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Monday 2/20
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm When Radio Was
When Radio Was

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Hideout" from 12/11/1951 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
The Chase

"The Monster" from 6/21/1953 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 Alan Young Show
Alan Young Show

"Jury Duty" from 8/21/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"There's Nothing Like A Pork Chop" from 8/6/1950 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

"Blue Serge Suit" from 2/9/1951 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

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

"Carlotta's Serape" from 4/14/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"The Tape Recorder" from 4/23/1950 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Milton Berle Show
Milton Berle Show

"Salute To Motoring" from 4/6/1948

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Alan Young Show
Alan Young Show

Guest: Fred Waring from 1/16/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Riley's Dream House" from 7/25/1943 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.

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

"Blank Wall" from 3/31/1947 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"William Wilson" from 10/31/1943 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm The Six Shooter
The Six Shooter

"Helen Bricker" from 1/24/1954 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Blacksmith" from 6/5/1954 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 pm – 8:30 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" from 11/2/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America

"Ulysses In Love" from 12/12/1950 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.

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Washington's Birthday, Telling" from 2/22/1949 -- "Fibber Builds A Footstool" from 3/10/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"House By The Sea" from 9/4/1948 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Morris Bernstein" from 6/16/1950 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"The Gold Cobra" from 6/21/1950 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

11:30 pm – Monday Midnight Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok

"Secret Of The Hard Luck Mine" from 1/18/1952 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

Tuesday 2/21
12:00 am – 1:00 am Mutual Radio Theatre
Mutual Radio Theatre

"A Small Argument" from 4/22/1980 The Mutual Broadcasting System took over and renamed the Sears Radio Theater in December 1979. Hosts Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson and Leonard Nimoy shared duties by presenting productions with different themes each night of the week.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"Lo, The Gentle Earth Worm" from 3/15/1950 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

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

"Mad Hatter Matter" from 1/27/1957 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

2:00 am – 2:30 am The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"Story Of A Dog" from 9/26/1944 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Night Beat
Night Beat

"Taste Of Peaches" from 7/17/1952 Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

3:00 am – 3:30 am The Saint
The Saint

"Murder On The High Seas" from 10/1/1947 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons

"Skull & Crossbones Murder Case" from 6/15/1950 Mr. Keen was a charming and kindly old tracer of missing persons along with his assistant Mike Clancy.

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

"In San Francisco" from 1/9/1938 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.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

Guest: Jack Webb from 2/4/1953 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.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Run" from 6/21/1951 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 The Shadow
The Shadow

"Ghost Of Captain Bayloe" from 2/5/1939 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Gracie Sends Sam Spade To Jail" from 2/10/1949 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"Wheel Of Life Caper" from 7/11/1948 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.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Football" from 11/3/1942 --- "Careless Drivers" from 1/13/1948 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 am – 9:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Crossfire (Hour)" from 4/10/1948 uspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"The Time Machine" from 10/22/1950 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.

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

"Rematch" from 8/15/1948 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 – 11:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"The Thin Man" from 6/8/1936 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 am – 11:30 am Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Arise My Love" from 6/1/1946 Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

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

"Murder On Stage" from 12/26/1948 This magical mystery show aired from 1948-1949 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Ed Jerome starred as Harry Blackstone, a skilled magician who told his tales of adventure and escape in flashbacks. At the end of each episode, Blackstone would perform and describe a new magic trick for his kid listeners to practice at home. Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon also starred as Blackstone's friends John and Rhonda.

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

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Case Of Demented Daughter" from 5/28/1946 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"The Money Maker" from 8/2/1948 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Craig Ferguson Interview
Craig Ferguson Interview

Talks Old Timey Radio with Greg 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.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Gracie Wants To Hear Jack On Radio" from 1/12/1947 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.

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

Guest: Rosemary Clooney from 9/23/1945 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

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

"Case of Bleeding Chandelier" from 6/13/1948 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"The 39 Steps" from 12/13/1937 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.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm X Minus One
X Minus One

"Child's Play" from 10/20/1955 --- "Prime Difference" from 1/2/1958 X-Minus One premiered on April 24, 195 and was a revival of Dimension X, NBC's earlier science fiction anthology series. X-Minus One ran until January 9, 1958 and was rerun during the 1970s as part of NBC's Omnibus series.

