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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

                                                       July-August 2015

Wednesday 7-1
Damon Runyon Theatre "The Lacework Kid" 9/25/1949 
The Adv. of Superman "The Secret Letter" Part 4, 11/28/1946  

Thursday 7-2
Meet The Meeks: Louie Runs Away, 2/21/1948 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2404 - Tom Asks For an Opinion

Friday 7-3
The Line Up "The Molly About Seven Case" 2/27/1951 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Kranesburg Matter" Part 4, 8/29/56

Saturday 7-4
Frontier Gentleman "Random Notes" 4/27/1958 
Night Editor "Appointment With Mr. Big"

Sunday 7-5
Nick Carter Master Detective "Case of the Lucrative Wrecks" 4/20/47
Marine Story: Francis Scott Key - Battle of Fort McHenry, 3/8/1948

Monday 7-6
Duffys Tavern, guest Milton Berle, 1/5/1943 
Burns & Allen "Gracie To Run For President" Part 1, 2/28/1940

Tuesday 7-7
Burns & Allen "Gracie To Run For President" Part 2, 2/28/1940 
Escape "Casting The Runes" 11/19/1947

Wednesday 7-8
The Adv. of Sherlock Holmes "The Locked Room" 6/9/1947 
The Adv. of Superman "The Secret Letter" Part 5, 11/29/1946

Thursday 7-9
Screen Director's Playhouse "Miss Grant Takes Richmond" 5/19/1950 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2405

Friday 7-10
Boston Blackie "The Escaped Prisoner" 5/28/1946 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Kranesburg Matter" Part 5, 8/30/56

Saturday 7-11
Alan Young Show "Stolen Pearl Necklace" 10/4/1946 
Jack Benny Program "Algiers" Part 1, 10/10/1938

Sunday 7-12
Jack Benny Program "Algiers" Part 2
The Saint "The Girl With the Lower Berth" 6/3/1951

Monday 7-13
A Day in the Life of Dennis Day: Keeping Radio Station On The Air, 4/7/48
The Red Skelton Show: What People Really Thinks of Doctors, Pt 1, 1/14/49

Tuesday 7-14
The Red Skelton Show: What People Really Thinks of Doctors - Part 2
Escape "The Coward" 8/14/1954

Wednesday 7-15
Big Story "Case of the Unfinished Love Song" 11/26/1947 
The Adv. of Superman "The Secret Letter" Part 6, 12/2/1946

Thursday 7-16
Mr. and Mrs. North "Milkman's Ring" 7/15/1947 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2406

Friday 7-17
The Third Man "See Naples and Live" 8/10/1951 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Kranesburg Matter" Part 6, 8/31/1956

Saturday 7-18
Judy Canova: Prettiest Girl At Fashion Show, 5/26/1945 
The Great Gildersleeve: Gildy Picks A Husband - Part 1, 5/6/1945

Sunday 7-19
The Great Gildersleeve: Gildy Picks A Husband - Part 2
The Whistler "Retribution" (Audition Show) 5/16/1942

Monday 7-20
Milton Berle "Salute to Motoring" 4/6/1948 
The Life of Riley: Riley Trains Juniors Dog - Part 1, 2/11/1945

Tuesday 7-21
The Life of Riley: Riley Trains Juniors Dog - Part 2
The Crime Club "Murder on a Margin" 5/22/1947

Wednesday 7-22
Hopalong Cassidy "Hoppy Meets His Match" 6/30/1951 
The Adv. of Superman "The Secret Letter" Part 7, 12/3/1946

Thursday 7-23
Mysterious Traveler "Death Has A Cold Breath" 3/29/1949 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2407

Friday 7-24
The Sealed Book "Devil Island" 4/8/1945 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Caylin Matter" Part 1, 1/2/1956

Saturday 7-25
Bright Star "New Homemaker Page Editor" 3/19/1953 
Life With Luigi: Pasquale's Birthday - Part 1, 6/19/1949

Sunday 7-26
Life With Luigi: Pasquale's Birthday - Part 2
The Adv. of Philip Marlowe "The Green Flame" 3/26/1949

Monday 7-27
Jack Carson Show "Making Out His Will" 3/12/1947 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Manhole Cover - Part 1, 4/18/1950

Tuesday 7-28
Fibber McGee & Molly: Manhole Cover - Part 2
The Witch's Tale "The Wedding Gift" 3/29/1938

Wednesday 7-29
Escape "Sire de Maledroit's Door" 8/4/1947 
Abe Burrows: Writing For Newspapers, 4/10/1948

Thursday 7-30
Let George Do It "The Host of Casa Diablo" 3/28/1949 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2408

Friday 7-31
The Falcon "Case of the Shopkeeper's Gun" 4/15/1951 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Caylin Matter" Part 2, 1/3/1956

Saturday 8-1
Our Miss Brooks "The Dancer" 10/29/1950 
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: A Job for Willy, Part 1, 11/7/48

Sunday 8-2
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: A Job for Willy - Part 2
I Was A Communist for FBI "Unwelcome Host" 10/29/1952  

Monday 8-3
Meet Mister McNutley: Ray's Other Life, 3/18/1954 
Burns & Allen: Making George Jealous - Part 1, 1/19/1943  

Tuesday 8-4
Burns & Allen: Making George Jealous - Part 2
Hawk Larabee: No Luck On A Cattle Drive, 6/27/1947  

Wednesday 8-5
Gunsmoke "How to Cure a Friend" 1/15/1956 
Have Gun, Will Travel "Blind Courage" 5/31/1959  

