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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 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 1287: Radio station WNIB first signed on the air July 9, 1955 and in 1995 celebrated 40 years of continuous broadcasting under the same call letters and same ownership. We observe the occasion with an afternoon of recollections and entertainment as we talk about the early days of WNIB with BILL GERSHON, the station’s first classical music announcer, and other distinguished alumni including DICK BUCKLEY, MARTY ROBINSON, JAY ANDRES, DON FERRIS and BILL PLANTE. Also joining us for a look at the WNIB scene are program director RON RAY and program hosts CARL GRAPENTINE and KEN ALEXANDER. PLUS: RAILROAD HOUR (7-13-53) “The Friml Story” starring Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Warrenskjold. VOICE OF FIRESTONE (12-5-38) A tenth anniversary broadcast featuring the Firestone Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alfred Wallenstein; Richard Crooks, tenor; announcer Gene Hamilton; Vaughn deLeath; Lowell Thomas; Lawrence Tibbett. TELEPHONE HOUR (6-14-44) Donald Voorhees and the orchestra plus special guest star Nelson Eddy offer a selection of popular classical music. Rebroadcast: 10/26/2011 – 11/1/2011.
PROGRAM 1322: This program features all programs starring the talented actor John Brown. We’ll hear: MY FRIEND IRMA (1-6-52) starring Marie Wilson as Irma and Cathy Lewis as Jane with John Brown as Irma’s boyfriend Al. Irma wants her memoirs published. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-5-48) Ozzie tells neighbor Thorny, played by John Brown, about the time when Bing Crosby and his son Lindsay visited the Nelson household. DAMON RUNYON THEATRE (1949) John Brown stars as the Runyon character “Broadway” who tells about “Madame LaGimp,” the famous “Apple Annie” story. A DATE WITH JUDY (10-22-46) starring Louise Erickson as Judy with John Brown as her harried father. Judy’s father tries to get out of attending a lecture with his wife. LIFE OF RILEY (5-17-46) William Bendix stars with John Brown who doubles as Riley’s pal and co-worker Gillis and as Digby O’Dell, the friendly undertaker. Junior gets a job at the circus. Rebroadcast: 10/05/2011 – 10/11/2011.
PROGRAM 1324: RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (3-23-51) Dick Powell as the detective who is hired by an actress who wants him to find out who attempted to kill her, BELIEVE IT OR NOT (3-23-44) Robert Ripley with a collection of audio oddities developed for his newspaper cartoon. EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (3-23-38) Eddie’s final broadcast for Texaco after two seasons with the sponsor. A take-off on “Believe It or Not.” SUSPENSE (3-23-58) “Affair at LovelandPass” stars Vanessa Brown and Jim Ameche. While a pitchfork murderer is loose, a traveler stops to help a lady in distress. LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-23-42) “Strawberry Blonde” with Don Ameche, Rita Hayworth and Gail Patrick. A turn-of-the-century story about an ex-con dentist who becomes infatuated with a gold-digger. YOUR HIT PARADE (3-23-46) Joan Edwards, Johnny Mercer and Joe Dosh sing the top tunes of the week. Rebroadcast: 11/23/2011 – 11/29/2011.
PROGRAM 1357: This program features excerpts from selected radio broadcasts between 1945 and 1954 featuring Bing Crosby, Bob Crosby, Bing’s sons Gary, Philip, Dennis and Lindsay, and Bing’s wife Dixie Lee Crosby. Rebroadcast: 9/21/2011 – 9/27/2011.
