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Tuesday 9/19
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Fathom Five Matter" from 2/27/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Kidnapped For Revenge" from 7/9/1949 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.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Night Beat
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"Larry The Understudy" from 9/11/1952 Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Ghost To Ghost Matter" from 5/18/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
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"The Senator Was Indiscreet" from 10/3/1949 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Exploring Tomorrow
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"First Contact" from 1957 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.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Archie Andrews
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"Archie Is Sick" from 6/12/1948 The Adventures of Archie Andrews came to radio on May 31, 1943 with Jack Grimes and later Charles Mullen portraying Archie in the early sustainer season. Bob Hastings took over the title role when Mullen was drafted and starred in the series for the final eight seasons.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm The Aldrich Family
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"Blind Date" from 4/7/1949 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Mutual Radio Theatre
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"Voyage Of No Return" from 4/16/1980 The Mutual Broadcasting System took over and renamed the Sears Radio Theater in December 1979. Hosts Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson and Leonard Nimoy shared duties by presenting productions with different themes each night of the week.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Romance of the Ranchos
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"Water Development" from 3/22/1942 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Columbia Presents Corwin
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"El Capitan & The Corporal" from 7/25/1944 This CBS series adapted stories penned by Norman Corwin to radio.

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Gunsmoke
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"The Cover Up" from 6/12/1954 --- "Amy's Good Deed" from 11/27/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm The Whisperer
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"Taken For A Ride" from 8/26/1951 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.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm The Third Man
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"Ticket for Tangiers" from 8/24/1951 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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"Trading In The Maxwell" from 4/24/1949 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

11:30 pm – Tuesday Midnight My Favorite Husband
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"Liz Has Her Portrait Painted" from 8/6/1948 My Favorite Husband told the story of George and Liz Cooper, "two people who live together and like it." The radio series was based on Isabel Rorick's novel Mr. And Mrs. Cugat. The show's audition broadcast featured Lucille Ball and Lee Bowman as her husband.

Wednesday 9/20
12:00 am – 1:00 am Jack Benny Program
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"Tire Trouble" from 3/29/1942 "Rochester Lost At Sea" from 2/17/1946 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Dragnet
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"The Big Youngster" from 8/17/1950 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Boston Blackie
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"Granny's Witchcraft" from 10/29/1946 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.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
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"Strike Up The Band" from 10/28/1940 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Suspense
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"The Lie" from 4/28/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until 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 am – 4:00 am The Couple Next Door
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"Home Movie Night" from 1/7/1958 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.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Hotel Harris" from 10/5/1952 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Dennis Day Show
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"Dennis Drives A Taxicab" from 3/24/1948 Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty in an Irish family in the Bronx, Dennis Day first became known for his tenor voice as a replacement singer on Jack Benny's radio show on October 8, 1939. Benny and Day would remain friends and colleagues the rest of their lives. "A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day" aired on NBC from 1946-1951, while Day also regularly appeared on Benny's show singing, telling jokes, and performing impressions.

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Shadow
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"Terrible Legend Of Crownshield Castle" from 12/8/1947 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.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
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"The Devil's Fortune" from 1/31/1949 Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Academy Award Theatre
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"Story Of Louis Pasteur" from 4/13/1946 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Suspense
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"Search For Henri LeFevre" from 7/6/1944 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Dragnet
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"The Big Student" from 6/8/1954 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Molly Gets Flowers" from 1/18/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Great Gildersleeve
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"Detective Gildersleeve" from 4/27/1949 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Suspense
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"Crisis" from 8/19/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Jack Benny Program
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"Polly Goes To The Psychiatrist" from 9/27/1953 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Our Miss Brooks
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"Elopement With Walter" from 9/17/1950 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am CBS Radio Workshop
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"When The Mountain Fell" from 10/26/1956 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Behind The Mike
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"Amusing Stories Behind Radio" from 5/18/1941 "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 Tales of the Texas Rangers
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"Blood Harvest" from 1/21/1951 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Gangbusters
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"Case Of The Inside Track" from 6/10/1950 Gangbusters first came to radio under the title G-Men beginning July 20, 1935. The long-running series was created by Philip H. Lord and produced "in cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. Gangbusters was one of radio's longest-running dramatic series, running from January 15, 1936 through November 27, 1957, and its classic opening gave rise to the expression "coming on like gangbusters."

