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 movieJuly-September Friday 7-1 The Whistler "Quiet Sunday" 7/2/1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Forbes Matter" Part 5, 12/30/55 Saturday 7-2 Red Skelton Show "Public Speeches" 10/31/1951 The Great Gildersleeve "Congressman Gildersleeve" Pt 1, 10/22/47 Sunday 7-3 The Great Gildersleeve "Congressman Gildersleeve" Part 2 The Saint "Miss Godby's School for Girls" 11/5/1950 Monday 7-4 Alan Young Show: Clothes Make The Man, 1/17/1947 Fibber McGee & Molly: Cowpuncher McGee - Part 1, 5/23/1950 Tuesday 7-5 Fibber McGee & Molly: Cowpuncher McGee - Part 2 Boston Blackie "Jewelry Story Owner Killed" 4/13/1949 Wednesday 7-6 Inner Sanctum "Song of the Slasher" 4/24/1945 The Strange Dr. Weird "The Knife of Death" 2/20/1945 Thursday 7-7 Charlie McCarthy Show, with Rita Hayworth, 4/22/1945 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2440 "A Proviso in the Will" Friday 7-8 Crime and Peter Chambers: Rhonda Duffy's Race Horse, 8/3/1954 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Alder Matter" Part 1, 8/6/1956 Saturday 7-9 Dimension X "The Last Objective" 6/3/1951 Night Editor "Thirty Days to Live" Sunday 7-10 Suspense "Death on My Hands" 5/10/1951 Vic and Sade: Rush Plans A Bang Up Party, 3/3/1938 Monday 7-11 Our Miss Brooks: Conklin Causes A Fight, 9/25/1949 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "Jury Duty" Part 1, 2/20/1949 Tuesday 7-12 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "Jury Duty" Part 2, 2/20/1949 Murder at Midnight, 6/2/1947 "Death is No End" Wednesday 7-13 Academy Award Theatre, 10/23/1946 "The Devil & Miss Jones" Baby Snooks, 2/12/1942 "Tent In Living Room" Thursday 7-14 Damon Runyon Theater, 9/11/1949 "The Melancholy Dane" Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2441, Dana Gresham Pays a Call Friday 7-15 The Falcon, 9/24/1950 "Friendly Target" Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, 8/7/1956 "The Alder Matter" Part 2 Saturday 7-16 Jack Carson Show, 4/30/1947 "The Baby Sitter" Duffy's Tavern, 2/1/1946, Guest: Peggy Lee - Part 1 Sunday 7-17 Duffy's Tavern, 2/1/1946, Guest: Peggy Lee - Part 2 The Witch's Tale. 4/26/1934 "The Flying Dutchman" Monday 7-18 A Day in the Life of Dennis Day, 1/16/55 Jack Benny & Margaret Truman Jack Benny Program: Preparing To Go To NY By Train, 4/14/40, Part 1 Tuesday 7-19 The Jack Benny Program: Preparing To Go To NY By Train - Part 2 The Hermit's Cave "Mystery of the Strange Thing" Wednesday 7-20 Nick Carter, Master Detective "Case Of The Careless Employee" 2/2/1947 The Couple Next Door: Will Betsy Be a Wallflower? 1/28/1958 Thursday 7-21 Behind The Mike: Baby's Cries, 9/29/1940 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2442, Threats and Schemes Friday 7-22 The Third Man "Blue Bride" 10/19/1951 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Alder Matter" Part 3, 8/8/1956 Saturday 7-23 Gunsmoke "How to Cure a Friend" 1/15/1956 Have Gun, Will Travel "Blind Courage" 5/31/1959 Sunday 7-24 Mysterious Traveler "Murder goes Free" 3/31/1945 Passing Parade: The Story of the Cirmcumstantial Evidence, 12/1/1949 Monday 7-25 The Life of Riley: Riley Decides To Move, 5/5/1950 Burns & Allen Show "Victory Garden" Part 1, 3/30/1943 Tuesday 7-26 Burns & Allen Show "Victory Garden" Part 2 Dark Fantasy "The Edge of the Shadow" 4/10/1942 Wednesday 7-27 Screen Director's Playhouse "Love Crazy" 8/19/1949 Lum & Abner: Writing to Advice Column, 6/15/1942 Thursday 7-28 Wild Bill Hickok "The Treasure Of The Old Number Nine" 2/8/1952 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2443 "An Invitation" Friday 7-29 Gangbusters "Case of the Mysterious Rooming House" 7/24/1948 