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2000 Plus

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Show Name:2000 Plus
Episodes Available:15
Latest Episode:2000 Plus #10 - The Insect | Uploaded: Feb 12, 2015
Categories:Science Fiction
Airing History:Episodes: 92 |  Dates: Mar 15, 1950 - Jan 2, 1952
2000 Plus (aka Two Thousand Plus and 2000+) was an American old-time radio series that ran on the Mutual Broadcasting System from March 15, 1950 to January 2, 1952 in various 30-minute time slots. A Dryer Weenolsen production, it was the first adult science fiction series on radio, airing one month prior to the better known Dimension X. It was an anthology program, using all new material rather than adapting published stories. The series was the creation of Sherman H. Dryer (October 11, 1913-December 22, 1989) who scripted and produced the series with Robert Weenolsen (April 19, 1900-August 1979).

Dryer directed cast members Lon Clark, Joseph Julian, Henry Norell, Bill Keene, Bryna Raeburn and Amzie Strickland and others. Emerson Buckley conducted the music composed by Elliott Jacoby. Ken Marvin was the program's announcer, and the sound effects were by Adrian Penner.

In Science Fiction Television (2004), M. Keith Booker wrote:

"It was not until the 1950s that science fiction radio really hit its stride, even as science fiction was beginning to appear on television as well. Radio programs such as Mutual's 2000 Plus and NBC's Dimension X were anthology series that offered a variety of exciting tales of future technology, with a special focus on space exploration (including alien invasion), though both series also often reflected contemporary anxieties about the dangers of technology." (source: wikipedia)

A Case for Dr Morelle

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Show Name:A Case for Dr Morelle
Episodes Available:13
Latest Episode:A Case for Dr Morelle #11 - The Gambler | Uploaded: Jun 18, 2016
Categories:Crime | Detective
A vintage radio drama series about a criminal psychologist, Dr Morelle, who solves murder cases which are too complex for the police. Morelle is played by English film actor Cecil Parker, and is alternately helped and hindered in his investigations by his secretary Miss Frayle, played by film actress Sheila Sim.

The series was created by writer Ernest Dudley, who conceived the character during an air raid in 1942. The curmudgeonly and sarcastic psychologist is thought to be based on Hollywood actor and producer Erich von Stroheim; and as played by Cecil Parker the character certainly has a touch of the aristocrat about him.

In a nod to the Baker Street residence of Sherlock Holmes, Morelle's London office is situated at 221b Harley Street. Most of the stories begin there, with his long-suffering secretary patiently enduring her employer's endless sarcasm.

Each of the stories is self-contained, with Morelle solving the mystery in the final scene. Unusually for the time, he solves each case not by hunting for clues in the manner of Sherlock Holmes, but instead through a psychiatrist's insight into the personality of the killer: using his professional experience to consider the suspects, in order to determine which of them matches the deduced personality of the murderer.

Thirteen episodes were broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1957, aired weekly from April 23rd to July 16th. (source: unknown)

Abbot and Costello

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Show Name:Abbot and Costello
Episodes Available:146
Latest Episode:The Abbott and Costello Show 1947-05-08 - 174) Night in Haunted House | Uploaded: Jul 13, 2014
Abbott and Costello's first known radio appearance was on The Kate Smith Hour in February 1938. Initially, the similarities between their voices made it difficult for listeners (as opposed to stage audiences) to tell them apart due to their rapid-fire repartee. The problem was solved by having Costello affect a high-pitched childish voice. "Who's on First?" was first performed for a national radio audience the following month. They stayed on the program as regulars for two years, while landing roles in a Broadway revue, The Streets of Paris, in 1939.

In 1940 Universal Studios signed them for the film One Night in the Tropics. Cast in supporting roles, they stole the show with several classic routines, including "Who's on First?" The same year they were a summer replacement on radio for Fred Allen. Two years later, they had their own NBC show.

The Abbott and Costello Show mixed comedy with musical interludes (by vocalists such as Connie Haines, Ashley Eustis, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Skinnay Ennis, Marilyn Maxwell, and the Les Baxter Singers). Regulars and semi-regulars on the show included Artie Auerbach ("Mr. Kitzel"), Elvia Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Sidney Fields, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth, and Benay Venuta. Ken Niles was the show's longtime announcer, doubling as an exasperated foil to Abbott and Costello's mishaps (and often fuming in character as Costello routinely insulted his on-air wife). Niles was succeeded by Michael Roy, with announcing chores also handled over the years by Frank Bingman and Jim Doyle. The show went through several orchestras during its radio life, including those of Ennis, Charles Hoff, Matty Matlock, Matty Malneck, Jack Meakin, Will Osborne, Fred Rich, Leith Stevens, and Peter van Steeden. The show's writers included Howard Harris, Hal Fimberg, Parke Levy, Don Prindle, Eddie Cherkose (later known as Eddie Maxwell), Leonard B. Stern, Martin Ragaway, Paul Conlan, and Eddie Forman, as well as producer Martin Gosch. Sound effects were handled primarily by Floyd Caton. Guest stars were plentiful, including Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters, and Lucille Ball. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Abbott and Costello's Children's Show

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Show Name:Abbott and Costello's Children's Show
Episodes Available:4
Latest Episode:Abbott and Costello Children's Show 1948-09-11 Guest - Red Ryder | Uploaded: Jul 9, 2014
William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello were an American comedy duo whose work in vaudeville and on stage, radio, film and television made them the most popular comedy team during the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine "Who's on First?" is considered one of the greatest comedy routines of all time and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits.

After working as Allen's summer replacement, Abbott and Costello joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941, while two of their films (Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost) were adapted for Lux Radio Theater. They launched their own weekly show October 8, 1942, sponsored by Camel cigarettes.

On December 8, 1941, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Abbott and Costello had their prints set in concrete at what was then "Grauman's Chinese Theatre". In 1942, they were the top box office draw with four films earning a total of $10 million. They remained a top ten box office attraction until 1952.

In 1947 Abbott and Costello moved the show to ABC (the former NBC Blue Network). During their time on ABC, the duo also hosted a 30-minute children's radio program (The Abbott and Costello Children's Show), which aired Saturday mornings, featuring child vocalist Anna Mae Slaughter and child announcer Johnny McGovern. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Adventures of Champion

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Show Name:Adventures of Champion
Episodes Available:3
Latest Episode:The Adventures of Champion 1949-08-29 - 51) The Ghost of Black Mountain - Chapter 1 | Uploaded: Jul 21, 2014
Categories:Animal | Western
The Adventures of Champion is an American adventure serial radio drama directed by William Burch about screen cowboy Gene Autry's horse Champion. Each 15-minute episode was broadcast weekday afternoons on the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1949 and 1950.

The Western mystery tales focused on twelve year old Ricky West, who is raised in the wilderness by his adopted Uncle Sandy, and his German Shepherd named Rebel. Champion was depicted as a wild horse who let only Ricky ride him. While the series covered gold mines, rustlers, and Indian problems, the primary focus was on the faith and loyalty between a boy, a dog, and a horse.

The radio series was a spin-off from Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, a CBS radio network Sunday-afternoon program featuring the singing cowboy from 1940 to 1956. A television series called The Adventures of Champion aired for 26 episodes on CBS during the 1955-1956 season and starred Barry Curtis and Jim Bannon. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Adventures of Horatio Hornblower

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Show Name:The Adventures of Horatio Hornblower
Episodes Available:52
Latest Episode:Horatio Hornblower #34 - The French Are Stopped | Uploaded: Jun 2, 2016
Categories:Adventure | Water/Boats | War/Armed Forces
Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Napoleonic Wars era Royal Navy officer who is the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester. He was later the subject of films and radio and television programs.

The original Hornblower tales began with the 1937 novel The Happy Return (U.S. title Beat to Quarters) with the appearance of a junior Royal Navy captain on independent duty on a secret mission to Central America. Later stories filled out his earlier years, starting with an unpromising beginning as a seasick midshipman. As the Napoleonic Wars progress, he gains promotion steadily as a result of his skill and daring, despite his initial poverty and lack of influential friends. After surviving many adventures in a wide variety of locales, he rises to the pinnacle of his profession, promoted to Admiral of the Fleet, knighted as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB), and named the 1st Baron Hornblower.

Michael Redgrave played Hornblower in a radio series of the same name between 1952 and 1953, later rebroadcast over Mutual in the United States syndicated via Towers of London. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Adventures of Philip Marlowe

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Show Name:The Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Episodes Available:75
Latest Episode:Philip Marlowe #034 - Night Tide | Uploaded: Feb 13, 2015
Categories:Crime | Detective
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe was a radio series featuring Raymond Chandler's private eye, Philip Marlowe. It first aired 17 June 1947 on NBC radio under the title "The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe", with Van Heflin playing Marlowe. The show was a summer replacement for Bob Hope. The first episode adapted Chandler's short story "Red Wind". The NBC series ended 9 September 1947. In 1948, the series moved to CBS, where it was called "The Adventure of Philip Marlowe", with Gerald Mohr playing Marlowe. This series also began with an adaptation of "Red Wind", using a script different from the NBC adaptation. By 1949, it had the largest audience in radio. The CBS version ran for 114 episodes. Toward the end it was a summer replacement for Hopalong Cassidy. Mohr played Marlowe in all but one of the CBS shows. He was replaced by William Conrad in the 1950 episode, "The Anniversary Gift".

The episode "The Birds On The Wing" (aired 11-26-49) is especially notable for its beginning and ending, both uncharacteristically breaking the fourth wall. It opens with Marlowe saying he is currently reading "Chandler's latest The Little Sister" - thus a fictional character claims to be reading an actual book in which he is the main character. Even more surreal was the ending, in which Marlowe returns to his apartment to find Gracie Allen - who asks Marlowe to find her husband George Burns a radio show on which he can sing!

The program's composer was Lyn Murray, who worked in both film and radio at the time. Curiously enough, the musical cue that plays over the opening narration in the series' first two episodes (where Marlowe recites the opening sentences of Chandler's original story "Red Wind") is a theme that would reappear prominently in Murray's 1954 score for Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief".

Despite the program's popularity, it had no sponsor for most of its time on the air. The exception was when Ford Motor Company sponsored it during part of 1950. (source:wikipedia)

The Adventures of Sam Spade

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Show Name:The Adventures of Sam Spade
Episodes Available:71
Latest Episode:Sam Spade #022 - Kandy Tooth Caper (part 1) | Uploaded: Feb 13, 2015
Categories:Crime | Detective
The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective was a radio series based loosely on the private detective character Sam Spade, created by writer Dashiell Hammett for The Maltese Falcon. The show ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. The series starred Howard Duff (and later, Steve Dunne) as Sam Spade and Lurene Tuttle as his secretary Effie, and took a considerably more tongue-in-cheek approach to the character than the novel or movie. The announcer was Dick Joy.

The series was largely overseen by producer/director William Spier. In 1947, scriptwriters Jason James and Bob Tallman received an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama from the Mystery Writers of America.

Before the series, Sam Spade had been played in radio adaptations of The Maltese Falcon by both Edward G. Robinson (in a 1943 Lux Radio Theater production) and by Bogart himself (in a 1946 Academy Award Theater production), both on CBS.

Dashiell Hammett's name was removed from the series in the late 1940s because he was being investigated for involvement with the Communist Party. Later, when Howard Duff's name appeared in the Red Channels book, he was not invited to play the role when the series made the switch to NBC in 1950.

In 1961 Broadcasting reported that Four Star Productions planned to film a Sam Spade television pilot with Peter Falk in the title role, but no such series ever arrived on TV. (source:wikipedia)

The Adventures of Superman

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Show Name:The Adventures of Superman
Episodes Available:1163
Latest Episode:The Adventures of Superman #0276 - The PanAm Highway (part 1) | Uploaded: Nov 4, 2014
Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the Man of Steel first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938. The following year, the newspaper comic strip began and four audition radio programs were prepared to sell Superman as a radio series. When Superman was first heard on radio less than two years after the comic book appearance, the character took on an added dimension with Bud Collyer in the title role.

The Adventures of Superman originally aired from 1940 to 1951. The serial came to radio as a syndicated show on New York City's WOR on February 12, 1940. On Mutual, it was broadcast from August 31, 1942, to February 4, 1949, as a 15-minute serial, running three or, usually, five times a week. From February 7 to June 24, 1949 it ran as a thrice-weekly half-hour show. The series shifted to ABC Saturday evenings on October 29, 1949, and then returned to afternoons, twice-a-week on June 5, 1950, continuing on ABC until March 1, 1951. In all, 2068 original episodes of The Adventures of Superman were aired on American radio.

During World War II and the post-war years, the show, sponsored by Kellogg's Pep, was a huge success, with many listeners following the quest for "truth and justice" in the daily radio broadcasts, the comic book stories and the newspaper comic strip. Airing in the late afternoon (variously at 5:15pm, 5:30pm and 5:45pm), the radio serial engaged its young after-school audience with its exciting and distinctive opening, which changed slightly as the series progressed. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Adventures of the Sea Hound

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Show Name:Adventures of the Sea Hound
Episodes Available:11
Latest Episode:Adventures of the Sea Hound 1944-03-09 - Phantom Raider Escape | Uploaded: Jan 11, 2015
Categories:Pirates | Water/Boats | Adventure
Adventures of the Sea Hound was a popular radio show that ran on the Blue Network from 1942 to 1945, Mutual from 1946-47, and ABC in 1948. Between 1942 and 1945, it was produced on behalf of Nelson A. Rockefeller's Office of Inter-American Affairs (1940-46) and was part of a national program to strengthen inter-American relations.

Broadcast five times a week, the show featured Captain Silver and his sidekick Jerry hunting Nazi spies throughout the hemisphere. Every episode took place in a different Latin American country. Listeners were encouraged to write to NBC to request Captain Silver's Sea Chart - a colorful map of the Americas that informed on the most important products and carried on its border pictures of outstanding heroes and flags of all the Latin America republics. Some 200,000 of such maps were sent out.

The show spawned a short lived comic book and the 1947 Columbia serial, The Sea Hound, starring Buster Crabbe. (source: wikipedia)

Aladdin Lamp Man

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Show Name:Aladdin Lamp Man
Episodes Available:36
Latest Episode:Aladdin Lamp Man #22 - First Tune: Ain't She Sweet | Uploaded: Jun 4, 2016
What little is known about this series is gleaned from the pages of 'Aladdin Electric Lamps' and is used by express permission of the Aladdin Lamp Company.

In the early 1930s Smilin' Ed McConnell promoted Aladdin Kerosene Lamps with remarkable success over WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio. He became a well known radio personality as 'The Aladdin Lamp Man' who sang songs, told stories and sold Aladdin lamps over the air.

By 1948, 145 ABC stations were subscribing to his 15 minute programs. Smilin' Ed's humor, songs, and music were condensed into a five-minute program especially for electric lamp dealers. So it is very likely that this series originated after 1948.

Through his personable style, Smilin' Ed touched the lives of millions of housewives. He said in one program, 'Honey, a house without an Aladdin kerosene or electric lamp is like a house without a door -- incomplete!' (Source: Old Time Radio Researchers Group)

The Aldrich Family

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Show Name:The Aldrich Family
Episodes Available:98
Latest Episode:The Aldrich Family 1948-11-04 - 436) Henry Buys A Hat | Uploaded: Jul 13, 2014
Categories:Humor | Children/Teenagers
The creation of playwright Clifford Goldsmith, Henry Aldrich began on Broadway as a minor character in Goldsmith's play What a Life. Produced and directed by George Abbott, What a Life ran for 538 performances (April 13, 1938 to July 8, 1939). The actor who brought Henry to life on stage was 20-year-old Ezra Stone, who was billed near the bottom as the 20th actor in the cast. Stone was also employed as the play's production assistant.

When Rudy Vallee saw the play, he asked Goldsmith to adapt it into some sketches for his radio program. This was followed in 1938 by a 39-week run of a sketch comedy series on The Kate Smith Hour with Stone continuing in the role. Kate Smith's director, Bob Welsh, is credited with the creation of the "Hen-reeeeeeeeeeeee! Hen-ree Al-drich!" opening, which became one of the most famous signature sounds in radio.

The Aldrich Family was then launched in its own series as a summer replacement program for Jack Benny in NBC's Sunday night lineup, July 2, 1939, and it stayed there until October 1, 1939, when it moved to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., sponsored by General Foods's popular gelatin dessert Jell-O, which also sponsored Jack Benny at the time. The Aldriches ran in that slot from October 10, 1939 until May 28, 1940, moving to Thursdays, from July 4, 1940 until July 20, 1944. After a brief hiatus, the show moved to CBS, running on Fridays from September 1, 1944 until August 30, 1946 with sponsors Grape Nuts and Jell-O before moving back to NBC from September 5, 1946 to June 28, 1951 on Thursdays and, then, as a Sustaining program in its final run of September 21, 1952 to April 19, 1953 on Sundays. (Source: wikipedia.org)

All Star Western Theatre

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Show Name:All Star Western Theatre
Episodes Available:93
Latest Episode:All Star Western Theatre 1947-01-12 - 023) Benson City Story | Uploaded: Jul 19, 2014
Categories:Western | Western Stars
The All Star Western Theatre graced the airwaves in the mid-1940's and was made up of a variety of different shows. The shows delivered riotous laughs and down-to-earth humor that was a pleasant alternative to other heavier and intense programs. The music of these old radio shows was done by a group called "The Riders of the Purple Sage," and was fronted by Foy Willing.

Enjoy a rootin' tootin' hoe-down with the best of the West and download All Star Western Theatre today! Of the 78 episodes produced, 66 are in circulation today. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some well produced radio from the 40's. (Source: Old Time Radio Researchers Group)

Archie Andrews

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Show Name:Archie Andrews
Episodes Available:49
Latest Episode:Archie Andrews 1953-xx-xx - Helping Dad at the Office | Uploaded: Jul 19, 2014
Categories:Humor | Children/Teenagers
Archie Andrews, was created in 1941 by Vic Bloom and Bob Montana and debuted in Pep Comics 22 (December, 1941).
Archie is a typical small-town teenager. Generous, well-mannered, but clumsy, he is genuinely liked by many of his friends. Archie goes crazy when he sees an attractive girl, but his two main crushes are Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper, forming the love triangle driving the comic's plot-lines. He has the best intentions, but often comes into conflict with Veronica's father Hiram Lodge and Riverdale High's principal, Waldo Weatherbee. As the lead singer of The Archies, Archie performs with Betty and Veronica, as well as his rival Reggie, and best bud Jughead.

Montana's characters were heard on radio in the early 1940s. Archie Andrews began on the NBC Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC radio from 1945 until September 5, 1953. The program's original announcer was Kenneth Banghart, later succeeded by Bob Shepard (during the 1947-48 season, when Swift and Company sponsored the program) and Dick Dudley. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen (1943-1944), Jack Grimes (1944) and Burt Boyar (1945), with Bob Hastings (1945-1953) as the title character during the NBC years. Jughead was portrayed by Hal Stone, Cameron Andrews and later by Arnold Stang. During the NBC run, Rosemary Rice portrayed Betty, Gloria Mann portrayed Veronica, Alice Yourman portrayed Archie's mother, Mary Andrews and Arthur "Art" Kohl was Archie's father, Fred Andrews. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Avenger

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Show Name:The Avenger
Episodes Available:26
Latest Episode:The Avenger #14 - Thoroughbred Murders | Uploaded: Oct 23, 2014
Categories:Crime | Science Fiction
The Avenger is a fictional character whose original adventures appeared between September 1939 and September 1942 in the pulp magazine The Avenger, published by Street and Smith Publications. Five additional short stories were published in Clues Detective magazine (1942-1943), and a sixth novelette in The Shadow magazine in 1943.

This radio version of The Avenger ran for 26 episodes from September-December 1945. It can best be described as a somewhat inferior version of "The Shadow". Like The Shadow this was written by Walter Gibson (his Street and Smith house name was Maxwell Grant). It starred James Monks as Jim Brandon, and James LoCurto (who, along with Frank Readick voiced "The Shadow" before the advent of Orson Welles and Lamont Cranston).

Jim Brandon who fought crime as the Avenger was a famous biochemist who perfected two inventions that aided him in the fight against crime: the telepathic indicator allowed him to pick up random thought flashes, and the secret diffusion capsule cloaked him in the "black light of invisibility". The only person that shares his secrets and knew that he was The Avenger, the man feared by the underworld is his beautiful assistant Fern Collier.