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Night Beat
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"Bomb Investigation" from 9/4/1952 Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Whistler
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"Highway Of Escape" from 7/9/1945 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Suspense
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"Man Who Stole The Bible" from 11/25/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm CBS Radio Workshop
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"Report On The We'ans" from 11/11/1956 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 pm – 4:00 pm Stan Freberg Show
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"Number 12" from 9/29/1957 "Number 13" from 10/6/1957

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mercury Theatre On The Air
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"Tale Of Two Cities" from 7/25/1938 Created by Orson Welles, this weekly hour-long show presented classic literary works. The series debuted on CBS on July 11, 1938. After the renown (and accidental panic) of "The War of the Worlds", which aired about 6 months after the series began, Campbell's Soup signed on as the sponser and the show became the Campbell Playhouse.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Red Skelton Show
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"Rehearsal For 5/13/47 Show" from 5/11/1947 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 pm – 6:30 pm Command Performance
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Guest: Benny Goodman from 12/20/1943 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Charlie McCarthy Show
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Guest: Joan Blondell from 3/11/1945 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.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Alan Young Show
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"Photo Of Bank Robbers" from 2/7/1947 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
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"New Furniture" from 11/4/1941 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
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"Laughing Lemur Of Hightower Heath" from 10/27/1947 --- "Death Is A Golden Arrow" from 3/21/1948 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm X Minus One
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"Mr. Costello, Hero" from 7/3/1956 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Dimension X
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"The Potters Of Firsk" from 7/28/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm The Six Shooter
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"Silver Annie" from 10/11/53 "Capture Of Stacy Galt" from 11/8/53 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."

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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"Bend Of The River" from 4/27/1952 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

11:30 pm – Wednesday Midnight Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Jimmy Stewart" 1/28/1953 Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27, 1938.

Thursday 9/21
12:00 am – 12:30 am Fort Laramie
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"Nature Boy" from 7/29/1956 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.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Gunsmoke
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"The Stallion" from 5/18/1958 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
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"The Headless Peacock" from 7/16/1949 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am This Is Your F.B.I
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"Canvas Backed Frame" from 2/23/1951 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.

2:00 am – 3:30 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Fathom Five Matter" from 2/27/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Kidnapped For Revenge" from 7/9/1949 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.

4:00 am – 4:30 am The Aldrich Family
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"Cross Country Race" from 1/1/1940 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Alice, The Burlesque Act" from 10/8/1950 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Whistler
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"Five Cent Call" from 2/19/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

5:30 am – 6:00 am Mr. & Mrs. North
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"The Comic" from 7/7/1953 This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Michael Shayne
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"Man Who Lived Forever" from 1949 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Adventures of Sam Spade
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"Bow Window Caper" from 11/9/1947 Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Chase
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"Dangerous Journey" from 12/7/1952 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.

7:30 am – 8:00 am The Shadow
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"Death On The Bridge" from 3/3/1940 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Night Beat
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"Larry The Understudy" from 9/11/1952 Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Ghost To Ghost Matter" from 5/18/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Screen Director's Playhouse
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"The Senator Was Indiscreet" from 10/3/1949 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Exploring Tomorrow
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"First Contact" from 1957 First broadcast on December 4, 1957, Exploring Tomorrow brought funny, strange and chilling tales to science fiction fans across the country. Adventures in space exploration, aliens, and time travel thrilled listeners on the Mutual Broadcasting System. While the stories and their settings are unusual, the themes are familiar: jealousy, crime and punishment, the pursuit of happiness, politics and war. As with all good science fiction, the fanciful and frightening worlds of an imagined future or an alternate present bring you face to face with the real feelings, choices, beliefs and needs of human beings as we are now.

