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

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

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

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

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

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

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

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

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

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

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

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

Saturday 10/1
12:00 am – 12:30 am This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

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

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

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

1:00 am – 1:30 am Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

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

1:30 am – 2:00 am Behind The Mike
Behind The Mike

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

2:00 am – 2:30 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

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

2:30 am – 3:00 am Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

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

3:00 am – 4:00 am Suspense
Suspense

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

4:00 am – 5:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

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

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Saint
The Saint

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

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

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

6:00 am – 6:30 am Dragnet
Dragnet

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

6:30 am – 7:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life of Riley - "The Monkey" from 3/13/1948 -- Fibber McGee & Molly - "The Flying Saucer" from 3/28/1950 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

9:00 am – 9:30 am Candy Matson
Candy Matson

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

9:30 am – 10:00 am Night Beat
Night Beat

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

10:00 am – 10:30 am Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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

10:30 am – 11:00 am Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie

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

11:00 am – 11:30 am The Whistler
The Whistler

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

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Gangbusters
Gangbusters

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

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

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

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Life of Riley
Life of Riley

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Martin and Lewis Show
The Martin and Lewis Show

"Witnessed A Murder" from 11/7/1949

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

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

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Man From Homicide
Man From Homicide

"Drowned Girl Case" from 8/6/1951

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

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

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm The Line-Up
The Line-Up

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

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Candy Matson
Candy Matson

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

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

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

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

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

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm The Martin and Lewis Show
The Martin and Lewis Show

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

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

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

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

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

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

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

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

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

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

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

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

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

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

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

10:30 pm – Saturday Midnight Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

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

Sunday 10/2
12:00 am – 1:00 am Damon Runyon Theatre
Damon Runyon Theatre

"That Ever-Loving Wife" from 6/12/1951 --- "A Light In France" from 6/19/1951 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.

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

"Talking About His Illness" from 3/18/1951 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 Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Gracie Gets A Job" from 10/9/1947 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.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Casey, Crime Photographer
Casey, Crime Photographer

"The Wedding Breakfast" from 10/9/1947 --- "The Camera Bug" from 10/16/1947 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"The Oracle Of Death" from 10/20/1940 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Value Of Details" from 11/7/1999 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

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

"Mark Of A Killer" from 1/25/1952 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.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Red Rock Mesa" from 3/12/1950 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.

5:00 am – 6:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Jesse James" (1) from 2/26/1939 --- "Jesse James" (2) from 3/5/1939 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.

6:00 am – 7:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"A Star Is Born" from 9/13/1937 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.

7:00 am – 7:30 am My Favorite Husband
My Favorite Husband

"The Kissing Booth" from 8/13/1948 My Favorite Husband told the story of George and Liz Cooper, "two people who live together and like it." The radio series was based on Isabel Rorick's novel Mr. And Mrs. Cugat. The show's audition broadcast featured Lucille Ball and Lee Bowman as her husband.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: Lynn Bari from 3/25/1945 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.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"The Dancing Men" from 6/24/2007 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.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"Winsome Widow Matter" from 4/26/1959 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.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Dimension X
Dimension X

"With Folded Hands" from 4/15/1950 --- "Requiem" from 9/22/1951 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 am – 10:30 am Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Music For Millions" from 4/10/1949 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 am – 11:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: June Allyson from 2/28/1954 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

"The Plaid Overcoat Case" from 12/28/1951 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"How To Cure A Friend" from 1/15/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

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

"The Picture Postcard Matter" from 10/1/1956 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.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Woman In Black" from 3/9/1947 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.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Tie" from 4/12/1955 --- "The Big Mustache" from 3/3/1954 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Dr. Carew's Fat Wife" from5/24/1950 --- "Dr. Gillespie Almost Gets Engaged" from 6/29/1950 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

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Open A Marriage Bureau" from 4/21/1948 --- Guest: Cary Grant from 4/6/1944 --- Guest: John Garfield from 5/4/1944 --- Guest: Frank Sinatra from 3/1/1945 --- "Who's On First" Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

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

Fibber McGee & Molly - "The Flying Saucer" from 3/28/1950 -- Dimension X - "Almost Human" from 5/13/1950 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dimension X
Dimension X

"Kaleidoscope" from 6/15/1951 / 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Clock
The Clock

"Eddie" from 11/13/1947 / The whole drama of life is written in the sands of time. William Conrad narrates tales of mystery starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis, "the airwaves' most distinguished acting couple." The Clock was produced and directed by William Spier of radio's legendary series Suspense. It aired on ABC from November 3, 1946 - May 23, 1948.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Columbia Presents Corwin
Columbia Presents Corwin

"The Undecided Molecule" from 7/17/1945 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life

"Secret Word: Picture" from 8/11/1958 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.

