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2020-03-14 Obsession - Obsession was an early 1950s syndicated anthology of thriller and suspense programs with some of Hollywood's best radio talent. The scripts are unfortunately inconsistent, but most are good listening. Among radio collectors, this series is not well-documented, and does not appear in all radio reference directories.
2020-03-05 The Man Behind The Gun - The Man Behind the Gun was a WWII program that brought stories from the front lines into the homes of eager ears in the United States. Created by the talented Ranald MacDougall, the show was "dedicated to the fighting men of the United States and the United Nations. The program was based on real stories, though names and characters were created for greater dramatized effect. Stories put the listener into the boots of those fighting Axis aggression, offering realistic and exciting stories of Americans and their allies at war. Some tales were sponsored by the Longines Watch Company.
2019-12-04 The Marriage - The Marriage was a short-lived (1953–54) radio series which starred Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Based on their earlier Broadway play, The Fourposter, the series aired Sunday evenings on NBC at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time from October 4, 1953 through March 28, 1954. New York attorney Ben Marriott (Hume Cronyn) was married to former department store fashion buyer Liz (Jessica Tandy), who struggled with her switch to domestic life. The sophisticated couple discussed such subjects as art, theater, literature and philosophy, while raising a son, Pete, and an awkward teenage daughter, Emily (Denise Alexander).
2019-12-04 As Time Goes By - As Time Goes By is a British romantic sitcom which aired on BBC One from 1992 to 2005, running for nine series and three specials. Starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, it follows the relationship between two former lovers who meet unexpectedly after not having been in contact for 38 years. As Time Goes By was adapted and recorded for radio. Three series were broadcast on BBC Radio 2 between 1997 and 1999. The first episode included a flashback to Jean and Lionel 38 years before, something that never happened on television.
2019-06-06 The Foundation - The Foundation series is a science fiction book series written by American author Isaac Asimov. The premise of the stories is that, in the waning days of a future Galactic Empire, the mathematician Hari Seldon spends his life developing a theory of psychohistory, a new and effective mathematical sociology. Using statistical laws of mass action, it can predict the future of large populations. Adapted by Patrick Tull (episodes 1 to 4) and Mike Stott (episodes 5 to 8), the dramatisation was directed by David Cain and starred William Eedle as Hari Seldon, with Geoffrey Beevers as Gaal Dornick, Lee Montague as Salvor Hardin, Julian Glover as Hober Mallow, Dinsdale Landen as Bel Riose, Maurice Denham as Ebling Mis and Prunella Scales as Lady Callia.
2018-12-30 Martin Kane, Private Investigator - Martin Kane, Private Investigator began as a 1949–1952 radio series starring William Gargan in the title role as New York City private detective Martin Kane. It aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System, broadcast Sundays at 4:30 p.m. from August 7, 1949, to June 24, 1951. When the crime drama moved to NBC Radio on July 1, 1951, Lloyd Nolan took over the title role until mid-1952. Lee Tracy portrayed Kane for the remainder of the radio series, ending December 21, 1952.
2018-12-21 Radio Active - This BBC comedy program was based on a fictional radio station (described as "Britain's first national local radio station") and the programs that it might transmit. Initially the radio station concept was used simply as a loose framing device for otherwise unlinked sketches and songs, but as the show developed, the episodes became more thematically focused, each one lampooning a different broadcasting genre.
2018-12-19 We The People - We the People was a CBS Radio talk show that interviewed interesting people. It was eventually simulcast with TV. The program began on radio in 1936 and continued to be heard there until 1950.
2018-06-19 Updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
2018-03-07 Added 34 episodes to The Stories of Sherlock Holmes from South Africa's Springbok Radio.
2018-02-25 Added 13 episodes of the 1956 program, This Is Civil Defense.
2018-02-04 Added Thrills Of The Highway Patrol.
2018-01-30 We completed adding the "More Information" button and information to the mirror site.
2018-01-21 Added more episodes of The Thirteenth Juror.
2018-01-21 Added more episodes of My Little Margie.
2018-01-20 Added more episodes of Taxi.
2018-01-20 Added more episodes of The Thin Man aka The New Adventures Of The Thin Man.
2018-01-17 Added more episodes of Ma Perkins.
2018-01-15 Added more episodes of A Life Of Bliss (BBC).
2018-01-11 Added more episodes of Mystery Theater (CBC).
2018-01-01 Added more episodes of A Life In Your Hands.
2017-12-02 Added more episodes of The Globe Theater.
2017-11-29 Added three more episodes to Death Valley Days.
2017-11-26 Added one new episode to Meet Miss Sherlock.
2017-11-26 Added more episodes of Dangerously Yours.
2017-11-18 Completed adding the "More Information" button to the main (desktop version) web site.
2017-10-26 Update of the mobile web site (m.oldradioprograms.us) is complete.
2017-09-07 to 2017-09-13 Entire site was off line due to cable outage.
2017-08-26 Removed copyright material for Crisis, a mystery program.
2017-08-13 Removed copyright material for Baldi, a BBC mystery.
2017-08-10 Removed copyright material for Aliens in the Minds, a BBC science fiction story.
2017-08-07 Began update of the mobile site to include in page audio controls. This update will be incremental and take several months to complete.
2017-08-05 Whatever Became Of - This was a series of interviews with the personalities of many of your favorite old radio programs. This program was hosted by Richard Lamparski back in the 1960s & 1970s on WEBO (Now WBAI) 99.5 in New York. The number in the episode title sometimes indicates if the actor/ actress interviewed was the first or second person to play the role.
Whack-O BBC - Whack-O!
was a British sitcom TV series starring Jimmy Edwards, written by Frank Muir and
Denis Norden, and broadcast from 1956–60 and 1971–72. There was also a radio
version, on the Light Programme, 45 episodes of 30 minutes broadcast from May
1961 – July 1963. Many of these radio episodes were recovered by a BBC archivist
from a listener's collection of tapes in 2012. The main character was Professor
James Edwards, M.S., a drunken, gambling, devious, cane-swishing headmaster who
terrorized the staff and children at Chiselbury public school.
2017-06-23 The Mystery Project CBC - This program was produced by CBC Radio (Canada). It aired every Saturday night on CBC Radio One (6:30 p.m. for most of Canada, 7:30 p.m. Maritimes, 8:00 p.m. Nfld.), and was repeated at 3:30 p.m. the following Mondays on The Roundup, also on Radio One. CBC Radio produces more than 150 hours of original radio drama each year, and they do far more than just mysteries. They are produced in regional centres across the country and in the network studios in Toronto. Their mandate is to, hopefully "reflect the national fabric of Canada and beyond."
2017-06-19 Twilight Zone Audio - While this is not technically an old radio program, the audio files from the TV series make good listening thank to The Internet Archive at Archive.org.
2017-05-29 Midnight Cab - This series was part of the CBC Mystery Project program. This show is about Walker Devereaux, a young man from Bear River who comes to Toronto in order to become an author and winds up driving a cab on the midnight shift. He keeps running into mysteries which he solves with the help of, wheelchair-bound Krista Papadopoulos who dispatches cabs. Each episode is fairly self-contained.
2017-05-08 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe - Added more episodes.
2017-03-01 Beyond Our Ken - Added many more episodes of this British comedy program from the 1950's and 1960's.
2017-02-24 Streaming Broadcasts - Fixed broken links on the Streaming Broadcast page.
2017-02-02 Adventures Of The Sea Hound - This was an American radio adventure series that ran from June 29, 1942, to August 7, 1951. It began on the Blue Network June 29, 1942 – September 22, 1944, as a 15-minute serial for young audiences, featuring Ken Daigneau as Captain Silver of the ship The Sea Hound. In 1946–47 it aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System. The program expanded to 30 minutes on ABC radio June 21–September 2, 1948, alternating with Sky King. It last aired June 26–August 7, 1951, on ABC.
2017-01-30 Road To Danger - This is one episode of an adventure show about two truck drivers in war torn Italy.
2017-01-22 Congo Curt - This 1965 vintage radio show is a satirical, children's serial. It is similar to the Chicken Man series. It includes fake commercials and short, humorous stories.
2017-01-02 O'Hara - This was a crime drama series that had two short runs in the 1950's. The main character was Bob O'Hara, a foreign correspondent, who was based in Hong Kong. While the O'Hara character was a reporter, he usually became involved in investigating and solving some crime. The O'Hara character also functioned as the narrator. During the first run, Jack Moyles starred as O'Hara. During the second run, Stacy Harris played O'Hara.
2016-11-05 Hollywood Theater - Dramas from 1944 to 1951.
2016-10-06 Screen Guild Theater - This was a radio anthology series broadcast from 1939 until 1952. Leading Hollywood stars performed songs and adaptations of popular motion pictures. Originating on CBS Radio, it aired under several different titles including The Gulf Screen Guild Show, The Gulf Screen Guild Theater, The Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater and The Camel Screen Guild Players. Fees that would ordinarily have been paid to the stars and studios were instead donated to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, and were used for the construction and maintenance of the Motion Picture Country House.
2016-08-07 Island Venture - This November 1945 show chronicled the adventures of two WWII navy heroes, aviator Gil Perry and his sidekick Trigger Brett who returned to the Central Pacific to start an air freight company to serve the smaller islands. The show was sponsored by Wrigley Chewing Gum.
2016-08-06 Indiana Jones And The Well Of Life - The story is set in 1941 and follows Indiana Jones on his quest to find the Well of Life (more commonly known as the Fountain of Youth), a fountain that restores youth to those who drink from its waters. Indy is not without competition. Nazi agents also want the Well of Life for the Third Reich. The adventure begins in Paris, then follows Indy to Istanbul, Germany, Mexico and Cuba. Joining the adventure are a few fan favorite characters. Marion Ravenwood returns as Indy’s love interest, with his father Henry, Marcus and Sallah aiding in the quest to stop the Nazis.
2016-06-15 Candid Microphone - This program was produced by Allen Funt. After a stint in the military making radio shows, he began the show on ABC Radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947, and it ran until September 23, 1948. The program was revived on CBS June 6 – August 29, 1950. He soon experimented with a visual version by doing a series of theatrical short films also known as Candid Microphone. These film shorts served as a springboard for his entrance into television on August 10, 1948 with Candid Camera.
2016-06-11 Abroad With The Lockharts - This is a 13 episode, serialized radio show from 1932. It describes a middle-aged Chicago couple on their European tour. Only nine episodes are all that is known to exist.
2016-05-15 Mysterious Circumstances - Little is known about this BBC drama. The audio is high quality.
2016-04-27 A Date With The Duke - Live broadcasts the the music of Duke Ellington.
2016-04-22 The Price Of Fear - Added more episodes of this Vincent Price thriller program.
2016-04-07 Streaming Broadcasts - Added more links to streaming radio stations.
2016-04-02 Edward R Murrow - Added more episodes of Edward R Murrow news and "Hear It Now" broadcasts. The topics center around WWII and post WWII.
2016-04-02 Imperial Leader - The Life of Winston Churchill - This was a 52-episode Australian radio serial that depicts the life of Winston Spencer Churchill, then Prime Minister of the British Empire. Produced in late 1940 and first aired in January 1941, the series traced Churchill from his birth in 1874 to his election as Prime Minister of England.
2016-03-25 Tall Tales - Tall Tales features a narrator, a folk singer, a "yarn spinner", and actors to present stories from the history of Tennessee. These stories, broadcast on the WSM radio station in the 1950's, were actually based on historical stories from Tennessee.
Parade - These were adaptations of standard children's classics. In 1944,
the School of the Air broadcast Monday through Friday for 28 weeks beginning the
first week in October, and taking a two week recess at Christmas. Monday
broadcasts featured Your Story Parade, which presented children's stories for
pre-school and primary aged students. Your Story Parade featured short,
twelve-minute scripts by Wesley Davis, hosted by John Allen, and featuring Helen
Kelly as "Your Story Parade Lady".
2015-09-29 Good News - Good News (otherwise known as Good News of 1938, Good News of 1939, Maxwell House Coffee Time) allowed for an insider look into the life and glamour of Hollywood. A musical-variety show, big stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Robert Taylor, Dick Powell, and Frank Morgan joined Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Ann Sothern, Mickey Rooney, Alice Faye, Lionel Barrymore, Clark Gable, Ronald Colman, William Gargan, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, and others to dazzle the air waves every week. Produced by MGM and sponsored by Maxwell House coffee for $25,000 a week, this partnership between a studio and a sponsor was the largest of its time. During the "Backstage at the Movies" segment of the show listeners could hear inside of stars' dressing rooms, within MGM executive boardroom meetings, and get a taste of the "real" Hollywood happenings.
Night Theater (BBC) - Saturday Night Theatre was a long-running radio drama
strand on BBC Radio 4. The strand showcased feature-length, middle-brow single
plays on Saturday evenings for more than 50 years, having been launched in April
1943. The plays featured in the strand included stage plays, book adaptations
and original dramatizations. For most of its history, programs ran for 90
minutes and were largely entertainment-centered, such as thrillers, comedies and
mysteries. Saturday Night Theatre was noted as the major drama of the week on
BBC Radio 4, until it was scrapped as a program strand in 1996. Shorter plays
continued to be broadcast on Radio 4 on Saturday evenings from 1996 until the
re-launch of the channel's schedule in April 1998 by James Boyle, when single
dramas were removed from the Saturday evening schedule. Since 1998, the main
weekly play on the station has been The Saturday Play, a daytime program that
runs for 60–90 minutes. There have since been campaigns to bring back Saturday
Night Theatre, but in the context of BBC budget cuts, that have included the
2010 axing of Radio 4's Friday Play (established in 1998, when Saturday Night
Theatre was abolished), any return looks unlikely.
2015-05-30 Dr Gideon Fell - Dr. Fell is an amateur sleuth, frequently called upon by the police, whom he frustrates in the usual manner of most fictional detectives by refusing to reveal his deductions until he has arrived at a complete solution to the problem. Most of Fell's exploits concern the unraveling of locked room mysteries or of "impossible crimes".
2015-04-25 Baldi (BBC) - Father Paolo Baldi (David Threlfall) is a priest torn between his interest in investigation and detective work, and the secluded life of a priest. On sabbatical from the Franciscan Order, he takes up amateur sleuthing.
2015-04-18 The Adventures Of Christopher London - This is a 1950's NBC detective show written by Erle Stanley Gardner.
2015-04-14 Stories Of Sherlock Holmes (Springbok) - The Stories of Sherlock Holmes (1979–1985), starred Graham Armitage and Kerry Jordan. Produced by Michael Silver, is was broadcast on Sunday Evenings at 6pm on South Africa's Springbok Radio. The story plots were not those of Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, but rather, new plots.
2015-04-12 Fixed security issues with the site search form and added site search to the mobile site.
2015-04-11 WOR War Services And News Division - A Night In A Fox Hole is a live recording of a night in a fox hole as the US Marines attack the Pacific Marshal Islands during WWII.
