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Tuesday 4/24
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Big Town
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"Adventure In Paris" from 5/14/1942 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.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
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"The Woman" from 12/10/1945 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Our Miss Brooks
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"School Safety Supervisor" from 10/16/1949 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
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"George Is Being Sued" from 8/26/1940 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Hat & No Body" from 7/2/1949 --- "Doug Saxon Case" from 1/15/1950 --- "The Insurance Matter" from 8/23/1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

11:30 pm – Tuesday Midnight Police Headquarters
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"The Williams Brothers" from 1932 This police procedural series was syndicated on NBC stations in 1932. It features quarter-hour stories typically based on true crimes.

Wednesday 4/25
12:00 am – 1:00 am Bulldog Drummond
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"Death Loops The Loop" from 3/10/1948 "The Deadly Stand-In" from 7/14/1948 Bulldog Drummond was a crime series based on the novels by H.C. McNeile- the stories were also made into a film series in the '30s. The radio show was originally set in England, however, Bulldog crossed the Atlantic and came to America after two months. It ran on Mutual from April 1941 - March 1953

1:00 am – 1:30 am Michael Shayne
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"Case of the Pursuit of Death" from 9/18/1948 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

1:30 am – 2:00 am The Shadow
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"Stakeout" from 9/18/1948 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Casey, Crime Photographer
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"Murder In Black & White" from 3/18/1948 "Blind Justice" from 3/25/1948 Jack "Flashgun" Casey was first introduced in the March 1934 issue of Black Mask, the classic pulp fiction magazine. Created by pulp wordsmith George Harmon Coxe, Casey appeared in dozens of stories in Black Mask, which were later collected into six books. Flashgun Casey came to radio as a CBS sustaining series on July 7, 1943. The series was renamed Casey, Press Photographer in 1944 and became Casey, Crime Photographer on September 12, 1945.

3:00 am – 3:30 am This Is Your F.B.I
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"Three-Day Fugitive" from 6/20/1952 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am The Green Hornet
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"Murder Across The Board" from 7/5/1941 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

4:00 am – 4:30 am The Third Man
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"Too Many Crooks" from 8/3/1951 The Third Man was an adventure series starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character created by author Graham Greene. It first aired on the BBC in 1951 and was then syndicated for American radio in 1952.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Nick Carter, Master Detective
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"Case Of The Jeweled Queen" from 11/30/1947 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Alan Young Show
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"Alan, The Playwright" from 1/10/1947 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Fish To Arrive" from 5/13/1941 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Screen Director's Playhouse
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"Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" from 6/9/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Behind The Mike
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"Premiere Show" from 9/15/1940 "Radio's own show" first ran in 1931 as a 15-minute show, then revamped in 1940 as a half-hour program, hosted by Graham McNamee. Episodes could feature interviews with inventors, producers, show runners and actors, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of how radio shows get made.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Suspense
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"Nobody Ever Quits" from 3/8/1955 --- "Murder Is A Matter Of Opinion" from 8/20/1961 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Suspense
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"Fragile Contents, Death" from 5/22/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"Adversary" from 5/6/1954 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Suspense
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"Gallardo" from 3/20/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"Scarlet Plague" from 4/8/1954 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Life of Riley
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"Feud With New Neighbor" from 9/15/1945 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Burns & Allen Show
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Guest: William Bendix from 1/18/1944 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Watering The Lawn" from 12/10/1950 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Fred Allen Show
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"Teaching Technique" from 4/24/1949 John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Adventures of The Saint
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"Birds & Bees of East Orange" from 3/18/1951 Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Chase
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"The Painting" from 8/7/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
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"Captain January" from 1/27/1941 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 Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Shirley Temple" from 3/20/1945 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.

