Note: Turner Classic Movies had a marathon showing of all of "The Whistler" movies followed by Red Skelton's "Whistling In" movie trilogy and even a Lum & Abner movieApril-May Friday 4-1 Mystery Is My Hobby "Cinderella For A Day" Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Alvin Summers Matter" Part 2, 10/25/55 Saturday 4-2 Jeff Regan, Investigator "The Lonesome Lady" 7/24/1948 Passing Parade: Inventions and Most Forgotten Inventor, 12/6/1949 Sunday 4-3 Broadway Is My Beat "Hope Anderson" 3/31/1950 Cruise of the Poll Parrott: The Treasure Hunt, Part 8, 11/13/1937 Monday 4-4 A Day in the Life of Dennis Day: Dennis Drives A Taxi, 3/24/1948 The Red Skelton Show: Traffic Court - Part 1, 4/1/1947 Tuesday 4-5 The Red Skelton Show: Traffic Court - Part 2 The Green Hornet "Mystery In the Dentist's Office" 8/8/1944 Wednesday 4-6 The Charlie McCarthy Show: guest Walter Brennan, 6/28/1942 Baby Snooks: Gozinta, 10/1/1942 Thursday 4-7 Dunninger, Master Mentalist "Jack Dempsey" 8/2/1944 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter #2432, Double Wedding? Friday 4-8 Sam Spade, Detective "Stopped Watch Caper" 4/10/1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Alvin Summers Matter" Part 3, 10/26/55 Saturday 4-9 Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Phil Buys A Tuxedo, 3/23/1950 Duffy's Tavern, with Mickey Rooney/Marlene Dietrich, Pt 1, 3/2/49 Sunday 4-10 Duffy's Tavern, guests Mickey Rooney/Marlene Dietrich - Pt 2 New Adventures Of Michael Shayne "The Hate That Killed" Monday 4-11 Archie Andrews: Late For The Dance, 9/4/1948 Fibber McGee & Molly: Rummage Sale - Part 1, 1/15/1952 Tuesday 4-12 Fibber McGee & Molly: Rummage Sale - Part 2 I Was A Communist For The FBI "I Can't Sleep" 4/30/1952 Wednesday 4-13 X Minus One "Lights on Precipe Peak" 3/13/1957 Suspense "The Signalman" 2/15/1959 Thursday 4-14 Behind The Mike, Director/Star Relationships, 4/20/1941 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter #2433: Bill Has a Talk With Mary Friday 4-15 Dark Fantasy, 1/16/1942 "Debt From The Past" Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar 10/27/1955 "Alvin Summers Matter" Pt 4 Saturday 4-16 Richard Diamond, Private Detective 11/12/1949 "$50k in Diamonds" Marine Story, 4/19/1948 "First American Flag to See Battle" Sunday 4-17 Escape, 3/11/1954 "The Bird of Paradise" Cruise of the Poll Parrott, 11/20/1937 "The Treasure Hunt" Part 9 Monday 4-18 Meet Mister McNutley, 4/15/1954 "Egg and Ray" Burns & Allen: Gracie is Late For the Show - Part 1, 2/4/1941 Tuesday 4-19 Burns & Allen: Gracie is Late For the Show - Part 2 The Fat Man, 10/3/1947 "A Window for Murder" Wednesday 4-20 Damon Runyon Theatre, 6/26/1949 "Baseball Hattie" Lum & Abner, 6/9/1942 "Greeting Card Verses" Thursday 4-21 Wild Bill Hickok "The Secret Of The Hard Luck Mine" 1/18/1952 Gunsmoke "Brush At Elkader" 10/23/1955 Friday 4-22 Mr. and Mrs. North "Death In The Dark" 3/25/1952 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Alvin Summers Matter, Pt 5, 10/28/55 Saturday 4-23 Life of Riley: Babs is Allergic to Riley, 3/17/1950 The Great Gildersleeve: Peavy's Wife is Sick, Part 1, 10/28/1945 Sunday 4-24 The Great Gildersleeve: Peavy's Wife is Sick, Part 2, 10/28/1945 Rogue's Gallery "The Alibi Matter" 2/21/1946 Monday 4-25 The Wonder Show "Wonder Haley" 12/9/1938 The Jack Benny Program: Picnic At The Beach - Part 1, 5/9/1954 Tuesday 4-26 The Jack Benny Program: Picnic At The