2015-04-08 Michael Piper Private Detective - This single, and rare, program aired February 6, 1942 on the Blue Network. "The Erie Basin Murder Case" was sponsored by Canada Dry. This was the last show of the series.
2015-04-08 Father Brown - Father Brown solves his crimes through a strict reasoning process more concerned with spiritual and philosophic truths rather than scientific details.
2015-04-06 My Name Is Adam Kane (SA) - Written by Dale Cutts & Produced by Margaret Heale. It aired on Springbok Radio between 1973 & 1985 & then had a short run on Radio South Africa in 1986. Adam Kane has adventures involving the famous MI-6.
2015-03-29 Buster Brown - Added more episodes of this program, designed to sell Buster Brown Shoes to children. A Buster Brown radio series began in 1943 with Smilin' Ed McConnell on the West Coast NBC Radio Network. It included such characters as Froggy the Gremlin ("Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!") and Midnight the Cat ("What do you say to the kids, Midnight? 'Nice')".
2015-03-02 Sky Blazers - Sky Blazers opened with a radio call from "Flight Control", trying to raise Col Turner, the host. After introducing himself to the radio audience, the host would also introduce the hero to be profiled in the episode. These were some of the great pioneers of military and civilian aviation, as well as the adventurers who helped to establish the Airmail Service.
2015-02-28 Golden Memories Of Radio - Published by Longines Symphonette in 1969 this six long playing record set is narrated by Jack Benny and Frank Knight. It is a historical overview of the golden age of radio with many of the most popular programs of the 20's through 40's played.
2015-02-26 Taystee Breadwinners - This was a comedic music show consisting of music by the Happiness Boys. It featured the vocal duo of tenor Billy Jones (1889-1940) and bass/baritone Ernie Hare (1881-1939) who sang novelty songs.
2015-02-24 Out Of The Deep - Adventure stories of the high seas.
2015-02-23 That Was The Year - Broadcast in 1937, this program was a historical highlight of each year from 1896 through 1934.
2015-02-21 Space Patrol - Added over one hundred new episodes of this science fiction, children's program from the 1950's.
20015-02-17 Migrated the web site to a new server.
2015-01-23 Wormwood Forest - This was a 1949 children's program that featured make believe animal characters.
2015-01-20 The Big Story - This was an American radio and television crime drama which dramatized the true stories of real-life newspaper reporters.
2015-01-17 Falstaff's Fables - ABC five-minute children's program in which the voice of Alan Reed stared. It aired from October 25, 1952 to March 19, 1955.
2014-12-31 The Woody Herman Show - Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman was one of the most popular of the 1930s and 1940s bandleaders.
2014-12-22 Added FTP service to the site.
2014-12-19 Wings Above The Diamantina (AU) - This program is presented in 26 short episodes. It is based on the book by Arthur William Upfield, in which detective-inspector Napoleon Bonaparte investigated the discovery of a stolen plane containing an unknown woman rendered paralyzed by drugs.
2014-11-28 I Hate Crime (AU) - This half-hour program debuted in 1950 and featured the exploits of Larry Kent, played by Ken Wayne. This program was written by Ron Ingleby. Originally a newspaper reporter from New York City, Larry Kent emigrated to Australia and set himself up as a private eye. He always managed to get into and out of trouble.
2014-11-24 The Grey Goose - In this series the Grey Goose, alias Rolland Fletcher, is played by James Mills. Barbara Haversham is played by Irene Harpur, and Inspector Ben (Ebonezer) Ford is played by Reginald Goldsworthy. The Grey Goose is a modern Robin Hood, righting wrongs. He steals from people who have wronged him or wronged those close to him. Barbara Haversham's Father was framed by people who were then targeted by the Grey Goose. He relieves them of their money and goods which he then gives to the needy, less his commission. The Grey Goose is chased by Inspector Ford; and to make sure Ford stays on his trail, The Grey Goose leaves a grey goose feather at the scene of his crimes.
2014-11-24 General Motors On Safari (SA) - Adventure stories, both true and fiction, set in the African bush country.
2014-11-17 Crime Files Of Flamond - This unusual crime investigator begins each episode by asking his secretary to pull a case card file. He investigates the case and reveals the main clues that solved the case at the end of the episode.
2014-11-06 Sounds Of Darkness (SA) - This South African broadcast depicts the adventures of Lee Masters, the blind detective.
2014-11-05 The Les Paul Show - Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible.
2014-10-24 The Jack Paar Show - Jack Paar was an American author, radio and television comedian and talk show host. He was best known as a host of the Tonight Show. This radio show was broadcast on ABC Radio.
Uncle Remus -
Uncle Remus is a collection of animal stories, songs, and oral folklore,
collected from Southern United States African-Americans. Many of the stories are
didactic, much like those of Aesop's Fables and the stories of Jean de La
Fontaine. Uncle Remus is a kindly old former slave who serves as a storytelling
device, passing on the folktales to children gathered around him. The stories
are written in an eye dialect devised by Harris to represent a Deep South Gullah
dialect. The genre of stories is the trickster tale. At the time of Harris'
publication, his work was praised for its ability to capture plantation negro
2014-10-22 Land Of The Lost - Added more episodes.
2014-10-22 Up For Parole - Dramas of parolee stories. Aired in the 1950's.
2014-10-16 Under Arrest - High quality 1940's police drama.
2014-10-11 Forced HTTPS throughout our family of sites.
2014-10-06 This site now accepts "HTTPS" requests.
2014-10-03 Mark Trail - Mark Trail is a newspaper comic strip created by the American cartoonist Ed Dodd. Introduced April 15, 1946, the strip centers on environmental and ecological themes. In 2006, King Features syndicated the strip to nearly 175 newspapers. On January 30, 1950, Mutual Broadcasting System launched a radio adaptation, Mark Trail, featuring Matt Crowley in the title role. The 30-minute episodes aired three times weekly, and 174 episodes were produced, running until June 8, 1951. A second radio series, starring Staats Cotsworth, was broadcast on ABC beginning September 18, 1950, with 51 half-hour shows that ran thrice weekly until January, 1952. The series then switched to a 15-minute format, producing 125 episodes that aired weekdays through June 27, 1952. Only a handful of the 15-minute episodes are known to have survived.
2014-09-28 Removed all episodes of Ethel And Albert and the The Couple Next Door due to existing copyrights.
2014-09-28 iOS 8 broke webapp's audio. Removed webapp.
2014-09-23 The Adventures Of Marco Polo - This is a 1930 drama of the travels and adventures of Marco Polo from Venice to Persia.
2014-09-04 Federal Agent - Added more episodes of these crime stories.
2014-08-30 Louella Parsons - Louella was an American movie columnist, retained by William Randolph Hearst, possibly because she had praised Hearst's mistress Marion Davies. Her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide. She remained "Queen of Hollywood" until the arrival of flamboyant Hedda Hopper, who displayed similar talents, and with whom she feuded viciously for years.
2014-08-30 The Hedda Hopper Show - She was one of America's best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons.
2014-08-22 Pursuit - Inspector Peter Black of Scotland Yard pursues criminals.
2014-08-11 Moved the site to new Domain Name Servers.
2014-07-23 UN (United Nations) Radio - Radio dramatizations produced by the United Nations.
2014-07-22 Passage Of The Tangmar (AU) - Interpol under cover agent, Durk Kendall, ships out on the Tangmar as first mate. His mission is to find a killer. Just when this 52 part series looks like it reaches the conclusion the plot takes a violent turn.
2014-07-18 Burns and Allen - Added over 200 more episodes of the comedy duo on the George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.
2014-07-13 Winston Churchill Speeches and Broadcasts
2014-07-12 Completed an iOS WebApp for our mobile site (http://m.oldradioprograms.us) which can be installed by adding the site as an icon to your iOS device homescreen.
2014-07-01 Crisis - This program aired in the mid seventies. It featured suspense stories that always involved a crisis.
2014-06-28 Adventures Of Paul Temple - Paul Temple is a fictional character created by British writer Francis Durbridge (1912–1998) for the BBC radio serial Send for Paul Temple in 1938. Temple is an amateur private detective and author of crime fiction.
2014-06-25 Adventures Of PC 49 - Police Constable 49 was the central character of a radio series from 1946 to 1953. PC 49 was an untypical British police constable whose name was Archibald Berkeley Willoughby. From 1955 he appeared in a comic strip in the Eagle.
2014-06-23 Parsley Sidings - This was a BBC Radio sitcom created by Jim Eldridge. It starred Arthur Lowe and Ian Lavender. The main characters are the station master, Mr Horace Hepplewhite (played by Arthur Lowe); his son, Bertrand (Ian Lavender); station porter Percy Valentine (Kenneth Connor); Mr Bradshaw, the signalman (also played by Kenneth Connor); and station announcer Gloria Simpkins (Liz Fraser, who was also in the Carry On films, and appeared in the Dad's Army feature film).
2014-06-17 The Clitheroe Kid - Added more episodes of this British comedy.
2014-06-05 The Dennis Day Show - This was an American comedy/variety show that aired from 1953 to 1954 on NBC. The series stared singer and radio and television personality Dennis Day, whose career otherwise was rooted as a supporting cast member of the long-running The Jack Benny Program on CBS and later NBC.
2014-06-02 An Evening With Groucho - Not strictly a radio broadcast, An Evening With Groucho is the title of a 1972 recording at New York City's Carnegie Hall of the last one-man show by American comedian Groucho Marx. Introduced by Dick Cavett, the show was released as a double album by A&M Records. Marx shared family stories and performed songs from Marx Brothers movies. Marvin Hamlisch accompanied Groucho on the piano.
2014-06-02 Freedom USA - This was a political melodrama which took listeners "into the Senate chambers, the cloakrooms and the private offices of political Washington." Freedom USA attempts to give a dramatic inside view of United States Senate happenings from the honest and good hearted Senator Dean Edward. Tyrone Powers played Senator Dean Edwards.
2014-05-31 The Happy Gang - This was a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio lunchtime variety show that ran from 1937 to 1959.
2014-05-26 Same Time, Same Station - These programs chronicle the first twenty-five years of radio. They include radio personality interviews, historical news broadcasts and a variety of classic radio broadcasts.
2014-05-26 Turn Back The Clock - Music selections with a new and old theme. From Hollywood Andy and Virginia host their favorite music from their personal collection.
2014-05-22 Elgin Holiday Specials - Elgin Watch Company sponsored musical variety shows for the Armed Forces.
2014-05-21 Everything For The Boys (by Arch Oboler) - After Free World Theater Arch Oboler worked with Ronald Colman on a propaganda series that featured Colman as the lead in adaptations of popular novels and plays. Colman and Oboler did not get along. Additionally, Oboler chafed at the commercial interruptions of his plays. The series was an expensive disaster.
2014-05-19 Elmer Davis And The News - In August 1939, Paul White, the news chief at CBS, asked Davis to fill in as a news analyst for H. V. Kaltenborn, who was off in Europe reporting on the increasingly hostile events. Davis became an instant success. By 1941, the audience for Davis' nightly five-minute newscast and comment was 12.5 million. Davis spent two and a half years reporting and commenting about the news on radio and gaining the trust of the nation. Then, in 1941, his colleagues persuaded President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to appoint Davis director of the newly created United States Office of War Information, a sprawling organization with over 3,000 employees. Even though Davis was being paid $53,000 per year from CBS, he left the network to work in government during the crisis of World War II.
2014-04-16 Heroes Of Civilization AU - Short stories about people who made an extraordinary mark on humanity.
2014-04-12 Hop Harrigan - On radio, Hop Harrigan aired from August 31, 1942 to February 6, 1948. The series began on the ABC Blue network and moved October 2, 1946, to the Mutual Broadcasting System. The opening to the radio serial was as follows:
"CX4 to Control.....CX4 to Control......This is Hop Harrigan....coming in" to the roar of a prop fighter plane. From the control tower: "Control Tower to CX4: Wind southeast. Ceiling 1200. All clear."
2014-04-07 The Clyde Beatty Show - Clyde Beatty (June 10, 1903 - July 19, 1965) joined the circus as a cage cleaner as a teen and became famous as a lion tamer and animal trainer. He also became a circus impresario who owned his own show that later merged with the Cole Bros. Circus to form the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus.
2014-04-07 My Word - My Word was a long-running radio panel game broadcast by the BBC on the Home Service (1956–67) and Radio 4 (1967–90). It was later heard in syndication on US NPR stations. Here are five episodes.
2014-04-04 Hallmark Playhouse
2014-03-31 Hallmark Hall Of Fame - This was a series of dramatic anthologies sponsored by Hallmark.
2014-03-29 Arthur Smith And His Crackerjacks
2014-03-27 Arthur Smith's Carolina Country Store - Born in Clinton, South Carolina, Arthur Smith was a textile mill worker who became a celebrated and respected country music instrumental composer. Guitarist, fiddler, and banjo player who had a major hit with the instrumental, "Guitar Boogie".
2014-03-25 The Roy Acuff Show ( With The Smoky Mountain Boys) - Acuff began his music career in the 1930s, and gained regional fame as the singer and fiddler for his group, the Smoky Mountain Boys. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1938, and although his popularity as a musician waned in the late 1940s, he remained one of the Opry's key figures and promoters for nearly four decades.
2014-03-24 Nelson Eddy The Electric Hour - Nelson Eddy was one of the first "crossover" singers, a superstar appealing both to shrieking bobby-soxers as well as opera purists, and in his heyday was the highest paid singer in the world.
2014-03-19 Twenty-Six Hours AU - This was an Australian, adventure series. Set in post WWII, the 104 episodes complete the story of British Major Gregory Keen as a secret agent.
2014-03-18 Lux Radio Theatre SA - This was the longest running series on Springbok Radio South Africa, which started on the very first night of Springbok Radio's opening day. Many of the episodes from the early 1950s were rebroadcasts of Australian made episodes. The main sponsor of the series was Lever Brothers until 1978, after which the sponsorship ended & the series was renamed "Radio Theatre". The series ended in June 1985.
2014-03-14 Dr. Six-Gun - Doctor Gray Matson, played by Karl Weber, is a frontier physician based in a small western town in the 1870s called Frenchman's Ford. The shows are introduced by a recurring character named Pablo (Bill Griffis), a gypsy peddler who has a talking raven named Midnight as his sidekick. As his name implied, Matson was equally at home with using a gun or using his medical skills to solve problems.
2014-03-10 Eleventh Hour SA - South African mystery and sometimes science fiction stories.
2014-03-05 True Adventures Of Junior G-Men - This was an American boys club and popular culture phenomenon during the late 1930s and early 1940s that began with a radio program and culminated with films featuring the Dead End Kids.
2014-03-01 Nero Wolfe CBC - In 1982, Canadian actor, producer, writer and cultural pioneer Mavor Moore (1919–2006) starred as Nero Wolfe in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 13-episode radio series Nero Wolfe (a.k.a. Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe). Don Francks portrayed Archie Goodwin, and Cec Linder played Inspector Cramer.
