to the camera."
     Miss Davis was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times and won two best actress Oscars, for "Dangerous" in 1935 and "Jezebel" in 1938.  She won an Emmy in 1979 for the television production "Strangers -- The Story of a Mother and Daughter."
     Her screen heroines were often strong women — as uncompromising as the actress was off-screen and on the set, according to those who worked with her.
     "The person who wants to make it has to sweat," she said once.  "There are no short cuts.  And you've got to
have the guts to be hated.  That's the hardest part."
     She gave no one credit for her success except Bette Davis.
The most rewarding thing in the world when you've made it," she said, "is that you don't owe nobody nothin'.  The reward is an honest day's work."
     She once suggested the lines for her own epitaph "Bette Davis--She Did It the Hard Way.  That included her
1945 comeback from the mastectomy, a stroke and a broken hip in quick succession.
     Her success story was one of Hollywood's most unlikely tales.  Lacking the looks of a traditional Hollywood glamour girl, the skinny youngster with the huge eyes relied on her acting skill and took roles nobody else wanted, playing nasty women more often than nice ones.
     "My entire career was never based on looks or glamour or sex," she once said."  It was an absolute miracle that people came to watch me act."
     Impressionists copied her mannerisms, and a song, "Bette Davis Eyes," was a rock hit in 1982.  The line most identified with her was "What a dump!" from "Beyond the Forest."
     She sought happiness in marriage, but after four husbands declared that she had failed and would never marry again.  When she wrote her autobiography, she titled it "The Lonely Life."
     She was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Mass., the elder of two daughters of Harlow and
Ruth Favor Davis. Her parents were descended from early New England settlers — Pilgrims and Huguenots —and Miss Davis was always proud of her heritage.
     A friend of her mother's felt two Ruths in the family were too many.  She suggested the young Miss Davis
be called Bette, after a character in the Balzac novel "La Cousine Bette."
     Miss Davis' parents separated when she was 7, and through her childhood she lived alternately with her mother and in boarding schools.  As a teen-ager she showed talent in school theatrics and decided to become an actress.
     She won a scholarship to study with drama coach John Murray Anderson, ushered at New England theaters in the summer and won small roles in stock company shows before making her New York stage debut in "The Earth Between" in the 1920s.




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