PROGRAM 1381: As we celebrate our 27th broadcast anniversary today, we observe the occasion by playing one of our complete three-hour “Hall Closet” morning drive-time programs from 1973 on WLTD, Evanston. CHUCK SCHADEN’S HALL CLOSET (10-1-73) Everything is intact from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. including local and national news from the Mutual Broadcasting System, local and national commercials, records and these vintage broadcasts: GI JOURNAL #83(2-23-45) Burns and Allen star with Robert Young, Paula Winslowe, Ginny Simms, Mel Blanc. EDDIE CANTOR WITH A HALF HOUR OF SHOW BUSINESS (1950s) The show biz veteran plays vintage records and tells stories about Sophie Tucker, Ted Lewis, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Will Rogers and Clayton, Jackson and Durante. PEPPER YOUNG’S FAMILY (1950s) Isolated episode of the long-running daytime drama. BIG SISTER (1950s) Isolated episode of the long-running daytime serial. Rebroadcast: 8/17/2011 – 8/23/2011.
PROGRAM 1382: We’ll hear .. SUSPENSE (1-16-47) Overture in Two Keys” starring Joan Bennett with Howard Duff. The wife of a music professor falls in love with her husband’s student. ARRIVAL OF THE HINDENBURG (5-6-37) Announcer Herb Morrison, at Lakehurst New Jersey to record the arrival of the airship Hindenburg from Germany, ends up covering one of the great aviation disasters when the ship exploded and crashed. This is a speed-corrected restoration of the original recording. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (9-16-45) In order to pass the initiation of the Unicorns Lodge, Ozzie must be totally agreeable for twenty-four hours. HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (7-22-48) “The Citadel” highlights the struggles of a young doctor in a coal mining town. PLEASE STAND BY – A History of Radio (1986) Lesson 26: News… the War Years covers the development of news on the air from 1935-1945. Rebroadcast: 10/12/2011 – 10/18/2011.
PROGRAM 1401: Tune in to the signature music of radio: the theme songs which introduced so many of our favorite programs during the Golden Age. We’ll not only hear a great many of the familiar theme songs from such programs as The Lone Ranger, The Goldbergs, Escape, The Shadow, Mercury Theatre, I Love A Mystery, Mr. Keen and Lorenzo Jones, but we’ll listen to the original music from whence they came. In addition to many sound clips and excerpts from vintage shows, you’ll hear complete broadcasts of The Green Hornet (10-31-39); Philip Morris Playhouse (5-6-49) “Murder Needs an Artist”; FBI in Peace and War (6-10-53) “The Traveling Man”. Rebroadcast: June 2011.
PROGRAM 1402: It’s everything Marx Brothers as we hear: COMMAND PERFORMANCE #137 (9-9-44) Excerpt. Groucho Marx in a radio quiz show spoof: Doctor People Are Double and Take It Truth or Ignorance It Pays to Be Information.” BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (5-9-46) Gracie needs a “snooping reporter” for her Hollywood gossip column. She asks Harpo Marx to do the job. FITCH BANDWAGON (1943) Excerpt. Chico Marx plays “Beer Barrel Polka.” MONITOR (10-5-63) A salute to Groucho Marx on his 68th birthday as he reflects upon his career. SATURDAY AT THE SHAMROCK (12-18-50) Excerpt. From the Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas, Chico and Harpo give a sample of their nightclub act. FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER AND FLYWHWEEL (1991) First program in the BBC series based on scripts used by Groucho and Chico Marx on the Five Star Theatre in 1932. COMMAND PERFORMANCE #125 (6-17-44) Excerpt with Ken Carpenter, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, and Harpo Marx who plays “My Blue Heaven” while Bing sings. YOU BET YOUR LIFE (1947) Groucho Marx records the audition show for his comedy quiz program. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is Marx Brothers fan and historian IRA DOLNIK who will talk about the careers of Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo Marx. Rebroadcast: November 9th, 2011 – November 15th, 2011.