2014-02-24 The Green Hornet - Added more episodes of this action packed program.
2014-02-23 Black Castle - This program starred Don Douglas as a wizard who hosts the show and portrays all characters. The program featured a new horror/terror story each week. The show aired from 1942 to 1944.
2014-02-22 Battle For Inspector West - First broadcast in1967, Chief inspector Roger West was played by Patrick Allen. Janet West, the inspector's wife, was played by Sarah Lawson. This is a seven part series that completes the noir storyline.
2014-02-21 Word Detective With Basil Rathbone - Historical derivation of words and expressions.
2014-02-18 The Cisco Kid - Added over 300 more episodes.
2014-02-16 Talk Back - ABC asks the experts in response to listener's questions on a variety of topics.
2014-02-15 Taxi - A humorous look at the trials and tribulations of a New York City taxi driver.
2014-02-11 Stories Of Pacific Powerland - Sponsored by Pacific Power these were short stories centered around the Pacific Coast.
2014-02-05 Strange Wills - Added more episodes.
2014-02-05 Tales Of The Frightened - During 1956 Lyle Kenyon Engel put together a package of two radio shows and four magazines. The shows were American Agent, a spy drama, and The Frightened, narrated by Boris Karloff; the magazines included Tales of the Frightened, a tie in to the radio show. The publisher, Republic Features Syndicate, went out of business in late 1957.
2014-02-04 The World's Great Novels - This was a radio series, directed by Homer Heck, which presented adaptations of classic novels. Broadcast on WMAQ, Chicago, and NBC from 1944 to 1948, it was initially heard Saturdays at 7pm during the first 1944-45 season and then moved to Fridays at 11:30pm.
2014-01-30 Can You Top This? - This was a popular radio panel show in which comedians told jokes. The unrehearsed program, sponsored at one point by Colgate-Palmolive, was created by veteran vaudevillian "Senator" Edward Ford.
2014-01-29 Screen Director's Playhouse - This was a is a popular American radio and television anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. Here are 120, one-hour episodes of this program.
2014-01-27 Matinee Theater - Classic dramas sponsored by Vics.
2014-01-22 NBC Star Playhouse - Six episodes of radio plays with big name stars.
2014-01-20 Night Surgeon (SA) - Fast-paced, radio, hospital drama broadcast from South Africa.
2014-01-18 The Jack Carson Show - Actor, Jack Carson, started his own comedy, radio show in 1943.
2014-01-17 High Adventure (SA) - Eighty-seven episodes broadcast from South Africa.
2014-01-17 High Adventure - Eight episodes from the Mutual Network and later NBC.
2014-01-16 Hearthstone Of The Death Squad - Three episodes.
2014-01-16 Rip Lawson, Adventurer - Three episodes.
2014-01-08 Wanted - Stories of 1950 about criminals on the wanted list.
2014-01-05 It's Murder - One episode of this 1944 mystery drama program on the Blue Network.
2013-12-30 Intrigue - CBS presents tales of espionage, manhunt and high adventure.
2013-12-28 War Telescope - This is an NBC Radio news and commentary program during WWII.
2013-12-25 The Adventures Of Raffles - This is a 40's CBS program about Arthur J. Raffles, a character created in the 1890s by E. W. Hornung, brother-in-law to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Raffles is, in many ways, a deliberate inversion of Holmes – he is a "gentleman thief", living at the Albany, a prestigious address in London, playing cricket for the Gentlemen of England and supporting himself by carrying out ingenious burglaries. He is called the "Amateur Cracksman", and often, at first, differentiates between himself and the "professors" – professional criminals from the lower classes. Here are four rare episodes.
2013-12-24 Radio Theater (South Africa) - High quality dramas broadcast from South Africa.
2013-12-21 Re-organized the Sherlock Holmes episodes as follows:
2013-12-18 Paul Winchell And Jerry Mahoney - Paul Winchell's first show as a ventriloquist was on radio with his dummy, Jerry Mahoney, in 1943. The program was short-lived, however, as he was overshadowed by Edgar Bergen.
2013-12-18 The Shadow (AU) - Added episodes from the Australian broadcast of this SiFi favorite.
2013-12-16 The Shadow Of Fu Manchu - Added more episodes of this program that aired in the United States as a thrice weekly serial.
2013-12-03 Rin Tin Tin - Between 1930 and 1955, Rin Tin Tin was cast in three different radio series, beginning April 5, 1930 with The Wonder Dog, in which the original Rin Tin Tin performed some of the sound effects until his death in 1932. (Most of the dog noises were performed live on radio by a man named Bob Barker.) This 15-minute program was broadcast Saturdays on the Blue Network at 8:15 pm until March 1931 when it moved to Thursdays. Story lines were often highly unlikely, with Rin Tin Tin saving a group of space-exploring scientists from giant Martians in one episode. In September 1930, the title changed from The Wonder Dog to Rin Tin Tin. Don Ameche and Junior McLain starred in the series, which ended June 8, 1933. With Ken-L Ration as a sponsor, the series continued on CBS from October 5, 1933 until May 20, 1934, airing Sundays at 7:45 pm. The final radio series was broadcast on Mutual from January 2, 1955 to December 25, 1955 a 30-minute program heard Sunday evenings. Sponsored by National Biscuit for Shredded Wheat and Milk-Bone, the series featured Rin Tin Tin's adventures with the 101st Cavalry in the same manner as the concurrent TV show: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. The radio show also starred Lee Aaker (born 1943) as Rusty, James Brown (1920–1992) as Lieutenant Ripley "Rip" Masters and Joe Sawyer (1906–1982) as Sergeant Biff O'Hara.
2013-12-03 Beyond Midnight - Added more episodes of this spine tingling program.
2013-11-26 Official Detective - This was an anthology, detective series in cooperation with Official Detective magazine. Around 40 episodes were produced, and these aired on the NTA Film Network between July 1957 and April 1958.
2013-11-25 The Origin Of Superstition - The name says it all, short stories about various superstitions.
2013-11-23 Notes From Your Soldier's Notebook - WWII USO musical program broadcast from several hospitals where soldiers recovered from war injuries.
2013-11-23 Nightmare - This 1950's, mystery program was hosted by Peter Lorre.
2013-11-22 Journey Into Space - This was a BBC Radio science fiction program, written by BBC producer Charles Chilton. It was the last radio program in the UK to attract a bigger evening audience than television.
2013-11-20 Night Editor - Sponsored by Edwards Coffee, this featured Hal Burdick (1893–1978) as the "night editor". Burdick would receive readers’ requests for stories, in a "letter to the editor" format, which would tell on the program. Burdick played all characters in the program. The stories varied greatly including tales of war, adventure, crime, and an occasional ghost story. The radio series was adapted for Night Editor, a short-lived TV series on the DuMont Television Network in 1954, also hosted by Burdick.
2013-11-20 NBC Presents: Short Story - This was a half-hour program offering dramatizations of contemporary American short stories by famed writers such as William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, and Shirley Jackson.
2013-11-18 Dark Venture - Not to be confused with the old time radio series, Dark Fantasy, Dark Venture is a psychological thriller. It was produced by J. Donald Wilson, who also produced The Whistler and directed later episodes of The Adventures of Nero Wolfe. It was narrated by John Lake and sponsored by Wildroot Crème Oil during part of the show's run.
2013-11-18 Jet Jungle - This was a mid-sixties science fiction adventure superhero, who appeared in a hit radio play: "The incredible adventures of the most amazing man of our time" broadcast on South Africa's Springbok Radio as well as a Sunday comic of the same name. The main character was Jet Jungle (created and voiced by Brian O'Shaughnessy). The only surviving radio shows are from the 20-episode, space thriller, "Project Farstar."
2013-11-16 The Casebook Of Gregory Hood - Added more episodes of this detective series.
2013-11-14 The Eddy Arnold Social Security Show - This was a short public service announcement for the United States Social Security system. The show was interspersed with songs by Eddy Arnold.
2013-11-09 The Eddy Arnold Show - Added more episodes of this country singer's show.
2013-11-09 Tales Of The Foreign Service - This is a 1946 dramatic series that highlights the contributions of various parts of the foreign service.
2013-11-06 Tales Of Antiquity SA - This show was written & produced by Kenneth Hendel. It was broadcast on Springbok Radio, on Saturday evenings from 1975 through 1976. The original series ran for 30 minutes per episode. The series made a brief appearance on Radio South Africa in 1986 but this time running for only 15 minutes.
Tales Of Fatima
(With Basil Rathbone) - This was an old-time radio show from 1949 starring
Basil Rathbone, who had by that time become famous for his long run portraying
the world's most famous sleuth in
The New Adventures
of Sherlock Holmes. In Tales of Fatima, Rathbone portrayed himself in
adventurous situations. References to the sponsor, Fatima Cigarettes, were
embedded in the storylines, and Rathbone also delivered the commercials. The
series aired Saturday evenings at 9:30pm on CBS in 1949 from January 8 to
October 1, ending after 39 episodes. Only two shows in the series have survived.
2013-11-02 CBS Today In Europe (1939 and 1940) - Live broadcasts throughout Europe by CBS reporters. Most of the episodes take place in October of 1939.
2013-11-01 Campbell Playhouse - Added more episodes. The Campbell Playhouse (1938–1940) was a live CBS radio drama series directed by and starring Orson Welles. Produced by John Houseman, it was a sponsored continuation of The Mercury Theatre on the Air. The series offered 60-minute adaptations of classic plays and novels, plus some adaptations of popular motion pictures.
2013-10-26 AFRS Halloween Broadcast from Frankenstein Castle - This was a 1952 live broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio Service from the Frankenstein Castle, just outside of Darmstadt, Germany. The broadcast was a prank played on a hapless reporter who fainted with fright during the broadcast.
2013-10-21 The Creaking Door - Added more episodes.
2013-10-21 The Haunting Hour - Get ready for Halloween with this spooky show. Added more episodes to the existing program page.
2013-10-19 Charlie Chan - Added more episodes.
2013-10-02 Secret Missions - This is a 1949 docudrama introduced by Amiral Zackarius, former Chief of The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). These stories are authentic documentations of actual secret missions. Some stories are repeated in the later drama, Secret Mission, narrated by Edward Arnold.
2013-10-01 Secret Mission - Edward Arnold introduces front page stories. These tales of adventure feature Hi Everback as Jonathan West.
2013-09-18 The Witch's Tale (AU) - The same program series as below, broadcast from Australia and with additional episodes.
2013-09-18 The Witch's Tale - This was a horror-fantasy radio series which aired from 1931 to 1938 on WOR, the Mutual Radio Network, and in syndication. The program was created, written, and directed by Alonzo Deen Cole.
2013-09-17 Wings To Victory - Dramatization of WWII aviation missions.
2013-09-16 The Private Files Of Rex Saunders - Added more episodes of this detective program.
2013-09-16 Tailspin Tommy - Tailspin Tommy is on the air! "That lovable, exciting, aviation hero, Tailspin Tommy with flying friends Skeeter and Betty Lou!" Tailspin Tommy was created as a movie serial and comic book before it was a radio show. The comic strip was drawn and created by Hal Forrest and made its first appearance in 1928 after Charles Limbergh made his legendary flight across the Atlantic. Debuted on September 5th, 1941, Tailspin Tommy saved lives and fought for goodness and humanity around the world. With his best pals silly Skeets Milligan and charming Betty Lou Barnes, Tailspin Tommy flew in and out of trouble much to the delight of juvenile audiences across the nation.
2013-09-14 T Men - Not to be confused with T Man, T Men is a 1950 program about tax investigators. Dennis O'Keefe portrays Treasury Agent Dan O'Brien. CBS rolled out T-Men as a summer replacement for Line Up on July 1, 1950.
2013-09-09 Added ROK direct links to the Streaming Broadcast page.
2013-09-09 George Bruce's Air Stories of the World War - This is a 1932 adventure radio program describing the World War I air adventures of George Bruce.
2013-09-08 KEX Scrapbook Of Sounds - KEX is one of America's oldest radio stations currently broadcasting, with an initial license date of December 23, 1926. This was a program highlighting the history of radio broadcasting. It covers old commercials, bloopers, comedy, drama and other highlights of old radio.
2013-09-06 Walter Winchell - He was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator.
2013-08-26 Edward R. Murrow - News and commentary from this iconic reporter.
2013-08-26 Hollywood Mystery Time - Often a double feature with Laretta Parsons Hollywood news followed by a mystery story.
2013-08-24 Exploring The Unknown - Explorations in science and medicine.
2013-08-24 The Hall Of Fantasy - Added more episodes of this SiFi adventure series of short stories.
Double Feature with
Jackie Gleason and Les Tremayne - Music and comedy from 1944.
2013-08-20 Call Back The Past - This was a South African radio show that examines a year in history through sound.
2013-08-19 Scoop - True stories that made the headlines.
2013-08-17 Komedy Kingdom - First produced in the late 1930s, Komedy Kingdom is reminiscent of early American vaudevillian performance acts.
2013-08-17 Confession - This was a show created from the transcribed confessions of actual crimes. Names of the criminals were changed, but were from documented records and case histories. The show consists of the announcer asking criminals their stories, some music interludes, and a dramatic recreation of events.
2013-08-15 The Kingsmen - 1949 musical show featuring The Kingsmen and rotating guest stars.
2013-08-15 The Key - Every door has a key and behind every door is a mystery. This is a 1956 mystery series.
2013-08-13 Cabin B 13 - Added two more episodes.
2013-08-13 Tales Of Tomorrow - This was an American anthology science fiction series that was performed and broadcast live on ABC from 1951 to 1953.
2013-08-12 Yank Bandstand - Popular music from military swing bands.
2013-08-10 Your Rhythm Review - 1953 musical program.
2013-08-10 The Vanishing Point - Added more episodes.
2013-08-09 Vanished Without Trace - Mysterious stories about objects and people who disappear without a trace.
2013-08-09 Unsolved Mysteries - Added more episodes.
2013-08-08 Undercover Carson - This Australian 1953 program follows the adventures of a British Secret Service Agent posted to South America to track down escaped German Nazi Scientists who had developed a highly lethal & destructive death ray. These 104 episodes contain the complete story.
2013-08-07 AFRS Radio Playhouse - Drama.
2013-08-07 Armed Forces Radio Theater - Drama.
2013-08-06 Unit 99 - This 1950's era radio show used live recordings of Unit 99 of the Sacramento Police Department.
2013-08-03 Axis Sally - Mildred Elizabeth Gillars (November 29, 1900 – June 25, 1988), nicknamed "Axis Sally" along with Rita Zucca, was an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II. She was convicted of treason by the United States in 1949 following her capture in post-war Berlin.
2013-07-31 The Thirteenth Juror - The Thirteenth Juror aired in 1949 which cast the listener as "the thirteenth juror" on the cases they presented of mysterious men whose stories have no ending. These cases were unsolved mysteries in which the listener could give their input.
