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Sunday 4/23
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

"Sixty-Four Dollar Question" from 1/10/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

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

"George The Cowboy (with William Boyd)" from 5/5/1949 eorge and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

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

"The Sure Thing" from 1/17/1950 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Feathers" from 1/14/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm The Clock
The Clock

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

11:30 pm – Sunday Midnight Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Fire" from 3/13/1952 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Monday 4/24
12:00 am – 1:00 am It's Higgins, Sir
It's Higgins, Sir

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

1:00 am – 1:30 am Dennis Day Show
Dennis Day Show

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

1:30 am – 2:00 am Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

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

2:00 am – 3:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

3:00 am – 3:30 am Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

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

3:30 am – 4:00 am Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"A Jailer Named Satan" from 3/3/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

5:30 am – 6:00 am Dimension X
Dimension X

"Man In The Moon" from 7/14/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"Fragile Contents, Death" from 5/22/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup 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 am – 7:00 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

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

7:00 am – 7:30 am Suspense
Suspense

"Gallardo" from 3/20/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup 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 Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

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

8:00 am – 8:30 am Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

"Archie Hires Madame Zooma" from 11/16/1945 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

8:30 am – 9:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Fibber Makes A Radio Speech" from 3/7/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Billy Bonney - Bloodletter" from 10/21/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Shadow
The Shadow

"Death Rides A Broomstick" from 3/2/1941 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Adventures of The Saint
Adventures of The Saint

"The Horrible Hamburger" from 9/10/1950 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.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"Angel Face" from 12/20/1946 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.

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

"Diamond Dilemma Matter" from 3/2/1958 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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Case of the Bull & Bear" from 10/24/1948 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

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

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

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

"Evening Primrose" from 11/5/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Sell Me Your Life" from 2/15/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

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

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Police Headquarters
Police Headquarters

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

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

"March of Dimes Fairy Tale" from 1/28/1949 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 Bickersons
Bickersons

"Mink Coat" from 6/12/1951 Don Ameche and Frances Langford first portrayed The Bickersons as a skit on The Charlie McCarthy Show and moved into their own NBC series on September 8, 1946. John and Blanche Bickerson fought about anything and everything, especially Blanche's ne'er-do-well brother Amos, played by Danny Thomas. Many of the finest Bickersons skits revolved around the conflicts brought on by John’s narcolepsy and Blanche’s insomnia. The Bickersons initially ran for only two seasons, although the show was revived in 1951 as a summer series starring Lew Parker and Frances Langford.

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

"Red Mystery Matter" from 12/20/1959 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Jezebel" from 3/10/1946 Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"The Glass Donkey" from 7/28/1950 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

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

"Death In The Depths" from 2/6/1945 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 Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"The Golden Snake" from 4/14/1950 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Third Man
The Third Man

"Golden Fleece" from 10/12/1951 The Third Man was an adventure series starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character created by author Graham Greene. It first aired on the BBC in 1951 and was then syndicated for American radio in 1952.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm X Minus One
X Minus One

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

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

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

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Audition Recording" from 4/12/1946 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Gunsmoke - Special
Gunsmoke - Special

"Rehearsal (Flubs and Bleeps)" from 12/24/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

10:30 pm – Monday Midnight Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

Tuesday 4/25
12:00 am – 12:30 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"The Song Writers" from 4/1/1951 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.

12:30 am – 1:00 am The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Playing Detectives" from 7/14/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Pat Novak for Hire
Pat Novak for Hire

"Killing In A Church" from 6/25/1949 Pat Novak for Hire was broadcast from San Francisco and debuted in 1946 as an ABC Sunday night West Coast series. Ben Murphy starred as the hard-boiled Novak during the West Coast run, but Jack Webb made the role his own when series was revived on February 13, 1949 over the entire ABC national network.