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

"The Callicles Matter" from 4/30/1956 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"The Norwood Builder" from 10/21/2007 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Screen Guild Theatre
Screen Guild Theatre

"Going My Way" from 1/8/1945 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Bing Crosby Show
Bing Crosby Show

Guest: Frank Sinatra (Academy Awards) from 3/21/1954 Bing Crosby's recording of "I Surrender, Dear" led to his 1931-32 CBS show Fifteen Minutes with Bing Crosby. He made his feature-film debut in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast in 1932 and became a top radio and movie star over the next decade. Crosby hosted NBC’s The Kraft Music Hall from January 2, 1936 through May 9, 1946, supported by Bob Burns, "the Arkansas Traveler". Crosby moved to ABC’s Philco Radio Time in 1946, eager to transcribe his radio programs using editing techniques pioneered on the Armed Forces Radio Service's Command Performance. The crooner returned to CBS to star in The Bing Crosby Show from September 21, 1949 through December 28, 1956.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Twenty-Twenty" from 7/16/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Lights Out!
Lights Out!

"Vengeance & Mac Rogan" from 2/2/1943 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.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Gringo" from 10/12/1952 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 pm – 11:00 pm Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Murder Among The Statues" from 12/1/1953 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Bullets For Ballots" from 4/30/1950 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.

11:30 pm – Tuesday Midnight Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok

"Four Aces For Death" from 10/14/1951 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

Wednesday 2/22
12:00 am – 12:30 am Halls Of Ivy
Halls Of Ivy

"Audition Episode" from 6/23/1949 Ronald Colman and wife Benita Hume were popularly known as Jack Benny's ever-patient, next-door neighbors. However, in January 1950, they left to start their own show. Ronald played William Todhunter Hall, president of Ivy College in the "town of Ivy, USA." Benita was wife Vicky, the former Victoria Cromwell of the English theatre. The stylish college president was brought down to earth by the lively former actress who happily refered to him as "Toddy-dear." Together, the Halls handled the students as well as the stodgy Board of Directors with a "modern" flair.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"New School Television Set" from 4/22/1951 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.

1:00 am – 2:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Twenty Thousand Dollars In The Sofa" from 11/17/1942 --- "Fibber The Plumber" from 1/29/1954 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.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Alan Young Show
Alan Young Show

"Jury Duty" from 8/21/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"There's Nothing Like A Pork Chop" from 8/6/1950 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

"Blue Serge Suit" from 2/9/1951 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

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

"Carlotta's Serape" from 4/14/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

4:00 am – 6:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"It Happened One Night" from 3/20/1939 --- "Lives Of A Bengal Lancer" from 4/10/1939 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

"Unwelcome Host" from 10/29/1952 I Was a Communist for the FBI--I walk alone. The 1952 syndicated series starred Dana Andrews as real-life undercover agent Matt Cvetic, whose book of the same title provided the inspiration for the radio series and a Hollywood film. Growing out of the communist paranoia of the McCarthy era, the Cold War drama featured red spies portrayed in the same stereotypical manner of the Nazis during World Ward II propaganda programs.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"If A Body Needs A Body…." from 12/2/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Robber Bridegroom" from 5/14/1955 --- "The Army Trial" from 6/25/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"The Diamond Noose" from 8/4/1953 This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"Big Stop" from 5/4/1954 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.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

Guest: Esther Williams from 4/26/1946 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Radio Quiz Show" from 12/12/1944 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Merchant Marines" from 1/30/1945 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

Guest: Dennis Day from 5/2/1944 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"Don't Call Me Mother" from 1/4/1948 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 The Shadow
The Shadow

"Evil In The House" from 11/7/1948 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.

