MAY 2nd, 1970 – SALUTE TO RADIO MONTH – PART 1
PROGRAM 1: TAYSTEE BREADWINNERS (1934) Billy Jones and Ernie Hare on the air for Taystee Bread (also known as The Happiness Boys when they were sponsored by Happiness Candy; The Interwoven Pair when they were sponsored by Interwoven Stockings; The Best Foods Boys when sponsored by Best Foods). MA PERKINS (1940s) An isolated episode of the long-running daytime serial. Virginia Payne stars as “America’s Mother of the Air.” PEPSODENT SHOW (11-18-47) While Bob Hope is on his way to England to attend the wedding of Princess Elizabeth, NBC presents an all-star comedy program featuring radio’s biggest names: Eddie Cantor, Red Skelton, Fibber McGee and Molly and Amos ‘n’ Andy. THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE THIN MAN (1940s) Les Tremayne and Claudia Morgan star as Nick and Nora Charles in “The Passionate Palooka.” PLUS – clips of Frank Sinatra on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour; Sam and Henry; National Barn Dance; and radio theme songs. Rebroadcast: 5/2/2015 – 5/8/2015.
MAY 9th, 1970 – SALUTE TO RADIO MONTH – PART 2
PROGRAM 2: LIGHTS OUT (7-13-46) “The Coffin in Studio B” by Wyllis Cooper. A story within a story offering a look at the behind-the-scenes of radio broadcasting. HARRY RICHMAN (1936) The popular radio singer-songwriter-orchestra leader on the air for Dodge automobiles. MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME (12-4-47) starring George Burns and Gracie Allen with their guest Bing Crosby, with Meredith Willson and the orchestra. BILL STERN’S SPORTS NEWSREEL (9-14-45) The sportscaster with the 306th edition of the Colgate Sports Newsreel. His guest is Brace Beemer, the Lone Ranger. PLUS – clips of It Pays to Be Ignorant; Lowell Thomas; Bing Crosby in 1930; and radio theme songs. Rebroadcast: 5/9/2015 – 5/15/2015.
MAY 16th, 1970 – SALUTE TO THE SILVER SCREEN
PROGRAM 3: HOLLYWOOD NEWS WITH JIMMY FIDLER (1-15-45) The noted film columnist and broadcaster offers the latest Tinseltown gossip. ON-THE-AIR MOVIE PREVIEW (8-16-40) Paramount Pictures presents a radio preview of their newest musical release “Rhythm on the River” starring Bing Crosby, Mary Martin and Pat O’Brien. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (3-20-45) “Laura” starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb. PLUS – excerpts and clips featuring Judy Garland; Fred Allen; Marx Brothers; W. C. Fields; Dick Powell; and Bela Lugosi on Candid Microphone. Rebroadcast: 5/16/2015 – 5/22/2015.
MAY 23th, 1970 – SALUTE TO BROADWAY
PROGRAM 4: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-18-47) Broadcasting from New York while Jack is appearing on the stage of the Roxy Theatre. Guest is Broadway favorite Al Jolson who joins Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester and Kenny Delmar. Jack and the Sportsmen sing “Give My Regards to Broadway.” FRED ALLEN SHOW (3-23-47) Excerpt featuring Fred’s guests Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. FIRST NIGHTER PROGRAM (3-29-44) “The Chinese Gong” written by Arch Oboler, starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule. PLUS – excerpts and clips featuring George M. Cohan; song hits from Ziegfeld Follies; Fanny Brice; Helen Morgan; Oklahoma!; Walter Huston; Clayton, Jackson and Durante; and Ethel Merman. Rebroadcast: 5/23/2015 – 5/29/2015.
MAY 30th, 1970 – RADIO SOUNDS OF WW II AT HOME
PROGRAM 5: DINAH SHORE SHOW (1-15-43) Armed Forces Radio rebroadcast for servicemen with Dinah, Gordon Jenkins and the orchestra and announcer Truman Bradley. Program is dedicated “to the fellas in the service… selected by the girls back home.” HITLER’S MOCK BIRTHDAY PARTY (4-20-42) The Treasury Department turns Herr Hitler’s 54th birthday into an occasion to sell United States War Bonds at a rally in Times Square, New York. BOB HOPE SHOW (1945) Bob entertains the troops from the deck of the Battleship South Dakota in San Francisco Harbor. USO SATURDAY MATINEE (1942) Glenn Miller and the orchestra broadcasting from, the Café Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. Featured are Tex Beneke, the Modernaires, Ray Eberly and Marian Hutton. PLUS – clips featuring Abbott and Costello and Irving Berlin. Rebroadcast: 5/30/2015 – 6/5/2015.
JUNE 6th, 1970 – THE GREAT KIDS’ SHOWS
PROGRAM 6: JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (1939) Isolated episode. Jack, Billy, Betty and Uncle Jim visit the mysterious Great Grand Lama in Tibet to return the Secret Sacred Sanskrit parchment scroll. TARZAN OF THE APES (1934) First episode of the original radio version with James Pierce as Tarzan and Joan Burroughs (daughter of author Edgar Rice Burroughs) as Jane. ADVENTURES OF FRANK MERRIWELL (8-7-33) Isolated episode. “Frank Confesses in the Dark” about his weakness. BUSTER BROWN GANG (1940s) Smilin’ Ed McConnell with Squeaky the Mouse, Froggy the Gremlin, Midnight the Cat and Granny the Piano. Ed tells a story about a 12-year old boy and the Indians at the time the U.S. was colonizing the states. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (5-14-47) Isolated episode in “The Adventure of the Stolen Star.” Ed Prentiss is Captain Midnight. Tom Moore announces for Ovaltine. PLUS – Excerpts from Tom Mix; Let’s Pretend; Superman; Bobby Benson; and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. Rebroadcast: 6/6/2015 – 6/12/2015.
JUNE 13th, 1970 – THE BIG FEUD: CHARLIE McCARTHY vs FRED ALLEN
PROGRAM 7: CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (9-30-45) Edgar Bergen with guests Fred Allen and Portland Hoffa, Mortimer Snerd, singer Anita Gordon. Edgar and Charlie have an argument and Charlie advertises for a new ventriloquist. Fred Allen answers the ad. FRED ALLEN SHOW (10-7-45) Fred with guests Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, plus regulars Portland Hoffa, Al Goodman and the orchestra and the Allen’s Alley regulars. After a year’s absence from radio, Fred tells how he finally got back on the air: he became Charlie McCarthy’s partner after Charlie left Bergen. FRED ALLEN SHOW (10-28-45) Guests are Bergen and McCarthy, with regulars Portland Hoffa, DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the orchestra, and the Allen’s Alley gang. Later, it’s Fred against Charlie in “the biggest trial of the year.” ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (3-20-45) There wasn’t time to finish this isolated episode on last week’s program, so it is presented in its entirety this week. Bud Collyer as Superman/Clark Kent, Jackson Beck narrates. Superman rushes to the suburbs of Metropolis in response to an urgent phone call. PLUS – Chuck’s in-studio guest is David Denwood who reports on the Metro Goldwyn Mayer auction which he attended in Hollywood a few weeks earlier. Rebroadcast: 6/13/2015 – 6/19/2015.
JUNE 20th, 1970 – MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC
PROGRAM 8: ARTIE SHAW AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1-18-30) Remote broadcast from the Blue Room of the Hotel Lincoln in New York. The King of the Clarinet presents “Rose Room,” “Rosalie,” This Can’t be Love,” “Lover Come Back to Me” and more. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are JOHN GANNON and SARAJANE WELLS, who appeared on the Jack Armstrong radio series as Billy and Betty Fairfield. Recorded 6-17-70 at Sages East Restaurant in Chicago. JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (4-30-42) Isolated episode in the “Land of the Sky” sequence. YOUR HIT PARADE (9-11-48) Frank Sinatra introduces the top songs of the week, with Eileen Wilson and Ken Lane and the Hit Paraders and Lynn Murray and the orchestra. BENNY GOODMAN’S SWING SCHOOL (8-17-37) “the Tuesday night round-up of everybody who wants to get a lift with the new, pulsating music of youth – swing!” Music provided by Benny, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa: “Caravan,” So Rare,” “Let’s Have Another Cigarette,” “Liza” and more. Rebroadcast: 6/20/2015 – 6/26/2015.
JUNE 27th, 1970 – GOOD OLD RADIO
PROGRAM 9: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-22-49) Jim and Marian Jordan star. Molly’s making a new dress and Fibber turns out to be the dummy. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are SHIRLEY BELL COLE and NORMAN GOTTSCHALK, two radio performers from the Golden Age. Shirley was Orphan Annie on the air and Norman was a character actor on many vintage shows. Recorded 6-17-70 at Sages East Restaurant in Chicago. LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (1940) Isolated episode starring Shirley Bell as Annie. Announcer is Pierre Andre. NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (1-22-44) “Records of Death” starring Lon Clark as Nick with Helen Choate as Patsy. Phonograph records captured the last words of a woman about to be murdered. BABY SNOOKS (1940s) Fanny Brice as Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy. When a noted author is his houseguest, Daddy reads one of the author’s books to Snooks. PLUS – clips featuring Jean Shepherd; W. C. Fields with Bergen and McCarthy and Don Ameche. Rebroadcast: 6/27/2015 – 7/3/2015.
JULY 4th, 1970 – SALUTE TO JIMMY DURANTE
AN ALL-AMERICAN ENTERTAINER
PROGRAM 10: LEGEND OF JIMMY DURANTE (1950s) Walter Winchell narrates a documentary on the show biz life of the great entertainer. COMEDY CARAVAN (1944) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore star with singer Georgia Gibbs and Roy Bargy and the orchestra. “Durante, the Patron of the Arts.” COMEDY CARAVAN (1944) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore star. The Schnozolla, in the midst of his presidential campaign, sings “If Washington Needs Me, I’ll Answer the Call.” Georgia Gibbs, Ray Bargy and the orchestra. PLUS – clips from Jimmy’s radio and TV shows with guests Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Ethel Barrymore, Clayton, Jackson and Durante, Bing Crosby, Helen Traubel, Bob Hope, and Eddie Cantor. Rebroadcast: 7/4/2015 – 7/10/2015.
JULY 11th, 1970 – FROM HOLLYWOOD, WITH LOVE
PROGRAM 11: LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-14-46) “To Have and Have Not” starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall recreating their original screen roles from the 1944 film. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-4-38) Excerpt. Jack and the gang present “Murder at the Movies.” ACADEMY AWARD (4-27-46) “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” a radio version of Walt Disney’s animated film classic. MAN ABOUT TOWN (1939) Radio preview of the Paramount film starring Jack Benny with Dorothy Lamour, Betty Grable, Monty Woolley, Phil Harris and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. PLUS – clips featuring Marx Brothers; W. C. Fields; Judy Garland; Lupe Velez; Gloria Swanson; and a short interview with actress ANN MARIE GUYER, from the cast of “Let’s Pretend.” Recorded 6-17-70 at Sages East Restaurant in Chicago. Rebroadcast: 7/11/2015 – 7/17/2015.
JULY 18th, 1970 – GREAT RADIO TEAMS
PROGRAM 12: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (1940s) Jim and Marian Jordon with some fun with house work at 79 Wistful Vista. LUM AND ABNER (2-13-49) Chester Lauck and Norris Goff star. Lum tries to make his own Valentine for Rowena. MR. AND MRS. NORTH (1-3-50) “The Filed Skate” starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (11-16-52) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll in their 10,000th broadcast as radio’s all-time favorites. A nostalgic program telling how Amos ‘n’ Andy met and started the Fresh Air Taxi Company. PLUS – clips featuring George Burns and Gracie Allen; Easy Aces; and a short interview with actor PAUL BARNES, who was the last actor to portray Captain Midnight on the air. Recorded 6-17—70 at Sages East restaurant in Chicago. Rebroadcast: 7/18/2015 – 7/24/2015.
JULY 25th, 1970 – LADIES DAY
PROGRAM 13: WHEN A GIRL MARRIES (1943) Isolated episode of the “tender, human story of young married life, dedicated to everyone who has ever been in love.” ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (1940S) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie, with a supporting cast that features Hans Conried, Marvin Miller, Hy Averback, Peter Leeds and Arthur Q. Brian. In Tahiti, a troubled young man gives a large pearl to Maisie. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS, throughout the afternoon, will be radio announcer and producer PHIL BOWMAN; actresses ELMIRA ROESSLER and JEAN DAVID recorded 6-17-70 at Sages East Restaurant in Chicago; actress RITA ASCOT BOYD and radio casting director ALICE CAREY RICCA, recorded 8-1-70 at Findley Galleries, Chicago. PLUS – clips from Romance of Helen Trent; Backstage Wife; Ma Perkins; Lorenzo Jones; and Myrt and Marge. Rebroadcast: 7/25/2015 – 7/31/2015.
August 1st, 1970 – GREAT COMIC STRIP HEROES
PROGRAM 14: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1940s) Isolated adventure of one of the greatest of the comic strip heroes. BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (1930s) Isolated episode of one of America’s first space travelers. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (2-15-45) “Dick Tracy in B Flat” starring Bing Crosby as Tracy; Dinah Shore as Tess Truehart; Harry Von Zell as Old Judge Hooper; Jerry Colonna as Police Chief; Bob Hope as Flattop; Frank Morgan as Vitamin Flintheart; Jimmy Durante as The Mole; Judy Garland as Snowflake; the Andrews Sisters as the Summer Sisters; Frank Sinatra as Shaky; and Cass Daley as Gravel Gertie. Presented by the Armed Forces Radio Service for U.S. military listeners around the world. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is JOSEPH A. SARNO, authority on comics, comic books and radio heroes. PLUS – Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reading the funnies; Aunt Rita (Ascot) reading the Sunday comics; Stan Freberg’s “Face the Funnies”; excerpts from Lone Ranger, Mandrake the Magician and Smilin’ Jack. Rebroadcast: 8/1/2015 – 8/7/2015.
August 8th, 1970 – FUN AND GAMES DAY
PROGRAM 15: TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT (1940s) Comedian Garry Moore hosts this show with the top prize of $64 for correctly answering a string of questions. VOX POP (1940s) Excerpt. Wally Butterworth and Parks Johnson conduct the interviews with everyday people. TWENTY QUESTIONS (1940s) Excerpt. Quizmaster Bill Slater asks panelists Fred VanDeventer, Florence Rinard, and others to guess the topic by asking 20 questions or less. IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (1940s) Zany quiz show with moderator Tom Howard and panelists George Shelton, Lulu McConnell and Harry McNaughton. PLUS – clips featuring Eddie Layton at the Hammond organ plus comedy by Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding. Rebroadcast: 8/8/2015 – 8/14/2015.
August 15th, 1970 – MYSTERY DAY
PROGRAM 16: THE UNEXPECTED (1940s) “Handle with Care” starring Barry Sullivan. A man kills his wife, places her body in a trunk and ships the trunk to his summer cabin. MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (11-6-51) “Behind the Locked Door.” On an expedition to Arizona, two explorers investigate a landslide of rocks and find the mouth of a cave where they find a wagon train and many skeletons. ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1-10-43) “Adventure of the Missing Submarine Plans” starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Some very important government papers are stolen and murder is committed. I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) A pair of isolated episodes of “The Thing That Cries in the Night” by Carlton E. Morse starring Russell Thorson, Jim Boles and Tony Randall with Mercedes McCambridge. PLUS – clips featuring Boris Karloff and his “Tales of the Frightened” recordings. Rebroadcast: 8/15/2015 – 8/21/2015.
August 22nd, 1970 – DICK POWELL DOES HIS THING
PROGRAM 17: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is seventeen-year-old listener Sue Stefanski who requested a program on Dick Powell. MISS PINKERTON, INC (1940s) Dick Powell and Joan Blondell star in the first episode of a comedy-detective series. Cast includes Gale Gordon and Hanley Stafford. Mary Vance, a recent law school graduate, inherits a detective agency. RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (11-19-50) “The Jacoby Case” starring Dick Powell with Ed Begley and Virginia Gregg. The police think Jacoby, a convicted and deported criminal is back in town and out to get Diamond, “the guy who put Jacoby away.” CAMPANA SERENADE (1943) Dick Powell stars in a musical variety program. PLUS — recordings and clips featuring Dick Powell: By a Waterfall; Flirtation Walk; Honeymoon Hotel; Lullaby of Broadway; Raleigh-Kool Cigarette program. Rebroadcast: 8/22/2015 – 8/28/2015.
August 29th, 1970 – FAMILY CLASSICS
PROGRAM 18: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (8-30-50) Chapter 14, Book 77, an isolated episode in the long-running, beloved series created by Carlton E. Morse. A DATE WITH JUDY (1940s) Louise Erickson as Judy Foster, John Brown as her father, Dix Davis as her brother Randolph and Richard Crenna as Judy’s boyfriend Oogie Pringle. THE FALCON (11-27-45) “Murder is a Family Affair” starring James Meighan as Michael Waring, known as The Falcon. In this episode, a killer is sentenced to die for a murder he committed. Other members of his family are involved in murder, too. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (1940s) featuring Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson as themselves in this family comedy episode. PLUS – “The Bickersons” starring Frances Langford and Don Ameche; Stan Freberg’s “The Zazaloph Family.” Rebroadcast: 8/29/2015 – 9/4/2015.
September 5th, 1970 – SPICE OF LIFE
PROGRAM 19: SUSPENSE (11-11-56) “Three Skeleton Key” starring Vincent Price in “that story about the rats,” a radio classic. FIBBER MC GEE AND COMPANY (1-31-39) Jim Jordan stars as Fibber with Harold Peary, Bill Thompson, Isabel Randolph, Harlow Wilcox. Marian (Molly) is ill and has not appeared on the program since 11-8-37. This is the first program from Hollywood after originating in Chicago for many years. Fibber fancies himself as a military genius after the Army decides to hold its winter maneuvers and war games in Wistful Vista. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is JACK BENNY who talks about his radio days. Recorded 9-3-70 at Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-22-55 and broadcast again later that summer on 8-29-55) Jack’s final radio broadcast. Jack says “When I did my first program there were hardly any radios in the country.” Don Wilson cracks, “And darn few people!” Jack tries to get an early start on his vacation, but the sound effects man (Mel Blanc) drives him crazy. PLUS – On-air guests are listeners Don Koehnemann, speech therapist from Westchester, Illinois and Phero Thomas, free-lance artist and text book illustrator from Morton Grove, Illinois, speaking about the vintage radio shows. Also: Bergen and McCarthy with W. C. Fields in “The Skunk Trap” from a 1941 program. Rebroadcast: 9/5/2015 – 9/11/2015.
