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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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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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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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“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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Orson Welles was a giant!  Not physically.  (Though he was a big fellow at six-feet tall and well over 200 pounds toward the end …. probably closer to 300 pounds toward the end.)  No, I’m talking about his creativity and artistry.  He was a pioneer on stage, a pioneer on the radio, and a pioneer […]

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Just as Charles Lindbergh brought dreams of flying to boys everywhere, Amelia Earhart did the same for girls. Tonight, we take to the skies with the Earhart-inspired “Ann of the Airlanes:” “Ann Burton” was an airline hostess for the fictional Interstate Airlines. She also worked for the Secret Service and, along with her boyfriend pilot […]

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“Hey, kids, what time is it?” They reply in unison, “It’s Howdy Doody time!” Yes, it’s “Howdy Doody” time! Featuring America’s favorite marionette and Buffalo Bob Smith. “The Howdy Doody Show” was a pioneer in children’s programming and set the stage, if you will, for children’s programming thereafter. Though mostly a television phenomenon from 1947 […]

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Tonight, a chiller on “The Weird Circle!”  A 30-minute, syndicated, supernatural/fantasy series that ran from 1943 through 1945.  The show’s strength was stories from famous writers of the two genres, including Robert Lewis Stevenson, Victor Hugo, Edgar Alan Poe, and even Charles Dickens.  So tonight, from December 3, 1944, a tale not written by one […]

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