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Vic & Sade
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"Russell Interrupting Vic" from the 1940s Vic and Sade aired from June 29, 1932 through December 7, 1945 and was briefly revived in a half-hour sitcom format in 1946. "Radio’s home folks" were featured in slice-of-life situations that painted a rich portrait of small-town life. Starring Art Van Harvey and Bernardine Flynn.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Baby Snooks
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"Magic" from 4/18/1940 Baby Snooks was born at a Detroit party when Fanny Brice, then performing burlesque, sang "Poor Pauline" in a little-girl voice, and was revived for her first radio broadcasts in the '30s. Frank Morgan and Alan Reed served as Snooks’ foils on early broadcasts before Hanley Stafford became radio’s longest-running "Daddy." The Baby Snooks Show aired from September 17, 1944 through May 29, 1951, with Stafford delivering a moving eulogy on the final show following Brice’s death from a cerebral hemorrhage.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Shadow
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"Power Of The Mind" from 7/3/1938 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"The Follower" from 2/18/1951 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Defense Rests
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"Joseph Moriano (Audition)" from 4/17/1951

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Radio Classics
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"Ask Thyself" from 11/15/1947 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"The Sure Thing" from 7/17/1950 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 pm – 7:00 pm Suspense
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"Feathers" from 1/14/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm The Clock
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"Bad Dreams" from 4/25/1948 The whole drama of life is written in the sands of time. William Conrad narrates tales of mystery starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis, "the airwaves' most distinguished acting couple." The Clock was produced and directed by William Spier of radio's legendary series Suspense. It aired on ABC from November 3, 1946 - May 23, 1948.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Dragnet
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"The Big Fire" from 3/13/1952 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.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm The Six Shooter
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"General Guilford's Widow" from 4/8/1954 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."

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Gunsmoke
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"Professor Lute Bone" from 11/14/1953 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.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Box 13
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"Archimedes & The Roman" from 7/31/1949 Alan Ladd stars as Dan Holiday, a fiction writer and retired reporter with a taste for adventure. The show was also produced by Alan Ladd's company, Mayfair Productions. Sylvia Picker portrayed Suzy, his scatterbrained office manager.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm The Falcon
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"Case Of The Gangster's Girl" from 3/4/1951 Michael Waring was a freelance detective who was also known as the Falcon. Waring's detective techniques were a cross between Ellery Queen and Richard Diamond. He had a certain eye for detail but was frequently on the outs with the police.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Gunsmoke
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"Billy (Premiere Broadcast)" from 4/26/1952 ---- "Letter Of The Law (Finale)" from 6/18/1961 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Frontier Gentleman
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"Advice To The Lovelorn" from 5/18/1958 This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

11:30 pm – Wednesday Midnight Hopalong Cassidy
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"A Jailer Named Satan" from 3/3/1951 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.

Thursday 4/26
12:00 am – 12:30 am Adventures of Harry Nile
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"Harry's Game" from 1/31/2010 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
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"The Thirteenth Guest" from 8/9/1953 Film star William Gargan came to the NBC airwaves in 1951 as the star of Barrie Crane, Confidential Investigator, a reworking of his earlier Mutual radio series (and NBC television program) Martin Kane, Private Investigator. When the producers of the earlier program objected to the many similarities between the two series, changes were made in Gargan's new series, which was quickly retitled Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator. The series aired on NBC from October 3, 1951 through June 30, 1955.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Life of Riley
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"Riley Drives A Cab" from 12/30/1949 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Off To Hollywood" from 6/24/1941 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

2:00 am – 3:30 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Tears Of Night Matter" from 5/21/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Paddy Clark" from 4/19/1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Jack Benny Program
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"Dark Passage" from 11/2/1947 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Jimmy Durante Show
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"Guest: Don Ameche" from 4/21/1950

5:00 am – 5:30 am Dragnet
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"The Big Impossible" from 3/15/1953 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 Crime & Peter Chambers
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"Tina Diaz - Utopia Ballroom" from 8/10/1954 Dane Clark stars as Peter Chambers, a tough private eye that plays nice with the NYPD. The series is based on "Peter Chambers" novels, written by Henry Kane.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Crime Classics
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"John & Judith" from 12/16/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

6:30 am – 7:00 am The Clock
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"Past or Present" from 3/30/1947 The whole drama of life is written in the sands of time. William Conrad narrates tales of mystery starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis, "the airwaves' most distinguished acting couple." The Clock was produced and directed by William Spier of radio's legendary series Suspense. It aired on ABC from November 3, 1946 - May 23, 1948.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Hopalong Cassidy
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"Bandit At Blackton Bend" from 5/12/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Fort Laramie
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"The Coward" from 3/25/1956 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.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Lum and Abner
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"Cedric To Join The Army" 10/8/1942 -- "Cedric Picks Up Telescope" 10/12/1942 -- "Necessity Is The Number Of Invention" 10/13/1942 -- "To Cheer Up Professor Sloane" 10/14/1942 Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

9:00 am – 9:30 am The Whistler
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"The Waterford Case" from 4/22/1949 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."

