Tag: old time radio

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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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How do you follow up the most popular “Saturday Night Radio” ever?  Easy!  With an episode that’s even more action-packed, more exciting, and more fun than last week’s:  Tonight we bring you “Breakfast with Dorothy and Dick” …. I know what you’re thinking: “Breakfast with Dorothy and Dick” sounds neither action-packed nor exciting and, in […]

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110 years ago Saturday, people were reeling from the terrible news of the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic.  The doomed luxury liner, thought to be “unsinkable,” was the pinnacle of luxury, comfort, and technology.  Titanic‘s innovations were many; shipbuilders Harland & Wolff embraced a host of new ideas like the new “Marconi wireless” technology.  They saw to it that Titanic‘s radio room was outfitted with the very latest equipment and most experienced operators.  Wireless telegraphy would play a key role at every stage of the sinking of Titanic, including the rescue.  And it is entirely possible that without the wireless, there would have been no survivors at all.

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Hey, I’m gonna shoot over to the “Jot ‘Em Down Store.”  You need anything?  Tonight, we’re traveling back in time to the fictional town of Pine Ridge, Arkansas:  From April 9, 1935, eighty-seven years ago tonight, it’s “Squire Is The Main Suspect In Robbery” on “Lum & Abner” …. Preview Open

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The most well-remembered and arguably best of radio’s police-dramas:  “Dragnet!”  A show so popular, it successfully made the transition to television.  And who could forget that theme song?  From Wikipedia: “The show’s cultural impact is such that after seven decades, elements of Dragnet are familiar to those who have never seen or heard the program.”  So […]

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Though not a giant in stature, he was certainly a giant in terms of popularity and influence, a humorist and wit well ahead of his time:  Fred Allen.  His mock-feud with Jack Benny was one of radio’s greatest running-gags.  Some would say Allen came by his eloquence and erudition quite naturally, if somewhat ironically:  His […]

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What do you play on a Mickey Mouse radio?  Why, a Mickey Mouse radio show, of course …. Well, a radio show with “Mickey Mouse” in the title, anyway.  Tonight, from February 27, 1938, we bring you “Cinderella” on “The Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air” ….    Preview Open

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Tonight, it’s “Dicks-on-Parade” as Dick Powell stars as “Dick Diamond, Private Dick” ….  Actually, Dick Powell starred as “Richard Diamond, Private Detective.”  From October 18, 1950, Diamond searches for the “Kidnapped Policeman” …. You know, if I were a “Richard,” I’d just as soon be called “Richard.”  I don’t think I’d like “Rick” or “Dick”  […]

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(I tried to post this image as “Large” but could only do “Medium” or “Full Size” …. There’s a joke in there somewhere but I ain’t touching it with two five-foot Swedes.) Remember the TV show “Ellery Queen” starring the late Jim Hutton?  Ellery Queen was a fictional mystery writer in New York City who […]

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“‘Biography In Sound‘ was a documentary series broadcast from 1954 to 1958 on NBC. Joseph Meyers, a NBC newsman, produced a documentary on Winston Churchill for his 80th birthday, November 30, 1954. It was an instant hit and highly praised by critics. Encouraged by the show’s success, Meyers went on to produce another piece on […]

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“It … is …. later …. than …. you …. think!”  And so began one of radio’s great theater of chills:  “Lights Out.”  Helmed by novelist, director, producer, screenwriter, and playwright Arch Oboler, often compared to Orson Welles, “Lights Out” became one of radio’s most legendary properties. OK, on to the show:  Everyone knows what […]

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We’re a fortnight from Christmas; time for “a tale well-calculated to keep you in SUSPENSE!” …. Wait. “Suspense?” On a fortnight from Christmas?  Yes. “Radio’s outstanding theater of thrills” not only specialized in casting actors against type (comedy-legend Jack Benny in “Murder in G Flat,” for example,) but they also gave us some wonderful Christmas-themed […]

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It’s a holiday weekend, so even the radio is outside playing!  Commemorating our great nation’s birthday  (I can hear the Left now: “America is a cancer!  Literally and astrologically!”)  Tonight, a heart-warming tale of legal immigration:  “An American Is Born” on “The Cavalcade Of America” ….   Preview Open

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“Hen – Reeeeeeeeeey! HEN – REEEEY ALD – rich!!!!”  “Coming, Mother!”  So began on one of the most delightful of the “awkward teen” old time radio shows: “The Aldrich Family.”  The show ran from 1939 to 1953.  How popular was “The Aldrich Family?”  The show was presented in radio, films, comic-books, and even made its […]

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