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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

                                                       September-October 2017

Saturday 9-16
Life of Riley: Junior's Baseball Uniform, 5/01/1948
The Red Skelton Show: Red Goes to the Fights, Part 1, 11/11/1941

Sunday 9-17
The Red Skelton Show: Red Goes to the Fights - Part 2
Top Secret "Story of the Unknown Mission" 7/30/1950

Monday 9-18
Richard Diamond, Private Det, 3/30/1951 "The Carnival"
Tales of the Texas Rangers, 8/5/1950 "Quick Silver - Part 1"

Tuesday 9-19
Tales of the Texas Rangers "Quick Silver - Part 2" 
The Charlie McCarthy Show, 4/11/1954, guest Jo Stafford 

Wednesday 9-20
The Shadow, 1/4/1948 "The Chill Of Death" 
Adv. of Superman, 1/28/47 "Drought in Freeville" Part 6

Thursday 9-21
Suspense, 10/29/1961 "Death of an Old Flame" 
The Couple Next Door, 2/20/1958 "Waiting Outside The Department Store"

Friday 9-22
Bulldog Drummond, 4/16/1945 "Case of the Double Death" 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, 6/8/56 "The Indestructable Mike Matter" Pt 5

Saturday 9-23
Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, 10/1/1950, 1st Show Of The Season 
Burns & Allen, 8/26/1940 "George is Being Sued" Part 1 

Sunday 9-24
Burns & Allen, 8/26/1940 "George is Being Sued" Part 2 
The Aldrich Family, 9/28/1952 "Jealous of a Jock" 

Monday 9-25
Kraft Music Hall, 10/16/1947, guest Bing Crosby 
Fibber McGee & Molly, 10/6/1942 "Otis Cadwallder May Visit" Part 1 

Tuesday 9-26
Fibber McGee & Molly, 10/6/1942 "Otis Cadwallder May Visit" Part 2 
Whisperer, 9/9/1951 "Woman On Ice"

Wednesday 9-27
CBS Radio Workshop "Space Merchants" Part 1, 2/17/1957 
The Adv. of Superman "Drought in Freeville" Part 7, 1/29/1947

Thursday 9-28
Mutual Radio Theater Hour "The Lover of Silence" 4/18/1980

Friday 9-29
Rocky Fortune "Pintsized Payroll Bandit" 10/27/1953 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Long Shot Matter" Part 1, 6/25/1956

Saturday 9-30
Duffy's Tavern: Testimonial Dinner with George Jessel, Rudy Vallee, 11/5/47 
Jack Benny Program "Charley's Aunt" guest Dorothy Kirsten, Part 1, 4/25/1948

Sunday 10-1
Jack Benny Program "Charley's Aunt" with Dorothy Kirsten - Part 2
Nightbeat "The Girl from Kansas Barbara Fuller" 6/5/1950

Monday 10-2
The Whistler "Hudson Bay Incident" 3/7/1954 
The Saint "Button, Button" Part 1, 3/11/1951

Tuesday 10-3
The Saint "Button, Button" Part 2
Archie Andrews: Fishing, 8/24/1949

Wednesday 10-4
CBS Radio Workshop "Space Merchants" Part 2, 2/24/1957 
The Adv. of Superman "Drought in Freeville" Part 8, 1/30/1947

Thursday 10-5
Gunsmoke "Cow Doctor" 5/28/1955 
Captain Midnight: Shark Searches for Dolores, 11/14/1939

Friday 10-6
Sherlock Holmes "Queue for Murder" 3/3/1947 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Long Shot Matter" Pt 2, 6/26/56

Saturday 10-7
Danny Kaye Show: First Show with Eddie Cantor, 1/6/1945 
Life With Luigi: Luigi's Dance Lesson, Part 1, 3/27/1949

Sunday 10-8
Life With Luigi: Luigi's Dance Lesson - Part 2
Boston Blackie "Fifty Hunter Street" 6/30/1944

