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Saturday 5/27
5:30 am – 6:00 am Duffy's Tavern
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"Guest: Jinx Falkenberg" from 6/8/1945 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

6:00 am – 6:30 am The Chase
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"Hard Luck Ethel" from 6/8/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Gunsmoke
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"Stage Holdup" from 1/2/1953 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 am – 7:30 am Our Miss Brooks
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"The Convention" from 11/12/1950 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Burns & Allen Show
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"Convenient Case Of Amnesia" from 6/29/1943 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.

8:00 am – 9:00 am When Radio Was
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Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

9:00 am – 9:30 am Adventures of The Saint
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"Children's Crusade" from 5/27/1951 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
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"The Vengeful Corpse" from 9/12/1949 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.

10:00 am – 11:30 am Suspense
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"Present Tense" from 3/3/1957 "Hunting Trip" from 9/12/1946 "Pit & The Pendulum" from 2/2/1958 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 am – 12:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"The Price Of Fame Matter" from 2/2/1958 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.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Adventures of Sam Spade
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"Vaphio Cup Caper" from 8/22/1948 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.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm The Fat Man
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"Murder Plays Hide & Seek" from 1/2/1948 The Fat Man was a detective series based on a character created by Dashiell Hammett. The show aired on ABC from 1946 to 1951. J. Scott Smart starred as Brad Runyon, a portly, powerful and witty detective.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Screen Guild Theatre
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"The Glass Key" from 7/22/1946 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Suspense
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"The Game" from 3/15/1955 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.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Molly K Matter" from 10/10/1955 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm The Green Hornet
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"The Sentinel Of Death" from 6/6/1943 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit 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.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Meet Mister McNutley
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"Egg and Ray" from 4/15/1954 This CBS sitcom starred Ray Milland as Ray McNutley, a "dreamy" English professor at the all-girl school Lynnhaven College. The show also aired concurrently on television with most of the same cast members

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Great Gildersleeve
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"Studying Advancement" from 10/22/1947 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Dress For Molly" from 4/20/1943 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Judy Canova Show
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"Gurgle Soda Pop Contest" from 11/10/1945 Judy Canova's career began in a family vaudeville group alongside her sister and brother. After several years of popular guest apperances and guest hosting gigs in the '30s and '40s, Judy Canova's own radio show debuted in 1943. The show ran for twelve years— first on CBS and then on NBC. She played an exagerrated version of herself, a country bumpkin transplanted in Hollywood.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Gunsmoke
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"The Soldier" from 4/25/1953 "Kitty's Kidnap" from 6/14/1959 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 The Green Hornet
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"Madhouse Adventure" from 7/11/1944 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Third Man
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"Harry Joins The Circus" from 4/25/1952 The Third Man was an adventure series starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character created by author Graham Greene. It first aired on the BBC in 1951 and was then syndicated for American radio in 1952.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Michael Shayne
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"The Poet Case" from 8/26/1946 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Quiet, Please
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"Very Unimportant Person" from 12/5/1948 Quiet Please was one of radio’s most imaginative series, created and written by Wyllis Cooper, the talented writer/director who created radio’s legendary Lights Out in 1934 and scripted the 1939 horror film The Son of Frankenstein. Ernest Chappell starred in the series, narrating the stories in a quiet, underplayed conversational tone. Quiet Please aired over the Mutual airwaves from June 8, 1947 through September 13, 1948 and over ABC from September 19, 1948 through June 25, 1949.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Dragnet
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"The Big Shot" from 9/21/1952 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Tales of the Texas Rangers
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"Soft Touch" from 10/29/1950 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.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Adventures of The Saint
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"The What-Not What Got Hot" from 3/4/1951 "Button, Button" from 3/11/1951 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"Three Skeleton Key" from 3/17/1950 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.

