Golden Age of Radio Online


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


Friday 4-1
Mystery Is My Hobby "Cinderella For A Day"
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Alvin Summers Matter" Part 2, 10/25/55

Saturday 4-2
Jeff Regan, Investigator "The Lonesome Lady" 7/24/1948 
Passing Parade: Inventions and Most Forgotten Inventor, 12/6/1949

Sunday 4-3
Broadway Is My Beat "Hope Anderson" 3/31/1950 
Cruise of the Poll Parrott: The Treasure Hunt, Part 8, 11/13/1937

Monday 4-4
A Day in the Life of Dennis Day: Dennis Drives A Taxi, 3/24/1948 
The Red Skelton Show: Traffic Court - Part 1, 4/1/1947

Tuesday 4-5
The Red Skelton Show: Traffic Court - Part 2
The Green Hornet "Mystery In the Dentist's Office" 8/8/1944

Wednesday 4-6
The Charlie McCarthy Show: guest Walter Brennan, 6/28/1942 
Baby Snooks: Gozinta, 10/1/1942

Thursday 4-7
Dunninger, Master Mentalist "Jack Dempsey" 8/2/1944 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter #2432, Double Wedding? 

Friday 4-8
Sam Spade, Detective "Stopped Watch Caper" 4/10/1949 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Alvin Summers Matter" Part 3, 10/26/55

Saturday 4-9
Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Phil Buys A Tuxedo, 3/23/1950 
Duffy's Tavern, with Mickey Rooney/Marlene Dietrich, Pt 1, 3/2/49

Sunday 4-10
Duffy's Tavern, guests Mickey Rooney/Marlene Dietrich - Pt 2
New Adventures Of Michael Shayne "The Hate That Killed"

Monday 4-11
Archie Andrews: Late For The Dance, 9/4/1948 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Rummage Sale - Part 1, 1/15/1952

Tuesday 4-12
Fibber McGee & Molly: Rummage Sale - Part 2
I Was A Communist For The FBI "I Can't Sleep" 4/30/1952

Wednesday 4-13
X Minus One "Lights on Precipe Peak" 3/13/1957 
Suspense "The Signalman" 2/15/1959

Thursday 4-14
Behind The Mike, Director/Star Relationships, 4/20/1941 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter #2433: Bill Has a Talk With Mary

Friday 4-15
Dark Fantasy, 1/16/1942 "Debt From The Past" 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar 10/27/1955 "Alvin Summers Matter" Pt 4

Saturday 4-16
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 11/12/1949 "$50k in Diamonds"
Marine Story, 4/19/1948 "First American Flag to See Battle"

Sunday 4-17
Escape, 3/11/1954 "The Bird of Paradise" 
Cruise of the Poll Parrott, 11/20/1937 "The Treasure Hunt" Part 9

Monday 4-18
Meet Mister McNutley, 4/15/1954 "Egg and Ray"
Burns & Allen: Gracie is Late For the Show - Part 1, 2/4/1941 

Tuesday 4-19
Burns & Allen: Gracie is Late For the Show - Part 2 
The Fat Man, 10/3/1947 "A Window for Murder"

Wednesday 4-20
Damon Runyon Theatre, 6/26/1949 "Baseball Hattie" 
Lum & Abner, 6/9/1942 "Greeting Card Verses"

Thursday 4-21
Wild Bill Hickok "The Secret Of The Hard Luck Mine" 1/18/1952 
Gunsmoke "Brush At Elkader" 10/23/1955

Friday 4-22
Mr. and Mrs. North "Death In The Dark" 3/25/1952 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Alvin Summers Matter, Pt 5, 10/28/55

Saturday 4-23
Life of Riley: Babs is Allergic to Riley, 3/17/1950 
The Great Gildersleeve: Peavy's Wife is Sick, Part 1, 10/28/1945

Sunday 4-24
The Great Gildersleeve: Peavy's Wife is Sick, Part 2, 10/28/1945
Rogue's Gallery "The Alibi Matter" 2/21/1946

Monday 4-25
The Wonder Show "Wonder Haley" 12/9/1938 
The Jack Benny Program: Picnic At The Beach - Part 1, 5/9/1954

Tuesday 4-26
The Jack Benny Program: Picnic At The Beach - Part 2
Night Beat "Otto, The Music Man" 6/15/1951

Wednesday 4-27
CBS Radio Workshop "A Dog's Life" 3/31/1957 
The Couple Next Door: Remembering the First Date, 1/23/1958

Thursday 4-28
Candy Matson "Eric Spaulding Concert" 2/13/1950 
Town Hall Tonight: Jack's Coming to New York (Excerpt) 3/3/1937

Friday 4-29
The Whistler "Burden Of Guilt" 1/29/1950 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Valentine Matter" Pt 1, 10/31/55

Saturday 4-30
Inner Sanctum "The Dead Laugh" 9/23/1946 
Night Editor "One In a Thousand"

