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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 1922 Westinghouse Radiola Senior distributed by RCA!  While it’s true many people were toying with radio and “wireless” long before the Radiola Senior, often their efforts were just that: toying.  In the 1920s, radio as we know it today came into being.  And sets like the above paved […]

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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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Green radio last week;  green radio this week.  I’m seeing a pattern here.  A green pattern.  And green patterns call for “The Green Hornet!”  Tonight, from April 18, 1943, it’s “The Corpse That Wasn’t There” on “The Green Hornet” ….   Preview Open

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Earlier this week, our very own @jameslileks had a “Brainstorm.”  Like the Natalie Wood film of the same name, James’ “Brainstorm” involved virtual-reality.  (Natalie Wood died while filming “Brainstorm” so maybe it’s best to refer to it as a Christopher Walken or Cliff Robertson picture or, better yet, a Louise Fletcher picture.)  […]

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Quiz shows have always been popular;  even with youngsters!  And a quiz show with youngsters?  “Fuhgeddaboudit!”  Tonight, a very special Christmas edition of “Quiz Kids!” It’s a “Christmas Party” from December 19, 1948 on “Quiz Kids” ….    Preview Open

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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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Tonight, it’s “The Camel Rock & Roll Dance Party” with host Alan Freed (the man most credited with coining the term “Rock & Roll.”)  Sadly, Freed would go on to introduce another term to the lexicon, too: “Payola!”  And it would lead Freed to ruin.  The great Count Basie of Sinatra-fame leads the orchestra for […]

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F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Mere mention of his name brings forth images of speakeasies and flappers and jazz and Coolidge and radio.  Few are as representative of their age as he.  Tonight, from June 28, 1955, NBC’s outstanding “Biography in Sound” looks at the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald ….   Preview Open

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Tonight is a special Thursday night edition of “Saturday Night Radio.” And for this special edition, the radio pictured is an “Arvin.”  Why an Arvin?  To listen while carvin’ *rimshot*  Tonight, let’s go back to 1941 and spend “Turkey-Day” with Jack Benny and friends.  In 1941, Thanksgiving fell on November 27th.  Eleven […]

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Beginning just a few weeks after Nashville’s powerhouse AM 650 WSM first hit the airwaves in 1925, the “Grand Ole Opry” became not only “The Show That Made Country Music Famous,” but quickly became the most famous show in all of country music.  The “Grand Ole Opry” featured all the big stars of country music […]

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It was 1974.  Richard Nixon was in the White House (till August, anyway;)  “All in the Family” was tops on television;  musically, when we weren’t “Kung Fu Fighting,” we were “Smokin’ in the Boy’s Room;”  on the big-screen, new classics emerged in the form of “Godfather II” and “Chinatown.”  It was against this backdrop that […]

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Conscientious, compassionate, compelling, tonight, it’s “The Story of Dr. Cildare, OOPS, The  Story of Dr. Kildare!”  This medical-drama, with a great cast, I might add, was so popular it made its way to the big-screen and television, too.  Tonight, from February 9, 1951, it’s an anthrax infection on “The Story of Dr. Kildare” ….   Preview […]

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A swift, futuristic radio calls for a swift, futuristic radio show.  (That radio looks fast just standing still.)  And who was swifter or more futuristic than “Flash Gordon?” “Flash Gordon” rocketed into our consciousness in 1934 and has occupied a place in our hearts ever since.  Tonight, from 1935, six, that’s right, six exciting episodes […]

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Tonight, one of broadcast’s earliest and most successful “spin-offs“: “The Great Gildersleeve!”  Just as television’s “The Andy Griffith Show” gave us “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” AND “Mayberry R.F.D.,”  “The Great Gildersleeve” on radio was a by-product of “Fibber McGee and Molly” long considered one of the funniest and best written old time radio shows.  From October […]

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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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