September 12th, 1970 – SOUNDS GREAT
PROGRAM 20: GABRIEL HEATTER (5-8-45) The commentator’s broadcast on V-E Day, the day of victory in Europe. LUM AND ABNER (1930s) Isolated episode from the long-running series starring Norris Goff and Chet Lauck. Activities at the Jot-Em-Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. MOLLE MYSTERY THEATRE (3-29-46) “The Creeper.” Story of an unknown killer who strangles red-headed women and then leaves a note: “For heaven’s sake, catch me before I kill more!” BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (10-13-37) Remote broadcast from the Madhattan Room of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, with Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Martha Tilton. Selections include “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree,” “I’ve Got That Old Feeling” and Avalon.” PLUS – clips by Bob and Ray; Eddie Layton at the Hammond Organ with radio theme songs; and a trivia quiz panel of old time radio buffs. NOTE: Beginning next week, Those Were The Days switches from Saturday afternoons to Sunday afternoons while station WNMP carries a full schedule of Northwestern Wildcat football games. Rebroadcast: 9/12/2015 – 9/18/2015.
September 20th, 1970 – RADIO’S PRIVATE EYES
PROGRAM 21: YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (7-29-62) “The Four is a Crowd Matter” starring Mandel Kramer as the man with the action-packed expense account. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor TONY RANDALL who speaks of his radio career. Recorded 9-16-70 at Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel.I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) Isolated episode of “The Thing That Cries in the Night” With Russell Thorson as Jack Packard, Barton Yarborough as Doc Long and Tony Randall as Reggie York. ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (8-1-48) “Dry Martini Caper” starring Howard Duff as the private eye with Lurene Tuttle and Joseph Kearns. MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS (1-19-50) “The Bride and Groom Murder Case” is solved by the kindly old investigator. NOTE: With this broadcast, Those Were The Days has moved to Sunday afternoons for the full schedule of Northwestern Wildcat football games on station WNMP. Rebroadcast: 9/19/2015 – 9/25/2015.
September 27th, 1970 – FOR AND ABOUT KIDS
PROGRAM 22: BABY SNOOKS (1940s) Fanny Brice stars as Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy. Daddy takes Snooks to the opera. BOBBY BENSON AND THE B-BAR-B RIDERS (8-15-50) “The Three Wise Monkeys.” Young ranch owner Bobby Benson and his friends investigate when a neighboring rancher is attacked and a “see-no-evil” monkey statue is stolen. BLUE BEETLE (1947) Isolated episode in the syndicated series, an obvious take-off on The Green Hornet. HOP HARRIGAN (1940s) Isolated episode in the exploits of “America’s Ace of the Airwaves.” ARMSTRONG OF THE S.B.I. (1951) After Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy became a man he joined the Scientific Bureau of Investigation, with radio adventures heard in complete half-hour shows, three times a week. This one was called “The Deadliest of the Species.” TOM MIX RALSTON STRAIGHT-SHOOTERS (5-8-45) This isolated episode was broadcast live on V-E Day, the day Germany surrendered near the end of World War II. Rebroadcast: 9/26/2015 – 10/2/2015.
October 4th, 1970 – THE LEGEND OF AL JOLSON
PROGRAM 23: LEGEND OF AL JOLSON – Commercial recording featuring broadcaster/columnist Walter Winchell narrating the story of the life of Al Jolson, the “world’s greatest entertainer.” KRAFT MUSIC HALL COMPOSITE – Music and dialog of Al Jolson and Oscar Levant from Jolson’s NBC series in 1946-47 and 1947-48. LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-2-47) “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson with Gail Patrick, Ludwig Donath and Tamara Shayne in the radio version of the first talking picture, which originally starred Jolson in 1927. Rebroadcast: 10/3/2015 – 10/9/2015.
October 11th, 1970 – WHEN RADIO WAS RADIO
PROGRAM 24: AMOS ‘N ANDY (1958) On their 30th anniversary on network radio, Amos, Andy and the Kingfish interview their creators, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. THE WHISTLER (10-31-48) “Letter from Yesterday” starring Ed Begley. On the way to his daughter’s wedding in California, a successful businessman remembers his escape from prison some 25 years earlier. BOB HOPE SHOW (2-17-48) Bob’s guest is Fred Astaire in this broadcast from Woodland Hills, California. Regulars include Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague, Trudy Irwin, Les Brown and his band of renown. Fred and Bob appear as a pair of down-and-out vaudevillians. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are vaudevillians FRANK and EILEEN KRASE, who talk about their long career in show business. Recorded 10-4-70 at the Brown Bear Restaurant, Chicago. BLONDIE (2-16-50) starring Arthur Lake as Dagwood, Ann Rutherford as Blondie with Hanley Stafford as Mr. Dithers. Alexander’s teacher encourages Blondie and Dagwood to allow their son to follow an acting career. Rebroadcast: 10/10/2015 – 10/16/2015.
October 18th, 1970 – NOSTALGIA….OFF THE RECORD
PROGRAM 25: AN AFTERNOON OF AUDIO ENTERTAINMENT from the world of commercial recordings featuring: Bob and Ray, Judy Garland, The Bickersons, Glenn Miller and his orchestra, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Kay Kyser, Buddy Hackett, Arthur Tracy – the Street Singer, Bob Newhart, Gene Austin, Henny Youngman, Fred Astaire, Stan Freberg, Bing Crosby, Clyde McCoy, Spike Jones, Eddie Cantor, Shelly Berman, Freddy Martin and his orchestra. Rebroadcast: 10/18/2015 – 10/23/2015.
October 25th, 1970 – PRE-HALLOWEEN SPOOK SHOW
PROGRAM 26: SUSPENSE (6-7-55) “Frankenstein” featuring Stacy Harris, Herb Butterfield, Barney Phillips and Vivi Janniss. A scientist creates a monster in his laboratory. SUSPENSE (11-24-42) “The Body Snatchers” rob graves to provide medical students with dead bodies to study. MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR (10-30-38) “The War of the Worlds” is Orson Welles’ version of the H. G. Wells story of the invasion from Mars. This is perhaps the most famous radio broadcast of all time. PLUS – Boris Karloff and his Tales of the Frightened. Rebroadcast: 10/24/2015 – 10/30/2015.
November 1st, 1970 – HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD
PROGRAM 27: ACADEMY AWARD (10-23-46) “The Devil and Miss Jones” starring Charles Coburn and Virginia Mayo in the comedy about a department store tycoon who takes a job in his own store. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. who talks about his long motion picture career. Recorded 10-27-70 at Drury Lane Theatre, Evergreen Park, Illinois. SCREEN DIRECTORS PLAYHOUSE (9-9-49) “The Human Comedy” starring Mickey Rooney in William Saroyan’s story of a small California town during World War II. Cast includes Francis X. Bushman, Barton Yarborough and Irene Tedro. Directed by Clarence Brown. ACADEMY AWARD (4-9-46) “Kitty Foyle” starring Ginger Rogers as a working girl from the “wrong” side of the tracks who loves a socialite. Rebroadcast: 10/31/2015 – 11/6/2015.
November 8th, 1970 – RADIO’S BIG BAND ERA
PROGRAM 28: GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1940s) Remote broadcast from the Café Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, with Ray Eberly, Marian Hutton and Tex Beneke. Selections include “I Want to Be Happy” and “Tiger Rag.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST is band leader FREDDY MARTIN who talks about his orchestra and his musical career. Recorded 10-21-70 at Willowbrook Ballroom in suburban Chicago. GOING PLACES PARTY (1930s) featuring Freddy Martin and his orchestra at a college sorority dance. Music includes “Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” and “You Have to Be a Football Hero.” BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (10-21-43) Excerpt of a remote broadcast from the New Yorker Hotel in New York City. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is big band leader DICK JURGENS who describes his long and successful career in music. Recorded 11-4-70 at Willowbrook Ballroom in suburban Chicago. HERE’S TO VETERANS (1949) Dick Jurgens and his band in a “remote” from the Café Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. Selections include “So In Love” and “Begin the Beguine.” TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1940-44) A collection of excerpts from Dorsey remote broadcasts including Frank Sinatra’s last song for Tommy and the introduction of his replacement, Dick Haymes. Rebroadcast: 11/7/2015 – 11/13/2015.
November 15th, 1970 – THE SPACE AGE
PROGRAM 29: TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET (2-26-52) A Space Cadet is suddenly threatened by a Spaceman’s most dreaded disease – space fever. SUSPENSE (9-9-62) “A Strange Day in May” starring William Mason. An astronaut take a space flight to find out what happened to the two astronauts before him who never returned. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is comedian MILTON BERLE who talks about his lengthy show business career. Recorded 11-10-70 at Mill Run Theatre in Niles, Illinois. GUEST STAR (1940s) Milton Berle and Kenny Delmar reminisce about their school days together. BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (1930s) Isolated episode in one of radio’s first science fiction adventures. PLUS – Various clips featuring Milton Berle on radio. Rebroadcast: 11/14/2015 – 11/21/2015.
November 22nd, 1970 – FIRST ANNUAL THANKSGIVING PROGRAM
PROGRAM 30: EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (11-26-48) Eddie talks about Thanksgiving dinner at his house. Eddie takes a nap and dreams of going to college and being a big football hero. Cast includes Harry Von Zell, Billie Burke, Dinah Shore, Bert Gordon. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are radio actors MAURICE COPELAND, SIDNEY BREESE and JUNE TRAVIS speaking of their days in radio. Interviewed 10-22-70 at Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park, Illinois. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-18-45) Edgar Bergen stars with Charlie and guest Margaret O’Brien in a Thanksgiving play. Charlie is John Alden, Edgar is Miles Standish and Margaret is Priscilla. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-30-52) Thanksgiving dinner is at Mary’s house. Jack shows up in an old green tuxedo and insists that the Pilgrims landed at Cape Cod. TREASURY STAR PARADE (9-16-43) Fanny Brice stars as Baby Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy. Daddy’s uncle is coming for dinner and he has prepared a very economical wartime meal. NOTE: This is the last Sunday show. Those Were The Days returns to Saturday afternoons beginning with next week’s program. Rebroadcast: 11/22/2015 – 11/27/2015.
November 28th, 1970 – RADIO TO PLAN YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST BY
PROGRAM 31: SUSPENSE (12-23-48) “Back for Christmas” starring Herbert Marshall as a botany professor who hopes for a merry holiday after he murders his nagging wife. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-5-39) Jim and Marian Jordan star with Harold Peary as Gildersleeve who offers Fibber and Molly a job in the Bon Ton Department Store adjustment department during the Christmas shopping season. BOSTON BLACKIE (1940s) “The Stolen Rings.” Dick Kollmer as Blackie who plays Santa to investigate a case of stolen diamond rings. CHRISTMAS COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-25-44) Excerpt of an all-star holiday variety show for members of the armed forces during WW II. Bob Hope presents Xavier Cugat and the orchestra, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny and Fred Allen. A VISIT TO A DOLL FACTORY (1938) Just 14 shopping days before Christmas the Special Features Division of the Mutual Broadcasting System takes listeners to the Ideal Toy Company in Long Island for a guided tour. Rebroadcast: 11/28/2015 – 12/4/2015.
December 5th, 1970 – RADIO TO ADDRESS CHRISTMAS CARDS BY
PROGRAM 32: COUPLE NEXT DOOR (1940s) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce as Ethel and Albert in an isolated holiday episode. THE CINNAMON BEAR (1938) Episodes 1 and 26, plus four more selected chapters in between (episodes 6, 11, 16, 21) of the beloved and much-remembered Christmastime radio serial. Chuck Schaden recaps the story between episodes. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (12-20-47) Ralph Edwards presents a special Christmas edition of the audience participation stunt show. After a silly consequence spot, Ralph takes listeners to Long Beach California Veterans Hospital to surprise Hubert Smith, a paralyzed veteran, with a “This is Your Life”–salute from family and friends. Rebroadcast: 12/5/2015 – 12/11/2015.
December 12th, 1970 – RADIO TO WRAP CHRISTMAS GIFTS BY
PROGRAM 33: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-20-49) Jim and Marian Jordan star. Fibber is decorating his house for Christmas to win the big Wistful Vista prize. Teeny and the kids sing “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-19-50) Jack and Mary do their Chirstmas shopping. Jack decides to get Don Wilson a pair of cuff links. Mel Blanc is the department store clerk. RADIO READER’S DIGEST (12-19-46) “Room for a Stranger” starring Frank Sinatra. On a wartime Christmas Eve, a Navy flier is on his way to see his girl when he gets his orders to report to his base. BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (1940s) It’s the night before Christmas and Gracie tells a bedtime story to her pet duck, Herman. Her story puts her to asleep and she dreams she’s at the North Pole and Santa’s bag of toys is stolen by the Wicked Witch. Bill Goodwin is Aladdin; Arthur Q. Brian plays Santa; George Burns plays Prince Valient; Edna Mae Oliver is the Witch; Paul Whiteman in Humpty Dumpty. SUSPENSE (12-22-57) “Dog Star” with Evelyn Rudi, Dick Beals, Shirley Mitchell, Lou Krugman, Jack Kruschen. At Christmastime, a Russian satellite lands in a little girl’s back yard bringing her an unexpected gift. Rebroadcast: 12/12/2015 – 12/18/2015.
December 19th, 1970 – RADIO TO TRIM THE CHRISTMAS TREE BY
PROGRAM 34: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-24-43) The cast visits Jack’s house on Christmas Eve. Mary and Jack trim the tree and Jack gets a shock when she plugs in the lights. A CHRISTMAS CAROL — Lionel Barrymore stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this commercially recorded version of Charles Dickens’ classic story. AMOS ‘n’ ANDY (12-24-50) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll present their traditional Christmas program. Andy wants to give a doll to Amos’ daughter so he gets a job as a department store Santa Claus to earn one for her. Later, Amos tells his daughter the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer.DUFFY’S TAVERN (12-22-48) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, who is in a bad mood on Christmas Eve because Duffy didn’t come through with a Christmas gift. A visitor to the tavern drops in and he and Archie take a walk around town. A sentimental show in the best tradition of radio. Actor Jeff Chandler portrays the visitor. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-25-44) Excerpt from an all-star Armed Forces Radio Service broadcast featuring Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, Ginny Simms, Virginia O’Brien, Dorothy Lamour and Frances Langford plus Spencer Tracy narrating the classic Christmas story, “The Small One.” Rebroadcast: 12/19/2015 – 12/25/2015.
December 26th, 1970 – A DATE WITH JUDY GARLAND
PROGRAM 34: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-24-43) The cast visits Jack’s house on Christmas Eve. Mary and Jack trim the tree and Jack gets a shock when she plugs in the lights. A CHRISTMAS CAROL — Lionel Barrymore stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this commercially recorded version of Charles Dickens’ classic story. AMOS ‘n’ ANDY (12-24-50) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll present their traditional Christmas program. Andy wants to give a doll to Amos’ daughter so he gets a job as a department store Santa Claus to earn one for her. Later, Amos tells his daughter the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer.DUFFY’S TAVERN (12-22-48) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, who is in a bad mood on Christmas Eve because Duffy didn’t come through with a Christmas gift. A visitor to the tavern drops in and he and Archie take a walk around town. A sentimental show in the best tradition of radio. Actor Jeff Chandler portrays the visitor. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-25-44) Excerpt from an all-star Armed Forces Radio Service broadcast featuring Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, Ginny Simms, Virginia O’Brien, Dorothy Lamour and Frances Langford plus Spencer Tracy narrating the classic Christmas story, “The Small One.” Rebroadcast: 12/26/2015 – 1/1/2016.
January 2nd, 1971 – HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH GOOD OLD RADIO
PROGRAM 36: SUSPENSE (12-28-58) “The 32nd of December” starring Frank Lovejoy with Barney Phillips and Joan Banks. On New Year’s Eve a man pawns his wife’s wedding ring to pay off a gambling debt, but instead he buys a most unusual timepiece. TOWN HALL TONIGHT (5-25-38) Fred Allen stars with Portland Hoffa, the Merry Macs, and the Town Hall Quartet. The Mighty Allen Art Players present “Who Stole the Favorite?” or “One Long Pan Had his Hands Tied, Still he was Feeling his Oats.” MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (1-5-47) “New Year’s Nightmare.” After a New Year’s Eve of drinking, a man is hit by a car. When he regains consciousness, he discovers a whole year is missing from his life and he is married to a woman he doesn’t know or love. GUEST STAR (6-15-47) Fibber McGee and Molly appear for U.S. Savings Bonds. Fibber’s latest get-rich-quick scheme is to buy a can of soup, then return it for “double his money” back. Rebroadcast: 1/2/2016 – 1/8/2016.
January 9th, 1971 – RADIO’S FOURTH ESTATE
PROGRAM 37: THE BIG STORY (3-19-52) From the pages of the Helena, Montana Independent Record, it’s Allan Copperswaith’s story of a reporter who gambled his own life to avenge a murder. Cast includes Bill Lipton and Joe DeSantis. VOICE OF BROADWAY (1-18-45) Broadway columnist Dorothy Kilgallen offers show business gossip. Her guest is Bob Hope. FULTON LEWIS, JR. (1-25-39) “America’s ace reporter on the national scene” with news and commentary. ALAN YOUNG SHOW (1940s) Excerpt. Alan tries to get a job as a newspaper reporter. Cast includes Kenny Delmar, Ed Begley and Jack Kirkwood. WENDY WARREN AND THE NEWS (1950) Isolated episode of an unusual soap opera. Wendy actually delivers current women’s news at the beginning of the program and CBS newsman Douglas Edwards presents the hard news of the day. Then the “sudsy” dramatic portion of the program follows. MURDER, INCORPORATED — Commercial recording. Columnist Walter Winchell narrates the story of how he helped apprehend Public Enemy Number 1, Louis “The Lep” Buchalter and was instrumental in delivering the mobster to J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI. SPORTS NEWSREEL (6-4-48) Sportscaster Bill Stern in the 451st edition of the Newsreel, from Chicago. He interviews America’s most famous athlete Jim Thorp and relates sports vignettes about the Chicago fire and the Black Sox scandal. Rebroadcast: 1/9/2016 – 1/15/2016.