2013-07-30 Seventh Front Street - This program aired in 1947. The narrator asked if you were bored and wanted that get away from it all feeling, then head off to Seven Front Street, which was a famous waterfront night spot. The club had romance, adventure that was highly seasoned with the unexpected. The show covered the happenings there in live mode.
2013-07-29 One Thousand And One Wives - A rare soap opera episode from 1939.
2013-07-29 Fifth Row Center - This program aired in 1940 and was a series of plays that featured romantic comedies and was broadcast from WGN in Chicago. W-G-N recorded the Fifth Row Center before a live audience from W-G-N's Michigan Blvd. Playhouse.
2013-07-27 The Four Corners And The Seven Seas - True stories from every corner of the globe. Each story has an unusual twist at the end, designed to leave the listener with a smile of incredulity.
2013-07-27 Thirty-Three Half Moon Street - Thirty-Three Half Moon came out of South Africa and was a radio sensation in its day. “Assignments Unlimited” was the name of the PI firm in this airwaves success. The Chief Investigator, Aubrey Mason, guaranteed successful completion of all cases...which was a tall order since most their cases were the uncommon. The voice of Mason was Michael Todd, an extremely popular actor in South Africa. During its run in 1965-66, the show was written by Adrian Steed and then Douglas Laws. The private investigation office was at 33 Half Moon Street.
2013-07-26 Your Hit Parade - Added more episodes of this long running musical show.
2013-07-25 Stream - Redirected our streaming broadcast to ROK Radio for a better listening experience.
2013-07-25 Your All-Time Hit Parade - This was a spin-off series from "Your Hit Parade." Your All-Time Hit Parade, sponsored by Lucky Strike played all-time favorites and standards mixed with some current hits. The program began on NBC February 12, 1943, airing Fridays at 8:30pm until June 2, 1944, and then Sundays at 7pm as a summer replacement for Jack Benny, continuing until September 24, 1944.
2013-07-22 Jack Armstrong - Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy was a radio adventure series which maintained its popularity from 1933 to 1951. The program originated at WBBM in Chicago on July 31, 1933, and was later carried on CBS, then NBC and finally ABC. Many of the adventures provided listeners with the equivalent of a travelogue, providing facts about the lands they were visiting. The show was created by writer Robert Hardy Andrews. Sponsored throughout its long run by Wheaties, the program was renamed Armstrong of the SBI when Jack graduated from high school and became a government agent in the final season, when it shifted from a 15-minute serial to a half-hour complete story format.
2013-07-18 The Beulah Show - Originally portrayed by white actor Marlin Hurt, Beulah Brown first appeared in 1939 when Hurt introduced and played the character on the Hometown Incorporated radio series and in 1940 on NBC radio's Show Boat series. In 1943, Beulah moved over to That's Life and then became a supporting character on the popular Fibber McGee and Molly radio series in late 1944. In 1945, Beulah was spun off into her own radio show, The Marlin Hurt and Beulah Show, with Hurt still in the role. Beulah was employed as a housekeeper and cook for the Henderson family: father Harry, mother Alice and son Donnie. After Hurt died of a heart attack in 1946, he was replaced by another white actor, Bob Corley, and the series was retitled The Beulah Show.
2013-07-17 Captain Starr Of Space - This program was a sci-fi adventure series that ran twice weekly from 1953 to 1954. It featured Captain Starr (John Larch) and his crew travelling in his rocket ship, the Shooting Star, on many space adventures.
2013-07-13 Mayor Of The Town - This was a comedy/drama that aired from 1942 to 1949 on CBS and NBC radio. Lionel Barrymore starred as the mayor of the fictional town, Springdale. Agnes Moorehead was the voice of his housekeeper Marilly. The program was sponsored by Rinso and later Noxzema. Barrymore is said to have written the program's theme song.
2013-07-13 Point Sublime - This program starred Cliff Arquette as storekeeper and mayor of Point Sublime, Ben Willet. Mel Blanc played August Moon, Ben Willet's side-kick. The show is a light-hearted drama about the small town named Point Sublime.
2013-07-11 Breakfast In Hollywood - This was a popular morning radio show created and hosted by Tom Breneman who broadcast from 1941 to 1948 on three different radio networks: NBC, ABC and Mutual. These unscripted shows were spontaneous and involved much audience participation. Breneman's many guests included such stars as Jimmy Durante, Andy Devine and Orson Welles.
2013-07-10 The Adventures Of Topper - Broadcast on the NBC network (WEAF, New York), "The Adventures of Topper" is a 1945 radio situation comedy regarding an old codger who is haunted by the ghost of a young woman, Marion Kirby, and her husband, George.
2013-07-09 The Man From Homicide - This is a 1950 noir with Dan Duryea, as a homicide detective.
2013-07-08 The Dambusters - Taylor played pilot David Shannon in this Australian, radio dramatization of Paul Brickhill's best-selling novel about World War II. The documentary series focused on the 617 Dambusting Squadron and is full of air force adventure. There were 26 half-hour episodes, and the cast also featured Charles "Bud" Tingwell. Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16 and 17 May, 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, subsequently known as the "Dambusters", using a specially developed "bouncing bomb" invented and developed by Barnes Wallis.
2013-07-06 Johnny Cash Show - From the Summer of 1954 this is a rare, local, Memphis, radio show featuring Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two.
2013-07-06 Tennessee Jeb - Broadcast in the mid-late 1940s, "Tennessee Jed" was a Monday thru Friday, 15 minute per episode, Western Soap Opera; the only sponsor for "Tennessee Jed" was Tip Top Bread. The role of Tennessee Jed Sloan was played by two men, Johnny Thomas and Don MacLaughlin; Sloan's co-star was his faithful horse, Smokey.
2013-07-06 Joe Palooka - Joe Palooka was an American comic strip about a heavyweight boxing champion, created by cartoonist Ham Fisher in 1921. The strip debuted in 1930. The strip was adapted to a short-lived 15-minute CBS radio series that aired from April 12 to August 18, 1932.
2013-06-25 Forbidden Cargo - Stories of Australian narcotics and immigration agents.
2013-06-22 The Adventures Of Danny Marsdon - 1948 tales of Mid-city Centennial reporter Danny Marsdon.
2013-06-21 First Nighter Program - This was a radio anthology comedy-drama series broadcast from 1930 to 1953.
2013-06-21 The Chesterfield Supper Club - This program began on December 11, 1944, as a 15-minute radio program, airing at 7 pm weeknights on the NBC Radio Network. This musical variety show was sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes and featured live musical performances. Perry Como initially hosted The Chesterfield Supper Club five nights a week.
2013-06-18 Big Town - This radio program aired from 1937 to 1952. Edward G. Robinson had the lead role of Steve Wilson from 1937 to 1942. Claire Trevor was Wilson's society editor sidekick with Ona Munson taking over that role in 1940. Edward J. Pawley portrayed Steve Wilson from 1943 until 1952 when Walter Greaza was heard as Wilson in the final episodes in this radio drama series. Fran Carlon played Pawley's sidekick, Lorelei Kilbourne, from 1942-1952. During the period in which Pawley starred, Big Town was rated No. 1 among all of the reporter-type drama series on radio. It was also rated in the top 15 among all radio programs broadcast and had a listening audience rated between 10 and 20 million people.
2013-06-18 Beyond Tomorrow - This was a radio science fiction series developed for CBS in the spring of 1950. Beyond Tomorrow was meant to be CBS's first science fiction radio program. The show was announced in newspapers but it is not known if any episodes were actually broadcast. An audition show and three additional shows were transcribed to disk.
2013-06-17 The Cinnamon Bear - This is a children's program produced by Transco (Transcription Company of America), based in Hollywood, California. The series was specifically designed to be broadcast six days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was first broadcast between Friday, November 26 and Saturday December 25, 1937. Some markets like Portland, Oregon jumped the gun, debuting the program on November 25, Thanksgiving Day. In the first season, Portland broadcast the program on two stations, KALE at 6:00pm and KXL at 7:00pm.
2013-06-17 Curtain Time - This romantic drama had a theater setting with the announcer shouting "tickets please". The fist run was sponsored by General Mills from 1937 to 1939 and the second aired from 1945 to 1950, sponsored by the Mars Candy Co. The announcer for the series was Harry Halcomb.
2013-06-15 Leatherstocking Tales - Two 1932 radio dramas (The Deerslayer, and The Last of the Mohicans) based on the works of 19th century author James Fenimore Cooper.
2013-06-12 Battle Stations - NBC 1943 Program highlighting the Navy in WWII.
2013-06-08 The Pacific Story - This program was broadcast on NBC from July, 1943 until January, 1947. It was considered a documentary. The premise of the show was that with Europe in ruins, the Pacific might emerge as the center of political and social change in the world, and people should know something about it. The series touched on every nation around the Pacific rim and told of their importance in the years to come when the war ended. It was narrated by Gayne Williams and featured such authorities on Pacific affairs as Henry Luce and Pearl S. Buck.
2013-06-05 Roy Rogers - Added more episodes of this 1940's vintage country and western variety show, called The Roy Rogers Show. Starring Roy Rogers, Pat Bradey, and Dale Evans, the three solved various mysteries. Roy, Dale, and the Sons of the Pioneers sing.
2013-05-16 Molle Mystery Theater - This is a mystery series that aired on NBC and then CBS throughout the 40's and early 50's. The program title changed through the years but is best known by it sponsor, Molle, the brushless shaving cream. One of its incarnations was Mystery Playhouse that aired on Armed Forces Radio.
2013-05-13 All Star Western Theater - This was a 1940's variety western and music program. The shows delivered riotous laughs and down-to-earth humor that was a pleasant alternative to other heavier and intense programs. The music of these old radio shows was done by a group called "The Riders of the Purple Sage," and was fronted by Foy Willing.
2013-05-04 NBC University Theater - The World's Great Novels was a radio series, directed by Homer Heck, which presented adaptations of classic novels. Broadcast on WMAQ, Chicago, and NBC from 1944 to 1948, it was initially heard Saturdays at 7pm during the first 1944-45 season and then moved to Fridays at 11:30pm. Music for the series was composed by Emil Soderstrom and conducted by Bernard Berquist.
2013-03-10 Sears Radio Theater - This was a radio drama anthology series which ran week nightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the Sears chain. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater during its first season, the program offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast. In 1980, the program moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater. The Mutual series broadcast repeats from the CBS run until September 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. Sears continued as a sponsor during the Mutual run.
2013-03-07 Incredible, But True - This series consisted of 15 minute shows, similar in format to Ripley's Believe It Or Not that had aired from 1930 to 1948.
2013-03-04 The Avengers - Added more episodes of this iconic program.
2013-03-01 Changed look of site to better reflect compatibility with HTML standards.
2013-02-28 Comedy Caravan With Jimmy Durante And Garry Moore - This is a 1940's comedy and variety show.
2013-02-26 Fixed broken links.
2013-02-11 McGarry And His Mouse - A 30 minute weekly comic detective series based on the magazine series by Matt Taylor. There were many cast changes during the short run. Bumbling detective Dan McGarry was played by Roger Pryor, Wendell Corey and Ted de Corsia. Kitty Archer, his "mouse," was played by Shirley Mitchell, Peggy Conklin and Patsy Campbell. Betty Garde and Thelma Ritter lasted the entire year as Kitty's mother and best friend, respectively. Bert Parks was the announcer, with music by the Peter Van Steeden orchestra.
2013-02-09 It Pays To Be Ignorant - Added more episodes of this program. This series was a spoof on such authoritative panel series as Quiz Kids and Information Please, while the beginning of the program parodied the popular quiz show, Doctor I.Q.
2013-02-09 The Jack Webb Show - This 1946 comedy program starred the same Jack Webb from Dragnet fame.
2013-02-05 Moments Of Melody - Orchestra instrumentals from the 1930's.
2013-02-04 Continental Trio - 1930's era singing trio.
2013-02-04 Bing Crosby Commercial Programs - These are 1930's era short programs featuring the singing of Bing Crosby.
2013-02-01 National Mobilization For Human Needs - Eddie Cantor and the Jimmy Greer Orchestra pitch donating to community chests.
2013-02-01 Mohawk Treasure Chest - 1934 musical hits sponsored by the Mohawk carpet company.
2013-02-01 Marmola Entertainers - This is a short musical program sponsored by Mermola, a dangerous weight lose pill. Marmola, the product, was bunkum, and probably dangerous bunkum. It was for sale since 1907 and finally the tide of regulation turned. But before it did, Marmola sponsored a radio program very briefly, all around 1931.
2013-02-01 Chimaline Carpet Carnival - 1934 musical program sponsored by the Chimaline company.
2013-02-01 Cheloni Skin Program - This is a 1932 musical broadcast sponsored by Cheloni Skin care products. Music was provided by Eddie South and His International Orchestra. Clifford King (clarinet, vocal), Eddie South (violin, vocal), J. Wright Smith (ensemble violin), Antonio Spaulding (piano, celesta), Everett Barksdale (guitar, vocal), Milt Hinton (string bass, vocal), Jimmy Bertrand (drums, percussion).
2013-01-31 Cali-Bama Co-Eds - The Cali-Bama Co-Eds was a syndicated radio program that was first broadcast in the Spring of 1931. It was about five sisters all beginning college at the same time and their experiences with a new campus lifestyle, and of course, the boys that go with it. The five Locust Sisters were well known during their time. The group consisted of four vocalists that harmonized and a fifth member accompanying them on piano.
2013-01-31 Cliff Edwards Sings aka "Ukulele Ike" - In 1932, Edwards got his first national radio show on CBS Radio. He would continue hosting network radio shows on and off through 1946.also known as "Ukulele Ike", He was an American singer and voice actor who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s, specializing in jazzy renditions of pop standards and novelty tunes. He had a number-one hit with "Singin' in the Rain" in 1929. He also did voices for animated cartoons later in his career, and is best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940).
2013-01-22 - Our live streaming broadcast is now available in the ShoutCast directory.
2013-01-15 T Man - Added a second rare episode to this program about treasury agents.
2013-01-12 Fleischman Yeast Hour With Rudy Vallee - The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour (also known as The Rudy Vallée Show, The Fleischmann Yeast Hour, and The Fleischmann Hour) was a pioneering musical variety radio program broadcast on NBC from 1929 to 1936, when it became The Royal Gelatin Hour, continuing until 1939. This program was sponsored by Fleischmann’s Yeast, a popular brand of yeast.
2012-12-31 - Added an HTML 5 Player to our streaming broadcast page.
2012-12-29 30 Minutes in Hollywood - George Jessel Show with Tommy Tucker & His Orchestra - This was a comedy and musical variety show.
2012-12-29 Charlotte Greenwood - 1940's comedy series.
2012-12-28 The Goldbergs - A comedy-drama broadcast from 1929 to 1946 on American radio, and from 1949 to 1956 on American television. It was adapted into a 1948 play, Me and Molly, and a 1973 Broadway musical, Molly. It was a domestic comedy featuring the home life of a Jewish family, supposedly located at 1038 East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx.
