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Saturday 8/27
2:30 am – 3:00 am Have Gun, Will Travel
Have Gun, Will Travel

"Deliver The Body" from 7/19/1959 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie

"Still Waters" from 10/14/1956 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Priscilla's Broken Arm" from 6/22/1950 This medical drama was based on films by the same name. Lews Ayes as Dr. Kildare and Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie face everything from pushy administrators to personal drama and ethical crises in the halls of Blair General Hospital in New York City

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

"Killer Come Back To Me" from 5/17/1946 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.

4:30 am – 6:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Riabouchinska" from 11/13/1947 --- "The Crowd" from 9/21/1950 --- "Whole Town's Sleeping" from 6/14/1955 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

6:00 am – 7:00 am Dimension X
Dimension X

"A Logic Named Joe" from 7/1/1950 --- "No Contact" from 4/29/1950 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.

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Chase
The Chase

"Penny-pinching Boarding House Owners" from 2/8/1953 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

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

"Adventure Of The Serpent God" from 3/14/1948 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.

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

The Aldrich Family / Fibber McGee & Molly

9:00 am – 9:30 am Jeff Regan, Investigator
Jeff Regan, Investigator

"A Claw, Corkscrew, Coffin And A Crab" from 5/19/1950 This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Pat Novak for Hire
Pat Novak for Hire

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.

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

"Check Into A Hotel" from 3/30/1948 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

10:30 am – 11:00 am The Aldrich Family
The Aldrich Family

"Detention Or Basketball Game" from 10/28/1948 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

"Mighty Mouse" from 7/20/1958 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 am – 12:00 pm Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok

"Treasure Of The Old Number 9" from 2/8/1952 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"The Coward" from 8/14/1954 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.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Mystery In The Air
Mystery In The Air

"The Horla" from 8/21/1947 This 1947 NBC crime series dramatized literary mysteries and suspenseful classics, starring Peter Lorre.

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

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.

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

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

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"The Sining Walls" from 11/2/1944 --- "Strange For A Killer" from 3/15/1951

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"A Foreign Affair" from 3/1/1951 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Chase
The Chase

"The Murder" from 12/14/1952 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm The Adventures of Frank Race
The Adventures of Frank Race

"Kettle Drum" from 1/29/1950 Frank Race is an attorney whose life is filled with intrigue following the war. The adventure series aired from 1949 to 1950. Starring Tom Collins and then Paul Dobov.

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

"Unclaimed Saving Account" from 5/20/1945 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

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

"Cauliflower Fights Tonight" from 10/15/1950 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

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

"Murder With Music" from 2/3/1946 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

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

"Portrait Of Death" from 6/12/1945 Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

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

"The Living Head" from 2/10/1946 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Boston Blackie
Boston Blackie

"Search For Jim Gary" from 1/21/1947 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.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"Children's Costume Party" from 3/9/1952 --- "Harris Kids on TV" from 5/11/1952 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Melody In Dreams" from 12/29/1952 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Mystery Is My Hobby
Mystery Is My Hobby

"Proved Convicted Killer Innocent" from 1945

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Broadway is My Beat
Broadway is My Beat

"Mary Smith Case" from 12/8/1951 --- "Margaret Royce Case" from 5/2/1953 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Mate Bram" from 4/14/1952 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:30 pm – Saturday Midnight The Couple Next Door
The Couple Next Door

"Just Call and Say Hello" from 1/17/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

Sunday 8/28
12:00 am – 12:30 am Arch Oboler's Plays
Arch Oboler's Plays

"The House I Live In" from 4/26/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Death Across The Board" from 6/5/1945 Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Suspense
Suspense

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

1:30 am – 2:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Ugly Pattern Matter" from 6/29/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

2:00 am – 2:30 am I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

"Pit Viper" from 5/21/1952 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"The Poison Death" from 1/30/1938 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"The Man Who Died Twice" from 2/24/1948 The Mysterious Traveler was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveler rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

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

"Death Rides High" from 5/18/1947 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"The Brothers" from 9/6/1952 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.