January 16th, 1971 – FROM OUT OF THE WEST
PROGRAM 38: GUNSMOKE (5-10-59) William Conrad stars as US Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester. The widow of a Senator arrives in Dodge City in search of her grandson “who belongs back at Yale College where he belongs.” HOOFBEATS (1937) Isolated episode of the radio western starring Buck Jones who rides with his horse Silver. ACADEMY AWARD (5-4-46) “Stagecoach” starring Claire Trevor and Randolph Scott in the story of a group of assorted passengers traveling into Indian territory. LONE RANGER (1930s)”Cattle Drive” starring Earle Graser as the Masked Rider of the Plaines. The notorious Steel plans a massive cattle drive to sell 50,000 head and break the Clarksville cattle market wide open. The Lone Ranger, Tonto and the ranchers take measure to prevent the outlaw from carrying out his plans. STRAIGHT ARROW (6-7-51) Steve Adams, as Straight Arrow, acts to stop a plot to overthrow the chief of the tribe. Howard Culver stars in this isolated episode. PLUS — Stan Freberg’s “Bang Gunleigh, U.S. Marshall Field; and a Bob and Ray comedy clip. Rebroadcast: 1/16/2016 – 1/22/2016.
January 23rd, 1971 – THE GOOD OLD DAYS
PROGRAM 39: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-17-42) Harold Peary stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. An old college chum is coming to dinner with his wife, the Countess, but Gildy is in the midst of redecorating his house and the place is a mess. LIFE WITH LUIGI (9-2-52) J. Carroll Naish as Luigi with Alan Reed as Pasquale and Hans Conried as Schultz. Luigi’s night school Americanization class decides to have a picnic at the beach. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor HANS CONRIED who talks about his extensive career on radio. Recorded 1-19-71 at Pheasant Run Playhouse in St. Charles, Illinois. TRUE DETECTIVE MYSTERIES (1-6-58) “The actual report of an actual crime.” A young couple picks up a hitch-hiker who turns out to be an escaped convict. PLUS — clips from Vic and Sade; My Friend Irma; Adventures of Maisie; and Suspense. Rebroadcast: 1/23/2016 – 1/29/2016.
January 30th, 1971 – FOR MOM AND THE KIDS
PROGRAM 40: CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (9-30-40) First show in the long-running series for Ovaltine. Ed Prentiss stars as Captain Midnight in this origin story episode. AUNT JENNY’S REAL LIFE STORIES (1940s) Aunt Jenny tells a story and offers recipes for Spry shortening. Singer Lanny Ross plays a role in this episode. During the story he sings a song and stands by while Aunt Jenny tells listeners how to broil fish the Spry way. STELLA DALLAS (1940s) Isolated episode in the long-running true-to-life story of mother love and sacrifice. Anne Elstner stars as Stella. SGT. PRESTON OF THE YUKON (1950s) Paul Sutton stars as Preston who investigates a “gold claim” scheme. JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (4-30-42) An isolated episode in the “Land of the Sky” sequence. PLUS – Chicago radio performers comment on their careers while speaking at a meeting of the Women’s Advertising Club of Chicago honoring Radio’s Golden Anniversary, recorded in January, 1971. Heard throughout this TWTD broadcast are PAUL BARNES, HARRY ELDERS, ELMIRA ROESSLER, RITA BOYD and ELOISE KUMMER. Rebroadcast: 1/30/2016 – 2/5/2016.
February 6th, 1971 – SPOTLIGHT ON BING CROSBY
PROGRAM 41: BING CROSBY (1931) Bing’s first radio appearance, delayed because of a severe attack of laryngitis. Harry Von Zell introduces this excerpt from Bing’s first 15 minute broadcast as an “exclusive Columbia artist.” PHILCO RADIO TIME (2-19-47) Bing Crosby stars with John Scott Trotter and the orchestra and announcer Ken Carpenter. Guests are Judy Garland, director Leo McCarey and vaudevillian William Frawley. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (10-14-48) “Welcome Stranger” starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald and Mona Freeman in the story about a young, carefree doctor who fills in for an older, vacationing physician in a small town. SALUTE TO BING CROSBY (1-9-51) On the occasion of Bing’s 20th anniversary in show business, Art Linkletter hosts an all-star CBS program in honor of The Groaner. Guests include Amos ‘n’ Andy, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Judy Garland and Bob Hope. BING CROSBY ENTERTAINS (1934) An early Crosby program from Hollywood. Bing sings “Blame It on My Youth,” “Easy to Remember” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” Rebroadcast: 2/6/2016 – 2/12/2016.
February 13th, 1971 – I LOVE A MYSTERY
PROGRAM 42: I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) “The Thing That Cries in the Night” starring Russell Thorson as Jack Packard, Jim Boles as Doc Long and Tony Randall as Reggie York, with Mercedes McCambridge. When Jack, Doc and Reggie arrive in Hollywood to spend $25,000 in reward money from their last case, they are met at the airport by a mysterious young woman in a chauffeur-driven car. The woman asks them to accompany her to an old Hollywood mansion. The detectives receive no further explanation, but decide to go along for the ride. NOTE: Chuck Schaden sets the scene by recapping the first three chapters of the serial and then presents, throughout the broadcast, the remaining episodes of the exciting Carlton E. Morse adventure. Rebroadcast: 2/13/2016 – 2/19/2016.
February 20th, 1971 – REMEMBER SUNDAY?
PROGRAM 43: Tuning in to the Sunday shows: FRED ALLEN PROGRAM (12-30-45) Fred and the regulars with guest Gregory Ratoff. The Allen’s Alley question is “How do you feel about Mayor LaGuardia’s return to private life? Fred tells of his Russian dinner with Gregory and the two of them wonder how American radio programs would sound in Russia. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-6-44) Guest Frank Sinatra joins Jack, Mary, Phil, Rochester and Don. Dennis Day is in the Navy, so Sinatra auditions for Jack’s show. FITCH BANDWAGON (10-21-45) Comedienne-singer Cass Daly stars with Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Cass is a clerk in a music shop. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-26-48) Edgar Bergen’s final program for Chase and Sanborn features highlights of his 11 years with the sponsor, Mortimer Snerd, the Bickersons, and Ray Noble and the orchestra. ALSO – clips from Manhattan Merry-Go-Round and the Quiz Kids. Rebroadcast: 2/20/2016 – 2/26/2016.
February 27th, 1971 – REMEMBER MONDAY?
PROGRAM 44: Tuning in to the Monday shows: INNER SANCTUM (1-31-49) “Devil’s Fortune” starring Karl Swenson, Jackson Beck and Charles Irving. A madman uses fear and terror to gain control of a Mexican gold mine. LUM AND ABNER (5-8-41) Isolated episode. Chester Lauck and Norris Goff as the proprietors of the Jot-Em-Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. BULLDOG DRUMMOND (6-9-48) “Death Uses Disappearing Ink” starring Ned Weaver as Captain Hugh Drummond, who follows a trail to Mexico City. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-21-44) “Wake Up and Live” starring Frank Sinatra, Bob Crosby, James Gleason, Marilyn Maxwell and James Dunn. A shy singer accidentally becomes a radio singing sensation. Host is Cecil B. DeMille. Rebroadcast: 2/27/2016 – 3/4/2016.
March 6th, 1971 – REMEMBER TUESDAY?
PROGRAM 45: Tuning in to the Tuesday shows: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-27-41) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees with Hal Peary as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. McGee and Gildy argue and Fibber cuts a record to make up. BOB HOPE SHOW (9-19-44) From Camp Borden in Canada, Bob presents Jerry Colonna, Frances Langford, Skinnay Ennis and the orchestra and guest Quentin Reynolds, war correspondent and author. SUSPENSE (11-16-50) “On a Country Road” starring Cary Grant and Cathy Lewis. On a rainy night, on a lonely road, a couple hear a radio report about an insane woman, armed with a meat cleaver, who has escaped from a nearby asylum. Then they run out of gas. A Suspense classic. GREEN HORNET (10-31-39) Brit Reid, young publisher of the Daily Sentinel, sets out to smash a parking lot “protection” racket. The Green Hornet arranges a midnight meeting. PLUS – clip featuring Red Skelton as Junior, the mean little kid. Rebroadcast: 3/5/2016 – 3/11/2016.
March 13th, 1971 – REMEMBER WEDNESDAY?
PROGRAM 46: Tuning in to the Wednesday shows: DUFFY’S TAVERN (4-26-46) Ed Gardner as Archie with guest Esther Williams. He’s planning a fashion show for the Tavern and wants Esther to model a swim suit. But she’s tired of wearing bathing suits! MR. AND MRS. NORTH (1943) “The Missing Sparkler” stars Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North. A pair of jewel thieves are on a train with the Norths. ACADEMY AWARD (10-2-46) “My Man Godfrey” starring William Powell in a Depression-era story of a homeless man who becomes a butler. GANGBUSTERS (1940s) “Case of Frank Luston” “Watch for a husky man of 25, scars on face and forehead and reportedly has home permanent wave to disguise appearance.” PLUS – Chuck’s in-studio guest is David Denwood who reports on the auction of Twentieth Century-Fox props which he attended in Hollywood a few weeks earlier. Rebroadcast: 3/12/2016 – 3/18/2016.
March 20th, 1971 – REMEMBER THURSDAY?
PROGRAM 47: Tuning in to the Thursday shows: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1943) Excerpt. Bing, just back from entertaining the troops overseas, is in New York while the rest of the cast is in Hollywood. Guests are George Murphy, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, plus Marilyn Maxwell and a surprise visit from Bob Hope. BURNS AND ALLEN (3-21-44) Guest is Rita Hayworth (Mrs. Orson Welles). Orson is out of town and Rita is afraid to spend the night alone, so George and Gracie decide to keep her company. Gracie discovers George is not a genius like Orson. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (1-30-47) It’s Eddie’s 55th birthday and he decides to buy a radio station. Guests Jack Benny, Ralph Edwards and Peter Lind Hayes join regulars Harry Von Zell, Margaret Whiting and Cookie Fairchild and the orchestra. CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (9-19-46) “The Duke of Skid Row” starring Staats Cotsworth as Casey. A clean, but shabbily dressed man who lives in a dollar-a-night hotel suddenly has a lot of money. VIC AND SADE (1940) Uncle Fletcher is helping his landlady with her wedding plans. He has to pick out a ring and wants Sade to help. Rebroadcast: 3/19/2016 – 3/25/2016.
March 27th, 1971 – REMEMBER FRIDAY!
PROGRAM 48: Tuning in to the Friday shows: BABY SNOOKS (5-16-48) Excerpt from a Guest Star program for U.S. Security Bonds. Fanny Brice as Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy, who wants to take Snooks to the opera, but she would rather see a movie. THIS IS YOUR F.B.I. (4-2-7-45) “Escaped Prisoners of War” narrated by Frank Lovejoy. Two GIs discover a tunnel being used by prisoners of war to escape from a Nazi POW camp in Texas. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-3-44) The Nelsons discuss the theory that if you do nice things for others, nice things will come your way. Then they find a wallet with a lot of money and ration books. Ozzie and Harriet sing “The Trolley Song.” KATE SMITH SHOW (9-29-44) The Songbird of the South with a program of music and chatter. MOLLE MYSTERY THEATRE (11-14-47) “Four Fatal Jugglers.” “Take four people, mix them together on an isolated island, add a dash or two of mutual hatred, let them juggle that hatred back and forth until it erupts into murder…” PLUS – clips with Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore and It Pays to Be Ignorant. Rebroadcast: 3/26/2016 – 4/1/2016.
April 3rd, 1971 – REMEMBER SATURDAY!
PROGRAM 49: Tuning in to the Saturday shows: YOUR HIT PARADE (1-22-44) starring Frank Sinatra and Joan Edwards with the Hit Paraders. Naturally, Frank sings the Number One song of the week. LIFE OF RILEY (1940s) Riley is angry because Junior tried to get better marks by raking his math teacher’s leaves. William Bendix as Riley. NATIONAL BARN DANCE (10-21-43) The gang is in the hayloft for music and fun. Cast includes Burl Ives, Joe Kelly, Arkie the Arkansas Woodchopper, Lulu Belle and Scotty. CURTAIN TIME (5-31-47) “Twice Blessed” starring Harry Elders and Nanette Sargent. A romantic drama about a wealthy woman whoi has become a patron of the arts by helping struggling artists. She takes a liking to a young composer who becomes a huge success. PLUS – an excerpt from Truth or Consequences. Rebroadcast: 4/2/2016 – 4/8/2016.
April 10th, 1971 – JOLSON SINGS AGAIN
PROGRAM 50: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (12-18-47) Al Jolson stars with Oscar Levant and guest Jimmy Durante. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (12-17-46) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as radio’s all-time favorites welcome guest Al Jolson, the “world’s greatest entertainer.” The Kingfish and Andy open a cigar store. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-16-48) “The Jolson Story” starring Al Jolson, Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest and Ludwig Donath in the radio version of the 1946 screen biography of Jolson, with Joilie as himself in the role played on the screen by Larry Parks. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-8-48) Al Jolson stars with Oscar Levant and guest William Powell. Rebroadcast: 4/9/2016 – 4/15/2016.
April 17th, 1971 – RADIO AND ALL THAT JAZZ
PROGRAM 51: TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (11-26-40) Remote broadcast from “the new Palladium Ballroom-Café on Sunset Boulevard in the very heart of Hollywood’s amusement center.” Featured are Frank Sinatra, the Pied Pipers and Connie Haines. Selections include “The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else,” “Our Love Affair,” and “Hawaiian War Chant.” MILDRED BAILEY (10-20-44) The “Rockin’ Chair Lady” with Paul Barron and the orchestra, Teddy Wilson, Charlie Shaver, Red Norvo and Specs Powell. Guests are the Delta Rhythm Boys and Jimmy Dorsey. Mildred sings “Keep Your Hands on the Plow” and “Dinah.” BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-18-37) Remote from the Manhattan room of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York with vocals by Martha Tilton. Music includes “All of Me” “and “I Want to Be in Winchell’s Column.” The Goodman Trio –Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Benny – present “Where or When” and becomes a Quartet when Lionel Hampton joins in for “Dinah.” ELLA FITZGERALD AND HER ORCHESTRA (1-25-40) “The First Lady of Swing” in a broadcast from the Savoy Hotel in Harlem, New York. Selections include “Limehouse Blues” and “Oh, Johnnie.” WOODY HERMAN SHOW (10-13-45) Excerpt. Woody and the Herman Herd, Franses Wayne, The Woodchoppers, Chubby Jackson. Numbers include “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe” and “Gee, It’s Good to Hold You.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST, throughout the program, is JOHN McDONOUGH , free-lance writer, jazz buff and frequent contributor to Down Beat Magazine, who talks about the great Jazz Age on radio. Rebroadcast: 4/16/2016 – 4/22/2016.
April 24th, 1971 – FIRST ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM
PROGRAM 52: Presenting two All-Star broadcasts from NBC and CBS: OUR SILVER JUBILEE (1951) Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Broadcasting Company, featuring Fibber McGee and Molly, Bergen and McCarthy, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx, Ozzie and Harriet, Joan Davis, Jack Carson, Abbott and Costello, Aldrich Family, Great Gildersleeve and many others. STARS IN THE AFTERNOON (9-22-46) The Columbia Broadcasting System presents a preview of its 1946-47 season, featuring Screen Guild Players, Crime Photographer, Inner Sanctum, Sam Spade, Thin Man, Dr. Christian, Vaughn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Maisie, Blondie and many others. Don’t miss it if you can! Rebroadcast: 4/23/2016 – 4/29/2016.
May 1st, 1971 – NATIONAL RADIO MONTH Part 1
PROGRAM 53: TROMAN HARPER, RUMOR DETECTIVE (12-20-42) The radio personality who tracks down rumors during World War II. On this broadcast he asks “Do American GIs really have to eat alfalfa instead of vegetables?” And “Does a soldier lose his chance to become an officer after he’s been sent overseas?” BLONDIE (1948) Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake as the Bumsteads, whose son Alexander decides to leave home and join the circus. ACADEMY AWARD (9-11-46) “Shadow of a Doubt” starring Joseph Cotton in the story of a young girl who suspects her Uncle Charlie to be the “Merry Widow Murderer.” ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (2-5-45) An isolated episode of the long-running after-school series starring Bud Collyer as Clark Kent/Superman with Jackie Kelk as Jimmy Olson. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (4-3-39) Isolated, but important, episode starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. Announcer is Bill Hay and organist Gaylord Carter. Andrew H. Brown is about to be married. The church is in readiness and during the ceremony, Andy is shot! Rebroadcast: 4/30/2016 – 5/6/2016.
May 8, 1971 – NATIONAL RADIO MONTH Part 2
PROGRAM 54: TOWN HALL TONIGHT (2-22-39) Fred Allen stars with Portland Hoffa, the Merry Macs, Peter Van Steeden and the orchestra. Fred’s question: “Should the New York subway be decorated with murals?” Fred talks with the inventor of “B” pictures and the Mighty Allen Art Players present “Murder at the Opera,” a wild take-off on “Carmen.” ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (2-6-45) Isolated episode, following last week’s story. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is former child radio star ROSE MARIE who talks about her career in a conversation recorded at the Pheasant Run Playhouse on April 14, 1971. SUSPENSE (1-25-43) “Sorry, Wrong Number” starring Agnes Moorehead in the first radio broadcast of the radio mystery classic about an invalid woman who, through a freak telephone connection, overhears to men plotting a murder… which turns out to be hers! Rebroadcast: 5/7/2016 – 5/13/2016.
May 15, 1971 – NATIONAL RADIO MONTH Part 3
PROGRAM 55: STAN FREBERG SHOW (1957) Fourth program in his legendary summer of ’57 series. Featuring June Foray, Daws Butler, Peter Leeds. INNER SANCTUM (1945) “Ghosts Always Get the Last Laugh.” A judge sentences a killer to die by hanging, and then soon finds himself in similar circumstances. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-28-40) Jim and Marian Jordan star with Hal Peary as Gildersleeve. It’s Circus Day in Wistful Vista. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is HAL PEARY, who was Gildersleeve on the McGee series and later had his own program, The Great Gildersleeve. Phone conversation recorded April 28, 1971. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1940s) Hal Peary stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, whose old college chum, millionaire Cyrus W. Brinkerhoff, is coming to dinner with his wife, the Countessa. Rebroadcast: 5/14/2016 – 5/20/2016.
