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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

                                                       July-September 2017

Saturday 7-1
This is Your FBI "The Fraudulent Healer" 6/29/1951 
The Marine Story "Lord Selkirk's Castle" 3/17/1948

Sunday 7-2
Suspense "Sundown" 5/4/1958 
Gunsmoke "Dirty Bill's Girl" 10/28/1956

Monday 7-3
The Life of Riley: Babs' Date With Lieutenant Carew, 7/16/1944 
Jack Benny Program, guest George Jessel, Part 1, 7/4/1954

Tuesday 7-4
Jack Benny Program, guest George Jessel - Part 2
Frontier Gentleman "Holiday" 11/9/1958

Wednesday 7-5
The Shadow "Murder at Dead Man's Inn" 9/12/1948 
Captain Midnight "Meeting Fang" 11/8/1939

Thursday 7-6
Dimension X "Child's Play" 6/24/1951 
Lum & Abner: Mousey Wants to Go On Flight to Mars, 10/27/1942

Friday 7-7
Boston Blackie "Copy of the Diamond Bracelet" 10/11/1945 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Silver Blue Matter" Pt 4, 5/10/56

Saturday 7-8
A Day in the Life of Dennis Day: Dennis Donates For New Gym, 6/30/48 
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: Movie Contract for Phyllis - Pt 1, 11/20/49

Sunday 7-9
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show: Movie Contract for Phyllis - Part 2
Sherlock Holmes "The Case of the Everblooming Roses" 5/16/1948

Monday 7-10
Jack Carson Show "Baby On The Doorstep" 4/9/1947 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Aviation Show - Part 1, 6/4/1946

Tuesday 7-11
Fibber McGee & Molly: Aviation Show - Part 2
New Adv. of Nero Wolfe "Case of the Disappearing Diamonds" 3/9/1951

Wednesday 7-12
Academy Award Theatre "My Sister Eileen" 5/18/1946 
Baby Snooks: Buying Shoes, 3/27/1941

Thursday 7-13
Inner Sanctum "Skeleton Bay" 2/5/1946 
The Couple Next Door: Looking At Lakefront Property, 2/14/1958

Friday 7-14
Lights Out "The Archer" 4/13/1943 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Silver Blue Matter" Part 5, 5/11/1956

Saturday 7-15
Meet The Meeks: Meeks Turn Gangster, 1/24/1948 
The Great Gildersleeve: Leroy Gets a New Teacher, Part 2, 9/9/1945

Sunday 7-16
The Great Gildersleeve: Leroy Gets a New Teacher, Part 2
Philip Marlowe "Last Laugh" 4/2/1949

Monday 7-17
The Charlie McCarthy Show, 10/5/1952, guest Rosemary Clooney 
Burns & Allen, 2/5/1948, Gracie Wants A Fur Coat - Part 1 

Tuesday 7-18
Burns & Allen, Gracie Wants A Fur Coat - Part 2
The Witch's Tale "The Puzzle" 9/7/1934

Wednesday 7-19
Mutual Radio Theater Hour "The Lovers" host Cicely Tyson, 5/8/1950

Thursday 7-20
Wild Bill Hickok "Gunsmoke Pass" 2/1/1952 
Lum & Abner "How to Build a Rocket Ship" 10/28/1942

Friday 7-21
Big Story: 16 Year Old Misfit Kills Out Of Fear, 1/5/1949 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Laughing Matter" Part 1, 6/11/1956

Saturday 7-22
X Minus One "The Defenders" 5/22/1956 
Baby Snooks: Getting Gas, 12/3/1942

Sunday 7-23
Inner Sanctum "Song of the Slasher" 4/24/1945 
The Strange Dr. Weird "The Knife of Death" 2/20/1945

Monday 7-24
Archie Andrews: Going To Bed Early, 11/13/1948 
The Life of Riley: Riley Proves His Manhood - Part 1, 12/15/1950