2012-12-26 The Lone Ranger - "Hi-yo, Silver! Away!" 920 episodes.
2012-12-17 Information Please - An American comedic radio quiz show, created by Dan Golenpaul, which aired on NBC from May 17, 1938 to April 22, 1951. The title was the contemporary phrase used to request from telephone operators what was then called "information" but is now called "directory assistance".
2012-12-15 The Stan Freberg Show - The Stan Freberg Show was a 1957 replacement for Jack Benny on CBS radio. The satirical show, which featured elaborate production, included most of the team he used on his Capitol recordings, including June Foray, Peter Leeds, and Daws Butler. Billy May arranged and conducted the music.
2012-12-14 Police Headquarters - Added more episodes of this 15 minute crime program.
2012-12-13 Murder By Experts - Added more episodes of this mystery program.
2012-12-10 This Is The Story - A rare, short lived, Armed Forces Radio program featuring patriotic music.
2012-11-28 The Lone Wolf - The Lone Wolf is the nickname of the fictional character Michael Lanyard, a jewel thief turned private detective in a series of novels written by Louis Joseph Vance (1879–1933). This is a rare episode of the short lived radio series.
2012-11-28 Studio X also known as The Player - These episodes starred Paul Frees and were stories of the Player who was a newspaper reporter who ended up involved in drama and suspense stories.
2012-11-23 Streaming Player - Added our own in-web player to the Streaming page. We now broadcast live 24 hours per day.
2012-11-21 Theater Of Romance - This program ran on the CBS network as a filler show between 1943 and 1957. It substituted from time to time for such shows as Gunsmoke, Life with Luigi, Lux Radio Theater, and many others.
Claudia - Added more
episodes of this program. Better known as Claudia and David, this was an old
time radio show based on a series of short stories which appeared in Redbook
magazine. The program was a soap opera centered on newlyweds David and Claudia
2012-11-14 Terry And The Pirates - Added more episodes of this Children's adventure series.
2012-11-13 It Pays To Be Ignorant - This series was a spoof on such authoritative panel series as Quiz Kids and Information Please, while the beginning of the program parodied the popular quiz show, Doctor I.Q.
2012-11-07 Navy Lark - This was a BBC radio sit-com about life aboard a British Royal Navy frigate named HMS Troutbridge.
2012-11-05 Strange Wills - Stories about unusual wills.
2012-11-05 Sleepy Joe (Uncle Remus Stories) - Children's tales of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox.
2012-10-25 Internet Radio Broadcast - Added 24 hours per day streaming radio broadcast of popular programs.
2012-10-13 NBC's First Fifty Years Of Radio - This is an anthology documenting the first fifty years of NBC Radio broadcasting.
2012-10-13 General Mills Radio Adventure Theater - This program was an anthology radio drama series, with Tom Bosley as host, and aired on the CBS Radio Network in 1977. It was a weekend spinoff of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, but was more children friendly.
2012-10-01 Mind Your Manners - During the late 1940s and early 1950s Allen Ludden carved out a career as an adviser for youth in teen magazine columns and on radio. His radio show for teenagers, Mind Your Manners, received a Peabody Award in 1950.
2012-09-29 Let's Pretend - A children's program of popular tales.
2012-09-25 The Joan Davis Show - This comedy program centered around Joanie's Tea Room and was broadcast on CBS from September 3, 1945 to June 23, 1947. Sponsored by Lever Brothers on behalf of Swan Soap, the premise had Davis running a tea shop in the little community of Smallville. The supporting cast featured Verna Felton. Harry von Zell was the announcer, and her head writer was Abe Burrows, formerly the head writer (and co-creator) of Duffy's Tavern and eventually a legendary Broadway playwright.
2012-09-24 The Invasion Of Normandy - Live account of the D-Day Invasion from George Hicks of the Blue network on board a ship.
2012-09-22 The Hall Of Fantasy - Science fiction thrillers originally broadcast on the Mutual Radio Network in 1953 these episodes were repackaged and aired on public radio stations in the 1970's.
2012-09-19 The Man In The Iron Mask - This is a 1948 drama based on the book of the same name.
2012-09-17 The Romance Of Helen Trent - This was a radio soap opera which aired on CBS from 1933 to 1960.
2012-09-15 Strange As It Seems - Strange As It Seems was a radio program of strange and unusual tales about fantastic people and events, based on the daily syndicated newspaper cartoon panels of John Hix of the same name.
2012-09-15 Everyman's Theater - A variety of Arch Oboler plays.
2012-09-07 Better Living Radio Theater - Inspirational dramas depicting American tales.
2012-08-24 Mother's Best Flour (Starring Hank Williams) - This was a WSM radio show during the early 50's. It starred Hank Williams. Hank and the announcer, Louie Buck, pitched commercials for Mother's Best Flour and self-rising Cornmeal, as well as Pig and Sow Feed between Hank's singing.
2012-08-22 Completed an audit to identify and remove copyrighted material.
2012-08-21 I Love Lucy - This was a sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. On February 27, 1952, a sample I Love Lucy radio show was produced, but it never aired. This was a pilot episode, created by editing the soundtrack of the television episode "Breaking the Lease", with added Arnaz narration. It included commercials for Philip Morris, which sponsored the television series. While it never aired on radio at the time in the 1950s (Philip Morris eventually sponsored a radio edition of My Little Margie instead), copies of this radio pilot episode have been circulating among "old time radio" collectors for years, and this radio pilot episode has aired in more recent decades on numerous local radio stations that air some "old time radio" programming.
2012-08-19 V-Disc - V-Disc ("V" for Victory) was a morale-boosting initiative involving the production of several series of recordings during the World War II era by special arrangement between the United States government and various private U.S. record companies. The records were produced for the use of United States military personnel overseas. Many popular singers, big bands and orchestras of the era recorded special V-Disc records. These 12-inch, vinyl 78 rpm gramophone recordings were created for the Army between October 1943 and May 1949. Navy discs were released between July 1944 and September 1945. Twelve inch discs were used because, when 136 grooves per inch were used, they could hold up to six and a half minutes of music.
2012-08-18 The Delmore Brothers - 1930's era gospel singers who were one of the first performers on the Grand Old Opry.
2012-08-17 Romance Of The Ranchos - Tales of the early, large ranches of southern California.
2012-08-15 Now Hear This - NBC broadcast of Navy Adventures from 1951.
2012-08-15 Radio News 1970-1979
2012-08-14 Radio News 1960-1969
2012-08-13 Radio News 1950-1959
2012-08-07 Radio News 1949
2012-08-06 Radio News 1948
2012-08-03 Mystery Is My Hobby - This detective show aired in 1947 and 1948 starring Glen Langdon as Barton Drake.
2012-08-03 Speaking Of Liberty - Sponsored by the Council on Democracy & broadcast by the NBC Red network, Rex Stout hosted a variety of guests who were "speaking of liberty."
Mileage Rationing Special - The United States Office of War Information (OWI)
produced this special to inform citizens about the mileage/gas rationing program
as a means to save rubber. The humorous special starred Jack Benny, Dinah Shore,
Eddie Cantor, Paul Whiteman, & Burns & Allen.
2012-07-30 Radio News 1947
2017-07-28 Radio News 1946
2012-07-28 We Will Never Die (Tribute Pageant to the Holocaust) - 1944 NBC broadcast from the Hollywood Bowl.
2012-07-27 WGN Hallicrafters Hour - This is a 1945 episode of the America Unlimited series. This episode highlighted the Hallicrafter SCR299 shortwave radio's contribution to the US government.
Esquire's All-American Jazz Band Concert - This jazz concert was announced
by Orson Welles and featured Duke Ellington & his Orchestra, the Nat King Cole
Trio, and Woody Herman & his Orchestra.
2012-07-24 America's Needs And Resources - 1947 ABC radio musical documentary, which features Jiminy Cricket, Donald Duck, and the 7 Dwarfs. This musical documentary was based upon the "America's Needs and Resources" white paper by the Twentieth Century Fund liberal think tank. It forecasts America's needs and resources for 1960.
2012-07-23 WCCO Stay At Home Campaign - A polio outbreak in the summer of 1946 prompted Minnesota officials to declare a voluntary quarantine that emptied beaches and bars, canceled the State Fair and no doubt disrupted the Minneapolis Tribune’s kid-powered delivery system. Without a Sunday paper, how would homebound children get their fix of Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie? To the rescue came Minneapolis Mayor Hubert H. Humphrey (later US Vice President). With son “Skipper” and daughter Nancy by his side, he read the comics to WCCO Radio listeners across the state. And he couldn’t resist the chance to promote his city, observing that Bugs Bunny’s new toy horse looked like it had been purchased “in one of those fine stores in Minneapolis.” [StarTribune]
Years - This was a 13-part radio documentary that was produced by Kansas
State University in 1969 & 1970. It was aired over the K-State Radio Network,
the National Educational Radio Network (the fore-runner of National Public
Radio), and the Voice of America.
2012-07-23 Keep 'em Rolling - Mutual Broadcasting System show that featured a play each week, sponsored by the Office for Emergency Management.
2012-07-23 What Are We Fighting For? - This is a CBS produced series of six, 15-minute programs that were broadcast from Army camps around the country. Each episode contains a remarkable speech.
2012-07-22 Radio News 1945
2012-07-11 Radio News 1944
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2012-05-12 Radio News 1942
2012-05-10 Radio News 1941
2012-05-04 Radio News 1940
2012-05-02 Radio News 1939
2012-04-30 Radio News 1938
2012-04-20 A Life Of Bliss - A BBC radio comedy that aired in the 1950's.
2014-04-18 Hancock's Half Hour - A BBC radio comedy, and later television comedy, series of the 1950s and 60s.
2012-04-18 Alan Young Show - This was a 1944 NBC, comedy, summer replacement for Eddie Cantor's show.
American In England - This 1942 program was a documentary drama broadcast during
& about World War II and the story of Norman Corwin's visit to wartime Britain.
Asked by CBS to observe & report on the character and hardships of a nation
under siege, the 10 episode documentary is what became of the trip.
2012-04-16 My Son Jeep - My Son Jeep is a short-lived American situation comedy originally broadcast on the NBC Radio and Television networks in 1953.
2012-04-14 Big Business Lark - This was a British radio comedy sitcom of partly satirical form broadcast in 1969.
2012-04-14 Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge - Following graduation, Kyser and his band, which included Sully Mason on saxophone and arranger George Duning, toured Midwest restaurants and night clubs and gradually built a following. They were particularly popular at Chicago's Blackhawk restaurant, where Kyser came up with an act combining a quiz with music which became "Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge." The act was broadcast on the Mutual Radio in 1938 and then moved to NBC Radio from 1939 to 1949.
2012-04-12 The Red Foley Show - Country music show of the Grand Old Oprey type.
2012-04-12 Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's Own Program - 1940 commentary program featuring Eleanor Roosevelt speaking on many topics and sponsored by Sweetheart Toilet Soap on NBC.
2012-04-10 Five Minute Mystery - This was an audience participation radio series broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System from August 10, 1947 to March 27, 1950. Each 30-minute show featured five mini-mysteries dramatized with actors, organ music and sound effects. Solutions to each mystery were then suggested by a panel of listeners and studio guests.
2012-04-07 Educating Archie - This was a BBC Light Program comedy show broadcast from June 1950 to February 1958 on Sunday lunchtimes featuring ventriloquist Peter Brough and his doll Archie Andrews. The program was successful despite a ventriloquist on radio seeming strange, though in the United States, Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy had also undertaken radio work.
2012-03-28 Proudly We Hail - Added more episodes to this drama series from the Armed Forces Radio Service. Proudly We Hail was a syndicated Cold War and Korean War-era radio program that was produced by the US government to promote Army, WAC, and Air Force recruitment. It featured radio dramas in a variety of genres - SiFi, patriotic, true stories, biographical, etc. It was broadcast on AFRS.
2012-03-25 Jeff Regan - Added more episodes.
2012-03-24 American History Through The Eyes Of Radio - A compilation of old radio programs that cover American history from the 1700's to the 1970's.
2012-03-16 It's A Crime, Mr. Collins - This was a half-hour detective radio program broadcast weekly from August, 1956 to February, 1957 by Mutual Broadcasting System in the United States. It was a takeoff of The Adventures of the Abbotts only changing the names of the characters. San Francisco private detective Greg Collins was played by Mandel Kramer and his wife, Gail Collins, was played by namesake Gail Collins.
2012-03-15 Against The Storm - Against the Storm is a radio daytime drama which had three separate runs over a 13-year period. The program pivoted around the activities of Professor Jason McKinley Allen, his wife, daughters and friends. Allen, who lived in Hawthorne, Connecticut at Deep Pool Farm, taught classes at the fictional Harper University.
2012-03-14 Ethel And Albert - This was a radio and television comedy series about a married couple, Ethel and Albert Arbuckle, living in the small town of Sandy Harbor. Created by Peg Lynch (born 1916), who scripted and portrayed Ethel, the series first aired on local Minnesota radio in the early 1940s, followed by a run on NBC, CBS and ABC from May 29, 1944 to August 28, 1950.
2012-03-13 Revised the Streaming page to better comply with broadcaster license agreements.
2012-03-13 Biographies In Sound - This NBC program was an hour-long documentary radio show that was produced and broadcast in the 1950s. Each episode featured multiple guests, who often were peers or friends of the person who was the featured subject.
2012-03-12 Cecil And Sally - One of the earliest popular old time radio shows, Cecil and Sally broadcast out of San Francisco. It was one of the earliest old time radio shows to be syndicated nationally via electrical transcriptions and by 1930 they had over 15 million fans. Helen Troy and Johnny Patrick met while working in KYA radio station in San Francisco. The two created Cecil and Sally with fun office banter when Helen picked up her mail. She would talk in a baby voice with a lisp and he would speak in a Yiddish dialect.
2012-03-12 Eb And Zeb - This 15 minute program was broadcast on NBC from 1932 to 1933. It was similar to the format of the Lum & Abner comedy show. Eb and Zeb are two old codgers who run a General Store in Corn Center.
2012-03-11 Beyond Our Ken - This was a British comedy show of the late 1950's and early 1960's. The name is a pun on Kenneth Horne's name and the (now mainly Scots/Scottish English) word ken, meaning "knowledge or perception".
2012-03-08 Armed Forces Radio Service One Night Stand - This was a program of live music remotes that was produced and broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) radio network. It featured the popular bands of the day and some lesser-known groups.
2012-03-07 Fixed some links on the Streaming page.
2012-03-06 Science Magazine Of The Air - Science Magazine Of The Air told the stories of extraordinary human beings that accomplished extraordinary things.
2012-03-06 Grand Central Station - Grand Central Station was an American anthology radio series which had a long run from 1937 to 1954. The story content ranged from romantic comedies to lightweight dramas. Each program opened with an announcer intoning that Grand Central was "the crossroads of a million private lives, a gigantic stage on which are played a thousand dramas daily."