10:00 am – 10:30 am A Date With Judy
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"Dreaming Of Frank Sinatra" from 3/20/1945 Fourteen-year-old Ann Gillis starred in the 1941 series, and Dellie Ellis starred in the 1942 version. Louise Erickson (who had played Judy’s friend Mitzi opposite Ellis) made the title role her own in a 1943 summer series and starred in the regular program from 1944-49. Judy's father Melvyn was the owner of the Foster Can Company, and her mother was a typical housewife. Judy also had a brother Randolph, a boyfriend Oogie and plenty of friends.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Damon Runyon Theatre
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"Broadway Financier" from 8/7/1949 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Adventures of The Saint
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"Bride Who Lost Her Groom" from 2/11/1951 Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Mr. District Attorney
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"Rehearsed Robberies" 1/1/1954 Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gang Busters, worked with creator/writer/director Ed Byron to develop this series, which is inspired by the early years of New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. It aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952. The nameless title role was played by several actors throughout the run: Raymond Edward Johnson, Jay Jostyn, and David Brian. A key figure in the show was the D.A.'s secretary, Edith Miller (played by Vicki Vola)

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Archie Andrews
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"Double Date" from 10/19/1946 The Adventures of Archie Andrews came to radio on May 31, 1943 with Jack Grimes and later Charles Mullen portraying Archie in the early sustainer season. Bob Hastings took over the title role when Mullen was drafted and starred in the series for the final eight seasons.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Life of Riley
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"Riley Decides To Move" from 5/5/1950 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Cisco Kid
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"Chained Lightning" 4/23/1953 "Beyond The Frontier" 1/28/1954 The Cisco Kid rode onto the Mutual airwaves on October 2, 1942, in a series that starred the versatile Jackson Beck. Cisco and his partner Pancho rode off the Mutual trail on December 14, 1945, but the characters returned to the airwaves two years later in a new version that was broadcast over the Don Lee Pacific Coast Network. Jack Mather and Harry Lang (later replaced by Mel Blanc) portrayed Cisco and Pancho in the later series, which ran for a decade.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Wild Bill Hickok
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"River Boat Killers" from 2/13/1952 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
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"Adventure Of The Scarlet Worm" 3/24/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Life With Luigi
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"Surprise Party" from 1/16/1949 --- "Plans A Block Party" from 5/1/1949 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Command Performance
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"With Eddie Cantor" from 3/1/1942 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 Baby Snooks
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"Family Tree" from 2/1/1940 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 – 7:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
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"The Wizard Of Oz" from 12/25/1950 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Burns & Allen Show
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"Gracie Adopts Mickey Rooney" from 5/19/1949 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Your Hit Parade
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"Frank Sings 'Heart Of Gold'" from 9/11/1948 This weekly survey of popular American music was a staple of Saturday nights from the 1930s into the late 1940s. The drama of a countdown to each week's number one song is still a widely used structure. For the first few years of the show, the top 15 songs were played in random order before the countdown structure took listeners by stormSlots were determined based on radio requests, sheet music sales, jukebox statistics and song requests at dance clubs (allegedly). Radio historians note 52 singers or musical groups and 19 different orchestra leaders throughout the show's two-decade run.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Author's Playhouse
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"Inexperienced Ghost" from 12/4/1944

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"The God Jimmy Goggles" from 3/7/1948 ---- "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" from 9/19/1948 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Radio Classics Special Interviews
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"Welles Meets Wells" from 10/28/1940

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Tom Mix Straightshooters
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"Hidden Mesa" from 4/18/1941 "The Border Smugglers" from 12/16/1941

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
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"Green Valley Payoff" from 5/7/1950 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Gunsmoke
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"Romeo" from 1/22/1956 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.

11:30 pm – Thursday Midnight Fort Laramie
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"The Loving Cup" from 6/24/1956 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.