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid

"Black Kerchief" from 1950s The Cisco Kid rode onto the Mutual airwaves on October 2, 1942, in a series that starred the versatile Jackson Beck. Cisco and his partner Pancho rode off the Mutual trail on December 14, 1945, but the characters returned to the airwaves two years later in a new version that was broadcast over the Don Lee Pacific Coast Network. Jack Mather and Harry Lang (later replaced by Mel Blanc) portrayed Cisco and Pancho in the later series, which ran for a decade.

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

"A Story Goes With It" from 11/20/1949 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"King George" from 1/26/1943 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 – 7:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Don Wilson's 16th Anniversary" from 10/30/1949 --- "Jack & Don In Las Vegas" from 9/12/1954 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.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Number" from 10/26/1952 --- "The Big Walk" from 11/16/1952 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

8:00 am – 9:00 am NBC War Bond Parade
NBC War Bond Parade

Guest: Raymond Massey from 2/7/1944 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

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

"War Loan Drive" from 5/22/1945 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Duffy's Travern
Duffy's Travern

Guest: Marie McDonald from 4/12/1946 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.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"The Windy City Six" from 2/8/1951 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Bright Star
Bright Star

"Hillsdale Oil Field" from 10/23/1952 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Adventures of Veiled Lodger" from 6/20/1948 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"The Hostage" from 10/5/1951 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

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

"The Broderick Matter" from 11/14/1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Adventures of Nero Wolfe

"Case of The Killer Cards" from 1/12/1951 Nero Wolfe solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes, although the overweight detective physically resembled Holmes' obese older brother Mycroft. The adventures of Rex Stouts's "gargantuan gourmet" first came to radio over the New England Network beginning April 7, 1943. The series moved onto the Blue Network on July 5, 1943 starring Santos Ortega and later Luis Van Rooten.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Box 13
Box 13

"Better Man" from 7/26/1948 ---- "Death is No Joke" form 5/22/1949

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Killing In Abilene" from 12/14/1950 --- "One Way Ride To Nowhere" from 1/6/1944 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Beulah Show
The Beulah Show

"Bill's Streetcar Lunchroom" from 1/26/1954 --- "Beulah Becomes A Writer" from 2/3/1954

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Peavy's Wife Is Sick" from 10/28/1948 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"The Ghost On Bliss Terrace" from 8/16/1948 Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"The Red-Headed League" from 10/12/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

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

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

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

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

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

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 The Haunting Hour
The Haunting Hour

"No Escape" from the 1940s

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Hall of Fantasy
The Hall of Fantasy

"Stone's Revenge" from 8/17/1953

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm The Saint
The Saint

"The Frightened Author" from 7/23/1950 Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"Fugitive Pirate" from 3/14/1947 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Red's Dog" from 2/26/1950 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

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

"Walking To The Studio" from 10/13/1946 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Pursuit
Pursuit

"Pursuit Of Lundy Island" from 2/7/1950 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.

11:30 pm – Sunday Midnight Suspense
Suspense

"Three Faces At Midnight" from 2/27/1947 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Monday 8/29
12:00 am – 1:00 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"The Face" from 9/21/1947 --- "The Ghost That Gleams" from 4/4/1948 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"No Hiding Place" from 10/1/1961 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"The Clever Mr. Farley" from 11/27/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

2:00 am – 3:00 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Appointed Water Commissioner" from 10/18/1942 --- "Gildy Turns Off The Water" from 9/18/1946 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

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

"Bayou Drums Mean Death" from 10/27/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

4:00 am – 4:30 am The Chase
The Chase

"Career Girl" from 11/9/1952 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.

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

"Man In The Storm" from 2/18/1951 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

5:00 am – 5:30 am Crime & Peter Chambers
Crime & Peter Chambers

"Winston Carr" from 8/24/1954 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.

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

"Sweet Swindle" from 6/13/1951 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.