Babe Ruth

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Show Name:Babe Ruth
Episodes Available:21
Latest Episode:Babe Ruth 1946-03-22 - Guest Babe Ruth | Uploaded: Jul 16, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Sports
George Herman Ruth, Jr. (February 6, 1895 - August 16, 1948), best known as "Babe" Ruth and nicknamed "the Bambino" and "the Sultan of Swat", was an American baseball player who spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) playing for three teams
(1914-1935). Known for his hitting brilliance, Ruth set many career records.

Ruth originally entered the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox as a starting pitcher, but after he was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919, he converted to a full-time right fielder. He subsequently became one of the league's most prolific hitters and with his home run hitting prowess, he helped the Yankees win seven pennants and four World Series titles. Ruth retired in 1935 after a short stint with the Boston Braves, and the following year, he became one of the first five players to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ruth made many forays into various popular media. He was heard often on radio in the 1930s and 1940s, both as a guest and on his own programs with various titles: The Adventures of Babe Ruth was a 15-minute Blue Network show heard three times a week from April 16 to July 13, 1934. Three years later, he was on CBS twice a week in Here's Babe Ruth which was broadcast from April 14 to July 9, 1937. That same year he portrayed himself in "Alibi Ike" on Lux Radio Theater. His Baseball Quiz was first heard Saturdays on NBC June 5 to July 10, 1943 and then later that year from August 28 to November 20 on NBC, followed by another NBC run from July 8 to October 21, 1944. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Big Jon and Sparkie

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Show Name:Big Jon and Sparkie
Episodes Available:100
Latest Episode:Big Jon and Sparkie - 71) Almost Captured | Uploaded: Jul 12, 2014
Categories:Fantasy/Whimsey | Humor
Big Jon Arthur (real name Jon Arthur Goerss) was the host of the Saturday morning children's radio series Big Jon and Sparkie. Sparkie, "the little elf from the land of make-believe, who wants more than anything else in the world to be a real boy," was actually the recorded voice of Jon Arthur played at a fast speed.

At WSAI in Cincinnati, Arthur began the Big Jon and Sparkie show, carried daily on 181 ABC stations beginning in 1950. ABC also aired his two-hour Saturday show, No School Today, heard weekly by 12 million listeners on 275 stations. The show's theme song was "Teddy Bears' Picnic" as sung by Ann Stephens. Cincinnati's Don Kortekamp, who was an editor at WSAI, teamed up with Arthur to become the scriptwriter of Big Jon and Sparkie. Arthur voiced all of the various characters while Kortekamp provided the scripts for their adventures.

The Saturday morning No School Today usually featured Sparkie's recounting of the last serial episode of Captain Jupiter, which he and his friend Rabbit Ears McKester saw at the movies.

The radio program was adapted into the comic book, Big Jon and Sparkie, published by Alden Getz for Ziff-Davis. Getz also published The Daily Weekly, a promotional newspaper giveaway based on the No School Today radio program. The comic book ran for four issues. Arthur died in California in 1982. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Black Museum

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Show Name:The Black Museum
Episodes Available:51
Latest Episode:Black Museum #51 - The Wool Jacket | Uploaded: Nov 3, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Airing History:Episodes: 52
The Black Museum was a 1951 radio crime-drama program independently produced by Harry Alan Towers and based on real-life cases from the files of Scotland Yard's Black Museum. Ira Marion was the scriptwriter, and music for the series was omposed and conducted by Sidney Torch. Although often mistakenly cited as being produced for the BBC, the series was produced and syndicated commercially by Towers throughout the English-speaking world.

Orson Welles was both host and narrator for stories of horror and mystery, based on Scotland Yard's collection of murder weapons and various ordinary objects once associated with historical true crime cases. Walking through the museum, Welles would pause at one of the exhibits, and his description of an artifact served as a device to lead into a wryly-narrated dramatised tale of a brutal murder or a vicious crime.

With the story themes deriving from objects in the collection (usually with the names of the people involved changed but the facts remaining true to history), the 52 episodes had such titles as "The Tartan Scarf" and "A Piece of Iron Chain" or "Frosted Glass Shards" and "A Khaki Handkerchief". An anomaly to the series was an episode called "The Letter" as this was the only story not about murder, but about forgery.

In the United States, the series aired on the Mutual Network between January 1 and December 30, 1952. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Blackstone, The Magic Detective

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Show Name:Blackstone, The Magic Detective
Episodes Available:55
Latest Episode:Blackstone 1949-04-03 - 27) The Locked Book | Uploaded: Jul 11, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Crime | Media/Stars | Spinoff
Harry Blackstone (September 27, 1885 - November 16, 1965) was a famed stage magician and illusionist of the 20th century. Blackstone was born Harry Bouton in Chicago, Illinois, he began his career as a magician in his teens and was popular through World War II as a USO entertainer. He was often billed as The Great Blackstone. His son Harry Blackstone, Jr. also became a famous magician.

Blackstone customarily wore white tie and tails when performing, and he traveled with large illusions and a sizable cast of uniformed male and female assistants. For a number of years he toured in the Midwest, often performing throughout the day between film showings.

Blackstone remained silent during much of his big stage show, which was presented to the accompaniment of a pit orchestra and such lively tunes of the time as "Who", "I Know That You Know", and "Chinatown."

Books carrying Harry Blackstone's byline were ghostwritten for him by his friend, Walter B. Gibson, who also created, in 1941, the comic book Blackstone the Magician Detective and the 1948-49 radio series, Blackstone, the Magic Detective.

Blackstone spent the last years of his life performing at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. He died in November 1965 at the age of 80. (Source: wikipedia.org)


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Show Name:Blondie
Episodes Available:42
Latest Episode:Blondie 1948-11-03 - Alexander's Scandal Sheet (aka The Tattletale) | Uploaded: Jan 16, 2015
Categories:Humor | Leading Ladies
Blondie is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Chic Young. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, the strip has been published in newspapers since September 8, 1930. The success of the strip, which features the eponymous blonde and her sandwich-loving husband, led to the long-running Blondie film series (1938-1950) and the popular Blondie radio program (1939-1950).

Penny Singleton was cast in the title role of the feature film Blondie (1938), co-starring with Arthur Lake as Dagwood (the first in a series of 28 produced by Columbia Pictures). They repeated their roles December 20, 1938, on The Pepsodent Show starring Bob Hope. This led to their own show, beginning July 3, 1939, on CBS as a summer replacement for The Eddie Cantor Show. However, Cantor did not return in the fall, so the sponsor, Camel Cigarettes chose to keep Blondie on the air and remained the sponsor until June 26, 1944.

In 1944, Blondie was on the NBC Blue Network, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive's Super Suds. The final three weeks of that run overlapped with Blondie's return to CBS, still sponsored by Super Suds. Beginning in mid-1945, the 30-minute program was heard Mondays at 7:30pm. Super Suds continued as the sponsor when the show moved to NBC on Wednesdays at 8pm from October 6, 1948, to June 29, 1949.

When Penny Singleton left the radio series in the mid-1940s, Patricia Lake, the former Patricia Van Cleeve, replaced her as the voice of Blondie for the remaining five years of the show, opposite her real-life husband Arthur Lake. Ann Rutherford and Alice White were also heard as radio's Blondie. In 1954, Lake also co-starred with her husband in an early television sitcom he created called Meet the Family.

In its final season, the series was on ABC as a Sustaining Program from October 6, 1949, to July 6, 1950, first airing Thursdays at 8pm and then (from May) 8:30pm. The radio show ended the same year as the Blondie film series (1938-50). (source:wikipedia)

Blue Beetle

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Episodes Available:24
Latest Episode:The Blue Beetle 1940-07-31 - 35 & 36) Smashing The Restaurant Racket | Uploaded: Jul 11, 2014
The original Blue Beetle, Dan Garret, first appeared in Fox Comics' Mystery Men Comics #1 (cover-dated August 1939).

The Blue Beetle had a short career on the radio, between May and September 1940. Motion picture and radio actor Frank Lovejoy was the Blue Beetle for the first 13 episodes, while for the rest of the shows, the voice was provided by a different, uncredited actor. The Blue Beetle was a young police officer who saw the need for extraordinary crime fighting. He took the task on himself by secretly donning a superhero costume to create fear in the criminals who were to learn to fear the Blue Beetle's wrath. The 13-minute segments were usually only two-parters, so the stories were often simpler than other popular programs, such as the Superman radio serial. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Bobby Benson

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Episodes Available:19
Latest Episode:Bobby Benson & The B Bar B Riders 19xx-xx-xx - The Golden Palomino (Record) | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
Categories:Western | Children/Teenagers
"Here they come! They're riding fast and they're riding hard! It's time for action and adventure in the modern West with Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders! And out in front, astride his golden palomino Amigo, it's the cowboy kid."

Well in fact Bobby Benson and the gang actually rode in two separate eras. Firstly in the very early days of juvenile radio (1932-36), and then post war (1949-55) when radio was on the wane and kids were huddling around the television.

The series was created by Herbert C. Rice of the Buffalo Broadcasting Corporation. Cereal producer the Hecker H-O were looking to sponsor a children's radio show and Bobby Benson was Rice's answer.

The show was a massive success with extra staff being hired to deal with the demand for premiums. When the show eventually folded in December 1936 it had aired over 700 episodes. Sadly nothing appears have survived from this first run.

In 1949, thirteen years after it finished, Rice, now a Vice President with the Mutual Network brought the show back. This second run featured a smaller cast, also the ranch was renamed "The B-Bar-B". It would last six years and clock up over 350 episodes, not too shabby for an encore!

Buck Jones

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Latest Episode:Buck Jones in Hoofbeats 1936-xx-xx - 02) | Uploaded: Jul 9, 2014
Categories:Western | Western Stars
Buck Jones (December 12, 1891 - November 30, 1942) was an American motion picture star of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, known for his work starring in many popular western movies. In his early film appearances, he was billed as Charles Jones.

Buck Jones was hired by Universal Pictures for $5 per day as a bit player and stuntman. He later worked for Canyon Pictures, then Fox Film Corporation, eventually earning $40 per week as a stuntman. With Fox his salary increased to $150 per week, and company executive William Fox decided to use him as a backup to Tom Mix. This led to his first starring role, The Last Straw, released in 1920.

Buck Jones had more than 160 film credits to his name, and by the 1920s, Jones joined Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix, and Ken Maynard as the top cowboy actors of the day. He lent his name and likeness to various product endorsements, including Post Grape-Nuts Flakes (his radio sponsor), and Daisy Outdoor Products. Licensing also extended to the Big Little Book series and also comics.

Jones was also a consultant for Daisy, which issued a Daisy "Buck Jones" model pump action air rifle. Incorporating a compass and a "sundial" into the stock, it was one of Daisy's top-end air rifles, and sold well for several years.

Buck Jones was one of the 492 victims of the 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts. He died two days after the November 28 blaze. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Buck Rogers

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Episodes Available:25
Latest Episode:Buck Rogers 1947-03-28 - xx) The Last Show | Uploaded: Nov 3, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Buck Rogers first appeared in Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories as Anthony Rogers. A sequel, The Airlords of Han, was published in the March 1929 issue. Philip Nowlan and the syndicate John F. Dille Company, later known as the National Newspaper Syndicate, contracted to adapt the story into a comic strip. After Nowlan and Dille enlisted editorial cartoonist Dick Calkins as the illustrator, Nowlan adapted the first episode from Armageddon 2419, A.D. and changed the hero's name from Anthony Rogers to Buck Rogers. The strip made its first newspaper appearance on January 7, 1929.

In 1932, the Buck Rogers radio program, notable as the first science fiction program on radio, hit the airwaves. It was broadcast in four separate runs with varying schedules. Initially broadcast as a 15 minute show on CBS in 1932, it was on a Monday through Thursday schedule. In 1936, it moved to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule and went off the air the same year. Mutual brought the show back and broadcast it three days a week from April to July 1939 and from May to July 1940, a 30 minute version was broadcast on Saturdays. From September 1946 to March 1947, Mutual aired a 15 minute version on weekdays.

The radio show again related the story of our hero Buck finding himself in the 25th century. Actors Matt Crowley, Curtis Arnall, Carl Frank and John Larkin all voiced him at various times. The beautiful and strong-willed Wilma Deering was portrayed by Adele Ronson, and the brilliant scientist-inventor Dr. Huer was played by Edgar Stehli. It was produced and directed by Carlo De Angelo and later by Jack Johnstone. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Buster Brown Gang

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Episodes Available:21
Latest Episode:Buster Brown Gang 1952-09-06 - Melon Patch Murder | Uploaded: Jul 20, 2014
Categories:Mixed Bag | Children/Teenagers | Spinoff
Smilin' Ed McConnell (1882 - July 23, 1954) was the host of the children's radio and television series, Smilin' Ed's Gang, closely identified with its sponsor, Buster Brown shoes and also known as The Buster Brown Program. For his work in radio, McConnell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For the Buster Brown Show, Ed had support from producer Frank Ferrin, writer Hobart Donavan (who also wrote the Buster Brown comic book giveaways) and director Arthur Jacobson. Buster Brown and Smilin' Ed were joined together in 1944, with "Smilin' Ed's Buster Brown Gang" taking to the airwaves on September 2. The show continued on NBC radio every Saturday morning at 11:30 through April 11, 1953. There was an adventure story to open the show, plugs for Buster Brown shoes, and Froggy the Gremlin might sing a song or annoy a guest, such as Shortfellow the Poet or Alkali Pete the Cowboy. The character Midnight the Cat actually spoke a few lines on the show and Smilin' Ed was always prone to sing a novelty song or two by plunking his magic twanger.

The full cast of the radio show had included June Foray, Wendall Noble, Conrad Binyon, John Dehner and Jimmy Ogg. All of them took part in the adventure stories. Foray was called upon to voice Midnight and Old Grandie the Piano, and Bud Tollefson, the sound effects engineer, growled the voice of Tige the Dog.

Smilin' Ed would tell the young audiences that they could go to their local store and get a comic book without having to make a purchase. The books had many premiums to offer, including a Buster Brown Gang neckerchief, various games, music records and trinkets. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Captain Midnight

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Episodes Available:80
Latest Episode:Captain Midnight 1943-10-09 - The Philippines Fight On | Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Aviation
Sponsored by the Skelly Oil Company, the Captain Midnight radio program was the creation of radio scripters Wilfred G. Moore and Robert M. Burtt, who had previously scored a success for Skelly with their boy pilot adventure serial The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen.

Developed at the Blackett, Sample and Hummert advertising agency in Chicago, Captain Midnight began as a syndicated show in 1938, airing through the spring of 1940 on a few Midwest stations, including Chicago's WGN. In 1940, Ovaltine, a product of The Wander Company, took over sponsorship. With Pierre Andre as announcer, the series was then heard nationally on the Mutual Radio Network where it remained until 1942. It moved to the Merchandise Mart and the NBC Blue Network in September 1942. When the U.S. Government broke up the NBC Red and Blue Networks, Ovaltine moved the series back to Mutual, beginning September 1945, and it remained there until December, 1949.

The title character, originally Captain Jim "Red" Albright, was a World War I U. S. Army pilot. His Captain Midnight code name was given by a general who sent him on a high-risk mission from which he returned at the stroke of 12. When the show began in 1938, Albright was a private aviator who helped people, but his situation changed in 1940. When the show was taken over by Ovaltine, the origin story explained how Albright was recruited to head the Secret Squadron, an aviation-oriented paramilitary organization fighting sabotage and espionage during the period prior to the United States' entry into World War II. The Secret Squadron acted both within and outside the United States. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Captain Starr of Space

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Episodes Available:4
Latest Episode:Captain Starr of Space - The Ray Machine | Uploaded: Feb 5, 2015
Categories:Science Fiction
Captain Starr of Space ran from 2 June 1953 to 27 May 1954. The 30 minute show was broadcast on the American Broadcast Corporation network on twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each episode began with: "From out of the future comes Captain Starr of Space-Space-Space-ace-ace-ace ... "

The show is a typical vintage children's sci-fi series in the same vein as the more successful Tom Corbett Space Cadet and Space Patrol. He and his Space Rangers traveled the galaxy on their spaceship, the "Shooting Star." The show was based on characters created by Tom Hubbard, who wrote the episodes and played Cadet Sergeant Stripes.

Captain Starr was played by John Larch (October 4, 1914 - October 16, 2005), he also appeared on Space Patrol as Captain Smith. Before his acting career Larch was a pro baseball player. After Captain Starr he event he went on to have a long career as a bit player in both television and movies.

It is believed that a total of eight episodes survive, but only four appear to be publicly available.

Casey, Crime Photographer

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Latest Episode:Casey #216 - The Life of the Party | Uploaded: Jan 16, 2015
Categories:Crime | Detective
Casey, Crime Photographer, known by a variety of titles on radio (aka Crime Photographer, Flashgun Casey, Casey, Press Photographer) was a media franchise from the 1930s to the 1960s. The character was the creation of novelist George Harmon Coxe. Casey was featured in the pulp magazine, Black Mask, novels, comic books, radio, film, television and legitimate theatre.

Jack "Flashgun" Casey, was a crime photographer for the newspaper The Morning Express. With the help of reporter Ann Williams (best remembered portrayed by Jan Miner, Palmolive's "Madge"), he solved crimes and recounted his stories to friends at the Blue Note, their favorite tavern and jazz club where the Archie Bleyer Orchestra and the Teddy Wilson Trio were featured.

Begun as over 20 popular short stories in Black Mask, there were films and novels before the stories were brought to radio under various names. The series aired on CBS. The radio show was sustained by the network when a sponsor could not be found. Sponsors of the show include Anchor Hocking, Toni home permanents, Toni Shampoo and Philip Morris. (Source: wikipedia)

Challenge of the Yukon

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Show Name:Challenge of the Yukon
Episodes Available:364
Latest Episode:Challenge of the Yukon #0912 - The Scent of Death | Uploaded: Jan 16, 2015
Categories:Crime | Adventure | Animal
Airing History: Dates: Feb 2, 1938
Challenge of the Yukon was a radio series that began on Detroit's station WXYT and was an example of a Northern genre story. The series was first heard on February 3, 1938. The title changed from Challenge of the Yukon to Sergeant Preston of the Yukon in November 1951, and remained under that name through the end of the series and into television.

Following the success of The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet on Detroit radio station WXYZ (now known as WXYT), the station owner, George W. Trendle, asked for a similar adventure show with a working dog as the hero. Writer Tom Dougall, who had been influenced by the poems of Robert W. Service, naturally chose a Husky. The dog was called King. Dougall likewise created Sgt. Preston and the French-Canadian guide. Fran Striker, who also wrote for The Lone Ranger, contributed show scripts.

Challenge of the Yukon began as a 15-minute serial, airing locally from 1938 until May 28, 1947. Shortly thereafter, the program acquired a sponsor, Quaker Oats, and the series, in a half-hour format, moved to the networks. The program aired on ABC from June 12, 1947, to December 30, 1949. It was then heard on The Mutual Broadcasting System from January 2, 1950, through the final broadcast on June 9, 1955. In November 1951, the title was changed to Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. (Source: wikipedia)

Chandu the Magician

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Show Name:Chandu the Magician
Episodes Available:309
Latest Episode:Chandu the Magician 1934-12-25 #xxx - Bob Plans a Swap | Uploaded: Nov 5, 2014
Categories:Crime | Adventure
Chandu the Magician was heard on several different networks and aired in two distinctly different series, one in the 1930s and a revival 12 years later. The series was created by Harry A. Earnshaw and Raymond R. Morgan.

Launched in 1931 on KHJ in Los Angeles, the series was soon heard through the West Coast when broadcast on the Don Lee Network. It was then heard, starting in February 1932, over WOR in the East. Nationally, it aired over Mutual starting October 8, 1932. The series was sponsored by White King Soap in the West and by Beech Nut Gum in the East.

Gayne Whitman played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to "go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind". His sister, Dorothy Regent, was portrayed by Margaret MacDonald.
In 1935, the production moved to WGN Chicago with a new cast, including Howard Hoffman in the title role and Cornelia Osgood as Dorothy.

