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Thursday 1/19
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Baby Snooks
Baby Snooks

"Golfing" from 5/18/1939 --- "Hiccups" from 1/22/1942 Baby Snooks was born at a Detroit party when Fanny Brice, then performing burlesque, sang "Poor Pauline" in a little-girl voice, and was revived for her first radio broadcasts in the '30s. Frank Morgan and Alan Reed served as Snooks’ foils on early broadcasts before Hanley Stafford became radio’s longest-running "Daddy." The Baby Snooks Show aired from September 17, 1944 through May 29, 1951, with Stafford delivering a moving eulogy on the final show following Brice’s death from a cerebral hemorrhage.

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

"Devil & El Diablo" from 11/24/1951 / Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Romance of the Ranchos
Romance of the Ranchos

"Joaquin Murietta" from 3/29/1942 / This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

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

"Guest: Frank Sinatra" from 1/28/1945 / 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.

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

"$85,000 Bet" from 10/28/1945 / For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Hall Of Fantasy
Hall Of Fantasy

"The Tell-Tale Heart" from 6/1/1953 Dark, supernatural forces lurk around every corner in the Hall of Fantasy. The frightening mystery serires aired first for a short time in 1946 on a Salt Lake City station, featuring voices by Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson and stories written/adapted by Robert Olson. A few years after the team parted ways, the series was reimagined on WGN in Chicago when Greyson and Thorne found themselves working together again, with Thorne doing most of the writing and adapting.

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym" from 9/19/1943 -- "Murders In The Rue Morgue" from 1/2/1944 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America

"Edgar Allan Poe" from 2/26/1941 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm NBC University Theater
NBC University Theater

"The Purloined Letter" from 9/17/1948

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Columbia Workshop
Columbia Workshop

"Metzengerstein" from 12/16/1937 / Also known as the CBS Radio Workshop, this was an experimental anthology series that pushed the envelope of defining art with its creative use of sound. It featured many New York actors and scripts by some of the country's best writers. It aired in various forms on CBS from 1936 - 1957

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Mystery Of The Marie Roget" from 12/14/1953 / 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 – Thursday Midnight Strange Dr. Weird
Strange Dr. Weird

"House Where Death Lives" from 11/7/1944 / This supernatural fantasy series aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1944-1945. The 15-minute show can be considered a lite version of "Mysterious Traveler," as it also starred Maurice Tarplin and shared a writer.

Friday 1/20
12:00 am – 1:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Second Class Passenger" from 1/7/1948 --- "When The Man Comes, Follow Him" from 4/9/1949 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

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

"Never The Twain" from 9/16/1951 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Frontier Fighters
Frontier Fighters

"Jedediah Smith" from 1935 This series consisted of 15-minute episodes about true historical adventures in the American West. Some of the stories include Lewis & Clark, the Oregon boundary dispute, and the purchase of Alaska. The original broadcast dates for Frontier Fighters are still unclear; the series ran sometime during the 1930s.

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

"Kids Plan Anniversary Party" from 11/8/1947 --- "Riley In School Play" from 11/15/1947 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Murder at Midnight
Murder at Midnight

"The Thirteenth Floor" from 1/27/1947 This transcribed mystery-horror series was syndicated from WJZ in New York and aired from 1946-1947. The creepy voice in the opening piece was provided by Raymond Morgan, a New York minister who gave up his ministry to act on the radio. Other actors included Mercedes McCambridge, Berry Kroeger, and Elspeth Eric.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Sundown" from 5/4/1958 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"Formula For Death" from 6/10/1962 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.

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

"Ramona" from 9/5/1944 The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

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

"The Executioner' from 11/19/1944 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

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

"The Human Catalyst" from 3/17/1948 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

6:00 am – 7:00 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"Death Speaks Twice" from 2/15/1942 --- "The Crystal Globe" from 10/3/1943 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

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

"Angela & Steven Kester" from 2/1/1950 This medical drama was based on films by the same name. Lews Ayes as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie face everything from pushy administrators to personal drama and ethical crises in the halls of Blair General Hospital in New York City

7:30 am – 8:00 am Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America

"The Great McGraw" from 4/15/1946 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Pat Novak for Hire
Pat Novak for Hire

"Go Away, Dixie Gillian" from 4/16/1949 / Pat Novak for Hire was broadcast from San Francisco and debuted in 1946 as an ABC Sunday night West Coast series. Ben Murphy starred as the hard-boiled Novak during the West Coast run, but Jack Webb made the role his own when series was revived on February 13, 1949 over the entire ABC national network.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Crime Club
Crime Club

"Death At 7:10" from 7/3/1947

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

"Remembering Their First Date" from 1/23/1958 / 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 – 10:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"Return Trip" from 6/27/1946 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"Protection" from 3/20/1957 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 am – 11:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"The Ambassador Of Poker" from 4/7/1950 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 This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"The Phantom Hitchhiker" from 3/28/1952 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.