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

"Jack & The Beanstalk" from 7/25/1954 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm My Favorite Husband
My Favorite Husband

"Hair Dyed" from 6/10/1949 My Favorite Husband told the story of George and Liz Cooper, "two people who live together and like it." The radio series was based on Isabel Rorick's novel Mr. And Mrs. Cugat. The show's audition broadcast featured Lucille Ball and Lee Bowman as her husband.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Fake" from 6/1/1950 --- "Big Lease" from 11/1/1951 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Hawk Larabee
Hawk Larabee

"Tillie McGoon & The Preacher" from 11/7/1946 This Western adventures series told the tales of Hawk Larabee, a do-gooder cowboy in 1840s Texas. It aired for two seasons on CBS, first known as "Hawk Durango" for six weeks. Elliot Lewis and Barton Yarborough repeatedly switched roles between the lead and his sidekick, which troubled the series in its attempt to be the first Western show for an adult audience. Gunsmoke would pick up the torch a few years later.

11:30 pm – Sunday Midnight Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Brush At Elkader" from 10/23/1955 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.

Monday 10/3
12:00 am – 1:00 am Ozzie & Harriet
Ozzie & Harriet

"Housekeeping" from 2/6/1949 --- "Too Much Change" from 4/25/1952 Bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his vocalist wife, Harriet Hilliard, debuted in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on October 8, 1944. The show featured the home life of "America's favorite young couple" and their sons, David and Ricky. Initially, David and Ricky were portrayed by two actors, but in March 1949, the kids persuaded their Dad to allow them to appear in the radio series and later on television.

1:00 am – 2:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Going, Going, Gone" from 11/23/1950 --- "Murder In G-Flat" from 4/5/1951 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 am – 2:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Present Tense" from 1/31/1950 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Shakespeare" from 8/23/1952 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Sunken Dollar" from 6/29/1947 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 Exploring Tomorrow
Exploring Tomorrow

"Liar" from 1958 First broadcast on December 4, 1957, Exploring Tomorrow brought funny, strange and chilling tales to science fiction fans across the country. Adventures in space exploration, aliens, and time travel thrilled listeners on the Mutual Broadcasting System. While the stories and their settings are unusual, the themes are familiar: jealousy, crime and punishment, the pursuit of happiness, politics and war. As with all good science fiction, the fanciful and frightening worlds of an imagined future or an alternate present bring you face to face with the real feelings, choices, beliefs and needs of human beings as we are now.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"Nightmare" from 11/28/1944 This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Break-Up" from 12/30/1948 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.

5:00 am – 5:30 am It's Higgins, Sir
It's Higgins, Sir

"A Day In The Woods" from 7/31/1951 This NBC sitcom ran as a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show in 1951. Higgins, portrayed by Harry McNaughton, is an English butler who must adjust to life in America with the Roberts family after the death of his British charge, and the Roberts' distant uncle, Sir Robertson.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Behind The Mike
Behind The Mike

"Script Writers" from 6/12/1941 "Radio's own show" first ran in 1931 as a 15-minute show, then revamped in 1940 as a half-hour program, hosted by Graham McNamee. Episodes could feature interviews with inventors, producers, show runners and actors, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of how radio shows get made.

6:00 am – 6:30 am The Chase
The Chase

"Million Dollar Hunt" from 6/7/1953 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am X Minus One
X Minus One

"Death Wish" from 10/10/1957 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.

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Falcon
The Falcon

"Case Of The Natural Seven" from 2/29/1952 Michael Waring was a freelance detective who was also known as the Falcon. Waring's detective techniques were a cross between Ellery Queen and Richard Diamond. He had a certain eye for detail but was frequently on the outs with the police.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Mr. District Attorney
Mr. District Attorney

"Death With Father" from the 1950s Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gang Busters, worked with creator/writer/director Ed Byron to develop this series, which is inspired by the early years of New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. It aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952. The nameless title role was played by several actors throughout the run: Raymond Edward Johnson, Jay Jostyn, and David Brian. A key figure in the show was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (played by Vicki Vola)

8:00 am – 9:00 am Dennis Day Show
Dennis Day Show

"Betting On Baby" from 6/23/1948 --- "The Masquerade Ball" from 4/18/1946 Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty in an Irish family in the Bronx, Dennis Day first became known for his tenor voice as a replacement singer on Jack Benny's radio show on October 8, 1939. Benny and Day would remain friends and colleagues the rest of their lives. "A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day" aired on NBC from 1946-1951, while Day also regularly appeared on Benny's show singing, telling jokes, and performing impressions.

