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The Radio 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. For those of you listening to the 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 the air. In some cases, they may be available to hear online the same day. See below for program schedule dates. Click here to stop the background music

Golden Age of Radio Schedule


Saturday 10-1
Life of Riley 3/13/1948 "The Monkey" 
Fibber McGee & Molly 3/28/1950 "The Flying Saucer" Part 1 

Sunday 10-2
Fibber McGee & Molly 3/28/1950 "The Flying Saucer" Part 2 
Dimension X, 5/13/1950 "Almost Human" 

Monday 10-3
Alan Young Show "Napoleon's Descendent" 1/3/1947 
Burns & Allen: Wisconsin Primary - Part 1, 4/10/1940

Tuesday 10-4
Burns & Allen: Wisconsin Primary - Part 2
Hawk Larabee "The California Kid" 10/18/1947

Wednesday 10-5
Sherlock Holmes "Case of the Very Best Butler" 4/18/1948 
Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket" Pt 1, 12/16/46

Thursday 10-6
Academy Award Theater "Kitty Foyle" 4/6/1946 
Frontier Fighters "The Santa Fe Trail"

Friday 10-7
Dark Fantasy "Letter From Yesterday" 5/1/1942 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Phantom Chase Matter" Part 4, 10/18/56

Saturday 10-8
Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Unpaid Bills, 2/19/1950 
Duffy's Tavern: Archie's Philiosophy - Part 1, 2/9/1949

Sunday 10-9
Duffy's Tavern: Archie's Philiosophy - Part 2
Philo Vance "Butler Murder Case" 2/15/1949

Monday 10-10
Our Miss Brooks: Rival Football, 10/2/1949 
The Great Gildersleeve: Fighting with Bullard, Part 1, 9/12/1951

Tuesday 10-11
The Great Gildersleeve: Fighting with Bullard - Part 2
Calling All Cars "The Bone Button" 9/21/1937

Wednesday 10-12
The Third Man "5,000 Pengoes and a Kiss" 1/25/1952 
Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket" Part 2, 12/17/1946

Thursday 10-13
Frontier Gentleman "Belle Siddon Strikes Back" 8/31/1958 
Lum & Abner: Scout Location For Observatory, 10/6/1942

Friday 10-14
The Sealed Book "Death At Storm House" 4/22/1945 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Phantom Chase Matter" Part 5, 10/19/56

Saturday 10-15
Meet Mister McNutley: New Desk, 4/22/1954 
Scout About Town: Monica Lewis, 10/10/1946

Sunday 10-16
The Shadow "The Gibbering Things" 9/26/1943 
Blackstone "The Voodoo Treasure" 5/15/1949

Monday 10-17
The Charlie McCarthy Show: Louis Bromfield, 1/14/1945 
Philco Radio Time, first episode, guest Bob Hope, Part 1, 10/16/1946

Tuesday 10-18
Philco Radio Time, guest Bob Hope (premiere episode) Part 2
Philip Marlowe "Pigeon's Blood" 6/11/1949

Wednesday 10-19
CBS Radio Workshop "Time Found Again" 9/15/1957 
The Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket" Part 3, 12/18/1946

Thursday 10-20
Mr. and Mrs. North "Diamond Noose" 8/4/1953 
The Couple Next Door "The Careless Driver" 1/29/1958

Friday 10-21
The Hall of Fantasy "The Tell-Tale Heart by Poe" 6/1/1953 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Phantom Chase Matter" Part 6, 10/22/56

Saturday 10-22
Screen Directors' Playhouse "Ghost Breakers" 4/3/1949 
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: New Drug - Part 1, 11/14/1948

Sunday 10-23
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: New Drug - Part 2
The Saint "Dossier On A Doggone Dog" 9/24/1950

Monday 10-24
The Wonder Show "Lord Fauntleroy" 10/28/1938 
The Jack Benny Program: Jack Hears an Echo - Part 1, 10/3/1948

Tuesday 10-25
The Jack Benny Program: Jack Hears an Echo - Part 2
Quiet Please "Good Ghost" 10/24/1948

Wednesday 10-26
Nick Carter, Master Detective "Case of the Bull and the Bear" 10/24/48
The Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket" Part 4, 12/19/1946