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Chase
The Chase

"Frame For Murder" from 3/1/1953 / 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Beau Geste" from 6/6/1948 / 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.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Shadow Of A Doubt" from 11/9/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Mr. Lucky" from 1/20/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

Guest: Cary Grant from 4/6/1944 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.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Gracie's Dating Service" from 12/29/1942 --- "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Burns" from 1/5/1943 --- "Guest: William Bendix" from 1/18/1944 --- "Gracie Wants A Fur Coat" from 2/5/1948 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Fleshpeddler" from 8/4/1957 --- "Mr. Markham, Antique Dealer" from 5/11/1943 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 Crime Club
Crime Club

"Death Deals A Diamond" from 7/17/1947

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Police Headquarters
Police Headquarters

"Wagner Hotel Murder" from 1932 This police procedural series was syndicated on NBC stations in 1932. It features quarter-hour stories typically based on true crimes.

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

"Meet Me In St. Louis" from 12/2/1946 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 Suspense
Suspense

"Cricket" from 3/15/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Yorky" from 10/17/1953 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

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

Guest: Howard Duff from 2/10/1949 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

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

"George & Gracie Fill In For Jack" from 3/7/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

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

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

11:30 pm – Friday Midnight Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"Trouble Is My Business" from 8/5/1947 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.

Saturday 1/21
12:00 am – 12:30 am Hall Of Fantasy
Hall Of Fantasy

"The Tell-Tale Heart" from 6/1/1953 Dark, supernatural forces lurk around every corner in the Hall of Fantasy. The frightening mystery serires aired first for a short time in 1946 on a Salt Lake City station, featuring voices by Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson and stories written/adapted by Robert Olson. A few years after the team parted ways, the series was reimagined on WGN in Chicago when Greyson and Thorne found themselves working together again, with Thorne doing most of the writing and adapting.

12:30 am – 1:30 am The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym" from 9/19/1943 -- "Murders In The Rue Morgue" from 1/2/1944 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America

"Edgar Allan Poe" from 2/26/1941 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Adventures of Nero Wolfe

N"Case of the Dear Dead Lady" from 11/3/1950 / Nero Wolfe solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes, although the overweight detective physically resembled Holmes' obese older brother Mycroft. The adventures of Rex Stouts's "gargantuan gourmet" first came to radio over the New England Network beginning April 7, 1943. The series moved onto the Blue Network on July 5, 1943 starring Santos Ortega and later Luis Van Rooten.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Dead Head Freight" from 1/7/1951 / Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"Big Confession" from 3/30/1954 / 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"How To Die For Nothing" from 10/10/1953 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

4:00 am – 5:00 am The Fat Man
The Fat Man

"The Blank Angel" from 6/8/1946 --- "Window For Murder" from 10/3/1947 / The Fat Man was a detective series based on a character created by Dashiell Hammett. The show aired on ABC from 1946 to 1951. J. Scott Smart starred as Brad Runyon, a portly, powerful and witty detective.

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

"Death Bound" from 2/3/1947 / Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Dreams" from 10/8/1961 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Patience Is A Vice" from 9/14/2008 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Peter Lynch" from 8/17/1951 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

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

"Fibber Is Sick" from 10/1/1946 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

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

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

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

9:00 am – 9:30 am Adventures of The Saint
Adventures of The Saint

"A Real Gone Guy" from 7/2/1950 / Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

"Eddie Garrett" from 8/27/1949 / Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

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

"Business Is Slow" from 1/24/1950 ---- "No Girl For The Dance" from 4/22/1952 / Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Most Dangerous Game" from 2/1/1945 / "Footfalls" from 7/12/1945 / 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 Suspense
Suspense

"Black Curtain" from 12/2/1943 --- "Black Path of Fear" from 3/7/1946 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"Theodora Goes Wild" from 6/13/1938 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm NBC University Theater
NBC University Theater

"The Purloined Letter" from 9/17/1948

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Columbia Workshop
Columbia Workshop

"Metzengerstein" from 12/16/1937 / 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

