Golden Age of Radio Online

The KNX Drama Hour

In 1974 KNX brought back radio drama. And it has met with great success! These exciting, action-packed programs continue to be a popular listening habit for all ages.
Each day's broadcast can be heard on the radio in Southern California at Midnight EST/9:00pm Pacific Time on the day listed and repeated 5 hours later (2:00 am broadcast should be on time even if 9:00 pm broadcast was delayed or preempted by breaking news/sports).

For those of you listening to the KNX Drama Hour online world-wide, please note that the programs you see in our drama hour listings will be available one day AFTER they are broadcast on KNX. For example, Monday night's lineup of shows will be available on Tuesday, and so forth. Also, we welcome your comments at our e-mail:
See below for our program schedule dates.

Note: Fridays and Saturdays are now 2 hours, only the first hour is available online @ KNX

KNX Golden Age of Radio in 2001

Thursday, March 1
9:00 PM KNX "The Adv.s Of Sam Spade" Howard Duff stars as the San Francisco private detective, who is hired to stop a woman from marrying a man whose previous wives mysteriously died. Original air date 8-8-1948
9:30 PM "The Lone Ranger: "Renegade Rifles" 11-25-55

Friday, March 2
9:00 PM "Gunsmoke," starring William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon: "The Photographer"
9:30 PM "Suspense" stars top Hollywood stars. An ex-con is given a second chance but is then charged with murder in "The Defense Rests" 10-6-49

Saturday, March 3
9:00 PM "The Jack Benny Program" starring Jack, and Mary Livingstone. Jack is a victim of a hold-up. Original air date 1-24-1940.
9:30 PM "Fibber McGee & Molly" an American comedy classic full of homespun humor and tall tales, starring Jim & Marian Jordan. Fibber tries to get the Mayor to leave town in "The Unwelcome Mayor" 11-18-41
10:00 PM "X Minus One" classic science fiction series. John Larkin stars in "And The Moon Be Still As Bright" 8-4-55
10:30 PM "Life Of Riley" comedy series starring William Bendix as America's favorite hard-hat in "Staying Out Late" 4-6-48

Sunday, March 4
7:00 PM - KNX simulcasts CBS-TV's "60 Minutes" every Sunday
9:00PM "Lux Radio Theater" (one hour) Robert Taylor, Susan Peters and Van Heflin star in "Johnny Eager," the story of a DA's daughter who falls in love with a criminal. 1-21-46

Monday, March 5
9:00 PM "Tales Of The Texas Rangers," starring Joel McCrea as Ranger Jace Pearson. Politicians try to sway a Grand Jury in "Conspiracy" 4-15-51
9:30 PM "The Six Shooter" starring Jimmy Stewart as Britt Ponsett, a frontier plainsman. A young man discovers that his dead father was an outlaw in "Rink" 10-18-53

Tuesday, March 6
9:00 PM - KNX simulcasts CBS-TV's "60 Minutes II" every Tuesday
10:00 PM "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar," starring Bob Bailey as a no-nonsense private insurance investigator, who investigates a rancher who takes matters in his own hands after his cattle are poisoned in "The Sidewinder Matter" 2-7-60
10:30 PM "Sgt. Preston / Challenge Of The Yukon," starring Paul Sutton as Mountie Sgt. Preston as he chases the bad guys in the Northwest Territories. A man blames Sgt. Preston because his dogs are stolen in "Grizzly" 6-19-47

Wednesday, March 7
9:00 PM "Dragnet," starring Jack Webb as LAPD detective Sgt. Joe Friday, searches for a man whose "con" takes the life of an old lady in "The Big Honeymoon" 2-7-52
9:30 PM "The Whistler" starring Bill Forman in strange tales and hidden secrets. A man's marital affair turns deadly in "Quiet Sunday" 7-2-50

Thursday, March 8
9:00 PM "Sam Spade" Violence follows an antique cup when Spade is hired to deliver it to a buyer in "The Boffio Cup Caper" 8-22-48
9:30 PM "The Lone Ranger: "The Train From Independence" 11-22-55

Friday, March 9
9:00 PM "Gunsmoke" A man swears revenge after Dillon shows him up in "The Coward"
9:30 PM "Suspense" A man tries an experimental power to get even in "Experiment 6-R" 9-22-49

