Highlights for Radio Shows
Fred Fletcher, eldest son of CBC founder A.J. Fletcher, helped launch WRAL-AM in 1939 and soon made a name for himself as the host of a daily talk show called “Tempus Fugit.” Fred would entertain, inform and hold forth with a cast of characters that included his most memorable persona –the lovable “Fairy Tale Man.” During every show Fred would transform into a master storyteller to read the classics from the Brothers Grimm. He was the proverbial one-man-band who created his own sound effects and made up the voices of all the characters. Listeners young and old loved it, and before long “Tempus Fugit” was the top-ranked show in its time period.
Listen to volume seven of “Fairy Tales” as told by Fred Fletcher. These vintage audio recordings of live radio broadcasts are believed to have aired during the 1940’s decade.
Little Two Eyes 00:00 – 07:25
The Pink 07:28 – 15:30
Lambikin 15:32 – 21:27
Seven Ravens 21:28 – 27:00
Jack & the Beanstalk 27:01 – 37:08
Cinderella 37:10 – 44:40
Fundervogel 44:44 – 50:48
Turnip 51:15 – 57:45
Rowell Gormon is the multi-talented, creative genius who produced award winning commercials for WRAL-FM and served as the Production Manager for many years. Rowell might be best known for creating a puppet named “Zoot” who became a side-kick for FBI – Famous Bob Inskeep, during the morning radio show that aired in the late 70s and 80s. Rowell also provided various puppet characters for The Uncle Paul Show. He acted in an episode of “Sparks” that aired in July 1988.
Rowell continues to act and provides voices for top name brand companies and is a brilliant copy writer.
Rowell is interviewed by John Harris, Corporate Director of Special Projects.
Robert and Mary Bird, David Witherspoon and Fred Fletcher perform a Latin number for 1954 radio show
Fred Fletcher and Woody Hayes in 1954 production
Simple studio used for Fred Fletcher radio show in 1954