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Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"The Square Triangle" from 11/14/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

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Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"The Square Triangle" from 11/14/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"The Square Triangle" from 11/14/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Breach of Promise" from 12/17/1944 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Breach of Promise" from 12/17/1944 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Magic Christmas Tree" from 12/25/1949 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Magic Christmas Tree" from 12/25/1949 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Santa & The Pirates" from 12/22/1942 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were be

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Santa & The Pirates" from 12/22/1942 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were be

Abbott and Costello Show

Abbott and Costello Show

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"Christmas Show" from 12/23/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

Abbott and Costello Show

Abbott and Costello Show

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"Christmas Show" from 12/23/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

The Line-Up

The Line-Up

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Pixie-Picker Pickle Case" from 11/8/1951 This CBS cop procedural pulls back the curtain on crime fighting in San Francisco. The Shadow's Bill Johnstone starred as cool-mannered Lt. Ben Guthrie, foil to hot-tempered Sgt. Matt Grebb. Director Elliot Lewis was one of the busiest men in radio, having a hand in the Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show, Suspense, Broadway Is My Beat, and many more.

The Line-Up

The Line-Up

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Pixie-Picker Pickle Case" from 11/8/1951 This CBS cop procedural pulls back the curtain on crime fighting in San Francisco. The Shadow's Bill Johnstone starred as cool-mannered Lt. Ben Guthrie, foil to hot-tempered Sgt. Matt Grebb. Director Elliot Lewis was one of the busiest men in radio, having a hand in the Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show, Suspense, Broadway Is My Beat, and many more.

Adventures of Harry Nile

Adventures of Harry Nile

10:30 pm - 11:00 pm

"Poor Little Rich Girl" from 10/4/1998 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

Adventures of Harry Nile

Adventures of Harry Nile

10:30 pm - 11:00 pm

"Poor Little Rich Girl" from 10/4/1998 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Guest: George Jessel" from 2/7/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Guest: George Jessel" from 2/7/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"The Camping Chaperone" from 10/22/1950 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"The Camping Chaperone" from 10/22/1950 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Philippines Never Surrendered" from 4/30/1945 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Philippines Never Surrendered" from 4/30/1945 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

Suspense

Suspense

12:30 am - 2:00 am

"My Wife, Geraldine" from 3/1/1945 --- "Man Who Wanted To Be Edward G. Robinson" from 9/30/1948 --- "You Can't Die Twice" from 3/31/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

12:30 am - 2:00 am

"My Wife, Geraldine" from 3/1/1945 --- "Man Who Wanted To Be Edward G. Robinson" from 9/30/1948 --- "You Can't Die Twice" from 3/31/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

2:00 am - 3:00 am

"Wake Up & Live" from 2/21/1944 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

2:00 am - 3:00 am

"Wake Up & Live" from 2/21/1944 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

Radio's Reader's Digest

Radio's Reader's Digest

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Room For A Stranger" from 12/19/1946

Radio's Reader's Digest

Radio's Reader's Digest

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Room For A Stranger" from 12/19/1946

Fred Allen Show

Fred Allen Show

3:30 am - 4:00 am

Guest: Frank Sinatra (2nd) from 10/21/1945 John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humour to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

Fred Allen Show

Fred Allen Show

3:30 am - 4:00 am

Guest: Frank Sinatra (2nd) from 10/21/1945 John Steinbeck recognized Fred Allen as "unquestionably the best humorist of our time, a brilliant critic of manners and morals." Following in the footsteps of Will Rogers, Fred reintroduced topical political humour to radio. Fred introduced his classic "Allen’s Alley" segment December 13, 1942.

Molle Mystery Theatre

Molle Mystery Theatre

4:00 am - 4:30 am

"Yours Truly Jack The Ripper" from 2/27/1945 This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

Molle Mystery Theatre

Molle Mystery Theatre

4:00 am - 4:30 am

"Yours Truly Jack The Ripper" from 2/27/1945 This frightening thriller series aired for about 10 years in various forms starting in 1943- on NBC, CBS and ABC. The show's "annotater", criminologist character Geoffrey Barnes, filled in the blanks of the stories and provided analysis for the listener.

Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon Theatre

4:30 am - 5:00 am

"The Melancholy Dane" from 9/11/1949 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon Theatre

4:30 am - 5:00 am

"The Melancholy Dane" from 9/11/1949 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

The Weird Circle

The Weird Circle

5:00 am - 5:30 am

"The House and The Brain" from 9/5/1943 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

The Weird Circle

The Weird Circle

5:00 am - 5:30 am

"The House and The Brain" from 9/5/1943 This horror series consisted mostly of adapted supernatural tales from greats like Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson. It aired for two seasons from 1943-1945, first on Mutual and then on NBC's Red network.

Lights Out!

Lights Out!

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"Kill" from 4/20/1943 Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

Lights Out!

Lights Out!

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"Kill" from 4/20/1943 Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

Your Hit Parade

Your Hit Parade

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"With Frank Sinatra" from 3/20/1948 This weekly survey of popular American music was a staple of Saturday nights from the 1930s into the late 1940s. The drama of a countdown to each week's number one song is still a widely used structure. For the first few years of the show, the top 15 songs were played in random order before the countdown structure took listeners by stormSlots were determined based on radio requests, sheet music sales, jukebox statistics and song requests at dance clubs (alleg

Your Hit Parade

Your Hit Parade

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"With Frank Sinatra" from 3/20/1948 This weekly survey of popular American music was a staple of Saturday nights from the 1930s into the late 1940s. The drama of a countdown to each week's number one song is still a widely used structure. For the first few years of the show, the top 15 songs were played in random order before the countdown structure took listeners by stormSlots were determined based on radio requests, sheet music sales, jukebox statistics and song requests at dance clubs (alleg

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"George Vs Frank Sinatra" from 8/31/1943 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"George Vs Frank Sinatra" from 8/31/1943 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were

Rocky Fortune

Rocky Fortune

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Hepcat Kills The Canary" from 11/17/1953 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

Rocky Fortune

Rocky Fortune

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Hepcat Kills The Canary" from 11/17/1953 Rocky Fortune aired on NBC from October 6, 1953 through March 30, 1954 with Frank Sinatra starring as "that footloose and fancy-free young gentleman" whose fortune was as rocky as his name. The unsponsored "sustainer" series was broadcast during the low point in Sinatra’s career and aired for only 26 weeks.

Suspense

Suspense

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"To Find Help" from 1/18/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"To Find Help" from 1/18/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"George Lane Murder Case" from 6/13/1953 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"George Lane Murder Case" from 6/13/1953 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

8:30 am - 9:00 am

"Gruesome Spectacle Matter" from 9/28/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

8:30 am - 9:00 am

"Gruesome Spectacle Matter" from 9/28/1958 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Puppy Love" from 2/4/1951 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Puppy Love" from 2/4/1951 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"Bessie's Boyfriend" from 9/24/1947 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"Bessie's Boyfriend" from 9/24/1947 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Mr. District Attorney

Mr. District Attorney

10:00 am - 11:00 am

"Murder In Rhythm & Rhyme" from 3/17/1948 ---- "Case Of The Barnyard Bandit" from 3/17/1953 Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gang Busters, worked with creator/writer/director Ed Byron to develop this series, which is inspired by the early years of New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. It aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952. The nameless title role was played by several actors throughout the run: Raymond Edward Johnson, Jay Jostyn, and David Brian. A key figure in the show was th

Mr. District Attorney

Mr. District Attorney

10:00 am - 11:00 am

"Murder In Rhythm & Rhyme" from 3/17/1948 ---- "Case Of The Barnyard Bandit" from 3/17/1953 Phillips H. Lord, creator of Gang Busters, worked with creator/writer/director Ed Byron to develop this series, which is inspired by the early years of New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. It aired on NBC and ABC from April 3, 1939 to June 13, 1952. The nameless title role was played by several actors throughout the run: Raymond Edward Johnson, Jay Jostyn, and David Brian. A key figure in the show was th

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

11:00 am - 11:30 am

"4-D Camera" from 3/1/1953 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

11:00 am - 11:30 am

"4-D Camera" from 3/1/1953 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

"Christmas Tree Lights" from 12/24/1944 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

"Christmas Tree Lights" from 12/24/1944 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

Romance of the Ranchos

Romance of the Ranchos

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Rancho La Puente" from 1/28/1942 This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

Romance of the Ranchos

Romance of the Ranchos

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Rancho La Puente" from 1/28/1942 This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

Let George Do It

Let George Do It

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Forty Two On A Rope" from 10/3/1947 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

Let George Do It

Let George Do It

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Forty Two On A Rope" from 10/3/1947 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

Adventures of Philip Marlowe

Adventures of Philip Marlowe

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"King In Yellow" from 7/8/1947 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures

Adventures of Philip Marlowe

Adventures of Philip Marlowe

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"King In Yellow" from 7/8/1947 Raymond Chandler introduced readers to Philip Marlowe in his 1939 novel The Big Sleep. Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery and George Montgomery portrayed the hardboiled detective in films before Van Heflin took over as Marlowe in NBC’s 1947 summer series.The Adventures of Philip Marlowe returned September 26, 1948, as a CBS series and starred Gerald Mohr. CBS Chairman William S. Paley was a big fan of The Adventures

Suspense

Suspense

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

"The Lady In The Red Hat" from 11/30/1950 --- "Last Days Of John Dillinger" from 5/10/1954 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

"The Lady In The Red Hat" from 11/30/1950 --- "Last Days Of John Dillinger" from 5/10/1954 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Gangbusters

Gangbusters

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Carnival Caper" from 7/31/1948 Gangbusters first came to radio under the title G-Men beginning July 20, 1935. The long-running series was created by Philip H. Lord and produced "in cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. Gangbusters was one of radio's longest-running dramatic series, running from January 15, 1936 through November 27, 1957, and its classic opening gave rise to the expression "coming on like gangbusters."