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Alder Matter" Part 4, 8/9/1956 Saturday 7-30 Escape "Sire de Maledroit's Door" 8/4/1947 Abe Burrows: Writing For Newspapers, 4/10/1948 Sunday 7-31 Casey, Crime Photographer "Tobacco Pouch" 9/18/1947 Mr. District Attorney "The Milano Brothers" 4/3/1939 Monday 8-1 Meet Mister McNutley "Ice Cream" 5/6/1954 Fibber McGee & Molly "Confusion on 14th Street" Part 1, 2/15/49 Tuesday 8-2 Fibber McGee & Molly "Confusion on 14th Street" Part 2 Mr. Keen "Photograph Album Murder Case" 7/27/1951 Wednesday 8-3 An American Gallery: The Man Nobody Liked (Will Rogers) Vic and Sade: Hank Gutstop Needs Help From Uncle Thursday 8-4 CBS Radio Workshop "I Have Three Heads" 5/26/1957 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2444 "An Appeal for Help" Friday 8-5 Mr. and Mrs. North "Runaway From Murder" 10/27/1953 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Alder Matter" Part 5, 8/10/1956 Saturday 8-6 Judy Canova: Judy And The Saxophone, 11/3/1945 Red Skelton Show: Lump-Lump Surveys The Opera, Part 1, 1/21/49 Sunday 8-7 The Red Skelton Show: Mr. Lump-Lump Surveys The Opera - Part 2 Richard Diamond, Private Detective "Lynn Kights Wants Protection" 8/6/49 Monday 8-8 The Charlie McCarthy Show "Carmen Miranda" 1/7/1945 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "The Ukulele" Part 1, 10/30/1949 Tuesday 8-9 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "The Ukulele" Part 2 Green Hornet "Death in the Dark" 8/3/1946 Wednesday 8-10 X Minus One "The Defenders" 5/22/1956 Baby Snooks: Getting Gas, 12/3/1942 Thursday 8-11 Hopalong Cassidy "The Man In The Yellow Mask" 6/16/1951 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2445 "Trouble" Friday 8-12 The Shadow "Flight of the Vulture" 3/1/1942 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Shepherd Matter" Part 1, 4/16/56 Saturday 8-13 Lights Out "Bon Voyage" 11/10/1942 Night Editor "Uncle Billy's Witness" Sunday 8-14 The Adv. of Frank Race "The Benadian Letters" 6/12/1949 Marine Story: Marines on the Pacific Ocean, 3/15/1948 Monday 8-15 Alan Young Show: Photo Of A Bank Robbers, 2/7/1947 The Great Gildersleeve: City Employee's Picnic, Part 1, 5/21/1944 Tuesday 8-16 The Great Gildersleeve: City Employee's Picnic - Part 2 Philip Marlowe "Last Wish" 7/19/1950 Wednesday 8-17 Frontier Gentleman "Belle Siddon's Encore" 8/24/1958 Adv. of Superman "Phony Song Publishing Company" Part 2, 12/5/1946 Thursday 8-18 Kraft Music Hall, guest William Bendix, 10/30/1947 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2446 "Henry Talks to Bill" Friday 8-19 Sherlock Holmes "Case of the Sanguinary Spectre" 2/8/1948 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Shepherd Matter" Part 2, 4/17/1956 Saturday 8-20 Behind the Mike "Comedy Broadcasts" 2/23/1941 Lum & Abner: Play With Penny Weighing Machine, 9/21/1942 Sunday 8-21 Mr. District Attorney "Rehearsed Robberies" 1/1/1954 The Couple Next Door: Mrs. Piper's New Hat, 1/10/1958 Monday 8-22 Our Miss Brooks: The Founder's Day Statue, 8/14/1955 The Jack Benny Program: After the Races - Part 1, 3/13/1949 Tuesday 8-23 The Jack Benny Program: After the Races - Part 2 Pursuit "The Ladies Of Farthing Street" 9/18/1951 Wednesday 8-24 Suspense "Cricket" 3/15/1945 Adv. of Superman "Phony Song Publishing Company" Part 3, 12/6/46 Thursday 8-25 Damon Runyon Theatre "Neat Strip" 12/11/1949 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2447 "Amelia Has a Plan" Friday 8-26 Sam Spade, Detective" The Vaphio Cup Caper" 8/22/1948 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Shepherd Matter" Part 3, 4/18/56 Saturday 8-27 The Aldrich Family "Blind Date" 4/7/1949 Fibber McGee & Molly: Molly's Old Friend Thelma