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Little Orphan Annie was an American radio drama series based on the popularity of the comic strip Little Orphan Annie . It debuted on Chicago's WGN in 1930, then moved to the NBC radio network Blue Network on April 6, 1931. It aired until April 26, 1942. Together with Skippy (1932-1935) it is seen as the oldest US children's radio program. Radio historian 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...
Topics: Little Orphan Annie, Old Time Radio
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"All of us have schnozzles . . . if not in our faces, then in our character, minds or habits. When we admit our schnozzles, instead of defending them, we begin to laugh, and the world laughs with us." He butchered the English language. He sang as if he gargled with gravel. He dropped pearls of wisdom disguised as one-liners. And he had a nose that got everywhere ten minutes before he did. All of this and a genuine love for his craft and the people who enjoyed it made Jimmy Durante a...
Topic: The Jimmy Durante Show
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by Robert Farrell
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African American "Beulah Brown" premiered in 1939, when white american actor Marlin Hurt portrayed her on radio program "Hometown Incorporated." In 1943 "she" moved on to star in "That's Life" and in late 1944, walked over to play on the "Johnson's Wax Program with Fibber McGee & Molly." In 1945, Marlin Hurt and Beulah spun off into "The Marlin Hurt and Beulah Show." Hurt suffered a fatal heart attack during the 1946 season, at...
Topics: The Beulah Show, Old Time Radio
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ABC Mystery Time came on the air late enough in the Golden Age of Radio that all of the episodes should have survived. This is doubly sad because it was such a terrific program. The network and its affiliates tinkered with the title of the program at times, calling it Masters Of Mystery, Mystery Time Classics, and just plain old Mystery Time. The official name of the program, hosted by Don Dowd, was always ABC Mystery Time. The program did have enough to attract some serious star power,...
Topic: ABC Mystery Time
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Chandu the Magician was an American radio drama that was heard on several different networks and aired in two distinctly different series, one in the 1930s and a revival 12 years later in the 1940s and 1950s. One of the longest running radio adventure serials. The series was created by Harry A. Earnshaw (1878–1953) and Raymond R. Morgan. Both incarnations of the series featured the adventures of the character Frank Chandler, also known as Chandu, an American who learned mystical arts such as...
Topics: Chandu the Magician, OTR
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by Robert Farrell
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Old Time Radio Variety show. These are from 1943, 5 minute shows on CBS sponsored by Quaker.
Topics: Aunt Jemima, Old Time Radio
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by Robert Farrell
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The Hermit's Cave was a syndicated radio horror series which aired from 1930 to 1944. The show was originally broadcast from WJR AM in Detroit, Michigan, but later moved to KMPC AM in Los Angeles, California, with William Conrad as producer. Over 800 episodes were produced but less than 40 are currently available. Show sponsors included the Carter Coal Company which advertised its home-heating coal product, Olga Coal, and the Simoniz Company which promoted its various automotive care products...
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Topic: The Hermit's Cave
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Kraft Music Hall was created to promote a new product in the Kraft family, Miracle Whip. Miracle Whip caught on like wildfire, making it a household name in a short period of time, thanks to the folks at Kraft Music Hall . Kraft Music Hall went through several different periods with different popular hosts: Whiteman hosted the show from 1933 to 1935. He was a character, billing himself as "The King of Jazz, although he didn't really play jazz per se. However, he did play with some of the...
Topic: Kraft Music Hall
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by Robert Farrell
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The Great Gildersleeve was a radio situation comedy broadcast from August 31, 1941, to March 21, 1957. Initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, it was one of broadcast history's earliest spin-off programs. The series was built around the character Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve , a regular element of the radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly . The character was introduced in the October 3, 1939 episode (number 216) of that series. Actor Harold Peary had played a similarly named...
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Topics: The Great Gildersleeve, Old Time Radio
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Lux Radio Theatre was indisputably the biggest, most important, most expensive drama anthology program on radio. It ran from October 14, 1934 until June 7, 1955, then continued on television as Lux Video Theatre until 1957. In all, some 926 episodes were broadcast, providing a record of the most important entertainment events in American theatre and later film. The show was first broadcast on the NBC Blue Network on Sundays at 2:30 PM. The show featured adaptations of successful Broadway plays...
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Topics: Lux Radio Theatre, Old Time Radio
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The Witch's Tale was a horror-fantasy radio series which aired from May 21, 1931, to June 13, 1938, on WOR, the Mutual Radio, and in syndication. The program was created, written, and directed by Alonzo Deen Cole (February 22, 1897, St. Paul, Minnesota - April 7, 1971). Cole's spooky show was hosted by Old Nancy, the Witch of Salem, who introduced a different terror tale each week. The role of Old Nancy was created by stage actress Adelaide Fitz-Allen, who died in 1935 at the age of 79. Cole...
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Topics: The Witch's Tale, Old Time Radio
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The Cinnamon Bear is an old time radio program produced by Transco (Transcription Company of America), based in Hollywood, California . The series was specifically designed to be listened to 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...
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Topics: Cinnamon Bear, Old Time Radio
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Arguably the most iconic old radio show of all time, The Adventures of Superman is one of the longest running programs in the history of American radio. This series spanned over 11 years from the time it was first syndicated as a radio show at WOR station in New York on February 12, 1940. Adapted from a DC comic book series created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman later became one of the most popular action hero’sof the century. Although it was originally positioned as a radio...
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Topics: The Adventures of Superman, Superman
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In 1937, Welles and the Mercury company earned a reputation for their inventive adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar set in contemporary Fascist Italy. They moved on to productions of The Shoemaker's Holiday, Heartbreak House, Too Much Johnson and Danton's Death in 1938. In 1939 Five Kings was produced along with The Green Goddess. The last theatrical production of the company was Native Son in 1941. Welles had already worked extensively in radio drama, playing the title character...
Topics: The Mercury Theatre on the Air, Old Time Radio