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Saturday 9/24
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Fathom Five Matter" from 2/27/1956 / Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:30 pm – Saturday Midnight Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Thomas Hart" from 4/14/1951 / Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Sunday 9/25
12:00 am – 12:30 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Legend Of Jimmy Blue Eyes" from 3/23/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

12:30 am – 1:00 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"Fatal Action" from 10/8/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

1:00 am – 1:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Confession" from 12/31/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

1:30 am – 2:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"1489 Words" from 2/10/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Jack Practices The Bee" from 1/24/1937 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Missing Five Dollars" from 3/25/1945 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

"Mob Buster" from 3/20/1949 John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

3:30 am – 4:00 am The Martin and Lewis Show
The Martin and Lewis Show

"Witnessed A Murder" from 11/7/1949

4:00 am – 4:30 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"Curiosity Killed The Cat" from 12/16/1951 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

4:30 am – 5:00 am Tarzan
Tarzan

"The Lifagor" from 4/24/1952 From the heart of the jungle comes a savage cry of victory. This is Tarzan, Lord of the jungle! From 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 and starring Lamont Johnson as "the son of the jungle".

5:00 am – 5:30 am Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Lethal Habit Of Marquis Debrinvillers" from 5/26/1954 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

5:30 am – 6:00 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"Brief Pause For Murder" from 9/11/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

6:00 am – 6:30 am This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"The Masquerader" from 4/18/1952 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie

"Wentworth Diamonds" from 4/25/1952 Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle, a hard-drinking opium addict who served three prison terms. While in prison, Boyle began writing true-crime confession stories that were published in The American Magazine under the byline 6006, his convict number. Boyle's stories were collected in his 1919 book, Boston Blackie, and inspired a popular series of B-films, the radio series and a 1951 video version.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Eddie Lazetti Kidnaps Nurse" from 1/5/1951 This medical drama was based on films by the same name. Lews Ayes as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie face everything from pushy administrators to personal drama and ethical crises in the halls of Blair General Hospital in New York City

7:30 am – 8:00 am Behind The Mike
Behind The Mike

"Comedy Broadcasts" from 11/23/1941 "Radio's own show" first ran in 1931 as a 15-minute show, then revamped in 1940 as a half-hour program, hosted by Graham McNamee. Episodes could feature interviews with inventors, producers, show runners and actors, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of how radio shows get made.

8:00 am – 10:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Paid Killer" from 1/17/1953 --- "Scared Kid" from 12/18/1955 --- "Dooley Surrenders" from 9/13/1954 --- "The Mistake" from 3/19/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

10:00 am – 10:30 am My Friend Irma
My Friend Irma

"Buy Or Sell" from 3/15/1948 Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"Damage Claim on Broken Mirror" from 12/7/1948 Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big No Tooth" from 4/5/1955 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Saving Sarah Banks" from 7/30/2000 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Devilstone" from 9/30/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Tip-Off Matter" from 9/30/1962 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"The Burning Court" from 6/17/1942 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Parakoff Policy" from 2/11/1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Murder In The Night" from 11/12/1944 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"Hot Hundred Grand Caper" from 9/19/1948 Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Two Gun Gertie" from 12/9/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: W.C. from 3/24/1946 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Lady Pamela" from 3/31/1952 --- "Date Night" from 2/25/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Renting Maxwell To A Movie Studio" from 4/24/1955 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best

"Too Many Peanuts" from 10/22/1953 NBC's Father Knows Best depicted the lives of the Anderson family, an average American family living in an average American town. Robert Young starred as Jim Anderson, the easy-going and sensible father. Young was the only cast member to survive the transition from radio to television.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm When Radio Was
When Radio Was

This Is Your FBI - "Curious Fisherman" from 9/7/1951 - Marine Story - "Chimney Sweep" from 4/26/1948 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Candy Matson
Candy Matson

"The Ford Ord Story" from 10/3/1949 / Candy Matson was a hard-as-nails private eye who also happended to be beautiful. The show, set in San Francisco, was on the air from 1941 to 1942. Starring Natalie Masters.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Night Beat
Night Beat

