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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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Last week’s show spotlighted “hard-boiled“ reporter Randy Stone of the fictional Chicago Star on “Night Beat.” But when it comes to “hard-boiled,” none were boiled harder than “Sgt. Joe Friday”  Tonight, Jack Webb joins the boys to parody his iconic franchise in “Hairnet” on “The Martin & Lewis Show” …. Preview Open

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He “searches through the city for the strange stories waiting for him in the darkness.”  Frank Lovejoy stars as reporter Randy Stone covering the “night beat” for the fictional Chicago Star in “Night Beat.”  Tonight, from September 11, 1950, “The Hunter Becomes the Hunted”  …. Preview Open

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Woody Allen is many things:  One of America’s greatest filmmakers among them.  And “Radio Days,” his 1987 paean to the Golden Age of Radio, ranks as one of his best.  It is a fun, stylish, autobiographical look at growing up in the days before television ….  Preview Open

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Alka Seltzer is my “go-to!”  For everything!  Genuine Bayer Aspirin, bicarbonate of soda in a bubbly, fun drink.  What else do you need?  Tonight, we salute the old-school awesomeness of Alka Seltzer by playing their noon-time, weekday radio program “Alka Seltzer Time” featuring beautiful, big-band songbird “Liltin’ Martha Tilton” …. Preview Open

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Last week, a rousing tale of adventure, this week, arousing, sensual romance:  “Theater of Romance’ ran on the CBS network as a filler show between 1943 and 1957.  It substituted from time to time for such shows as Gunsmoke, Life with Luigi, Lux Radio Theater, and many others.”  “Theater of Romance” also featured some very big stars:  Henry […]

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Tonight, a rousing tale of adventure as legendary flying ace Captain Midnight and his amazing Secret Squadron battle criminals, Axis-scum, ne’er-do-wells, and EVIL-MONGERS!  From 1949, it’s “The Flying Ruby” on “Captain Midnight and the Secret Squadron!”  …. Preview Open

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“The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show remains, on tape, one of radio’s brightest lights: the passage of time has done nothing to blunt its delightful impact.  The characters were bums, but the listeners knew it and didn’t care.”  See?  “Loveable Rogues” weren’t just a British pop band; sometimes loveable rogues got their own radio shows.  One such […]

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Tonight, a chiller, and a fairly recent one at that …. Well, “recent” in the sense that most of the shows we play are from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.  In 1974, while CBS Television was “killin’ it” with “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “All in the Family,” “Kojak,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” and more, […]

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When the radio looks a printer with the tray folded up, you know you’re in for a good time!  Tonight, we highlight “The G.I. Nightingale” Frances Langford.  So called because of her tireless work entertaining the troops with Bob Hope.  Langford was an accomplished, versatile, and classically trained singer and actress whose career lasted through […]

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Two of the biggest stars of the early-to-mid 20th century together in one spectacular program!  (“NOW HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY?  But hold on, if you call before midnight, we’ll throw in a second set ABSOLUTELY FREE!”)  Tonight, it’s “The Eddie Cantor Show” with special guest Al Jolson!  In tonight’s episode, we learn how Eddie […]

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