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PROGRAM 1: TAYSTEE BREADWINNERS (1934) Billy Jones and Ernie Hare on the air for Taystee Bread (also known as The Happiness Boys when they were sponsored by Happiness Candy; The Interwoven Pair when they were sponsored by Interwoven Stockings; The Best Foods Boys when sponsored by Best Foods). MA PERKINS (1940s) An isolated episode of the long-running daytime serial. Virginia Payne stars as “America’s Mother of the Air.” PEPSODENT SHOW (11-18-47) While Bob Hope is on his way to England to attend the wedding of Princess Elizabeth, NBC presents an all-star comedy program featuring radio’s biggest names: Eddie Cantor, Red Skelton, Fibber McGee and Molly and Amos ‘n’ Andy. THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE THIN MAN (1940s) Les Tremayne and Claudia Morgan star as Nick and Nora Charles in “The Passionate Palooka.” PLUS – clips of Frank Sinatra on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour; Sam and Henry; National Barn Dance; and radio theme songs. Rebroadcast: 5/2/2015 – 5/8/2015.
PROGRAM 2: LIGHTS OUT (7-13-46) “The Coffin in Studio B” by Wyllis Cooper. A story within a story offering a look at the behind-the-scenes of radio broadcasting. HARRY RICHMAN (1936) The popular radio singer-songwriter-orchestra leader on the air for Dodge automobiles. MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME (12-4-47) starring George Burns and Gracie Allen with their guest Bing Crosby, with Meredith Willson and the orchestra. BILL STERN’S SPORTS NEWSREEL (9-14-45) The sportscaster with the 306th edition of the Colgate Sports Newsreel. His guest is Brace Beemer, the Lone Ranger. PLUS – clips of It Pays to Be Ignorant; Lowell Thomas; Bing Crosby in 1930; and radio theme songs. Rebroadcast: 5/9/2015 – 5/15/2015.
PROGRAM 3: HOLLYWOOD NEWS WITH JIMMY FIDLER (1-15-45) The noted film columnist and broadcaster offers the latest Tinseltown gossip. ON-THE-AIR MOVIE PREVIEW (8-16-40) Paramount Pictures presents a radio preview of their newest musical release “Rhythm on the River” starring Bing Crosby, Mary Martin and Pat O’Brien. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (3-20-45) “Laura” starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb. PLUS – excerpts and clips featuring Judy Garland; Fred Allen; Marx Brothers; W. C. Fields; Dick Powell; and Bela Lugosi on Candid Microphone. Rebroadcast: 5/16/2015 – 5/22/2015.
PROGRAM 4: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-18-47) Broadcasting from New York while Jack is appearing on the stage of the Roxy Theatre. Guest is Broadway favorite Al Jolson who joins Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Rochester and Kenny Delmar. Jack and the Sportsmen sing “Give My Regards to Broadway.” FRED ALLEN SHOW (3-23-47) Excerpt featuring Fred’s guests Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. FIRST NIGHTER PROGRAM (3-29-44) “The Chinese Gong” written by Arch Oboler, starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule. PLUS – excerpts and clips featuring George M. Cohan; song hits from Ziegfeld Follies; Fanny Brice; Helen Morgan; Oklahoma!; Walter Huston; Clayton, Jackson and Durante; and Ethel Merman. Rebroadcast: 5/23/2015 – 5/29/2015.
PROGRAM 5: DINAH SHORE SHOW (1-15-43) Armed Forces Radio rebroadcast for servicemen with Dinah, Gordon Jenkins and the orchestra and announcer Truman Bradley. Program is dedicated “to the fellas in the service… selected by the girls back home.” HITLER’S MOCK BIRTHDAY PARTY (4-20-42) The Treasury Department turns Herr Hitler’s 54th birthday into an occasion to sell United States War Bonds at a rally in Times Square, New York. BOB HOPE SHOW (1945) Bob entertains the troops from the deck of the Battleship South Dakota in San Francisco Harbor. USO SATURDAY MATINEE (1942) Glenn Miller and the orchestra broadcasting from, the Café Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. Featured are Tex Beneke, the Modernaires, Ray Eberly and Marian Hutton. PLUS – clips featuring Abbott and Costello and Irving Berlin. Rebroadcast: 5/30/2015 – 6/5/2015.
PROGRAM 6: JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (1939) Isolated episode. Jack, Billy, Betty and Uncle Jim visit the mysterious Great Grand Lama in Tibet to return the Secret Sacred Sanskrit parchment scroll. TARZAN OF THE APES (1934) First episode of the original radio version with James Pierce as Tarzan and Joan Burroughs (daughter of author Edgar Rice Burroughs) as Jane. ADVENTURES OF FRANK MERRIWELL (8-7-33) Isolated episode. “Frank Confesses in the Dark” about his weakness. BUSTER BROWN GANG (1940s) Smilin’ Ed McConnell with Squeaky the Mouse, Froggy the Gremlin, Midnight the Cat and Granny the Piano. Ed tells a story about a 12-year old boy and the Indians at the time the U.S. was colonizing the states. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (5-14-47) Isolated episode in “The Adventure of the Stolen Star.” Ed Prentiss is Captain Midnight. Tom Moore announces for Ovaltine. PLUS – Excerpts from Tom Mix; Let’s Pretend; Superman; Bobby Benson; and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. Rebroadcast: 6/6/2015 – 6/12/2015.
PROGRAM 7: CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (9-30-45) Edgar Bergen with guests Fred Allen and Portland Hoffa, Mortimer Snerd, singer Anita Gordon. Edgar and Charlie have an argument and Charlie advertises for a new ventriloquist. Fred Allen answers the ad. FRED ALLEN SHOW (10-7-45) Fred with guests Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, plus regulars Portland Hoffa, Al Goodman and the orchestra and the Allen’s Alley regulars. After a year’s absence from radio, Fred tells how he finally got back on the air: he became Charlie McCarthy’s partner after Charlie left Bergen. FRED ALLEN SHOW (10-28-45) Guests are Bergen and McCarthy, with regulars Portland Hoffa, DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the orchestra, and the Allen’s Alley gang. Later, it’s Fred against Charlie in “the biggest trial of the year.” ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (3-20-45) There wasn’t time to finish this isolated episode on last week’s program, so it is presented in its entirety this week. Bud Collyer as Superman/Clark Kent, Jackson Beck narrates. Superman rushes to the suburbs of Metropolis in response to an urgent phone call. PLUS – Chuck’s in-studio guest is David Denwood who reports on the Metro Goldwyn Mayer auction which he attended in Hollywood a few weeks earlier. Rebroadcast: 6/13/2015 – 6/19/2015.
PROGRAM 8: ARTIE SHAW AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1-18-30) Remote broadcast from the Blue Room of the Hotel Lincoln in New York. The King of the Clarinet presents “Rose Room,” “Rosalie,” This Can’t be Love,” “Lover Come Back to Me” and more. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are JOHN GANNON and SARAJANE WELLS, who appeared on the Jack Armstrong radio series as Billy and Betty Fairfield. Recorded 6-17-70 at Sages East Restaurant in Chicago. JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (4-30-42) Isolated episode in the “Land of the Sky” sequence. YOUR HIT PARADE (9-11-48) Frank Sinatra introduces the top songs of the week, with Eileen Wilson and Ken Lane and the Hit Paraders and Lynn Murray and the orchestra. BENNY GOODMAN’S SWING SCHOOL (8-17-37) “the Tuesday night round-up of everybody who wants to get a lift with the new, pulsating music of youth – swing!” Music provided by Benny, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa: “Caravan,” So Rare,” “Let’s Have Another Cigarette,” “Liza” and more. Rebroadcast: 6/20/2015 – 6/26/2015.
PROGRAM 9: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-22-49) Jim and Marian Jordan star. Molly’s making a new dress and Fibber turns out to be the dummy. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are SHIRLEY BELL COLE and NORMAN GOTTSCHALK, two radio performers from the Golden Age. Shirley was Orphan Annie on the air and Norman was a character actor on many vintage shows. Recorded 6-17-70 at Sages East Restaurant in Chicago. LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (1940) Isolated episode starring Shirley Bell as Annie. Announcer is Pierre Andre. NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (1-22-44) “Records of Death” starring Lon Clark as Nick with Helen Choate as Patsy. Phonograph records captured the last words of a woman about to be murdered. BABY SNOOKS (1940s) Fanny Brice as Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy. When a noted author is his houseguest, Daddy reads one of the author’s books to Snooks. PLUS – clips featuring Jean Shepherd; W. C. Fields with Bergen and McCarthy and Don Ameche. Rebroadcast: 6/27/2015 – 7/3/2015.
PROGRAM 10: LEGEND OF JIMMY DURANTE (1950s) Walter Winchell narrates a documentary on the show biz life of the great entertainer. COMEDY CARAVAN (1944) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore star with singer Georgia Gibbs and Roy Bargy and the orchestra. “Durante, the Patron of the Arts.” COMEDY CARAVAN (1944) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore star. The Schnozolla, in the midst of his presidential campaign, sings “If Washington Needs Me, I’ll Answer the Call.” Georgia Gibbs, Ray Bargy and the orchestra. PLUS – clips from Jimmy’s radio and TV shows with guests Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Ethel Barrymore, Clayton, Jackson and Durante, Bing Crosby, Helen Traubel, Bob Hope, and Eddie Cantor. Rebroadcast: 7/4/2015 – 7/10/2015.
PROGRAM 11: LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-14-46) “To Have and Have Not” starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall recreating their original screen roles from the 1944 film. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-4-38) Excerpt. Jack and the gang present “Murder at the Movies.” ACADEMY AWARD (4-27-46) “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” a radio version of Walt Disney’s animated film classic. MAN ABOUT TOWN (1939) Radio preview of the Paramount film starring Jack Benny with Dorothy Lamour, Betty Grable, Monty Woolley, Phil Harris and Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. PLUS – clips featuring Marx Brothers; W. C. Fields; Judy Garland; Lupe Velez; Gloria Swanson; and a short interview with actress ANN MARIE GUYER, from the cast of “Let’s Pretend.” Recorded 6-17-70 at Sages East Restaurant in Chicago. Rebroadcast: 7/11/2015 – 7/17/2015.
PROGRAM 12: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (1940s) Jim and Marian Jordon with some fun with house work at 79 Wistful Vista. LUM AND ABNER (2-13-49) Chester Lauck and Norris Goff star. Lum tries to make his own Valentine for Rowena. MR. AND MRS. NORTH (1-3-50) “The Filed Skate” starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (11-16-52) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll in their 10,000th broadcast as radio’s all-time favorites. A nostalgic program telling how Amos ‘n’ Andy met and started the Fresh Air Taxi Company. PLUS – clips featuring George Burns and Gracie Allen; Easy Aces; and a short interview with actor PAUL BARNES, who was the last actor to portray Captain Midnight on the air. Recorded 6-17—70 at Sages East restaurant in Chicago. Rebroadcast: 7/18/2015 – 7/24/2015.
PROGRAM 13: WHEN A GIRL MARRIES (1943) Isolated episode of the “tender, human story of young married life, dedicated to everyone who has ever been in love.” ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (1940S) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie, with a supporting cast that features Hans Conried, Marvin Miller, Hy Averback, Peter Leeds and Arthur Q. Brian. In Tahiti, a troubled young man gives a large pearl to Maisie. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS, throughout the afternoon, will be radio announcer and producer PHIL BOWMAN; actresses ELMIRA ROESSLER and JEAN DAVID recorded 6-17-70 at Sages East Restaurant in Chicago; actress RITA ASCOT BOYD and radio casting director ALICE CAREY RICCA, recorded 8-1-70 at Findley Galleries, Chicago. PLUS – clips from Romance of Helen Trent; Backstage Wife; Ma Perkins; Lorenzo Jones; and Myrt and Marge. Rebroadcast: 7/25/2015 – 7/31/2015.
PROGRAM 14: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1940s) Isolated adventure of one of the greatest of the comic strip heroes. BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (1930s) Isolated episode of one of America’s first space travelers. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (2-15-45) “Dick Tracy in B Flat” starring Bing Crosby as Tracy; Dinah Shore as Tess Truehart; Harry Von Zell as Old Judge Hooper; Jerry Colonna as Police Chief; Bob Hope as Flattop; Frank Morgan as Vitamin Flintheart; Jimmy Durante as The Mole; Judy Garland as Snowflake; the Andrews Sisters as the Summer Sisters; Frank Sinatra as Shaky; and Cass Daley as Gravel Gertie. Presented by the Armed Forces Radio Service for U.S. military listeners around the world. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is JOSEPH A. SARNO, authority on comics, comic books and radio heroes. PLUS – Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reading the funnies; Aunt Rita (Ascot) reading the Sunday comics; Stan Freberg’s “Face the Funnies”; excerpts from Lone Ranger, Mandrake the Magician and Smilin’ Jack. Rebroadcast: 8/1/2015 – 8/7/2015.
PROGRAM 15: TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT (1940s) Comedian Garry Moore hosts this show with the top prize of $64 for correctly answering a string of questions. VOX POP (1940s) Excerpt. Wally Butterworth and Parks Johnson conduct the interviews with everyday people. TWENTY QUESTIONS (1940s) Excerpt. Quizmaster Bill Slater asks panelists Fred VanDeventer, Florence Rinard, and others to guess the topic by asking 20 questions or less. IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (1940s) Zany quiz show with moderator Tom Howard and panelists George Shelton, Lulu McConnell and Harry McNaughton. PLUS – clips featuring Eddie Layton at the Hammond organ plus comedy by Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding. Rebroadcast: 8/8/2015 – 8/14/2015.
PROGRAM 16: THE UNEXPECTED (1940s) “Handle with Care” starring Barry Sullivan. A man kills his wife, places her body in a trunk and ships the trunk to his summer cabin. MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (11-6-51) “Behind the Locked Door.” On an expedition to Arizona, two explorers investigate a landslide of rocks and find the mouth of a cave where they find a wagon train and many skeletons. ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (1-10-43) “Adventure of the Missing Submarine Plans” starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Some very important government papers are stolen and murder is committed. I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) A pair of isolated episodes of “The Thing That Cries in the Night” by Carlton E. Morse starring Russell Thorson, Jim Boles and Tony Randall with Mercedes McCambridge. PLUS – clips featuring Boris Karloff and his “Tales of the Frightened” recordings. Rebroadcast: 8/15/2015 – 8/21/2015.
PROGRAM 17: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is seventeen-year-old listener Sue Stefanski who requested a program on Dick Powell. MISS PINKERTON, INC (1940s) Dick Powell and Joan Blondell star in the first episode of a comedy-detective series. Cast includes Gale Gordon and Hanley Stafford. Mary Vance, a recent law school graduate, inherits a detective agency. RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (11-19-50) “The Jacoby Case” starring Dick Powell with Ed Begley and Virginia Gregg. The police think Jacoby, a convicted and deported criminal is back in town and out to get Diamond, “the guy who put Jacoby away.” CAMPANA SERENADE (1943) Dick Powell stars in a musical variety program. PLUS — recordings and clips featuring Dick Powell: By a Waterfall; Flirtation Walk; Honeymoon Hotel; Lullaby of Broadway; Raleigh-Kool Cigarette program. Rebroadcast: 8/22/2015 – 8/28/2015.
PROGRAM 18: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (8-30-50) Chapter 14, Book 77, an isolated episode in the long-running, beloved series created by Carlton E. Morse. A DATE WITH JUDY (1940s) Louise Erickson as Judy Foster, John Brown as her father, Dix Davis as her brother Randolph and Richard Crenna as Judy’s boyfriend Oogie Pringle. THE FALCON (11-27-45) “Murder is a Family Affair” starring James Meighan as Michael Waring, known as The Falcon. In this episode, a killer is sentenced to die for a murder he committed. Other members of his family are involved in murder, too. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (1940s) featuring Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson as themselves in this family comedy episode. PLUS – “The Bickersons” starring Frances Langford and Don Ameche; Stan Freberg’s “The Zazaloph Family.” Rebroadcast: 8/29/2015 – 9/4/2015.
PROGRAM 19: SUSPENSE (11-11-56) “Three Skeleton Key” starring Vincent Price in “that story about the rats,” a radio classic. FIBBER MC GEE AND COMPANY (1-31-39) Jim Jordan stars as Fibber with Harold Peary, Bill Thompson, Isabel Randolph, Harlow Wilcox. Marian (Molly) is ill and has not appeared on the program since 11-8-37. This is the first program from Hollywood after originating in Chicago for many years. Fibber fancies himself as a military genius after the Army decides to hold its winter maneuvers and war games in Wistful Vista. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is JACK BENNY who talks about his radio days. Recorded 9-3-70 at Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-22-55 and broadcast again later that summer on 8-29-55) Jack’s final radio broadcast. Jack says “When I did my first program there were hardly any radios in the country.” Don Wilson cracks, “And darn few people!” Jack tries to get an early start on his vacation, but the sound effects man (Mel Blanc) drives him crazy. PLUS – On-air guests are listeners Don Koehnemann, speech therapist from Westchester, Illinois and Phero Thomas, free-lance artist and text book illustrator from Morton Grove, Illinois, speaking about the vintage radio shows. Also: Bergen and McCarthy with W. C. Fields in “The Skunk Trap” from a 1941 program. Rebroadcast: 9/5/2015 – 9/11/2015.
PROGRAM 20: GABRIEL HEATTER (5-8-45) The commentator’s broadcast on V-E Day, the day of victory in Europe. LUM AND ABNER (1930s) Isolated episode from the long-running series starring Norris Goff and Chet Lauck. Activities at the Jot-Em-Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. MOLLE MYSTERY THEATRE (3-29-46) “The Creeper.” Story of an unknown killer who strangles red-headed women and then leaves a note: “For heaven’s sake, catch me before I kill more!” BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (10-13-37) Remote broadcast from the Madhattan Room of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, with Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Martha Tilton. Selections include “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree,” “I’ve Got That Old Feeling” and Avalon.” PLUS – clips by Bob and Ray; Eddie Layton at the Hammond Organ with radio theme songs; and a trivia quiz panel of old time radio buffs. NOTE: Beginning next week, Those Were The Days switches from Saturday afternoons to Sunday afternoons while station WNMP carries a full schedule of Northwestern Wildcat football games. Rebroadcast: 9/12/2015 – 9/18/2015.
PROGRAM 21: YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (7-29-62) “The Four is a Crowd Matter” starring Mandel Kramer as the man with the action-packed expense account. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor TONY RANDALL who speaks of his radio career. Recorded 9-16-70 at Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel.I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) Isolated episode of “The Thing That Cries in the Night” With Russell Thorson as Jack Packard, Barton Yarborough as Doc Long and Tony Randall as Reggie York. ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (8-1-48) “Dry Martini Caper” starring Howard Duff as the private eye with Lurene Tuttle and Joseph Kearns. MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS (1-19-50) “The Bride and Groom Murder Case” is solved by the kindly old investigator. NOTE: With this broadcast, Those Were The Days has moved to Sunday afternoons for the full schedule of Northwestern Wildcat football games on station WNMP. Rebroadcast: 9/19/2015 – 9/25/2015.
PROGRAM 22: BABY SNOOKS (1940s) Fanny Brice stars as Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy. Daddy takes Snooks to the opera. BOBBY BENSON AND THE B-BAR-B RIDERS (8-15-50) “The Three Wise Monkeys.” Young ranch owner Bobby Benson and his friends investigate when a neighboring rancher is attacked and a “see-no-evil” monkey statue is stolen. BLUE BEETLE (1947) Isolated episode in the syndicated series, an obvious take-off on The Green Hornet. HOP HARRIGAN (1940s) Isolated episode in the exploits of “America’s Ace of the Airwaves.” ARMSTRONG OF THE S.B.I. (1951) After Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy became a man he joined the Scientific Bureau of Investigation, with radio adventures heard in complete half-hour shows, three times a week. This one was called “The Deadliest of the Species.” TOM MIX RALSTON STRAIGHT-SHOOTERS (5-8-45) This isolated episode was broadcast live on V-E Day, the day Germany surrendered near the end of World War II. Rebroadcast: 9/26/2015 – 10/2/2015.
PROGRAM 23: LEGEND OF AL JOLSON – Commercial recording featuring broadcaster/columnist Walter Winchell narrating the story of the life of Al Jolson, the “world’s greatest entertainer.” KRAFT MUSIC HALL COMPOSITE – Music and dialog of Al Jolson and Oscar Levant from Jolson’s NBC series in 1946-47 and 1947-48. LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-2-47) “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson with Gail Patrick, Ludwig Donath and Tamara Shayne in the radio version of the first talking picture, which originally starred Jolson in 1927. Rebroadcast: 10/3/2015 – 10/9/2015.
PROGRAM 24: AMOS ‘N ANDY (1958) On their 30th anniversary on network radio, Amos, Andy and the Kingfish interview their creators, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. THE WHISTLER (10-31-48) “Letter from Yesterday” starring Ed Begley. On the way to his daughter’s wedding in California, a successful businessman remembers his escape from prison some 25 years earlier. BOB HOPE SHOW (2-17-48) Bob’s guest is Fred Astaire in this broadcast from Woodland Hills, California. Regulars include Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague, Trudy Irwin, Les Brown and his band of renown. Fred and Bob appear as a pair of down-and-out vaudevillians. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are vaudevillians FRANK and EILEEN KRASE, who talk about their long career in show business. Recorded 10-4-70 at the Brown Bear Restaurant, Chicago. BLONDIE (2-16-50) starring Arthur Lake as Dagwood, Ann Rutherford as Blondie with Hanley Stafford as Mr. Dithers. Alexander’s teacher encourages Blondie and Dagwood to allow their son to follow an acting career. Rebroadcast: 10/10/2015 – 10/16/2015.
PROGRAM 25: AN AFTERNOON OF AUDIO ENTERTAINMENT from the world of commercial recordings featuring: Bob and Ray, Judy Garland, The Bickersons, Glenn Miller and his orchestra, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Kay Kyser, Buddy Hackett, Arthur Tracy – the Street Singer, Bob Newhart, Gene Austin, Henny Youngman, Fred Astaire, Stan Freberg, Bing Crosby, Clyde McCoy, Spike Jones, Eddie Cantor, Shelly Berman, Freddy Martin and his orchestra. Rebroadcast: 10/18/2015 – 10/23/2015.
PROGRAM 26: SUSPENSE (6-7-55) “Frankenstein” featuring Stacy Harris, Herb Butterfield, Barney Phillips and Vivi Janniss. A scientist creates a monster in his laboratory. SUSPENSE (11-24-42) “The Body Snatchers” rob graves to provide medical students with dead bodies to study. MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR (10-30-38) “The War of the Worlds” is Orson Welles’ version of the H. G. Wells story of the invasion from Mars. This is perhaps the most famous radio broadcast of all time. PLUS – Boris Karloff and his Tales of the Frightened. Rebroadcast: 10/24/2015 – 10/30/2015.
PROGRAM 27: ACADEMY AWARD (10-23-46) “The Devil and Miss Jones” starring Charles Coburn and Virginia Mayo in the comedy about a department store tycoon who takes a job in his own store. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR. who talks about his long motion picture career. Recorded 10-27-70 at Drury Lane Theatre, Evergreen Park, Illinois. SCREEN DIRECTORS PLAYHOUSE (9-9-49) “The Human Comedy” starring Mickey Rooney in William Saroyan’s story of a small California town during World War II. Cast includes Francis X. Bushman, Barton Yarborough and Irene Tedro. Directed by Clarence Brown. ACADEMY AWARD (4-9-46) “Kitty Foyle” starring Ginger Rogers as a working girl from the “wrong” side of the tracks who loves a socialite. Rebroadcast: 10/31/2015 – 11/6/2015.
PROGRAM 28: GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1940s) Remote broadcast from the Café Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, with Ray Eberly, Marian Hutton and Tex Beneke. Selections include “I Want to Be Happy” and “Tiger Rag.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST is band leader FREDDY MARTIN who talks about his orchestra and his musical career. Recorded 10-21-70 at Willowbrook Ballroom in suburban Chicago. GOING PLACES PARTY (1930s) featuring Freddy Martin and his orchestra at a college sorority dance. Music includes “Sweetheart of Sigma Chi” and “You Have to Be a Football Hero.” BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (10-21-43) Excerpt of a remote broadcast from the New Yorker Hotel in New York City. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is big band leader DICK JURGENS who describes his long and successful career in music. Recorded 11-4-70 at Willowbrook Ballroom in suburban Chicago. HERE’S TO VETERANS (1949) Dick Jurgens and his band in a “remote” from the Café Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. Selections include “So In Love” and “Begin the Beguine.” TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1940-44) A collection of excerpts from Dorsey remote broadcasts including Frank Sinatra’s last song for Tommy and the introduction of his replacement, Dick Haymes. Rebroadcast: 11/7/2015 – 11/13/2015.
PROGRAM 29: TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET (2-26-52) A Space Cadet is suddenly threatened by a Spaceman’s most dreaded disease – space fever. SUSPENSE (9-9-62) “A Strange Day in May” starring William Mason. An astronaut take a space flight to find out what happened to the two astronauts before him who never returned. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is comedian MILTON BERLE who talks about his lengthy show business career. Recorded 11-10-70 at Mill Run Theatre in Niles, Illinois. GUEST STAR (1940s) Milton Berle and Kenny Delmar reminisce about their school days together. BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY (1930s) Isolated episode in one of radio’s first science fiction adventures. PLUS – Various clips featuring Milton Berle on radio. Rebroadcast: 11/14/2015 – 11/21/2015.
PROGRAM 30: EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (11-26-48) Eddie talks about Thanksgiving dinner at his house. Eddie takes a nap and dreams of going to college and being a big football hero. Cast includes Harry Von Zell, Billie Burke, Dinah Shore, Bert Gordon. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are radio actors MAURICE COPELAND, SIDNEY BREESE and JUNE TRAVIS speaking of their days in radio. Interviewed 10-22-70 at Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park, Illinois. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-18-45) Edgar Bergen stars with Charlie and guest Margaret O’Brien in a Thanksgiving play. Charlie is John Alden, Edgar is Miles Standish and Margaret is Priscilla. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-30-52) Thanksgiving dinner is at Mary’s house. Jack shows up in an old green tuxedo and insists that the Pilgrims landed at Cape Cod. TREASURY STAR PARADE (9-16-43) Fanny Brice stars as Baby Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy. Daddy’s uncle is coming for dinner and he has prepared a very economical wartime meal. NOTE: This is the last Sunday show. Those Were The Days returns to Saturday afternoons beginning with next week’s program. Rebroadcast: 11/22/2015 – 11/27/2015.
PROGRAM 31: SUSPENSE (12-23-48) “Back for Christmas” starring Herbert Marshall as a botany professor who hopes for a merry holiday after he murders his nagging wife. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-5-39) Jim and Marian Jordan star with Harold Peary as Gildersleeve who offers Fibber and Molly a job in the Bon Ton Department Store adjustment department during the Christmas shopping season. BOSTON BLACKIE (1940s) “The Stolen Rings.” Dick Kollmer as Blackie who plays Santa to investigate a case of stolen diamond rings. CHRISTMAS COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-25-44) Excerpt of an all-star holiday variety show for members of the armed forces during WW II. Bob Hope presents Xavier Cugat and the orchestra, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny and Fred Allen. A VISIT TO A DOLL FACTORY (1938) Just 14 shopping days before Christmas the Special Features Division of the Mutual Broadcasting System takes listeners to the Ideal Toy Company in Long Island for a guided tour. Rebroadcast: 11/28/2015 – 12/4/2015.
PROGRAM 32: COUPLE NEXT DOOR (1940s) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce as Ethel and Albert in an isolated holiday episode. THE CINNAMON BEAR (1938) Episodes 1 and 26, plus four more selected chapters in between (episodes 6, 11, 16, 21) of the beloved and much-remembered Christmastime radio serial. Chuck Schaden recaps the story between episodes. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (12-20-47) Ralph Edwards presents a special Christmas edition of the audience participation stunt show. After a silly consequence spot, Ralph takes listeners to Long Beach California Veterans Hospital to surprise Hubert Smith, a paralyzed veteran, with a “This is Your Life”–salute from family and friends. Rebroadcast: 12/5/2015 – 12/11/2015.
PROGRAM 33: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-20-49) Jim and Marian Jordan star. Fibber is decorating his house for Christmas to win the big Wistful Vista prize. Teeny and the kids sing “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-19-50) Jack and Mary do their Chirstmas shopping. Jack decides to get Don Wilson a pair of cuff links. Mel Blanc is the department store clerk. RADIO READER’S DIGEST (12-19-46) “Room for a Stranger” starring Frank Sinatra. On a wartime Christmas Eve, a Navy flier is on his way to see his girl when he gets his orders to report to his base. BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (1940s) It’s the night before Christmas and Gracie tells a bedtime story to her pet duck, Herman. Her story puts her to asleep and she dreams she’s at the North Pole and Santa’s bag of toys is stolen by the Wicked Witch. Bill Goodwin is Aladdin; Arthur Q. Brian plays Santa; George Burns plays Prince Valient; Edna Mae Oliver is the Witch; Paul Whiteman in Humpty Dumpty. SUSPENSE (12-22-57) “Dog Star” with Evelyn Rudi, Dick Beals, Shirley Mitchell, Lou Krugman, Jack Kruschen. At Christmastime, a Russian satellite lands in a little girl’s back yard bringing her an unexpected gift. Rebroadcast: 12/12/2015 – 12/18/2015.
PROGRAM 34: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-24-43) The cast visits Jack’s house on Christmas Eve. Mary and Jack trim the tree and Jack gets a shock when she plugs in the lights. A CHRISTMAS CAROL — Lionel Barrymore stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this commercially recorded version of Charles Dickens’ classic story. AMOS ‘n’ ANDY (12-24-50) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll present their traditional Christmas program. Andy wants to give a doll to Amos’ daughter so he gets a job as a department store Santa Claus to earn one for her. Later, Amos tells his daughter the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer.DUFFY’S TAVERN (12-22-48) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, who is in a bad mood on Christmas Eve because Duffy didn’t come through with a Christmas gift. A visitor to the tavern drops in and he and Archie take a walk around town. A sentimental show in the best tradition of radio. Actor Jeff Chandler portrays the visitor. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-25-44) Excerpt from an all-star Armed Forces Radio Service broadcast featuring Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, Ginny Simms, Virginia O’Brien, Dorothy Lamour and Frances Langford plus Spencer Tracy narrating the classic Christmas story, “The Small One.” Rebroadcast: 12/19/2015 – 12/25/2015.
PROGRAM 35: LEO IS ON THE AIR (1939) Movie radio preview of the MGM film, “The Wizard of Oz” with Judy Garland and other members of the screen cast. LEO IS ON THE AIR (1939) Movie radio preview of the MGM film “Babes in Arms” with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in scenes from the film. GOOD NEWS (1942) Excerpt featuring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly and George Murphy in scenes from the MGM film “For Me and My Gal.” MAIL CALL (1944) Judy Garland stars as Mistress of Ceremonies in this Armed Forces broadcast also starring Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante and Arthur Treacher. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (2-15-51) “The Story of Cinderella” starring Judy Garland with Verna Felton, Sara Berner, Mary Jane Croft. PLUS – Clips from Judy Garland’s first radio broadcast in 1935 and on Jack Oakie’s College radio show in the late 1930s. Rebroadcast: 12/26/2015 – 1/1/2016.
PROGRAM 36: SUSPENSE (12-28-58) “The 32nd of December” starring Frank Lovejoy with Barney Phillips and Joan Banks. On New Year’s Eve a man pawns his wife’s wedding ring to pay off a gambling debt, but instead he buys a most unusual timepiece. TOWN HALL TONIGHT (5-25-38) Fred Allen stars with Portland Hoffa, the Merry Macs, and the Town Hall Quartet. The Mighty Allen Art Players present “Who Stole the Favorite?” or “One Long Pan Had his Hands Tied, Still he was Feeling his Oats.” MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (1-5-47) “New Year’s Nightmare.” After a New Year’s Eve of drinking, a man is hit by a car. When he regains consciousness, he discovers a whole year is missing from his life and he is married to a woman he doesn’t know or love. GUEST STAR (6-15-47) Fibber McGee and Molly appear for U.S. Savings Bonds. Fibber’s latest get-rich-quick scheme is to buy a can of soup, then return it for “double his money” back. Rebroadcast: 1/2/2016 – 1/8/2016.
PROGRAM 37: THE BIG STORY (3-19-52) From the pages of the Helena, Montana Independent Record, it’s Allan Copperswaith’s story of a reporter who gambled his own life to avenge a murder. Cast includes Bill Lipton and Joe DeSantis. VOICE OF BROADWAY (1-18-45) Broadway columnist Dorothy Kilgallen offers show business gossip. Her guest is Bob Hope. FULTON LEWIS, JR. (1-25-39) “America’s ace reporter on the national scene” with news and commentary. ALAN YOUNG SHOW (1940s) Excerpt. Alan tries to get a job as a newspaper reporter. Cast includes Kenny Delmar, Ed Begley and Jack Kirkwood. WENDY WARREN AND THE NEWS (1950) Isolated episode of an unusual soap opera. Wendy actually delivers current women’s news at the beginning of the program and CBS newsman Douglas Edwards presents the hard news of the day. Then the “sudsy” dramatic portion of the program follows. MURDER, INCORPORATED — Commercial recording. Columnist Walter Winchell narrates the story of how he helped apprehend Public Enemy Number 1, Louis “The Lep” Buchalter and was instrumental in delivering the mobster to J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI. SPORTS NEWSREEL (6-4-48) Sportscaster Bill Stern in the 451st edition of the Newsreel, from Chicago. He interviews America’s most famous athlete Jim Thorp and relates sports vignettes about the Chicago fire and the Black Sox scandal. Rebroadcast: 1/9/2016 – 1/15/2016.
PROGRAM 38: GUNSMOKE (5-10-59) William Conrad stars as US Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester. The widow of a Senator arrives in Dodge City in search of her grandson “who belongs back at Yale College where he belongs.” HOOFBEATS (1937) Isolated episode of the radio western starring Buck Jones who rides with his horse Silver. ACADEMY AWARD (5-4-46) “Stagecoach” starring Claire Trevor and Randolph Scott in the story of a group of assorted passengers traveling into Indian territory. LONE RANGER (1930s)”Cattle Drive” starring Earle Graser as the Masked Rider of the Plaines. The notorious Steel plans a massive cattle drive to sell 50,000 head and break the Clarksville cattle market wide open. The Lone Ranger, Tonto and the ranchers take measure to prevent the outlaw from carrying out his plans. STRAIGHT ARROW (6-7-51) Steve Adams, as Straight Arrow, acts to stop a plot to overthrow the chief of the tribe. Howard Culver stars in this isolated episode. PLUS — Stan Freberg’s “Bang Gunleigh, U.S. Marshall Field; and a Bob and Ray comedy clip. Rebroadcast: 1/16/2016 – 1/22/2016.
PROGRAM 39: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-17-42) Harold Peary stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. An old college chum is coming to dinner with his wife, the Countess, but Gildy is in the midst of redecorating his house and the place is a mess. LIFE WITH LUIGI (9-2-52) J. Carroll Naish as Luigi with Alan Reed as Pasquale and Hans Conried as Schultz. Luigi’s night school Americanization class decides to have a picnic at the beach. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor HANS CONRIED who talks about his extensive career on radio. Recorded 1-19-71 at Pheasant Run Playhouse in St. Charles, Illinois. TRUE DETECTIVE MYSTERIES (1-6-58) “The actual report of an actual crime.” A young couple picks up a hitch-hiker who turns out to be an escaped convict. PLUS — clips from Vic and Sade; My Friend Irma; Adventures of Maisie; and Suspense. Rebroadcast: 1/23/2016 – 1/29/2016.
PROGRAM 40: CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (9-30-40) First show in the long-running series for Ovaltine. Ed Prentiss stars as Captain Midnight in this origin story episode. AUNT JENNY’S REAL LIFE STORIES (1940s) Aunt Jenny tells a story and offers recipes for Spry shortening. Singer Lanny Ross plays a role in this episode. During the story he sings a song and stands by while Aunt Jenny tells listeners how to broil fish the Spry way. STELLA DALLAS (1940s) Isolated episode in the long-running true-to-life story of mother love and sacrifice. Anne Elstner stars as Stella. SGT. PRESTON OF THE YUKON (1950s) Paul Sutton stars as Preston who investigates a “gold claim” scheme. JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (4-30-42) An isolated episode in the “Land of the Sky” sequence. PLUS – Chicago radio performers comment on their careers while speaking at a meeting of the Women’s Advertising Club of Chicago honoring Radio’s Golden Anniversary, recorded in January, 1971. Heard throughout this TWTD broadcast are PAUL BARNES, HARRY ELDERS, ELMIRA ROESSLER, RITA BOYD and ELOISE KUMMER. Rebroadcast: 1/30/2016 – 2/5/2016.