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Mystery Of The Marie Roget" from 12/14/1953 / 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Strange Dr. Weird
Strange Dr. Weird

"House Where Death Lives" from 11/7/1944 / This supernatural fantasy series aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1944-1945. The 15-minute show can be considered a lite version of "Mysterious Traveler," as it also starred Maurice Tarplin and shared a writer.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Danny Kaye Show
Danny Kaye Show

"Valentine For Jack Benny" from 2/10/1945 --- "Case of The Missing Toothpick" from 1/20/1945

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Too Perfect Alibi" from 1/13/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Frontier Fighters
Frontier Fighters

"Dodge & Stanford" from 1935 This series consisted of 15-minute episodes about true historical adventures in the American West. Some of the stories include Lewis & Clark, the Oregon boundary dispute, and the purchase of Alaska. The original broadcast dates for Frontier Fighters are still unclear; the series ran sometime during the 1930s.

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

"Guest: Virginia Cox Smith" from 4/22/1956 / 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 The Mel Blanc Show
The Mel Blanc Show

"The Movie Actress" from 10/22/1946

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Impressing Cobina Wright" from 1/13/1941 / George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

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

"Cardboard Box" from 5/30/2010 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Man Behind The Frame" from 1/8/1951 Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Drive" from 8/14/1952 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Calling All Detectives
Calling All Detectives

"Spilled Salt" from 11/22/1948 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.

10:00 pm – 11:15 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The McCormick Matter" from 10/3/1955 / Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:15 pm – 11:45 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"Big Thank You" from 3/9/1950 / 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.

11:45 pm – Saturday Midnight Police Headquarters
Police Headquarters

"Deadly Poker Game" from 1932 / This police procedural series was syndicated on NBC stations in 1932. It features quarter-hour stories typically based on true crimes.

Sunday 1/22
12:00 am – 12:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Port Royal" from 3/10/1950 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.

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

"Stolen Portrait" from 4/1/1949 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am The Chase
The Chase

"Tales" from 4/27/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Police Headquarters
Police Headquarters

"Infiltrating The Mob" from 1932 This police procedural series was syndicated on NBC stations in 1932. It features quarter-hour stories typically based on true crimes.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

"Piccadilly" from 2/3/1946 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

"Fred Allen & Portland Hoffa" from 9/30/1945 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

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

"Paul Thomas Case" from 7/28/1949 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"Big Man" from 1/19/1950 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

4:00 am – 4:30 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"The Phantom Voice" from 2/6/1938 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"The Great Impersonation" from 4/23/1949 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Damon Runyon Theatre
Damon Runyon Theatre

"Maybe A Queen" from 10/2/1949 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.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"Chicago Telephone Company" from 2/6/1949 Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

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

"Grave Secret" from 2/27/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

6:30 am – 7:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Bringing Down Father" from 3/11/1956 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 The Line-Up
The Line-Up

"Cigar Box Bandit" from 2/15/1951 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.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Casebook Of Gregory Hood
Casebook Of Gregory Hood

"Daphne Bloggs Case" from 12/30/1946 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Bordertown" from 12/13/1949 --- "Treasure Inc." from 1/24/1950 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

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

"The Creeper" from 5/29/1938 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Third Man
The Third Man

"Voodoo" from 8/31/1951 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.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Quiet, Please
Quiet, Please

"Time Of The Big Snow" from 1/2/1949 --- "Northern Lights" from 1/30/1949 Quiet Please was one of radio’s most imaginative series, created and written by Wyllis Cooper, the talented writer/director who created radio’s legendary Lights Out in 1934 and scripted the 1939 horror film The Son of Frankenstein. Ernest Chappell starred in the series, narrating the stories in a quiet, underplayed conversational tone. Quiet Please aired over the Mutual airwaves from June 8, 1947 through September 13, 1948 and over ABC from September 19, 1948 through June 25, 1949.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Exploring Tomorrow
Exploring Tomorrow

"Speak No More" 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Carnival One Way" from 12/8/1953 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

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

"Indestructible Mike Matter" from 6/4/1956 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 Family Theater
The Family Theater

"The Gold Bug" from 10/5/1949 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm The Six Shooter
The Six Shooter

"Blood Relations" from 5/27/1954 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Romance of the Ranchos
Romance of the Ranchos

"San Jose" from 9/21/1941 This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

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

"Steak Ride" from 2/8/1953 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Difficulty With Leroy…" from 2/14/1951 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

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

"Partner In Panama" from 12/12/1949 Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"The Black Halo" from 1/15/1949 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Command Performance
Command Performance

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

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Ozzie & Harriet
Ozzie & Harriet

"Vase Problem" from 8/12/1945 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.