Twelve years later, the series was revived on Mutual June 28, 1948 as a 15-minute weekday program, starring Tom Collins as Chandu and Luis van Rooten as the villainous Roxor plotting world domination. With Howard Culver as the announcer and music by organist Korla Pandit, that series continued until January 28, 1949. The serial continuity was dropped February 2, 1949 in favor of 30-minute episodes, each with a self-contained storyline, continuing in that format until April 28, 1949. Culver often read commercials with Pandit's organ music in the background.

On October 15, 1949, Chandu the Magician moved to ABC where it was heard Saturdays at 7:30pm until June and then on Wednesdays at 9:30pm. The last broadcast was September 6, 1950. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Charlie Chan

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Show Name:Charlie Chan
Episodes Available:50
Latest Episode:Charlie Chan 19xx-xx-xx - The Telltale Hands | Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Charlie Chan is a fictional U.S. Chinese detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Loosely basing Chan on Honolulu detective Chang Apana, Biggers conceived of the benevolent and heroic Chan as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes and villains like Fu Manchu. Chan is a detective for the Honolulu police, though many stories feature Chan traveling the world as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes.

Chan first appeared in Biggers' novels, then was featured in a number of media. Over four dozen films featuring Charlie Chan were made, beginning in 1926. The character was first portrayed by East Asian actors, and the films met with little success. In 1931, the Fox Film Corporation cast Swedish actor Warner Oland as Chan in Charlie Chan Carries On; the film became popular, and Fox went on to produce fifteen more Chan films with Oland in the title role. After Oland's death, U.S. actor Sidney Toler was cast as Chan; Toler made twenty-two Chan films, first for Fox and then for Monogram Studios. After Toler's death, six films were made, starring Roland Winters.

On radio, Charlie Chan was heard in several different series on four networks (Blue, N.B.C., A.B.C., M.B.S.) between 1932 and 1948. Walter Connolly initially portrayed Chan on Esso Oil's Five Star Theater, which serialized adaptations of Biggers novels. Ed Begley, Sr. had the title role in N.B.C.'s The Adventures of Charlie Chan (1944-45), followed by Santos Ortega (1947-48). Leon Janney and Rodney Jacobs were heard as Lee Chan, Number One Son, and Dorian St. George was the announcer. Radio Life magazine described Begley's Chan as "a good radio match for Sidney Toler's beloved film enactment." (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Cisco Kid

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Episodes Available:358
Latest Episode:The Cisco Kid 1952-12-30 - 047) Ned Dobson's Niece | Uploaded: Jul 16, 2014
The Cisco Kid is a fictional character found in numerous film, radio, television and comic book series based on the fictional Western character created by O. Henry in his 1907 short story "The Caballero's Way", published in the collection Heart of the West. In movies and television, the Kid was depicted as a heroic Mexican caballero, even though he was originally a cruel outlaw.

The Cisco Kid came to radio October 2, 1942, with Jackson Beck in the title role and Louis Sorin as Pancho. With Vicki Vola and Bryna Raeburn in supporting roles and Michael Rye announcing, this series continued on Mutual until 1945. It was followed by another Mutual series in 1946, starring Jack Mather and Harry Lang, who continued to head the cast in the syndicated radio series of more than 600 episodes from 1947 to 1956.

The radio episodes ended with one or the other of them making a corny joke about the adventure they had just completed. They would laugh, saying, "'oh, Pancho!" "'oh, Ceeesco!", before galloping off, while laughing. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Comic Weekly Man

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Show Name:Comic Weekly Man
Episodes Available:112
Latest Episode:Comic Weekly Man #346 - What Two Animals Do You Always Go to Bed With, First Comic - Beetle Bailey | Uploaded: Jan 9, 2015
Categories:Mixed Bag
Comic Weekly Man aired on the Mutual Broadcasting Network 1947 to 1954 and was a show where the Comic Weekly Man would read the Sunday comics in a dramatic fashion, complete with music and sound effects as well.

Adults and children of all ages would tune in to hear the show and to enjoy the antics of the Comic Weekly Man. He read from such strips as Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, and many, many others. These were taken from the Hearst newspaper's Sunday funnies "Puck: The Comic Weekly" section of the paper. They show's theme song starts with:

"I am the Comic Weekly Man, the jolly Comic Weekly Man and I'm here to read the funnies to you happy boys and honeys."

Comic Weekly Man was never credited on the programme, but he was the very talented Lon Clark (1912-1998). He is best known for playing the lead in the "Nick Carter, Master Detective" radio show, but he also appeared in a great many other programs. Lon Clark voiced all the male parts and Little Miss Honey, a female assistant, most of the female ones.

Although hardly known nowadays, this has great reviews by those who stumble across it!

Crime Classics

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Show Name:Crime Classics
Episodes Available:51
Latest Episode:Crime Classics #39 - Robby-Boy Balfour, How He Wrecked A Big Prison's Reputation | Uploaded: Jun 12, 2016
Categories:Crime | Non-fiction
Airing History: Dates: Jun 15, 1953 - Jun 30, 1954
Crime Classics is a United States radio docudrama which aired as a sustaining series over CBS Radio from June 15, 1953, to June 30, 1954.

Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was a historical true crime series, examining crimes and murders from the past. It grew out of Lewis' personal interest in famous murder cases and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages and feel of the time period. Comparatively little dramatic license was taken with the facts and events, but the tragedy was leavened with humor, expressed largely through the narration.

The crimes dramatized generally covered a broad time and place frame from ancient Greece to late 19th-century America. Each episode in the series was co-written by Morton Fine and David Friedkin, in consultation with Lewis, although the scripting process was more a matter of research, as the stories were "adapted from the original court reports and newspaper accounts" or from the works of historians.

The cases ranged from famous assassinations (of Abraham Lincoln, Leon Trotsky, and Julius Caesar) and the lives (and often deaths) of the likes of Cesare Borgia and Blackbeard to more obscure cases, such as Bathsheba Spooner, who killed her husband Joshua Spooner in 1778 and became the first woman tried and executed in America.

The only continuing character was the host/narrator, Thomas Hyland, played by Lou Merrill. Hyland was introduced by the announcer as a "connoisseur of crime, student of violence, and teller of murders." Merrill's deadpan portrayal of Hyland provided the welcome note of tongue-in-cheek humor to the proceedings. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Crime Does Not Pay

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Episodes Available:58
Latest Episode:Crime Does Not Pay 1950-07-17 - 41) Burglar Alarm | Uploaded: Jul 14, 2014
Crime Does Not Pay was an anthology radio crime drama series based on MGM's short film series which began in 1935 with Crime Does Not Pay: Buried Loot. The shows were transcribed at MGM's New York station, WMGM.

Written by Ira Marion and directed by Marx B. Loeb, the radio program aired in New York on WMGM for two years (October 10, 1949-October 10, 1951), including repeats. It moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System for its final run (January 7-December 22, 1952).

For the most part, actors who appeared in B-films were featured, but occasionally one of MGM's major stars would make an appearance. Actors in the series included Bela Lugosi, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, John Loder and Lionel Stander. After the play, the actors usually returned to speak with the audience.

Composer-conductor John Gart furnished the music. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Cruise of the Poll Parrot

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Show Name:The Cruise of the Poll Parrot
Episodes Available:39
Latest Episode:Cruise of the Poll Parrot 1938-06-04 - 37) Poll Parrot Takeover Attempt | Uploaded: Jul 12, 2014
In 1922, businessman Paul Parrot sold his shoe business "Poll Parrot Shoes" to the International Shoe Company, which was already selling Red Goose and Weatherbird shoes. The shoes were designed for children and so sponsoring a children's radio show seemed like a good idea. In 1937, they launched a syndicated children's serial named "Cruise of the Poll Parrot". The show was sold in thirteen segment blocks, and three complete blocks exist today. The shows exponentially boosted shoe sales, helping International compete against the leader in children's shoes: Buster Brown.

The main character for the show was a 24 year old man from St. Louis, Missouri, named Marvin Miller. This was some of his first radio work. He was the voice for the main character, Captain Roy Dalton, the Master of the ship Poll Parrot, and also the voice of the parrot that was the pet of the Captain. Marvin Miller went on to work on hundreds of other radio shows, mostly as an announcer. He acted in a number of films, most notably in 1947 starring with Humphrey Bogart in "Dead Reckoning". Miller played a crooked gambler's sadistic henchman named Krause. He became most famous as Michael Anthony, the man who handed out the million dollar checks in the 1950s TV series, "The Millionaire". Miller died in Los Angeles of a heart attack in 1984 at the age of 71.

The Cruise of the Poll Parrot takes place in 1858 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, center of the United States whaling industry. Besides Captain Roy Dalton, the cast included Ezra Grange, owner of the Poll Parrot, Ezra's little sister Sue, and her friend Johnny Robbins. Other characters on the show were first mate George Wainwright, a one legged sailor named Old Dickson, a muteness crew member named Red Mahooley, ship keeper Breckenridge, and El Testi who was an agent for another shipping company. (Source: Old Time Radio Researcher's Group)

Damon Runyon Theater

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Episodes Available:52
Latest Episode:Damon Runyon Theater #52 - Dream Sweet Rose | Uploaded: Mar 20, 2017
Airing History:Episodes: 52

Dan Dunn

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Show Name:Dan Dunn
Episodes Available:2
Latest Episode:Dan Dunn 1937-xx-xx - 01 Sabotage of Giant Bomber | Uploaded: Jul 8, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Dan Dunn was the first fictional character to make his debut in an American comic magazine, making him the forerunner of many comic book heroes. Created by Norman Marsh, he first appeared in Detective Dan, Secret Operative No. 48, a 1933 single issue one-shot by Humor Publications magazine.

Later in 1933, Dan Dunn made his newspaper debut in the Dan Dunn comic strip for Publishers Syndicate. He eventually appeared in Big Little Books, which are probably the most readily available source of the character's adventures for modern readers. In 1936, Dan Dunn became the title character of a pulp magazine that lasted for two issues. As noted by comics historian Don Markstein, the square-jawed Detective Dunn was a knock-off of Dick Tracy, blowing away evil criminals with the same no-nonsense resort to violence that fans liked seeing during an era of urban crime gangs. In newspapers, however, Dunn never approached Tracy's popularity.

In 1937, Dan Dunn was produced as a 15-minute radio program which ran for a total of 78 episodes. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Dick Cole

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Episodes Available:17
Latest Episode:Dick Cole 1946-xx-xx - 01) Dick and the Boxing Match | Uploaded: Jul 8, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Children/Teenagers
The Adventures of Dick Cole was a 1942 juvenile adventure radio series based on a comic book character published by Novelty Press, and later, Star Publications. Created in 1940 by cartoonist Bob Davis (The Chameleon), Dick Cole is a heroic cadet at the fictional Farr Military Academy. The character was introduced in the "Origin of Dick Cole," in the first issue of Novelty Press' Blue Bolt Comics (June 1940).

In 1942, the comic book series was adapted into a 30-minute radio program which followed the adventures of Cole (Leon Janney) at the Farr Military Academy. When Cole wasn't winning football games, he tracked evildoers with an assist from his Academy pals Simba and Ted. The announcer was Paul Luther. Lew White provided the background music.

Billed as "America's Number One School Star," Dick Cole was a popular backup feature in Novelty Press' Blue Bolt (and later 4 Most), with regular stories about the young hero appearing until 1949. The character got his own book with five issues of Dick Cole (Novelty Press/Star Publications, 1948-1949), illustrated by L.B. Cole, Joe Certa, Jim Wilcox, Al Fagaly, Jack Hearne, and others. L.B. Cole continued the title for five more issues at Star Publications in 1949-1950. (Many of the stories published in the Star issues were reprints from Blue Bolt and another Novelty Press title, Target Comics.) (Source: wikipedia.org)

Dick Tracy

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Show Name:Dick Tracy
Episodes Available:74
Latest Episode:Dick Tracy 1947-10-24 - The Case of the Book of Four Kings | Uploaded: Jul 11, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Dick Tracy is a comic strip featuring Dick Tracy (originally Plainclothes Tracy), a square-jawed, hard-hitting, fast-shooting, and intelligent police detective. Created by Chester Gould, the strip made its debut on October 4, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror. It was distributed by the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate. Gould wrote and drew the strip until 1977.

Dick Tracy had a long run on radio, from 1934 weekdays on NBC's New England stations to the ABC network in 1948. Bob Burlen was the first radio Tracy in 1934, and others heard in the role during the 1930s and 1940s were Barry Thompson, Ned Wever and Matt Crowley. The early shows all had 15-minute episodes.

On CBS, with Sterling Products as sponsor, the serial aired four times a week from February 4, 1935 to July 11, 1935, moving to Mutual from September 30, 1935 to March 24, 1937 with Bill McClintock doing the sound effects. NBC's weekday afternoon run from January 3, 1938 to April 28, 1939 had sound effects by Keene Crockett and was sponsored by Quaker Oats, which brought Dick Tracy into primetime (Saturdays at 7 pm and, briefly, Mondays at 8 pm) with 30-minute episodes from April 29, 1939 to September 30, 1939. The series returned to 15-minute episodes on the ABC Blue Network from March 15, 1943 to July 16, 1948, sponsored by Tootsie Roll, which used the music theme of "Toot Toot, Tootsie" for its 30-minute Saturday ABC series from October 6, 1945 to June 1, 1946. Sound effects on ABC were supplied by Walt McDonough and Al Finelli. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Dimension X

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Show Name:Dimension X
Episodes Available:50
Latest Episode:Dimension X #49 - Requiem | Uploaded: Feb 12, 2015
Categories:Science Fiction
Airing History:Episodes: 50 |  Dates: Apr 8, 1950 - Sep 29, 1951
Dimension X was an NBC radio program broadcast on an unsponsored, sustaining basis from April 8, 1950 to September 29, 1951. The first 13 episodes were broadcast live, and the remainder were pre-recorded. Fred Wiehe and Edward King were the directors, and Norman Rose was heard as both announcer and narrator (his famous opening: "Adventures in time and space... told in future tense...").

Preceded by Mutual's 2000 Plus (1950-52), Dimension X was not the first adult science fiction series on radio, but the acquisition of previously published stories immediately gave it a strong standing with the science fiction community, as did the choice of well established, respected writers in the field: Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Fredric Brown, Robert A. Heinlein, Murray Leinster, H. Beam Piper, Frank M. Robinson, Clifford D. Simak, William Tenn, Jack Vance, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Williamson and Donald A. Wollheim. Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts adapted most of the stories and also provided original scripts.

The series opened with "The Outer Limit", Ernest Kinoy's adaptation of Graham Doar's short story from The Saturday Evening Post (December 24, 1949) about alien contact. A week later (April 15, 1950), the program presented Jack Williamson's most famous story, "With Folded Hands", first published in the July 1947 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.

With a five-month hiatus from January 1951 to June 1951, the series spanned 17 months. All 50 episodes of the series survived and can be heard today. Later, NBC's X Minus One (1955-58) utilized many of the same actors and scripts. (source: wikipedia)

Doctor Tim, Detective

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Show Name:Doctor Tim, Detective
Episodes Available:7
Latest Episode:Doctor Tim, Detective #06 - The Mystery of the Dog That Did and Didn't | Uploaded: Nov 22, 2016
Categories:Crime | Detective
Airing History:Episodes: 13 |  Dates: Aug 28, 1950 - Nov 27, 1950
"Dr. Tim, Detective," a radio series to present health education by means of mystery-dramas to interest Rockford's school age boys and girls, will be presented weekly on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. over radio station WROK beginning Labor day.

Dr. R.J. Mroz, president of the Winnebago County Medical society, announced the 13-week dramatized series, especially produced for young listeners, is being presented through the public relations committee of the medical society. It is offered through the co-operation of the Rockford radio council, sponsored by the Central Illinois Electric and Gas company and station WROK.

Each episode will be a mystery-drama dealing with a disease or health subject. It will be presented through the scientific detection of "Doctor Tim, Detective" and his young friends, "Sandy" and "Jill."

Some of the subjects to be included are safe water supply, rabies, blood fractions, rheumatic fever, the home medicine chest and contaminated foods. (Source: From the Rockford Morning Star (September 3rd, 1950) / Digital Deli)

Don Winslow of the Navy

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Show Name:Don Winslow of the Navy
Episodes Available:2
Latest Episode:Don Winslow 1942-10-07 - Two-man Submarines | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
Categories:War/Armed Forces | Water/Boats
The idea for Don Winslow was conceived by Lieutenant Commander Frank V. Martinek USNR, himself a storied veteran of World War I Naval intelligence, after Admiral Wat T. Cluverius complained to him about the difficulties of recruiting in the Midwest. Ruminating on the challenge, Martinek decided that a comic strip that focused on Naval tradition and courage would educate and fascinate America's youth. He had previously used the character Don Winslow in some novels he wrote, so he had the main concept readymade. Colonel Frank Knox, later Secretary of the Navy helped sell the idea to the Bell Syndicate.

The strip debuted on March 5, 1934 and a Sunday page was added in 1935. It would run until 1955. The title character was a spychasing Lieutenant Commander in Naval intelligence. The comic strip led to a radio adventure serial that began in 1937, as well as a film serial that began in 1942. Original comics stories also appeared in Fawcett comic books starting in 1943.

Although created primarily as a Navy recruitment and propaganda tool, the strip received high marks from Coulton Waugh for "excellent suspense, and ingenious, spine-joggling situations." Ron Goulart credits Don Winslow with "intrigue, spychasing, beautiful women, and villains with names like Dr. Centaur, the Dwarf, and the Scorpion." Like all good propaganda, the strip first sought to grab the reader's attention. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Dr. Kildare

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Episodes Available:60
Latest Episode:Dr Kildare 1950-06-15 - 21) Glaucoma | Uploaded: Jul 14, 2014
Categories:Medical Romance | Mixed Bag
Dr. James Kildare is a fictional character in a series of films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show, and a short-lived second 1970s television series. The character was created by the author Frederick Schiller Faust, under the pen name Max Brand.

Lionel Barrymore and Lew Ayres performed a scene from their soon-to-be-released film, Young Dr. Kildare, on MGM's "Good News of 1939" program, October 13, 1938.

In the summer of 1949, MGM reunited Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore to record the radio series, The Story of Dr. Kildare, scripted by Les Crutchfield, Jean Holloway and others. After broadcasts on WMGM New York from February 1, 1950 to August 3, 1951, the series was syndicated to other stations during the 1950s. The supporting cast included Ted Osborne as hospital administrator Dr. Carew, Jane Webb as nurse Mary Lamont and Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker, labeled "Nosy Parker" by Gillespie, with appearances by William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Jay Novello, Isabel Jewell and Jack Webb. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy

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Show Name:Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
Episodes Available:206
Latest Episode:The Charlie McCarthy Show 1956-04-22 - Virginia Cox Smith | Uploaded: Jul 21, 2014
Edgar John Bergen (Feb 16, 1903 - Sep 30, 1978) best known as a ventriloquist, was also the father of actress Candice Bergen. He taught himself ventriloquism from a pamphlet when he was 11. A few years later, he commissioned Chicago woodcarver Theodore Mack to sculpt a likeness of a rascally Irish newspaperboy he knew. The head went on a dummy named Charlie McCarthy, who became Bergen's lifelong sidekick.

Eventually Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy began an 11-year run on The Chase and Sanborn Hour , starting May 9, 1937. Initially this incarnation of the program also featured as regulars master of ceremonies Don Ameche, singers Dorothy Lamour and Nelson Eddy, and (for the first few weeks) comedian W.C. Fields, accompanied by a different guest star each week.

Beginning January 7, 1940, the regular cast apart from Bergen and McCarthy were dropped and the show was cut to a half-hour and retitled The Chase and Sanborn Program. Also beginning in 1940, the program would go on hiatus for a number of weeks each summer. CBS would fill its airtime with a different substitute show each year. In the fall of 1948 Chase and Sanborn announced that it would terminate its contract with Edgar Bergen at the end of the year. The remaining Bergen/McCarthy programs eschewed guest stars in favor of regular sketches featuring Don Ameche and Marsha Hunt as The Bickersons. In 1949 Bergen went to CBS, with a new weekly program (The Charlie McCarthy Show) sponsored by Coca-Cola. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Ellery Queen

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Episodes Available:18
Latest Episode:Ellery Queen 1948-04-29 - 351) The Three Frogs | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Several iterations of The Adventures of Ellery Queen appeared on different networks, with the first one broadcast on CBS June 18, 1939, and the last on ABC May 27, 1948. The show grew out of the combined efforts of producer-director George Zachary and writers Frederic Danny and Manfred Lee. Dannay and Lee, who were cousins, originated the Ellery Queen character. Initially they wrote the program's scripts, and Zachary handled production. Beginning in 1945, Anthony Boucher replaced Dannay and worked with Lee writing scripts.