Tuesday 7-25
The Life of Riley: Riley Proves His Manhood - Part 2
Broadway Is My Beat: Howard Crawford, 8/5/1951

Wednesday 7-26
Gunsmoke "Who Lives by the Sword..." 2/26/1956 
Suspense "The Country of the Blind" 12/13/1959

Thursday 7-27
CBS Radio Workshop "Celestial Omnibus" 8/18/1957 
The Couple Next Door: Betsy Runs Away, 2/17/1958

Friday 7-28
Mr. District Attorney "Case of the Priceless Miniature" 12/10/41 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Laughing Matter" Part 2, 6/12/56

Saturday 7-29
Mail Call: Wedding Night with Laurel & Hardy, 11/24/1943 
My Favorite Husband: Liz Learns to Swim - Part 1, 6/11/1950

Sunday 7-30
My Favorite Husband: Liz Learns to Swim - Part 2
Molle Mystery Theater "Murder Without Crime" 5/3/1946

Monday 7-31
Danny Kaye Show "Case Of The Murdered Meatball" 2/24/1945 
The Jack Benny Program, guest Groucho Marx - Part 1, 2/20/1944

Tuesday 8-1
The Jack Benny Program, guest: Groucho Marx - Part 2
Man From Homicide "The Drowned Girl Case" 8/6/1951

Wednesday 8-2
Hopalong Cassidy "The Boss of Vinegar Bend" 3/10/1951 
Captain Midnight: Delores Tries to Kill Ivan Shark, 11/10/1939

Thursday 8-3
Murder At Midnight "Terror Out of Space" 6/21/1946 
Lum & Abner: Manage Trip to Mars, 10/29/1942

Friday 8-4
Nick Carter, Master Detective "Case of the Vanishing Postman" 8/26/45
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Laughing Matter" Part 3, 6/13/1956

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

Sunday 8-6
The Great Gildersleeve: Leroy's Problem - Part 1
Mysterious Traveler "Operation Tomorrow" 4/11/1950

Monday 8-7
Our Miss Brooks "Peanuts, the Great Dane" 5/22/1949 
Fibber McGee & Molly: The Amusement Park - Part 1, 6/17/1941

Tuesday 8-8
Fibber McGee & Molly: The Amusement Park - Part 2
The Sealed Book "Design For Death" 6/13/1945

Wednesday 8-9
Screen Director's Playhouse, 3/20/1949 "The Perfect Marriage"  
Baby Snooks, 9/3/1942 "The Camp Report"   

Thursday 8-10
The Whistler "Evening Stroll" 2/19/1950  
The Couple Next Door: Helping Mrs. Haines, 2/18/1958   

 Friday 8-11
Richard Diamond, Private Detective "Dixon Case" 3/14/1952  
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Laughing Matter" Part 4, 6/14/56   

 Saturday 8-12
Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Alice's New Car, 3/19/1950  
Burns & Allen: Gracie the Detective - Part 1, 3/6/1947   

 Sunday 8-13
Burns & Allen: Gracie the Detective - Part 2, 3/6/1947  
The Adv. of Sam Spade "The Vendetta Caper" 3/30/1951

Monday 8-14
The Red Skelton Show, 1/28/1949 "March Of Dimes Fairy Tale" 
The Jack Benny Program, 4/2/1950 "Vacation In Palm Springs" Part 1 

Tuesday 8-15
The Jack Benny Program "Vacation In Palm Springs" Part 2 
Damon Runyon Theatre, 6/12/1951 "That Ever Loving Wife of Hymies"

Wednesday 8-16
The Shadow, 4/4/1948 "The Ghost That Gleams" 
The Adv. of Superman, 1/21/1947 "Drought in Freeville" Part 1

Thursday 8-17
Frontier Gentleman, 4/13/1958 "The Trial" 
Lum 'n' Abner, 11/2/1942 "Squire Treasurer For Mars Expedition"