PROGRAM 41: BING CROSBY (1931) Bing’s first radio appearance, delayed because of a severe attack of laryngitis. Harry Von Zell introduces this excerpt from Bing’s first 15 minute broadcast as an “exclusive Columbia artist.” PHILCO RADIO TIME (2-19-47) Bing Crosby stars with John Scott Trotter and the orchestra and announcer Ken Carpenter. Guests are Judy Garland, director Leo McCarey and vaudevillian William Frawley. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (10-14-48) “Welcome Stranger” starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald and Mona Freeman in the story about a young, carefree doctor who fills in for an older, vacationing physician in a small town. SALUTE TO BING CROSBY (1-9-51) On the occasion of Bing’s 20th anniversary in show business, Art Linkletter hosts an all-star CBS program in honor of The Groaner. Guests include Amos ‘n’ Andy, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Judy Garland and Bob Hope. BING CROSBY ENTERTAINS (1934) An early Crosby program from Hollywood. Bing sings “Blame It on My Youth,” “Easy to Remember” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” Rebroadcast: 2/6/2016 – 2/12/2016.
PROGRAM 42: I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) “The Thing That Cries in the Night” starring Russell Thorson as Jack Packard, Jim Boles as Doc Long and Tony Randall as Reggie York, with Mercedes McCambridge. When Jack, Doc and Reggie arrive in Hollywood to spend $25,000 in reward money from their last case, they are met at the airport by a mysterious young woman in a chauffeur-driven car. The woman asks them to accompany her to an old Hollywood mansion. The detectives receive no further explanation, but decide to go along for the ride. NOTE: Chuck Schaden sets the scene by recapping the first three chapters of the serial and then presents, throughout the broadcast, the remaining episodes of the exciting Carlton E. Morse adventure. Rebroadcast: 2/13/2016 – 2/19/2016.
PROGRAM 43: Tuning in to the Sunday shows: FRED ALLEN PROGRAM (12-30-45) Fred and the regulars with guest Gregory Ratoff. The Allen’s Alley question is “How do you feel about Mayor LaGuardia’s return to private life? Fred tells of his Russian dinner with Gregory and the two of them wonder how American radio programs would sound in Russia. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-6-44) Guest Frank Sinatra joins Jack, Mary, Phil, Rochester and Don. Dennis Day is in the Navy, so Sinatra auditions for Jack’s show. FITCH BANDWAGON (10-21-45) Comedienne-singer Cass Daly stars with Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra. Cass is a clerk in a music shop. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-26-48) Edgar Bergen’s final program for Chase and Sanborn features highlights of his 11 years with the sponsor, Mortimer Snerd, the Bickersons, and Ray Noble and the orchestra. ALSO – clips from Manhattan Merry-Go-Round and the Quiz Kids. Rebroadcast: 2/20/2016 – 2/26/2016.
PROGRAM 44: Tuning in to the Monday shows: INNER SANCTUM (1-31-49) “Devil’s Fortune” starring Karl Swenson, Jackson Beck and Charles Irving. A madman uses fear and terror to gain control of a Mexican gold mine. LUM AND ABNER (5-8-41) Isolated episode. Chester Lauck and Norris Goff as the proprietors of the Jot-Em-Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. BULLDOG DRUMMOND (6-9-48) “Death Uses Disappearing Ink” starring Ned Weaver as Captain Hugh Drummond, who follows a trail to Mexico City. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-21-44) “Wake Up and Live” starring Frank Sinatra, Bob Crosby, James Gleason, Marilyn Maxwell and James Dunn. A shy singer accidentally becomes a radio singing sensation. Host is Cecil B. DeMille. Rebroadcast: 2/27/2016 – 3/4/2016.
PROGRAM 45: Tuning in to the Tuesday shows: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-27-41) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees with Hal Peary as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. McGee and Gildy argue and Fibber cuts a record to make up. BOB HOPE SHOW (9-19-44) From Camp Borden in Canada, Bob presents Jerry Colonna, Frances Langford, Skinnay Ennis and the orchestra and guest Quentin Reynolds, war correspondent and author. SUSPENSE (11-16-50) “On a Country Road” starring Cary Grant and Cathy Lewis. On a rainy night, on a lonely road, a couple hear a radio report about an insane woman, armed with a meat cleaver, who has escaped from a nearby asylum. Then they run out of gas. A Suspense classic. GREEN HORNET (10-31-39) Brit Reid, young publisher of the Daily Sentinel, sets out to smash a parking lot “protection” racket. The Green Hornet arranges a midnight meeting. PLUS – clip featuring Red Skelton as Junior, the mean little kid. Rebroadcast: 3/5/2016 – 3/11/2016.
PROGRAM 46: Tuning in to the Wednesday shows: DUFFY’S TAVERN (4-26-46) Ed Gardner as Archie with guest Esther Williams. He’s planning a fashion show for the Tavern and wants Esther to model a swim suit. But she’s tired of wearing bathing suits! MR. AND MRS. NORTH (1943) “The Missing Sparkler” stars Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North. A pair of jewel thieves are on a train with the Norths. ACADEMY AWARD (10-2-46) “My Man Godfrey” starring William Powell in a Depression-era story of a homeless man who becomes a butler. GANGBUSTERS (1940s) “Case of Frank Luston” “Watch for a husky man of 25, scars on face and forehead and reportedly has home permanent wave to disguise appearance.” PLUS – Chuck’s in-studio guest is David Denwood who reports on the auction of Twentieth Century-Fox props which he attended in Hollywood a few weeks earlier. Rebroadcast: 3/12/2016 – 3/18/2016.
PROGRAM 47: Tuning in to the Thursday shows: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1943) Excerpt. Bing, just back from entertaining the troops overseas, is in New York while the rest of the cast is in Hollywood. Guests are George Murphy, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, plus Marilyn Maxwell and a surprise visit from Bob Hope. BURNS AND ALLEN (3-21-44) Guest is Rita Hayworth (Mrs. Orson Welles). Orson is out of town and Rita is afraid to spend the night alone, so George and Gracie decide to keep her company. Gracie discovers George is not a genius like Orson. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (1-30-47) It’s Eddie’s 55th birthday and he decides to buy a radio station. Guests Jack Benny, Ralph Edwards and Peter Lind Hayes join regulars Harry Von Zell, Margaret Whiting and Cookie Fairchild and the orchestra. CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (9-19-46) “The Duke of Skid Row” starring Staats Cotsworth as Casey. A clean, but shabbily dressed man who lives in a dollar-a-night hotel suddenly has a lot of money. VIC AND SADE (1940) Uncle Fletcher is helping his landlady with her wedding plans. He has to pick out a ring and wants Sade to help. Rebroadcast: 3/19/2016 – 3/25/2016.
PROGRAM 48: Tuning in to the Friday shows: BABY SNOOKS (5-16-48) Excerpt from a Guest Star program for U.S. Security Bonds. Fanny Brice as Snooks with Hanley Stafford as Daddy, who wants to take Snooks to the opera, but she would rather see a movie. THIS IS YOUR F.B.I. (4-2-7-45) “Escaped Prisoners of War” narrated by Frank Lovejoy. Two GIs discover a tunnel being used by prisoners of war to escape from a Nazi POW camp in Texas. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-3-44) The Nelsons discuss the theory that if you do nice things for others, nice things will come your way. Then they find a wallet with a lot of money and ration books. Ozzie and Harriet sing “The Trolley Song.” KATE SMITH SHOW (9-29-44) The Songbird of the South with a program of music and chatter. MOLLE MYSTERY THEATRE (11-14-47) “Four Fatal Jugglers.” “Take four people, mix them together on an isolated island, add a dash or two of mutual hatred, let them juggle that hatred back and forth until it erupts into murder…” PLUS – clips with Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore and It Pays to Be Ignorant. Rebroadcast: 3/26/2016 – 4/1/2016.
PROGRAM 49: Tuning in to the Saturday shows: YOUR HIT PARADE (1-22-44) starring Frank Sinatra and Joan Edwards with the Hit Paraders. Naturally, Frank sings the Number One song of the week. LIFE OF RILEY (1940s) Riley is angry because Junior tried to get better marks by raking his math teacher’s leaves. William Bendix as Riley. NATIONAL BARN DANCE (10-21-43) The gang is in the hayloft for music and fun. Cast includes Burl Ives, Joe Kelly, Arkie the Arkansas Woodchopper, Lulu Belle and Scotty. CURTAIN TIME (5-31-47) “Twice Blessed” starring Harry Elders and Nanette Sargent. A romantic drama about a wealthy woman whoi has become a patron of the arts by helping struggling artists. She takes a liking to a young composer who becomes a huge success. PLUS – an excerpt from Truth or Consequences. Rebroadcast: 4/2/2016 – 4/8/2016.
PROGRAM 50: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (12-18-47) Al Jolson stars with Oscar Levant and guest Jimmy Durante. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (12-17-46) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as radio’s all-time favorites welcome guest Al Jolson, the “world’s greatest entertainer.” The Kingfish and Andy open a cigar store. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-16-48) “The Jolson Story” starring Al Jolson, Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest and Ludwig Donath in the radio version of the 1946 screen biography of Jolson, with Joilie as himself in the role played on the screen by Larry Parks. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-8-48) Al Jolson stars with Oscar Levant and guest William Powell. Rebroadcast: 4/9/2016 – 4/15/2016.
PROGRAM 51: TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (11-26-40) Remote broadcast from “the new Palladium Ballroom-Café on Sunset Boulevard in the very heart of Hollywood’s amusement center.” Featured are Frank Sinatra, the Pied Pipers and Connie Haines. Selections include “The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else,” “Our Love Affair,” and “Hawaiian War Chant.” MILDRED BAILEY (10-20-44) The “Rockin’ Chair Lady” with Paul Barron and the orchestra, Teddy Wilson, Charlie Shaver, Red Norvo and Specs Powell. Guests are the Delta Rhythm Boys and Jimmy Dorsey. Mildred sings “Keep Your Hands on the Plow” and “Dinah.” BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-18-37) Remote from the Manhattan room of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York with vocals by Martha Tilton. Music includes “All of Me” “and “I Want to Be in Winchell’s Column.” The Goodman Trio –Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Benny – present “Where or When” and becomes a Quartet when Lionel Hampton joins in for “Dinah.” ELLA FITZGERALD AND HER ORCHESTRA (1-25-40) “The First Lady of Swing” in a broadcast from the Savoy Hotel in Harlem, New York. Selections include “Limehouse Blues” and “Oh, Johnnie.” WOODY HERMAN SHOW (10-13-45) Excerpt. Woody and the Herman Herd, Franses Wayne, The Woodchoppers, Chubby Jackson. Numbers include “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe” and “Gee, It’s Good to Hold You.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST, throughout the program, is JOHN McDONOUGH , free-lance writer, jazz buff and frequent contributor to Down Beat Magazine, who talks about the great Jazz Age on radio. Rebroadcast: 4/16/2016 – 4/22/2016.
PROGRAM 52: Presenting two All-Star broadcasts from NBC and CBS: OUR SILVER JUBILEE (1951) Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Broadcasting Company, featuring Fibber McGee and Molly, Bergen and McCarthy, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx, Ozzie and Harriet, Joan Davis, Jack Carson, Abbott and Costello, Aldrich Family, Great Gildersleeve and many others. STARS IN THE AFTERNOON (9-22-46) The Columbia Broadcasting System presents a preview of its 1946-47 season, featuring Screen Guild Players, Crime Photographer, Inner Sanctum, Sam Spade, Thin Man, Dr. Christian, Vaughn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Maisie, Blondie and many others. Don’t miss it if you can! Rebroadcast: 4/23/2016 – 4/29/2016.
PROGRAM 53: TROMAN HARPER, RUMOR DETECTIVE (12-20-42) The radio personality who tracks down rumors during World War II. On this broadcast he asks “Do American GIs really have to eat alfalfa instead of vegetables?” And “Does a soldier lose his chance to become an officer after he’s been sent overseas?” BLONDIE (1948) Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake as the Bumsteads, whose son Alexander decides to leave home and join the circus. ACADEMY AWARD (9-11-46) “Shadow of a Doubt” starring Joseph Cotton in the story of a young girl who suspects her Uncle Charlie to be the “Merry Widow Murderer.” ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (2-5-45) An isolated episode of the long-running after-school series starring Bud Collyer as Clark Kent/Superman with Jackie Kelk as Jimmy Olson. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (4-3-39) Isolated, but important, episode starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. Announcer is Bill Hay and organist Gaylord Carter. Andrew H. Brown is about to be married. The church is in readiness and during the ceremony, Andy is shot! Rebroadcast: 4/30/2016 – 5/6/2016.
PROGRAM 54: TOWN HALL TONIGHT (2-22-39) Fred Allen stars with Portland Hoffa, the Merry Macs, Peter Van Steeden and the orchestra. Fred’s question: “Should the New York subway be decorated with murals?” Fred talks with the inventor of “B” pictures and the Mighty Allen Art Players present “Murder at the Opera,” a wild take-off on “Carmen.” ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (2-6-45) Isolated episode, following last week’s story. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is former child radio star ROSE MARIE who talks about her career in a conversation recorded at the Pheasant Run Playhouse on April 14, 1971. SUSPENSE (1-25-43) “Sorry, Wrong Number” starring Agnes Moorehead in the first radio broadcast of the radio mystery classic about an invalid woman who, through a freak telephone connection, overhears to men plotting a murder… which turns out to be hers! Rebroadcast: 5/7/2016 – 5/13/2016.
PROGRAM 55: STAN FREBERG SHOW (1957) Fourth program in his legendary summer of ’57 series. Featuring June Foray, Daws Butler, Peter Leeds. INNER SANCTUM (1945) “Ghosts Always Get the Last Laugh.” A judge sentences a killer to die by hanging, and then soon finds himself in similar circumstances. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-28-40) Jim and Marian Jordan star with Hal Peary as Gildersleeve. It’s Circus Day in Wistful Vista. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is HAL PEARY, who was Gildersleeve on the McGee series and later had his own program, The Great Gildersleeve. Phone conversation recorded April 28, 1971. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1940s) Hal Peary stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, whose old college chum, millionaire Cyrus W. Brinkerhoff, is coming to dinner with his wife, the Countessa. Rebroadcast: 5/14/2016 – 5/20/2016.
PROGRAM 56: LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-4-46) “This Love of Ours” starring Rita Hayworth and Charles Korvin. The story of an unfaithful wife and mother who leaves home only to return 12 years later to fall in love with her husband. CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOWER BASIN STREET (5-5-40) Geno Hamilton introduces this tribute to Dixieland music, with Paul Lavalle, Henry “Hot Lips” Levine, Benny Carter. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (5-14-47) Isolated episode of “The Adventures of the Stolen Star” with Ed Prentiss as Captain Midnight. The Secret Squadron, flying over Yucatan, spot a downed plane and they land to offer help. RED SKELTON SHOW (5-14-52) The Skelton Scrapbook offers “The Rumor” with Red as Clem Kadiddlehopper, as Willy Lump-Lump and as Junior, the Mean Widdle Kid. Rebroadcast: 5/21/2016 – 5/27/2016.
PROGRAM 57: COMMAND PERFORMANCE (2-15-45) “Dick Tracy in B Flat” or “For Goodness Sakes, Isn’t He Ever Going to Marry Tess Trueheart?” It’s the “first comic strip operetta” starring Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Jerry Colonna, Bob Hope, Frank Morgan, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Cass Daley. MA PERKINS RE-CREATION (5-29-71) A live-in-our-studio re-enactment of an original “Ma Perkins” radio script starring a number of Chicago radio and television personalities: Rita Ascot Boyd, Viola Berwick, Johnny Coons, Phil Bowman and Bob Kennedy. MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (1940s) “The Man with the Black Beard” starring Mercedes McCambridge. A woman has recurring dreams that a man with a black beard is trying to kill her. CLUB 15 (1940s) Music and humor with Bob Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Margaret Whiting, the Pied Pipers and Jerry Gray and the orchestra. Rebroadcast: 5/28/2016 – 6/3/2016.
PROGRAM 58: SMILIN’ ED’S GANG (11-1-47) Ed and his Buster Brown gang including Froggy the Gremlin, Midnight the Cat, Squeeky the Mouse, Granny and Shortfellow, the poet. Ed tells the story of “Robin Hood and the Jousting Tourney.” ARMSTRONG THEATRE OF TODAY (1-3-48) “Thunder and the Miracle” starring Joan Caulfield in a romantic drama. One rainy afternoon, Angie, who works in a flower shop selling flowers to men who already have a girl, wishes for a tall, dark, good looking man for herself. LET’S PRETEND (8-10-46) “The Story of Faithful John,” King Richard’s faithful servant who tries to keep the King from falling in love with the princess. Cream of Wheat commercials. ARCHIE ANDREWS (1940s) Plumbing problems plague Archie, his family, his friend Jughead and the gang. Rebroadcast: 6/4/2016 – 6/10/2016.
PROGRAM 59: LEO IS ON THE AIR (1938) “Love Finds Andy Hardy.” A radio preview of the MGM film about Andy getting involved with a bevy of young beauties. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is motion picture actress IRENE DUNNE in a telephone conversation recorded April 28, 1971. ACADEMY AWARD (9-18-46) “White Cliffs of Dover” starring Irene Dunne with Sir Aubrey Smith and Jeff Chandler. An American woman marries a British soldier in this World War I romance. FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-11-47) Excerpt. Fred and guest Bing Crosby spoof the movies with their version of the “Hollywood Mikado.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film actress and former child star MARGARET O’BRIEN in a conversation recorded April 4, 1971. ACADEMY AWARD (12-18-46) “Lost Angel” starring Margaret O’Brien with Jeff Chandler. Story of a child, trained as a genius, who learns life’s simple pleasures. . Rebroadcast: 6/11/2016 – 6/17/2016.
PROGRAM 60: THIRD MAN (1950s) Orson Welles stars as Harry Lime in “Greek Meets Greek.” Lime is quarantined with a case of the measles when a woman enters his room with a story of murder. 14 AUGUST: A MESSAGE FOR THE DAY OF VICTORY (8-14-45) Orson Wells speaks Norman Corwin’s words on the last day of World War II. THE SHADOW (1938) “The Firebug” starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston/Shadow. A series of tenement fires have resulted in many deaths. The city is being terrorized and the police are baffled. The Shadow steps in and investigates. BILL STERN’S SPORTS NEWSREEL (1946) The famed sportscaster and storyteller welcomes guest Orson Welles. SUSPENSE (4-13-44) “The Marvelous Barrastro” starring Orson Welles with Hans Conried. Welles plays a dual role in this story about the “second greatest magician” who tells his strange story to Suspense producer William Spear. Rebroadcast: 6/18/2016 – 6/24/2016.
PROGRAM 61: GUNSMOKE (1950s) William Conrad stars as Marshall Matt Dillon with Parley Baer as Chester, whose father comes to town looking for “my son, the marshal of Dodge City.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST is comedian DANNY THOMAS in an interview recorded at Chicago’s Mill Run Theatre on April 26, 1971. JOAN DAVIS SHOW (1940s) Guest is Danny Thomas. Joan wants to embark upon a new career for herself and, feeling that “clothes make the career,” she takes her wardrobe to “tailor” Danny Thomas. STORY OF DR, KILDARE (1949) Lew Ayers stars as Dr. Kildare with Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie and Gale Gordon as Dr. Carou. At Blair General Hospital, Carou presents Kildare and Gillespie with a problem: his wife is too fat and must lose 20 pounds so she can dance in a show to benefit the hospital’s proposed new polio wing. SUSPENSE (3-30-58) “The Sisters” starring Frances Farmer and Cathy Lewis. Two weird sisters live alone and one buys a casket for the other. Rebroadcast: 6/25/2016 – 7/1/2016.
PROGRAM 62: LEGEND OF EDDIE CANTOR (1960s) Narrated by George Jessell, this documentary is Part 1 of a commercial recording honoring the great comedian. EDDIE CANTOR PROGRAM (1-30-47) It’s Eddie’s 55th birthday and he decides to set up his own radio network. All he needs is a half million dollars and he plans to get it from his guests: Jack Benny, Ralph Edwards and Peter Lind Hayes. ASK EDDIE CANTOR (1960) Eddie reads letters from listeners, answers requests and gives advice. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (11-19-48) It’s Cantor’s 18th anniversary on radio. Guests are George Montgomery and Dinah Shore, who try to get out of going to Eddie’s anniversary party. LEGEND OF EDDIE CANTOR (1960s) The documentary, narrated by George Jessell, continues. Rebroadcast: 7/2/2016 – 7/8/2016.
PROGRAM 63: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor PAT O’BRIEN who talks about his film career in a conversation recorded June 22, 1971. This lengthy interview, conducted at the Drury Lane Theatre in Evergreen Park, Illinois, will be presented throughout the afternoon. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (9-16-48) “Goodbye Mr. Chips” starring Ronald Colman in James Hilton’s classic story about the life of an English schoolmaster. GUEST STAR (1950) “No Redheads Wanted” starring Pat O’Brien in a most familiar role – that of a priest. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (2-16-41) “Brother Orchid” starring Pat O’Brien, Donald Crisp, Carol Landis and Roger Pryor. A racketeer joins a monastery. BROWNSTONE THEATRE (5-16-45) “Prisoner of Zenda” starring Jackson Beck and Gertrude Warner. A look-alike for the King of Ruitania becomes involved in a plot of murder and falls in love with the King’s betrothed. Rebroadcast: 7/9/2016 – 7/15/2016.
PROGRAM 64: BILL STERN’S SPORTS NEWSREEL (11-25-49) Broadcasting from Chicago on the eve of a big football game, the famed sportscaster’s guests are the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1950s) Jack and Rochester are getting ready for the annual spring picnic. At the beach, Jack teams up with the Beverly Hills Beavers to play Don Wilson and the gang in a baseball game. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (10-7-48) “Elmer the Great” starring Bob Hope in Ring Lardner’s classic baseball story. FRED ALLEN SHOW (11-25-45) Guest Leo Duroucher joins Fred in a musical spoof called “The Brooklyn Pinafore.” PLUS – “The Sports Answer Man” and Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” routine. Rebroadcast: 7/16/2016 – 7/22/2016.
PROGRAM 65: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (2-7-45) Isolated episode in which Superman fights the Japanese army. TERRY AND THE PIRATES (2-17-47) Isolated episode in the continuing adventure of “The Mechanical Eye.” MARY NOBLE, BACKSTAGE WIFE (1935) Isolated episode in the long-running daytime drama. Mary is jealous of her husband Larry, “matinee idol of millions.” CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (10-1-40) Isolated episode in the series starring Ed Prentiss in the title role. Second show in the Ovaltine series. YOUNG WIDDER BROWN (1960s) Isolated episode. Anthony Loring is in jail and Ellen Brown pays him a visit. HOP HARRIGAN (9-17-43) Isolated episode in which a character says, ”The more I see you Americans, the more I realize what a fool Hitler is.” JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (1939) Isolated episode. Jack, Billy, Betty and Uncle Jim visit the mysterious Great Grand Lama in Tibet to return the Secret Sacred Sanskrit parchment scroll. Rebroadcast: 7/23/2016 – 7/29/2016.
PROGRAM 66: OUR SPECIAL GUEST in this TWTD program honoring him is MEL BLANC. The interview was recorded when he was in Chicago for a television appearance on April 26, 1971. MEL BLANC SHOW (10-1-46) Complete program featuring Mel in his Fix-It Shop, with Mary Jane Croft, Joe Kearns, Sportsman Quartet. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1950s) Mel Blanc is the voice of Polly the Parrot and is the bakery clerk when Jack stops in to purchase some cinnamon rolls. PLUS – Mel Blanc voices several Warner Bros. cartoons and appears as Pedro and in a Maw and Paw sketch on the Judy Canova Show. Rebroadcast: 7/30/2016 – 8/5/2016.
PROGRAM 67: DIMENSION X (8-11-50) “The Castaways” by Earnest Kinoy. The US Military is preparing an atomic bomb test on a small island in the Pacific. The island must be cleared of all people, but the natives don’t want to leave. X MINUS ONE (1950s) “Chain of Command.” A mouse in a top secret atomic laboratory complains about the trap by the front door of his house. The Chief of Security takes the mouse and the problem to the Pentagon. THE MAN CALLED X (10-2-47) Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston with Leon Belasco as Pagon Zeldschmidt, his sidekick. On a semi-tropical island in the Atlantic Ocean, Thurston tries to recover some stolen plans from an atomic power project. PLUS – A “sound letter” from listener Richard Wagner offering a musical trivia quiz. Rebroadcast: 8/6/2016 – 8/12/2016.
PROGRAM 68: GANGBUSTERS (1950s) The story of how wiretapping a public telephone helps apprehend a trio of wanted criminals. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (4-3-39) Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll in their first broadcast for Campbell Soup and their first on the Columbia Network. NOTE—Chuck tells of some correspondence between himself and Charles Correll regarding this Amos ‘n’ Andy program. MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (1950s) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning. Liz tries out for the lead in the Woman’s Club play but doesn’t get the part. NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (2-5-44) Nick and his companion Patsy solve “The Mystery of the Corpse in the Cab” or “Nick Carter and the Mystery of Murder in the Park.” PLUS—Baby Snooks and Daddy with some CBS radio program features. Rebroadcast: 8/13/2016 – 8/19/2016.
PROGRAM 69: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is producer/entertainer KEN MURRAY who talks about the great Hollywood days. This conversation was recorded August 6, 1971 while he was in Chicago promoting his book, “The Golden Days of San Simeon.” The interview is presented throughout the afternoon. ACADEMY AWARD (8-7-46) “Watch on the Rhine” starring Paul Lucas. A German man and his wife are pursued and harassed by Nazi agents during World War II. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (1940s) “Gildersleeve’s Bad Day” starring Harold Peary and the radio cast in this version of the RKO Radio Pictrure. Gildy gets called to jury duty in Judge Hooker’s court. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (10-16-47) “Bells of St. Mary’s” starring Bing Crosby and Joan Carroll. Father O’Mally and Sister Benedict try to raise funds for a new church school. Rebroadcast: 8/20/2016 – 8/26/2016.
PROGRAM 70: HOWDY DOODY TIME (1960) An abbreviated radio version of the popular kids’ TV show. Buffalo Bob Smith and fun in the Peanut Gallery. CAPTAIN VIDEO (1960s) A special recording offering an audio version of the TV series with Al Hodge as Captain Video. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are IMOGENE COCA and her husband KING DONAVAN as they talk about their TV and movie careers, including Imogene on “Your Show of Shows.” They were in town for a TV appearance when we recorded this conversation on June 18, 1971. MY LITTLE MARGIE (1950s) Radio version of the popular TV show, starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell with Verna Felton and Frank Nelson. Margie plans a surprise birthday party for her dad. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor/comedian SID CAESAR, star of TV’s “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” who was in town appearing at the Drury Lane Theatre. This conversation was recorded August 11, 1971. DRAGNET (1940s) Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday with Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith. They go after a con man conducting a diamond swindle. PLUS—Jack Paar on the “Tonight Show”; and a lengthy audio clip from the Ford 50th Anniversary Show featuring Mary Martin and Ethel Merman. Rebroadcast: 8/27/2016 – 9/2/2016.
PROGRAM 71: IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (2-7-44) Emcee Tom Howard with panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton in a zany quiz show with questions like, “What would you call a person who is afraid of water?” Answer: “Dirty.” TRIVIA PANEL in our studio, during our broadcast, featuring representatives of Chicago’s daily newspapers: RON YATES of the Chicago Tribune’s “Action Express”; CHUCK McWHINNIE of Chicago Today’s “Action Line”; and LOU PUPICH, editor of “TV Scout” and “TV Preview” in the Chicago Sun-Times. PHILCO RADIO TIME (1-29-47) Bing Crosby stars with guests Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in a sketch telling how the trio first met: “The Road to Hollywood.” RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (1940s) “The Ice Pick Murder” starring Dick Powell. A man with an ice pick in his back falls into the office of the Diamond Detective Agency. NOTE: This is our last Saturday program before we move to Sunday afternoons for 11 weeks to make way for Northwestern Wildcat Football broadcasts on WLTD. Rebroadcast: 9/4/2016 – 9/9/2016.
PROGRAM 72: OMNIBUS (10-17-54) Excerpt from the TV series audio track. Fred Allen reminisces about his career and discusses his book, “Treadmill to Oblivion.” CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-2-47) Edgar Bergen and company welcomes guest Fred Allen. Charlie has a toothache and learns that his tooth will have to be extracted. Under sedation, Charlie dreams that he dies and goes to “heck” where he meets Fred Allen. BIOGRAPHY IN SOUND (1956) Jack Haley narrates a tribute to Fred Allen shortly after his death on March 17, 1956. Features excerpts from many Allen broadcasts and comments from the people who knew him: Jack Benny, Harry Von Zell, Kenny Delmar, Alan Reed, Jimmy Durante, Tallulah Bankhead, Goodman Ace and others. FRED ALLEN SHOW (4-11-48) Fred’s guest is actor Basil Rathbone, who joins Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, and the regulars. Fred portrays his famous detective One Long Pan in a mystery script he wrote for Rathbone. NOTE: This is our first Sunday program for 11 weeks during the WLTD-Northwestern Wildcat football season. Rebroadcast: 9/10/2016 – 9/16/2016.
PROGRAM 73: GUNSMOKE (1950s) William Conrad stars as Marshall Matt Dillon. In this episode, there’s a reward out for the “killer” of Dillon. MELODY RANCH (1954) Gene Autry stars with Pat Buttram and the Cass County Boys. Autry tells how he helped a rancher save his ranch from a crooked banker. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is pioneer radio broadcaster and singer/orchestra leader RUDY VALLEE who speaks to us by phone from his home in California. Conversation recorded on September 9, 1971 in advance of a personal appearance in Chicago. LONE RANGER (3-11-50) The Masked Man and his faithful Indian companion search for a man who has been seen impersonating the Lone Ranger. Brace Beemer and John Todd star. Rebroadcast: 9/17/2016 – 9/23/2016.
PROGRAM 74: SHELL CHATEAU (8-10-35) Excerpt from an early Jolson radio series. Jolie sings “Avalon.” LIFEBUOY SHOW (11-1-38) Excerpt from another Jolson series with Al and Parkyakus and announcer Tiny Ruffner. Jolson sings “So Help Me.” LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-22-50) “Jolson Sings Again” starring Al Jolson as himself, with Barbara Hale, Ludwig Donath and William Demarest. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-6-49) Excerpt starring Al Jolson and his guest Larry Parks, who starred as Al in the films “Jolson Story” and “Jolson Sings Again.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST, joining us in our studio throughout the broadcast, is DICK ANDERSON, member of the International Al Jolson Society and a leading authority on the legend of Jolson. Rebroadcast: 9/24/2016 – 9/30/2016.
PROGRAM 75: SUSPENSE (3-31-57) “A Good Neighbor” starring Jeff Chandler with Virginia Gregg. An employee steals $150,000 in diamonds from his firm. SUSPENSE (3-6-47) “Elwood” starring Eddie Bracken with Cathy Lewis. A young gas station attendant and his former school teacher find the strangled body of a man. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actress AGNES MOOREHEAD who talks about her radio career and appearances on “Suspense.” Conversation recorded July 17, 1971 while she was in Chicago for a personal appearance. SUSPENSE (2-13-47) “The Thirteenth Sound” starring Agnes Moorehead with Bill Johnstone. A woman and her husband drive to a house where she plans to kill him. SUSPENSE (8-16-55) “A Study in Wax” starring William Conrad and Stacy Harris. Two men are stationed at a weather station in the arctic. Their radio has been destroyed in a fire and they soon get on each other’s nerves. Rebroadcast: 10/1/2016 – 10/7/2016.
PROGRAM 76: TREASURY STAR PARADE (9-10-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as Fibber McGee and Molly. McGee tries to get out of watering the lawn by convincing Teeny to do the job for him. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-23-47) Edgar Bergan and his friends, Charlie and Mortimer Snerd with guest Carman Miranda. Bergen tells Charlie the story of Robinson Caruso. Later, Charlie becomes a bullfighter to impress Carmen Miranda. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor VAN JOHNSON who talks about his lengthy career. Conversation recorded at the Arlington Park Theatre October 6, 1971. GUEST STAR (8-1-50) “Taxi, Taxi” starring Van Johnson. Boy meets girl in a cab. Girl “accidentally” drops wallet. Boy returns wallet. Girl marries boy. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (2-14-54) Celebrating a Silver Anniversary! At the beginning of their second quarter-century as Amos ‘n’ Andy, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll present their life story – a look at their beginnings and how their characters grew. Guests include Bill Hay, Edward R. Murrow, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny and Lowell Thomas. Mr. AND MRS. NORTH (6-10-44) “The Wilbur Wills Problem” starring Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North. Wilbur asks the Norths to catch a murderer: his! Rebroadcast: 10/8/2016 – 10/14/2016.
PROGRAM 77: CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1940s) Isolated episode of the series. Chandu arrives from the airport by telepathy. MARY LEE TAYLOR (1940s) “Transcribed demonstrations of better food made at lower cost.” She offers a recipe for spaghetti and meat sauce. COKE CLUB (7-24-46) Featuring the “romantic voice” of Morton Downey, the Coke Club Quartet and Jimmy Lytell and the orchestra. Morton sings “When You Wore a Tulip.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST is author BOB THOMAS who was in town to promote his newest book “Winchell.” Conversation recorded on September 30, 1971. WALTER WINCHELL’S JURGENS JOURNAL (5-18-41) Typical Winchell-style news and gossip. EASY ACES (1940s) Goodman Ace and his wife Jane star in this quarter-hour of comedy. In this isolated episode, Jane and her friend try to sell paintings. SMILIN’ JACK (12-18-39) The pilot episode for the after-school show adapted from the long-running comic strip. Jack has a special code sentence which will help him apprehend “The Voice.” Rebroadcast: 10/15/2016 – 10/21/2016.
PROGRAM 78: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is the creator and star of “Truth or Consequences” and “This Is Your Life,” RALPH EDWARDS, speaking to us on the phone from his office in Beverly Hills, California. Conversation recorded October 7, 1971. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (5-21-49) Ralph Edwards with several silly stunts for contestants; comments about the town named after the program, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; and the Mr. Heartbeat contest winner. THIS IS YOUR LIFE (5-24-49) Ralph Edwards surprises boxer Barney Ross and reveals his life story. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (12-20-47) Ralph Edwards offers a “Christmas party” holiday stunt and then, in a special segment –perhaps a forerunner to his “This is Your Life” series- reunites a hospitalized veteran with his family. Rebroadcast: 10/22/2016 – 11/4/2016.
PROGRAM 79: NOTE: This program has not been archived. It is missing from our collection.
PROGRAM 80: Today we are treated to “two minds without a single thought” as we present a fond tribute to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, recalling the many antics of the immortal Stanly and Oliver as the magic of radio recalls some of their best performances. We’ll hear an hour-long University of Detroit “Town Hall” radio production produced in the early 1960s, just after the death of Ollie and shortly before Stan died. That broadcast contains a rare interview by Bill Raby with Stan Laurel himself, reminiscing about his career, telling how the team selected their theme song, how they met and got their start in pictures. There are some comments on the L&H comedy style by Soupy Sales, Hans Conried, Arthur Treacher and Orson Bean, as well as some seldom heard recordings by Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy. We’ll also tune in to what is perhaps the only radio appearance of the duo in a comedy skit from the 1940s with Stan about to get married to Patsy Moran and Ollie helping to arrange the ceremony. OUR SPECIAL GUESTS are CHARLES HUCK and TONY DiGAUDIO, the Enchanted Ruler and the Grand Shiek of the Bacon Grabbers Tent of the Laurel and Hardy Fan Club, the Sons of the Desert. Don’t miss it if you can! Rebroadcast: 11/5/2016 – 11/11/2016.
PROGRAM 81: GI JOURNAL (1944) George Burns and Gracie Allen are co-editors of this radio “magazine” for listeners to the Armed Forces Radio Service. Guests are Robert Young, the Ginger Snaps, Ginny Simms and features Mel Blanc as Pvt. Sad Sack. Gracie tries to get Robert Young to date her friend, Beverly Fudnick. MAIL CALL (1940s) Dinah Shore is mistress of ceremonies, with announcer Harry Von Zell. This program features guests Nat King Cole, Borah Minevich and the Harmonica Rascals, Dorothy Lamour, Art Tatum, Les Paul, Danny Kaye, Jack Benny and movie producer Mark Hellinger. In a sketch, producer Hellinger is going to do the “Life of Jack Benny” with Danny Kaye as Jack and Jack playing his own father. V-J DAY PROGRAM (9-2-45) Bing Crosby hosts, with Dinah Shore, cartoonist Bill Mauldin, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Frances Langford, Orson Welles and President Harry S Truman. Meredith Willson and the Armed Forces Radio orchestra. COMMAND PERFORMANCE, USA (1945) A program broadcast on Army Day in 1945, shortly after the war had ended. Bob Hope is emcee with Dinah Shore, Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Rebroadcast: 11/12/2016 – 11/18/2016.
