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Thursday 12/8
10:00 am – 11:00 am Chase & Sanborn Hour
Chase & Sanborn Hour

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

11:00 am – 11:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"The Green Lorelei" from 11/6/1960 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"Eight To Twelve" from 2/24/1947 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

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

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

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

"Bill Perrin Amnesia Case" from 7/6/1951 / 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 Chase
The Chase

"The Apprentice" from 7/24/1952 / This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

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

"Benjamin D. Wilson" from 12/10 and 12/17/1941 / This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

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

"Search For Michelle Marsh" from 9/25/1949 / Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"Papa's Coat Pocket" from 6/12/1949 / 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.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Dimension X
Dimension X

"Destination Moon" from 6/24/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Night Beat
Night Beat

"Tong War" from 4/17/1950 Frank Lovejoy is heard as Randy "Lucky" Stone, a hardboiled reporter who covers the "nightbeat" for the Chicago Star. Randy Stone wandered the back alleys and bars of Chicago, searching for both crime and human-interest stories. Nightbeat premiered on February 6, 1950 and ran until September 25, 1952.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Murder at Midnight
Murder at Midnight

"Island Of The Dead" from 5/5/1947 This transcribed mystery-horror series was syndicated from WJZ in New York and aired from 1946-1947. The creepy voice in the opening piece was provided by Raymond Morgan, a New York minister who gave up his ministry to act on the radio. Other actors included Mercedes McCambridge, Berry Kroeger, and Elspeth Eric.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"My Dear Niece" from 1/24/1946 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Command Performance
Command Performance

"Guest: Mickey Rooney" from 6/2/1942 / 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.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Your Hit Parade
Your Hit Parade

"With Frank Sinatra" from 3/20/1948 / 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.

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

"Promotion Exam" from 12/8/1945 / The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

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

"Dick Haymes In For Dennis" from 4/30/1944 / For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Arch Oboler's Plays
Arch Oboler's Plays

"Johnny Got His Gun" from 3/9/1940 This anthology series first ran on NBC in 1939, then was reprised on Mutual in 1945. Oboler was an immense talent, compared to Norman Corwin, specializing in stylized "radio literature" that was often political and staunchly anti-Nazi. He got his radio break in horror, writing scripts for Lights Out, before given free reign on his own show to write, produce, and direct his masterpieces of radio theatre.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"Windfall" from 5/5/1947 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

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

"General Died At Dawn" from 4/16/1949 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

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

"Eavesdropper" from 6/20/1948 These frightening 15-minute tales always ended with a - you guessed it - unexpected twist. Barry Sullivan, Virginia Gregg, and Lurene Tuttle appeared in this syndicated series in 1948.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Cyclone" from 3/14/1953 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Gunhawk Convention" from 10/6/1951 - Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Income Tax Problems" from 3/8/1950 / 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.

11:30 pm – Thursday Midnight Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"New Drug" from 11/14/1948 / The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Friday 12/9
12:00 am – 12:30 am Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"Creeping Man" from 9/26/2010 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Pursuit
Pursuit

"Asiatic Killer" from 3/11/1952 Inspector Peter Black of Scotland Yard chased bad guys in this CBS detective drama from October of '49-May March '52. Black would be portrayed by Ted de Corsia, John Dehner, and Ben Wright in the show's lifetime.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"Phil Is Drafted" from 1/2/1949 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Cure That Habit, Inc" from 1/15/1950 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

2:00 am – 3:00 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"Death House Rescue" from 9/26/1937 --- "Horror In Wax" from 2/26/1939 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

3:00 am – 4:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Uncle Henry's Rosebush" from 6/29/1943 --- "Weekend Special Death" from 5/24/1954 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"Matter Of Evidence" from 1/20/1948 The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"Knock On Wood" from 1/18/2009 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.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Crack-Up" from 2/26/1955 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.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Six Shooter
Six Shooter

"Quiet City" from 2/14/1954 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."