The primary characters and those who played each role were as follows:

* Ellery Queen was played by Hugh Marlowe (1939-1940), Carleton Young (1942-43), Sydney Smith (1943-44, 1945-47), Lawrence Dobkin (1947-48) and Howard Culver (1948).

* Richard Queen - Ellery's father was a police inspector,played by Santos Ortega (1939-1947), Bill Smith (1947) and Herb Butterfield (1947-1948).

* Nikki Porter - A character who had not appeared in the Ellery Queen written material, Porter was added to the program as Ellery's secretary in order to provide 'love interest' that was supposed to attract the female audience." She was played by Marion Shockley (1939-1944), Barbara Terrell (1945), Gertrude Warner (1945-46), Charlotte Keane (1946-47), Virginia Gregg (1947) and Kaye Brinker (1948).

* Sergeant Velie - Inspector Queen's assistant,was played by Howard Smith (1939), Ted de Corsia (1939-47), Ed Latimer (1947) and Alan Reed (1947).

Announcers were Ken Roberts (1939-40), Bert Parks (1940), Ernest Chappell (1942-44), Don Hancock (1947), and Paul Masterson (1947). (Source: wikipedia.org)

Ellery Queen Minute Mysteries

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Show Name:Ellery Queen Minute Mysteries
Episodes Available:80
Latest Episode:Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries - 028) Twisted Cable | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Nobody can claim that the original Ellery Queen stories were high literature and these one-minute shows certainly do nothing to change this view. Although they are pulp radio, these shows produced by Creative Marketing and Communications, Cincinnati, Ohio, are also great throwaway fun.

Bill Owen plays the role of Ellery Queen and opens every episode with "Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries...This is Ellery Queen with the case I call the ..."

It is highly doubtful that these shows were ever taken seriously, and allegedly caused much merriment in the studios that aired them. Let's hope they do the same here!


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Show Name:Escape
Episodes Available:219
Latest Episode:Escape #219 - Flood on the Goodwins (Vic Perrin) | Uploaded: Jun 13, 2016
Categories:Adventure | Mixed Bag | Horror | Science Fiction
Airing History:Episodes: 230 |  Dates: Jul 7, 1947 - Sep 25, 1954
Escape was radio's leading anthology series of high-adventure radio dramas, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. Since the program did not have a regular sponsor like Suspense, it was subjected to frequent schedule shifts and lower production budgets, although Richfield Oil signed on as a sponsor for five months in 1950.

Despite these problems, Escape enthralled many listeners during its seven-year run. The series' well-remembered opening combined Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain with this introduction, as intoned by Paul Frees and William Conrad:

"Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you... Escape!"

Of the more than 230 Escape episodes, most have survived in good condition. Many story premises, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than Suspense. A television counterpart (Escape (CBS TV series)) aired on CBS TV for a few months during 1950.

The program's opening announcement - "Tired of the everyday grind?" - was employed as a slogan for the counterculture magazine, New Escapologist. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Flash Gordon

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Show Name:Flash Gordon
Episodes Available:32
Latest Episode:Flash Gordon #41 - Flash Gordon | Uploaded: Oct 24, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Flash Gordon started life as a hero of a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond. First published January 7, 1934, it as inspired by and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers strip.

Starting April 22, 1935, the strip was adapted into The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon, a 26-episode weekly radio serial. The series followed the strip very closely, amounting to a week-by-week adaptation of the Sunday strip for most of its run.

Flash Gordon was played by Gale Gordon, later famous for his television roles in Our Miss Brooks, Dennis the Menace, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy (the latter two with Lucille Ball). The cast also included Maurice Franklin as Dr. Zarkov and Bruno Wick as Ming the Merciless.

The radio series broke with the strip continuity in the last two episodes, when Flash, Dale and Zarkov returned to Earth. They make a crash landing in Africa, where they meet Jungle Jim, the star of another of Alex Raymond's comic strips.

The series ended on October 26, 1935 with Flash and Dale's marriage. The next week, The Adventures of Jungle Jim picked up in that Saturday timeslot.

Two days later, on October 28, The Further Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon debuted as a daily show, running five days a week. This series strayed further from Raymond's strip, involving Flash, Dale and Zarkov in an adventure in Atlantis. The series aired 74 episodes, ending on February 6, 1936. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Frank Merriwell

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Episodes Available:39
Latest Episode:Frank Merriwell 1946-10-05 - 001) The Riddle of the Wrong Answers | Uploaded: Jul 13, 2014
Categories:Children/Teenagers | Adventure
Frank Merriwell first appeared in a series of novels and short stories by Gilbert Patten, who wrote under the pseudonym Burt L. Standish. The model for all later American juvenile sports fiction, Merriwell excelled at football, baseball, basketball, crew and track at Yale while solving mysteries and righting wrongs. He played with great strength and received traumatic blows without injury.

The Adventures of Frank Merriwell first ran on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 as a 15-minute serial airing three times a week at 5:30pm. Sponsored by Dr. West's Toothpaste, this program starred Donald Briggs in the title role. Harlow Wilcox was the announcer.

After a 12-year gap, the series returned October 5, 1946 as a 30-minute Saturday morning show on NBC, continuing until June 4, 1949. Lawson Zerbe starred as Merriwell, Jean Gillespie and Elaine Rostas as Inza Burrage, Harold Studer as Bart Hodge and Patricia Hosley as Elsie Belwood. Announcers were Mel Brandt and Harlow Wilcox, and the Paul Taubman Orchestra supplied the background music. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Fu Manchu

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Episodes Available:84
Latest Episode:Fu Manchu #109 - Trapped In The King's Chamber | Uploaded: Oct 28, 2014
Categories:Crime | Spy/Espionage
Dr. Fu Manchu is a fictional character introduced in a series of novels by British author Sax Rohmer during the first half of the 20th century. The character was also featured extensively in cinema, television, radio, comic strips and comic books for over 90 years, and has become an archetype of the evil criminal genius while lending the name to the Fu Manchu moustache.

A master criminal, Fu Manchu's murderous plots are marked by the extensive use of arcane methods; he disdains guns or explosives, preferring dacoits, Thuggee, and members of other secret societies as his agents armed with knives, or using "pythons and cobras ... fungi and my tiny allies, the bacilli ... my black spiders" and other peculiar animals or natural chemical weapons.

The Shadow of Fu Manchu radio show was adapted from the first nine Sax Rohmer Fu Manchu novels. The short lived series aired from 1939 to 1940 in 15-minute installments. It was carried by Station WHN in New York City and syndicated in other parts of the country. Harold Huber played the diabolical criminal mastermind Fu Manchu. British official Nayland Smith was played by Hanley Stafford and his assistant by Dr. Petrie by Gale Gordon. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Gang Busters

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Episodes Available:88
Latest Episode:Gang Busters 1955-02-05 - 0877) The Case of the Lost Gun aka The Danville Bank Job | Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014
Gang Busters was heralded as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories." It premiered as G-Men, sponsored by Chevrolet, on July 20, 1935.

After the title was changed to Gang Busters January 15, 1936, the show had a 21-year run through November 20, 1957. The series dramatized FBI cases, which producer-director Phillips H. Lord arranged in close association with Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover insisted that only closed cases would be used. Joan Banks was a regular cast member.

The initial series was on NBC Radio from July 20 to October 12, 1935. It then aired on CBS from January 15, 1936 to June 15, 1940, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and Cue magazine. From October 11, 1940 to December 25, 1948, it was heard on the Blue Network, with various sponsors that included Sloan's Liniment, Waterman pens and Tide. Returning to CBS on January 8, 1949, it ran until June 25, 1955, sponsored by Grape-Nuts and Wrigley's chewing gum. The final series was on the Mutual Broadcasting System from October 5, 1955 to November 27, 1957. It was once narrated by Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., former head of the New Jersey State Police. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Gasoline Alley

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Episodes Available:20
Latest Episode:Gasoline Alley 1948-11-26 - 20) The Adventure of the Ancient and Honorable Autovox | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
Gasoline Alley was created by Frank King and first published November 24, 1918, it is the second longest running comic strip in the US (after The Katzenjammer Kids).

There have been several radio adaptations. Gasoline Alley during the 1930s starred Bill Idelson as Skeezix with Jean Gillespie as Nina Clock. Jimmy McCallion was Skeezix in the series that ran on NBC from February 17 to April 11, 1941, continuing on the Blue Network from April 28 to May 9 of that same year. The 15-minute series aired weekdays at 5:30pm. Along with Nina (Janice Gilbert), the characters included Skeezix's boss Wumple (Cliff Soubier) and Ling Wee (Junius Matthews), a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. Charles Schenck directed the scripts by Kane Campbell.

The syndicated series of 1948-49 featured a cast of Bill Lipton, Mason Adams and Robert Dryden. Sponsored by Autolite, the program used opening theme music by the Polka Dots, a harmonica group. The 15-minute episodes focused on Skeezix running a gas station and garage, the Wallet and Bobble Garage, with his partner, Wilmer Bobble. In New York, this series aired on WOR from July 16, 1948 to January 7, 1949. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Gene Autry's Melody Ranch

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Show Name:Gene Autry's Melody Ranch
Episodes Available:72
Latest Episode:Gene Autry's Melody Ranch 1949-10-29 - Tracking Counterfeiters | Uploaded: Jul 12, 2014
Categories:Media/Stars | Western Stars
Gene Autry's Melody Ranch was a Western variety radio show in the United States. The program ran from January 7, 1940 to August 1, 1943, and from September 23, 1945 to May 16, 1956. The show's entire run was broadcast on CBS radio, sponsored by Doublemint gum. The approximately two-year interruption resulted from Autry's enlistment in the United States Army to fight in World War II. Initially titled Double M Ranch, the show's name was changed to Gene Autry's Melody Ranch early in 1940. Episodes were 30 minutes long except for a 15-minute version that ran from September 23, 1945 to June 16, 1946. The theme song was "Back in the Saddle Again".

Centering on the talent and popularity of the star, singing cowboy Gene Autry, each episode of the program "consisted of a Western adventure interspersed with interludes of music. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Green Hornet

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Show Name:The Green Hornet
Episodes Available:141
Latest Episode:The Green Hornet 1945-11-08 - The Hornet Drops a Hint - aka Smoothy Lawrence | Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014
Categories:Crime | Masked/Mystery Men
The Green Hornet first aired January 31, 1936, on WXYZ, the same local Detroit station that originated its companion shows The Lone Ranger and Challenge of the Yukon. Beginning April 12, 1938, the station supplied the series to the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network, and then to NBC Blue and its successors, the Blue Network and ABC Network, from November 16, 1939, through September 8, 1950. It returned from September 10 to December 5, 1952. It was sponsored by General Mills from January to August 1948, and by Orange Crush in its brief 1952 run.

Distinguished by its use of classical music for themes and for bridges between scenes, The Green Hornet was "one of radio's best-known and most distinctive juvenile adventure shows". The series detailed the adventures of Britt Reid, debonair newspaper publisher by day, crime-fighting masked hero at night.

"With his faithful valet Kato, Britt Reid, daring young publisher, matches wits with the Underworld, risking his life so that criminals and racketeers within the law may feel its weight by the sting of the Green Hornet!"

One relatively minor aspect of the character that tends to be given limited exposure in the actual productions is his blood relationship to the Lone Ranger, another character created by Striker. The Lone Ranger's nephew was Dan Reid. In the Green Hornet radio shows, the Hornet's father was likewise named Dan Reid, making Britt Reid the Lone Ranger's grandnephew. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Green Lama

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Episodes Available:5
Latest Episode:The Green Lama 1949-06-26 The Million Dollar Chopsticks | Uploaded: Jul 8, 2014
The Green Lama was an American pulp magazine hero of the 1940s. The Green Lama is an alias of Jethro Dumont, a rich resident of New York City, born July 25, 1903, to millionaire John Pierre Dumont and Janet Lansing. He received his A.B. from Harvard University, M.A. from Oxford, and Ph.D. from the Sorbonne; he also attended Drepung College in Tibet. He inherited his father's fortune, estimated at ten million dollars, when his father and mother were both killed in an accident while he was still at Harvard; he then spent ten years in Tibet studying to be a lama (a Buddhist Spiritual Teacher) and learning many mystical secrets in the process.

More than three years after the demise of his comic book, the Green Lama was resurrected for a short-lived CBS radio series that ran for 11 episodes from June 5 to August 20, 1949, with the character's voice provided by Paul Frees. This version of the Green Lama was also written by creator Kendell Foster Crossen, along with several co-writers. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Hall of Fantasy

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Show Name:The Hall of Fantasy
Episodes Available:42
Latest Episode:Hall of Fantasy 53-06-22 - The Marquise of Death | Uploaded: Jun 18, 2016
Airing History: Dates: Nov 1946
Sponsored by the Granite Furniture Company, The Hall of Fantasy was a "series of radio dramas dedicated to the supernatural, the unusual, and the unknown."

There are conflicting accounts, but it appears the program began as a local series, broadcast out of Utah in 1947. It continued off and on until 1952 when it went national ,being syndicated by the Mutual network. This lasted a year or so.

The Hall of Fantasy was written and directed by Richard Thorne, a talented writer and producer. It is thought around 200 episodes were broadcast of which about 40 have survived.

Although relatively obscure and low budget, this is generally a well made series with great scripts and acting.

Have Gun - Will Travel

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Show Name:Have Gun - Will Travel
Episodes Available:105
Latest Episode:Have Gun, Will Travel 1960-09-11 - 095) Deadline | Uploaded: Jul 20, 2014
Airing History:Episodes: 106 |  Dates: Nov 23, 1958 - Nov 27, 1960
The Have Gun - Will Travel radio show broadcast 106 episodes on the CBS Radio Network between November 23, 1958, and November 27, 1960.

It was one of the last radio dramas featuring continuing characters and the only significant American radio adaptation of a television series. John Dehner (a regular on the radio series version of Gunsmoke) played Paladin, and Ben Wright usually (but not always) played Hey Boy.

Virginia Gregg played Miss Wong, Hey Boy's girlfriend, before the television series featured the character of Hey Girl. Unlike the small-screen version, in this medium there was usually a tag scene at the Carlton at both the beginning and the end of the episode.

Initially, the episodes were adaptations of the television program as broadcast earlier the same week, but eventually original stories were produced, including a finale ("Goodbye, Paladin") in which Paladin leaves San Francisco, apparently forever, to claim an inheritance back east. The radio version was written by producer/writer Roy Winsor. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Hop Harrigan

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Show Name:Hop Harrigan
Episodes Available:193
Latest Episode:Hop Harrigan 1947-12-17 #1358) - Mystery Of The Wailing Witches #24 | Uploaded: Nov 27, 2014
Hop Harrigan (also known as The Guardian Angel and Black Lamp) first appeared in All American Comics #1 created by Jon Blummer (Fighting Yank, Little Boy Blue) as one of the first successful aviation heroes in comic history (Hop appeared after Tailspin Tommy, Barney Baxter, Connie Kurridge and others). Hop Harrigan was technically not a true superhero (as he had no costume or special powers) though he did meet the Justice Society of America in All American Comics #8, and he did eventually become a superhero from All American Comics #25 (April 1941) to #28 (July) as the costumed Guardian Angel.

On radio, Hop Harrigan aired from August 31, 1942 to February 6, 1948. The series began on the ABC Blue network and moved October 2, 1946, to the Mutual Broadcasting System. Charles Stratton appeared in the title role with Ken Lynch as Tank. Lynch was later replaced by Jackson Beck, voice actor for Bluto (Popeye), King Leonardo and Perry White (Superman). Mitzi Gould played Hop's girlfriend, Gail Nolan. One of the writers for this series was noir novelist David Goodis.

Hop Harrigan as well as other comic series from All-American Comics were purchased by DC Comics, a publisher that had close relations to All-American Publications ever since it debuted. DC Comics continued to publish the Hop comics in All-American Comics until the 99th issue in July 1948, when the aviation adventure genre was abandoned in favor of a Western theme and Harrigan was replaced with Johnny Thunder. In the end, Hop Harrigan became mostly forgotten by the majority of comic book fans, though other All-American characters including The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman would remain popular for years to come. The opening to the radio serial was as follows:

"CX4 to Control.....CX4 to Control......This is Hop Harrigan....coming in" to the roar of a prop fighter plane. From the control tower: "Control Tower to CX4: Wind southeast. Ceiling 1200. All clear." (Source: wikipedia.org)

Hopalong Cassidy

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Episodes Available:104
Latest Episode:Hopalong Cassidy 1950-10-28 - 044) Death Runs Dry | Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014
Categories:Media/Stars | Western Stars
Hopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 by the author Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular short stories and many novels based on the character.

As portrayed on the screen, the white-haired Bill "Hopalong" Cassidy was usually clad strikingly in black (including his hat, an exception to the longstanding western film stereotype that only villains wore black hats). "Hoppy" and his white horse, Topper, usually traveled through the west with two companions-one young and trouble prone with a weakness for damsels in distress, the other comically awkward and outspoken.

When it looked like the character was being retired, William Boyd who played Hopalong Cassidy in 66 pictures gambled his entire future by mortgaging virtually everything he owned to buy the rights and the backlog of movies.

When Hopalong Cassidy was first shown on television it was a huge success making Boyd a star. The Mutual Broadcasting System began broadcasting a radio version of Hopalong Cassidy, with Andy Clyde (later George MacMichael on Walter Brennan's ABC sitcom The Real McCoys) as the sidekick, in January 1950; at the end of September, the show moved to CBS Radio, where it ran until 1952. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Inner Sanctum Mystery

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Show Name:Inner Sanctum Mystery
Episodes Available:142
Latest Episode:Inner Sanctum Mystery - 1952-09-07 The Meek Die Slowly | Uploaded: Dec 22, 2015
Airing History: Dates: Jan 1, 1941 - Oct 10, 1952
Inner Sanctum Mystery, aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952, was created by producer Himan Brown and based on the generic title given to the mystery novels of Simon and Schuster. In all, 526 episodes were broadcast.

The series featured stories of mystery, terror and suspense, and its tongue-in-cheek introductions were in sharp contrast to shows like Suspense and The Whistler. The early 1940s programs opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, "Your host, Raymond," in a mocking sardonic voice. A spooky melodramatic organ score (played by Lew White) punctuated Raymond's many morbid jokes and playful puns. Raymond's closing was an elongated "Pleasant dreeeeaams, hmmmmm?" His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow, from fellow radio hosts like Ernest Chappell (on Wyllis Cooper's later series, Quiet, Please) and Maurice Tarplin (on The Mysterious Traveler).

When Johnson left the series in May 1945 to serve in the Army, he was replaced by Paul McGrath, who did not keep the "Raymond" name and was known only as "Your Host" or "Mr. Host". (Berry Kroeger had substituted earlier for a total of four episodes). Beginning in 1945, Lipton Tea sponsored the series, pairing first Raymond and then McGrath with cheery commercial spokeswoman Mary Bennett (aka the "Tea Lady"), whose blithesome pitches for Lipton Tea contrasted sharply with the macabre themes of the stories. She primly chided the host for his trademark dark humor and creepy manner.

Of more than 500 programs broadcast, only about 200 remain in circulation. (Source: wikipedia)

Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy

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Show Name:Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy
Episodes Available:130
Latest Episode:Jack Armstrong 1941-10-06 - The Secret of Yucatan Jungle | Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014
Categories:Children/Teenagers | Adventure
Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy was a radio adventure series which maintained its popularity from 1933 to 1951. The program originated at WBBM in Chicago on July 31, 1933, and was later carried on CBS, then NBC and finally ABC. It was created by General Mills, a pioneer in the development of unique and compelling advertising under the stewardship of Vice-president of Advertising, Samuel Chester Gale. Gale later served as President of the Ad Council. Intending to promote breakfast cereal Wheaties, Gale developed the character of Jack Armstrong as a fictitious "everyboy" whom listeners would emulate: If Jack ate Wheaties, boys across the nation would, too. Early popularity led to commissioning of a radio serial broadcast.