May 22, 1971 – NATIONAL RADIO MONTH Part 4
PROGRAM 56: LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-4-46) “This Love of Ours” starring Rita Hayworth and Charles Korvin. The story of an unfaithful wife and mother who leaves home only to return 12 years later to fall in love with her husband. CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOWER BASIN STREET (5-5-40) Geno Hamilton introduces this tribute to Dixieland music, with Paul Lavalle, Henry “Hot Lips” Levine, Benny Carter. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (5-14-47) Isolated episode of “The Adventures of the Stolen Star” with Ed Prentiss as Captain Midnight. The Secret Squadron, flying over Yucatan, spot a downed plane and they land to offer help. RED SKELTON SHOW (5-14-52) The Skelton Scrapbook offers “The Rumor” with Red as Clem Kadiddlehopper, as Willy Lump-Lump and as Junior, the Mean Widdle Kid. Rebroadcast: 5/21/2016 – 5/27/2016.
May 29, 1971 – NATIONAL RADIO MONTH Part 5
PROGRAM 57: COMMAND PERFORMANCE (2-15-45) “Dick Tracy in B Flat” or “For Goodness Sakes, Isn’t He Ever Going to Marry Tess Trueheart?” It’s the “first comic strip operetta” starring Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Jerry Colonna, Bob Hope, Frank Morgan, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Cass Daley. MA PERKINS RE-CREATION (5-29-71) A live-in-our-studio re-enactment of an original “Ma Perkins” radio script starring a number of Chicago radio and television personalities: Rita Ascot Boyd, Viola Berwick, Johnny Coons, Phil Bowman and Bob Kennedy. MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (1940s) “The Man with the Black Beard” starring Mercedes McCambridge. A woman has recurring dreams that a man with a black beard is trying to kill her. CLUB 15 (1940s) Music and humor with Bob Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Margaret Whiting, the Pied Pipers and Jerry Gray and the orchestra. Rebroadcast: 5/28/2016 – 6/3/2016.
June 5th, 1971 – REMEMBER SATURDAY MORNING
PROGRAM 58: SMILIN’ ED’S GANG (11-1-47) Ed and his Buster Brown gang including Froggy the Gremlin, Midnight the Cat, Squeeky the Mouse, Granny and Shortfellow, the poet. Ed tells the story of “Robin Hood and the Jousting Tourney.” ARMSTRONG THEATRE OF TODAY (1-3-48) “Thunder and the Miracle” starring Joan Caulfield in a romantic drama. One rainy afternoon, Angie, who works in a flower shop selling flowers to men who already have a girl, wishes for a tall, dark, good looking man for herself. LET’S PRETEND (8-10-46) “The Story of Faithful John,” King Richard’s faithful servant who tries to keep the King from falling in love with the princess. Cream of Wheat commercials. ARCHIE ANDREWS (1940s) Plumbing problems plague Archie, his family, his friend Jughead and the gang. Rebroadcast: 6/4/2016 – 6/10/2016.
June 12th, 1971 – MOVIES ARE BETTER THAN EVER – ON RADIO
PROGRAM 59: LEO IS ON THE AIR (1938) “Love Finds Andy Hardy.” A radio preview of the MGM film about Andy getting involved with a bevy of young beauties. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is motion picture actress IRENE DUNNE in a telephone conversation recorded April 28, 1971. ACADEMY AWARD (9-18-46) “White Cliffs of Dover” starring Irene Dunne with Sir Aubrey Smith and Jeff Chandler. An American woman marries a British soldier in this World War I romance. FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-11-47) Excerpt. Fred and guest Bing Crosby spoof the movies with their version of the “Hollywood Mikado.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film actress and former child star MARGARET O’BRIEN in a conversation recorded April 4, 1971. ACADEMY AWARD (12-18-46) “Lost Angel” starring Margaret O’Brien with Jeff Chandler. Story of a child, trained as a genius, who learns life’s simple pleasures. . Rebroadcast: 6/11/2016 – 6/17/2016.
June 19th, 1971 – ORSON WELLES
GENIUS AT WORK ON RADIO
PROGRAM 60: THIRD MAN (1950s) Orson Welles stars as Harry Lime in “Greek Meets Greek.” Lime is quarantined with a case of the measles when a woman enters his room with a story of murder. 14 AUGUST: A MESSAGE FOR THE DAY OF VICTORY (8-14-45) Orson Wells speaks Norman Corwin’s words on the last day of World War II. THE SHADOW (1938) “The Firebug” starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston/Shadow. A series of tenement fires have resulted in many deaths. The city is being terrorized and the police are baffled. The Shadow steps in and investigates. BILL STERN’S SPORTS NEWSREEL (1946) The famed sportscaster and storyteller welcomes guest Orson Welles. SUSPENSE (4-13-44) “The Marvelous Barrastro” starring Orson Welles with Hans Conried. Welles plays a dual role in this story about the “second greatest magician” who tells his strange story to Suspense producer William Spear. Rebroadcast: 6/18/2016 – 6/24/2016.
June 26th, 1971 – BEHIND THE FLICKERING GREEN EYE
PROGRAM 61: GUNSMOKE (1950s) William Conrad stars as Marshall Matt Dillon with Parley Baer as Chester, whose father comes to town looking for “my son, the marshal of Dodge City.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST is comedian DANNY THOMAS in an interview recorded at Chicago’s Mill Run Theatre on April 26, 1971. JOAN DAVIS SHOW (1940s) Guest is Danny Thomas. Joan wants to embark upon a new career for herself and, feeling that “clothes make the career,” she takes her wardrobe to “tailor” Danny Thomas. STORY OF DR, KILDARE (1949) Lew Ayers stars as Dr. Kildare with Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie and Gale Gordon as Dr. Carou. At Blair General Hospital, Carou presents Kildare and Gillespie with a problem: his wife is too fat and must lose 20 pounds so she can dance in a show to benefit the hospital’s proposed new polio wing. SUSPENSE (3-30-58) “The Sisters” starring Frances Farmer and Cathy Lewis. Two weird sisters live alone and one buys a casket for the other. Rebroadcast: 6/25/2016 – 7/1/2016.
July 3rd, 1971 – THE LEGEND OF EDDIE CANTOR
PROGRAM 62: LEGEND OF EDDIE CANTOR (1960s) Narrated by George Jessell, this documentary is Part 1 of a commercial recording honoring the great comedian. EDDIE CANTOR PROGRAM (1-30-47) It’s Eddie’s 55th birthday and he decides to set up his own radio network. All he needs is a half million dollars and he plans to get it from his guests: Jack Benny, Ralph Edwards and Peter Lind Hayes. ASK EDDIE CANTOR (1960) Eddie reads letters from listeners, answers requests and gives advice. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (11-19-48) It’s Cantor’s 18th anniversary on radio. Guests are George Montgomery and Dinah Shore, who try to get out of going to Eddie’s anniversary party. LEGEND OF EDDIE CANTOR (1960s) The documentary, narrated by George Jessell, continues. Rebroadcast: 7/2/2016 – 7/8/2016.
July 10th, 1971 – DRAMA ON RADIO
PROGRAM 63: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor PAT O’BRIEN who talks about his film career in a conversation recorded June 22, 1971. This lengthy interview, conducted at the Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park, Illinois, will be presented throughout the afternoon. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (9-16-48) “Goodbye Mr. Chips” starring Ronald Colman in James Hilton’s classic story about the life of an English schoolmaster. GUEST STAR (1950) “No Redheads Wanted” starring Pat O’Brien in a most familiar role – that of a priest. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (2-16-41) “Brother Orchid” starring Pat O’Brien, Donald Crisp, Carol Landis and Roger Pryor. A racketeer joins a monastery. BROWNSTONE THEATRE (5-16-45) “Prisoner of Zenda” starring Jackson Beck and Gertrude Warner. A look-alike for the King of Ruitania becomes involved in a plot of murder and falls in love with the King’s betrothed. Rebroadcast: 7/9/2016 – 7/15/2016.
July 17th, 1971 – HELLO, SPORTS FANS!
PROGRAM 64: BILL STERN’S SPORTS NEWSREEL (11-25-49) Broadcasting from Chicago on the eve of a big football game, the famed sportscaster’s guests are the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1950s) Jack and Rochester are getting ready for the annual spring picnic. At the beach, Jack teams up with the Beverly Hills Beavers to play Don Wilson and the gang in a baseball game. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (10-7-48) “Elmer the Great” starring Bob Hope in Ring Lardner’s classic baseball story. FRED ALLEN SHOW (11-25-45) Guest Leo Duroucher joins Fred in a musical spoof called “The Brooklyn Pinafore.” PLUS – “The Sports Answer Man” and Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” routine. Rebroadcast: 7/16/2016 – 7/22/2016.
July 24th, 1971 – TUNE IN TOMORROW
PROGRAM 65: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (2-7-45) Isolated episode in which Superman fights the Japanese army. TERRY AND THE PIRATES (2-17-47) Isolated episode in the continuing adventure of “The Mechanical Eye.” MARY NOBLE, BACKSTAGE WIFE (1935) Isolated episode in the long-running daytime drama. Mary is jealous of her husband Larry, “matinee idol of millions.” CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (10-1-40) Isolated episode in the series starring Ed Prentiss in the title role. Second show in the Ovaltine series. YOUNG WIDDER BROWN (1960s) Isolated episode. Anthony Loring is in jail and Ellen Brown pays him a visit. HOP HARRIGAN (9-17-43) Isolated episode in which a character says, ”The more I see you Americans, the more I realize what a fool Hitler is.” JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (1939) Isolated episode. Jack, Billy, Betty and Uncle Jim visit the mysterious Great Grand Lama in Tibet to return the Secret Sacred Sanskrit parchment scroll. Rebroadcast: 7/23/2016 – 7/29/2016.
July 31st, 1971 – THE MASTER OF MANY VOICES Saluting Mel Blanc
PROGRAM 66: OUR SPECIAL GUEST in this TWTD program honoring him is MEL BLANC. The interview was recorded when he was in Chicago for a television appearance on April 26, 1971. MEL BLANC SHOW (10-1-46) Complete program featuring Mel in his Fix-It Shop, with Mary Jane Croft, Joe Kearns, Sportsman Quartet. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1950s) Mel Blanc is the voice of Polly the Parrot and is the bakery clerk when Jack stops in to purchase some cinnamon rolls. PLUS – Mel Blanc voices several Warner Bros. cartoons and appears as Pedro and in a Maw and Paw sketch on the Judy Canova Show. Rebroadcast: 7/30/2016 – 8/5/2016.
August 7th, 1971 – X RATED RADIO!
PROGRAM 67: DIMENSION X (8-11-50) “The Castaways” by Earnest Kinoy. The US Military is preparing an atomic bomb test on a small island in the Pacific. The island must be cleared of all people, but the natives don’t want to leave. X MINUS ONE (1950s) “Chain of Command.” A mouse in a top secret atomic laboratory complains about the trap by the front door of his house. The Chief of Security takes the mouse and the problem to the Pentagon. THE MAN CALLED X (10-2-47) Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston with Leon Belasco as Pagon Zeldschmidt, his sidekick. On a semi-tropical island in the Atlantic Ocean, Thurston tries to recover some stolen plans from an atomic power project. PLUS – A “sound letter” from listener Richard Wagner offering a musical trivia quiz. Rebroadcast: 8/6/2016 – 8/12/2016.
August 14th, 1971 – THOSE THRILLING DAYS OF YESTERYEAR
PROGRAM 68: GANGBUSTERS (1950s) The story of how wiretapping a public telephone helps apprehend a trio of wanted criminals. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (4-3-39) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll in their first broadcast for Campbell Soup and their first on the Columbia Network. NOTE—Chuck tells of some correspondence between himself and Charles Correll regarding this Amos ‘n’ Andy program. MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (1950s) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning. Liz tries out for the lead in the Woman’s Club play but doesn’t get the part. NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (2-5-44) Nick and his companion Patsy solve “The Mystery of the Corpse in the Cab” or “Nick Carter and the Mystery of Murder in the Park.” PLUS—Baby Snooks and Daddy with some CBS radio program features. Rebroadcast: 8/13/2016 – 8/19/2016.
August 21st, 1971 – HOLLYWOOD SCREEN TEST
PROGRAM 69: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is producer/entertainer KEN MURRAY who talks about the great Hollywood days. This conversation was recorded August 6, 1971 while he was in Chicago promoting his book, “The Golden Days of San Simeon.” The interview is presented throughout the afternoon. ACADEMY AWARD (8-7-46) “Watch on the Rhine” starring Paul Lucas. A German man and his wife are pursued and harassed by Nazi agents during World War II. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (1940s) “Gildersleeve’s Bad Day” starring Harold Peary and the radio cast in this version of the RKO Radio Pictrure. Gildy gets called to jury duty in Judge Hooker’s court. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (10-16-47) “Bells of St. Mary’s” starring Bing Crosby and Joan Carroll. Father O’Mally and Sister Benedict try to raise funds for a new church school. Rebroadcast: 8/20/2016 – 8/26/2016.
August 28th, 1971 – REMEMBER TELEVISION
PROGRAM 70: HOWDY DOODY TIME (1960) An abbreviated radio version of the popular kids’ TV show. Buffalo Bob Smith and fun in the Peanut Gallery. CAPTAIN VIDEO (1960s) A special recording offering an audio version of the TV series with Al Hodge as Captain Video. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are IMOGENE COCA and her husband KING DONAVAN as they talk about their TV and movie careers, including Imogene on “Your Show of Shows.” They were in town for a TV appearance when we recorded this conversation on June 18, 1971. MY LITTLE MARGIE (1950s) Radio version of the popular TV show, starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell with Verna Felton and Frank Nelson. Margie plans a surprise birthday party for her dad. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor/comedian SID CAESAR, star of TV’s “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” who was in town appearing at the Drury Lane Theatre. This conversation was recorded August 11, 1971. DRAGNET (1940s) Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday with Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith. They go after a con man conducting a diamond swindle. PLUS—Jack Paar on the “Tonight Show”; and a lengthy audio clip from the Ford 50th Anniversary Show featuring Mary Martin and Ethel Merman. Rebroadcast: 8/27/2016 – 9/2/2016.
September 4th, 1971 – LABOR OF LOVE
PROGRAM 71: IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (2-7-44) Emcee Tom Howard with panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton in a zany quiz show with questions like, “What would you call a person who is afraid of water?” Answer: “Dirty.” TRIVIA PANEL in our studio, during our broadcast, featuring representatives of Chicago’s daily newspapers: RON YATES of the Chicago Tribune’s “Action Express”; CHUCK McWHINNIE of Chicago Today’s “Action Line”; and LOU PUPICH, editor of “TV Scout” and “TV Preview” in the Chicago Sun-Times. PHILCO RADIO TIME (1-29-47) Bing Crosby stars with guests Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in a sketch telling how the trio first met: “The Road to Hollywood.” RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (1940s) “The Ice Pick Murder” starring Dick Powell. A man with an ice pick in his back falls into the office of the Diamond Detective Agency. NOTE: This is our last Saturday program before we move to Sunday afternoons for 11 weeks to make way for Northwestern Wildcat Football broadcasts on WLTD. Rebroadcast: 9/4/2016 – 9/9/2016.
September 12th, 1971 – ALLEN’S ALLEY
PROGRAM 72: OMNIBUS (10-17-54) Excerpt from the TV series audio track. Fred Allen reminisces about his career and discusses his book, “Treadmill to Oblivion.” CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-2-47) Edgar Bergen and company welcomes guest Fred Allen. Charlie has a toothache and learns that his tooth will have to be extracted. Under sedation, Charlie dreams that he dies and goes to “heck” where he meets Fred Allen. BIOGRAPHY IN SOUND (1956) Jack Haley narrates a tribute to Fred Allen shortly after his death on March 17, 1956. Features excerpts from many Allen broadcasts and comments from the people who knew him: Jack Benny, Harry Von Zell, Kenny Delmar, Alan Reed, Jimmy Durante, Tallulah Bankhead, Goodman Ace and others. FRED ALLEN SHOW (4-11-48) Fred’s guest is actor Basil Rathbone, who joins Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, and the regulars. Fred portrays his famous detective One Long Pan in a mystery script he wrote for Rathbone. NOTE: This is our first Sunday program for 11 weeks during the WLTD-Northwestern Wildcat football season. Rebroadcast: 9/10/2016 – 9/16/2016.
September 19th, 1971 – WEST OF THE DIAL
PROGRAM 73: GUNSMOKE (1950s) William Conrad stars as Marshall Matt Dillon. In this episode, there’s a reward out for the “killer” of Dillon. MELODY RANCH (1954) Gene Autry stars with Pat Buttram and the Cass County Boys. Autry tells how he helped a rancher save his ranch from a crooked banker. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is pioneer radio broadcaster and singer/orchestra leader RUDY VALLEE who speaks to us by phone from his home in California. Conversation recorded on September 9, 1971 in advance of a personal appearance in Chicago. LONE RANGER (3-11-50) The Masked Man and his faithful Indian companion search for a man who has been seen impersonating the Lone Ranger. Brace Beemer and John Todd star. Rebroadcast: 9/17/2016 – 9/23/2016.
September 26th, 1971 – YOU AIN’T HEARD NOTHIN’ YET!
PROGRAM 74: SHELL CHATEAU (8-10-35) Excerpt from an early Jolson radio series. Jolie sings “Avalon.” LIFEBUOY SHOW (11-1-38) Excerpt from another Jolson series with Al and Parkyakus and announcer Tiny Ruffner. Jolson sings “So Help Me.” LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-22-50) “Jolson Sings Again” starring Al Jolson as himself, with Barbara Hale, Ludwig Donath and William Demarest. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-6-49) Excerpt starring Al Jolson and his guest Larry Parks, who starred as Al in the films “Jolson Story” and “Jolson Sings Again.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST, joining us in our studio throughout the broadcast, is DICK ANDERSON, member of the International Al Jolson Society and a leading authority on the legend of Jolson. Rebroadcast: 9/24/2016 – 9/30/2016.