6:00 am – 7:00 am Columbia Workshop
Columbia Workshop

"Alice Through The Looking Glass" from 12/23/1937 Also known as the CBS Radio Workshop, this was an experimental anthology series that pushed the envelope of defining art with its creative use of sound. It featured many New York actors and scripts by some of the country's best writers. It aired in various forms on CBS from 1936 - 1957

7:00 am – 7:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"The Death Parade" from 2/15/1951 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Strange Dr. Weird
Strange Dr. Weird

"Dark Wings Of Death" from 2/6/1945 This supernatural fantasy series aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1944-1945. The 15-minute show can be considered a lite version of "Mysterious Traveler," as it also starred Maurice Tarplin and shared a writer.

8:00 am – 9:45 am The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Death Is The Judge" from 6/15/1947 --- "Zero Hour" from 6/22/1948 --- "Big Brain" from 3/14/1950 / 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.

9:45 am – 10:00 am Strange Dr. Weird
Strange Dr. Weird

"Tiger Cat" from 1/2/1945 / This supernatural fantasy series aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1944-1945. The 15-minute show can be considered a lite version of "Mysterious Traveler," as it also starred Maurice Tarplin and shared a writer.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Crime Club
Crime Club

"Dead Man Control" from 3/20/1947

10:30 am – 11:00 am The Sealed Book
The Sealed Book

"Broadway Here I Come" from 6/17/1945 This mystery/horror series aired on Mutual from March-September of 1945. Philip Clarke played the cackling "keeper of the book," who told spooky tales of black magic, not unlike in The Witch's Tale or The Hermit's Cave

11:00 am – 11:30 am Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie

"Goodbye Willa" from 8/19/1956 Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry. Premiering in January 1956, Raymond Burr starred as Captain Quince-a soldier who followed orders and a leader who lived by his own rules of fairness and honesty.

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

"Return Engagement" from 1/3/1960 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.

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

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

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

"Operation Fleur De Lys" from 7/14/1947 / 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.

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

"Death At 50 Fathoms" from 4/18/1950 / The Mysterious Traveler was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveler rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"Red Wine" from 3/8/1946 This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Damon Runyon Theatre
Damon Runyon Theatre

"Blond Mink" from 4/24/1949 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.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Murder Comes To Life" from 1/10/1949 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm The Hermit's Cave
The Hermit's Cave

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

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Prisoner Of Zenda" from 7/17/1946 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Deep Into Darkness" from 7/22/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

Guest: Douglas Fairbanks Jr from 1/28/1951 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

Guest: Rise' Stevens from 12/20/1942 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.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Love" from 7/5/1951 --- "The Big Tomato" from 1/25/1951 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"Dark Destiny" from 4/13/1947 The Mysterious Traveler was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveler rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"The Lifted Veil" from 1/9/1944 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Confidential Matter" from 10/10/1956 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.

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Crime Club
Crime Club

"Murder Rents A Room" from 6/5/1947

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Guest In The House" from 9/25/1946 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 – 11:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Community Property" from 4/10/1947 -- "The Butcher's Wife" from 2/9/1950 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:30 pm – Friday Midnight Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Champion" from 3/17/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Saturday 12/10
12:00 am – 12:30 am Arch Oboler's Plays
Arch Oboler's Plays

"Johnny Got His Gun" from 3/9/1940 This anthology series first ran on NBC in 1939, then was reprised on Mutual in 1945. Oboler was an immense talent, compared to Norman Corwin, specializing in stylized "radio literature" that was often political and staunchly anti-Nazi. He got his radio break in horror, writing scripts for Lights Out, before given free reign on his own show to write, produce, and direct his masterpieces of radio theatre.