"Long Live The Clown" from 5/8/1952 / Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Adventures of Nero Wolfe

"Case Of The Bashful Body" from 11/24/1950 Nero Wolfe solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes, although the overweight detective physically resembled Holmes' obese older brother Mycroft. The adventures of Rex Stouts's "gargantuan gourmet" first came to radio over the New England Network beginning April 7, 1943. The series moved onto the Blue Network on July 5, 1943 starring Santos Ortega and later Luis Van Rooten.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"The Great Detective" from 12/26/1944 The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Dimension X
Dimension X

"The Potters Of Firsk" from 7/28/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm The Sealed Book
The Sealed Book

"Welcome Home" from 5/20/1945

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm The Alan Young Show
The Alan Young Show

"School Days" from 1/9/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"George Is Being Sued" from 8/26/1940 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

"Belljoy's Prisoner" from 6/8/1958 This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

11:30 pm – Sunday Midnight Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"The Phantom Panther" from 5/26/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

Monday 9/26
12:00 am – 12:30 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

"The Martin White Case" from 1/22/1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

12:30 am – 1:00 am The Line-Up
The Line-Up

"Bakery Bandit's Bad Blooper" from 3/25/1952 This CBS cop procedural pulls back the curtain on crime fighting in San Francisco. The Shadow's Bill Johnstone starred as cool-mannered Lt. Ben Guthrie, foil to hot-tempered Sgt. Matt Grebb. Director Elliot Lewis was one of the busiest men in radio, having a hand in the Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show, Suspense, Broadway Is My Beat, and many more.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Candy Matson
Candy Matson

"Symphony Of Death" 6/19/1950 Candy Matson was a hard-as-nails private eye who also happended to be beautiful. The show, set in San Francisco, was on the air from 1941 to 1942. Starring Natalie Masters.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Blackstone, Magic Detective
Blackstone, Magic Detective

"The Deathless Shot" from 4/10/1949 This magical mystery show aired from 1948-1949 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Ed Jerome starred as Harry Blackstone, a skilled magician who told his tales of adventure and escape in flashbacks. At the end of each episode, Blackstone would perform and describe a new magic trick for his kid listeners to practice at home. Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon also starred as Blackstone's friends John and Rhonda.

2:00 am – 3:00 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"All Damage Covered" from 1/30/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

3:00 am – 3:30 am Philo Vance
Philo Vance

"Little Murder Case" from 11/15/1949 Philo Vance was the most popular fictional detective during the late 1920s and early 1930s and influenced the creation of many later detectives. S.S. Van Dine's legendary creation was first brought to radio on July 5, 1945 in an NBC summer series starring Jose Ferrar and was also briefly portrayed by John Emery.

3:30 am – 4:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Lightship" from 4/28/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Look" from 5/11/1954 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"The Brothers" from 9/30/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"Adventure Of Wisteria Lodge" from 1/20/2008 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Cleaning Closet for Scrap Drive" from 4/7/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

6:00 am – 7:00 am Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"The Death Trap" from 2/26/1952 --- "Fool's Gold" from 10/14/1952 This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Terry Murphy's Hearing Problem" from 4/19/1950 This medical drama was based on films by the same name. Lews Ayes as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie face everything from pushy administrators to personal drama and ethical crises in the halls of Blair General Hospital in New York City

7:30 am – 8:00 am Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Boomerang" from 7/6/1952 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"Alice Buys A Business" from 11/16/1952 -- "The Football Tickets" from 11/23/1952 / The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Man Called X
Man Called X

"Death In The Congo" from 12/3/1950 / Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on July 10, 1944, moved to NBC in 1950 and continued through May 20, 1952.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Who Killed Harry Nile?" from 8/1/1999 / This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

10:00 am – 11:30 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Alvin Summers Matter" from 10/24/1955 / Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Man From Homicide
Man From Homicide

"Drowned Girl Case" from 8/6/1951

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
When Radio Was

Charlie McCarthy Show - "Guest: Michael Romanoff" from 9/14/1947 - Jack Benny Program - "Jack Plays Carnegie Hall" Part One from 1/17/1943 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Babs' Date With Lt. Carew" from 7/16/1944 / The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Romance of the Ranchos
Romance of the Ranchos