11:30 pm – Saturday Midnight Radio Classics Special Interviews
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Greg Bell Interview With Vincent Price's Children, Barrett & Victoria

Sunday 5/28
12:00 am – 12:30 am Mel Blanc Show
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"Earning Colby's Approval" from 2/4/1947 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

12:30 am – 1:00 am The Family Theater
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"Spunky" from 1/28/1953 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Jack Benny Program
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"The Gold Rush of '49" from 9/24/1950 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Judy Canova Show
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"First Rest Home Guest" from 3/14/1944 Judy Canova's career began in a family vaudeville group alongside her sister and brother. After several years of popular guest apperances and guest hosting gigs in the '30s and '40s, Judy Canova's own radio show debuted in 1943. The show ran for twelve years— first on CBS and then on NBC. She played an exagerrated version of herself, a country bumpkin transplanted in Hollywood.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Gregory Hood Casebook
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"The Sad Clown" from 10/7/1946 --- "The Eloquent Corpse" from 10/14/1946 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Sherlock Holmes
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"Egyptian Curse" from 3/10/1947 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am The Shadow
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"The Caverns Of Death" from 9/11/1938 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 am – 4:30 am Great Gildersleeve
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"Boy's Club" from 10/8/1944 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 am – 5:00 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Julius Is In Jail" from 12/7/1952 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.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Dragnet
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"The Big Cab" from 9/15/1953 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.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Midnight Sun Matter" from 5/25/1958 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.

6:00 am – 7:00 am Chase & Sanborn Hour
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Guest: Carole Lombard from 5/16/1937 This was a long-running comedy and variety show on NBC - it ran in several formats from 1929-1948. Some seasons featured musical variety broadcasts, comedic skits and big-name hosts like Eddie Cantor and Haven MacQuarrie. Between 1937-1948, Edgar Bergan starred and hosted with his dummy Charlie McCarthy and the show was known as the Charlie McCarthy Show.

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Bickersons
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"Bachelor Party" from 4/20/1947

7:30 am – 8:00 am Damon Runyon Theatre
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"Butch Minds The Baby" from 8/22/1950 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
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"The Jazz Singer" from 6/2/1947 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Adventures of Harry Nile
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"Seeking 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
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"Case of The Homely Bride" from 9/19/1948 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Life of Riley
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"Job In South America" from 10/26/1946 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.

10:30 am – 10:45 am The Couple Next Door
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"Do Married Couples Look Alike?" from 1/27/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

10:45 am – 11:00 am Lum and Abner
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"Keeping Secret Formula In Head" from 2/8/1943 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Rocky Fortune
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"Rodeo Murder" from 1/12/1954 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Michael Shayne
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"Investment In An Invention" from 6/18/1945 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Dr. Kildare
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"Warren Jackson's Allergy" from 4/12/1950 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

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Rogers Of The Gazette
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"Teenager Trouble" from 7/15/1953 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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Guest: Joan Bennett from 6/12/1938 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Screen Guild Theatre
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"The Gay Divorcee" from 3/6/1944 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Dragnet
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"The Big Steal" from 12/29/1953 --- "The Big Strip" from 2/1/1953 --- "The Big Elevator" from 4/24/1952 --- "The Big Pug" from 5/18/1950 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.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm The Jack Carson Show
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"Meat Shortage" from 11/13/1946 --- "Baby On The Doorstep" from 4/9/1947 Carson, who began his career as a vaudeville actor, got his break in radio with a 1938 performance on The Kraft Music Hall with Bing Crosby. After a few standout bit roles in movies, Carson landed his own radio show on CBS, which debuted on June 2, 1943. The show centered around the host's hectic Hollywood life, famous friends and strange relatives - Carson's old vaudeville partner Dave Willock even played the part of his nephew Tugwell.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Adventures of Nero Wolfe
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"Case Of The Deadly Sell-Out" from 1/5/1951 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm The Unexpected
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"Fool's Silver" from 9/5/1947 These frightening 15-minute tales always ended with a - you guessed it - unexpected twist. Barry Sullivan, Virginia Gregg, and Lurene Tuttle appeared in this syndicated series in 1948.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm When Radio Was
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Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm The Green Hornet
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"Friday Night In The Mountains" from 11/5/1952 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Dimension X
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"The Lost Race" from 5/20/1950 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.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"The Orient Express" from 2/19/1949 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Dark Fantasy
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"Spawn Of The Subhuman" from 2/27/1942 Dark Fantasy originated from the Oklahoma City studios of WKY and ran from November 14, 1941 through June 19, 1942. The final 25 episodes of the series were aired on a sustaining basis over the NBC network.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Whistler
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"Golden Opportunity" from 5/15/1949 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."

