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As most Joy Boys fans know, Ed Walker hosted an old-time radio program called The Big Broadcast for over 20 years on WAMU.

We received a large number of Big Broadcast recordings, mostly of complete shows, recorded off the air between 1993 and 1999. Ed Walker hosts each show, and some also include John Hickman, the founder of The Big Broadcast. For the dates of these programs, click here. If you would like to receive copies, please contact us.

(Thanks to Ismail "Turk" Nuri, Major USAF (Retired) for providing these tapes.)

Here is a quick sample of The Big Broadcast:
The Big Broadcast - show intro from March 6, 1994

And here is the last Big Broadcast program recorded by Ed Walker. It aired on October 25, 2015. Ed recorded this show from his hospital bed, and he passed away just a few hours after it aired on WAMU.
Click here to listen or download the full show (4 hours).

Contents of Ed's last show, with many of his favorite programs)
Stan Freberg (CBS, Aug 4 1957) - "Herman Horn on Hi Fi" (show #4)
Dragnet (NBC) - "The Big Sorrow" w/Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough
Gunsmoke (CBS, Dec 27 1952) - "The Cabin"
Ed's collection of favorite radio bloopers
The Joy Boys - "As the Worm Turns"
Fibber McGee & Molly (NBC, Dec 23 1947) - Fibber loses his keys in the snow
The Jack Benny Show (Jan 7 1945) - w/Mel Blanc
Escape (CBS) - "Three Skeleton Key" w/Vincent Price
Lux Radio Theatre - "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" w/Walter Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Lovejoy

More About Ed Walker's Work at WAMU

For more information, please visit these links:
           Ed's Wikipedia entry
           WAMU article about Ed
           The Big Broadcast page at WAMU
           Washington Post coverage of the final show

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