Sunday 5-1
The Falcon "Case of the Murdering Mrs." 3/20/1952 
Cruise of the Poll Parrott "The Treasure Hunt" Part 10, 11/27/37

Monday 5-2
Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show: Hired Mothers (with Rose Marie) 5/13/51 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Uncle Sycamore on the Radio - Part 1, 4/13/43

Tuesday 5-3
Fibber McGee & Molly: Uncle Sycamore McGee on the Radio - Part 2
Molle Mystery Theater "The Beckoning Fair One" 6/5/1945

Wednesday 5-4
Screen Director's Playhouse "Hired Wife" 2/6/1949 
Baby Snooks "Flower Gardens" 2/6/1941

Thursday 5-5
Hopalong Cassidy "A Jailer Named Satan" 3/3/1951 
The Strange Dr. Weird "Stand In for Death" 12/26/1944

Friday 5-6
The Saint "Case of the Unhappy Homicide" 3/3/1948 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Valentine Matter" Part 2, 11/1/55

Saturday 5-7
Life of Riley "Mother's Day Show" 5/8/1948 
Life With Luigi "The Beautiful Ms. Spaulding" Part 1, 1/31/1950

Sunday 5-8
Life With Luigi "The Beautiful Ms. Spaulding - Part 2"
Broadway Is My Beat "Barbara Hunt" 5/16/1953

Monday 5-9
Our Miss Brooks "Mr. Conklin's Wake-Up Plan" 4/10/1949 
Burns & Allen: Broke Uncle Hubert - Part 1, 4/20/1943

Tuesday 5-10
Burns & Allen: Broke Uncle Hubert - Part 2, 4/20/1943 
Chase "Promotion" 8/21/1952

Wednesday 5-11
Have Gun, Will Travel "In An Evil Time" 5/24/1959 
Gunsmoke "Belle's Back" 9/9/1956

Thursday 5-12
Big Story "Counterfeit Coins" 10/1/1947 
Mr. District Attorney "The Ohio Kid" 6/13/1939

Friday 5-13
The Witch's Tale "The Devil's Number" 12/12/1935 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Valentine Matter" Pt 3, 11/2/55

Saturday 5-14
Judy Canova "An Exclusive Place In Brentwood" 9/15/1945 
Red Skelton Show: Blood On The Moon/Duel In The Sun Pt 1, 1/7/49

Sunday 5-15
Red Skelton Show: Blood On The Moon/Duel In The Sun Pt 2, 1/7/49
The Clock "Nicky" 3/4/1948

Monday 5-16
It's Higgins, Sir: A Day on the Farm, 8/14/1951 
The Great Gildersleeve: Leroy's Problem - Part 1, 11/4/1945

Tuesday 5-17
The Great Gildersleeve: Leroy's Problem - Part 2
Mysterious Traveler "Operation Tomorrow" 4/11/1950

Wednesday 5-18
Hawk Larabee: Gold Camp At Mulberry Creek, 5/22/1947 
Vic and Sade: Sade & Ruth Come Out Even, 9/14/1942

Thursday 5-19
Suspense "Alibi Me" 4/20/1958 
Exploring Tomorrow "The Adventure of the Beauty Queen"

Friday 5-20
The Third Man "Three Farthings For Your Thoughts" 11/30/51 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Valentine Matter" Part 4, 11/3/55

Saturday 5-21
The Harold Peary Show: Harold Meets The Hummer, 12/6/1950 
Alan Young Show: Opera - Part 1, 12/12/1944

Sunday 5-22
Alan Young Show: Opera - Part 2
Frontier Gentleman "The Powder River Kid" 4/6/1948

Monday 5-23
Meet The Meeks: Mortimer, Clothing Dummy, 2/14/1948 
Jack Benny Program: Donating The Maxwell For Scrap, Pt 1, 10/18/42

Tuesday 5-24
Jack Benny Program: Donating The Maxwell For Scrap Drive - Part 2
The Shadow "Horror in Wax" 2/26/1939

Wednesday 5-25
Pursuit: Pursuit and The Man Who Died Late, 10/2/1951 
The Couple Next Door: Explaining the Facts of Life, 1/24/1958

Thursday 5-26
CBS Radio Workshop "The Big Event" 12/16/1956 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter #2434 "Edna Darby Returns"

Friday 5-27
Gangbusters "Case of Ray Earnest" 3/27/1948 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Valentine Matter" Part 5, 11/4/55

Saturday 5-28
The Charlie McCarthy Show: Last Chase & Sanborn Show, 12/26/1948 
Duffy's Tavern: Eddie the Waiter May Quit - Part 1, 11/9/1945

Sunday 5-29
Duffy's Tavern: Eddie the Waited May Quit - Part 2
Michael Shayne Private Detective "Case of the Generous Killer" 9/4/48

