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TWTD Archive – September 5th, 1970

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Originally broadcast on WNMP
Saturday, September 5, 1970

SUSPENSE (11-11-56) “Three Skeleton Key” starring Vincent Price in “that story about the rats,” a radio classic.

FIBBER MC GEE AND COMPANY (1-31-39) Jim Jordan stars as Fibber with Harold Peary, Bill Thompson, Isabel Randolph, Harlow Wilcox. Marian (Molly) is ill and has not appeared on the program since 11-8-37. This is the first program from Hollywood after originating in Chicago for many years. Fibber fancies himself as a military genius after the Army decides to hold its winter maneuvers and war games in Wistful Vista.

OUR SPECIAL GUEST is JACK BENNY who talks about his radio days. Recorded 9-3-70 at Mill Run Theatre, Niles, Illinois.

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-22-55 and broadcast again later that summer on 8-29-55) Jack’s final radio broadcast. Jack says “When I did my first program there were hardly any radios in the country.” Don Wilson cracks, “And darn few people!” Jack tries to get an early start on his vacation, but the sound effects man (Mel Blanc) drives him crazy.

PLUS – On-air guests are listeners Don Koehnemann, speech therapist from Westchester, Illinois and Phero Thomas, free-lance artist and text book illustrator from Morton Grove, Illinois, speaking about the vintage radio shows. Also: Bergen and McCarthy with W. C. Fields in “The Skunk Trap” from a 1941 program.