Gangbusters

Gangbusters

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Carnival Caper" from 7/31/1948 Gangbusters first came to radio under the title G-Men beginning July 20, 1935. The long-running series was created by Philip H. Lord and produced "in cooperation with police and federal law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. Gangbusters was one of radio's longest-running dramatic series, running from January 15, 1936 through November 27, 1957, and its classic opening gave rise to the expression "coming on like gangbusters."

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"The Vanishing Lady" from 5/6/1945 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"The Vanishing Lady" from 5/6/1945 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Let George Do It

Let George Do It

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Journey Into Hate" from 2/21/1949 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

Let George Do It

Let George Do It

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Journey Into Hate" from 2/21/1949 Let George Do It stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, a detective whose cases came from the newspaper.

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Winchester Quarantine" from 2/22/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Winchester Quarantine" from 2/22/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Gypsum Hills Feud" from 4/16/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Gypsum Hills Feud" from 4/16/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Life of Riley

Life of Riley

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"Junior Is In Love" from 1/27/1950 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

Life of Riley

Life of Riley

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"Junior Is In Love" from 1/27/1950 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

Alan Young Show

Alan Young Show

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"McPhearson Fortune" from 2/21/1947 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

Alan Young Show

Alan Young Show

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"McPhearson Fortune" from 2/21/1947 This sitcom aired from 1944-1949, first as a summer replacement series for Eddie Cantor's show. Then, after signing on as a regular on the Jimmy Durante show, young scored his own show with Tums as a sponsor. Today he is best known as TV's Wilbur Post, who talked with Mr. Ed the horse.

Crime Classics

Crime Classics

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Blackbeard's Fourteenth Wife" from 11/11/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

Crime Classics

Crime Classics

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Blackbeard's Fourteenth Wife" from 11/11/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

Man Called X

Man Called X

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Journey To Xenophon" from 11/16/1947 Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on July 10

Man Called X

Man Called X

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Journey To Xenophon" from 11/16/1947 Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on July 10

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guest: Dorothy Lamour from 2/29/1944 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were bes

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guest: Dorothy Lamour from 2/29/1944 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were bes

Jimmy Durante Show

Jimmy Durante Show

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest: Dorothy Lamour from 4/7/1948

Jimmy Durante Show

Jimmy Durante Show

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest: Dorothy Lamour from 4/7/1948

Philco Radio Time

Philco Radio Time

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Road To Hollywood" from 1/29/1947 Bing Crosby ended his decade-long run on NBC’s Kraft Music Hall in 1946, moving to ABC to star in the transcribed Philco Radio Time after NBC refused to let him pre-record his shows. The crooner was impressed with the editing techniques developed for programs like Command Performance by the engineers of the Armed Forces Radio Service and believed listeners would accept a more tightly edited program even if it was "canned." In 1948, Philco Radio Time made hist

Philco Radio Time

Philco Radio Time

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Road To Hollywood" from 1/29/1947 Bing Crosby ended his decade-long run on NBC’s Kraft Music Hall in 1946, moving to ABC to star in the transcribed Philco Radio Time after NBC refused to let him pre-record his shows. The crooner was impressed with the editing techniques developed for programs like Command Performance by the engineers of the Armed Forces Radio Service and believed listeners would accept a more tightly edited program even if it was "canned." In 1948, Philco Radio Time made hist

Baby Snooks

Baby Snooks

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"Buying A Pony" from 1/25/1940 --- "Clock Face" from the 1940s Baby Snooks was born at a Detroit party when Fanny Brice, then performing burlesque, sang "Poor Pauline" in a little-girl voice, and was revived for her first radio broadcasts in the '30s. Frank Morgan and Alan Reed served as Snooks’ foils on early broadcasts before Hanley Stafford became radio’s longest-running "Daddy." The Baby Snooks Show aired from September 17, 1944 through May 29, 1951, with Stafford delivering a moving eulog

Baby Snooks

Baby Snooks

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"Buying A Pony" from 1/25/1940 --- "Clock Face" from the 1940s Baby Snooks was born at a Detroit party when Fanny Brice, then performing burlesque, sang "Poor Pauline" in a little-girl voice, and was revived for her first radio broadcasts in the '30s. Frank Morgan and Alan Reed served as Snooks’ foils on early broadcasts before Hanley Stafford became radio’s longest-running "Daddy." The Baby Snooks Show aired from September 17, 1944 through May 29, 1951, with Stafford delivering a moving eulog

Michael Shayne

Michael Shayne

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Case Of The Borrowed Heirloom" from 12/11/1948 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

Michael Shayne

Michael Shayne

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Case Of The Borrowed Heirloom" from 12/11/1948 Detective Michael Shayne was created by Davis Dresser (writing under the pen name Brett Halliday). "Dividend of Death," the first of more than 60 novels featuring the Miami-based private detective was published in 1939. The adventures of the "reckless red-headed Irishman," played by Wally Maher, came to radio October 16, 1944 and aired for 3 years.

The Whistler

The Whistler

10:30 pm - 11:00 pm

"Confession" from 8/21/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

The Whistler

The Whistler

10:30 pm - 11:00 pm

"Confession" from 8/21/1949 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Gifts For Boynton" from 10/23/1949 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Gifts For Boynton" from 10/23/1949 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon Theatre

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"Palm Beach Santa Claus" from 12/23/1949 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon Theatre

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"Palm Beach Santa Claus" from 12/23/1949 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Breach of Promise" from 12/17/1944 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Breach of Promise" from 12/17/1944 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Magic Christmas Tree" from 12/25/1949 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Magic Christmas Tree" from 12/25/1949 Eve Arden portrays Miss Connie Brooks, an overworked and underpaid teacher of 10th grade English at Madison High School. Our Miss Brooks called her radio classroom to order beginning July 19, 1948. The final bell rang for Our Miss Brooks on July 7, 1957.

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Santa & The Pirates" from 12/22/1942 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were be

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Santa & The Pirates" from 12/22/1942 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were be

Abbott and Costello Show

Abbott and Costello Show

1:30 am - 2:00 am

"Christmas Show" from 12/23/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

Abbott and Costello Show

Abbott and Costello Show

1:30 am - 2:00 am

"Christmas Show" from 12/23/1948 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

Crime Classics

Crime Classics

2:00 am - 2:30 am

"Triangle On The Round Table" 11/18/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

Crime Classics

Crime Classics

2:00 am - 2:30 am

"Triangle On The Round Table" 11/18/1953 Crime Classics featured "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time" culled from director Elliott Lewis' voluminous personal library of true crime cases. The CBS series ran from June 15, 1953 through June 30, 1954.

Rocky Jordan

Rocky Jordan

2:30 am - 3:00 am

"Up In Flames" from 12/19/1948 Rocky Jordan operated a café in exotic Cairo, a city filled with danger and intrigue, and spent much of his time solving crimes. The detective show was based on an earlier program called A Man Named Jordan.

Rocky Jordan

Rocky Jordan

2:30 am - 3:00 am

"Up In Flames" from 12/19/1948 Rocky Jordan operated a café in exotic Cairo, a city filled with danger and intrigue, and spent much of his time solving crimes. The detective show was based on an earlier program called A Man Named Jordan.

The Six Shooter

The Six Shooter

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Cheyenne Express" from 3/7/1954 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

The Six Shooter

The Six Shooter

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Cheyenne Express" from 3/7/1954 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Birds Of A Feather" from 4/19/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Birds Of A Feather" from 4/19/1959 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

Lum and Abner

Lum and Abner

4:00 am - 4:30 am

"Lum Reads An Etiquette Book" 3/1/1943 "Grandpap Is A Debutante" 3/2/1943 Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

Lum and Abner

Lum and Abner

4:00 am - 4:30 am

"Lum Reads An Etiquette Book" 3/1/1943 "Grandpap Is A Debutante" 3/2/1943 Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

Command Performance

Command Performance

4:30 am - 5:00 am

"With Clifton Fadiman" from 4/16/1942 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

Command Performance

Command Performance

4:30 am - 5:00 am

"With Clifton Fadiman" from 4/16/1942 Command Performance aired between 1942 and 1949 on the Armed Forces Radio Network, which meant it was transmitted exclusively to American troops overseas. Though produced in California, troops abroad sent requests and ideas for performers, music, and sketches. The show featured some of the biggest stars of the day like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Judy Garland and more. CBS created a spinoff series called Request Performance, which aired from 1945-46.