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

"Masquerade Party" from 10/29/1939 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Couple Next Door
The Couple Next Door

"Simple Case Of Algebra" from 1/8/1958 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.

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

"In Name Only" from 12/11/1939 / 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Pressure" from 8/27/1950 / 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 am – 12:00 pm The Third Man
The Third Man

"Professor Regrets" from 6/20/1952 / 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.

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

Alan Young Show - "Napoleon's Descendent" from 1/3/1947 --- Burns & Allen Show - "Wisconsin Primary" PArt One from 4/10/1940 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

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

"String Of Death Caper" from 2/2/1951 / 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Columbia Workshop
Columbia Workshop

"Just A Plain Blue Suit" from 2/16/1946 / 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

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"Jealousy" from 9/27/1942 / 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."

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Land Deal" from 12/11/1955 / 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.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

"Holiday" from 11/9/1958 / This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Payoff Is Murder" from 1/17/1949 / Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"Parking Lot Racket" from 10/31/1939 / The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"You Died Last Night" from 4/1/1962 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm The Adventures of Frank Race
The Adventures of Frank Race

"Three On A Match" from 9/18/1949 / 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Death Plays The League" from 12/3/1944 / Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Free Sightseeing Bus" from 9/11/1949 / 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.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"Phil Buys A Tuxedo" from 3/23/1950 / 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.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

"Red Gold" from 1/14/1953 / 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"The Loner" from 4/25/1952 / This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"The Maltese Falcon" from 7/3/1946 -- "Brief Encounter" from 11/20/1946 / 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.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Harry's Luck" from 1/7/2007 / 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 pm – 10:00 pm Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"The Goldolphin Arabian" from 11/23/2003 / 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.

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

"Fibber The Barber" from 1/16/1945 / 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 pm – 11:00 pm The Jack Carson Show
The Jack Carson Show

"Fixing The Radio" from 2/12/1947 / 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Rod The Census Taker" from 3/5/1950 / 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.

11:30 pm – Monday Midnight Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Junior Is In Love" from 1/27/1950 / 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.

Tuesday 10/4
12:00 am – 1:00 am Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator

"Midsummer Lunacy" from 8/17/1954 --- "Ghosts Don't Die In Bed" from 9/7/1954 / 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Larry Moore" from 1/12/1952 / 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Captain Midnight
Captain Midnight

"Dolores Vs. Ivan Shark" from 11/9/1939

2:00 am – 3:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

"Guest: Spencer Tracy" from 6/24/1938 / 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.

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

"Seven Hills Of Rome" from 6/9/1957 / 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Gordon Merrick" from 3/15/1952 / 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.

4:00 am – 5:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Fake" from 6/1/1950 --- "Big Lease" from 11/1/1951 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Hawk Larabee
Hawk Larabee

"Tillie McGoon & The Preacher" from 11/7/1946 This Western adventures series told the tales of Hawk Larabee, a do-gooder cowboy in 1840s Texas. It aired for two seasons on CBS, first known as "Hawk Durango" for six weeks. Elliot Lewis and Barton Yarborough repeatedly switched roles between the lead and his sidekick, which troubled the series in its attempt to be the first Western show for an adult audience. Gunsmoke would pick up the torch a few years later.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Brush At Elkader" from 10/23/1955 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Night Beat
Night Beat

"Marvelous Machine" from 6/5/1952 / 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.

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

"Hippity Hoppity" from 7/22/1951 / As a summer replacement series on NBC, this show only broadcast a handful of episodes from July to September 1951. The title character, also known as Phillip Gault, could speak only in whispers following a football injury. He's cast out of society and joins an underground crime syndicate - but after having miracle surgery that restores his voice, he becomes a double agent in hopes of destroying the syndicate from the inside. Carleton G. Young played the protagonist, alongside Betty Moran who played Gault's girlfriend and the only other person who knows about his double identity.