2012-03-06 Mystery Theater CBC - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation presents tales of the supernatural and unexpected.
2012-03-05 Marlin Hurt And Beulah - In 1945, Beulah was spun off into her own radio show, The Marlin Hurt and Beulah Show, with Hurt still in the role. Beulah was employed as a housekeeper and cook for the Henderson family: father Harry, mother Alice and son Donnie. After Hurt died of a heart attack in 1946, he was replaced by another white actor, Bob Corley, and the series was retitled The Beulah Show.
2012-03-04 My Friend Irma - This program created by writer-director-producer Cy Howard, was a top-rated, long-run radio situation comedy, so popular in the late 1940s that its success escalated to films, television, a comic strip and a comic book, while Howard scored with another radio comedy hit, Life with Luigi. Marie Wilson portrayed the title character, Irma Peterson, on radio, in two films and a television series. The radio series was broadcast on CBS Radio from April 11, 1947 to August 23, 1954.
2012-03-03 The Hardy Family - In 1949, Mickey Rooney revived his 1937 role of "Andy Hardy" (from the hit movie "A Family Affair"), in the radio program named "The Hardy Family". Also starring Lewis Stone as Judge James Hardy & Fay Holden as Emily Hardy, "The Hardy Family" broadcast thru 1950, then was rebroadcast on MBS (Mutual Broadcast System) during 1952.
2012-03-01 Haunted: Stories Of The Supernatural - Another science fiction series.
2012-02-29 Deadline Mystery - This program aired in 1947 and starred Steven Dunn as a newspaper man Lucky Larson scrounging just to make it by as newspaper man do not make much money. He lives with a woman who had wanted to kill him because she thought he killed her former lover. Now they live happily together and his deadline for his paper always seems to be a murder mystery.
2012-02-29 Men From The Ministry - A British radio comedy series broadcast by the BBC between 1962 and 1977.The series was about lazy, bungling, incompetent civil servants, "Number One" - Roland Hamilton-Jones (Wilfrid Hyde-White) and later Deryck Lennox-Brown (Deryck Guyler), "Number Two" - Richard Lamb (Richard Murdoch), with their dim, typo-prone, teenage secretary, Mildred Murfin (Norma Ronald), all watched-over by the lecherous, pompous, self-seeking Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Gregory Pitkin (Roy Dotrice and later Ronald Baddiley), all members of the British Civil Service based in Whitehall. The stories centered on their General Assistance Department (analogous to the "Department of Administrative Affairs" in the later Yes Minister), which helps other governmental departments. Instead of assistance, the department creates mix-ups, misunderstandings and cock-ups that lead to a telling-off from Sir Gregory, who sees his 'hard earned' Civil Service career and pension disappearing.
2012-02-27 The Town Crier - Alexander Humphreys Woollcott (January 19, 1887 – January 23, 1943) was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. His CBS show The Town Crier, which began July 21, 1933, opened with the ringing of a bell and the cry, "Hear ye, hear ye!", followed by Woollcott's literary observations punctuated with acidic anecdotes.
2012-02-27 House Of Mystery - Added three episodes of this rare mystery program.
2012-02-27 - Fixed links to the Pumpkin FM channels on the Streaming page. This site had to move to a backup server due to a denial of service attack.
2012-02-24 Journey To The Center Of The Earth - This is an 8-part radio serial produced for BBC Radio 4 by Howard Jones in 1963. It starred Bernard Horsfall and Jeffrey Banks. It is based on the 1864 classic science fiction story by Jules Verne.
2012-02-23 Frankenstein - In 1938, George Edwards produced a 13-part, 3-hour series for radio. It closely follows the structure and spirit of the novel by Mary Shelley.
2012-02-23 Majestic Master Of Mystery - This program ran from 1933 to 1934 and was narrated and acted out by Maurice Joachim with only the help of sound effects. The sponsor was Majestic Radio.
2012-02-19 The Voyage Of The Ketch Scarlet Queen - was a radio adventure on the high seas, airing on Mutual from 3 July 1947 to 14 February 1948.
2012-02-19 The Unexpected - Mystery stories from 1948. Each story has an unexpected ending.
2012-02-17 Mutual Radio Theater - This Mutual anthology series broadcast repeated the CBS run until September 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. Sears continued as a sponsor during the Mutual run. Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy.
2012-02-13 The Bickersons - This was a radio comedy program that began in 1946 on NBC, moving the following year to CBS where it continued until 1951. The show's married protagonists, portrayed by Don Ameche and Frances Langford, spent nearly all their time together in relentless verbal war.
2012-02-10 Friends And Neighbors - This is a 1970's South African comedy series.
2012-02-09 Sexton Blake - Sexton Blake is a British fictional detective often called "the poor man's Sherlock Holmes".
2012-02-09 A Canticle for Liebowitz - A post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Set in a Catholic monastery in the desert of the southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. This is a 15-part abridged serial of the novel that was adapted for radio by John Reed and broadcast in 1981.
2012-02-08 Hour Of Charm - This is a 1940's era show featuring an all girl orchestra and chorus, playing a variety of songs.
2012-02-07 Orbit One Zero - BBC 1961 broadcast of a six part science fiction play.
2012-02-07 In The Name Of The Law - A True Crime radio show from 1936. "In the name of the law, we bring you another of the thrilling stories in this exciting series, taken from actual police case files."
2012-02-02 Bob And Ray - Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were an American comedy team whose career spanned five decades. Their format was typically to satirize the medium in which they were performing, such as conducting radio or television interviews, with off-the-wall dialogue presented in a generally deadpan style as though it were a serious broadcast.
2012-01-27 Ghost Corps - Ghost Core was an organization of freelance diplomats operating throughout the Far East. K.C. Smith, fluent in all the Eastern dialects ventures out into the streets, while shrouded in the Middle Eastern garbs, in order to get the scoop on any foul play that might arise in these ancient cities full of mosques, bazaars, and oriental palaces. Smith will do whatever it takes to get all the information needed to bring down the local warlords, all in the name of the Ghost Corps.
2012-01-26 Young Love - A 1949-50 CBS show starring Janet Waldo (Meet Corliss Archer) and Jimmy Lydon as two college kids who are secretly married to avoid running afoul of campus officials. They must keep their marriage a secret or risk losing their scholarship.
2012-01-25 Four Star Playhouse - This is a 1949 anthology series staring Robert Cumming, Rosalyn Russell, Loretta Young and Fred McMurry.
2012-01-24 Ripley's Believe It Or Not - Added several hundred episodes of this 1930's radio program, which varied in length from 15 minutes to 30 minutes and aired in numerous different formats. This show described bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims.
2012-01-20 Claudia - This was a drama based on the Redbook magazine stories by Rose Franken and William Brown Meloney. It began as a skit on the Kate Smith Hour June 6, 1941; a month later, it became a summer series. Claudia fell in love with David during her teen years. Much of the conflict within the program, derived from the possessiveness of her mother, the "everyday drama" focusing on counting pennies, balancing the check book and the repairing of household items.
2012-01-19 Columbia Workshop - This was a radio series that aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System from 1936 to 1943, returning in 1946-47.
2012-01-16 Best Plays - NBC production of a one hour dramatization well known Broadway plays.
2012-01-15 Meet The Meeks - This late 1940's comedy program follows the high jinks of the Meek family.
2012-01-15 Howie Wing A Saga Of Aviation - This is a children's radio program about a 21 year old junior pilot and his aviation adventures. Howie is taught to fly by a World War One flying ace, Captain Harvey.
2012-01-14 The Radio Hall Of Fame - Sponsored by Philco this is a music and variety show.
2012-01-14 The Magic Key - RCA (The Radio Corporation of America) presented this late 1930's classical music and variety program.
2012-01-13 Log Cabin Jamboree - Comedy program starring Jack Haley.
2012-01-13 The Wonder Show - Jack Haley stars in this comedy show along with Lucile Ball and Gale Gordon.
2012-01-11 Redbook Dramas - This series, based upon short stories originally published in Redbook Magazine, was aired in the year 1932.
2012-01-11 - Added the Children and Drama genres.
2012-01-10 Inheritance - This 1954 NBC program was sponsored by the American Legion and chronicled tales from history.
2012-01-09 Ann Of Airlanes - Sponsored by the Matthews-Belk Company for Red Goose Shoes, "Ann of the Airlines" aired on the WGNC Radio, 6 PM Monday thru Friday, during 1932. Storylines focused on Ann Burton, an 'airplane hostess' employed by 'Interstate Airlines.' Ann also worked with the Secret Service, as did her romantic interest, pilot Jack Baker. Gerald Mohr portrayed Secret Service agent and co-pilot Art Morrison.
2012-01-09 People Are Funny with Art Linkletter - People are Funny is an American radio and television game show, created by John Guedel that remained popular throughout the 1940s. The program ran from 1942 to 1960. The program's stunts and audience participation were calculated to reveal the humorous side of human nature. After contestants were sent from the studio to perform a task in public, the audience was told how the contestant was being double-crossed.
2012-01-07 Studio One - On April 29, 1947, Markle launched the 60-minute CBS radio series with an adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. Broadcast on Tuesdays, opposite Fibber McGee and Molly and The Bob Hope Show at 9:30 P.M., E.S.T., the radio series continued until July 27, 1948, showcasing such adaptations as Dodsworth, Pride and Prejudice, The Red Badge of Courage and Ah, Wilderness. Top performers were heard on this series, including John Garfield, Walter Huston, Mercedes McCambridge, Burgess Meredith and Robert Mitchum.
2012-01-07 Call The Police - Added more episodes to this action packed crime drama.
2012-01-07 Hello Sucker - Hello Suckers was created to protects Chicago consumers. The program was produced in co-operation with the better business bureau of Chicago 1952.
2012-01-07 The Globe Theater - Added two episodes. This is a radio playhouse dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces.
2012-01-06 Bunco Squad - Added one episode of this police program.
2012-01-06 T Man - Added one episode of this program chronicling treasury agent stories.
2012-01-02 Hercule Poirot - Added two more episodes.
2012-01-01 Completed an audit to identify and remove copyrighted material.
2011-12-31 The Diary Of Fate - Added 23 more episodes to this mystery program from 1948.
2011-12-30 Kaltenmyer's Kindergarten - Children's comedy program from 1936.
2011-12-30 Escape - Added episodes encoded at 192 kbs.
2011-12-28 Ranger Bill - A Christian radio program from the 1950s, produced by Moody Radio. With over 200 episodes produced, Ranger Bill stars Miron Canaday as the title character and Stumpy Jenkins and Ed Ronne, Sr as Grey Wolf. The main character, Ranger Bill, is a forest ranger located in the town of Knotty Pine along the Rocky Mountains. The show describes the various tales of the adventures of Ranger Bill and his friends.
2011-12-24 Results Incorporated - A 1944 series about private eye Johnny Strange, starring Lloyd Nolan and Claire Trevor.
2011-12-16 Streaming - Fixed some links to streaming OTR sites.
2011-12-11 The Clitheroe Kid - The Clitheroe Kid was a long-running BBC radio comedy show featuring diminutive Northern comedian Jimmy Clitheroe in the role of a cheeky schoolboy, who lived with his family at 33 Lilac Avenue in an un-named town in the north of England. Jimmy's best friend was Ozzie, alias Oswald Higginbottom, a character who was only heard of second-hand and didn't actually appear. The pilot show, pilot series, and 16 subsequent series totalled 290 episodes in all, broadcast between April 1957 and August 13, 1972.
2011-12-10 The Wayside Theater - This 1930 era weekly program was sponsored by the Chicago Motor Club and featured a variety of plays and short stories.
2011-12-10 Sam 'N' Henry - This program was a radio series by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll which aired on Chicago radio station WGN in 1926-1928. The ten minute program is often considered to be the first situation comedy. Gosden and Correll reworked the premise on a more ambitious scale to create their long-run radio show Amos 'n' Andy.
2011-12-09 Today is the one year anniversary of the oldradioprograms.us web site. Thank you to our 6,845 visitors from 62 countries who viewed 28,667 pages in our first year.
2011-12-07 We began adding downloadable ZIP files to the bottom of each of the Most Popular program pages.
2011-12-06 Theatre Royal - This fine British 1950's era anthology series, features plays based on the best of literature, films and English theater. Produced in two series, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Sir Ralph Richardson serve as hosts, narrators and many times portray the leading roles.
2011-12-06 The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street - This was a musical variety radio program which began on the Blue Network in 1940. The magazine Radio Life described it as "one of radio's strangest offsprings... a wacky, strictly hep tongue-in-cheek burlesque of opera and symphony."
RAF Bomber - This
program is a World War II drama of the effects of Allied bombing runs over a
fictional German city, both on RAF crews, and German pilots and civilians.
2011-12-04 Cats And Jammers - No, not the cartoon characters. This is a rare music show featuring Lena Horne and Erskine Butterfield's band.
2011-12-03 The Green Valley Line - This is the story of a small railroad line at the turn of the century. It is a complete story line.
2011-11-27 The Hillbilly Boys - Pat O'Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys was a Texan Western swing band with its own radio program during the mid-1930s. Pat O'Daniel, the son of "Pappy" O'Daniel, was the band's leader. The Hillbilly Boys, associated with Pappy O'Daniel's flour company which produced Hillbilly Flour, helped catapult Pappy O'Daniel to the governorship of Texas (although this is often credited to Pappy O'Daniel's earlier band, the Light Crust Doughboys).
2011-11-26 The Adventures Of Zorro - Rare episodes of radio and audio recordings portraying the tales of this Spanish California hero.
2011-11-26 Federal Agent - Dramatization stories of federal crime fighting from around the world. Each week features a new country and a new criminal investigation. Done in the style of the program Gang Busters.
2011-11-26 The Declaration Of Independence - Read by John F. Kennedy on July 4th, 1960.
2011-11-24 John Steele, Adventurer - This program aired as a weekly program full of suspense and hard, fast action. Don Douglas played hero, John Steele.
2011-11-23 Radio Reader's Digest - A variety of short stories from the pages of Reader's Digest. This program was sponsored by Hallmark Greeting Cards.
2011-11-23 Illinois Carousel - This was a politically sponsored radio broadcast from 1948 captured on a Webster model 80 wire recorder. It was broadcast on WJJD. Conrad F. Becker was running for the office of Illinois State Treasurer and needed Blind Buddy Burton's help to get him there. Buddy plays songs of the day on the Hammon organ.
2011-11-21 The Magnificent Montague - The pious, unemployed Shakespearean over-actor succumbs to making a wage as a radio actor, Uncle Goodheart. Apparently none of his peers have sunk to the depths of actually listening to radio so they don't know that Montigue isn't starving along with them.
2011-11-19 The Man Called X - Fixed links to this exciting adventure program page.
2011-11-19 Man Hunt - Classic crime stories from 1946.
2011-11-19 Murder Clinic - This is a 1942 WOR-Mutual series of one exciting case each week. Each week on Murder Clinic another detective story from another well-known mystery writer was adapted for broadcast.