6:00 am – 7:00 am Defense Attorney
Defense Attorney

"Jimmy Leonard" from 9/14/1951 --- "Edith Larkin" from 10/9/1952

7:00 am – 8:00 am Captain Midnight
Captain Midnight

"Doris Is Tricked" from 11/6/1939 --- "Stealing Gasoline" from 11/7/1939 --- "Meeting Fang" from 11/8/1939

8:00 am – 9:00 am Let's Pretend
Let's Pretend

"Beauty & The Beast" from 6/5/1954 --- "The Snow Quenn" from 12/12/1953 This award-winning children's radio program, which adapted popular stories like "Cinderella", "Rumpelstiltsken" and "Sleeping Beauty", aired for almost 20 years on CBS.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Family Theater Classic Radio
Family Theater Classic Radio

"Spunky" from 1/28/1953 The Family Theater radio series, which featured hundreds of famous actors, was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1947 to 1969, making it one of the longest running weekly dramatic radio programs in history.

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

"Babysitting Or Movies" from 10/21/1948 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Chase & Sanborn Hour
Chase & Sanborn Hour

"Guest: Bette Davis" from 9/12/1937 / This long-running comedy and variety show on NBC ran in several formats from 1929-1948. Some seasons featured musical variety broadcasts, comedic skits and big-name hosts like Eddie Cantor and Haven MacQuarrie. Between 1937-1948, Edgar Bergan starred and hosted with his dummy Charlie McCarthy and the show was known as the Charlie McCarthy Show.

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

"The Guy From Gower Gulch" from 11/13/1948 / This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

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

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pursuit
Pursuit

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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

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.

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

"Blue Alibi" from 5/14/1950 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Mystery Is My Hobby
Mystery Is My Hobby

"Death Has Blue Eyes" from 12/17/1947 / 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.

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

"Marjorie's Babies Arrive" from 2/21/1951 ---- "Trying To Name The Twins" from 2/28/1951 / The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Dennis Day Show
Dennis Day Show

"Football Fiasco" from 10/9/1948 / 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Vacation In Palm Springs" from 4/2/1950 / 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm The Sealed Book
The Sealed Book

"King Of The World" from 3/25/1945 / This mystery/horror series aired on Mutual from March-September of 1945. Philip Clarke played the cackling "keeper of the book," who told spooky tales of black magic, not unlike in The Witch's Tale or The Hermit's Cave

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"The Flame" from 5/29/1956 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Night Beat
Night Beat

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

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

"Cover Up" from 8/17/1952 / Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm My Friend Irma
My Friend Irma

"Psychological Tests" from 1/27/1952 / Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

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

"Guest: Terry Moore" from 1/31/1954 / Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

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

"Two Year Plan" from 11/25/1946 / 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."

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

"Critical Author Caper" from 8/15/1948 / Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

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

"Dear Roger" from 1/6/1947 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Junior Is Missing" from 1/22/1950 / The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Command Performance
Command Performance

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

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Your Hit Parade
Your Hit Parade

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

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

"Hattie Pelfrey" from 3/11/1956 / Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry. Premiering in January 1956, Raymond Burr starred as Captain Quince-a soldier who followed orders and a leader who lived by his own rules of fairness and honesty.

11:30 pm – Monday Midnight Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Marshall Proudfoot" from 7/20/1958 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Tuesday 8/30
12:00 am – 1:00 am Tarzan
Tarzan

"Rays of Death" from 4/17/1952 --- "Evidence Destroyed" from 4/3/1952 / From the heart of the jungle comes a savage cry of victory. This is Tarzan, Lord of the jungle! From Africa... land of enchantment, mystery and violence comes one of the most colorful figures of all time. Transcribed from the immortal pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs and starring Lamont Johnson as "the son of the jungle".

1:00 am – 1:30 am The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"Racketeers In Gas Coupons" from 5/30/1944 / The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

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

"Sabotage" from 1/16/1938 / 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.

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

"Cartable Radio" from 1/13/1948 / The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

2:30 am – 3:00 am The Alan Young Show
The Alan Young Show

"Bear Shot With Bow & Arrow" from 1/24/1947 / 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.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"Apple Of Eve Caper" from 6/19/1949 / 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.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"Contagious Confession" from 9/22/1943 / 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.

