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Summer 2022 Program Highlights


LIFE OF RILEY (6-19-48) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Tommy Cook as Junior, Barbara Eiler as Babs, Dink Trout as Waldo Binney. It’s Father’s Day and Riley is convinced that Junior has forgotten to buy a gift. Prell, NBC. (30 min)
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (3-11-49) “The Meal That Convicted” starring Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston. A convicted bank robber breaks out of jail and makes his way to a cabin whose owner has been murdered. Jay Michael announces. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, ABC. (29 min)
HALLS OF IVY (1-30-52) Ronald and Benita Colman star as William Todhunter Hall and his wife Victoria, first family of Ivy College, with Herb Butterfield as Mr. Wellman. A student at Ivy quits the track team to devote more time to his studies. With William Tracy, Ken Peters, Vic Perrin. Schlitz Beer, NBC. (29 min)
STRANGE DR. WEIRD (11-21-44) “Journey into the Unknown” with Maurice Tarplin as Dr. Weird. A scientist creates a serum designed to increase human strength, but it has an unforseen effect. Adam Hats, MBS. (12 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (3-20-46) Frank Sinatra stars in a broadcast from San Francisco, with the Pied Pipers, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra, announcer Marvin Miller and guest Van Johnson, who recalls his days as a real estate agent. Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (28 min)
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (4-11-51) “The Case of the Money Machine” starring Jay Jostyn, with Vicki Vola as Miss Miller and Len Doyle as Harrington. A man with a talent for mathematics is taken from a mental hospital and put to work in a carnival act. Fred Uttal announces. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min)


ESCAPE (8-16-53) “The Thirteenth Truck” starring Hy Averback in a story of World War II. An Allied expedition is assigned to blow up a Nazi airstrip in North Africa by joining a German convoy through the desert. Cast: Richard Peel, Alistair Duncan, Alec Harford, Charlie Lung, Jack Kruschen. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
BIG STORY (6-4-47) “The Thirteenth Key” is the big story of James E. Fusco, reporter for The Columbus Citizen, who helped to apprehend a murderer in this story based on a 1929 murder case. Berry Kroeger narrates, with John Gibson as Fusco. Pall Mall Cigarettes, NBC. (25 min)
QUIET PLEASE (4-26-48) “Thirteen and Eight” starring Ernest Chappell in a story written and directed by Wyllis Cooper. A newspaper photographer is plagued by a “land louse” who continually appears when he tries to take a picture. Cast includes Murray Forbes, Pat O’Malley. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (5-15-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Leonard Smith as Stretch Snodgrass. It’s Friday the 13th and the students want a photo of Miss Brooks for the high school yearbook. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (2-13-47) “The Thirteenth Sound” starring Agnes Moorehead. A woman murders her husband by shooting him in the back while he is trying to climb through the window into their house. With Joseph Kearns, William Johnstone, announcer Ken Niles. Roma Wines, CBS. (30 min)
BOX THIRTEEN (1-9-49) “The Professor and the Puzzle” starring Alan Ladd as Dan Holliday, with Sylvia Pickert as Suzy. Holiday is invited to take part in a treasure hunt for a package containing $100,000. Syndicated. (26 min)