"Rancho La Puente" from 1/28/1942 / This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

"Guest: George Raft" from 11/20/1951 / Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27, 1938.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm The Martin and Lewis Show
The Martin and Lewis Show

"Guest: George Raft" from 11/20/1951

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"A Crime To Fit The Punishment" from 12/5/1944 / This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Dog Who Changed His Mind" from 9/28/1947 / Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

"Search For Dr. Livingstone" from 10/4/1939 / John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Gambler's Luck" from 11/2/52 / Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok

"Gunsmoke Pass" from 2/1/1952 / This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Axe & The Droot Family" from 8/10/1953 / Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm The Black Museum
The Black Museum

"The Bathtub" from 1952 / This crime drama was first produced by the BBC in 1951, and aired in the US the following year. Narrator Orson Welles told tales of this "mausoleum of murder," with ordinary objects and the murder mysteries behind them.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Box 13
Box 13

"Last Will and Nursery Rhyme" from 8/30/1948

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Desert Death" from 1/9/1945 / Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"Dance of Death" from 11/17/1953 - "Too Late To Die" from 12/15/1953 / This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Shadow
The Shadow

"Flight Of The Vulture" from 12/10/1939 / The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Premonition" from 12/23/1954 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Creeps By Night
Creeps By Night

"Strange Burial Of Alexander Jordan" from 1944

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Murder In Black & White" from 4/14/49 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Married But Single" from 8/6/1942 / George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

11:30 pm – Monday Midnight Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Kit Carson Benny" from 2/28/1943 / For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Tuesday 9/27
12:00 am – 1:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Shopping For A Car" from 10/9/1945 - "Missing Screwdriver" from 10/15/1940 / The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

1:00 am – 1:30 am The Saint
The Saint

"Birds & Bees of East Orange" from 3/18/1951 / Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

1:30 am – 2:00 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"Hounds In The Hills" from 2/20/1938 / The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Dr. Robbie McClure" from 8/4/1949 / Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Joke" from 5/10/1953 / Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie

"Captain's Widow" from 2/26/1956 / Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry. Premiering in January 1956, Raymond Burr starred as Captain Quince-a soldier who followed orders and a leader who lived by his own rules of fairness and honesty.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

"The Actress" from 3/23/1958 / This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

4:00 am – 4:30 am The Alan Young Show
The Alan Young Show

"School Days" from 1/9/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"George Is Being Sued" from 8/26/1940 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

"Belljoy's Prisoner" from 6/8/1958 This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"The Phantom Panther" from 5/26/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"The Three Gables" from 9/30/2007 / Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie

"According To Plan" from 1/28/1947 / Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle, a hard-drinking opium addict who served three prison terms. While in prison, Boyle began writing true-crime confession stories that were published in The American Magazine under the byline 6006, his convict number. Boyle's stories were collected in his 1919 book, Boston Blackie, and inspired a popular series of B-films, the radio series and a 1951 video version.

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"One Man Jury" from 10/22/1945 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

7:30 am – 8:00 am Gangbusters
Gangbusters

"Carnival Caper" from 7/31/1948 / Gangbusters first came to radio under the title G-Men beginning July 20, 1935. The long-running series was created by Philip H. Lord and produced "in cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. Gangbusters was one of radio's longest-running dramatic series, running from January 15, 1936 through November 27, 1957, and its classic opening gave rise to the expression "coming on like gangbusters."

8:00 am – 9:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Lady Pamela" from 3/31/1952 --- "Date Night" from 2/25/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Renting Maxwell To A Movie Studio" from 4/24/1955 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best

"Too Many Peanuts" from 10/22/1953 NBC's Father Knows Best depicted the lives of the Anderson family, an average American family living in an average American town. Robert Young starred as Jim Anderson, the easy-going and sensible father. Young was the only cast member to survive the transition from radio to television.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Adventures of Nero Wolfe

"Case Of The Bashful Body" from 11/24/1950 Nero Wolfe solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes, although the overweight detective physically resembled Holmes' obese older brother Mycroft. The adventures of Rex Stouts's "gargantuan gourmet" first came to radio over the New England Network beginning April 7, 1943. The series moved onto the Blue Network on July 5, 1943 starring Santos Ortega and later Luis Van Rooten.