4:00 am – 4:30 am Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Red's Dog" from 2/26/1950 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Walking To The Studio" from 10/13/1946 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Pursuit
Pursuit

"Pursuit Of Lundy Island" from 2/7/1950 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.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Three Faces At Midnight" from 2/27/1947 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

6:00 am – 7:00 am Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

"Guest: Peggy Ryan" from 11/27/1945 / 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.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Goes To The Art Gallery" from 1/20/1941 / George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

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

"Painting His House" from 4/16/1950 / 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 am – 8:30 am The Beulah Show
The Beulah Show

"Bill's Streetcar Lunchroom" from 1/26/1954 --- "Beulah Becomes A Writer" from 2/3/1954

8:30 am – 9:00 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Peavy's Wife Is Sick" from 10/28/1948 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"The Ghost On Bliss Terrace" from 8/16/1948 Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"The Red-Headed League" from 10/12/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

10:00 am – 10:30 am The Haunting Hour
The Haunting Hour

"No Escape" from the 1940s

10:30 am – 11:00 am The Hall of Fantasy
The Hall of Fantasy

"Stone's Revenge" from 8/17/1953

11:00 am – 11:30 am The Saint
The Saint

"The Frightened Author" from 7/23/1950 Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"Fugitive Pirate" from 3/14/1947 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Romance of the Ranchos
Romance of the Ranchos

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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

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.

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

"Shane" from 2/22/1955 / 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 Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"The Horse Deal" from 3/26/1955 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Bill Stern Sports Newsreel
Bill Stern Sports Newsreel

"Guest: Ted Williams" from 5/19/1950 / 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 pm – 5:00 pm Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

"Miracle Of The Bells" from 5/31/1948 / 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.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Boorn Brother & The Hangman" from 1/27/1954 / Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Best Kept Lawn" from 10/17/1939 / 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 Suspense
Suspense

"The Windy City Six" from 2/8/1951 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Adventures of Veiled Lodger" from 6/20/1948 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.

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

"The Hostage" from 10/5/1951 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Bright Star
Bright Star

"Hillsdale Oil Field" from 10/23/1952 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

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

"The House I Live In" from 4/26/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Death Across The Board" from 6/5/1945 Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

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

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Ugly Pattern Matter" from 6/29/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm NBC War Bond Parade
NBC War Bond Parade

Guest: Raymond Massey from 2/7/1944 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"War Loan Drive" from 5/22/1945 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

11:30 pm – Tuesday Midnight Duffy's Travern
Duffy's Travern

Guest: Marie McDonald from 4/12/1946 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.

Wednesday 8/31
12:00 am – 1:00 am Let's Pretend
Let's Pretend

"Beauty & The Beast" from 6/5/1954 --- "The Snow Quenn" from 12/12/1953 This award-winning children's radio program, which adapted popular stories like "Cinderella", "Rumpelstiltsken" and "Sleeping Beauty", aired for almost 20 years on CBS.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Family Theater Classic Radio
Family Theater Classic Radio

"Spunky" from 1/28/1953 The Family Theater radio series, which featured hundreds of famous actors, was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1947 to 1969, making it one of the longest running weekly dramatic radio programs in history.

1:30 am – 2:00 am The Aldrich Family
The Aldrich Family

"Babysitting Or Movies" from 10/21/1948 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

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

"Blue Alibi" from 5/14/1950 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

2:30 am – 3:00 am Mystery Is My Hobby
Mystery Is My Hobby

"Death Has Blue Eyes" from 12/17/1947 / 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.

3:00 am – 4:00 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Marjorie's Babies Arrive" from 2/21/1951 ---- "Trying To Name The Twins" from 2/28/1951 / The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

4:00 am – 5:00 am Box 13
Box 13

"Better Man" from 7/26/1948 ---- "Death is No Joke" form 5/22/1949

5:00 am – 6:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Killing In Abilene" from 12/14/1950 --- "One Way Ride To Nowhere" from 1/6/1944 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"The Broderick Matter" from 11/14/1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

7:00 am – 8:00 am Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Adventures of Nero Wolfe

"Case of The Killer Cards" from 1/12/1951 Nero Wolfe solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes, although the overweight detective physically resembled Holmes' obese older brother Mycroft. The adventures of Rex Stouts's "gargantuan gourmet" first came to radio over the New England Network beginning April 7, 1943. The series moved onto the Blue Network on July 5, 1943 starring Santos Ortega and later Luis Van Rooten.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"The Brothers" from 9/6/1952 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.