PROGRAM 82: CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 1 of the classic Christmas fantasy. It’s the story of Judy and Jimmy Barton as they search for the Silver Star for the top of their Christmas tree… with the help of Paddy O’Cinnamon, the cinnamon bear. (NOTE: The remaining 25 chapters of this adventure were scheduled to be heard twice daily on WLTD, Monday thru Friday from November 22 – December 24, 1971.) OUR SPECIAL GUEST is TERRY BLACK of Springfield, Illinois, an old-time radio buff who did extensive research on The Cinnamon Bear and who talks about the series and the performers. ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (2-8-45) Isolated episode of the series as the Man of Steel continues his fight against the Japanese during World War II. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (1938) A rare early episode of the series when it was sponsored locally by the Skelly Oil Company. Ed Prentiss as Red Roberts, who was Captain Midnight. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is Chicago TV personality RAY RAYNER who stops by to reminisce about the comic strips of the good old days and sing a few songs based upon comic strip characters. AIR ADVENTURES OF JIMMY ALLEN (1930s) Student pilot Jimmy Allen in a series broadcast over the now-defunct World Broadcasting System. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actress SHIRLEY BELL COLE who starred as Orphan Annie on radio in a short interview, recorded June 10, 1970, during which she sings the Orphan Annie radio theme song. LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (1938) Isolated episode as Annie and Joe Corntassle watch some shady characters dive for pearls. Shirley Bell as Annie, Alan Baruck as Joe. DICK TRACY (1946) Isolated episode as Tracy works on the “Case of the Broken Window.” NOTE: With the conclusion of the Northwestern Wildcat football season, our program returns to its usual Saturday afternoon time beginning next week. Rebroadcast: 11/19/2016 – 11/22/2016.
PROGRAM 83: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-30-52) It’s Thanksgiving Day at Mary’s house and everyone is waiting for Jack to arrive. When he finally gets there, he insists that the Pilgrims landed at Cape Cod. PHILCO RADIO TIME (11-27-46) Bing Crosby with guests Judy Garland and the Les Paul Trio in a Thanksgiving-themed program. MEL BLANC SHOW (11-26-46) Mel prepares a salami for Thanksgiving because he gave the turkey to the Orphan’s Home. CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 5 in the classic Christmastime radio serial. CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-18-45) Excerpt. In honor of Thanksgiving, Edgar Bergen, Charlie and guest Margaret O’Brien present “The Courtship of Miles Standish” with Charlie as John Alden, Edgar as Miles Standish and Margaret as Pricilla. Rebroadcast: 11/23/2016 – 11/25/2016.
PROGRAM 84: BREAKFAST CLUB (1960) Broadcast in the US in September, 1960, this segment of the program was recorded by the Armed Forces Radio Service for broadcast to military audiences around the world on Christmas Day. Don McNeill stars with Fran Allison as Aunt Fanny and the whole gang of regulars. LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-10-47) “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed with Victor Moore in a radio version of the Frank Capra film. George Bailey, facing ruin, receives help in the form of a Guardian Angel, sent from Heaven. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (1-11-43) “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore in highlights from the Irving Berlin film musical from 1942. Rebroadcast: 11/26/2016 – 12/2/2016.
PROGRAM 85: NOTE: This program has not been archived. It is missing from our collection.
PROGRAM 86: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-24-40) The McGees receive a package intended for delivery to their next door neighbor, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve: a radio-phonograph combination, which Fibber accidentally wrecks while opening the package. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actor DON AMECHE who talks about his career on radio, especially with Bergen and McCarthy, W. C. Fields, and the Bickersons. Interview recorded at Pheasant Run Playhouse on December 7, 1971. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-25-50) Book 81, Chapter 21. “Christmas with the Barbours.” Henry Barbour reads a letter from Pinky. Fanny Barbour plays “Silent Night” on the piano. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-19-48) “America’s favorite young couple” decide on a practical Christmas gift for each other: a radio-phonograph combination. And the Nelsons also agree not to exchange personal gifts. PLUS—Charlie McCarthy and W. C. Fields; The Bickersons with Don Ameche and Frances Langford. Rebroadcast: 12/10/2016 – 12/16/2016.
PROGRAM 87: CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE (12-24-39) Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge, narrated by Orson Welles. A classic hour-long broadcast version of the classic holiday story, immortalized on radio by Mr. Barrymore. AMOS ‘N’ ANDY (12-24-50) starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as radio’s all-time favorites. The Christmas Show: Andy wants to get a doll for Amos’ daughter so he gets a job as Santa Claus in a department store to earn one for her. Later, Amos tells her the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. A classic show, repeated often through the years. PLUS– Kaltenmeyer’s Kindergarten; clips from the Wally Phillips 1964 Christmas Eve broadcast; Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First” routine. Rebroadcast: 12/17/2016 – 12/23/2016.
PROGRAM 88: SUSPENSE (12-22-57) “Dog Star” starring Evelyn Rudie in an unusual Christmas drama, reflecting radio’s comment on the “space age.” A young girl wants a dog for Christmas, but her father says “no.” Then a Russian satellite, carrying a dog, crash-lands in the community near her home. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-25-44) Christmas greetings to our men and women in the service around the world. Emcee for this two-hour program is Bob Hope, “telling all you Japs and Nazis from Berlin to Sumatra your chances are as slim as half a Frank Sinatra!” It’s an all-star variety program featuring Xavier Cugat and the Orchestra; Spike Jones and his City Slickers; Ginny Simms; Jimmy Durante; Dinah Shore; Jack Benny; Fred Allen; Kay Kyser and his Orchestra; Frances Langford; Dorothy Lamour; Danny Kaye; W. C. Fields; and Judy Garland. Plus Spencer Tracy presenting a dramatization of Charles Tazewell’s Christmas story “The Small One” with Lee J. Cobb, Skippy Homier, Howard Duff, Elliott Lewis. The Ken Darby Chorus and all the vocal talent on the show present a medley of familiar Christmas Carols. Rebroadcast: 12/24/2016 – 12/30/2016.
PROGRAM 89: NOTE: Today’s program is expanded to six hours. MEL BLANC SHOW (12-31-46) Betty’s dad wants to be elected Zebra of the Year and insists that Mel help get votes for him. Mel stars in a New Year’s Eve pageant he wrote and produced. PHILCO RADIO TIME (1-1-47) Bing Crosby stars on this New Year’s Day program with guest Joe Frisco, “the man who refused to let vaudeville die.” MILTON BERLE SHOW (12-30-47) Milton offers a “Salute to New Year’s” with a recap of the year 1947 and how he stayed at home last New Year’s Eve. KOLLEGE OF MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE (1-3-45) Kay Kyser’s fun-filled musical show with lots of songs and comedy provided by Ish Kabibble, Sully Mason, Fergie Froghammer and the Town Criers. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is actress GINGER ROGERS who recalls her motion picture career in a conversation with Chuck Schaden recorded December 9, 1971 while she was in Chicago on a promotional tour. LUX RADIO THEATRE (1-29-45) “Lady in the Dark” starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. A fantasy about a successful career woman undergoing psychoanalysis. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-31-40) Fibber finds a wrist watch and advertises for its owner. Rebroadcast: 12/31/2016 – 1/6/2017.
PROGRAM 90: DUFFY’S TAVERN (9-22-44) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, the manager, who attempts to get a date with guest, actress Gene Tierney. He wants to take her for a walk in the park, but she would rather go to the Stork Club. I LOVE A MYSTERY (1949) “Bury Your Dead, Arizona” starring Russell Thorson, Jim Boles and Tony Randall as Jack, Doc and Reggie of the A-1 Detective Agency. They travel via freight train to the town of Bury Your Dead where they meet Maestro, an incredibly fat magician who terrorizes the village when he turns his beautiful assistant, Natasha, played by Mercedes McCambridge, into a werewolf. Today we present the first seven chapters of this adventure. The concluding eight episodes will be presented next week. Rebroadcast: 1/8/2017 – 1/13/2017.
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 1175: WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-16-43) WW II news reports. “Swarms of Allied planes are roaring across the (English) Channel today to strike new destructive blows at German-held Europe.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (3-28-43) Water Commissioner Gildersleeve has Spring Fever. WW II flavor. VICE PRESIDENT HENRY A. WALLACE (5-15-43) On this “I Am An American Day”, FDR’s vice president speaks to honor all the new citizens of the United States. WW II feature. GI JIVE #882 (1940s) GI Jill spins the tunes for military listeners around the world during WW II. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1991) Fourth program in the series. WINSTON CHURCHILL (5-19-43) The British Prime Minister speaks before a joint session of the U. S. Congress offering a detailed report on WW II. Rebroadcast: 5/15/2013 – 5/21/2013.
Program 1176: THE BIG SHOW (4-8-51) Tallulah Bankhead is emcee for the last big variety series on radio. From New York, she welcomes guests Fred Allen, Portland Hoffa, Jimmy Durante, Vivian Blaine, Jane Morgan and Rudy Vallee. WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-23-43) WW II news: “Japanese bombers have made an unsuccessful attack on American warships off Attu in the Aleutians.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (4-13-43) Fibber’s Uncle Sycamore is going to be on the radio. WW II flavor. SUSPENSE (1-13-49) “Too Perfect Alibi” starring Danny Kaye as a murderer who has 35 people say he could not have been at the scene of the crime. Rebroadcast: 5/22/2013 – 5/28/2013.
Program 1177: COMMAND PERFORMANCE #123 (1940s) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra break into a “Women Only” edition of the WW II program for military audiences. BOB HOPE 60th BIRTHDAY SPECIAL (6-29-63) Hugh Downs presents a special broadcast on the occasion of the comedian’s 60th birthday, his 25th year with NBC. Many clips and comments from Jimmy Durante, Bergen and McCarthy, Fibber McGee, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny and others. SCREEN DIRECTORS PLAYHOUSE (4-3-49) “The Ghost Breakers” starring Bob Hope with Shirley Mitchell and Sheldon Leonard. MAIL CALL #140 (1940’s) Judy Garland is emcee with guests Bob Hope, Carmen Cavallaro, the Merry Macs, Paula Winslowe, Frank Nelson. WW II show. GI JOURNAL #111 (1940s) Bob Hope is Editor-in-Chief of this edition with Fred MacMurray, Mel Blanc, Olga San Juan, Linda Darnell. WW II show.OUR SPECIAL GUEST is movie historian BOB KOLOSOSKI who joins TWTD Guest Host KEN ALEXANDER for this on-the-air celebration of Hope’s milestone birthday. Rebroadcast: 5/29/2013 – 6/4/2013.
Program 1178: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-22-50) Book 80, Chapter 18. This is the first of 28 consecutive 15-minute chapters from Books 80 and 81 by Carlton E. Morse. The story picks up where we left off last summer. The sequence of programs concerns Paul Barbour’s adopted daughter Teddy and her marriage to Elwood Giddings. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-23-50) Book 80, Chapter 19. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (4-20-43) Fibber decides to help Molly cut out a dress pattern. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-30-43) WW II news: The Navy announces that the largest Jap force on the Aleutian Islands has been annihilated and Tokyo has admitted final defeat there.” YOUR HIT PARADE (5-29-43) Frank Sinatra and Joan Edwards present the top tunes of the week. WW II broadcast. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (1-20-49) “Fuller Brush Man” starring Red Skelton and Janet Blair. Red is involved in murder while trying to succeed as a door-to-door salesman. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-24-50) Book 80, Chapter 20. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-27-50) Book 81, Chapter 1. Rebroadcast: 6/5/2013 – 6/11/2013.
Program 1179: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-28-50) Book 81, Chapter 2. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-29-50) Book 81, Chapter 3. I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (6-5-43) Captain Glenn Miller and the Band of the Technical Training Command of the Army Air Force in a remote broadcast from Yale University. WW II program. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (1-7-40) “Petrified Forest” starring Joan Bennett, Tyrone Power and Humphrey Bogart. STARS AND STRIPES IN BRITAIN (6-20-43) Ben Lyon is host for this WW II program about servicemen in England, aimed to British and American listeners. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1991) Fifth program in the series of reenactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. GI JIVE #919 (1940s) Jill spins the tunes for WW II servicemen. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (11-30-50) Book 81, Chapter 4. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-1-50) Book 81, Chapter 5. Rebroadcast: 6/12/2013 – 6/18/2013.
Program 1180: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-4-43) Gildy’s pre-WW II automobile has been acting up” and is in need of repairs. LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-11-45) “Murder My Sweet” starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor and Mike Mazurki in the Raymond Chandler detective mystery. WW II flavor. HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (9-18-60) John Dehner stars as Paladin. The son of an old friend shows up at Paladin’s door, claiming his stepfather is mistreating him. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-4-43) Orson Welles continues to sub while Jack is recovering from a long illness. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-4-50) Book 81, Chapter 6. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-5-50) Book 81, Chapter 7. Rebroadcast: 6/19/2013 – 6/25/2013.
Program 1181: DON MC NEILL’S BREAKFAST CLUB A 60th Anniversary Salute… DON MC NEILL STORY (6-22-63) ABC Radio offers an informal documentary on the radio life of Don McNeill and the Breakfast Club. BREAKFAST CLUB (6-23-53) From the Terrace Casino of the Morrison Hotel in Chicago, it’s the 20th anniversary of the program starring Don McNeill and Fran Allison, Sam Cowling, Peggy Taylor, Johnny Desmond and Eddie Ballentine and the orchestra. BREAKFAST CLUB/DON MC NEILL SHOW (12-27-68) From the Clouds Room of the Allerton Hotel in Chicago, it’s Don McNeill’s final broadcast after more than 35 years on the air with the Breakfast Club format. Don and the gang say goodbye to listeners. Featured are Sam Cowling, Fran Allison, Cathy Taylor, Captain Stubby, Eddie Ballentine and the orchestra. Rebroadcast: 6/26/2013 – 7/2/2013.
Program 1182: The War Department’s V-Disc program of providing specially recorded musical entertainment to our troops around the world began in the Summer of 1943. To observe the occasion, Nostalgia Digest columnist KARL PEARSON joins us for an afternoon of musical history and memories. Among the seldom-heard V-Disc selections to be presented are those recorded by Hal McIntyre, Glenn Miller, Eddy Howard, Benny Goodman Quartet, Louis Prima, Bing Crosby with Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Spike Jones, Ethel Merman and Connee Boswell.
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-6-50) Book 81, Chapter 8. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-7-50) Book 81, Chapter 9. Rebroadcast: 7/3/2013 – 7/9/2013.
Program 1183: LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-22-55) “Rawhide” starring Donna Reed and Jeffrey Hunter with William Conrad. NEWS OF THE WORLD (7-1-43) Frank Singiser with WW II news. “…the Axis may be expected to bomb some American cities this summer…” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (4-27-43) Fibber’s got a taste for a thick, juicy steak, but he’s all out of WW II ration coupons. QUIZ KIDS (3-28-43) Guest Fred Allen joins Chief Quizzer Joe Kelly and the kids. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (7-4-43) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents with WW II news. “General MacArthur is personally directing operations at the Front in New Guinea.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-8-50) Book 81, Chapter 10. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-11-50) Book 81, Chapter 11. Rebroadcast: 7/10/2013 – 7/16/2013.
Program 1184: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-25-43) On Easter Sunday, Jack sells carnations to people walking in the Easter Parade. SCREEN DIRECTOR’S PLAYHOUSE (2-3-50) “The Sea Wolf” starring Edward G. Robinson. WORLD NEWS TODAY (7-11-43) CBS correspondents from the world’s political and battle fronts during WW II including Edward R. Murrow in London. “Allied forces are smashing forward on a 100-mile front in Sicily.” ACADEMY AWARD (4-6-46) “Kitty Foyle” starring Ginger Rogers as a working girl who falls in love. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-11-43) Gildy has an accident with his car. WW II flavor. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-12-50) Book 81, Chapter 12. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-13-50) Book 81, Chapter 13. Rebroadcast: 7/17/2013 – 7/23/2013.
Program 1185: VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (7-21-43) Shep Fields and his orchestra broadcasting from the Army Air Force School in Orlando, Florida during WW II. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-5-45) “Laura” starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney and Vincent Price. WW II framework. SKELLY NEWS (7-24-43) Newsman Alex Drier reports WW II news. “…Some of the bitterest battles of the Italian campaign are raging.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (5-4-43) McGee pays a numerologist to give him a new name. WW II flavor. TREASURY STAR PARADE #13 (1942) Frederic March and Jane Cowell perform “The Snow Goose.” WW II broadcast. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-14-50) Book 81, Chapter 14. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-15-50) Book 81, Chapter 15. Rebroadcast: 7/24/2013 – 7/30/2013.
Program 1186: MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS (1-19-50) “Bride and Groom Murder Case” starring Bennett Kilpack as the “kindly old investigator.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-18-43) Gildy leads Leroy and his chums on a hike. WORLD NEWS TODAY (7-25-43) “British and American planes have showered tons of bombs on enemy targets” during WW II. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (9-30-46) Peggy Ann Garner repeats her screen performance in “Junior Miss”. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (7-31-43) Teddy Powell and his orchestra in a WW II remote broadcast from the U. S. Naval Training School at the University of Chicago. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-18-50) Book 81, Chapter 16. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-19-50) Book 81, Chapter 17. Rebroadcast: 7/31/2013 – 8/6/2013.
Program 1187: ACADEMY AWARD (7-3-46) “The Maltese Falcon” starring Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Greenstreet and Mary Astor. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (7-28-43) A WW II Fireside Chat as FDR speaks on the fall of Mussolini: “The first crack in the Axis has come. The criminal, corrupt Fascist regime in Italy is going to pieces.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (5-11-43) Fibber gets a new barometer and predicts snow in May. WW II flavor. PAUL SCHUBERT COMMENTARY (8-6-43) WW II discussion of news developments. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (8-28-43) Bob Crosby and his orchestra from San Francisco before a WW II military audience. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-8-43) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents with WW II news reports. “The American Seventh Army is now within 50 miles of Messina.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-20-50) Book 81, Chapter 18. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-21-50) Book 81, Chapter 19. Rebroadcast: 8/7/2013 – 8/13/2013.
Program 1188: LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-3-54) “Going My Way” starring William Lundigan and Barry Fitzgerald. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-15-43) WW II reports: “The RAF has bombed Milan and Berlin again while American planes hit German air fields in France.” STAGE DOOR CANTEEN (8-12-43) It’s “Curtain Up for Victory” as Broadway performers entertain WW II servicemen. WHISTLER (1940s) “Generous Host” stars J. Anthony Smythe (best known for his role as Father Henry Barbour in the One Man’s Family series.) A wealthy man is befriended by someone who wants to rob him. RAYMOND GRAHAM SWING (8-16-43) On the 616th day of WW II, the Washington based commentator reviews history on the march. ONE MAN‘S FAMILY (12-22-50) Book 81, Chapter 20. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-25-50) Book 81, Chapter 21. . Rebroadcast: 8/14/2013 – 8/20/2013.
Program 1189: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-26-50) Book 81, Chapter 22. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-27-50) Book 81, Chapter 23. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (5-18-43) When Fibber borrows Mrs. Uppington’s car, it is stolen! JOHN W. VANDERCOOK (8-28-43) WW II commentary. “The Axis leaders…have been very lucky… Mussolini and Hitler… have led charmed lives… There is no record of any serious attempts ever having been made to assassinate Hitler. Pot shots have been taken at Mussolini, but bad luck and bad aim prevented their finding a vital spot.” SCREEN DIRECTOR’S PLAYHOUSE (11-18-49) “The Uninvited” starring Ray Milland. TREASURY STAR PARADE (1943) WW II war bond program with Duke Ellington and his orchestra. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-29-43) Doug Edwards and CBS correspondents with WW II reports. “The Germans have put Denmark under martial law today.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-28-50) Book 81, Chapter 24. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-29-50) Book 81, Chapter 25. NOTE: This is the final chapter in this book and the last of our One Man’s Family programs for this summer. We’ll have more next year as we find out about Clifford’s new job and his new girlfriend. Rebroadcast: 8/21/2013 – 8/27/2013.
Program 1190: Arthur Godfrey was born August 31, 1903. On the eve of the 90th anniversary of his birth, we remember the popular entertainer with an afternoon of special radio sounds. ARTHUR GODFREY TIME (4-30-45) Excerpt from his first radio show. ARTHUR GODFREY’S TALENT SCOUTS (2-25-47) Not yet sponsored, this program, is from his first season with this format. ARTHUR GODFREY TIME (10-8-48) Arthur and all the little Godfreys: Tony Marvin, Jeanette Davis, Bill Lawrence, the Mariners, Archie Blyer and the orchestra. Guest is Gene Autry. ARTHUR GODFREY’S TALENT SCOUTS (12-26-49) Arthur arrives late, after the show has started. ARTHUR GODFREY TIME (10-19-53) Excerpt from the infamous Godfrey program during which Arthur introduces singer Julius LaRosa, then fires him on the air! ARTHUR GODFREY TIME (4-30-72) Last program in the series. Arthur reminisces about the year 1945, his coverage of the funeral of President FDR, and his broadcast career. Rebroadcast: 8/28/2013 – 9/3/2013.
Program 1191: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (9-6-50) Willard Waterman makes his first appearance as Gildersleeve in this first show of the 1950-51 season. FORD THEATRE (6-13-48) “My Sister Eileen” starring Shirley Booth and Virginia Gilmore. WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-6-43) Douglas Edwards, John Daly and CBS correspondents report WW II news. “American planes have all but wiped out two Japanese bases in New Guinea.” KRAFT MUSIC HALL (9-2-43) Bing Crosby with actor Frank McHugh in Time Marches Back sketch. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS (9-5-43) Mutual newsman John Stanley with news of WW II. “The situation in Berlin is chaotic.” PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (9-8-43) Another nationally broadcast Fireside Chat during WW II. “Today it is announced that an armistice with Italy has been concluded.” Rebroadcast: 9/4/2013 – 9/10/2013.
Program 1192: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (9-8-43) Bing Crosby with guests Phil Silvers and Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw. On the first day of the WW II Third War Loan Drive, Bing’s entire show is devoted to selling war bonds as the sponsor eliminates commercials. THIS IS OUR ENEMY (1943) A WW II United States propaganda program, “a program of truth… about our enemy.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (6-25-43) Fibber has an idea which will revolutionize the world’s post-WW II war travel industry. JUBILEE #37 (8-9-43) Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman is emcee for this Armed Forces Radio program for WW II military audiences. Lucky Millinder and the orchestra, Delta Rhythm Boys, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. SUSPENSE (2-1-51) “Fragile – Contents Death” starring Paul Douglas in a story of tension and heroism in the post office. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (9-13-50) Gildy tries to get out of visiting some in-laws. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER is guest host for this TWTD broadcast. Rebroadcast: 9/11/2013 – 9/17/2013.
Program 1193: SUSPENSE (5-22-56) “Fragile – Contents Death” stars Vic Perrin in the story of a postmaster and his search for an unwelcome package. (An earlier version of this same story, from 1951, was heard last week on TWTD.) GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (9-20-50) The Water Commissioner has a new secretary. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (9-16-43) Bing Crosby with guests Jinx Falkenberg and Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw. Time Marches back to 1910. WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-19-43) CBS newsmen report on WW II. “American forces have carried out a heavy attack on Japanese targets in the Gilbert Islands.” FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1991) Sixth and final program in the first series of reenactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS (10-6-49) “Case of the Man Who Invented Death.” NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER is guest host for this TWTD broadcast. Rebroadcast: 9/18/2013 – 9/24/2013.
Program 1194: FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (6-1-43) Fibber is all thumbs when it comes to bowling. WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-26-43) WW II news reports. “Australian troops are within three quarters of a mile of a Japanese base in New Guinea.” KRAFT MUSIC HALL (9-23-42) Another WW II-flavored program from Bing Crosby with his guest actor George Murphy. Selections include “What Do You Do in the Infantry” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” Time Marches Back to 1908. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (9-27-50) The County Fair is coming to Summerfield and the Gildersleeve household is excited. THIS IS THE BLUE NETWORK – AT WAR (1943) Milton Cross tells listeners what the 127 stations of the Blue Network are doing for the WW II war effort. THEY CALL ME JOE (1943) Frank Lovejoy stars as a U.S. soldier of Slavic descent during WW II. UNCLE SAM PRESENTS (9-18-43) Captain Glenn Miller and the Band of the Training Command of the Army Air Forces present a WW II broadcast via short wave from England. Rebroadcast: 9/25/2013 – 10/1/2013.
Program 1195: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (10-4-50) Gildy has been appointed chairman of the Summerfield Community Chest fund drive and Leroy is going to be the quarterback in the benefit football game. GI JOURNAL (1940s) Bing Crosby is the editor in this show for military audiences during WW II. SUSPENSE (11-23-43) “Strange Death of Charles Umberstein” starring Vincent Price. WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-3-43) CBS correspondents report WW II news. “The Royal Air Force bombed Munich again last night.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (10-5-43) The McGees are cleaning out the spare bedroom to take in a WW II war worker. NATIONAL BARN DANCE (10-2-43) It’s the 10th anniversary for the gang at the old hayloft. Rebroadcast: 10/2/2013 – 10/8/2013.
Program 1196: SUSPENSE (6-1-58) “Rave Notice” starring Vincent Price as an actor who is fired by his director. This story was originally broadcast on Suspense Oct. 12, 1950 with comedian Milton Berle in the Vincent Price role. We’ll have the Berle version of “Rave Review” later this afternoon. TREASURY STAR PARADE (9-30-43) The Motion Picture industry salutes the Third War Loan with an all-star cast: Dick Powell, Ginny Simms, Thomas Mitchell, Olivia deHavilland, Brian Ahearn, Grace McDonald, Kay Kyser and the band. WW II broadcast. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-10-43) First show of the 1943-44 season and the first show with Jack’s four new writers. Jack is back from a three-month WW II overseas camp tour. WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-10-43) WW II news reports from CBS correspondents. “The mighty Allied bombing attack against German-held Europe has raged on today non-stop with American planes following up yesterday’s record raid with another pounding of Western Germany.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (10-11-50) If Summerfield gets a new mayor, will Gildersleeve lose his job as Water Commissioner? I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (10-16-43) Captain Glenn Miller conducts the band from the Army Air Force School at Yale University. WW II broadcast. SUSPENSE (10-12-50) “Rave Notice” starring Milton Berle as an actor fired by the director. Rebroadcast: 10/9/2013 – 10/15/2013.
Program 1197: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-17-43) While being interviewed by a reporter about his WW II overseas tour for the troops, Jack tells of his adventures in “Casablanca.” TREASURY STAR PARADE (10-1-43) “Bonus for Berlin” starring Judith Evelyn. WW II program. SUSPENSE (6-1-44) “Fugue in C Minor” starring Vincent Price and Ida Lupino in a story of “brooding anxiety and sharpening suspicions.” WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-17-43) WW II news reports: “The Allied Fifth Army is forcing the Germans back from nearly all their positions on the Voltano River in Italy…” TROMAN HARPER, RUMOR DETECTIVE (10-24-43) A WW II program offering “the truth about rumors. How safe are our destroyer escort ships? Do parachutes fail to open?” SUSPENSE (10-19-58) “Three Skeleton Key” starring Vincent Price in “…that story about the rats”. DIMES FOR INVASION (10-2-43) A salute to America’s newspaper boys who sell WW II stamps to their customers. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (10-18-50) Gildy buys himself a spiffy new suit. Rebroadcast: 10/16/2013 – 10/22/2013.
Program 1198: FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (10-12-43) McGee’s old pal Fred Nitney wants a reference for his daughter who wants a commission in the WW II Women’s Army Corps. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (10-25-50) Gildy is hopeful that he will be named to the “Sons of Summerfield” lodge. WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-24-43) WW II news: “Allied planes from Italy have attacked Southeastern Austria.” THE GOLDBERGS (12-10-40) First of two connected but isolated episodes of the classic daytime drama starring Gertrude Berg as Molly Goldberg. THE GOLDBERGS (12-11-40) Second of two consecutive episodes. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-24-43) Jack tells of his WW II camp visit to “Algiers.” Rebroadcast: 10/23/2013 – 10/29/2013.
Program 1199: INNER SANCTUM (6-23-47) “Over My Dead Body” is the story of a man who feigns death to determine which of his heirs is worthy of his fortune. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-31-43) The sponsor pays a visit on Halloween night. SUSPENSE (4-11-46) “The Name of the Beast” starring Vincent Price. An artist paints a picture of a blood-soaked axe murderer. SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-8-71) Actor Vincent Price, who died on October 25, 1993, talks about his interest in radio in this conversation with Chuck Schaden. INNER SANCTUM (4-11-46) “Deadly Dummy.” A man kills a ventriloquist, takes over his act and is haunted by his dummy. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (10-31-43) Gildy has girl trouble at his Halloween party. SUSPENSE (3-3-57) “Present Tense” starring Vincent Price as a Walter Mitty-type murderer. Rebroadcast: 10/30/2013 – 11/5/2013.
Program 1200: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-7-43) WW II broadcast from the Marine Corps Air Station in the Mojave Desert. Airplanes “buzz” Jack throughout the show! VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (7-26-43) Ozzie Nelson and his orchestra with vocalist Harriet Hilliard entertain WW II workers at the B. F. Goodrich plant in Akron, Ohio. TREASURY STAR PARADE (10-20-43) WW II program, “No Greater Sacrifice”, about the “”brave Chinese who sheltered the Americans after the raid on Tokyo.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-14-43) Jack and the gang broadcast before an audience of WW II servicemen at Turney General Hospital in Palm Springs. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (10-7-43) Bing Crosby welcomes guest Lucille Ball. Time Marches Back . WW II flavor. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (11-9-43) The WW II food shortage prompts Fibber to make his own chili sauce. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER is guest host for this TWTD program. Rebroadcast: 11/6/2013 – 11/12/2013.
Program 1201: ACTRESS’ ROUND TABLE (7-8-93) Radio actresses Alice Backes, Jeanette Nolan, Janet Waldo and Peggy Webber join Chuck Schaden for an informal recollection of their days on radio in a roundtable conversation recorded at the Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster’s Clubroom in Hollywood, California. Part 1. SUSPENSE (2-14-48) “The Lodger” starring Robert Montgomery, Jeanette Nolan and Peggy Webber in the classic “Jack the Ripper” story. ACTRESS’ ROUND TABLE (7-8-93) The conversation continues. Part 2. MEET CORLISS ARCHER (9-16-56) Janet Waldo stars as Corliss. ACTRESS’ ROUND TABLE (7-8-93) More conversation from the quarter of radio actresses who are joined by actor Les Tremayne who helped bring them together for this conversation. Part 3. Rebroadcast: 11/13/2013 – 11/19/2013.
Program 1202: HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (11-25-48) “The Free Land” starring Martha Scott. Pioneer life in the Northwest Territory is the basis for this Thanksgiving theme broadcast. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-21-43) Jack and Mary go shopping for Thanksgiving dinner at his home. WW II flavor. SOLDIERS IN GREASEPAINT (11-25-43) An all-star Thanksgiving morning broadcast saluting the show business performers who entertain our WW II men and women with USO shows. Hosts Bob Hope and Jack Benny present Al Jolson, Frederic March, Martha Raye, Jascha Heifrtz, Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Judith Anderson and many others. GOOD NEWS OF 1940 (11-23-39) Thanksgiving Day broadcast as host Edward Arnold introduces guests Raymond Walburn and Walter Huston. Regulars include Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford as Baby Snooks and Daddy. DURANTE-MOORE SHOW (11-22-46) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore present a Thanksgiving opera with Jimmy as Miles Standish and Garry as John Alden. Rebroadcast: 11/20/2013 – 11/26/2013.
Program 1203: ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-19-48) Ozzie and Harriet decide not to buy extravagant gifts for each other this Christmas. CALIFORNIA CARAVAN (12-21-47) “How Santa Claus Came to Simpson’s Bar,” based on a true incident that took place on Christmas Eve, 1882. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-28-43) Jack explains why Dennis earns only $35 a week and shouldn’t get a raise. Guest is Barbara Stanwyck. THIS IS YOUR FBI (12-24-48) “The Return of Saint Nick.” The man who plays Santa for kids in a settlement house disappears. PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-11-49) Phil and Remley shop for Alice’s Christmas present. . Rebroadcast: 11/27/2013 – 12/3/2013.
Program 1204: BLONDIE (12-15-48) Dagwood tries to find out what Cookie and Alexander want for Christmas. SUSPENSE (12-21-48) “Out for Christmas” starring Raymond Burr as an ex-con who sets out to get the cop who sent him up. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12–7-43) Two years after Pearl Harbor, Fibber is reminded that WW II is NOT almost over! STARS OVER HOLLYWOOD (12-12-53) “Time for Christmas” starring Anita Louise. A young girl tries desperately to get her mother a cuckoo clock for Christmas. SHERLOCK HOLMES (12-21-47) “Adventure of the Christmas Bride” starring John Stanley and Alfred Shirley as Holmes and Watson. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-5-43) Jack goes to the Driver’s License Bureau to renew his license. Rebroadcast: 12/4/2013 – 12/10/2013.
Program 1205: PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-18-49) The Harris family discovers there is no community Christmas tree. A THOSE WERE SALUTE TO DON AMECHE who died December 6, 1993 at age 85. In place of regularly scheduled TWTD programming, we have Mr. Ameche’s 1992 induction into the Radio Hall of Fame; some of his appearances on the Charlie McCarthy radio show; with Frances Langford in a Bickersons sketch; and Chuck Schaden’s 9-8-71 interview with him. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-12-43) Verna Felton appears an Dennis Day’s mother who visits the show to plead Dennis’ need for a raise. WW II flavor. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY (12-25-46) Dennis plays all the parts in the Christmas story, “The Boy Who Sang for the King.” 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. Rebroadcast: 12/11/2013 – 12/17/2013.
Program 1206: SUSPENSE (12-23-43) “Back for Christmas” starring Peter Lorre as a botany professor digging a “devil’s garden” in his cellar, planning to murder his nagging wife. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-19-43) Jack and Rochester go Christmas shopping. Don Wilson is the department store Santa Claus. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (12-23-48) “Silent Night” is the story of the origin of our most played Christmas carol and how it came to be written. WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-19-43) On the Sunday before Christmas Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents bring listeners up to date on the WW II scene. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (12-20-47) Ralph Edwards hosts the audience participation program with a holiday consequence for a contestant. The show also visits a hospitalized, disabled WW II veteran for a warm-hearted, touching program for the Christmas season. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-21-43) The McGees go shopping for a Christmas tree. Teeney and the gang sing “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Rebroadcast: 12/18/2013 – 12/24/2013.
Program 1207: COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-24-43) An all-star Christmas greeting to our WW II fighting men from the biggest names in the entertainment world. Bob Hope emcees this 90-minute extravaganza featuring Kay Kyser and the orchestra, Ed “Archie” Gardner, Nelson eddy, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Ginny Simms, Ish Kabibble, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny and Fred Allen. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (12-24-43) The President reports to the nation on Christmas Eve in another of his famous WW II Fireside Chats. “On this Christmas Eve there are over ten million men in the Armed Forces of the United States alone…” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-26-43) Turning the clock back, it’s Christmas night at Jack’s house and the whole gang shows up for a party. WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-26-43) WW II news on the day after Christmas. “In the Pacific, American heavy and medium bombers have made four attacks on the Jap base at Cape Glouster, New Britain Island.” Also: news of the appointment of Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery to lead the invasion into Germany. CHRISTMAS PACKAGE (12-25-43) Actress Linda Darnell is hostess for a WW II program of patriotism and Christmas sentiment for the boys overseas. Featured are Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Fibber McGee and Molly, the Andrews Sisters, Ginny Simms. Howard Duff announces. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. . Rebroadcast: 12/25/2013 – 12/31/2013.
Program 1208: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-28-43) To get a fresh start for the New Year, Fibber has a string tied around his finger to remind him to do something, but he can’t remember what. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (12-30-43) Bing Crosby stars with guest Cass Daley in a program of holiday fun and music. Bing and Cass collect scrap for the WW II effort. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-2-44) Jack and the gang present their annual New Year’s play, “The New Tennant,” an “allegorical fantasy” reflecting the WW II situation. Jack is the old year 1943; Phil is Uncle Sam; Mary is Columbia (Uncle Sam’s wife with 48 kids!); Don is the Navy; Dennis portrays Hitler and Tojo. MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (12-31-46) “New Year’s Nightmare” with Maurice Copeland. A holiday reveler welcomes in the new year with too much partying. I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (12-25-43) A WW II Christmas Day broadcast from Halloran General Hospital in New York featuring the Band of the Army Air Forces Training Command directed by Pvt. Jerry Gray in the absence of Capt. Glenn Miller, out sick with the flu. PFC Johnny Desmond sings with the Crew Chiefs. ALDRICH FAMILY (12-31-48) On the afternoon of the last day of the year, the best laid plans for the New Year celebration are changing. Ezra Stone and Jackie Kelk as Henry and Homer. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. Rebroadcast: 1/1/2014 – 1/7/2014.
