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PROGRAM 1100: Beginning a four-year series of broadcasts from 1991-1995 commemorating the 50th anniversary of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PROGRAM 1127: Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications officially opens in its new location in the historic Chicago Cultural Center. This is also the opening day of the Jack Benny’s Vault exhibit. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are JOAN BENNY, daughter of Jack and the co-author with her father of the book Saturday Nights at Seven, and GEORGE BALZER, one of the long-time writers of the Benny radio and television shows. They’re on hand to meet and greet first-day visitors to the Vault exhibit and to talk about their relationship with Jack Benny. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-11-48) Packing for a trip to Denver, Jack goes down to his vault to get some money. Then, it’s off to the train station. -PLUS- This week we begin our 50th Anniversary salute to radio’s outstanding theatre of thrills, Suspense. Each week we’ll offer a broadcast from the program’s twenty years on the air. For starters: SUSPENSE (6-17-42) “The Burning Court” starring Charlie Ruggles in the first show in the long-running series, “…a new series frankly dedicated to your horrification and entertainment.” Rebroadcast: 6/13/2012 – 6/19/2012.
PROGRAM 1128: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-9-50) Book 79, Chapter 1. This is the first of 32 consecutive 15-minute chapters from Books 79 and 80 by Carlton E. Morse. We’ll have four chapters today and again next week and then two chapters every week throughout the summer. In the first episode, Teddy Barbour is returning from Korea, Elwood is setting up housekeeping alone and Jack has some problems at the office. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-10-50) Book 79, Chapter 2. “More Plans for a Belated Honeymoon.” FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-19-42) Fibber has some great news that he and Molly will be on Easy Street from now on! WW II flavor. TREASURY STAR PARADE #7 (3-9-42) In another episode from the WW II series, host Walter Huston introduces Frederic March and Florence Eldridge reading from “America” by Thomas Wolfe. SUSPENSE (8-21-43) “Sorry, Wrong Number” starring Agnes Moorehead in the Lucille Fletcher drama about a woman who accidentally hears a conversation of death. WW II framework. VOICE OF NEW YORK (6-16-42) Commentator Gabriel Heatter talks to typical New Yorkers for the WW II New York War Bond Pledge Campaign. Remote broadcast from the Astor Hotel. CURTAIN TIME (7-12-47) “Deadline for Love” with Harry Elders and Doris Grundy in a story about “love and newspapermen.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-11-50) Book 79, Chapter 3. “Father Barbour Talks to Jack.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-12-50) Book 79, Chapter 4. “Betty and Her 15-Day Diet.” Rebroadcast: 6/20/2012 – 6/26/2012.
PROGRAM 1129: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-13-50) Book 79, Chapter 5. “Teddy Comes to See Paul.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-16-50) Book 79, Chapter 6. “Nicolette Consoles Betty.” SUSPENSE (5-18-44) “Donovan’s Brain” starring Orson Welles as a scientist who keeps alive the brain of a prominent man. Part one of a two-part drama. LINDBERG’S ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. (6-11-27) A rare, very early historic radio broadcast. Graham McNamee covers the arrival of Charles A. Lindberg at the Washington Navy Yard as he returns to the U. S. after his history-making non-stop flight across the Atlantic to France. SUSPENSE (5-25-44) Part two of “Donovan’s Brain’ starring Orson Welles. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-17-50) Book 79, Chapter 7. “Betty’s Long Vigil.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-18-50) Book 79, Chapter 8. “Jack Plans a Trip.” Rebroadcast: 6/27/2012 – 7/3/2012.
PROGRAM 1130: YOU ARE THERE (7-4-48) “Philadelphia, July 4, 1776” CBS newsmen cover the events at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. IT’S TIME TO SMILE (6-3-42) Eddie Cantor broadcasts before a U.S. Army audience at Camp Haan, Riverside, California. Lots of WW II comedy from Eddie and the gang. Guest is actress Veronica Lake. SUSPENSE (5-31-45) “August Heat” starring Ronald Colman. STAN FREBERG PRESENTS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (5-1-61) A musical satire written by Stan Freberg, narrated by Paul Frees, featuring Jesse White, Peter Leeds, Walter Tetley, Marvin Miller, June Foray, Barney Phillips, Jud Conlon Singers, Billy May and the orchestra. Expanded version of the original recording. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-19-50) Book 79, Chapter 9. “Paul goes to see Nicolette.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-20-50) Book 79, Chapter 10. “Jack reports on his trip.” Rebroadcast: 7/4/2012 – 7/10/2012.
PROGRAM 1131: SUSPENSE (12-5-46) “The House in Cypress Canyon” starring Robert Taylor, Howard Duff, Hans Conried, Cathy Lewis. SPECIAL— We remember W.C. Fields and Mae West this afternoon with a special segment devoted to those two guest stars. Our SPECIAL GUEST will be Nostalgia Digest columnist and film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI who joins us for a look at two show business careers. You’ll hear many broadcast clips featuring W. C. Fields and we’ll have a complete broadcast featuring Mae West in her most historic radio appearance: CHASE AND SANBORN PROGRAM (12-12-37) Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Don Ameche, Nelson Eddy, Dorothy Lamour and guest Mae West. Miss West appears with Ameche in Arch Oboler’s “Adam and Eve” sketch which caused an uproar when this show was originally broadcast. PLUS — ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-23-50) Book 79, Chapter 11. “Pinky’s status at Stanford gets shaky.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-24-50) Book 79, Chapter 12. “Pinky’s troubles begin.” Rebroadcast: 7/11/2012 – 7/17/2012.
PROGRAM 1132: LIFE WITH LUIGI (4-22-52) J. Carroll Naish as Luigi who needs a date for the annual Antique Dealers’ Association dance. TREASURY STAR PARADE # 8 (1942) Walter Huston, Frederic March and Florence Eldridge present a patriotic WW II program. SUSPENSE (5-8-47) “Dead Earnest” stars Wally Maher, Howard Duff, Elliott Lewis, Cathy Lewis. YOUR HIT PARADE (7-18-42) The top songs of the week with a great World War II flavor throughout. SKY KING (6-30-47) Isolated episode of ther adventure series starring Earl Nightengale as Sky King with Cliff Soubier as Uncle Jim Bell, Johnny Coons as Clipper. Announcer is Mike Wallace. THE WHISTLER (7-7-48) “Fatal Appointment.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-25-50) Book 79, Chapter 13. “Pinky calls his Uncle Paul.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-26-50) Book 78, Chapter 14. “Pinky appeals to his brother Hank. Rebroadcast: 7/18/2012 – 7/24/2012.
PROGRAM 1133: WILLSON-NESBITT SHOW (7-28-42) Meredith Willson and his orchestra and storyteller John Nesbitt in this summer replacement show for Fibber McGee and Molly. WW II flavor. SUSPENSE (1-3-48) “The Black Curtain” starring Robert Montgomery in the first hour-long Suspense program. GI JIVE #898 (1940S) GI Jill spins the tunes on the Military Jukebox during WW II. CLARA, LU AND EM (7-31-42) Back fence gossip from daytime radio during WW II. The girls discuss V-Mail, the Japanese, plane spotters and the arrival of WACS at Des Moines. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (6-28-42) Last show of the season as Edgar Bergen welcomes Walter Brennan, Ginny Simms and says good-bye to regulars Abbott and Costello. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-27-50) Book 79, Chapter 15. “The girl with the big automobile.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-30-50) Chapter 80, Book 1. “Pinky faces the music.” Rebroadcast: 7/25/2012 – 7/31/2012.
PROGRAM 1134: IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (9-18-48) Comedy panel show. SUSPENSE (6-2-49) “The Ten Years” starring Joan Crawford and Lurene Tuttle as sisters who make a promise on the night of their mother’s death. SHAEFFER PARADE (7-25-48) Eddy Howard and his “Band of the Year” in a Chicago broadcast. THIS NATION AT WAR (8-3-42) Jim Backus in a WW II documentary of “the 130 million Americans who are making history.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (5-26-42) Uncle Dennis is missing! First of two consecutive and related broadcasts. WW II theme. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-31-50) Book 80, Chapter 2. “Henry confronts his grandson.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-1-50) Book 80, Chapter 3. “Pinky’s lot is not a happy one.” Rebroadcast: 8/1/2012 – 8/7/2012.