October 3rd, 1971 – WELL CALCULATED RADIO
PROGRAM 75: SUSPENSE (3-31-57) “A Good Neighbor” starring Jeff Chandler with Virginia Gregg. An employee steals $150,000 in diamonds from his firm. SUSPENSE (3-6-47) “Elwood” starring Eddie Bracken with Cathy Lewis. A young gas station attendant and his former school teacher find the strangled body of a man. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actress AGNES MOOREHEAD who talks about her radio career and appearances on “Suspense.” Conversation recorded July 17, 1971 while she was in Chicago for a personal appearance. SUSPENSE (2-13-47) “The Thirteenth Sound” starring Agnes Moorehead with Bill Johnstone. A woman and her husband drive to a house where she plans to kill him. SUSPENSE (8-16-55) “A Study in Wax” starring William Conrad and Stacy Harris. Two men are stationed at a weather station in the arctic. Their radio has been destroyed in a fire and they soon get on each other’s nerves. Rebroadcast: 10/1/2016 – 10/7/2016.
October 10th, 1971 – TEAMWORK ON THE AIR
PROGRAM 76: TREASURY STAR PARADE (9-10-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as Fibber McGee and Molly. McGee tries to get out of watering the lawn by convincing Teeny to do the job for him. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-23-47) Edgar Bergan and his friends, Charlie and Mortimer Snerd with guest Carman Miranda. Bergen tells Charlie the story of Robinson Caruso. Later, Charlie becomes a bullfighter to impress Carmen Miranda. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor VAN JOHNSON who talks about his lengthy career. Conversation recorded at the Arlington Park Theatre October 6, 1971. GUEST STAR (8-1-50) “Taxi, Taxi” starring Van Johnson. Boy meets girl in a cab. Girl “accidentally” drops wallet. Boy returns wallet. Girl marries boy. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (2-14-54) Celebrating a Silver Anniversary! At the beginning of their second quarter-century as Amos ‘n’ Andy, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll present their life story – a look at their beginnings and how their characters grew. Guests include Bill Hay, Edward R. Murrow, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny and Lowell Thomas. Mr. AND MRS. NORTH (6-10-44) “The Wilbur Wills Problem” starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North. Wilbur asks the Norths to catch a murderer: his! Rebroadcast: 10/8/2016 – 10/14/2016.
October 17th, 1971 – TAKE FIFTEEN
PROGRAM 76: TREASURY STAR PARADE (9-10-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as Fibber McGee and Molly. McGee tries to get out of watering the lawn by convincing Teeny to do the job for him. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-23-47) Edgar Bergan and his friends, Charlie and Mortimer Snerd with guest Carman Miranda. Bergen tells Charlie the story of Robinson Caruso. Later, Charlie becomes a bullfighter to impress Carmen Miranda. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor VAN JOHNSON who talks about his lengthy career. Conversation recorded at the Arlington Park Theatre October 6, 1971. GUEST STAR (8-1-50) “Taxi, Taxi” starring Van Johnson. Boy meets girl in a cab. Girl “accidentally” drops wallet. Boy returns wallet. Girl marries boy. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (2-14-54) Celebrating a Silver Anniversary! At the beginning of their second quarter-century as Amos ‘n’ Andy, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll present their life story – a look at their beginnings and how their characters grew. Guests include Bill Hay, Edward R. Murrow, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny and Lowell Thomas. Mr. AND MRS. NORTH (6-10-44) “The Wilbur Wills Problem” starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North. Wilbur asks the Norths to catch a murderer: his! Rebroadcast: 10/8/2016 – 10/14/2016.
October 24th, 1971 – THIS IS YOUR LIFE,
PROGRAM 78: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is the creator and star of “Truth or Consequences” and “This Is Your Life,” RALPH EDWARDS, speaking to us on the phone from his office in Beverly Hills, California. Conversation recorded October 7, 1971. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (5-21-49) Ralph Edwards with several silly stunts for contestants; comments about the town named after the program, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; and the Mr. Heartbeat contest winner. THIS IS YOUR LIFE (5-24-49) Ralph Edwards surprises boxer Barney Ross and reveals his life story. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (12-20-47) Ralph Edwards offers a “Christmas party” holiday stunt and then, in a special segment –perhaps a forerunner to his “This is Your Life” series- reunites a hospitalized veteran with his family. Rebroadcast: 10/22/2016 – 11/4/2016.
October 31st, 1971 – BOO, IT’S HALLOWEEN
PROGRAM 79: NOTE: This program has not been archived. It is missing from our collection.
November 27th, 1971 – RADIO TO PLAN
YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST BY
PROGRAM 84: BREAKFAST CLUB (1960) Broadcast in the US in September, 1960, this segment of the program was recorded by the Armed Forces Radio Service for broadcast to military audiences around the world on Christmas Day. Don McNeill stars with Fran Allison as Aunt Fanny and the whole gang of regulars. LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-10-47) “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed with Victor Moore in a radio version of the Frank Capra film. George Bailey, facing ruin, receives help in the form of a Guardian Angel, sent from Heaven. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (1-11-43) “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore in highlights from the Irving Berlin film musical from 1942. Rebroadcast: 11/26/2016 – 12/2/2016.
December 4th, 1971 – RADIO TO ADDRESS CHRISTMAS CARDS BY
PROGRAM 85: NOTE: This program has not been archived. It is missing from our collection.
December 11th, 1971 – RADIO TO WRAP
CHRISTMAS GIFTS BY
PROGRAM 86: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-24-40) The McGees receive a package intended for delivery to their next door neighbor, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve: a radio-phonograph combination, which Fibber accidentally wrecks while opening the package. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor DON AMECHE who talks about his career on radio, especially with Bergen and McCarthy, W. C. Fields, and the Bickersons. Interview recorded at Pheasant Run Playhouse on December 7, 1971. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-25-50) Book 81, Chapter 21. “Christmas with the Barbours.” Henry Barbour reads a letter from Pinky. Fanny Barbour plays “Silent Night” on the piano. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-19-48) “America’s favorite young couple” decide on a practical Christmas gift for each other: a radio-phonograph combination. And the Nelsons also agree not to exchange personal gifts. PLUS—Charlie McCarthy and W. C. Fields; The Bickersons with Don Ameche and Frances Langford. Rebroadcast: 12/10/2016 – 12/16/2016.
December 25th, 1971 – CHRISTMAS DAY!
PROGRAM 88: SUSPENSE (12-22-57) “Dog Star” starring Evelyn Rudie in an unusual Christmas drama, reflecting radio’s comment on the “space age.” A young girl wants a dog for Christmas, but her father says “no.” Then a Russian satellite, carrying a dog, crash-lands in the community near her home. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-25-44) Christmas greetings to our men and women in the service around the world. Emcee for this two-hour program is Bob Hope, “telling all you Japs and Nazis from Berlin to Sumatra your chances are as slim as half a Frank Sinatra!” It’s an all-star variety program featuring Xavier Cugat and the Orchestra; Spike Jones and his City Slickers; Ginny Simms; Jimmy Durante; Dinah Shore; Jack Benny; Fred Allen; Kay Kyser and his Orchestra; Frances Langford; Dorothy Lamour; Danny Kaye; W. C. Fields; and Judy Garland. Plus Spencer Tracy presenting a dramatization of Charles Tazewell’s Christmas story “The Small One” with Lee J. Cobb, Skippy Homier, Howard Duff, Elliott Lewis. The Ken Darby Chorus and all the vocal talent on the show present a medley of familiar Christmas Carols. Rebroadcast: 12/24/2016 – 12/30/2016.
January 1st, 1972 – HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH GOOD OLD RADIO
PROGRAM 89: NOTE: Today’s program is expanded to six hours. MEL BLANC SHOW (12-31-46) Betty’s dad wants to be elected Zebra of the Year and insists that Mel help get votes for him. Mel stars in a New Year’s Eve pageant he wrote and produced. PHILCO RADIO TIME (1-1-47) Bing Crosby stars on this New Year’s Day program with guest Joe Frisco, “the man who refused to let vaudeville die.” MILTON BERLE SHOW (12-30-47) Milton offers a “Salute to New Year’s” with a recap of the year 1947 and how he stayed at home last New Year’s Eve. KOLLEGE OF MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE (1-3-45) Kay Kyser’s fun-filled musical show with lots of songs and comedy provided by Ish Kabibble, Sully Mason, Fergie Froghammer and the Town Criers. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actress GINGER ROGERS who recalls her motion picture career in a conversation with Chuck Schaden recorded December 9, 1971 while she was in Chicago on a promotional tour. LUX RADIO THEATRE (1-29-45) “Lady in the Dark” starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. A fantasy about a successful career woman undergoing psychoanalysis. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-31-40) Fibber finds a wrist watch and advertises for its owner. Rebroadcast: 12/31/2016 – 1/6/2017.
January 8th, 1972 – I LOVE A MYSTERY – Part 1
PROGRAM 90: DUFFY’S TAVERN (9-22-44) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, the manager, who attempts to get a date with guest, actress Gene Tierney. He wants to take her for a walk in the park, but she would rather go to the Stork Club. I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) “Bury Your Dead, Arizona” starring Russell Thorson, Jim Boles and Tony Randall as Jack, Doc and Reggie of the A-1 Detective Agency. They travel via freight train to the town of Bury Your Dead where they meet Maestro, an incredibly fat magician who terrorizes the village when he turns his beautiful assistant, Natasha, played by Mercedes McCambridge, into a werewolf. Today we present the first seven chapters of this adventure. The concluding eight episodes will be presented next week. Rebroadcast: 1/8/2017 – 1/13/2017.
January 15th, 1972 – I LOVE A MYSTERY – Part 2
PROGRAM 91: I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) The concluding eight episodes of the Carlton E. Morse adventure, “Bury Your Dead, Arizona.” ALDRICH FAMILY (1940s) Instead of delivering a fruitcake to his mother, Henry goes ice skating and falls through the ice. Homer tries to get a dry pair of trousers from Henry’s room without letting Mrs. Aldrich know what happened. Rebroadcast: 1/14/2017 – 1/20/2017.
January 22nd, 1972 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 92: YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (7-4-51) “The Alonzo Chapman Matter” starring Edmund O’Brien as America’s fabulous free-lance insurance investigator. A traveling salesman is found shot to death in a parking lot. Dollar investigates and finds that Chapman met a young lady in a bar. MA PERKINS RE-ENACTMENT (5-29-71) A respectful re-enactment of an isolated episode of the long-running daytime drama, originally presented live on Those Were The Days, featuring Chicago broadcast personalities Bob Kennedy, Rita Ascot Boyd, Phil Bowman, Johnny Coons and Viola Berwick. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (9-28-47) Charlie wants to go out with guest Betty Hutton, but Bergen says she’s too wild and not refined enough for Charlie. INNER SANCTUM (1940s) “Twice Dead” starring Larry Haines. “Here on cathedral rock, David Morgan, grief-tortured, tugged his wife’s impaled body off the bloody point of the tallest spire. There are those in the village who say that David’s mind is broken, because he insists Carol will come back to live with him…” Rebroadcast: 1/21/2017 – 1/27/2017.
January 29th, 1972 – FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
PROGRAM 93: FORD THEATRE (5-9-48) “The Front Page” a full-hour production of the classic story set in Chicago at the time of the city’s last hanging. John Larkin, Everett Sloane and Ed Begley star in this tough, hard-boiled comedy about a fast-talking reporter and a scheming editor. G.I. JOURNAL (1940s) Bing Crosby is this week’s “editor” as comedian Henry Morgan applies for the job of Literary Writer. His first assignment: interview singer Lena Horne. Others in cast: Ransom Sherman, Mal Blanc, John Scott Trotter and the orchestra. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (1940s) “McLoud’s Folly” starring Robert Young. In the depression days of the 1930s, a young man is looking for a job in a small American town. He is thrown in jail, but manages to convince the owner of the local newspaper to print the facts about poor conditions in the town jail. Rebroadcast: 1/29/2017 – 2/3/2017.
February 7th, 1976 – RADIO’S ALL-TIME FAVORITES!
PROGRAM 273: AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (3-3-44) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll star as Andy looks for Madame Queen’s signature THE STORY OF AMOS ‘N’ ANDY — Charles Correll reminisces about the career and success of radio’s all-time favorites with recollections by announcer Bill Hay, organist Gaylord Carter and sound clips from Sam ‘n’ Henry and early Amos ‘n’ Andy shows. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (1950s) Kingfish brushes up on his charm, but it has a negative effect on Sapphire. Rebroadcast: 2/4/2017 – 2/10/2017.
February 14th, 1976 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. BENNY!
PROGRAM 274: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-11-53) Jack and the cast, with a trip to the vault. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-29-491 Jack’s first show on CBS. LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-16-45) “Killer Kates” starring Jack Benny, Gail Patrick, Alan Reed. PLUS — throughout this afternoon, Jack Benny comments on his career, his age, his violin, money, schooling. And there will be an ample helping of excerpts on this spi:cial day: if Mr. Benny had lived, he would be celebrating his 39th birthday today. Rebroadcast: 2/11/2017 – 2/17/2017
February 21st, 1976 – RADIO’S CLIFF-HANGERS!
PROGRAM 275: BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (1930s) Journey to the center of the earth. HOP HARRIGAN (10-4-44) America’s Ace of the Airways DICK TRACY (1946) Case of the Broken Window STRAIGHT ARROW (3-24-49) Injun Trouble THE BLUE BEETLE (1940s) The nest in Diamonds TENNESSEE JED (5-26-47) Smuggling ring TERRY AND THE PIRATES (5-29-47) Adventure of the Limestone Ledge SKY KING (7-14-47) Land of the Diamond Scarab PLUS — OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be JACK MATHIS, author of “From the Valley of the Cliffhangers” and we’ll be chatting with him about those Republic movie serials from not-so-long-ago. Rebroadcast: 2/18/2017 – 2/24/2017.
February 28th, 1976 – SALUTE TO LURENE TUTTLE!
PROGRAM 276: SUSPENSE (11-13-47) “Riabushenskia” starring Lurene Tuttle and Joseph Kearns in the Ray Bradbury thriller. RED SKELTON SHOW (5-14-52) Red Skelton, Lurene Tuttle, Rod O’Connor, David Rose and the Orchestra. THE UNEXPECTED — “Nightmare” starring Lurene Tuttle. SAM SPADE (8-22-48) “The Bluebeard Caper” starring Howard Duff as Sam, Lurene Tuttle as Effie. MOVIETOWN RADIO THEATRE –“Lady in the Wind” starring Les Mitchell and Lurene Tuttle. PLUS — OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be LURENE TUTTLE reminiscing about her interesting career in radio, television and motion pictures. Rebroadcast: 2/25/2017 – 3/3/2017.
March 6th, 1976 – THE WEEK THAT WAS —
THE SUNDAY SHOWS
PROGRAM 277: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-14-49) Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day. MAYOR OF THE TOWN (1940s) Lionel Barrymore, Agnes Moorehead. FRED ALLEN SHOW (11-28-48) guest George Jessell. LUM AND ABNER (1949). JURGEN’S JOURNAL WITH WALTER WINCHELL (9-5-48). WOODBURY HOLLYWOOD NEWS WITH LOUELLA PARSONS (11-3-46) Marvin Miller. OUR MISS BROOKS (1940s) Eve Arden, Gale Gordan, Richard Crenna. Rebroadcast: 3/4/2017 – 3/10/2017.
March 13th, 1976 – THE WEEK THAT WAS —
THE MONDAY SHOWS
PROGRAM 278: INNER SANCTUM (11-14-49) “Wish to Kill.” ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (6-30-47) “The Innocent Murderess” starring Nigel Bruce and Tom Conway. LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-16-49) “April Showers” starring Jack Carson, Dorothy Lamour, Robert Alda. MY FRIEND IRMA (1940s) Marie Wilson as Irma, Cathy Lewis as Jane. RADIO CITY PLAYHOUSE (2-21-49) “One From Three Leaves Two” with Jan Minor and John Larkin. Rebroadcast: 3/11/2017 – 3/17/2017.
March 20th, 1976 – THE WEEK THAT WAS —
THE TUESDAY SHOWS
PROGRAM 279: THIS IS YOUR LIFE ( 5-24-49 ) Ralph Edwards presents the story of boxer Barney Ross. MR. AND MRS. NORTH (1940s) “Fool’s Gold” starring Joseph Curtain and Alice Frost. BOB HOPE SHOW (4-19-49) Doris Day, Irene Ryan, Les Brown and his orchestra, and guest Jimmy Durante. BIG TOWN (1940s) “Teenage Terror” Edward Pauley as Steve Wilson of the Illustrated Press. MR. ACE AND JANE (1-16-48) Goodman Ace and his wife Jane in the first show in the series. Rebroadcast: 3/18/2017 – 3/24/2017.
March 27th, 1976 – THE WEEK THAT WAS —
THE WEDNESDAY SHOWS
PROGRAM 280: CAN YOU TOP THIS? (5-14-48) Dennis James , Harry Hirschfield, Peter Donald, Joe Laurie, Jr, Ward Wilson. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE ( 3-9-49 ) Hal Peary stars as Gildy. DUFFY’S TAVERN (5-19-48 ) Ed Gardner is Archie who wants a raise. MR DISTRICT ATTORNEY (5- 19-48) “Spring Fever” stars Jay Jostyn as Mr. D.A . with Vikki Vola as Miss Miller, Len Doyle as Harrington. PHILCO RADIO TIME ( 1-26-49 ) Bing Crosby stars with Peggy Lee, Abe Burrows , Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra. CURTAIN TIME (5-8-48) “The Little Liar ” with Harry Elders and Margaret Brayton. Rebroadcast: 3/25/2017 – 3/31/2017.
April 3rd, 1976 – THE WEEK THAT WAS —
THE THURSDAY SHOWS
PROGRAM 281: ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (12-12-46) with Marilyn Maxwell, Skinnay Ennis and his orchestra. MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME (5-19-49) starring George Burns and Gracie Allen with guest Mickey Rooney. SUSPENSE (3-17-49) “Murder Through The Looking Glass” starring Gregory Peck. CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER —”Scene of the Crime.” HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (4-28-49) “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” starring James Dunn. FIRST NIGHTER (1-8-48) “Help Wanted: Female” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule. . Rebroadcast: 4/1/2017 – 4/7/2017.