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

"Youngstown Credit Group Matter" from 12/8/1951 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 Author's Playhouse
Author's Playhouse

"Miracle In The Rain" from 7/29/1944

2:30 am – 3:00 am Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Mrs. Standford's Angina" from 7/20/1950 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

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

"Lou's Old Flame" from 4/10/1947 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

3:30 am – 4:00 am Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Tomorrow Is Forever" 1/13/50 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 am – 4:30 am Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"The Sure Thing" from 1/17/1950 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Suspense
Suspense

"Feathers" from 1/14/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:00 am – 5:30 am The Clock
The Clock

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

5:30 am – 6:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Fire" from 3/13/1952 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

6:00 am – 6:30 am Meet Mister McNutley
Meet Mister McNutley

"Fur Coat Jingle Contest" from 5/27/1954 This CBS sitcom starred Ray Milland as Ray McNutley, a "dreamy" English professor at the all-girl school Lynnhaven College. The show also aired concurrently on television with most of the same cast members

6:30 am – 7:00 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Connie The Workhorse" from 11/7/1948 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"Last Wish" from 7/19/1950 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

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

"Adventure of the Creeping Man" 3/17/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

8:00 am – 8:30 am Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

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

8:30 am – 9:00 am Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

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

9:00 am – 9:30 am Vic & Sade
Vic & Sade

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

9:30 am – 10:00 am Baby Snooks
Baby Snooks

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

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

"A Minor Detail" from 3/18/2012 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big False Mistake" from 5/17/1953 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

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

"Sixty-Four Dollar Question" from 1/10/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Burns & Allen Show
Burns & Allen Show

"George The Cowboy (with William Boyd)" from 5/5/1949 eorge and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

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

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

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

"Witness For The Prosecution" from 4/25/1949

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Chase
The Chase

"Preston Framed For Murder" from 5/18/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Case of the Unwelcome Ambassador" 9/12/48 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.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

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

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"Cask of Amontillado" from 4/9/1944 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

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

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

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm X Minus One
X Minus One

"If You Was A Monklin" from 6/12/1956 "Requiem" from 10/27/1955 X-Minus One premiered on April 24, 195 and was a revival of Dimension X, NBC's earlier science fiction anthology series. X-Minus One ran until January 9, 1958 and was rerun during the 1970s as part of NBC's Omnibus series.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Death Plant" from 12/9/1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

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

"Last Curtain" from 1/20/1947 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."

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Casey, Crime Photographer
Casey, Crime Photographer

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

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

"The 3 Day Fugitive" from 6/20/1952 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

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

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

"Marjorie's Shower" from 3/1/1950 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"German Spy" from 4/18/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Obie Tater" from 8/30/1954 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Gangbusters
Gangbusters

"Alcatraz Prison Riot" from 5/11/1946 Gangbusters first came to radio under the title G-Men beginning July 20, 1935. The long-running series was created by Philip H. Lord and produced "in cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. Gangbusters was one of radio's longest-running dramatic series, running from January 15, 1936 through November 27, 1957, and its classic opening gave rise to the expression "coming on like gangbusters."

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

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

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Behind The Mike
Behind The Mike

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

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

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

11:30 pm – Tuesday Midnight Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"The Lost Camera" from 9/29/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Wednesday 4/26
12:00 am – 12:30 am Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

"Archie Hires Madame Zooma" from 11/16/1945 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.

12:30 am – 1:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"Fibber Makes A Radio Speech" from 3/7/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Billy Bonney - Bloodletter" from 10/21/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

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

"Death Rides A Broomstick" from 3/2/1941 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

2:00 am – 3:30 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

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

3:30 am – 4:00 am Police Headquarters
Police Headquarters

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

4:00 am – 4:30 am Gunsmoke - Special
Gunsmoke - Special

"Rehearsal (Flubs and Bleeps)" from 12/24/1955 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.

4:30 am – 6:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

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

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

7:00 am – 8:00 am Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

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

8:00 am – 8:30 am Mayor Of The Town
Mayor Of The Town

"Holly's Crush On John Andrews" from 9/13/1942 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

8:30 am – 9:30 am Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Willie Mumpkin's First Baby" 9/28/1950 --- "Rico Marchiano's Dying Wife" from 2/22/1950 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

9:30 am – 10:00 am Command Performance
Command Performance

Guest: Lionel Barrymore from 4/5/1945 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.

