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 movieOctober-December Tuesday 10-1 The Burns & Allen Show, 10/7/1948 "Couple of Kleptomaniacs" Part 2 The Haunting Hour "Murder Wears a Strange Mask" Wednesday 10-2 Nick Carter, Master Detective "The Glass Coffin" 9/27/1943 Adventures of Superman, Keno & The Wolf - Part 5, 3/27/1940 Thursday 10-3 Have Gun, Will Travel "Assignment at Stone's Crossing" 11/29/1959 The Third Man "The Elusive Vermeer" 5/16/1952 Friday 10-4 Mystery Is My Hobby "Fishing Trip Ends In Murder" 4/28/1905 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Lorcoe Matter - Part 3" 11/9/1955 Saturday 10-5 Mr. & Mrs. North "Die Hard" Front Page "The Knife" 12/17/1933 Sunday 10-6 Mystery in the Air "Crime and Punishment" 9/25/1947 Origin of Superstition "Throwing Salt Over Your Shoulder" Monday 10-7 The Great Gildersleeve "The Uninvited" 10/7/1945 Fibber McGee & Molly, Killer Canova - Part 1, 10/3/1939 Tuesday 10-8 Fibber McGee & Molly, Killer Canova - Part 2, 10/3/1939 Inner Sanctum Mysteries "The Corpse Nobody Loved" 9/21/1952 Wednesday 10-9 Roy Rogers Show "Ed Bailey's Bad Luck" 10/12/1951 Adventures of Superman, Keno & The Wolf - Part 6, 3/29/1940 Thursday 10-10 Request Performance "Tour Of New Orleans" 10/7/1945 Scout About Town "Mitzi Green" 7/1/1947 Friday 10-11 Boston Blackie "The Rental Racket" 9/17/1946 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Lorcoe Matter - Part 4" 11/10/1955 Saturday 10-12 Dimension X "Requiem" by Robert Heinlein, 9/22/1951 Bill Stern Sports Newsreel, Guest: Guy Lombardo, 3/12/1948 Sunday 10-13 Richard Diamond Private Detective: Neighbor Tries to Ruin Diamond's Voice, 11/5/1949 Calling All Detectives "Hit and Run" 7/19/1948 Monday 10-14 Our Miss Brooks "The Dancer" 10/29/1950 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "A Job for Willy" Part 1, 11/7/1948 Tuesday 10-15 I Was A Communist for FBI "Unwelcome Host" 10/29/1952 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "A Job for Willy" Part 2 Wednesday 10-16 Hopalong Cassidy "Songbird in Santa Fe" 10/20/1951 Superman "Holbein's Doll Factory" Part 1, 6/24/1940 Thursday 10-17 Michael Shayne "Case of Model Murder" Lum 'n' Abner "On Uncle Henry's Good Side" 8/18/1943 Friday 10-18 The Whistler "The Beloved Fraud" 10/30/1944 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Lorcoe Matter" Part 5, 11/11/1955 Saturday 10-19 Dark Fantasy "The Man With the Scarlet Satchel" 3/6/1942 Blackstone Magic Detective "The Curse of Yogi" 2/6/1949 Sunday 10-20 The Shadow, 11/8/1942 "Wailing Corpse" Origin of Superstition: Whistling in a Dressing Room Monday 10-21 Alan Young Show, 11/1/1946 "Room For A Veteran" Jack Benny Program, 10/15/1944,From Gardner Field - Part 1 Tuesday 10-22 Jack Benny Program: From Gardner Field - Part 2 Broadway's My Beat "Kurt Bower" 10/21/1951 Wednesday 10-23 Philip Marlowe "The Strangle Hold" 10/15/1949 Superman: Holbein's Doll Factory - Part 2, 6/26/1940 Thursday 10-24 The Charlie McCarthy Show, Guest: Fred Allen, 10/21/1945 Behind The Mike: Sound Effects, 11/10/1940 Friday 10-25 Murder at Midnight "Heavy Death" 11/4/1946 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Long Shot Matter - Part 1" 6/25/1956 Saturday 10-26 Archie Andrews "Halloween Party" 10/30/1948 