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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Adventures of the Abbotts, The


Abbott Mysteries was a comedy-mystery radio program adapted from the novels of Frances Crane (1896-1981). Initially a summer replacement for Quick As a Flash, the series was heard on Mutual and NBC between the years 1945 and 1955.

The Mutual series, sponsored by Helbros Watches, debuted June 10, 1945, airing Sundays at 6pm. The scripts by Howard Merrill and Ed Adamson were in the lighthearted tradition of Mr. and Mrs. North. Julie Stevens and Charles Webster starred as Jean and Pat Abbott, a San Francisco married couple who solved murder mysteries. In the supporting cast were Jean Ellyn, Sydney Slon and Luis Van Rooten.

Moving to 5:30pm in 1946, Les Tremayne and Alice Reinheart took over the roles until the end of the series on August 31, 1947.

Seven years later, the characters returned October 3, 1954, on NBC in The Adventures of the Abbotts, broadcast on NBC Sunday evenings at 8:30pm. In this series, the Abbotts were portrayed by Claudia Morgan and Les Damon. The NBC series ran until June 12, 1955.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Dolly Parton (Podcast)

Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist, actress and philanthropist, best-known for her work in country music.

In the four-and-a-half decades since her national-chart d├ębut, she remains one of the most-successful female artists in the history of the country genre which garnered her the title of 'The Queen of Country Music', with twenty-five number-one singles, and a record forty-one top-10 country albums. She has the distinction of having performed on a top-five country hit in each of the last five decades and is the only artist to score a number-one country single in each of the past four decades.

She is known for her distinctive soprano, sometimes bawdy humor, flamboyant dress sense and voluptuous figure.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Dinah Shore


Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore; February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress, and television personality. She was most popular during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s.

After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman and both Jimmy Dorsey and his brother Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She enjoyed a long string of over 80 charted popular hits, lasting from 1940 into the late '50s, and after appearing in a handful of films went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows in the '50s and '60s and hosting two talk shows in the '70s. TV Guide magazine ranked her at #16 on their list of the top fifty television stars of all time. Stylistically, Dinah Shore was often compared to two popular singers who followed her in the mid-to-late '40s and early '50s, Doris Day and Patti Page.

In March 1939, Dinah debuted on national radio on the Sunday afternoon CBS radio program, Ben Bernie's Orchestra. In February 1940, Dinah Shore became a featured vocalist on the NBC Radio program The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, a showcase for traditional Dixieland and Blues songs. With Shore, the program became so popular that it was moved from 4:30 Sunday afternoon to a 9:00 Monday night time slot in September. In her prime-time debut for "the music of the Three Bs, Barrelhouse, Boogie-woogie and the Blues", she was introduced as "Mademoiselle Dinah 'Diva' Shore, who starts a fire by rubbing two notes together!". She recorded with the two Basin Street bands for RCA Victor; one of her records was the eponymous "Dinah's Blues."

Shore's singing came to the attention of Eddie Cantor, and he signed her as a regular on his popular radio show, Time to Smile, in 1940. Shore credits him for teaching her self-confidence, comedic timing, and the ways of connecting with an audience. Eddie Cantor bought the rights to an adapted Russian folk song with new lyrics by Jack Lawrence for Dinah Shore to record for RCA Victor's Bluebird label. This song, "Yes, My Darling Daughter," became her first major hit, selling 500,000 copies in a matter of weeks, which was unusual for that time.

Shore soon became a successful singing star with her own radio show in 1943, Call to Music. Also in 1943, she appeared in her first movie, Thank Your Lucky Stars. The movie starred Eddie Cantor, and she soon went to another radio show, Paul Whiteman Presents. During this time, the United States was involved in World War II and Shore became a favorite with the troops. She had major record hits, including Blues In the Night, Jim, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To and I'll Walk Alone, the first of her number-one hits. To support the troops overseas, who liked her singing, she participated in USO tours to Europe. She met George Montgomery, a young actor ready to go into military service. They married on December 3, 1943, shortly before he went into service. When he returned, they settled in San Fernando, California. In 1948, their first child was born, a daughter named Melissa Ann, and they also adopted a son in 1954 named John David before moving to Beverly Hills.

Shore continued appearing in radio shows throughout the 1940s, including Birds Eye-Open House and Ford Radio Show. In early 1946, she moved to another label, Columbia Records. At Columbia, Dinah Shore enjoyed the greatest commercial success of her recording career, starting with her first Columbia single release Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy and peaking with the most popular song of 1948, Buttons and Bows, which was number one for ten weeks. Other number one hits at Columbia included The Gypsy and The Anniversary Song. One of her most popular recordings was the holiday perennial Baby, It's Cold Outside with Buddy Clark from 1949. The song was covered by many other artists, Ella Fitzgerald, for example. Other hits during her four years at Columbia included Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside), I Wish I Didn't Love You So, I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons), Doin' What Comes Naturally, and Dear Hearts And Gentle People. She was a regular with Jack Smith on his quarter-hour radio show on CBS. Shore acted in films such as Follow the Boys and Up in Arms (both in 1944), Belle of the Yukon (1945), and Till the Clouds Roll By (1946). She lent her musical voice to two Disney films: Make Mine Music (1946) and Fun and Fancy Free (1947). Her last starring film role was for Paramount Pictures in Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952), co-starring Alan Young and Metropolitan Opera star Robert Merrill.