TOMMY DORSEY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (10-1-44) “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing” and his band in a broadcast from the Casino Gardens in Ocean Park, California, with vocals by Bob Allen, Bonnie Lou Williams, the Sentimentalists, and featuring Buddy Rich on the drums. Selections include “Opus Number One,” “Swingin’ On A Star,” “The Bells Of Normandy” and “Well, Git It!” Sustaining, NBC. (24 min)
THE COTY HOUR (4-17-35) “The Coty salute to youth” featuring Ray Noble and his Orchestra broadcasting from NBC’s Radio City studios, with vocalists Al Bowlly and the Freshmen Trio. Tunes played include “Soon,” “Dese Dem Dose,” “Solitude” and “According To The Moonlight.” Announcer is Nelson Case. Coty Cosmetics, NBC. (30 min)
NBC BANDSTAND (3-1-57) Excerpts. A daytime morning program from New York City featuring Tony Pastor and his Orchestra, with vocals by Tony and his son Guy Pastor, along with host Bert Parks. The Pastor crew plays “Indian Love Call,” “I’ve Got The World On A String,” “Your Red Wagon” and “Mambo Nothing.” NBC. (36 min)
GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (6-13-39) An early evening broadcast of dinner dance music from the Glen Island Casino, located along the Shore Road in New Rochelle, New York. The Miller men play “Back To Back,” “To You,” “The Hour of Parting,” and “Slip Horn Jive” along with other selections. Sustaining, NBC. (15 min and 14 min)
JUBILEE #218 (2-26-45) Host Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman welcomes Billy Eckstine and his Orchestra, the Hoosier Hot Shots, the Coleman Hawkins Quintet, and comedian Eddie Green. The Eckstine orchestra plays “Opus X” and “Love Me Or Leave Me”; Coleman Hawkins plays “Body and Soul”; Eddie and Ernie sing “One Meat Ball.” Announcer is Verne Smith. AFRS. (30 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the big bands of the swing era.


SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (10-19-42) “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Jeanne Cagney, Richard Whorf and S.Z. Sakall in a radio adaptation of the 1942 movie, about the life and music of composer George M. Cohan. Lady Esther Cosmetics, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about Yankee Doodle Dandy in the Summer 2022 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
FAMILY THEATER (1-19-49) “World Without End” starring Joan Leslie, with Berry Kroeger, True Boardman, Virginia Gregg, Norman Field, Byron Kane, Ted von Eltz. A woman grieving the loss of her husband finds herself taking a mysterious journey. Robert Young hosts. Sustaining, MBS. (24 min)
STARS OVER HOLLYWOOD (3-15-52) “The Truth Pays Off” starring Jeanne Cagney. A young woman inherits a million dollars from her uncle and promises him that she will always tell the truth. Cast: Lawrence Dobkin, Peter Leeds, Marjorie Bennett, Fred Howard. Carnation Evaporated Milk, CBS. (28 min)
DR. CHRISTIAN (10-24-45) “Playboy” starring Jean Hersholt as Dr. Christian and Rosemary De Camp as nurse Judy Price. When an irresponsible young man strikes a blind woman with his car, Dr. Christian engages him to help the woman with her recovery. Vaseline, CBS. (25 min)
SUSPENSE (12-16-48) “No Escape” starring James Cagney. A man is due to receive an award for safe driving, but his celebration is curtailed when he is involved in a car accident. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)
YOUR BROADWAY AND MINE (9-29-42) Walter Huston is master of ceremonies, with Diana Barrymore, Victor Moore, Betty Hutton, Bea Benaderet, Arthur Q. Bryan and George M. Cohan, who sings a medley of his songs. Betty sings “Mr. Five-By-Five”; Moore and Huston go dancing at the Stage Door Canteen; later, Huston performs a scene from The Commodore Marries. AFRS. (30 min) Read the article about Betty Hutton in the Summer 2022 issue of Nostalgia Digest.


CALLING ALL CARS (5-14-35) “The Vineyard Murder Case” is the story of a couple who murder an old rancher in Fresno. Cast includes Lou Merrill, John Gibson. Frederick Lindsley narrates. Rio Grande Oil Co., CBS. (29 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (4-23-46) With Verna Felton, Gigi Pearson, Pat McGeehan, Anita Ellis, announcer Rod O’Connor, David Forrester and the Orchestra. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire is dedicated to the mail, with Red as Willy Lump-Lump and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
BOB SMITH SHOW (8-25-47) Excerpt. It’s “Buffalo Bob” on his popular morning show, a combination of records and live music. Guest Donald Duck (Clarence Nash) drops in to promote his film Fun and Fancy Free. Participating sponsors, WNBC. (25 min) Read the article about Bob Smith and Howdy Doody in the Summer 2022 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SEALED BOOK (6-17-45) “Broadway Here I Come” is “the strange story of two people whose ambition led them to murder.” A couple leave their small town for Broadway, but their trip East doesn’t go as planned. Syndicated. (29 min)
LIFE WITH LUIGI (3-27-49) Starring J. Carroll Naish as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Jody Gilbert as Rosa, Hans Conried as Schultz, Joe Forte as Horowitz, Ken Peters as Olsen, Mary Shipp as Miss Spaulding. Luigi takes a dance lesson to prepare for a date with a girl. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
DRAGNET (6-22-50) “The Big Mink” starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday, with Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero. The police investigate when a furrier is shot and killed. Cast includes Herb Butterfield. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)