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm CBS Radio Workshop
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"People Are No Good" from 9/8/1957 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 – 10:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
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"It's In The Bag" from 2/17/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm The Family Theater
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"William The Terrified" from 1/18/1950 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Fred Allen Show
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"Finale With Jack Benny" from 6/26/1949 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.

11:30 pm – Sunday Midnight Vic & Sade
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"Engagement" from 12/5/1945 Vic and Sade aired from June 29, 1932 through December 7, 1945 and was briefly revived in a half-hour sitcom format in 1946. "Radio’s home folks" were featured in slice-of-life situations that painted a rich portrait of small-town life. Starring Art Van Harvey and Bernardine Flynn.

Monday 5/29
12:00 am – 12:30 am Jack Benny Program
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"All-American with Tony Curtis" from 4/25/1954 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.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Unpaid Bills" from 2/19/1950 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 Lights Out!
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"Special To Hollywood" from 2/7/1941 Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

1:30 am – 2:00 am The Whistler
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"Best Friend" from 8/14/1949 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."

2:00 am – 2:30 am Fort Laramie
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"Don't Kick My Horse" from 6/3/1956 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Hopalong Cassidy
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"The Red Death" from 4/16/1950 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am The Green Hornet
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"The Simple Clue" from 11/7/1952 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Dimension X
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"Pyrigi's Wonderful Dolls" from 8/4/1950 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.

4:00 am – 5:00 am Archie Andrews
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"Unexpected Company" from 11/20/1948 --- "Fishing" from 8/24/1949 The Adventures of Archie Andrews came to radio on May 31, 1943 with Jack Grimes and later Charles Mullen portraying Archie in the early sustainer season. Bob Hastings took over the title role when Mullen was drafted and starred in the series for the final eight seasons.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
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"Murder Faces East" from 12/13/1948 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.

5:30 am – 6:00 am The Hermit's Cave
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"It Happened On Sunday" from 1940s This horror series aired in multiple iterations from 1930-1944. It consisted of standalone tales told by "The Hermit," a mysterious, cackling storyteller. It was first broadcast on a Detroit radio station before moving to Los Angeles, where the show would be produced by William Conrad (creator and voice of Gunsmoke's Marshall Matt Dillon)

6:00 am – 6:30 am Lux Radio Theatre
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"Pride Of The Marines" from 12/31/1945 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

6:30 am – 7:30 am Columbia Presents Corwin
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"Cromer" from 12/1/1942 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Forecast
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"To Tim At Twenty" from 8/19/1940 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Great Gildersleeve
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"Disappearing Presents (Baby Contest)" from 12/8/1948 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 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Mr. Scott's Clock" from 12/9/1951 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 Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Fibber's History of Invention" from 2/11/1947 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Red Skelton Show
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"Hamburger Stand" from 3/12/1946 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Radio Classics
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"V-E Day" by Norman Corwin from 5/13/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Columbia Workshop
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"Untitled" from 5/30/1944 Also known as the CBS Radio Workshop, this was an experimental anthology series that pushed the envelope of defining art with its creative use of sound. It featured many New York actors and scripts by some of the country's best writers. It aired in various forms on CBS from 1936 - 1957

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Radio Classics Special Interviews
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With Norman Corwin & Cliff Carpenter

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
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Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
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"Death Laughs Last" from 9/24/1944 The Mysterious Traveler was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveler rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Chase
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"My Love Is A Ghost" 11/16/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Words At War
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"Combined Operations" from 6/24/1943 "Land Of The Silent People" from 7/31/1943

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Shadow
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"Death Coils To Strike" from 3/21/1948 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 Gunsmoke
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"Guitar" from 12/26/1953 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 pm – 4:30 pm Command Performance
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"Guest: Bing, Frank, & Judy" from 9/6/1945 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Edward G. Robinson" from 1/30/1945 "Guest: Bette Davis" from 10/13/1942 "Guests: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans" from 6/10/1952 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.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Bob Hope Show
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"Memphis Naval Training Center" from 2/6/1945 "Guest: Rita Hayworth" from 1/5/1943 "Guest: Ava Gardner" from 3/6/1951 "The Andrews Sister" from 1/2/1945 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.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Cavalcade of America
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"Bob Hope Reports" from 10/11/1943 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Command Performance
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"Hope & Roy Rogers" from 6/24/1944 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Robert Young" from 1/27/1942 "Guests: Lamour, Lake, & Goddard" from 2/9/1943 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.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Claudette Colbert" from 4/1/1952 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.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Command Performance
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"Guests: June Allyson, Jane Russell" from 9/13/1944 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