10:00 am – 11:00 am It's Higgins, Sir
It's Higgins, Sir

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

11:00 am – 11:30 am Dennis Day Show
Dennis Day Show

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

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

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

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

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

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

"Evening Primrose" from 11/5/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Sell Me Your Life" from 2/15/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm X Minus One
X Minus One

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

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

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

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Audition Recording" from 4/12/1946 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

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

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"The Waterford Case" from 4/22/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

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

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

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Jack Benny Program
Jack Benny Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Man In The Moon" from 7/14/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Frontier Gentleman
Frontier Gentleman

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

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"A Jailer Named Satan" from 3/3/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Fragile Contents, Death" from 5/22/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup 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 pm – 11:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

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

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Gallardo" from 3/20/1956 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup 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 – Wednesday Midnight Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

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

Thursday 4/27
12:00 am – 12:30 am Meet Mister McNutley
Meet Mister McNutley

"Fur Coat Jingle Contest" from 5/27/1954 This CBS sitcom starred Ray Milland as Ray McNutley, a "dreamy" English professor at the all-girl school Lynnhaven College. The show also aired concurrently on television with most of the same cast members

12:30 am – 1:00 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Connie The Workhorse" from 11/7/1948 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

1:00 am – 1:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"Last Wish" from 7/19/1950 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

1:30 am – 2:00 am Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Adventure of the Creeping Man" 3/17/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

2:00 am – 2:30 am Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Case of the Unwelcome Ambassador" 9/12/48 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.

2:30 am – 3:00 am Suspense
Suspense

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

3:00 am – 3:30 am The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"Cask of Amontillado" from 4/9/1944 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

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

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

4:00 am – 4:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"The Glass Donkey" from 7/28/1950 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Inner Sanctum Mysteries
Inner Sanctum Mysteries

"Death In The Depths" from 2/6/1945 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.

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

"The Golden Snake" from 4/14/1950 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

5:30 am – 6:00 am The Third Man
The Third Man

"Golden Fleece" from 10/12/1951 The Third Man was an adventure series starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character created by author Graham Greene. It first aired on the BBC in 1951 and was then syndicated for American radio in 1952.

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

"March of Dimes Fairy Tale" from 1/28/1949 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.

6:30 am – 7:00 am Bickersons
Bickersons

"Mink Coat" from 6/12/1951 Don Ameche and Frances Langford first portrayed The Bickersons as a skit on The Charlie McCarthy Show and moved into their own NBC series on September 8, 1946. John and Blanche Bickerson fought about anything and everything, especially Blanche's ne'er-do-well brother Amos, played by Danny Thomas. Many of the finest Bickersons skits revolved around the conflicts brought on by John’s narcolepsy and Blanche’s insomnia. The Bickersons initially ran for only two seasons, although the show was revived in 1951 as a summer series starring Lew Parker and Frances Langford.

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

"Red Mystery Matter" from 12/20/1959 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.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Academy Award Theatre
Academy Award Theatre

"Jezebel" from 3/10/1946 Academy Award Theater was a half-hour dramatic anthology series presenting radio adaptations of movies that had been nominated for or had won Academy Awards. While the show was a success with critics and audiences alike, it went off the air after only nine months and 39 episodes.

8:00 am – 9:00 am X Minus One
X Minus One

"If You Was A Monklin" from 6/12/1956 "Requiem" from 10/27/1955 X-Minus One premiered on April 24, 195 and was a revival of Dimension X, NBC's earlier science fiction anthology series. X-Minus One ran until January 9, 1958 and was rerun during the 1970s as part of NBC's Omnibus series.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Tales of the Texas Rangers
Tales of the Texas Rangers

"Death Plant" from 12/9/1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

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

"Last Curtain" from 1/20/1947 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."

10:00 am – 10:30 am Author's Playhouse
Author's Playhouse

"Miracle In The Rain" from 7/29/1944

10:30 am – 11:00 am Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Mrs. Standford's Angina" from 7/20/1950 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

11:00 am – 11:30 am The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Lou's Old Flame" from 4/10/1947 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Screen Director's Playhouse
Screen Director's Playhouse

"Tomorrow Is Forever" 1/13/50 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.