There was a real Jack Armstrong, a member of Sam Gale's college fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa at the University of Minnesota. Gale was impressed by both the red-blooded name and the "wholesome nature" of the young man so he incorporated it as the name of his new invented spokesman. Another creation of Sam Gale's fertile mind was the iconic Betty Crocker.

The storylines centered around the globe-trotting adventures of Armstrong (played by Jim Ameche until 1938 and later portrayed by Michael Rye), a popular athlete at Hudson High School, his friends Billy Fairfield and Billy's sister Betty, and their Uncle Jim, James Fairfield, an industrialist. Frequently, Uncle Jim Fairfield would have to visit an exotic part of the world in connection with his business, and he would take Jack Armstrong and the Fairfield siblings along with him. The show was created by writer Robert Hardy Andrews. Sponsored throughout its long run by Wheaties, the program was renamed Armstrong of the SBI when Jack graduated from high school and became a government agent in the final season, when it shifted from a 15-minute serial to a half-hour complete story format. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Jackie Gleason

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Latest Episode:Jackie Gleason - Les Tremayne Show 1944-09-24 - 07) First Song - Sunny Side of the Street | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
John Herbert "Jackie" Gleason (February 26, 1916 - June 24, 1987) was an American comedian, actor and musician. He was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style, exemplified by his character Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners. Among his
notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in the 1961 drama The Hustler (starring Paul Newman) and Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series.

Gleason disliked rehearsing. With a photographic memory he read the script once, watched a rehearsal with his co-stars and stand-in, and shot the show later that day. When he made mistakes, he often blamed the cue cards. During the 1950s he was a
semi-regular guest on a paranormal-themed overnight radio show hosted by John Nebel, and wrote the introduction to Donald Bain's biography of Nebel. After his death, his large book collection was donated to the library of the University of Miami.

For many years, Gleason would only travel by train; his fear of flying arose from an incident when he had only minor movie roles. Gleason would fly to Los Angeles for movie work, then back to New York when his roles were completed. After finishing one of his movies, the comedian boarded a plane for New York. Two of the plane's engines cut out, and the pilot made an emergency landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Gleason smoked four packs of cigarettes a day. In 1978 when he suffered chest pains, forcing him to leave the show in Chicago and undergo triple-bypass surgery. Gleason delivered a critically acclaimed performance in the comedy-drama Nothing in Common
(1986). It was Gleason's final film role, since he was suffering from colon cancer, liver cancer, and thrombosed hemorrhoids. On June 24, 1987, Gleason died at his Florida home. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Joe Palooka

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Latest Episode:Joe Palooka - 39) My Dear Old Mother | Uploaded: Jul 13, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Sports
Joe Palooka was an American comic strip about a heavyweight boxing champion, created by cartoonist Ham Fisher in 1921. The strip debuted in 1930 and was carried at its peak by 900 newspapers.

On radio Joe Palooka was broadcast on CBS from April 12 to August 18, 1932. With Teddy Bergman in the title role, the 15-minute series was heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays, sponsored by Heinz Rice Flakes. Elmira Roessler, Elsie Hitz and Mary Jane Higby played Ann Howe. Knobby Walsh was portrayed by Frank Readick and Hal Lansing. Others in the cast: Karl Swenson and Norman Gottschalk. The announcer was Harry von Zell.

The strip also spawned 12 feature-length films (chiefly from Monogram Pictures), nine Vitaphone film shorts, a 1954 syndicated television series (The Joe Palooka Story), comic books and merchandise, including a 1940s board game, a 1947 New Haven Clock & Watch Company wristwatch, a 1948 metal lunchbox featuring depictions of Joe, Humphrey and Little Max, and a 1946 Wheaties cereal box cut-out mask. In 1980, a mountain in Pennsylvania was named for the character. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Judy Canova

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Latest Episode:The Judy Canova Show 1945-10-20 - 034) Man's Best Friend is his Dog | Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014
Categories:Humor | Leading Ladies
Judy Canova (November 20, 1913 - August 5, 1983), born Juliette Canova, was an American comedienne, actress, singer, and radio personality. She appeared on Broadway and in films. She hosted her own network radio program, a popular series broadcast from 1943 to 1955.

When bandleader Rudy Vallée offered her a guest spot on his radio show in 1931, The Fleischmann Hour, the door opened to a career that spanned more than five decades.

In 1943, she began her own radio program, The Judy Canova Show, that ran for twelve years - first on CBS and then on NBC. Playing herself as a love-starved Ozark bumpkin dividing her time between home and Southern California, Canova was accompanied by a cast that included voicemaster Mel Blanc as Pedro (using the accented voice he later gave the cartoons' Speedy Gonzales) and Sylvester (using the voice that later became associated with the Looney Tunes character), Ruth Perrott as Aunt Aggie, Ruby Dandridge as Geranium, Joseph Kearns as Benchley Botsford and Sharon Douglas as Brenda - with Gale Gordon, Sheldon Leonard, and Hans Conried also making periodic appearances. The Sportsmen Quartet joined the show in 1943 and backed Judy on most of her songs, and the Charles Dant Orchestra provided the rest, usually supporting Canova's country warble. Western singer and actor Eddie Dean also appeared with Canova on numerous occasions during the 1930s. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Jungle Jim

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Latest Episode:Jungle Jim 1936-06-27 - 035) In the Enemy Camp of Derek Bluger | Uploaded: Jul 14, 2014
Categories:Jungle | Adventure
Jungle Jim first saw the light of day in 1934 as an American newspaper comic strip chronicling the adventures of Asia-based hunter Jim Bradley, who was nicknamed Jungle Jim. The character also trekked through radio, film, comic book and television adaptations. Notable was a series of films and television episodes in which Johnny Weismuller portrayed the safari-suit wearing character, after hanging up his Tarzan loincloth

Syndicated by Hearst and sponsored by the Comic Weekly, The Adventures of Jungle Jim radio series premiered November 2, 1935. Matt Crowley had the title role for three years, until Gerald Mohr stepped in as Jungle Jim beginning April 24, 1938. Vicki Vola and Franc Hale portrayed Shanghai Lil, and Juano Hernandez was the Hindu servant Kolu. Each episode ran 15 minutes. Several episodes were based directly on the comic strip, such as The Ghost of the Java Sea. Gene Stafford scripted for producer Jay Clark. Glenn Riggs was the announcer, among others. In the opening episode, "The Bat Woman," Jungle Jim meets Miss Chalmers, and Jacques LaBarr gets into a barroom fight with Jim. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Let's Pretend

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Latest Episode:Let's Pretend 19xx-xx-xx - Sleeping Beauty | Uploaded: Jul 20, 2014
Airing History: Dates: Mar 24, 1934 - Oct 23, 1954
Let's Pretend was created and directed by Nila Mack (1891-1953). Its origins date back to Aunt Jymmie and Her Tots in Tottyville beginning October 27, 1928, later followed by The Children's Club Hour with Howard Merrill and then The Adventures of Helen and Mary, scripted by Yolanda Langworthy. Between December 1930 and January 1931, the title briefly changed from The Adventures of Helen and Mary to Land O' Make Believe. With Estelle Levy, Patricia Ryan, and Alwyn Cuesta in the title roles, the fairy tale program continued until March 17, 1934.

After 229 broadcasts, Nila Mack took over as director and changed the title to Let's Pretend, "radio's outstanding children's theater." Mack's Peabody Award-winning Let's Pretend began March 24, 1934, running for two decades before the final show on October 23, 1954.

The show always began with a characteristic tune, sometimes with lyrics, from its long-time sponsor Cream of Wheat. George Bryan and Jackson Wheeler were the announcers. Jean Hight became the program's director after Nila Mack's death in 1953.

The series received numerous awards, including two Peabody Awards, a Women's National Radio Committee Award and five Radio Daily Awards. In 1970 Telegeneral adapted these stories on vinyl records.

The Life of Riley

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Episodes Available:131
Latest Episode:Life of Riley #241 - Riley Talks in His Sleep About Gertrude | Uploaded: Jan 16, 2015
Airing History: Dates: Jan 16, 1944 - Jun 8, 1951
The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, is a popular American radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film, a long-run 1950s television series (originally with Jackie Gleason as Riley for one truncated season, then with Bendix for six seasons), and a 1958 comic book.

The script cast Bendix as blundering Chester A. Riley, a wing riveter at the fictional Cunningham Aircraft plant in California. His frequent exclamation of indignation - "What a revoltin' development this is!" - became one of the most famous catchphrases of the 1940s. It was later reused by Benjamin J. Grimm of the Fantastic Four. The radio series also benefited from the immense popularity of a supporting character, Digby "Digger" O'Dell (John Brown), "the friendly undertaker".

The show initially aired on the Blue Network, later known as ABC, from January 16, 1944 to June 8, 1945. Then it moved to NBC, where it was broadcast from September 8, 1945 to June 29, 1951. The series was co-developed by the non-performing Marx Brother turned agent, Gummo. The American Meat Institute (1944-45), Procter & Gamble (Teel dentifrice and Prell shampoo) (1945-49), and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer (1949-51) took turns as the radio program's sponsor. (Source: wikipedia)

Little Orphan Annie

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Latest Episode:Little Orphan Annie 19xx-xx-xx - xxxx) Pearl Diver | Uploaded: Nov 3, 2014
Categories:Children/Teenagers | Leading Ladies
Little Orphan Annie was a daily American comic strip created by Harold Gray and syndicated by Tribune Media Services. It took its name from the 1885 poem "Little Orphant Annie" by James Whitcomb Riley, and debuted on August 5, 1924 in the New York Daily News.

The plot follows the adventures of Annie, her dog Sandy, and her benefactor Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. Secondary characters include Punjab, the Asp and Mr. Am. The strip attracted adult readers with political commentary targeting (among other things) organized labor, the New Deal and communism.

Little Orphan Annie was adapted to a 15-minute radio show debuting on WGN Chicago in 1930 going national on NBC's Blue Network beginning April 6, 1931. One of the first comic strips adapted to radio, it attracted about 6 million fans leaving the air in 1942.

In 1931 radio had yet to establish coast-to-coast networks so two separate casts performed, one in San Francisco starring Floy Margaret Hughes and the other in Chicago starring Shirley Bell as Annie, Stanley Andrews as "Daddy", and Allan Baruck (and later Mel Tormé) as Joe Corntassel. When coast to coast networking was established in 1933, the Chicago cast became the permanent one. Bobbe Dean briefly played the character in 1934-35 during a contract dispute between the studio and Bell, and Janice Gilbert portrayed Annie from 1940 to 1942. Leonard Salvo was the show's organist.

The show was initially sponsored by Ovaltine, a flavored milk supplement, and its scripts were written by Ovaltine's Chicago ad agency staff. They shunned the overt political themes of Gray's newspaper strips and concentrated instead on pitching Ovaltine, using almost seven minutes of each broadcast to do so. Fans could redeem Ovaltine proofs of purchase for a secret decoder ring or badge that decoded brief messages airing in the last moments of the show. In 1940, Quaker Puffed Wheat Sparkies became the show's sponsor and brought fictional aviator Captain Sparks to the show. Sparks eventually became the star, relegating Annie to secondary player. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Lives of Harry Lime

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Show Name:The Lives of Harry Lime
Episodes Available:52
Latest Episode:The Lives of Harry Lime #38 - The Painted Smile | Uploaded: Jun 4, 2016
Categories:Crime | Adventure
Airing History:Episodes: 52 |  Dates: Aug 3, 1951 - Jul 25, 1952
The Lives of Harry Lime (AKA The Adventures of Harry Lime) is an old-time radio programme produced in the United Kingdom during the 1951 to 1952 season. Orson Welles reprises his role of Harry Lime from the celebrated 1949 film The Third Man. The radio series is a prequel to the film, and depicts the many misadventures of con-artist Lime in a somewhat lighter tone than that of the film.

The Adventures of Harry Lime is one of the most successful series created by prolific British radio producer Harry Alan Towers and his company Towers of London. Towers and Graham Greene, author of The Third Man, had the same literary agent, and Towers learned that Greene had not sold the rights to the character of Harry Lime to Alexander Korda when he sold Korda The Third Man. Towers quickly bought the rights to the character and in 1951 he put a syndicated radio series into production. Orson Welles reprised the role of Harry Lime in a series of adventures that preceded the story told in The Third Man.

Several episodes would begin with "The Third Man Theme" being played, abruptly cut off by an echoing gunshot. Then Welles would speak: "That was the shot that killed Harry Lime. He died in a sewer beneath Vienna, as those of you know who saw the movie The Third Man. Yes, that was the end of Harry Lime ... but it was not the beginning. Harry Lime had many lives ... and I can recount all of them. How do I know? Very simple. Because my name is Harry Lime."

Although often cited as a BBC production, the series was one of a number produced and distributed independently by Towers of London and syndicated internationally. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Lone Ranger

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Episodes Available:1660
Latest Episode:The Lone Ranger #3317 - Hidden Danger | Uploaded: Dec 8, 2014
Categories:Western | Masked/Mystery Men
The Lone Ranger first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ (Detroit) radio station owner George W. Trendle, or by Fran Striker, the show's writer.

Each episode was introduced by the announcer as follows: "In the early days of the western United States, a masked man and an Indian rode the plains, searching for truth and justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when from out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again!"

The character was originally believed to be inspired by Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes, to whom the book "The Lone Star Ranger" by Zane Grey was dedicated in 1915.

The radio series proved to be a hit running for an amazing 2,956 episodes. It also spawned a series of books (largely written by Striker), an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, comic books, and several movies. The title character was played on the radio show by George Seaton, Earle Graser, and Brace Beemer. Clayton Moore acted the Lone Ranger on television, although during a contract dispute, Moore was replaced temporarily by John Hart, who wore a different style of mask. On the radio, Tonto was played by, among others, John Todd and Roland Parker; and in the television series, by Jay Silverheels, who was a Mohawk from the Six Nations Indian Reserve in Ontario, Canada. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Lux Radio Theater

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Latest Episode:Lux Radio Theater #610 - Daisy Kenyon | Uploaded: Oct 20, 2014
Categories:Mixed Bag
Lux Radio Theatre, a long-run classic radio anthology series, was broadcast on the NBC Blue Network (1934-35); CBS Radio (1935-54), and NBC Radio (1954-55). Initially, the series adapted Broadway plays before it began adapting films. The hour-long radio programs were performed live before studio audiences becoming the most popular anthology radio series. It was broadcast for over 20 years and continued on television as the Lux Video Theatre through most of the 1950s.

Broadcasting from New York, the series premiered at 2:30pm, October 14, 1934, on the NBC Blue Network. The host was fictional producer, Douglass Garrick (portrayed by John Anthony). Doris Dagmar played Peggy Winthrop, who delivered the Lux commercials. Each show featured a scripted session with Garrick talking to the lead actors. Anthony appeared as Garrick from the premiere 1934 episode until June 30, 1935. Garrick was portrayed by Albert Hayes from July 29, 1935 to May 25, 1936, when the show moved to the West Coast.

Cecil B. DeMille took over as the host on June 1, 1936, continuing until January 22, 1945. On several occasions, he was temporarily replaced by various celebrities, including Leslie Howard and Edward Arnold. A clash over closed shop union rulings favored by the American Federation of Radio Artists ended DeMille's term as host.

The show employed several hosts over the following year, eventually choosing William Keighley as the permanent host, a post he held until 1952. After that, producer-director Irving Cummings hosted the program until it ended in 1955. For its airings on the Armed Forces Radio Service (for which it was retitled Hollywood Radio Theater), the program was hosted by Don Wilson in the early 1950s. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Mandrake the Magician

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Latest Episode:Mandrake the Magician #047 - Captain X, Lothar and Tommy Escape | Uploaded: Oct 23, 2014
Categories:Crime | Superhero
Mandrake the Magician was created by Lee Falk (before he created The Phantom). Its publication began June 11, 1934. Phil Davis soon took over as the strip's illustrator, while Falk continued to script. The strip is distributed by King Features Syndicate.

Davis worked on the strip until his death in 1964, when Falk recruited current artist Fred Fredericks. With Falk's death in 1999, Fredericks became both writer and artist. The Sunday Mandrake strip ended December 29, 2002. The daily strip ended mid-story on July 6, 2013 when Fred Fredericks retired, and a reprint of D220 "Pursuit of the Cobra" from 1995 began on July 8, 2013.

On radio as a 15-minute program, Mandrake the Magician aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System from November 11, 1940, until February 6, 1942. Originally a three-day-a-week serial, it expanded to five days a week in 1941. Uttering the incantation "invovo legem magicarum" (I invoke the laws of magic) was Raymond Edward Johnson, who starred as Mandrake. Juano Hernandez portrayed Lothar, and Jessica Tandy and Francesca Lenni took the role of Princess Narda. The series was directed by Carlo De Angelo. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Mark Trail

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Episodes Available:38
Latest Episode:Mark Trail 1950-03-17 - 021) Rapids of No Return | Uploaded: Jul 19, 2014
Categories:Mixed Bag | Non-fiction
Mark Trail started life as a newspaper comic strip created by cartoonist Ed Dodd. Introduced April 15, 1946, the strip centers on environmental and ecological themes. It was syndicated through the New York Post in 1946 to 45 newspapers. Dodd, working as a national parks guide, had long been interested in environmental issues. The character is loosely based on the life and career of Charles N. Elliott (November 29, 1906 - May 1, 2000), at the time a U.S. forest ranger who edited Outdoor Life magazine from 1956 to 1974. Dodd once said that the physical model for Trail was John Wayt, his former neighbor in north Atlanta.

On January 30, 1950, Mutual Broadcasting System launched a radio adaptation, Mark Trail, featuring Matt Crowley in the title role. The 30-minute episodes aired three times weekly, and 174 episodes were produced, running until June 8, 1951. A second radio series, starring Staats Cotsworth, was broadcast on ABC beginning September 18, 1950, with 51 half-hour shows that ran thrice weekly until January, 1952. The series then switched to a 15-minute format, producing 125 episodes that aired weekdays through June 27, 1952. Only a handful of the 15-minute episodes are known to have survived. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Matthew Slade, Private Investigator

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Show Name:Matthew Slade, Private Investigator
Episodes Available:10
Latest Episode:Matthew Slade, Private Investigator #11) - Who Killed My Pen Pal | Uploaded: Nov 22, 2016
Categories:Crime | Detective
Not much is known about the origins of Matthew Slade, Private Investigator. However, an original Playbill on Digital Deli proclaims:

"Pacifica Players Present: The Starlight Mystery Theater featuring the adventures of William Wintersol as Matthew Slade: Private Investigator"

The stories revolve around Mathew Slade (San Francisco Private Investigator), his secretary Lorretta Jones (known as "Jonesy") and Sgt. Sid Donelli of the Homicide Bureau.

The cast members include: William Wintersol as Mathew Slade, Sylvia Wheeler as Jonesy and Norman Belkin as Donelli.

The each show ran for 30 minutes. It was syndicated in the 1960s, and also broadcast as part of the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS).

It appears that 13 episodes were broadcast of which 10 are known to have survived.

Meet Corliss Archer

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Episodes Available:10
Latest Episode:Meet Corliss Archer 1946-04-28 - Photo Contest | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
Categories:Children/Teenagers | Humor | Leading Ladies
Airing History: Dates: Jan 7, 1943 - Sep 30, 1956
Meet Corliss Archer ran from January 7, 1943 to September 30, 1956. Although it was CBS's answer to NBC's popular A Date with Judy, it was also broadcast by NBC in 1948 as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show. From October 3, 1952 to June 26, 1953, it aired on ABC, finally returning to CBS. Despite the program's long run, less than 24 episodes are known to exist.

Meet Corliss Archer was written by F. Hugh Herbert, who first introduced the character and her friends in the magazine story "A Private Affair," the first of a series of stories. Kiss and Tell was a 1943 play that was adapted for a 1945 film starring Shirley Temple. The 1949 sequel, A Kiss For Corliss, was re-released in 1954.

Priscilla Lyon and Janet Waldo successively portrayed 15-year-old Corliss on radio. Lugene Sanders also played Corliss briefly on radio and in the Meet Corliss Archer television show.