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

"Memory of Mace Melot" from 12/15/1951 / Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"That Was No Lady" from 2/21/1960 / 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.

8:00 am – 10:00 am The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Open A Marriage Bureau" from 4/21/1948 --- Guest: Cary Grant from 4/6/1944 --- Guest: John Garfield from 5/4/1944 --- Guest: Frank Sinatra from 3/1/1945 --- "Who's On First" Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Columbia Presents Corwin
Columbia Presents Corwin

"The Undecided Molecule" from 7/17/1945 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life

"Secret Word: Picture" from 8/11/1958 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 Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Jack & The Beanstalk" from 7/25/1954 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm My Favorite Husband
My Favorite Husband

"Hair Dyed" from 6/10/1949 My Favorite Husband told the story of George and Liz Cooper, "two people who live together and like it." The radio series was based on Isabel Rorick's novel Mr. And Mrs. Cugat. The show's audition broadcast featured Lucille Ball and Lee Bowman as her husband.

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

Burns & Allen Show - "Wisconsin Primary" Part Two from 4/10/1940 --- Hawk Larabee - "The California Kid" from 10/18/1947 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Dimension X
Dimension X

"Kaleidoscope" from 6/15/1951 / 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Clock
The Clock

"Eddie" from 11/13/1947 / The whole drama of life is written in the sands of time. William Conrad narrates tales of mystery starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis, "the airwaves' most distinguished acting couple." The Clock was produced and directed by William Spier of radio's legendary series Suspense. It aired on ABC from November 3, 1946 - May 23, 1948.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"The Dancer" from 10/29/1950 / 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.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

"Lum The Writer" from 5/18/1942 --- "Lum The Publisher" from 5/19/1942 / Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"Final Payment" from 9/15/1950 / 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.

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

"Rented Cottage Murder Case" from 4/3/1952 / Mr. Keen was a charming and kindly old tracer of missing persons along with his assistant Mike Clancy.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Oyster Shucker" from 10/6/1953 --- "Little Voice Of Murder" from 3/16/1954 / 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Pictures of Baby Upsets Leroy" from 9/22/1948 / 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm The Aldrich Family
The Aldrich Family

"Weekly Party" from 9/22/1948 / The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Music For Millions" from 4/10/1949 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.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: June Allyson from 2/28/1954 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.

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

"The Plaid Overcoat Case" from 12/28/1951 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 Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"How To Cure A Friend" from 1/15/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Damon Runyon Theatre
Damon Runyon Theatre

"That Ever-Loving Wife" from 6/12/1951 --- "A Light In France" from 6/19/1951 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.

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

"Talking About His Illness" from 3/18/1951 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 Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Gracie Gets A Job" from 10/9/1947 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.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"The Dancing Men" from 6/24/2007 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.

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

"Winsome Widow Matter" from 4/26/1959 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:00 pm – Tuesday Midnight Dimension X
Dimension X

"With Folded Hands" from 4/15/1950 --- "Requiem" from 9/22/1951 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.

Wednesday 10/5
12:00 am – 1:00 am Dennis Day Show
Dennis Day Show

"Betting On Baby" from 6/23/1948 --- "The Masquerade Ball" from 4/18/1946 Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty in an Irish family in the Bronx, Dennis Day first became known for his tenor voice as a replacement singer on Jack Benny's radio show on October 8, 1939. Benny and Day would remain friends and colleagues the rest of their lives. "A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day" aired on NBC from 1946-1951, while Day also regularly appeared on Benny's show singing, telling jokes, and performing impressions.

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

"Masquerade Party" from 10/29/1939 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 The Couple Next Door
The Couple Next Door

"Simple Case Of Algebra" from 1/8/1958 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.

2:00 am – 2:30 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"Jealousy" from 9/27/1942 / 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."

2:30 am – 3:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Land Deal" from 12/11/1955 / 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.

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

"Holiday" from 11/9/1958 / This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Payoff Is Murder" from 1/17/1949 / Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

4:00 am – 5:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Tie" from 4/12/1955 --- "The Big Mustache" from 3/3/1954 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

5:00 am – 6:00 am Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Dr. Carew's Fat Wife" from5/24/1950 --- "Dr. Gillespie Almost Gets Engaged" from 6/29/1950 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

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

"The Picture Postcard Matter" from 10/1/1956 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.