PROGRAM 1135: SUSPENSE (1-26-50) “Mr. Diogenes” starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson with Joseph Kearns who executes an elaborate plot to cheat a radio give-away show of a big money prize. SPECIAL WW II BROADCAST (8-6-42) Coverage of a ceremony “somewhere on the East Coast.” President Roosevelt presents to Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and to her fighting countrymen a new combat vessel, a U.S. built U.S. Navy submarine chaser to fight Axis U-Boats. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (6-2-42) Uncle Dennis is still missing. Second of two consecutive and related shows. WW II theme. THE WORLD TODAY (8-10-42) WW II news and analysis by Quincy Howe and CBS correspondents at home and abroad. “American forces have landed on the Solomon Islands and fighting is raging.” TREASURY STAR PARADE #8 (1942) WW II patriotism on the air. “What Freedom Means to Me.” SUSPENSE (11-9-50) “Blood on the Trumpet” starring William Holden with trumpet effects by Ziggy Elman. New Orleans police investigate the murder of a woman who was beaten to death. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-2-50) Book 80, Chapter 4. “Pinky is faced with work!” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-3-50) Book 80, Chapter 5. “Pinky’s first day of slavery. Rebroadcast: 8/8/2012 – 8/14/2012.
PROGRAM 1136: SUSPENSE (1-21-51) “Aria for Murder” starring Ezio Pinza in a tale of jealousy and hate on the stage of a deserted opera house. MAIL CALL #68 (1943) Lucille Ball is hostess for a WW II program featuring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy with Edgar Kennedy, Patsy Moran and Kay Thompson. “Stan’s Wedding” sketch provides a rare Laurel and Hardy radio appearance. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is BILL OATES, the Grand Sheik of the Flying Elephants” tent of the “Sons of the Desert,” the world-wide Laurel and Hardy fan club. BEN BERNIE WAR WORKERS’ PROGRAM, (8-21-42) The Old Maestro presents a program for civilian WW II workers in defense plants and other vital industries. Features singer Jack Fulton and comic Yogi Yorgesson. SUSPENSE (5-10-51) “Death on My Hands” starring Phil Harris and Alice Faye. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-6-50) Book 80, Chapter 6. “You can lead a horse to water, but…” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-7-50) Book 80, Chapter 7. “Oh, my aching back.” Rebroadcast: 8/15/2012 – 8/21/2012.
PROGRAM 1137: SUSPENSE (5-19-52) “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” starring Fred MacMurray in the story of a routine mission of a B-29 bomber over Korea. TOMMY DORSEY SHOW (8-18-42) Remote WW II broadcast from the Capitol Theatre in Washington, D.C. Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Pied Pipers, Ziggy Elman, Buddy Rich. AN AMERICAN IN ENGLAND (8-24-42) “Women of Britain” describes how much of Britain’s WW II resistance was due to the use of women-power in factories. TREASURY STAR PARADE # 9 (1942) WW II stories, “America is Calling” and “Women of America.” BEN BERNIE WAR WORKERS’ PROGRAM (8-25-42) WW II morale-building musical program. SUSPENSE (11-3-52) “Frankenstein” starring Herbert Marshall. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-8-50) Book 80, Chapter 8. “The girl with the million bucks.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-9-50) Book 80, Chapter 9. “Up from slavery.” Rebroadcast: 8/22/2012 – 8/28/2012.
PROGRAM 1138: ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (10-7-45) The Nelsons receive a most unusual gift from an Arabian prince. SUSPENSE (2-23-53) “St. James Infirmary Blues” starring Rosemary Clooney in a prohibition story. GI JIVE # 901 (1940s) GI Jill presents tunes for WW II servicemen. SUSPENSE (5-25-53) “Pigeon in a Cave” starring Dick Haymes as a man who saw a murder. TREASURY STAR PARADE # 10 (1942) “Production Now” about a small town’s part in America’s WW II effort. AN AMERICAN IN ENGLAND (8-31-42) “The Yanks Are Here” how the Americans have come to the British Isles to fight WW II and live with the English people. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-10-50) Book 80, Chapter 10. “Hazel comes to see Paul.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-13-50) Book 80, Chapter 11. “Pinky returns to bondage.” Rebroadcast: 8/29/2012 – 9/4/2012.
PROGRAM 1139: SUSPENSE (6-7-54) “A Terribly Strange Bed” starring Peter Lawford. WILLSON-NESBITT SHOW (8-4-42) Meredith Willson and his orchestra plus storyteller John Nesbitt in a summer replacement program for Fibber McGee and Molly. WW II program saluting the 152nd anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard and a tribute to Irving Berlin on his 54th birthday. ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (1949) Ann Southern stars as Maisie Revere who recommends that the company hire an efficiency expert. HARRY JAMES AND HIS MUSIC MAKERS (9-2-42) Remote broadcast from New York’s Hotel Astor. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (9-3-42) Excerpt from a WW II speech to the International Students Assembly. PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (10-9-49) Phil finds a few grey hairs so Alice wants him to get a dye job. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-14-50) Book 80, Chapter 12. “Pinky’s date with Eunice.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-15-50) Book 80, Chapter 13. “Pinky discloses his wedding plans.” Rebroadcast: 9/5/2012 – 9/11/2012.
PROGRAM 1140: HENRY MORGAN SHOW (4-25-50) Sam Spade sketch: “Hamlet of Whom Done It.” Art Carney, Minerva Pious, Arnold Stang. LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-2-45) “Swanee River” starring Dennis Morgan, Al Jolson and Frances Gifford in radio version of film, the life story of Stephen Foster. SUSPENSE (10-18-55) “Life Ends at Midnight” starring Paula Winslowe and Stacy Harris. BOB HOPE SHOW (1-8-46) Guest Joan Davis joins Bob in a vaudeville sketch. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-16-50) Book 80, Chapter 14. “Pinky envisions a rosy future.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-17-50) Book 80, Chapter 15. “Eunice’s father interviews Pinky. Rebroadcast: 9/12/2012 – 9/18/2012.
PROGRAM 1141: LUM AND ABNER (4-12-50) The boys try to outwit a real estate salesman. SUSPENSE (10-23-56) “The Doll” starring Patty McCormick. A father forgets his daughter’s seventh birthday. HALLS OF IVY (5-21-52) Ronald and Benita Colman star. The school’s mummy is missing! TREASURY STAR PARADE #11 (1942) Danny Kaye cuts up in this WW II patriotic program. Frederic March in an “Average American” sketch. MOONLIGHT SERENADE (9-23-42) Glenn Miller and the orchestra from New York. This is Miller’s last program due to his entry into WW II military service. The orchestra offers a salute to the armed forces. ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (11-17-50) “Case of the Careless Cleaner” starring Sidney Greenstreet. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-20-50) Book 80, Chapter 16. “Pinky makes his decision.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-21-50) Book 80, Chapter 17. “What’s happening with Teddy and Elwood.” Note: This the logical end of the “Pinky” sequence and the conclusion of this year’s TWTD visit with the Barbour family. More to come next summer. Rebroadcast: 9/19/2012 – 9/25/2012.
PROGRAM 1142: SUSPENSE (1-6-57) “A Shipment of Mute Fate” starring Jack Kelly in the classic story about a Bushmaster snake loose on an ocean liner. OUR MISS BROOKS (10-2-49) Eve Arden as Miss Brooks who helps stop the school’s star football player from transferring. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is WALES WILLIAMSON, one of the first WW II Armed Forces Radio Service announcers. LUKE SLAUGHTER OF TOMBSTONE (4-27-58) “Death Watch” starring Sam Buffington as Slaughter, Arizona cattleman accused of horse stealing and rustling. BEN BERNIE WAR WORKERS’ PROGRAM (9-28-42) Music and comedy for WW II workers on the home front. NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (1940s) “Case of the Demented Daughter” stars Lon Clark as Nick. GI JIVE #902 (1940s) Jill spins the records for military listeners during WW II. SUSPENSE (7-28-57) “Murder on Mike” starring Raymond Burr as a radio writer, unhappy that his scripts have been changed by the show’s producer. Rebroadcast: 9/26/2012 – 10/2/2012.
PROGRAM 1143: NATIONAL BARN DANCE (10-3-42) Ninth anniversary of the program from Chicago during WW II. Joe Kelly, Pat Buttram, all the regular stars. LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-2-47) “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson in the radio version of his 1927 film classic that brought sound to the silent screen. TREASURY STAR PARADE #12 (1942) WW II program featuring actor Paul Lucas. SUSPENSE (4-20-58) “Alibi Me” starring Stan Freberg as a murderer seeking an alibi. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-4-42) First Benny program sponsored by Grape Nuts Flakes. Jack drives the gang to the studio in his Maxwell. Many WW II references. Rebroadcast: 10/3/2012 – 10/9/2012.