Program 1209: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-16-44) Bing Crosby welcomes guests William Frawley and Nan Wynn. Time Marches Back to 1930. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-9-44) Douglas Edwards and CBS newsmen with WW II reports. “The Allied Fifth Army in Italy has thrown back German counter-attacks and has cut deeper into the enemy defense lines around Cassino, the strategic town guarding the road to Rome. SPEAKING OF RADIO (8-23-72) Paying tribute to actor Cesar Romero, who died January 1, 1994 at age 86. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-9-44) Jack and Rochester go to the freight office to pick up Jack’s camel from his WW II tour. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-22-56) “Shane” staring Alan Ladd, Van Heflin and Ruth Hussey in a radio version of the 1953 screen classic. A gunfighter comes to the aid of homesteaders. FRED ALLEN SHOW (12-28-47) For Fred’s last show of 1947, guest Monty Woolley tries to help Fred exchange a defective cuckoo clock at a department store. Allen’s Alley question: “What is the outstanding event of 1947?” Rebroadcast: 1/8/2014 – 1/14/2014.
Program 1210: INNER SANCTUM (4-4-49) “Death Wears a Lovely Smile” with Bob Sloane and Mercedes McCambridge. In a cemetery, a man waits to meet a woman who was buried a year ago. SPECIAL GUEST EDDIE HUBBARD, long-time Chicago disc jockey, pays a visit to TWTD. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-16-44) In a WW II remote broadcast from the Marine Air Station at El Toro, California, Jack welcomes guest Alexis Smith who is scheduled to star in a new picture with him, “The Horn Blows at Midnight.” THE WHISTLER (9-15-48) “Uncle Ben’s Widow.” An eyewitness to an “accidental death” claims that a murder was committed. WE REMEMBER THEM WELL – Recap of celebrity deaths in 1993. FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-19-46) Guest Phil Harris shows up asking Fred to get him a job on the panel radio show “Information Please.” Phil joins Senator Claghorn for a Harris version of Allen’s Alley called “Tobacco Road.” WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-16-44) WW II news: “General Eisenhower has arrived in Britain to take over command of all forces for the invasion.” LIGHTS OUT (6-8-43) “The House is Haunted” by Arch Oboler. Strange things begin to happen when a family arrives in their new home. Rebroadcast: 1/15/2014 – 1/21/2014.
Program 1211: FRED ALLEN SHOW (2-6-49) Guest Bert Lahr wants to audition for Fred’s TV revue. SUSPENSE (3-23-53) “The Signal Man” starring Agnes Moorehead in a radio version of the Charles Dickens story. A writer who witnessed a tragic death is drawn back to the scene of the event. ORLD NEWS TODAY (1-23-44) CBS newsmen reporting from the WW II battlefronts. “The new Allied landings on the West Coast of Italy appear to have put the Germans into a pretty tough spot: the Germans are moving large forces back from the Fifth Army front toward Rome… “The Navy has announced that American planes have carried out two new raids on the big Jap base in the Coral Islands.” KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-20-44) Bing Crosby with guest Dale Evans. Time Marches Back to 1930. WW II flavor. SPEAKING OF RADIO (5-17-91) Paying tribute to actor/comedian Pat Buttram who died January 8, 1994 at age 78. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (11-2-41) “The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse” starring Edward G. Robinson and Humphrey Bogart in a radio version of their 1938 movie. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-23-44) WW II remote broadcast from the Army Air Field at Murock, California. Guest again is Alexis Smith, Jack’s co-star in his new picture, “The Horn Blows at Midnight,” who questions his acting ability. Rebroadcast: 1/22/2014 – 1/28/2014.
Program 1212: MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (1946) “The Dead Come Back” starring Joseph Julian. The police allow a murderer to escape and return to the scene of his crime to prove that he is not really insane. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-30-44) When Jack finds out that the director wants to remove a love scene with Alexis Smith from his upcoming picture “The Horn Blows at Midnight,” he goes to the Warner Bros. studios to find out why. INNER SANCTUM (1-12-48) “Tempo in Blood” with Mason Adams and Everett Sloane. A piano player commits the perfect crime and doesn’t know it. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-1-44) McGee goes downtown to buy a WW II war bond but instead comes back with a diamond ring. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-30-44) News of WW II: “The Allies have expanded their bridgehead south of Rome today, but the Germans are putting up a stiff fight to hold their lines along the main Fifth Army front… In the Pacific War Zone, American carrier-based planes have made the heaviest attacks so far on the Marshall Islands.” KRAFT MUSIC HALL (2-2-44) Young Donald O’Connor joins Bing Crosby and the gang. Bing and 18-year old Donald sing “Small Fry” from their 1938 film “Sing You Sinners.” Rebroadcast: 1/29/2014 – 2/4/2014.
Program 1213: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-6-44) WW II remote broadcast from Roosevelt Navy Base on Terminal Island, San Pedro, California. Jack recalls his 1917 enlistment in the Navy. SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (2-6-94) The premiere broadcast of the first of a four-part series produced and edited by Chuck Schaden. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-14-37) Guest is bandleader Ben Bernie. On Jack’s birthday, the cast and audience sing “Happy Birthday.” WORLD NEWS TODAY (2-6-44) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents report on the news of WW II. “German elite troops have been thrown into the battle of the bridgehead below Rome today and Allied forces have fallen back two miles to adjust their line… American heavy bombers have smashed at German air fields in France for the second day in a row.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-13-38) Tomorrow is Jack’s birthday and he has been selected as one of the ten best-dressed men in Hollywood. Guest is actor Robert Taylor. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-19-39) Jack got a bear for his birthday last week (first reference to the bear as “Carmichael”). Lots of talk about next week’s Academy Awards. Rebroadcast: 2/5/2014 – 2/11/2014.
Program 1214: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-13-44) WW II broadcast from March Field, California with guest harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler who reminisces about his tour of military bases with Jack, their stop in Egypt and the camel that Jack bought. The cast sings a birthday wish to Jack. SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (2-12-94) Second of the four-part series. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-11-45) Jack celebrates his birthday at the Glenview Naval Air Station in Illinois in this broadcast with a WW II flavor. WORLD NEWS TODAY (2-20-44) Douglas Edwards, Webley Edwards, John Daly and other WW II CBS correspondents reporting. “American planes have carried out the greatest daytime operation of the war against unannounced targets in Germany. The Allies have turned back repeated German counter-attacks at Anzio. The Pacific offensive continues.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-17-46) Jack’s birthday was last Thursday. In a flashback, Jack gets a violin lesson from Professor LeBlanc, then listens to the radio. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-16-47) Guests Ronald and Benita Colman and Issac Stern show up for Jack’s birthday party. Rebroadcast: 2/12/2014 – 2/18/2014.
Program 1215: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-20-44) Jack entertains Groucho Mark; the gang appears in “The Gilroy Murder Case.” SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (2-19-94) Part three in the four-part series. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-15-48) The Beverly Hills Beavers decide to hold a surprise birthday party for Jack, who is going to be 39. WORLD NEWS TODAY (2-27-44) WW II news from the world’s political and battle fronts. “A Finnish communique reports that six hundred Russian planes bombed Helsinki last night causing fire and heavy damage.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-13-49) Tomorrow is Jack’s birthday and he’s going to be 40! Jack’s sister Florence sends a birthday telegram. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-20-49) Prior to Jack’s upcoming appearance on the Ford Theatre in “The Horn Blows at Midnight,” director Fletcher Markle stops by, as does producer Jack L. Warner. Rebroadcast: 2/19/2014 – 2/25/2014.
Program 1216: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-27-44) In a remote broadcast from the Hollywood Canteen for an audience of WW II servicemen on leave, Jack and the gang welcome guests Larry Adler and Eddie Cantor. Jack is planning a tour of military bases. SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (2-26-94) Conclusion of the original four-part series (which was later expanded to become a 12-part series). JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-27-49) Guest is actor Claude Raines, who is to be Jack’s co-star in the Ford Theatre production of “The Horn Blows at Midnight.” Raines tries to get Jack to change his mind about appearing in the radio play. FORD THEATRE (3-4-49) “The Horn Blows at Midnight” starring Jack Benny and Claude Raines with Hans Conried, Mercedes McCambridge, Anne Whitfield, Jeanette Nolan, Jane Morgan, Joseph Kearns and Herb Vigran. Jack repeats his screen role in this radio version of his infamous 1945 movie comedy about an angel sent to Earth to destroy it. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-13-55) A party is being planned to celebrate Jack’s birthday. Mary suggests arranging the 39 candles in the shape of a question mark! Rebroadcast: 2/26/2014 – 3/4/2014.
Program 1217: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (9-30-43) Bing Crosby with guest Phil Silvers. Time Marches back to 1936. WW II flavor. WORDS AT WAR (3-7-44) “Weeping Wood,” a dramatic impression of Vicki Baum’s documentary novel. Part of a series of WW II programs presented in cooperation with the Council on Books in Wartime. The story of the growth, development and importance of rubber. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-5-44) WW II remote broadcast from the Army Air Field at Lamour, California. This is a “stand-up” show (no sketch) before a military audience, with lots of topical camp humor and Fred Allen jokes. FORT LARAMIE (4-1-56) “Lost Child” starring Raymond Burr as Capt. Lee Quince of the U.S. Cavalry A settler’s child is kidnapped in an Indian raid. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-5-44) News of WW II. “American daylight bombers were busy again today. Our Liberators with fighter escort have continued the air offensive with another sock at German costal installations in France. In the Pacific, American troops at Los Negros in the Admiralties have killed three thousand Japanese in one of the fiercest battles of the war.” MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (1946) “The Secret of XR3” starring Karl Swenson as a three-foot midget who has an opportunity to take hormone capsules so that he can grow to a more normal size. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. Rebroadcast: 3/5/2014 – 3/11/2014.
Program 1218: BIG STORY (5-25-47) George Petrie stars as Keeler McCartney, reporter for the Atlanta Constitution whose story about a crackdown on a lottery racket is dramatized. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-7-44) Fibber is writing a radio speech for the WW II Red Cross Campaign. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-12-44) Dougflas Edwards and CBS WW II correspondents. “American daylight raiders were back in action over the coast of France today, this time without escorting fighter planes. Last night’s RAF target was Homburg and other points in Western Germany.” MAN CALLED X (9-26-48) “The Laughing Lady” stars Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston. Mr. X travels to Italy to investigate a circus he believes to be a front for the Mafia. Last show of the series. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-12-44) Another “stand-up” show before a WW II military audience at the Livermore, California Naval Air Station. WORDS AT WAR (3-14-44) “Science at War” based on the book by George W. Gregg. The story of men taming, controlling and enslaving the forces of Nature. From the WW II series. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. Rebroadcast: 3/12/2014 – 3/18/2014.
Program 1219: WORDS AT WAR (3-21-44) “Der Fuehrer,” a dramatization of Conrad Heiden’s “expose of a great lie…a colossal mystery story which sprang from a graveyard and staggered the world.” From the WW II series presented in cooperation with the Council on Books in Wartime. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1992) Program number seven in the BBC series of reenactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-8-43) “The Maltese Falcon” starring Edward G. Robinson, Gail Patrick and Laird Cregar in an interesting example of alternate casting in this radio version of the 1941 screen classic, about the search for the elusive Black Bird. WW II framework. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (2-17-44) Bing Crosby with guests Cass Daly and Marilyn Maxwell. Time Marches Back to 1918. WW II setting. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-19-44) WW II news coverage: The Germans say that American bombers, striking from bases in Italy, have attacked the Southern Reich again today… Last night Royal Air Force hit Frankfort and other targets with great force.” Rebroadcast: 3/19/2014 – 3/25/2014.
Program 1220: ROY ROGERS SHOW (9-5-48) Roy stars with Dale Evans, George “Gabby” Hayes, Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage. Gabby spins a yarn about “The Horse Thieves of Paradise Valley” and Roy sings “Pecos Bill.” MYSTERY CHEF (1944) A program to help listeners cope with WW II food rationing and shortages. The Chef gives recipes for “stretch butter” and Cinnamon Crumb coffee cake. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-26-44) WW II news reports: “The Russians have reached Rumania… Large forces of American bombers were out again today, pounding Europe into shape for invasion.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-19-44) Guest is actress Barbara Stanwyck. Jack wants to take Mary to the movies and Dennis dreams that he has his own show! WORDS AT WAR (3-28-44) “A Bell for Adano” stars Berry Kroeger with Myron McCormick, Jackson Beck and Rolf Sedan in John Hershey’s WW II story about Americans in Italy. SUSPENSE (10-6-49) “The Defense Rests” starring Van Johnson as an ex-con who is given a job in a law office. A NIGHT IN A FOX HOLE (3-24-44) Broadcast of a recording made by two WW II combat correspondents right after the Marines swarmed ashore on one of the Marshall Island atolls. The program portrays “the change that comes over man after 24 hours of battle.” Rebroadcast: 3/26/2014 – 4/1/2014.
Program 1221: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-25-43) It’s the Easter weekend and a crate of rabbits is delivered to the Gildersleeve household. WW II flavor. MEL BLANC SHOW (4-1-47) Mel makes an April Fool phone call to Mr. Colby, telling him he will inherit a fortune. HOLLYWOOD STAR TIME (4-21-46) “Song of Bernadette” starring Vincent Price, Lee J. Cobb and Vanessa Brown in the story of the miraculous apparition of the Blessed Virgin to a poor village girl. WORLD NEWS TODAY (4-2-44) Global reports on WW II events: “American bombers in the Mediterranean area have made their fourth attack on German industries in Austria. Moscow dispatchers say the hour of liberation is near for the Black Sea naval base at Odessa.” LIFE WITH LUIGI (4-1-52) Pasquale plans an April Fool joke to scare Luigi into marrying Rosa. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (4-14-49) “One Foot in Heaven” starring George Brent in the story of a Methodist preacher with “one foot in Heaven and one foot on God’s green earth” as he sets up a parsonage in a small Iowa town. Rebroadcast: 4/2/2014 – 4/8/2014.
Program 1222: FIRST NIGHTER (2-5-48) “Drink for the Damned” starring Olan Soule and Barbara Luddy with Marvin Miller, Parley Baer, Willard Waterman, Arthur Q. Brian. SPEAKING OF RADIO (2-17-75) Olan Soule and Barbara Luddy talk with Chuck Schaden about their radio days in a conversation recorded in Mr. Soule’s home in Woodland Hills, California. WAYSIDE THEATRE (1-22-39) “Food for Thought” starring Olan Soule and Patricia Dunlop. A newlywed wife, used to preparing huge meals for her husband, invites his health-conscious boss to dinner. SPEAKING OF RADIO (10-11-89) Olan Soule, visiting the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, chats about his broadcast career in a conversation with Chuck Schaden. Olan Soule died February 1, 1994 at age 84. GRAND MARQUEE (7-10-47) “Here We Go Again”” starring Olan Soule and Muriel Bremner in “a merry tale of love and confusion” at a wacky wedding. Rebroadcast: 4/9/2014 – 4/15/2014.
Program 1223: NATIONAL BARN DANCE (4-30-60) “The oldest, longest continuously broadcast program of any kind anywhere in the world – the one and only National Barn Dance!” Master of Ceremonies Bob Atcher and the gang in the Old Hayloft present the final broadcast on WLS, Chicago after 36 years on the air. Entertainment on this last show is provided by the “Queen of the Barn Dance” Grace Wilson, plus Dolf Hewitt, Tiny Murphy, Lee Morgan, Bob and Maggie Atcher, Sage Riders, Midwesterners, Johnny Frigo, Sy Burton, Davy Pitts, Uncle Newt Klatt and the Kattenjamers. The cast of the Barn Dance did not learn until a few hours before the broadcast that this would be the final show. The station was changing to a contemporary music format. OUR SPECIAL GUEST during this TWTD program are JOHNNY FRIGO, RUSTY GILL, DOLPH HEWITT, PATSY MONTANA, LEE MORGAN and CAPTAIN STUBBY who reminisce about a great radio show. Rebroadcast: 4/16/2014 – 4/22/2014.
Program 1224: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (4-20-44) Bing Crosby welcomes guests Dave Shelly. Time Marches Back to 1932 with Bing as a music publisher and Dave as a composer. WW II flavor. INNER SANCTUM (1-12-48) “Tempo in Blood” with Mason Adams and Everett Sloane. A piano player commits the perfect crime and doesn’t even know it. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-18-44) As the program starts its tenth year on the air, Fibber is certain that his neighbor across the street is a Nazi spy. WW II comedy. WORDS AT WAR (4-23-44) “The Story of Lend Lease,” dramatizing FDR’s WW II message to Congress telling what Lend Lease has accomplished to date, explaining its cost and showing how it is helping win the war. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-23-44) Remote broadcast from Vancouver, British Columbia to promote Canada’s Fifth Victory Loan. This is Dennis Day’s last show before entering the Navy during WW II. SUSPENSE (6-14-55) “The Whole Town’s Sleeping” starring Jeanette Nolan with Paula Winslowe in the Ray Bradbury story “The Lonely One.” Rebroadcast: 4/23/2014 – 4/29/2014.
Program 1225: As we complete 24 years of Those Were The Days programs we mark the occasion by presenting a broadcast of the party to celebrate the “61st Anniversary of Jack Benny’s 39th Birthday,” held by the Radio Hall of Fame at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on Sunday, February 13, 1994. A capacity crowd packed the Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center to honor the great comedian (1894-1994) on his Centennial 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. Our Those Were The Days Radio Players brought Ken’s script to life, with characterizations of Phil Harris, Rochester, Don Wilson, Frank Nelson, the Train Announcer, the Trout, Sy, Mr. Kitzel, Gertrude and Mable, Ed, the Quartet and others. John Sebert, winner of our Jack Benny Sound-Alike contest, played Jack. Special guest Joan Benny, Jack’s daughter, portrayed Mary Livingstone in the re-enactment. Channel 2 weatherman Harry Volkman appeared as Dennis Day and Ken Alexander was Professor LeBlanc. A special scene was written into the script for Bobby Blumofe, Jack’s grandson who surprised us by flying in for the occasion. We’ll broadcast the entire re-enactment plus other elements of the Centennial Salute to Jack Benny, including fond memories of Jack by his daughter and grandson. Don’t miss it if you can! Rebroadcast: 7/13/2011 – 7/20/2011, 4/30/2014 – 5/6/2014.
Program 1226: LIFE OF RILEY (5-8-48) William Bendix stars as Chester A. Riley who fixes breakfast in bed for his wife Peg on Mother’s Day. Peg gives Riley a Mother’s Day gift. WINGS TO VICTORY (4-15-43) Drama of American heroism based on WW II combat reports from the fighting front. A light-hearted, but propaganda-filled story about the 819th Air Fighter Squadron in North Africa features Howard Duff as a sensitive pilot in a war zone. SKELLY NEWS (5-13-44) Louis Roen with WW II news: “On the Russian Front, the Red Army has opened a new, major offensive… Overcoming strong German defenses the Russians broke through a 20-mile wide front, scoring advances up to 10 miles in depth and capturing 30 towns and villages.” SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (5-7-94) Part 5 in the 12-part audio documentary culled from Chuck Schaden’s conversations with performers, writers and others associated with Jack Benny’s radio shows and laced with clips from Jack’s broadcasts. MYSTERY IN THE AIR (8-28-47) “Beyond Good and Evil” starring Peter Lorre and Peggy Weber. An escaped convict masquerades as a clergyman after terrorizing a real cleric. WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-14-44) WW II news reports: “Observers on the English Channel coast report that two waves of Allied planes have flown out over the direction of Northern France.” WORDS AT WAR (5-16-44) “Lifeline,” the story of the U. S. Merchant Marines. An interesting attempt to improve the image of the Merchant Marines in WW II. Rebroadcast: 5/7/2014 – 5/13/2014.
Program 1227: William Conrad died February 11, 1994 at age 73. GUNSMOKE (9-12-53) “Prairie Happy” starring William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon. The Pawnees are going to attack Dodge City. ESCAPE (11-15-49) “Three Skeleton Key” starring William Conrad in the chilling story about rats against the occupants of a lighthouse. SUSPENSE (7-18-56) “The Man Who Threw Acid” starring William Conrad in the “story of a man who wanted to become important and the crime he committed to accomplish it.” GUNSMOKE (10-10-52) “Hinka Doo” starring William Conrad as Marshall Dillon of Dodge City. ESCAPE (3-22-53) “Pressure” starring William Conrad in the story of the U.S.S. Amberfish, a submarine out of Pearl Harbor in 1944 on its fourth war patrol. WW II setting. SUSPENSE (8-25-57) “Leiningen Vs. the Ants” starring William Conrad in “a classic story of nature’s imbalance.” Rebroadcast: 5/14/2014 – 5/20/2014.
Program 1228: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-21-44) The gang gathers at Jack’s place for rehearsal. Don and Mary tell him that he might have a split personality, but he is doubtful… until he goes to buy a cigar. WORDS AT WAR (5-30-44) “The Navy Hunts the CGR 3070” The story of the incredible adventures of the Coast Guard Reserve Boat 3070 of “Hooligan’s Navy,” an actual WW II event which took place in December, 1942. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1992) Program number eight in the BBC series of re-enactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. THE WHISTLER (5-12-48) “Chain Reaction” stars Frank Lovejoy and Joan Banks. A pilot, offered $5,000 to salvage gold in the Caribbean, is part of a murder plot. WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-21-44) Doug Edwards and CBS newsmen report on WW II: “In the Far East, the North Burma campaign is approaching a climax. General Stillwell reports that American Liberators have attacked a Japanese island within 300 miles of the Philippines.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-28-44) Warner Bros. wants to make a movie about Jack’s life. Guest is Danny Kaye. Rebroadcast: 5/21/2014 – 5/27/2014.
Program 1229: Comedian Fred Allen was born one hundred years ago, on May 31, 1894. We observe his Centennial with an afternoon of fascinating Fred Allen radio material: FRED ALLEN SHOW (4-11-48) Excerpt featuring Basil Rathbone, looking for a script for his new radio program. Fred comes up with a “One Long Pan” story. LINIT BATH CLUB REVUE (1-22-33) A broadcast from Fred’s very first radio series which began on October 23, 1932. This show features popular sketches from previous shows. FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-2-48) Excerpt. Fred didn’t finish writing the show for this broadcast. Guest Henry Morgan. OMNIBUS (1955) Excerpt from the audio portion of the TV series featuring a monolog by Fred Allen discussing his book, “Treadmill to Oblivion” using clips from Allen broadcasts. FRED ALLEN SHOW (4-18-48) Excerpt. Fred and Portland Hoffa take a walk down Allen’s Alley. The question: What do you like about the circus? INFORMATION PLEASE (2-15-43) Emcee Clifton Fadiman and regular panelists John Kiernan, Oscar Levant and Franklin P. Adams welcome guest panelist Fred Allen who assumes the role of emcee for part of the program. FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-26-46) Excerpt featuring Jack Benny who sneaks into a studio tour. Fred tells Jack about Allen’s new give-away program, “King for a Day.” FRED ALLEN SHOW (10-26-47) Excerpt. Fred wants Hollywood to make his life story. Guest is Jack Haley. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. Rebroadcast: 5/28/2014 – 6/3/2014.
Program 1230: FIRESIDE CHAT (6-5-44) President Franklin D. Roosevelt reports to the nation on the capture of Rome. “Yesterday, on June 4, 1944 Rome fell to American and Allied troops. The first of the Axis capitols is now in our hands.” D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 2 a.m. EWT. First unofficial reports of the invasion, without Allied confirmation. CBS. D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 3 a.m. EWT. Richard Harkness, Morgan Beatty, Robert St. John with more coverage of the invasion, but there’s still no Allied confirmation. NBC. D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 3:32 a.m. EWT. First Allied news that the invasion has begun. Edward R. Murrow reads General Eisenhower’s Order of the Day to the troops of the invasion forces. H. V. Kaltenborn reports: “The final chapter in the history of the Second World War is being written.” NBC. D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 4:15 a.m. EWT. Correspondent Wright Bryan, first man to return to London from the invasion, offers an eyewitness description of the first parachute drop of the invasion. NBC. D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 6 a.m. EWT. Bob Trout brings listeners up to date on invasion news. Major George Fielding Elliott describes the tone of the invasion and mood of the troops. Trout tells of New York’s reaction to invasion news: churches open for special D-Day services; war plants have prayer services. “At last the liberation of the continent of Europe has started.” Charles Shaw, in London, has a dramatic account of the events surrounding the invasion. CBS. D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 9 a.m. EWT. Correspondent Ed Haaker, “just back from a flight over part of the battle area with the Ninth Air Forces” tells of the treatment of news correspondents just prior to the invasion. NBC. OUR SPECIAL GUES T is former NBC correspondent ED HAAKER who recalls a momentous day in the history of World War II. VALIANT LADY (6-6-44) 10 a.m. EWT. Excerpt from one of the few regularly scheduled programs to be broadcast on this day. Announcer Dwight Weist urges listeners to buy war bonds. CBS. LIGHT OF THE WORLD (6-6-44) 10:15 a.m. EWT. Usually the “day-to-day story of the Bible” told in soap opera terms, this invasion day episode puts aside the regular continuing story to present stories of “man’s faith in God.” CBS. AUNT JENNY’S REAL LIFE STORIES (6-6-44) 11:45 a.m. EWT. Announcer Dan Seymore says, “The long-awaited D-Day is here.” Aunt Jenny, just returned from church, offers a prayer for the safety and success our men and boys in the invasion. Her regular story continues, but at the close of the broadcast Aunt Jenny has a World War II message for wives and mothers. CBS. KING GEORGE VI (6-6-44) 3 p.m. EWT. The King of England in a special broadcast to “his people at home and overseas” and throughout the United States of America. He asks for prayers for peace and victory. Rebroadcast: 6/4/2014 – 6/10/2014.
Program 1231: D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 4:30 p.m. EWT. Don Hollenback with news bulletins. Morgan Beatty reports on President Roosevelt’s news conference at the White House. Don Goddard tells of FDR’s Invasion Prayer. NBC. PASSING PARADE (6-6-44) 7:15 p.m. EWT. Storyteller John Nesbitt looks 100 years into the future to June 6, 2044: a school teacher in the 21st Century tells his students about the invasion of Europe during World War II. CBS. D-DAY SPECIAL FEATURE (6-6-44) 7:30 p.m. EWT. Actor Ronald Colman reads “A Poem and Prayer for an Invading Army” written especially for D-Day by Edna St. Vincent Millay. NBC. GINNY SIMMS SHOW (6-6-44) 8 p.m. EWT. Ginny sets aside her regular program, of popular music for a special D-Day broadcast, but she does sing “The Victory Polka.” A U.S. soldier, wounded in action, sends a message to his wife, a nurse also serving in the service of her country; Navy Commander Dr. Wassell describes how wounded are treated; Navy Chaplain Walter Peck, who was at Pearl Harbor, offers a message of hope and faith. NBC. BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (6-6-44) 9 p.m. EWT. Announcer Bill Goodwin says, “We realize the tenseness of the situation and this program will be interrupted for any important invasion flashes.” But the scheduled broadcast proceeds as planned. George is down in the dumps until he gets a telegram from Kansas City. CBS. D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 9 p.m. EWT. Ben Grauer offers a recap of the nation’s reaction to the D-Day invasion switching to NBC affiliate stations across the country. NBC. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-6-44) 9:30 p.m. EWT. Jim and Marion Jordan with the King’s Men and Billy Mills and the orchestra in a special D-Day broadcast. The McGees and their sponsor “are mighty proud to be associated with the radio industry which at this moment is fulfilling its promise of instant communications in time of world crisis.” Instead of their regular comedy format, Fibber and Molly host a program of “songs of the services dedicated to our fighting forces on all fronts.” NBC. Rebroadcast: 6/11/2014 – 6/17/2014.
Program 1232: PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT (6-6-44) 10 p.m. EWT. The president addresses the nation on the evening of the D-Day invasion and asks the nation to join him in prayer. His address is followed by a special presentation from Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians who offer “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” NBC (and all networks). BOB HOPE SHOW (6-6-44) 10:15 p.m. EWT. “Nobody feels like being funny tonight,” says Bob Hope in this special abbreviated broadcast from the Van Nuys Aerodome in California. “God bless those kids across the English Channel.” Frances Langford sings “Ave Maria” and Stan Kenton and the orchestra present a medley of service tunes. This is Hope’s last show of the 1943-44 season. NBC. FRED WARING’S PENNSYLVANIANS (6-6-44) 10:30 p.m. EWT. Another special Invasion Day program of inspirational and patriotic music to “help ease the tension we are all feeling.” Selections include “We’re Going In, We’re Coming Back,” “The Navy Hymn” and “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean.” NBC. RED SKELTON SHOW (6-6-44) 10:50 p.m. EWT. Red’s last radio broadcast before entering military service tomorrow is a much-abbreviated show, with Harriet Hilliard, Ozzie Nelson and the Orchestra and announcer Marvin Miller. Red, as Junior, the mean little kid, in a touching D-Day sketch. Ozzie and Harriet sing “What Do We Do in the Infantry?” NBC. D-DAY NEWS SPECIAL (6-6-44) 11:30 p.m. EWT. NBC News attempts to pick up a short wave broadcast from London, a wire recording of correspondent George Hicks now famous account of the D-Day landing on the beach. There are many technical difficulties and while waiting for the report, NBC switches to Chicago for some dance music by Roy Shields and the orchestra. Finally, we hear George Hicks’ dramatic description of the D-Day landing and invasion on a French beachhead. NBC. INVASION NEWS SPECIAL (6-7-44) 11:45 a.m. EWT. The daytime drama “David Harum” begins, but is interrupted after only a few seconds for a short wave broadcast from London. Tom Traynor, war correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, has an eyewitness account of the beachhead at France. NBC. KATE SMITH SPEAKS (6-7-44) 12 Noon EWT. “Invasion Day has come and gone,” Kate says to her listeners and tells of the reaction of the people in the United States. Ted Collins has latest news reports and Kate recites “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” CBS. LIFE CAN BE BEAUTIFUL (6-7-44) 1 p.m. EWT. Papa David has an invasion prayer and comments. Then on to the continuing storyline. CBS. CRISCO’S RADIO NEWSPAPER (6-7-44) 1:30 p.m. EWT. Bernardine Flynn and Ed Roberts from Chicago; Allan Jackson reports on the invasion from CBS World News in New York; Richard C. Hottelet in London. Bernardine Flynn talks about reaction on the home front in Chicago. CBS. GUIDING LIGHT (6-7-44) 2 p.m. EWT. In an Invasion Day sermon, Dr. Gaylord tells his neighbors what D-Day means to the town of Five Points. War Bond messages in place of regular commercials. NBC. INVASION NEWS SPECIAL (6-7-44) 5:30 p.m. EWT. W. W. Chaplain reports from London. BBC reporter Robin Duss describes the landing, indicates that Allied casualties will be heavy. SHAFE issues D-Day Communique #4: “Allied troops have cleared all the beaches of enemy.” Rebroadcast: 6/18/2014 – 6/24/2014.
Program 1233: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (10-18-47) Ralph Edwards in radio’s top audience participation program. Contestants from the studio audience go thru their paces. FIRESIDE CHAT (6-12-44) President Roosevelt launches the Fifth War Loan Drive, just a week after the WW II D-Day invasion. “We must continue to forge the weapons of victory.” BOB AND RAY (8-21-50) Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding with comedy and satire. “The Loves of Linda Lovely,” a spoof of soup commercials and a discussion of the origin of the hamburger. WORDS AT WAR (6-13-44) Special abbreviated version of the WW II program, part of NBC’s 24-hour drive for war bonds. A dramatization of stories from Ernie Pyle’s book “Here’s Your War.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (6-4-44) Jack opens this (pre-D-Day) broadcast with a serious WW II message about gas rationing and the Black Market. It’s the last show of the season and lots of talk about what the gang will be doing the summer. OUR MISS BROOKS (1-8-50) Eve Arden stars in another merry mix-up as student Walter Denton writes an editorial about the Board of Education. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. Rebroadcast: 6/25/2014 – 7/1/2014.
Program 1234: FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1992) Program number 9 in the series of re-enactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. WORDS AT WAR (7-4-44) “War Criminals and Punishment” starring Ned Weaver in this WW II series. “What are we to do with Adolph Hitler?” YOUR HIT PARADE (7-10-48) Frank Sinatra stars with Beryl Davis, Ken Lane and the Hit Paraders as they present the top songs of the week. WE WILL NEVER DIE (7-4-44) A special WW II broadcast from the Hollywood Bowl, “the scene of one of the nation’s most spectacular pageants. This mammoth memorial is dedicated to the two million civilian Jewish dead of Europe.” Written by Ben Hecht, the pageant and broadcast are a “living testimonial of the suffering of the Jews and their hopes and achievements.” Cast includes Edward G. Robinson, Edward Arnold, Joan Leslie, John Garfield, Akim Tamaroff, Sam Levine, Paul Henried, J. Edward Bromberg. A dramatic, moving presentation. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. Rebroadcast: 7/2/2014 – 7/8/2014.
Program 1235: RED SKELTON SHOW (5-13-49) Red finds a lost dog and tries to find the owner. Finally, he tries to give the dog to Junior, the Mean Little Kid. WE TAKE YOU BACK (3-13-58) On the 20th Anniversary of the CBS World News Roundup, the beginning of regular news broadcasts on CBS, newsmen Edward R. Murrow, Robert Trout, Dallas Townsend, William L. Schrier, H. V. Kaltenborn and John Daly reminisce about the “new form of journalism” which began in 1938. FORD THEATRE (5-16-48) “Counselor At Law” starring Les Tremayne in “a thrilling story of a great criminal lawyer… the private and public life of a poor East Side boy who has reached the pinnacle of the legal profession.” Les Tremayne was called in one hour before the broadcast to replace the actor originally scheduled for the starring role. WE WANT A TOUCHDOWN (9-28-39) Red Barber, “famous sports commentator,” moderates a quiz rivalry with contestants from Colgate and New York universities. It’s “radio football with all the color and thrills of a real game!” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-1-51) Book 82 Chapter 1. This is the first of 22 fifteen-minute chapters by Carlton E. Morse. This sequence of programs concern Clifford Barbour’s new job and his new girlfriend. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-3-51) Book 82, Chapter 3. (Chapter 2 is missing and not available). Rebroadcast: 7/9/2014 – 7/15/2014.
Program 1236: DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (7-20-44) NBC’s Ben Grauer reports on the second day of the historic convention from the Chicago Stadium. “The convention and the nation has known for days that Franklin D. Roosevelt will be returned as their choice for President of the United States… but there’s no clear majority who the choice for vice president is.” Reports by reporters Robert St. John, H. V. Kaltenborn, Richard Harkness, Morgan Beatty, Don Fischer. News of the assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler and his associates. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (7-20-44) Opening speech by Sen. Sam Jackson of Indiana who talks about FDR’s good health, vigor and abilities; the dangers of making a change now; negative remarks about Thomas E. Dewey, Republican candidate for president; FDR’s Depression successes; and the invasion of Normandy, 45 days ago. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (7-20-44) Coverage continues from the Chicago Stadium. Bryson Rasch gives a “color” report from the scene; Martin Agronski has an exclusive “scoop” interview with Vice President Henry A. Wallace, the man who wants to be re-nominated. There are problems with the seating of the Texas delegation; H. V. Kaltenborn discusses the Hitler assassination attempt and Democratic platform strategy. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (7-20-44) Coverage of the official balloting for the Democratic nomination for President of the U. S., the historic vote that gives Franklin D. Roosevelt his unprecedented fourth term nomination. Robert St. John with news updates. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (7-20-44) Ben Grauer and Robert St. John with coverage of the opening of the evening session of the convention. Danny O’Neill sings the National Anthem. Speaker is Congresswoman-elect Helen Gahagan Douglas, wife of actor Melvyn Douglas, now serving in combat. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (7-20-44) NBC coverage continues from the Chicago Stadium for a speech by international correspondent Quentin Reynolds who tells the delegates (and the radio audience) that the boys in the service know what they’re fighting for. President Roosevelt, speaking from a secret undisclosed location, makes his acceptance speech for the nomination to a fourth term as the Democratic candidate for president. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (7-20-44) Coverage of a spontaneous demonstration in behalf of Henry A. Wallace as candidate for a second term as FDR’s vice president. The second day of the convention is adjourned. H. V. Kaltenborn comments. –PLUS– ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-4-51) Book 82, Chapter 4. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-5-51) Book 82, Chapter 5. Rebroadcast: 7/16/2014 – 7/22/2014.