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

"Windfall" from 5/5/1947 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

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

"General Died At Dawn" from 4/16/1949 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

1:30 am – 2:00 am The Unexpected
The Unexpected

"Eavesdropper" from 6/20/1948 These frightening 15-minute tales always ended with a - you guessed it - unexpected twist. Barry Sullivan, Virginia Gregg, and Lurene Tuttle appeared in this syndicated series in 1948.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Kitty's Outlaw" from 2/12/1956 / 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Kidnapper's Trail" from 5/5/51 / Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

3:00 am – 4:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Carmen" from 5/31/1952 -- "Wrong Man" from 11/13/1954 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

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

"Benjamin D. Wilson" from 12/10 and 12/17/1941 / This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

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

"Search For Michelle Marsh" from 9/25/1949 / Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

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

"Papa's Coat Pocket" from 6/12/1949 / Longtime Hollywood character actor J. Carrol Naish became a radio star in his own right after nearly two decades toiling in the background in such films as Beau Geste, House of Frankenstein and the Batman movie serial. The native New Yorker of Irish descent finally won fame as "the little Italian immigrant" who each week wrote of his American adventures to his mama in Italy. Life with Luigi aired from September 21, 1948 through March 3, 1953 on radio, and the radio cast briefly did double duty in a short-lived 1952 television version.

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

"Danger At Matecumbe" from 3/24/1950 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

6:30 am – 7:00 am The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"Flames Of Wrath" from 8/19/1956 The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Big Town
Big Town

"Lonely Heart" from 4/12/1949 Edward G. Robinson starred as crusading newspaper editor Steve Wilson from October 19, 1937 through July 2, 1942. The Hollywood great was glad to play an idealistic role in contrast to his many film gangster portrayals. Big Town at its peak was radio’s highest-rated drama and was only eclipsed by The Jack Benny Program in ratings. The series was canceled when Edward G. Robinson quit in 1942 but was resurrected the following year with Edward Pawley (and later Walter Greaza) as Wilson and Fran Carlon as Lorelei. The revived Big Town aired from October 5, 1943 through June 25, 1952.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Blood Money" from 3/27/1954 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

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

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

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

"Bill Perrin Amnesia Case" from 7/6/1951 / 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 Chase
The Chase

"The Apprentice" from 7/24/1952 / 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Milton Berle Show
Milton Berle Show

"Salute To Relaxation" from 4/13/1948

10:30 am – 11:00 am Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Public Speeches" from 10/31/1951 / The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Tap Day For Kitty" from 7/30/1955 / 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie

"Woman At Horse Creek" from 2/12/1956 / 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.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Bold Venture
Bold Venture

"Revenge Is Sweet" from 3/10/1952 The Hollywood husband-and-wife team of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall set sail for adventure in the syndicated series Bold Venture from 1951-1952. Bogie portrayed Slate Shannon, owner of a run-down Havana hotel, with Bacall as his "ward" Sailor Duval, a stubborn and flirtatious young woman whose late father had "willed" her to Slate for her "protection." Together, the duo found "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean" aboard Shannon’s boat The Bold Venture.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Mystery Is My Hobby
Mystery Is My Hobby

"Robert's Rubber Company" from 1945 Glen Langan starred as the lead character Barton Drake in this detective series that aired on Mutual Radio from 1947 to 1948. Drake is an author and amateur crime solver fascinated by the minds of criminals. This series is full of good ole "whodunnit" storylines.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Adventures of Frank Race
Adventures of Frank Race

"The Runway Queen" from 11/21/1949 Frank Race is an attorney whose life is filled with intrigue following the war. The adventure series aired from 1949 to 1950. Starring Tom Collins and then Paul Dobov.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Late Script" from 7/26/1951 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Cyclone" from 3/14/1953 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Gunhawk Convention" from 10/6/1951 - Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Income Tax Problems" from 3/8/1950 / 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"New Drug" from 11/14/1948 / The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

Guest: Dorothy Lamour from 2/29/1944 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 Jimmy Durante Show
Jimmy Durante Show

Guest: Dorothy Lamour from 4/7/1948 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Philco Radio Time
Philco Radio Time