Perpetually perky, breathless and well-intentioned, Corliss is constantly at the side of her next-door neighbor and boyfriend, Dexter Franklin (Bill Christy, Sam Edwards). Clumsy, nerdy Dexter, a sweet but constant bungler with a nasal voice, is best remembered for his trademark phrase, "Holy cow!" and his braying call, "Heyyyy, Corrrrrliiiiiss!"--frequently delivered from the hedge separating their houses.

Harry Archer, Corliss' father, is a lawyer gruff but gentle, he was played by both Fred Shields and Frank Martin. Janet Archer, Corliss' mother, was played by Irene Tedrow, Monty Margetts and Gloria Holden. She is calm and understanding with her daughter and her husband, both of whom sometimes try her patience. Other frequent characters include Mildred Ames, a good friend of Corliss (played by Bebe Young and Barbara Whiting); Mildred's irritating younger brother Raymond (Tommy Bernard, Kenny Godkin); and Corliss' rival, Betty Cameron (Delores Crane).(Source: wikipedia.org)

Michael Shayne

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Latest Episode:Michael Shayne 1945-04-02 - Ep 25 Meet me at Oakland Depot | Uploaded: Jul 19, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Michael Shayne is a fictional private detective character created during the late 1930s by writer Brett Halliday. The character appeared in a series of 7 films starring Lloyd Nolan for Twentieth Century Fox, 4 films from the low-budget Producers Releasing Corporation with Hugh Beaumont, a radio series under a variety of titles between 1944 and 1953, and later in 1960-1961 in a 32-episode NBC television series starring Richard Denning in the title role.

Shayne debuted in the novel Dividend on Death first published in 1939, written by Halliday, a pseudonym of Davis Dresser. Dresser wrote fifty Shayne novels, with the help of Ryerson Johnson. Twenty seven more were written by Robert Terrall for a total of 77; 300 short stories, a dozen films, radio and television shows, and a few comic book appearances have included the character.

Halliday later created Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, first introduced in 1956 by Renown Publications under the title Michael Shayne Mystery Magazine. The magazine continued for nearly three decades, always having at least one Shayne novella included in each edition. Very few were written by Halliday.

Jeff Chandler and Wally Maher were among the actors who starred as Shayne in a weekly radio series. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Moon Mullins

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Episodes Available:2
Latest Episode:Moon Mullins 1940 Pilot - Lord Plushbottom Receives a Cable | Uploaded: Jan 15, 2015
Categories:Humor | Boxing/Martial Arts
Moon Mullins, created by cartoonist Frank Willard (1893-1958), was a popular American comic strip which had a long run as both a daily and Sunday feature from June 19, 1923 to June 2, 1991. Syndicated by the Chicago Tribune/New York News Syndicate, the strip depicts the lives of diverse lowbrow characters who reside at the Schmaltz (later Plushbottom) boarding house. The central character, Moon (short for Moonshine), is a would-be prizefighter-perpetually strapped for cash but with a roguish appetite for vice and high living. Moon took a room in the boarding house at 1323 Wump Street in 1924 and never left, staying on for 67 years.

Ferdinand "Ferd" Johnson (1905-1996) began as Willard's assistant a few months after the strip began in 1923. He progressed to the point where he was handling the entire operation; but it was only after Willard's death (January 11, 1958) that he began signing it.

Moon Mullins did not have a period of decline; maintaining its high standard of humor and art for almost seven decades. In 1978, Ferd's son, Tom Johnson, signed on as his assistant. Ferd Johnson stayed with the strip until it came to an end upon his retirement in 1991. Johnson worked on Moon Mullins for 68 years-a stint that probably stands as the longest tenure of an artist on a single feature in the history of American comics.

Moon Mullins was adapted for radio during the 1940s. (Source: wikipedia)

My Friend Irma

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Show Name:My Friend Irma
Episodes Available:51
Latest Episode:My Friend Irma #038 - Gentlemen Prefer | Uploaded: Jan 16, 2015
Categories:Humor | Leading Ladies
Airing History: Dates: Apr 11, 1947 - Aug 23, 1954
My Friend Irma, created by writer-director-producer Cy Howard was so popular in the late 1940s that its success escalated to films, television, a comic strip and a comic book. Marie Wilson portrayed the title character, Irma Peterson. The radio series was broadcast on CBS Radio from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954.

Dependable Jane Stacy (Cathy Lewis) began each weekly radio program narrating a misadventure of her scatterbrained roommate, Irma, a stenographer from Minnesota. The two central characters were in their mid-twenties. They lived together in an apartment rented from their Irish landlady, Mrs. O'Reilly (Jane Morgan, Gloria Gordon).

Irma's boyfriend Al (John Brown) was a deadbeat, who had not held a job in years. His nickname for Irma was "Chicken." Al had many crazy get-rich-quick schemes, which never worked. Professor Kropotkin (Hans Conried), the Russian violinist at the Princess Burlesque theater, lived upstairs. He greeted Jane and Irma with remarks like, "My two little bunnies with one being an Easter bunny and the other being Bugs Bunny." The Professor insulted Mrs. O'Reilly, complained about his room, and reluctantly became O'Reilly's love interest in an effort to make her forget his back rent.

Irma worked for the lawyer, Mr. Clyde (Alan Reed) and became more scatterbrained as the program evolved. Jane had a romantic inclination for her boss, millionaire Richard Rhinelander (Leif Erickson), but he had no real interest in her. (source:wikipedia)

My Little Margie

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Episodes Available:21
Latest Episode:My Little Margie 1955-xx-xx - 76) Connie Returns From Europe | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
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My Little Margie is an American situation comedy starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell that alternated between CBS and NBC from 1952 to 1955. The series was created by Frank Fox and produced in Los Angeles, California at Hal Roach Studios by Hal Roach, Jr. and Roland D. Reed.

My Little Margie premiered on CBS as the summer replacement for I Love Lucy on June 16, 1952, under the sponsorship of Philip Morris cigarettes (when the series moved to NBC for its third season in the fall of 1953, Scott Paper Company became sponsor). In an unusual move, the series - with the same leads - aired original episodes on CBS Radio, concurrently with the TV broadcasts, from December 1952 through August 1955. Only 23 radio broadcasts are known to exist in recorded form.

Set in New York City, the series stars Gale Storm as 21-year-old Margie Albright and former silent film star Charles Farrell as her widowed father, 50-year-old Vern Albright. They share an apartment at the Carlton Arms Hotel. Vern Albright is the vice-president of the investment firm of Honeywell and Todd, where his bosses are George Honeywell (Clarence Kolb) and Todd (George Meader). Roberta (Hillary Brooke) is Vern's girlfriend, and Margie's boyfriend is Freddy Wilson (Don Hayden). Mrs. Odetts (played by Gertrude Hoffmann on TV, Verna Felton on radio) is the Albrights' next-door neighbor. Other cast members include Willie Best, who plays the elevator operator, Dian Fauntelle, and silent film star Zasu Pitts.

The series was canceled in 1955. Gale Storm went on to star in The Gale Storm Show which ran for 143 episodes from 1956-1960. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Mysterious Traveler

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Show Name:The Mysterious Traveler
Episodes Available:70
Latest Episode:The Mysterious Traveler 1951-11-20 - 331) The Most Famous Man in the World | Uploaded: Sep 21, 2014
Written and directed by Robert Arthur and David Kogan, the radio series was sponsored by Adams Hats. It began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different timeslots until September 16, 1952. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator (portrayed by Maurice Tarplin), who introduced himself each week:

"This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable - if you can!"

Only 75 of the original 370 Mysterious Traveler episodes still exist. The popularity of the series spawned other supernatural shows, such as The Sealed Book. With scripts by a Mysterious Traveler writer and Tarplin as host-narrator, The Strange Dr. Weird was a nearly identical program. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Nick Carter

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Show Name:Nick Carter
Episodes Available:126
Latest Episode:Nick Carter, Master Detective 1948-05-16 - 340) The Case of the Salesman of Death | Uploaded: Jul 15, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective was a Mutual radio crime drama based on tales of the famed detective from Street & Smith's dime novels and pulp magazines. A veteran radio dramatist, Ferrin Fraser, wrote many of the scripts.

With Lon Clark in the title role, the series commenced 11 April 1943, continuing in many different timeslots for well over a decade. Between October 1944 and April 1945, it was heard as a 30-minute program on Sunday afternoons at 3pm, sponsored by Acme Paints and Lin-X, with a 15-minute serial airing four or five times a week in 1944 from April to September. In April 1945, the Sunday series moved to 6pm, continuing in that timeslot until June 1946, and it was also heard in 1946 on Tuesday from March to August.

Sponsored by Cudahy Packing and Old Dutch Cleanser and later Acme Products, the series finally settled in on Sundays at 6:30pm for broadcasts from August 18, 1946 to September 21, 1952. Libby Packing was the sponsor when the drama aired on Sundays at 6pm (1952-53). In the last two years (1953-55), the show was heard Sundays at 4:30pm.

Patsy Bowen, Nick's assistant, was portrayed by Helen Choate until mid-1946; then Charlotte Manson stepped into the role. Nick and Patsy's friend was reporter Scubby Wilson (John Kane). Sgt. Mathison (Ed Latimer) was Nick's contact at the police department. The supporting cast included Raymond Edward Johnson, Bill Johnstone and Bryna Raeburn. Michael Fitzmaurice was the program's announcer. The series ended on September 25, 1955. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Old Gold Comedy Theater

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Show Name:Old Gold Comedy Theater
Episodes Available:30
Latest Episode:Old Gold Comedy Theater #10 - Room Service | Uploaded: Jun 4, 2016
Airing History:Episodes: 32 |  Dates: Oct 29, 1944 - Jun 10, 1945
The Old Gold Comedy Theater aired over NBC for one season, from October 29, 1944 to June 10, 1945. The Lennen and Mitchell ad agency wanted to produce a comedy series for Old Gold cigarettes, a brand of the Lorillard Tobacco Company.

The show was patterned after the successful format used by the Lux Radio Theatre and Cecil B. DeMille. Preston Sturges, an up and coming director, was originally tapped to host the show, but was already committed elsewhere, and so suggested Harold Lloyd, a silent film star, with whom he had worked in the past. As this was his first radio program, Lloyd worked for many months to get over his fear of the microphone. Critics believed he was improving as the season progressed, and would have eventually mastered the art had the series lasted more than one season.

Though the adapted scripts and the actors were top-notch, the show eventually suffered from its 30 minute format, as too much had to be cut from the original movie scripts. Lennen and Mitchell pulled the plug on the show on May 28, 1945 when they announced Meet Me at Parky's would air in its place.

Currently, there are 30 of the 32 episodes still in circulation -- 29 come from the estate of Harold Lloyd, in the original un-cut version, and one from the Armed Forces Radio Service. (Source: Old Time Radio Researcher's Group)

Perry Mason

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Show Name:Perry Mason
Episodes Available:255
Latest Episode:Perry Mason #1521 - Smell of Death | Uploaded: Feb 13, 2015
Categories:Crime | Detective
The radio show Perry Mason, based on the novels of Erle Stanley Gardner, was broadcast on CBS Radio from 1943-1955. The series was adapted into Edge of Night which ran on television for an additional 30 years.

Gardner's literary success with the Perry Mason novels convinced Hollywood to try its hand, unsuccessfully, with some motion pictures. However, the Perry Mason radio show stayed on the air for 12 years. The radio series was geared more towards action than courtroom drama.

As Edge of Night (EON), it ran for another 30 years on television, but Gardner disliked the proposed daytime television version due to a lack of his own creative control, withholding his endorsement thus forcing the subsequent name change.

The actors portraying Mason switched frequently over the first three years, starting with Bartlett Robinson, followed by Santos Ortega and Donald Briggs, before settling on John Larkin, who played the famous attorney for the remainder of the broadcast, as well as the equivalent character on EON. Della Street, was portrayed by radio soap queens; Gertrude Warner, Jan Miner (Palmolive's "Madge" the Manicurist) and Joan Alexander (radio's Lois Lane).

Radio's Mason has more in common with the daytime television serial The Edge of Night than the prime time Perry Mason television show. Gardner disagreed with the direction of the new television show and pulled his support. The sponsor, Procter & Gamble hired the writers and staff of the Perry Mason radio series, the show was retooled, and became The Edge of Night. Erle Stanley Gardner eventually aligned himself with the nighttime courtroom drama. (source:wikipedia)

Planet Man

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Show Name:Planet Man
Episodes Available:76
Latest Episode:Planet Man #26 An Ancient Space Ship | Uploaded: Feb 12, 2015
Categories:Science Fiction
Planet Man, targeted at kids, was produced by Palladium Radio Productions. It is: "... the fascinating story of Dantro, the planet man, trouble-shooter for the League of Planets Organization."

If you are wondering the League of Planets Organization is: "the law enforcement body for peace and justice in the celestial world." The headquarters is Planeria Rex "the capital of the planets".

So Planet Man (AKA Danto) is part of the popular 1950's space rangers genre. But he was not a human. He was in fact a humanoid which was handy for his dealings with Earth.

Other regular characters who appear in the show are: Dr. John Darrow and his daughter Pat, Jane and Billy and Slats his engineer.

Popeye, the Sailor Man

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Show Name:Popeye, the Sailor Man
Episodes Available:4
Latest Episode:Popeye the Sailor Man 1935-09-10 - Popeye vs. the Trolly Car | Uploaded: Nov 3, 2014
Categories:Humor | Water/Boats
Popeye the Sailor Man was created by Elzie Crisler Segar. He first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. Although Segar's Thimble Theatre strip was in its tenth year when Popeye made his debut, the sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre soon became one of King Features' most popular properties during the 1930s. Thimble Theatre was continued after Segar's death in 1938 by several writers and artists, most notably Segar's assistant Bud Sagendorf.

Popeye was adapted to radio in several series broadcast over three different networks by two sponsors from 1935 to 1938. Popeye and most of the major supporting characters were first featured in a thrice-weekly 15-minute radio program, Popeye the Sailor, which starred Detmar Poppen as Popeye along with most of the major supporting characters - Olive Oyl (Olive Lamoy), Wimpy (Charles Lawrence), Bluto (Jackson Beck) and Swee'Pea (Mae Questel). In the first episode, Popeye adopted Sonny (Jimmy Donnelly), a character later known as Matey the Newsboy. This program was broadcast Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights at 7:15pm. September 10, 1935 through March 28, 1936 on the NBC Red Network (87 episodes), initially sponsored by Wheatena, a whole-wheat breakfast cereal, which would routinely replace the spinach references. Music was provided by Victor Irwin's Cartoonland Band. Announcer Kelvin Keech sang (to composer Lerner's "Popeye" theme) "Wheatena is his diet / He asks you to try it / With Popeye the sailor man." Wheatena paid King Features Syndicate $1,200 per week.

The show was next broadcast Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:15 to 7:30pm on WABC and ran from August 31, 1936 to February 26, 1937 (78 episodes). Floyd Buckley played Popeye, and Miriam Wolfe portrayed both Olive Oyl and the Sea Hag. Once again, reference to spinach was conspicuously absent. Instead, Popeye sang, "Wheatena's me diet / I ax ya to try it / I'm Popeye the Sailor Man".

The third series was sponsored by the maker of Popsicle three nights a week for 15 minutes at 6:15 pm on CBS from May 2, 1938 through July 29, 1938. Of the three series, only 20 of the 204 episodes are still known to exist. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Red Ryder

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Show Name:Red Ryder
Episodes Available:58
Latest Episode:Red Ryder 1947-02-11 - Pint Sized Pinto | Uploaded: Jul 13, 2014
Red Ryder was a popular long-running Western comic strip created by Stephen Slesinger and artist Fred Harman. Beginning Sunday, November 6, 1938, Red Ryder was syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association, expanding over the following decade to 750 newspapers, translations into ten languages and a readership in the United States of 14 million. The 26-year run of the strip came to an end in 1964.

The Red Ryder radio series began February 3, 1942, on the Blue Network, broadcast three times a week at 7:30pm Pacific time. When the Blue also acquired The Lone Ranger from the Mutual Broadcasting System, Mutual decided to compete by airing Red Ryder in the same time period. Thus, Red Ryder aired on the East Coast that year from May 20 to September 9 on Mutual. The series beat The Lone Ranger in the Hooper ratings, but the success was short-lived. Red Ryder was sold to a regional sponsor, Langendorf Bread, and after four months was no longer heard in the East.

Mutual and Langendorf continued the series on the West Coast Don Lee Network through the 1940s at 7:30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, always with the familiar organ theme, "The Dying Cowboy" ("Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie").

The continuing characters of the comic strip were also found in the radio series, produced by Brad Brown with writer-director Paul Franklin and writer Albert Van Antwerp. Reed Hadley portrayed Red Ryder on radio from 1942 to 1944, followed by Carlton KaDell (1945), and Brooke Temple (1946-51). Arthur Q. Bryan had the role of Roland "Rawhie" Rolinson, and Red's sidekick Buckskin was played by Horace Murphy. Jim Mather provided Indian voices. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

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Show Name:Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Episodes Available:102
Latest Episode:Richard Diamond, Private Detective #112) The Brown Envelope Case | Uploaded: May 28, 2016
Categories:Crime | Detective
Airing History:Episodes: 77 |  Dates: Apr 24, 1949 - Sep 20, 1953
Richard Diamond, Private Detective is an American detective drama, created by Blake Edwards, which aired on radio from 1949 to 1953, and on television from 1957 to 1960. Shortly before his death in 2004, actor/comedian Alan King wrote a pair of short stories about the character set in 1948. They were published posthumously in 2016.

Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (Virginia Gregg). Other regular cast members included Ed Begley as Rick's friend and former partner on the police force, Lt. Walter Levinson, and Wilms Herbert as Walt's bumbling sergeant, Otis. It began airing on NBC Radio on April 24, 1949, picked up Rexall as a sponsor on April 5, 1950, and continued until December 6, 1950. Many of the shows were either written or directed by Edwards. Its theme, "Leave It to Love", was whistled by Powell at the beginning of each episode.

With Camel cigarettes as a sponsor, it moved to ABC from January 5, 1951, to June 29, 1951, with Rexall returning for a run from October 5, 1951, until June 27, 1952.

Substituting for Amos 'n' Andy, it aired Sunday evenings on CBS from May 31, 1953 until September 20, 1953

Dick Powell's company, Four Star Television, produced the television version of Richard Diamond, Private Detective, which premiered in the summer of 1957 on CBS. It returned to CBS in January 1958 for the second season and in February 1959 for the third season, again on CBS. In the fall of 1959, the fourth and final season aired on NBC. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Ripley's Believe It or Not

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Show Name:Ripley's Believe It or Not
Episodes Available:34
Latest Episode:Ripley's Believe It or Not 1944-01-18 - 02) Little Girls | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a franchise, founded by Robert Ripley, which deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims.

In April 1930, Ripley brought "Believe It or Not" to radio, the first of several series heard on NBC, CBS and the Mutual Broadcasting System. When Ripley's 1930 debut on The Collier Hour brought a strong listener reaction, he was given a Monday night NBC series beginning April 14, 1930, followed by a 1931-32 series airing twice a week. After his strange stories were dramatized on NBC's Saturday Party, Ripley was the host of The Baker's Broadcast from 1935 to 1937. He was scheduled in several different 1937-38 NBC timeslots and then took to the road with popular remote broadcasts. In 1944, he was heard five nights a week on Mutual in shows with an emphasis on WWII. Romance, Rhythm and Ripley aired on CBS in 1945, followed by Pages from Robert L. Ripley's Radio Scrapbook (1947-48).

Robert Ripley is known for several radio firsts. He was the first to broadcast nationwide on a radio network from mid-ocean, and he also participated in the first broadcast from Buenos Aires to New York. Assisted by a corps of translators, he was the first to broadcast to every nation in the world simultaneously.

As the years went on, the show became less about oddities and featured guest-driven entertainment such as comedy routines. Sponsors over the course of the program included Pall Mall cigarettes and General Foods. The program ended its successful run in 1948 as Ripley prepared to convert the show format to television. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Ripley's Believe It or Not (One Minute)

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Show Name:Ripley's Believe It or Not (One Minute)
Episodes Available:415
Latest Episode:Ripley's Believe It or Not! - 1 Minute Episodes - 317) Scare a Tree | Uploaded: Jul 9, 2014
Here was have a second radio show from the highly successful Ripley's Believe It or Not! franchise.