PROGRAM 1144: CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (10-12-42) “Admiral of the Ocean Sea” starring Orson Welles in a dramatized documentary of Columbus’ discovery of America. WW II presentation. FIRESIDE CHAT (10-12-42) President Roosevelt, in a Columbus Day talk, reports on the Home Front during WW II. CHARLIE MC CARTHY SHOW (10-12-47) Edgar Bergen and guest Linda Darnall with some Columbus Day fun. Charlie plays Columbus and Linda is Queen Isabella. THEY MET THE BOAT (1950s) Gary Cooper and Linda Darnall in the story of Columbus’ arrival in the new land and the results of his discovery from the point of view of the American Indian. PLUS— JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-11-42) Broadcasting from the Army Air Base at Santa Ana, California. Guest is Barbara Stanwyck in this WW II program. SUSPENSE (2-22-59) “Star Over Hong Kong” starring Marie Wilson as a movie star from America. Rebroadcast: 10/10/2012 – 10/16/2012.
PROGRAM 1145: SUSPENSE (2-14-60) “Sorry, Wrong Number” starring Agnes Moorehead in her eighth and final appearance on the program in the classic drama by Lucille Fletcher. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (10-13-42) Mc Gee decides to change the furnace from oil to coal heat to beat the WW II fuel shortage. FRIDAY EVENING WITH TOMMY DORSEY (10-16-42) On behalf of the U.S. Treasury Department during WW II, Tommy and Jo Stafford, Dick Haymes, the Pied Pipers and Ziggy Elman broadcast from Hollywood. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-18-42) Remote broadcast from Williams Field, Arizona. Jack decides to donate his Maxwell to the WW II scrap drive. SUSPENSE (5-15-60) “Dead Man’s Story” starring Kevin McCarthy. An ex-con hides out on New York’s West Side. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (10-19-42) “Yankee Doodle Dandy” starring James Cagney in highlights from the screen success. This WW II presentation is the first show for new sponsor Lady Esther products. Rebroadcast: 10/17/2012 – 10/23/2012.
PROGRAM 1146: HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN OPENING (10-3-42) Radio covers the opening night of the famous home-away-from-home for servicemen during WW II. All-star cast features Bette Davis, Eddie Cantor, Abbott and Costello, Kay Kyser, Rudy Vallee and the Coast Guard Band. SUSPENSE (9-17-61) “The Green Idol” starring Parker Fennelly. Tourists from Maine are warned of traveling in Arabia. BEN BERNIE WAR WORKERS’ PROGRAM (10-23-42) Program for workers in defense plants and other vital WW II industries. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-25-42) A week after Jack turned in his Maxwell to the WW II scrap drive. GI JIVE #881 (1940s) GI Jill plays tunes for military listeners during the WW II years. JUDY CANOVA SHOW (10-18-47) Judy wants to use an actor on her radio program. COMMAND PERFORMANCE #33 (9-29-42) Bob “Bazooka” Burns hosts this episode of the WW II program for military listeners. Featuring Dinah Shore, Count Basie, Spike Jones, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Dorsey. Rebroadcast: 10/24/2012 – 10/30/2012.
PROGRAM 1147: INNERSANCTUM (10-31-49) “A Corpse for Halloween” with Larry Haines, Berry Kroger and Mercedes McCambridge. OUR MISS BROOKS (10-30-49) The gang wants to have a Halloween party at Miss Brooks’ house. SUSPENSE (9-30-62) “Devilstone” is the final show in the long-running series that began in 1942. A wealthy man inherits property from a long-forgotten uncle. ROY ROGERS SHOW (10-30-52) Dale Evans buys a map to the Halloween Gold Mine in Boulder Canyon. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (10-31-48) David and Ricky insist they saw a ghost in the old McAdams place. Ozzie decides to disprove their fears by going into the “haunted” house. MYSTERY HOUSE (1944) “Thirsty Death” starring Bela Lugosi with John Carradine. A disease drives animals wild in darkest Africa, changing domestic dogs to wild demons. Rebroadcast: 10/31/2012 – 11/6/2012.
PROGRAM 1148: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-1-42) From the U.S. Marine Base at Camp Elliot, California during WW II, Jack and the gang go to the base rifle range. PHILLIP MORRIS PROGRAM (11-3-42) Variety program with Nelson Case, Jack Smith, Una Merkle, Ray Bloch and the orchestra. Interrupted on station WEAF, New York, for latest mayoral election returns: LaGuardia vs. O’Dwyer. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (11-3-42) Fibber and Mayor LaTrivia go duck hunting. Gubernatorial election returns from around the country conclude this WW II program. WORLD NEWS TODAY (11-8-42) John Daly and CBS correspondents with national and international news from WW II. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-8-42) Andy Devine drops in with a horse for Jack to use in place of the Maxwell he donated to the WW II scrap drive. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT (11-8-42) Excerpt. Jack Benny is a contestant going for the big $64 prize on Phil Baker’s popular quiz show. ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY (11-11-42) All networks cover this WW II ceremony broadcast from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Address by President Roosevelt. Rebroadcast: 11/7/2012 – 11/13/2012.
PROGRAM 1149: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-15-42) From the Naval Air Station, Terminal Island, California. WW II sketch: Mary is a welder in a defense plant while Jack is a house-husband. CBS WORLD NEWS SPECIAL (11-11-42) On Armistice Day, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt speaks via short wave at a new club for American Merchant Seamen in Scotland during WW II. TEXACO STAR THEATRE (11-15-42) Fred Allen and company with guest Gracie Fields. WW II broadcast with Fred talking about wartime shortages and restrictions. Plus a sketch about how American radio programs would sound in England. WORLD NEWS TODAY (11-15-42) WW II news reports from around the world with Charles Collingwood, Bob Trout, Webley Edwards. MY FRIEND IRMA (4-27-54) Irma’s boss has a problem: his wife wants a divorce. HERALD-TRIBUNE FORUM (11-17-42) President Roosevelt discusses the government policy on WW II news and recaps the events of the past few weeks. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (11-19-42) Duke Ellington and the orchestra broadcast from Fort Dix, New Jersey during this WW II program. Rebroadcast: 11/14/2012 – 11/20/2012.
PROGRAM 1150: MR. PRESIDENT (1940s) Edward Arnold stars as the country’s chief executive who is asked to establish a national day of thanksgiving. MEL BLANC SHOW (11-26-46) A Thanksgiving party at Mel’s Fix-it Shop is not going well. CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (11-24-47) “Us Pilgrims” featuring George Tobias and Mercedes McCambridge. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (11-22-42) Gildy invites Judge Hooker for Thanksgiving dinner while Leroy has to portray John Alden in a school play. THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE (11-26-42) Excerpt from the nation’s first WW II Thanksgiving service. From the White House, President Roosevelt reads his Thanksgiving Day proclamation. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-22-42) Jack takes his horse and buggy to a preview of his new film, “George Washington Slept Here.” Rebroadcast: 11/21/2012 – 11/27/2012.
PROGRAM 1151: KRAFT MUSIC HALL 2-24-42) Bing Crosby with Fay Bainter, Jack Carson, Janet Blair. “Time Marches Back” to Christmas morning, 1776. WW II flavor. IT’S TIME TO SMILE (11-25-42) Eddie Cantor tries to avoid guest Jack Benny who keeps calling about a big business deal. ALDRICH FAMILY (6-18-42) To earn money for the WW II bond drive, Henry and Homer order Christmas card samples so they can take orders. WORLD NEWS TODAY (11-29-42) John Daly and CBS correspondents from world capitols give WW II reports from political and battle fronts. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-29-42) Before an all-military audience in Palm Springs, California, Jack and the gang present a WW II sketch, “Three Men in a Tank” about soldiers in Africa. Rebroadcast: 11/28/2012 – 12/4/2012.
PROGRAM 1152: FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-1-42) Wartime mileage rationing comes to Wistful Vista during WW II. Last show for Gale Gordon (Mayor LaTrivia) before entering the U.S. Coast Guard. MILEAGE RATIONING SPECIAL (1942) Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Burns and Allen, Dinah Shore, Bill Goodwin and Paul Whiteman and the orchestra encourage listeners to conserve fuel and observe gas rationing during WW II. FREDDY MARTIN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-5-42) Remote broadcast from the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. WW II songs include “Rosie the Riveter” and “A Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank.” WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-6-42) CBS correspondents with a review of the first year of America’s entry into WW II. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-6-42) Phil Harris’ last appearance on the show as he and his band have joined the Merchant Marines. The gang presents a WW II “Liberty Ship” sketch as a tribute to Phil and the boys. TROMAN HARPER, RUMOR DETECTIVE (12-20-42) A WW II program offering “the truth about rumors. If you believe rumors, you’re a sucker; if you repeat rumors, you’re one of Hitler’s soldiers.” NATIONAL BARN DANCE (12-5-42) A year after Pearl Harbor, emcee Joe Kelly talks about our WW II fighting men. Rebroadcast: 12/5/2012 – 12/11/2012.