"Road To Hollywood" from 1/29/1947 Bing Crosby ended his decade-long run on NBC’s Kraft Music Hall in 1946, moving to ABC to star in the transcribed Philco Radio Time after NBC refused to let him pre-record his shows. The crooner was impressed with the editing techniques developed for programs like Command Performance by the engineers of the Armed Forces Radio Service and believed listeners would accept a more tightly edited program even if it was "canned." In 1948, Philco Radio Time made history as the first series recorded on Ampex tape recorders.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Baby Snooks
Baby Snooks

"Inventing Sugar" from 5/21/1942 ---- "Baby Buggy" from 7/2/1942 Baby Snooks was born at a Detroit party when Fanny Brice, then performing burlesque, sang "Poor Pauline" in a little-girl voice, and was revived for her first radio broadcasts in the '30s. Frank Morgan and Alan Reed served as Snooks’ foils on early broadcasts before Hanley Stafford became radio’s longest-running "Daddy." The Baby Snooks Show aired from September 17, 1944 through May 29, 1951, with Stafford delivering a moving eulogy on the final show following Brice’s death from a cerebral hemorrhage.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Bill Stern Sports Newsreel
Bill Stern Sports Newsreel

Guest: Harry James from 9/12/1942 --- Guest: Lou Little from 11/1/1943 / The Bill Stern Sports Newsreel aired for nearly two decades: from December 5, 1937 through June 22, 1956. Stern began his career in vaudeville and worked for several years as assistant stage manager of New York’s famed Roxy Theater and Radio City Music Hall before moving into network broadcasting in 1934.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Back To College With Jack Benny" from 11/29/1945 / 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.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm X Minus One
X Minus One

"Martian Death March" from 9/8/1955 / X-Minus One premiered on April 24, 195 and was a revival of Dimension X, NBC's earlier science fiction anthology series. X-Minus One ran until January 9, 1958 and was rerun during the 1970s as part of NBC's Omnibus series.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Dimension X
Dimension X

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

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Pablo Molari Case" from 6/30/1951 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"Big Pipe" from 2/23/1954 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

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

"Evening Primrose" from 8/25/1949 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

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

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

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Lights Out!
Lights Out!

"Author & The Thing" from 9/28/43 --- "Neanderthal" from 11/3/1943 / Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Arch Oboler's Plays
Arch Oboler's Plays

"The Family Nagashi" from 9/27/1945 / This anthology series first ran on NBC in 1939, then was reprised on Mutual in 1945. Oboler was an immense talent, compared to Norman Corwin, specializing in stylized "radio literature" that was often political and staunchly anti-Nazi. He got his radio break in horror, writing scripts for Lights Out, before given free reign on his own show to write, produce, and direct his masterpieces of radio theatre.

11:30 pm – Saturday Midnight Lights Out!
Lights Out!

"Oxychloride X" from 2/16/1943 / Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

Sunday 12/11
12:00 am – 12:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"King In Yellow" from 7/8/1947 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Song Of The Heart" from 8/26/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Boomer's Suitcase" from 3/3/1942 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

"Charlie The Glassblower" from 12/3/1944 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.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"My Favorite Wife" from 12/7/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Over The Bounding Main" from 9/14/1950 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

3:00 am – 4:00 am Abe Burrows Show
Abe Burrows Show

"A Saga Of America" from 12/6/1947 --- "Writing For Newspapers" from 4/10/1948 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

"Boscombe Valley Mystery" from 3/27/2011 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Defense Attorney
Defense Attorney

"Joshua Masters" from 4/10/1952

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

"From Detroit: Don's Weight" from 6/13/1948 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: Barbara Stanwyck from 5/2/1943 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Michael Shayne
Michael Shayne

"The Purloined Corpse" from 10/9/1948 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

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

"Confession" from 8/21/1949 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 Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Gifts For Boynton" from 10/23/1949 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Damon Runyon Theatre
Damon Runyon Theatre