THE KING’S MEN (6-7-49) Ken Darby and the King’s Men in the first show of their summer replacement series for Fibber McGee and Molly, with announcer Harlow Wilcox and guest Dan Dailey, who sings “I May Be Wrong But I Think You’re Wonderful.” The King’s Men sing “I Want to Marry Mary” and “So in Love.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
MERCURY SUMMER THEATER (6-21-46) “The Hitch-Hiker” starring Orson Welles with Alice Frost, in the classic radio thriller by Lucille Fletcher. A young man on a cross-country drive is surprised to see the same hitch-hiker repeatedly. Pabst, CBS. (30 min)
GRANBY’S GREEN ACRES (7-10-50) “Mr. Granby Plants a Crop” starring Gale Gordon as John Granby, with Bea Benaderet as Martha, Louise Erickson as Janice and Parley Baer as Eb. John plans to plant a new crop on the farm but can’t seem to make up his mind. Cast includes Howard McNear, Herb Vigran. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
CALL THE POLICE (7-20-48) “Case of the Unknown Strangler” starring George Petrie as Police Commissioner Bill Grant. The police are baffled by a strangler who has committed four murders in four days. Rinso, NBC. (30 min)
WOR SUMMER THEATRE (8-20-42) “Red Barn of Broadway” is a comedy revue for radio, starring Eddie Mayehoff and Peter Donald. Sketches include a radio commentator at home; a new song, “The Sound Effects Blues”; and a quiz parody, “Take It or Lump It.” Frank Knight announces. Sustaining, MBS. (26 min)
MYSTERY IN THE AIR (9-18-47) “The Black Cat” starring Peter Lorre in this summer replacement series for The Abbott and Costello Show. It’s Edgar Allen Poe’s classic tale about a man whose life changes after he and his wife take in a mysterious cat. Cast includes Lurene Tuttle; Henry (Harry) Morgan announces. Camel Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)

SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (5-12-50) “Butch Minds the Baby” starring Broderick Crawford in a radio adaptation of the 1942 movie, based on the Damon Runyon story about a safecracker who must bring a child along with him on a job. Cast: Herb Vigran, Ed Max, Wilms Herbert, Frances Robinson, Steve Dunne, Jerry Hausner, Gail Bonney. Announcer is Jimmy Wallington. RCA Victor, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about Damon Runyon in the Summer 2022 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GREEN HORNET (1-31-42) “Reservoir for Murder” starring Al Hodge as Britt Reid, with Raymond Toyo as Kato. A city reporter for the Daily Sentinel witnesses the destruction of the city reservoir. The Hornet investigates. Syndicated, NBC BLUE. (27 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #158 (1-18-45) George Burns and Gracie Allen are masters of ceremonies, with Rafael Mendes, Connie Haines, C. Aubrey Smith, Dame May Whitty, the Joseph Lilley Chorus. Gracie decides to play matchmaker for Smith and Whitty; Mendes plays “Flight of the Bumble Bee”; George plans to sing “April Showers.” AFRS. (30 min)
TWO THOUSAND PLUS (11-22-50) “Worlds Apart.” The spaceship Phoenix is on its first trip to Neptune when it is disabled by a comet. Cast includes Ralph Bell, William Griffiths. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
ALDRICH FAMILY (2-20-40) Ezra Stone stars as Henry, who decides to make money by raising pigeons. Cast includes Alan Reed; Harry von Zell announces. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
DAMON RUNYON THEATER (11-7-48) “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” is a radio adaptation of the famous story about a gambler who falls in love with a mission worker. John Brown is Broadway, with Gerald Mohr as Sky Masterson, Joan Banks as Sarah Brown. Syndicated. (27 min)