Friday 9/22
12:00 am – 12:30 am Archie Andrews
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"Archie Is Sick" from 6/12/1948 The Adventures of Archie Andrews came to radio on May 31, 1943 with Jack Grimes and later Charles Mullen portraying Archie in the early sustainer season. Bob Hastings took over the title role when Mullen was drafted and starred in the series for the final eight seasons.

12:30 am – 1:00 am The Aldrich Family
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"Blind Date" from 4/7/1949 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

1:00 am – 2:00 am Mutual Radio Theatre
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"Voyage Of No Return" from 4/16/1980 The Mutual Broadcasting System took over and renamed the Sears Radio Theater in December 1979. Hosts Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson and Leonard Nimoy shared duties by presenting productions with different themes each night of the week.

2:00 am – 2:30 am The Whisperer
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"Taken For A Ride" from 8/26/1951 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am The Third Man
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"Ticket for Tangiers" from 8/24/1951 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Jack Benny Program
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"Trading In The Maxwell" from 4/24/1949 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

3:30 am – 4:00 am My Favorite Husband
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"Liz Has Her Portrait Painted" from 8/6/1948 My Favorite Husband told the story of George and Liz Cooper, "two people who live together and like it." The radio series was based on Isabel Rorick's novel Mr. And Mrs. Cugat. The show's audition broadcast featured Lucille Ball and Lee Bowman as her husband.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
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"The Lost Lady" from 6/14/1953 Film star William Gargan came to the NBC airwaves in 1951 as the star of Barrie Crane, Confidential Investigator, a reworking of his earlier Mutual radio series (and NBC television program) Martin Kane, Private Investigator. When the producers of the earlier program objected to the many similarities between the two series, changes were made in Gargan's new series, which was quickly retitled Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator. The series aired on NBC from October 3, 1951 through June 30, 1955.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Adventures of Sam Spade
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"Quarter Eagle Caper" from 11/28/1948 Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Philo Vance, Detective
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"Red Duck Murder Case" from 5/31/1949 Philo Vance was the most popular fictional detective during the late 1920s and early 1930s and influenced the creation of many later detectives. S.S. Van Dine's legendary creation was first brought to radio on July 5, 1945 in an NBC summer series starring Jose Ferrar and was also briefly portrayed by John Emery.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Dark Fantasy
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"Cup Of Gold" from 5/8/1942 Dark Fantasy originated from the Oklahoma City studios of WKY and ran from November 14, 1941 through June 19, 1942. The final 25 episodes of the series were aired on a sustaining basis over the NBC network.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Romance of the Ranchos
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"Water Development" from 3/22/1942 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Columbia Presents Corwin
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"El Capitan & The Corporal" from 7/25/1944 This CBS series adapted stories penned by Norman Corwin to radio.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Gunsmoke
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"The Cover Up" from 6/12/1954 --- "Amy's Good Deed" from 11/27/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Suspense
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"Man Who Stole The Bible" from 11/25/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

8:30 am – 9:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
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"Report On The We'ans" from 11/11/1956 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 am – 10:00 am Stan Freberg Show
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"Number 12" from 9/29/1957 "Number 13" from 10/6/1957

10:00 am – 11:00 am Sherlock Holmes
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"Laughing Lemur Of Hightower Heath" from 10/27/1947 --- "Death Is A Golden Arrow" from 3/21/1948 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