11:00 pm – Monday Midnight Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Orson Welles" from 9/28/1943 "Guest: Gracie Allen" from 3/25/1952 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.

Tuesday 5/30
12:00 am – 1:00 am Tales of the Texas Rangers
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"Dead Or Alive" from 9/9/1950 "Misplaced Person" from 8/31/1952 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Gangbusters
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"Billanski & Tillotson" from 9/15/1944 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."

1:30 am – 2:00 am Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons
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"Country Club Murder" from 4/20/1950 Mr. Keen was a charming and kindly old tracer of missing persons along with his assistant Mike Clancy.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Adventures of Frank Race
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"Mormon Country" from 10/23/1949 Frank Race is an attorney whose life is filled with intrigue following the war. The adventure series aired from 1949 to 1950. Starring Tom Collins and then Paul Dobov.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Boston Blackie
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"Jewelry Store Owner Killed" from 4/13/1949 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
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"Eight Records Of Death" from 4/2/1946 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Suspense
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"The Long Shot" from 1/31/1946 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 am – 4:30 am Screen Director's Playhouse
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"It's In The Bag" from 2/17/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Family Theater
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"William The Terrified" from 1/18/1950 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Fred Allen Show
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"Finale With Jack Benny" from 6/26/1949 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 am – 6:00 am Vic & Sade
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"Engagement" from 12/5/1945 Vic and Sade aired from June 29, 1932 through December 7, 1945 and was briefly revived in a half-hour sitcom format in 1946. "Radio’s home folks" were featured in slice-of-life situations that painted a rich portrait of small-town life. Starring Art Van Harvey and Bernardine Flynn.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Casey, Crime Photographer
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"The Fix" from 2/26/1948 Jack "Flashgun" Casey was first introduced in the March 1934 issue of Black Mask, the classic pulp fiction magazine. Created by pulp wordsmith George Harmon Coxe, Casey appeared in dozens of stories in Black Mask, which were later collected into six books. Flashgun Casey came to radio as a CBS sustaining series on July 7, 1943. The series was renamed Casey, Press Photographer in 1944 and became Casey, Crime Photographer on September 12, 1945.

6:30 am – 7:00 am The Shadow
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"Death In A Minor Key" from 9/29/1940 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.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Gunsmoke
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"Locknivar" from 10/17/1952 "Matt For Murder" from 7/26/1954 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.

8:00 am – 9:00 am The Jack Carson Show
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"Meat Shortage" from 11/13/1946 --- "Baby On The Doorstep" from 4/9/1947 Carson, who began his career as a vaudeville actor, got his break in radio with a 1938 performance on The Kraft Music Hall with Bing Crosby. After a few standout bit roles in movies, Carson landed his own radio show on CBS, which debuted on June 2, 1943. The show centered around the host's hectic Hollywood life, famous friends and strange relatives - Carson's old vaudeville partner Dave Willock even played the part of his nephew Tugwell.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Adventures of Nero Wolfe
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"Case Of The Deadly Sell-Out" from 1/5/1951 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Unexpected
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"Fool's Silver" from 9/5/1947 These frightening 15-minute tales always ended with a - you guessed it - unexpected twist. Barry Sullivan, Virginia Gregg, and Lurene Tuttle appeared in this syndicated series in 1948.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"The Orient Express" from 2/19/1949 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Dark Fantasy
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"Spawn Of The Subhuman" from 2/27/1942 Dark Fantasy originated from the Oklahoma City studios of WKY and ran from November 14, 1941 through June 19, 1942. The final 25 episodes of the series were aired on a sustaining basis over the NBC network.

11:00 am – 11:30 am The Whistler
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"Golden Opportunity" from 5/15/1949 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."