April 10th, 1976 – THE WEEK THAT WAS —
THE FRIDAY SHOWS
PROGRAM 282: SEALTEST VILLAGE STORE (5-6-48) starring Jack Carson, Eve Arden, Frank DeVol and his orchestra. THIS IS YOUR FBI (6-15-45) “Confidence Game” narrated by Frank Lovejoy. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (5-27-48) with Billie Burke, Bert Gordon. RED SKELTON SHOW — Red is Clem Kadiddlehopper and Junior, the mean widdle kid. LIFE OF RILEY (3-29-47) William Bendix as Riley, worried about Peg’s love for him. FLETCHER HENDERSON AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1949) from the Casa Manana in Culver City, California. Rebroadcast: 4/8/2017 – 4/14/2017.
April 17th, 1976 – THE WEEK THAT WAS —
THE SATURDAY SHOWS
PROGRAM 283: GENE AUTRY’S MELODY RANCH with Pat Buttram. ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (1-8-49) “The Restless Day.” YOUR HIT PARADE (7-10-48) Frank Sinatra, Beryl Davis, Axel Stordahl and the orchestra. JUDY CANOVA SHOW with Mel Blanc, Sheldon Leonard, Hans Conried, Verna Felton. Judy seeks a career on television. CHICAGO THEATRE OF THE AIR (1-15-49) “H.M.S. Pinafore” complete with remarks by Col. Robert R. McCormick. Rebroadcast: 4/15/2017 – 4/21/2017.
April 24th, 1976 – THANKS AGAIN FOR LISTENING!
PROGRAM 284: As we complete six full years of broadcasting these vintage radio shows in the Chicago area, we’ll offer an afternoon of memories and sounds not only from the past six years, but from many golden years of radio programming. Since it’ll be a very special show, we’ll keep you in suspense until the 24th. But if you join us then, we’ll reward you with some great sounds from our Hall Closet. And, thanks again for listening! Rebroadcast: 4/22/2017 – 4/28/2017.
May 1st, 1976 – RADIO MONTH SPECIAL — Part 1
PROGRAM 285: TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS (3-9-52) starring Joel McCrea and Barbara Luddy. SPIKE JONES’ SPOTLIGHT REVUE (11-5-48) with Dorothy Shea, Doodles Weaver, George Rock and guest Jerry Colonna. MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS “The Bride and Groom Murder Case.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-10-43) Guest is Phil Baker, host of “Take It Or Leave It” … and Benny Goodman leads the band on this show from New York. GRAND,CENTRAL STATION (8-15-51) “If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit.” Rebroadcast: 4/29/2017 – 5/5/2017.
May 8th, 1976 – RADIO MONTH SPECIAL — Part 2
PROGRAM 286: LIFE OF RILEY (5-848) William Bendix stars as Chester A. Riley. It’s Mother’s Day at the Riley household. THIS IS WAR (3-21-42) “You’re On Your Own” starring Ezra Stone, Claude Raines. Everette Sloan. THE ALDRICH FAMILY (10-13-39) starring Ezra Stone and Betty Field in a very early show in the Aldrich Family series. SUSPENSE (4-20-58) “Alibi Me” starring Stan Freberg and Cathy Lewis. PHIL HARRIS/ALICE FAYE SHOW (4-24-49) 20th Century Fox wants Alice to do a movie for them. With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley. PLUS—OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be actor EZRA STONE reminiscing about his career on the stage, screen, radio and television. Rebroadcast: 5/6/2017 – 5/12/2017.
May 15th, 1976 – RADIO MONTH SPECIAL — Part 3
PROGRAM 287: THE BIG STORY (5-26-47) Cracking down on a lottery! MANHATTAN MERRY-GO-ROUND (1940’s) Thomas L. Thomas, Barry Roberts, Marion McManus. LET’S PRETEND (6-21-47) “Bluebeard”. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (10-18-44) with Bert Gordon, the Mad Russian and guest Esther Williams. ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (10-20-50) “Stamped for Murder” starring Sidney Greenstreet. PLUS—we’ll spend some time this afternoon reminiscing about a Chicago landmark, RIVERVIEW, the “world’s largest amusement park.” Rebroadcast: 5/13/2017 – 5/19/2017.
May 22nd, 1976 – RADIO MONTH SPECIAL — Part 4
PROGRAM 288: FRED ALLEN SHOW (11-25-45) with guest Leo Duroscher presenting “The Brooklyn Pinafore.” LORENZO JONES (1940s) Karl Swenson stars in an episode about the man who was “a character to the town, but not to his wife who loves him.” INNER SANCTUM (9-12-49) “The Vengeful Corpse” starring Karl Swenson and Barbara Weeks. JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (4-28-48) guest Lucille Ball. MOLLE MYSTERY THEATRE (5-21-48) “Solo Performance” starring Everette Sloan. PLUS—OUR SPECIAL GUESTS will be KARL SWENSON and his wife JOAN TOMKINS who will reminisce about their interesting radio careers. Rebroadcast: 5/20/2017 – 5/26/2017.
May 29th, 1976 – RADIO MONTH SPECIAL — Part 5
PROGRAM 289: BUSTER BROWN GANG (7-26-46) Smilin’ Ed McConnell and the gang: Squeeky the Mouse, Froggie the Gremlin, Midnight the Cat. THEATRE GUILD ON THE AIR (1940s) “State Fair” starring Van Johnson, Nancy Olson, Rosemary Rice, Dick Van Patten. NATIONAL BARN DANCE (1942) Ninth Anniversary Show with emcee Joe Kelly, The Dinning Sisters, Pat Buttram, Lulu Belle and Scotty, Eddie Peabody. CHARLIE MC CARTHY SHOW (11-16-47) guest Lana Turner. MYSTERY IS MY HOBBY (11-26-47) “Death is a Grain of Sand” featuring Glenn Langdon as Barton Drake. Rebroadcast: 5/27/2017 – 6/2/2017.
June 5th, 1976 – HORROR AND HUMOR!
PROGRAM 290: SUSPENSE (2-2-43) “The Doctor Prescribed Death” starring Bela Lugosi. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (1940s) Bud and Lou with guest Peter Lorre. MYSTERY IN THE AIR (8-14-47) “The Lodger” starring Peter Lorre and Agnes Moorehead. MYSTERY HOUSE (1944) “The Thirsty Death” starring Bela Lugosi, John Carradine and Lurene Tuttle. FRED ALLEN SHOW (11-18-45) Boris Karloff is guest. INNER SANCTUM (11-12-45) “The Wailing Wall” starring Boris Karloff. Rebroadcast: 6/3/2017 – 6/9/2017.
June 12th, 1976 – T-U-B-E OR NOT T-U-B-E!
PROGRAM 291: KUKLA, FRAN AND OLLIE (8-27-51) Burr Tillstrom, Fran Allison. FACES IN THE WINDOW (1-24-53) Ken Nordine narrates “The Pit and the Pendulum.” GARROWAY AT LARGE (4-29-51) Dave Garroway presents the regulars and guest Wally Cox. LET’S LOOK AT SPORTS (4-3-53) Sportscaster Torn Duggan looks at sports. (15 min). HOWDY DOODY TIME (8-9-52) Buffalo Bob Smith, Howdy Doody, Phineas T. Bluster, Flub-A-Dub, Dilly-Dally, Professor Fitznoodle. OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be DAVE GARROWAY reminiscing about his career in television and on radio. Rebroadcast: 6/10/2017 – 6/16/2017.
June 19th, 1976 – JUDY GARLAND, SUPERSTAR
PROGRAM 292: COMMAND PERFORMANCE (6-29-44) Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby. MILKMAN’S MATINEE (1951) Segment of New York based interview show with Judy as guest in the studio. (16 min). KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1948) Host Al Jolson and guest Judy Garland. JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW (12-2-62) Paar chats with guest Judy Garland who reminisces about her show business career. (35 min). SUSPENSE (11-21-46) “Drive In” starring Judy Garland. CHASE AND SANBORN SHOW (6-21-42) Starring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy with Judy Garland and Abbott and Costello. Rebroadcast: 6/17/2017 – 6/23/2017.
June 26th, 1976 – SALUTE TO MEL BLANC
PROGRAM 293: PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (4-2-50) with Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Mel Blanc. G.I. JOURNAL (1940s) Frank Sinatra, Ginger Rogers, Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Brian, Les Paul Trio. MEL BLANC SHOW (4-29-47) with Mary Jane Croft, Joe Kearns, Han Conried, Jim Backus, the Sportsmen. THE CISCO KID (1950s) “The Ringcon” starring Jack Mather as Cisco and Mel Blanc as Pancho. ARE YOU A GENIUS? (1940s) Mel Blanc hosts a quiz show for servicemen tuned in to Armed Forces Radio. (15 min). JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-14-46) Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Ronald and Benita Coleman and Mel Blanc (who appears as Jack’s violin teacher, Professor LeBlanc). PLUS — OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be MEL BLANC chatting about his career and doing some of his most famous characterizations. Rebroadcast: 6/24/2017 – 6/30/2017.
July 3rd, 1976 – OLD TIME RADIO SALUTES THE BI-CENTENNIAL
PROGRAM 294: MR. PRESIDENT (7-31-47) Edward Arnold stars. YOU ARE THERE (1950s) “Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1776” John Daly. ON A NOTE OF TRIUMPH (5-13-45) A victory special written and produced by Norman Corwin on the defeat of Adolph Hitler at the end of World War II. (60 min). VOICE OF THE ARMY A dramatization of the composition of “The Star Spangled Banner” featuring Johnny Mack Brown as Francis Scott Key. (15 min). THEATRE GUILD ON THE AIR (1950s) “George Washington Slept Here” starring Van Heflin, Kenny Delmar, Ann Rutherford. (50 min). Rebroadcast: 7/1/2017 – 7/7/2017.
July 10th, 1976 – LAUGHING OUT WEST!
PROGRAM 295: PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (2-26-50) Phil and Frankie Remley (Elliot Lewis) decide to make their own Western movie. LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-10-51) “Fancy Pants” starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. Hope is an English butler in the wild, wild west! COMMAND PERFORMANCE (7-26-44) Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Carole Landis, Roy Rogers, the Andrews Sisters, JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1953) Jack and the regulars, with guest Stanley Kramer (producer of the film “High Noon”) offer their version of the film, “High Noon.” Rebroadcast: 7/8/2017 – 7/14/2017.
July 17th, 1976 – CAUTION: THESE RADIO SHOWS MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH!
PROGRAM 296: CAMEL CARAVAN (8-10-37) “Benny Goodman’s Swing School” (Camel Cigarettes). BING CROSBY CHESTERFIELD SHOW (11-14-51) Bing and guests James Stewart, Anna Maria Alberghetti. TALES OF FATIMA (1940s) Basil Rathbone stars in “Time To Kill” (Fatima Cigarettes). OLD GOLD CIGARETTE TIME (5-14-48) Don Ameche and Frances Langford star with Frank Morgan. Don and Frances appear as “The Bickersons.” LUCKY STRIKE HIT PARADE (7-10-48) Frank Sinatra sings the Number One song. THE BIG STORY (12-22-47) “Russ Wilson’s Story” (Pall Mall Cigarettes). NOTE: Be sure to wear a filter during this program because ALL the cigarette commercials will be presented exactly as they were originally broadcast. Rebroadcast: 7/15/2017 – 7/21/2017.
July 24th, 1976 – GLENN MILLER ON THE AIR!
PROGRAM 297: AMERICA DANCES (11-6-38) Glenn Miller and the Orchestra from the Roseland State Ballroom, Boston. (18 min) GLENN MILLER’S MUSIC (7-26-39) from the Glen Island Casino with Kay Starr and Ray Eberle. (15 min) CHESTERFIELD SHOW (6-13-40) Glenn Miller broadcasting from The Civic Theatre in Chicago. (15 min) GLENN MILLER’S MUSIC (11-6-40) from the Cafe Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, with vocals by Ray Eberle, Marion Hutton and Jack Lathrop. (30 min) GLENN MILLER’S SUNSET SERENADE (8-30-41) First program in the series. From the Steel Pier, Atlantic City. (30 min) CHESTERFIELD SHOW (5-14-42) Miller and the band from Hollywood. (15 min) I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (6-10-44) from the Serviceman’s Center in Chicago, featuring Glenn’s Army Air Corps Band. (30 min) THE UPTOWN HALL (12-9-44) The Swing Sextet from Miller’s Army Air Corps Band led by Sgt. Mel Powell. From the BBC studios, Bedford, England. (15 min) THE SWING SHIFT (4-20-45) The dance band unit from Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps Band led by Sgt. Ray McKinley. From the Olympia Theatre, Paris, (10 min) OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be KARL PEARSON who provides all these Miller programs from his personal collection and who will introduce each broadcast. (See Karl’s “Notes From the Bandstand” on page 24 of this NEWSLETTER). Rebroadcast: 7/22/2017 – 7/28/2017.
July 31st, 1976 – ON THE AIR WITH ROGERS AND ASTAIRE!
PROGRAM 298: COMMAND PERFORMANCE (1940s) Ginger Rogers, Virginia O’Brien, Jimmy Durante, Golden Gate Quartet. BING CROSBY SHOW (5-9-51) Fred Astaire and Teresa Brewer are guests. ACADEMY AWARD (1946) “Kitty Foyle” starring Ginger Rogers in the radio version of the screen role that won her an Oscar. FRONT LINE THEATRE (1940s) “Vivacious Lady” starring Ginger Rogers and Walter Pigeon with James Dunn. MOVIE PREVIEW (1934) A radio promo for the film “Gay Divorcee” starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton. (15 min). BOB HOPE SHOW (1948) Fred Astaire is guest with regulars Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague. Rebroadcast: 7/29/2017 – 8/4/2017.
August 7th, 1976 – SUMMER FESTIVAL OF RADIO — Part 1
PROGRAM 299: JOAN DAVIS SHOW (1-21-46) with Andy Russell, Verna Felton, Shirley Mitchell, Harry Von Zell. CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (3-7-47) “The Mysterious Lodger” stars Staats Cotsworth as Casey, John Gibson as Ethelbert and Lesley Woods as Ann. JACK BENNY’S 10th ANNIVERSARY SHOW (May, 1943). A special broadcast tribute to Jack featuring Eddie Cantor, Ed Sullivan, the Quiz Kids, Claudette Colbert, Herbert Marshall, Don Wilson. LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-27-46) “Music For Millions” starring Margaret O’Brien, Jose Iturbi, Jimmy Durante, Frances Gifford. Based on the 1944 film. (50 min). TOMMY DORSEY SHOW (8-18-42) with Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Ziggy Elman, Buddy Rich, Pied Pipers. BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1940s) “A Ride in the Moonlight”. Rebroadcast: 8/5/2017 – 8/11/2017.
August 14th, 1976 – SUMMER FESTIVAL OF RADIO — Part 2
PROGRAM 300: JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (10-8-47) Guest Eddie Cantor and the Schnozzola reminisce about their days in show business. BOSTON BLACKIE (1940s) “The Golf Instructor” stars Richard Kollmar as Blackie. SUSPENSE (3-27-48) “Night Must Fall” starring Robert Montgomery, Dame Mae Whitty, Heather Angel, Matthew Bolton. A dreary house in the middle of the woods becomes the center of notoriety as a result of a murder. (60 min) LAND OF THE LOST ( 1940 s ) “Lead Pencilvania” is the story told by Isabel Manning Hewson in this kids’ adventure with Red Lantern, a big, red fish who glows under water. OZZIE AND HARRIET (1-20-49) Ozzie Nelson, the bus driver. Rebroadcast: 8/12/2017 – 8/18/2017.
August 21st 1976 – SUMMER FESTIVAL OF RADIO — Part 3
PROGRAM 301: ARBOGAST (11-2-51) Bob Arbogast and his sidekick Pete Robinson in comedy and music from Chicago. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (2-15-45) “Dick Tracy in B-Flat” or “For Goodness Sake, Isn’t He Ever Going to Marry Tess Truehart?” An all-star cast presents a comic strip opera and features Bing Crosby as Dick Tracy, Dinah Shore as Tess Truehart, Harry Von Zell as Old Judge Hooper, Jerry Colonna as the Police Chief, Bob Hope as Flattop, Frank Morgan as Vitamin Flintheart, Jimmy Durante as The Mole, Judy Garland as Snowflake, the Andrews Sisters as the Summer Sisters, Frank Sinatra as Shakey and Cass Daley as Gravel Girtie. (55 min). BIG TOWN (9-23-42) “Escape From Paris” starring Edward G. Robinson as Steve Wilson and Ona Munson as Lorelei Kilbourne, both of the Illustrated Press. BATTLE OF THE BANDS (7-30-49) An excursion in Modern Music as Charlie Barnett and Woody Herman square off in a music competition and Stan Kenton acts as referee. (45 min). EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (1-9-46) Guest is Ed Sullivan, with Bert Gordon, the Mad Russian. Rebroadcast: 8/19/2017 – 8/25/2017.
August 28th 1976 – SUMMER FESTIVAL OF RADIO — Part 4
PROGRAM 302: VILLAGE STORE (10-30-47) Jack Carson, Eve Arden. “Home Life of Al Jolson” sketch. LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-2-45) “Swanee River” starring AI Jolson, Frances Gifford, Dennis Morgan. The life story of Stephen Foster, based on the 1939 movie. Guest producer is Walter Houston. (60 min). CHARLIE MC CARTHY SHOW (5-3-42) Edward Everett Horton, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Ray Noble and the orchestra. RAY NOBLE AND HIS ORCHESTRA (3-13-35) Dance music from Noble and the band with singer Al Bowlly. SUSPENSE (3-23-50) “One and One’s A Lonesome” starring Ronald Reagan with Cathy Lewis. 8/26/2017 – 9/1/2017.
September 4th 1976 – THAT WONDERFUL YEAR — 1956
PROGRAM 303: ARTHUR GODFREY TIME (4-19-72) Arthur recalls the year 1956 and reminisces about Eivis Presley and others. SUSPENSE (1-10-56) “Two Platinum Capsules” starring Stacy Harris. NBC BANDSTAND (8-30-56) Ralph Flanagan and the orchestra, Bert Parks, Betty Madigan, The Four Lads. X MINUS ONE (1-10-56) “Colony” starring John Larkin, Fredricas Chandler. YOUR HIT PARADE (10-13-56) Dorothy Collins, Snooky Lanson, Gisele MacKenzie, Russell Arms, Raymond Scott and the Hit Parade orchestra. BIOGRAPHY IN SOUND (5-15-56) “A Salute to Network Radio” on the 30th anniversary. H. V. Kaltenborn narrates. SUSPENSE (7-11-56) “Want Ad” starring Stacy Harris. 9/2/2017 – 9/8/2017.