Friday 8-18
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, 3/16/44 "Case of the Strange Display"
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, 6/15/1956 "The Laughing Matter" Part 5

Saturday 8-19
Archie Andrews, 8/21/1948 "Picnic Lunch" 
The Life of Riley, 5/7/1944 "Dog Catcher" Part 1 

Sunday 8-20
Sunday 8-20
The Life of Riley "Dog Catcher - Part 2"
Pat Novak "Doreen Wilde" 3/27/1949

Monday 8-21
Life With Luigi: Luigi Stands Up to Pasquale, 6/13/1950 
Fibber McGee & Molly: Sugar Substitute - Part 1, 5/5/1942

Tuesday 8-22
Fibber McGee & Molly: Sugar Substitute - Part 2
The Weird Circle "The Rope of Hair" 4/16/1944

Wednesday 8-23
Gangbusters "The Golf Course Murder" 8/7/1948 
The Adv. of Superman "Drought in Freeville" Part 2, 1/22/1947

Thursday 8-24
CBS Radio Workshop "Young Man Axelbrod" 9/22/1957 
The Couple Next Door "Meeting With Mr. Rogers" 2/19/1958

Friday 8-25
Mr. and Mrs. North "Two Deaths For a Hero" 5/25/1954 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Indestructable Mike Matter" Pt 1, 6/4/56

Saturday 8-26
Our Miss Brooks "Conklin Causes A Fight" 9/25/1949 
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "Jury Duty" Part 1, 2/20/1949

Sunday 8-27
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show "Jury Duty" Part 2
Murder at Midnight "Death Is No End" 6/2/1947

Monday 8-28
Dimension X "The Parade" 8/25/1950 
Space Patrol "The Lady from Venus" Part 1, 12/20/1952

Tuesday 8-29
Space Patrol "The Lady from Venus" Part 2
Duffy's Tavern, guest Marlene Dietrich, 3/9/1949

Wednesday 8-30
Hopalong Cassidy "The Cold Country" 2/24/1951 
The Adv. of Superman "Drought in Freeville" Part 3, 1/23/1947

Thursday 8-31
Mutual Radio Theater Hour "Turnabout" (host Leonard Nimoy) 5/9/1950

Friday 9-1
This Is Your F.B.I. "The Cross Country Fugitive" 3/14/1952 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Indestructable Mike Matter" Pt 2, 6/5/56

Saturday 9-2
Alan Young Show: Raising Rabbits, 2/13/1945 
The Burns & Allen Show: Shocked by High Price Groceries Pt. 1, 9/25/1947

Sunday 9-3
The Burns & Allen Show: George is Shocked by High Price Groceries Pt. 2
Dark Venture "Ten Dollar Bill" 8/5/1946

Monday 9-4
Casey, Crime Photographer "The Blonde Lipstick" 11/6/1947 
Nightbeat "Big John McMasters" Part 1, 3/4/1951

Tuesday 9-5
Nightbeat "Big John McMasters" Part 2
Jack Carson Show: Taking Care Of The Baby, 4/16/1947

Wednesday 9-6
Nick Carter, Master Detective "The Case of the Sick Statue" 8/12/1945 
The Adv. of Superman: Drought in Freeville - Part 3, 1/23/1947

Thursday 9-7
Gunsmoke "Twenty-Twenty" 7/16/1955 
Captain Midnight: Patsy and Chuck Explore The Cave, 11/13/1939

Friday 9-8
Lights Out "Man in the Middle" 8/25/1945 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Indestructable Mike Matter" Pt 3, 6/6/56

Saturday 9-9
Jack Benny Program: Massage With Chicken Fat, 9/5/1954 
The Great Gildersleeve: Leroy is Expelled - Part 1, 9/16/1945

Sunday 9-10
The Great Gildersleeve: Leroy is Expelled - Part 2
Green Hornet "Unexpected Meeting" 8/23/1945

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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

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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
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