11:30 am – 12:00 pm CBS Radio Workshop
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"People Are No Good" from 9/8/1957 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
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Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Green Hornet
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"Friday Night In The Mountains" from 11/5/1952 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Dimension X
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"The Lost Race" from 5/20/1950 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.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"The Silver Blue Matter" from 5/7/1956 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Let George Do It
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"Four-Sided Triangle" from 3/21/1949 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Bold Venture
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"Deadly Merchandise" from 1/1/1951 The Hollywood husband-and-wife team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall set sail for adventure in the syndicated series Bold Venture from 1951-1952. Bogie portrayed Slate Shannon, owner of a run-down Havana hotel, with Bacall as his "ward" Sailor Duval, a stubborn and flirtatious young woman whose late father had "willed" her to Slate for her "protection." Together, the duo found "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean" aboard Shannon’s boat The Bold Venture.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"Affair at Mandrake" from 4/15/1954 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Quiet, Please
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"One For The Book" from 11/21/1948 Quiet Please was one of radio’s most imaginative series, created and written by Wyllis Cooper, the talented writer/director who created radio’s legendary Lights Out in 1934 and scripted the 1939 horror film The Son of Frankenstein. Ernest Chappell starred in the series, narrating the stories in a quiet, underplayed conversational tone. Quiet Please aired over the Mutual airwaves from June 8, 1947 through September 13, 1948 and over ABC from September 19, 1948 through June 25, 1949.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Space Patrol
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"Lady From Venus" from 12/20/1952

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Life of Riley
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"Job In South America" from 10/26/1946 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.

6:30 pm – 6:45 pm The Couple Next Door
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"Do Married Couples Look Alike?" from 1/27/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Lum and Abner
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"Keeping Secret Formula In Head" from 2/8/1943 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.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Rocky Fortune
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"Rodeo Murder" from 1/12/1954 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Michael Shayne
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"Investment In An Invention" from 6/18/1945 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Mel Blanc Show
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"Earning Colby's Approval" from 2/4/1947 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Family Theater
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"Spunky" from 1/28/1953 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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"The Gold Rush of '49" from 9/24/1950 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 Judy Canova Show
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"First Rest Home Guest" from 3/14/1944 Judy Canova's career began in a family vaudeville group alongside her sister and brother. After several years of popular guest apperances and guest hosting gigs in the '30s and '40s, Judy Canova's own radio show debuted in 1943. The show ran for twelve years— first on CBS and then on NBC. She played an exagerrated version of herself, a country bumpkin transplanted in Hollywood.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
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"The Jazz Singer" from 6/2/1947 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
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"Seeking 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.

11:30 pm – Tuesday Midnight Nick Carter, Master Detective
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"Case of The Homely Bride" from 9/19/1948 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.

Wednesday 5/31
12:00 am – 12:30 am Great Gildersleeve
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"Disappearing Presents (Baby Contest)" from 12/8/1948 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.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Mr. Scott's Clock" from 12/9/1951 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 Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Fibber's History of Invention" from 2/11/1947 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Red Skelton Show
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"Hamburger Stand" from 3/12/1946 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Words At War
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"Combined Operations" from 6/24/1943 "Land Of The Silent People" from 7/31/1943

3:00 am – 3:30 am The Shadow
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"Death Coils To Strike" from 3/21/1948 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 am – 4:00 am Gunsmoke
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"Guitar" from 12/26/1953 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 – 6:00 am Dragnet
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"The Big Steal" from 12/29/1953 --- "The Big Strip" from 2/1/1953 --- "The Big Elevator" from 4/24/1952 --- "The Big Pug" from 5/18/1950 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Dr. Kildare
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"Warren Jackson's Allergy" from 4/12/1950 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

6:30 am – 7:00 am Rogers Of The Gazette
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"Teenager Trouble" from 7/15/1953 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Jack Benny Program
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Guest: Joan Bennett from 6/12/1938 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.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Screen Guild Theatre
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"The Gay Divorcee" from 3/6/1944 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Great Gildersleeve
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"Boy's Club" from 10/8/1944 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 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Julius Is In Jail" from 12/7/1952 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 Dragnet
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"The Big Cab" from 9/15/1953 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Midnight Sun Matter" from 5/25/1958 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Jack Benny Program
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"All-American with Tony Curtis" from 4/25/1954 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Unpaid Bills" from 2/19/1950 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Lights Out!
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"Special To Hollywood" from 2/7/1941 Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm The Whistler
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"Best Friend" from 8/14/1949 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."