The Big Story

The Big Story

5:00 am - 5:30 am

"Bitterest Man On Earth" from 6/8/1949 This series revolved around true crime stories reported in newspapers. The stories were dramatized retellings of heroic reporters uncovering big truths in the name of public service. At the end of every episode the show gave a $500 reward to the real reporter on whose stories the episode was based. The Big Story aired from April 2, 1947 through March 23, 1955.

The Big Story

The Big Story

5:00 am - 5:30 am

"Bitterest Man On Earth" from 6/8/1949 This series revolved around true crime stories reported in newspapers. The stories were dramatized retellings of heroic reporters uncovering big truths in the name of public service. At the end of every episode the show gave a $500 reward to the real reporter on whose stories the episode was based. The Big Story aired from April 2, 1947 through March 23, 1955.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"Fibber's Home Movies" from 2/17/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"Fibber's Home Movies" from 2/17/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Chandu, The Magician

Chandu, The Magician

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"The Black Steps" from 2/3/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Chandu, The Magician

Chandu, The Magician

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"The Black Steps" from 2/3/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Dimension X

Dimension X

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Kaleidoscope" from 6/15/1951 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

Dimension X

Dimension X

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Kaleidoscope" from 6/15/1951 Dimension X aired over NBC from April 8, 1950 through September 29, 1951 featuring "adventures in time and space told in future tense." The series adapted stories by the modern masters of science fiction adapting works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Theodore Sturgeon and many others.

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Cave-In At Careful Smith's Mine" from 7/1/1951 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Cave-In At Careful Smith's Mine" from 7/1/1951 This children's western series aired on Mutual from May 1951 - February 1956. Guy Madison starred as Marshall Wild Bill Hickok with Andy Devine as his sidekick Jingles. Each week, the pair encounters a gang of troublemakers along the trail and have it out in a battle of good guys Vs. bad guys.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"The Coward" from 10/9/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"The Coward" from 10/9/1955 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

Adventures of The Saint

Adventures of The Saint

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Corpse Said Ouch" from 8/6/1950 Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

Adventures of The Saint

Adventures of The Saint

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Corpse Said Ouch" from 8/6/1950 Leslie Charteris' famous character first came to radio on January 6, 1945 with Edgar Barrier heard as the debonair Simon Templar. The "Robin Hood of modern crime" returned to the airwaves on July 9, 1947 with Vincent Price in the title role in a short-lived CBS summer series. Price returned to the role in 1949 over Mutual and became radio's most remembered Simon Templar.

The Mysterious Traveller

The Mysterious Traveller

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"Murder In 2952" from 4/29/1952 The Mysterious Traveller was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveller rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

The Mysterious Traveller

The Mysterious Traveller

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"Murder In 2952" from 4/29/1952 The Mysterious Traveller was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveller rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

10:00 am - 11:00 am

"My Favourite Wife" from 12/7/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

10:00 am - 11:00 am

"My Favourite Wife" from 12/7/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Humphrey Bogart Theatre

Humphrey Bogart Theatre

11:00 am - 11:30 am

"Dead Man" (Audition Show) from 8/17/1949

Humphrey Bogart Theatre

Humphrey Bogart Theatre

11:00 am - 11:30 am

"Dead Man" (Audition Show) from 8/17/1949

The Abe Burrows Show

The Abe Burrows Show

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

"A Saga Of America" from 12/6/1947 "Writing For Newspapers" from 4/10/1948

The Abe Burrows Show

The Abe Burrows Show

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

"A Saga Of America" from 12/6/1947 "Writing For Newspapers" from 4/10/1948

Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

"Boscombe Valley Mystery" from 3/27/2011 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

"Boscombe Valley Mystery" from 3/27/2011 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

Defence Attorney

Defence Attorney

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

"Joshua Masters" from 4/10/1952

Defence Attorney

Defence Attorney

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

"Joshua Masters" from 4/10/1952

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"From Detroit: Don's Weight" from 6/13/1948 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"From Detroit: Don's Weight" from 6/13/1948 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Guest: Barbara Stanwyck" from 5/2/1943 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Guest: Barbara Stanwyck" from 5/2/1943 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about

The Line-Up

The Line-Up

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"Pixie-Picker Pickle Case" from 11/8/1951 This CBS cop procedural pulls back the curtain on crime fighting in San Francisco. The Shadow's Bill Johnstone starred as cool-mannered Lt. Ben Guthrie, foil to hot-tempered Sgt. Matt Grebb. Director Elliot Lewis was one of the busiest men in radio, having a hand in the Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show, Suspense, Broadway Is My Beat, and many more.

The Line-Up

The Line-Up

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"Pixie-Picker Pickle Case" from 11/8/1951 This CBS cop procedural pulls back the curtain on crime fighting in San Francisco. The Shadow's Bill Johnstone starred as cool-mannered Lt. Ben Guthrie, foil to hot-tempered Sgt. Matt Grebb. Director Elliot Lewis was one of the busiest men in radio, having a hand in the Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show, Suspense, Broadway Is My Beat, and many more.

Adventures of Harry Nile

Adventures of Harry Nile

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

"Poor Little Rich Girl" from 10/4/1998 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

Adventures of Harry Nile

Adventures of Harry Nile

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

"Poor Little Rich Girl" from 10/4/1998 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Guest: George Jessel" from 2/7/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Guest: George Jessel" from 2/7/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"The Camping Chaperone" from 10/22/1950 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"The Camping Chaperone" from 10/22/1950 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Joe Gruber" from 7/8/1951 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Joe Gruber" from 7/8/1951 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Philo Vance, Detective

Philo Vance, Detective

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Merry Murder Case" from 7/20/1948 Philo Vance was the most popular fictional detective during the late 1920s and early 1930s and influenced the creation of many later detectives. S.S. Van Dine's legendary creation was first brought to radio on July 5, 1945 in an NBC summer series starring Jose Ferrar and was also briefly portrayed by John Emery.

Philo Vance, Detective

Philo Vance, Detective

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Merry Murder Case" from 7/20/1948 Philo Vance was the most popular fictional detective during the late 1920s and early 1930s and influenced the creation of many later detectives. S.S. Van Dine's legendary creation was first brought to radio on July 5, 1945 in an NBC summer series starring Jose Ferrar and was also briefly portrayed by John Emery.

An American Gallery

An American Gallery

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Story Of Two Giants" from 1960s Each episode featured the work of a different American artist, mostly musicians, across all genres. The narrator was often also a celebrity, such as Bing Crosby speaking about Louis Armstrong and jazz.

An American Gallery

An American Gallery

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Story Of Two Giants" from 1960s Each episode featured the work of a different American artist, mostly musicians, across all genres. The narrator was often also a celebrity, such as Bing Crosby speaking about Louis Armstrong and jazz.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Everybody Wants A Raise" from 3/12/1939 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Everybody Wants A Raise" from 3/12/1939 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Big Town

Big Town

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"Fake Accident Raquet" from 11/23/1937 Edward G. Robinson starred as crusading newspaper editor Steve Wilson from October 19, 1937 through July 2, 1942. The Hollywood great was glad to play an idealistic role in contrast to his many film gangster portrayals. Big Town at its peak was radio’s highest-rated drama and was only eclipsed by The Jack Benny Program in ratings. The series was cancelled when Edward G. Robinson quit in 1942 but was resurrected the following year with Edward Pawley (and l

Big Town

Big Town

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"Fake Accident Raquet" from 11/23/1937 Edward G. Robinson starred as crusading newspaper editor Steve Wilson from October 19, 1937 through July 2, 1942. The Hollywood great was glad to play an idealistic role in contrast to his many film gangster portrayals. Big Town at its peak was radio’s highest-rated drama and was only eclipsed by The Jack Benny Program in ratings. The series was cancelled when Edward G. Robinson quit in 1942 but was resurrected the following year with Edward Pawley (and l

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"Night Has A Thousand Eyes" from 2/27/1949 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"Night Has A Thousand Eyes" from 2/27/1949 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"All My Sons" from 12/2/1949 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"All My Sons" from 12/2/1949 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Silver Collection" from 1932 This police procedural series was syndicated on NBC stations in 1932. It features quarter-hour stories typically based on true crimes.