11:00 am – 11:30 am X Minus One
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"Mr. Costello, Hero" from 7/3/1956 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Dimension X
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"The Potters Of Firsk" from 7/28/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Chase
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"Corpus Delicti" from 2/1/1953 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 The Mysterious Traveler
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"Man Who Died Twice" from 2/24/1948 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 The Six Shooter
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"Silver Annie" from 10/11/53 "Capture Of Stacy Galt" from 11/8/53 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 – 3:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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"Bend Of The River" from 4/27/1952 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Jimmy Stewart" 1/28/1953 Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27, 1938.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Great Gildersleeve
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"Detective Gildersleeve" from 4/27/1949 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Suspense
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"Crisis" from 8/19/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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"Polly Goes To The Psychiatrist" from 9/27/1953 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 pm – 6:00 pm Our Miss Brooks
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"Elopement With Walter" from 9/17/1950 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Jack Benny Program
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"Tire Trouble" from 3/29/1942 "Rochester Lost At Sea" from 2/17/1946 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Dragnet
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"The Big Youngster" from 8/17/1950 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Boston Blackie
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"Granny's Witchcraft" from 10/29/1946 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.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Let George Do It
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"Corpse That Took A Powder" from 8/23/1948 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
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"Fight And The Phantom" from 7/4/1999 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Damon Runyon Theatre
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"Bred For Battle" from 8/14/1949 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 pm – 10:00 pm The Big Story
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"Reporter Gambles His Life" from 7/21/1948 This series revolved around true crime stories reported in newspapers. The stories were dramatized retellings of heroic reporters uncovering big truths in the name of public service. At the end of every episode the show gave a $500 reward to the real reporter on whose stories the episode was based. The Big Story aired from April 2, 1947 through March 23, 1955.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Academy Award Theatre
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"Story Of Louis Pasteur" from 4/13/1946 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.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Suspense
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"Search For Henri LeFevre" from 7/6/1944 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Dragnet
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"The Big Student" from 6/8/1954 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

11:30 pm – Friday Midnight Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Molly Gets Flowers" from 1/18/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Saturday 9/23
12:00 am – 12:30 am Author's Playhouse
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"Inexperienced Ghost" from 12/4/1944

12:30 am – 1:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"The God Jimmy Goggles" from 3/7/1948 ---- "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" from 9/19/1948 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Radio Classics Special Interviews
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"Welles Meets Wells" from 10/28/1940

2:00 am – 2:30 am Night Beat
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"Larry The Understudy" from 9/11/1952 Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Ghost To Ghost Matter" from 5/18/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Screen Director's Playhouse
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"The Senator Was Indiscreet" from 10/3/1949 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Exploring Tomorrow
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"First Contact" from 1957 First broadcast on December 4, 1957, Exploring Tomorrow brought funny, strange and chilling tales to science fiction fans across the country. Adventures in space exploration, aliens, and time travel thrilled listeners on the Mutual Broadcasting System. While the stories and their settings are unusual, the themes are familiar: jealousy, crime and punishment, the pursuit of happiness, politics and war. As with all good science fiction, the fanciful and frightening worlds of an imagined future or an alternate present bring you face to face with the real feelings, choices, beliefs and needs of human beings as we are now.

4:00 am – 5:00 am The Cisco Kid
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"Chained Lightning" 4/23/1953 "Beyond The Frontier" 1/28/1954 The Cisco Kid rode onto the Mutual airwaves on October 2, 1942, in a series that starred the versatile Jackson Beck. Cisco and his partner Pancho rode off the Mutual trail on December 14, 1945, but the characters returned to the airwaves two years later in a new version that was broadcast over the Don Lee Pacific Coast Network. Jack Mather and Harry Lang (later replaced by Mel Blanc) portrayed Cisco and Pancho in the later series, which ran for a decade.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Wild Bill Hickok
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"River Boat Killers" from 2/13/1952 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Sherlock Holmes
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"Adventure Of The Scarlet Worm" 3/24/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Command Performance
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Guest: Benny Goodman from 12/20/1943 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
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Guest: Joan Blondell from 3/11/1945 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.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Alan Young Show
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"Photo Of Bank Robbers" from 2/7/1947 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
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"New Furniture" from 11/4/1941 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

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

9:00 am – 9:30 am Night Beat
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"Bomb Investigation" from 9/4/1952 Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Whistler
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"Highway Of Escape" from 7/9/1945 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