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

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

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

"The Girl In The Park" from 12/27/1950 / 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Banquo's Chair" from 6/1/1943 / 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.

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

"Bachelor Mother" fom 11/23/1942 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Beware The Quiet Man" from 8/12/1948 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.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Voice On The Wire" from 11/29/1944 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Hall Of Fantasy
Hall Of Fantasy

"Dance Of The Devil Dolls" from 2/9/1953 Dark, supernatural forces lurk around every corner in the Hall of Fantasy. The frightening mystery serires aired first for a short time in 1946 on a Salt Lake City station, featuring voices by Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson and stories written/adapted by Robert Olson. A few years after the team parted ways, the series was reimagined on WGN in Chicago when Greyson and Thorne found themselves working together again, with Thorne doing most of the writing and adapting.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie

"Squaw Man" from 2/5/1956 --- "The Capture" from 4/29/1956 Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry. Premiering in January 1956, Raymond Burr starred as Captain Quince-a soldier who followed orders and a leader who lived by his own rules of fairness and honesty.

11:00 pm – Sunday Midnight Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Jayhawkers" from 4/4/1953 --- "Hanging Man" from 3/25/1956 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.

Monday 1/23
12:00 am – 12:30 am Inheritance
Inheritance

"Giant Of Virginia" from 4/11/1954 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America

"The Petticoat Jury" from 5/20/1946 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

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

"Picnic At The Beach" from 5/9/1954 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Music Brings Them Together" from 11/16/1946 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

2:00 am – 3:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Matter Of Logic" from 6/1/1956 --- "TheEternal Joan" from 6/29/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"Somebody Out There Hates Me" from 3/6/1960 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am The Bickersons
The Bickersons

"Everybody Has A Baby" from 9/29/1946 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Woodward Manila Matter" from 11/25/1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"Comic Strip Killer" from 11/23/1947 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.

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

"The Diamond Stick Pin" from 1/2/1945 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.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Man Who Hated Peanuts" from 1/6/1948 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"The Out Station" from 7/12/1953 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Finger Man" from 7/13/1952 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Smoking Out The Beedles" from 11/6/1954 --- "The Photographer" from 5/6/1956 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 am – 8:30 am Man From Homicide
Man From Homicide

"Eddie Kent" from 7/11/1957 This police drama aired for 6 months in 1951 on ABC. Dan Duryea starred as tough cop Lou Dana with Bill Bouchey as Inspector Sherman and Lawrence Dobkin as Dave the Sergeant. Written by Dick Powell.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Michael Shayne
Michael Shayne

"Wandering Fingerprints" from 10/2/1948 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

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

"Decision" from 12/24/1947 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

9:30 am – 10:00 am X Minus One
X Minus One

"Early Model" from 7/11/1957 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"The Golden Pince-Nez" from 7/25/2010 / 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 am – 11:00 am Behind The Mike
Behind The Mike

"FDR Inaugural Ceremonies" from 1/19/1941 / "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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Box 13
Box 13

"Find Me, Find Death" from 4/24/1949 / Alan Ladd stars as Dan Holiday, a fiction writer and retired reporter with a taste for adventure. The show was also produced by Alan Ladd's company, Mayfair Productions. Sylvia Picker portrayed Suzy, his scatterbrained office manager.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Stevens In A Rest Home" from 10/13/1953 / Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

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

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

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

"The Dark Wall" from 7/1/1954 / Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Man In The Black Derby" from 1/20/1948 / 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 Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

"Archie & Finnegan Double Date" from 4/6/1949 "More IOU's At Duffy's" from 4/13/1949 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

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

"Fourth Round Knockout" from 9/11/1949 / 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Witch Of Donderburg Mountain" from 4/20/1945 / Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Avalon Time
Avalon Time

"Red Skelton Joins The Cast" from 1/7/1939

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Red Arrives Late" from 4/30/1950 / 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.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Cholera" from 12/4/1954 "Chester's Hanging" from 2/12/1955 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

"The Old Trunk" from 5/15/1945 / 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 Alan Young Show
Alan Young Show

"Stolen Pearl Necklace" 10/4/1946 / This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Let's Pretend
Let's Pretend

"Jorinda & Joringel" from 10/23/1954 / This award-winning children's radio program, which adapted popular stories like "Cinderella", "Rumpelstiltsken" and "Sleeping Beauty", aired for almost 20 years on CBS.