In 1950 Dinah went back to RCA with a reported deal to record 100 sides for $1,000,000. The hits kept coming, but with less frequency, and weren't charting as high as in the '40s. Dinah's biggest hits of this era were My Heart Cries for You and Sweet Violets, both peaking at number three in 1951. Several duets with Tony Martin did well with A Penny A Kiss being the most popular, reaching number eight on the charts. Blue Canary was a 1953 hit and Dinah's covers of Changing Partners and If I Give My Heart To You were popular top twenty hits. Love and Marriage and Whatever Lola Wants were top twenty hits from 1955. Chantez, Chantez was Dinah's last top twenty hit, staying on the charts for over twenty weeks in 1957. Dinah stayed with RCA until 1959, and during that time released several albums including Bouquet of Blues, Once in a While, and Vivacious, which were collections of singles with different orchestras and conductors such as Frank DeVol and Hugo Winterhalter. Moments Like These, a studio album from 1958, recorded in stereo, with orchestra solely under the musical direction of Harry Zimmerman, who performed the same duties on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, being the exception.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Big Story, The


Episode Title: "Dutch Hennigs Story" Starring Burgess Meredith

The Big Story was a radio and television crime show which dramatized the true stories of real-life newspaper reporters. The only continuing character was the narrator, Bob Sloane. Produced by Barnard J. Prockter, the shows were scripted by Gail Ingram, Arnold Pearl and Max Ehrlich. Tom Victor and Harry Ingram directed the series. The theme was taken from Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life"), a tone poem by Richard Strauss.

Sponsored by Pall Mall Cigarettes, the program began on NBC Radio April 2, 1947. With Lucky Strike Cigarettes sponsoring the last two years, it was broadcast until March 23, 1955. The radio series was top rated, rivaling Bing Crosby's Philco Radio Time.

On television, it was seen on NBC beginning September 16, 1949 and continuing until June 28, 1957. One of the narrators was Ben Grauer (1955-57).

It was nominated for an Emmy in 1953.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Danger With Grainger (AU)


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 Frebruary 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.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Caltex Theater (AU)


Caltex Theater was an Australian show similar to the American Lux Radio Theater. It was sponsored by the Caltex Oil Company. Mostly the radio shows were adapted from top movies from the time period. The show aired from 1950 - 1959 with somewhere around 490 shows. Some episodes are thought to be specials and no dates are in the log.