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
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Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
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"Death Laughs Last" from 9/24/1944 The Mysterious Traveler was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveler rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Chase
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"My Love Is A Ghost" 11/16/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Cavalcade of America
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"Bob Hope Reports" from 10/11/1943 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Command Performance
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"Hope & Roy Rogers" from 6/24/1944 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Robert Young" from 1/27/1942 "Guests: Lamour, Lake, & Goddard" from 2/9/1943 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.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Gregory Hood Casebook
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"The Sad Clown" from 10/7/1946 --- "The Eloquent Corpse" from 10/14/1946 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Sherlock Holmes
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"Egyptian Curse" from 3/10/1947 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm The Shadow
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"The Caverns Of Death" from 9/11/1938 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.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Archie Andrews
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"Unexpected Company" from 11/20/1948 --- "Fishing" from 8/24/1949 The Adventures of Archie Andrews came to radio on May 31, 1943 with Jack Grimes and later Charles Mullen portraying Archie in the early sustainer season. Bob Hastings took over the title role when Mullen was drafted and starred in the series for the final eight seasons.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Inner Sanctum Mysteries
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"Murder Faces East" from 12/13/1948 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Hermit's Cave
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"It Happened On Sunday" from 1940s This horror series aired in multiple iterations from 1930-1944. It consisted of standalone tales told by "The Hermit," a mysterious, cackling storyteller. It was first broadcast on a Detroit radio station before moving to Los Angeles, where the show would be produced by William Conrad (creator and voice of Gunsmoke's Marshall Matt Dillon)

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Fort Laramie
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"Don't Kick My Horse" from 6/3/1956 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
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"The Red Death" from 4/16/1950 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.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Green Hornet
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"The Simple Clue" from 11/7/1952 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Dimension X
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"Pyrigi's Wonderful Dolls" from 8/4/1950 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.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Lux Radio Theatre
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"Pride Of The Marines" from 12/31/1945 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

10:30 pm – 11:30 pm Columbia Presents Corwin
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"Cromer" from 12/1/1942 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

11:30 pm – Wednesday Midnight Forecast
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"To Tim At Twenty" from 8/19/1940 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Thursday 6/1
12:00 am – 12:30 am Casey, Crime Photographer
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"The Fix" from 2/26/1948 Jack "Flashgun" Casey was first introduced in the March 1934 issue of Black Mask, the classic pulp fiction magazine. Created by pulp wordsmith George Harmon Coxe, Casey appeared in dozens of stories in Black Mask, which were later collected into six books. Flashgun Casey came to radio as a CBS sustaining series on July 7, 1943. The series was renamed Casey, Press Photographer in 1944 and became Casey, Crime Photographer on September 12, 1945.

12:30 am – 1:00 am The Shadow
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"Death In A Minor Key" from 9/29/1940 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.

1:00 am – 2:00 am Gunsmoke
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"Locknivar" from 10/17/1952 "Matt For Murder" from 7/26/1954 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.

2:00 am – 3:30 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"The Silver Blue Matter" from 5/7/1956 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Let George Do It
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"Four-Sided Triangle" from 3/21/1949 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

4:00 am – 6:00 am Bob Hope Show
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"Memphis Naval Training Center" from 2/6/1945 "Guest: Rita Hayworth" from 1/5/1943 "Guest: Ava Gardner" from 3/6/1951 "The Andrews Sister" from 1/2/1945 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Command Performance
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"Guest: Bing, Frank, & Judy" from 9/6/1945 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