"Palm Beach Santa Claus" from 12/23/1949 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.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Mr. District Attorney
Mr. District Attorney

"Murder In Rhythm & Rhyme" from 3/17/1948 --- "Case Of The Sinister Cinema" from 5/5/1948 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)

9:00 am – 9:30 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"4-D Camera" from 3/1/1953 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Christmas Tree Lights" from 12/24/1944 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Pursuit
Pursuit

"On The Night Ferry" from 11/20/1951 Inspector Peter Black of Scotland Yard chased bad guys in this CBS detective drama from October of '49-May March '52. Black would be portrayed by Ted de Corsia, John Dehner, and Ben Wright in the show's lifetime.

10:30 am – 11:00 am The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"Ghost That Talked Too Much" from 5/30/1939 The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

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

"Not Invited To A Party" from 5/5/1957 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Judy Canova Show
Judy Canova Show

"Masquerade Ball" from 5/23/1945 Judy Canova's career began in a family vaudeville group alongside her sister and brother. After several years of popular guest apperances and guest hosting gigs in the '30s and '40s, Judy Canova's own radio show debuted in 1943. The show ran for twelve years— first on CBS and then on NBC. She played an exagerrated version of herself, a country bumpkin transplanted in Hollywood.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Telegram For Mrs. Davis" from 7/10/1949 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.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Honest Harold
Honest Harold

"Playing Santa" from 12/20/1950 AKA "The Harold Peary Show" -- Peary, best known for his role as Gildersleeve on the Fibber McGee & Molly Show (and later on The Great Gildserleeve), starred in this short-lived sitcom. After acting as Gildersleeve on NBC for more than 10 years, Peary switched to CBS for this series, which only ran for one season. However, during the show's run, then-governor Earl Warren awarded Peary for his 10,000th radio broadcast (Warren later became Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Christmas Card Mystery" from 12/21/1948 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Yuletide Miracle" from 12/17/1961 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Woman In Red" from 4/6/1944 --- "Copper Tea Strainer" from 4/21/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

The Big Screen" from 8/9/1951 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

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

"Ruth Shay Murder Case" from 5/30/1953 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Casbah" from 7/22/1949 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"La Grande Breteche (Opera)" from 2/3/1957 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.

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

"Lily Nelson" from 10/6/1951 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"The Nightman" from 10/26/1944 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

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

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Author's Playhouse
Author's Playhouse

"Christmas By Injunction" from 12/21/1941

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Radio City Playhouse
Radio City Playhouse

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" from 12/25/1949

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Adventures of Harry Nile
Adventures of Harry Nile

"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 – 9:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Headshrinker" from 10/26/1958 --- "The Day I Died" from 6/30/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"Dance Team" from 1/31/1954 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 pm – 10:30 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"What To Get Alice For Christmas" from 12/17/1950 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.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Last Minute Christmas Gift" from 12/17/1950 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"The Man Who Fought Back" from 11/27/1948 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

11:30 pm – Sunday Midnight The Shadow
The Shadow

"Little Man Who Wasn't There" from 4/18/1945 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.

Monday 12/12
12:00 am – 12:30 am Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"Yours Truly Jack The Ripper" from 2/27/1945 This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Damon Runyon Theatre
Damon Runyon Theatre

"The Melancholy Dane" from 9/11/1949 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"The House and The Brain" from 9/5/1943 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Lights Out!
Lights Out!

"Kill" from 4/20/1943 Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

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

"Breach of Promise" from 12/17/1944 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Magic Christmas Tree" from 12/25/1949 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Santa & The Pirates" from 12/22/1942 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.