Thursday 8-6
The Whistler "Front Man" 7/10/1949 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2409

Friday 8-7
Mystery in the Air "The Mask of Medusa" 9/4/1947 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Caylin Matter" Pt 3, 1/4/56

Saturday 8-8
Family Theater "Where the Heart is" 1/5/1949 
Night Editor "Lucky Day"

Sunday 8-9
X-Minus One "Target One" 12/26/1957 
Frontier Gentlemen "Charlie Meeker" 2/9/1958

Monday 8-10
Duffy's Tavern: Testimonial Dinner, George Jessel, Rudy Vallee, 11/5/47
Jack Benny Program: Charley's Aunt w/ Dorothy Kirsten - Part 1, 4/25/48

Tuesday 8-11
Jack Benny Program: Charley's Aunt w/ Dorothy Kirsten - Part 2
Nightbeat: The Girl from Kansas Barbara Fuller, 6/5/1950

Wednesday 8-12
Candy Matson "The Devil In The Deep Freeze" 10/10/1949 
Baby Snooks: 10th Wedding Anniversary, 6/4/1942

Thursday 8-13
CBS Radio Workshop "People Are No Good" 9/8/1957 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2410

Friday 8-14
Sam Spade, Detective "The Dry Martini Caper" 8/1/1948 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Caylin Matter" Part 4, 1/5/56

Saturday 8-15
Wonder Show "Gaucho Haley" 11/4/1938 
Vic & Sade: Unusual New Boarder - Part 1, 10/10/1946

Sunday 8-16
Vic & Sade:An Unusual New Boarder - Part 2
Gangbusters "The Rumbold Vault Robbery"

Monday 8-17
Archie Andrews: Picnic Lunch, 8/21/1948 
The Life of Riley: Dog Catcher - Part 1, 5/7/1944

Tuesday 8-18
The Life of Riley: Dog Catcher - Part 2
Pat Novak For Hire "Doreen Wilde" 3/27/1949

Wednesday 8-19
Mr. and Mrs. North "The Comic" 7/7/1953 
Scout About Town: Bobby Breen, 7/30/1947

Thursday 8-20
The Whistler "The Gentle Way" 6/23/1947 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2411

Friday 8-21
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons "The Rented Cottage Murder Case" 4/3/52
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Caylin Matter - Part 5" 1/6/1956

Saturday 8-22
A Day in the Life of Dennis Day "The Masquerade Ball" 4/18/1946 
Judy Canova: Description Of A Prize Fight - Part 1, 11/16/1943

Sunday 8-23
Judy Canova: Description Of A Prize Fight - Part 2
Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of the Wisteria Lodge" 5/12/1947

Monday 8-24
The Charlie McCarthy Show: Ronald Colman, 4/18/1943 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Fish Dinner - Part 1, 9/27/1949

Tuesday 8-25
Fibber McGee & Molly: Fish Dinner - Part 2
The Clock "Gertrude" 1/1/1948

Wednesday 8-26
The Fat Man "Murder Plays Hide and Seek" 1/2/1948 
Frontier Fighters "Sutter's Mill"

Thursday 8-27
The Story of Dr. Kildare: Abandoned Baby, 5/3/1950 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2412

Friday 8-28
Crime and Peter Chambers "Donald Sloane, Embezzler" 7/20/1954 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Flight 6 Matter - Part 1, 1/30/1956

Saturday 8-29
Duffy's Tavern: Guest Shelley Winters, 2/16/1950 
The Great Gildersleeve: Problems With Leroy's Teacher, Pt 1, 11/12/52

Sunday 8-30
The Great Gildersleeve: Problems With Leroy's Teacher - Part 2
Casey, Crime Photographer "Loaded Dice" 9/4/1947

Monday 8-31
The Jack Benny Program: Dinner At Don's House, 11/14/1954 
The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Concert Stage, Part 1. 1/1/1950

Tuesday 9-1
The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Concert Stage - Part 2
Fort Laramie: Return Of Hattie Pelfrey, 9/2/1956

Wednesday 9-2
The Shadow "The Gibbering Things" 9/26/1943 
Blackstone "The Voodoo Treasure" 5/15/1949

Thursday 9-3
Screen Director's Playhouse "A Kiss In The Dark" 4/21/1950 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2413

Friday 9-4
Nick Carter, Master Detective "Poison With A Past" 3/4/1945 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Flight 6 Matter" Part 2, 1/31/1956

Saturday 9-5
Suspense "Short Order" 8/16/1945 
Manhunt "The Clue of the Solitary Cell"

Sunday 9-6
Michael Shayne "Case of Model Murder"
Lum 'n' Abner: On Uncle Henry's Good Side, 8/18/1943

Monday 9-7
It's Higgins, Sir: Mr Robert's Business Trip, 9/18/1951 
Burns & Allen: Back From Omaha - Part 1, 5/22/1940

Tuesday 9-8
Burns & Allen: Back From Omaha - Part 2
Dark Fantasy "The Curse of the Neanderthal" 1/9/1942

Wednesday 9-9
Behind the Mike "Enoch Light's Disappearance" 5/4/1941 
The Adv. of Superman "Phony Song Publishing Company" Pt 1, 12/4/46

Thursday 9-10
The Green Hornet "Racketeers In Gas Coupons" 5/30/1944 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2414

Friday 9-11
The Saint "Greed Causes Murder" 8/14/1949 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Flight Six Matter" Part 3, 2/1/56

Saturday 9-12
X Minus One "Man's Best Friend" 4/24/1957 
The Couple Next Door: Home Movie Night, 1/7/1958
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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). 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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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 "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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