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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


Wednesday 10-1
The Big Story: The Hunch That Paid Off, 7/12/1950 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice" Part 6, 10/3/1946

Thursday 10-2
X Minus One "Marionettes, Inc" by Ray Bradbury, 12/21/1955 
Passing Parade "The Story of the Three Rascals" 12/2/1949

Friday 10-3
Michael Shayne, Private Detective "Case of the Bloodstained Pearls, 7/29/48 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Picture Postcard Matter" Part 5, 10/5/1956  

Saturday 10-4
The Great Gildersleeve "Cyrano de Bergerac" 6/2/1946 
The Fred Allen Show, guest Boris Karloff - Part 1, 11/18/1945  

Sunday 10-5
The Fred Allen Show, guest: Boris Karloff - Part 2
Escape "Typhoon" 7/28/1947  

Monday 10-6
Jack Benny Program "Yellow Jack" Movie Spoof, 10/9/1938 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Running the General Store - Pt. 1, 4/11/1950  

Tuesday 10-7  
Fibber McGee & Molly: Running the General Store - Pt. 2 
Let George Do It, 10/4/1946 "Kleptomaniac" 
Wednesday 10-8
The Green Hornet "Road to Run" 12/30/1948 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice" Part 7, 10/4/1946  

Thursday 10-9
Romance "Maddon's Folly" 9/3/1955 
Night Editor "Autumn Fever"

Friday 10-10
Murder At Midnight "Murder is a Lonely Business" 12/16/1946 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Confidential Matter" Part 1, 9/10/1956  

Saturday 10-11
Alan Young Show "Landscaping" 9/20/1946 
Mel Blanc Show: Earning Mr. Colby's Approval - Part 1, 2/4/1947  

Sunday 10-12
Mel Blanc Show: Earning Mr. Colby's Approval - Part 2
The Haunting Hour "No Escape"

Monday 10-13
The Charlie McCarthy Show: last show for Chase & Sanborn, 12/26/1948 
Duffy's Tavern: Eddie the Waited May Quit - Part 1, 11/9/1945  

Tuesday 10-14
Duffy's Tavern: Eddie the Waited May Quit - Part 2
Michael Shayne, Private Detective "Case of the Generous Killer" 9/4/1948  

Wednesday 10-15
The Falcon "Case of the Baby Brother" 12/17/1950 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice" Part 8, 10/7/1946  

Thursday 10-16
Mr. District Attorney "Rehearsed Robberies" 1/1/1954 
The Couple Next Door: Mrs. Piper's New Hat, 1/10/1958  

Friday 10-17
Adventures of Frank Race "The Six Week Cure" 11/7/1949 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Confidential Matter" Part 2, 9/11/1956  

Saturday 10-18
Life With Luigi: Luigi Sells Ice Cream, 9/5/1950 
My Friend Irma: Lucky Couple Contest - Part 1, 1/12/1948  

Sunday 10-19
My Friend Irma: Lucky Couple Contest - Part 2
Jeff Regan, Investigator "The House by The Sea" 9/4/1948  

Monday 10-20
The Henry Morgan Show "Housing Shortage" 10/23/1946 
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "The Romance of Alice & Phil" Pt 1, 10/30/53  

Tuesday 10-21
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "The Romance of Alice & Phil" Part 2
The Mysterious Traveler "If You Believe" 12/29/1946  

Wednesday 10-22
This is Your FBI "The Corruptors" 5/11/1951 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice" Part 9, 10/8/1946  

Thursday 10-23
The Whistler "Death Demands A Payment" 12/19/1943 
Marine Story: Puerto Plata, 3/22/1948  

Friday 10-24
Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of the Copper Beeches" 11/2/1947 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Confidential Matter" Part 3, 9/12/56  

Saturday 10-25
Father Knows Best "A Spooky Cemetery" 10/26/1950 
Suspense "Lazarus Walks" Part 1, 10/19/1943  