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

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Hideout" from 12/11/1951 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
The Chase

"The Monster" from 6/21/1953 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 CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" from 11/2/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America

"Ulysses In Love" from 12/12/1950 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.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Washington's Birthday, Telling" from 2/22/1949 -- "Fibber Builds A Footstool" from 3/10/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Saint
The Saint

"The Chiseling Chimpanzee" from 12/10/1950 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Case of the Absent Clue" from 3/7/1948 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.

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

"Academy Awards" from 3/23/1952 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

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

"Getting Tickets To South Pacific" from 10/28/1949 NBC developed Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis's show to compete with CBS's comedy lineup, and the show aired from 1949-1953. Despite a huge budget and exciting guest stars, critics didn't love it, one of dozens of comedy-variety shows.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"The High Wall" from 6/6/1946 --- "Celebration" from 9/23/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best

"Minding Pierre" from 9/11/1952 --- "Elusive Card Game" from 1/12/1950 NBC's Father Knows Best depicted the lives of the Anderson family, an average American family living in an average American town. Robert Young starred as Jim Anderson, the easy-going and sensible father. Young was the only cast member to survive the transition from radio to television.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"Dark Victory" from 1/8/1940 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 pm – 9:30 pm Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Ruggles Of Red Gap" from 6/8/1946 Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"The Silver Queen" from 5/17/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator

"The Schemers" from 4/6/1954 --- "Dead Bull In A China Shop" from 12/19/1954 Film star William Gargan came to the NBC airwaves in 1951 as the star of Barrie Crane, Confidential Investigator, a reworking of his earlier Mutual radio series (and NBC television program) Martin Kane, Private Investigator. When the producers of the earlier program objected to the many similarities between the two series, changes were made in Gargan's new series, which was quickly retitled Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator. The series aired on NBC from October 3, 1951 through June 30, 1955.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"Red Star Caper" from 1/21/1951 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.

11:30 pm – Wednesday Midnight Blackstone, Magic Detective
Blackstone, Magic Detective

"The Hooded Rider" from 1/16/1949 This magical mystery show aired from 1948-1949 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Ed Jerome starred as Harry Blackstone, a skilled magician who told his tales of adventure and escape in flashbacks. At the end of each episode, Blackstone would perform and describe a new magic trick for his kid listeners to practice at home. Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon also starred as Blackstone's friends John and Rhonda.

Thursday 2/23
12:00 am – 12:30 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Gracie Sends Sam Spade To Jail" from 2/10/1949 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.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"Wheel Of Life Caper" from 7/11/1948 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.

1:00 am – 2:00 am Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Football" from 11/3/1942 --- "Careless Drivers" from 1/13/1948 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 – 2:30 am Craig Ferguson Interview
Craig Ferguson Interview

Talks Old Timey Radio with Greg 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Gracie Wants To Hear Jack On Radio" from 1/12/1947 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: Rosemary Clooney from 9/23/1945 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

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

"Case of Bleeding Chandelier" from 6/13/1948 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

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

"Blank Wall" from 3/31/1947 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"William Wilson" from 10/31/1943 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Six Shooter
The Six Shooter

"Helen Bricker" from 1/24/1954 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

5:30 am – 6:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Blacksmith" from 6/5/1954 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"The Tape Recorder" from 4/23/1950 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Milton Berle Show
Milton Berle Show

"Salute To Motoring" from 4/6/1948

7:00 am – 7:30 am Alan Young Show
Alan Young Show

Guest: Fred Waring from 1/16/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Riley's Dream House" from 7/25/1943 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.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"The 39 Steps" from 12/13/1937 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 – 10:00 am X Minus One
X Minus One

"Child's Play" from 10/20/1955 --- "Prime Difference" from 1/2/1958 X-Minus One premiered on April 24, 195 and was a revival of Dimension X, NBC's earlier science fiction anthology series. X-Minus One ran until January 9, 1958 and was rerun during the 1970s as part of NBC's Omnibus series.

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

"Story Of A Dog" from 9/26/1944 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Night Beat
Night Beat

"Taste Of Peaches" from 7/17/1952 Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

11:00 am – 11:30 am The Saint
The Saint

"Murder On The High Seas" from 10/1/1947 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons

"Skull & Crossbones Murder Case" from 6/15/1950 Mr. Keen was a charming and kindly old tracer of missing persons along with his assistant Mike Clancy.