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Shadow
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"Vengeance of Angela Nolan" from 6/27/1954 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

10:00 am – 10:30 am The Shadow
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"Death From The Deep" from 10/3/1937 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
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"Death Pays The Freight" from 10/5/1952 Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Let George Do It
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"High Card" from 8/28/1950 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Murder at Midnight
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"Death Is No End" from 6/2/1947 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.

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Stolen Purse" from 5/22/1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Broadway is My Beat
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"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.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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"Guest: Barbara Stanwyck" from 1/7/1940 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.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
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"Gracie Replaces Louella Parsons" from 6/3/1948 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Whistler
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"Stranger In The House" from 6/2/1948 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Dimension X
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"Man In The Moon" from 7/14/1950 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.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm CBS Radio Workshop
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"Nightmare" from 5/5/1957 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Behind The Mike
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"Weird Guest Interview" from 1/5/1941 "Radio's own show" first ran in 1931 as a 15-minute show, then revamped in 1940 as a half-hour program, hosted by Graham McNamee. Episodes could feature interviews with inventors, producers, show runners and actors, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of how radio shows get made.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Jack Benny Program
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"Palm Spring Polly" from 12/12/1954 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
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"The Lost Camera" from 9/29/1942 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.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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"The Mazarin Stone" from 5/21/2006 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.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dragnet
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"Big Smart Guy" from 8/8/1950 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Our Miss Brooks
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"Couch Potato" from 8/28/1955 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 pm – 8:00 pm Jack Benny Program
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"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.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Radio Classics
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Christopher Moore Interview Author of Noir (comedy novel taking place in 1947 San Francisco) Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Pat Novak for Hire
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"Reuben Callaway's Pictures" from 3/13/1949 Pat Novak for Hire was broadcast from San Francisco and debuted in 1946 as an ABC Sunday night West Coast series. Ben Murphy starred as the hard-boiled Novak during the West Coast run, but Jack Webb made the role his own when series was revived on February 13, 1949 over the entire ABC national network.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Damon Runyon Theatre
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"Broadway Complex" from 6/12/1949 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Blackstone, Magic Detective
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"Frozen Lady" from 1/9/1949 This magical mystery show aired from 1948-1949 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Ed Jerome starred as Harry Blackstone, a skilled magician who told his tales of adventure and escape in flashbacks. At the end of each episode, Blackstone would perform and describe a new magic trick for his kid listeners to practice at home. Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon also starred as Blackstone's friends John and Rhonda.

10:00 pm – Thursday Midnight Gunsmoke
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"Rehearsal from 12/24/1955" "New Hotel" from 2/19/1956 "Sundown" from 6/6/1953 "Hickok" from 7/25/1953 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.

Friday 4/27
12:00 am – 12:30 am Life of Riley
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"Junior Runs Away From Home" from 9/20/1947 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Abbott and Costello Show
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"Sam Shovel - The Grocer" from 11/4/1948 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Sherlock Holmes
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"Case Of The Very Best Butter" from 4/18/1948 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

1:30 am – 2:00 am The Green Hornet
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"Hot Guns For Sale" from 9/13/1941 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

2:00 am – 3:30 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Hat & No Body" from 7/2/1949 --- "Doug Saxon Case" from 1/15/1950 --- "The Insurance Matter" from 8/23/1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Police Headquarters
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"The Williams Brothers" from 1932 This police procedural series was syndicated on NBC stations in 1932. It features quarter-hour stories typically based on true crimes.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Pursuit
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"Ladies Of Farthing Street" from 9/18/1951 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.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Mystery Is My Hobby
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"Blue Jay Dude Ranch" 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.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Tales of the Texas Rangers
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"Logger's Larceny" from 2/4/1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Have Gun, Will Travel
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"Five Days To Yuma" from 7/10/1960 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Big Town
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"Adventure In Paris" from 5/14/1942 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Sherlock Holmes
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"The Woman" from 12/10/1945 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.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Our Miss Brooks
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"School Safety Supervisor" from 10/16/1949 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 Burns & Allen Show
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"George Is Being Sued" from 8/26/1940 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Lux Radio Theatre
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"Captain January" from 1/27/1941 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Bob Hope Show
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"Guest: Shirley Temple" from 3/20/1945 Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27, 1938.

