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Tonight, from August 21, 1949, it’s “Blackstone The Magic Detective.”  Plus, stick around to the end of the program as Blackstone, the world’s greatest living magician (who is no longer living,) will reveal hitherto closely guarded secrets and explain magic tricks that you yourself can perform.  So sit back and enjoy “Death Defying Death” on […]

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In the comment section of last week’s “Saturday Night Radio,” our good friend @jennastocker made mention of the last episode of “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar,” whose airing on September 30, 1962 marked the end of the “Golden Age of Radio.”  Tonight we fire up the Zenith, as it were, and play that final episode.  And while […]

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Do you feel lucky tonight?  (“Well, do ya, punk?”)  Care to make a little wager?  Tonight, a tale well calculated to keep you in …. “SUSPENSE!”  From November 10, 1942, it’s “Will You Make A Bet With Death?” on …. “SUSPENSE!”   Preview Open

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Not a day goes by without “Vaccines” or “Vaccine-Mandates” taking center-stage.  Tonight we travel back to 19th-century France to meet the man most responsible for vaccines in general, the “germ theory” of hygiene, and so much more:  Louis Pasteur!  From November 23, 1936, Paul Muni reprises his starring, Oscar®-winning role in “The Story of Louis […]

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Yes, it’s the triumphant return of “Saturday Night Radio!”  I don’t know how “triumphant” this return will be, but in the wake of our ignominious departure from Afghanistan, even a modestly-triumphant return would be a breath of fresh air.  Tonight, a double-feature!  (That’s “triumphant,” right?)  From the fun website “Relic Radio” we bring you “Gang […]

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It’s part two of our “Short-Lived Westerns” series:  Last week was “Frontier Gentleman,” tonight it’s “The Green Valley Line” “the story of a back-country railroad in the early years of the 20th Century.”  This show goes all the way back to the 1930s and has very simple, direct dialogue with almost no sound effects …. […]

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“Frontier Gentleman” was a Western that viewed the Wild West through the eyes of a British correspondent from the London Times.  That reporter was J.B. Kendle, also known as Britt Kendle, who, besides being a reporter, was a veteran of the British army.  He was sent to America to write about the people who lived […]

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It was the first film to “sweep” the Academy Awards® with Oscars® in the “Big 5” categories: “Best Actor,” “Best Actress,” “Best Screenplay,” “Best Director,” and “Best Picture:”  1934’s “It Happened One Night!”  Tonight, from March 20, 1939, the radio version with the stars of the film Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert on the “Lux […]

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Is it still “blackface” if you can’t see the actors?  Tonight we listen to one of the longest-running, most-popular, and belatedly-controversial shows on radio:  “Amos & Andy!”  On radio, the show’s black characters were all portrayed by white people.  That is until “Amos & Andy” went to television in 1951 whereupon actual black actors played […]

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I had a jumbo sandwich for lunch today.  A “Dagwood Sandwich.”  What is a “Dagwood Sandwich?”  From Wikipedia: “A tall, multilayered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses, condiments, and a henway.”  (I was kidding about the henway.  “What’s a henway,” you ask?  Oh, about four or five pounds  *rimshot* )  Where was I?  […]

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It’s Saturday night and you know what that means: Drinking! And rather than sadly drinking at home, let’s go where the elite meet to eat: “Duffy’s Tavern!” In addition to laughs by the barrel, the long-running “Duffy’s Tavern” featured misadventures, malaprops, metaphor-mixing, and lots of high-profile guest stars: Fred Allen, Vincent Price, Mel Allen, Lucille Ball, Joan Bennett, Nigel Bruce, Billie […]

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Just as last week’s futuristic radio called for a futuristic radio show, this week’s Hopalong Cassidy radio has a similar demand. Yes, it’s Hopalong Cassidy, the clean-cut, sasparilla-drinkin’ cowboy best embodied by William Boyd and sidekick California (played by Andy Clyde.) The pair would go on to do sixty-six Hopalong films as well as numerous […]

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A futuristic radio needs a futuristic radio show! And no show was more futuristic than “X Minus One!” Though it only ran for four seasons, “X Minus One” was known for its high production values and exceptional stories, often by some of the era’s finest writers: Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and more. Tonight’s […]

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Tonight, from June 1, 1946, it’s “Arise My Love” starring Ray Milland on “Academy Award” the radio show that presented adaptations of Academy Award winning plays, novels, and films. Milland had a long, successful career highlighted by his 1945 Oscar® for “Best Actor” in Billy Wilder‘s “The Lost Weekend.” He also appeared in some great […]

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It’s a radio show based on a comic book that’s based on a real-life person. From February 13, 1949, seventy-one years ago tonight, it’s “Blackstone the Magic Detective” and “The Coins of Cleopatra.” Plus, stick around to the end and learn a magic trick that you yourself can perform! While perusing the Blackstone catalog for […]

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Long before she was the sardonic principal of Rydell High School in the film-version of “Grease,” Eve Arden was a sardonic English teacher in “Our Miss Brooks.” “Our Miss Brooks” the radio show ran from 1948 to 1957 and was even adapted for television from 1952 to 1956; it was one of new medium’s early […]

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