10:00 am – 10:30 am Fort Laramie
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"Nature Boy" from 7/29/1956 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Gunsmoke
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"The Stallion" from 5/18/1958 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
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"The Headless Peacock" from 7/16/1949 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm This Is Your F.B.I
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"Canvas Backed Frame" from 2/23/1951 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 Mercury Theatre On The Air
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"Tale Of Two Cities" from 7/25/1938 Created by Orson Welles, this weekly hour-long show presented classic literary works. The series debuted on CBS on July 11, 1938. After the renown (and accidental panic) of "The War of the Worlds", which aired about 6 months after the series began, Campbell's Soup signed on as the sponser and the show became the Campbell Playhouse.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Red Skelton Show
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"Rehearsal For 5/13/47 Show" from 5/11/1947 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Tom Mix Straightshooters
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"Hidden Mesa" from 4/18/1941 "The Border Smugglers" from 12/16/1941

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
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"Green Valley Payoff" from 5/7/1950 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Gunsmoke
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"Romeo" from 1/22/1956 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Fort Laramie
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"The Loving Cup" from 6/24/1956 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.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm CBS Radio Workshop
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"When The Mountain Fell" from 10/26/1956 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Behind The Mike
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"Amusing Stories Behind Radio" from 5/18/1941 "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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Tales of the Texas Rangers
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"Blood Harvest" from 1/21/1951 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Gangbusters
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"Case Of The Inside Track" from 6/10/1950 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."

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
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"Strike Up The Band" from 10/28/1940 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Suspense
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"The Lie" from 4/28/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Couple Next Door
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"Home Movie Night" from 1/7/1958 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.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Hotel Harris" from 10/5/1952 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Dennis Day Show
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"Dennis Drives A Taxicab" from 3/24/1948 Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty in an Irish family in the Bronx, Dennis Day first became known for his tenor voice as a replacement singer on Jack Benny's radio show on October 8, 1939. Benny and Day would remain friends and colleagues the rest of their lives. "A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day" aired on NBC from 1946-1951, while Day also regularly appeared on Benny's show singing, telling jokes, and performing impressions.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Shadow
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"Terrible Legend Of Crownshield Castle" from 12/8/1947 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Inner Sanctum Mysteries
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"The Devil's Fortune" from 1/31/1949 Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Fathom Five Matter" from 2/27/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:30 pm – Saturday Midnight Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Kidnapped For Revenge" from 7/9/1949 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.

Sunday 9/24
12:00 am – 1:00 am Mr. & Mrs. North
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"The Death Trap" from 2/26/1952 --- "Fool's Gold" from 10/14/1952 This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Dr. Kildare
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"Terry Murphy's Hearing Problem" from 4/19/1950 This medical drama was based on films by the same name. Lews Ayes as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie face everything from pushy administrators to personal drama and ethical crises in the halls of Blair General Hospital in New York City

1:30 am – 2:00 am Tales of the Texas Rangers
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"Boomerang" from 7/6/1952 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

2:00 am – 2:30 am CBS Radio Workshop
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"Legend of Jimmy Blue Eyes" from 3/23/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

2:30 am – 3:00 am The Whistler
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"Fatal Action" from 10/8/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

3:00 am – 3:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"Confession" from 12/31/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

3:30 am – 4:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
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"1489 Words" from 2/10/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Alan Young Show
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"3rd Try To Get A Trip To Canada" from 9/11/1945 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Red Skelton Show
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"Clem & Dancing" from 3/4/1947 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 am – 5:30 am The Big Story
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"Case Of The Final Curtain" from 12/10/1947 This series revolved around true crime stories reported in newspapers. The stories were dramatized retellings of heroic reporters uncovering big truths in the name of public service. At the end of every episode the show gave a $500 reward to the real reporter on whose stories the episode was based. The Big Story aired from April 2, 1947 through March 23, 1955.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Damon Runyon Theatre
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"A Story Goes With It" from 11/20/1949 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.

6:00 am – 7:00 am The Whistler
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"All Damage Covered" from 1/30/1949 --- "Perfect Alibi" from 6/12/1949 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."