9:30 am – 9:45 am Vic & Sade
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"Russell Interrupting Vic" from the 1940s Vic and Sade aired from June 29, 1932 through December 7, 1945 and was briefly revived in a half-hour sitcom format in 1946. "Radio’s home folks" were featured in slice-of-life situations that painted a rich portrait of small-town life. Starring Art Van Harvey and Bernardine Flynn.

9:45 am – 10:00 am Baby Snooks
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"Magic" from 4/18/1940 Baby Snooks was born at a Detroit party when Fanny Brice, then performing burlesque, sang "Poor Pauline" in a little-girl voice, and was revived for her first radio broadcasts in the '30s. Frank Morgan and Alan Reed served as Snooks’ foils on early broadcasts before Hanley Stafford became radio’s longest-running "Daddy." The Baby Snooks Show aired from September 17, 1944 through May 29, 1951, with Stafford delivering a moving eulogy on the final show following Brice’s death from a cerebral hemorrhage.

10:00 am – 10:30 am The Six Shooter
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"General Guilford's Widow" from 4/8/1954 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."

10:30 am – 11:00 am Gunsmoke
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"Professor Lute Bone" from 11/14/1953 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Box 13
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"Archimedes & The Roman" from 7/31/1949 Alan Ladd stars as Dan Holiday, a fiction writer and retired reporter with a taste for adventure. The show was also produced by Alan Ladd's company, Mayfair Productions. Sylvia Picker portrayed Suzy, his scatterbrained office manager.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm The Falcon
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"Case Of The Gangster's Girl" from 3/4/1951 Michael Waring was a freelance detective who was also known as the Falcon. Waring's detective techniques were a cross between Ellery Queen and Richard Diamond. He had a certain eye for detail but was frequently on the outs with the police.

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"Plunder Of The Sun" from 11/8/1949 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 pm – 2:00 pm Suspense
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"Devil In The Summer House" from 11/3/1942 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Gunsmoke
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"Billy (Premiere Broadcast)" from 4/26/1952 ---- "Letter Of The Law (Finale)" from 6/18/1961 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Frontier Gentleman
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"Advice To The Lovelorn" from 5/18/1958 This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
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"A Jailer Named Satan" from 3/3/1951 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.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Suspense
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"Fragile Contents, Death" from 5/22/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"Adversary" from 5/6/1954 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Suspense
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"Gallardo" from 3/20/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"Scarlet Plague" from 4/8/1954 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Bulldog Drummond
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"Death Loops The Loop" from 3/10/1948 "The Deadly Stand-In" from 7/14/1948 Bulldog Drummond was a crime series based on the novels by H.C. McNeile- the stories were also made into a film series in the '30s. The radio show was originally set in England, however, Bulldog crossed the Atlantic and came to America after two months. It ran on Mutual from April 1941 - March 1953

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Michael Shayne
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"Case of the Pursuit of Death" from 9/18/1948 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Shadow
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"Stakeout" from 9/18/1948 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm X Minus One
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"Dwellers In Silence" from 11/10/1955 ---- "Saucer Of Loneliness" from 1/9/1957 X-Minus One premiered on April 24, 195 and was a revival of Dimension X, NBC's earlier science fiction anthology series. X-Minus One ran until January 9, 1958 and was rerun during the 1970s as part of NBC's Omnibus series.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm I Was A Communist for the FBI
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""Dangerous Dollars" from 7/9/1952 I Was a Communist for the FBI--I walk alone. The 1952 syndicated series starred Dana Andrews as real-life undercover agent Matt Cvetic, whose book of the same title provided the inspiration for the radio series and a Hollywood film. Growing out of the communist paranoia of the McCarthy era, the Cold War drama featured red spies portrayed in the same stereotypical manner of the Nazis during World Ward II propaganda programs.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Let George Do It
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"Audition Recording" from 4/12/1946 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
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"Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" from 6/9/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Behind The Mike
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"Premiere Show" from 9/15/1940 "Radio's own show" first ran in 1931 as a 15-minute show, then revamped in 1940 as a half-hour program, hosted by Graham McNamee. Episodes could feature interviews with inventors, producers, show runners and actors, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of how radio shows get made.