6:30 am – 8:00 am Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Edward G. Robinson" from 1/30/1945 "Guest: Bette Davis" from 10/13/1942 "Guests: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans" from 6/10/1952 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.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Bold Venture
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"Deadly Merchandise" from 1/1/1951 The Hollywood husband-and-wife team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall set sail for adventure in the syndicated series Bold Venture from 1951-1952. Bogie portrayed Slate Shannon, owner of a run-down Havana hotel, with Bacall as his "ward" Sailor Duval, a stubborn and flirtatious young woman whose late father had "willed" her to Slate for her "protection." Together, the duo found "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean" aboard Shannon’s boat The Bold Venture.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"Affair at Mandrake" from 4/15/1954 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.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Quiet, Please
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"One For The Book" from 11/21/1948 Quiet Please was one of radio’s most imaginative series, created and written by Wyllis Cooper, the talented writer/director who created radio’s legendary Lights Out in 1934 and scripted the 1939 horror film The Son of Frankenstein. Ernest Chappell starred in the series, narrating the stories in a quiet, underplayed conversational tone. Quiet Please aired over the Mutual airwaves from June 8, 1947 through September 13, 1948 and over ABC from September 19, 1948 through June 25, 1949.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Space Patrol
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"Lady From Venus" from 12/20/1952

10:00 am – 10:30 am Adventures of Frank Race
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"Mormon Country" from 10/23/1949 Frank Race is an attorney whose life is filled with intrigue following the war. The adventure series aired from 1949 to 1950. Starring Tom Collins and then Paul Dobov.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Boston Blackie
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"Jewelry Store Owner Killed" from 4/13/1949 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
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"Eight Records Of Death" from 4/2/1946 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Suspense
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"The Long Shot" from 1/31/1946 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.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
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Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Green Hornet
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"Friday Night In The Mountains" from 11/5/1952 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Dimension X
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"The Lost Race" from 5/20/1950 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.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Tales of the Texas Rangers
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"Dead Or Alive" from 9/9/1950 "Misplaced Person" from 8/31/1952 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.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Gangbusters
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"Billanski & Tillotson" from 9/15/1944 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."

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons
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"Country Club Murder" from 4/20/1950 Mr. Keen was a charming and kindly old tracer of missing persons along with his assistant Mike Clancy.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
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"It's In The Bag" from 2/17/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm The Family Theater
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"William The Terrified" from 1/18/1950 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Fred Allen Show
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"Finale With Jack Benny" from 6/26/1949 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 Vic & Sade
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"Engagement" from 12/5/1945 Vic and Sade aired from June 29, 1932 through December 7, 1945 and was briefly revived in a half-hour sitcom format in 1946. "Radio’s home folks" were featured in slice-of-life situations that painted a rich portrait of small-town life. Starring Art Van Harvey and Bernardine Flynn.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Claudette Colbert" from 4/1/1952 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.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Command Performance
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"Guests: June Allyson, Jane Russell" from 9/13/1944 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Orson Welles" from 9/28/1943 "Guest: Gracie Allen" from 3/25/1952 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.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Chase & Sanborn Hour
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Guest: Carole Lombard from 5/16/1937 This was a long-running comedy and variety show on NBC - it ran in several formats from 1929-1948. Some seasons featured musical variety broadcasts, comedic skits and big-name hosts like Eddie Cantor and Haven MacQuarrie. Between 1937-1948, Edgar Bergan starred and hosted with his dummy Charlie McCarthy and the show was known as the Charlie McCarthy Show.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Bickersons
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"Bachelor Party" from 4/20/1947

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Damon Runyon Theatre
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"Butch Minds The Baby" from 8/22/1950 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Radio Classics
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"V-E Day" by Norman Corwin from 5/13/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Columbia Workshop
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"Untitled" from 5/30/1944 Also known as the CBS Radio Workshop, this was an experimental anthology series that pushed the envelope of defining art with its creative use of sound. It featured many New York actors and scripts by some of the country's best writers. It aired in various forms on CBS from 1936 - 1957

11:30 pm – Thursday Midnight Radio Classics Special Interviews
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With Norman Corwin & Cliff Carpenter

Friday 6/2
12:00 am – 12:30 am Life of Riley
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"Job In South America" from 10/26/1946 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.