Program 1237: DINAH SHORE’S OPEN HOUSE (1-24-46) Dinah welcomes guest Frank Sinatra for a sketch about what it will be like to be a married couple 50 years later, in 1996! CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LOWER BASIN STREET (7-14-40) Milton Cross with a program of musical satire, blues and jazz, based around the “three B’s” – barrelhouse, boogie-woogie and the blues. Featured performers include “diva” Dinah Shore, a singer “who lights a fire by rubbing two notes together.” Guest is Jelly Roll Morton. SUSPENSE (5-5-52) “Frankie and Johnny” starring Dinah Shore with Lamont Johnson in the re-creation in song and story of an American legend. TIME TO SMILE (5-27-42) Eddie Cantor stars with regulars Harry Von Zell, Bert Gordon and Dinah Shore. Gracie Allen joins this WW II remote broadcast before 1,500 Marines at Camp Elliott, San Diego, California. DINAH SHORE SHOW (10-15-54) Dinah and the Skylarks with Frank deVol and the orchestra. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI who will be on hand to talk about the movie career of Dinah Shore, who died February 24, 1994 at age 76. –PLUS— ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-6-51) Book 82, Chapter 6. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-7-51) Book 82, Chapter 7. Rebroadcast: 7/23/2014 – 7/29/2014.
Program 1238: LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-27-46) “Music for Millions”: starring Jimmy Durante, Margaret O’Brien, Frances Gifford and Jose Iturbi in a radio version of the 1944 film. A woman waits word from her husband who is overseas during World War II. WORDS AT WAR (7-11-44) “Captain Retread,” based upon the book by Gerald Holland, is about an officer from the first world war, again in uniform during WW II. SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (7-30-94) Part 6 in the 12-part audio documentary culled from Chuck Schaden’s conversation with performers, writers and others associated with Jack Benny’s radio shows and laced with clips from Jack’s radio broadcasts. Jack Benny recalls the Benny-Allen feud. Jack’s life story in music; Allen’s tribute to Benny; Allen and Benny in vaudeville. WORLD NEWS TODAY (7-30-44) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents with WW II reports. “The Russians are closing in on Warsaw and the city’s suburbs already are under artillery fire. Hitler has ordered Warsaw’s garrison to hold out at all costs.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-8-51) Book 82, Chapter 8. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-11-51) Book 82, Chapter 9. Rebroadcast: 7/30/2014 – 8/5/2014.
Program 1239: ALDRICH FAMILY (12-16-48) Ezra Stone stars as Henry, whose last minute party preparations shatter his father’s peaceful evening. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-6-44) Douglas Edwards and other WW II correspondents. “American tanks and men are swarming across the Brittany peninsula today and a clean-up campaign has begun. Other American columns are turning eastward toward Paris. More than a thousand of our planes have bombed Berlin and the Hamburg and Kiel areas of Germany.” OUR SPECIAL GUEST is popular singing star KYLE KIMBROUGH who will reminisce about his career on radio and television. WORDS AT WAR (8-1-44) “Headquarters Budapest” is Robert Parker’s provocative WW II story of the Balkans. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-12-51) Book 82, Chapter 10 in Carlton E. Morse’s story, dedicated “to the mothers and fathers of the younger generation and their bewildering offspring.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-15-51) Book 82, Chapter 11. Rebroadcast: 8/6/2014 – 8/12/2014.
Program 1240: YOUR ARMY SERVICE FORCES (7-14-44) Stateside program about the military for civilian audiences during WW II. Guest is Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards. WORDS AT WAR (7-8-44) “Nazis Underground” tells the WW II story of how trusted Nazis are installed in key spots which the Allies are not likely to disturb. LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-26-42) “Wake Island” starring Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston and Broderick Crawford in a radio version of the 1942 WW II film. A stirring account of the heroic defense of the island in the Pacific. OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be movie historian BOB KOLOSOSKI who will help us begin our year-long observance of the 60th Anniversary of the Lux Radio Theatre. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-13-44) Douglas Edwards and CBS newsmen report from around the world during WW II. “Supreme Allied Headquarters report that the Americans have begun a general advance on a 30-mile front in France with terrific support from the Air Command.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-16-51) Book 82, Chapter 12. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-17-51) Book 82, Chapter 13. Rebroadcast: 8/13/2014 – 8/20/2014.
Program 1241: WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-20-44) CBS correspondents report news of WW II. “The Germans say American forces have crossed the Seine northwest of Paris.” (Paris was liberated on August 23, 1944). BETWEEN YOU AND JANE COWL (8-22-44) The stage actress in a program of comments and memories, “everyday happenings, a little about everything.” In this segment, she talks of WW II marriages. BETWEEN YOU AND JANE COWL (8-23-44) Jane sets aside her scheduled show and talks about the WW II Liberation of Paris, looking back on the history of the City of Lights with a dramatic, inspiring story. LIBERATION OF PARIS (8-23-44) A special broadcast observing the WW II liberation of Paris, “the first capitol city among our Allies to free herself from German domination.” A musical tribute with Lily Pons. “After four years of Nazi slavery, Paris has torn herself free from her oppressors and the beloved capitol of France is once again the City of Light.” RAILROAD HOUR (7-16-51) “Springtime in Paris” starring Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Warrenskjold offering “the great music of the City of Paris in a brand new musical play by Lawrence and Lee. A boy-meets-girl story. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-18-51) Book 82, Chapter 14. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-19-51) Book 82, Chapter 15. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-22-51) Book 82, Chapter 16. Rebroadcast: 8/20/2014 – 8/26/2014.
Program 1242: FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1992) Program number 10 in the series of re-enactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-27-44) CBS worldwide correspondents with news of WW II. “The Allies are giving the Germans a steady drubbing as the enemy retreats toward the Reich. The Allied bag of German prisoners has passed the 23,000 mark. Paris is swinging back to normalcy despite some enemy sniping and a bombing attack by the Luftwaffe.” LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-16-43) “Mrs. Miniver” starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. A moving WW II story about a middle class English family learning to cope with the war. WORDS AT WAR (8-29-44) “Simone” is a 15-year old accused of a crime against the people of France. The story takes place in June, 1940 near the beginning of WW II. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-23-51) Book 82, Chapter 17. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-24-51) Book 82, Chapter 18. NOTE: Chapter 19 is missing from our series. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-26-51) Book 82, Chapter 20. Rebroadcast: 8/27/2014 – 9/2/2014.
Program 1243: MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME (10-18-45) George Burns and Gracie Allen star with Meredith Willson and the orchestra, announcer Bill Goodwin, Les Paul Trio and Mel Blanc. When Gracie is told that Meredith plans to get married, she counsels him on how to handle women. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (3-10-49) “And There I Stood with My Piccolo” starring Meredith Willson in a radio version of his autobiography, dealing with his musical career from his days in high school until he arrives in Hollywood. AND THEN I WROTE THE MUSIC (1958) Meredith Willson and his wife Rini tell the story of “The Music Man” in the manner of a songwriter trying to sell his idea for a Broadway show to a prospective producer. MUSIC MAN PREMIERE (6-20-62) Arthur Godfrey hosts a press premiere of Meredith Willson’s movie “The Music Man” at the Palace Theatre in Mason City, Iowa. Godfrey introduces Willson and the stars of the film. BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (9-27-45) George and Gracie with Meredith Willson and the orchestra, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Bea Benadaret, Les Paul Trio. While George is planning a surprise house-warming party for Gracie, she pretends that Meredith is her boyfriend. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is Nostalgia Digest columnist BILL OATES who will talk about the many talented careers of Meredith Willson. Rebroadcast: 9/3/2014 – 9/9/2014.
Program 1244: WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-3-44) Douglas Edwards and CBS newsmen report on WW II. “The Germans say they have evacuated Leon, France’s third largest city.” LUX RADIO THEATRE (11-1-43) “So Proudly We Hail” starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake and Sonny Tufts. Les Tremayne co-stars in this story of the courage of American nurses in WW II combat conditions. THE WHISTLER (1940s) “The Huntress” starring J. Anthony Smythe (Henry Barbour on “One Man’s Family”) in a duel role. A woman embezzler hunts for a wealthy man to help her replace the money she stole. WORDS AT WAR (9-5-44) “A Veteran Comes Back,” a story anticipating the end of WW II and the return of GI Joe. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-19-51) Book 82, Chapter 21. NOTE: Chapter 22 is missing from our series. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (1-31-51) Book 82, Chapter 23. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (2-1-51) Book 82, Chapter 24. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. Rebroadcast: 9/10/2014 – 9/16/2014.
Program 1245: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-16-43) Gildy suggests moving to another house, but the family resists. Harold Peary as Gildersleeve. WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-10-44) CBS correspondents report on WW II. “More than a thousand American planes were out this morning smashing a German transport behind the Siegfried line.” Also: “50,000 radio and radar workers will be honored at Wrigley Field in Chicago.” LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-28-44) “Guadalcanal Diary” starring Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Jaekel and William Bendix in the WW II story that follows the Marines through two months of fighting in the South Sea jungles. WORDS AT WAR (9-12-44) “One Man Air Force” is the story of one of America’s top fighting aces of WW II. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (2-2-51) Book 82, Chapter 25. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (2-5-51) Book 82, Chapter 26. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (2-6-51) Book 82, Chapter 27. NOTE: This is the last episode in Book 82 and the logical end of this One Man’s Family story. Next week, we’ll offer four surviving chapters from Book 83, giving a fragmented look at the storyline of the next Book. NOTE: KEN ALEXANDER substitutes for Chuck Schaden on this broadcast. Rebroadcast: 9/17/2014 – 9/23/2014.
Program 1246: TRANSATLANTIC CALL (9-21-44) “Getting to Know Britain.” A WW II story about Joe Kramer, an American GI, and his experiences with Englishmen. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (9-23-44) This is the President’s famous “Fala” speech to the Teamster’s Union during his campaign for a fourth term. SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (9-24-94) Part 7 in the 12-part audio documentary culled from Chuck Schaden’s conversations with performers, writers and others associated with Jack Benny’s radio show and laced with clips from Jack’s radio broadcasts. In this segment: How Jack met Mary; Mary’s Letters from Momma; Jack’s memory loss; Jack the spendthrift; comments from writers George Balzer and Milt Josefsberg, and Jack’s daughter Joan. WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-24-44) CBS correspondents at home and abroad during WW II. “The RAF has bombed the Rhineland in great strength in a continuation of the Allied air offensive… And Tokyo says American planes have again raided the Phillipines.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (2-23-51) Book 83, Chapter 10. NOTE: The first nine chapters of Book 83 are missing.) ONE MAN’S FAMILY (2-28-51) Book 83, Chapter 13. NOTE: Chapters 11 and 12 of Book 83 are missing. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (3-1-51) Book 83, Chapter 14. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (3-6-51) Book 83, Chapter 17. NOTE: Chapters 15 and 16 of Book 83 are missing and so are the remaining chapters of Book 83. This concludes our series of One Man’s Family for this summer. We’ll have more next year as Pinky joins the Navy and Margaret prepares a scrapbook. Don’t touch that dial! Rebroadcast: 9/24/2014 – 9/30/2014.
Program 1247: THE HOME FRONT (1982) A highly acclaimed eight-part radio documentary written and narrated by Edward Brown, Frank Gorin and William B. Williams, bringing together the complex events of the World War II years in America. Part 1: Nazis and Martians – 1938-1939. PHILCO RADIO TIME (10-29-47) Bing Crosby welcomes guest Boris Karloff in this pre-Halloween broadcast. TRANSATLANTIC CALL: People to People (10-1-44) “British Humor” is the subject of this WW II program produced in Britian for both British and American radio audiences. Demonstrates how the Brits respond to the bombing – with humor! SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (10-1-94) Part 8 in the 12-part audio documentary culled from Chuck Schaden’s conversations with performers, writers and others associated with Jack Benny’s radio shows and laced with clips from Jack’s radio broadcasts. In this segment: How Jack Met Rochester; Rochester at Sea; Railroad Station for Colorado trip; Railroad station in Pasadena. Comments by writer George Balzer. HOP HARRIGAN (10-4-44) America’a Ace of the Airwaves has problems while on a photo mission to Berlin. Isolated WW II episode from the adventure series. WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-1-44) CBS correspondents around the world with news about WW II. “The Allies have turned back sharp German counter-attacks along the Western line today. In South China, the Japanese have captured another important American air base.” Rebroadcast: 10/1/2014 – 10/7/2014.
Program 1248: FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (10-10-44) First show of the 1944-45 season. Fibber looks for his hip boots in the hall closet. (LUX) RADIO THEATRE (4-5-54) “Welcome Stranger” starring Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald and Pat Crowley. A young doctor fills in for the vacationing older doctor in a small town and gets involved in the community. NOTE: With this broadcast, we continue our salute to the Lux Radio Theatre on its 60th Anniversary. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (1940s) Our Those Were The Days program pays tribute to Harriet Nelson who died October 2, 1994 at age 85. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 2: London Calling – 1940. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1993) Program number 11 in the series of re-enactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. Rebroadcast: 10/8/2014 – 10/14/2014.
Program 1249: WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-15-44) CBS reports with WW II news reports. “The last 18 hours have brought the greatest air attacks of all time against Germany. The German News Agency has announced the death of Field Marshall Rommell, the ‘Desert Fox’.” SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (10-15-94) Part 9 in the 12-part audio documentary. In this segment: Drug store lunch; Professor LeBlanc; George Burns sings Jack’s song; CBS closed-circuit broadcast and Benny promotional announcements; Jack’s first show on CBS. Comments by Jack Benny, manager Irving Fein, writer George Balzer. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (10-18-44) A stateside WW II show for personnel at Roosevelt Navy Base in California. Guest is Esther Williams in her first radio appearance. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 3: Arsenal of Democracy – 1941. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (10-17-44) Fibber runs out of maple syrup for his wheat cakes, so he decides to tap the maple tree on the front lawn. WW II setting. Rebroadcast: 10/15/2014 – 10/21/2014.
Program 1250: PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (10-21-44) Excerpt from FDR’s campaign speech before the Foreign Policy Association in New York. He describes his concept of the United Nations organization. OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be RUSS RENNAKER, former broadcast engineer for CBS in Chicago and Washington, D.C. WORDS AT WAR (10-14-44) “Still Time to Die,” a dramatization of Foreign Correspondent Jack Belden’s book which asks America to stop and think about what a WW II battlefield means to the fighting man. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (10-24-44) Fibber loses his faith in human nature after he gets his latest bank statement. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 4: At War – 1942. ATLANTIC SPOTLIGHT “England calls America and America returns the call.” A live WW II broadcast from London’s Stage Door Canteen. WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-22-44) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents report on WW II. “American troops in the Philippines now hold Tacloban, the island’s capitol, its’ airfield and the town of Dulog, 20 miles to the south.” Rebroadcast: 10/22/2014 – 10/28/2014.
Program 1251: SUSPENSE (5-15-47) “Death at Live Oak” starring Robert Mitchum as a man accused of a crime he did not commit. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (10-31-44) Fibber and Doc Gamble go duck hunting. LUX RADIO THEATRE (1-12-48) “Kiss of Death” starring Victor Mature, Colleen Gray and Richard Widmark. An ex-con, going straight, fears for the safety of his family when a killer is sent free. WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-29-44) WW II reports: “The Germans are retreating across the Maas River. Four Soviet Armies have begun a large scale offensive in Latvia.” INNER SANCTUM (4-24-45) “Song of the Slasher” featuring Arnold Moss as a police detective searching for a slasher who has murdered and mutilated five women in eight days. OUR SPECIAL GUEST STAR is announcer KEN ALEXANDER, a man of many talents and voices. Rebroadcast: 10/29/2014 – 11/4/2014.
Program 1252: DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE PROGRAM (11-6-44) An all-star Election Eve broadcast promoting President Roosevelt’s bid for a Fourth Term. An incredible broadcast, written, produced and directed by Norman Corwin. Celebrities urging listeners to vote for FDR are Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Danny Kaye, Irving Berlin, John Garfield, Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, George Raft, Edward G. Robinson, Lana Turner, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra and many others. The president himself also appears. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (11-14-44) Fibber decided he needs more education and so he signs up for night school. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 5 in the eight-part documentary: Give ‘til It Hurts – 1942. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (11-10-44) FDR returns to Washington from Hyde Park following his election to a fourth term. Kenneth Banghart, Morgan Beatty and others report the event from Union Station in the Nation’s Capitol. “Washington has turned out this morning to greet the first fourth-term president of the United States.” WORLD NEWS TODAY (11-12-44) WW II reports: “The world heard indirectly from Hitler for the first time in 17 weeks today. He didn’t broadcast, but he issued a proclamation containing all the old Nazi diatribes and claims that victory for Germany is certain.” Rebroadcast: 11/5/2014 – 11/11/2014.
Program 1253: NOTE: As we approach the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of Major Glenn Miller over the English Channel, we devote an entire program to the music of the popular bandleader who lost his life in the war. Our co-host for this special occasion will be Big Band historian and Nostalgia Digest columnist KARL PEARSON, who draws upon his extensive collection of recordings and rare broadcasts to tell the story of Glenn Miller and World War II. Highlights include: GLENN MILLER’S SUNSET SERENADE (1-3-42) Excerpt from a Saturday afternoon broadcast from the Café Rouge of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York with Ray Eberle, Tex Beneke, Marian Hutton and the Modernaires. MOONLIGHT SERENADE (9-24-42) 7:15 p.m. EWT. Excerpt from Glenn Miller’s last Chesterfield broadcast before entering the Army. Glenn introduces bandleader Hary James who will replace the Miller band on the program next week. MOONLIGHT SERENADE ( 9-24-42) 11:15 p.m. EWT. This is the West Coast version of Miller’s last broadcast for Chesterfields before entering the Army. From the stage of the Center Theatre in Passiac, New Jersey (where the band moved after the first show two hours earlier) Glenn announces “the last go ‘round of our Moonlight Serenade.” I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (9-11-43) Captain Glenn Miller and the Band of the Army Air Forces Technical School at Yale University, with Corporal Broderick Crawford, Corporal Tony Martin, Corporal Ray McKinley. Lt. Don Briggs announces. AMERICAN BAND OF THE SUPREME ALLIED COMMAND (7-27-44) “Your Thursday night thirty minutes with the Moonlight Serenaders” features the band under the direction of Captain Glenn Miller with Sgt. Johnny Desmond and the Crew Chiefs. Guest is popular British singing star Ann Shelton. ATLANTIC SPOTLIGHT (9-2-44) Excerpt featuring “high spots of entertainment from both countries” as presented by the BBC in London and NBC in New York and Atlantic City. Major Glenn Miller and the American Band of the AEF broadcast from London and are joined later by singer Marion Hutton in Atlantic City. THE WEHRMACHT HOUR (11-22-44) Excerpt from a propaganda broadcast to German troops featuring Major Glenn Miller and the American Band of the AEF. Most of the dialog on this broadcast in in German and Major Miller, who learned to speak his lines phonetically, offers listeners “a true picture of the great melting pot, America.” Sgt. Johnny Desmond sings, in German, “My Heart Tells Me.” Rebroadcast: 11/12/2014 – 11/18/2014.
Program 1254: THANKSGIVING SHOW (1944) Actor Lionel Barrymore hosts this special holiday broadcast for military audiences during WW II. The talent line-up includes singers Dinah Shore and John Charles Thomas; Harry Von Zell; Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford as Baby Snooks and Daddy, Wally Brown; Frank Morgan. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 6: G. I. JOE –1943. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (11-21-44) Fibber’s broken rib precludes him from doing any work around the house. THANK YOU AMERICA (11-23-44) An unusual Thanksgiving Day broadcast from WW II featuring singer Rudy Vallee and world-famous Armenian restaurateur George Mardigian in a plea for support of the Sixth War Loan. “Let’s talk turkey to Japan…” SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (11-19-94) Part 10 in the 12-part audio documentary. In this segment: The Don Wilson Story; Don introduces Jack to the Sportsmen; Don’s 30th anniversary in radio; Jack’s vault and secrecy pledge; Jack introduces Joe Kearns; Jack’s Vault; Virus X. Comments by Don Wilson and George Balzer. LIFE OF RILEY (11-19-44) William Bendix as Riley who sets out to shoot a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Rebroadcast: 11/19/2014 – 11/25/2014.
Program 1255: FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (11-28-44) Rare remote broadcast for the McGees as Jim and Marian Jordan and the cast broadcast on behalf of WW II’s Sixth War Loan Drive from Chicago’s Navy Pier. WORDS AT WAR (11-14-44) “One Damn Thing After Another” is the story of WW II newspaper correspondent Tom Traynor. SPEAKING OF RADIO The Jack Benny Program (11-26-94) Part 11 in the 12-part series. In this segment: Phil Harris’ first appearance on the show; Benny Show rehearsal; Too many mistakes; How Are Things in Glocca Morra?; Phil and Remley; That’s What I Like About the South. Comments by Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Elliott Lewis. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (12-20-44) Eddie and the gang celebrate the holiday season and Eddie Cantor Von Zell Jr.’s first Christmas. WW II flavor. THE HOME FRONT (1982) Part 7: Liberation – 1944. HOP HARRIGAN (11-7-44) Hop and Tank Tinker, in disguise as Nazi officers, steal an enemy plane from the “Death’s Head Squadron” in this isolated WW II episode of the adventure series. Rebroadcast: 11/26/2014 – 12/2/2014.
Program 1256: THE HOME FRONT (1982) The final program in the highly acclaimed eight-part radio documentary. Part 8: Victory – 1945. CHARLIE MC CARTHY SHOW (12-24-44) WW II theme. Charlie asks Don Ameche to help him memorize “The Night Before Christmas.” The thousand-voice U. S. Navy Choir sings Christmas carols and Don Ameche reads “The American Prayer.” WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-3-44) CBS correspondents with the latest WW II news reports. “The B-29s were over Tokyo again today, dropping their huge bomb loads on Jap industry. It was the fourth raid in ten days. In Europe, the Americans have crossed the Czar River.” FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-5-44) Fibber doesn’t want to pay sixty-five cents to have his suit pressed, so he decides to press it himself. WORDS AT WAR (12-5-44) “Guys on the Ground” is the WW II story of the men who never leave the ground, furnishing and fixing the planes. Rebroadcast: 12/3/2014 – 12/9/2014.
Program 1257: LIFE OF RILEY (12-24-44) Riley invites his Boss’ son to spend Christmas with the Riley family. WW II flavor. LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-7-54) “Battleground” starring Van Johnson and George Murphy from the 1949 film. Presented in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge during WW II. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-12-44) Fibber faces the WW II wartime cigarette shortage when he tries to find some for Doc Gamble. So he goes on the “Smokes for Folks” radio show. LUM AND ABNER (12-25-44) The annual Christmas show set in Pine Ridge on Christmas Eve. Lum, Abner and Grandpappy Spears are headed east out of town to bring supplies to a young couple, Joe and Mary, staying the night in a barn. THIS IS MY BEST (12-19-44) “The Plot to Overthrow Christmas” by Norman Corwin. Orson Welles stars as Nero, who proposes “jazzing up” Christmas carols to do away with goodwill at Christmastime. All the baddies in Hell vote to poison Santa Claus and Nero is elected to travel to the North Pole to do the deed. Rebroadcast: 12/10/2014 – 12/16/2014.
Program 1258: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-24-44) Gildy is feeling blue at Christmastime because he is being sued for breach of promise. WW II setting. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (12-14-44) Bing Crosby stars with guest Jerry Colonna. Bing sings “White Christmas,” of course. WORDS AT WAR (12-26-44) “Scapegoats of History” a WW II Christmas story about bigotry and persecution. KATE SMITH SHOW (12-24-44) Kate presents the Aldrich Family in a Christmastime sketch. Henry has lost his watch, a gift from Aunt Harriet. Also, Jackie Gleason offers impersonations and tells about his love affair with a juke box. CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (12-25-44) “America for Christmas” starring Walter Huston in a patriotic WW II show for the holiday. A group of U.S. servicemen celebrates Christmas on a small island in the Pacific as a USO troup entertains. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-24-44) A short circuit gives Jack problems as he and Mary trim the Christmas tree. Jack offers a touching holiday message to our WW II servicemen overseas. Rebroadcast: 12/17/2014 – 12/23/2014.
Program 1259: COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-24-44) As WW II continues, Armed Forces Radio broadcasts its third Christmas special, a two-hour extravaganza with an outstanding cast of stars from stage, screen and radio: Bob Hope, Xavier Cugat and the orchestra, Jerry Colonna, Virginia O’Brien, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Ginny Simms, Jimmy Durante, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Kay Kyser, Frances Langford, Dorothy Lamour, Johnny Mercer, Danny Kaye, W. C. Fields, Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy and Lee J. Cobb. MAYOR OF THE TOWN (12-23-44) Lionel Barrymore stars for the ninth time as Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual presentation of the classic Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol”, pre-empting his usual family comedy program. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-19-44) McGee snoops for Christmas gifts in the hall closet. Teeney and the kids sing “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Rebroadcast: 12/24/2014 – 12/30/2014.
Program 1260: EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (12-27-44) Eddie and Harry Von Zell discuss plans for the New Year’s Eve show at the Hollywood Canteen. WW II setting. FIBBER MC GEE AND MOLLY (12-26-44) Fibber is having a bad day, but when Molly starts to cry, he resolves to control his temper, no matter what! SWING AROUND THE CLOCK (12-31-44) During WWII, on New Year’s Eve, Don Wilson is master of ceremonies for an all-star Armed Forces Radio swing around the country to hear the big bands and the big singers from various military installations. Featured are Jimmy Dorsey, Ella Mae Morse, Louis Jordan Timpani Five, Harry James, Kay Kyser, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, Ginny Simms, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers, Vaughn Monroe, GI Jill with Meredith Willson and the AFRS orchestra, Spike Jones and Count Basie. WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-31-44) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents with a New Year’s Eve broadcast of the long-running Sunday afternoon news program. “On the Western Front today the Germans have failed in their latest effort to close the relief corridor to the highway town of Bastogne. American and British planes have continued their attack on German supply points and 52 German fighters were shot down in air battles today.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-31-44) Gildy arranges to take Leila Ransom to the New Year’s Eve dance. Rebroadcast: 12/31/2014 – 1/6/2015.
Program 1261: FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1993) Program number 12, the final program in the series of re-enactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. FIRESIDE CHAT (1-6-45) President Franklin D. Roosevelt reports to the nation during WW II in what would be his last Fireside Chat. He suggests the “drafting” of registered nurses into the Armed Forces. JUNGLE JIM (4-23-44) This is the first of four selected episodes from the series dealing with World War II adventures in Japanese-occupied Malaya. JUNGLE JIM (4-30-44) Second of four WW II episodes. FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY (1-2-45) McGee isn’t too fond of Aunt Sarah until she sends a diamond stick pin. JUNGLE JIM (5-7-44) Third of four consecutive WW II episodes. JUNGLE JIM (5-14-44) Last of four WW II episodes. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-7-45) Douglas Edwards and correspondents with news of WW II. “The American First Army has gained three miles on the northern flank of the Belgium Bulge and has cut one of the two main roads supplying the Germans on that Front.” Rebroadcast: 1/7/2015 – 1/13/2015.
Program 1262: WORDS AT WAR (1-9-45) “Borrowed Night” is the WW II story of an Alsatian soldier who escapes from the German army by malingering. SPEAKING OF RADIO (1-14-95) The Jack Benny Program. Conclusion of the 12-part series features clips from the Benny shows plus comments by Don Wilson, George Balzer, Dennis Day, Jack Benny and Joan Benny. LUX RADIO THEATRE (1-15-45) “The Master Race” is a radio adaptation of the 1944 film. After D-Day in WW II, Nazi collaborators of a crumbling Third Reich devise a plan to go into hiding while the Allies sweep into Germany with hope to regroup later the bring back a new and stronger Master Race. This program is introduced by TWTD film historian Bob Kolososki. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (1-9-45) Fibber brings home mushrooms and invites all his friends over for a tasty steak and mushroom dinner. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-14-45) WW II news reports: “Allied armies are hammering the German salient in Belgium from three directions today and the Third American Armored Division has cut the Nazi’s last escape road. In the Pacific… on Luzon, the Americans are twenty miles inland and looking for a battle with the Japs.” Rebroadcast: 1/14/2015 – 1/20/2015.
Program 1263: ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR (7-27-39) Major Edward Bowes spins the wheel of fortune as amateurs from all parts of the country take their turn in the spotlight of fame. Aspiring entertainers include a classical bass singer, a boy soprano, and Irish step-dancer, a whistler, and a cowboy band. THE AFRS STORY (1950) The story of Armed Forces Radio Service from its birth in World War II to the present (1950). Features audio clips of programs and personalities, including Dinah Shore, Claire Trevor, Knox Manning, Forrest Tucker, Bill Foreman, Art Ballinger. SPEAKING OF RADIO (5-19-94) MARTIN HALPERIN, former broadcast engineer and technician with the Armed Forces Radio Service describes how many of the stateside broadcasts as well as special programs were presented to military listeners around the world during World War II and after. Conversation recorded in Hollywood, California. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (1-16-45) Fibber is upset that the barber charges six bits for a shampoo, so he decides to do the job himself at home. WORDS AT WAR (1-23-45) “Story of a Secret State,” an eye-witness account of the Polish Underground just before the start of WW II. Rebroadcast: 1/21/2015 – 1/27/2015.
Program 1264: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (1-23-45) Fibber decides to build some playground equipment for little Teeney. LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-22-47) “Two Years Before the Mast” starring Alan Ladd and Howard DaSilva in the story of a ruthless sea captain bent on breaking a record. Cast also includes Macdonald Carey and Wanda Hendrix. Program introduced by TWTD film historian Bob Kolososki. PHILO VANCE (1940s) Jackson Beck as detective Vance who is called upon to investigate the murder of an astronomer. WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-28-45) WW II reports on the eve of the Big Three conference at Yalta. “The Americans began an attack towards the Siegfried Line at four this morning in a heavy snow storm. American and British Navy bombers struck two great blows today at Germany’s war industry.” FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (1-30-45) In a WW II show dedicated to the U.S. Merchant Marines, Fibber and Molly meet a young Merchant Marine who needs a place to stay for the night. Rebroadcast: 1/28/2015 – 2/3/2015.
Program 1265: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-27-47) Jack is preparing for a trip to Chicago for an appearance at the Chicago Theatre. CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (2-5-45) “The Road to Berlin” starring Bing Crosby who, on the fourth anniversary of the USO, recounts his recent overseas tour during WW II. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-15-37) “Brewster’s Millions” starring Jack Benny as a spender who has to unload a million dollars in a short period of time in order to qualify for an even greater inheritance. The program introduced by TWTD film historian Bob Kolososki. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-6-45) Fibber is engrossed in the mystery novel, “The Case of the Cross-eyed Cat.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-4-47) Jack leaves for Chicago where his vaudeville tour at the Chicago Theatre begins next Friday. Rebroadcast: 2/4/2015 – 2/10/2015.
Program 1266: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-11-47) Jack and the gang broadcast from Chicago where they are appearing in a stage show at the Chicago Theatre. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-10-45) Fibber and Molly go to the railroad station to catch a train to San Francisco. WW II flavor. SUSPENSE (4-5-51) “Murder in G-Flat” starring Jack Benny as an average man, a piano tuner, who mistakenly switches handbags on the subway and comes away with a fortune. BING CROSBY SHOW (2-12-53) From Palm Springs, California, Bing’s guest is Jack Benny who is worried about his surprise birthday party. WORDS AT WAR (2-13-45) “What to Do with Germany” is a timely WW II story because “today from Yalta it was announced what the Big Three would do with Germany.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-4-45) WW II broadcast from St. Alben’s Naval Hospital in Long Island, New York. Jack recalls the day he took Mary to see his movie, “Hollywood Canteen.” Rebroadcast: 2/11/2015 – 2/17/2015.
Program 1267: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-18-47) Jack’s vaudeville tour continues from New York where he’s appearing at the Roxy Theatre. SUSPENSE (1-18-54) “The Face is Familiar” starring Jack Benny as a man with a nondescript appearance, an asset to some underworld types who plan to use him in a bank robbery. Case includes Sheldon Leonard and Joe Kearns. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (2-15-45) “Dick Tracy in B Flat,” an all-star WW II program with an all-star cast: Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Jerry Colonna, Bob Hope, Frank Morgan, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland, Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Cass Daley. A musical spoof of the comic strip. WORLD NEWS TODAY (2-18-45) CBS correspondents report news of WW II. “General MacArthur’s paratroops and amphibious attack forces have invaded Corregidor and Manilla Bay and its complete capture is now assured. And from Guam, Admiral Nimitz announces that battleships and cruisers of the great American Fifth Fleet have continued to throw shells at Iwo Jima, 750 miles south of Tokyo.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-15-53) Guest Bing Crosby subs for Dennis Day. The gang offers “The Life of Bing Crosby.” Rebroadcast: 2/18/2015 – 2/24/2015.
Program 1268: JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-25-47) Jack’s last show of the 1946-47 season and his last from New York after his great vaudeville tour. Guest Fred Allen turns up and the gang does their version of “Allen’s Alley.” Later, Jack introduces his summer replacement, Jack Paar who will take over the time slot for Jack during the vacation period. Paar gets tips from Benny and Allen. BRAVE MEN ARE AFRAID (2-10-45) WW II program. Paul Killiam talks with Lt. Bob Crosby, now with the 5th Division in the Pacific. Also: a new Marine song, first time on the air; and a message to Tokyo Rose. LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-26-38) “Seven Keys to Baldpate” starring Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone. Jack and Mary, as themselves, find plenty of mystery at the Baldpate Inn. Host Cecil B. DeMille also has a role in the story, playing himself. The program is introduced by TWTD movie historian Bob Kolososki. AMERICAN WEEKLY (2-24-45) “Smashing the Black Market in Italy” tells a WW II front page drama taken from the pages of the Hearst Newspapers. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-27-45) Fibber discovers that someone has replaced him as head of the WW II Red Cross Drive for his district. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (10-20-30) Variety program with Roger Pryor, Claudette Colbert, Edward Arnold, Basil Rathbone, Ernest Lubitch and, maybe, Jack Benny who haggles with almost everyone on the show. Rebroadcast: 2/25/2015 – 3/3/2015.
Program 1269: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-6-45) The McGees decide to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary while they’re still young enough to enjoy it! WW II flavor. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (3-1-45) The President of the United States reports to a Joint Session of Congress on his WW II, 14,000-mile trip to Malta (Jan. 30-Feb 2) and Yalta (Feb 4-11). FDR seems tired, but relaxed, as he sits, rather than stands, to deliver what would be his last address to congress. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (2-15-45) Because of a WW II news report, the show does not start on time and we hear Harold Peary and Walter Tetley nervously ad-libbing before the studio audience for about six minutes before the show finally goes on the air. Gildy’s Aunt Hattie is his house guest. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-4-45) WW II news from CBS reporters. “The German army continues its retreat across the Rhine today, blowing big bridges across the river to prevent Allied armies from crossing after the enemy troops. B29s have bombed Tokyo again in very great strength. And on Iwo Jima, the Marines have almost split the Japs on the northern end of the island.” WORDS AT WAR (3-6-45) “Rainbow,” a WW II story of Soviet citizens who became traitors and conspired with the German Occupation Force in exchange for gifts and liberties and how they were punished by the Red Army. Rebroadcast: 3/4/2015 – 3/10/2015.
Program 1270: KRAFT MUSIC HALL (3-22-45) Bing Crosby stars with guest Frankie Carle. Bing reminisces about his film “Road to Singapore.” WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-11-45) WW II reports: Berlin says American troops have made another crossing of the Rhine, 10 miles north of Remagen. In the air war, German submarine yards at Bremen, Hamburg and Kiel, and oil refineries were hit today by 2000 planes of the American Eighth Air Force. In the Pacific, the Iwo Jima battle is going on and Tokyo radio continues to claim the Americans have landed on Mindinao in the Phillippines.” LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-18-45) “Sunday Dinner for a Soldier” starring John Hodiak, Anne Baxter ande Charles Winninger. It’s the story of a family living on a houseboat in Florida who decide to save and sacrifice in order to invite a lonely WW II soldier to a Sunday meal. The program is introduced by TWTD film historian Bob Kolososki. WORDS AT WAR (3-13-45) “Can Do” follows the story of the U.S. Navy Seabees from battle to battle and their contributions to the WW II war effort. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-13-45) The McGees are expecting a visit from Oliver Oopdyke, an old cattleman friend from out west. WW II flavor. Rebroadcast: 3/11/2015 – 3/17/2015.
Program 1271: SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-28-94) NBC-Chicago Announcers’ Roundtable. Norm Barry, Jim Hill and Ed Grennan, all long-time staff announcers at WMAQ, talk about their careers in the Merchandise Mart studios of NBC Chicago. Chuck Schaden hosts this panel discussion which was recorded at a Chicago Pioneer Broadcasters meeting. Various members of the Pioneer Broadcasters get in on the memories, with questions and comments from Jack Angel, Jim Conway, John Yoder, Jim Andeline, John Hultman, Fr. John Banahan, Harry Volkman, Curt Mitchell, Billy Leach and Bill Gershon. The conversation is presented throughout this TWTD program. WMAQ: BUT WHY? (10-12-53) Concentrating on local programming, WMAQ staff announcer Hugh Downs describes a typical broadcast week at the NBC station in Chicago. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-20-45) Mr. McGee is anxious to get his radio fixed so he can tune in to singer Gloria Pizzacato’s program. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-18-45) Newsman Robert Trout replaces Douglas Edwards as editor of this program. Edwards has been re-assigned to cover the WW II Western Front. “The U.S. Army Air Force sent its greatest fleet of bombers to attack targets in Berlin – 1300 heavy bombers and 700 fighters… Tokyo radio insists that some 1400 American carrier-based planes raided southern Japan for eight hours.” Rebroadcast: 3/18/2015 – 3/24/2015.