8:30 am – 9:00 am The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid

"Black Kerchief" from 1950s The Cisco Kid rode onto the Mutual airwaves on October 2, 1942, in a series that starred the versatile Jackson Beck. Cisco and his partner Pancho rode off the Mutual trail on December 14, 1945, but the characters returned to the airwaves two years later in a new version that was broadcast over the Don Lee Pacific Coast Network. Jack Mather and Harry Lang (later replaced by Mel Blanc) portrayed Cisco and Pancho in the later series, which ran for a decade.

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

"A Story Goes With It" from 11/20/1949 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"King George" from 1/26/1943 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.

10:00 am – 11:00 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"The Face" from 9/21/1947 --- "The Ghost That Gleams" from 4/4/1948 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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"No Hiding Place" from 10/1/1961 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"The Clever Mr. Farley" from 11/27/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pursuit
Pursuit

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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

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.

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

"Two Year Plan" from 11/25/1946 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Adventures of Sam Spade
Adventures of Sam Spade

"Critical Author Caper" from 8/15/1948 / Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"Dear Roger" from 1/6/1947 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Junior Is Missing" from 1/22/1950 / The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

"Pit Viper" from 5/21/1952 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.

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

"The Poison Death" from 1/30/1938 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm The Mysterious Traveler
The Mysterious Traveler

"The Man Who Died Twice" from 2/24/1948 The Mysterious Traveler was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveler rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

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

"Death Rides High" from 5/18/1947 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm The Chase
The Chase

"Career Girl" from 11/9/1952 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.

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

"Man In The Storm" from 2/18/1951 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Crime & Peter Chambers
Crime & Peter Chambers

"Winston Carr" from 8/24/1954 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Falcon
The Falcon

"Sweet Swindle" from 6/13/1951 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.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Appointed Water Commissioner" from 10/18/1942 --- "Gildy Turns Off The Water" from 9/18/1946 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Bayou Drums Mean Death" from 10/27/1951 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.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Defense Attorney
Defense Attorney

"Jimmy Leonard" from 9/14/1951 --- "Edith Larkin" from 10/9/1952

11:00 pm – Wednesday Midnight Captain Midnight
Captain Midnight

"Doris Is Tricked" from 11/6/1939 --- "Stealing Gasoline" from 11/7/1939 --- "Meeting Fang" from 11/8/1939

Thursday 9/1
12:00 am – 1:00 am Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

"Guest: Peggy Ryan" from 11/27/1945 / 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"Goes To The Art Gallery" from 1/20/1941 / George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Painting His House" from 4/16/1950 / 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.

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

"Shane" from 2/22/1955 / The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

3:00 am – 3:30 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"The Horse Deal" from 3/26/1955 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Bill Stern Sports Newsreel
Bill Stern Sports Newsreel

"Guest: Ted Williams" from 5/19/1950 / 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 Night Beat
Night Beat

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

4:30 am – 5:00 am Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Cover Up" from 8/17/1952 / Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

5:00 am – 5:30 am My Friend Irma
My Friend Irma

"Psychological Tests" from 1/27/1952 / Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

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

"Guest: Terry Moore" from 1/31/1954 / Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about town" was born. Following a three-month guest stint on Rudy Vallee’s show, Edgar Bergen was signed as headliner of The Chase and Sanborn Hour. The series premiered May 9, 1937 and ended the next three seasons as radio’s top-rated series.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Dennis Day Show
Dennis Day Show

"Football Fiasco" from 10/9/1948 / 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

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

7:00 am – 7:30 am The Sealed Book
The Sealed Book

"King Of The World" from 3/25/1945 / This mystery/horror series aired on Mutual from March-September of 1945. Philip Clarke played the cackling "keeper of the book," who told spooky tales of black magic, not unlike in The Witch's Tale or The Hermit's Cave

7:30 am – 8:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"The Flame" from 5/29/1956 / Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

"Miracle Of The Bells" from 5/31/1948 / 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 Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Boorn Brother & The Hangman" from 1/27/1954 / Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

9:30 am – 10:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Best Kept Lawn" from 10/17/1939 / 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 am – 10:30 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Cartable Radio" from 1/13/1948 / The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

10:30 am – 11:00 am The Alan Young Show
The Alan Young Show

"Bear Shot With Bow & Arrow" from 1/24/1947 / 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.