11:00 pm – Friday Midnight Suspense
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"Nobody Ever Quits" from 3/8/1955 --- "Murder Is A Matter Of Opinion" from 8/20/1961 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Saturday 4/28
12:00 am – 12:30 am Radio Classics
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Christopher Moore Interview Author of Noir (comedy novel taking place in 1947 San Francisco) 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 Pat Novak for Hire
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"Reuben Callaway's Pictures" from 3/13/1949 Pat Novak for Hire was broadcast from San Francisco and debuted in 1946 as an ABC Sunday night West Coast series. Ben Murphy starred as the hard-boiled Novak during the West Coast run, but Jack Webb made the role his own when series was revived on February 13, 1949 over the entire ABC national network.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Damon Runyon Theatre
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"Broadway Complex" from 6/12/1949 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.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Blackstone, Magic Detective
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"Frozen Lady" from 1/9/1949 This magical mystery show aired from 1948-1949 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Ed Jerome starred as Harry Blackstone, a skilled magician who told his tales of adventure and escape in flashbacks. At the end of each episode, Blackstone would perform and describe a new magic trick for his kid listeners to practice at home. Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon also starred as Blackstone's friends John and Rhonda.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Lum and Abner
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"Cedric To Join The Army" 10/8/1942 -- "Cedric Picks Up Telescope" 10/12/1942 -- "Necessity Is The Number Of Invention" 10/13/1942 -- "To Cheer Up Professor Sloane" 10/14/1942 Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

3:00 am – 3:30 am The Whistler
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"The Waterford Case" from 4/22/1949 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."

3:30 am – 4:00 am The Shadow
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"Vengeance of Angela Nolan" from 6/27/1954 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Jack Benny Program
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"Guest: Barbara Stanwyck" from 1/7/1940 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Burns & Allen Show
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"Gracie Replaces Louella Parsons" from 6/3/1948 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Whistler
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"Stranger In The House" from 6/2/1948 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

5:30 am – 6:00 am Dimension X
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"Man In The Moon" from 7/14/1950 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"The Sure Thing" from 7/17/1950 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 Suspense
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"Feathers" from 1/14/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Clock
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"Bad Dreams" from 4/25/1948 The whole drama of life is written in the sands of time. William Conrad narrates tales of mystery starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis, "the airwaves' most distinguished acting couple." The Clock was produced and directed by William Spier of radio's legendary series Suspense. It aired on ABC from November 3, 1946 - May 23, 1948.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Dragnet
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"The Big Fire" from 3/13/1952 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.

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

9:00 am – 9:30 am Adventures of The Saint
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"Birds & Bees of East Orange" from 3/18/1951 Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Chase
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"The Painting" from 8/7/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Adventures of Harry Nile
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"Harry's Game" from 1/31/2010 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 – 11:00 am Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
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"The Thirteenth Guest" from 8/9/1953 Film star William Gargan came to the NBC airwaves in 1951 as the star of Barrie Crane, Confidential Investigator, a reworking of his earlier Mutual radio series (and NBC television program) Martin Kane, Private Investigator. When the producers of the earlier program objected to the many similarities between the two series, changes were made in Gargan's new series, which was quickly retitled Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator. The series aired on NBC from October 3, 1951 through June 30, 1955.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Life of Riley
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"Riley Drives A Cab" from 12/30/1949 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Off To Hollywood" from 6/24/1941 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm The Shadow
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"Power Of The Mind" from 7/3/1938 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
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"The Follower" from 2/18/1951 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Defense Rests
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"Joseph Moriano (Audition)" from 4/17/1951