2011-11-18 Milton Berle - The Milton Berle Show, sponsored by Philip Morris, aired on NBC from March 11, 1947 until April 13, 1948.
2011-11-16 Peril - Tales of suspense.
2011-11-16 Archie Andrews - Right out of the comics Archie Andrews began on the NBC Blue Network on May 31, 1943, switched to Mutual in 1944, and then continued on NBC from 1945 until September 5, 1953. The program's original announcer was Kenneth Banghart, later succeeded by Bob Shepard (during the 1947-48 season, when Swift and Company sponsored the program) and Dick Dudley. Archie was first played by Charles Mullen, Jack Grimes and Burt Boyar, with Bob Hastings as the title character during the NBC years. Jughead was portrayed by Hal Stone and Cameron Andrews. Stone later wrote about his radio career in his autobiography, Relax... Archie! Re-laxx! (Bygone Days Press, 2003). During the NBC run, Betty was portrayed by Rosemary Rice, and Veronica by Gloria Mann.
2011-11-16 The Fantastic Four - This was a short lived Marvel Comics Fantastic Four Radio Show. It was narrated by Stan Lee and featured Bill Murray as the Human Torch. Recorded in 1975, this was the first audio adaption of any Marvel Comics characters.
2011-11-15 Phyl Coe Mysteries - The Phyl Coe Mysteries was a syndicated radio series that came out in 1936, with the lead character's name designed to reflect the sponsor, Philco Radio Tubes. PHYL (short for Phyllis) COE is described as the "beautiful girl detective". She was a private investigator who was smart, aggressive, and a "take-charge" lady. In one episode where a magician is shot on stage, Phyl, who is attending the performance, with her boy friend, leaps to the stage, barks orders to theatre personnel, and solves the crime before the cops even get there. In other mysteries, she identifies the thief of a famous painting, solves the mystery involving a new death-ray gun, and solves a murder aboard an aeroplane.
2011-11-13 Dick Cole And His Thrilling Adventures At Farr Military Academy - This was a 1942 juvenile adventure radio series based on a comic book character published by Novelty Press, and later, Star Publications. Created in 1940 by cartoonist Bob Davis (The Chameleon), Dick Cole is a heroic cadet at the fictional Farr Military Academy. The character was introduced in the "Origin of Dick Cole," in the first issue of Novelty Press's Blue Bolt Comics (June 1940).
2011-11-12 Grand Old Opry - Added more episodes from 1949 through 1965.
2011-11-12 Tales From The Shadows - Jim Mckee and Earwax Studios, adapted and produced a series of 13 bizarre classics by Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Poe, Lovecraft, Kafka, Bierce and others for KCRW-FM in Santa Monica and other stations.
2011-11-11 Exploring Tomorrow - Added more episodes of this SiFi program.
2011-11-11 The American West - The tail of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
2011-11-10 The True Adventures Of The Junior G Men - Junior G-Men was an American boys club and popular culture phenomenon during the late 1930s and early 1940s that began with a radio program and culminated with films featuring the Dead End Kids.
2011-11-04 The Blue Beetle - The exploits of Dan Garrett, a rookie patrolman who, by wearing bullet-proof blue chain mail, transformed himself into the mysterious Blue Beetle, a daring crusader for justice. The radio serial aired from 05-15-40 to 09-13-40 as a CBS 30 minutes, syndicated series. Actor Frank Lovejoy provided the voice of the Blue Beetle for the first thirteen episodes.
2011-11-04 Added the Super Heroes/Comic Characters genre to the menu.
2011-10-31 At Ease - A easy listening music program.
2011-10-31 The Big Guy - Rare 1950's episodes about a single father and detective.
2011-10-30 Jonathan Thomas And His Christmas On The Moon - This is a children's holiday serial adventure. It aired in 1938.
2011-10-29 Jump Jump And The Ice Queen - This is a children's holiday serial adventure featuring a 3 inch tall elf. It aired in 1948.
2011-10-28 Gene Autry Melody Ranch - Cowboy picture star Gene Autry was heard each Sunday evening on CBS, the Columbia Broadcasting System. Gene's Melody Ranch radio show aired between 1940 and 1956, featuring songs, comedy and action filled drama. Throughout the run, the show's sponsor was Doublemint Gum.
2011-10-21 The Private Life Of Rochester Van Jones - This is an audition for a radio serial following the adventures of Jack Benny's valet, Rochester. Unfortunately, the series didn't get picked up.
2011-10-20 Inner Sanctum Mysteries - Added more episodes.
2011-10-19 The Green Lama - The Green Lama was an American pulp magazine hero of the 1940s. More than three years after the demise of his comic book, the Green Lama was resurrected for a short-lived CBS radio series that ran for 11 episodes from June 5 to August 20, 1949, with the character's voice provided by Paul Frees.
2011-10-17 Hanoi Hannah - Radio Hanoi, North Vietnam propaganda broadcasts.
2011-10-17 Armed Forces Vietnam Network - The original "Good Morning Vietnam", bloopers, public service announcements (PSA's) and station ID's.
2011-10-16 Don Gray, Marine Investigator - Vancouver marine investigator.
2011-10-15 Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde - Radio broadcast of this science fiction tale written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886.
2011-10-15 Charlie Chan - Added more episodes of this detective program.
2011-10-13 Sleep No More - Added more episodes of this radio program.
2011-10-11 True Detective Mysteries - Added more episodes of this radio program from the magazine of the same name.
2011-10-10 The Fat Man - Added more episodes of this hard boiled detective program created by Dashiell Hammett.
2011-10-08 A Case For Doctor Morelle - This is a vintage radio drama series about a criminal psychologist, Dr Morelle, who solves murder cases which are too complex for the police. Morelle is played by English film actor Cecil Parker, and is alternately helped and hindered in his investigations by his secretary Miss Frayle, played by film actress Sheila Sim.
2011-10-08 The Big Show - an American radio variety program featuring 90 minutes of top-name comic, stage, screen and music talent, was aimed at keeping American radio in its classic era alive and well against the rapidly-growing television tide. For a good portion of its two-year run (1950-51), the show's quality made its ambition seem plausible.
2011-10-05 Fibber McGee And Molly - Over 500 new episodes added to this program page.
2011-10-2 Victory Parade Of Spotlight Bands - 1940's era program highlighting popular bands of the day.
2011-09-30 Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) Jubilee - Here is a 1940's musical broadcast for all those armed forces hep cats who like swing.
2011-09-28 The Aldrich Family - The words: "Hen - Reeeeeeeeeey! HEN - REEEEY ALD - rich!!!! - "COM - miiiiing Moth - er!!" immediately bring to mind a pimply-faced, squeaky-voiced teenage boy - the junior high school science nerd.
2011-09-28 Mercury Theater On The Air - Added two more episodes of this iconic program.
2011-09-26 The Chase - It may be an adventure story, a crime story, or even science fiction, but there will always be a chase.
2011-09-26 Life On Red Horse Ranch - This program combines a genuinely thrilling serial story, with the colorful music of the old west.
2011-09-26 Aladdin Lamp - In the early 1930s Smilin' Ed McConnell promoted Aladdin Kerosene Lamps with remarkable success over WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio. He became a well known radio personality as 'The Aladdin Lamp Man' who sang songs, told stories and sold Aladdin lamps over the air.
2011-09-24 The Strange Doctor Weird - Added more episodes to complete this program that was broadcast on Mutual from 1944 to 1945. Sponsored by Adam Hats, the drama is notable in part because it was a sister series to The Mysterious Traveler, both in theme and its narrator, Maurice Tarplin, who was also the creepy voice of the Mysterious Traveler. Many of the scripts were condensed 15 minute versions of scripts originally broadcast on The Mysterious Traveler. To the accompaniment of an organ. Spooky, strange Tarplin introduced each episode.
2011-09-24 Comic Weekly Man - Aired from 1947 to 1954 and was a show where the Comic Weekly Man would read the Sunday comics in a dramatic fashion, complete with music and sound effects.
2011-09-22 - Broke large playlists into smaller parts for mobile device compatibility. Streamlined the home page.
2011-09-21 CBS Radio Mystery Theater - Added hundreds of episodes of this iconic mystery program. This is now a complete set of known episodes.
2011-09-08 Ports Of Call - An obscure series from 1935 or 1936 in which each episode deals with a voyage to a different country where events of that country's history are dramatized. They each begin with the low moan of a tramp steamer's whistle and the announcement of the series title, followed by a musical interlude.
2011-08-22 Europe Confidential - Basil Rathbone hosts this series of "The World's Greatest Mysteries."
2011-08-17 Easy Money - A 1954-55 Radio series starring Larry Haines as Private Detective Mike Trent who makes his living exposing frauds, with a particular emphasis on gambling frauds.
2011-08-11 Frontier Fighters - This was a syndicated series that ran during the 1930s. Each show dealt with some bit of history about the early West and ran for approximately 15 minutes.
2011-08-04 Captains Of Industry - In the 1930's as the United States and Canada were beginning the early stages of recovery from the Great Depression, Atlas Radio Corporation of Canada created the show, Captains of Industry. The purpose of the show was to inspire people with the stories of famous self-made men. The show dramatized the lives of men who were not just businessmen but philanthropists. The 15-minute shows highlighted the spirit of entrepreneurship each of these men possessed and the good things they did with their money. Over the course of the show, 52 Canadian and US businessmen were profiled.
2011-08-03 Gasoline Alley - Right from the funny pages the syndicated series of 1948-49 featured a cast of Bill Lipton, Mason Adams and Robert Dryden. Sponsored by Autolite, the program used opening theme music by the Polka Dots, a harmonica group. The 15-minute episodes focused on Skeezix running a gas station and garage, the Wallet and Bobble Garage, with his partner, Wilmer Bobble. In New York, this series aired on WOR from July 16, 1948 to January 7, 1949.
2011-08-02 - Changed redirect filters so iPads go to the default web site instead of the mobile version.
2011-07-29 Dick Barton Special Agent - A popular radio program on the BBC Light Program which was the BBC's first daily serial. Between 1946 to 1951 it aired at 6:45 each weekday evening and at its peak it had an audience of 15 million listeners. The serial followed the adventures of ex-Commando Captain Richard Barton (Noel Johnson, later Duncan Carse and Gordon Davies) who, with his mates Jock Anderson (Alex McCrindle) and Snowy White (John Mann) solved all sorts of crimes, escaped from dangerous situations and saved the nation from disaster time and again.
2011-07-26 Guest Star - This is a musical variety show sponsored by the U.S. Treasury to sell savings bonds.
2011-07-20 Nightfall (CBC) - Canadian science fiction thrillers.
2011-07-19 Rogers Of The Gazette - Homespun stories of a small town news paper editor, starring Will Rogers Jr., the son of Will Rogers, the famous humorist.
2011-07-18 The Mysterious Traveler - More episodes added. "This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable—if you can!"
2011-07-16 Little Orphan Annie - Little Orphan Annie was adapted to a 15-minute radio show that debuted on WGN Chicago at 5:45 pm EST on April 6, 1931, and eventually aired from coast to coast on NBC's Blue Network. The show was one of the first comic strips adapted to radio, attracted about 6 million fans, and left the air in 1942. Jim Harmon attributes the show's popularity in The Great Radio Heroes to the fact that it was the only radio show to deal with and appeal to young children.
2011-07-15 Terry And The Pirates - Children adventure program.
2011-07-15 Bobby Benson And The B Bar B Riders - The 30 minute children's western program "Bobby Benson & The B Bar B Riders," starring Clive Rice as Bobby 1951-1955 on MBS, was heard weekly (1949-1955) on WKIC Radio - 5:30 pm Monday thru Friday, as well as on Monday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm & Sunday at 3pm. This popular kids' program (which gave a 20-something year old Don Knotts his comedic role as the voice of old geezer, Windy Wales) outlasted nearly all other children's adventure dramas, including Superman, Captain Midnight, Straight Arrow, Sky King & Green Hornet.
2011-07-15 Douglas Of The World - Political thriller from the mid-1950s with Jack Moyle in the lead.
2011-07-14 Famous Escapes - The title says it all.
2011-07-13 Danger Dr. Danfield - Added more episodes. Danger, Dr Danfield was first broadcast on August 18, 1946 and consisted of 26 episodes with the last one being April 13, 1947. All episodes are available. It starred Michael Dunn as Dr. Danfield, with JoAnne Johnson as Rusty Fairfax, his secretary. The series was written by Ralph Wilkinson and produced by Wally Ramsey.
2011-07-13 Danger With Grainger - Drawn from the dramatic files of Steve Grainger is a Private detective whose cases involve him in crime and misdemeanor of every description, from murder to robbery to smuggling. Mutual aired the first show July 23, 1956 on Monday nights at 8:30 pm. The final broadcast was on February 25, 1957. It was a half hour action filled series of shows that featured private eye Steve Granger operating in New York City. In his investigations Steve Granger cooperates with the police and the FBI and other authorities and can always rely on assistance from his friend Cal Hendricks, a newspaperman, who is only too ready to help - provided he gets his story.
2011-07-12 Sad Sack - Sponsored by Old Gold Cigarettes, The Sad Sack radio program aired in 1946 as a summer replacement series for The Frank Sinatra Show. It starred Herb Vigran in the title role with a cast of Jim Backus, Sandra Gould, Ken Cristy and Patsy Moran. Dick Joy was the announcer for the series which began June 12, 1946 with the episode "Sack Returns Home from the Army" and continued until September 4 of that year.
2011-07-12 Ford Theater - A radio anthology series, sponsored by Ford motor company, broadcast in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s.
2011-07-11 G. I. Journal - Musical variety show for US soldiers overseas during WWII.
2011-07-10 Seeing Ear Theater - Radio drama from the SiFi Channel.
2011-07-10 Macabre - Fantastic tales of SiFi and horror.
2011-07-08 The Henry Morgan Show - He is remembered best in two modern media: radio, on which he first became familiar as a barbed but often self-deprecating satirist, and on television, where he was a regular and cantankerous panelist for the game show I've Got a Secret.
2011-07-08 The Abe Burrows Show - Humorist and co-creator of Duffy's Tavern.
2011-07-08 Granby's Green Acres - A 1950 radio series, Granby's Green Acres, was the basis for the TV series, Green Acres. The 13-episode radio series starred Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet (who also sometimes appeared in the TV version) as a big-city family who move to the country.
2011-07-06 Adventures Of Horatio Hornblower - A fictional Royal Navy officer who is the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester.
2011-07-05 The Sound Of War - General Electric sponsored series about World War II. This series contained the actual recorded sounds and speeches from WWII.
2011-07-03 The Voice Of The Army - Produced by the U.S. Army Recruiting Publicity Bureau in the late 40's to early 50's.
2011-07-03 Mobile web site - Implemented automatic redirect for mobile devices.
2011-06-27 Mind Webs - Science Fiction Stories from the 70's and early 80's.
