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The KNX 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.
Each day's broadcast can be heard on the radio in Southern California at Midnight EST/9:00pm Pacific Time on the day listed and repeated 5 hours later (2:00 am broadcast should be on time even if 9:00 pm broadcast was delayed or preempted by breaking news/sports).

For those of you listening to the KNX 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 KNX. For example, Monday night's lineup of shows will be available on Tuesday, and so forth. Also, we welcome your comments at our e-mail:
See below for our program schedule dates.

Note: Saturdays are now 2 hours, only the first hour is available online @ KNX, the 2nd hour (Radio Hall of Fame) is online @

KNX Golden Age of Radio in 2002

Tuesday, January 1
9:00 PM "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" starring Bob Bailey as a no-nonsense private insurance investigator. Johnny is accused of impersonating himself in "The Who's Who Matter" Original air date 2-5-1961
9:30 PM "Dragnet" starring Jack Webb as LAPD detective Joe Friday. The police search for the mother of an abandoned child, "The Big Filth" 2-2-54

Wednesday, January 2
8:00 PM - KNX simulcasts TV's 60 MINUTES 2 every Wednesday
9:00 PM - RETURNING SERIES: "The Six Shooter" starring Jimmy Stewart as frontier plainsman Britt Ponsett. A posse lynches the wrong man, "Trail To Sunset" 1-3-54
9:30 PM - NEW SERIES: "X Minus 1/Dimension X," a classic science fiction series based on stories in Galaxy Science-Fiction magazine by top authors. Humanoids designed to serve man take over in, "With Folded Hands" 4-15-60

Thursday, January 3
9:00 PM "The Whistler" starring Bill Forman in strange tales and hidden secrets. A man has a "fool-proof" plan to kill his wife and marry another woman, "The New Mrs. Devlon" 11-6-49
9:30 PM - RETURNING SERIES: "The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe" starring Gerald Mohr as the Los Angeles private detective. A man hires Marlowe to protect him but it's too late, "The Key Man" 6-25-49

Friday, January 4
9:00 PM "Suspense" featuring top Hollywood stars: A man is marked for death by the Mob, "Death Sentence" 11-4-48
9:30 PM - NEW SERIES: Lights Out, the classic horror-drama series hosted by Arch Obler. A man kills a friend for a winning sweepstakes ticket only to find the price he must pay is too high in "Money, Money, Money" 3-3-43

Saturday, January 5
A small plane has been flown into the 20th floor of the Bank America Bldg. in Tampa, FL, by a 15-year-old follower of Osama Bin Laden. Regular programs may be disrupted tonight
9:00 PM "The Jack Benny Program" starring Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone. Jack does the show from Palm Springs 11-29-42
9:30 PM - NEW SERIES: "Red Skelton Show," starring the comedian. Ozzie and Harriett Nelson join Red for skits & sing a duet in "Last Night's Party" 11-4-41
10:00 PM KNX DRAMA HOUR DOUBLE BILL every Saturday - "CBS Radio Workshop" starring John Dehner: "Record Collectors" 4-27-56
10:30 PM "Bob & Ray Show" starring funny-men Bob Elliott (movie star Chris Elliott's father) and Ray Goulding.

Sunday, January 6
7:00 PM - KNX simulcasts TV's "60 Minutes" every Sunday
9:00PM "Lux Radio Theater" (one hour). Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer star in "Gaslight," the story of a man who tries to drive his wife insane. 4-29-46

Monday, January 7
9:00 PM "Gunsmoke" starring William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon: "How To Cure A Friend"
9:30 PM "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" starring Joel McCrea as Ranger Jace Pearson. Jace gets involved with international law while investigating a murder of a newsboy, "Round Trip" 7-20-52

Tuesday, January 8
9:00 PM "Johnny Dollar" investigates a suspicious fire, "The Wayward Fireman Matter" 2-12-61
9:30 PM "Dragnet" The police try to stop a man and woman who are terrorizing shopkeepers, "The Big Broad" 2-9-54

Wednesday, January 9
9:00 PM "The 6-Shooter" A man beats a horse that has thrown him, "Apron-Faced Sorrel" 2-7-54
9:30 PM "Dimension X" The military discovers that a professor can zero-in on enemy weapons with his mind & now both sides want him, "Report Of The Barnhouse Effect" 4-22-60