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

"Apple Of Eve Caper" from 6/19/1949 / 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Mr. & Mrs. North
Mr. & Mrs. North

"Contagious Confession" from 9/22/1943 / 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.

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Romance of the Ranchos
Romance of the Ranchos

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.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

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.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Tarzan
Tarzan

"Rays of Death" from 4/17/1952 --- "Evidence Destroyed" from 4/3/1952 / From the heart of the jungle comes a savage cry of victory. This is Tarzan, Lord of the jungle! From Africa... land of enchantment, mystery and violence comes one of the most colorful figures of all time. Transcribed from the immortal pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs and starring Lamont Johnson as "the son of the jungle".

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

"Racketeers In Gas Coupons" from 5/30/1944 / The Green Hornet debuted over the Detroit station on January 31, 1936. The Green Hornet was well-served by his valet Kato and a supercharged roadster, the Black Beauty. Al Hodge portrayed The Green Hornet during the series' first seven seasons, followed by Donovan Faust, Robert Hall and Jack McCarthy. The show ran on radio through December 5, 1952.

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

"Sabotage" from 1/16/1938 / The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

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

"Red's Dog" from 2/26/1950 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Walking To The Studio" from 10/13/1946 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Pursuit
Pursuit

"Pursuit Of Lundy Island" from 2/7/1950 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.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Three Faces At Midnight" from 2/27/1947 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

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

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

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

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

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie

"Hattie Pelfrey" from 3/11/1956 / 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.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Marshall Proudfoot" from 7/20/1958 / Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Don Wilson's 16th Anniversary" from 10/30/1949 --- "Jack & Don In Las Vegas" from 9/12/1954 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.

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Number" from 10/26/1952 --- "The Big Walk" from 11/16/1952 Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent... One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

10:00 pm – 11:00 pm Chase & Sanborn Hour
Chase & Sanborn Hour

"Guest: Bette Davis" from 9/12/1937 / This long-running comedy and variety show on NBC ran in several formats from 1929-1948. Some seasons featured musical variety broadcasts, comedic skits and big-name hosts like Eddie Cantor and Haven MacQuarrie. Between 1937-1948, Edgar Bergan starred and hosted with his dummy Charlie McCarthy and the show was known as the Charlie McCarthy Show.

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

"The Guy From Gower Gulch" from 11/13/1948 / This crime noir series featured Jack Webb as Jeff Regan, a private eye who always had a bone to pick with his boss. Frank Graham took over in the second and last season, as Webb moved on to star in and produce Dragnet.

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

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

Friday 9/2
12:00 am – 12:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"The Windy City Six" from 2/8/1951 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Bright Star
Bright Star

"Hillsdale Oil Field" from 10/23/1952 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.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Adventures of Veiled Lodger" from 6/20/1948 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 This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"The Hostage" from 10/5/1951 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

2:00 am – 3:00 am NBC War Bond Parade
NBC War Bond Parade

Guest: Raymond Massey from 2/7/1944 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.

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

"War Loan Drive" from 5/22/1945 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Duffy's Travern
Duffy's Travern

Guest: Marie McDonald from 4/12/1946 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.

4:00 am – 4:30 am The Haunting Hour
The Haunting Hour

"No Escape" from the 1940s

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Hall of Fantasy
The Hall of Fantasy

"Stone's Revenge" from 8/17/1953

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Saint
The Saint

"The Frightened Author" from 7/23/1950 Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

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

"Fugitive Pirate" from 3/14/1947 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Arch Oboler's Plays
Arch Oboler's Plays

"The House I Live In" from 4/26/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

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

"Death Across The Board" from 6/5/1945 Inner Sanctum's sinister host welcomed listeners "through the squeaking door to another night of horror." The show’s "squeaking door" was one of radio’s most-remembered openings and was inspired by the creaking hinges on a sound effects door at the radio studio.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Suspense
Suspense

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

7:30 am – 8:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"The Ugly Pattern Matter" from 6/29/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

8:00 am – 8:30 am The Whistler
The Whistler

"Two Year Plan" from 11/25/1946 / 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."