10:30 am – 11:00 am The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"The Great Detective" from 12/26/1944 The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Dimension X
Dimension X

"The Potters Of Firsk" from 7/28/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm The Sealed Book
The Sealed Book

"Welcome Home" from 5/20/1945

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
When Radio Was

Jack Benny Program - "Jack Plays Carnegie Hall" Part Two from 1/17/1943 - Tales of the Texas Rangers - "Open Range" from 1/17/1943 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Candy Matson
Candy Matson

"The Ford Ord Story" from 10/3/1949 / Candy Matson was a hard-as-nails private eye who also happended to be beautiful. The show, set in San Francisco, was on the air from 1941 to 1942. Starring Natalie Masters.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Night Beat
Night Beat

"Long Live The Clown" from 5/8/1952 / Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Green Hills of Earth" from 7/21/1957 / The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Beneficiary" from 4/17/1950 - "Death Demon" from 7/5/1948 - "Murder Takes A Honeymoon" from 7/26/1948 / Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Auto Accident With Judge Hook" from 4/11/1943 / The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

"Mousy Works In A Gold Mine" from 8/18/1942 -- "Baby Case Is Expensive" from 8/19/1942 / Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Cross Eyed Bear" from 9/9/1943 - "Locked Room" from 1/27/1944 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm My Friend Irma
My Friend Irma

"Buy Or Sell" from 3/15/1948 Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"Damage Claim on Broken Mirror" from 12/7/1948 Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big No Tooth" from 4/5/1955 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Saving Sarah Banks" from 7/30/2000 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Legend Of Jimmy Blue Eyes" from 3/23/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"Fatal Action" from 10/8/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Confession" from 12/31/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"1489 Words" from 2/10/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

10:00 pm – Tuesday Midnight Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Paid Killer" from 1/17/1953 --- "Scared Kid" from 12/18/1955 --- "Dooley Surrenders" from 9/13/1954 --- "The Mistake" from 3/19/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Wednesday 9/28
12:00 am – 1:00 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"Alice Buys A Business" from 11/16/1952 -- "The Football Tickets" from 11/23/1952 / The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Man Called X
Man Called X

"Death In The Congo" from 12/3/1950 / Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on July 10, 1944, moved to NBC in 1950 and continued through May 20, 1952.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Who Killed Harry Nile?" from 8/1/1999 / This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

"Guest: George Raft" from 11/20/1951 / Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27, 1938.

2:30 am – 3:00 am The Martin and Lewis Show
The Martin and Lewis Show

"Guest: George Raft" from 11/20/1951

3:00 am – 3:30 am Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"A Crime To Fit The Punishment" from 12/5/1944 / This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Dog Who Changed His Mind" from 9/28/1947 / Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Murder In The Night" from 11/12/1944 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"Hot Hundred Grand Caper" from 9/19/1948 Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Two Gun Gertie" from 12/9/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: W.C. from 3/24/1946 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"Devilstone" from 9/30/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Tip-Off Matter" from 9/30/1962 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"The Burning Court" from 6/17/1942 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Parakoff Policy" from 2/11/1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

8:00 am – 8:30 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"Curiosity Killed The Cat" from 12/16/1951 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

8:30 am – 9:00 am Tarzan
Tarzan

"The Lifagor" from 4/24/1952 From the heart of the jungle comes a savage cry of victory. This is Tarzan, Lord of the jungle! From 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 and starring Lamont Johnson as "the son of the jungle".