Beach - Part 2 Night Beat "Otto, The Music Man" 6/15/1951 Wednesday 4-27 CBS Radio Workshop "A Dog's Life" 3/31/1957 The Couple Next Door: Remembering the First Date, 1/23/1958 Thursday 4-28 Candy Matson "Eric Spaulding Concert" 2/13/1950 Town Hall Tonight: Jack's Coming to New York (Excerpt) 3/3/1937 Friday 4-29 The Whistler "Burden Of Guilt" 1/29/1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Valentine Matter" Pt 1, 10/31/55 Saturday 4-30 Inner Sanctum "The Dead Laugh" 9/23/1946 Night Editor "One In a Thousand" Sunday 5-1 The Falcon "Case of the Murdering Mrs." 3/20/1952 Cruise of the Poll Parrott "The Treasure Hunt" Part 10, 11/27/37 Monday 5-2 Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show: Hired Mothers (with Rose Marie) 5/13/51 Fibber McGee & Molly: Uncle Sycamore on the Radio - Part 1, 4/13/43 Tuesday 5-3 Fibber McGee & Molly: Uncle Sycamore McGee on the Radio - Part 2 Molle Mystery Theater "The Beckoning Fair One" 6/5/1945 Wednesday 5-4 Screen Director's Playhouse "Hired Wife" 2/6/1949 Baby Snooks "Flower Gardens" 2/6/1941 Thursday 5-5 Hopalong Cassidy "A Jailer Named Satan" 3/3/1951 The Strange Dr. Weird "Stand In for Death" 12/26/1944 Friday 5-6 The Saint "Case of the Unhappy Homicide" 3/3/1948 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Valentine Matter" Part 2, 11/1/55 Saturday 5-7 Life of Riley "Mother's Day Show" 5/8/1948 Life With Luigi "The Beautiful Ms. Spaulding" Part 1, 1/31/1950 Sunday 5-8 Life With Luigi "The Beautiful Ms. Spaulding - Part 2" Broadway Is My Beat "Barbara Hunt" 5/16/1953 Monday 5-9 Our Miss Brooks "Mr. Conklin's Wake-Up Plan" 4/10/1949 Burns & Allen: Broke Uncle Hubert - Part 1, 4/20/1943 Tuesday 5-10 Burns & Allen: Broke Uncle Hubert - Part 2, 4/20/1943 Chase "Promotion" 8/21/1952 Wednesday 5-11 Have Gun, Will Travel "In An Evil Time" 5/24/1959 Gunsmoke "Belle's Back" 9/9/1956Google Japan announced new computer keyboard on April 1 for people addicted to smart phones
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Lux Radio Theater version of Casablanca with original cast members
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32 page American Flyer Trains by A.C. Gilbert for 1948 presented by Superman!
Fred Foy 1-hour interview (Lone Ranger, Sgt. Preston, Green Hornet)
Note: radio episodes of Chandu The Magician had no relation to the Boris Karloff movie of the same name, in which Karloff plays Chandu as a villain
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Paul Harvey delved into the forgotten or little-known facts behind stories of famous people and events. Harvey's widely known The Rest of the Story has been broadcast since 1946, similar to the weekly story segment of Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel. Substitutes when Paul was away or ill included Mort Crim (1980-84), Gil Gross, Doug Limerick and Paul Harvey, Jr. Paul Harvey 1966 broadcast (more audio on Paul Harvey page). ABC Radio Networks notified affiliates that ABC News Radio's Gil Gross and Doug Limerick will fill the three daily slots of Paul Harvey News & Rest Of The Story but it only lasted about a year after Paul Harvey's passing. Gil Gross also had a 2-hour interview program. Paul Harvey reads a letter from God
Robert L. Ripley's radio series ran from 1930 to his death in 1949. Music was provided by 1930s band leader Ozzie Nelson and vocalist Harriet Hilliard--who later became sitcom stars, believe it or not!