These must rank as some of the shortest radio programs ever broadcast. Most of them struggle to get to the full minute claimed. However in that short space of time the show impressively packs in a dramatic introduction complete with sound effects over which the narrator says:

"Truth is stranger than fiction ... This is Ripley's Believe It or Not!"

Then follows a fact ... an interlude for a local advertiser or sponsor ... a second fact ... and the ending music.

All in 60 seconds or so ... Believe It or Not!!

Rocky Jordan

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Show Name:Rocky Jordan
Episodes Available:92
Latest Episode:Rocky Jordan 49-02-20 Twenty Fathoms Under | Uploaded: Jun 4, 2016
Categories:Adventure | Crime
Airing History: Dates: Oct 31, 1948 - Aug 22, 1951
Rocky Jordan was a radio series about an American restaurateur in Cairo who each week became involved in some kind of mystery or adventure. The show was broadcast on CBS from October 31, 1948 to September 10, 1950. and then again from June 27, 1951 to August 22, 1951. The character of Rocky Jordan had been introduced to listeners in a similar show called A Man Named Jordan that was broadcast in 1945 but set in Istanbul rather than Cairo.

The two lead roles were those of Rocky Jordan and Captain Sam Sabaaya of the Cairo Police. For most of the show's history Jordan was played by veteran radio actor Jack Moyles, but he was replaced by a movie star, George Raft, for the brief 1951 run.

Jay Novello played Sabaaya throughout the entire series. Other roles were played by members of Hollywood's Radio Row, and the announcer was Larry Thor. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Rogues Gallery

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Show Name:Rogues Gallery
Episodes Available:23
Latest Episode:Rogues Gallery #56 - Where There's A Will There's A Murder | Uploaded: Jun 4, 2016
Categories:Crime | Detective
Airing History: Dates: Sep 27, 1945
Rogue's Gallery came to the Mutual network on September 27, 1945 with Dick Powell portraying Richard Rogue, a private detective who invariably ended up getting knocked out each week and spending his dream time in acerbic conversation with his subconscious self, Eugor.

Rogue's Gallery was, in a sense, Dick Powell's rehearsal for Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Powell played private detective Richard Rogue, who trailed luscious blondes, protected witness, and did whatever else detectives do to make a living. It was a good series, though not destined to make much of a mark. Under the capable direction of Dee Englebach and accompanied by the music of Leith Stevens, Powell floated through his lines with the help of such competents as Lou Merrill, Gerald Mohr, Gloria Blondell, Tony Barrett, and Lurene Tuttle. Peter Leeds played Rogue's friend Eugor, an obscure play on names with Eugor spelling Rogue backwards.

The gimmick in Rogue's Gallery was the presence of an alter ego, "Eugor," who arrived in the middle of the show to give Rogue enough information for his final deduction. Eugor was a state of mind, achieved when Rogue was knocked unconcious. Eugor would appear cackling like the host of Hermit's Cave and imparted some vital information the hero had overlooked. Rogue would then awaken with a vague idea of what to do next.

Rogue's Gallery also starred different actors as Rogue, in later incarnations of the series, but Richard Powell was the most popular. This series preceded Richard Powell's most famous series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Rogue trailed lovely blondes and protected witnesses in the new tough guy persona of Dick Powell. This was the transition series for Powell in his quest to be recognized as an actor rather than a singer. It had some of the same cute elements that would make Richard Diamond a high spot four years later.

During the summer of 1946, the show was billed as Bandwagon Mysteries, with a tip of the hat to the sponsor. In the summer of 1947, it was again revived on NBC Sundays for Fitch, with Barry Sullivan in the title role. In 1950 the character again turned up in a two-year sustainer on the ABC Wednesday-night schedule. Chester Morris played the lead. Chester Morris was the original Boston Blackie. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Roy Rogers Show

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Show Name:The Roy Rogers Show
Episodes Available:92
Latest Episode:The Roy Rogers Show 1952-01-25 - 017) Downed Wires | Uploaded: Nov 7, 2014
Categories:Western | Western Stars
Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye November 5, 1911 - July 6, 1998) was an American singer and cowboy actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog Bullet. His show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often Pat Brady, Andy Devine, or George "Gabby" Hayes. In his later years, Rogers lent his name to the Roy Rogers Restaurants franchised chain.

The Roy Rogers Show radio program began in 1944, ended in 1955, and was carried on more than 500 stations. Like the television program of the same name, the show centered on Roy Rogers. Initially, the radio show differed in format from The Roy Rogers Show on TV, with the radio version being more oriented toward music. Toward its end, however, it moved more toward the adventure featured in the TV show.

The main actors in the program were familiar to fans of Rogers' movies. He was the star, with wife Dale Evans and sidekick Gabby Hayes. Initially, the Sons of the Pioneers were the featured musical group; in 1948, they were replaced by Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage. In the show's later years, Pat Brady replaced Hayes. Hayes was Rogers' "grizzled sidekick from the movies," whereas Brady "was a different sort of sidekick, younger and more useful, although still comical."

Other people heard in the program over the years included Forrest Lewis, The Whippoorwills, and Joseph Kearns. Rogers' horse, Trigger, and dog, Bullet, were also featured regularly in the program. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Sad Sack

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Show Name:The Sad Sack
Episodes Available:3
Latest Episode:The Sad Sack 1946-08-14 - Runs For Mayor | Uploaded: Jan 15, 2015
Categories:Humor | War/Armed Forces
Airing History: Dates: Jun 2, 1946 - Sep 4, 1946
The Sad Sack a comic strip and comic book character was created by Sgt. George Baker during World War II. Set in the United States Army, Sad Sack depicted an unnamed, lowly private experiencing some of the absurdities and humiliations of military life. The title was a shortening of "sad sack of s**t". The phrase, common during WWII, has come to mean "an inept person" or "inept soldier".

The comic strip debuted June 1942 in the first issue of Yank, the Army Weekly. Later a hardcover collection of Baker's wartime Sad Sack strips was published in 1944 and The New Sad Sack in 1946. The original book was concurrently published as an Armed Services edition mass market paperback.

After the war ended, The Sad Sack ran in newspaper syndication in the United States until 1957. Baker then sold the rights to Harvey Comics, which produced a large number of commercial spin-offs.

Sad Sack (played by Mel Blanc) made an appearance with Bob Hope and Betty Grable on the April 29, 1944 episode of G.I. Journal. The voice Blanc used was a stuttering delivery similar to Porky Pig.

Sponsored by Old Gold Cigarettes, The Sad Sack radio program aired in 1946 as a summer replacement series for The Frank Sinatra Show. It starred Herb Vigran in the title role with Jim Backus, Sandra Gould, Ken Christy and Patsy Moran. Dick Joy was the announcer for the series which began June 12, 1946 and continued until September 4. (Source: wikipedia)

The Saint

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Show Name:The Saint
Episodes Available:59
Latest Episode:The Saint 1951-07-15 - 179) No, My Darling Daughter | Uploaded: Jul 12, 2014
Categories:Crime | Adventure | Detective
The Saint, a modern day Robin Hood was created by author Leslie Charteris and as the original Radio program's introduction said, he was: "known to millions from books, magazines, and motion pictures." Several versions of the program appeared on different networks.

The Saint began its life on radio in January 1945. Edgar Barrier starred, and Bromo-Seltzer was the sponsor. This version ended March 31, 1945. The second iteration of The Saint on radio was a summer replacement for the Jack Carson Show on CBS, the program went off when its summer run ended September 12, 1945. Brian Aherne starred, and Campbell Soups was the sponsor. The show's third version, which began July 9, 1947, was limited to CBS' West Coast network. It ended June 30, 1948. The sponsor was Lever Brothers. Vincent Price starred in this version and in most of the show's episodes in the two versions that followed.

After a year's hiatus, The Saint returned to radio July 10, 1949 - this time on Mutual. The show lasted through May 28, 1950. The program's final run began June 11, 1950, as a summer replacement for The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. The Saint was back on its original network, NBC, for this version, which ended October 14, 1951. The show lasted longer in this version than in any other.

The title role was also played briefly by Tom Conway (whose brother, George Sanders, had played Simon Templar in several films), and Barry Sullivan. Louise Arthur played Patricia Holm, Templar's assistant. Lawrence Dobkin played Louie, the cab driver. John Brown played Inspector Fernack, and Ken Christy played Hoppy, Templar's sidekick. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Screen Guild Theater

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Show Name:Screen Guild Theater
Episodes Available:348
Latest Episode:Screen Guild Theater #102 - Bachelor Mother | Uploaded: Oct 15, 2014
Categories:Mixed Bag
The Screen Guild Theater was a popular radio anthology series during the Golden Age of Radio, broadcast from 1939 until 1952, with leading Hollywood actors performing in adaptations of popular motion pictures such as Going My Way and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

The show had a long run, lasting for 14 seasons and 527 episodes. It initially was heard on CBS from January 8, 1939 until June 28, 1948, continuing on NBC from October 7, 1948 until June 29, 1950. It was broadcast on ABC from September 7, 1950 to May 31, 1951 and returned to CBS on March 13, 1952. It aired under several different titles: The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Theater.

Fees actors would typically charge were donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, in order to support the creation and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country Home for retired actors. The series came to an end on CBS June 29, 1952. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Shadow

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Show Name:The Shadow
Episodes Available:234
Latest Episode:The Shadow #999 - Computer Calculates But The Shadow Knows (never aired) | Uploaded: Feb 24, 2018
Categories:Superhero | Crime | Masked/Mystery Men
In early 1930, Street & Smith Publications hired David Chrisman and Bill Sweets to adapt the Detective Story Magazine to radio format. Chrisman and Sweets felt the program should be introduced by a mysterious storyteller. A young scriptwriter, Harry Charlot, suggested the name of "The Shadow." Thus, "The Shadow" premiered over CBS airwaves on July 31, 1930, as the host of the Detective Story Hour, narrating "tales of mystery and suspense from the pages of the premier detective fiction magazine." The narrator was first voiced by James LaCurto, but became a national sensation when radio veteran Frank Readick, Jr. assumed the role and gave it "a hauntingly sibilant quality that thrilled radio listeners."

The series disappeared from CBS airwaves on March 27, 1935, due to Street & Smith's insistence that the radio storyteller be completely replaced by the master crime-fighter described in Walter B. Gibson's ongoing pulps. But on September 26, 1937, The Shadow radio drama premiered with the story "The Deathhouse Rescue", in which The Shadow was characterized as having "the power to cloud men's minds so they cannot see him." As in the magazine stories, The Shadow was not given the literal ability to become invisible. Thus began the "official" radio drama, with 22-year-old Orson Welles starring as Lamont Cranston, a "wealthy young man about town." Once The Shadow joined Mutual as a half-hour series on Sunday evenings, the program did not leave the air until December 26, 1954.

Welles did not speak the signature line, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?" Instead, Readick did, using a water glass next to his mouth for the echo effect. The famous catch phrase was accompanied by the strains of an excerpt from Opus 31 of the Camille Saint-Saëns classical composition, Le Rouet d'Omphale.

After Welles departed the show in 1938, Bill Johnstone was chosen to replace him and voiced the character for five seasons. Following Johnstone's departure, The Shadow was portrayed by such actors as Bret Morrison (the longest tenure, with 10 years in two separate runs), John Archer, and Steve Courtleigh. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Sherlock Holmes On Radio

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Show Name:Sherlock Holmes On Radio
Episodes Available:127
Latest Episode:Sherlock Holmes (Stanley & Shirley) #33 - The Adventure Of The Golden Pinch-Nez | Uploaded: Jun 1, 2016
Episodes:The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (18) | Sherlock Holmes - Conway & Bruce (34) | Sherlock Holmes - Rathbone & Bruce (49) | Sherlock Holmes - Stanley & Shirley (26)
Sherlock Holmes was created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is known for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise and his use of forensic science to solve difficult cases.

Holmes, who first appeared in print in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character's popularity grew with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with "A Scandal in Bohemia" in 1891, and additional short-story series and two novels (published in serial form) appeared from then to 1927. The stories cover a period from about 1880 to 1914

The stories were very popular as adaptations for the stage, and later film, and still later television. The Universal Sherlock Holmes (1995) by Ronald B. DeWaal lists over 25,000 Holmes-related productions and products. It has been estimated that Sherlock Holmes is the most prolific screen character in the history of cinema.(Source: wikipedia.org)

Sky Blazers

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Episodes Available:6
Latest Episode:Sky Blazers 1940-01-06 - 05) Bill Brooks - Brooks' Escapades with the Sioux Indiands | Uploaded: Jul 9, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Aviation
Sky Blazers first aired on CBS on December 9, 1939. It was produced by Phillips H. Lord, who also created the more famous series Gangbusters.

The hero of Sky Blazers is Col. Roscoe Turner, who used his World War I discharge bonus to buy an airplane. Starting as a barnstormer, he became a pioneering aviator founding Nevada Airlines. He also flew in Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels and was an air racer.

Each episode started with a radio call from Flight Control. After which Roscoe Turner introduced the episode's featured aviation hero. The show was short lived ending August 31, 1940.

Sleep No More

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Show Name:Sleep No More
Episodes Available:20
Latest Episode:Sleep No More - 17) Woman in Gray - A Suspicious Gift | Uploaded: Dec 22, 2015
Airing History: Dates: 1956 - 1957
Nelson Olmsted, (1914-1992) was an actor who is best known for Sleep No More an unusual NBC radio series, (1956-57), in which he narrated his own adaptations of terror tales and science-fantasy stories. Ben Grauer was the program's announcer.

After study at the University of Texas, Olmsted began in radio in the late 1930s as an announcer for WBAP in Fort Worth, Texas. When he launched Black Night (1937-39), a late night 30-minute horror series, it was only a local program, but it created a sensation, with mail arriving at WBAP from ten states. A review in Radio News took note of the chilling music (by Gene Baugh) and horrific sound effects (by A.M. Woodford). Produced by Ken Douglass, the series began November 5, 1937 with Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" and then continued on with original scripts by Virginia Wiltten. Olmsted starred and was heard in a variety of different roles.

Looking back Nelson Olmsted said: "Dramatic shows cost money and there were no budgets. The cheapest drama for radio I could think of was good literature, read aloud. Especially the work of that great dramatist who never wrote a play -- Edgar Allan Poe. WBAP gave me some time with which to experiment. That was way back in 1939 -- and it worked. By 1940, the storytelling show was on NBC for a ten-year run." (Source: wikipedia)

Smokey the Bear

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Show Name:Smokey the Bear
Episodes Available:16
Latest Episode:Smokey the Bear 1959-xx-xx - 06) Guest Tennessee Ernie Ford | Uploaded: Jul 9, 2014
Categories:Media/Stars | Non-fiction | Animal
Smokey Bear was created by the art critic Harold Rosenberg, and is administered by three entities: the United States Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council. Smokey Bear's name and image are protected by U.S. federal law after the Smokey Bear Act of 1952!

This radio series was produced by the Ad Council in 1959. In each show Smokey Bear talks to a big star of of the day about fire prevention. Music is provided by The Sons of the Pioneers, a Western Harmony group, originally formed by Len Slye who later found fame as Roy Rogers!

Smokey has a message for everyone, which you must not forget: "Remember ... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires!!

Space Patrol

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Show Name:Space Patrol
Episodes Available:46
Latest Episode:Space Patrol 1953-05-02 - Venus Space Factory | Uploaded: Jul 19, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Space Patrol is a science fiction adventure series that was originally aimed at juvenile audiences of the early 1950s via television, radio, and comic books. However, it soon developed a sizable adult audience such that by 1954, the program consistently ranked in the top 10 shows broadcast on a Saturday.

The success of the TV show spawned an almost instant radio version, which ran from 4 October 1952 to 19 March 1955 producing approximately 129 episodes. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director had some crossover between the radio and TV incarnations however; the radio broadcasts were not limited by the studio sets and became more expansive in scope and story than the television versions. Although there was seldom any deliberate crossing-over of storylines, some of the television villains regularly appeared on the radio (notably Prince Bacarratti), and during the 'Planet X' story both the TV and radio versions explored the rogue planet's invasion of the Space Patrol universe.

While the radio series lacked the adult sophistication of sci-fi shows such as the later day X Minus One, it was enjoyed as a Golden Age space opera popularized in the 1930s, the days of science fiction's infancy, by pioneering magazine editor Hugo Gernsback and it is prized by "Old Time Radio" collectors today as one of radio's most enjoyable and fascinating adventures. Unfortunately only around 117 of the original broadcasts survive. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Speed Gibson

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Show Name:Speed Gibson
Episodes Available:178
Latest Episode:Speed Gibson #125 - A Poison Dart | Uploaded: Oct 25, 2014
Categories:Children/Teenagers | Aviation
Airing History:Episodes: 178 |  Dates: Jan 2, 1937 - May 25, 1940
Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police was written by Virginia Cooke. It features Speed Gibson, a 15 year-old pilot who, through his uncle Clint Barlow, becomes a member of the International Secret Police.

The show ran weekly from January 2, 1937 to May 25, 1940. 178 Episodes of the show were produced each lasting approximately 15 minutes. All of these have survived intact!

Elliott Lewis may have starred in the title role, but this cannot be confirmed. Some also believe he played Splinters, one of the Octopus' henchmen. Howard McNear played his uncle Clint Barlow and John Gibson sidekick, Barney Dunlap, known for catch phrases such as "Suffering wangdoodles!" Other actors include: Hanley Stafford, Jack Mathers, Victor Rodman and Sam Edwards. The opening theme contains the drone of an airplane and an air traffic controller calling, "Ceiling zero ... ceiling zero ... ceiling zero!"

The series is divided into two stories. The first 100 episodes cover The Menace of the Octopus. The remaining 78 shows are titled Speed Gibson And The Atlantian Syndicate. This series follows Speed as he continues his adventures on the African continent and his quest to defeat the Octopus. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Straight Arrow

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Show Name:Straight Arrow
Episodes Available:5
Latest Episode:Straight Arrow 19xx-xx-xx - Land of Our Fathers | Uploaded: Jul 11, 2014
Categories:Western | Native Americans
Straight Arrow radio program was a western adventure series for juveniles which was broadcast, mostly twice weekly in the United States from 1948 or 1949 through 1951. A total of 292 episodes were aired. Although first broadcast only in California, in early 1949 it was broadcast nationally on the Mutual Broadcasting Network. All the programs were written by Sheldon Stark. The protagonist, rancher Steve Adams, became the Comanche Indian, the Straight Arrow, when bad people or other dangers threatened. In fact, Adams was a Comanche orphan who had been adopted by the Adams ranching family and later inherited the ranch. His dual identity was known to only one friend. Internal evidence places the ranch in the vicinity of the Colorado Rockies in the 1870s. Howard Culver played both Adams and Straight Arrow. The program was sponsored by Nabisco Shredded Wheat.

Like many other children's programs, this one soon had cross-over presence. The Straight Arrow Comic book first came out in February 1950. Most of the stories were written by Gardner Fox. In addition, there was a Straight Arrow comic strip for which Fox wrote all the scripts as well as and Straight Arrow collectible cards of Indian crafts inserted in the cereal boxes. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Strange as It Seems

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Show Name:Strange as It Seems
Episodes Available:61
Latest Episode:Strange as It Seems #064 - The Statue of Irony | Uploaded: Jan 16, 2015
Airing History: Dates: Mar 22, 1935 - Apr 13, 1947
Strange as It Seems appeared as a syndicated cartoon feature in 1928. Created by John Hix, who insisted every published fact be verified by a minimum of three sources.

Strange as It Seems began as a 15 minute radio program on March 22, 1935. It was broadcast over the Columbia - Don Lee Coast radio network. The show was hosted by Gayne Whitman and included two or three segments of dramatized events in mini plays. This run of the shows concluded at the end of January 1937, after over 210 shows. It began again in January 1938 as a 15 minute once a week program ending at the end of December 1938, with 53 shows in this run.

