Rudolph: So Much More Than a Red Nose

What’s your favorite “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” memory? We’d bet money you have one!

Sure, Rudolph may have gone down in history, but what went on behind the scenes? Listen in to find out how Rudolph evolved from a simple character in a 1939 Montgomery Ward Christmas promotion to the star of both the song and TV special that we all know and love today.

And along the way, you might hear such interesting tidbits as…

  • Why Rudolph’s red nose almost got nixed
  • What made “The Singing Cowboy” Gene Autry agree to perform the song even though he was initially unimpressed with it
  • How they pulled off the stop-motion animation that made the television special so innovative for its time

Like ‘Rudolph’ itself, this episode is for audiences of all ages!

Show Notes for Episode 11!

Rudolph & Clarice
Yukon Cornelius

Hermie & Rudolph


“The History of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’” NPR, November 25, 2015 (Attachments include other NPR Rudolph features, such as a copy of original manuscript and audio of daughter Barbara May Lewis reading from the manuscript)

“The Magical Animation of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’” Smithsonian Magazine, Michelle Delgado, December 23, 2019

“The Surprisingly Sad True Story Behind ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’” Time, by Olivia B. Waxman, December 20, 2018

“Where Do Santa’s Reindeer Come From?” abc7News, December 12, 2018

“The History of Santa’s Reindeer,” Altogether Christmas (blog), Deborah Whipp

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

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