September 11th 1976 – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, N.B.C.
PROGRAM 304: N.B.C. PARADE OF STARS (12-14-46) An all-star variety show presents the full roster of National Broadcasting Company performers in the third annual broadcast. Featuring The Cities Service Orchestra; Phil Harris and Alice Faye; H. V. Kaltenborn; Manhattan Merry-Go-Round; Curtain Time; Red Skelton; People Are Funny; Bob Hope; Mr. District Attorney; Bill Stern; Bob Burns; One Man’s Family; Perry Como; Can You Top This?; Roy Rogers; Truth or Consequences; Alan Young; Dennis Day; Judy Canova; Duffy’s Tavern; Grand Ole Opry; Rudy Vallee; Lowell Thomas; many others. (approx. 150 minutes). OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be TV producer-director GREG GARRISON who brightened the early days of Chicago television and who is producing the NBC 50th Anniversary Special scheduled for Sunday evening, November 2 on NBC-TV. 9/9/2017 – 9/15/2017.
September 18th 1976 – COMIC STRIPS ON RADIO!
PROGRAM 305: DICK TRACY! (7-14-47) Captain Ash is brought to justice! (15 min). ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN! (12-31-45) The Spider! (15 min). MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN!— Mandrake and Lothar plan their next move! (15 min). BLONDIE! (5-27-45) Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake star as Blondie goes social climbing! (30 min). BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY! (1930s) The Mind Reading Machine! (15 min). TERRY AND THE PIRATES! — Case of the Goofy Gosling! (15 min). RED RYDER! (4-20-48) The Roar of the River! (30 min). CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT! (12-30-42) Destroy the Nazi Sub! (15 min). OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be comic book historian JOE SARNO, curator of The Nostalgia Shop, discussing the cross-over from comic books and newspapers to radio and television. 9/16/2017 – 9/22/2017.
September 25th 1976 – SCIENCE FICTION OR FACT?
PROGRAM 306: DIMENSION X (4-29-50) “No Contact.” SUSPENSE (9-9-62) “Strange Day in May” starring William Mason. TWO THOUSAND PLUS — “The Rocket and the Skull.” EXPLORING TOMORROW — “The Mimic.” SUSPENSE (2-7-48) “Donovan’s Brain” starring John McIntyre. (60 min). X MINUS ONE (12-19-56) “The Reluctant Heroes” starring Mandell Kramer and Bob Hastings. 9/23/2017 – 9/29/2017.
October 2nd, 1976 – DOUBLE FEATURE
PROGRAM 307: 1. A TRIBUTE TO VIC AND SADE (1972) Produced by Jack Foster, this two-hour salute features four Vic and Sade episodes from the late 1930s and early 1940s starring Art Van Harvey as Vic, Bernadine Flynn as Sade, Billy Idleson as Rush and Clarence Hartzell as Uncle Fletcher. We’ll present the first hour of the Tribute, then tune in to the second part of our Double Feature, after which we’ll resume the Vic and Sade presentation.) 2. LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-2-47) “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, Gail Patrick, Ludwig Donath, Tamara Shane in the radio version of the first talking picture. This is our annual Yom Kipper presentation of the beloved story of the Cantor’s son who wants a career in show business. (60 min). 9/30/2017 – 10/6/2017.
October 9th, 1976 – SILENT SCREEN STARS SPEAK ON RADIO!
PROGRAM 308: SUSPENSE (7-10-47) “Murder By the Book” starring Gloria Swanson (30 min). LAUREL AND HARDY (1930s) A humorous sketch dealing with Stan’s wedding and featuring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (9 min). SUSPENSE (5-4-43) “Death Flies Blind” starring Richard Dix and Montague Love with Gail Paige. (30 min). ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (Dec, 1946) “Shakespeare Folio” starring Francis X. Bushman as Nero Wolfe with Elliott Lewis as Archie. (30 min). SUSPENSE (8-28-43) “King’s Birthday” starring Dolores Costello. (30 min). HOLLYWOOD STAR PLAYHOUSE (1940s) “The Highlander” starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (25 min). SUSPENSE (9-9-43) “Marry For Murder” starring Lillian Gish. (30 min). 10/7/2017 – 10/13/2017.
October 16th, 1976 – HUSBANDS AND WIVES!
PROGRAM 309: MOLLE MYSTERY THEATRE (4-30-48) “Make No Mistake” with Allen Baxter. A lunchroom owner has trouble holding on to his wife who is apparently running away be-cause she’s terrified of some stranger. (30 min) BURNS AND ALLEN (9-1-44) George and Gracie’s guest is Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons. Gracie has a “scoop.” (30 min). SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (3-5-39) “Bridge of Mercy” starring Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson and Lionel Atwill, George Murphy is emcee. A “highly controversial” program (in 1939). A man is on trial for the mercy killing of his wife. (30 min). LIFE OF RILEY (3-22-47) William Bendix stars as Chester A. Riley with Paula Winslowe as his wife Peg. MURDER BY EXPERTS (4-17-50) “Two Can Die As Cheaply As One” featuring Lawson Zerbe and Marilyn Erskine as Johnny and Susan Duke in the comedy-mystery. The detective and his wife follow a diamond bracelet to death. (30 min). AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (10-24-48) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll star as radio’s all-time favorites. The Kingfish (Freeman Gosden) and his wife Sapphire (Ernestine Wade) prepare to celebrate their 20th Wedding Anniversary. (30 min). Rebroadcast: 10/14/17 – 10/20/17.
October 30th, 1976 – HALLOWE’EN WITH ARCH OBOLER!
PROGRAM 311: ARCH OBOLER’S PLAYS (7-29-39) “The Voice Within Me” by Arch Oboler. THE DEVIL AND MR. 0 (1940s) “The House Is Haunted” by Arch Oboler. ARCH OBOLER’S PLAYS (5-10-45) “Holiday 194X” by Arch Oboler. LIGHTS OUT (1940s) “Money, Money, Money”. OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be ARCH OBOLER, the foremost writer for radio who discusses his career and reminisces about radio’s golden age. EXTRA! Throughout the after-noon, we’ll present sounds from Arch Oboler’s Capitol recording, “Drop Dead” — an exercise in horror, presenting the fabulous story “The Dark” (the one where bodies are turned inside out!) and “The Chicken Heart.” Rebroadcast: 10/28/17 – 11/3/17.
November 6th, 1976 – RADIO GOES TO THE DOGS…AND CATS!
PROGRAM 312: DUFFY’S TAVERN (1940s) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, the Manager, who tries to go on the radio with Pierre, the Singing Dog! SUSPENSE (2-14-46) “Lucky Lady” starring Fay Bainter. A cat is blamed for murder. THE STORY OF DR. KILDARE (1940s) Lew Ayers and Lionel Barrymore star. Edward Carlton is bitten by a neighbor’s dog. ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (2-22-48) “The Wooden Claw” is the title of the case about a series of murders by a mysterious “cat killer.” ETHEL AND ALBERT (7-14-47) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce. Teddy the dog vs. Mrs. Friderbach. (15 min). ARCH OBOLER PRESENTS — “Cat Wife.” A man’s wife becomes…..! RED SKELTON SHOW (1940s) Skelton’s Scrapbook of Satire offers Willie Lump-Lump’s Lost Dog and Junior, the Mean Widdle Kid, the Mean Widdle Dog Fancier. Rebroadcast: 11/4/17 – 11/10/17.
November 13th, 1976 – A DAY WITH DENNIS DAY
PROGRAM 313: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (Dec, 1951) Jack and Mary Livingstone go to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see Dennis Day’s new – movie, “Golden Girl.” KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1948) Al Jolson, Oscar Levant, Ken Carpenter and guest Dennis Day. DENNIS DAY SHOW (1940s) starring Dennis Day, Bea Benaderet, Barbara Eiler, John Brown. Dennis has an idea for a radio show. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (1945) Lt. j.g. Dennis Day is host to Jack Benny, June Christy, the Hoosier Hot Shots, Rita Hayworth. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (8-4-57) Jack takes Dennis Day to see a psychiatrist. OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be DENNIS DAY who reminisces about his career and speaks of his association with Jack Benny. Rebroadcast: 11/11/17 – 11/17/17.
November 20th, 1976 – RIDIN’ THE RADIO RANGE!
PROGRAM 314: HOPALONG CASSIDY (1950s) “The Devil’s Drum” stars William Boyd as Hoppy. DEATH VALLEY DAYS (8-27-36) “Outlaw, Sam Bass.” SIX-GUN (1940s) “The Gun Ban.” Doc Six-Gun and his sidekick, Pablo, find a town where guns are not allowed. CISCO KID (1940s) “The Gunslinger.” Jack Mather is Cisco and Harry Lang is Pancho. FRONTIER TOWN (1940s) “Six Gun Justice” stars Tex (Jeff) Chandler as Chad Remington. ROY ROGERS SHOW (5-8-45) Guest is screen villian Porter Hall. Roy tells the story of Pecos Bill. With Pat Friday, Sons of the Pioneers. Rebroadcast: 11/18/17 – 11/24/17.
November 27th, 1976 – TIS THE SEASON!
PROGRAM 315: SUSPENSE (12-23-43) “Back For Christmas” starring Peter Lorre. CHRISTMAS SEAL SHOW (1952) starring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy with five year old Candice Bergen. (15 min). VISIT TO A DOLL FACTORY (1930s) It’s 14 shopping days to Christmas and Mutual Network reporters visit the Ideal Novelty and Toy Factory to see how dolls are made. (15 min). THIS IS MY BEST (12-19-44) “The Plot to Overthrow Christmas” by Norman Corwin starring Orson Welles as Nero and Ray Collins as Santa. A classic radio presentation. LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-10-51) “The Lemon Drop Kid” stars Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the radio version of their 1951 movie, based on the famous Damon Runyon story. Hope is The Kid, a racetrack tout who owes the Mob $10,000 which must be paid by Christmas. (60 min). OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be writer-producer director NORMAN CORWIN whose radio efforts in the 1930s and 40s won him acclaim throughout the world of broadcasting. Rebroadcast: 11/25/17 – 12/1/17.
December 4th, 1976 – RADIO TO PLAN YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST BY
PROGRAM 316: LET’S PRETEND (1950s) “The Night Before Christmas” with Uncle Bill Adams and the Let’s Pretend regulars. A mouse family goes to the North Pole to see what goes on on Christmas Eve. CALIFORNIA CARAVAN (12-21-47) “How Santa Claus Came to Simpson’s Bar” in Tuttleville, a small prospecting town out west. O’HENRY PLAYHOUSE (1940s) “The Gift of the Magi” is O’Henry’s classic Christmas story. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-11-49) Hal Peary stars as Gildy, shopping for Christmas presents. THE BIG STORY (12-19-44) “The Man in the Velvet Hat.” SUSPENSE (12-17-61) “Yuletide Miracle” stars Larry Haines, Santos Ortega, Joe De Santis and Rosemary Rice. Rebroadcast: 12/2/17 – 12/8/17.
December 7th, 1991 – RADIO AND WORLD WAR II – REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
PROGRAM 1100: We begin a four year series on radio and World War II. You’ll hear .. THE WORLD TODAY (12-7-41) John Daly anchors the network news on the day of the attack against Pearl Harbor. At the time of this broadcast, there has been no “official” word from the White House. Original broadcast from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (12-7-41) Excerpt. John Daly interrupts the concert with the official announcement from the White House. Deems Taylor’s usual intermission commentary is cancelled to present a recap of the events at Pearl Harbor. Reports from Honolulu and Washington and an announcement that all Armed Forces personnel are ordered to report for duty in the morning. CBS NEWS SPECIAL (12-8-41) Complete coverage of the Joint Session of Congress as President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. This is FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech. Originally broadcast at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-9-41) Fibber gets a discount at the Wistful Vista Department Store. Program opens with the latest war news and ends with a word to stay tuned for a message from the President of the United States and the singing of “My Country ‘tis of Thee.” FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (12-9-41) The president in his first wartime Fireside Chat, on all networks. He describes the events leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor, warns the public to beware of rumors and tells listeners he does not yet know the full extent of the damage at Pearl Harbor. He talks about Axis “sneak attacks without warning” and sets the tone and the challenge for all Americans. Originally broadcast at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Rebroadcast: 12/7/2011 – 12/13/2011.
December 14th, 1991 – RADIO TO ADDRESS CHRISTMAS CARDS BY
PROGRAM 1101: RED SKELTON (12-25-45) Clem Kadiddlehopper is a Christmas tree salesman. Junior the Mean Little Kid visits Santa at the department store. COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (12-21-46) “The Day They Gave Babies Away,” a heart-warming drama for Christmastime. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-16-41) Fibber brings home a Christmas tree he cut down himself. Sponsor Johnson’s Wax gives up two of its three commercials for war-related announcements in this program with a heavy WW II flavor. AN OLD-TIME RADIO CHRISTMAS CAROL (12-22-90) Ken Alexander stars as all the characters in a special Those Were The Days production. It’s a gentle fable for the holiday season about a man who believes in Christmas, but not in old-time radio! Three spirits try to convince him otherwise. BOSTON BLACKIE (1940s) Blackie tries to solve a Christmas Eve robbery. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-14-41) Jack and Mary Livingstone go Christmas shopping in this very early WW II broadcast. Latest news developments precede the program. Rebroadcast: 12/14/2011 – 12/20/2011.
December 21st, 1991 – RADIO TO WRAP, BAKE AND DECORATE BY
PROGRAM 1102: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-23-41) The McGees receive an unmarked Christmas package containing door chimes. HAROLD PEARY SHOW (12-23-50) “Honest Harold” trusts an old bank robber with the job of playing Santa Claus. SUSPENSE (12-21-53) “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” starring Greer Garson and Anne Whitfield. (We’re sorry only the first 1/2 of the broadcast is available). Rebroadcast: 12/21/2011 – 12/27/2011.
December 28th, 1991 – GREETINGS OF THE SEASON
PROGRAM 1103: ESCAPE (12-29-50) “The Cave,” a Christmastime story of two young boys who go exploring, find a cave and discover pirates. The spirit of the holiday saves them from disaster. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-30-41) Mrs. Uppington invites the McGees to a New Year’s Eve party and Mayor LaTrivia needs Fibber for some war bond work. Many WW II references throughout. 1941 IN REVIEW (12-28-41) A radio documentary of the historic moments of the year the U.S. entered WW II. Highlights: FDR’s Third Term Inaugural; the war in Europe; Churchill’s appeal to the U.S. for help; Lindbergh’s plea for continued isolationism; the sinking of the Bismarck; Japanese peace overtures; the bombing of Pearl Harbor; declaration of war. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-28-41) Jack’s traditional New Year’s broadcast. An interesting and moving early WW II program, just three weeks after Pearl Harbor. Rebroadcast: 12/28/2011 – 1/3/2012.
January 4th, 1992 – HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH GOOD OLD RADIO
PROGRAM 1104: JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (12-31-47) Jimmy’s in the hospital so his old friend Garry Moore subs. Guest is Red Skelton as Junior, the Mean Little Kid. HENRY MORGAN SHOW (1-1-47) Predictions for 1947 and a spoof of “Your Hit Parade.” SUSPENSE (12-28-58) “The 32nd of December” starring Frank Lovejoy. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-4-42) One of Gildy’s New Year’s resolutions is to go on a diet. STATE OF THE UNION (1-6-42) From the Capitol in Washington DC, President Roosevelt delivers his eleventh State of the Union address to Congress. In the first wartime address since the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, FDR reviews events that led the U.S. into WW II; cites production needs and plans; tells of meetings with Prime Minister Winston Churchill; asks for congressional support of his defense budget, new income taxes and price controls. JUDY CANOVA SHOW (12-28-46) Getting ready for the new year, Judy has written a sketch for the Brentwood amateur show. Rebroadcast: 1/4/2012 – 1/10/2012.
January 11th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1105: INNER SANCTUM (8-22-49) “Mind Over Murder” starring Everett Sloane and Elspeth Eric. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (12-7-41) “Between Americans” by Norman Corwin and starring Orson Welles. A “dramatic picture of this, our America. A cross-section of the U.S.A.” Coincidentally scheduled for Sunday, December 7, the program took on special WW II significance because of the attack on Pearl Harbor earlier in the day. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-11-42) Gildy and nephew Leroy take a 300 mile trip to Fairview. NEWS OF THE WORLD (1-6-42) CBS correspondents report WW II news by international short wave radio. Heard are Eric Sevareid, Charles Colingwood, Winston Burdett and others. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (1-8-42) “Sergeant York” starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan and Joan Leslie in the timely story in light of the U. S. entry into WW II. A pacifist, drafted during the first World War, realizes the purpose of fighting and becomes a hero. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (1-13-42) Fibber thinks he has committed a “sleepwalker’s crime” and the fingers point to him. First of two consecutive and related programs. PLUS– Necrology of 1991, recalling the loss of favorite performers during the past year. Rebroadcast: 1/11/2012 – 1/17/2012.
January 18th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1106: NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (6-27-48) “Case of the King’s Apology.” TEXACO STAR THEATRE (12-10-41) Fred Allen and company star in “an hour of mirth and merriment…to keep up the morale of the folks at home” during the early days after Pearl Harbor. Prior to the show, it is announced that the familiar siren of the sponsor Texaco will not sound as usual so as not to alarm a tense nation. John Daly reports on national and international WW II news at the close of the program. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-18-42) Gildy decides to get a new bed for his niece Marjorie. CRIME CLUB (7-24-47) “Serenade Macabre” is a story of the circus in which the last performance is death. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (1-20-42) Fibber plans to re-enact the ”sleepwalkers’ crime.” Second of two consecutive and related programs. Rebroadcast: 1/18/2012 – 1/24/2012.