Thursday, January 10
9:00 PM "The Whistler" A writer's new neighbor turns out to be an unwelcome acquaintance from his past, "Incident At Pebble Grove" 11-13-49
9:30 PM "Philip Marlowe" gets invited to a dude ranch but finds out it's not as a guest, "Dude From Manhattan" 7-2-49

Friday, January 11
9:00 PM "Suspense" A down-and-out gambler doesn't know his new job will team him up with a beautiful corpse, "Muddy Track" 11-11-48
9:30 PM "Lights Out" A monster movie unnerves a mobster, "Super Feature" 4-6-43

Saturday, January 12
9:00 PM "Jack Benny" Guest star: Gary Cooper, 12-13-42
9:30 PM "Red Skelton" talks about his prize fighting days, "Red Goes To The Fights" 11-11-41
10:00 PM "Have Gun, Will Travel" starring John Dehner as Paladin, a refined soldier of fortune in the Old West: "When In Rome" 10-25-59
10:30 PM "Box 13" starring Alan Ladd as writer Dan Holiday in this mystery adventure show: "Blackmail Is Murder" 3-29-48

Sunday, January 13
9:00 PM "Lux Radio Theater" - Bob Hope and Lucille Ball star in Frank Capra's comedy "Sorrowful Jones," the story of a little girl who is held as a 'marker' for a horse race bet. 11-21-49

Monday, January 14
9:00 PM "Gunsmoke" Marshall Dillon winds up involved in a "shotgun wedding" in "Romeo"
9:30 PM "Texas Rangers" Jace investigates the murder of an innocent person in a cafe robbery, "Stick Up" 7-27-52

Tuesday, January 15
9:00 PM "Johnny Dollar" wants to find out if a death was natural or a suicide, "The Too Tired Matter" 2-19-61
9:30 PM "Dragnet" Friday tracks down a con-man who's swindling diamonds, "The Big Sucker" 2-16-54

Wednesday, January 16
9:00 PM "The 6-Shooter" A Sheriff's wild son wants to become a lawman, "Quiet City" 2-14-54
9:30 PM "Dimension X" Aliens kill everyone on earth except one man and one woman, "Knock" 5-6-60

Thursday, January 17
9:00 PM "The Whistler" A released prisoner wants to sell a forged letter, "Letters From Aaron Burr" 11-20-49
9:30 PM "Philip Marlowe" Finding a missing chauffeur is only the start of the mystery, "The Dear Dead Days" 7-14-51

Friday, January 18
9:00 PM "Suspense" A bedridden invalid (Agnes Moorehead) is terrorized after she accidentally overhears a murder plot in "Sorry, Wrong Number" 11-18-48
9:30 PM "Lights Out" The police have a novel way to get a criminal to confess, "Haunted Cell" 7-20-46

Saturday, January 19
9:00 PM "Jack Benny" goes Christmas shopping and has a dream about George Washington, 12-20-42
9:30 PM "Red Skelton" uses his characters Clem, Junior, and Willie Lump-Lump in the skit "Swimming Suits" 5-9-44
10:00 PM "Frontier Gentleman" starring John Dehner: "The Rainmaker" 10-26-58
10:30 PM "X Minus 1" starring Wendell Homes: "The Category Inventor" 6-27-57

Sunday, January 20
9:00 PM "Lux Radio Theater" Robert Montgomery and Audrey Totter star in "Lady In The Lake," a classic who-done-it based on the movie. 2-4-48

Monday, January 21
9:00PM "Gunsmoke" Marshall Dillon goes up against a Washington "Bureaucrat" who thinks gun-control will solve everything
9:30 PM KNX DRAMA HOUR - "Tales Of The Texas Rangers," starring Joel McCrea as Ranger Jace Pearson. During a phone call, a woman overhears a robbery in progress in, "Double Edge." Original air date 8-3-1952.