PROGRAM 1427: We remember one of the greatest comedians of The Golden Age of Radio – Red Skelton who passed away September 17th, 1997. You’ll hear Red Skelton in: SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (1-20-49) “Fuller Brush Man” starring Red Skelton and Janet Blair. A 1994 RADIO HALL OF FAME (11-6-94) excerpt in which Rich Little inducts Red Skelton into the Radio Hall of Fame. The RED SKELTON SHOW (2-11-51) in which The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire offers “The Big Scare.” The RED SKELTON AFTERSHOW (2-19-50) in which Red presents his “aftershow” for the studio audience. SUSPENSE (11-3-49) “The Search for Isabel” starring Red Skelton with Cathy Lewis. HONOR AMERICA DAY (7-4-70) Red Skelton offers his special version of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (4-12-42) “Tight Shoes” starring Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and George Tobias. Rebroadcast: 8/10/2011 – 8/17/2011.
PROGRAM 1449: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is music historian BILL SHELDON who will talk about Jerome Kern and his contribution to popular music. Plus we’ll feature… RAILROAD HOUR (10-9-50) “Roberta” starring Gordon MacRae, Ginny Sims and Edna Best in Jerome Kern’s 1933 musical about a Parisian fashion designer. SONGMAKERS (6-10-46) “Jerome Kern” is the subject as Everette Clarke tells the story of the songwriter in words and music. LUX RADIO THEATRE (5-28-51) “Show Boat” starring Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Marge and Gower Champion and William Warfield in the Jerome Kern musical about life on the Mississippi. PAUSE THAT REFRESHES ON THE AIR (8-16-42) Andre Kostelanetz and the orchestra presents a “Portrait of Mark Twain” by Jerome Kern. Introduced by the composer himself. SONGS BY SINATRA (1-15-47) Frank Sinatra with guests Jane Powell and the Pied Pipers offer a “Tribute to Jerome Kern.” Rebroadcast: 9/14/2011 – 9/20/2011.
PROGRAM 1538: To complete 30 years of Those Were The Days broadcasts, this special program from the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago featured a live re-creation of the Lux Radio Theatre presentation of “The Maltese Falcon” starring Ken Alexander and the Those Were The Days Radio Players. The accompanying score was provided by Paul Renard at the Hammond Electric Organ. The 30th anniversary show also features selected excerpts from past TWTD programs, guests and a number of surprises. Rebroadcast: 10/19/2011 – 10/25/2011.
PROGRAM 1561: After 78 years, Chicago’s pioneering radio station signed off August 1, 2000 leaving a rich legacy that includes these programs and personalities: CHEZ SHOW (5-15-52) Excerpt. Jack Eigan, broadcasting from Chicago’s world-famous Chez Paree night club. NEWS ON THE SPOT (3-22-56) Len O’Connor reports on additional Chicago police patrols for the city. JUDITH WALLER (3-6-48) An interviewer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa talks with Judith Waller, the first station manager of WMAQ, who tells about the early days of the station. 11:60 CLUB (10-13-48) Excerpt. Dave Garroway plays recorded music and offers low-key comments to listeners who tune in at midnight. JIM HURLBUT (9-27-49) Newsman Hurlbut, a reporter-at-large, presents local and national news. ARBOGAST (11-1-51) Bob Arbogast and his pal Pete Robinson present a late-night comedy, satire and recorded music show, including a spoof of radio amateur hours. NIGHT DESK (7-6-55) Caren Walsh, City Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, presides over this “on-the-spot summary of the local news plus direct and transcribed reports by short wave and telephone of late-breaking news just as it happens.” Rebroadcast: 7/27/2011 – 8/3/2011.