The Strange as It Seems radio program was picked up as a 30 minute network program on the Columbia Broadcasting System from August 17, 1939 to December 26, 1940. There were 72 broadcasts of these broadcasts. The sponsor was Palmolive Shave Cream and the host was Alois Havrilla. Havrilla was the announcer on the Stranger Than Fiction movie shorts beginning in 1934 and continuing in that role until the shorts were ended in 1942. Stranger Than Fiction was the successor to the Strange as It Seems movie shorts that ran from 1930 until 1934.

The program had one final run in its original 15 minute format from Nov. 10, 1946 to April 13, 1947, airing at 7:30 PM on Sunday nights. There were 22 episodes aired in this run. (Source: wikipedia)


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Show Name:Suspense
Episodes Available:904
Latest Episode:Suspense #320 - Holiday Story | Uploaded: Oct 18, 2014
Categories:Horror | Crime
Suspense is a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962.

One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 are extant.

Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.

In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. Notable exceptions include adaptations of Curt Siodmak's Donovan's Brain and H. P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror", but by the late 1950s, such material was regularly featured. (Source: wikipedia.org)


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Show Name:T-Man
Episodes Available:2
Latest Episode:T-Man 50-04-29 The Case of the Bleeding Gold | Uploaded: Jul 8, 2014
Categories:Crime | Spy/Espionage
T-Man was first published in September 1951, by Quality Comics, the run continued until the company folded in 1956. It has the claim to fame of probably being the only comic book that ever featured a U.S. Treasury agent as its hero. T-Man was also a classic anti-communist title.

In the 1920s and 1930s, FBI agents were colloquially referred to as 'G-Man', being a shortened version of 'Government man'. Soon 'T-Man' became used for a Treasury Department official. The comics book T-Man's name was Pete Trask and he also appeared on the back pages of Police Comics. The T-Man title ran for 38 issues until Quality Comics went out of business. When DC Comics acquired the rights to Quality's characters Pete Trask as T-Man was one of the titles they decided to discontinue.

The T-Man radio program aired in 1950 and 1956. The first season featured Dennis O'Keefe, playing a treasury agent chasing counterfeiters. The 1956 show starred Jack Ketch who was played by Gordon Glenwright.

Tailspin Tommy

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Show Name:Tailspin Tommy
Episodes Available:4
Latest Episode:Tailspin Tommy 19xx-xx-xx - Carabalanca | Uploaded: Jul 19, 2014
Categories:Adventure | Children/Teenagers | Aviation
Tailspin Tommy an air adventure comic strip was originally illustrated by Hal Forrest and initially distributed by John Wheeler's Bell Syndicate and then by United Feature Syndicate, the strip had a 14-year run from 1928 to 1942.

Living in Littleville, Colorado, young Tommy Tomkins had such an obsession with flying that he was given the nickname Tailspin Tommy before he ever actually went inside a plane. Although Tommy took an aero-engineering correspondence course, his real introduction to aviation happened when mail pilot Milt Howe made an emergency landing in a field near Tommy's neighborhood. Tommy watched the downward spiral of Milt's plane and ran to help. Howe rewarded Tommy with a greasemonkey job in Texas at the Three Point Airlines, where he soon became a pilot along with his girlfriend, Betty Lou Barnes, and his best buddy, Peter "Skeeter" Milligan. The trio eventually became part owners in Three Point and took off for many airborne adventures.

Tailspin Tommy was portrayed by Maurice Murphy in the 12-episode 1934 movie serial Tailspin Tommy. Another 12-chapter serial, Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery (1935), starred Clark Williams in the title role. John Trent portrayed Tommy in a series of hour-long features, including Mystery Plane, Stunt Pilot, Sky Patrol and Danger Flight. All were released in 1939. However, very little is currently known about the radio series. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Tales of the Texas Rangers

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Show Name:Tales of the Texas Rangers
Episodes Available:93
Latest Episode:Tales of the Texas Rangers 1952-08-10 - 90) Last Stop | Uploaded: Jul 13, 2014
Categories:Crime | Detective
Tales of the Texas Rangers aired on NBC Radio from 1950 to 1952 and later on CBS Television from 1955 to 1958. Film star Joel McCrea voiced the radio version as the fictitious Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who uses the latest scientific techniques to identify criminals. His faithful horse, Charcoal (or "Charky"), helps Pearson to track down the culprits. The radio shows are reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.

On the radio Jayce Pearson often worked by request with a local sheriff's office or police department, but in the television version, Willard Parker assumed the role of Jace Pearson and had a regular partner, Ranger Clay Morgan, who had been an occasional character on the radio show. Morgan was portrayed in the television version by Harry Lauter.

The radio series used contemporary cases and modern detective methods to solve crimes; it was a procedural drama, in many ways Jack Webb's Dragnet with a western flavor. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Tarzan - Lord of the Jungle

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Show Name:Tarzan - Lord of the Jungle
Episodes Available:74
Latest Episode:Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle #65 - None So Blind | Uploaded: Nov 18, 2014
After his first run which lasted between 1932-1936, the radio listening audience had to wait until 1951 to again hear the adventures of Tarzan, and then it was only syndicated on the West coast on the Mutual Don-Lee network. The series, a product of Commadore Productions, was later syndicated nationwide on CBS, replacing Hopalong Cassidy. Unlike the previous series, it was not a serial. The part of Tarzan was played by Lamont Johnson. Walter White, Jr. produced the series. Most scripts were written by Bud Lesser. It opened with:

"From the heart of the jungle comes a savage cry of victory. This is Tarzan, Lord of the jungle! From the black core of dark Africa, land of enchantment, mystery and violence comes one of the most colorful figures of all time. Transcribed from the immortal pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan, the bronzed, white son of the jungle!"

The West coast syndication started on January 11, 1951. The nation-wide syndication started on March 22, 1952 and ran for sixty-seven 30-minute episodes until June 27, 1953. It's not known at this time when the West coast Mutual run ended or how many shows that run included.

Tarzan - Tarzan of the Apes

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Show Name:Tarzan - Tarzan of the Apes
Episodes Available:59
Latest Episode:Tarzan of the Apes #54 - Witch Doctor Noises | Uploaded: Nov 17, 2014
Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of The Apes" first appeared on radio on September 12, 1932 in a syndicated serial that lasted for 286 episodes. Sadly only the first 77 episodes are known to have survived, meaning we are suddenly cut off mid-stream.

The show aired three times each week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each episode, not counting commercials, ran for about ten minutes.

Below is part of a release from the sponsors Signal Oil & Gas Co:

"Saturday, September 10th, the first Radio Premiere on record presented to radio fans all over the State the first episode in the thrilling adventures of "Tarzan of the Apes," sponsored by the Signal Oil and Gas Company. Critics and thousands of motorists who jammed the World Premiere Radio Show at Fox Pantages Theatre in Hollywood proclaimed it the most fascinating and colorful radio program they had ever heard.

Among those who participated in the stage show were Jim Pierce, all-American football player and well-known actor, who takes the part of Tarzan in Signal's sensational radio serial; Miss Joan Burroughs, talented actress and daughter of Edgar Rice Burroughs; Mr. Burroughs himself, internationally known author of all "Tarzan" stories together with the entire Tarzan radio cast, including Lord and Lady Graystoke, Captain Tracy, Cecil Clayton, Yont, Professor Porter, Philander, (Joan Burroughs as Jane Porter and James Pierce as Tarzan).... "

Tarzan - The Diamond of Asher

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Show Name:Tarzan - The Diamond of Asher
Episodes Available:39
Latest Episode:Tarzan - The Diamond of Asher #39 | Uploaded: Nov 18, 2014
This serial started on May 14, 1934, airing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, consisting of 39 15-minute episodes. Tarzan was played by Carlton KaDell, the show was directed by Fred Shields and narrated by John McIntire.

Although originally broadcast in 1934, the following introduction was penned by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the announcer to read introducing a 1940 broadcast of Tarzan And The Diamond of Asher.

"We bring you Tarzan, that immortal fictional character of Edgar Rice Burroughs, in a new and exciting serial entitled TARZAN AND THE DIAMOND OF ASHER, which is adapted from the novel, 'Tarzan And The Forbidden City.' Deep in the heart of Africa rises a mighty cone-shaped mountain, an extinct volcano, in the huge crater of which lies The Forbidden City of Asher... To reach this stronghold two safaris endure hardships and perils that bring death to some and high adventure to all... One safari is bent on the rescue of the son of its leader... the other, headed by a wily and unscrupulous Oriental, seeks only the Father of Diamonds... And through the intrigue and mystery and the danger moves the majestic figure of Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle." (source: old-time.com)

Tarzan - The Fires of Tohr

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Show Name:Tarzan - The Fires of Tohr
Episodes Available:39
Latest Episode:Tarzan - The Fires of Tohr 25 | Uploaded: Nov 18, 2014
Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr was the second serial produced by Burroughs. Due to delays the show only played on ten stations, including Hawaii, Canada and Australia. The 39 episodes originally aired during 1936. Here is the original synopsis:

"While investigating the illegal activities of slave traders and ivory smugglers, Tarzan and his friend, Paul D'Arnot save a member of the Burton-Ashleigh Expedition from death. After learning that the expedition is lost, Tarzan agrees to lead the group out of the jungle. Little do they realize however, that they will soon be captured by a strange yellow race, and taken to the lost city of Tohr... There they face the dangers of the arena, rogue elephants and sacrifice to the Fires of Tohr - the result of a hidden lake of volcanic fire that shoots up through a pit to the very arms of the temple god, an idol carved in the likeness of a lion.

Befriending the son of the ruler of a rival city who is held as a slave in Tohr, Tarzan and his friends face death at every turn. Love, hate, jealousy, and political intrigue - as well as courage and loyalty - all play parts in this thrilling serial produced under the personal direction of Edgar Rice Burroughs."

Terry and the Pirates

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Show Name:Terry and the Pirates
Episodes Available:165
Latest Episode:Terry and the Pirates 1942-04-02 - 129) Terry Nurses the Dragon Lady | Uploaded: Jul 20, 2014
Categories:Children/Teenagers | Adventure
Terry and the Pirates radio serial was adapted from Milton Caniff's 1934 comic strip. With storylines of action, high adventure and foreign intrigue, the series entralled listeners from 1937 through 1948.

The central character, Terry Lee, was portrayed at various times by Jackie Kelk, Cliff Carpenter, Owen Jordan, and Bill Fein. Terry's buddy Pat Ryan was played by Bud Collyer, Warner Anderson, Bob Griffin, and Larry Alexander. Others characters were Flip Corkin (Ted de Corsia), Elita (Gerta Rozan), Burma (Frances Chaney), Hotshot Charlie (Cameron Andrews) and Connie the coolie (Cliff Norton, John Gibson, Peter Donald). The main villain was the Dragon Lady (Agnes Moorehead, Adelaide Klein, Marion Sweet, Mina Reaume).

When the late afternoon series began, it was heard at 5:15pm, three times a week, sponsored by Dari-Rich, airing on NBC Red Network from November 1, 1937 to June 1, 1938. It switched to NBC Blue Network on September 26, 1938, continuing until March 22, 1939. Absent from the airwaves for over two years, it returned shortly before the Attack on Pearl Harbor, heard in the Midwestern United States on the Chicago Tribune's WGN. That series, sponsored by Libby's, aired five days a week from October 16, 1941 to May 29, 1942.

With increasing popularity during World War II, the show next took off at a fast pace on Blue Network, airing daily for 15 minutes on weekday afternoons beginning February 1, 1943. The Quaker Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice "shot from guns" commercials often had a patriotic pitch. Douglas Browning was the announcer during the mid-1940s. After 1945, with no wartime villains for Terry and his pals to fight, ratings began to drop in the post-WWII period until the final episode on June 30, 1948. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Theatre Royal

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Show Name:Theatre Royal
Episodes Available:45
Latest Episode:Theatre Royal #48 - Country of the Blind | Uploaded: Oct 14, 2014
Categories:Mixed Bag
A British anthology series, featuring plays based on the best of literature, films and theater. Produced in two series, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Sir Ralph Richardson serve as hosts, narrators and many times portray the leading roles.

The program apparently was developed as a vehicle to capitalize on Olivier's name and talent. Many fine actors of the British stage and screen were involved including: Sir John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Harry Andrews, Muriel Forbes, Robert Donat, and Daphne Maddox.

The music was credited to the renown British organist and arranger, Sidney Torch. However much of the same music was also used in other Harry Alan Towers productions on which Torch also worked, such as The Secrets of Scotland Yard, The Black Museum, and The Many Lives of Harry Lime. So how much of it was actually written for this series will probably never be known.

Harry Alan Towers produced and directed the show for his Towers of London company for international syndication, at the time in Europe, South Africa and Australia. (Source: Old Time Radio Researcher's Group)

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

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Show Name:Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
Episodes Available:47
Latest Episode:Tom Corbett, Space Cadet 1952-04-01 - 27) Double Cross in Space, Part 1 | Uploaded: Jul 10, 2014
Categories:Science Fiction
Joseph Lawrence Greene of Grosset & Dunlap developed Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, inspired by the Robert A. Heinlein novel Space Cadet (1948) but based on his own prior work. Greene had submitted a radio script for "Tom Ranger" and the "Space Cadets" on January 16, 1946, but it remained unperformed when Heinlein's novel was published. Greene then reworked his radio script into a script for a daily newspaper adventure strip, which was never produced.

Tom Corbett first appeared on television. The stories initially closely followed the scripts written for the unpublished newspaper comic strip Tom Ranger, Space Cadet, by Joseph Greene from 1949.

The stories followed the adventures of Corbett, Astro, originally Roger Manning and later T.J. Thistle, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkrooms, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars.

The cast for the radio program was the same as for the television series. The show ran from January 1, 1952 - June 26, 1952, initially in 15-minute segments three times a week and then as a half-hour show twice a week. A radio version produced in Australia used local actors.

Tom Mix

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Show Name:Tom Mix
Episodes Available:27
Latest Episode:Tom Mix 1939-03-10 - Jane's Father | Uploaded: Jul 19, 2014
Categories:Western | Western Stars
Thomas Edwin "Tom" Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix; January 6, 1880 - October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies. Between 1909 and 1935, Mix appeared in 291 films, all but nine of which were silent movies. He was Hollywood's first Western megastar and is noted as having helped define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed.

In 1933, Ralston-Purina obtained his permission to produce a Tom Mix radio series called Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters which, but for one year during World War II, was popular throughout most of the 1930s through the early 1950s. Mix never appeared on these broadcasts, and was instead played by radio actors: Artells Dickson (early 1930s), Jack Holden (from 1937), Russell Thorsen (early 1940s) and Joe "Curley" Bradley (from 1944). Others in the supporting cast included George Gobel, Harold Peary and Willard Waterman.

The Ralston company offered ads during the Tom Mix radio program for listeners to send in for a series of 12 special Ralston-Tom Mix Comic books available only by writing the Ralston Company by mail. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Weird Circle

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Show Name:Weird Circle
Episodes Available:78
Latest Episode:Weird Circle #76 - The Haunted Hotel | Uploaded: Oct 14, 2014
The Weird Circle was a syndicated radio drama series produced in New York and originally broadcast between 1943-1945.

The series was a Ziv Production, produced at RCA's New York studios and licensed by the Mutual Broadcasting System, and later, NBC's Red network. It lasted two seasons, 39 shows each (78 total) consisting mostly of radio adaptations of classic horror stories from the pens of the world's best known and respected supernatural fiction authors like Edgar Alan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens. The production values were modest and it featured very little music. (Source: wikipedia.org)

The Whistler

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Show Name:The Whistler
Episodes Available:486
Latest Episode:The Whistler #435 - Dear Diary | Uploaded: Nov 18, 2014
The Whistler ran from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955 on the west-coast regional CBS radio network. The show also broadcast in Chicago and over Armed Forces Radio. On the west coast, it was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The Whistler." There were also two short-lived attempts to form east-coast broadcast spurs: July 3 to September 25, 1946, sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company; and March 26, 1947 to September 29, 1948, sponsored by Household Finance. The program was also adapted into a film noir series by Columbia Pictures in 1944.

Each episode began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. (The Saint radio series with Vincent Price used a similar opening.) The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts whistling with an orchestra.

Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years. He was followed in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. Of the 692 episodes, over 200 no longer exist. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM, sponsored by Meister Brau beer.

The stories followed a formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action in the manner of a Greek chorus, taunting the characters, guilty or innocent, from an omniscient perspective. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Wild Bill Hickok

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Show Name:Wild Bill Hickok
Episodes Available:261
Latest Episode:Wild Bill Hickok 1953-10-14 - 174) The House on Windy Hill | Uploaded: Jul 11, 2014
Categories:Western | Western Heroes
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok is an American Western television series which ran for eight seasons from 1951 through 1958. The Screen Gems series began in syndication, but ran on CBS from 1955 through 1958, and, at the same time, on ABC from 1957 through 1958. The series was also exported to Australia during the late-1950s.

The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok starred Guy Madison as the legendary Old West lawman (in real life, also a gunfighter) Marshal James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, and Andy Devine as his comedy sidekick, Jingles P. Jones.

Devine and Madison portrayed their roles on Mutual radio from 1951 to 1956. (Source: wikipedia.org)

X Minus One

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Episodes Available:121
Latest Episode:X Minus One #085 - Open Warfare | Uploaded: Feb 13, 2015
Categories:Science Fiction
X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio drama series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC.

Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), the first 15 episodes of X Minus One were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories by leading writers in the field, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon, along with some original scripts by Kinoy and Lefferts.

Included in the series were adaptations of Robert Sheckley's "Skulking Permit," Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven", Heinlein's "Universe" and "The Green Hills of Earth", " Pohl's "The Tunnel under the World", J. T. McIntosh's "Hallucination Orbit", Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air", and George Lefferts' "The Parade".

The program opened with announcer Fred Collins delivering the countdown, leading into the following introduction (although later shows were partnered with Galaxy Science Fiction rather than Astounding Science Fiction).

The series was canceled after the 126th broadcast on January 9, 1958. However, the early 1970s brought a wave of nostalgia for old-time radio; a new experimental episode, "The Iron Chancellor" by Robert Silverberg, was produced in 1973, but it failed to revive the series. NBC also tried broadcasting the old recordings, but their irregular once-monthly scheduling kept even devoted listeners from following the broadcasts. (source: wikipedia)

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

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Show Name:Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Episodes Available:721
Latest Episode:Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar #741 - The Stock-In-Trade Matter | Uploaded: Jun 13, 2016
Categories:Crime | Detective
Airing History:Episodes: 809 |  Dates: Feb 18, 1949 - Sep 30, 1962
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar is a radio drama that aired on CBS Radio from February 18, 1949 to September 30, 1962.

The first several seasons imagined protagonist Johnny Dollar as a standard private investigator drama. In 1955 after a yearlong hiatus, the series came back in its best-known incarnation with Bob Bailey starring in "the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed expense account - America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator." There were 809 episodes (plus two not-for-broadcast auditions) in the 12-year run, and more than 720 still exist today.

As originally conceived, Johnny Dollar was a smart, tough, wisecracking detective who tossed silver-dollar tips to waiters and bellhops. Dick Powell starred in the audition show, recorded in 1948, but withdrew from the role in favor of other projects. The role went instead to Charles Russell. The show, for which Powell auditioned, was originally titled "Yours Truly, Lloyd London," although the name of the show and its lead character were apparently changed before the audition tape of December 7, 1948, was actually recorded.

With the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar radio actor Russell and movie tough-guy actors Edmond O'Brien and John Lund there was little to distinguish Johnny Dollar from other detective series at the time (Richard Diamond, Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade). While always a friend of the police, Johnny wasn't necessarily a stickler for the strictest interpretation of the law. He was willing to let some things slide to satisfy his own sense of justice, as long as the interests of his employer were also protected.

The final episodes of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and Suspense, airing on CBS, are often cited as the end of the golden age of radio. The last episode of Johnny Dollar, "The Tip-Off Matter", ended at 6:35 p.m. Eastern Time on September 30, 1962, followed immediately by the final broadcast of Suspense. (Source: wikipedia.org)

Odds and Ends

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Episodes Available:2
Latest Episode:Martin Kane, Private Investigator 1953-10-29 - Unknown | Uploaded: Jul 20, 2014
Categories:Mixed Bag
Here is an Odds & Ends category which we have tagged at the bottom of the Old Time Radio section.

We will use it to house one-off broadcasts and shows with only single remaining episodes.
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