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

"Day The Roof Fell In" from12/2/1956 / The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

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

"Stagecoach" from 5/4/1946 / Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Six Shooter
The Six Shooter

"Trail To Sunset" from 1/31/1954 / The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm The Shadow
The Shadow

"Death Is An Art" from 2/11/1940 "Murder In E-Flat" from 12/4/1938 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.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Test" from 8/28/1952 "Big Sucker" from 2/16/1954 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Murder at Midnight
Murder at Midnight

"Nightmare" from 11/4/1946 / This transcribed mystery-horror series was syndicated from WJZ in New York and aired from 1946-1947. The creepy voice in the opening piece was provided by Raymond Morgan, a New York minister who gave up his ministry to act on the radio. Other actors included Mercedes McCambridge, Berry Kroeger, and Elspeth Eric.

11:30 pm – Monday Midnight The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"Fall Of The House Of Usher" from 8/29/1943 / This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

Tuesday 1/24
12:00 am – 12:30 am Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Fool's Gold" from 4/13/2008 / This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

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

"Fred Arlen Murder" from 9/20/1945 / 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 Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

"Aces & Eights" from 10/12/1958 / 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Johnny Red" from 8/13/1955 / 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.

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

"Conklin's Tuba" from 12/3/1950 / 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 The Bickersons
The Bickersons

"Blanche Feels Old" from 3/16/1947

3:00 am – 3:30 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"Health Food Diet" from 11/21/1948 / 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am My Friend Irma
My Friend Irma

"Al's Loan From Richard" from 2/9/1948 / Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

4:00 am – 5:00 am Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie

"Squaw Man" from 2/5/1956 --- "The Capture" from 4/29/1956 Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry. Premiering in January 1956, Raymond Burr starred as Captain Quince-a soldier who followed orders and a leader who lived by his own rules of fairness and honesty.

5:00 am – 6:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Jayhawkers" from 4/4/1953 --- "Hanging Man" from 3/25/1956 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

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

6:30 am – 7:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Song Of The Slasher" from 4/24/1945 / Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Gangbusters
Gangbusters

"Park Avenue Pilferers" from 6/12/1948 / 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."

7:30 am – 8:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Blackjack To Kill" from 12/10/1951 / 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.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Partner In Panama" from 12/12/1949 Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"The Black Halo" from 1/15/1949 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.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Command Performance
Command Performance

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

9:30 am – 10:00 am Ozzie & Harriet
Ozzie & Harriet

"Vase Problem" from 8/12/1945 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Screen Guild Theatre
Screen Guild Theatre

"Bachelor Mother" fom 11/23/1942 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Beware The Quiet Man" from 8/12/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Voice On The Wire" from 11/29/1944 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Hall Of Fantasy
Hall Of Fantasy

"Dance Of The Devil Dolls" from 2/9/1953 Dark, supernatural forces lurk around every corner in the Hall of Fantasy. The frightening mystery serires aired first for a short time in 1946 on a Salt Lake City station, featuring voices by Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson and stories written/adapted by Robert Olson. A few years after the team parted ways, the series was reimagined on WGN in Chicago when Greyson and Thorne found themselves working together again, with Thorne doing most of the writing and adapting.

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

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

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

"The Girl In The Park" from 12/27/1950 / 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Banquo's Chair" from 6/1/1943 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Candy Matson
Candy Matson

"Donna Dunham Case" from 4/4/1949 (Audition Episode) "Candy's Last Case" from 5/21/1951 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.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Chase
The Chase

"Professor Calvin & The Voice" from 1/11/1953 / 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.

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

"The Cripple" from 5/30/1948 / These frightening 15-minute tales always ended with a - you guessed it - unexpected twist. Barry Sullivan, Virginia Gregg, and Lurene Tuttle appeared in this syndicated series in 1948.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"Luigi Stands Up To Pasquale" from 6/13/1950 / Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm The Shadow
The Shadow

"Black Buddha" from 9/4/1938 / 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Crime Club
Crime Club

"A Pitch In Time" from 8/7/1947

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"At The Race Track" from 6/5/1949 / Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Quiet, Please
Quiet, Please