7:00 am – 8:00 am The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Woman In Black" from 3/9/1947 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.

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

"Mark Of A Killer" from 1/25/1952 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.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Red Rock Mesa" from 3/12/1950 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 am – 10:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Jesse James" (1) from 2/26/1939 --- "Jesse James" (2) from 3/5/1939 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.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Ozzie & Harriet
Ozzie & Harriet

"Housekeeping" from 2/6/1949 --- "Too Much Change" from 4/25/1952 Bandleader Ozzie Nelson and his vocalist wife, Harriet Hilliard, debuted in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on October 8, 1944. The show featured the home life of "America's favorite young couple" and their sons, David and Ricky. Initially, David and Ricky were portrayed by two actors, but in March 1949, the kids persuaded their Dad to allow them to appear in the radio series and later on television.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Going, Going, Gone" from 11/23/1950 --- "Murder In G-Flat" from 4/5/1951 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
When Radio Was

Sherlock Holmes - "Case Of The Very Best Butler" from 4/18/1948 --- Superman - "Phony Housing Racket" Part One from 12/16/1946 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

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

"String Of Death Caper" from 2/2/1951 / 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Columbia Workshop
Columbia Workshop

"Just A Plain Blue Suit" from 2/16/1946 / 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

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"The Maltese Falcon" from 7/3/1946 -- "Brief Encounter" from 11/20/1946 / 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.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Harry's Luck" from 1/7/2007 / 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 pm – 4:00 pm Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"The Goldolphin Arabian" from 11/23/2003 / 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.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Casey, Crime Photographer
Casey, Crime Photographer

"The Wedding Breakfast" from 10/9/1947 --- "The Camera Bug" from 10/16/1947 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.

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

"The Oracle Of Death" from 10/20/1940 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Value Of Details" from 11/7/1999 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"Nightmare" from 11/28/1944 This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Break-Up" from 12/30/1948 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 – 7:30 pm It's Higgins, Sir
It's Higgins, Sir

"A Day In The Woods" from 7/31/1951 This NBC sitcom ran as a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show in 1951. Higgins, portrayed by Harry McNaughton, is an English butler who must adjust to life in America with the Roberts family after the death of his British charge, and the Roberts' distant uncle, Sir Robertson.

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

"Script Writers" from 6/12/1941 "Radio's own show" first ran in 1931 as a 15-minute show, then revamped in 1940 as a half-hour program, hosted by Graham McNamee. Episodes could feature interviews with inventors, producers, show runners and actors, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of how radio shows get made.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Present Tense" from 1/31/1950 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Shakespeare" from 8/23/1952 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.

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

"Sunken Dollar" from 6/29/1947 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 pm – 10:00 pm Exploring Tomorrow
Exploring Tomorrow

"Liar" from 1958 First broadcast on December 4, 1957, Exploring Tomorrow brought funny, strange and chilling tales to science fiction fans across the country. Adventures in space exploration, aliens, and time travel thrilled listeners on the Mutual Broadcasting System. While the stories and their settings are unusual, the themes are familiar: jealousy, crime and punishment, the pursuit of happiness, politics and war. As with all good science fiction, the fanciful and frightening worlds of an imagined future or an alternate present bring you face to face with the real feelings, choices, beliefs and needs of human beings as we are now.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm The Chase
The Chase

"Million Dollar Hunt" from 6/7/1953 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.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm X Minus One
X Minus One

"Death Wish" from 10/10/1957 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm The Falcon
The Falcon

"Case Of The Natural Seven" from 2/29/1952 Michael Waring was a freelance detective who was also known as the Falcon. Waring's detective techniques were a cross between Ellery Queen and Richard Diamond. He had a certain eye for detail but was frequently on the outs with the police.

11:30 pm – Wednesday Midnight Mr. District Attorney
Mr. District Attorney

"Death With Father" from the 1950s Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gang Busters, worked with creator/writer/director Ed Byron to develop this series, which is inspired by the early years of New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. It aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952. The nameless title role was played by several actors throughout the run: Raymond Edward Johnson, Jay Jostyn, and David Brian. A key figure in the show was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (played by Vicki Vola)

Thursday 10/6
12:00 am – 12:30 am Night Beat
Night Beat

"Marvelous Machine" from 6/5/1952 / 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.