Peg Riley on "The Life of Riley" (ABC Radio: 1944-1945; NBC Radio: 1945-1951) was played by Paula Winslowe (1910-1996), who had previously been the voice of Bambi's mother in the Disney animated movie, and later played Mrs. Conklin in the TV version of Our Miss Brooks (1953-58) as well as reprising her (uncredited) role as Bambi's mother in Disney cartoon short No Hunting (1955)
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Turner Classic Movies is doing movies based on radio series this year including Fibber McGee, Gildersleeve, I Love A Mystery, The Whistler, Crime Doctor, etc.
Blake Edwards created Richard Diamond for radio, then later the hard-boiled private eye tv-series "Peter Gunn"
Jack Benny Show broadcasting live
Part 2 of Jack Benny broadcast
Jack sneaks onto Groucho's quiz show as a contestant
Beverly Sills died 7-2-07 from cancer complications. Beverly Sills spoofing opera on the Danny Kaye Show
Gracie Allen vs. the Tax Auditor
(he leaves in confusion) Gracie Allen was born in 1895 but her birth certificate was lost in the 1906 San Francisco Fire/Earthquake so she always gave 1906 as her birthdate
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This is Wally Ballou reminding you to Hang by your thumbs.
I love a mystery so welcome again through the squeaking door
Note: Stan Freberg hosted "When Radio Was" for 10 years, after previous host Art Fleming passed away suddenly. His final broadcast as host was 10/6/06. The new host from then until June, 2007 was Chuck Schaden. Greg Bell, program director and host of XM Radio’s very popular old-time radio channel, "Radio Classics", has been named as the new host. Chuck Schaden has interviewed some of the radio stars (recorded in the 1970s, see broadcast archive).
Superman 1950s TV intro, now a major motion picture
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Jimmy Stewart's The Six Shooter only lasted one season (he wouldn't accept a tobacco company as sponsor), and he made the Hitchcock movie "Rear Window" the same year.
Walter B. Gibson co-created and wrote the Shadow novels. When he left The Shadow magazine after asking for more money, he became head script writer for radio's Nick Carter, Master Detective for awhile.
X Minus One/Dimension X had no big-name guest stars because most of the weekly budgets were used to purchase broadcast rights to the latest sci-fi stories
Morton Downey "The Irish Nightingale" was a popular singer on 1930s radio (and TV host of 1950s Star Of The Family), heard alternate nights on a 5-day a week radio broadcast from his New York nightclub. His son Morton Downey, Jr., went instead into talk radio with a spoof of bombastic Wally George on a California radio station - when he left radio in 1988 to do a TV-version of his show, the Sacramento station replaced him with someone named Rush Limbaugh.
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Note: in 1943, NBC sold its Blue network, creating the American Broadcasting System (the name was changed to American Broadcasting Company the following year). The Columbia Broadcasting System promptly dropped the call letters of its New York radio station WABC (which ABC snatched up)
Jack Benny vs. the Floor Walker (Frank Nelson)
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Gracie Allen's Roast Beef Recipe
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Take the 2 roasts and put them in the oven. Turn oven on. When the little one burns, the big one is done.
In addition to starring in both the radio & TV versions of "Life With Luigi" J. Carrol Naish portrayed Dr. Daka, the first villain to go up against Batman on the silver screen, in "The Batman" (1943 serial). He also appeared in two episodes of Lux Theater after it moved to TV
Life Of Riley was originally co-created by Gummo Marx for his brother Groucho as The Flotsam Family. But the sponsor saw William Bendix in a 1942 movie and cast him instead.