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

"Critical Author Caper" from 8/15/1948 / Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade walked out of the pages of Black Mask and into his own CBS radio series of July 12, 1946. Howard Duff starred as the hardboiled detective for the first three seasons. Lurene Tuttle was Sam's secretary Effie Perrine and Jerry Hausner was his lawyer Sid Weiss. CBS dropped the series in 1950 when Hammett ran afoul of Congress' Un-American Activities investigators, but the show was quickly revived by NBC.

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

"Dear Roger" from 1/6/1947 / The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

9:30 am – 10:00 am Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton Show

"Junior Is Missing" from 1/22/1950 / The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Appointed Water Commissioner" from 10/18/1942 --- "Gildy Turns Off The Water" from 9/18/1946 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"Bayou Drums Mean Death" from 10/27/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

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

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pursuit
Pursuit

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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

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.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Defense Attorney
Defense Attorney

"Jimmy Leonard" from 9/14/1951 --- "Edith Larkin" from 10/9/1952

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

"Doris Is Tricked" from 11/6/1939 --- "Stealing Gasoline" from 11/7/1939 --- "Meeting Fang" from 11/8/1939

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"The Brothers" from 9/6/1952 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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid

"Black Kerchief" from 1950s The Cisco Kid rode onto the Mutual airwaves on October 2, 1942, in a series that starred the versatile Jackson Beck. Cisco and his partner Pancho rode off the Mutual trail on December 14, 1945, but the characters returned to the airwaves two years later in a new version that was broadcast over the Don Lee Pacific Coast Network. Jack Mather and Harry Lang (later replaced by Mel Blanc) portrayed Cisco and Pancho in the later series, which ran for a decade.

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

"A Story Goes With It" from 11/20/1949 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"King George" from 1/26/1943 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 pm – 7:00 pm Let's Pretend
Let's Pretend

"Beauty & The Beast" from 6/5/1954 --- "The Snow Quenn" from 12/12/1953 This award-winning children's radio program, which adapted popular stories like "Cinderella", "Rumpelstiltsken" and "Sleeping Beauty", aired for almost 20 years on CBS.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Family Theater Classic Radio
Family Theater Classic Radio

"Spunky" from 1/28/1953 The Family Theater radio series, which featured hundreds of famous actors, was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1947 to 1969, making it one of the longest running weekly dramatic radio programs in history.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Aldrich Family
The Aldrich Family

"Babysitting Or Movies" from 10/21/1948 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favorite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953. Stone received his draft notice in the summer of 1941 but continued as Henry for the next season. Norman Tokar replaced Stone the following season, followed by Dickie Jones and Raymond Ives. After completing his military service in 1945, Stone returned to the role he had originated and was heard as Henry though the early 1950s when Bobby Ellis took over the role on both radio and television.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm The Beulah Show
The Beulah Show

"Bill's Streetcar Lunchroom" from 1/26/1954 --- "Beulah Becomes A Writer" from 2/3/1954

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Great Gildersleeve
Great Gildersleeve

"Peavy's Wife Is Sick" from 10/28/1948 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

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

"The Ghost On Bliss Terrace" from 8/16/1948 Let George Do It, stars Bob Bailey, who plays George Valentine who was a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"The Red-Headed League" from 10/12/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

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

"The Broderick Matter" from 11/14/1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

11:00 pm – Friday Midnight Adventures of Nero Wolfe
Adventures of Nero Wolfe

"Case of The Killer Cards" from 1/12/1951 Nero Wolfe solved crimes with an attention to detail that rivaled the great Sherlock Holmes, although the overweight detective physically resembled Holmes' obese older brother Mycroft. The adventures of Rex Stouts's "gargantuan gourmet" first came to radio over the New England Network beginning April 7, 1943. The series moved onto the Blue Network on July 5, 1943 starring Santos Ortega and later Luis Van Rooten.



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