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Silver Collection" from 1932 This police procedural series was syndicated on NBC stations in 1932. It features quarter-hour stories typically based on true crimes.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

"The LaMarr Matter" from 3/26/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

"The LaMarr Matter" from 3/26/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Voyage of the Scarlet Queen

Voyage of the Scarlet Queen

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

"Hattie McCormick & The Patient Stowaway" from 12/31/1947

Voyage of the Scarlet Queen

Voyage of the Scarlet Queen

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

"Hattie McCormick & The Patient Stowaway" from 12/31/1947

Suspense

Suspense

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

"Woman In Red" 4/6/1944 "Copper Tea Strainer" 4/21/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

"Woman In Red" 4/6/1944 "Copper Tea Strainer" 4/21/1949 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Dragnet

Dragnet

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"The Big Screen" from 8/9/1951 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Dragnet

Dragnet

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"The Big Screen" from 8/9/1951 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"Ruth Shay Murder Case" from 5/30/1953 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"Ruth Shay Murder Case" from 5/30/1953 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Fixing Toys (Christmas)" from 12/24/1946 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Fixing Toys (Christmas)" from 12/24/1946 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Milton Berle Show

Milton Berle Show

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Salute To Christmas" from 12/23/1947

Milton Berle Show

Milton Berle Show

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Salute To Christmas" from 12/23/1947

The Aldrich Family

The Aldrich Family

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Selling Christmas Cards" from 6/18/1942 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favourite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953.

The Aldrich Family

The Aldrich Family

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Selling Christmas Cards" from 6/18/1942 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favourite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953.

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

1:30 am - 2:00 am

"Babysitting For Christmas Money" from 12/12/1946 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George B

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

1:30 am - 2:00 am

"Babysitting For Christmas Money" from 12/12/1946 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George B

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

2:00 am - 2:30 am

"The Blue Carbuncle" from 3/13/1955 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

2:00 am - 2:30 am

"The Blue Carbuncle" from 3/13/1955 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

2:30 am - 3:00 am

"Case of Phantom Shoplifter" from 12/25/1949 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

2:30 am - 3:00 am

"Case of Phantom Shoplifter" from 12/25/1949 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon Theatre

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Dancin' Dan's Christmas" from 11/28/1950 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon Theatre

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Dancin' Dan's Christmas" from 11/28/1950 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Best Christmas Decorations" from 12/20/1949 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Best Christmas Decorations" from 12/20/1949 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

4:00 am - 4:30 am

"The Littlest Angel" from 12/21/1949 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

4:00 am - 4:30 am

"The Littlest Angel" from 12/21/1949 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

4:30 am - 5:00 am

"Night Before Christmas" from 12/24/1944 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man abou

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

4:30 am - 5:00 am

"Night Before Christmas" from 12/24/1944 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man abou

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

5:00 am - 5:30 am

Guest: Laughton & Lanchester from 12/21/1943 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

5:00 am - 5:30 am

Guest: Laughton & Lanchester from 12/21/1943 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns

Red Skelton Show

Red Skelton Show

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"The Little Christmas Tree" from 12/19/1951 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

Red Skelton Show

Red Skelton Show

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"The Little Christmas Tree" from 12/19/1951 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"Night Before Christmas" from 12/24/1945 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"Night Before Christmas" from 12/24/1945 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

The Falcon

The Falcon

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Unwelcome Christmas Present" from 12/24/1950 Michael Waring was a freelance detective who was also known as the Falcon. Waring's detective techniques were a cross between Ellery Queen and Richard Diamond. He had a certain eye for detail but was frequently on the outs with the police.

The Falcon

The Falcon

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Unwelcome Christmas Present" from 12/24/1950 Michael Waring was a freelance detective who was also known as the Falcon. Waring's detective techniques were a cross between Ellery Queen and Richard Diamond. He had a certain eye for detail but was frequently on the outs with the police.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Christmas Story" from 12/20/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Christmas Story" from 12/20/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Greatest Story Ever Told

Greatest Story Ever Told

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"Flight Into Egypt" from the 1940s Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Greatest Story Ever Told

Greatest Story Ever Told

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"Flight Into Egypt" from the 1940s Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

8:00 am - 9:00 am

"Christmas Eve" from 12/24/1944 --- "Gildy & Hooker Feud At Xmas" from 12/16/1953 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

8:00 am - 9:00 am

"Christmas Eve" from 12/24/1944 --- "Gildy & Hooker Feud At Xmas" from 12/16/1953 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Setting Up Christmas Tree" from 12/21/1952 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Setting Up Christmas Tree" from 12/21/1952 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

9:30 am - 9:45 am

"Christmas Day"from 12/258/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

9:30 am - 9:45 am

"Christmas Day"from 12/258/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

Stan Freberg Show

Stan Freberg Show

9:45 am - 10:00 am

"Christmas Dragnet"

Stan Freberg Show

Stan Freberg Show

9:45 am - 10:00 am

"Christmas Dragnet"

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

10:00 am - 10:30 am

"Crossroads For Christmas" from 12/17/1952 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

10:00 am - 10:30 am

"Crossroads For Christmas" from 12/17/1952 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

Theatre Of Romance

Theatre Of Romance

10:30 am - 11:00 am

"The Messiah" from 12/24/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Theatre Of Romance

Theatre Of Romance

10:30 am - 11:00 am

"The Messiah" from 12/24/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

11:00 am - 11:30 am

"Lost Key Ring (Christmas)" from 12/23/1947 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

11:00 am - 11:30 am

"Lost Key Ring (Christmas)" from 12/23/1947 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Kraft Music Hall

Kraft Music Hall

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

"Christmas Program (2)" from 12/21/1944 This musical variety show aired on NBC from June 26, 1933 through September 22, 1949 with singing stars such as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy.

Kraft Music Hall

Kraft Music Hall

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

"Christmas Program (2)" from 12/21/1944 This musical variety show aired on NBC from June 26, 1933 through September 22, 1949 with singing stars such as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy.

Bob Hope Show

Bob Hope Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

"Guest: Esther Williams (Xmas)" from 12/25/1953 Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27,

Bob Hope Show

Bob Hope Show

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

"Guest: Esther Williams (Xmas)" from 12/25/1953 Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27,

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

"Painting The Christmas Tree White" from 12/18/1945 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

"Painting The Christmas Tree White" from 12/18/1945 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Suspense

Suspense

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

"Christmas For Carole" from 12/21/1950 --- "Double Entry" from 12/21/1950 -- 12/20/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

"Christmas For Carole" from 12/21/1950 --- "Double Entry" from 12/21/1950 -- 12/20/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Stan Freberg Show

Stan Freberg Show

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm

"Green Christmas"

Stan Freberg Show

Stan Freberg Show

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm

"Green Christmas"

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

"It's A Wonderful Life" from 3/10/1947 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

"It's A Wonderful Life" from 3/10/1947 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

Theatre Royale

Theatre Royale

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1953 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Theatre Royale

Theatre Royale

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1953 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Miracle on 34th Street" from 12/21/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Miracle on 34th Street" from 12/21/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Gracie's Christmas (Jane Wyman Fill In)" from 12/25/1947 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Gracie's Christmas (Jane Wyman Fill In)" from 12/25/1947 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Early Christmas Presents" from 12/19/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Early Christmas Presents" from 12/19/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Shopping For Florence" from 12/18/1949 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Shopping For Florence" from 12/18/1949 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Adventure Of The Christmas Bride" from 12/21/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Adventure Of The Christmas Bride" from 12/21/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

Author's Playhouse

Author's Playhouse

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Christmas By Injunction" from 12/21/1941

Author's Playhouse

Author's Playhouse

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Christmas By Injunction" from 12/21/1941

Radio City Playhouse

Radio City Playhouse

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" from 12/25/1949

Radio City Playhouse

Radio City Playhouse

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" from 12/25/1949

The Whistler

The Whistler

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Three Wise Guys" from 12/24/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

The Whistler

The Whistler

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Three Wise Guys" from 12/24/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

Suspense

Suspense

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"The Cave" from 12/22/1955 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"The Cave" from 12/22/1955 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

The Shadow

The Shadow

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

"Joey's Christmas Story" from 12/22/1940 --- "Gift Of Murder" from 12/21/1947 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

The Shadow

The Shadow

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

"Joey's Christmas Story" from 12/22/1940 --- "Gift Of Murder" from 12/21/1947 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

10:00 pm - 12:00 am

"Buying Don Cufflinks For X-Mas" from 12/2/1951 --- "Addressing Christmas Cards" from 12/7/1952 --- "George Washington Slept Here" from 12/20/1942 --- "Christmas Shopping In New York" from 12/11/1938 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the wa

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

10:00 pm - 12:00 am

"Buying Don Cufflinks For X-Mas" from 12/2/1951 --- "Addressing Christmas Cards" from 12/7/1952 --- "George Washington Slept Here" from 12/20/1942 --- "Christmas Shopping In New York" from 12/11/1938 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the wa

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

This Is Your F.B.I

This Is Your F.B.I

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Return of St. Nick" from 12/21/1950 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

This Is Your F.B.I

This Is Your F.B.I

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Return of St. Nick" from 12/21/1950 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Miracle For Christmas" from 12/24/1949

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Miracle For Christmas" from 12/24/1949

Dragnet

Dragnet

1:30 am - 2:00 am

".22 Rifle For Christmas" from 12/20/1951 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Dragnet

Dragnet

1:30 am - 2:00 am

".22 Rifle For Christmas" from 12/20/1951 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