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 Radio City Playhouse
Radio City Playhouse

"Witness For The Prosecution" from 4/25/1949

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Chase
The Chase

"Preston Framed For Murder" from 5/18/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"The Song Writers" from 4/1/1951 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.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Playing Detectives" from 7/14/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Pat Novak for Hire
Pat Novak for Hire

"Killing In A Church" from 6/25/1949 Pat Novak for Hire was broadcast from San Francisco and debuted in 1946 as an ABC Sunday night West Coast series. Ben Murphy starred as the hard-boiled Novak during the West Coast run, but Jack Webb made the role his own when series was revived on February 13, 1949 over the entire ABC national network.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"Youngstown Credit Group Matter" from 12/8/1951 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

"The Sure Thing" from 1/17/1950 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Feathers" from 1/14/1962 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm The Clock
The Clock

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

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big Fire" from 3/13/1952 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Gunsmoke - Special
Gunsmoke - Special

"Rehearsal (Flubs and Bleeps)" from 12/24/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Bulldog Drummond
Bulldog Drummond

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

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Michael Shayne
Michael Shayne

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

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

"Stakeout" from 3/14/1948 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.

10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Adventures of The Saint
Adventures of The Saint

"The Horrible Hamburger" from 9/10/1950 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.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"Angel Face" from 12/20/1946 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.

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

"Diamond Dilemma Matter" from 3/2/1958 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.

11:30 pm – Thursday Midnight Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective

"Case of the Bull & Bear" from 10/24/1948 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Friday 4/28
12:00 am – 1:00 am Casey, Crime Photographer
Casey, Crime Photographer

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

1:00 am – 1:30 am This Is Your F.B.I
This Is Your F.B.I

"The 3 Day Fugitive" from 6/20/1952 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

1:30 am – 2:00 am The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet

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

2:00 am – 2:30 am CBS Radio Workshop
CBS Radio Workshop

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

2:30 am – 3:00 am Behind The Mike
Behind The Mike

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

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

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

3:30 am – 4:00 am Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee & Molly

"The Lost Camera" from 9/29/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

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

"A Minor Detail" from 3/18/2012 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

4:30 am – 5:00 am Dragnet
Dragnet

"The Big False Mistake" from 5/17/1953 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

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

"Sixty-Four Dollar Question" from 1/10/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humor was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

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

"George The Cowboy (with William Boyd)" from 5/5/1949 eorge and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were guests on each other’s programs.

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

"Marjorie's Shower" from 3/1/1950 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

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

"German Spy" from 4/18/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

7:00 am – 7:30 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

"Obie Tater" from 8/30/1954 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

7:30 am – 8:00 am Gangbusters
Gangbusters

"Alcatraz Prison Riot" from 5/11/1946 Gangbusters first came to radio under the title G-Men beginning July 20, 1935. The long-running series was created by Philip H. Lord and produced "in cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. Gangbusters was one of radio's longest-running dramatic series, running from January 15, 1936 through November 27, 1957, and its classic opening gave rise to the expression "coming on like gangbusters."

8:00 am – 9:00 am X Minus One
X Minus One

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

9:00 am – 9:30 am I Was A Communist for the FBI
I Was A Communist for the FBI

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

9:30 am – 10:00 am Let George Do It
Let George Do It

"Audition Recording" from 4/12/1946 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

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

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

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy

"A Jailer Named Satan" from 3/3/1951 Hopalong Cassidy's millions of fans got a New Year's Day present in 1950 when William Boyd brought the famous Bar-20 Ranch onto the Mutual radio range. In 1950, Clarence Mulford's classic cowboy was heard on 152 radio stations, seen on 63 television outlets and appeared as a comic strip in 155 newspapers.

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

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

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

"Evening Primrose" from 11/5/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

"Sell Me Your Life" from 2/15/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

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

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

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

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Suspense
Suspense

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

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Escape - Radio Classics
Escape - Radio Classics

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

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mayor Of The Town
Mayor Of The Town

"Holly's Crush On John Andrews" from 9/13/1942 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare

"Willie Mumpkin's First Baby" 9/28/1950 --- "Rico Marchiano's Dying Wife" from 2/22/1950 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

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Command Performance
Command Performance

Guest: Lionel Barrymore from 4/5/1945 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.

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern

"Archie Hires Madame Zooma" from 11/16/1945 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.