Monday 5-30
Jack Carson Show: Runs for County Commisioner, 10/2/1946 
Burns & Allen: Women's Press Club, Part 1, 3/13/1940

Tuesday 5-31
Burns & Allen: Women's Press Club - Part 2
Dimension X  "Universe" 8/2/1951

Wednesday 6-1
Family Theater "Once on a Golden Afternoon" 6/10/1948 
Lum & Abner: Tries to Get Poetic License, 6/11/1942

Thursday 6-2
Boston Blackie "TV Poisoning" 12/20/1945 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter #2435, World War II Memorial

Friday 6-3
The Sealed Book "Stranger In The House" 5/6/1945 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Forbes Matter" Part 1, 12/26/1955

Saturday 6-4
My Friend Irma "Double Troubles" 3/8/1948 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Doc Gamble Over For Dinner, Pt 1, 4/6/1943

Sunday 6-5
Fibber McGee & Molly : Doc Gamble Over For Dinner - Part 2
Philip Marlowe "The Heat Wave" 4/16/1949

Monday 6-6
A Day in the Life of Dennis Day: Donates For a New Gym, 6/30/48
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: Movie Contract for Phyllis, Pt 1, 11/20/49

Tuesday 6-7
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: Movie Contract for Phyllis - Part 2
Sherlock Holmes "Case of the Everblooming Roses" 5/16/1948

Wednesday 6-8
Columbia Workshop: Lee Fountain Comes Of Age, 11/2/1946 
Baby Snooks: A Fifty Dollar Raise, 4/23/1942

Thursday 6-9
The Weird Circle "The Curse of the Mantle" 4/2/1944 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2436 "John Redman's Plan"

Friday 6-10
Mr. and Mrs. North "The Deathtrap" 2/26/1952 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Forbes Matter" Part 2, 12/27/1955

Saturday 6-11
Voyage of the Scarlet Queen: The Derelict and the Wandering Boy, 1/7/48 
Town Hall Tonight excerpt: Stuart Canin Plays "The Bee" 2/3/1937

Sunday 6-12
Nick Carter, Master Detective "Case of the Wrong Mr. Wright" 10/31/48 
Night Editor "Yesterday's Glory"

Monday 6-13
Red Skelton "Father's Day" 6/18/1950 
The Great Gildersleeve: Gildy's Jealousy - Part 1, 11/26/1944

Tuesday 6-14
The Great Gildersleeve: Gildy's Jealousy - Part 2
Let George Do It: The Father Who Had Nothing to Say, 9/13/1948

Wednesday 6-15
Gunsmoke "Daddy-O" 6/10/1956 
Suspense "Night of the Storm" 7/2/1961

Thursday 6-16
The Green Hornet "Ramona" 9/5/1944 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2437 "Plan in the Paper"

Friday  6-17
Mystery Is My Hobby "Some Fatherly Advice"
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Forbes Matter" Part 3, 12/28/55

Saturday  6-18
Our Miss Brooks "Stretch is in Love Again" 10/22/1950 
The Life of Riley: The Suggestion Contest - Part 1, 3/20/1948

Sunday  6-19
The Life of Riley: The Suggestion Contest - Part 2
Broadway's My Beat "Larry Burdette" 9/5/1953

Monday 6-20
Meet Mister McNutley: Vacation Plans, 6/10/1954 
Jack Benny Program: Debut of Phone Operators, Part 1, 9/30/45

Tuesday 6-21
Jack Benny Program: Debut of Phone Operators - Part 2
Bold Venture "Revenge Is Sweet" 3/10/1952

Wednesday 6-22
Dunninger, Master Mentalist "Marie Manning" 7/12/1944 
The Couple Next Door: Do Married Couples Look Alike? 1/27/1958

Thursday 6-23
Hopalong Cassidy "The Secret In The Hill" 12/8/1951 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2438 "A Small Committee Meeting"

Friday 6-24
Sam Spade, Detective "The Lawless Caper" 8/29/1948 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Forbes Matter" Part 4, 12/29/1955

Saturday 6-25
The Texaco Star Theater, guest Norman Corwin, 5/14/1944 
Life with Luigi: Business is Slow - Part 1, 1/24/1950

Sunday 6-26
Life with Luigi: Business is Slow - Part 2
Michael Shayne, Detective "The Party" 11/12/1946

Monday 6-27
Judy Canova: Judy's Screen Test, 10/4/1947 
Burns & Allen: Gracie Does The Income Tax - Part 1, 1/15/1948

Tuesday 6-28
Burns & Allen: Gracie Does The Income Tax - Part 2
Adv. of Nero Wolfe "Case of the Final Page" 3/23/1951

Wednesday 6-29
Fort Laramie "Chaplain" 8/26/1956 
Lum & Abner: How to Win Back Clarabelle, 6/12/1942

Thursday 6-30
CBS Radio Workshop "Harmonica Solo" 3/24/1957 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter#2439 "Sculptress in Town"

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

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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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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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