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Adam and Eveleyn 1 9/04/1950
Strangers in Our Midst 2 16/04/1950
Mr Prohack 3 23/04/1950
The Day of Glory 4 30/04/1950
Edward, My Son 5 7/05/1950
Halfway to Heaven 6 14/05/1950
Lady in the Lake 7 21/05/1950
Off The Camden Road 8 28/05/1950
B.F.'s Daughter 9 4/06/1950
The Young and the Fair 10 11/06/1950
For Dear Life 11 18/06/1950
The Moonraker 12 25/06/1950
Green for Danger 13 2/07/1950
A Night's Lodging 14 9/07/1950
Don't Listen Ladies 15 16/07/1950
Romance 16 23/07/1950
Kind Hearts and Coronets 17 30/07/1950
Headline Family 18 6/08/1950
Her Husband's Wife 19 13/08/1950
Gathering Storm 20 20/08/1950
Two Dozen Roses 21 27/08/1950
But for the Grace of God 22 3/09/1950
The Great Adventure 23 10/09/1950
The Third Man 24 17/09/1950
The Bridge Goes Wild 25 24/09/1950
World for the Living 26 1/10/1950
The Rose Without a thorn 27 8/10/1950
Away from it All 28 15/10/1950
Homecoming 29 22/10/1950
Marigold 30 29/10/1950
Act Of Violence 31 5/11/1950
Off the Legend 32 12/11/1950
The Return of Peggy Atherton 33 19/11/1950
The Stratton Story 34 26/11/1950
A Kiss for Cinderella 35 3/12/1950
The Bribe 36 10/12/1950
The Devil's Disciple 37 17/12/1950
The Middle Watch 38 24/12/1950
Miss Turner's Husband 39 31/12/1950
Autumn Fire 40 7/01/1951
School for Spinsters 41 14/01/1951
The Count of Monte Christo 42 21/01/1951
Partners 43 28/01/1951
Seven Days to Noon 44 4/02/1951
Francis - The Talking Mule 45 11/02/1951
The Jury Reties 46 18/02/1951
The Late Edwina Black 47 25/02/1951
On Monday Next 48 4/03/1951
The King Loses 49 11/03/1951
Circumstantial Evidence 50 18/03/1951
The Vigil 51 25/03/1951
Side Theatre 52 1/04/1951
Important People 53 8/04/1951
An Inspector Calls 54 15/04/1951
Tension 55 22/04/1951
Larger Than Life 56 29/04/1951
The Dark Corridor 57 6/05/1951
Out of Sight 58 13/05/1951
Jealousy 59 20/05/1951
Thunder Rock 60 27/05/1951
Present Laughter 61 3/06/1951
Dangerous Corner 62 10/06/1951
Crisis 63 17/06/1951
Adams Rib 64 24/06/1951
The Yellow Book 65 1/07/1951
Mr Tick Tock 66 6/07/1952
Lady.. Look Behind You 67 13/07/1952
Eliza Comes to Stay 68 20/07/1952
Captain Banner 69 27/07/1952
Cry for the Moon 70 3/08/1952
Portrait of a Judge 71 10/08/1952
Born yesterday 72 17/08/1952
Safe Harbour 73 24/08/1952
Vanity Fair 74 31/08/1952
To the Public Danger 75 7/09/1952
All the King's Men 76 14/09/1952
The Golden Bridegroom 77 21/09/1952
The Shop at Sly Corner 78 28/09/1952
One Way Street 79 5/10/1952
Francis Goes to the Races 80 12/10/1952
The Ex Mrs Y 81 19/10/1952
The Red Dragon 82 26/10/1952
Open Verdict 83 2/11/1952
Yellow ruffs 84 9/11/1952
The Bride of Denmark Hill 85 16/11/1952
The Late Mr Harvey 86 23/11/1952
For the People 87 30/11/1952
To Live in Peace 88 7/12/1952
Robin Hood 89 14/12/1952
The Holly and the Ivy 90 21/12/1952
His Excellency Goes Wild 91 28/12/1952
The Third Husband 92 14/07/1951
Tess of the D'Urvervilles 93 7/07/1951
Front Page Girl 94 21/07/1951
Sacrifice 95 28/07/1951
The Happy Family 96 4/08/1951
Madame Bovary 97 11/08/1951
Something to tTheir Advantage 98 18/08/1951
The Blackmarket Legacy 99 25/08/1951
Self Accused 100 1/09/1951
Temptaion 101 8/09/1951
I Must Kill Toni 102 15/09/1951
Self Accused 103 22/09/1951
Came a Big Spider 104 29/09/1951
Three Stranger 105 6/10/1951
One Tree Hill 106 13/10/1951
The Paragon 107 20/10/1951
Alias, Mr Tilight 108 27/10/1951
If This Be Error 109 3/11/1951
Conflict 110 10/11/1951
Jeannies Decision 111 17/11/1951
His Lordship's Lady 112 24/11/1951
Stephan Carvic 113 8/12/1951
Traveller's Joy 114 15/12/1951
Drop Dead, My Love 115 22/12/1951
Who Goes Home 116 29/12/1951
Master of the House 117 5/01/1952
Stormwrack 118 12/01/1952
Sarah Simple 119 19/01/1952
That Lady 120 26/01/1952
John Marlow's Profession 121 2/02/1952
The Divorce of Lady X 122 9/02/1952