PROGRAM 1153: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-20-42) Gildy neglects Leila Ransom while the family exchanges Christmas gifts. WW II flavor. GUNSMOKE (12-23-56) Christmas Eve in Dodge City finds a couple staying uninvited in a rancher’s barn. VIC AND SADE (8-6-42) Sade and Rush try to decide (in August) which Christmas cards should be sent to whom. PHILCO RADIO TIME (12-25-46) Bing presents his annual Christmas show. Sketch: “The Small One.” SOLDIERS OF THE PRESS (1940s) War correspondent Henry Goral tells a WW II story for Christmas. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-8-42) With so many men in the service during WW II, Fibber is dismayed at all the women taking overt civilian jobs. BEN BERNIE WAR WORKERS’ PROGRAM (12-14-42) Music and variety for defense plant workers during WW II. Rebroadcast: 12/12/2012 – 12/18/2012.
PROGRAM 1154: CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (12-21-42) “A Child is Born” starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in an original Nativity play. WW II program. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-15-42) Fibber tries to remember where he hid the money for Molly’s Christmas present. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-20-42) John Daly in New York and CBS correspondents from around the world report on WW II news. BEN BERNIE WAR WORKERS’ PROGRAM (12-21-42) The Old Maestro with Jack Fulton, Fran Allison and the King’s Jesters who sing the WW II song, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.” COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-24-42) An all-star WW II program sending Christmas greetings to our fighting men around the world and the folks on the Home Front. Bob Hope, Andrews Sisters, Red Skelton, Spike Jones, Bing Crosby, Ethel Waters, Bergen and McCarthy, Charles Laughton, Jack Benny, Fred Allen and others. Rebroadcast: 12/19/2012 – 12/25/2012.
PROGRAM 1155: YOUR HIT PARADE (12-26-42) WW II broadcast as the top tunes of the week are presented. WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-27-42) CBS correspondents cover the news of WW II and talk about the probability of drafting three million men in 1943. OLD TIME RADIO CHRISTMAS PARTY (12-26-92) An original holiday comedy written and directed by Ken Alexander and featuring the Those Were The Days Radio Players. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-27-42) Leroy wants to play with the chemistry set he got for Christmas. BEN BERNIE WAR WORKERS PROGRAM (12-22-42) Music and fun for WW II workers on the Home Front. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-22-42) A milestone broadcast. Teeney and the “kids” sing “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” for the first time. Rebroadcast: 12/26/2012 – 1/2/2013.
PROGRAM 1156: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-27-42) WW II broadcast as Jack and the gang entertain servicemen on leave in New York. Guest Fred Allen portrays Uncle Sam in the show’s annual New Year’s fantasy. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (12-30-42) “Destruction of Nazi Submarine Base,” an isolated episode from WW II. YOUR HIT PARADE (1-2-43) Top tunes of the week presented by Joan Edwards, Barry Wood, Ethel Smith and the Hit Paraders in this WW II show. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (1-2-46) Eddie turns back the clock to New Year’s Eve. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-3-43) John Daly and CBS correspondents worldwide report on the WW II “road to victory.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-1-47) Gildy forgets to ask Eve to the New Year’s Costume Ball, so he must spend the holiday alone. Rebroadcast: 1/2/2013 – 1/8/2013.
PROGRAM 1157: SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (1-11-43) Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore star in highlights from the 1942 film musical “Holiday Inn.” MAN BEHIND THE GUN (1-6-43) “A Salute to the RAF” in a WW II drama about the British Royal Air Force. Jackson Beck narrates. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-10-43) Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve welcomes Fibber McGee and Molly to his home. NECROLOGY OF 1992 Remembering the personalities who died during the past year. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-10-43) WW II news: “The Japanese have not even started to retreat in the Pacific… they’re preparing to strike again.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (1-12-43) The McGees visit bandleader Billy Mills in the hospital. WW II flavor. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-13-43) Bing Crosby with guests George Murphy and Jane Frazee. WW II flavor. Rebroadcast: 1/9/2013 – 1/15/2013.
PROGRAM 1158: INNER SANCTUM (4-24-45) “Song of the Slasher” starring Arnold Moss. Because of the strange tune he whistles, a musician is suspected of being “The Slasher.” NATIONAL BARN DANCE (12-12-42) Joe Kelly, Lulu Belle and Scotty, the Hoosier Hot Shots and all the gang in a WW II broadcast. AN AMERICAN IN ENGLAND (12-1-42) “Cromer” is a town on the east coast of England, “facing the North Sea and facing WW II enemy Germany. Written and directed by Norman Corwin. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (1-19-43) Mrs. Uppington announces that she is going to join the WACS. WW II theme. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-17-43) WW II news: “A strong force of heavy British bombers dropped a great weight of bombs on Berlin and large fires were seen from the air.” ACADEMY AWARD (12-18-46) “Lost Angel” starring Margaret O’Brien and Jeff Chandler. A lost child is taken in by a reporter. Rebroadcast: 1/16/2013 – 1/22/2013.
PROGRAM 1159: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-21-43) Bing Crosby with guests Andy Devine and Private Mickey Rankin. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-24-43) WW II news: “In the Pacific, the vicious air and ground fighting continues.” SUSPENSE (8-9-45) “Murder for Myra” stars Lloyd Nolan. Myra’s lover agrees to kill her husband. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (1-26-43) Fibber is writing a love story using the pen name Earl Stanley McGee. WWII setting. CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (1-25-43) “The Flying Tigers” starring Ralph Bellamy in the story of American aviators who fought in China against the Japanese in WW II. QUIZ KIDS (1-24-43) Joe Kelly is Chief Quizmaster as the kids answer his questions. Rebroadcast: 1/23/2013 – 1/29/2013.
PROGRAM 1160: AN AMERICAN IN ENGLAND (12-8-42) “Home is Where You Hang Your Hat” by Norman Corwin, the story of soldiers in England during WW II. NOTE: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of JIMMY DURANTE, born on February 10, 1893, we present a special salute to the beloved entertainer: JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (11-5-47) Guest is Bing Crosby. JIMMY DURANTE INTERVIEW (11-8-61) Barry Farber talks with the great Durante at Mama Leone’s Restaurant in New York City. JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (3-31-48) Guests are Victor Moore and comedienne Rose Marie. AMERICA SALUTES THE PRESIDENT (1-30-43 “A nation at war pays tribute to its Commander-in-Chief on the 61st birthday of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. An all-star cast in this WW II broadcast: Frank Sinatra, Gene Autry, Fibber McGee and Molly, Artie Shaw, Bing Crosby, Dick Powell, Sammy Kaye, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Rebroadcast: 1/30/2013 – 2/5/2013.
PROGRAM 1161: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-10-43) Jack’s guest is emcee Phil Baker of the “Take It or Leave It” quiz program. WORLD NEWS TODAY (2-7-43) WW II news: “The biggest news in England is that Prime Minister Churchill has returned after conferences in Casablanca with President Roosevelt.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-17-43) From New York, before an audience of WW II servicemen, Jack talks about his forthcoming concert at Carnegie Hall. Guest is Oscar Levant. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-28-43) Bing Crosby with guests Ginny Simms and actor Frank McHugh. WW II flavor. THE VICTORY HOUR (2-2-43) WW II patriotic program aimed at the youth of America. Ralph Bellamy in a short drama, “Mind by Choice.” Students from Nazi-oc- cupied countries offer eye-witness accounts of education in Europe under Hitler. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-31-43) Broadcasting from the U.S. Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia, Jack and the gang welcome guests actress Virginia Bruce and actor-director Gregory Ratoff. WW II flavor. FAHEY FLYNN AND THE NEWS (2-9-43) Reports on WW II and other events of the day. Rebroadcast: 2/6/2013 – 2/12/2013.