January 25th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1107: HOLLYWOOD MARCH OF DIMES OF THE AIR (1-24-42) Twelve year old Tommy Cook acts as emcee for an hour-long “State of the Nation” report to President Roosevelt prior to the chief executive’s 60th birthday January 30. Appearing on this program of WW II patriotism and entertainment are Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Claudette Colbert, Humphrey Bogart, Dennis Day, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Kay Kyser, James Cagney, Maureen O’Sullivan, Fibber McGee and Molly, Elliott Lewis and Deanna Durbin. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-25-42) Gildy decides that Judge Hooker would be happier if he were a married man. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-29-42) Bing Crosby stars in a WW II program being broadcast by special shortwave hook-up to the men in the Philippines by request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. SPOTLIGHT BANDS (1-31-42) Sammy Kaye and the orchestra from Washington, D.C. Fulton Lewis Jr. presents a WW II salute to the American Red Cross. Rebroadcast: 1/25/2012 – 1/31/2012.
February 1st, 1992 – JACK BENNY MONTH Part 1
PROGRAM 1108: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-1-42) Guest Humphrey Bogart joins the cast for the sketch “The Fright Wig Murder Case.” LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-16-39) “Bullets or Ballots” starring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Otto Kruger. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-30-49) Guest Frank Sinatra helps Don Wilson celebrate his Silver Anniversary in radio and his sixteenth year with Jack. SONGS BY SINATRA (1-23-46) Frank welcomes guest pianist Skitch Henderson. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-5-47) First show of the 1947-48 season. What the gang did on their summer vacation. Rebroadcast: 2/1/2012 – 2/7/2012.
February 8th, 1992 – JACK BENNY MONTH Part 2
PROGRAM 1109: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-8-42) Jack is upset when he learns that Fred Allen is moving his program to Sunday nights. TEXACO STAR THEATRE (3-8-42) Fred Allen stars in the first program in his new Sunday night time slot. Guest is Maurice Evans. A mini-cavalcade of the career of Fred Allen. NEWS OF THE WORLD (2-11-42) Charles Colingwood in London, Eric Sevareid in Washington with latest WW II news. “MacArthur’s men are holding the line in Bataan.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (6-20-48) From Cleveland where Jack is appearing at the Palace Theatre. Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller and comedian Bob Hope drop in. BOB HOPE SHOW (11-9-48) Guest Jack Benny and Bob play disc jockeys in a “Make Believe Washroom” sketch. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-12-47) Second show of Jack’s 1947-48 season. Jack gets a physical exam. Rebroadcast: 2/8/2012 – 2/14/2012.
February 15th, 1992 – JACK BENNY MONTH Part 3
PROGRAM 1110: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-15-42) In a flashback to yesterday, Jack tries to find someone to spend his birthday with. Dennis sings Jerome Kern’s new inspiring, patriotic song about Abraham Lincoln (just three months after Pearl Harbor in WW II). CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE (3-24-40) Orson Welles presents “June Moon” starring Jack Benny in a radio version of Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman’s hit Broadway comedy. SUSPENSE (10-7-43) “Philomel Cottage” starring Orson Welles and Geraldine Fitzgerald in the Agatha Christie story. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-27-55) Jack leaves the rehearsal to watch the wrestling matches on television. NEWS OF THE WORLD (2-25-42) Columbia correspondents around the world offer news of WW II. “Anti-aircraft guns went into action against unidentified aircraft in the Los Angeles area shortly after 3 a.m. Pacific War Time this morning.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-19-47) Third show in Jack’s 1947-48 season. Jack is off to the Hillcrest Country Club to play some golf. Rebroadcast: 2/15/2012 – 2/21/2012.
February 22nd, 1992 – JACK BENNY MONTH Part 4
PROGRAM 1111: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-22-42) Jack and the gang in a WW II broadcast from the U.S. Army Presidio in San Francisco before an all-soldier audience. The program is being short-waved to military audiences around the world, including General MacArthur and his men in the Philippines. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-16-48) Actor Robert Taylor subs for Jack who has taken the week off. LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-29-40) “Smilin’ Through” starring Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck in the radio version of a love story set in the present and the past. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-17-48) Guest Barbara Stanwyck joins Jack and the gang as Jack takes Mary to the movies to see Barbara’s new picture, “Sorry Wrong Number.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-26-47) Fourth program of the 1947-48 season. Jack is still looking for his golf ball at the Hillcrest Country Club. Rebroadcast: 2/22/2012 – 2/28/2012.
February 29th, 1992 – 20 YEARS OF LEAP YEAR DAYS!
PROGRAM 1112: DODGE SHOW (2-29-36) Harry Richman and the orchestra with guests Tom Howard and George Shelton. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (2-29-40) Isolated episode. Chuck Ramsay is a captive in Ivan Shark’s airplane. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-29-44) McGee decides to build a western campfire in the fireplace at 79 Wistful Vista. WW II program. ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (2-29-48) “The Case of King Philip’s Golden Solver.” Holmes and Watson investigate the disappearance of a priceless family heirloom. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-29-48) Before rehearsal, Jack takes his girlfriend to lunch. ETHEL AND ALBERT (2-29-52) The Couple Next Door plan to go to an ice carnival. X MINUS ONE (2-29-56) “Hello Tomorrow.” It’s the year 4195, after the Third Atomic War, and civilization is underground to survive the intense gamma radiation. Rebroadcast: 2/29/2012 – 3/6/2012.
March 7th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1113: TREASURY STAR PARADE (2-25-42) First program in the long-running series of patriotism and morale-building for home front audiences during WW II. INNER SANCTUM (6-12-45) “Portrait of Death.” A woman’s portrait leads to death. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-8-42) Remote broadcast from the U.S. Marine Corps base in San Diego, California. Joan Bennett guests. WW II flavor throughout. LUX RADIO THEATRE (11-11-40) “Nothing Sacred” starring Joan Bennett and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Radio version of 1937 film. A wrongly-diagnosed small-town girl expresses a last wish to see New York City before she dies. TOM MIX RALSTON STRAIGHT-SHOOTERS (4-18-41) Isolated episode. An enemy agent is out to bomb a defense plant (eight months before Pearl Harbor.) WW II related. TRIBUTE TO VIC AND SADE (1973) Part 1 of a 4-part salute to Paul Rhymer’s show and cast. Includes interviews with Bernardine Flynn, Clarence Hartzell, Bill Idleson. Rebroadcast: 3/7/2012 – 3/13/2012.
March 14th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1114: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (3-12-42) Bing Crosby stars with Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester and guests Pat O’Brien and Wingy Manone. O’Brien and Crosby have some pre-St. Patrick’s Day fun. WW II flavor throughout. NEWS OF THE WORLD (3-13-42) WW II news from around the world via shortwave radio. “Metropolitan Opera star Ezio Pinza was taken into custody by the FBI as an enemy agent.” HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (3-17-49) “Our Own Kind” starring Barry Fitzgerald. G. I. JIVE #755 (1940s) G.I. Jill spins the records on the AEF Jukebox for the boys in the service during WW II. WAR PRODUCTION DRIVE (3-17-42) Instead of Fibber McGee and Molly, Johnson’s Wax “has given this time to their government” for this special WW II program urging Americans to step up war production on the home front to help win the war –“the total war in which everyone is a soldier.” TRIBUTE TO VIC AND SADE (1973) Part 2 of the 4-part salute. Rebroadcast: 3/14/2012 – 3/20/2012.
March 21st, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1115: INNER SANCTUM (1946) “Murder Comes at Midnight” starring Mercedes McCambridge. A sound engineer and his wife rent a house in the country. WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS (12-15-41) A special WW II program heard on the combined networks of the United States in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. An all-star cast participates in this dramatic production written and directed by Norman Corwin. Cast includes Cpl. James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston, Edward Arnold, Marjorie Main, Walter Brennan, Edward G. Robinson, Bob Burns, Orson Welles, Rudy Vallee. President Roosevelt makes significant remarks one week after the U.S. Declaration of War on Japan and just a few days after entering into war with Germany. G.I. JIVE # 756 (1940s) Jill spins the records for WW II servicemen. THIS IS WAR (3-21-42) “You’re On Your Own” stars Ezra Stone, Claude Raines and Everett Sloan in a profile of Mr. Jones, average American and what WW II is doing to his normal routine. TRIBUTE TO VIC AND SADE (1973) Part 3 of the 4-part salute. Rebroadcast: 3/21/2012 – 3/27/2012.
March 28th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1116: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-21-42) Fibber tries to win $5,000 in a contest by completing the sentence “I like Latherino Soap because…” The band plays a WW II patriotic medley. SUSPENSE (3-27-48) “Night Must Fall” starring Robert Montgomery. A lodger at an English home is suspected of a strange murder. TERRY AND THE PIRATES (2-9-42) Isolated episode finds Terry fighting the Japanese “somewhere in China” during WW II. Young listeners are asked to send in their pledges to buy War Stamps. MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (1946) “Terror from Out of Space.” A military scientist attempts to establish radio contact with the moon. TREASURY STAR PARADE (2-27-42) Program Number 2 in the WW II series. Robert Montgomery appears in a sketch about the “Average American.” TRIBUTE TO VIC AND SADE (1973) Part four. The conclusion of this loving salute to radio’s homefolks. Cast members recall Paul Rhymer and the program they all love. Rebroadcast: 3/28/2012 – 4/3/2012.
April 4th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1117: THE HOME FRONT (1982) A highly acclaimed eight-part radio documentary bringing together the complex events of the WW II years in America. Part 1. “ Nazis and Martians – 1938-39.” YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (2-27-56 thru 3-2-56) “The Fathom Five Matter” starring Bob Bailey. Complete story in five parts. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-7-42) Mrs. Uppington asks the McGees to contribute to the WW II scrap drive. Molly decides it’s time to clean out the hall closet. TREASURY STAR PARADE (2-28-42) Third program in the WW II series features Igor Gorin, Judith Anderson and Robert Montgomery. Rebroadcast: 4/4/2012 – 4/10/2012.
April 11th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1118: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (4-16-42) Bing Crosby welcomes Ronald Reagan, Sabu the Elephant Boy and Spike Jones and the City Slickers. WW II flavor throughout. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (7-15-48) “Girls Are Like Boats,” a romantic comedy with Joe Kearns and Lois Corbett, about a yacht race. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 2 of 8 part series about the WW II years.. “London Calling – 1940.” G. I. JIVE #895 (1940s) Jill presents music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Lionel Hampton for her WW II military listeners. LET’S PRETEND (1950s) “Beauty and the Beast,” told by Uncle Ted and the Pretenders. Rebroadcast: 4/11/2012 – 4/17/2012.
April 18th, 1992 – EASTER GREETINGS
PROGRAM 1119: LIFE WITH LUIGI (4-8-52) Luigi has invited his night school class to dinner on Easter Sunday. NEW YORK CITY EASTER PARADE (4-12-36) Newsman George Hicks, broadcasting from Fifth Avenue in front of Radio City, interviews passers-by and observes the Easter parade. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (3-25-48) Al Jolson welcomes guest Clifton Webb and introduces the Kraft Choral Club from Chicago in this Eastertime show. HOLLYWOOD STAR TIME (4-21-46) “Song of Bernadette” starring Vincent Price, Lee J. Cobb and Vanessa Brown in a radio version of the film. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-10-55) Jack and Mary Livingstone stroll up Wilshire Boulevard on Easter Sunday. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 3 of the 8-part documentary series on WW II. “Arsenal of Democracy – 1941”. Rebroadcast: 4/18/2012 – 4/24/2012.
April 25th, 1992 – TWTD 22nd ANNIVERSARY SHOW
PROGRAM 1120: THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 4 of the 8-part series on WW II. “The U.S. at War – 1942. SUNNY MEADOWS PROGRAM (1-18-29) Very early radio broadcast featuring Ray Miller and the orchestra in a program recorded in Chicago. Host is Sunny Meadows. TREASURY STAR PARADE #4 (1942) Comedy by Olson and Johnson plus Carmen Miranda and Ella Logan in this continuing WW II series. Lt. Robert Montgomery appears in an “Average American” sketch. MOBILGAS NEWS PROGRAM (4-20-42) Newsman Fahey Flynn reports on WW II news, two days after Gen. James H. Doolittle and a squadron of American B-25s conducted a “sizeable raid” on the Japanese mainland, including Tokyo, Yokahama, Kobe and Nagoya. MAYTAG FROLICS (3-1-29) Very early program featuring the Coon-Sanders Orchestra. G. I. JIVE #896 (1940s) Jill puts some nickels in the WW II jukebox. A LEGEND NAMED JOLSON (1971) Walter Winchell narrates a musical documentary about the life of Al Jolson, the “world’s greatest entertainer.” Rebroadcast: 4/25/2012 – 5/1/2012.
May 2nd, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1121: CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (5-3-42) Edgar Bergen welcomes guest Edward Everett Horton who has a complaint about Charlie’s pet kangaroo. Regulars include Abbott & Costello, Ray Noble and the orchestra. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 5 in the 8-part WW II documentary. “Give Till it Hurts – 1942.” CANADA DRY PROGRAM (5-2-32) Jack Benny’s first appearance on his own program. Broadcast “live” with no studio audience. VIC AND SADE (5-6-42) Rush and his friends start a scrap drive for the WW II effort: “The Virginia Avenue Area Sons of Patriotism Salvage Indemnity.” TEXACO STAR THEATRE (5-3-42) Fred Allen with guest Oscar Levant. Fred’s “March of Trivia” discusses the “stagger plan” for WW II wartime work and the Texaco Workshop Players present a “One Long Pan” sketch. Rebroadcast: 5/2/2012 – 5/8/2012.
May 9th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1122: TEXACO STAR THEATRE (5-10-42) Fred Allen welcomes guest Marlene Dietrich. The “March of Trivia” talks about WW II sugar rationing and Fred and Portland Hoffa discuss car pooling. COMMAND PERFORMANCE #12 (5-4-42) Actress Betty Grable hosts this shortwave broadcast from the U.S.A. to our fighting men around the world during WW II. Guests include Judy Canova, Robert Benchley, Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Mary Martin, Harry James and the orchestra. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-12-42) Fibber is sure a foreign spy is following him, taking pictures with a hidden camera. WW II theme. G.I. JIVE #897 (1940s) Jill spins the platters during this WW II program for military listeners. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 6 of this 8-part WW II documentary. “G. I. Joe – 1943.” Rebroadcast: 5/9/2012 – 5/15/2012.
May 16th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1123: Broadcast on singer Perry Como’s 80th birthday. SUPPER CLUB (10-9-44) Perry Como welcomes guest Nat King Cole to the fictional night club. INNER SANCTUM (7-19-48) “Death Demon” with Anne Seymour and Everett Sloan. A man is convinced that his dead father is talking to him. SUPPER CLUB (4-14-48) Eddie Hubbard observes Pan American Day and congratulates disc jockey Eddie Hubbard on the second anniversary of his Chicago broadcasts. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 7 in the 8-part WW II series. “Liberation – 1944”. SUPPER CLUB (3-2-50) Perry Como greets actor Kirk Douglas and appears with Kirk in a “sequel” to Douglas’ film, Champion.” TREASURY STAR PARADE # 5 (1942) Olson and Johnson and Carmen Miranda pay a return visit to the WW II Treasury Department program. BING CROSBY SHOW (4-5-50). Bing is joined by Perry Como and Arthur Godfrey for a program from Chicago’s Civic Opera House. Rebroadcast: 5/16/2012 – 5/22/2012.
May 23rd, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1124: GREEN HORNET (5-23-42) “Invasion Plans for Victory” starring Al Hodge as Britt Reid, the Green Hornet. Reid and Kato are involved in a WW II mystery. THE HOME FRONT (1982) The final program in the 8-part WW II documentary series. “Victory – 1945.” HALLS OF IVY (5-21-52) Ronald and Bonita Colman as Dr. and Mrs. Hall of Ivy College. The school’s Mummy is missing. TEXACO STAR THEATRE (5-24-42) Fred Allen with guest Jack Haley. The “March of Trivia” discusses the WW II New York Dimout. Haley tries to get Fred to go back to Vaudeville with him. TREASURY STAR PARADE #6 (1942) Once again, Olson and Johnson and Carmen Miranda visit the WW II program. Robert Montgomery recites a wartime vignette, “Mrs. Murgatroid’s Dime.” Rebroadcast: 5/23/2012 – 5/29/2012.
May 30th, 1992 – VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
PROGRAM 1125: STOP THE MUSIC (3-21-48) Bert Parks hosts the premiere broadcast of the musical quiz show. FRED ALLEN SHOW (10-24-48) Fred, on the air opposite “Stop the Music,” makes an offer to listeners who might be called by a quiz show while listening to him. His question for the night is “How do you feel about stopping giveaway radio shows?” Guest is Dale Carnegie. NELSON EDDY PROGRAM (4-7-46) Guest Jeanette MacDonald joins Nelson for a stroll down Memory Lane as they reminisce about and sing selections from their popular films. THE MAN CALLED X (3-10-51) Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston who investigates illegal aliens. FRED ALLEN SHOW (6-26-49) Guests Henry Morgan and Jack Benny appear on Allen’s last show. Rebroadcast: 5/30/2012 – 6/5/2012.
June 6th, 1992 – MORE FROM THE WAR!
PROGRAM 1126: A live remote broadcast of TWTD from the Chicago Historical Society on the occasion of the opening weekend for the Society’s exhibition “Chicago Goes to War, 1941 – 1945.” IT’S TIME TO SMILE (5-27-42) Eddie Cantor stars in a WW II broadcast from San Diego, California before an audience of U.S. Marines. Eddie goes for a physical to join the Marines! CLARA, LU AND EM (6-8-42) WW II theme for this episode of the daytime show. Clara finds 10 pounds of sugar she did not declare to the war ration board. COMMAND PERFORMANCE #13 (5-11-42) Edward G. Robinbson hosts this shortwave broadcast for WW II military audiences. Guests are Cliff Edwards, Slapsy Maxie Rosenbloom, Ginny Simms, Parkyakarkus, Milton Berle, Hedy Lamarr and Glenn Miller and the orchestra. D-DAY PLUS 20 (1964) Newsman Quentin Reynolds narrates the dramatic WW II story of D-Day on the 20th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France using actual sound clips and the voices of Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Churchill, DeGaulle, Hitler and others. BOND WAGON (8-10-42) WW II remote broadcast from the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive in Chicago promoting the sale of War Bonds and the dedication of the Recruiting Service office of the Coast Guard. Benny Goodman and the orchestra appear with Peggy Lee. Rebroadcast: 6/6/2012 – 6/12/2012.
* Audio accessible for the visually impared.