Baby Snooks "Halloween" 10/30/1941 Sunday 10-27 Molle Mystery Theater "Triangle of Death" 3/28/1947 The Strange Dr. Weird "Tiger Cat" 1/2/1945 Monday 10-28 Father Knows Best "A Spooky Cemetery" 10/26/1950 Suspense "Lazarus Walks - Part 1" 10/19/1943 Tuesday 10-29 Suspense "Lazarus Walks - Part 2" Lights Out "Mungarha" 10/27/1942 Wednesday 10-30 The Witch's Tale "The Devil's Doctor" Superman "Holbein's Doll Factory - Part 3" 6/28/1940 Thursday 10-31 Inner Sanctum "Make Ready My Grave" 4/23/1946 The Unexpected "Revenge" 5/23/1948 Friday 11-1 The Green Hornet "Killer Carson" 10/19/1946 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Long Shot Matter - Part 2" 6/26/1956 Saturday 11-2 Life With Luigi "Life Insurance Policy" 6/26/1949 The Red Skelton Show: Red Talks About Swimming - Part 1, 5/9/1944 Sunday 11-3 The Red Skelton Show: Red Talks About Swimming - Part 2 Jeff Regan, Investigator "Prodigal Daughter" 7/17/1948 Monday 11-4 Judy Canova "Judy Into Hollywood To Get A Turkey" 11/9/1943 The Great Gildersleeve "Leroy's Debt" 10/14/1945 Tuesday 11-5 The Great Gildersleeve "Leroy's Debt" Richard Diamond, Private Detective "Newspaper Boy" 10/15/1949 Wednesday 11-6 Rocky Jordan "Count Me Out" 11/7/1948 Superman: Holbein's Doll Factory Part 4, 7/1/1940 Thursday 11-7 Chase "Cat's Meow" 10/19/1952 Request Performance Guest: W.C. Fields, 10/28/1945 Friday 11-8 Gangbusters "Case of the Mound City Safecrackers" Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar: The Long Shot Matter - Part 3, 6/27/1956 Saturday 11-9 It's Higgins, Sir "The Vegetarian" 9/11/1951 Vic & Sade "Ruth's New School Clothes" 8/24/1942 Sunday 11-10 Rogue's Gallery "Little Drops of Rain Case" 11/8/1945 Police Headquarters "Boxing Match Death" 4/15/1905 Monday 11-11 Our Miss Brooks "Driving School" 11/26/1950 Meet The Meeks: Family Gets A Son As School Project, Part 1, 11/22/1947 Tuesday 11-12 Meet The Meeks: Family Gets A Son As School Project - Part 2 The Hermit's Cave "Spirit Vengeance" Wednesday 11-13 The Cisco Kid "The Black Kerchief" The Adv. of Superman: Holbein's Doll Factory, Part 5, 7/3/1940 Thursday 11-14 Gunsmoke "Custer" 11/21/1953 Have Gun, Will Travel "Fair Fugitive" 11/22/1959 Friday 11-15 Mystery Is My Hobby "Welcome U Dude Ranch" 4/28/1905 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Long Shot Matter" Part 4, 6/28/1956 Saturday 11-16 The Life of Riley: Thanksgiving with the Gillises, 11/29/1947 Bill Stern Sports Newsreel, guest Marie McDonald, 12/17/1948 Sunday 11-17 The Crime Club "Sun is a Witness" 4/3/1947 Calling All Detectives "The Hand Painted Necktie" 7/21/1948 Monday 11-18 The Wonder Show "Elephant Boy" 11/18/1938 The Great Gildersleeve: The Football Game - Part 1, 11/25/1945 Tuesday 11-19 The Great Gildersleeve: The Football Game - Part 2 The Adv. of Nero Wolfe "Case of the Friendly Rabbit" 12/1/1950 Wednesday 11-20 The Adv. of Sam Spade "Caper Over My Dead Body" 11/17/1950 The Adv. of Superman: Holbein's Doll Factory - Part 6, 7/5/1940 Thursday 11-21 Tales of the Texas Rangers "Wild Crop" 11/18/1951 Behind The Mike "Dinah And The Truck Driver" 11/24/1940 Friday 11-22 The Man Called X "Checkmate in Tahiti" 11/30/1947 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Long Shot Matter" Part 5 of 5, 6/29/56 