The Greatest Memories

The Greatest Memories

A monthly podcast with interesting stories, music trivia and more, presented in the style of a radio program.

Episodes

May 1, 2021 59 min
The birthplace of Mother’s Day…the first American pilot killed in World War II…a 4-time Tony Award? winner that could surprise you on Show Tunes Spotlight….Del’s Datebook has southern fried chicken on the menu….headlines from May, 60 years ago…plus stories behind the songs, a timely top 4 countdown and a story-telling Spotlight Artist. Thanks for listening […]
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Shakespeare in musicals…Capricorn producer Paul Hornsby talks about his new book…Del Ward’s thoughts about National Volunteer Month…2 veterans who volunteer at the perfect place for them…headlines from 45 Aprils ago…plus a top 4 countdown, Spotlight artist and stories behind the songs. All of this and more on The Greatest Memories. Thanks for listening!
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March 1, 2021 59 min
Magician Mike Fuller…Vietnam Vet Gordon Winkles…a Broadway update on Show Tunes Spotlight...Welcome spring and a special state park on Del’s Datebook…a Beach Boy turns 80…the first rock ‘n roll record. All of this plus a top 4 countdown, spotlight artist, headlines from March 1951, stories behind the songs and more. Thanks for listening to The […]
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February 1, 2021 59 min
This is the month of love and Del Ward has some thoughts on that subject, and we have the story of Sweethearts candies that are always popular this time of year. Plus Show Tunes Spotlight with John Jones, a first-hand story from a World War II fighter pilot, celebrity milestone birthdays, Top 4 Countdown, Spotlight […]
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January 1, 2021 59 min
We start the new year with two news features (1) the top 4 countdown and (2) spotlight artist. Also a Navy veteran from World War II and an interview with a special lady who just turned 101. Plus an update about Broadway on Show Tunes Spotlight, headlines from 50 years ago, celebrity milestone birthdays in […]
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Georgia’s World War II Military Trail…Show Tunes Spotlight looks at a musical that was built around one show-stopping song…Del Ward shares some of her favorite Christmas memories…Veterans Day visits with some of Middle Georgia’s heroes…December news flashbacks from 65 years ago. All of this plus our December closing tradition, all on The Greatest Memories podcast.
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100 years ago this month a new technology called radio began, just in time for the presidential election returns between Warren G. Harding and James M. Cox. The Greatest Memories salutes this centennial anniversary with some early radio highlights, Show Tunes Spotlight, a military veteran who honed his radio skills in the U.S. Air Force, […]
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October 1, 2020 59 min
This month we begin our 8th season of The Greatest Memories podcast. We have a very personal Veteran’s story, a salute to The Andy Griffith Show on its 60th anniversary, Show Tunes Spotlight, Del’s Datebook and musical memories from the Drifters, Jo Stafford, Four Tops, Buddy Holly and more.
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September 1, 2020 59 min
We have a definite train theme running through this month’s podcast. You can learn about the National Railroad Museum and a musical with a train theme on Show Tunes Spotlight. And Del Ward shares her memories of the Nancy Hanks and other trains. Train songs by Elvis, Peggy Lee and Gladys Knight & the Pips. […]
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August 1, 2020 59 min
Don Reid of the Statler Brothers talks about his new book…Help veterans and get your own combat boots through Boot Campaign.org…Show Tunes Spotlight looks at Merrily We Roll Along…Del Ward shares memories of back-to-school…Headlines from 70 Augusts ago…stories behind the songs from Dean Martin, Troggs, Beach Boys and Temptations.
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Our veterans segment this month has an Air Force love story…the 2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival, AKA the Byron Pop Festival, is 50 years old…Show Tunes Spotlight has a song with an interesting history…Del Ward talks about summer vacations…and stories behind the songs from the Essex, Tommy Dorsey, Everly Brothers and more.
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This month The Greatest Memories pays tribute to Little Richard…Show Tunes Spotlight with John Jones looks at historic Broadway shutdowns…Del Ward shares memories of summertime…and an Air Force pilot during Vietnam. Plus great musical memories from Neil Diamond, Nat King Cole, Hank Williams and The Beatles.
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An interview with Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders…The Library of Congress Veterans History Project…Who was the youngest actor to win a Tony Award?…Del Ward looks at books…And great musical memories from the Shirelles, Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee and Stevie Wonder.
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For just over two years, five radio veterans brought local, personality radio back to Middle Georgia listeners on The Fox Classic Hits Network. The audience came to rely on Ben, Gail, Jim, Kim and Mary Therese, for great music and lots of useful local information. They came to rely on us during times of weather […]
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April 23, 2020 23 min
On this special edition of The Greatest Memories, we spotlight our exclusive sponsors – The Cottages on Wesleyan, The Gables at Wolf Creek, The Cottages of Monroe and The Cottages at Woodland Terrace. Joy, Taryll, Nancy, Claudia and Margie will talk about some of the fun and creative things their residents, their staffs and outside […]
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April 1, 2020 59 min
A Navy Veteran of 20 years and 2 wars…Wesleyan Academy for Lifelong Learning…Show Tunes Spotlight falls on Broadway’s greatest villains…Del Ward honors National Poetry Month…News Events from 65 Aprils ago…and musical memories from Elvis, Glenn Miller, Kenny Rogers, Beatles and more.
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Not only was this class the last one under these historic names, but we also had several other firsts and lasts that made this class so special. Hear some of your classmates sharing their special memories. The podcast also includes excerpts from interviews with Major David Carter, Bob Barnette, Isaac Jackson’s son and the widows […]
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March 1, 2020 59 min
A veteran who was at Iwo Jima…Beware of tax season, census time and social security scams…Showtunes Spotlight and Del’s Datebook both go green this month. And musical memories from Perry Como, Carpenters, Herb Alpert and Hank Ballard.
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February 1, 2020 59 min

Love songs on Broadway…Valentine’s Day memories on Del’s Datebook…A married couple who are both retired Lt. Colonels…America’s oldest drive-in movie theater…and musical memories from Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Neil Sedaka, Loretta Lynn and more. Thanks for listening to The Greatest Memories.
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January 1, 2020 59 min

A new year and a new feature – Del Ward joins The Greatest Memories…A two-part Veteran’s interview with a group of US Navy Seabees…Show Tunes Spotlight remembers Gertrude Lawrence…and musical memories from Elvis, Rod Stewart, Glenn Miller, Frankie Avalon and more.
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