Program 1272: LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-17-51) “Sunset Boulevard” starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden in the story of a silent film actress, trying to make a comeback, who attracts a down-on-his-luck writer to work for her. The program is introduced by TWTD movie historian Bob Kolososki. WORLD NEWS TODAY (3-25-45) CBS Correspondents around the globe report on WW II. “Washington reports that three B-29s were lost in yesterday’s low level attack on Japan’s aircraft factories… but bombing results were described as good.” FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-27-45) The McGees do their part for the WW II Relief Clothing Drive, but a visit from Doc Gamble causes a problem. REPORT TO THE NATION (3-31-45) John Daly offers a variety program with a very patriotic theme. Guests include comedian Garry Moore; shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser; folk singer Richard Dyer Bennett; and a recording by Lily Pons and Andre Kostelanetz in a USO performance before 2,000 American fighting men within range of heavy enemy artillery. IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (10-5-45) Moderator Tom Howard with zany panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton. Sample question: “What is a window?” Rebroadcast: 3/25/2015 – 3/31/2015.
Program 1273: TODAY we present an afternoon of April Foolishness with four hours of fun and surprises drawing on sounds from the world of old time radio and recordings. Ken Alexander is our co-host as we tune in to entertainment provided by Henry Morgan, Bob and Ray, Hector Q. Peabody, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Allan Sherman, Wally Cox, Andy Griffith, Jack Kirkwood, Stan Freberg, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, the Bickersons, the Mighty Metro Art Players and others, plus a complete broadcast of… FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-3-45) Fibber enters a limerick contest. Don’t miss it if you can! Rebroadcast: 4/1/2015 – 4/7/2015.
Program 1274: WORLD NEWS TODAY (4-8-45) Bob Trout and CBS newsmen bring us up to date on the WW II situation. “The Germans are fighting fiercely in the streets of Vienna, but the Russian troops are steadily closing in. … In the Pacific, the B-29s have returned to Japan with an air attack by substantial forces on the southern tip of the enemy homeland.” FDR DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT (4-12-45) John Daly interrupts regular programming to announce the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. NEWS (4-12-45) Early coverage of the death of FDR featuring comments by Raymond Graham Swing, reports by David Wills, commentary by Baukhage. SPECIAL REPORT (4-12-45) CBS correspondent Don Fisher reports from Warm Springs, Georgia with reaction from the area that served as FDR’s “Little White House.” Speaking about the late president are representatives of America’s wire services: Merriman Smith of United Press; Harry Oliver of Associated Press; Robert Nixon of International News Service. SPECIAL REPORT (4-12-45) Robert Trout of CBS speaks of the presidency of FDR and his Fireside Chats. “Franklin Roosevelt created much broadcasting history. He was the first world statesman to use the radio as a vital instrument of social power. He used it in a personalized fashion…” SPECIAL REPORT (4-12-45) From Washington D.C., CBS newsman Bill Henry talks about changes which occur in the official governmental life of the nation upon the death of a president and speaks of Harry Truman, “who, today, becomes the 32nd president of the United States.” SPECIAL REPORT (4-12-45) Alistar Cooke, BBC Special Correspondent in the U.S., with news of the death of FDR as it was first heard in Britain from America. CBS WORLD NEWS (4-12-45) John Daly with WW II news summary, Robert Trout with analysis. “Sudden death of President Roosevelt shocks world… Allied leaders pay tribute to President… Vice President Truman sworn in as President… Ninth Army crosses Alba River and moves ahead on road to Berlin… Japanese flyers make suicide attacks on Okinawa.” NEWS (4-13-45) NBC’s Don Goddard reports: “President Truman has decided to hold the San Francisco Conference on April 25 as scheduled… the Russians have captured Vienna.” DORA BATEMAN (4-13-45) Via short wave from London, the BBC commentator speaks of the death of FDR, telling of English reaction to the news. DEATH OF FDR (4-14-45) Description of the arrival from Warm Springs, Georgia of the Funeral train at Union Station in Washington. FDR MEMORIAL SERVICE (4-14-45) Coverage of memorial services for President Roosevelt. Russ Davis describes the scene in Chicago; Gene Dennis in Kansas City; Dick Bush in Dallas. ARTHUR GODFREY (4-30-72) At the close of his broadcasting career, Arthur Godfrey remembers his coverage of FDR’s funeral procession in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1945. WHITE HOUSE FUNERAL SERVICE (4-14-45) Carlton Smith and Dwight Emery cover the White House funeral service for President Roosevelt. Rebroadcast: 4/8/2015 – 4/14/2015.
Program 1275: REPORT TO THE NATION (4-14-45) A memorial to President Roosevelt featuring John Daly, Lily Pons, Andre Kostelanetz, CBS War Correspondent Charles Colingwood (from Paris), actor Frederic March. “This is a solemn hour in Americanj History…” Daly recalls his work as a White House correspondent with FDR. Servicemen tell their feelings on learning of the death of their commander-in-chief. CBS NEWS (4-15-45) Reports on the FDR funeral at Hyde Park, New York, and on various memorial services being held in Washington D.C. Comments about President Truman and WW II news from the front lines. WORLD NEWS TODAY (4-25-45) Bob Trout and CBS correspondents. “The president was buried today…” Eric Sevareid returns from his job as WW II correspondent to cover the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. Speculation on Truman’s cabinet choices. TRIBUTE TO FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (4-15-45) “In the hour of national sorrow, from Hollywood come the famous personalities of radio and motion pictures, uniting to pay tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” This two-hour program features Ronald Colman, John Charles Thomas, Fibber McGee and Molly, Kay Kyser, Major Meredith Willson and the AFRS orchestra, Ed “Archie” Gardner, Ginny Simms, Dick Powell, violinist Josef Segetti, James Cagney, Eddie Cantor, Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, Will H. Hays, Shirley Ross, Bette Davis, Robert Young, Jack Benny, Hal Peary, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Ingrid Bergman. Announcers are Harry Von Zell, Harlow Wilcox, Ken Carpenter, and Don Wilson. Rebroadcast: 4/15/2015 – 4/21/2015.
Program 1276: HARRY S TRUMAN (4-16-45) Before a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn introduces Harry S Truman, the 32nd President of the United States in his first speech to Congress. HARRY S TRUMAN (4-17-45) The new president speaks to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, his first message to the troops as their new Commander-in-Chief. THIS IS MY BEST (4-17-45) “I Will Not Go Back” by Milton Geiger is presented after the death of President Roosevelt. The WW II series stars Orson Welles who also produces and directs. WORDS AT WAR (11-2-43) “Here is Your War” by Ernie Pyle. Santos Ortega stars as the WW II correspondent who tells the story of the American Doughboy in North Africa. SPECIAL REPORT (4-18-45) From Guam, correspondent Robert McCormick reports on the death of war correspondent Ernie Pyle. SPECIAL REPORT (4-18-45) A report from the island of Okinawa on the death of columnist/correspondent Ernie Pyle. DEATH OF ERNIE PYLE (4-18-45) Via short wave from Guam, Robert McCormick with another special report on the death of America’s most famous war correspondent, killed at the age of 44 on Ie Jima. CHASE AND SANBORN PROGRAM (7-29-45) Excerpt. Frances Langford, Ken Carpenter and Tony Romano talk about the film, “The Story of G.I. Joe”, based on Ernie Pyle’s life as war correspondent, and dramatize a scene from the film. SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY (4-18-53) Excerpt. On the eighth anniversary of Ernie Pyle’s death, George Ramsby recalls meeting Pyle and presents a musical tribute “to a great American.” SPECIAL BROADCAST (4-27-45) President Truman announces the WW II meeting of Anglo, American and Soviet forces in the heart of Nazi Germany, cutting the country in two. JURGENS JOURNAL (4-29-45) Walter Winchell with news that “Japanese suicide planes have heavily damaged an American hospital ship…” and “Unconfirmed dispatches say that Hitler died at noon today in his underground Berlin headquarters.” NEWS BROADCASTS (4-30-45) A montage of WW II radio sounds, scanning the dial on the night of Hitler’s death, with great speculation about the surrender of Germany. “One thing is clear, it’s now over in Europe.” News of the battle of Berlin; what to expect from Japan; Churchill’s comments; MacArthur announces the capture of Manilla; an American high official tells that Germany has surrendered. DEATH OF ADOLPH HITLER (4-30-45) WCPO Cincinatti news commentators with speculation following the death of Adolph Hitler. Will the Allies now deal with Heinrich Himmler? Will President Truman go on the air later tonight with an announcement of V-E Day? Plus a profile of Hitler’s early life. DEATH OF ADOLPH HITLER (4-30-45) Reactions from Allied headquarters from Mutual correspondents John Thompson, Seymour Korman and Paul Manniong on reports of Hitler’s death. Rebroadcast: 4/22/2015 – 4/28/2015.
Program 1277: AS WE COMPLETE 25 years of Those Were The Days broadcasts we express our appreciation with what we hope is a very special program. We’ll share some memories of our quarter-century on the air and include clips from our broadcasts and interviews. In addition, we’ll have extensive highlights of the TWTD Anniversary Party held at Chicago’s Swissotel a week earlier as a benefit for the Museum of Broadcast Communications. The party featured guest stars Shirley Bell Cole in a re-enactment of Little Orphan Annie; Bill Idelson in a re-enactment of Vic and Sade; and Fred Foy in a re-enactment of the origin story of The Lone Ranger. The radio stars were joined by members of the Those Were The Days Radio Players for the sketches which also include The Bickersons and The Charlie McCarthy Show. The three special guest stars were interviewed by Chuck while announcer Ken Alexander added his special talents to the celebration. Rebroadcast: 4/29/2015 – 5/5/2015.
Program 1278: VAN DEVENTER AND THE NEWS (5-7-45) Mutual Newscaster Van Deventer brings WW II coverage of the events surrounding the surrender of Germany. “In many respects, this has been a lamentable day despite the fact it’s been celebrated throughout much of the world as V-E Day.” PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN (5-8-45) At 9 a.m. Eastern War Time, the President announces the unconditional surrender of Germany, the end of the war in Europe. “This is a solemn but glorious hour… I only wish that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day.” Mr. Truman reads his formal proclamation, appoints Sunday, May 13, 1945 a Day of Prayer. V-E DAY, LONDON (5-8-45) Edward R. Murrow and Douglas Edwards report via short wave on the Day of Victory celebration in London. “This is London…” Murrow begins. THIS IS V-E DAY (5-8-45) An “audio newsreel” dealing with the major events of WW II in Europe, produced by station WMPS, Memphis, noting that “there is still a long way to go before the final victory throughout the world.” TOM MIX RALSTON STRAIGHT-SHOOTERS (5-8-45) An isolated episode of the long-running kids’ adventure show. “The war in Europe ended today” says Tom. HOLLYWOOD V-E DAY SPECIAL (5-8-45) A Victory Day special featuring Charles Boyer, Nelson Eddy, Pat O’Brien, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Ross, Mills Brothers, others. GABRIEL HEATTER (5-8-45) The news commentator tells of the unconditional surrender of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. ON A NOTE OF TRIUMPH (5-8-45) Norman Corwin’s victory exclamation on the defeat of Hitler and the end of the war in Europe. Rebroadcast: 5/6/2015 – 5/12/2015.
Program 1279: ROY ROGERS SHOW (5-8-45) The King of the Cowboys with the Sons of the Pioneers with a program on V-E Day. Roy tells the story of Pecos Bill. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-8-45) Fibber attends a City Council meeting and agrees to finish a Housing Shortage Survey. This broadcast contains some special V-E Day messages and Johnson’s Wax eliminates commercials. DANNY KAYE SHOW (5-11-45) As chairman of the Seventh War Loan, Danny is busy selling bonds in his neighborhood. WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-13-45) Robert Trout and CBS correspondents with WW II news. “This is the Day of Prayer, a National Day of Thanksgiving in the United States and Great Britain. President Truman attended services in Washington and in London the King and Queen drove to St. Paul’s Cathedral in the first Royal Procession since the war began. In the Phillipines, two American divisions are fighting up narrow river valleys to join a third division and cut the island of Mindanao in two, but the Japanese are resisting fiercely and the American progress is very slow.” JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-13-45) Jack prepares to leave for San Francisco. Jack has a Mother’s Day/V-E Day message. THE WHISTLER (5-28-45) A Nazi officer, wanted as a war criminal, assumes the identity of a dead American prisoner of war, but runs into problems in America, in this WW II broadcast. Rebroadcast: 5/13/2015 – 5/19/2015.
Program 1280: GI JIVE (1940s) GI Jill plays tunes for servicemen during WW II. This time the AEF juke box spins music by Bunny Berigan, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James. WORLD NEWS TODAY (5-20-45) WW II coverage: “Japanese broadcasts are saying that some 80 Super Fortresses have made an attack today on the Tokyo district while other American bombers raided the island of Formosa, the peninsula of Korea and the Chinese city of Nanking, capital of the puppet government. The fighting on Okinawa is still intensely bitter. In Europe, it’s been officially announced… that the city of Berlin will never again be the administrative and military capital of Germany. Germany is to be decentralized, though not dismembered.” FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-10-45) The McGees go to the Wistful Vista newspaper office to complain about delivery problems. LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-18-49) “Treasure of Sierra Madre” starring Humphrey Bogart, Frank Lovejoy and Walter Huston. A tale of gold, greed and human nature at its worst. The program is introduced by TWTD movie historian Bob Kolososki. KRAFT MUSIC HALL (5-3-45) Bing Crosby with his guests, the Nat “King” Cole Trio. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-17-45) Fibber’s in a rush to call the Third National Bank about his bank statement, but Alice Darling is on the phone with her boyfriend. WW II setting. Rebroadcast: 5/20/2015 – 5/26/2015.
Program 1281: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-24-45) Molly convinces Fibber to go to the Elk’s Club so he’ll be out of her way while she cleans the house. WW II setting. LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-4-43) “Pride of the Yankees” starring Gary Cooper in the biography of baseball great Lou Gehrig. Cast includes Virginia Bruce and Edgar Buchanan. The program will be introduced by TWTD film historian Bob Kolososki. BERLIN CALLING (1994) Documentary telling the true story of Americans who served the Nazi propaganda effort through world-wide short wave broadcasts, offering commentary, news and entertainment with a Nazi slant from Germany to America before and during World War II. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-1-45) Fibber plans to capture a wanted criminal for the reward money. Rebroadcast: 5/27/2015 – 6/2/2015.
Program 1282: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-15-45) Fibber buys a “hunk of junk” trunk at an auction. HARRY S TRUMAN (6-1-45) The President’s message to Congress on the necessity of winning the war with Japan. “There can be no peace in the world until the military power of Japan is destroyed with the same completeness as was the power of the European dictators.” CHESTERFIELD SUPPER CLUB (6-5-45) Perry Como stars with Marian Hutton, Tex Beneke and Paula Kelly and the Modernaires. MAJOR GLENN MILLER DAY (6-5-45) Part 1 of an all-star WW II tribute to the “missing-in-action” bandleader as broadcast from the stage of the Paramount Theatre in New York as part of the Seventh War Loan Drive. Martin Block covers the proceedings which feature in the first half of the show Charlie Spivak and his orchestra, Tex Beneke, Jo Stafford, Shep Fields, Gene Krupa, Louis Prima, the Modernaires, Perry Como, Harmonica Rascals, Count Basie, Sammy Kaye, Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Xavier Cugat and others. Second half of this program will be broadcast on TWTD next week. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is big band historian KARL PEARSON. Rebroadcast: 6/3/2015 – 6/9/2015.
Program 1283: MAJOR GLENN MILLER DAY (6-5-45) Part 2 of the all-star WW II tribute to the bandleader as broadcast from the stage of the Paramount Theatre in New York. The second half of this four-hour program on behalf of the Seventh War Loan Drive begins with a 30-minute segment heard from coast-to-coast by NBC. Benny Goodman and his orchestra open the network portion with Milton Berle as emcee. Also appearing are Joe Besser, Johnny Johnston, Red Norvo, plus Ed Sullivan, Fred Waring and his Pennsylv anians, Guy Lombardo, Lloyd Nolan, Eddie Cantor, Diana Lynn, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Kate Smith. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is big band historian KARL PEARSON. LET YOURSELF GO (6-6-45) Milton Berle stars with guest Al Jolson who tells his “secret ambition” to see the world as tolerant and free as the theatre. Al and Milton recall Jolson’s life story. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-22-45) Fibber is director of the big Band Concert and Bond Rally for the WW II Seventh War Loan Drive at Wistful Vista’s Civic Auditorium. Rebroadcast: 6/10/2015 – 6/16/2015.
Program 1284: GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (6-18-45) Ike arrives in the United States for the first time since victory in Europe. The Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe speaks before a joint session of Congress, expressing thanks to the courageous American soldiers, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He tells how America and its allies played their parts in Victory. NEWS (6-19-45) Mutual’s Hanry Gladstone with the latest WW II news from the Pacific Front and around the world. EISENHOWER PARADE (6-19-45) 11 a.m. Eastern War Time. From 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City, newsman Hugh Sanders describes the parade in honor of Gen. Eisenhower. GEN.DWIGHT D.EISENHOWER (6-19-45) 12 Noon, EWT. Mutual reporters on the spot at New York’s City Hall describe the scene and the arrival of Ike as Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia makes the General an Honorary Citizen of New York. EISENHOWER PARADE (6-19-45) 1:20 p.m. EWT. From the marquee of the Hotel Astor comes this report on Ike’s arrival in Times Square following his reception at City hall. Ike waves to the screaming crowd! GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (6-22-45) A hometown salute to the victorious leader of the Allied Forces in Europe as Ike comes home to Abilene, Kansas where he talks about his boyhood, his family and his hometown.–plus– FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-29-45) Fibber borrows Mrs. Carstairs’ lawnmower. Rebroadcast: 6/17/2015 – 6/23/2015.
Program 1285: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (3-22-51) We begin another summer-long series of programs by the great Carlton E. Morse. A few episodes from Book 84 are missing, but the story will be easy to follow in the 20 chapters that survive. The drama picks up, generally, where we left off last summer. In Chapter 4 of Book 84, Hazel is concerned because it has been a long time since she has heard from her son Pinky in Oregon. Meanwhile, Margaret is working on a history of the Barbour Family. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (3-26-51) Book 84, Chapter 8. Paul is in Oregon, checking on Pinky. PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN (6-26-45) Chet Huntley reports on the closing session of the United Nations Conference for International Organization from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. President Truman addresses the delegates, speaking about the great work done in developing a charter for the U. N. and what it means for the world. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-5-45) Molly wants the hall closet cleaned out in anticipation of the arrival of Mrs. Carstairs who is coming for tea. LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-15-52) “African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart and Greer Garson. The story of a souse and a spinster who travel up the Congo during the first World War. The program is introduced by TWTD film historian Bob Kolososki. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (3-27-51) Book 84, Chapter 7. “Pinky Murray, Seamnan Recruit.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (3-28-51) Jack is worried about Nicolette. Rebroadcast: 6/24/2015 – 6/30/2015.
Program 1286: LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-24-40) “Show Boat” starring Irene Dunne, Allan Jones and Charles Winninger in the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical about life on a Mississippi show boat. AMERICANA (10-26-49) “The Show Boat and Other Pastimes.” Northwestern University School of Speech professor Martin Maloney narrates while announcer Bill Griskey reads passages from Captain Billy Bryant’s 1936 autobiography, “Children of Old Man River” subtitled “The Life and Times of a Show Boat Trooper.” THIS IS YOUR LIFE (10-26-49) Host Ralph Edwards surprises tonight’s subject, Captain Billy Bryant, whose career as a show boat captain is told in this broadcast. Helping Captain Billy recall those pleasant days are his wife Josephine and his daughter Betty. Also presented is a Show Boat performance in capsule form, “Ten Nights in a Barroom” featuring Betty’s daughter in the role her mother originally played on the show boat. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is BETTY BRYANT whose family-owned show boat plied the inland waterways of the Ohio River from before the First World War until 1942. Rebroadcast: 7/1/2015 – 7/7/2015.
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, 7/8/2015 – 7/14/2015.
PROGRAM 1288: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-12-45) Fibber practices his magic act for the Elk’s Club smoker. WORLD NEWS TODAY (7-8-45) Robert Trout and CBS correspondents with news of WW II from around the world. “Japanese radio says that mustang fighter planes have attacked air fields in the Tokyo area. In Germany, the Russians are still in complete control of Berlin following the arrival of American, British and French troops.” OUR MISS BROOKS (10-24-48) Eve Arden as Miss Brooks as the Madison High School English teacher as everyone conspires to “keep Miss Brooks from buying an alligator bag so we can give it to her for her birthday.” JURGEN’S JOURNAL (7-15-45) Walter Winchell offers World War II news and commentary on the fighting, the political situation and domestic issues. WAR BOND MATINEE (5-7-45) George Olson and the orchestra with music from Chicago to promote the sale of WW II bonds. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-19-45) Fibber has a secretive big deal brewing with Mr. Carstairs and won’t tell anyone what it’s about. WW II setting. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (3-29-51) Book 84, Chapter 8. “Fanny comes to Clifford’s rescue.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (3-30-51) Book 84, Chapter 10. “A pilgrimage to San Diego.” Rebroadcast: 7/15/2015 – 7/21/2015.
PROGRAM 1289: LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-11-46) “Presenting Lily Mars” starring June Allyson and Van Heflin. A young amateur actress wants to break into the big time when a flop producer brings his recent Broadway disaster to her small home town. The program is introduced by TWTD film historian Bob Kolososki. WORLD NEWS TODAY (7-22-45) News of WW II reported by CBS correspondents around the globe. “A small force of B-29s crossed over Japan’s Inland Sea today and dropped high explosive bombs on the synthetic oil plant at Ube, a town on the southwest tip of Hangchow Island. The Japanese may be overcome in six months.” FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (6-26-45) Mrs. Carstairs allows the McGees to use her houseboat on the North Shore of Lake Dugan for the summer. This is the last Fibber and Molly show of the season and concludes our 60th Anniversary tribute to the series during which we’ve presented the entire 1944-45 season of broadcasts. Special guest on the show is comedian Victor Borge who takes over the McGee time period for the summer. VICTOR BORGE SHOW (7-3-45) The Danish comedian/musician is the summertime replacement for Fibber McGee and Molly. In this first show he offers a musical portrait of his cast; tells his favorite American story about “Pocahontas;” and offers his impression of the first baseball game he saw in America after coming to this country from Denmark. WW II setting. NEWS OF THE WORLD (7-26-45) John W. Vandercook with WW II news from around the world. “Winston Churchill and the conservative government of which he was the chief spokesman have not only been defeated but resoundingly defeated. Churchill has straight-away resigned and Clement Atlee will be named by the King as the new Prime Minister.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-2-51) Book 84, Chapter 11. “The pilgrims return.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-3-51) Book 84, Chapter 12. “Nicolette divulges her plans.” Rebroadcast: 7/22/2015 – 7/28/2015.
PROGRAM 1290: WORLD NEWS TODAY (7-29-45) WW II coverage. “Edward R. Murrow reported from London his belief that one of the principal negotiators at Potsdam has stated that his country will go to war with Japan – and soon.” (Stalin; Russia) SPEAKING OF RADIO ACTOR’S ROUNDTABLE (5-28-94) Radio actors Jack Krushen, Peter Leeds, Tyler McVey and Les Tremayne reminisce about their careers and the great days of acting in radio during a conversation moderated by Chuck Schaden and recorded at the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters clubhouse in Hollywood, California. Lots of stories about radio, performers, producers and directors. SUSPENSE (6-24-62) “With Murder in Mind” starring Jack Krushen as a mentalist who performs a night club mind-reading routine with uncanny accuracy. SUSPENSE (1-13-55) “Final Payment” starring Harry Bartell and Peter Leeds in the story of a “perfect fraud that succeeded only too well.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-5-51) Book 84, Chapter 14. “I love romance.” Rebroadcast: 7/29/2015 – 8/4/2015.
PROGRAM 1291: PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN (8-9-45; Thursday afternoon) Upon his return from Berlin, the President of the United States reports to the American people on the Potsdam Conference. “War has indeed come home to Germany and to the German people.” In this important speech, Truman says, “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base.” NEWS OF THE DAY (8-10-45; Friday morning) H. V. Kaltenborn and Caesar Saerchinger report: “We are here in the NBC newsroom with the bulletins coming in constantly on Japan’s surrender offer. With every minute that passes it seems more certain that the offer is definite and that there is a nine out of ten chance that it will be accepted.” NEWS REPORT (8-10-45; Friday morning) Newsmen Don Goddard, James Stevenson and Henry Cassidy with the latest. “The events of the last two crowded hours have moved with lightning swiftness since we heard the Jap radio say that Japan would quit if she could keep her Emperor. These reports are still unconfirmed but they have set a whole world in motion. This is not V-J Day.” NEWS AT NOON (8-10-45; Friday afternoon) Don Goddard relates the events of the morning. “The war is not over. No offer of surrender has been received by the responsible heads of any Allied government… we’re still fighting in Japan in spite of confirmed reports of this morning that the Japanese had transmitted an offer to surrender. This is not yet V-J Day.” FROM THE PACIFIC (8-10-45; Friday afternoon) NBC Pacific correspondent reports from Guam and Manilla. “This is a period of world-wide high blood pressure. At 5:37 this morning, Pacific time, Tokyo announced that the Japanese government had decided to accept the Potsdam Declaration with one stipulation – that Hirohito be allowed to remain.” NEWS OF THE WORLD (8-10-45; Friday afternoon) W. W. Chaplin and Morgan Beatty report. “The International News Service has just reported from Stockholm that Sweden’s government issued an official communique saying the Japanese surrender offer has been received. This is a day of wild speculation, of high hope, of reaching for a world peace which seems to be no more than just beyond our fingertips.” SIX O’CLOCK REPORT (8-10-45; Friday evening) Lyle Van with the latest news. “The Allies are discussing Japan’s offer of surrender provided they can keep their Emperor. No indication from official sources whether Hirohito must go. Premature celebrations around the world greet the first word of Japan’s decision.” SPORTS HEADLINES (8-10-45; Friday evening) Sportscaster Bill Stern with late sports headlines and a brief discussion about the effect of the Japanese surrender on the sports scene. LOWELL THOMAS (8-10-45; Friday night) “The White House announces that there will be no new statement until tomorrow. This means that discussions by radio-telephone are being held, discussions concerning Japan’s offer to surrender. Washington, London, Moscow and Chun King now forming their decision. When this decision will be communicated to Tokyo –via the governments of Switzerland and Sweden—we are not told. This takes time.” Thomas tells how the Japan offer for surrender came across news wires. ALEX DRIER (8-11-45; Saturday evening) The news analyst speaks about the pending surrender of Japan and Japan’s insistence on maintaining Hirohito as sovieign ruler. “History has come to a momentary standstill… as the most formidable concentration of military power ever assembled ponders a condition made by an enemy no longer capable of making his resistance a decisive factor with regard to the war’s outcome. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-12-45; Sunday afternoon) Robert Trout and CBS correspondents. “It was exactly 192 weeks ago that the American people learned that war had come to the United States. And now it’s three years and eight months later. Almost four years of work and struggle, grief and failure, and later, success. Whether Sunday, August 12, 1945 is to be written into world records as the day the Second World War ended, we do not yet know.” GABRIEL HEATTER (8-13-45; Monday evening) The famous commentator talks about the expected surrender of Japan and the acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration and what it means to Japan and the Emperor. “Even civil war in Japan isn’t ruled out as a possibility now. Their people know nothing even now regarding their surrender offer.” Rebroadcast: 8/5/2015 – 8/11/2015.
PROGRAM 1292: CAB CALLOWAY AND THE ORCHESTRA (8-14-45; very early Tuesday morning) Remote broadcast starring “His Highness of Hi-De-Ho” from the Cafe Zanzibar in New York City with many interruptions for reports of the Japanese surrender. NEWS BULLETIN (8-14-45; approximately 7 pm EWT) An ABC reporter at President Truman’s news conference relays the official news of the Japanese surrender. NEWS BULLETIN (8-14-45) News commentator Hilmar Baukage reports from in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. “There will be no official V-J Day until the terms of the surrender are signed. NEWS BULLETIN (8-14-45) From the Cincinatti, Ohio Times-Star newsroom, a very excited announcer brings the official news of the surrender to Cincinatti listeners. CBS NEWS (8-14-450 Coverage of the official news of the Japanese surrender. Robert Trout in New York, Charles Shaw in Times Square, Webley Edwards in Guam, John Adams in Manilla. Bill Henry is stationed outside the White House where he describes “a river of humanity.” MILWAUKEE VICTORY CELEBRATION (8-14-45; Tuesday, shortly after 6 pm CWT) Radio station WISN’s on the scene coverage of the downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin celebration following the official news of the Japanese surrender. NEWS ROUND-UP (8-14-45) NBC’s Victory Night coverage with John W. Vandercook in New York; Ben Grauer, with a mobile unit at Times Square describes the tremendous crowd; Don Goddard covers the scene in New York; Robert St. John with late bulletins. FOURTEEN AUGUST (8-14-45) A message for the Day of Victory, written, produced and edited by Norman Corwin and spoken by Orson Welles. The joys and sadness of victory are presented in this now-classic broadcast with a look at the awful effect of the weapon used to end the war. Rebroadcast: 8/12/2015 – 8/18/2015.
PROGRAM 1293: NOTE: At about 22 minutes into this TWTD broadcast, a power problem took station WNIB off the air for approximately 35 minutes. The program continued from the remote studio in the Museum of Broadcast Communications, but over-the-air listeners had to wait while the problem was solved. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-6-51) Book 84, Chapter 15. “Father Barbour’s big surprise.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-9-51) Book 84, Chapter 16. “A farewell party.” FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1994) Program number 13 in a new series of re-enactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. WEDNESDAYS WITH YOU (8-15-45) Excerpt from the summer replacement program for Eddie Cantor with Harry Von Zell, Nora Martin, Fred Martelli and Leonard Suess. Following the official news of Japan’s surrender, this program offers a special salute to the end of World War II. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-19-45) WW II news. “President Trumann is leading the nation in giving thanks for the victory, while Americans all over the country observe a Day of Prayer, each according to his custom. Special services were conducted in the East room of the White House by the Chiefs of Chaplains of the Army and Navy. And the congregation of 200 military, government and Congressional leaders prayed for wisdom and strength with which to face the hard tasks of peace.” CHASE AND SANBORN PROGRAM (8-19-45) In this summer replacement program for Charlie McCarthy, Frances Langford and Tony Romany reflect on WW II entertainment shows for the troops and offer comments about the peaceful future. Music provided by Spike Jones, but there’s no comedy songs on this broadcast. ESCAPE (3-29-53) “The Invader.” A high school science teacher makes contact with space aliens who are coming to destroy the Earth and the human race. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-10-51) Book 84, Chapter 17. “A report from Pinky.” Rebroadcast: 8/19/2015 – 8/25/2015.
PROGRAM 1294: GUNSMOKE (9-26-53) “Fawn” is a story of prejudice in Dodge City. William Conrad stars as U.S. Marshall Matt Dillon. PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (10-3-48) In their first show for their new sponsor, Rexall, Phil discovers that Frankie Remley (Elliott Lewis) has signed the contract instead of Phil. WORLD NEWS TODAY (8-26-45) Robert Trout and CBS correspondents. “There’s little doubt that the ships of the United States Navy will be closer to the City of Tokyo than they have ever been since Japan entered the second world war”. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-13-45) Fibber decides to tune the piano himself rather than calling a professional piano tuner. INNER SANCTUM (1-10-49) “Murder Comes to Life.” A man who comes back from the “near dead” doesn’t want to remember his name or the past associated with it. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-11-51) Book 84, Chapter 18. “Clifford and Paul talk it out.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-12-51) Book 84, Chapter 19. “Clifford finds employment.” Rebroadcast: 8/26/2015 – 9/1/2015.
PROGRAM 1295: JAPANESE SURRENDER CEREMONY (9-2-45) “Tonight the guns are silent, bombers grounded, battleships at anchor.” The complete eyewitness report on the final capitulation of the Japanese Empire, on board the Battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. General Douglas MacArthur conducts the surrender ceremonies, followed by addresses to the American people by President Truman, General MacArthur and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-2-45) Robert Trout reporting. “On this V-J Day, CBS reporters are waiting to bring you first-hand news from the world’s political and battlefronts. Japan has surrendered. That’s submitting four home islands to the forces of occupation and renouncing the stolen empire overseas. The occupation troops are moving in gradually, slowly extending the area under Allied control. Thousands of miles from Japan, the Japanese forces are slowly yielding the territory they had fought to rule forever.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (9-2-45) The first show of the new season falls on the official V-J Day. Marjorie and Leroy try to convince their Uncle Throckmorton that they should go to the lake for the Labor Day weekend. COMMAND PERFORMANCE (9-2-45) A special V-J Day program for military audiences as well as civilian listeners stateside. An all-star cast observes the end of the war: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Frances Langford, Orson Welles, Major Meredith Willson and the AFRS orchestra. President Truman has a victory message. BOB HOPE SHOW (9-11-45) On his first show of the new season, Bob salutes Hollywood’s contribution to bring about V-J Day. Guest is Robert Montgomery. Regulars include Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Skinnay Ennis and the orchestra. NOTE: This TWTD broadcast concludes our four-year observation of the 50th Anniversary of World War II. Thanks for listening. Rebroadcast: 9/2/2015 – 9/8/2015.
PROGRAM 1296: NOTE: This broadcast marks TWTD’s 20th Anniversary on station WNIB. MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (4-11-51) “Case of the Money Machine” starring Jay Josten as the D.A. A patient is kidnapped from the State Medical Hospital. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-13-51) Book 84, Chapter 20. “Paul goes to see Elwood.” FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1994) Program 14 in the series of re-enactments of the Marx Brothers 1932 radio show. A DATE WITH JUDY (5-18-48) Louise Erickson stars as Judy, who has nothing to wear to the big dance. POP CHRONICLES – THE 40s (1972) The first program in an eight-part series telling the lively story of pop music in the 1940s. Part One deals with the early 1904s, offering an introduction to the era of big bands, crooners and dazzling vocalists. Commenting on the scene are guests Johnny Mercer, Bing Crosby, Helen O’Connell, Helen Forrest, Sammy Cohn, Tex Beneke, Ray Eberely, George T. Simon, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Patty Andrews, Freddy Martin, Harry James, Peggy Lee, Stan Kenton and many others. THOSE WERE THE DAYS (9-6-75) A short excerpt of the first TWTD program heard on station WNIB, twenty years ago. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-16-51) Book 84, Chapter 21. “A pending divorce.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-17-51) Book 84, Chapter 22. Henry is faced with the inevitable.” Rebroadcast: 9/9/2015 – 9/15/2015.
PROGRAM 1297: OUR MISS BROOKS (9-10-50) Eve Arden stars as Miss Brooks. Rumors are flying as the fall semester begins. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-18-51) Book 84, Chapter 23. “The plumber comeith.” WE TAKE YOU BACK (3-13-58) On the 20th Anniversary of the CBS News program “World News Round-Up,” reporters Edward R. Murrow, Robert Trout, Dallas Townsend, William L. Schrier, H. V. Kaltenborn and John Daly commemorate the start of regular CBS news broadcasts. ACADEMY AWARD (10-9-46) “It Happened Tomorrow” starring Eddie Bracken and Ann Blythe. A reporter is able to get tomorrow’s news today. BIG TOWN (9-21-48) “Final Payment.” Steve Wilson and Lorelei Kilbourn of the Illustrated Press work together to smash an obituary racket. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-19-51) Book 84, Chapter 24. “Clifford Barbour, baby sitter.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-20-51) Book 84, Chapter 25. “When it rains it pours.” NOTE: This is the final One Man’s Family program in our series this year. Next summer on TWTD: Book 85: “Claudia’s daughter Joan wants an apartment” plus “Clifford and Toots Schultz.” Rebroadcast: 9/16/2015 – 9/22/2015.
PROGRAM 1298: FRONTIER GENTLEMAN (6-1-58) “School Days” starring John Dehner as a reporter for the London Times covering events in the American West. Two towns vie for the only school teacher available. POP CHRONICLES – THE 40s (1972) Second program in the series. The story continues with music of 1940 and 1941. CANDID MICROPHONE (8-31-47) Alan Funt surprises a cab driver, a caterer and a dentist with outrageous stunts and gimmicks. This is “Candid Camera” before TV! LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-1-51) “All About Eve” starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and Gary Merrill. An aging star takes in an adoring fan and soon discovers that the young woman is taking over her life. JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (4-28-48) Lucille Ball is guest as the Schnozzola takes Lucy and Peggy Lee on a tour of industry to show them big business’ attitude towards women. Rebroadcast: 9/23/2015 – 9/29/2015.