Thursday 10-27
Jack Carson Show "Fixing The Radio" 2/12/1947 
Night Editor "Deep Roots"

Friday 10-28
Suspense "The Green Lorelei" 11/6/1960 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Phantom Chase Matter" Part 7, 10/23/56

Saturday 10-29
Life of Riley "Rileys Birthday Party" 4/2/1944 
Burns & Allen: Rehearsing A Speech - Part 1, 4/17/1940

Sunday 10-30
Burns & Allen: Rehearsing A Speech - Part 2
Lights Out "Knock at the Door" 12/15/1942

Monday 10-31
The Weird Circle "The Hand" 12/19/1943 
Inner Sanctum "Song of the Slasher" Part 1, 4/24/1945

Tuesday 11-1
Inner Sanctum "Song of the Slasher" Part 2
Let George Do It "Flowers That Smelled Of Murder" 11/1/1948

Wednesday 11-2
Wild Bill Hickok "The Shadow Hill Gang" 7/29/1951 
The Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket" Part 5, 12/20/1946

Thursday 11-3
The Red Skelton Show "Daylight Savings Time" 2/17/1942 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber The Plumber, 1/29/1954

Friday 11-4
Gangbusters "Case of the Elusive Leader" 10/22/1949 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Phantom Chase Matter" Part 8, 10/24/56

Saturday 11-5
Hopalong Cassidy "The Devil & El Diablo" 11/24/1951 
Frontier Fighters "The Donner Party"

Sunday 11-6
The Whistler "Death Demands A Payment" 12/19/1943 
Marine Story "Puerto Plata" 3/22/1948

Monday 11-7
Kraft Music Hall, guest Lucille Ball, 1/22/1948 
The Jack Benny Program, guest Robert Taylor, Part 1, 2/13/1938

Tuesday 11-8
Jack Benny Program, guest: Robert Taylor - Part 2
Columbia Workshop: Three Short Stories by CBS Junior Staff, 3/14/1940

Wednesday 11-9
The Falcon "Case of the Missing Miss" 4/22/1951 
The Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket - Part 6" 12/21/1946

Thursday 11-10
Dinah Shore Show, guest Frank Sinatra, 5/10/1945 
Lum & Abner: To Invest In Observatory, 10/7/1942

Friday 11-11
The Witch's Tale "The Bronze Venus" 8/22/1935 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Phantom Chase Matter" Part 9, 10/25/56

Saturday 11-12
Milton Berle, 4/6/1948 "Salute to Motoring" 
The Life of Riley: Riley Trains Juniors Dog, Part 1, 2/11/1945 

Sunday 11-13
The Life of Riley: Riley Trains Juniors Dog - Part 2 
The Crime Club, 5/22/1947 "Murder on a Margin" 

Monday 11-14
Danny Kaye Show, 1/20/1945 "Case Of The Missing Toothpick"
Burns & Allen, 11/2/1943, guest: Jack Benny - Part 1 

Tuesday 11-15
Burns & Allen, 11/2/1943, guest: Jack Benny - Part 2 
Jeff Regan, Investigator, 11/27/1948 "Man Who Fought Back"

Wednesday 11-16
The Shadow "The Shadow Challenged" 1/19/1941 
Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket" Part 7, 12/22/1946

Thursday 11-17
Judy Canova "Geneology Society" 2/2/1946 
The Couple Next Door "Grandma's 75th Birthday Plans" 1/30/1958

Friday 11-18
Gunsmoke "The Buffalo Hunter" 10/24/1953 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Ricardo Amerigo Matter" Pt 1, 1/16/56

Saturday 11-19
CBS Radio Workshop "Analysis of Satire" 8/31/1956 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber The Poet - Part 1, 4/3/1945

Sunday 11-20
Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber The Poet - Part 2
Let George Do It "The Motif Is Murder" 3/14/1949

Monday 11-21
Our Miss Brooks "Thanksgiving Weekend" 11/27/1949 
The Great Gildersleeve: An Old College Chum Visits, Part 1, 5/17/1942

Tuesday 11-22
The Great Gildersleeve: An Old College Chum Visits - Part 2
X Minus One "Sea Legs" 5/1/1956