Sunday 10-26
Suspense "Lazarus Walks" Part 2
Lights Out "Mungarha" 10/27/1942  

Monday 10-27
Our Miss Brooks "The Bookie" 10/15/1950 
Jack Benny Program: On Trial For Murder - Part 1, 10/27/1946  

Tuesday 10-28
Jack Benny Program: On Trial For Murder - Part 2
The Weird Circle "The Werewolf" 5/4/1944  

Wednesday 10-29
Inner Sanctum "The Deadly Dummy" 1/24/1949 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice" Part 10, 10/9/1946  

Thursday 10-30
Columbia Workshop "Metzengerstein" 12/16/1937 
Passing Parade: The Ice King's Story, 12/5/1949

Friday 10-31  
The Hermit's Cave "House of Murder" 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, 9/13/1956, The Confidential Matter, Pt 4 
Saturday 11-1  
Request Performance 10/7/1945 "Tour Of New Orleans"  
Scout About Town 7/1/1947 "Mitzi Green" 
Sunday 11-2  
Have Gun, Will Travel 4/5/1949 "Maggie O'Bannon" 
The Third Man 4/11/1952 "Man of Mystery" 
Monday 11-3  
Life of Riley 3/17/1950 "Babs is Allergic to Riley" 
The Great Gildersleeve 10/28/1945 "Peavy's Wife is Sick" Part 1 
Tuesday 11-4  
The Great Gildersleeve 10/28/1945 "Peavy's Wife is Sick" Part 2 
Rogue's Gallery 2/21/1946 "The Alibi Matter" 
Wednesday 11-5
X Minus One "Mr Costello, Hero" 7/3/1956 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice. Part 11" 10/10/1946  

Thursday 11-6
Nick Carter, Master Detective "Case of the Wrong Mr Wright" 10/31/48 
Night Editor "Yesterday's Glory"

Friday 11-7
Mystery Is My Hobby "Walking Corpse"
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Confidential Matter, Pt 5" 9/14/1956  

Saturday 11-8
The Bickersons "Blanche's Expensive Injury" 7/17/1951 
Vic & Sade: The Final Show, 9/29/1944  

Sunday 11-9
The Shadow "Terror at Wolf's Head Knoll" 2/15/1948 
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons "Shrieking Prisoner Murder" Part 2

Monday 11-10
Meet The Meeks "Budget Or Bust" 11/29/1947 
Jack Benny Program: Jack Tries to Steal Phil's Girl - Pt 1, 11/13/38  

Tuesday 11-11
Jack Benny Program: Jack Tries to Steal Phil's Girl - Part 2
Adv. of Nero Wolfe "Case of the Careless Cleaner" 11/17/1950  

Wednesday 11-12
Rocky Fortune "Oyster Shucker" (Premier) 10/6/1953 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice - Part 12" 10/11/1946  

Thursday 11-13
Alan Young Show "Cucumonga Killer" 10/11/1946 
The Couple Next Door: A Recipe For Cake, 1/13/1958  

Friday 11-14
The Fat Man "Murder Wins the Draw" 4/1/1949 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Curse of Kamashek Matter" Pt 1, 9/3/1956

Saturday 11-15
The Charlie McCarthy Show, guest Fred Allen, 10/21/1945 
Behind The Mike: Sound Effects, 11/10/1940  

Sunday 11-16
Gangbusters "The Case of John K. Giles"
Gunsmoke "Lynching Man" 7/22/1956  

Monday 11-17
The Fred Allen Show, guest: Ed Gardner, 3/26/1944 
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "The Birthday Gift" Part 1, 11/20/1953  

Tuesday 11-18
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "The Birthday Gift" Part 2
Crime and Peter Chambers "Masquerade Party" 7/13/1954  

Wednesday 11-19
Green Hornet "Guiseppi's Secret" 11/24/1946 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice" Part 13, 10/14/1946  

Thursday 11-20
Richard Diamond, Private Detective: $50k in Diamonds Stolen, 11/12/1949 
Marine Story: First American Flag to See Battle, 4/19/1948  