PROGRAM 1162: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-7-43) In New York, George Jessel opens the program because Jack is still on the train and hasn’t arrived at the studio. WW II flavor. ACADEMY AWARDS (3-2-43) Outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, George Jessel “interviews” arrivals to the Oscar ceremonies. ACADEMY AWARDS (3-2-43) Jack Benny hosts the sixteenth annual Awards presentation, broadcast from the stage of Grauman’s theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (2-16-43) Patriotic McGee seeks workers with special skills to take jobs with Uncle Sam’s WW II home front war effort. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-14-43) Broadcasting from Toronto, Canada, Jack celebrates his birthday north of the border . PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (2-12-43) FDR and members of the press celebrate Lincoln Day at the 20th annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association. This is FDR’s first radio address since returning from his historic Casablanca conference with Prime Minister Winston Churchill and WW II allied high commanders. Rebroadcast: 2/13/2013 – 2/19/2013.
PROGRAM 1163: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-21-43) Jack and the gang from the Armed Forces Training Center School in Chicago. Jack recalls his days in the Navy in 1917. WW II theme. WORLD NEWS TODAY (2-21-43) WW II news reports: “The Navy has announced the loss of America’s largest submarine… There have been new Axis gains in Central Tunisia.” HOP HARRIGAN (2-19-43) Isolated WW II episode. Hop and his sidekick are being held at gunpoint by a Japanese agent. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-28-43) Another WW II show from a military base. Jack and company are at Fort Custer, Michigan where military police receive their training. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (2-22-43) FDR speaks to the nation to commemorate the birth of George Washington. WW II broadcast. MAIL CALL #65. (1940s) Program for WW II military audiences stars Fred MacMurray, Burns and Allen, Dorothy Lamour, Dennis Day. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-7-43) George Burns and Gracie Allen sub for Jack who is confined to his bed. WW II flavor. Rebroadcast: 2/20/2013 – 2/26/2013.
PROGRAM 1164: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-14-43) Orson Welles subs for Jack who is still ill in Chicago. Phil Harris returns to the show after a stint in the Merchant Marines during WW II. Welles takes the gang to his studio to see a picture being made. BEN BERNIE WAR WORKER’S PROGRAM (1-12-43) The old maestro, the King’s Jesters and Caesar Petrillo’s orchestra in a program dedicated to WW II women war workers. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-21-43) Jack’s is still unable to appear on the show because of his extended illness. Orson Welles subs during this WW II broadcast. WORLD NEWS TODAY (2-28-43) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents with news of WW II. “Allied forces have repulsed a new Axis attack in Northern Tunisia and they’ve captured hundreds of enemy troops.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-28-43) Orson Welles continues to sub for the ailing Jack Benny. Orson and the cast present a play, “Death at Midnight.” RED CROSS CAMPAIGN (2-28-43) Special program opening the 1943 War Fund Campaign of the Red Cross. Messages from FDR, General Eisenhower, Admiral Nimitz. WW II program. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-11-43) Jack returns to the program after an extended illness. Orson Welles drops in for the sketch, “Jack Benny from Rags to Riches.” Rebroadcast: 2/27/2013 – 3/5/2013.
Program 1165: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-17-43) The Water Commissioner is excited about his first public appearance as a speaker at the Summerfield Women’s Club. AN AMERICAN IN ENGLAND (12-15-42) “An Anglo-American Angle.” Third in the series of WW II programs telling how the English people cope with war. DRAGNET (5-31-51) A fine Los Angeles hotel is found to be the center of a drug ring. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1991) First program in the BBC series based on scripts used by Groucho and Chico Marx on the Five Star Theatre in 1932. STORY OF DR. KILDARE (9-14-50) Dr. Kildare helps a teen-age girl who is an alcoholic. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-7-43) WW II news: “The Japanese air challenges are dwindling in the India, Burma, China Theatre.” Rebroadcast: 3/6/2013 – 3/12/2013.
Program 1166: MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (1940s) “Case of One Slip Meant Death.” The D.A. investigates a murder at the circus. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-14-13) WW II news from home and abroad. “Flying Fortresses report direct hits on enemy cargo vessels.” FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1991) Second program in the series of reenactments from the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. AN AMERICAN IN ENGLAND (12-22-42) “Clipper Home” is the final show in the series. U. S. WW II travel restrictions. THE COTY HOUR (4-17-35) Ray Noble and his orchestra offer music for listening and dancing. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-24-43) WW II Air Raid Warden Gildersleeve is concerned about sabotage at the Summerfield arms manufacturing plant. Rebroadcast: 3/13/2013 – 3/19/2013.
Program 1167: RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (3-5-50) Dick Powell is the private eye who investigates a snake and a gunshot. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-31-43) Gildy is on the committee to help raise money for a new fire engine for Summerfield. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-21-43) WW II news reports: “Adolph Hitler has made his first speech since last November, admitting that Germany is a war zone under Allied bombings.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (3-23-43) Fibber has been appointed to collect funds for the 1943 American Red Cross campaign. WW II theme. WINSTON CHURCHILL (3-21-43) The British Prime Minister speaks from London to listeners at home and overseas about the state of the war and some recent successes. WW II content.CBS WORLD NEWS (3-21-43) Douglas Edwards reports to listeners immediately following the Churchill speech. WW II content. Rebroadcast: 3/20/2013 – 3/26/2013.
Program 1168: ESCAPE (12-20-49) “Figure a Dame” starring Frank Lovejoy in a story of the most sought-after emerald in the world. THIS IS YOUR FBI (6-22-45) Frank Lovejoy narrates. Car theft during wartime is a Federal offense. WW II theme. SUSPENSE (9-1-57) “Man from Tomorrow” starring Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lovejoy (Joan Banks). A former Korean war jet pilot is offered a job that will contribute to world betterment. PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE (3-27-49) Jack Webb stars as Novak with Frank Lovejoy as prizefighter Rory Malone. NIGHTBEAT (7-13-51) “Anton’s Return” starring Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, reporter for the Chicago Star. SUSPENSE (1-4-54) “On a Country Road” starring Frank Lovejoy and Joan Banks in the classic Suspense drama. Rebroadcast: 3/27/2013 – 4/2/2013.
Program 1169:NELSON EDDY SHOW (11-29-44) A program of musical favorites with guest 12-year old Lois Butler. WW II flavor. MAIL CALL #136 (1940s) Nelson Eddy emcees a variety program for WW II servicemen. Guests are Jerry Lester, Andrews Sisters, Cass Daley. LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-4-44) “Maytime” starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. An opera star falls in love with a penniless singer in Paris, but her husband interferes. NELSON EDDY SHOW (6-2-46) Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers join Nelson for a program with a western theme. SPECIAL GUESTS are GAIL LULAY, author of “Nelson Eddy, America’s Favorite Baritone” and movie historian BOB KOLOSOSKI. Rebroadcast: 4/3/2013 – 4/9/2013.
Program 1170: PHIL HARRIS – ALICE FAYE SHOW (4-17-49) Alice has invited the girls’ school principal to dinner on Easter Sunday. WORLD NEWS PARADE (3-28-43) Upton Close from Hollywood and John Vandercook from New York with WW II news. “Mussolini’s balcony exhibitionists duck for cellars as RAF planes roar overhead.” YOUR HIT PARADE (4-10-43) Frank Sinatra, Joan Edwards and Mark Warnow and the orchestra present the top tunes of the week. MEL BLANC SHOW (4-8-47) The Chamber of Commerce organizes an Easter Egg Hunt with local businesses supplying prize eggs for the contest. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-28-43) WW II coverage. “American planes have battered Jap bases throughout the Southwest Pacific and enemy bombers have retaliated with raids on our installations in the Solomons.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-17-49) Jack prepares for his Easter stroll down Wilshire Boulevard. Rebroadcast: 4/10/2013 – 4/16/2013.
Program 1171: FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (3-30-43) The McGee washing machine is on the blink. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (4-11-43) WW II coverage: “Berlin says the Red Air Force has joined the Allied offensive against the German Homeland.” BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (1949) Larry Thor stars as Det. Danny Clover in “The Val Dane Murder Case.” GABRIEL HEATTER (4-18-43) Reporting during WW II, the famed news commentator discusses Hitler, Rommel and unconfirmed enemy claims. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (2-7-43) Gildy’s plans to set a wedding date with Leila are foiled by the arrival of her sister and nephew. WW II flavor. HITLER’S MOCK BIRTHDAY PARTY (4-20-43) In Times Square, New York, Walter O’Keefe is emcee for a “monster celebration of Hitler’s birthday!” Featured are John Garfield, Jerry Lester, Martha O’Driscoll, Dick Stabile and the orchestra. WW II feature. ESCAPE (1-31-50) “Present Tense” starring Vincent Price. A man, convicted of the axe-murder of his wife, dreams that he has escaped the train taking him to prison and execution. Rebroadcast: 4/17/2013 – 4/23/2013.