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

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Case Of Demented Daughter" from 5/28/1946 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"The Money Maker" from 8/2/1948 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Mutual Radio Theatre
Mutual Radio Theatre

"A Small Argument" from 4/22/1980 The Mutual Broadcasting System took over and renamed the Sears Radio Theater in December 1979. Hosts Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson and Leonard Nimoy shared duties by presenting productions with different themes each night of the week.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"Lo, The Gentle Earth Worm" from 3/15/1950 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"Mad Hatter Matter" from 1/27/1957 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.

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

"In San Francisco" from 1/9/1938 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

Guest: Jack Webb from 2/4/1953 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Run" from 6/21/1951 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 The Shadow
The Shadow

"Ghost Of Captain Bayloe" from 2/5/1939 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"House By The Sea" from 9/4/1948 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Morris Bernstein" from 6/16/1950 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"The Gold Cobra" from 6/21/1950 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

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

"Secret Of The Hard Luck Mine" from 1/18/1952 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"My Sister Eileen" from 5/18/1946 Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Screen Guild Theatre
Screen Guild Theatre

"The Yearling" from 1/6/1947 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.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"The Insomnia Caper" from 10/24/1948 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"Maggie O'Bannon" from 4/5/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"The Missing Page" (Chapter 4) from 3/9/2008 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Rogue's Gallery
Rogue's Gallery

"House Of Fear" from 11/15/1945 Rogue's Gallery came to the Mutual network on September 27, 1945 with Dick Powell portraying Richard Rogue, a private detective who invariably ended up getting knocked out each week and spending his dream time in acerbic conversation with his subconscious self Eugor (Rogue spelled backwards). The series was revived as a 1947 summer season with Barry Sullivan in the lead and returned in 1950 for two sustaining seasons starring Chester Morris, the original Boston Blackie.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie

"Baseball and Gambling" from 4/29/1947 Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle, a hard-drinking opium addict who served three prison terms. While in prison, Boyle began writing true-crime confession stories that were published in The American Magazine under the byline 6006, his convict number. Boyle's stories were collected in his 1919 book, Boston Blackie, and inspired a popular series of B-films, the radio series and a 1951 video version.

11:30 pm – Thursday Midnight Adventures of Frank Race
Adventures of Frank Race

"The Fat Man's Loot" from 8/21/1949 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.

Friday 2/24
12:00 am – 1:30 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Callicles Matter" from 4/30/1956 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"The Norwood Builder" from 10/21/2007 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Gringo" from 10/12/1952 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Murder Among The Statues" from 12/1/1953 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Bullets For Ballots" from 4/30/1950 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok

"Four Aces For Death" from 10/14/1951 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

4:00 am – 5:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"The Thin Man" from 6/8/1936 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.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Arise My Love" from 6/1/1946 Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Blackstone, Magic Detective
Blackstone, Magic Detective

"Murder On Stage" from 12/26/1948 This magical mystery show aired from 1948-1949 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Ed Jerome starred as Harry Blackstone, a skilled magician who told his tales of adventure and escape in flashbacks. At the end of each episode, Blackstone would perform and describe a new magic trick for his kid listeners to practice at home. Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon also starred as Blackstone's friends John and Rhonda.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Screen Guild Theatre
Screen Guild Theatre

"Going My Way" from 1/8/1945 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Bing Crosby Show
Bing Crosby Show

Guest: Frank Sinatra (Academy Awards) from 3/21/1954 Bing Crosby's recording of "I Surrender, Dear" led to his 1931-32 CBS show Fifteen Minutes with Bing Crosby. He made his feature-film debut in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast in 1932 and became a top radio and movie star over the next decade. Crosby hosted NBC’s The Kraft Music Hall from January 2, 1936 through May 9, 1946, supported by Bob Burns, "the Arkansas Traveler". Crosby moved to ABC’s Philco Radio Time in 1946, eager to transcribe his radio programs using editing techniques pioneered on the Armed Forces Radio Service's Command Performance. The crooner returned to CBS to star in The Bing Crosby Show from September 21, 1949 through December 28, 1956.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Twenty-Twenty" from 7/16/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Lights Out!
Lights Out!