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

"Hippity Hoppity" from 7/22/1951 / As a summer replacement series on NBC, this show only broadcast a handful of episodes from July to September 1951. The title character, also known as Phillip Gault, could speak only in whispers following a football injury. He's cast out of society and joins an underground crime syndicate - but after having miracle surgery that restores his voice, he becomes a double agent in hopes of destroying the syndicate from the inside. Carleton G. Young played the protagonist, alongside Betty Moran who played Gault's girlfriend and the only other person who knows about his double identity.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Memory of Mace Melot" from 12/15/1951 / Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

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

"That Was No Lady" from 2/21/1960 / 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 – 2:30 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"The Dancer" from 10/29/1950 / 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

"Lum The Writer" from 5/18/1942 --- "Lum The Publisher" from 5/19/1942 / Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"Final Payment" from 9/15/1950 / 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.

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

"Rented Cottage Murder Case" from 4/3/1952 / 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

"Free Sightseeing Bus" from 9/11/1949 / 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 Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"Phil Buys A Tuxedo" from 3/23/1950 / 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.

5:00 am – 5:30 am I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

"Red Gold" from 1/14/1953 / 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.

5:30 am – 6:00 am This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"The Loner" from 4/25/1952 / This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

6:00 am – 6:30 am The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"Parking Lot Racket" from 10/31/1939 / The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"You Died Last Night" from 4/1/1962 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Adventures of Frank Race
The Adventures of Frank Race

"Three On A Match" from 9/18/1949 / 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.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Death Plays The League" from 12/3/1944 / Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Oyster Shucker" from 10/6/1953 --- "Little Voice Of Murder" from 3/16/1954 / 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.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Pictures of Baby Upsets Leroy" from 9/22/1948 / 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Aldrich Family
The Aldrich Family

"Weekly Party" from 9/22/1948 / The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

"Guest: Spencer Tracy" from 6/24/1938 / 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.

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

"Seven Hills Of Rome" from 6/9/1957 / 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Gordon Merrick" from 3/15/1952 / 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.

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

Academy Award Theatre - "Kitty Koyle" from 4/6/1946 ---- Frontier Fighters - "The Sante Fe Trail" from 1935 / Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Dimension X
Dimension X

"Kaleidoscope" from 6/15/1951 / 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Clock
The Clock

"Eddie" from 11/13/1947 / The whole drama of life is written in the sands of time. William Conrad narrates tales of mystery starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis, "the airwaves' most distinguished acting couple." The Clock was produced and directed by William Spier of radio's legendary series Suspense. It aired on ABC from November 3, 1946 - May 23, 1948.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator

"Midsummer Lunacy" from 8/17/1954 --- "Ghosts Don't Die In Bed" from 9/7/1954 / 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 Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Larry Moore" from 1/12/1952 / 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Captain Midnight
Captain Midnight

"Dolores Vs. Ivan Shark" from 11/9/1939

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Fake" from 6/1/1950 --- "Big Lease" from 11/1/1951 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Hawk Larabee
Hawk Larabee

"Tillie McGoon & The Preacher" from 11/7/1946 This Western adventures series told the tales of Hawk Larabee, a do-gooder cowboy in 1840s Texas. It aired for two seasons on CBS, first known as "Hawk Durango" for six weeks. Elliot Lewis and Barton Yarborough repeatedly switched roles between the lead and his sidekick, which troubled the series in its attempt to be the first Western show for an adult audience. Gunsmoke would pick up the torch a few years later.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Brush At Elkader" from 10/23/1955 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.

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

"Fibber The Barber" from 1/16/1945 / 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.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm The Jack Carson Show
The Jack Carson Show

"Fixing The Radio" from 2/12/1947 / 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.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Rod The Census Taker" from 3/5/1950 / 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.

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

"Junior Is In Love" from 1/27/1950 / 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 pm – 9:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"A Star Is Born" from 9/13/1937 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 pm – 9:30 pm My Favorite Husband
My Favorite Husband

"The Kissing Booth" from 8/13/1948 My Favorite Husband told the story of George and Liz Cooper, "two people who live together and like it." The radio series was based on Isabel Rorick's novel Mr. And Mrs. Cugat. The show's audition broadcast featured Lucille Ball and Lee Bowman as her husband.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: Lynn Bari from 3/25/1945 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.

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

"In Name Only" from 12/11/1939 / 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Pressure" from 8/27/1950 / 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 – Thursday Midnight The Third Man
The Third Man

"Professor Regrets" from 6/20/1952 / 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.



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