9:00 am – 9:30 am Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Lethal Habit Of Marquis Debrinvillers" from 5/26/1954 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"Brief Pause For Murder" from 9/11/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

10:00 am – 10:30 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

"The Martin White Case" from 1/22/1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

10:30 am – 11:00 am The Line-Up
The Line-Up

"Bakery Bandit's Bad Blooper" from 3/25/1952 This CBS cop procedural pulls back the curtain on crime fighting in San Francisco. The Shadow's Bill Johnstone starred as cool-mannered Lt. Ben Guthrie, foil to hot-tempered Sgt. Matt Grebb. Director Elliot Lewis was one of the busiest men in radio, having a hand in the Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show, Suspense, Broadway Is My Beat, and many more.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Candy Matson
Candy Matson

"Symphony Of Death" 6/19/1950 Candy Matson was a hard-as-nails private eye who also happended to be beautiful. The show, set in San Francisco, was on the air from 1941 to 1942. Starring Natalie Masters.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Blackstone, Magic Detective
Blackstone, Magic Detective

"The Deathless Shot" from 4/10/1949 This magical mystery show aired from 1948-1949 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Ed Jerome starred as Harry Blackstone, a skilled magician who told his tales of adventure and escape in flashbacks. At the end of each episode, Blackstone would perform and describe a new magic trick for his kid listeners to practice at home. Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon also starred as Blackstone's friends John and Rhonda.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
When Radio Was

The Shadow - "Ghost of Captain Bayloe" from 2/5/1939 -- Superman - "Phony Song Publishing" Part Eight from 12/13/1946 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Babs' Date With Lt. Carew" from 7/16/1944 / The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Romance of the Ranchos
Romance of the Ranchos

"Rancho La Puente" from 1/28/1942 / This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"Dance of Death" from 11/17/1953 - "Too Late To Die" from 12/15/1953 / This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Shadow
The Shadow

"Flight Of The Vulture" from 12/10/1939 / The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Premonition" from 12/23/1954 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Jack Practices The Bee" from 1/24/1937 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Missing Five Dollars" from 3/25/1945 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

"Mob Buster" from 3/20/1949 John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm The Martin and Lewis Show
The Martin and Lewis Show

"Witnessed A Murder" from 11/7/1949

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Look" from 5/11/1954 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"The Brothers" from 9/30/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"Adventure Of Wisteria Lodge" from 1/20/2008 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Cleaning Closet for Scrap Drive" from 4/7/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"All Damage Covered" from 1/30/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Philo Vance
Philo Vance

"Little Murder Case" from 11/15/1949 Philo Vance was the most popular fictional detective during the late 1920s and early 1930s and influenced the creation of many later detectives. S.S. Van Dine's legendary creation was first brought to radio on July 5, 1945 in an NBC summer series starring Jose Ferrar and was also briefly portrayed by John Emery.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Lightship" from 4/28/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"The Death Trap" from 2/26/1952 --- "Fool's Gold" from 10/14/1952 This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Terry Murphy's Hearing Problem" from 4/19/1950 This medical drama was based on films by the same name. Lews Ayes as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie face everything from pushy administrators to personal drama and ethical crises in the halls of Blair General Hospital in New York City

11:30 pm – Wednesday Midnight Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Boomerang" from 7/6/1952 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Thursday 9/29
12:00 am – 12:30 am Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"The Three Gables" from 9/30/2007 / Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie

"According To Plan" from 1/28/1947 / Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle, a hard-drinking opium addict who served three prison terms. While in prison, Boyle began writing true-crime confession stories that were published in The American Magazine under the byline 6006, his convict number. Boyle's stories were collected in his 1919 book, Boston Blackie, and inspired a popular series of B-films, the radio series and a 1951 video version.

1:00 am – 1:30 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"One Man Jury" from 10/22/1945 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

1:30 am – 2:00 am Gangbusters
Gangbusters

"Carnival Caper" from 7/31/1948 / Gangbusters first came to radio under the title G-Men beginning July 20, 1935. The long-running series was created by Philip H. Lord and produced "in cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. Gangbusters was one of radio's longest-running dramatic series, running from January 15, 1936 through November 27, 1957, and its classic opening gave rise to the expression "coming on like gangbusters."