PROGRAM 1299: LIFE WITH LUIGI (4-15-52) Pasquale has a solution to Luigi’s problem: marry his daughter Rosa! LIGHTS OUT (7-27-43) “Little People.” The story of the bizarre revenge of a jealous husband. CURTAIN TIME (2-28-48) “Readin’, Writin’ and Romance.” A romantic comedy about a Civil War story that is to be made into a movie. BREAK THE BANK (2-1-50) Bert Parks is the Quizmaster for the popular audience participation show. THE WHISTLER (1940s) “The Golden Penny.” A playboy beats a wealthy man at chess and wins a job as skipper of the rich man’s yacht. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1994) Program 15 in the 18-part series of BBC re-enactments of the Marks Brothers 1932 radio show. Rebroadcast: 9/30/2015 – 10/6/2015.
PROGRAM 1300: RED SKELTON SHOW (4-15-47) Skelton’s Scrapbook of Satire features Deadeye and Junior the Mean Little Kid. I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI (1952) Dana Andrews stars as Matt Cvetic “who lived for nine years as an undercover agent for the FBI.” Cvetic visits a prison to recruit about-to-be parolees for membership into the Party. POP CHRONICLES – The 40s (1972) Third program in the eight-part series. Music from the WW II years. BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1940s) Ned Weaver as Drummond, who investigates intrigue at the race track. TWENTY QUESTIONS (9-18-48) It’s the “animal, vegetable or mineral” game as listeners try to stump the panel. BLONDIE (2-16-50) Arthur Lake as Dagwood Bumstead and Ann Rutherford as Blondie. Alexander gets a part in the school play. NOTE: Ken Alexander is guest host for this week’s program. Rebroadcast: 10/7/2015 – 10/13/2015.
PROGRAM 1301: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-26-39) Molly’s old boyfriend Otis Cadwallader, played by Gale Gordon, visits Wistful Vista. To impress him, Fibber gets neighbor Gildersleeve to act at the McGee’s butler. SPEAKING OF RADIO (5-13-90) Guest, via telephone, is Gale Gordon who talks about his career with Chuck Schaden and also takes a few calls from listeners on Chuck’s WBBM Radio Classics program. Gale Gordon died June 30, 1995 at age 89. OUR MISS BROOKS (10-1-50) Eve Arden stars as Miss Brooks with Gale Gordon as Osgood Conklin. PLUS: Clips featuring Gale Gordon as Foggy Williams on the Fibber McGee and Molly program; as Mr. Scott, the sponsor of the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show; and as Gildy’s neighbor Mr. Bullard on the Great Gildersleeve show. You’ll also hear him working with Jim Jordan and Chuck Schaden in a scene from Fibber McGee and the Good Old Days of Radio (1974). Rebroadcast: 10/14/2015 – 10/20/2015.
PROGRAM 1302: FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-19-46) Excerpt with Fred trying to convince guest Phil Harris to leave the Benny program and join the Allen show. SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-15-88) Phil Harris talks about his career as a musician and on the Jack Benny program in this conversation with Chuck Schaden recorded at Phil’s home in Palm Desert, California. Phil Harris died August 11, 1995 at age 91. PHIL HARRIS AND HIS COCONUT GROVE ORCHESTRA (1932) Early 1930s dance music provided by Harris in this remote broadcast from the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-22-42) Mary Livingstone tells what happened when Jack and Phil Harris played golf together. KOLLEGE OF MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE (8-16-44) Phil Harris subs for Kay Kyser in this program before an audience of servicemen. PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (1-2-49) Phil gets a draft notice from the government and must go to the draft board to straighten it out. Rebroadcast: 10/21/2015 – 10/27/2015.
PROGRAM 1303: INNER SANCTUM (12-18-45) “The Undead” starring Anne Seymour as the wife of an actor who discovers that her husband is a vampire. THE WHISTLER (4-30-45) “The Master’s Tree.” A woman whose husband disappeared five years ago plans to live in the abandoned mansion in a small village where they once lived. Her family warns her that the house may be haunted. MOLLE MYSTERY THEATRE (5-21-48) “Solo Performance” starring Everett Sloane. Murder takes center stage when an actor and his producer argue over the actor’s wife. BABY SNOOKS (11-1-46) Annoyed with Halloween, Daddy vows to teach Snooks and her friend a lesson as they go Trick or Treating. Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford star. SUSPENSE (12-15-49) “Flame Blue Glove” starring Lana Turner as a woman hired by her ex-boss, a detective, to investigate the murder of her husband’s first wife. LIGHTS OUT (12-1-42) “Mr. Maggs” by Arch Oboler. When Mr. Maggs buys a locked chest at an auction, his wife is upset when she finds it empty except for a layer of dried blood. NOTE: Ken Alexander is guest host for this Halloween show and he is joined by members of the Mighty Metro Art Players to present a special Ghost-to-Ghost broadcast. Rebroadcast: 10/28/2015 – 11/3/2015.
PROGRAM 1304: ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (10-24-48) “The Insomnia Caper” stars Howard Duff as Sam, who can’t get any sleep because of a lovers’ quarrel outside his room. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1994) Program 16 in this 18-part BBC series of re-enactments of the Marx Brothers 1932 radio show. LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-13-43) “Phantom of the Opera” starring Nelson Eddy and Susanna Foster. Basil Rathbone co-stars as the Phantom, a disfigured composer who lives in the catacombs under the Paris Opera House. JUDY CANOVA SHOW (10-4-47) Judy is scheduled for a screen test at “Paragon Studios.” Cast features Mel Blanc, Joe Kearns, Hans Conried. GUNSMOKE (1-31-53) William Conrad stars with Howard McNear as Doc Adams, who is being sought as a fugitive by a deputy from Virginia. NOTE: Ken Alexander is guest host for this week’s program. Rebroadcast: 11/4/2015 – 11/10/2015.
PROGRAM 1305: GRAND CENTRAL STATION (9-18-48) “Too Young to Understand” featuring Will Geer and Sarah Fussell. A story of a family down on their luck and in financial difficulties. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (9-2-45) Ozzie tries to repair a dripping faucet. MR. AND MRS. NORTH (1-17-45) A fake murder turns real in “The Frisby Klisby Case.” Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin are Pam and Jerry North. POP CHRONICLES – The 40s (1972) Program four in the eight-part series. Music from WW II thru V-J Day. MR. PRESIDENT (1940s) Edward Arnold stars as a president of the United States who averted a war with Canada. MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (1946) “Death’s Goblet,” the story of a goblet with a curse: “Pour your own wine and drink from the goblet and you will murder someone.” Rebroadcast: 11/11/2015 – 11/17/2015.
PROGRAM 1306: SONGS BY SINATRA (11-21-45) On the eve of the first peacetime Thanksgiving after World War II, Frank Sinatra offers a program with a patriotic flavor. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (11-21-45) It’s turkey troubles for Eddie as he tries to serve Thanksgiving dinner to friends at the Waldorf Hotel. POP CHRONICLES – The 40s (1972) Fifth program in the series. Music in the post-war years. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (11-24-49) “Courtship of Miles Standish” starring David Niven in Longfellow’s story about the early days of the Plymouth Colony. JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (11-26-47) Jimmy has a live turkey for Thanksgiving. Guest is Victor Moore. Rebroadcast: 11/18/2015 – 11/24/2015.
PROGRAM 1307: BREAKFAST CLUB (9-2-60) From the College Inn of Chicago’s Hotel Sherman, Don McNeill and company are on the air with their regular program, but since it’s being recorded for the Armed Forces Radio Service to be played for military audiences on Christmas morning, they offer unseasonal (for September) material (for Christmas Day). SUSPENSE (12-13-55) “A Present for Benny” starring Jack Krushen in “a story of Christmas shopping and a present that went astray.” POP CHRONICLES – The 40s (1972) Sixth program in the series features music to 1947. VISIT TO A DOLL FACTORY (12-9-38) It’s 14 days to Christmas and listeners are treated to a sound picture of the Ideal Novelty and Toy Factory plus a description of how dolls are made. LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-24-45) “I’ll be Seeing You” starring Joseph Cotton and Dorothy McGuire. A WW II story of two people who find themselves very much in love, but whose Yuletide happiness is shadowed by a stranger threat. Rebroadcast: 11/25/2015 – 12/1/2015.
PROGRAM 1308: TWENTY-FIRST PRECINCT (1950s) Everett Sloane stars as the police captain in charge. While a woman files a complaint, the station house prepares for the Christmas party to be held for neighborhood children. POP CHRONICLES – The 40s (1972) Program seven in the eight-part series. Music from the end of the decade. ROBERT TROUT AND THE NEWS (12-12-48) No doubt about it, the Electoral College will elect Harry Truman. LIVING, 1948 (12-12-48) “The Greatest Christmas Present” is the story of an immigrant family who comes to America for the birth of their child. SONGS BY SINATRA (12-5-45) In New York, Frank presents an early look at the holiday season and sings a medley of Christmas carols in anticipation of the first peacetime Christmas after the end of WW II. PHIL HARRIS – ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-19-52) Phil has to play Santa Claus at the Women’s Club Christmas Party. Rebroadcast: 12/2/2015 – 12/8/2015.
PROGRAM 1309: TALENT SCOUTS (12-19-49) Arthur Godfrey presents a program of youthful, non-professional talent for his Christmas show. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-10-47) Gildy decides to do his Christmas shopping “early” this year. NOTE: This is the first of four consecutive Gildersleeve programs to be presented this month. POP CHRONICLES – The 40s (1972) The eighth and final program in the series telling the story of popular music in the 1940s. BEULAH (12-24-53) Amanda Randolph stars as Beulah, whose boss has been selected honorary Santa Claus, thanks to her. MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (12-25-51) “Christmas Story.” A man driving across the country with a stranger decides to impersonate him when he dies suddenly. The opportunity to collect a dishonest inheritance seems irresistible. FATHER KNOWS BEST (12-25-52) Robert Young stars. On Christmas night, as the Anderson family basks in the glow of the holiday, the children are still working on father’s gift. Rebroadcast: 12/9/2015 – 12/15/2015.
PROGRAM 1310: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-17-47) Gildy, angry with the Mayor’s response in the newspaper about laxity in the Water Department, locks himself in his room until he gets an apology. NOTE: This is an unusual broadcast, with Hal Peary absent from the program due to illness. CHRISTMAS COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-24-45) It’s the Armed Forces Radio Service’s fourth annual holiday broadcast. Bob Hope leads off an all-star cast celebrating the first peacetime Christmas since the series began: Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Harry James and the orchestra, Herbert Marshall, Jimmy Durante, Ginny Simms, Jerry Colonna, Johnny Mercer, Judy Garland, Pied Pipers, Ed “Archie” Gardner, Frances Langford, Kay Kyser, Cass Daley, Frank Sinatra, Mel Blanc. President Truman sends a peacetime message to the military audience. SUSPENSE (12-21-53) “Twas the Night Before Christmas” starring Greer Garson in a story about “a certain little girl on a certain Christmas Eve.” Rebroadcast: 12/16/2015 – 12/22/2015.
PROGRAM 1311: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-25-45) Fibber gets a Christmas gift from Doc Gamble, but he and Molly – and everyone else – can’t figure out what it is! HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (12-16-48) “The Desert Shall Rejoice” starring John Hodiak. The miracle of Christmas is relived in our day as a cynical tourist camp owner gives a room to Marie and Jose. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-24-47) Gildy goes shopping for Leory’s model airplane and makes plans to play Santa at church. CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE (12-24-39) “A Christmas Carol” starring Lionel Barrymore in his fourth appearance as Ebenezer Scrooge in this broadcast of Charles Dickens’ story. Orson Welles narrates this radio classic. BING CROSBY SHOW (12-25-52) Guest Gary Crosby joins his father and Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires in this traditional Christmas program. Lots of holiday music (including “White Christmas”) and no commercials! Rebroadcast: 12/23/2015 – 12/29/2015.
PROGRAM 1312: ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (1-2-49) Ozzie thinks women allow men to win simply to make them feel better. He competes with Harriet in a knitting contest to prove that men are superior to women. Lots of fun with New Year’s resolutions. LES ELGART AND HIS ORCHESTRA (12-31-64 to 1-1-65) New Year’s Eve remote broadcast from the Sherman House in Chicago. GUNSMOKE (1-1-56) “Puckett’s New Year.” At the end of the year, a prospector seeks to kill the man who left him to die in a snowstorm. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-20-35) An early McGee program finds Fibber and Molly all dressed up for a night on the town to celebrate the arrival of the new year. CHAMPAGNE MUSIC OF LAWRENCE WELK (12-31-70 to 1-1-71) New Year’s Eve remote broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium. Celebrate with the countdown before “Auld Lang Syne.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-31-47) Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve has three parties to go to on New Year’s Eve. Rebroadcast: 12/30/2015 – 1/5/2016.
PROGRAM 1313: Today we begin an exciting series by the great Carlton E. Morse, creator of I Love a Mystery and One Man’s Family. “The City of the Dead” (syndicated in 1944) stars Elliott Lewis as Captain Bart Friday with Richard LeGrand as Doc Tooner and Janet Waldo as Phyllis Carroll. There are ten 25-minute episodes in this thrilling adventure and we’ll broadcast the first five chapters today. The remaining chapters will be presented on January 13. Chapter 1 – The City of the Dead is an old graveyard presided over by Mayor Joshua Friday (the caretaker). The adventure begins with phantom church bells, shrouded monsters and a young couple’s car being stolen. Mayor Friday and his friend Doc Tooner insist the young couple stay the night, locking their doors behind them. Chapter 2 – “I’ve Dug Up Something Ghastly”, Chapter 3 – “The Body that Walked Off”, Chapter 4 – “Old Clawfoot Again”, Chapter 5 – “The Skeleton Walks in”. Rebroadcast: 1/6/2016 – 1/12/2016.
PROGRAM 1314: Today we conclude the exciting series by Carlton E. Morse, creator of I Love a Mystery and One Man’s Family. “The City of the Dead” (syndicated in 1944) stars Elliott Lewis as Captain Bart Friday with Richard LeGrand as Doc Tooner and Janet Waldo as Phyllis Carroll. Chapter 6 – “The Ghoul in the Grave,” Chapter 7 – “Captain Friday Vanishes,” Chapter 8 – The Kidnapping of Clawfoot,” Chapter 9 – The Trail of the Phantom Church Bell,” Chapter 10 – Where the Pearls Were Hidden”. Rebroadcast: 1/13/2016 – 1/19/2016.
PROGRAM 1315: George Burns was born January 20, 1896 and today, precisely 100 years later, we celebrate his Centennial! George and his wife Gracie Allen entertained radio fans royally for eighteen years, from 1932 until 1950, when they made a smooth transition to television. During our centennial salute we’ll have lots of sound clips from the radio career of Burns and Allen as well as some of George’s musical efforts and a few early George and Gracie comedy recordings. Plus these complete broadcasts: BURNS AND ALLEN (2-10-41) Broadcasting from Chicago to entertain the troops at Fort Sheridan, George and Gracie star with Artie Shaw and his orchestra. Lots of topical chatter about Chicago and a visit from the city’s Mayor Edward J. Kelly. BURNS AND ALLEN (11-9-43) Gracie blackmails guest Jack Benny into permitting George to sing on the Benny program. George sings “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” PHILCO RADIO TIME (1-14-48) Bing Crosby welcomes guest George Burns who has decided to leave Gracie and go out on his own as a singer. “Sugar Throat” Burns and Bing sing “It Might As Well Be Spring.” PLUS—Our Those Were The Days Radio Players –live and in person- present an original sketch by Ken Alexander based on the Burns and Allen Show. Rebroadcast: 1/20/2016 – 1/26/2016.
PROGRAM 1316: OUR MISS BROOKS (10-24-48) Eve Arden stars as the Madison High School English teacher. Everyone conspires to “keep Miss Brooks from buying an alligator bag so we can give it to her on her birthday.” Gale Gordon is Mr. Conklin. ESCAPE (3-14-48) “Log of the Evening Star” starring Jack Webb as the first mate of a South Seas schooner. A dead sea captain apparently has returned from his watery grave to reclaim his wife and ship. ADVENTURES OF TOPPER (8-31-45) Roland Young stars as Topper, who feigns illness to avoid visiting his mother-in-law. DORIS DAY SHOW (3-28-52) Doris welcomes Danny Thomas, her co-star in the movie “I’ll See You in My Dreams” as they recreate a scene from the film. ROGUE’S GALLERY (4-4-46) Dick Powell stars as private detective Richard Rogue. A death house inmate wants Rogue to retrieve stolen jewels, get the reward and give the money to his daughter. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (8-12-46) “Devil and Miss Jones” starring Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Guy Kibbee. A millionaire masquerades as a clerk in his own department store to investigate employee complaints. Rebroadcast: 1/27/2016 – 2/2/2016.
PROGRAM 1317: NOTE: This month we feature a sequence of related and mostly consecutive Benny programs dealing with the famous “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Because…” contest. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-21-45) Jack is planning to go to the race track, but is having trouble selecting a horse. Jack dreams about the race, betting $85,000. This program features the first appearance of Polly the Parrott (played by Mel Blanc) and the first appearance of Phil’s “daughter” (Jeanine Roos). JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-28-45) When Jack dreams that he bet $85,000 on a horse that won and paid $646,000, his Press Agent Steve Bradley has a great idea! HOTPOINT HOLIDAY HOUR (12-25-49) “The Man Who Came to Dinner” starring Jack Benny with an all-star supporting cast: Charles Boyer, Gene Kelly, Dorothy McGuire, Gregory Peck, and Rosalind Russell. Henry Fonda narrates. A pompous, cantankerous, megalomaniac broadcaster is confined by a broken hip to a normal Midwestern home, which he turns into bedlam. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-4-45) After being the victim of a robbery, Jack is sick in bed. The gang tries to comfort him. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-11-45) Jack is still trying to recover from the shock of being robbed. Rochester tries to get boxer Joe Louis to be Jack’s bodyguard, but Joe wants to be a comedian. Rebroadcast: 2/3/2016 – 2/9/2016.
PROGRAM 1318: NOTE: This month we feature a sequence of related and mostly consecutive Benny programs dealing with the famous “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Because…” contest. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-25-45) Press Agent Steve Bradley tells Jack that the robbery was a publicity stunt! Bradley has an idea how to use the “stolen” money. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-2-45) Jack’s press agent gives an explanation of his “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny because…” contest. PHILCO RADIO TIME (3-3-48) Bing Crosby welcomes guests Jack Benny and restaurateur Tom Brennaman. Jack’s girlfriend Gladys Zabisco (Sara Berner) warns Bing that Benny is looking for him. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-9-45) The gang helps Jack read “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest letters. Guests Ronald and Benita Colman, in their first appearance on the Benny program, send a dinner invitation to Jack, but they’re surprised when he arrives. SUSPENSE (2-2-53) “Plan X” staring Jack Benny with Joe Kearns, William Conrad, Howard McNear and Jack Krushen. In the year 2053 Jack is a Martian chosen to carry out a plan to deal with an “invasion rocket” from Earth. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-16-45) A parade of mail carriers deliver “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” letters to Benny’s house. The gang reads some of the letters while Jack tries to tune in to Don Wilson on the radio. Instead, he gets columnist Louella Parsons who comments on the Benny contest. Rebroadcast: 2/10/2016 – 2/16/2016.
PROGRAM 1319: NOTE: This month we feature a sequence of related and mostly consecutive Benny programs dealing with the famous “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Because…” contest. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-23-45) On the day before the end of the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest, the gang reads some of the letters that are pouring in. Guests Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Colman are expected for a holiday dinner. Larry Stevens sings “Ava Maria” in this seasonal show and Ronald Colman “toasts the world” at the end of World War II. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-30-45) The “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest ended last week, but Jack and the Gang are still sorting out the latest entries. LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-16-46) “Killer Kates” starring Jack Benny who plays a would-be comedian who bombed out in night clubs, but becomes the toast of Broadway in a serious role as a gangster, playing to packed houses. But nightmares re-occur and the gangster’s character take over. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-6-46) On this first show of the new year, Mary tells how Jack went to the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, but didn’t see the game. Winner of the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest will be announced in three weeks. This show features the first appearance of Artie Auerbach as the Hot Dog Man (Mr. Kitzel). JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-13-46) Jack and the gang appear in his version of the 20th Century Fox musical “State Fair.” “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest winners to be announced in two weeks. Rebroadcast: 2/17/2016 – 2/23/2016.
PROGRAM 1320: NOTE: This month we feature a sequence of related and mostly consecutive Benny programs dealing with the famous “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Because…” contest. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-20-46) Since the last show, Jack was appointed Honorary Mayor of Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga! This week, the cast continues their version of “State Fair.” A telegram from Fred Allen –the supreme judge of the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest – says the winners will be announced next week. DENNIS DAY SHOW (10-3-46) Special guests are Don Wilson and Jack Benny who give Dennis a send-off on the first program in his new show. This is a “preview” of the series telling how the program (to be called “A Day in the Life of Dennis Day” came about. Jack dreams of the future – when Dennis is a star and he is an unknown! JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-27-46) Jack must give away $10,000 to the winners of the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest. Fred Allen, in New York, announces the first prize winner and Jack names many other winners. JACK BENNY FIDDLES WITH THE CLASSICS (1978) An entertaining, humorous introduction to the world of classical music for young (and older) listeners, in which the noted comedian – and sometimes violinist – recalls his early, fun-filled adventures as a child “prodigy.” Jack is ably assisted by Isaac Stern, Mary Livingstone and Mel Blanc. From an out-of-print Capitol Records album. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-3-46) Jack takes Mary to a concert starring guest Isaac Stern, one of the world’s greatest violinists. They meet Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Colman at the Philharmonic Auditorium. Later, Ronald Colman reads the first prize letter in the “I Can’t Stand Jack Benny” contest. Rebroadcast: 2/24/2016 – 3/1/2016.
PROGRAM 1321: THE FAT MAN (1-21-46) J. Scott Smart stars as the “hard-boiled criminologist who tips the scales at 247 pounds” in the first show of the series. The Fat Man is asked to hide a woman who is being followed. FRED ALLEN SHOW (10-6-46) Fred’s first show of the 1946-47 season, introduced and narrated by two famous news commentators: Lowell Thomas and H. V. Kaltenborn. Features Portland Hoffa, the DeMarco Sisters, and the Allen’s Alley regulars. FORT LARAMIE (5-6-56) Raymond Burr as Capt. Lee Quince of the U. S. Cavalry. A prejudice trooper learns a valuable lesson about white men and Indians. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (3-14-45) Charlie Barnet and his orchestra broadcasting from the U.S. Naval Receiving Station in Schumacher, California. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (9-9-45) Ozzie and Harriet have an argument about reprimanding David when he gets into a fight with another kid. THE FAT MAN (7-8-46) “The Black Angel” stars J. Scott Smart as the heavy-set detective who investigates when a man thinks his wife is cheating on him. Rebroadcast: 3/2/2016 – 3/8/2016.
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, 3/9/2016 – 3/15/2016 .
PROGRAM 1323: HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (10-28-48) “O’Halloran’s Luck” starring Edmund O’Brien. Tim O’Halloran comes to Boston to marry Kitty Malone, but her parents have other ideas. PHILCO RADIO TIME (3-17-48) On St. Patrick’s Day, Bing Crosby welcomes guest Margaret O’Brien, who joins Bing in a “Cinderella” sketch. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (2-14-44) “Gentleman Jim” starring Erroll Flynn, Alexis Smith and Ward Bond in the story about prize fighter Gentleman Jim Corbett and his bout with John L. Sullivan. DUFFY’S TAVERN (1944) Ed Gardner as Archie, the manager of the tavern, who wants to put on a radio program with Hope and Crosby as guests. He seeks help from Bob Crosby and Dolores Hope. HIS HONOR, THE BARBER (11-27-45) Actor Barry Fitzgerald stars as Judy Bernard Fitz, who had been a barber before his election to the bench in the District Court of Vincent County. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (3-3-47) “Kitty Foyle” starring Olivia deHavilland, Henry Fonda and William Lundigan in the story of a white collar girl who must decide between two suitors. Rebroadcast: 3/16/2016 – 3/22/2016.
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, 3/23/2016 – 3/29/2016.
PROGRAM 1325: SCREEN DIRECTORS’ 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. SUSPENSE (9-9-48) “The Big Shot” starring Burt Lancaster in the Bret Halliday story about a tough, good-looking mining engineer who goes to work in an illegal gold mine in Mexico. YOUR TRAVELING REPORTER (1948) Columnist Irv Kupcinet with a program of celebrity interviews, including Chicago Bears football great Sid Luckman and actor Burt Lancaster. SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (4-28-50) “Rope of Sand” starring Burt Lancaster as a thief who tries to regain a treasure he hid away. SUSPENSE (11-24-49) “The Long Wait” starring Burt Lancaster as an ex-con, just released from prison, who looks for the woman who caused his brother to kill himself. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is Nostalgia Digest columnist and movie historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, talking about the career of Burt Lancaster. Rebroadcast: 3/30/2016 – 4/5/2016.
PROGRAM 1326: PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (4-2-50) Phil tells his daughters the story of the Easter Bunny. OUR MISS BROOKS (1952) Eve Arden stars as the Madison High School English teacher who has decided to work through the Easter Week vacation to earn money to buy a new dress for the holiday. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-16-54) Fibber plans to color twelve dozen Easter eggs while Molly goes to see a Wistful Vista production of “South Pacific.” LIFE WITH LUIGI (4-8-52) J. Carroll Naish stars as Luigi Basco who has invited his night school class to Easter dinner. PRIVATE LIVES OF ETHEL AND ALBERT (1940s) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star. Grandma sends daughter Susie a bunny for Easter. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-9-52) Willard Waterman stars. The family tries to persuade Gildy to get up at 4 a.m. to attend the Easter Sunrise Service. Birdie (Lillian Randolph) sings “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” NOTE: Ken Alexander subs for Chuck Schaden on this program. Rebroadcast: 4/6/2016 – 4/12/2016.
PROGRAM 1327: Gene Kelly, one of America’s best-loved performers, died February 2, 1996 at age 83. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (3-22-43) “For Me and My Gal” starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly as a vaudeville couple determined to play the fabled Palace Theatre on Broadway. STUDIO ONE (12-8-47) “To Mary With Love” starring Gene Kelly with Mercedes McCambridge and Everett Sloane in “the story of ten years and three people – a warm and realistic study of a marriage and a delirious decade – as seen from the point of view of the other man.” SONGS BY SINATRA (10-17-45) In New York City, Frankie is joined by Gene Kelly for some fun singing and dancing in some scenes from their movie, “Anchors Aweigh.” RAILROAD HOUR (1-10-49) “The Red Mill” starring Gordon MacRae, Gene Kelly and Lucille Norman with Alan Reed in Victor Herbert’s musical comedy about two Americans traveling to Europe for romance. SUSPENSE (9-28-44) “The Man Who Couldn’t Lose” starring Gene Kelly in “a tale of dawn ‘til midnight in a man’s life… a tale of murder and money… and luck! Rebroadcast: 4/13/2016 – 4/19/2016.
PROGRAM 1328: Note: All programs today are from April 20 of various years. JACK ARMSTRONG (4-20-48) “House of Darkness” is the complete story told in this half-hour adventure starring Charles Flynn as Jack Armstrong, who now works for the Scientific Bureau of Investigation. Dick York is Billy Fairfield. YOUR HIT PARADE (4-20-57) It’s the top seven songs of the week as performed by Dorothy Collins, Snooky Lanson, Giselle MacKenzie, Russell Arms and Raymond Scott and his orchestra. This is the audio track from the TV show. GEORGE SOKOLSKY (4-20-52) Commentary by the nationally syndicated columnist, author and lecturer. “President Harry Truman announced on March 29th that he will not be a candidate for president… That means for nearly ten months, he will be a ‘lame duck’ president.” CBS RADIO WORKSHOP (4-20-56) “A Living Portrait of a Man in Action,” William Zeckendorf, a successful real estate developer in New York. This series is “dedicated to man’s imagination, the theatre of the mind.” NEWS (4-20-49) John Holtman reports the news of the day on WMAQ, Chicago. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-20-36) When the streetcar motorman leaves his post after winning a sweepstakes prize, Fibber takes over! Rebroadcast: 4/20/2016 – 4/26/2016.
PROGRAM 1329: As we observe our twenty-sixth broadcast anniversary today, we’ll express appreciation to our listeners.. and to some special friends who helped us call attention to our program during the first few years we were on the air. CROMIE CIRCLE (7-17-70) Bob Cromie, writer, reviewer and host of “Book Beat” on Public Television, moderated this audio track from the late night TV talk show.The subject is old time radio and guests are radio actors Paul Barnes, Sarajane Wells, John Gannon, Norman Gottshalkl and the host of a new radio show, Chuck Schaden. KENNEDY & COMPANY (7-31-70) Bob Kennedy and Jennie Crim in an audio excerpt from their early-morning TV talk show discuss old time radio with actors Shirley Bell Cole, Harry Elders, Paul Barnes, plus Chuck Schaden. RAY RAYNER SHOW (5-19-71) Popular morning TV host Ray Rayner in an audio excerpt from his show with guest Chuck Schaden who has brought along some secret decoders and other radio premiums. JACK EIGAN SHOW (9-7-71) Late night radio’s interview personality with guests actress Carmelita Pope, dress manufacturer Norman Kaplan, and radio host Chuck Schaden. CONTACT (8-24-72) Dave Baum, with his nightly radio show, devotes some time to the subject of old time radio with guest Chuck Schaden. Rebroadcast: 4/27/2016 – 5/3/2016.
PROGRAM 1330: IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (9-7-45) Tom Howard moderates this zany quiz show with panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton. Question: “What is carried in a mail pouch?” BLUE RIBBON TOWN (1-8-44) Groucho Marx stars with guest Charles Laughton. After an auto accident, Groucho decides he needs help from someone with a lot of influence with the city of Beverly Hills. He recruits actor Laughton. Cast features Leo Gorcey. COLUMBIA PRESENTS CORWIN (3-21-44) “The Undecided Molecule,” Norman Corwin’s trial in verse starring Vincent Price, Groucho Marx, Robert Benchley, Norman Lloyd, Keenan Wynn and Sylvia Sidney. Groucho is the judge, Price is the prosecutor. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1994) Program 17 in the 18-part series of reenactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (8-1-48) “Case of the Midway Murders” starring Lon Clark as Nick with Charlotte Manson as Patsy Bowen, his “girl Friday.” A man is found dead on a roller coaster. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 2: In the Beginning, dealing with many of the steps that became the foundation for the development of radio. Rebroadcast: 5/4/2016 – 5/10/2016.
PROGRAM 1331: MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (1950) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper. Both mothers are coming to visit the Coopers, but neither George nor Liz are excited about it. LUX RADIO THEATRE (1-4-56) “Mother Wore Tights” starring Dan Dailey and Mitzi Gaynor in the story of a vaudeville family. SUSPENSE (1-4-59) “Don’t Call Me Mother” starring Agnes Moorehead with Cathy Lewis and James McCallion. Young man’s mother is not very pleased when he brings a young lady home for dinner. WHISPERING STREETS (1958) “The Distraught Mother.” Bette Davis is hostess and narrator for this daytime radio series. In this complete story, a widow of 18 months still clings to the memory of her husband in spite of the urging of her friend and her 15-year old son. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (11-23-42) “Bachelor Mother” starring Ann Sothern, Fred MacMurray and Charles Coburn. A sales girl unwittingly becomes guardian for an abandoned baby, causing a scandal in the department store where she works. PLUS—We pay tribute to Don McNeill, long-time host of radio’s Breakfast Club, who died May 7, 1996 at age 88. Rebroadcast: 5/11/2016 – 5/17/2016.
PROGRAM 1332: BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1940s) “Death Uses Disappearing Ink” starring Ned Wever as Captain Hugh Drummond with Luis Van Rooten as his sidekick Denny. A woman on the train tells Drummond she fears her life is in danger. TRIBUTE TO IRVING BERLIN (8-3-38) An all-star salute to songwriter Irving Berlin on the occasion of the release of the film “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” In a broadcast from New York, Chicago and Hollywood, we hear Walter Winchell, Ted Husing, Ethel Merman, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker, Lew Lehr, Ben Bernie, Rudy Vallee, Tommy Dorsey and the orchestra, Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians, Paul Whiteman, Connee Boswell and, of course, Irving Berlin. Louella Parsons and Darryl F. Zanuck introduce Tyrone Power and Alice Faye in scenes from the movie. LIGHTS OUT (8-3-43) “Murder Castle” starring Joe Kearns with Mercened McCambridge. A businessman lures women to his castle on the pretense of employment, but they are never seen again! Arch Oboler hosts. DUNNINGER (1944) The Master Mentalist amazes audiences with his mind-reading abilities. Bret Morrison narrates an incident in the life of Abraham Lincoln. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 3: The Sounds of Time, continuing the discussion of the works of inventors and scientists in the 19th and 20th centuries: Michael Faraday and Sir William Crookes in England, Thomas Edison in the United States, and Gugliemo Marconi in Italy. Rebroadcast: 5/18/2016 – 5/24/2016.
PROGRAM 1333: STORY OF DR. KILDARE (2-8-50) Lew Ayers stars as Dr. James Kildare with Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Leonard Gillespie. An automobile accident victim has retreated into a self-protective shell after losing her leg. BOB HOPE SHOW (1949) Guest Jimmy Durante joins regulars Doris Day, Irene Ryan, Bill Farrell and Les Brown and his Band of Renown. ADVENTURES OF PHILLIP MARLOWE (10-1-49) starring Gerald Mohr as the tough private detective. A piece of diamond jewelry leaves a trail of death for those who try to sell or pawn it. LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-3-40) “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” starring Alice Faye, Ray Milland and Robert Preston in the show biz story with a cavalcade of Irving Berlin songs. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 4: A Voice in the Wilderness, concluding the discussion of radio’s inventors; a communications medium begins to emerge. Rebroadcast: 5/25/2016 – 5/31/2016.
PROGRAM 1334: A sound picture of radio as it was sixty years ago, in 1936. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-2-36) Jim and Marian Jordan star with Hugh Studebaker, Isabel Randolph, Bill Thompson, Cliff Arquette, Harlow Wilcox, Rico Marcelli and the orchestra. The McGees go door-to-door selling encyclopedias. Marian “doubles” as Mrs. Wheedledick and Sis. LOWELL THOMAS (1-10-36) Excerpt from a musical program featuring the guest commentator who reviews –on this first program of 1936—the biggest news stories of the last year: 1935. HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (12-18-36) Host Dick Powell stars with Hollywood columnist Louella Parsons, Frances Langford, and guests Arthur Treacher, Igor Gorin, Tony Martin and producer Darryl F. Zanuck. This major variety hour is broadcast this week from 20th Century Fox studios in Hollywood where listeners are treated to visits to various movie sets and for a big party in honor of the new film “One in a Million” starring Sonja Henie, Ritz Brothers, Adolph Menjou. UNIVERSITY BROADCASTING COUNCIL (3-14-36) “Not For Ladies,” a one-act play about the Bronte Sisters and the prejudice they faced as women writers, trying to get their work published. Cast features radio students, members of the Northwestern University Drama Group. BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (2-2-36) “Let’s Dance to a half-hour of Rhythm” broadcast from the Congress Hotel in Chicago. OLSON AND JOHNSON (1936) The zany comedy team of Ole Olson and Chic Johnson in a half-hour comedy show with music by Jimmy Grier and the orchestra and singer Gertrude Niesen. BUGHOUSE RHYTHM (12-28-36) Humorous musical program, treating popular music with a comical highbrow approach. Rebroadcast: 6/1/2016 – 6/7/2016.
PROGRAM 1335: A sound picture of radio as it was sixty years ago, in 1936. MA PERKINS (April, 1936) Isolated episode of the long-running daytime drama. Ma tries to have a heart-to-heart talk with Evy’s husband Willy. Virginia Payne stars as “America’s mother of the air.” CALLING ALL CARS (7-31-36) “A Chance Meeting” opens with the police call: “Be on the lookout for a man described as short, wearing a dark suit, checkered cap. Wanted for murder. The subject is armed. Bring him in, boys!” TIM AND IRENE (9-20-36) Tim Ryan and Irene Noblette Ryan, the “sweethearts of the variety stage” star in this summer replacement program for Jack Benny as they turn back the clock to the days of vaudeville. Don Wilson announces. BOXING – LOUIS VS. SHARKEY (8-18-36) From Yankee Stadium in New York, Ted Husing announces the broadcast with Charles Francis “Socker” Cole doing the blow-by-blow description as 34 year old Jack Sharkey, the “It Man” and 22 year old Joe Louis, the “Brown Bomber” square off. FIVE STAR FINAL (3-30-36) Dramatizations of news stories, “on the air to bring you the news of the world we live in …to make vividly real to you the stirring events that make us all actors in the drama of life.” Subjects include election day in Germany; Bruno Hauptman in prison for Lindbergh kidnapping. ZIEGFELD FOLLIES OF THE AIR (2-29-36) First show in the new series, from the stage of the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. Fanny Brice and James Melton star. A dramatic theme about a young girl who wants to be in the Follies runs throughout this variety show. Fanny Brice sings “My Man,” appears in a comedy sketch, and also as Baby Snooks. Rebroadcast: 6/8/2016 – 6/14/2016.