Saturday, March 10
9:00 PM "Jack Benny" catches a cold and everyone is miserable, 12-1-40
9:30 PM "Fibber McGee & Molly" Fibber makes it an all day project to change a typewriter ribbon in "Fix It McGee" 12-30-41
10:00 PM "Broadway Is My Beat" starring Larry Thor: "Ed Koster" 10-13-51
10:30 PM "Challenge Of The Yukon: "Torn Parka" 4-25-46

Sunday, March 11
9:00 PM "Lux Radio Theater" Joan Blondell and Paul Lucas star in "Deadline At Dawn," the story of an actress who tries to clear a naive sailor of murder. 5-20-46

Monday, March 12
9:00 PM "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" A tooth with a gold filling is the only clue to a bank robbery in "Fool's Gold" 8-19-50
9:30 PM "The Six Shooter" Britt helps the sheriff track down the killer of a hotel owner in "Johnny Stringer" 4-22-54

Tuesday, March 13
10:00 PM "Johnny Dollar" (Charles Russell) tries to recover jewelry from a robbery in "The P.O. Matter" 2-14-60
10:30 PM "Sgt. Preston" A rescued wolf cub winds up saving a man's life in "Wolf Cub" 6-12-47

Wednesday, March 14
9:00 PM "Dragnet" The police try to stop a large shipment of narcotics in "The Big Jules" 6-19-52
9:30 PM "The Whistler" A man's new bride hires an investigator to have him checked out in "Devoted Couple" 7-9-50

Thursday, March 15
9:00 PM "Sam Spade" A "dead man" hires Spade to prove he isn't in "The Lazerous Caper" 9-12-48
9:30 PM "The Lone Ranger: "Two Little Men" 1-9-56

Friday, March 16
9:00 PM "Gunsmoke: "Trouble In Kansas"
9:30 PM "Suspense" A killer who calls himself the "Avenger," wants to meet a reporter to tell his story in "The Lady In The Red Hat" 8-30-55

Saturday, March 17
9:00 PM "Jack Benny Program" Don Wilson gets mad and walks out. 12-8-40
9:30 PM "Fibber McGee & Molly" Fibber takes Molly out on the town in "The Night Out" 1-6-42
10:00 PM "Have Gun, Will Travel" starring John Dehner as Palladin, a Western soldier-of-fortune: "Landfall" 11-15-59
10:30 PM "Life With Luigi" comedy series starring Jay Carroll Nash: "Income Tax Season" 1-17-50

Sunday, March 18
9:00 PM "Lux Radio Theater" Margaret O'Brien, Jose Iturbi and Jimmy Durante star in "Music For Millions," a musical about sisters in a band. 5-27-46

Monday, March 19
9:00 PM "Texas Rangers" Jace tries to crack the case of stolen cattle in "Open Range" 8-26-50
9:30 PM "The Six Shooter" Britt is the only person an accused killer will surrender to in "Revenge At Harness Creek" 4-29-54

Tuesday, March 20
10:00 PM "Johnny Dollar" (Bob Bailey) has to replace an insurance agent to won't make a settlement in "The Moonshine Matter" 3-6-60
10:30 PM "Sgt. Preston" A lost puppy gets Preston's attention in "The Puppy" 7-3-47

Wednesday, March 21
9:00 PM "Dragnet" Friday investigates a kidnapping in "The Big Roll" 6-22-52
9:30 PM "The Whistler" An attorney defends the daughter whose father he killed in "Attorney For The Defense" 7-16-50

Thursday, March 22
9:00 PM "Sam Spade" A wife hires Spade to find out if her husband is being blackmailed in "Hot Hundred Grand Caper" 9-19-48
9:30 PM "The Lone Ranger: "Journey To Adventure" 1-5-56

Friday, March 23
9:00 PM "Gunsmoke: "Brush At El Kader"
9:30 PM "Suspense" A father uses his son for very dangerous work in "The Lunch Kit" 6-69-49

Saturday, March 24
9:00 PM "Jack Benny" and the cast present their version of "Tobacco Road" 3-23-41
9:30 PM "Fibber McGee & Molly" Fibber whines all day in "Fibber Feels Ill" 4-6-43
10:00 PM "Black Museum" starring Orson Welles in this mystery series centering on crime artifacts stored at Scotland Yard: "The Glass Shards" 5-5-52
10:30 PM "Burns & Allen" comedy series starring George & Gracie: "George The Lady Killer" 12-11-47