Madame Tic-Tac 123 16/02/1952
A Night of Suspense 124 23/02/1952
The White Sheep of the Family 125 1/03/1952
The Price was Death 126 8/03/1952
Watch the Wall My Darlings 127 15/03/1952
The Unfaithful 128 22/03/1952
Three To Go 129 29/03/1952
His Excellency 130 5/04/1952
Dodsworth 131 12/04/1952
Madam Tic Tac 132 19/04/1952
Young Mrs Barrington 133 26/04/1952
The Fifty Mark 134 3/05/1952
Possessed 135 10/05/1952
The Blue Lamp 136 17/05/1952
Sweathearts and Wives 137 24/05/1952
Nora Prentis 138 31/05/1952
Operation Heartbreak 139 7/06/1952
Avril 140 14/06/1952
Third Party Risk 141 21/06/1952
Taking Things Quietly 142 28/06/1952
Fools For Fortune 143 5/07/1953
Big Ben 144 12/07/1953
The Offending Hand 145 19/07/1953
Long March 146 26/07/1953
The Gift 147 2/08/1953
The Happy Meaning 148 9/08/1953
When the Bough Breaks 149 16/08/1953
The Mob 150 23/08/1953
Deep Freeze 151 6/09/1953
The White Carnation 152 13/09/1953
Sound Barrier 153 20/09/1953
The Trial of Mary Dugan 154 27/09/1953
Stagefright 155 4/10/1953
Six Where to Die 156 11/10/1953
The Winslow Boy 157 18/10/1953
Pitfall 158 25/10/1953
Queen Anne Slept Here 159 1/11/1953
Stranger in the House 160 8/11/1953
Edward, My Son 161 15/11/1953
The Birds of Sadness 162 22/11/1953
The Ghost Train 163 6/12/1953
Home is the Hero 164 13/12/1953
Thark 165 20/12/1953
The Sleeping Clergyman 166 27/12/1953
Who Goes There 167 11/01/1953
An Old Lady Goes Upstairs 168 18/01/1953
The House on Ladbury Hill 169 25/01/1953
Divorce On Tuesday 170 1/02/1953
Woman On The Run 171 8/02/1953
The Woman In White 172 15/02/1953
A Cuckoo In The Nest 173 22/02/1953
The River Line 174 1/03/1953
Thunder On The Hill 175 8/03/1953
Britannia Of Billingsgate 176 15/03/1953
The Seven Veil 177 22/03/1953
The Petrified Forest 178 29/03/1953
The Vigil 179 5/04/1953
Storm Tide 180 12/04/1953
Royal Highness 181 19/04/1953
For Love Or Money 182 26/04/1953
Knight Sinister 183 3/05/1953
Reunion in Vienna 184 17/05/1953
Yellow Jack 185 24/05/1953
The English Family 186 31/05/1953
The Clock 187 7/06/1953
This Happy Breed 188 14/06/1953
The Lavender Hill Mob 189 21/06/1953
Mr Denning Drives North 190 28/06/1953
Lord athur Savile's Crime 191 3/01/1954
Tomorrow's Too Late 192 10/01/1954
Coward's Way Out 193 17/01/1954
Cape Forlorn 194 24/01/1954
To Dorothy, A Son 195 31/01/1954
Cavalcade 196 7/02/1954
Bright Shadow 197 14/02/1954
Full Cry 198 21/02/1954
Way With Yesterday 199 28/02/1954
A Woman's Place 200 7/03/1954
Green Waters 201 14/03/1954
The Unexpected 202 21/03/1954
The Fugitive 203 28/03/1954
Henrietta M.D 204 4/04/1954
Appointment In London 205 11/04/1954
Evensong 206 18/04/1954
The Night Of January 16 207 25/04/1954
The Lady From Edinburgh 208 2/05/1954
Success Is A Mirage 209 9/05/1954
The Hasty Heart 210 16/05/1954
Golden Rain 211 23/05/1954
The Enforcer 212 30/05/1954
Voice Of The Turtle 213 6/06/1954
A Question of Time 214 13/06/1954
The Speed Kid 215 20/06/1954
On Trial 216 27/06/1954
Unexpected Guests 217 4/07/1954
Ghost Money 218 11/07/1954
The Guinea Pig 219 18/07/1954
The Vinegar Tree 220 25/07/1954
Journey's End 221 1/08/1954
The Ship That Died Of Shame 222 8/08/1954
Murder Party 223 15/08/1954
Fair Highwayman 224 22/08/1954
Who Killed Mrs Carman 225 29/08/1954
Appointment With Venus 226 5/09/1954
Operation Secret 227 12/09/1954
Crispin's Day 228 19/09/1954
Lovers' Meeting 229 26/09/1954
The Prisoner 230 3/10/1954
Big Business 231 10/10/1954
Ten Little Niggers 232 17/10/1954
MNS Marlborough Will Enter Harbor 233 24/10/1954
Fair Passenger 234 31/10/1954
The Sun And I 235 7/11/1954
The Snow Goose 236 14/11/1954
Silent Guns 237 21/11/1954
This Woman Is Dangerous 238 28/11/1954
The Red Headed Blonde 239 5/12/1954
Treasure Of Sierra Madre 240 12/12/1954
Tomorrow Is Another Day 241 19/12/1954
The Miracle On 34th Street 242 26/12/1954
Pretty Baby 243 2/01/1955
