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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

                                                       October-December 2015

Thursday 10-1
Gunsmoke "Matt For Murder" 7/26/1954 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2417 - Jimmy is Upset

Friday 10-2
Inner Sanctum "Death Bound" 2/3/1947 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Duke Red Matter" Pt 1, 1/23/56

Saturday 10-3
Duffy's Tavern: It's Latin Night At Duffy's Tavern, 5/4/1951 
The Great Gildersleeve: The Homemaking Class - Pt 1, 11/11/45

Sunday 10-4
The Great Gildersleeve: The Homemaking Class - Part 2
Crime Classics: Dread Event Surrounding Mr. Thrower's, 8/3/1953

Monday 10-5
The Milton Berle Show: A Salute to Automobiles, 9/23/1947 
Burns & Allen: Wisconsin Primary - Part 1, 4/10/1940

Tuesday 10-6
Burns & Allen: Wisconsin Primary - Part 2, 4/10/1940 
Damon Runyon Theatre "Earthquake" 7/10/1949

Wednesday 10-7
Rocky Jordan "Black Ball" 11/6/1949 
Captain Midnight: Re-unite with Senor Pareda, 10/27/1939

Thursday 10-8
The Shadow "Conversation with Death" 9/17/1939 
Mary Foster, Editor's Daughter# 2418 - Telegrams From New York

Friday 10-9
The Falcon "The Case of the Beautiful Bait" 8/22/1951 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Duke Red Matter" Part 2, 1/24/56

Saturday 10-10
Escape "The Derelict" 4/26/1953 
Manhunt "The Accusing Violin"

Sunday 10-11
The Man Called X "The Girl Who Couldn't Remember" 8/15/1948 
Marine Story "The Bell of Hidalgo" 3/31/1948

Monday 10-12
Meet The Meeks, 9/11/1948 "Party Line"
The Jack Benny Program, 10/2/1949, Jack Losses His Memory - Part 1 

Tuesday 10-13
The Jack Benny Program, 10/2/1949, Jack Losses His Memory - Part 2 
One World Flight, 1/14/1947 "Introduction"

Wednesday 10-14
The Saint "Gangster District Attorney" 10/15/1947 
Ian Dickerson Interview, Part 1

Thursday 10-15
Meet Mister McNutley "New Desk" 4/22/1954 
Scout About Town "Monica Lewis" 10/10/1946

Friday 10-16
Mr. and Mrs. North "Don't Cry Wolf" 3/11/1952 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Duke Red Matter" Part 3, 1/25/56

Saturday 10-17
Family Theatre "Last Run" 6/17/1953 
The Couple Next Door: Wedding Preparations, 1/6/1958

Sunday 10-18
Suspense "Thieves Fall Out" 11/16/1943 
Calling All Detectives "Shopping for New Suit" 12/31/1948

Monday 10-19
Jack Carson Show: Halloween Date with Brazilian Girl, 10/30/1946 
The Life of Riley: The Escort Bureau - Part 1, 11/18/1949

Tuesday 10-20
The Life of Riley: The Escort Bureau - Part 2
Damon Runyon Theatre "The Bloodhounds of Broadway" 7/17/1949

Wednesday 10-21
The Saint "The Bride Who Lost Her Groom" 2/11/1951 
Ian Dickerson Interview, Part 2

Thursday 10-22
Wild Bill Hickok "Trail Head Trouble" 9/16/1951 
Frontier Fighters "Steven Austin"

Friday 10-23
Mystery Is My Hobby "The Mink Coat"
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Duke Red Matter" Part 4, 1/26/56

Saturday 10-24
Henry Morgan, 7/2/1947 "Professional Radio Contestants"
Fibber McGee & Molly, 6/23/1942 "Locked Suitcase" Part 1 

Sunday 10-25
Fibber McGee & Molly, 6/23/1942 "Locked Suitcase" Part 2
Frontier Gentleman, 6/29/1958 "Gambling Lady"

Monday 10-26
Our Miss Brooks, 10/30/1949 "Halloween Party" 
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show, 10/9/1953 "Little Alice's First Date" Part 1

Tuesday 10-27
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "Little Alice's First Date" Part 2
The Weird Circle, 4/30/1944 "The Trial For Murder"

Wednesday 10-28
The Witch's Tale "Four Fingers and a Thumb" 10/19/1937 
Lum and Abner "Phantom Authors Manuscript" 5/26/1942

Thursday 10-29
Houdini Séance: 10th Anniversary and Final Séance, 10/31/1936 
Baby Snooks "The Trade" 6/18/1942

Friday 10-30
Lights Out "Death Robbery" 7/16/1947
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Duke Red Matter" Part 5, 1/27/56

Saturday 10-31
Escape "The Dark Wall" 7/1/1954 
Passing Parade "The Story of Two Skulls" 12/7/1949

Sunday 11-1
The Shadow "Séance With Death" 5/25/1947 
Manhunt "Clue of the Red Thread"

Monday 11-2
Archie Andrews: The Flat Tire, 9/11/1948 
The Great Gildersleeve: Water Shortage in Summerfield, Part 1, 9/10/44

Tuesday 11-3
The Great Gildersleeve: Water Shortage in Summerfield - Part 2
CBS Radio Workshop "The Silent Witness" 7/14/1957

Wednesday 11-4
The Charlie McCarthy Show, guest Olivia DeHavilland, 10/1/1944 
Burns & Allen: Making George Sick, 3/23/1942

Thursday 11-5
Gunsmoke "The Photographer" 5/6/1956
Have Gun, Will Travel "Birds of a Feather" 4/19/1959

Friday 11-6
Nick Carter "The Numbers Murders" 10/1/1944 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Henderson Matter" Part 1, 11/28/55

Saturday 11-7
Alan Young Show: Alan Makes A Record, 1/23/1945 
Life With Luigi: Cold Season - Part 1, 1/17/1950

Sunday 11-8
Life With Luigi: Cold Season - Part 2
The Whistler "Treasure Hunt" 1/21/1946
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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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Carl also produces the Twilight Zone radio series based on TV's Twilight Zone

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Ripley's is back on cable TV, believe it or not

Email: scifanscom

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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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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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