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Radio was the internet of its day.  It’s how many were entertained – and informed.  Radio’s “golden age” also coincided with many earth-shattering events.  Like World War II, for example.  Tonight, as the world teeters on the brink of perhaps another global conflagration, let’s look back at some of the fascinating reports and commentary of […]

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I almost picked a different episode for tonight because the title and premise of this one is so preposterous, so unbelievable that I feared we would be unable to grasp it let alone enjoy it.  Tonight we bring you “The Lone Ranger” and, wait for it, “The Crooked Banker” …. Bankers aren’t crooked!  They are […]

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Merry Christmas, everybody!  And I have presents for all of you!   Believe it or not, there is a website dedicated to old-time radio Christmas shows.  (Truth be told, there’s a website dedicated to everything.)  Click the link below and choose from dozens of different Christmas episodes – in a variety of genres!  (There’s even a […]

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“‘Twas the night before before Christmas, when all the through house ….”  Happy Christmas Eve, everybody!  Tonight, while the children are nestled all snug in their beds, we grown-ups will travel back to Christmas Eve, 1955, for a “Christmas Sing with Bing,” Crosby, that is!  “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night” […]

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Tonight we’re going to the circus – with Abbott and Costello!  And special guest Alan Hale!  If the name Alan Hale sounds familiar, it’s not from “Gilligan’s Island.”  That’s Alan Hale Jr.  Alan Hale was The Skipper’s father.  And junior was a dead-ringer for the old man!  From March 16, 1943, it’s “At the Circus […]

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“Father Knows Best” was one of the few radio programs that successfully made the transition to television.  While most of the radio cast was changed when they moved to television, the one constant was the versatile and talented Robert Young as father (“Jim Anderson.”) Preview Open

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“Suspense” was one of old time radio’s genuine, bona fide classics!  Great production, well written, and frequently starring the biggest names in Hollywood; often against type as when comedy-great Jack Benny starred in “Murder in G Flat.” Tonight’s tale, too, is well written and stars one of the all time greats:  Charles Laughton! Preview Open

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Yes, it’s the triumphant return of “Saturday Night Radio!” …. Well, “triumphant” may be a bit of a stretch but it is most assuredly a return.  We begin our third year spanning the globe, looking high and low, hither and yon for radio’s most exciting, entertaining, and edifying episodes.  All to meet to the exacting […]

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“Saturday Night Radio!  Brought to you by …. “  While it’s true there’s no business like show business, it’s equally true that there’s no show without the business.  Commercials have always been both lifeblood and bane; a necessary evil.  Tonight, we celebrate the vital, venerate sponsors who made the golden age of radio possible.  It’s […]

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She put the “pins” in “pin up!”  The legs that won the war:  Betty Grable!  (Describing her film career, Grable once said “I became a star for two reasons – and I’m standing on them.”)  Tonight, she joins host George Jessel as we spend “30 Minutes in Hollywood” …. Preview Open

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“Tales of the unusual, the terrifying, the unknown…”  Tonight, a chiller, on “The Hall of Fantasy.”  “The Hall” started as a local series out of Utah and eventually found its way onto the airwaves from 1947 to 1952.  From September 5, 1952, “The Hall’s” final season, it’s “The Shadow People” …. Preview Open

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