2:00 am - 2:30 am

"Christmas Caroling" from 12/25/1946 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

2:00 am - 2:30 am

"Christmas Caroling" from 12/25/1946 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

2:30 am - 3:00 am

George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

2:30 am - 3:00 am

George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were

Mr. President

Mr. President

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Man At The Gate Of The World" from 12/25/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Mr. President

Mr. President

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Man At The Gate Of The World" from 12/25/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Green Pastures" from 12/22/1941 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Green Pastures" from 12/22/1941 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

4:00 am - 4:30 am

"America For Christmas" from 12/25/1944 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

4:00 am - 4:30 am

"America For Christmas" from 12/25/1944 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

4:30 am - 5:00 am

"Ruth (Nativity Story)" from 12/23/1953 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

4:30 am - 5:00 am

"Ruth (Nativity Story)" from 12/23/1953 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

5:00 am - 5:30 am

"Christmas Show (1948)" from 12/19/1948 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

5:00 am - 5:30 am

"Christmas Show (1948)" from 12/19/1948 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about

Guest Star

Guest Star

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"Christmas Special" from 12/19/1948 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Guest Star

Guest Star

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"Christmas Special" from 12/19/1948 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"Lucille Baker (Christmas)" from 12/15/1951 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"Lucille Baker (Christmas)" from 12/15/1951 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Man Called X

Man Called X

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Thurston's Christmas Story" from 12/23/1950 Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on

Man Called X

Man Called X

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Thurston's Christmas Story" from 12/23/1950 Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on

Favourite Story

Favourite Story

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Favourite Story

Favourite Story

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"Beeker's Barn" from 12/23/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"Beeker's Barn" from 12/23/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Escape - Radio Classics

Escape - Radio Classics

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"Back For Christmas" from 12/24/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

Escape - Radio Classics

Escape - Radio Classics

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"Back For Christmas" from 12/24/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

Adventures of Harry Nile

Adventures of Harry Nile

8:30 am - 9:00 am

"Christmas Cookie Caper" from 12/21/2008 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

Adventures of Harry Nile

Adventures of Harry Nile

8:30 am - 9:00 am

"Christmas Cookie Caper" from 12/21/2008 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

Life of Riley

Life of Riley

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Showing The Spirit Of Christmas" from 12/24/1944 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

Life of Riley

Life of Riley

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Showing The Spirit Of Christmas" from 12/24/1944 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's Tavern

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"Archie's Christmas Carol" from 12/21/1945 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's Tavern

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"Archie's Christmas Carol" from 12/21/1945 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

10:00 am - 11:30 am

"Nick Shurn Matter" from 12/19/1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

10:00 am - 11:30 am

"Nick Shurn Matter" from 12/19/1955 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

"No Presents From Rexall" from 12/26/1948 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

"No Presents From Rexall" from 12/26/1948 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

Dennis Day Show

Dennis Day Show

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Boy Who Sang For A King" from 12/25/1946 Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty in an Irish family in the Bronx, Dennis Day first became known for his tenor voice as a replacement singer on Jack Benny's radio show on October 8, 1939. Benny and Day would remain friends and colleagues the rest of their lives. "A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day" aired on NBC from 1946-1951, while Day also regularly appeared on Benny's show singing, telling jokes, and performing impressions.

Dennis Day Show

Dennis Day Show

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Boy Who Sang For A King" from 12/25/1946 Born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty in an Irish family in the Bronx, Dennis Day first became known for his tenor voice as a replacement singer on Jack Benny's radio show on October 8, 1939. Benny and Day would remain friends and colleagues the rest of their lives. "A Day In The Life Of Dennis Day" aired on NBC from 1946-1951, while Day also regularly appeared on Benny's show singing, telling jokes, and performing impressions.

Life of Riley

Life of Riley

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Roswell Is A Guest For Christmas" from 12/24/1944 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

Life of Riley

Life of Riley

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Roswell Is A Guest For Christmas" from 12/24/1944 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tales of the Texas Rangers

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"Christmas Present" from 12/24/1950 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tales of the Texas Rangers

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"Christmas Present" from 12/24/1950 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

"Hanging Cross" from 12/21/1958 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

"Hanging Cross" from 12/21/1958 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

The Six Shooter

The Six Shooter

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Brit Ponset's Christmas Carol" from 12/20/1953 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

The Six Shooter

The Six Shooter

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Brit Ponset's Christmas Carol" from 12/20/1953 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

Truth Or Consequences

Truth Or Consequences

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Christmas Party For Hubert S." from 12/20/1947

Truth Or Consequences

Truth Or Consequences

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Christmas Party For Hubert S." from 12/20/1947

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Missing Mouse Matter" from 12/23/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Missing Mouse Matter" from 12/23/1956 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Nick Norman Case" from 12/24/1949 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Nick Norman Case" from 12/24/1949 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Suspense

Suspense

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"A Present For Benny" from 12/13/1955 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"A Present For Benny" from 12/13/1955 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Carmen Kringle Matter" from 12/22/1957 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Carmen Kringle Matter" from 12/22/1957 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

"Remember The Night" from 3/25/1940 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

"Remember The Night" from 3/25/1940 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Christmas Headaches" from 12/14/1951 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Christmas Headaches" from 12/14/1951 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Screen Guild Theatre

Screen Guild Theatre

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Blue Bird" from 12/24/1939 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

Screen Guild Theatre

Screen Guild Theatre

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Blue Bird" from 12/24/1939 This film star-centric variety revue aired in various forms on various networks from '39 - '52. It drew the biggest celebrities in Hollywood with its charity slant - appearance fees that normally would go to performers went to support housing for aging film stars. Stunts, songs, and film adaptations were all a part of this popular series' material.

Dragnet

Dragnet

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Big Little Jesus" from 12/22/1953 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Dragnet

Dragnet

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Big Little Jesus" from 12/22/1953 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Case of the Policy Makers" from 12/21/1947 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Case of the Policy Makers" from 12/21/1947 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tales of the Texas Rangers

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Christmas Payoff" from 12/23/1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tales of the Texas Rangers

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Christmas Payoff" from 12/23/1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"The Cabin" from 12/27/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"The Cabin" from 12/27/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Case of the Christmas Bauble" from 12/25/2005 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Case of the Christmas Bauble" from 12/25/2005 Jim French wrote this modern adaptation of mystery's most famous detective as part of the Imagination Theatre productions. These plays were produced and aired in the '00s. John Patrick Lowrie plays Holmes and Lawrence Albert portrays Watson.

Suspense

Suspense

10:30 pm - 11:00 pm

"Dog Star" from 12/25/1957 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

10:30 pm - 11:00 pm

"Dog Star" from 12/25/1957 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Miracle For Christmas" from 12/24/1949

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Miracle For Christmas" from 12/24/1949

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"Misplaces Christmas Money" from 12/15/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"Misplaces Christmas Money" from 12/15/1942 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Women's Club Santa Claus" from 12/21/1952 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Women's Club Santa Claus" from 12/21/1952 The Phil Harris & Alice Faye Show grew out of the popular Fitch Bandwagon series. Phil Harris played himself, continuing the egotistical, smart-alec characterization he had perfected during his years as Jack Bennys' bandleader. Alice Faye, Phil's movie star wife, recreated her real-life role as a film star turn devoted housewife.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Christmas At Jack's" from 12/26/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Christmas At Jack's" from 12/26/1943 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Red Skelton Show

Red Skelton Show

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Christmas Show" from 12/25/1949 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

Red Skelton Show

Red Skelton Show

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Christmas Show" from 12/25/1949 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

My Friend Irma

My Friend Irma

1:30 am - 2:00 am

"Irma's Christmas Party" from 12/20/1948 Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

My Friend Irma

My Friend Irma

1:30 am - 2:00 am

"Irma's Christmas Party" from 12/20/1948 Marie Wilson created and starred as Irma Peterson, a loopy but lovable secretary. Irma's best friend and roommate was Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. The sitcom aired from April 11, 1947 - August 23, 1954.

Campbell Playhouse

Campbell Playhouse

2:00 am - 3:00 am

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/23/1938 A live CBS radio drama that ran from 1938-1940, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The show, a sponsored continuation of Mercury Theatre On The Air, adapted classic novels, plays, and films for radio. After two seasons, the creative tension between Campbell's and Welles caused the prolific actor, writer and director to leave the show. The Playhouse continued for one more season while Welles' film masterpiece "Citizen Kane" debuted a year after his departu

Campbell Playhouse

Campbell Playhouse

2:00 am - 3:00 am

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/23/1938 A live CBS radio drama that ran from 1938-1940, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The show, a sponsored continuation of Mercury Theatre On The Air, adapted classic novels, plays, and films for radio. After two seasons, the creative tension between Campbell's and Welles caused the prolific actor, writer and director to leave the show. The Playhouse continued for one more season while Welles' film masterpiece "Citizen Kane" debuted a year after his departu

Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"The Christmas Cloud" from 12/21/1947 Exploring the Unknown was a science documentary series that aired from 1945 to 1948 and featured some of radio and Hollywood's major stars. The series examined broad themes of science: entomology, psychology, disease, social science, and more.

Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"The Christmas Cloud" from 12/21/1947 Exploring the Unknown was a science documentary series that aired from 1945 to 1948 and featured some of radio and Hollywood's major stars. The series examined broad themes of science: entomology, psychology, disease, social science, and more.

Lum and Abner

Lum and Abner

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Christmas Story" from 12/25/1941 Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

Lum and Abner

Lum and Abner

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Christmas Story" from 12/25/1941 Chester Lauck and Norris Goff were first heard as Lum and Abner on a radio fundraiser for flood victims. Improvising the spot, they went on the air as the "fellers from the hills" and won a regular spot on KTHS beginning April 26, 1931. Lum and Abner moved into an NBC summer berth July 27, 1931 and aired nationally from May 22, 1933 through May 7, 1954.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

4:00 am - 6:00 am

"Buying Don Cufflinks For X-Mas" from 12/2/1951 --- "Addressing Christmas Cards" from 12/7/1952 --- "George Washington Slept Here" from 12/20/1942 --- "Christmas Shopping In New York" from 12/11/1938 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the wa

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

4:00 am - 6:00 am

"Buying Don Cufflinks For X-Mas" from 12/2/1951 --- "Addressing Christmas Cards" from 12/7/1952 --- "George Washington Slept Here" from 12/20/1942 --- "Christmas Shopping In New York" from 12/11/1938 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the wa

Dark Fantasy

Dark Fantasy

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"House Of Bread" from 12/26/1941 Dark Fantasy originated from the Oklahoma City studios of WKY and ran from November 14, 1941 through June 19, 1942. The final 25 episodes of the series were aired on a sustaining basis over the NBC network.

Dark Fantasy

Dark Fantasy

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"House Of Bread" from 12/26/1941 Dark Fantasy originated from the Oklahoma City studios of WKY and ran from November 14, 1941 through June 19, 1942. The final 25 episodes of the series were aired on a sustaining basis over the NBC network.

Suspense

Suspense

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Back For Christmas" from 12/23/1943 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Back For Christmas" from 12/23/1943 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

The Mysterious Traveller

The Mysterious Traveller

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Christmas Story" from 12/25/1951 The Mysterious Traveller was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveller rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

The Mysterious Traveller

The Mysterious Traveller

7:00 am - 7:30 am

"Christmas Story" from 12/25/1951 The Mysterious Traveller was one of radio's greatest omniscient storytellers, introducing tales of mystery, science fiction and horror from the typewriters of writers/producers Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan. The Mysterious Traveller rode the Mutual rails from December 5, 1943 through September 23, 1952.

Romance of the Ranchos

Romance of the Ranchos

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"Christmas At San Gabriel" from 12/24/1941 This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

Romance of the Ranchos

Romance of the Ranchos

7:30 am - 8:00 am

"Christmas At San Gabriel" from 12/24/1941 This historical drama told tales of early Southern California in "the days of the dons". Stories were based on records from Title Insurance, the show's sponsor. History was made as land changed hands and purposes, causing listeners to think twice about the stories behind their own West Coast land the in mid-1940s.

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"Gracie's Christmas (Jane Wyman Fill In)" from 12/25/1947 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"Gracie's Christmas (Jane Wyman Fill In)" from 12/25/1947 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

8:30 am - 9:00 am

"Early Christmas Presents" from 12/19/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

8:30 am - 9:00 am

"Early Christmas Presents" from 12/19/1944 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Shopping For Florence" from 12/18/1949 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

9:00 am - 9:30 am

"Shopping For Florence" from 12/18/1949 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"Adventure Of The Christmas Bride" from 12/21/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"Adventure Of The Christmas Bride" from 12/21/1947 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

The Whistler

The Whistler

10:00 am - 10:30 am

"Three Wise Guys" from 12/24/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

The Whistler

The Whistler

10:00 am - 10:30 am

"Three Wise Guys" from 12/24/1950 The Whistler whistled its way onto the airwaves beginning May 16, 1942 and its eerie 13-note theme set the tone for West Coast radio mystery for the next decade. "I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak."

Suspense

Suspense

10:30 am - 11:00 am

"The Cave" from 12/22/1955 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

10:30 am - 11:00 am

"The Cave" from 12/22/1955 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

The Shadow

The Shadow

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

"Joey's Christmas Story" from 12/22/1940 --- "Gift Of Murder" from 12/21/1947 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

The Shadow

The Shadow

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

"Joey's Christmas Story" from 12/22/1940 --- "Gift Of Murder" from 12/21/1947 The Shadow debuted July 31, 1930 as the sinister narrator of CBS’ Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour. The popularity of the phantom host led the nation’s largest publisher of pulp fiction to launch a mystery magazine devoted to The Shadow’s adventures.

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

Candy Matson

Candy Matson

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Jack Frost" from 12/19/1949 Candy Matson was a hard-as-nails private eye played by Natalie Masters. The show, set in San Francisco, was on the air from 1941 to 1942.

Candy Matson

Candy Matson

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Jack Frost" from 12/19/1949 Candy Matson was a hard-as-nails private eye played by Natalie Masters. The show, set in San Francisco, was on the air from 1941 to 1942.

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Night Before Christmas" from 12/23/1958 "Christmas Day" from 12/23/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Night Before Christmas" from 12/23/1958 "Christmas Day" from 12/23/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

This Is My Best

This Is My Best

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"Plot To Overthrow Christmas" from 12/19/1944

This Is My Best

This Is My Best

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"Plot To Overthrow Christmas" from 12/19/1944

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

"Department Store Swindlers" from 12/24/1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

"Department Store Swindlers" from 12/24/1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar told the story of the freelance insurance investigator with the "action-packed expense account." Radio’s last great detective series, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar ended its run September 30, 1962 during the final week of network radio drama.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Shoelaces For Don" from 12/8/1946 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Shoelaces For Don" from 12/8/1946 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Abbott and Costello Show

Abbott and Costello Show

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Lou's Christmas Party" from 12/21/1944 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

Abbott and Costello Show

Abbott and Costello Show

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"Lou's Christmas Party" from 12/21/1944 Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made their radio debut on CBS’ The Kate Smith Show as replacements for Hollywood-bound Henny Youngman. The former burlesque comics reintroduced and preserved the classic comedy sketches of vaudeville in their films and radio and television series. The Abbott and Costello Show debuted as a 1940 summer replacement for Fred Allen and later aired from October 8, 1942 through June 29, 1949.

Jimmy Durante Show

Jimmy Durante Show

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Guest: Rose Marie" from 12/24/1948

Jimmy Durante Show

Jimmy Durante Show

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"Guest: Rose Marie" from 12/24/1948

CBS Radio Workshop

CBS Radio Workshop

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"All Is Bright" from 12/23/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

CBS Radio Workshop

CBS Radio Workshop

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"All Is Bright" from 12/23/1956 The CBS Radio Workshop aired from January 27, 1956 through September 22, 1957 and was a revival of the prestigious Columbia Workshop from the 1930s and 1940s. The CBS Workshop regularly featured the works of the world’s greatest writers. including Ray Bradbury, Archibald MacLeish, William Saroyan, Lord Dunsany and Ambrose Bierce.

Romance

Romance

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Richer By One Christmas" from 12/24/1955

Romance

Romance

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Richer By One Christmas" from 12/24/1955

Lights Out!

Lights Out!

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Christmas Story" from 12/22/1937 Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

Lights Out!

Lights Out!

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Christmas Story" from 12/22/1937 Lights Out debuted January 1, 1934 over Chicago’s WENR and moved onto the NBC airwaves beginning April 17, 1935. Radio’s premier horror series was created by writer/ director Wyllis Cooper. Cooper was succeeded by Arch Oboler, one of radio’s greatest dramatic talents.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"Crossroads For Christmas" from 12/17/1952 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"Crossroads For Christmas" from 12/17/1952 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

Theatre Of Romance

Theatre Of Romance

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"The Messiah" from 12/24/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Theatre Of Romance

Theatre Of Romance

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"The Messiah" from 12/24/1945 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Lost Key Ring (Christmas)" from 12/23/1947 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Lost Key Ring (Christmas)" from 12/23/1947 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Kraft Music Hall

Kraft Music Hall

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Christmas Program (2)" from 12/21/1944 This musical variety show aired on NBC from June 26, 1933 through September 22, 1949 with singing stars such as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy.

Kraft Music Hall

Kraft Music Hall

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Christmas Program (2)" from 12/21/1944 This musical variety show aired on NBC from June 26, 1933 through September 22, 1949 with singing stars such as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Fixing Toys (Christmas)" from 12/24/1946 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Fixing Toys (Christmas)" from 12/24/1946 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Milton Berle Show

Milton Berle Show

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Salute To Christmas" from 12/23/1947

Milton Berle Show

Milton Berle Show

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

"Salute To Christmas" from 12/23/1947

The Aldrich Family

The Aldrich Family

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Selling Christmas Cards" from 6/18/1942 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favourite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953.