Read the article about radio detectives in the Summer 2022 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (3-16-51) “The Case of the Midnight Ride” starring Sydney Greenstreet as Wolfe, with Harry Bartell as Archie Goodwin. Wolfe receives a call from a woman who believes she’s in trouble, but the call is disconnected. Cast includes Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Bill Johnstone, Grace Lenard, Jay Novello. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
PHILO VANCE (8-31-48) “The Coachman Murder Case” starring Jackson Beck as Vance, with George Petrie as District Attorney Markham and Joan Alexander as Ellen Deering. Vance investigates when a famous fly fisherman is found dead in his pool. Syndicated. (26 min)
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (6-20-48) “The Death Bed Caper” starring Howard Duff as Sam, with Lurene Tuttle as Effie. A man accused of attacking his brother hires Spade to hear the brother’s death bed confession. Cast includes Elliott Lewis, Cathy Lewis, William Conrad, Wally Maher. Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS. (30 min)
MR. AND MRS. NORTH (7-15-47) “The Milk Route” starring Joseph Curtin and Alice Frost as Jerry and Pam North. The Norths are embroiled in mystery when a gunman holds up a milk wagon. Cast includes Mandel Kramer. Charles Stark announces. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (25 min)
ADVENTURES OF ELLERY QUEEN (11-7-45) “The Message in Red” starring Sydney Smith as Ellery, with Gertrude Warner as Nikki Porter and Santos Ortega as Inspector Queen. Ellery investigates the possible connection between three women who were murdered by the same gun. Announcer is Don Hancock. Anacin, CBS. (30 min)
SHERLOCK HOLMES (5-3-33) “The Walking Corpse” starring Richard Gordon as Holmes, Leigh Lovell as Watson. Cast include Agnes Moorehead. Holmes and Watson investigate when a number of cadavers disappear from a medical school. George Washington Coffee, NBC BLUE. (28 min)


BIRDS EYE OPEN HOUSE (10-4-45) Dinah Shore stars, with announcer Harry von Zell, Robert Emmet Dolan and the Orchestra, the Ken Lane Chorus, Frank Nelson and guest Jerry Colonna, who joins Dinah for a duet on “I Love You.” In a sketch, Colonna plays the head of a movie studio. Dinah sings “A Kiss Goodnight,” “I Don’t Care Who Knows It,” “How Deep is the Ocean” and others. Birds Eye Frosted Foods, NBC. (29 min)
INNER SANCTUM (11-29-44) “Voice on the Wire” starring Lesley Woods. A woman receives a mysterious phone call telling her that she has only four hours to live. Cast includes Karl Swenson; Raymond Edward Johnson (as “Raymond”) hosts. Colgate Tooth Powder, CBS. (29 min)
FLEISCHMANN YEAST HOUR (2-27-36) Rudy Vallee is master of ceremonies, with guests Douglas Fairbanks Jr., June Walker, Helen Keller, Frank Fay, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard. Ozzie and Harriet perform “Am I Going to Have Trouble With You?”; Vallee interviews Helen Keller; Fairbanks and Walker perform a short play by A.A. Milne. Graham MacNamee announces. Fleischmann Yeast, NBC. (24 min & 19 min & 16 min) Read the article about Helen Keller in the Summer 2022 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
FRONTIER GENTLEMAN (3-16-58) “Big Sam For Governor” starring John Dehner as J.B. Kendall, foreign correspondent for the London Times. An ambitious businessman in Helena wants Kendall to write a story about him. Cast: Jack Kruschen, Jean Carson, Stacy Harris, Vic Perrin, Harry Bartell, Charles Seel. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (4-29-41) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Harold Peary as Gildersleeve, Isabel Randolph as Mrs. Uppington, Bill Thompson as Wallace Wimple and the Old-Timer, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. McGee heads out to mail a letter and gets stuck in a newly paved street. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)


SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (8-12-46) “The Devil and Miss Jones” starring Van Johnson, Donna Reed and Guy Kibbee in a radio version of the 1941 movie. A department store owner decides to deal with labor unrest among his employees by posing as one of them. Announcer is Truman Bradley. Lady Esther, CBS. (29 min)
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (1-21-51) “Spellbound” starring Joseph Cotten and Mercedes McCambridge in a radio adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1945 film. A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesiac accused of murder. Cast includes Herb Butterfield, Howard McNear, Bill Tracy. Jimmy Wallington announces. (28 min and 29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATER (6-28-37) “The Front Page” starring James Gleason, Walter Winchell and Josephine Hutchinson in a radio version of the 1931 film, based on the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. A reporter prepares to quit the newspaper business to get married. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (19 min & 18 min & 22 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about the films featured on today’s show — and the stars who appeared in their radio adaptations.


LUM AND ABNER (5-8-35) An isolated episode of the series, with Chester Lauck as Lum Edwards and Norris Goff as Abner Peabody. Lum changes his plans to make money from a chain letter after Abner makes a suggestion. Carleton Brickert announces. Horlick’s Malted Milk, MBS. (15 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (3-26-50) With Elliott Lewis as Frankie, Walter Tetley as Julius, Robert North as Willie, Jeanine Roose and Anne Whitfield as the Harris daughters, announcer Bill Forman. While the group vacations in Palm Springs, Remley claims to have seen a flying saucer. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
LET GEORGE DO IT (9-20-48) “The Hearse Was Painted Pink,” starring Robert Bailey as George Valentine, with Frances Robinson as Brooksie and Wally Maher as Lt. Riley. A gangster forces George to track down a rival, which involves romancing a nightclub singer. Cast: Ed Max, Luis Van Rooten, Louise Arthur, Jack Kruschen. John Heistand announces. Standard Oil of California, MBS. (30 min)
HENRY MORGAN SHOW (9-17-47) It’s “Radio’s Bad Boy,” with Arnold Stang, Arthur Q. Bryan, announcer Charles Irving, Bernie Green and the Orchestra and a guest appearance by Garry Moore. Henry auditions new cast members and meets with his sponsor; Garry sings “When the Organ Played at Twilight.” Eversharp, ABC. (30 min)
JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (10-3-40) An isolated episode of the series, starring Charles Flynn as Jack, John Gannon as Billy, Sarajane Wells as Betty, James Goss as Uncle Jim. Jack, Billy and Betty meet Uncle Jim at his laboratory as they await a visit from Blackbeard Flint. Franklyn MacCormack announces. Wheaties, NBC. (14 min)
A DATE WITH JUDY (10-22-46) Louise Erickson stars as Judy Foster, with John Brown and Myra Marsh as Mr. and Mrs. Foster, Dix Davis as Randolph, Richard Crenna as Oogie Pringle. Mr. Foster and the men at his lodge tell their wives they’re planning to decorate the lodge hall to get out of attending a lecture. AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min)
GANGBUSTERS (9-10-49) “The Case of the Red-Hot Readers” is the story of a teen-age gang who forge and cash money orders “and how New York detective cooled them off.” Cast includes Santos Ortega, Dellie Ellis, Betty Furness, Wendell Holmes. Roland Tice announces. Syndicated. (25 min)


VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #30 (10-24-42) Excerpt. Harry James and His Music Makers are heard in a broadcast from the U.S. Navy Receiving Barracks, Brooklyn, New York. The James gang plays “I Had The Craziest Dream” (featuring Helen Forrest) and “Back Beat Boogie.” Announcer is Gil Newsome. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (11 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #104 (1-19-43) Excerpt. Ina Ray Hutton and Her Orchestra play for the soldiers at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Tunes played include “Slender, Tender, and Tall” and “Brazil.” Vocals by Ina Ray and Stuart Foster; Michael Roy announces. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (16 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #372 (11-27-43) Duke Ellington and His Orchestra are featured in a broadcast for the war workers of Trico Products Corporation in Buffalo, New York. The Ellington band plays “Blue Skies,” “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” “A Slip of the Lip (Might Sink a Ship)” and other numbers. Vocals by Vaughn Monroe and Phyllis Lynne. Announcer is Wayne Griffin. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (23 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #424 (1-27-44) Vaughn Monroe and his band play for the Navy at the V-12 Unit located at Huellenberg College in Pennsylvania. Selections include “Southside,” “Speak Low,” “Holiday For Strings” and other numbers. Fred B. Cole announces. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (25 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #437 (8-10-44) Harry James and His Music Makers are heard playing at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, California, with vocals by Buddy DeVito and Kitty Kallen. Tunes played include “I’ll Walk Alone,” “Poinciana” and “Back Beat Boogie.” AFRS rebroadcast. (15 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #731 (1-19-45) It’s Charlie Spivak and “the Sweetest Band in the Land,” playing for the Army and Navy “E” Award Workers in Jamestown, New York. Vocals are by Irene Daye and Jimmy Saunders. Selections heard include “Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall” and “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” Gil Newsome announces. Coca-Cola, BLUE. (25 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #605 (2-22-45) Frankie Masters and his orchestra star in a broadcast for the Army personnel stationed at Harrington, Kansas, with vocals by Frankie, Phyllis Miles and the Girl Quartet. Tunes played include “The Kerry Dance,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” and “I Didn’t Know About You”; Wayne Griffin announces. AFRS rebroadcast. (15 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #612 (3-2-45) Les Brown and His Band of Renown, along with guest Morton Downey, broadcasting for the textile workers in Memorial Auditorium, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, along with guest Morton Downey, and vocalist Doris Day. The Band of Renown plays “Blue Skies,” “He’s Home For A Little While,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” and “’Tain’t Me.” AFRS rebroadcast. (15 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the bands that contributed to The Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands radio show.


COUPLE NEXT DOOR (1-6-58) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star, with Madeline Pearce as Betsy, Dortha Duckworth as Eleanor. Complications arise as the family gets ready to go to a wedding. Warren Sweeney announces. Participating sponsors, CBS. (15 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (12-15-49) “Wedding Morning” starring Robert Walker in a comedic story about how a bride and groom prepare for their wedding day. Cast includes Joseph Kearns, Barbara Eiler, Bea Benaderet, Earle Ross, Bill Johnstone. James Hilton hosts; announcer is Frank Goss. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
BRIDE AND GROOM (5-21-47) John Nelson is master of ceremonies for this show broadcast from the Chapman Park Hotel in Hollywood. A young man from Washington and a minister’s daughter from Texas are to be married during the show. Double Danderene Shampoo, ABC. (30 min)
LUKE SLAUGHTER OF TOMBSTONE (6-15-58) “June Bride” starring Sam Buffington as Luke, with Junius Matthews as Wichita. Luke takes action when a man from his past comes to Tombstone with plans to marry the daughter of a mine owner. With Norma Jean Nilsson, Norm Alden, Barney Phillips, Ben Wright, Charles Seel. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
FATHER KNOWS BEST (6-28-51) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with June Whitley as Margaret, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Norma Jean Nilsson as Cathy. Complications ensue as the family prepares for Cousin Louise’s wedding. Announcers are Bill Forman and Marvin Miller. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
BACHELOR’S CHILDREN (1-24-39) An isolated episode of the series, with Olan Soule as Sam Ryder, Patricia Dunlap as Janet, Hugh Studebaker as Dr. Graham, Marjorie Hannan as Ruth Ann. It’s Sam and Janet’s wedding day. Old Dutch Cleanser, CBS. (15 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-10-50) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Dick LeGrand, Earle Ross, Arthur Q. Bryan, Joseph Kearns, Jeanette Nolan, RIchard Crenna. It’s Marjorie’s wedding day and Gildy is trying to stay calm. Kraft, NBC. (29 min)