Friday 11-21
Philo Vance "Whirlaround Murder Case" 5/30/1950 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Curse of Kamashek Matter" Pt 2, 9/4/56  

Saturday 11-22
The Aldrich Family: Thanksgiving Time, 11/23/1952 
Burns & Allen: Gracie has Romantic Notions - Pt.1, 11/20/1947  

Sunday 11-23
Burns & Allen: Gracie has Romantic Notions - Pt.2
The Shadow "Black Rock" 11/13/1938  

Monday 11-24
The Great Gildersleeve: Thanksgiving Time, 11/22/1942 
Life of Riley: Riley Rents a House - Part 1, 2/6/1944  

Tuesday 11-25  
Life of Riley, 2/6/1944 "Riley Rents a House" Part 2 
The Fat Man, 6/8/1946 "Black Angel" 
Wednesday 11-26  
Boston Blackie, 12/10/1946 "Mary, Registered Nurse" 
The Adv. of Superman, 10/15/1946 "The Dead Voice" Part 14  

Thursday 11-27  
Family Theater, 11/27/1947 "Home For Thanksgiving" 
Vic & Sade, 10/27/1942 "Suggestion Box" 
Friday 11-28  
The Whistler, 12/24/1947 "Decision" 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: 9/5/56 "The Curse of Kamashek Matter" Pt 3 
Saturday 11-29  
Jack Benny Program, 12/14/1952 "Christmas Headaches" 
Fibber McGee & Molly, 12/23/1953 "Decorating The Tree" 

Sunday 11-30
Crime Classics "Bathsheba Spooner" 12/3/1952 
Origin of Superstition "Kissing Beneath the Mistletoe"

Monday 12-1
Duffy's Tavern "Atomic Research" 12/21/1951 
Command Performance, guests Andrews Sisters & Frank Sinatra, Pt. 1, 12/17/44  

Tuesday 12-2
Command Performance, guests Andrews Sisters & Frank Sinatra - Pt. 2
Casey, Crime Photographer "Christmas Shopping" 12/19/1946  

Wednesday 12-3
Big Town "Prelude to Christmas" 12/21/1948 
The Adv. of Superman "The Dead Voice" Part 15, 10/16/1946  

Thursday 12-4
My Favorite Husband "George's Christmas Present" 12/16/1949 
Night Editor "Reflections"

Friday 12-5
The Saint "Santa Claus is No Saint" 12/24/1950 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Curse of Kamashek Matter" Part 4, 9/6/1956  

Saturday 12-6
Suspense "Yuletide Miracle" 12/17/1961 
Guest Star: Special Christmas Show, 12/19/1948  

Sunday 12-7
Nick Carter, Master Detective: Nick's Christmas Adventure, 12/25/1943 
Front Page Drama "The Christmas Murder" 3/12/1938  
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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 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). KEX radio Morning Update archive (2007-2009, including Paul Harvey) ABC Radio Networks has 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. Gil Gross also has 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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Ripley's Believe It Or Not (1932 clip)

Origin of the term "Pot-head" for a drunk in Korea

This is Wally Ballou reminding you to Hang by your thumbs.
I love a mystery so welcome again through the squeaking door

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Superman 1950s TV intro, now a major motion picture

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The Shadow: Greatest Radio Adventures is available (40 episodes, 20 hours), episode list on Shadow page 2

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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 "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 (G-E-C musical notes, for General Electric Co.) NBC's special alert 4 chimes (used for Hindenberg crash, Pearl Harbor, and WW2 bulletins)

Fun facts:
When a pitcher, catcher & umpire get into an arguement, 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...The Falcon...The Green Hornet strikes again
The Shadow knows in 1939, in 1941 and 1948...the end
The Jack Benny Program presented by Lucky Strike. 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
Henry? Henry Aldrich...Hi ya, Baldy!
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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Sherlock Holmes Vs. Dracula (broadcast date unknown)

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