"Time Of The Big Snow" from 1/2/1949 --- "Northern Lights" from 1/30/1949 Quiet Please was one of radio’s most imaginative series, created and written by Wyllis Cooper, the talented writer/director who created radio’s legendary Lights Out in 1934 and scripted the 1939 horror film The Son of Frankenstein. Ernest Chappell starred in the series, narrating the stories in a quiet, underplayed conversational tone. Quiet Please aired over the Mutual airwaves from June 8, 1947 through September 13, 1948 and over ABC from September 19, 1948 through June 25, 1949.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Exploring Tomorrow
Exploring Tomorrow

"Speak No More" 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Carnival One Way" from 12/8/1953 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

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

"Port Royal" from 3/10/1950 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 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"Stolen Portrait" from 4/1/1949 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.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Chase
The Chase

"Tales" from 4/27/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Police Headquarters
Police Headquarters

"Infiltrating The Mob" from 1932 This police procedural series was syndicated on NBC stations in 1932. It features quarter-hour stories typically based on true crimes.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"Bordertown" from 12/13/1949 --- "Treasure Inc." from 1/24/1950 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm The Shadow
The Shadow

"The Creeper" from 5/29/1938 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.

11:30 pm – Tuesday Midnight The Third Man
The Third Man

"Voodoo" from 8/31/1951 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.

Wednesday 1/25
12:00 am – 12:30 am Man From Homicide
Man From Homicide

"Eddie Kent" from 7/11/1957 This police drama aired for 6 months in 1951 on ABC. Dan Duryea starred as tough cop Lou Dana with Bill Bouchey as Inspector Sherman and Lawrence Dobkin as Dave the Sergeant. Written by Dick Powell.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Michael Shayne
Michael Shayne

"Wandering Fingerprints" from 10/2/1948 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

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

"Decision" from 12/24/1947 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

1:30 am – 2:00 am X Minus One
X Minus One

"Early Model" from 7/11/1957 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.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

"Archie & Finnegan Double Date" from 4/6/1949 "More IOU's At Duffy's" from 4/13/1949 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Adventures of Frank Race
Adventures of Frank Race

"Fourth Round Knockout" from 9/11/1949 / 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Witch Of Donderburg Mountain" from 4/20/1945 / Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

4:00 am – 4:30 am The Six Shooter
The Six Shooter

"Blood Relations" from 5/27/1954 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

4:30 am – 5:00 am Romance of the Ranchos
Romance of the Ranchos

"San Jose" from 9/21/1941 This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

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

"Steak Ride" from 2/8/1953 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Difficulty With Leroy…" from 2/14/1951 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

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

"Indestructible Mike Matter" from 6/4/1956 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 Family Theater
The Family Theater

"The Gold Bug" from 10/5/1949 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

8:00 am – 8:30 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"The Phantom Voice" from 2/6/1938 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.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"The Great Impersonation" from 4/23/1949 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Damon Runyon Theatre
Damon Runyon Theatre

"Maybe A Queen" from 10/2/1949 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"Chicago Telephone Company" from 2/6/1949 Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Inheritance
Inheritance

"Giant Of Virginia" from 4/11/1954 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 Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade of America

"The Petticoat Jury" from 5/20/1946 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Picnic At The Beach" from 5/9/1954 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 Life of Riley
Life of Riley

"Music Brings Them Together" from 11/16/1946 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

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

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

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

"The Dark Wall" from 7/1/1954 / Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Man In The Black Derby" from 1/20/1948 / 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 – 2:30 pm Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Stagecoach" from 5/4/1946 / 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.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm The Six Shooter
The Six Shooter

"Trail To Sunset" from 1/31/1954 / The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

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

"Death Is An Art" from 2/11/1940 "Murder In E-Flat" from 12/4/1938 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

"Piccadilly" from 2/3/1946 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

"Fred Allen & Portland Hoffa" from 9/30/1945 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Paul Thomas Case" from 7/28/1949 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"Big Man" from 1/19/1950 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.

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

"The Woodward Manila Matter" from 11/25/1950 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm The Shadow
The Shadow

"Comic Strip Killer" from 11/23/1947 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

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

"The Diamond Stick Pin" from 1/2/1945 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Man Who Hated Peanuts" from 1/6/1948 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"Matter Of Logic" from 6/1/1956 --- "TheEternal Joan" from 6/29/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

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

"Somebody Out There Hates Me" from 3/6/1960 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.

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

"Everybody Has A Baby" from 9/29/1946 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

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

"The Out Station" from 7/12/1953 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Finger Man" from 7/13/1952 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

11:00 pm – Wednesday Midnight Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Smoking Out The Beedles" from 11/6/1954 --- "The Photographer" from 5/6/1956 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.



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