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Radio Classics
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"Ask Thyself" from 11/15/1947 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Gunsmoke
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"Rehearsal from 12/24/1955" "New Hotel" from 2/19/1956 "Sundown" from 6/6/1953 "Hickok" from 7/25/1953 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Life of Riley
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"Feud With New Neighbor" from 9/15/1945 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
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Guest: William Bendix from 1/18/1944 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Watering The Lawn" from 12/10/1950 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Fred Allen Show
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"Teaching Technique" from 4/24/1949 John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Casey, Crime Photographer
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"Murder In Black & White" from 3/18/1948 "Blind Justice" from 3/25/1948 Jack "Flashgun" Casey was first introduced in the March 1934 issue of Black Mask, the classic pulp fiction magazine. Created by pulp wordsmith George Harmon Coxe, Casey appeared in dozens of stories in Black Mask, which were later collected into six books. Flashgun Casey came to radio as a CBS sustaining series on July 7, 1943. The series was renamed Casey, Press Photographer in 1944 and became Casey, Crime Photographer on September 12, 1945.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm This Is Your F.B.I
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"Three-Day Fugitive" from 6/20/1952 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Green Hornet
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"Murder Across The Board" from 7/5/1941 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm The Third Man
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"Too Many Crooks" from 8/3/1951 The Third Man was an adventure series starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character created by author Graham Greene. It first aired on the BBC in 1951 and was then syndicated for American radio in 1952.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
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"Case Of The Jeweled Queen" from 11/30/1947 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Alan Young Show
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"Alan, The Playwright" from 1/10/1947 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Fish To Arrive" from 5/13/1941 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"Tears Of Night Matter" from 5/21/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:30 pm – Saturday Midnight Richard Diamond, Private Detective
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"Paddy Clark" from 4/19/1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

Sunday 4/29
12:00 am – 12:30 am Let George Do It
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"Have Some Excitement" from 6/7/1948 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

12:30 am – 1:30 am The Whistler
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"A Mask For Kinsella" from 4/24/1949 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."

1:30 am – 2:00 am Dark Fantasy
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"Letter From Yesterday" from 5/1/1942 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.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Jack Benny Program
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Guest: Tyrone Power from 12/4/1949 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
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"Doc Gamble Over For Dinner" from 4/6/1943 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 The Family Theater
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"Flight From Home" from 1/9/1952 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
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"The Footprint" from 8/18/1950 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.

4:00 am – 4:30 am CBS Radio Workshop
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"Hither & Tither Of Danny Dither" from 9/7/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Big Story
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"The Highland Park Murder" from 11/15/1950 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.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Life of Riley
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"Babs Gets Blackmailed" from 12/13/1947 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Burns & Allen Show
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"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Burns" from 1/5/1943 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Screen Guild Theatre
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"Bell's Of St. Mary's" from 8/26/1946 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Philco Radio Time
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Guest: Spike Jones from 10/23/1946 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.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Bing Crosby Show
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Guest: Fred Astaire from 2/6/1952 --- Guest: Ella Fitzgerald from 12/13/1953 Bing Crosby's recording of "I Surrender, Dear" led to his 1931-32 CBS show Fifteen Minutes with Bing Crosby. He made his feature-film debut in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast in 1932 and became a top radio and movie star over the next decade. Crosby hosted NBC’s The Kraft Music Hall from January 2, 1936 through May 9, 1946, supported by Bob Burns, "the Arkansas Traveler". Crosby moved to ABC’s Philco Radio Time in 1946, eager to transcribe his radio programs using editing techniques pioneered on the Armed Forces Radio Service's Command Performance. The crooner returned to CBS to star in The Bing Crosby Show from September 21, 1949 through December 28, 1956.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Studio One
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"The 39 Steps" from 3/23/1948

9:00 am – 9:30 am Suspense
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"End Of The Road" from 2/6/1947 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Frontier Fighters
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"Santa Fe Trail" from 1935 This series consisted of 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.

