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 movieApril-May 2017 Saturday 4-1 Duffy's Tavern: Archie Returns from the Hospital, 2/22/1946 We Care Special, 9/26/1948 Sunday 4-2 Gunsmoke "Cows & Cribs" 5/13/1956 Have Gun, Will Travel "The Silver Queen" 5/17/1959 Monday 4-3 The Life of Riley: A Week At The Lake, 6/28/1947 Fibber McGee & Molly: A Visit to the IRS, Part 1, 2/19/1952 Tuesday 4-4 Fibber McGee & Molly: A Visit to the IRS - Part 2 Crime and Peter Chambers: Clair Connely, 8/31/1954 Wednesday 4-5 Screen Director's Playhouse "Her Husband's Affairs" 5/22/1949 Baby Snooks: The Stolen Medal, 1/14/1943 Thursday 4-6 Mr. and Mrs. North "The Premature Corpse" 2/12/1952 The Couple Next Door: Jewelry Store Robbery, 2/4/1958 Friday 4-7 Inner Sanctum "The Amazing Death Of Mrs. Putnam" 1/7/1941 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Clinton Matter' Part 1, 3/12/56 Saturday 4-8 A Day in the Life of Dennis Day: Dennis Drives A Taxicab, 3/24/48 The Red Skelton Show: Traffic Court - Part 1, 4/1/1947 Sunday 4-9 The Red Skelton Show: Traffic Court - Part 2 The Green Hornet "Mystery In the Dentist's Office" 8/8/1944 Monday 4-10 Phil Harris - Alice Faye Show: Frankie and Easter Dinner, 3/25/51 Jack Benny Program: Everybody Want a Raise, Part 1, 3/12/1939 Tuesday 4-11 Jack Benny Program: Everybody Want a Raise - Part 2 Words At War: From the Land Of The Silent People, 7/31/1943 Wednesday 4-12 Suspense "Man Alive" 11/24/1952 Night Editor: In a Manner of Speaking Thursday 4-13 CBS Radio Workshop "The Son of Man" 4/21/1957 Lum & Abner: Lum Substitute Teacher, 10/15/1942 Friday 4-14 Let George Do It "The Dead of Night" 5/28/1951 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Clinton Matter" Part 2, 3/13/1956 Saturday 4-15 Family Theater "Little Tree" 4/7/1954 The Great Gildersleeve: Family Prepares For Easter, Pt 1, 4/16/57 Sunday 4-16 The Great Gildersleeve: Family Prepares For Easter - Part 2 Baby Snooks: Money for Easter Shopping, 3/20/1951 Monday 4-17 Our Miss Brooks: The Wishing Well Dance, 6/12/1949 Behind The Mike: Premiere Show, 9/15/1940 Tuesday 4-18 Behind The Mike: Premiere Show, 9/15/1940 Sam Spade, Detective "The Wheel of Life Caper" 7/11/1948 Wednesday 4-19 Damon Runyon Theatre "Social Error" 8/28/1949 Bill Stern Sports Newsreel: Sinatra fills in as host, 7/9/1948 Thursday 4-20 The Witch's Tale "The Bronze Venus" 8/22/1935 The Couple Next Door: To The Police Station, 2/5/1958 Friday 4-21 The Falcon "Case of the Worried Wife" 4/1/1951 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Clinton Matter" Part 3, 3/14/1956 Saturday 4-22 The Henry Morgan Show: Dedicated to Schools, 5/7/1947 Jack Benny Program "A Day at the Races" Part 1, 3/6/1949 Sunday 4-23 Jack Benny Program "A Day at the Races" Part 2 Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons "Yellow Talon Murder Case" 9/22/49 Monday 4-24 Alan Young Show "Goldfish" 3/20/1945 Chase & Sanborn Hour, guest Bette Davis - Part 1, 9/12/1937 Tuesday 4-25 Chase & Sanborn Hour, guest Bette Davis - Part 2 Boston Blackie "The Hooded Gang" 6/18/1946 Wednesday 4-26 Mutual Radio Theate "A Small Argument" (hour program) 4/22/1980 Thursday 4-27 Wild Bill Hickok "Two Gun Justice" 1/7/1953 Lum & Abner: To Buy Observatory Property, 10/19/1942 Friday 4-28 Mystery Is My Hobby: Andrew Bradford Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Clinton Matter" Part 4, 3/15/1956 Saturday 4-29 Hopalong Cassidy "A Jailer Named Satan" 3/3/1951 The Strange Dr. Weird "Stand In for Death" 12/26/1944 Sunday 4-30 Mysterious Traveler "Death at 50 Fathoms" 4/18/1950 Vic and Sade: Fred Might Join the Lodge, 1/7/1943 Monday 5-1 The Life of Riley: Bread Shortage, 6/8/1946 Burns & Allen: Letter to Big Jake - Part 1, 4/6/1943 Tuesday 5-2 Burns & Allen: Letter to Big Jake - Part 2 I Was A Communist For The FBI "Traitors For Hire" 5/28/1952 Wednesday 5-3 The Shadow "Professor X" 9/18/1938 Red Skelton Show: Junior's Anniversary, 11/17/1942 Thursday 5-4 Frontier Gentleman "Nebraska Jack" 8/3/1958 The Couple Next Door "Table Manners" 2/6/1958 Friday 5-5 Nick Carter "Case Of The Homely Bride" 9/19/1948 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Clinton Matter" Pt 5, 3/16/56 Saturday 5-6 Family Theater "The Happiest Person in the World" 1/8/1948 Baby Snooks: Baby