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

"Christmas Show" from 12/23/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

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

"The Vanishing Lady" from 5/6/1945 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Journey Into Hate" from 2/21/1949 Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"Winchester Quarantine" from 2/22/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Gypsum Hills Feud" from 4/16/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

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

""The Old Hat" from 2/15/1952" This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

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

"Fight Game" from 8/12/1951 As a summer replacement series on NBC, this show only broadcast a handful of episodes from July to September 1951. The title character, also known as Phillip Gault, could speak only in whispers following a football injury. He's cast out of society and joins an underground crime syndicate - but after having miracle surgery that restores his voice, he becomes a double agent in hopes of destroying the syndicate from the inside. Carleton G. Young played the protagonist, alongside Betty Moran who played Gault's girlfriend and the only other person who knows about his double identity.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Mystery Is My Hobby
Mystery Is My Hobby

"Andrew Bradford" from 1945 Glen Langan starred as the lead character Barton Drake in this detective series that aired on Mutual Radio from 1947 to 1948. Drake is an author and amateur crime solver fascinated by the minds of criminals. This series is full of good ole "whodunnit" storylines.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Skeleton Bay" from 2/5/1946 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.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Songs By Sinatra
Songs By Sinatra

Guest: Peggy Lee from 9/19/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Sinatra Replaces Day" from 10/8/1944 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.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Prize Fight Setup" from 12/29/1953 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"To Find Help" from 1/18/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Watch" from 5/25/1954 / Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

10:30 am – 11:00 am The Big Story
The Big Story

"Gambling, Divorce & Murder" from 1/11/1950 / 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am The Sealed Book
The Sealed Book

"Death At Storm House" from 4/22/1945 / This mystery/horror series aired on Mutual from March-September of 1945. Philip Clarke played the cackling "keeper of the book," who told spooky tales of black magic, not unlike in The Witch's Tale or The Hermit's Cave

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Dark Fantasy
Dark Fantasy

"Superstition Be Hanged" from 3/13/1942 / 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.

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

"Un-American Activity" from 5/6/1953 / 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Crime Club
Crime Club

"Death Never Doubles" from 6/26/1947

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Christmas Present" from 12/24/1950 / Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"Hanging Cross" from 12/21/1958 / Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

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

"Brit Ponset's Christmas Carol" from 12/20/1953 / 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."

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Truth Or Consequences
Truth Or Consequences

"Christmas Party For Hubert S." from 12/20/1947

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Alan Young Show
The Alan Young Show

"Stolen Purse" from 12/20/1946 / This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

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

"Junior's Christmas Play" from 12/24/1950 / The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

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

"Christmas Open House" from 12/24/1939 / For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Kraft Music Hall
Kraft Music Hall

"Christmas Program" from 12/14/44 / This musical variety show aired on NBC from June 26, 1933 through September 22, 1949 with singing stars such as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Rocky Jordan
Rocky Jordan

"Man In The Morgue" from 11/21/1948 / 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 Suspense
Suspense

"One Hundred In The Dark" from 11/20/47 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Innocent Broad" from 8/6/1955 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

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

"Battle of Buzzard Lake" from 5/29/1953 / This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

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

"Wake Up & Live" from 2/21/1944 / The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Radio's Reader's Digest
Radio's Reader's Digest

"Room For a Stranger" from 12/19/1946

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

"Guest: Frank Sinatra" from 10/21/1945 / 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.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

"Guest: Edward G. Robinson" 1/30/45 / Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27, 1938.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"My Wife, Geraldine" 3/1/1945 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Big Town
Big Town

"Wilson Is Shot" from 10/19/1937 / Edward G. Robinson starred as crusading newspaper editor Steve Wilson from October 19, 1937 through July 2, 1942. The Hollywood great was glad to play an idealistic role in contrast to his many film gangster portrayals. Big Town at its peak was radio’s highest-rated drama and was only eclipsed by The Jack Benny Program in ratings. The series was canceled when Edward G. Robinson quit in 1942 but was resurrected the following year with Edward Pawley (and later Walter Greaza) as Wilson and Fran Carlon as Lorelei. The revived Big Town aired from October 5, 1943 through June 25, 1952.