2:00 am – 2:30 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Green Hills of Earth" from 7/21/1957 / The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

2:30 am – 4:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Beneficiary" from 4/17/1950 - "Death Demon" from 7/5/1948 - "Murder Takes A Honeymoon" from 7/26/1948 / Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Axe & The Droot Family" from 8/10/1953 / Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Black Museum
The Black Museum

"The Bathtub" from 1952 / This crime drama was first produced by the BBC in 1951, and aired in the US the following year. Narrator Orson Welles told tales of this "mausoleum of murder," with ordinary objects and the murder mysteries behind them.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Box 13
Box 13

"Last Will and Nursery Rhyme" from 8/30/1948

5:30 am – 6:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Desert Death" from 1/9/1945 / Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

6:00 am – 7:00 am Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

"Search For Dr. Livingstone" from 10/4/1939 / John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Gambler's Luck" from 11/2/52 / Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok

"Gunsmoke Pass" from 2/1/1952 / This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Auto Accident With Judge Hook" from 4/11/1943 / The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

"Mousy Works In A Gold Mine" from 8/18/1942 -- "Baby Case Is Expensive" from 8/19/1942 / Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Cross Eyed Bear" from 9/9/1943 - "Locked Room" from 1/27/1944 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Dr. Robbie McClure" from 8/4/1949 / Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Joke" from 5/10/1953 / Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie

"Captain's Widow" from 2/26/1956 / Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry. Premiering in January 1956, Raymond Burr starred as Captain Quince-a soldier who followed orders and a leader who lived by his own rules of fairness and honesty.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

"The Actress" from 3/23/1958 / This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
When Radio Was

Gunsmoke - "Wrong Man" from 11/13/1954 -- Night Editor - "In Care Of Postmistress Clara" from 1945 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Candy Matson
Candy Matson

"The Ford Ord Story" from 10/3/1949 / Candy Matson was a hard-as-nails private eye who also happended to be beautiful. The show, set in San Francisco, was on the air from 1941 to 1942. Starring Natalie Masters.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Night Beat
Night Beat

"Long Live The Clown" from 5/8/1952 / Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Shopping For A Car" from 10/9/1945 - "Missing Screwdriver" from 10/15/1940 / The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Saint
The Saint

"Birds & Bees of East Orange" from 3/18/1951 / Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm The Shadow
The Shadow

"Hounds In The Hills" from 2/20/1938 / The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Alan Young Show
The Alan Young Show

"School Days" from 1/9/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"George Is Being Sued" from 8/26/1940 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

"Belljoy's Prisoner" from 6/8/1958 This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"The Phantom Panther" from 5/26/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Creeps By Night
Creeps By Night

"Strange Burial Of Alexander Jordan" from 1944

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Murder In Black & White" from 4/14/49 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Married But Single" from 8/6/1942 / George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Kit Carson Benny" from 2/28/1943 / For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"The Masquerader" from 4/18/1952 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie

"Wentworth Diamonds" from 4/25/1952 Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle, a hard-drinking opium addict who served three prison terms. While in prison, Boyle began writing true-crime confession stories that were published in The American Magazine under the byline 6006, his convict number. Boyle's stories were collected in his 1919 book, Boston Blackie, and inspired a popular series of B-films, the radio series and a 1951 video version.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Eddie Lazetti Kidnaps Nurse" from 1/5/1951 This medical drama was based on films by the same name. Lews Ayes as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie face everything from pushy administrators to personal drama and ethical crises in the halls of Blair General Hospital in New York City

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Behind The Mike
Behind The Mike

"Comedy Broadcasts" from 11/23/1941 "Radio's own show" first ran in 1931 as a 15-minute show, then revamped in 1940 as a half-hour program, hosted by Graham McNamee. Episodes could feature interviews with inventors, producers, show runners and actors, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of how radio shows get made.