The Aldrich Family

The Aldrich Family

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Selling Christmas Cards" from 6/18/1942 The character of Henry Aldrich was introduced in Clifford Goldsmith's 1937 play, "What a Life". Ezra Stone originated the role of "America's favourite teenager" on Broadway and portrayed the role for nearly a decade on radio. After being featured in short skits on variety shows, The Aldrich Family debuted as Jack Benny's summer replacement on July 2, 1939. The series moved into its own NBC timeslot on October 10, 1939 and continued until April 19, 1953.

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"Babysitting For Christmas Money" from 12/12/1946 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George B

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"Babysitting For Christmas Money" from 12/12/1946 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George B

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

"Christmas Eve" from 12/24/1944 --- "Gildy & Hooker Feud At Xmas" from 12/16/1953 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

"Christmas Eve" from 12/24/1944 --- "Gildy & Hooker Feud At Xmas" from 12/16/1953 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Setting Up Christmas Tree" from 12/21/1952 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny Program

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Setting Up Christmas Tree" from 12/21/1952 For more than 20 years, Jack Benny reigned as the king of radio comedy. His show ran on nearly every network from 1932 to the mid 1950s. How he turned a miserable, self-absorbed cheapskate into a beloved icon ranks among the great achievements in entertainment history. Benny revolutionized the way humour was played on radio by introducing the situation comedy and by giving most of the best lines to his supporting cast.

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

11:30 pm - 11:45 pm

"Christmas Day"from 12/258/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

11:30 pm - 11:45 pm

"Christmas Day"from 12/258/1958 This serialized comedy-drama aired first in the mid 1930s and was later revived in 1957 with Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce playing their characters from Ethel & Albert. Peg Lynch wrote every episode of this 15-minute CBS series from 1957-1960.

Stan Freberg Show

Stan Freberg Show

11:45 pm - 12:00 am

"Christmas Dragnet"

Stan Freberg Show

Stan Freberg Show

11:45 pm - 12:00 am

"Christmas Dragnet"

Escape - Radio Classics

Escape - Radio Classics

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Back For Christmas" from 12/24/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

Escape - Radio Classics

Escape - Radio Classics

12:00 am - 12:30 am

"Back For Christmas" from 12/24/1947 Radio's greatest series of high adventure debuted over the CBS network on July 7,1947. Escape's protagonists faced life-and-death situations each week, as the show careened from classic adventure to Western drama to science fiction. The program was broadcast as a sustainer (unsponsored) series during most of its seven-year run.

Adventures of Harry Nile

Adventures of Harry Nile

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Christmas Cookie Caper" from 12/21/2008 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

Adventures of Harry Nile

Adventures of Harry Nile

12:30 am - 1:00 am

"Christmas Cookie Caper" from 12/21/2008 This series is one of a few modern series featured by Radio Classics. A creation of writer Jim French, Harry Nile first came to radio in 1976 and continued to be adapted into the late '90s as part of the "Imagination Theatre" productions. Harry Nile, a former Chicago cop turned private detective, was played by Phil Harper for more than 20 years.

Life of Riley

Life of Riley

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Showing The Spirit Of Christmas" from 12/24/1944 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

Life of Riley

Life of Riley

1:00 am - 1:30 am

"Showing The Spirit Of Christmas" from 12/24/1944 The Life of Riley featured the comic misadventures of riveter Chester A. Riley. Riley was a devoted family man with a talent for flying off the handle and a penchant for being worse. Movie star William Bendix played the title role of the lovable hardhat throughout the series.

Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's Tavern

1:30 am - 2:00 am

"Archie's Christmas Carol" from 12/21/1945 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

Duffy's Tavern

Duffy's Tavern

1:30 am - 2:00 am

"Archie's Christmas Carol" from 12/21/1945 Millions of radio listeners visited Duffy's Tavern each week, but Duffy himself was nowhere to be found. Although he dutifully phoned Archie the manager each week, he never once dropped by. Duffy's Tavern first opened its doors to radio listeners on the CBS audition series Forecast on July 29, 1940, and then opened for regular business on March 1, 1941.

Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tales of the Texas Rangers

2:00 am - 2:30 am

"Christmas Present" from 12/24/1950 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tales of the Texas Rangers

2:00 am - 2:30 am

"Christmas Present" from 12/24/1950 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

2:30 am - 3:00 am

"Hanging Cross" from 12/21/1958 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

2:30 am - 3:00 am

"Hanging Cross" from 12/21/1958 Have Gun, Will Travel debuted on television on September 14, 1957 and moved to radio November 23, 1958. The program was an oddity, a western that began on television and moved to radio, featuring an ethical anti-hero whose mysterious origins were left untold until the fifth and final TV season.

The Six Shooter

The Six Shooter

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Brit Ponset's Christmas Carol" from 12/20/1953 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

The Six Shooter

The Six Shooter

3:00 am - 3:30 am

"Brit Ponset's Christmas Carol" from 12/20/1953 The Six Shooter aired started movie star James Stewart rode the radio range from September 20, 1953 through June 24, 1954 as Britt Ponset, "the Texas plainsman who wandered through the western territories, leaving behind a trail of still-remembered legends."

Truth Or Consequences

Truth Or Consequences

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Christmas Party For Hubert S." from 12/20/1947

Truth Or Consequences

Truth Or Consequences

3:30 am - 4:00 am

"Christmas Party For Hubert S." from 12/20/1947

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

4:00 am - 5:00 am

"It's A Wonderful Life" from 3/10/1947 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre

4:00 am - 5:00 am

"It's A Wonderful Life" from 3/10/1947 The Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio's most popular series attracting Hollywood's top stars and boasting a lavish budget. The Lux Radio Theatre began in 1934 featuring dramas from Broadway, but there was not enough material to support the show. In an attempt to reverse the slipping ratings, the show was moved to Hollywood in 1936, where there was plenty of material and talent.

Theatre Royale

Theatre Royale

5:00 am - 5:30 am

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1953 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Theatre Royale

Theatre Royale

5:00 am - 5:30 am

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1953 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"Miracle on 34th Street" from 12/21/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse

5:30 am - 6:00 am

"Miracle on 34th Street" from 12/21/1950 The Screen Director's Playhouse featured adaptations of famous movies and called upon the screen directors to introduce and highlight their work. After each show, the director and stars gathered around the microphones to reminisce about the actual making of the film.

Bob Hope Show

Bob Hope Show

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"Guest: Esther Williams (Xmas)" from 12/25/1953 Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27,

Bob Hope Show

Bob Hope Show

6:00 am - 6:30 am

"Guest: Esther Williams (Xmas)" from 12/25/1953 Bob Hope was born in England in 1903 and immigrated to the U.S. four years later. After an early career in vaudeville and musical revues, Hope made his radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann Hour in 1933 and joined the cast of James Melton’s Intimate Revue in 1935. After introducing his "Thanks for the Memory" theme song in Paramount’s The Big Broadcast of 1938, Hope returned to radio as star of NBC’s The Pepsodent Show beginning September 27,

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Painting The Christmas Tree White" from 12/18/1945 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

6:30 am - 7:00 am

"Painting The Christmas Tree White" from 12/18/1945 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Suspense

Suspense

7:00 am - 7:50 am

"Christmas For Carole" from 12/21/1950 --- "Double Entry" from 12/21/1950 -- 12/20/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Suspense

Suspense

7:00 am - 7:50 am

"Christmas For Carole" from 12/21/1950 --- "Double Entry" from 12/21/1950 -- 12/20/1945 Suspense debuted on June 17, 1942 as a sustaining summer replacement, returned that fall and continued in the CBS lineup until September 30, 1962. "Radio's outstanding theatre of thrills" is recognized as one of the finest dramatic series in the history of broadcasting.

Stan Freberg Show

Stan Freberg Show

7:50 am - 8:00 am

"Green Christmas"

Stan Freberg Show

Stan Freberg Show

7:50 am - 8:00 am

"Green Christmas"

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"The Littlest Angel" from 12/21/1949 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

8:00 am - 8:30 am

"The Littlest Angel" from 12/21/1949 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

8:30 am - 9:00 am

"Night Before Christmas" from 12/24/1944 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man abou

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

8:30 am - 9:00 am

"Night Before Christmas" from 12/24/1944 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man abou

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Guest: Laughton & Lanchester from 12/21/1943 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Guest: Laughton & Lanchester from 12/21/1943 George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns

Red Skelton Show

Red Skelton Show

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"The Little Christmas Tree" from 12/19/1951 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

Red Skelton Show

Red Skelton Show

9:30 am - 10:00 am

"The Little Christmas Tree" from 12/19/1951 The Red Skelton Show came to NBC on October 7, 1941 after years as a mainstay on Cincinnati's powerhouse station WLW. Red scored with radio audiences as Junior, "the mean widdle kid," a character he originated in vaudeville. Some of his other memorable characters included Deadeye, J. Newton Numbskull, Willie Lump-Lump, Bolivar Shagnasty and Clem Kadiddlehopper.