2011-06-26 Mobile Site - At http://m.oldradioprograms.us is a complete mobile version of this web site designed for smart phones and iPods.
2011-06-25 Tom Corbett, Space Cadet - Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books and View-Master reels in the 1950s. The stories followed the adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkrooms, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars.
2011-06-24 Space Patrol - This science fiction series is set in the future. The success of the TV show spawned a radio version, which ran from 18 September 1950 to 19 March 1955. The same cast of actors performed on both shows. The writers, scripts, adventures and director were quite similar between the radio and TV incarnations.
2011-06-21 Calling All Cars - Added more episodes of this police drama sponsored by Rio Grande Cracked Gasoline.
2011-06-18 The Adventures Of Babe Ruth - This was a 15-minute Blue Network show heard three times a week from April 16 to July 13, 1934.
2011-06-16 Shorty Bell, Cub Reporter - Fictional stories of a cub reporter, played by Mickey Rooney.
2011-06-16 Spy Catcher - Based on the real-life activities of Dutch counterintelligence officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Oreste Pinto (once called "the greatest living authority on security"), who specialized in the interrogation of suspected spies during World War II and had later published his memoirs under the title Spy Catcher. Each episode showed Pinto questioning refugees to England from Nazi-dominated Europe, and eventually exposing them as enemy agents (or, on two occasions, concluding that they were genuine refugees).
2011-06-16 The Hermit's Cave - This was a radio horror anthology series, syndicated by WJR Detroit in the mid-1930s, sponsored by Olga Coal after the first two years. As the wind howled, the ancient Hermit narrated his horror fantasies from his cave. The cackling character of the Hermit was played by John Kent, Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, and Klock Ryder.
2011-06-15 Damon Runyon Theater - Broadcast from January to December 1949, with reruns well into the early 1950s, The Damon Runyon Theatre dramatized 52 of Runyon's short stories for radio. Produced by Mayfair Productions for syndication to local radio stations, John Brown played "Broadway," who served as host and narrator.
2011-06-15 Mail Call - Armed Forces Radio show highlighting favorite US stars for the serviceman.
2011-06-15 Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) - Lord Haw-Haw was the nickname of several announcers on the English language propaganda radio program, Germany Calling, broadcast by Nazi German radio to audiences in Great Britain on the medium wave station Reichssender Hamburg and by shortwave to the United States.
2011-06-14 Mystery House - A strange publishing firm owned by Dan and Barbara Glenn -- where each new novel is acted out by the Mystery House staff, before it is accepted for publication. Newspaper archives report a series with this name as having been broadcast in 1929 over WGN in Chicago and apparently still on the air as late as 1951.
2011-06-14 Jerry At Fair Oaks - A continuation of the adventures of Jerry Dougan. This is a follow-up to Jerry Of The Circus.
2011-06-14 Jerry Of The Circus - A 1937 syndicated radio serial broadcast for a juvenile audience. It was presented in 130 15-minute episodes of which 128 are in existence today. The series followed the adventures of Jerry Dougan and his dog Rags with the Randall Brothers Circus from the time of his father's death in the spring to the end of that year's performance season. Jerry Dougan's adventures continued in the 1937 serial Jerry at Fair Oaks.
2011-06-12 -Rewrote all play list files to conform to compatibility with Safari, Firefox and Chrome browsers.
2011-06-07 Words At War - Ran on NBC from 1943 to 1945. Dramatized war stories.
2011-06-05 Your Army Air Forces - A 1945 broadcast form the Armed Forces Radio Service highlighting accomplishments of the Army Air Forces (AAF).
2011-06-04 The Andrews Sisters Show - The Andrews Sisters were the most sought-after entertainment property in theater shows worldwide during the 1940s and early 1950s, always topping previous house averages. Blonde Patty, brunette Maxene and redhead LaVerne headlined at the London Palladium in 1948 and 1951 to sold-out crowds. They hosted their own radio shows for ABC and CBS from 1944–1951, singing specially-written commercial jingles for such products as Wrigley's chewing gum, Dole pineapples, Nash motor cars, Kelvinator home appliances, Campbell's soups, and Franco-American food products.
The Enchanted Hour
- This program featured classical and beautiful music, dedicated to better radio
listening for you and your family. It aired from 1949 to 1950.
Special - The Club Car Special is based on the March of Events and City Life
Section of the Hearst Sunday newspapers throughout the country. This section is
devoted to the cartoons and writings of America's foremost humorists -- O.O.
McKentyre, Will Rogers, George Eads, Stan Hilman, Arthur 'Bugs' Bayer, Milt
Gross, Damon Runyon and many others...
Sealtest Variety Theater - Dorothy Lamour hosted this 1948-49 variety show
that obtained some of the best guests in radio including: Abbott and Costello;
Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Lum and Abern; Bob Hope; Martin and Lewis, and Boris
Karloff. Includes the infamous Shamrock Hotel broadcast, where the control booth
2011-06-03 Command Performance - Originally aired between 1942 and 1949. The program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) with a direct shortwave transmission to the troops overseas. It was not broadcast over domestic U.S. radio stations.
2011-05-16 Added play list to all program pages. You can now play all episodes on each program page. Also added the station ID.
2011-05-14 Added the most popular programs to the menu bar.
2011-05-12 The Line Up - Police stories that begin with a witness viewing a line up of suspects.
Tomorrow - This was an American old-time, science fiction, radio series
which ran on the Mutual Broadcasting System from December 4, 1957 until June 13,
1958. Exploring Tomorrow was narrated by John W. Campbell, editor of Astounding
Magazine. Campbell guided the career of many of the great science fiction
writers of the era.
2011-05-10 The American Trail - Tails of American history.
Johnny Madero, Pier 23 - Johnny Madero, Pier 23 was a 30-minute radio
detective drama series which was broadcast on Mutual Thursday at 8pm from April
24, 1947 to September 4, 1947. The storylines follow the footsteps of
fast-talking, wisecracking Johnny Madero (Jack Webb), who runs a boat shop on
the San Francisco waterfront, rents boats and usually drops in for a weekly chat
with Father Leahy (Gale Gordon). When investigating a crime, Madero manages to
solve the mystery before tough cop Warchek (William Conrad). The supporting cast
sometimes included Elaine Burke, Bob Holden, Herb Butterfield, Irvin Lee and
2011-05-10 Big Jon And Sparkie - Jon Arthur was the professional name of Jon Arthur Goerss. As Big Jon Arthur he was the host of the Saturday morning children's radio series, Big Jon and Sparkie. Sparkie, "the little elf from the land of make-believe, who wants more than anything else in the world to be a real boy,” was actually the recorded voice of Jon Arthur played at a fast speed.
2011-05-10 Billy Jack Wills Western Swing Band - Western music.
2011-05-09 Matthew Slade P.I. - Matthew Slade is a San Francisco investigator and his secretary, Lorretta Jones, is referred to by all as "Jonesy." Slade's local pal in the Homicide Bureau, Sgt. Sid Donelli, appears in nearly all episodes. Slade charges clients "$200 a day plus expences", drives a Continental, and ends up in some rather exotic adventures. In one program, a model named Clover Shannon is killed by one of 12 members of an exclusive "Bachelor's Club". In another, Slade is tortured by a crazed German scientist, who has imprisoned Slade in his castle near Lake Tahoe.
2011-05-08 Shell Chateau (Host Al Jolson) - A musical variety series that began on June 29, 1935, with Al Jolson serving as its host.
2011-05-07 My Favorite Husband - The original radio show, co-starring Lucille Ball, was the initial basis for what evolved into the groundbreaking TV sitcom I Love Lucy. The series was based on the novel Mr. and Mrs. Cugat (1940), written by Isabel Scott Rorick, which had previously been adapted into the Paramount Pictures feature film Are Husbands Necessary? (1942), co-starring Ray Milland and Betty Field.
2011-05-06 Jungle Jim - Syndicated by Hearst and sponsored by the Comic Weekly, The Adventures of Jungle Jim radio series premiered November 2, 1935. Matt Crowley had the title role for three years, until Gerald Mohr stepped in as Jungle Jim beginning April 24, 1938. Vicki Vola and Franc Hale portrayed Shanghai Lil, and Juano Hernandez was the Hindu servant Kolu. Each episode ran 15 minutes.
2011-05-02 WWII News - Broadcasts from Walter Winchell, Drew Pearson, Richard Harkness and more.
2011-05-02 Old Gold Comedy Theater - This was an NBC anthology series that aired for the single 1944-1945 season. It was hosted by comedy star Harold Lloyd, of silent film fame, and featuring some of the biggest names from film and radio. The series was intended as a lighter version of The Lux Radio Theater, featuring half hour shows that were cut-down versions of successful comedy films from the time period.
2011-05-01 That Strong Guy - The name was Steve Strong, but in the shadowy world of the New York underworld, he got to be known as "That Strong Guy" and so it stuck. Not that they're wrong, since a World War tends to toughen up even the most cautious. In the case of Steve Strong, it was the edge that he got pushed over, and it got him ready for the world of the Private Investigator. He works alone, in the Mike Hammer mode, but has the support of his secretary Sandra. Pal Captain Jim Daley of Homicide gets him out of the kind of jams that clipped dialogue and a stiff uppercut won't fix.
2011-05-01 That Hammer Guy - A December 1952 to October 1954 Mutual Broadcasting System radio series titled That Hammer Guy starred Larry Haines then George Petrie and Ted DeCorsia as Mike Hammer and Jan Miner as Hammer's secretary Velda and the voice of other female characters on the show.
2011-04-30 Easy Aces - A long-running American serial radio comedy (1930-1945), was trademarked by the low-keyed drollery of creator and writer Goodman Ace and his wife, Jane, as an urbane, put-upon realtor and his malaprop-prone wife.
2011-04-27 Cases Of Mr. Ace - Detective program from 1947.
2011-04-26 Cavalcade Of America - Added over 700 episodes that documented historical events using stories of individual courage, initiative and achievement, often with feel-good dramatizations of the human spirit's triumph against all odds.
2011-04-19 Crime Classics - Added more episodes. Crime Classics came to CBS September 30, 1953 and was a neat little series of "true crime stories".
2011-04-15 The Mickey Mouse Theater Of The Air - A musical-variety radio series for children, sponsored by Pepsodent and broadcast on NBC from the Disney Little Theater on the RKO lot from January 2 to May 15, 1938.
2011-04-13 The Couple Next Door - Over 700 episodes of a soap from 1958.
2011-04-06 The Kate Smith Hour - For eight years (1937–45), The Kate Smith Hour was a leading radio variety show, offering comedy, music and drama with appearances by top personalities of films and theater.
2011-04-06 Candy Matson - Candy Matson was the female private eye star of "Candy Matson, Yukon 2-8209," an NBC West Coast program which first aired in March 1949. Added more episodes.
2011-04-06 Casey Crime Photographer - Added more episodes.
2011-04-05 Charlie McCarthy - Added more episodes of the little dummy.
2011-04-02 Duffy's Tavern - Comedy (Telephone rings) Hello, Duffy's Tavern where the elite meet to eat, Archie speaking Duffy ain't here. Oh Hello Duffy.
2011-04-01 The Anderson Family - Syndicated and broadcast from 1947-1948, "The Anderson Family" situation comedy radio program was a "Hollywood Broadcaster's Production".
2011-03-31 The Great Gildersleeve - Harold Peary as The Great Gildersleeve in over 500 episodes.
2011-03-28 Added "Genre" menu bar and improved search box.
2011-03-29 Hercule Poirot - Agatha Christie's Belgium detective.
2011-03-29 Your Hit Parade - The program offered the most popular and bestselling songs of the week.
2011-03-24 Firefighters - Young boy's adventure series about firefighter Tim and Chief Cody.
2011-03-23 California Melodies - Featuring David Rose and His Orchestra.
2011-03-21 Two Thousand Plus - SiFi from the early 1950's.
2011-03-20 Night Watch - Live recordings of police on night duty.
2011-03-20 The Night Watch - Mystery.
2011-03-20 Crime On The Waterfront - Detective show pilot from 1949.
2011-03-20 Laurel And Hardy - Rare NBC show.
2011-03-20 Tennessee Ernie Ford - Audition show for car dealers.
2011-03-20 Pinto Pete - Harmonizing singing group that does many old standard songs.
2011-03-17 Commercials - Old radio commercials.
2011-03-16 Epic Casebook Of Inspector Carr - The highly successful detective series, starring Hugh Rouse as Inspector Carr. Written & Produced by Michael Silver at the CRC Studios, Johannesburg.
2011-03-15 News From The 30's Through The 50's - News reports and commentary.
2011-03-07 Carter Brown Mysteries - Australian Produced Mystery Stories.
2011-03-06 WJSV Complete Broadcast Day 1939-09-21 - Station WJSV in Washington, D.C., recorded their entire broadcast day.
2011-03-06 Can You Imagine That? - Strange and surprising stories from newspaper columns.
2011-03-06 Lights Out Everyone - Added more of these ghost stories.
2011-03-05 Soldiers Of The Press - Re-enactment of WWII war correspondent stories.
2011-03-04 Tokyo Rose - 1944 propaganda broadcast from Radio Tokyo.
2011-03-04 The Sealed Book - 1945 Mystery and terror tales, produced for the Mutual network.
2011-03-03 Police Reporter - 1930's re-enactment of real police reports.
2011-02-25 I Love A Mystery - Added more episodes.
2011-02-25 Adventures Of Detectives Black And Blue - Rare episodes of two bungling would be detectives.
2011-02-23 CBS Radio Workshop - A mix of stories.
2011-02-21 Afloat With Henry Morgan - Swashbuckling pirates.
2011-02-19 Frontier Town - The saga of the roaring west.
2011-02-18 Adventures Of The Abbotts - Detective series.
2011-02-17 Aliens In The Mind - BBC SiFi story in six parts.
2011-02-17 Tom Mix - Children's western adventure series.
2011-02-17 Buck Rogers In The 25th Century - Added more shows.
2011-02-16 Air Adventures Of Jimmy Allen - 1936 & 1937 serial about a boy's adventures flying.
2011-02-16 Adventure Ahead - Inspirational short stories.
2011-02-16 SiFi Radio - Science Fiction short stories.
2011-02-15 Bob Hope - added hundreds of comedy variety shows.
2011-02-14 WLS National Barn Dance - Country music and comedy from Chicago, IL.
2011-02-14 Grand Old Opry - Country music and comedy from Nashville, TN.
2011-02-14 Avalon Time on NBC (starring Red Skelton) - Variety show sponsored by Avalon cigarettes.
2011-02-13 The Tide Show - Musical variety sponsored by Tide detergent.
2011-02-13 White Coolies - A serialized story of Australian nurses during WWII in the Pacific.
2011-02-12 Walk Softly, Peter Troy - An old fashion noir detective series.
2011-02-09 AFRS Musical Broadcasts - Music of the 30's and 40's from the Armed Forces Radio Service.
2010-12-09 OldRadioPrograms.US went live.