Sunday, March 25
9:00 PM "Lux Radio Theater" Jeanne Crain, Vivian Blaine and Dick Haymes star in "State Fair," a musical based on a family's adventures at a county fair. 6-26-46

Monday, March 26
9:00 PM "Texas Rangers" An oil baron seems to get away with his criminal life in "Clean Up" 9-30-50
9:30 PM "The Six Shooter" A young lady arrives in town to marry a pen pal, only to find out he has been convicted of murder in "Anna Norquest" 5-6-54

Tuesday, March 27
10:00 PM "Johnny Dollar" (Bob Bailey) investigates the reported death of a friend in "The False Alarm Matter" 3-27-60
10:30 PM "Sgt. Preston" A dog earns the love of its owner by finding something very valuable in "A Dog Named Mable" 7-26-47

Wednesday, March 28
9:00 PM "Dragnet" Friday hunts for a robber who severely beat his victim in "The Big Signet" 7-31-52
9:30 PM "The Whistler" A man is told by his uncle that he isn't the person he thought he was in "Cliffs Of Weyrum" 7-23-50

Thursday, March 29
9:00 PM "Sam Spade" helps a detective friend who is in a jam in "Dick Foley Caper" 9-26-48
9:30 PM "The Lone Ranger: "The Tarantula's Web" 12-15-55

Friday, March 30
9:00 PM "Gunsmoke" A soldier is killed in Dodge and Dillon has 48 hours to find the killer or the Army will takes over the town to investigate.
9:30 PM "Suspense" A woman suffers from amnesia and thinks she's a killer in "The Last Confession" 9-15-49

Saturday, March 31
9:00 PM "Jack Benny" tries to work in his garden. 3-30-41
9:30 PM "Fibber McGee & Molly" Fibber is looking for some good workers in "Skilled War Workers" 2-16-43
10:00 PM "Hopalong Cassidy," western series starring William Boyd as Hoppy: "Dead Man's Hand" 1-1-50
10:30 PM "Duffy's Tavern" starring Ed Gardner. Guest star: Peggy Lee. 2-1-46
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The complete 2001 Drama Hour schedule is as follows:

Monday 9:00 PM Tales of the Texas Rangers
9:30 PM Jimmy Stewart's "The 6 Shooter" / Sherlock Holmes (26 weeks each)
Tuesday 10:00 PM Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar starring John Lund or Edmond O'Brien
10:30 PM Sgt. Preston, Challenge of the Yukon
Wednesday 9:00 PM Dragnet starring Jack Webb
9:30 PM The Whistler
Thursday 9:00 PM Adventures of Sam Spade / Nightbeat (26 weeks each)
9:30 PM The Lone Ranger
Friday 9:00 PM Gunsmoke starring William Conrad as Marshall Dillon
9:30 PM Suspense
Saturday 9:00 PM The Jack Benny Program
9:30 PM Fibber McGee & Molly
Sunday 9:00 PM Lux Radio Theater (1 hour), hosted by Cecil B. deMille

Friday & Saturday are followed by a second hour of programs called the Hall of Fame hour which may include any series from the golden age of radio, such as:
The Burns & Allen Show starring George Burns and Gracie Allen as one of America's favorite comedy teams.
Escape, hosted by William Conrad
"Fort Laramie," a western drama starring Raymond Burr as Lee Quince, captain of the cavalry at Fort Laramie, on the Wyoming frontier. The series was originally broadcast on the CBS Radio Network in 1956.
"The Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show," starring bandleader Harris along with his wife film star Alice Faye, originally aired from 1946 to 1948 on NBC. It is a zany comedy series not unlike the "Jack Benny Program" which also featured Phil Harris.
"This Is Your FBI," first heard on the ABC Radio Network in 1945, and aired through 1953. In many of the shows Stacy Harris stars as Jim Taylor, FBI Special Agent. The rest of the cast is extensive and from both coasts (the series was first produced in New York before moving to Hollywood in 1948).
Lights Out (a radio predecessor to The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery)

For facts & trivia about specific radio series, click here and then go to the series title you want listed on the left side of KNX search page.

For those interested in more trivia facts about radio drama, we suggest the book, "On The Air: An Encyclopedia Of Old Time Radio," by John Dunning. The publisher is Oxford Press. It is one of the many books used in our KNX research.

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