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

10:00 am - 10:30 am

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

Richard Diamond, Private Detective

10:00 am - 10:30 am

"A Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective premiered over the NBC network on April 24, 1949 and ran through 1952 starring Dick Powell as "radio's singing detective." Powell had first achieved movie stardom as a baby-faced crooner, and later matured to hardboiled roles, including Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in the 1944 film Murder My Sweet.

This Is Your F.B.I

This Is Your F.B.I

10:30 am - 11:00 am

"Return of St. Nick" from 12/21/1950 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

This Is Your F.B.I

This Is Your F.B.I

10:30 am - 11:00 am

"Return of St. Nick" from 12/21/1950 This Is Your F.B.I. came to the Blue Network on April 6, 1945, created, produced and directed by Jerry Devine, a former child actor. Like Philips H. Lord before him, Devine got special permission from bureau head J. Edgar Hoover to dramatize older cases using fictitious names and locales. Frank Lovejoy was the program's first narrator, followed by Dean Carlton and later William Woodson.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

11:00 am - 11:30 am

"Miracle For Christmas" from 12/24/1949

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

11:00 am - 11:30 am

"Miracle For Christmas" from 12/24/1949

Dragnet

Dragnet

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

".22 Rifle For Christmas" from 12/20/1951 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Dragnet

Dragnet

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

".22 Rifle For Christmas" from 12/20/1951 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

When Radio Was

When Radio Was

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Radio Spirits' nationally syndicated radio program hosted by old-time radio expert Greg Bell

Author's Playhouse

Author's Playhouse

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Christmas By Injunction" from 12/21/1941

Author's Playhouse

Author's Playhouse

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Christmas By Injunction" from 12/21/1941

Radio City Playhouse

Radio City Playhouse

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" from 12/25/1949

Radio City Playhouse

Radio City Playhouse

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

"Twas The Night Before Christmas" from 12/25/1949

Dragnet

Dragnet

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"Big Little Jesus" from 12/22/1953 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Dragnet

Dragnet

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

"Big Little Jesus" from 12/22/1953 One of the most popular police dramas in the history of broadcasting, Dragnet aired on NBC Radio from June 10, 1949 through February 7, 1957 and on television from 1952-59 and 1967-72. Dragnet introduced a new era of documentary-style realism.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

"Case of the Policy Makers" from 12/21/1947 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

"Case of the Policy Makers" from 12/21/1947 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tales of the Texas Rangers

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Christmas Payoff" from 12/23/1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Tales of the Texas Rangers

Tales of the Texas Rangers

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"Christmas Payoff" from 12/23/1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers was broadcast over NBC from July 8 1950 through September 14, 1952 and was later revived on television. Western film star Joel McCrea portrayed Ranger Jace Pearson in NBC's Tales of the Texas Rangers.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"The Cabin" from 12/27/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

"The Cabin" from 12/27/1952 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"The Blue Carbuncle" from 3/13/1955 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

"The Blue Carbuncle" from 3/13/1955 Based on the popular characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes began on coast-to-coast CBS radio in 1930. By the late 1930s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes had moved to the Mutual Broadcasting Network and the series was forced to rely on invented new adventures, having run out of Doyle stories to adapt.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Case of Phantom Shoplifter" from 12/25/1949 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

"Case of Phantom Shoplifter" from 12/25/1949 Nick Carter was the first great detective fiction series. The character of Nick Carter was created by dime novelist John Russell Coryell in his 1886 story, "The Old Detective's Pupil." Nick Carter, Master Detective debuted on April 11, 1943 and ended its long radio run on September 25, 1955.

Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon Theatre

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Dancin' Dan's Christmas" from 11/28/1950 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon Theatre

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"Dancin' Dan's Christmas" from 11/28/1950 This anthology series dramatized the stories of fiction author Damon Runyon and aired in various forms from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. John Brown starred as "Broadway," a fluent "Brooklynese" speaker who spun tales of old Manhattan.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Best Christmas Decorations" from 12/20/1949 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Fibber McGee & Molly

Fibber McGee & Molly

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

"Best Christmas Decorations" from 12/20/1949 The husband-and-wife vaudeville team of Jim and Marian Jordan began their radio careers in Peoria on a bet from Jim’s brother. The Jordans were heard as The O’Henry Twins and The Air Scouts before Don Quinn created Smackout in 1931. Quinn revamped the show as Fibber McGee and Molly in 1935 when Johnson’s Wax signed on as sponsor.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"America For Christmas" from 12/25/1944 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

"America For Christmas" from 12/25/1944 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"Ruth (Nativity Story)" from 12/23/1953 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

The Family Theatre

The Family Theatre

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

"Ruth (Nativity Story)" from 12/23/1953 Some of the biggest names in radio and film star in this dramatic anthology for the whole family from the Mutual Broadcasting System. It was originally created by Father Patrick Peyton of the Holy Cross Fathers to promote fmaily unity and prayer. Networks refused to air it with its one-denominational focus, so it was transformed to a star-studded weekly drama and the religious messages aired instead of commercials.

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Christmas Show (1948)" from 12/19/1948 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about

Charlie McCarthy Show

Charlie McCarthy Show

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Christmas Show (1948)" from 12/19/1948 Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen developed his Charlie McCarthy character in high school. Bergen performed with the newsboy dummy while attending Northwestern University and eventually left college to tour vaudeville. With the decline of vaudeville during the Great Depression, Bergen moved into night spots like New York’s trendy Rainbow Room but feared his friend wouldn’t be appreciated by high society. So he gave Charlie a monocle and top hat and a "man about

Guest Star

Guest Star

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Christmas Special" from 12/19/1948 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Guest Star

Guest Star

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

"Christmas Special" from 12/19/1948 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Christmas Caroling" from 12/25/1946 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Great Gildersleeve

Great Gildersleeve

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Christmas Caroling" from 12/25/1946 The Great Gildersleeve featured one of radio’s greatest casts of comedic players. The Great Gildersleeve aired until March 21, 1957, with Willard Waterman taking over the title role for the final seven radio season and three television seasons.

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were

Burns & Allen Show

Burns & Allen Show

8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

George and Gracie first performed on air over the BBC while touring England after an NBC executive rejected their act insisting that "Gracie’s voice is unfit for radio." Burns and Allen won a regular spot on The Robert Burns Panatella Program February 22, 1932 and moved into the top spot when Guy Lombardo left the series. The Burns and Allen Show aired through May 17, 1950 on radio and for another decade on television. Jack Benny and George Burns were best friends in real life and often were

Mr. President

Mr. President

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Man At The Gate Of The World" from 12/25/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Mr. President

Mr. President

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

"Man At The Gate Of The World" from 12/25/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"Green Pastures" from 12/22/1941 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America

9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

"Green Pastures" from 12/22/1941 The Cavalcade of America was a historical dramatic anthology and aired from 1935 to 1953. Patriotic in nature, this series was created in part to improve the name of sponsor DuPont Chemical, which received backlash for profiting enormously from War World I. The show's themes were never voilent, but rather idealistic. Stories included the voyage of the Mayflower, the first telegraph, and Eli Whitney's cotton gin.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Lucille Baker (Christmas)" from 12/15/1951 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Broadway is My Beat

Broadway is My Beat

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm

"Lucille Baker (Christmas)" from 12/15/1951 Broadway Is My Beat debuted over CBS on February 27, 1949 and continued through August 1, 1954. Anthony Ross starred as Clover during the first two seasons, with Thor taking over the role on July 3, 1950. Homicide detective Clover pounded the Broadway beat for five years in one of radio's last great detective series.

Man Called X

Man Called X

10:30 pm - 11:00 pm

"Thurston's Christmas Story" from 12/23/1950 Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on

Man Called X

Man Called X

10:30 pm - 11:00 pm

"Thurston's Christmas Story" from 12/23/1950 Wherever there is mystery, adventure, intrigue, in all the strange and dangerous places in the world, there you will find--The Man Called X! Debonair British actor Herbert Marshall stars as FBI agent Ken Thurston, "the man who crosses the ocean as readily as you and I cross town; he is the man who fights today's war in his unique fashion, so that tomorrow's peace will make the world a neighborhood for all of us." The Man Called X debuted over CBS on

Favourite Story

Favourite Story

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Favourite Story

Favourite Story

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm

"Christmas Carol" from 12/24/1949 Radio Classics invites you to experience the audio magic of legendary old time radio. RadioClassics features the best dramas, mysteries, comedies, and variety programs from the Golden Age of Radio.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"Beeker's Barn" from 12/23/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

11:30 pm - 12:00 am

"Beeker's Barn" from 12/23/1956 Radio’s greatest adult western told the story of Matt Dillon, U.S. Marshal, "the first man they look for and the last they want to meet." Gunsmoke grew out of a request from CBS founder William Paley for a "Philip Marlowe in the Old West," and featured grimly realistic stories set in the vicinity of Dodge City, the "Gommorrah of the West," with William Conrad as Dillon.

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