The Grantland Rice Story - Single Episodes

(5 stars; 1 reviews)


RCA Thesaurus obtained permission to serialize Rice's popular "The Tumult and The Shouting" via their transcription subscription service. Titled The Grantland Rice Story, the 15-minute series comprised fifty-two sequential installments. First airing regionally as early as August 1955, the entire run soon appeared across the nation on various stations at varying times. Some aired it every weekday, some three days a week, some weekly. The program's 15-minute installments closely followed the text of Rice's book. Jimmy Powers, himself a noted sportswriter and announcer of 30 years, narrated, read and commented on Grantland Rice's story in the first person, as Rice had intended. Not quite the equivalent of today's audio-books, the material from "The Tumult and The Shouting" was augmented by contemporary asides and updates from Jimmy Powers. The series literally begins at chapter one of Rice's book and moves through the entire autobiography. Powers intersperses the selections from the book with other timely updates and observations about Rice not contained in the book. The additional material helps expand the legend of Rice himself, places his work in context with the era, and provides insights not previously available when the book was written some 11 years earlier. The entire syndicated series apparently aired in several overlapping markets. Tracking the broadcasts was particularly difficult given the 15 minute format. As best as we can establish, there was at least one contiguous run of the entire 52-installment series airing between September 1955 and September 1956. The series also aired in many markets at the 15-minute mark, often 'buried' behind an on-the-hour broadcast of another program. The series provides the most comprehensive insight into the career and experiences of one of the most important sportswriters in American history, during an era when the pen and typewriter was still as important to news media as the paper it was printed upon. The information for this brief came courtesy of Digitial Deli Too, where you can find many more series synopsis. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep01_Beginning_at_the_Beginning 13:31
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep02_The_Big_Fellow,_Babe_Ruth 13:15
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep03_Man_O_War 13:15
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep04_Jack_Dempsey,_The_Man_From_Maumee_Bay 13:28
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep05_The_Dempsey-Tunney_Fights 13:26
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep06_Great_Athletes-Past_and_Present 13:23
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep07_The_Story_of_Big_Bill_Tilden 13:32
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep08_Golf_and_its_Champions 13:04
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep09_The_Incredible_Man,_Walter_Hagen 13:21
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep10_Grannys_All-Time_Pitching_Selection 13:22
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep11_The_Story_of_Jack_Dempseys_Early_Ring_C… 13:35
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep12_Grannys_Story_of_Gene_Tunney 13:32
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep13_War_Clouds-World_War_I 13:34
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep14_Bobby_Jones-The_Incomparable_Youth 13:24
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep15_Footballs_Beloved_Knute_Rockne 13:32
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep16_The_Immortal_Bobby_Jones 13:21
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep17_Babe_Didrikson_Zaharias 12:20
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep18_Grannys_All-Time_Baseball_Team 13:21
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep19_Baseball_Managers 13:23
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep20_Grannys_All-Time_Football_Team 13:12
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep21_Magnificent_Screwballs 13:23
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep22_The_Fabulous_Ty_Cobb 13:30
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep23_Footballs_Famous_Coaches 13:27
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep24_Footballs_Advance_Guard 13:26
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep25_Uncle_Remus_And_Some_Others 13:21
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep26_My_Friend_Joe_Louis 13:31
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep27_Sport_Films 13:08
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep28_Sports_Writers 13:15
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep29_Bantam_Ben_Hogan 13:31
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep30_Through_The_Mists 12:59
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep31_Polos_Greatest 13:28
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep32_Jim_Thorpe 13:29
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep33_TV_And_Sport 13:21
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep34_Knute_Rockne 13:22
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep35_Grannys_Own_Voice 13:27
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep36_An_Appraisal_of_the_Game_Football 13:26
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep37_Turkey_Hunting 13:34
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep38_The_Man_Who_Hates_To_Lose 13:38
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep39_Gene_Tunney_2nd_Installment 13:46
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep40_Red_Blaik_of_Army 13:32
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep41_The_Mighty_Mites 13:42
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep42_Writers_And_Pals 13:30
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep43_Ed_Furgols_Greatest_Victory 13:32
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep44_Irwin_S_Cobb_-_A_Man_Of_Heart 13:26
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep45_The_Sports_Public_-_And_Ted_Williams 13:30
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep46_Ruths_Homer 13:30
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep47_The_Big_Game 13:18
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep48_What_Makes_a_Competitor 13:33
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep49_Famous_Football_Coaches 13:20
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep50_The_Uncrowned_Champs 13:23
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep51_Granddaddy_Of_The_Blues,_And_Some_Footb… 13:32
Grantland_Rice_Story,_The_55-xx-xx_ep52_Memorable_Tributes_To_Granny_Rice 13:26


Grantland Rice was one of the greats

(5 stars)

These transcriptions of Jimmy Powers reading from Grantland Rice's book "The Tumult and the Shouting" are wonderful. The recording quality is very good and hearing Powers read them in the first person makes it seem that Rice is still alive. I loved the episode in which Rice described NY Times writer John Kieran's disappearance from a big golf event they were both covering when he heard the call of a rare bird in the woods. Kieran slipped away from the golf and was not seen again for two hours. For those not familiar with Rice, this is his most famous quote: "For when the One Great Scorer comes To write against your name, He marks - not that you won or lost - But how you played the Game." As true today as ever.