7:00 am – 7:30 am Philo Vance, Detective
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"Little Murder Case" from 11/15/1949 Philo Vance was the most popular fictional detective during the late 1920s and early 1930s and influenced the creation of many later detectives. S.S. Van Dine's legendary creation was first brought to radio on July 5, 1945 in an NBC summer series starring Jose Ferrar and was also briefly portrayed by John Emery.

7:30 am – 8:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
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"Lightship" from 4/28/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Rocky Jordan
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"Man In The Nile" from 8/15/1951 Rocky Jordan operated a café in exotic Cairo, a city filled with danger and intrigue, and spent much of his time solving crimes. The detective show was based on an earlier program called A Man Named Jordan.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Bob Hope Show
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Guest: George Raft from 11/20/1951 Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27, 1938.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Casey, Crime Photographer
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"The Life Of The Party" from 12/18/1947 Jack "Flashgun" Casey was first introduced in the March 1934 issue of Black Mask, the classic pulp fiction magazine. Created by pulp wordsmith George Harmon Coxe, Casey appeared in dozens of stories in Black Mask, which were later collected into six books. Flashgun Casey came to radio as a CBS sustaining series on July 7, 1943. The series was renamed Casey, Press Photographer in 1944 and became Casey, Crime Photographer on September 12, 1945.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Sherlock Holmes
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"Dog Who Changed His Mind" from 9/28/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Crime Classics
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"Younger Brothers…" from 1/6/1954 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Gunsmoke
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"The Brothers" from 9/30/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Command Performance
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"George Jessel" from 3/29/1942 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Cleaning Closet for Scrap Drive" from 4/7/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"The Alvin Summers Matter" from 10/24/1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm The Line-Up
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"Candy Store Murder" from 11/16/1950 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.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Suspense
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"Lady Pamela" from 3/31/1952 --- "Date Night" from 2/25/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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"Renting Maxwell To A Movie Studio" from 4/24/1955 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Father Knows Best
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"Too Many Peanuts" from 10/22/1953 NBC's Father Knows Best depicted the lives of the Anderson family, an average American family living in an average American town. Robert Young starred as Jim Anderson, the easy-going and sensible father. Young was the only cast member to survive the transition from radio to television.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"Diamond As Big As The Ritz" from 7/21/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Jerome J. Jerome Case" from 9/17/1949 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm The Whistler
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"Jessica" from 6/18/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Tales of the Texas Rangers
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"Death Shaft" from 9/30/1951 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.

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

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
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"Too Little Too Late" 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Saint
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"The Old Man's Car" from 9/14/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm X Minus One
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"The Roads Must Roll" from 1/4/1956 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Dimension X
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"Requiem" from 9/22/1951 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm The Green Hornet
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"The Triple Cross" from 11/12/1952 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Duffy's Tavern
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Guest: Gracie Fields from 2/29/1944 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
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"Fort Apache" from 8/5/1949 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

11:30 pm – Sunday Midnight The Six Shooter
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"When The Shoe Doesn't Fit" from 6/17/1954 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."

Monday 9/25
12:00 am – 12:30 am The Whistler
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"Curiosity Killed The Cat" from 12/16/1951 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

12:30 am – 1:00 am Tarzan
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"The Lifagor" from 4/24/1952 From the heart of the jungle comes a savage cry of victory. This is Tarzan, Lord of the jungle! From Africa... land of enchantment, mystery and violence comes one of the most colorful figures of all time. Transcribed from the immortal pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs and starring Lamont Johnson as "the son of the jungle".

1:00 am – 1:30 am Crime Classics
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"Lethal Habit Of Marquis Debrinvillers" from 5/26/1954 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

1:30 am – 2:00 am The Whistler
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"Brief Pause For Murder" from 9/11/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

2:00 am – 2:30 am Casebook/Gregory Hood
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"Murder In Celluloid" from 7/2/1946 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am I Was A Communist for the FBI
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"A Study In Oils" from 1/5/1953 I Was a Communist for the FBI--I walk alone. The 1952 syndicated series starred Dana Andrews as real-life undercover agent Matt Cvetic, whose book of the same title provided the inspiration for the radio series and a Hollywood film. Growing out of the communist paranoia of the McCarthy era, the Cold War drama featured red spies portrayed in the same stereotypical manner of the Nazis during World Ward II propaganda programs.