Wednesday 11-23
Mr. & Mrs. North "Death Comes In Cans" 11/10/1953 
The Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket" Part 8, 12/25/1946

Thursday 11-24
The Charlie McCarthy Show: Elsa Maxwell Thanksgiving, 11/19/1944 
Night Editor "Time Saver"

Friday 11-25
Rocky Fortune "Plot to Murder Santa Claus" 12/22/1953 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Ricardo Amerigo Matter" Pt 2, 1/17/56

Saturday 11-26
Duffy's Tavern "Atomic Research" 12/21/1951 
Command Performance, Andrews Sisters & Frank Sinatra, Pt 1, 12/17/1944

Sunday 11-27
Command Performance, guests Andrews Sisters & Frank Sinatra, Part 2
Casey, Crime Photographer "Christmas Shopping" 12/19/1946

Monday 11-28
Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: What To Get Alice For Christmas, 12/17/1950 
The Red Skelton Show: No Work on Sundays - Part 1, 12/12/1951

Tuesday 11-29
The Red Skelton Show: No Work on Sundays - Part 2
Candy Matson "Jack Frost" 12/19/1949

Wednesday 11-30
The Green Hornet "Boathouse Mystery" 12/25/1945 
The Adv. of Superman "The Phony Housing Racket" Part 9, 12/26/1946

Thursday 12-1
Jack Carson Show: The Christmas Tree, 12/4/1946 
Couple Next Door: Mailing to the Wrong Address, 12/19/1958

Friday 12-2
The Saint "Santa Claus is No Saint" 12/24/1950 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Ricardo Amerigo Matter" Part 3, 1/18/56

Saturday 12-3
My Favorite Husband: George's Christmas Present, 12/16/1949 
Night Editor "Reflections"

Sunday 12-4
Tales of the Texas Rangers "Christmas Payoff" 12/23/1951 
Lum & Abner "Christmas Story" 12/25/1941

Monday 12-5
The Life Of Riley, 12/17/1944 "The Christmas Present" 
Jack Benny Program: Christmas Open House at Jack's House, Part 1, 12/24/39

Tuesday 12-6
The Jack Benny Program: Christmas Open House at Jack's House - Part 2
The Shadow "Joey's Christmas Story" 12/22/1940

Wednesday 12-7
Family Theatre "Lullaby of Christmas" 12/19/1951 
The Adv. of Superman "The Phony Restaurant Racket" Part 1, 12/27/1946

Thursday 12-8
Jack Carson Show: Christmas Preparations, 12/25/1946 
Vic & Sade: Christmas Cards, 8/9/1942

Friday 12-9
Richard Diamond, Private Detective "A Christmas Carol" 12/24/1949 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Ricardo Amerigo Matter" Part 4, 1/19/1956

Saturday 12-10
Screen Guild Theatre "The Blue Bird" 12/24/1939 
Suspense "Dog Star" 12/22/1957

Sunday 12-11
Nightbeat "Five Days Off For Christmas" 12/21/1951 
Baby Snooks Show "Christmas Skates" 12/19/1940

Monday 12-12
Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show "Andy Devine As Santa" 12/24/1950 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber Cuts A Christmas Tree - Part 1, 12/16/1941

Tuesday 12-13
Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber Cuts A Christmas Tree - Part 2
Casey, Crime Photographer "The Santa Claus of Bums Blvd." 12/25/1947

Wednesday 12-14
My Favorite Husband: The Sleigh Ride, 12/23/1949 
The Adv. of Superman "The Phony Restaurant Racket - Part 2" 12/30/1946

Thursday 12-15
Bing Crosby Show: Christmas Show, 12/20/1953 
Bill Stern Sports Newsreel, Christmas guest Eddie Cantor, 12/18/1949

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Lux Radio Theater version of Casablanca with original cast members
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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 movie

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...stand by for news!
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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Fun fact:
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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Jack Benny vs. the Floor Walker (Frank Nelson)
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)

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 radio drama research.

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Ripley's is back on cable TV, believe it or not

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Gracie Allen's Roast Beef Recipe

1 large roast beef
1 small roast beef
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

Fun facts:
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)

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