12:30 am – 12:45 am The Couple Next Door
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"Do Married Couples Look Alike?" from 1/27/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

12:45 am – 1:00 am Lum and Abner
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"Keeping Secret Formula In Head" from 2/8/1943 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Rocky Fortune
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"Rodeo Murder" from 1/12/1954 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Michael Shayne
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"Investment In An Invention" from 6/18/1945 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
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"The Jazz Singer" from 6/2/1947 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Adventures of Harry Nile
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"Seeking 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
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"Case of The Homely Bride" from 9/19/1948 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.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"The Orient Express" from 2/19/1949 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.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Dark Fantasy
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"Spawn Of The Subhuman" from 2/27/1942 Dark Fantasy originated from the Oklahoma City studios of WKY and ran from November 14, 1941 through June 19, 1942. The final 25 episodes of the series were aired on a sustaining basis over the NBC network.

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Whistler
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"Golden Opportunity" from 5/15/1949 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."

5:30 am – 6:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
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"People Are No Good" from 9/8/1957 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Mel Blanc Show
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"Earning Colby's Approval" from 2/4/1947 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

6:30 am – 7:00 am The Family Theater
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"Spunky" from 1/28/1953 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Jack Benny Program
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"The Gold Rush of '49" from 9/24/1950 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.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Judy Canova Show
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"First Rest Home Guest" from 3/14/1944 Judy Canova's career began in a family vaudeville group alongside her sister and brother. After several years of popular guest apperances and guest hosting gigs in the '30s and '40s, Judy Canova's own radio show debuted in 1943. The show ran for twelve years— first on CBS and then on NBC. She played an exagerrated version of herself, a country bumpkin transplanted in Hollywood.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Cavalcade of America
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"Bob Hope Reports" from 10/11/1943 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Command Performance
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"Hope & Roy Rogers" from 6/24/1944 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Robert Young" from 1/27/1942 "Guests: Lamour, Lake, & Goddard" from 2/9/1943 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Fort Laramie
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"Don't Kick My Horse" from 6/3/1956 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Hopalong Cassidy
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"The Red Death" from 4/16/1950 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am The Green Hornet
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"The Simple Clue" from 11/7/1952 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Dimension X
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"Pyrigi's Wonderful Dolls" from 8/4/1950 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.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
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Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
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"Death Laughs Last" from 9/24/1944 The Mysterious Traveler was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveler rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Chase
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"My Love Is A Ghost" 11/16/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Lux Radio Theatre
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"Pride Of The Marines" from 12/31/1945 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Columbia Presents Corwin
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"Cromer" from 12/1/1942 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Forecast
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"To Tim At Twenty" from 8/19/1940 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Great Gildersleeve
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"Boy's Club" from 10/8/1944 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 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Julius Is In Jail" from 12/7/1952 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Dragnet
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"The Big Cab" from 9/15/1953 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Midnight Sun Matter" from 5/25/1958 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.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Great Gildersleeve
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"Disappearing Presents (Baby Contest)" from 12/8/1948 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.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Mr. Scott's Clock" from 12/9/1951 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 Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Fibber's History of Invention" from 2/11/1947 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Red Skelton Show
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"Hamburger Stand" from 3/12/1946 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Jack Carson Show
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"Meat Shortage" from 11/13/1946 --- "Baby On The Doorstep" from 4/9/1947 Carson, who began his career as a vaudeville actor, got his break in radio with a 1938 performance on The Kraft Music Hall with Bing Crosby. After a few standout bit roles in movies, Carson landed his own radio show on CBS, which debuted on June 2, 1943. The show centered around the host's hectic Hollywood life, famous friends and strange relatives - Carson's old vaudeville partner Dave Willock even played the part of his nephew Tugwell.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Adventures of Nero Wolfe
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"Case Of The Deadly Sell-Out" from 1/5/1951 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm The Unexpected
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"Fool's Silver" from 9/5/1947 These frightening 15-minute tales always ended with a - you guessed it - unexpected twist. Barry Sullivan, Virginia Gregg, and Lurene Tuttle appeared in this syndicated series in 1948.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Dr. Kildare
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"Warren Jackson's Allergy" from 4/12/1950 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

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Rogers Of The Gazette
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"Teenager Trouble" from 7/15/1953 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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Guest: Joan Bennett from 6/12/1938 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.

11:30 pm – Friday Midnight Screen Guild Theatre
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"The Gay Divorcee" from 3/6/1944 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.



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