PROGRAM 1336: A sound picture of radio as it was sixty years ago, in 1936. LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-5-36) “Elmer the Great” stars Joe E. Brown as Elmer Kane, the modest baseball pitcher who signs with the New York Giants. Cast includes June Travis and Frank Nelson. Intermission guests are Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants and Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees. TEXACO TOWN (10-25-36) Eddie Cantor stars with announcer Jimmy Wallington, 13-year-old Deanna Durbin, 9-year-old Bobby Breen and guest, actor Leslie Howard. Cast features Harry “Parkyakarkas” Einstein. (This program is preceded and followed by news reports on the “British crisis” – speculation on the abdication of King Edward so he can marry the American, Mrs. Wallace Simpson.) KING EDWARD VIII (12-11-36) In a speech by short wave transmission from Windsor Castle, His Royal Highness Prince Edward speaks on his abdication, a few hours after discharging his last duties as King of England. He has been succeeded by his brother, the Duke of York. KEN MURRAY SHOW (4-22-36) Excerpt starring comedian Ken Murray, star of “Blackouts” in Los Angeles, with singer Phil Regan, comedienne Eve Arden, Russ Morgan and his orchestra. Ken takes the cast to the circus. FORD V-8 REVUE (1936) A transcribed program of popular music featuring Bob Crosby and his Swing Band with the Freshman Trio. JOE PENNER SHOW (12-13-36) Comedian Joe Penner stars as the Black Sheep of an aristrocratic family, the Park Avenue Penners. The family plans a trip to Russia. Rebroadcast: 6/15/2016 – 6/21/2016.
PROGRAM 1337: A sound picture of radio as it was sixty years ago, in 1936. LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (June 1936) Isolated episode in the long-running kids’ adventure series. Annie and Joe try to save a friend’s show boat! Shirley Bell stars as Annie. Announcer Franklin MacCormack urges listeners to send in names for “Billy’s airdale dog.” Fifty dogs will be given away! JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-11-36) Jack stars with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris and the orchestra, singer Kenny Baker. The cast does their version of Warner Bros. hit film of 1936, “Anthony Adverse” with Jack in the title role. CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (9-2-36) A musical Cavalcade “tracing the tuneful development of American operetta and musical comedy from the turn of the century to this very moment.” Don Voorhees and the orchestra. Music by Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin. RUDY VALLEE SHOW (12-3-36) The Vagabond Lover stars in his big-time variety show with guests Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, Ed Wynn, Eddie Peabody, the Don Cossacks singing organization and author John Guenther. Music by Rudy’s Connecticut Yankees. DEATH VALLEY DAYS (8-27-36) “Outlaw Sam Bass.” The Old Ranger narrates the true story of Sam Bass, called by some the “Robin Hood of the Old West.” LEO IS ON THE AIR (December, 1936) A “cavalcade of musical hits” starring hit tunes from MGM musicals of 1936, including “You” from “The Great Ziegfeld,” “Did I Remember” from “Suzy,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” from “Born to Dance.” Rebroadcast: 6/22/2016 – 6/28/2016.
PROGRAM 1338: A sound picture of radio as it was sixty years ago, in 1936. SHELL CHATEAU (1-25-36) Al Jolson, the world’s greatest entertainer, presents a variety show with actor Herbert Marshall; comedienne Helen Troy; ski jumper Ivan Nelson; singers Jack Stanton and Peggy Gardner; and Cab Calloway and his Hi-De-Ho Boys! Music by Victor Young and the orchestra. BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (1-15-36) George and Gracie with announcer Ted Husing, singer Milton Watson, and Jacques Renard, his magic violin and his orchestra. Gracie plays Sadie Thompson in a spoof of the 1932 movie “Rain.” MAJOR BOWES ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR (9-17-36) “Around, around she goes, and where she stops nobody knows.” Major Edward Bowes presents truly amateur talent as listeners call to vote. Host city is Detroit, Michigan. CHILDREN’S FOLLIES (7-4-36) New York Daily Mirror columnist Nick Kenny presents a kids’ show featuring New York talent plus an interview with Ireene Wicker, radio’s “Singing Lady” who talks about her career which began in Chicago. SINGING LADY (7-10-36) Ireene Wicker tells a true story about a “great American composer,” John Alden Carpenter of Park Ridge, Illinois. The Singing Lady offers a premium for listeners: a “Singing Lady” sun suit! JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-18-36) Jack talks about his new movie, “The Big Broadcast” which establishes him as a “great screen lover.” The cast continues their version of the blockbuster film of 1936, “Anthony Adverse”. Rebroadcast: 6/29/2016 – 7/5/2016.
PROGRAM 1339: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-23-51) We begin another summer-long series of One Man’s Family programs by the great Carlton E. Morse. We pick up where we left off last year, and begin with Chapter 1 of Book 85 in the continuing saga of the Barbour family. Chapter 1: “The unhappy co-ed.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-24-51) Book 85, Chapter 2: “What is Joan up to?” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-25-51) Book 85, Chapter 3: “Claudia has doubts about Joan.” ADVENTURES BY MORSE (1944) “A Coffin for the Lady.” Writer Carlton E. Morse shows his I-Love-A-Mystery-style in this three-part adventure. On an uninhabited island on the Canadian pacific coast, Captain Bart Friday and Skip Turner are on an intelligence mission for the military. Chapter 1 of 3. ADVENTURES BY MORSE (1944) “A Coffin for the Lady.” Chapter 2 of 3. ADVENTURES BY MORSE (1944) “A Coffin for the Lady.” Chapter 3 of 3. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-26-51) Book 85, Chapter 4: “Nicky asserts himself.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-27-51) Book 85, Chapter 5: “Joan takes matters into her own hands.” Note: Chapters 6 and 7 of Book 85 are missing from our collection, but the story picks up with Chapter 8 next week on Those Were The Days. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio. (1986) Lesson 5: Law and Order. The Radio Act of 1927 was the first real attempt to govern broadcasting, creating the Federal Radio Commission to administer the new law and to bring order out of chaos. Rebroadcast: 7/6/2016 – 7/12/2016.
PROGRAM 1340: MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (1940s) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper. Liz borrows the new neighbor’s baby to make George look like a family man for a prospective employer. ACADEMY AWARD (9-11-46) “Shadow of a Doubt” starring Joseph Cotton and June Vincent with Jeff Chandler. A young girl slowly comes to realize that her beloved uncle is really a murderer. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-25-51) Book 85, Chapter 8: “Clifford and Toots.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-3-51) Book 85, Chapter 9: “Joan’s plan for her apartment.” SPOTLIGHT REVUE (6-18-48) Spike Jones and his City Slickers star with Dorothy Shay, the “Park Avenue Hillbilly” in a program of mirth and madness. Guest is singer Buddy Clark. INNER SANCTUM (6-19-45) “Dead Man’s Holiday” starring Myron McCormick. A man is told that he has been dead for six years. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 6: Days of Discord reviews a 25-year period in radio’s history marked by disputes and disruption over the use of live and recorded music. NOTE: Ken Alexander subs for Chuck Schaden on this program. Rebroadcast: 7/13/2016 – 7/19/2016.
PROGRAM 1341: JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (4-7-48) The Schnozzola is joined by Peggy Lee, Alan Reed and guest Dorothy Lamour. Jimmy wants Dorothy to run for president of the United States. SUSPENSE (12-7-50) “After the Movies” starring Ray Milland with Cathy Lewis and William Conrad. A juror finds a large sum of money attached to a note asking for a hung jury. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-4-51) Book 85, Chapter 10: “Joan cancels a date.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5—7-51) Book 85, Chapter 11: “The boy in the case.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1-18-50) Harold Peary stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, who needs an excuse to get his nurse-girlfriend over for dinner. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (6-10-48) “The Devil and Daniel Webster” starring Alan Reed and John McIntire. A luckless farmer bargains his soul away to the devil for seven years of prosperity. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1987) Lesson 7: Growing Pains, showing how advertisers, who had not warmed to the small, individual groups of radio listeners scattered around the country, found new interest in the medium when networks made available audiences that stretches from coast to coast. With the emergence of networks, the struggling radio industry began to prosper. NOTE: Ken Alexander subs for Chuck Schaden on this program. Rebroadcast: 7/20/2016 – 7/26/2016.
PROGRAM 1342: FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHEEL (1994) The final program in the 18-part series of re-enactments of the 1932 Marx Brothers radio show. THE WHISTLER (7-9-43) “Eye For an Eye” A scientist traps four people he suspects of murdering his brother. ONE NIGHT STAND #431 (11-19-44) “The gay rhythms of Gay Claridige and his orchestra” in a remote broadcast from Chicago’s Chez Paree night club. BOB HOPE SHOW (1950s) Guest Richard Widmark joins Bob and Margaret Whiting, Bill Goodwin, Joe Kearns, Sheldon Leonard and Les Brown and band. Bob tells of his encounter with a bully called Mugs Widmark. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-8-51) Book 85, Chapter 12: “Jack lays down the law.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-9-51) Book 85, Chapter 13: “Toots in pursuit of knowledge.” PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 8: A Word from the Sponsor, discussing radio advertising from the first record plugs on experimental station 8XK in 1919, through the tentative experimentation of early stations and networks, to its present-day status as a billion-dollar-year industry. Rebroadcast: 7/27/2016 – 8/2/2016.
PROGRAM 1343: JUDY CANOVA SHOW (8-24-43) Judy goes shopping for a new dress. GEORGE WATSON SHOW (3-23-57) WBBM Chicago’s resident comedian with a comic disc jockey show using his own and other comic voices. LIGHTS OUT (4-13-43) A girl about to be killed by thugs is rescued by a ghost with a bow and arrow in “The Archer.” Arch Oboler hosts. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-10-51) Book 85, Chapter 14: “Is it MISS Toots Schultz or MRS.? ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-11-51) Book 85, Chapter 15: “A marriage is dissolved.” DUFFY’S TAVERN (9-22-44) Ed Gardner stars as Archie, the manager of the tavern. Guest is actress Gene Tierney and Archie wants to take her to the Stork Club. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-14-51) Book 85, Chapter 16: “The path of love is not smooth.” PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 9: New and Improved discusses the measures taken to regulate broadcast advertising, “payola” and “plugola,” as well as setback broadcasting suffered when cigarette advertising was outlawed. This program also reviews the advent of television, its impact on radio, and the countermeasures radio station managers initiated. Rebroadcast: 8/3/2016 – 8/9/2016.
PROGRAM 1344: MAIL CALL #177 (1940s) Excerpt featuring Red Skelton as Junior, the mean little kid and Verna Felton as Junior’s grandmother in a “sleepy time” sketch. FIRST NIGHTER (6-17-48) “Old Lady Shakespeare” starring Olan Soule and Verna Felton in a romantic drama about an aging actress who wants to stop her nephew from marrying a young woman. RADIO HALL OF FAME (3-12-44) Excerpt featuring Groucho Marx as Dr. Hackenbush and Verna Felton as head nurse in a zany hospital sketch. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (10-7-45) The Nelsons receive a most unusual gift from an Arabian prince. Featured in the cast are Bea Benadaret as Gloria the maid and Verna Felton as Mrs. Broadstreet. GUEST STAR (1951) “The Night is Dark” with Lurene Tuttle, Verna Felton and Gerald Mohr. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (5-5-49) “Mother” starring Linda Darnall with Verna Felton in a warmhearted story of the relationship of a mother and her daughter. SALUTE TO KMGM (5-27-48) Excerpt from a broadcast on the opening of the new radio broadcast studios of station KMGM. Grandma, played by Verna Felton, takes Junior, played by Red Skelton, on a tour of the new radio studio. JOAN DAVIS SHOW (1-21-46) “America’s Queen of Comedy” with singer Andy Russell, Verna Felton as Rosella Hipperton, and Shirley Mitchell. Joan borrows an idea from a romance magazine to try to win Andy’s affections. RED SKELTON SHOW (5-13-49) Red finds a lost dog and tries to find his owner. Cast features Verna Felton as Junior’s Grandma and as Red’s neighbor Mrs. Fussy. Rebroadcast: 8/10/2016 – 8/16/2016.
PROGRAM 1345: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-15-51) Book 85, Chapter 17: “Good night Mary Lou, good night.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-16-51) Book 85, Chapter 18: “Ah, these women!” LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-5-45) “Laura” starring Gene Tierney, Vincent Price and Otto Kruger. A detective investigating the murder of a glamorous star finds himself falling in love with her. Lionel Barrymore is host. LOUELLA PARSONS (9-26-48) Hollywood’s Number One gossip columnist is on the air with news about Robert Mitchum, Hedy Lamarr, George Stevens, Milton Berle, Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan. Guests are George Raft and Mona Freeman. Marvin Miller announces. DIMENSION X (5-27-50) “To the Future” with John Larkin and Jan Miner. A couple from the year 2155 have escaped in time back to the year 1950. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-17-51) Book 85, Chapter 19: “Toots takes a night off.” PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 10: Make ‘em Laugh analyzes the minstrel show, burlesque and vaudeville and traces the growth of radio comedy beginning with the sound-and-patter teams and stand-up comedians. Also discussed are ethnic comedy series and characterizations, their success, and the reaction to them by radio listeners. Rebroadcast: 8/17/2016 – 8/23/2016.
PROGRAM 1346: MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (1949) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star with Bea Benadaret, Gale Gordon and Frank Nelson. While cleaning out the desk, Liz finds some love letters. TWELVE PLAYERS (10-6-45) “A dozen of Hollywood’s outstanding radio artists to bring you… the unusual in radio entertainment.” Among the cast: Bea Benadaret, Lurene Tuttle, Cathy Lewis, Jay Novello, Hal March, John Brown. “Checkerboard” is a series of events taking place on a block in a residential neighborhood. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-7-54) Excerpt with Jack, Rochester and Mary on the way to the doctor’s office. Bea Benadaret is the nurse, Frank Nelson is the doctor. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (9-23-45) Word gets to Ozzie that the syndicate is planning to build an apartment building on the property next door. Bea Benadaret appears as Gloria, the Nelson’s maid and as Mrs. Appleby, the owner of the vacant lot. THE WHISTLER (8-21-46) “The Broken Chain” starring Elliott Lewis and Bea Benadaret. A long-suffering husband finally decides to murder his wife. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY (10-16-48) Two con men promise Dennis a commission if he can sell 100 acres of worthless Texas oil land to his girlfriend’s mother. Barbara Eiler is Mildred, Dennis’ girlfriend and Bea Benadaret is her mother. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-5-54) Excerpt from Jack Benny’s final Christmas shopping radio show. Mel Blanc is the harried clerk, Bea Benadaret is his wife. Rebroadcast: 8/24/2016 – 8/30/2016.
PROGRAM 1347: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (10-25-47) Ralph Edwards matches contestants with zany stunts while the Miss Hush” contest continues. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (9-14-52) Back from a summertime trip to England, Jack prepares his first show of the new season. Jack tries to get Bob Crosby to sign his contract to replace Phil Harris. This is Bob’s first show with Jack, and his daughter Kathy also appears. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-18-51) Book 85, Chapter 20: “Claudia’s mounting concern.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-21-51) Book 85, Chapter 21: “Meet James Beech.” RAILROAD HOUR (7-20-53) “Starlight” with Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Warrenskjold. “A memory of the days of good old vaudeville” is almost a cavalcade of show business from vaudeville to video! ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-22-51) Book 85, Chapter 22: “Mother and daughter talk it out.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-23-51) Book 85, Chapter 23: “Clifford’s promotion.” PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 11: In a Family Way discusses the family comedy series from five different approaches: 1) husband-and-wife, 2) homespun, 3) problems of the family as a unit, 4) teenagers’ problems, and 5) the cartoon format. Rebroadcast: 8/31/2016 – 9/6/2016.
PROGRAM 1348: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-24-51) Book 85, Chapter 24: “Young attorney at home.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-25-51) Book 85, Chapter 25: “Joan and Jim Beech.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-28-51) Book 86, Chapter 1: “Henry and family at the Sky Ranch.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-29-51) Book 86, Chapter 2: “Clifford gets in deeper.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (5-30-51) Book 86, Chapter 3: “Pinky and the battleship.” Note: Chapters 4 and 5 are missing from our collection. ONE MAN’S FAMILY (6-4-51) Book 86, Chapter 6. This is the final chapter in our collection of mostly consecutive One Man’s Family broadcasts from 1951. Now we jump ahead almost eight years to listen to the final five episodes of the series that began in 1932: ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-20-59) Book 134, Chapter 16: “Big news from Scotland.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-21-59) Book 134, Chapter 17: “The homecoming.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-22-59) Book 134, Chapter 18: “Betty lowers the boom.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-23-59) Book 134, Chapter 19: “The silent partner makes a move.” ONE MAN’S FAMILY (4-24-59) Book 134, Chapter 20: “Confessions of a bridegroom.”
On April 24, 1959, after 27 years, One Man’s Family was removed from the broadcast schedule without ceremony. Today we say good-bye to all those wonderful Carlton E. Morse characters with what, in our view, might have been the final show in the series if Mr. Morse and his cast had been given such an opportunity:
ONE MAN’S FAMILY FINALE (9-7-96) Ken Alexander has written an original script based on the characters in this long-running series. Members of our Those Were The Days Radio Players will bring it to life on the air as we hear Ken’s version of what might have been the final chapter in the last book of One Man’s Family: It’s a lovely afternoon in the middle of June. It’s a Saturday, and all is quiet at 264 Sea Cliff Drive. Paul is writing letters in his studio at the top of the house. Mother Barbour is doing some mending in the sewing room, while Father Barbour lovingly tends his rosebushes in the garden. Meanwhile, next door, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Barbour, here too all is quiet. All six daughters are out of the house, and we find Jack and Betty relaxing in the kitchen where, on the table between them, stand a carton of milk, two glasses, and a cookie jar filled with golden-brown cookies. Rebroadcast: 9/7/2016 – 9/13/2016.
PROGRAM 1349: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-13-44) Harold Peary stars as Gildersleeve. Judge Hooker and Gildy have opposing views on the subject of juvenile delinquency. BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1-17-47) “Case of the Atomic Murders” stars Ned Wever as Drummond, with Luis Van Rooten and Mercedes McCambridge. BILLIE BURKE SHOW (8-3-46) Billie wants to raise money for a children’s playground. Cast includes Lillian Randolph and Earle Ross. FIRST NIGHTER (3-11-48) “There’s Something in the Air” starring Olan Soule and Barbara Luddy with Parley Baer and Verna Felton. MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (1946) “The Creeper,” a classic story of murder and suspense. A madman murders women, then scrawls notes on his victim’s walls, ”Catch me before I kill again.” PLEASE STAND BY – a History of Radio (1986) Lesson 12: The Gang’s All Here reviews another form of radio comedy which might be compared to the legitimate theatre’s stock company, in which a leading character is surrounded by the same group of actors and actresses from week to week in different situations. NOTE: Ken Alexander subs for Chuck Schaden on this program. Rebroadcast: 9/14/2016 – 9/20/2016.
PROGRAM 1350: All programs today are from September 21 of various years. SUSPENSE (9-21-50) “The Crowd” starring Dana Andrews as a police lieutenant after a murderer whose victims are surrounded by crowds of people. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (9-21-52) Jack recalls his trip to the British Isles and shopping in Scotland. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (4-21-40) “Ninotchka” starring Rosalind Russell and Spencer Tracy in the story of a cold, female Russian agent who comes to Paris and finds romance. HV. KALTENBORN (9-231-39) The distinguished news analyist reviews the European situation as Germany threatens Rumania; discusses the address of FDR in which the U. S. President repeated his pledge to keep the country out of war. LIFE WITH LUIGI (9-21-48) J. Carroll Naish stars as Luigi Basco in the first show of the series, set in Chicago’s “Little Italy.” LORENZO JONES (9-21-48) An isolated episode in the long-running daytime serial. Lorenzo has turned his attention to the “world of tomorrow.” YOUR HIT PARADE (9-21-46) Andy Russell and Peggy Mann, along with the Hit Paraders and Mark Warnow and the orchestra present the top tunes of the day. NOTE: Ken Alexander subs for Chuck Schaden on this program. Rebroadcast: 9/21/2016 – 9/27/2016.
PROGRAM 1351: ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (12-15-50) “The 25/1235679 Caper” or “The Russian’s Number is Up!” starring Steven Dunn as Sam with Lurene Tuttle as Effie. CAN YOU TOP THIS? (5-18-48) Dennis James hosts a panel of joke-telling humorists: Ward Wilson, Harry Hirschfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Peter Donald. Jokes about Hats, Rivals, Gossip and Lectures. SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (1-21-51) “Spellbound” starring Joseph Cotton and Mercedes McCambridge. A psychiatrist shields a doctor accused of murder and tries to prove his innocence. MY FRIEND IRMA (2-3-52) Marie Wilson is Irma, Cathy Lewis is Jane. Irma writes a gossip column. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 13: Reviewing the Situation takes a look at situation comedy which fell into several different categories: 1) the family in the home, 2) a group of unrelated characters involved in a business or profession, and 3) a central character without roots. NOTE: Ken Alexander subs for Chuck Schaden on this program. Rebroadcast: 9/28/2016 – 10/4/2016.
PROGRAM 1352: Observing the 125th Anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (1-30-49) The Town Council is looking for a new Fire Chief and Phil is asked to do the job. LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-9-44) “In Old Chicago” starring Dorothy Lamour, Robert Young and John Hodiak. A story of Chicago leading up to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. REFLECTIONS (7-14-71) Bill Griskey tells the story of another fire in Chicago, July 14, 1874. BILL STERN’S SPORTS NEWSREEL (10-25-46) The famed sportscaster with fantastic stories, including the story of a fire in Peshtigo, Wisconsin on the same day as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. AMERICAN FAMILY NEWS (6-4-46) John Harrington reports on the LaSalle Hotel fire, “Chicago’s worst hotel fire.” Many stories of fire victims. Bob Cunningham gets an eyewitness account from a woman who was able to escape from the hotel. MAL BELLAIRS (1963) A collage of announcements regarding the $20 million fire at Chicago’s McCormick Place. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-14-41) The Mayor asks McGee to become –on a temporary basis- Fire Commissioner of Wistful Vista. Cast features Gale Gordon in his first appearance as Mayor LaTrivia. Rebroadcast: 10/5/2016 – 10/11/2016.
PROGRAM 1353: All programs today are from October 12 of various years. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-21-41) From New York, Jack and the gang talk about the reviews of last week’s season opener and the Broadway shows they have seen. Jack distributes train tickets for the trip back to Hollywood. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (10-12-49) Harold Peary as Gildy, Summerfield’s most eligible bachelor who has a date with a pretty nurse. DRAGNET (10-12-50) Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday with Barton Yarborough as Det. Ben Romero. A man, posing as a doctor, burglarizes the homes of his patients. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-12-53) Fibber impatiently awaits an important phone call. SUSPENSE (10-12-53) “The Shot” starring Van Heflin in” the story of an incomplete duel… with one of the adversaries choosing to wait to fire the shot.” FRONT PAGE EXCLUSIVE (10-12-55) “…your transcribed newspaper of the air which covers the world as its beat.” FRONTIER GENTLEMAN (10-12-58) John Dehner stars as J. B. Kendall, reporter for the London Times, writing colorful accounts of life and death in the West. Researching a story on Wild Bill Hickok, Kendall interviews Calamity Jane. Rebroadcast: 10/12/2016 – 10/18/2016.
PROGRAM 1354: Recreating the stage and screen presentation At the Chicago Theatre October 11-24, 1940: –ON SCREEN— Leading the Thrill Parade! KNUTE ROCKNE, ALL-AMERICAN Starring Pat O’Brien and Ronald Reagan –ON STAGE— Leading the Laugh Parade In Person – First Time in Chicago! STAN LAUREL and OLIVER HARDY With their own company In their own Huge Stage Revue Saluting the stage presentation At the Chicago Theatre, May 9-15, 1947: –ON STAGE— The Greatest Show Value The World Has Ever Known –Regular Adult Prices For All Seats— All In Person – One Week Only JACK BENNY Phil Harris – Rochester Sportsman Quartet Recreating the stage and screen presentationAt the Chicago Theatre October 7-13, 1949: –ON SCREEN— The All-American Picture That’s Winning All America’s Heart! FATHER WAS A FULLBACK Fred MacMurray and Maureen O’Hara –ON STAGE— The World’s Most Famous Comedian In Person! DANNY KAYE And His Own Stage Revue. Rebroadcast: 10/19/2016 – 10/25/2016.
PROGRAM 1355: INNER SANCTUM (1940s) Make Ready My Grave” starring Joan Banks and Richard Widmark with Jackson Beck. Story about a “boy and girl who have just been married; a piece of colored string; an open grave; and a hangman’s noose.” CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (9-11-47) “Graveyard Gertie” stars Staats Cotsworth as Casey who, with his girlfriend, discovers an old woman in a cemetery at midnight. LIFE OF RILEY (1950s) William Bendix stars as Riley with John Brown as Digby O’Dell, the friendly undertaker. Intent upon moving to a new home, Riley finds a beautiful Beverly Hills dream house (with a low rent) overlooking a cemetery. THE SHADOW (9-14-47) “When the Grave is Open.” Bret Morrison stars as Lamont Cranston. Two grave robbers deliver the wrong body to their client. DEVIL AND MR. O (1970) “Gravestone” introduced by Arch Oboler. Three women on a winter holiday in the country find themselves in a snow-covered cemetery. This is a syndicated version of the Lights Out drama “Poltergeist” originally broadcast 10-20-42. NOTE: Ken Alexander joins Chuck for today’s entire broadcast which will originate from a cemetery somewhere in the Chicago area and will be heard on a special ghost-to-ghost network. Don’t miss it if you can! Rebroadcast: 10/26/2016 – 11/1/2016.
PROGRAM 1356: IMAGINATION THEATRE (3-24-96) “A double feature movie for your mind.” This is a modern-day radio series which will be heard from time to time on Those Were The Days. 1. “Blind Flight” – a desperate struggle to help a blind girl land a plane after her father collapses at the controls. 2. “Coots” – a conniving con artist targets an old man who still has a few unexpected tricks up his own sleeve. PASSING PARADE (10-11-36) John Nesbitt presents stories about former Olympic swimmer Helene Madison; the Ponselle Sisters; the “poisoning” DeMedici family; counterfeiter William Harris. ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (1944) Bud and Lou with guest Peter Lorre. A health cure for Costello finds him admitted to Peter Lorre’s sanitarium. SUSPENSE (8-30-45) “Nobody Loves Me” starring Peter Lorre in an outstanding performance as a man who confesses to kidnapping – and more. ROY ROGERS SHOW (9-19-48) The King of the Cowboy stars with Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes and the Riders of the Purple Sage. Gabby tells the story of “Ghost Town Men.” PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 14: Entertainment Tonight tracing the growth of the variety show, whose beginnings paralleled that of radio comedy. Through its golden years in the 1940s, the variety show was the magnet which drew to radio headliners from other fields of entertainment. Rebroadcast: 11/2/2016 – 11/8/2016.
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, 11/9/16 – 11/15/16.
PROGRAM 1358: HALLMARK HALL OF FAME (11-15-54) “Rebecca Dorsey” starring Helen Hayes in the true story of a student doctor who performed important medical work with Professor Louis Pasteur. Host of the program is Lionel Barrymore who died the night this transcribed broadcast was aired. HALLMARK HALL OF FAME (11-22-54) “A Tribute to Lionel Barrymore” hosted by Edward Arnold and featuring Bing Crosby, Helen Hayes, James Stewart, Gene Fowler, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Louis Calhern, Dorey Schary. Program contains audio clips from Barymore’s radio series, The Mayor of the Town and The Story of Dr. Kildare. (FITCH) BANDWAGON (12-20-42) Chico Marx and his orchestra with 17-year-old Mel Torme in a program, of music and humor. Guest is bandleader Ben Pollak who inspired Chico to form his own band. ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (3-28-46) The final episode in the Dragon’s Teeth series. Kidnapped by Nazi agents, Lois Lane is rescued by the Man of Steel. IMAGINATION THEATRE (3-31-96) “A double feature movie for your mind.) 1. “Dreamstate” – a psychiatrist discovers his patient is living two lives: a priest by day and a killer at night. 2. Adventures of Harry Nile: Dead Ringer – the detective saves a woman from drowning and gets tangled in a vicious murder himself. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 15: Tune in Tomorrow traces the history of the soap opera. Ridiculed and ignored by some listeners, the “soaps” became a way of life to millions of others in every stratum of American life. Rebroadcast: 11/16/2016 – 11/22/2016.
PROGRAM 1359: ALDRICH FAMILY (11-25-48) While Central High students are planning activities for the annual Thanksgiving dance, Henry suggests a “Turkey Run.” MARK TRAIL (11-20-50) “…thrilling adventure in the great outdoors!” Matt Crowley stars as Mark Trail. Jackson Beck narrates. Just before Thanksgiving, turkey ranch owner Jim Pilgrim discovers that his flock has been poisoned. LET GEORGE DO IT (11-20-50) “Cause for Thanksgiving” starring Bob Bailey as private eye George Valentine, with Virginia Gregg as Brooksie. On Thanksgiving Day a ten-year-old boy is so scared that he can’t –or won’t– talk. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (11-16-41) Gildy and his family invite some servicemen to share Thanksgiving dinner. WE THE PEOPLE (11-23-48) Host for this Thanksgiving week broadcast is author Dale Carnegie. Featured are actress Lili Palmer; author Betty MacDonald, balladeer Burl Ives; and the St. Thomas Church Choir. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 16: A Dramatic Production discusses radio drama which brought pleasure and escape to America at a time when it was desperately needed: during the Great Depression. The dramas were reflections of life in various strata throughout the world, and were educational as well as entertaining. Rebroadcast: 11/23/2016 – 11/29/2016.
PROGRAM 1360: HALLMARK HALL OF FAME (12-20-54) “A Christmas Carol.” As a tribute to actor Lionel Barrymore, who died this year, the Hall of Fame presents a transcription of his last broadcast (from 1953) in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens classic. Host is Edward Arnold. CHRISTMAS SEAL CAMPAIGN SHOW (1948) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore try to convince Garry’s cousin that there is a Santa Claus. GRAND OLE OPRY (1960) It’s the Opry’s 21st annual network Christmas show with George Morgan, Chet Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Archie Campbell, Grandpa Jones and the Jordanaires, broadcasting holiday cheer from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. DAMON RUNYON THEATRE (1949) “Palm Beach Santa Claus” starring John Brown as “Broadway” who tells the story of how a fat friend was recruited to play Santa for a Palm Beach socialite. ARCHIE ANDREWS (12-13-47) A Christmas shopping mix-up doesn’t get any better at Stacy’s Department Store when the floorwalker accuses Archie and his father of shoplifting. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 17: Panic! Reviews Orson Welles’ infamous “War of the Worlds” broadcast and its aftermath. Rebroadcast: 11/30/2016 – 12/6/2016.
PROGRAM 1361: TOWN HALL TONIGHT (12-22-37) Fred Allen stars with Portland Hoffa and guest Jack Benny in a Christmastime broadcast. Jack tries to sell his Maxwell to Fred. The Mighty Allen Art Players present a Christmas fable, “Santa Claus on Strike.” DORIS DAY SHOW (12-23-53) Guest Jack Kirkwood joins Doris for this holiday program. Someone has stolen announcer Don Wilson’s Santa Claus suit. Doris sings “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Silver Bells.” FRED WARING SHOW (12-22-48) Fred and the Pennsylvanians present three English carols, a lengthy version of “Jingle Bells” an “Uncle Lumpy” story and “The Song of Christmas Eve.” GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-8-48) Gildy has done some early Christmas shopping, but the gifts he bought have disappeared. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is big band historian KARL PEARSON who talks about “Big Bands from Chicago.” Rebroadcast: 12/7/2016 – 12/13/2016.
PROGRAM 1362: GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-15-48) Gildy tried to economize with his Christmas shopping this year. CHRISTMAS DAY IN AMERICA (12-25-46) An hour of entertainment and inspiration for Christmas Day. The meaning, joy and hope of Christmas is expressed during four consecutive daytime dramas against the retelling of the story of the Nativity. We hear Life Can Be Beautiful; Ma Perkins; Pepper Young’s Family; and The Right to Happiness. Narration by Ron Rossen, written by Carl Bixby. LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-10-47) “It’s A Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart and Donna Reed with Victor Moore . A small town man thinks he’s a failure, but his Guardian Angel proves otherwise. CHRISTMAS SEAL CAMPAIGN SHOW (1948) Jack Carson stars with Eve Arden and guest Edmund Gwenn. Jack tries to convince Eve that there is a Santa Claus. Rebroadcast: 12/14/2016 – 12/20/2016.
PROGRAM 1363: PHIL HARRIS – ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-18-48) Phil promises his daughters that they will see Santa this Christmas Eve, so he hires a guy to play Santa for them. The “guy” turns out to be guest Jack Benny. READER’S DIGEST RADIO EDITION (12-19-46) “Room For a Stranger” starring Frank Sinatra as a Navy flyer hoping to see his girl at home on Christmas Eve. He receives a telegram from his commanding officer cancelling his leave. GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-22-48) Gildy wants a simple family Christmas this year. Harold Peary stars. SUSPENSE (12-20-59) “Korean Christmas Carol.” A soldier recalls an incident that took place in 1951, during the Korean war. A CHRISTMAS SING WITH BING (12-24-61) Bing Crosby stars with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Katherine Crosby and Jo Stafford, with Paul Weston and the orchestra and the Norman Luboff Choir. Rebroadcast: 12/21/2016 – 12/27/2016.
PROGRAM 1364: PAUL WHITEMAN’S ABC CHRISTMAS PARTY (12-24-46) An all-star radio extravaganza starring the “King of Jazz” himself, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra and a host of ABC radio stars including Walter Winchell, J. Scott Smart (”The Fat Man”), Bing Crosby, Henry Morgan, Basil Rathbone, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Kenny Baker, Don McNeill, Tom Brennaman, Don Wilson, Lum and Abner, Patrice Munsel, Arnold Stang. A big, beautiful 90-minute holiday gift from the American Broadcasting Company. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-26-48) Ozzie remembers when he and his brother believed their father when dad said it would snow. SUSPENSE (12-31-61) “The Old Man” starring Leon Janney as an old man who is being forced to retire. RED SKELTON SHOW (1-1-46) Red Stars with Verna Felton, Rod O’Connor, Anita Ellis and David Forrester and the orchestra. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire spotlights Deadeye and Junior in “Bells and Resolutions” for the new year. Rebroadcast: 12/28/2016 – 1/3/2017.
PROGRAM 1365: Today we begin an exciting series by the great Carlton E. Morse, creator of I Love a Mystery and One Man’s Family. “The Cobra King Strikes Back” (syndicated in 1944) is another adventure with San Francisco detective Captain Bart Friday and his sidekick Skip Turner who roam the world solving mysteries and seeking out danger. There are ten 25-minute episodes in this thrill-packed adventure and we’ll broadcast the first five chapters today. The remaining chapters will be presented on January 11. Chapter 1 – Friday and Turner are on a steamship, taking a prisoner to Saigon. Aboard ship, they meet Dr. Carter and his party who are on their way to Cambodia, in the heart of French Indo-China. Friday’s troubles begin when his prisoner escapes. Chapter 2 – “Something About the Hooded Snake” Chapter 3 – “The Mad King of Ankar” Chapter 4 – “The Temple of Gorillas” Chapter 5 – “The Living Image of Cambodia” –PLUS: PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 18: Case Closed focuses on the popularity of the detective program on the air, grouping the radio detectives according to personality and philosophy and discusses common criteria shared by the crime fighters of all groups and examines the differences in their approaches. Rebroadcast: 1/4/2017 – 1/10/2017.
PROGRAM 1366: Chapter 6 – “Terrors of the Hollow Mountain” Chapter 7 – “The Face of a Beast” Chapter 8 – “It was Not Cannibalism” Chapter 9 – “The Fangs and Teeth of the Enemy” Chapter 10 – “The Amazing End of an Expedition” –PLUS: PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 19: Tall in the Studio discusses the Westerns, which recalled an early period of American history when the country struggled for existence, and traces the history of three types of Western series: the juvenile Western, the adult Western, and series that were considered Western in their approach, each with heroes who were defenders of justice and champions of the unfortunate. Rebroadcast: 1/11/2017 – 1/17/2017.
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.