THE FALCON (1-7-51) “The Case of the Invisible Thug,” starring Les Damon as Michael Waring, The Falcon, who is hired to clear a man who is accused of shooting an ex-girlfriend’s husband. Cast includes Lesley Woods, Chuck Webster. Ed Herlihy announces. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-13-49) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, announcer Ken Carpenter, Lou Bring and the Orchestra and guest Groucho Marx, who tries to sell Al a mink coat. Jolson sings “Has She Got Naughty Eyes” and “When I Leave the World Behind.” Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
MR. PRESIDENT (8-7-49) Edward Arnold stars in the story of a president, whose identity is not revealed until the end of the story. A president risks his political career by insisting that a tarriff be abolished. Sustaining, ABC. (30 min)
VILLAGE STORE (1945) Joan Davis and Jack Haley star, with Shirley Mitchell, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Earle Ross, the Fountainaires, Eddie Paul and the Orchestra, announcer John Laing. Jack must choose the woman who will serve as queen in the town’s annual parade. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
NIGHTBEAT (10-27-50) Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star. During a visit to the hospital, Randy encounters a man who has been shot in the head... and a surgeon who refuses to operate. Cast: Ted von Eltz, Joan Banks, Betty Moran, Jonathan Holt, Jack Lloyd, John Stephenson. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (9-1-40) “Alf, the All-American Fly,” a fantasy written by Lucille Fletcher. A scientist uses his new “Insect-a-Scope” to interview a fly and listen in on criminal scheming among the insects. With Arthur Elmer, Dwight Weist, Mandel Kramer, Howard Smith, Gaye Seabrook, Jack Hartley, Dan Seymour. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)


YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (9-30-62) “The Tip-Off Matter” starring Mandel Kramer as the man with the action-packed expense account in the last show of the series. In prison, a dying man gives Dollar information about the missing money from a robbery. Cast: Jackson Beck, Joseph Julian, Jack Grimes, Bob Maxwell, Peter Fernandez. Sinclair Gasoline, CBS. (24 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (3-31-53) “A Time to Grow” is the last show of the series, starring Thomas Mitchell as Robert Livingstone, the U.S. minister to France who helped to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Cast includes Ian Martin, Luis Van Rooten, Daniel Ocko, Guy Sorel, Robert Dryden, Chester Stratton, Ed Jerome, Joseph Bell, Scott Tennyson, George Petrie. DuPont, NBC. (30 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (6-26-49) It’s Fred’s last show after 17 years on the air, with Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Minerva Pious, Peter Donald, the Demarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the Orchestra and guests Henry Morgan and Jack Benny. Fred offers to help when Henry must pay $300 to the Mohawk Loan Company. Ford Motors, NBC. (30 min)
SIX SHOOTER (6-24-54) James Stewart stars as Britt Ponset in the last show of the series. Britt falls in love and contemplates giving up his itinerant lifestyle. Cast: Virginia Gregg, D.J. Thompson, Howard McNear, Parley Baer. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
MATINEE WITH BOB AND RAY (6-30-51) It’s Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding from early in their careers, with organist Ken Wilson and pianist Bill Green. For their last show from Boston, the duo presents “Songs That Made Us Famous.” Participating sponsors, WHDH. (29 min)
SUSPENSE (9-30-62) “Devilstone” is the last show of the series, the final show from the Golden Age of Radio. A wealthy Dublin man inherits property from a long-forgotten uncle, but there is something strange about the property. Starring Christopher Carey and Neal Fitzgerald, with Gilbert Mack, Frank Milano. Parliament Cigarettes, CBS. (23 min) September 30, 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the final broadcasts of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and Suspense, the last surviving network dramas from radio’s Golden Age.

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