The Summerhouse Tragedy 244 9/01/1955
Someone Waiting 245 16/01/1955
The Happy Ending 246 23/01/1955
I Fall on Grass 247 30/01/1955
Replica 248 6/02/1955
Trial And error 249 13/02/1955
Piccadilly Alibi 250 20/02/1955
Fear At My Elbow 251 6/03/1955
Homicide 252 13/03/1955
Both Ends Meet 253 20/03/1955
Dragonwyck 254 27/03/1955
Barrotts of Wimpole Street 255 3/04/1955
Goodbye Mr Chips 256 10/04/1955
They Walk Alone 257 17/04/1955
N/A 258 24/04/1955
Waterloo Bridge 259 1/05/1955
The Side Of The Law 260 8/05/1955
The Facts Of Life 261 15/05/1955
Grand Hotel 263 29/05/1955
Personal Appearance 264 5/06/1955
The Will to Sacrifice 265 12/06/1955
On Borrowed Time 266 19/06/1955
Mildred Pierce 267 26/06/1955
Strange Haven 268 3/07/1955
Inteference 269 10/07/1955
The Shop At Sly Corner 270 17/07/1955
Starlight 272 7/08/1955
Death At Readfields 273 14/08/1955
The Browning Version 274 21/08/1955
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 275 28/08/1955
The Ghost and Mrs Muir 276 4/09/1955
Camille 277 11/09/1955
The Caine Mutiny 278 18/09/1955
The Cane Mutiny 279 25/09/1955
The Breaking Point 280 2/10/1955
Poison For A Lady 281 9/10/1955
The King and Mrs Candle 282 16/10/1955
Mayerling 283 23/10/1955
The Dark Horse 284 30/10/1955
An American Tragedy 285 6/11/1955
I Plead Guilty 286 13/11/1955
Lady Windemere's Fan 287 20/11/1955
So Little Time 288 27/11/1955
The Lady Asks For Help 289 4/12/1955
Detectives Are Not Always Right 290 11/12/1955
It's Different For Men 291 18/12/1955
Smilin Through 292 25/12/1955
Three Men On A Horse 293 1/01/1956
A leap in the Dark 294 8/01/1956
White Heat 295 15/01/1956
The Policeman and the Lady 296 22/01/1956
The First Joanna 297 29/01/1956
Man on a Tightrope 298 5/02/1956
The Unsuspected 299 12/02/1956
Toad In A Hole 300 19/02/1956
The Burning Mask 301 26/02/1956
A Dream of Treason 302 4/03/1956
The Golden Boy 303 11/03/1956
Once In A lifetime 304 18/03/1956
The Passing of the Third Flloor Back 305 1/04/1956
The Big heat 307 8/04/1956
It Grows on Trees 308 15/04/1956
September Tide 309 22/04/1956
Uncertain Joy 310 29/04/1956
Woman In Hiding 311 6/05/1956
Murder in the Morning 312 13/05/1956
Into Thin Air 313 20/05/1956
Children In Uniform 314 27/05/1956
Yo, My Guest 316 10/06/1956
The Heiress 317 17/06/1956
Quadrille 318 24/06/1956
Crime and Punishment 319 1/07/1956
The Laughing Woman 320 8/07/1956
Hedde Gabler 321 15/07/1956
Ah, Wilderness 322 22/07/1956
The Little Foxes 323 29/07/1956
Relative Values 324 5/08/1956
It Depends What You Mean 325 12/08/1956
I Know My Love 327 26/08/1956
Jane Eyre 328 2/09/1956
The Gold Earing 329 9/09/1956
The Lost Generation 330 16/09/1956
Blue Gardinia 331 23/09/1956
A Policeman's Lot 332 30/09/1956
A Call on the Widow 333 7/10/1956
The Fallen Angel 334 14/10/1956
The Best People 335 21/10/1956
The System 336 28/10/1956
The Great Temptation 337 4/11/1956
All Soul's Night 338 11/11/1956
Outside the Law 339 18/11/1956
Sugar And Spice 340 25/11/1956
Lo and Behold 341 2/12/1956
The Price Of Fear 342 9/12/1956
There's Always Tomorrow 343 16/12/1956
Old Heidelberg 344 23/12/1956
Maria Marten 345 30/12/1956
Under the Sycamore Tree 346 6/01/1957
Flowers For The Living 347 13/01/1957
The Singing Sands 348 20/01/1957
The Hypnotist 349 27/01/1957
Rescue of a Lady 350 3/02/1957
Dear Murderer 351 10/02/1957
Morning Star 352 17/02/1957
The Party At No 5 353 24/02/1957
The Mystery of The Marie Celeste 354 3/03/1957
The Ghost Peak 355 10/03/1957
The Lat Act 356 17/03/1957
Such Men Are Dangerous 357 24/03/1957
Penny Grows Up 358 31/03/1957
The Drawn Blind 359 7/04/1957
The Case of the frightened Lady 360 14/04/1957
The Man Born to be King 361 21/04/1957
The South West Corner 362 28/04/1957
Ther's Always a Murder 363 5/05/1957
His and Hers 364 12/05/1957
Acadamy Award 365 19/05/1957
An Inspector Calls 366 26/05/1957