10:00 am – 11:00 am It's Higgins, Sir
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"Higgins Arrives" from 7/3/1951 --- "Mr. Robert's Birthday" from 8/28/1951 This NBC sitcom ran as a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show in 1951. Higgins, portrayed by Harry McNaughton, is an English butler who must adjust to life in America with the Roberts family after the death of his British charge, and the Roberts' distant uncle, Sir Robertson.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Dennis Day Show
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"Love Letters To Lily" from 12/4/1948 Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty in an Irish family in the Bronx, Dennis Day first became known for his tenor voice as a replacement singer on Jack Benny's radio show on October 8, 1939. Benny and Day would remain friends and colleagues the rest of their lives. "A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day" aired on NBC from 1946-1951, while Day also regularly appeared on Benny's show singing, telling jokes, and performing impressions.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lum and Abner
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"Contribute To The USO" from 5/21/1942 Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm X Minus One
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"Lulungameena" from 5/29/1956 --- "And The Moon Be Still As Bright" from 9/22/1955 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.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Adventures of Sam Spade
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"Betrayal In Bumpass Hell" from 1/16/1949 Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Adventures of Philip Marlowe
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"Baton Sinister" from 9/17/1949 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
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"Alice's Old Boyfriend" from 4/20/1952 --- "Spring Cleaning" from 5/4/1952 --- "Julius Is In Good With Mr. Scott" from 3/12/1950 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.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Screen Guild Theatre
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"This Thing Called Love" from 3/29/1943 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Romance of the Ranchos
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"San Francisco" from 11/26/1941 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Have Gun, Will Travel
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"Landfall" from 11/15/1959 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Candy Matson
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"NC9-8012" from 1/2/1950 Candy Matson was a hard-as-nails private eye played by Natalie Masters. The show, set in San Francisco, was on the air from 1941 to 1942.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Mr. & Mrs. North
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"No Vacation From Murder" from 1950s This mystery series aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954, originally starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin. The title characters were a married couple of amateur detectives who somehow always managed to solve crimes that stumped professional police and detectives.

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

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Quiet, Please
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"The Evening & The Morning" from 11/14/1948 Quiet Please was one of radio’s most imaginative series, created and written by Wyllis Cooper, the talented writer/director who created radio’s legendary Lights Out in 1934 and scripted the 1939 horror film The Son of Frankenstein. Ernest Chappell starred in the series, narrating the stories in a quiet, underplayed conversational tone. Quiet Please aired over the Mutual airwaves from June 8, 1947 through September 13, 1948 and over ABC from September 19, 1948 through June 25, 1949.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Clock
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"Nicky" from 3/4/1948 The whole drama of life is written in the sands of time. William Conrad narrates tales of mystery starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis, "the airwaves' most distinguished acting couple." The Clock was produced and directed by William Spier of radio's legendary series Suspense. It aired on ABC from November 3, 1946 - May 23, 1948.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Columbia Workshop
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"He Should Have Stood In Elba" from 4/12/1942 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

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Suspense
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"August Heat" from 5/31/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
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"Queen Of The Cats" from 7/2/1944 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm The Green Hornet
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"Evidence On Hand" from 9/20/1945 The Green Hornet debuted in Detroit on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Sherlock Holmes
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"Case Of Unwelcome Ambassador" from 9/12/1948 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Suspense
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"You Can Die Laughing" from 7/30/1961 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm The Weird Circle
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"Cask Of Amontillado" from 4/9/1944 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.

11:30 pm – Sunday Midnight The Hermit's Cave
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"The Black Band" 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)

Monday 4/30
12:00 am – 1:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
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"The Qui Bono Matter" from 2/17/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

1:00 am – 2:00 am Let George Do It
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"Voice Of The Giant" from 7/31/1950 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