Program 1172: As we complete 23 years of Those Were The Days broadcasts, we fondly remember how it all began on that 1000 watt daytime station in Evanston. We hope to recall all the fun times we had during those early days with a live, on-the-air WLTD REUNION. Joining us will be WLTD alumni BRUCE DU MONT, BILL NIGUT, TED WEBER, MIKE SCHWIMMER, KARL PEARSON, DON LUCKI, and others. We’ll present sound clips from many of our broadcasts in those days and reminisce about the time we spent together at RadioActive WLTD, 1590-AM, Evanston. Don’t miss it if you can! Rebroadcast: 4/17/2013 – 4/23/2013.
Program 1173: FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1991) Third program in the BBC series based on scripts used by Groucho and Chico Marx on the Five Star Theatre in 1932. SOUND OFF #25 (1943) Songwriter-singer Johnny Mercer presents a record request program for servicemen during WW II. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-18-43) Still recuperating from his illness, Jack takes in the sun at poolside. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (4-18-43) WW II reports: Allied planes are hurling death and destruction on the Axis over a wide area of the Mediterranean.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (3-14-43) Gildersleeve struggles with his income tax and his conscience. WW II setting. MADAME CHAING KAI-SHEK (4-4-43) From the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Madame Chaing Kai-Shek presents a dramatic narrative of the WW II fight between China and Japan. Rebroadcast: 5/1/2013 – 5/7/2013.
Program 1174: ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (11-14-48) Neighbor Thorney invites David and Ricky to spend a night in a log cabin. A LIFE IN YOUR HANDS (7-24-52) “Eddie Phillips Escapes Prison” starring Carlton Kadel. An “earwitness” helps solve a murder. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (4-6-43) Fibber is feeling ill and wants to call Doc Gamble. WW II flavor. THIS IS OUR ENEMY (1940s) A “program of truth… about our enemy.” Narrated by Frank Gallop. ART HELLYER SHOW (11-14-55) Excerpts from veteran broadcaster Art Hellyer’s morning program of records, zany voices, sounds, etc. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is ART HELLYER who joins in the fun and reminisces about his long radio and television career. NOTE: a VIDEO TAPE RECORDING of Mr. Hellyer’s appearance on this program may be seen when you visit the Schaden Scrapbook on this website. CLICK HERE to go directly to the video. Rebroadcast: 5/8/2013 – 5/14/2013.
PROGRAM 1225: In addition to marking 24 years on the air with Those Were The Days, host Chuck Schaden presents highlights of the “Jack Benny Birthday Celebration” recorded at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in the Chicago Cultural Center. This event was held on February 13, 1994 to mark the occasion of the 61st anniversary of Jack Benny’s 39th birthday. Ken Alexander wrote an original radio script, based upon characters and situations created during the twenty-three year run of one of the most successful programs in the history of radio. The Those Were The Days Radio Players brought Ken’s script to life. John Sebert, winner of our Jack Benny Sound-Alike contest, played Jack. Special guests for the event were Jack’s daughter Joan Benny and his grandson Bobby Blumofe who shared family memories and they also appeared in the cast of the re-enactment. Joan played her mother, Mary Livingstone. A special scene was written into the script for Bobby. Rebroadcast: 7/13/2011 – 7/20/2011.
PROGRAM 1287: Radio station WNIB first signed on the air July 9, 1955 and in 1995 celebrated 40 years of continuous broadcasting under the same call letters and same ownership. We observe the occasion with an afternoon of recollections and entertainment as we talk about the early days of WNIB with BILL GERSHON, the station’s first classical music announcer, and other distinguished alumni including DICK BUCKLEY, MARTY ROBINSON, JAY ANDRES, DON FERRIS and BILL PLANTE. Also joining us for a look at the WNIB scene are program director RON RAY and program hosts CARL GRAPENTINE and KEN ALEXANDER. PLUS: RAILROAD HOUR (7-13-53) “The Friml Story” starring Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Warrenskjold. VOICE OF FIRESTONE (12-5-38) A tenth anniversary broadcast featuring the Firestone Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alfred Wallenstein; Richard Crooks, tenor; announcer Gene Hamilton; Vaughn deLeath; Lowell Thomas; Lawrence Tibbett. TELEPHONE HOUR (6-14-44) Donald Voorhees and the orchestra plus special guest star Nelson Eddy offer a selection of popular classical music. Rebroadcast: 10/26/2011 – 11/1/2011.
PROGRAM 1322: This program features all programs starring the talented actor John Brown. We’ll hear: MY FRIEND IRMA (1-6-52) starring Marie Wilson as Irma and Cathy Lewis as Jane with John Brown as Irma’s boyfriend Al. Irma wants her memoirs published. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-5-48) Ozzie tells neighbor Thorny, played by John Brown, about the time when Bing Crosby and his son Lindsay visited the Nelson household. DAMON RUNYON THEATRE (1949) John Brown stars as the Runyon character “Broadway” who tells about “Madame LaGimp,” the famous “Apple Annie” story. A DATE WITH JUDY (10-22-46) starring Louise Erickson as Judy with John Brown as her harried father. Judy’s father tries to get out of attending a lecture with his wife. LIFE OF RILEY (5-17-46) William Bendix stars with John Brown who doubles as Riley’s pal and co-worker Gillis and as Digby O’Dell, the friendly undertaker. Junior gets a job at the circus. Rebroadcast: 10/05/2011 – 10/11/2011.
PROGRAM 1324: RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (3-23-51) Dick Powell as the detective who is hired by an actress who wants him to find out who attempted to kill her, BELIEVE IT OR NOT (3-23-44) Robert Ripley with a collection of audio oddities developed for his newspaper cartoon. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (3-23-38) Eddie’s final broadcast for Texaco after two seasons with the sponsor. A take-off on “Believe It or Not.” SUSPENSE (3-23-58) “Affair at LovelandPass” stars Vanessa Brown and Jim Ameche. While a pitchfork murderer is loose, a traveler stops to help a lady in distress. LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-23-42) “Strawberry Blonde” with Don Ameche, Rita Hayworth and Gail Patrick. A turn-of-the-century story about an ex-con dentist who becomes infatuated with a gold-digger. YOUR HIT PARADE (3-23-46) Joan Edwards, Johnny Mercer and Joe Dosh sing the top tunes of the week. Rebroadcast: 11/23/2011 – 11/29/2011.
PROGRAM 1357: This program features excerpts from selected radio broadcasts between 1945 and 1954 featuring Bing Crosby, Bob Crosby, Bing’s sons Gary, Philip, Dennis and Lindsay, and Bing’s wife Dixie Lee Crosby. Rebroadcast: 9/21/2011 – 9/27/2011.
PROGRAM 1381: As we celebrate our 27th broadcast anniversary today, we observe the occasion by playing one of our complete three-hour “Hall Closet” morning drive-time programs from 1973 on WLTD, Evanston. CHUCK SCHADEN’S HALL CLOSET (10-1-73) Everything is intact from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. including local and national news from the Mutual Broadcasting System, local and national commercials, records and these vintage broadcasts: GI JOURNAL #83(2-23-45) Burns and Allen star with Robert Young, Paula Winslowe, Ginny Simms, Mel Blanc. EDDIE CANTOR WITH A HALF HOUR OF SHOW BUSINESS (1950s) The show biz veteran plays vintage records and tells stories about Sophie Tucker, Ted Lewis, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Will Rogers and Clayton, Jackson and Durante. PEPPER YOUNG’S FAMILY (1950s) Isolated episode of the long-running daytime drama. BIG SISTER (1950s) Isolated episode of the long-running daytime serial. Rebroadcast: 8/17/2011 – 8/23/2011.
PROGRAM 1382: We’ll hear .. SUSPENSE (1-16-47) Overture in Two Keys” starring Joan Bennett with Howard Duff. The wife of a music professor falls in love with her husband’s student. ARRIVAL OF THE HINDENBURG (5-6-37) Announcer Herb Morrison, at Lakehurst New Jersey to record the arrival of the airship Hindenburg from Germany, ends up covering one of the great aviation disasters when the ship exploded and crashed. This is a speed-corrected restoration of the original recording. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (9-16-45) In order to pass the initiation of the Unicorns Lodge, Ozzie must be totally agreeable for twenty-four hours. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (7-22-48) “The Citadel” highlights the struggles of a young doctor in a coal mining town. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 26: News… the War Years covers the development of news on the air from 1935-1945. Rebroadcast: 10/12/2011 – 10/18/2011.