Monday 10-9
Burns & Allen Show, 1/25/1950, guest Ronald Reagan 
Halls of Ivy, 3/3/1950 "15 Year Old Genius" Part 1 

Tuesday 10-10
Halls of Ivy, 3/3/1950 "15 Year Old Genius" Part 2 
Frontier Gentleman, 10/5/1958 "The Librarian" 

Wednesday 10-11
I Was A Communist For The FBI, 4/23/1952 "I Walk Alone" 
The Adv. of Superman, 1/31/1947 "Drought in Freeville" Part 9

Thursday 10-12
The Aldrich Family, 10/21/1948 "Babysitting or Movies" 
Lum & Abner, 11/4/1942 "Corporate Meeting at Squire's House"

Friday 10-13
Gangbusters, 10/2/1948 "The Chicago Tunnel Gang" 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, 6/27/56 "The Long Shot Matter" Pt 3

Saturday 10-14
Red Skelton, 4/16/1950 "Day At The Beach" 
The Life of Riley, 3/2/1951 "Fit of Jealousy" Part 1 

Sunday 10-15
The Life of Riley "Fit of Jealousy" Part 2
The Mysterious Traveler "The Locomotive Ghost" 7/6/1947

Monday 10-16
Alan Young Show: Duffy's Tavern Caters French Dinner, 11/15/46
The Fred Allen Show, guest Orson Welles, Part 1, 3/3/1946

Tuesday 10-17
The Fred Allen Show, guest Orson Welles - Part 2
Suspense "The Lost Special" 9/30/1943

Wednesday 10-18
The Green Hornet "Black Market for Profit" 5/31/1945 
The Adv. of Superman "Drought in Freeville" Part 10, 2/3/1947

Thursday 10-19
Sealtest Variety Theater, guest Boris Karloff, 10/28/1948 
The Couple Next Door: Problems With Lake Property, 2/21/1958

Friday 10-20
Mr. and Mrs. North "Fool's Gold" 10/14/1952 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Long Shot Matter" Pt 4, 6/28/56

Saturday 10-21
The Great Gildersleeve "The Uninvited" 10/7/1945 
Fibber McGee & Molly "Killer Canova" Part 1, 10/3/1939

Sunday 10-22
Fibber McGee & Molly "Killer Canova" Part 2
Inner Sanctum "The Corpse Nobody Loved" 9/21/1952

Monday 10-23
Life of Riley: Halloween Haunted House, 10/29/1944 
My Favorite Husband: Halloween Surprise Party - Pt 1, 10/28/49

Tuesday 10-24
My Favorite Husband: Halloween Surprise Party - Part 2
Escape "Fall of the House of Usher" 10/22/1947

Wednesday 10-25
Dr. Kildare: Mrs. Stanford's Angina Pecturis, 7/20/1950 
The Adv. of Superman "Drought in Freeville" Part 11, 2/4/1947

Thursday 10-26
Family Theater "Brannigan's Bat" 9/23/1948 
Tops in Sports, guest Max Carey, 10/4/1961 
Tops in Sports, guest Wade Hoyt, 10/6/1961

Friday 10-27
Dark Fantasy "The Thing From The Sea" 11/28/1941 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Long Shot Matter" Pt 5, 6/29/56

Saturday 10-28
Our Miss Brooks "Halloween Party" 10/30/1949 
Phil Harris & Alice Faye: Little Alice's First Date, Pt 1, 10/9/53

Sunday 10-29
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: Little Alice's First Date - Part 2
The Weird Circle "The Trial For Murder" 4/30/1944

Monday 10-30
Charlie McCarthy Show, guest Boris Karloff (Halloween) 10/28/45 
Honest Harold: Runaway Boy - Part 1, 10/18/1950

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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)

Want to get away from it all? We offer you Escape
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

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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

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 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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Prefer comedy? Check out 1940s radio's Spike Jones Show on YouTube

(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

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