PROGRAM 1700: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois where today’s program originates “live.” We hear – THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (8-3-34) Excerpt. The program takes place on the Twentieth Century Limited as Jack and the gang return to New York from Hollywood. BOB ELSON ON BOARD THE CENTURY (1947) Sportscaster Bob Elson greets travelers at Chicago’s LaSalle Street Station. THE MEANING OF AMERICA (10-3-52) “Railroads of America” with Martin Maloney and Bill Griskey who offer descriptive pieces about railroads and railroading, including items about Casey Jones, John Henry and the Railroad Robber Barons. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (2-20-45) The McGees are at the Wistful Vista train station rushing to catch “The Squaw,” the deluxe train to San Francisco. EMPIRE BUILDERS (1-5-31) In this Depression-era episode, the entire story takes place aboard the Empire Builder train. A man is planning to fire half the employees of his lumber mill because times are bad. COLUMBIA PRESENTS CORWIN (3-21-44) “The Lonesome Train” produced and directed by Norman Corwin. Premiere performance of the folk cantata telling the story of the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train traveling from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. Raymond Massey stars as Lincoln.” Rebroadcast: 8/24/2011 – 8/30/2011.
PROGRAM 1791: Radio actors who appeared on TV’s Andy Griffith Show. GUNSMOKE (9-12-53) “Prairie Happy” with Parley Baer, Howard McNear, John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin. ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (11-7-48) Ozzie’s set pattern of living should be broken. With Janet Waldo, Lurene Tuttle. ADVENTUIRES OF ELLERY QUEEN (3-27-43) “The Circus Train” with Hugh Marlowe. SUSPENSE (1-18-54) “The Face is Familiar” with Sheldon Leonard. BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (1945) with Larry Thor. Visit our Mayberry Folks on Radio scrapbook gallery for more information on these vintage programs.
PROGRAM 1792: Radio actors who appeared on TV’s Andy Griffith Show. INNER SANCTUM (1-12-48) “Tempo in Blood” with Everett Sloane. LUM AND ABNER (1949) Lum wants to borrow money to attend his lodge convention. With Norris Goff. VIC AND SADE (1938) Rush plans a party. With Billy Idleson. ROCKY FORTUNE (1953) Rocky babysits a monkey. With Herb Vigran, Barney Phillips. OUR MISS BROOKS (6-12-49) High school dance. With Richard Crenna. MAISIE (2-23-50) Maisie sells kisses at department store. With Howard McNair, Peter Leeds. Visit our Mayberry Folks on Radio scrapbook gallery for more information on these vintage programs.
PROGRAM 1793: DRENE TIME (2-23-47) With Danny Thomas. HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (9-18-60) Old friend of Paladin shows up. With John Dehner, Sam Edwards, Ken Lynch. COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (5-31-42) “The City Wears a Slouch Hat” with Les Tremayne, Forrest Lewis, Johnathan Hole. BLONDIE (5-27-45) Blondie invites a socialite to tea. With Elvia Allman. FIRST NIGHTER (2-5-48) “Drink for the Damned” with Olan Soule, Parley Baer. Visit our Mayberry Folks on Radio scrapbook gallery for more information on these vintage programs.
PROGRAM 1794: DRAGNET (1-31-52) “The Big Almost No Show” with Barney Phillips. FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (5-18-43) with Isabel Randolph. GRAND CENTRAL STATION (7-1-41) “We Want to Get Married” with Tom Tully, Karl Swenson. MEET CORLISS ARCHER (4-6-47) Corliss is excited about a beauty contest. With Janet Waldo, Sam Edwards. GUNSMOKE (1-25-59) “The Boots” with Parley Baer, Howard McNear, Lawrence Dobkin. Visit our Mayberry Folks on Radio scrapbook gallery for more information on these vintage programs.
PROGRAM 1811: All programs feature announcer Bill Griskey of NBC, Chicago. NEWS (4-7-57) Bill Griskey reports headlines. UNCLE NED’S SQUADRON (11-28-53) “Uncle Ned” Locke is the “pilot” for this kids-oriented airplane/flying series from Chicago. Bill Griskey is announcer. JANE AND THE BOYS (8-25-51) A quarter-hour of light-hearted musical entertainment with “Uncle Bill” Griskey. BIG CITY SERENADE (7-19-52) Bill Griskey narrates a salute to the City of Chicago’s political conventions over the years. FAULTLESS STARCH SHOW (10-21-52) Country singer Bob Atcher stars. Announcer is Bill Griskey. AMERICANA (10-23-54) “Memoirs of a Railroad Century,” a radio essay on the American scene. Bill Griskey as announcer/narrator. YOUR SATURDAY DANCE DATE (8-12-50) Frankie Carle and the orchestra from the Marine Dining Room of the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. Bill Griskey announces. Rebroadcast: 11/16/2011 – 11/22/2011.