The African Queen 367 2/06/1957
The Blood is Strong 368 9/06/1957
Chance of a Ghost 371 30/06/1957
The Letter 372 7/07/1957
Death Takes a Holiday 373 14/07/1957
The Outsider 374 21/07/1957
The Faithful Heart 375 28/07/1957
The Red Pullowver 376 4/08/1957
The Wrong Number 377 11/08/1957
The Other One 378 18/08/1957
David Garrick 379 25/08/1957
To Settle for Murder 380 1/09/1957
Dear Your Mahesty 381 8/09/1957
Cloud Across the Moon 382 15/09/1957
Muted Springs 383 22/09/1957
The Winning Streak 384 29/09/1957
Once a Crook 385 6/10/1957
The Green Letter 386 13/10/1957
Queens Consent 387 20/10/1957
Boy Wonder 388 27/10/1957
Trilby 389 3/11/1957
Cinderella Fleet 390 10/11/1957
A Matter of Life 391 17/11/1957
No Hero 392 24/11/1957
Foreign Body 393 1/12/1957
Seawife 394 8/12/1957
Sound Alibi 395 15/12/1957
The Happy Prince 397 29/12/1957
Obsession 398 12/01/1957
Obsession 398 12/01/1958
Mediterranean 399 19/01/1958
The Mapmaker 400 26/01/1958
Melody for Murder 401 2/02/1958
Appointment in Eden 402 9/02/1958
Time to Speak 403 16/02/1958
The Threatening Storm 404 23/02/1958
The Playwright and the Storm 405 2/03/1958
Something about Arthur 406 9/03/1958
The Bridge of San Luis Rey 407 16/03/1958
The Desperate Hours 408 23/03/1958
Guilty by Inference 409 30/03/1958
I An Barabbas 410 6/04/1958
The Man in Question 411 13/04/1958
The Age of Abandon 412 20/04/1958
Arrow in the Air 413 27/04/1958
The Face and the Mask 414 4/05/1958
Balance of terror 415 11/05/1958
Nevada Patrol 416 18/05/1958
Letter to a Letter 417 25/05/1958
The Iron Duchess 418 1/06/1958
Dream of Death 419 8/06/1958
In The A.. 420 15/06/1958
The Curious Savage 421 22/06/1958
The Night is Blind 422 29/06/1958
Sabrina 423 6/07/1958
Harvest in Spring 424 13/07/1958
Neighbours 425 20/07/1958
Shut Out The Night 426 27/07/1958
She Too Was Young 427 3/08/1958
Pat's Private Angels 428 10/08/1958
Poor Harry 429 17/08/1958
The Major Road Ahead 430 24/08/1958
The Lass on Richmond Hill 431 31/08/1958
A Kind of Immortality 432 7/09/1958
Fate Dealt in Cards 433 14/09/1958
The Locebirds 434 21/09/1958
The Crooked Road 435 28/09/1958
Sammy 436 5/10/1958
Tell Me Not 437 12/10/1958
Bring the House Down 438 19/10/1958
Dear Miss Austen 439 26/10/1958
Investigation 440 2/11/1958
The Woman on the Ledge 441 9/11/1958
The Ponymam 442 16/11/1958
The Desk Set 443 23/11/1958
The Old Ladies 444 30/11/1958
The Rainmaker 445 7/12/1958
Turn of the Century 446 14/12/1958
The Inside Chance 447 21/12/1958
Rashid 448 28/12/1958
A Tale From The Vienna Woods 449 11/01/1959
Tightrope 450 18/01/1959
Daddy-O 451 25/01/1959
The Devil is a Roaring Lion 452 1/02/1959
The Enchanted Aplril 453 8/02/1959
Bad Day at Black Rock 454 15/02/1959
England Expects 455 22/02/1959
Close Quarters 456 1/03/1959
So Many Children 457 15/03/1959
Four in Hand 458 22/03/1959
The Man Born to be King 459 29/03/1959
The Seven Hills 460 5/04/1959
The Lady from the Sea 461 12/04/1959
The King Loses 462 19/04/1959
There was a Crooked Man 463 26/04/1959
Jeopardy 464 3/05/1959
Victoria 465 10/05/1959
Thunder 466 17/05/1959
Family on Trial 467 24/05/1959
If This be Error 468 31/05/1959
The Marrying of Millie 469 7/06/1959
The Voyagers 470 14/06/1959
Something to their Advantage 471 21/06/1959
The House on the Bridge 472 28/06/1959
I Accuse 473 5/07/1959
The Trial of a Judge 474 12/07/1959
Balluhoo Castle 475 19/07/1959
The Heart in Danger 476 26/07/1959
Both Ends Meet 477 2/08/1959
Magambo 478 9/08/1959
Poison Triangle 479 16/08/1959
The Gift 480 23/08/1959
It Only Happens Once 481 30/08/1959
Forbidden Planet 482 6/09/1959
Big Ben 483 13/09/1959
Crispin's Day 484 20/09/1959
Prize Novel 485 27/09/1959
The High Cost Of Living 486 4/10/1959
A Bouquet for the President 487 11/10/1959
The Naked Spur 488 18/10/1959
Fear at the Elbow 489 25/10/1959
Designing Women 490 1/11/1959