"Vengeance & Mac Rogan" from 2/2/1943 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.

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

"1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" from 11/2/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America

"Ulysses In Love" from 12/12/1950 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.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Washington's Birthday, Telling" from 2/22/1949 -- "Fibber Builds A Footstool" from 3/10/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"Dark Victory" from 1/8/1940 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 am – 11:30 am Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Ruggles Of Red Gap" from 6/8/1946 Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"The Silver Queen" from 5/17/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

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

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Hideout" from 12/11/1951 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
The Chase

"The Monster" from 6/21/1953 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 Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator

"The Schemers" from 4/6/1954 --- "Dead Bull In A China Shop" from 12/19/1954 Film star William Gargan came to the NBC airwaves in 1951 as the star of Barrie Crane, Confidential Investigator, a reworking of his earlier Mutual radio series (and NBC television program) Martin Kane, Private Investigator. When the producers of the earlier program objected to the many similarities between the two series, changes were made in Gargan's new series, which was quickly retitled Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator. The series aired on NBC from October 3, 1951 through June 30, 1955.

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

"Red Star Caper" from 1/21/1951 Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Blackstone, Magic Detective
Blackstone, Magic Detective

"The Hooded Rider" from 1/16/1949 This magical mystery show aired from 1948-1949 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Ed Jerome starred as Harry Blackstone, a skilled magician who told his tales of adventure and escape in flashbacks. At the end of each episode, Blackstone would perform and describe a new magic trick for his kid listeners to practice at home. Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon also starred as Blackstone's friends John and Rhonda.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"The Diamond Noose" from 8/4/1953 This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"Big Stop" from 5/4/1954 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

Guest: Esther Williams from 4/26/1946 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.

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

"Radio Quiz Show" from 12/12/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Halls Of Ivy
Halls Of Ivy

"Audition Episode" from 6/23/1949 Ronald Colman and wife Benita Hume were popularly known as Jack Benny's ever-patient, next-door neighbors. However, in January 1950, they left to start their own show. Ronald played William Todhunter Hall, president of Ivy College in the "town of Ivy, USA." Benita was wife Vicky, the former Victoria Cromwell of the English theatre. The stylish college president was brought down to earth by the lively former actress who happily refered to him as "Toddy-dear." Together, the Halls handled the students as well as the stodgy Board of Directors with a "modern" flair.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"New School Television Set" from 4/22/1951 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.

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

"Twenty Thousand Dollars In The Sofa" from 11/17/1942 --- "Fibber The Plumber" from 1/29/1954 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Crossfire (Hour)" from 4/10/1948 uspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"The Time Machine" from 10/22/1950 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm The Unexpected
The Unexpected

"Rematch" from 8/15/1948 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 I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

"Unwelcome Host" from 10/29/1952 I Was a Communist for the FBI--I walk alone. The 1952 syndicated series starred Dana Andrews as real-life undercover agent Matt Cvetic, whose book of the same title provided the inspiration for the radio series and a Hollywood film. Growing out of the communist paranoia of the McCarthy era, the Cold War drama featured red spies portrayed in the same stereotypical manner of the Nazis during World Ward II propaganda programs.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"If A Body Needs A Body…." from 12/2/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

11:00 pm – Friday Midnight Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Robber Bridegroom" from 5/14/1955 --- "The Army Trial" from 6/25/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Saturday 2/25
12:00 am – 12:30 am Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"My Sister Eileen" from 5/18/1946 Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Screen Guild Theatre
Screen Guild Theatre

"The Yearling" from 1/6/1947 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"The Insomnia Caper" from 10/24/1948 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"Maggie O'Bannon" from 4/5/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"The 39 Steps" from 12/13/1937 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 – 4:00 am X Minus One
X Minus One

"Child's Play" from 10/20/1955 --- "Prime Difference" from 1/2/1958 X-Minus One premiered on April 24, 195 and was a revival of Dimension X, NBC's earlier science fiction anthology series. X-Minus One ran until January 9, 1958 and was rerun during the 1970s as part of NBC's Omnibus series.