PROGRAM 1869: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is big band historian KARL PEARSON who will talk about the importance of the Spotlight Band series. Shows include: VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #270 (7-31-43) Teddy Powell and his orchestra playing for the officers and men of the U.S. Naval Training School at the University of Chicago. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (9-7-45) Will Osborne and his orchestra from the Marine Air Corps Station, El Centro, California. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #236 (12-20-43) Freddy Martin and his orchestra from the Marine Air Depot, San Diego, California. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #416 (1-18-44) Remote broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, featuring the winners of the Esquire Magazine All-American Jazz Band Poll: Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge, Jack Teagarden, Coleman Hawkins, Barney Bigard, Sidney Catlett, Al Casey, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Pettiford, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Benny Goodman and vocalists Billie Holiday and Mildred Bailey. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #104 (1-19-43) Ina Ray Hutton and her orchestra from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #780(3-17-45) George Olson and his orchestra entertaining war workers of Johnson Motors, Waukegan, Illinois. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (8-11-44) Louis Prima and his orchestra. VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS (3-8-45) Lionel Hampton and his orchestra from the Naval Training School in Dearborn, Michigan. Rebroadcast: 11/2/2011 – 11/8/2011.
PROGRAM 1902: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about the careers of the movie actors featured on this broadcast. SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (11-11-49) “Body and Soul” starring John Garfield, the story of a boxer who works his way up by questionable means, becoming a famous champion. ACADEMY AWARD (5-11-46) “If I Were King” starring Ronald Colman as French poet-rogue Francois Villon, who matches wits with crafty King Louis XI and falls hopelessly in love with a lady-in-waiting. LUX RADIO THEATRE(1-12-48) “Kiss of Death” starring Victor Mature, Richard Widmark and Colleen Gray. An ex-con, going straight, fears for the safety of his family when a killer is set free. SCREEN DIRTECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (10-10-49) “Criss Cross” starring Burt Lancaster. A man returns to his hometown, where he crosses the path of his ex-wife, who has taken up with a gangster. Rebroadcast: 8/31/2011 – 9/6/2011.
PROGRAM 1906: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about the careers of the movie actresses featured on this broadcast. ACADEMY AWARD (4-6-46) “Kitty Foyle” starring Ginger Rogers as a working girl who falls in love. LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-23-42) “Strawberry Blonde” starring Rita Hayworth with Don Ameche and Gail Patrick in a turn-of-the-century comedy about a dentist infatuated with a gold-digger. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (9-30-46) “Junior Miss” starring Peggy Ann Garner as a teenager who tries to fix up her ex-con uncle with the daughter of her father’s boss. SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (8-12-49) “Jezebel” starring Bette Davis as a Southern belle who goes too far to make her fiancé jealous. Rebroadcast: 9/7/2011 – 9/13/2011.
PROGRAM 1913: We’re up in the air with: LINDBERGH’S ARRIVAL IN WASHINGTON D.C. (6-11-27) A rare, very early historic radio broadcast carried by some 50 stations in the U. S. Graham McNamee covers the arrival of Charles A. Lindbergh at the Washington Navy Yard as he returned to the United States after his history-making non-stop flight across the Atlantic to France. LUX RADIO THEATRE (10-7-40) “Wings of the Navy” starring George Brent, Olivia deHavilland and John Payne in a story of pilots being trained for combat as brothers compete for the same girl. CBS DOCUMENTARIES (7-2-60) “The Last Flight of Amelia Earhart” presents an eyewitness and documentary accounting of the fate of aviatrix Amelia Earhart Putnam and her navigator Fred Noonan who disappeared on July 2, 1937. OUR SPECIAL GUEST is aviation historian CURTIS L.KATZ who will talk about the aviation pioneers of yesteryear. Rebroadcast: 9/28/2011 – 10/04/2011.