PROGRAM 1401: Tune in to the signature music of radio: the theme songs which introduced so many of our favorite programs during the Golden Age. We’ll not only hear a great many of the familiar theme songs from such programs as The Lone Ranger, The Goldbergs, Escape, The Shadow, Mercury Theatre, I Love A Mystery, Mr. Keen and Lorenzo Jones, but we’ll listen to the original music from whence they came. In addition to many sound clips and excerpts from vintage shows, you’ll hear complete broadcasts of The Green Hornet (10-31-39); Philip Morris Playhouse (5-6-49) “Murder Needs an Artist”; FBI in Peace and War (6-10-53) “The Traveling Man”. Rebroadcast: June 2011.
PROGRAM 1402: It’s everything Marx Brothers as we hear: COMMAND PERFORMANCE #137 (9-9-44) Excerpt. Groucho Marx in a radio quiz show spoof: Doctor People Are Double and Take It Truth or Ignorance It Pays to Be Information.” BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (5-9-46) Gracie needs a “snooping reporter” for her Hollywood gossip column. She asks Harpo Marx to do the job. FITCH BANDWAGON (1943) Excerpt. Chico Marx plays “Beer Barrel Polka.” MONITOR (10-5-63) A salute to Groucho Marx on his 68th birthday as he reflects upon his career. SATURDAY AT THE SHAMROCK (12-18-50) Excerpt. From the Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas, Chico and Harpo give a sample of their nightclub act. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHWEEL (1991) First program in the BBC series based on scripts used by Groucho and Chico Marx on the Five Star Theatre in 1932. COMMAND PERFORMANCE #125 (6-17-44) Excerpt with Ken Carpenter, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, and Harpo Marx who plays “My Blue Heaven” while Bing sings. YOU BET YOUR LIFE (1947) Groucho Marx records the audition show for his comedy quiz program. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is Marx Brothers fan and historian IRA DOLNIK who will talk about the careers of Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo Marx. Rebroadcast: November 9th, 2011 – November 15th, 2011.
PROGRAM 1427: We remember one of the greatest comedians of The Golden Age of Radio – Red Skelton who passed away September 17th, 1997. You’ll hear Red Skelton in: SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (1-20-49) “Fuller Brush Man” starring Red Skelton and Janet Blair. A 1994 RADIO HALL OF FAME (11-6-94) excerpt in which Rich Little inducts Red Skelton into the Radio Hall of Fame. The RED SKELTON SHOW (2-11-51) in which The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire offers “The Big Scare.” The RED SKELTON AFTERSHOW (2-19-50) in which Red presents his “aftershow” for the studio audience. SUSPENSE (11-3-49) “The Search for Isabel” starring Red Skelton with Cathy Lewis. HONOR AMERICA DAY (7-4-70) Red Skelton offers his special version of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (4-12-42) “Tight Shoes” starring Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and George Tobias. Rebroadcast: 8/10/2011 – 8/17/2011.
PROGRAM 1449: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is music historian BILL SHELDON who will talk about Jerome Kern and his contribution to popular music. Plus we’ll feature… RAILROAD HOUR (10-9-50) “Roberta” starring Gordon MacRae, Ginny Sims and Edna Best in Jerome Kern’s 1933 musical about a Parisian fashion designer. SONGMAKERS (6-10-46) “Jerome Kern” is the subject as Everette Clarke tells the story of the songwriter in words and music. LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-28-51) “Show Boat” starring Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion and William Warfield in the Jerome Kern musical about life on the Mississippi. PAUSE THAT REFRESHES ON THE AIR (8-16-42) Andre Kostelanetz and the orchestra presents a “Portrait of Mark Twain” by Jerome Kern. Introduced by the composer himself. SONGS BY SINATRA (1-15-47) Frank Sinatra with guests Jane Powell and the Pied Pipers offer a “Tribute to Jerome Kern.” Rebroadcast: 9/14/2011 – 9/20/2011.
PROGRAM 1538: To complete 30 years of Those Were The Days broadcasts, this special program from the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago featured a live re-creation of the Lux Radio Theatre presentation of “The Maltese Falcon” starring Ken Alexander and the Those Were The Days Radio Players. The accompanying score was provided by Paul Renard at the Hammond Electric Organ. The 30th anniversary show also features selected excerpts from past TWTD programs, guests and a number of surprises. Rebroadcast: 10/19/2011 – 10/25/2011.
PROGRAM 1561: After 78 years, Chicago’s pioneering radio station signed off August 1, 2000 leaving a rich legacy that includes these programs and personalities: CHEZ SHOW (5-15-52) Excerpt. Jack Eigan, broadcasting from Chicago’s world-famous Chez Paree night club. NEWS ON THE SPOT (3-22-56) Len O’Connor reports on additional Chicago police patrols for the city. JUDITH WALLER (3-6-48) An interviewer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa talks with Judith Waller, the first station manager of WMAQ, who tells about the early days of the station. 11:60 CLUB (10-13-48) Excerpt. Dave Garroway plays recorded music and offers low-key comments to listeners who tune in at midnight. JIM HURLBUT (9-27-49) Newsman Hurlbut, a reporter-at-large, presents local and national news. ARBOGAST (11-1-51) Bob Arbogast and his pal Pete Robinson present a late-night comedy, satire and recorded music show, including a spoof of radio amateur hours. NIGHT DESK (7-6-55) Caren Walsh, City Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, presides over this “on-the-spot summary of the local news plus direct and transcribed reports by short wave and telephone of late-breaking news just as it happens.” Rebroadcast: 7/27/2011 – 8/3/2011.
PROGRAM 1700: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois where today’s program originates “live.” We hear – THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (8-3-34) Excerpt. The program takes place on the Twentieth Century Limited as Jack and the gang return to New York from Hollywood. BOB ELSON ON BOARD THE CENTURY (1947) Sportscaster Bob Elson greets travelers at Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station. THE MEANING OF AMERICA (10-3-52) “Railroads of America” with Martin Maloney and Bill Griskey who offer descriptive pieces about railroads and railroading, including items about Casey Jones, John Henry and the Railroad Robber Barons. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-20-45) The McGees are at the Wistful Vista train station rushing to catch “The Squaw,” the deluxe train to San Francisco. EMPIRE BUILDERS (1-5-31) In this Depression-era episode, the entire story takes place aboard the Empire Builder train. A man is planning to fire half the employees of his lumber mill because times are bad. COLUMBIA PRESENTS CORWIN (3-21-44) “The Lonesome Train” produced and directed by Norman Corwin. Premiere performance of the folk cantata telling the story of the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train traveling from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Raymond Massey stars as Lincoln.” Rebroadcast: 8/24/2011 – 8/30/2011.
PROGRAM 1791: Radio actors who appeared on TV’s Andy Griffith Show. GUNSMOKE (9-12-53) “Prairie Happy” with Parley Baer, Howard McNear, John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (11-7-48) Ozzie’s set pattern of living should be broken. With Janet Waldo, Lurene Tuttle. ADVENTUIRES OF ELLERY QUEEN (3-27-43) “The Circus Train” with Hugh Marlowe. SUSPENSE (1-18-54) “The Face is Familiar” with Sheldon Leonard. BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (1945) with Larry Thor. Visit our Mayberry Folks on Radio scrapbook gallery for more information on these vintage programs.
PROGRAM 1792: Radio actors who appeared on TV’s Andy Griffith Show. INNER SANCTUM (1-12-48) “Tempo in Blood” with Everett Sloane. LUM AND ABNER (1949) Lum wants to borrow money to attend his lodge convention. With Norris Goff. VIC AND SADE (1938) Rush plans a party. With Billy Idleson. ROCKY FORTUNE (1953) Rocky babysits a monkey. With Herb Vigran, Barney Phillips. OUR MISS BROOKS (6-12-49) High school dance. With Richard Crenna. MAISIE (2-23-50) Maisie sells kisses at department store. With Howard McNair, Peter Leeds. Visit our Mayberry Folks on Radio scrapbook gallery for more information on these vintage programs.
PROGRAM 1793: DRENE TIME (2-23-47) With Danny Thomas. HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (9-18-60) Old friend of Paladin shows up. With John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Ken Lynch. COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (5-31-42) “The City Wears a Slouch Hat” with Les Tremayne, Forrest Lewis, Johnathan Hole. BLONDIE (5-27-45) Blondie invites a socialite to tea. With Elvia Allman. FIRST NIGHTER (2-5-48) “Drink for the Damned” with Olan Soule, Parley Baer. Visit our Mayberry Folks on Radio scrapbook gallery for more information on these vintage programs.