4:00 am – 5:00 am Mutual Radio Theatre
Mutual Radio Theatre

"A Small Argument" from 4/22/1980 The Mutual Broadcasting System took over and renamed the Sears Radio Theater in December 1979. Hosts Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson and Leonard Nimoy shared duties by presenting productions with different themes each night of the week.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"Lo, The Gentle Earth Worm" from 3/15/1950 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"Mad Hatter Matter" from 1/27/1957 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 Suspense
Suspense

"The High Wall" from 6/6/1946 --- "Celebration" from 9/23/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best

"Minding Pierre" from 9/11/1952 --- "Elusive Card Game" from 1/12/1950 NBC's Father Knows Best depicted the lives of the Anderson family, an average American family living in an average American town. Robert Young starred as Jim Anderson, the easy-going and sensible father. Young was the only cast member to survive the transition from radio to television.

8:00 am – 9:00 am When Radio Was
When Radio Was

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

9:00 am – 9:30 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Case Of Demented Daughter" from 5/28/1946 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"The Money Maker" from 8/2/1948 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Gracie Sends Sam Spade To Jail" from 2/10/1949 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"Wheel Of Life Caper" from 7/11/1948 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.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Football" from 11/3/1942 --- "Careless Drivers" from 1/13/1948 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.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm The Saint
The Saint

"The Chiseling Chimpanzee" from 12/10/1950 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 pm – 1:00 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Case of the Absent Clue" from 3/7/1948 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.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Academy Awards" from 3/23/1952 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 The Martin and Lewis Show
The Martin and Lewis Show

"Getting Tickets To South Pacific" from 10/28/1949 NBC developed Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis's show to compete with CBS's comedy lineup, and the show aired from 1949-1953. Despite a huge budget and exciting guest stars, critics didn't love it, one of dozens of comedy-variety shows.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"The Missing Page" (Chapter 4) from 3/9/2008 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Rogue's Gallery
Rogue's Gallery

"House Of Fear" from 11/15/1945 Rogue's Gallery came to the Mutual network on September 27, 1945 with Dick Powell portraying Richard Rogue, a private detective who invariably ended up getting knocked out each week and spending his dream time in acerbic conversation with his subconscious self Eugor (Rogue spelled backwards). The series was revived as a 1947 summer season with Barry Sullivan in the lead and returned in 1950 for two sustaining seasons starring Chester Morris, the original Boston Blackie.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie

"Baseball and Gambling" from 4/29/1947 Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle, a hard-drinking opium addict who served three prison terms. While in prison, Boyle began writing true-crime confession stories that were published in The American Magazine under the byline 6006, his convict number. Boyle's stories were collected in his 1919 book, Boston Blackie, and inspired a popular series of B-films, the radio series and a 1951 video version.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Adventures of Frank Race
Adventures of Frank Race

"The Fat Man's Loot" from 8/21/1949 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.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Merchant Marines" from 1/30/1945 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

Guest: Dennis Day from 5/2/1944 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Don't Call Me Mother" from 1/4/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"Evil In The House" from 11/7/1948 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.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Alan Young Show
Alan Young Show

"Jury Duty" from 8/21/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"There's Nothing Like A Pork Chop" from 8/6/1950 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

"Blue Serge Suit" from 2/9/1951 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

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

"Carlotta's Serape" from 4/14/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"It Happened One Night" from 3/20/1939 --- "Lives Of A Bengal Lancer" from 4/10/1939 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.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Craig Ferguson Interview
Craig Ferguson Interview

Talks Old Timey Radio with Greg 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.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Gracie Wants To Hear Jack On Radio" from 1/12/1947 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: Rosemary Clooney from 9/23/1945 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

11:30 pm – Saturday Midnight Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Case of Bleeding Chandelier" from 6/13/1948 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.

Sunday 2/26
12:00 am – 6:00 pm Radio Classics
Radio Classics

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.

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

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

7:00 pm – Sunday Midnight Radio Classics
Radio Classics

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.



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