11:30 pm – Monday Midnight Suspense
Suspense

"You Can't Die Twice" from 3/31/1949 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Tuesday 12/13
12:00 am – 12:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"Man Who Wanted To Be Edward G. Robinson" from 9/30/1948 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Night Has 1,000 Eyes" from 2/27/1949 / 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.

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

"A Case For The FBI" from 4/15/1943 --- "Philippines Never Surrendered" from 4/30/1945 / The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Life With Luigi
Life With Luigi

"Party At The Store" from 10/4/1949 / 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Rummage Sale" from 1/15/1952 / 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.

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

"The Boy Who Got Lost" from 2/29/1948 / Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

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

"The Haunted Bagpipes" from 2/17/1947 / 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 am – 4:30 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"What To Get Alice For Christmas" from 12/17/1950 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.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Last Minute Christmas Gift" from 12/17/1950 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.

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

"The Man Who Fought Back" from 11/27/1948 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

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

"Little Man Who Wasn't There" from 4/18/1945 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"George Lane Murder Case" from 6/13/1953 / 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.

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

"Gruesome Spectacle Matter" from 9/28/1958 / 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.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Puppy Love" from 2/4/1951 / Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Bessie's Boyfriend" from 9/24/1947 / The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Casbah" from 7/22/1949 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.

8:30 am – 9:00 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

"La Grande Breteche (Opera)" from 2/3/1957 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.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Lily Nelson" from 10/6/1951 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"The Nightman" from 10/26/1944 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"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.

10:30 am – 11:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"Headshrinker" from 10/26/1958 --- "The Day I Died" from 6/30/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"Dance Team" from 1/31/1954 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Author's Playhouse
Author's Playhouse

"Christmas By Injunction" from 12/21/1941

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Radio City Playhouse
Radio City Playhouse

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" from 12/25/1949

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

"The LaMarr MAtter" from 3/26/1956 / 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 – 3:50 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Ugly" from 12/15/1957 / 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.

3:50 pm – 4:00 pm Frontier Fighters
Frontier Fighters

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

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"The Dark Tower" from 5/4/1944 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Murder at Midnight
Murder at Midnight

"Wherever I Go" from 10/7/1946 / This transcribed mystery-horror series was syndicated from WJZ in New York and aired from 1946-1947. The creepy voice in the opening piece was provided by Raymond Morgan, a New York minister who gave up his ministry to act on the radio. Other actors included Mercedes McCambridge, Berry Kroeger, and Elspeth Eric.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Young Man With A Gun" from 8/23/1954 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Medicine Man" from 6/18/50 / Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Pursuit
Pursuit

"On The Night Ferry" from 11/20/1951 Inspector Peter Black of Scotland Yard chased bad guys in this CBS detective drama from October of '49-May March '52. Black would be portrayed by Ted de Corsia, John Dehner, and Ben Wright in the show's lifetime.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"Ghost That Talked Too Much" from 5/30/1939 The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

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

"Not Invited To A Party" from 5/5/1957 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Judy Canova Show
Judy Canova Show

"Masquerade Ball" from 5/23/1945 Judy Canova's career began in a family vaudeville group alongside her sister and brother. After several years of popular guest apperances and guest hosting gigs in the '30s and '40s, Judy Canova's own radio show debuted in 1943. The show ran for twelve years— first on CBS and then on NBC. She played an exagerrated version of herself, a country bumpkin transplanted in Hollywood.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"King In Yellow" from 7/8/1947 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Song Of The Heart" from 8/26/1948 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Boomer's Suitcase" from 3/3/1942 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.

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

"Charlie The Glassblower" from 12/3/1944 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Mr. District Attorney
Mr. District Attorney

"Murder In Rhythm & Rhyme" from 3/17/1948 --- "Case Of The Sinister Cinema" from 5/5/1948 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)

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"4-D Camera" from 3/1/1953 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

11:30 pm – Tuesday Midnight Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Christmas Tree Lights" from 12/24/1944 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.