PROGRAM 1794: DRAGNET (1-31-52) “The Big Almost No Show” with Barney Phillips. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-18-43) with Isabel Randolph. GRAND CENTRAL STATION (7-1-41) “We Want to Get Married” with Tom Tully, Karl Swenson. MEET CORLISS ARCHER (4-6-47) Corliss is excited about a beauty contest. With Janet Waldo, Sam Edwards. GUNSMOKE (1-25-59) “The Boots” with Parley Baer, Howard McNear, Lawrence Dobkin. Visit our Mayberry Folks on Radio scrapbook gallery for more information on these vintage programs.
PROGRAM 1811: All programs feature announcer Bill Griskey of NBC, Chicago. NEWS (4-7-57) Bill Griskey reports headlines. UNCLE NED’S SQUADRON (11-28-53) “Uncle Ned” Locke is the “pilot” for this kids-oriented airplane/flying series from Chicago. Bill Griskey is announcer. JANE AND THE BOYS (8-25-51) A quarter-hour of light-hearted musical entertainment with “Uncle Bill” Griskey. BIG CITY SERENADE (7-19-52) Bill Griskey narrates a salute to the City of Chicago’s political conventions over the years. FAULTLESS STARCH SHOW (10-21-52) Country singer Bob Atcher stars. Announcer is Bill Griskey. AMERICANA (10-23-54) “Memoirs of a Railroad Century,” a radio essay on the American scene. Bill Griskey as announcer/narrator. YOUR SATURDAY DANCE DATE (8-12-50) Frankie Carle and the orchestra from the Marine Dining Room of the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. Bill Griskey announces. Rebroadcast: 11/16/2011 – 11/22/2011.
PROGRAM 1869: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is big band historian KARL PEARSON who will talk about the importance of the Spotlight Band series. Shows include: VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #270 (7-31-43) Teddy Powell and his orchestra playing for the officers and men of the U.S. Naval Training School at the University of Chicago. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (9-7-45) Will Osborne and his orchestra from the Marine Air Corps Station, El Centro, California. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #236 (12-20-43) Freddy Martin and his orchestra from the Marine Air Depot, San Diego, California. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #416 (1-18-44) Remote broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, featuring the winners of the Esquire Magazine All-American Jazz Band Poll: Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, Coleman Hawkins, Barney Bigard, Sidney Catlett, Al Casey, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Pettiford, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Benny Goodman and vocalists Billie Holiday and Mildred Bailey. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #104 (1-19-43) Ina Ray Hutton and her orchestra from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #780(3-17-45) George Olson and his orchestra entertaining war workers of Johnson Motors, Waukegan, Illinois. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (8-11-44) Louis Prima and his orchestra. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (3-8-45) Lionel Hampton and his orchestra from the Naval Training School in Dearborn, Michigan. Rebroadcast: 11/2/2011 – 11/8/2011.
PROGRAM 1902: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about the careers of the movie actors featured on this broadcast. SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (11-11-49) “Body and Soul” starring John Garfield, the story of a boxer who works his way up by questionable means, becoming a famous champion. ACADEMY AWARD (5-11-46) “If I Were King” starring Ronald Colman as French poet-rogue Francois Villon, who matches wits with crafty King Louis XI and falls hopelessly in love with a lady-in-waiting. LUX RADIO THEATRE(1-12-48) “Kiss of Death” starring Victor Mature, Richard Widmark and Colleen Gray. An ex-con, going straight, fears for the safety of his family when a killer is set free. SCREEN DIRTECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (10-10-49) “Criss Cross” starring Burt Lancaster. A man returns to his hometown, where he crosses the path of his ex-wife, who has taken up with a gangster. Rebroadcast: 8/31/2011 – 9/6/2011.
PROGRAM 1906: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about the careers of the movie actresses featured on this broadcast. ACADEMY AWARD (4-6-46) “Kitty Foyle” starring Ginger Rogers as a working girl who falls in love. LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-23-42) “Strawberry Blonde” starring Rita Hayworth with Don Ameche and Gail Patrick in a turn-of-the-century comedy about a dentist infatuated with a gold-digger. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (9-30-46) “Junior Miss” starring Peggy Ann Garner as a teenager who tries to fix up her ex-con uncle with the daughter of her father’s boss. SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (8-12-49) “Jezebel” starring Bette Davis as a Southern belle who goes too far to make her fiancé jealous. Rebroadcast: 9/7/2011 – 9/13/2011.
PROGRAM 1913: We’re up in the air with: LINDBERGH’S ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON D.C. (6-11-27) A rare, very early historic radio broadcast carried by some 50 stations in the U. S. Graham McNamee covers the arrival of Charles A. Lindbergh at the Washington Navy Yard as he returned to the United States after his history-making non-stop flight across the Atlantic to France. LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-7-40) “Wings of the Navy” starring George Brent, Olivia deHavilland and John Payne in a story of pilots being trained for combat as brothers compete for the same girl. CBS DOCUMENTARIES (7-2-60) “The Last Flight of Amelia Earhart” presents an eyewitness and documentary accounting of the fate of aviatrix Amelia Earhart Putnam and her navigator Fred Noonan who disappeared on July 2, 1937. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is aviation historian CURTIS L.KATZ who will talk about the aviation pioneers of yesteryear. Rebroadcast: 9/28/2011 – 10/04/2011.
PROGRAM 1914: Join us for a swim! The TWTD family is next to the pool staying cool and listening to great old radio programs like: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (7-15-35) Hoping for a swim in the ocean, the McGees change into their swimming suits. TRUE DETECTIVE MYSTERIES (7-17-37) “Death in Step-Ins.” While planning wedding festivities, the young bride-to-be and her closest girlfriend decide to go swimming to cool off on a hot day. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-6-52) Excerpt. Jack and Rochester decide to clean the swimming pool. LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-14-53) “Million Dollar Mermaid” is the story of Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman. Esther Williams and Walter Pidgeon star. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-9-54) Jack, the gang and the Beverly Hills Beavers take a day off for their annual picnic at the beach. Don Wilson puts on his new bathing suit. SUSPENSE (7-20-43) “Murder Goes for a Swim” starring Warren William as Michael Lanyard with Eric Blore as Jamison, the motion picture co-stars of the “Lone Wolf” series of films. The Lone Wolf investigates when a woman is found dead in a swimming pool. Rebroadcast: 8/3/2011 – 8/10/2011.
PROGRAM 1928: We’ll listen to broadcasts which played October 30th, 1938. THE SHADOW (10-30-38) “The Isle of Fear” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston with Agnes Moorehead as the lovely Margo Lane. The MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR (10-30-38) Orson Welles – producer, director, host and performer – in the most famous radio broadcast of all time, the H. G. Wells story of an invasion from the planet Mars. Radio adaptation by Howard Koch. CHASE AND SANBORN HOUR (10-30-38) Emcee Don Ameche introduces Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Nelson Eddy, Dorothy Lamour, Judy Canova and guest Madeleine Carroll. Edgar tells Charlie and the gang a Halloween ghost story. This program was on opposite the Mercury Theatre’s production of “The War of the Worlds.” Finally, as an extra bonus, SPEAKING OF RADIO (10-6-88) Radio script-writer Howard Koch recalls the events leading up to and immediately after the Mercury Theatre broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” on October 30, 1938. Chuck Schaden conducted this interview shortly before the 50th anniversary of the now-classic broadcast. Rebroadcast: 7/20/2011 – 7/27/2011.
PROGRAM 1940: We listen to old time radio broadcasts with the word “Shadow” in the story title. Programs such as Phillip Marlowe (3-21-50) “The Deep Shadow”; Wild Bill Hickok (7-29-51) “The Shadow Hill Gang”; Screen Directors Playhouse (11-9-50) “Shadow Of A Doubt”; Quiet Please (4-17-49) “Shadow Of The Wings”; The Shadow (3-12-44) “Death To The Shadow”. Rebroadcast: 7/6/2011 – 7/13/2011.
PROGRAM 2013: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI who will talk about the career of actress Bette Davis. We will hear: SILVER THEATRE (12-11-38) “Broken Promise” starring Bette Davis in part one of a two-part story. Davis is a prisoner who makes a deathbed promise to another prisoner who has a teenage daughter. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (8-6-45) “The Little Foxes” starring Bette Davis in a story of greed and corruption within a crumbling Southern family. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-11-46) “Now, Voyager” stars Bette Davis and Gregory Peck. A sheltered spinster is brought out of her shell by a psychiatrist. SILVER THEATRE (12-18-38) “Broken Promise” stars Bette Davis in part two of the two-part story. Rebroadcast: 11/30/2011 – 12/6/2011.