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 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, 4/7/1948 The Red Skelton Show: What People Really Thinks of Doctors, Pt 1, 1/14/1949 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" 5/31/1959Note: Your local radio station may forget and run a When Radio Was hour from a previous week or month
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). 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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The Shadow: Greatest Radio Adventures is available (40 episodes, 20 hours), episode list on Shadow page 2
Also - The Shadow: The Lost Shows (no episode title list available) and The Shadow 3-Hour Collection (18 episodes), plus other Old Time Radio series on tape or CD produced by Radio Spirits in association with the Smithsonian
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)
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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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 "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)
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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Prefer comedy? Check out 1940s radio's Spike Jones Show
(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
Sherlock Holmes Vs. Dracula (broadcast date unknown)
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