2:00 am – 3:00 am Jack Benny Program
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"Jack's First Radio Show" from 5/2/1932 --- "Trouble with SFX (Last Show)" from 5/22/1955 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Ford Theater
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"Horn Blows At Midnight" from 3/4/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Bill Stern Sports Newsreel
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Guest: Jack Benny from 12/28/1945 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.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Adventures of Harry Nile
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"Fatal Felines Of Phinney Ridge" from 6/13/2010 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Boston Blackie
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"Burning His House Behind Him" from 4/13/1947 Boston Blackie was created by Jack Boyle, a hard-drinking opium addict who served three prison terms. While in prison, Boyle began writing true-crime confession stories that were published in The American Magazine under the byline 6006, his convict number. Boyle's stories were collected in his 1919 book, Boston Blackie, and inspired a popular series of B-films, the radio series and a 1951 video version.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
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"The Long Arm" from 2/7/1950 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Mystery Is My Hobby
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"Cinderella For A Day" 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.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Burns & Allen Show
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Guest: Brian Aherne from 3/28/1944 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Duffy's Tavern
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Guest: Robert Benchley from 10/10/1944 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Saint
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"Saint Goes Underground" from 7/31/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Casey, Crime Photographer
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"Busman's Holiday" from 8/21/1947 Jack "Flashgun" Casey was first introduced in the March 1934 issue of Black Mask, the classic pulp fiction magazine. Created by pulp wordsmith George Harmon Coxe, Casey appeared in dozens of stories in Black Mask, which were later collected into six books. Flashgun Casey came to radio as a CBS sustaining series on July 7, 1943. The series was renamed Casey, Press Photographer in 1944 and became Casey, Crime Photographer on September 12, 1945.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Fred Allen Show
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"The Amateur Show" from 3/10/1937 John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humor to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Rocky Jordan
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"Man In The Morgue" from 2/5/1946 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.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Whistler
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"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 am – 11:00 am Columbia Presents Corwin
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"Movie Primer" from 3/7/1944 --- "Odyssey of Runyon Jones" from 4/4/1944 This CBS series adapted stories penned by Norman Corwin to radio.

11:00 am – 11:30 am One World Flight
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"Introduction (First Show)" from 1/14/1947 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Radio Classics Special Interviews
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Norman Corwin Interview with Greg Bell

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Crime Club
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"The Gypsy Sings Of Death" from 8/14/1947

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Let George Do It
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"A Wife For Cousin Jeff" from 10/18/1946 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pursuit
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"Pursuit & The Man Who Died Late" from 10/2/1951 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.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Suspense
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"Greatest Thief In The World" from 7/26/1955 --- "Once A Murderer" from 11/15/1955 --- "The Tramp" from 7/25/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Rocky Fortune
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"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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Man Called X
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"Disappearing Cryptographer" from 11/25/1950 Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on July 10, 1944, moved to NBC in 1950 and continued through May 20, 1952.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Gunsmoke
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"Home Surgery" from 9/13/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
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"Right Rope, Wrong Neck" from 2/23/1952 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm I Was A Communist for the FBI
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"A Riot Made To Order" from 6/25/1952 I Was a Communist for the FBI--I walk alone. The 1952 syndicated series starred Dana Andrews as real-life undercover agent Matt Cvetic, whose book of the same title provided the inspiration for the radio series and a Hollywood film. Growing out of the communist paranoia of the McCarthy era, the Cold War drama featured red spies portrayed in the same stereotypical manner of the Nazis during World Ward II propaganda programs.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dangerous Assignment
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"Assignment In Portugal" from 3/25/1953 Dangerous Assignment premiered over the NBC airwaves on February 6, 1950 and starred Brian Donlevy as Steve Mitchell, globe-trotting government troubleshooter. Dangerous Assignment was later revived as a 1953 syndicated series starring Lloyd Burrell.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Life of Riley
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"Always True Pals" from 5/4/1946 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Duffy's Tavern
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Guest: Charles Coburn from 5/4/1949 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Our Miss Brooks
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"Babysitting" from 11/14/1948 --- "The Frog" from 2/20/194 --- "English Test" from 8/14/1949 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Danny Kaye Show
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"Case Of The Murdered Meatball" from 2/24/1945 Comedian and film star Danny Kaye hosted his CBS radio show from 1946-1946. For awhile his show was one of the top five most popular radio shows.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Hopalong Cassidy
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"Cowtown Troubleshooters" from 3/8/1952 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Frontier Gentleman
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"School Days" from 7/6/1958 This excellent Western series, created by Antony Ellis, aired for several months on CBS in 1958. John Dehner starred as British reporter J.B. Kendall, who traveled the Wild West in search of stories of adventure. Versatile radio stars like Virginia Gregg, Jospeh Kearns, Stacy Harris and more were featured throughout.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Damon Runyon Theatre
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"For A Pal" from 2/13/1949 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.

11:30 pm – Monday Midnight Molle Mystery Theatre
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"Further Adventures Of Kenny Andrews" from 5/10/1946 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.



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