Wednesday 12/14
12:00 am – 12:30 am Songs By Sinatra
Songs By Sinatra

Guest: Peggy Lee from 9/19/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Sinatra Replaces Day" from 10/8/1944 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 Rocky Fortune
Rocky Fortune

"Prize Fight Setup" from 12/29/1953 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"To Find Help" from 1/18/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"Christmas Present" from 12/24/1950 / Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"Hanging Cross" from 12/21/1958 / Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Six Shooter
Six Shooter

"Brit Ponset's Christmas Carol" from 12/20/1953 / 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."

3:30 am – 4:00 am Truth Or Consequences
Truth Or Consequences

"Christmas Party For Hubert S." from 12/20/1947

4:00 am – 5:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Woman In Red" from 4/6/1944 --- "Copper Tea Strainer" from 4/21/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Dragnet
Dragnet

The Big Screen" from 8/9/1951 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Ruth Shay Murder Case" from 5/30/1953 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.

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

"Telegram For Mrs. Davis" from 7/10/1949 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Honest Harold
Honest Harold

"Playing Santa" from 12/20/1950 AKA "The Harold Peary Show" -- Peary, best known for his role as Gildersleeve on the Fibber McGee & Molly Show (and later on The Great Gildserleeve), starred in this short-lived sitcom. After acting as Gildersleeve on NBC for more than 10 years, Peary switched to CBS for this series, which only ran for one season. However, during the show's run, then-governor Earl Warren awarded Peary for his 10,000th radio broadcast (Warren later became Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court)

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

"Christmas Card Mystery" from 12/21/1948 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Yuletide Miracle" from 12/17/1961 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"Boscombe Valley Mystery" from 3/27/2011 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Defense Attorney
Defense Attorney

"Joshua Masters" from 4/10/1952

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

"From Detroit: Don's Weight" from 6/13/1948 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 Charlie McCarthy Show
Charlie McCarthy Show

Guest: Barbara Stanwyck from 5/2/1943 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"Yours Truly Jack The Ripper" from 2/27/1945 This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Damon Runyon Theatre
Damon Runyon Theatre

"The Melancholy Dane" from 9/11/1949 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 The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"The House and The Brain" from 9/5/1943 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lights Out!
Lights Out!

"Kill" from 4/20/1943 Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

"Un-American Activity" from 5/6/1953 / 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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Crime Club
Crime Club

"Death Never Doubles" from 6/26/1947

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

"Wake Up & Live" from 2/21/1944 / 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 pm – 3:30 pm Radio's Reader's Digest
Radio's Reader's Digest

"Room For a Stranger" from 12/19/1946

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Fred Allen Show
Fred Allen Show

"Guest: Frank Sinatra" from 10/21/1945 / John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"My Favorite Wife" from 12/7/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Over The Bounding Main" from 9/14/1950 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Abe Burrows Show
Abe Burrows Show

"A Saga Of America" from 12/6/1947 --- "Writing For Newspapers" from 4/10/1948 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

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

"The Vanishing Lady" from 5/6/1945 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Journey Into Hate" from 2/21/1949 Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"Winchester Quarantine" from 2/22/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Gypsum Hills Feud" from 4/16/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Breach of Promise" from 12/17/1944 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Magic Christmas Tree" from 12/25/1949 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.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Santa & The Pirates" from 12/22/1942 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Christmas Show" from 12/23/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

""The Old Hat" from 2/15/1952" This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm The Whisperer
The Whisperer

"Fight Game" from 8/12/1951 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.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Mystery Is My Hobby
Mystery Is My Hobby

"Andrew Bradford" from 1945 Glen Langan starred as the lead character Barton Drake in this detective series that aired on Mutual Radio from 1947 to 1948. Drake is an author and amateur crime solver fascinated by the minds of criminals. This series is full of good ole "whodunnit" storylines.

11:30 pm – Wednesday Midnight Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Skeleton Bay" from 2/5/1946 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.



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