Visits, Part 1, 4/29/47 Sunday 8-28 Fibber McGee & Molly: Molly's Old Friend Thelma Visits - Part 2 Crime and Peter Chambers "La Grande Maison, 3rd Booth, 5/18/1954 Monday 8-29 Duffys Tavern, guest Ransom Sherman, 6/27/1944 The Life of Riley: The Lawnmower Company - Part 1, 12/8/1950 Tuesday 8-30 The Life of Riley: The Lawnmower Company - Part 2 Murder At Midnight "Death Tolls a Requiem" 1/20/1947 Wednesday 8-31 The Falcon "Case of the Bellicose Boxer" 1/28/1951 Adv. of Superman "Phony Song Publishing Company" Part 4, 12/9/46 Thursday 9-1 CBS Radio Workshop "Lightship" 4/28/1957 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2448 "The Plan Backfires" Friday 9-2 The Saint "The Cake That Killed" 1/8/1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Shepherd Matter" Part 4, 4/19/56 Saturday 9-3 The Henry Morgan Show "Housing Shortage" 10/23/1946 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: The Romance of Alice & Phil, Pt 1, 10/30/53 Sunday 9-4 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: The Romance of Alice & Phil - Part 2 The Mysterious Traveler "If You Believe" 12/29/1946 Monday 9-5 Jack Carson Show: Trouble With The Landlord, 4/23/1947 Burns & Allen "Housewives of America" Part 1, 1/2/1947 Tuesday 9-6 Burns & Allen "Housewives of America" Part 2 Night Beat "The Search For Fred" 6/8/1951 Wednesday 9-7 Wild Bill Hickok "Mystery Of The Five Deadly Double Eagles" 11/28/1951 Adv. of Superman "Phony Song Publishing Company" Part 5, 12/10/1946 Thursday 9-8 Judy Canova "Gurgle Soda Pop Contest" 11/10/1945 Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter #2449 "An Offer From the Enemy" Friday 9-9 The Sealed Book "Death Rings Down The Curtain" 7/1/1945 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Shepherd Matter" Part 5, 4/20/1956 Saturday 9-10 A Day in the Life of Dennis Day: Keeping Radio Station On Air, 4/7/1948 The Red Skelton Show: What People Really Thinks of Doctors, Pt 1, 1/14/49 Sunday 9-11 The Red Skelton Show: What People Really Thinks of Doctors, Pt 2, 1/14/49 Escape 8/14/1954 "The Coward" Monday 9-12 Danny Kaye Show, first show with Eddie Cantor, 1/6/1945 Life With Luigi: Luigi's Dance Lesson - Part 1, 3/27/1949 Tuesday 9-13 Life With Luigi: Luigi's Dance Lesson - Part 2 Boston Blackie "Fifty Hunter Street" 6/30/1944 Wednesday 9-14 Frontier Gentleman "The Claim Jumpers" 3/9/1958 The Adv. of Superman "Phony Song Publishing Company" Part 6, 12/11/1946 Thursday 9-15 Columbia Presents Corwin "You Can Dream, Inc" 4/11/1944 Lum & Abner "Desperate Love Life" 6/16/1942 Friday 9-16 Mystery Is My Hobby "Murder Can Be Pleasant" Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Phantom Chase Matter" Part 1, 10/15/56 Saturday 9-17 Family Theater "William the Terrified" 1/18/1950 Baby Snooks: Sore Back Poultice, 4/16/1942 Sunday 9-18 The Whistler "Autumn Song" 7/22/1951 Night Editor "For Later Delivery" Monday 9-19 Great Gildersleeve: Unclaimed Savings Account, 5/20/1945 A Date with Judy: Judy Dreams of Frank Sinatra, Part 1, 3/20/1945 Tuesday 9-20 A Date with Judy: Judy Dreams of Frank Sinatra - Part 2 Rocky Jordan "The Man in the Morgue" 11/21/1948 Wednesday 9-21 Mr. and Mrs. North "Dead Giveaway" 2/19/1952 The Adv. of Superman "Phony Song Publishing Company" Part 7, 12/12/1946
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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...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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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
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
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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