Marcus Brace Beemer (born in 1903) and John Todd (born as Fred McCarthy in 1877) played The Lone Ranger & Tonto on radio. They also both had to lie about their age to serve (separately) in WW1. Beemer was too young (15) to enlist and Todd too old (30). The War Department says Beemer was the youngest U.S. serviceman in WW1; he was wounded while serving in France. By the way, Arthur Godfrey was almost killed in an auto accident in the 1930s, yet learned to walk and fly his own plane. When he was turned down for WW2 enlistment as a Navy flier due to the old injury, he asked friend FDR for help. The President told an Admiral to accept Godfrey since he couldn't walk at all yet was serving as Commander in Chief!
The greeting "How" may not be a Hollywood invention. There is an actual Indian greeting which sounds similar "A-Hau," which means Peace be with you or All is well. The first Texas Rangers used muzzle-loading single-shot rifles. But their first hand guns were actually a 5-shot revolver, not a 6-gun!
Jack Benny was born on Valentine's Day, and Robert L. Ripley was born on Christmas Day, believe it or not! In 1974, Jack Benny & George Burns were cast in The Sunshine Boys but George became ill and was replaced by Walter Matthau, then George got better and Jack suddenly died.
In the 1930s, comic strip Terry & the Pirates had many storylines in which Japan (changed to "the invaders" by nervous newspaper editors) attacked China and then Pearl Harbor. This storyline was also adapted for the radio series Captain Midnight, also before the real attack on Pearl Harbor! Fran Stryker wrote the life output of Shakespeare every 15 weeks: How he did it
NBC/GE chimes were G-E-C musical notes, for General Electric Co. NBC's special alert 4 chimes was used for Hindenberg crash, Pearl Harbor, and WW2 bulletins
When a pitcher, catcher & umpire get into an argument, it's called a "rhubarb." This term dates back to live radio drama when angry crowds would be represented by 5 or 6 actors saying "rhubarb" over and over. Nick Carter, Master Detective predated Sherlock Holmes by a couple of months--the American detective appeared in his own Street & Smith magazine just before the first Holmes appearance in Strand Magazine. Walter B. Gibson, co-creator of The Shadow in print, wrote for radio's Nick Carter during WW2.
Countdown to blast-off X-5,4,3,2,X-1...Fire
It's Sunday night and time for Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy
Who is it? The Fatman or The Falcon...The Green Hornet strikes again
The Shadow knows (old radio script)
The Jack Benny Program, There's always room for Jello...Sold: American!
Welcome to the Hermit's Cave...Duffy ain't here
Welcome to the Black Museum (Orson Welles) That was the end of Harry Lime
I'm the first person they look for and the last they want to meet (Gunsmoke, TV version can be seen on Encore Westerns)
Henry? Henry Aldrich...Hi ya, Baldy...Up, Up and away!
I carry a badge. Hi-Ho Silver. I am The Whistler. Yes King, this case is closed. A tale calculated to keep you in Suspense!
Join the new 1940 Flight Patrol with Captain Midnight. Flash! Ethiopia surrenders to Mussolini
Turn your lights out, everybody. If you are easily frightened, turn your radio off now.
It is I, Digby Odell, the friendly undertaker By golly, I believe that's our ring...don't open that closet. Heavenly days!
Mr. Keen, tracer of lost persons. How do you do? Yours truly, Johnny Dollar. This is your FBI
Suspense radio series history on Wikipedia
Who're you gonna vote for?
I wonder what The Lone Ranger would sound like in Jamaica
There was even a radio version of Doc Savage By Lester Dent
Lester Dent bio on YouTube
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(guests include Groucho Marx, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone & Boris Karloff)
CBS Radio Theater (these are big MP3 audio links so save it to your computer or ipod if you are on a slow dialup) series by Hyman Brown, creator of the original Inner Snctum radio series
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