Wednesday, July 09, 2014
His most enduring successful program was "The Passing Parade." It was a series of short radio dramas, but based on true history. He neither wrote nor narrated the program. Actually it was written and narrated by John Nesbitt. You can hear one here. Doremus discovered the program languishing on television and syndicated it to radio. It was counter-intuitive, but he acquired the rights to the series and over 1500 three minute episodes were broadcast in the 1950s.
In 1964, John Doremus Inc pioneered the idea of in-flight music for airlines. the service was called 'Music in the Air" and was the first in-flight audio programming. His first client was United Airlines but soon included others like Braniff, Air Jamacia, Icelandic Air, and Wardair.The project grew to include 14-channels of programming all recorded and produced in-house.
In the 1970s, his company exploded into commercial re-packaged programs. The produced "The Spirit of '76," a radio series for Union Oil Company. By 1979 they also produced "The Innovators" for Amway on NBC, "The Legacy of America" for The Singer Company, This Business of Life and a lot of spokesperson work. He died July 6th, 1995 strangely forgotten for such a prolific content creator.