3:00 am – 3:30 am The Green Hornet
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"The Unexpected Meeting" from 8/23/1945 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Beyond Tomorrow
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"The Outer Limit" from 4/13/1950 In 1950, Beyond Tomorrow only ran three episodes on CBS, unable to compete with NBC's Dimension X. Featuring Everett Sloane, Bret Morrison, and Frank Lovejoy.

4:00 am – 4:30 am My Friend Irma
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"Buy Or Sell" from 3/15/1948 Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Life With Luigi
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"Damage Claim on Broken Mirror" from 12/7/1948 Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Dragnet
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"The Big No Tooth" from 4/5/1955 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

5:30 am – 6:00 am This Is Your F.B.I
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"Intruder" from 12/28/1951 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

6:00 am – 8:00 am Gunsmoke
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"Paid Killer" from 1/17/1953 --- "Scared Kid" from 12/18/1955 --- "Dolley Surrenders" from 9/13/1954 --- "The Mistake" from 3/19/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Alice Buys A Business" from 11/16/1952 --- "The Football Tickets" from 11/23/1952 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Man Called X
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"Death In The Congo" from 12/3/1950 Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on July 10, 1944, moved to NBC in 1950 and continued through May 20, 1952.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Gangbusters
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"Case Of Throneberry Brothers" from 12/11/1948 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."

10:00 am – 10:30 am Broadway is My Beat
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"John Dobson Murder Case" from 1/5/1952 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Gangbusters
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"The Greedy Gunman" from 11/27/1948 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."

11:00 am – 11:30 am Lum and Abner
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"Can Lum & Abner Save The Town?" from 1/25/1943 "Club Meets At Ulysses' Home" from 1/26/1943 Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
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"Can George Become A Cowboy?" from 4/18/1946 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

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

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Let's Pretend
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"Beauty & The Beast" from 6/5/1954 This award-winning children's radio program, which adapted popular stories like "Cinderella", "Rumpelstiltsken" and "Sleeping Beauty", aired for almost 20 years on CBS.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm The Wonder Show
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"Colonel Haley" from 12/16/1938

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Suspense
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"Another Man's Poison" from 5/17/1951 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until 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 Adventures of Sam Spade
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"The Overjoyed Caper" from 6/5/1949 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.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Burns & Allen Show
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"Uplifter's Society" from 1/10/1946 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Early Golden Wedding Anniversary" from 3/6/1945 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Abbott and Costello Show
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"Lon Chaney Steals Lou's Girl" 6/2/48 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Female Wrestler Investment" from 11/27/1950 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Rocky Jordan
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"Count Me Out" from 11/7/1948 Rocky Jordan operated a café in exotic Cairo, a city filled with danger and intrigue, and spent much of his time solving crimes. The detective show was based on an earlier program called A Man Named Jordan.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Adventures of Frank Race
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"Brooklyn Accent" from 10/30/1949 Frank Race is an attorney whose life is filled with intrigue following the war. The adventure series aired from 1949 to 1950. Starring Tom Collins and then Paul Dobov.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Box 13
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"Last Will And Nursery Rhyme" from 8/30/1948 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Shadow
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"Phantom Voyage" from 2/16/1941 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.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Fred Allen Show
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"Search Dr. Livingstone" from 10/4/1939 John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Hopalong Cassidy
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"Gambler's Luck" from 1/12/1952 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Wild Bill Hickok
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"Gunsmoke Pass" from 2/1/1952 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
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"Bachelor & The Bobby Soxer" from 6/13/1949 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Frontier Gentleman
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"Holiday" from 11/9/1958 This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

11:30 pm – Monday Midnight Have Gun, Will Travel
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"Dad-Blamed Luck" from 7/3/1960 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.



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