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. For example, Friday night's lineup of shows will be available Saturday, Monday night's on Tuesday, and so forth. In some cases, they may be available to hear online the same day. See below for program schedule dates.
Golden Age of Radio in 2007
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Broadway Is My Beat: 11/5/49, Mei Ling
Vic & Sade or Baby Snooks: 3/31/43, Brainfeeble's Housewarming
Sgt. Preston of the Yukon: 11/6/50, A Friend In Need
Sgt. Preston of the Yukon: 6/20/46, How Preston Got King
Aldrich Family: 11/7/40, Fixing Furnaces
Ripley's Believe It Or Not: 2/23/44, Sense of Smell
Family Theater: 11/8/50 "Hans Brinker"
Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel: 10/18/46, guest Roddy McDowall
Fibber McGee & Molly "Overdue Library Book" 11/21/39, Fibber has to pay the replacement cost of a book he never returned and can't remember the name of
Superman "Batman's Great Mystery" chapter 1 of 11, 2/3/48. Batman has disappeared and the only clue is a recording in which a man named Jones says he knows that Batman is millionaire Brcue Wayne
Great Gildersleeve "Thanksgiving Time" 11/22/42
Jack Benny "Turkey Murder Dream" 11/30/47 (tried by jury of turkeys after Thanksgiving)
Suspense "Strange Death of Charles Umberstein" 11/23/43, Vincent Price as a member of the underground stalked by a Gestapo man in Nazi Germany
Kraft Music Hall 10/2/47, Bergen & McCarthy clip with Al Jolson, song "Sonny Boy"
Jack Benny Program 11/12/50, guest Richard Widmark plays a giggling psycho in Jack's diner
Mail Call, 11/24/43 clip with Laurel & Hardy, marrying Lucille Ball
Crime Classics, 11/25/53 "The Killing Story of William Corder & the Farmer's Daughter" in England, 1827 (movie version of this true story was Murder In The Red Barn)
The Unexpected "The Mink Coat" 7/25/48, ditzy blonde steals $100/week at work to buy mink coat & ends up in hospital from a certain alergy
Our Miss Brooks "Driving School" 11/26/50
Bill Stern Sports Newsreel "Orchestra Leader Frankie Karl" 11/26/48
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar "The Empty Threat Matter" 11/27/60, is the client suicidal or is someone trying to drive him crazy?
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, 5/25/58 "The Midnight Sun Matter" sent to Alaska, Johnny has to land the plane himself when the pilot is disabled with malfunctioning landing gear
Philip Marlowe "Hard Way Out" 11/28/48, Gerald Mohr's 1st broadcast as Marlowe (the author didn't like the previous Marlowe, Van Heflin). Marlowe is suspicious when an embezzler buys 2 pounds of his favorite tobacco on his way to kill himself at sea
Superman "Batman's Great Mystery" part 2 of 11, 2/4/48. Batman turns up alive, well, and the scheduled speaker at a white-supremist rally!
Have Gun, Will Travel "Assign At Stone's Crossing" 11/29/59, Paladin is a man with no name when rivals who want to control a town both want him as their hired gun
Gunsmoke "Sweet & Sour" 8/5/56, a new woman in town stirs up trouble between men for her own amusement, and some end up killing each other
Duffy's Tavern "Half A Racehorse" 11/30/51, Duffy inherits half interest in a 25 year old racehorse
Bickersons "Bachelor Party" 4/20/47
Lights Out "Story of Mr. Maggs" 12/1/42, a meek man buys an evil locked trunk at auction covered inside with blood
Ripley's Believe It Or Not "Ghost Painting" 8/5/47, a ghost sits for portrait by his artist friend shortly after death
Jack Benny Program "Buys Don Cufflinks for Xmas" 12/2/51
Abe Burrows Show: guest Frank Loesser, 8/23/47
The Saint "Marvin Hickerson, P.I." 12/3/50, Vincent Price helps a young man taken by a horserace sting
Blackstone, The Magic Detective "Phantom Intermezzo" 1/23/49, Blackstone exposes a fake seance by producing a "real" ghost to confront the fake medium
Jack Benny Program 12/4/49, Jack, Mary & Tyrone Power (Prince Of Foxes) visit London & Paris: French floor show turns into sponsor jingle LSLMP, Jack loses ground every time he exchanges money due to the weak dollar
Vic & Sade "Orville Weenie Gets Fired" 12/4/45
The Whistler "Hired Alibi" 12/5/48, guest star Jack Webb as a fugitive who seems to be perfect for an embezzler's unwitting partner
Superman, "Batman's Great Mystery" part 3 of 11, 2/5/48
Fred Allen Show, guest: George Jessel, 12/6/42, George does a bio of Fred's life that somehow keeps veering into songs starring George
Fred Allen Show, clip with Orson Welles 3/3/46, Orson is trapped in the meek character he played in the movie Tomorrow Is Forever
Dragnet "The Big Mole" 12/7/52, a series of burglaries is traced to a bandit with a very unique mode of operating
Man Named Jordan, Episode 42, 2/28/45 (serial installment, no ending)
Gunsmoke "Long As I Live" 12/8/57, Doc is shot and Matt is the only one he trusts to operate - without anesthetic - while Doc tells him what to do
The Unexpected, 8/1/48 "Easy Money" turns out to be not so easy when an ex-con gets a payoff from a bank robber
Suspense, 12/9/43 "The Night Reveals" starring Robert Young & Margo: a husband and wife suspect each other of being the city arsonist
Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel, 4/17/43, guest Madeline Carroll
Red Skelton Show, Clem Opens The Show, 12/10/48
Ripley's Believe It Or Not 8/7/47, segments include "Most Patient Man In The World"
March Of Time "First Week At War" 12/11/41, this week's attack on Pearl Harbor is recreated in chronolgical order starting at 7am
Mail Call, Jack Benny-Judy Garland clip, 1/5/44
Jack Benny Program "Christmas Shopping" 12/12/37
Superman, 2/6/48 "Batman's Great Mystery" part 4 of 11, a phonecall leads Robin into a trap
Escape "Bordertown" 12/13/49, Jack Webb finds a wad of money in his pocket after a counterfeiter sitting next to him on a bus is arrested and decides to sell it over the border
The Unexpected "Shipwreck" 8/29/48, Jack Holt
Kraft Music Hall, 12/14/44 "Christmas Program" host Bing Crosby sings
Kraft Music Hall, 12/21/44 "Christmas Program" more Christmas music by Bing
Nero Wolfe "Shakespeare Folio" 12/15/46
Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel 4/2/48, guest: Jack Dempsey
My Favorite Husband "George's Christmas Present" 12/16/49
Baby Snooks Show "Artist" 6/26/41
I Was A Communist For The FBI "Treason Comes In Cans" 12/17/51, a fishing trawler drops a crate on tuna at the same spot each time, with microfilm in one of the cans
The Unexpected "The Winfield Diamond" 9/5/48
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Program "The Chaparones" 12/18/53, Phil plans to get into a country club that refused his membership as a chaparone for his daughter's party there
Baby Snooks "Christmas Skates" 12/19/40
Casey, Crime Photographer "Christmas Shopping" 12/19/46
Superman 2/9/48 "Batman's Great Mystery" part 5 of 11
The Six Shooter "Brit Ponset's Chrismas Carol" 12/20/53, a miserly rancher named Ebon Scrooge plans to kick a family out of their cabin on Christmas Eve
Truth Or Consequences "Christmas Party For Hubert Smith" 12/20/2007 clip surprising a wounded veteran in his hospital room with his parents & fiance
Screen Director's Playhouse "Miracle on 34th Street" 12/20/52, same actors as the movie
Jack Benny Program, 12/20/52 clip: Setting Up Christmas Tree in Palm Springs, using a local cactus rather than buy a tree
Gunsmoke "Twelfth Night" 12/22/57, feuding hillbillies plan to kill each other, but stop fighting each Sunday
Have Gun, Will Travel "Range Carnival" 12/20/59
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar (Bob Bailey) "Missing Mouse Matter" 12/23/56, the singing mouse insured by an eccentric millionaire is missing. Howard McNeer, Richard (Dick) Beals, Parley Baer
Vic & Sade "Christmas Cards" 8/9/42, her niece tricks Sade into buying Christmas cards by mailing them to Aunt Sade C.O.D. but they're joke cards with sarcastic sayings
Theatre Royale "A Christmas Carol" 12/24/53, hosted & starring Laurence Olivier
Fibber McGee & Molly "Christmas At Home" 12/25/53, Fibber tells the story of a forgotten tree
Jack Benny Program "Shocking" (Christmas Show) 12/25/49, Jack tries to save money by wiring his own Christmas Tree lights
Treasury Star Parade "Modern Scrooge" 12/25/42, starring Lionel Barrymore as a rich miser who refuses to buy War Bonds though his own nephew is a soldier, short of supplies while Congress argues
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 12/24/49, the regular cast performs "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, updated to the present
Superman 2/10/48 "Batman's Great Mystery" part 6 of 11, Batman & Robin held captive
Life of Riley "TV Set For Christmas" 12/27/47, will the family savings buy a TV set or a piano?
The Couple Next Door (sitcom) "Christmas Day" 12/25/58
Bob Hope Show 12/28/43, guest Cary Grant
Bob Hope Show 12/24/46 clip: Christmas with Bing Crosby
The Lone Ranger "Empty Stagecoach' 12/29/50, Tonto and the Ranger find a runaway stagecoach with no one inside
Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, 5/9/46 "Eskimo Justice." Preston is rescued in a blizzard by an eskimo who hates all white men but likes his dog King, and eventually confesses to once killing a white man who killed his wife after beating his dog
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Program "Hiring Santa Claus" 12/19/48, guest star Jack Benny
Baby Snooks "Returning Christmas Presents" 12/26/40
Father Knows Best, 12/31/53 "New Year's Sitter"
The Couple Next Door, 12/31/57 "New Year's Eve"
Want to get away from it all? We offer you Escape Turner Classic Movies is doing movies based on radio series this month 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"
Peter Gunn themesong, or click top link to watch entire episode
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).
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.
Note: in 1943, NBC sold its Blue network, creating the American Broadcasting System (the name was changed to American Broadcasting Company the following year)
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.
These programs are made available by a guy who's nuts about old time radio and a retired CBS executive: More