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

"Fibber Makes A Radio Speech" from 3/7/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Crime Classics
Crime Classics

"Billy Bonney - Bloodletter" from 10/21/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

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

"Death Rides A Broomstick" from 3/2/1941 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Lux Radio Theatre
Lux Radio Theatre

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

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Bob Hope Show
Bob Hope Show

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

9:00 pm – 9:30 pm Vic & Sade
Vic & Sade

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

9:30 pm – 10:00 pm Baby Snooks
Baby Snooks

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

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

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

11:00 pm – Friday Midnight Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

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

Saturday 4/29
12:00 am – 1:00 am Bulldog Drummond
Bulldog Drummond

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

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

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

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

"Stakeout" from 3/14/1948 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

2:00 am – 3:00 am X Minus One
X Minus One

"If You Was A Monklin" from 6/12/1956 "Requiem" from 10/27/1955 X-Minus One premiered on April 24, 195 and was a revival of Dimension X, NBC's earlier science fiction anthology series. X-Minus One ran until January 9, 1958 and was rerun during the 1970s as part of NBC's Omnibus series.

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

"Death Plant" from 12/9/1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

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

"Last Curtain" from 1/20/1947 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."

4:00 am – 4:30 am Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show
Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

"The Song Writers" from 4/1/1951 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

4:30 am – 5:00 am The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show

"Playing Detectives" from 7/14/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

5:00 am – 5:30 am Pat Novak for Hire
Pat Novak for Hire

"Killing In A Church" from 6/25/1949 Pat Novak for Hire was broadcast from San Francisco and debuted in 1946 as an ABC Sunday night West Coast series. Ben Murphy starred as the hard-boiled Novak during the West Coast run, but Jack Webb made the role his own when series was revived on February 13, 1949 over the entire ABC national network.

5:30 am – 6:00 am Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

"Youngstown Credit Group Matter" from 12/8/1951 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Man In The Moon" from 7/14/1950 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

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

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

9:00 am – 9:30 am Radio City Playhouse
Radio City Playhouse

"Witness For The Prosecution" from 4/25/1949

9:30 am – 10:00 am The Chase
The Chase

"Preston Framed For Murder" from 5/18/1952 This NBC thriller ran for about a year from the spring of 1952 to the summer of 1953. Each unique story entails suspense, action and, of course, a protagonist on the run. The series often featured guest stars who were announcers or actors for other suspenseful series, and many of the scripts were also used in other dramas like The Clock and Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Meet Mister McNutley
Meet Mister McNutley

"Fur Coat Jingle Contest" from 5/27/1954 This CBS sitcom starred Ray Milland as Ray McNutley, a "dreamy" English professor at the all-girl school Lynnhaven College. The show also aired concurrently on television with most of the same cast members

10:30 am – 11:00 am Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks

"Connie The Workhorse" from 11/7/1948 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Adventures of Philip Marlowe
Adventures of Philip Marlowe

"Last Wish" from 7/19/1950 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, and his request for a "Philip Marlowe in the West" led to the development of the legendary western Gunsmoke.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes

"Adventure of the Creeping Man" 3/17/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm The Whistler
The Whistler

"The Waterford Case" from 4/22/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

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

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

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Adventures of The Saint
Adventures of The Saint

"The Horrible Hamburger" from 9/10/1950 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.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Molle Mystery Theatre
Molle Mystery Theatre

"Angel Face" from 12/20/1946 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.

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

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

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

"Case of the Bull & Bear" from 10/24/1948 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm It's Higgins, Sir
It's Higgins, Sir

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

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Dennis Day Show
Dennis Day Show

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

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Lum and Abner
Lum and Abner

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

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Richard Diamond, Private Detective
Richard Diamond, Private Detective

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

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

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

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Gunsmoke - Special
Gunsmoke - Special

"Rehearsal (Flubs and Bleeps)" from 12/24/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

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

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

"Case of the Unwelcome Ambassador" 9/12/48 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

10:30 pm – 11:00 pm Suspense
Suspense

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

11:00 pm – 11:30 pm The Weird Circle
The Weird Circle

"Cask of Amontillado" from 4/9/1944 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

11:30 pm – Saturday Midnight The Hermit's Cave
The Hermit's Cave

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



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