Buggy, 7/2/1942 Sunday 5-7 Mr. and Mrs. North "The Comic" 7/7/1953 Scout About Town "Bobby Breen" 7/30/1947 Monday 5-8 Duffys Tavern: Growing A Garden, 3/1/1946 Fibber McGee & Molly: Numerology, Part 1, 5/4/1943 Tuesday 5-9 Fibber McGee & Molly: Numerology - Part 2 The Line Up "The Anita Cameron Case" 5/27/1950 Wednesday 5-10 The Green Hornet, 5/23/1944 "One For The Books" Captain Midnight, 11/6/1939 "Doris Is Tricked" Thursday 5-11 Our Miss Brooks, 3/12/1950 "The Burglar" Lum & Abner, 10/20/1942 "Squire is Up to His Old Tricks Again" Friday 5-12 The Whistler, 7/1/1946 "Solid Citizen" Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, 4/9/56 "The Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Mat Pt 1" Saturday 5-13 Candy Matson, 2/13/1950 "Eric Spaulding Concert" Town Hall Tonight, 3/3/1937 "Jack's Coming to New York" (Excerpt) Sunday 5-14 Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, 5/14/1950 "Mother's Day" Frontier Fighters "Captain G. E. Pickett" Monday 5-15 Red Skelton, 4/30/1950 "Rod Arrives Late" Jack Benny Program, 3/28/1948 "Your Money or Your Life" Part 1 Tuesday 5-16 Jack Benny Program "Your Money or Your Life" Part 2 Richard Diamond, Private Detective "Convict Louis Spence Escapes" 3/5/1950 Wednesday 5-17 Suspense "Game Hunt" 3/16/1958 Gunsmoke "The Hunter" 3/4/1956 Thursday 5-18 The Third Man "The Painted Smile" 4/18/1952 The Couple Next Door "Getting Rid Of Things" 2/7/1958 Friday 5-19 Gangbusters: Case of the Oliver Brothers In Banditry, 1/31/1948 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Mat Pt 2" 4/10/56 Saturday 5-20 Archie Andrews "The Flat Tire" 9/11/1948 The Great Gildersleeve: Water Shortage in Summerfield, Part 1, 9/10/1944 Sunday 5-21 The Great Gildersleeve: Water Shortage in Summerfield - Part 2 CBS Radio Workshop "The Silent Witness" 7/14/1957 Monday 5-22 Life With Luigi, 3/4/1952 "Pasquale Threatens to Evict Luigi" Fibber McGee & Molly, 3/14/1950 "Guest House Building Permit" Tuesday 5-23 Fibber McGee & Molly "Guest House Building Permit" Bulldog Drummond "Death in the Deep" 6/16/1948 Wednesday 5-24 Mutual Radio Theater "Vicious Circle" (host Vincent Price) 5/7/1980 Thursday 5-25 Rocky Fortune "Rodeo Murder" 1/12/1954 Lum & Abner: Cleaning Old House, 10/21/1942 Friday 5-26 Sherlock Holmes "The Harley Street Murders" 5/19/1947 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Matter" Pt 3, 4/11/56 Saturday 5-27 Life of Riley: Riley is Held Up (Burt Lancaster) 4/8/1949 The Jack Benny Show: Quiz Kids vs. Jell-O Kids, Part 1, 4/6/1941 Sunday 5-28 The Jack Benny Show: Quiz Kids vs. Jell-O Kids - Part 2 Michael Shayne "Gray-Eyed Blonde" Monday 5-29 Danny Kaye Show: Kingdom of Brooklyn (Back From Washington), 2/3/1945 Ray Bolger Show: Frank Sinatra's Secret For Attracting Girls - Pt 1, 8/24/1945 Tuesday 5-30 Ray Bolger Show: Frank Sinatra's Secret For Attracting Girls - Pt 2 Defense Attorney: Mike Pelly, 8/31/1951 Wednesday 5-31 Dimension X "A Logic Named Joe" 7/1/1950 Baby Snooks: Baby Snooks Has Amnesia, 3/7/1940 Thursday 6-1 Hermit's Cave "The House with a Past" The Couple Next Door: To Sell Or Not To Sell, 2/11/1958 Friday 6-2 Casey, Crime Photographer "Action Photograph" 1/20/1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Laird Douglas Douglas of Heatherscote Mat" Pt 4, 4/12/56 Saturday 6-3 Our Miss Brooks: Conklin's Blood Pressure, 7/3/1949 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: Phil is Drafted - Part 1, 1/2/1949 Sunday 6-4 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: Phil is Drafted - Part 2 Murder at Midnight "The Thirteenth Floor" 1/27/1947 Monday 6-5 Jack Carson Show, guest Howard Duff, 3/5/1947 Burns & Allen, guest Dorothy Lamour - Part 1, 2/29/1944 Tuesday 6-6 Burns & Allen: Guest Dorothy Lamour - Part 2 The Sealed Book "I'll Die Laughing" 5/27/1945
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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). 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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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 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
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)
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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