10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Alvin Summers Matter" from 10/24/1955 / Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:30 pm – Thursday Midnight Man From Homicide
Man From Homicide

"Drowned Girl Case" from 8/6/1951

Friday 9/30
12:00 am – 12:30 am My Friend Irma
My Friend Irma

"Buy Or Sell" from 3/15/1948 Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"Damage Claim on Broken Mirror" from 12/7/1948 Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big No Tooth" from 4/5/1955 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Saving Sarah Banks" from 7/30/2000 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

2:00 am – 4:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Paid Killer" from 1/17/1953 --- "Scared Kid" from 12/18/1955 --- "Dooley Surrenders" from 9/13/1954 --- "The Mistake" from 3/19/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Adventures of Nero Wolfe

"Case Of The Bashful Body" from 11/24/1950 Nero Wolfe solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes, although the overweight detective physically resembled Holmes' obese older brother Mycroft. The adventures of Rex Stouts's "gargantuan gourmet" first came to radio over the New England Network beginning April 7, 1943. The series moved onto the Blue Network on July 5, 1943 starring Santos Ortega and later Luis Van Rooten.

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"The Great Detective" from 12/26/1944 The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Dimension X
Dimension X

"The Potters Of Firsk" from 7/28/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

5:30 am – 6:00 am The Sealed Book
The Sealed Book

"Welcome Home" from 5/20/1945

6:00 am – 6:30 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Legend Of Jimmy Blue Eyes" from 3/23/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

6:30 am – 7:00 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"Fatal Action" from 10/8/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

7:00 am – 7:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Confession" from 12/31/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

7:30 am – 8:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"1489 Words" from 2/10/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"Dance of Death" from 11/17/1953 - "Too Late To Die" from 12/15/1953 / This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

9:00 am – 9:30 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"Flight Of The Vulture" from 12/10/1939 / The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Premonition" from 12/23/1954 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

10:00 am – 11:00 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"All Damage Covered" from 1/30/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

11:00 am – 11:30 am Philo Vance
Philo Vance

"Little Murder Case" from 11/15/1949 Philo Vance was the most popular fictional detective during the late 1920s and early 1930s and influenced the creation of many later detectives. S.S. Van Dine's legendary creation was first brought to radio on July 5, 1945 in an NBC summer series starring Jose Ferrar and was also briefly portrayed by John Emery.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Lightship" from 4/28/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
When Radio Was

Sam Spade - "Bow Window Caper" from 11/9/1947 -- Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - "Phantom Chase Matter" Part Three from 10/17/1956 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Babs' Date With Lt. Carew" from 7/16/1944 / The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Romance of the Ranchos
Romance of the Ranchos

"Rancho La Puente" from 1/28/1942 / This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"The Death Trap" from 2/26/1952 --- "Fool's Gold" from 10/14/1952 This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Terry Murphy's Hearing Problem" from 4/19/1950 This medical drama was based on films by the same name. Lews Ayes as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie face everything from pushy administrators to personal drama and ethical crises in the halls of Blair General Hospital in New York City

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Boomerang" from 7/6/1952 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"Curiosity Killed The Cat" from 12/16/1951 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Tarzan
Tarzan

"The Lifagor" from 4/24/1952 From the heart of the jungle comes a savage cry of victory. This is Tarzan, Lord of the jungle! From 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 and starring Lamont Johnson as "the son of the jungle".

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Lethal Habit Of Marquis Debrinvillers" from 5/26/1954 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"Brief Pause For Murder" from 9/11/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"Alice Buys A Business" from 11/16/1952 -- "The Football Tickets" from 11/23/1952 / The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Man Called X
Man Called X

"Death In The Congo" from 12/3/1950 / Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on July 10, 1944, moved to NBC in 1950 and continued through May 20, 1952.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Who Killed Harry Nile?" from 8/1/1999 / This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Lady Pamela" from 3/31/1952 --- "Date Night" from 2/25/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Renting Maxwell To A Movie Studio" from 4/24/1955 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best

"Too Many Peanuts" from 10/22/1953 NBC's Father Knows Best depicted the lives of the Anderson family, an average American family living in an average American town. Robert Young starred as Jim Anderson, the easy-going and sensible father. Young was the only cast member to survive the transition from radio to television.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Devilstone" from 9/30/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Tip-Off Matter" from 9/30/1962 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"The Burning Court" from 6/17/1942 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:30 pm – Friday Midnight Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Parakoff Policy" from 2/11/1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.



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