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Internet Archive

Internet Archive


Wizzard Media

Wizzard Media

Springbok Radio

Springbok Radio

Audio SF

Audio SF



Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lineup, The


The Lineup is a Police drama following step-by-step the investigations of the San Francisco Police Department giving the radio audience a behind the scenes look of the police headquarters. The stories were often based on true events, taken from newspaper reports. The Lineup came across as a top notch series. Listeners were treated to realistic situations and felt some of the vic­tim's anguish as they viewed the lineup.

The first broadcast took place on July 6, 1950 over CBS. It lasted until 1953. Bill Johnstone played Lieutenant Ben Guthrie and Wally Maher was Sergeant Matt Grebb. This  program attracted some  pretty good backup actors like Howard McNear, Jeanette Nolan, Raymond Burr and Sheldon Leonard.

After the end of the series it was reborn on TV in 1954 under the same title (later changed to San Francisco Beat).

Some shows are listed as (a) or (b)  representing two encodes, one usually of higher quality.

High Quality Shows
These shows are  (HQ @ 256-44) transferred from from a private collection. The shows in the set above include these, but were encoded at lower bit rate for ease of transfer.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Little Orphan Annie


Little Orphan Annie was a daily American comic strip, created by Harold Gray (1894–1968), that first appeared on August 5, 1924. The title, suggested by an editor at the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, was inspired by James Whitcomb Riley's popular 1885 poem "Little Orphant Annie" which begins:

Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away . . .

It was eight years after Riley's death when Gray created his comic strip Little Orphan Otto (1924), and the Chicago Tribune's Joseph Patterson changed the title to Little Orphan Annie. Three years later, King Features came up with their own waif, Little Annie Rooney.

By the 1930s, the strip had taken on a more adult and adventurous feel with Annie coming across killers, gangsters, spies and saboteurs.

It was also about this time that Gray, whose politics seem to have been either conservative or libertarian with a decided populist streak, introduced some of his more controversial storylines. He would look into the darker aspects of human nature, such as greed and treachery. The gap between rich and poor was an important theme. The strip (and Gray, in interviews) glorified the American business ethic of an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. His hatred of labor unions was dramatized in the 1935 story "Eonite". Other targets were the New Deal and communism. Despite the strip's pro-capitalist slant, corrupt businessmen often appeared as villains.

Beginning when she was ten years old, Chicago actress Shirley Bell Cole (born 1920) starred on radio's Little Orphan Annie from 1930 to 1940. In 2007, she continued to make personal appearances talking about her experiences on the radio show. Her memoir, Acting Her Age: My Ten Years as a Ten-Year-Old (2005), won two awards at the Chicago Book Clinic's Book and Media Show.

From 1931 to 1933, the radio show had two different casts, one in Chicago and one in San Francisco, daily performing the same scripts, many written by Ferrin Fraser. Floy Hughes portrayed Annie in the West Coast version.

Little Orphan Annie began in 1930 in Chicago on WGN (720), and on April 6, 1931, with Ovaltine as the sponsor, the 15-minute series graduated to the Blue Network. Airing six days a week at 5:45 pm, it was the first late-afternoon children's radio serial, and as such, it created a sensation with its youthful listeners, continuing until October 30, 1936. During a contract dispute with Shirley Bell, Annie was briefly played by Bobbe Dean in 1934–35. Pierre Andre (1899–1962) was the show's announcer. Other actors on the series were Finney Briggs (1891–1978) and Andrew Stanton. Allan Baruck (and later Mel Torme) portrayed Joe Corntassel. The program's organist was Leonard Salvo (1898–1985), who also provided the music for The Cisco Kid and The Billie Burke Show.[4]

The show opened with a theme song sung by Pierre Andre (as Uncle Andy). This song took on a popularity of its own with its oft-quoted lyrics:
In this posed publicity photo for radio's Little Orphan Annie, Joe Corntassel (Allan Baruck) watches as Annie (Shirley Bell) embraces her dog Sandy.

Who's that little chatter box?
The one with pretty auburn locks?
Whom do you see?
It's Little Orphan Annie.
She and Sandy make a pair,
They never seem to have a care!
Cute little she,
It's Little Orphan Annie.

Bright eyes, cheeks a rosy glow,
There's a store of healthiness handy.
Mite-size, always on the go,
If you want to know - "Arf", says Sandy.

Always wears a sunny smile,
Now, wouldn't it be worth a while,
If you could be,
Like Little Orphan Annie?

The song led to the catch phrase, "Arf says Sandy," sometimes given as "Arf goes Sandy." With Ovaltine still on board as sponsor, NBC carried the show from November 2, 1936 until January 19, 1940, and concurrent broadcasts were also carried at 5:30 pm on Mutual in 1937-38. In 1940, Ovaltine dropped sponsorship of the show to pick up Captain Midnight, an aviation oriented show more in tune with the increasing international tensions as World War II started in Europe and the Orient. The announcer Pierre Andre had a strong identification with the sponsor's product and thus continued as the announcer of Captain Midnight.

Sponsored by Quaker Puffed Wheat Sparkies, the show moved to Mutual for its final run from January 22, 1940 to April 26, 1942. Janice Gilbert portrayed Annie from 1940 to 1942. A new character, dashing aviator Captain Sparks, was introduced, and Annie became his sidekick. Despite the program's popularity, few episodes have survived.

The radio program and the Ovaltine sponsorship were directly referenced in Jean Shepherd's novel In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and companion movie A Christmas Story, which used an actual 1940 Orphan Annie decoder badge as a prop.

Little Orphan Annie was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.