Tuesday, January 22
9:00 PM "Johnny Dollar" tries to find the missing pilot in an air crash, "The Morning After Matter" 3-5-61
9:30 PM "Dragnet" The police search for a killer who has savagely beat a woman, "The Big Pipe" 2-23-54

Wednesday, January 23
9:00 PM "The 6-Shooter" Britt is forced to be a judge at a county fair that's splitting a town apart, "Battle At Tower Rock" 2-21-54
9:30 PM "Dimension X" A gangster takes over a professor's robot and orders it to kill, "Almost Human" 5-13-60

Thursday, January 24
9:00 PM "The Whistler" A train trip brings unexpected intrigue, "The Clever Mr. Farley" 11-27-49
9:30 PM "Philip Marlowe" meets a girl who is killed the next day...or was she? "Life Can Be Murder" 7-21-51

Friday, January 25
9:00 PM "Suspense" A little girl can't convince others that she can hear a woman screaming underground, "The Screaming Woman" 11-25-48
9:30 PM "Lights Out" A man is caught between the lives of 2 women and takes the only way out that he can, "Man In The Middle" 8-25-45

Saturday, January 26
9:00 PM "Jack Benny" goes bear hunting. 1-3-43
9:30 PM "Red Skelton" gets an education, "Red's Academic Career" 5-16-44
10:00 PM "Challenge Of The Yukon" starring Jay Michael as Sgt. Preston of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police: "The Epidemic" 9-12-46
10:30 PM "Fibber McGee & Molly," starring Jim and Marian Jordan in this comedy of home-spun humor: "Sugar Substitute" 5-5-42

Sunday, January 27
9:00 PM "Lux Radio Theater" William Holden, Edward Arnold and Joan Caulfield star in "Dear Wife," the story of a woman whose husband and father both want the same political office. 2-19-51

Monday, January 28
9:00 PM "Gunsmoke: "Legal Revenge"
9:30 PM "Texas Rangers" A ranch hand is suspected of murder, "Cover Up" 8-10-52

Tuesday, January 29
9:00 PM "Johnny Dollar" investigates the mysterious death of a boxer, "Ring Of Death Matter" 3-12-61
9:30 PM "Dragnet" A howling dog leads to the discovery of a murder, "The Big Cup" 3-9-54

Wednesday, January 30
9:00 PM "The 6-Shooter" A man wants protection on a trip to Cheyenne, "Cheyenne Express" 3-7-54
9:30 PM "Dimension X" A pilot chases a flying saucer and comes back with an unbelievable tale, "The Outer Limit" 9-8-60

Thursday, January 31
9:00 PM "The Whistler" A man returns home only to find a car in the driveway with a dead driver, "Impulse" 12-4-59
9:30 PM "Philip Marlowe" reluctantly agrees to protect a young heir to a fortune, "The Birds On The Wing"

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The complete 2001 Drama Hour schedule was as follows:

Monday 9:00 PM Gunsmoke starring William Conrad as Marshall Dillon
9:30 PM Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tuesday 9:00 PM Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar starring John Lund or movie star Edmond O'Brien
9:30 PM Sgt. Preston, Challenge of the Yukon / Dragnet starring Jack Webb
Wednesday 9:30 PM Jimmy Stewart's "The 6 Shooter" / Sherlock Holmes (26 weeks each) starring John Gielgud
9:30 PM "X Minus 1 / Dimension X," a classic science fiction series based on stories in Galaxy Science-Fiction magazine, by top authors
Thursday 9:00 PM "The Whistler"
9:30 PM "The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe"
Friday 9:00 PM "Suspense"
9:30 PM Lights Out, the classic horror-drama series hosted by Arch Obler (a radio predecessor to The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery)
Saturday 9:00 PM The Jack Benny Program
9:30 PM Red Skelton Show
Sunday 9:00 PM Lux Radio Theater (1 hour), origninally hosted by Cecil B. deMille

Weekends there is a syndicated hour of programs called the Hall of Fame hour - see schedule @ Radio - which may include any series from the golden age of radio, such as:
The Burns & Allen Show starring George Burns and Gracie Allen as one of America's favorite comedy teams.
Escape, hosted by William Conrad
"Fort Laramie," a western drama starring Raymond Burr as Lee Quince, captain of the cavalry at Fort Laramie, on the Wyoming frontier. The series was originally broadcast on the CBS Radio Network in 1956.
"The Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show," starring bandleader Harris along with his wife film star Alice Faye, originally aired from 1946 to 1948 on NBC. It is a zany comedy series not unlike the "Jack Benny Program" which also featured Phil Harris.
"This Is Your FBI," first heard on the ABC Radio Network in 1945, and aired through 1953. In many of the shows Stacy Harris stars as Jim Taylor, FBI Special Agent. The rest of the cast is extensive and from both coasts (the series was first produced in New York before moving to Hollywood in 1948).

For facts & trivia about specific radio series, click here and then go to the series title you want listed on the left side of KNX search page.

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 KNX research.

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