Saturday 11-23 Jack Benny Program "Ostrich for Thanksgiving" 11/19/1939 Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber Goes to Night School, Pt. 1, 11/14/1944 Sunday 11-24 Fibber McGee & Molly: Fibber Goes to Night School, Pt. 2 The Whistler "The Clever Mr. Farley" 11/27/1949 Monday 11-25 The Aldrich Family "Thanksgiving Time" 11/23/1952 Burns & Allen: Gracie has Romantic Notions, Pt.1, 11/20/1947 Tuesday 11-26 Burns & Allen: Gracie has Romantic Notions, Pt.1 The Shadow "Black Rock" 11/13/1938 Wednesday 11-27 The Saint "The Terrible Tintype" 11/26/1950 The Adv. of Superman "Happyland Amusement Park" Part 1, 7/8/1940 Thursday 11-28 Jack Carson Show "Thanksgiving Dinner" 11/27/1946 Baby Snooks "Thanksgiving" 11/21/1940 Friday 11-29 Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of the Sally Martin" 11/23/1946 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Amy Bradshaw Matter" Part 1, 11/25/1955 Saturday 11-30 Alan Young Show "Letter" 9/27/1946 Father Knows Best "New Girlfriend" Part 1, 9/28/1950 Sunday 12-1 Father Knows Best: New Girlfriend - Part 2 Bulldog Drummond "The Hi-Jackers" 9/28/1941 Monday 12-2 Judy Canova Show "A Quiet Christmas Party" 12/23/1946 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "Health Food Diet" Part 1, 11/21/1948 Tuesday 12-3 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "Health Food Diet" Part 2 Lights Out "Christmas story" 12/22/1937 Wednesday 12-4 Boston Blackie "Stolen Rings at Christmas" 12/24/1948 The Adv. of Superman "Happyland Amusement Park" Part 2, 7/10/1940 Thursday 12-5 Nick Carter, Master Detective "Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure" 12/25/1943 Front Page Drama "The Christmas Murder" 3/12/1938 Friday 12-6 Suspense "Out For Christmas" 12/21/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "Amy Bradshaw Matter" Part 2, 11/26/1955 Saturday 12-7 This is My Best "The Plot to Overthrow Christmas" 12/19/1944 Family Theatre "A Daddy for Christmas" 12/15/1948 Sunday 12-8 Family Theatre "A Daddy for Christmas" 12/15/1948 Bergen & McCarthy "Christmas Show" 12/18/1948 Monday 12-9 Kraft Music Hall Christmas Program 12/21/1944 Red Skelton Show: Red's Christmas Book of Satire - Part 1, 12/24/1946 Tuesday 12-10 Red Skelton Show: Red's Christmas Book of Satire - Part 2 Let George Do It "Santa Claus in Glass" 12/25/1950 Wednesday 12-11 Grand Central Station: 6th Annual Christmas Program, 12/22/1955 Superman "Happyland Amusement Park" Part 3, 7/12/1940 Thursday 12-12 Romance "Richer By One Christmas" 12/24/1955 Christmas Seals, Guest Host: Bob Hope, 5/7/1905Lux 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 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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Ripley's Believe It Or Not (1932 clip)
Origin of the term "Pot-head" for a drunk in Korea
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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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)
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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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(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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