PROGRAM 1914: Join us for a swim! The TWTD family is next to the pool staying cool and listening to great old radio programs like: FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (7-15-35) Hoping for a swim in the ocean, the McGees change into their swimming suits. TRUE DETECTIVE MYSTERIES (7-17-37) “Death in Step-Ins.” While planning wedding festivities, the young bride-to-be and her closest girlfriend decide to go swimming to cool off on a hot day. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-6-52) Excerpt. Jack and Rochester decide to clean the swimming pool. LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-14-53) “Million Dollar Mermaid” is the story of Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman. Esther Williams and Walter Pidgeon star. JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-9-54) Jack, the gang and the Beverly Hills Beavers take a day off for their annual picnic at the beach. Don Wilson puts on his new bathing suit. SUSPENSE (7-20-43) “Murder Goes for a Swim” starring Warren William as Michael Lanyard with Eric Blore as Jamison, the motion picture co-stars of the “Lone Wolf” series of films. The Lone Wolf investigates when a woman is found dead in a swimming pool. Rebroadcast: 8/3/2011 – 8/10/2011.
PROGRAM 1928: We’ll listen to broadcasts which played October 30th, 1938. THE SHADOW (10-30-38) “The Isle of Fear” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston with Agnes Moorehead as the lovely Margo Lane. The MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR (10-30-38) Orson Welles – producer, director, host and performer – in the most famous radio broadcast of all time, the H. G. Wells story of an invasion from the planet Mars. Radio adaptation by Howard Koch. CHASE AND SANBORN HOUR (10-30-38) Emcee Don Ameche introduces Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Nelson Eddy, Dorothy Lamour, Judy Canova and guest Madeleine Carroll. Edgar tells Charlie and the gang a Halloween ghost story. This program was on opposite the Mercury Theatre’s production of “The War of the Worlds.” Finally, as an extra bonus, SPEAKING OF RADIO (10-6-88) Radio script-writer Howard Koch recalls the events leading up to and immediately after the Mercury Theatre broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” on October 30, 1938. Chuck Schaden conducted this interview shortly before the 50th anniversary of the now-classic broadcast. Rebroadcast: 7/20/2011 – 7/27/2011.
PROGRAM 1940: We listen to old time radio broadcasts with the word “Shadow” in the story title. Programs such as Phillip Marlowe (3-21-50) “The Deep Shadow”; Wild Bill Hickok (7-29-51) “The Shadow Hill Gang”; Screen Directors Playhouse (11-9-50) “Shadow Of A Doubt”; Quiet Please (4-17-49) “Shadow Of The Wings”; The Shadow (3-12-44) “Death To The Shadow”. Rebroadcast: 7/6/2011 – 7/13/2011.
PROGRAM 2013: OUR SPECIAL GUEST is film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI who will talk about the career of actress Bette Davis. We will hear: SILVER THEATRE (12-11-38) “Broken Promise” starring Bette Davis in part one of a two-part story. Davis is a prisoner who makes a deathbed promise to another prisoner who has a teenage daughter. SCREEN GUILD THEATRE (8-6-45) “The Little Foxes” starring Bette Davis in a story of greed and corruption within a crumbling Southern family. LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-11-46) “Now, Voyager” stars Bette Davis and Gregory Peck. A sheltered spinster is brought out of her shell by a psychiatrist. SILVER THEATRE (12-18-38) “Broken Promise” stars Bette Davis in part two of the two-part story. Rebroadcast: 11/30/2011 – 12/6/2011.