Producer David O. Selznick made the first film adaptation of the strip with RKO's Little Orphan Annie (1932), starring Mitzi Green as Annie and Edgar Kennedy as Warbucks. Ann Gillis had the title role in Paramount's Little Orphan Annie (1938), scripted by Budd Schulberg and others.

In 1977, Little Orphan Annie became a Broadway musical, Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan. The original production ran from April 21, 1977 to January 2, 1983. There have been other international productions, and the musical has been filmed several times, notably the 1982 version directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney as Warbucks, Aileen Quinn as Annie, Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell (Warbucks's secretary) and Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, matron of the orphanage. The story took considerable liberties from the strips, such as having Oliver Warbucks visit Franklin D. Roosevelt (and wife Eleanor, in the 1982 film) at the White House and reluctantly support his New Deal. Harold Gray deeply loathed Roosevelt and at one point killed the Warbucks character, declaring that he could not live in the current climate. Upon Roosevelt's death he suddenly brought Warbucks back, proclaiming that the air had changed. In 1999, Annie was turned into a made-for-television musical-comedy film for The Wonderful World of Disney.

The Broadway Annies were Andrea McArdle, Shelley Bruce, Sarah Jessica Parker, Allison Smith and Alyson Kirk. Notable actresses who portrayed Miss Hannigan are Dorothy Loudon, Alice Ghostley, Betty Hutton, Ruth Kobart, Marcia Lewis, June Havoc, Nell Carter and Sally Struthers. Famous songs from the musical include "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life."

Life After Tomorrow

The award-winning documentary "Life after Tomorrow" by former Annie orphan Julie Stevens and Co-Director, Gil Cates Jr., reunites more than 40 women who played orphans in the original Broadway production of Annie and reveals the highs and lows of their experiences as child actresses in a cultural phenomenon. "Life After Tomorrow" is a true behind-the-scenes look at the Annie experience.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stan Freberg Show, The


The Stan Freberg Show was a weekly radio comedy show that ran on the CBS Radio Network for only fifteen episodes in 1957 from July 14 through October 20. The show, starring comedian Stan Freberg and featuring the vocal talents of Daws Butler, June Foray and Peter Leeds, Peggy Taylor as the resident singer, and the musical direction of Billy May, appeared in the 7:30 p.m.(et) time period following repeats of The Jack Benny Program {"The Best Of Benny"} on Sundays.

Despite its short run, the show managed to develop some running gags and stock jokes, from Freberg's ambivalence toward Madison Avenue (faux advertisements for "Puffed Grass" and "Food", as well as the classic sketch "Gray Flannel Hatful of Teenage Werewolves") to the overwhelmingly popular interviews with a sneaker-wearing Abominable Snowman.

By the thirteenth episode, it was clear that The Stan Freberg Show was suffering from a lack of advertiser interest (perhaps helped by Freberg's werewolf comparisons). However, according to Freberg in his autobiography, It Only Hurts When I Laugh, two different cigarette companies did offer to sponsor the program, but Stan turned them down. Because no other advertisers were willing to provide primary or alternate sponsorship on Freberg's terms, CBS canceled the series after fifteen episodes; according to, it was the last American network radio show to devote itself purely to comedy.

Friday, November 6, 2009



Nightfall is a radio drama series produced and aired by CBC Radio from July 1980 to June 1983. While primarily a supernatural/horror series, Nightfall featured some episodes in other genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and human drama. One episode was even adapted from a folk song by Stan Rogers. Some of Nightfall's episodes were so terrifying that the CBC registered numerous complaints and some affiliate stations dropped it. Despite this, the series went on to become one of the most popular shows in CBC Radio history, running 100 episodes that featured a mix of original tales and adaptations of both classic and obscure short stories.

Nightfall was the brainchild of producer Bill Howell, who was best known at the time for his work on CBC Playhouse and the cult favorite adventure series, Johnny Chase: Secret Agent of Space. (Howell later went on to be executive producer of CBC Radio's highly-popular series, The Mystery Project, which ran from 1992 to 2004.) When CBC Radio was revamped and given an expanded budget in 1980, Howell approached the newly-appointed Head of Radio Drama, Susan Rubes, about his idea for a supernatural/horror anthology series that would push the envelope. Though not a fan of the horror genre, Rubes recognized a hit when she saw one and gave Howell the green light to begin production.

Bill Howell served as Executive Producer of Nightfall at CBC Toronto for the first two seasons. The reins were passed for the third season to veteran CBC Radio producer Don Kowalchuk (Doctor Bundolo's Pandemonium Medicine Show) at CBC Vancouver.

Nightfall featured two hosts during its run. The Toronto years (1980–1982) were hosted by "the mysterious Luther Kranst", a character created by Bill Howell's devious imagination and played by character actor Henry Ramer. For its Vancouver run (1982–1983), Don Kowalchuk worked with voice actor Bill Reiter to develop the character of Frederick Hende.



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