October 28, 2014 09:00 AM PDT
The Matchmaker (Aired October 24, 1948)
As the series progressed and the boys grew up, storylines involving various characters were introduced. Many of the series storylines were taken from the Nelsons' real life. When the real David and Rick got married, to June Blair and Kristin Harmon respectively, their wives joined the cast of Ozzie and Harriet, and the marriages were written into the series. (What was seldom written into the series was Ozzie's profession; mention of his lengthy and successful band-leading career was infrequent.) By the mid 1960s, America's social climate was changing, and the Nelsons' all American nuclear family epitomized the 1950s values and ideals that were quickly becoming a thing of the past. THIS EPISODE: October 24, 1948. "Matchmaker" - NBC network. Sponsored by: International Silver. While Harriet plays matchmaker, Ozzie tries to undo the damage. Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown, Janet Waldo, Henry Blair, Tommy Bernard, Lurene Tuttle, Donald Woods, Billy May (composer, conductor). 29:22. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 24, 2014 10:45 PM PDT
Escort Of Death (Part One of Two) Aired April 29, 1952
Tom Corbett is the main character in a series of Tom Corbett — Space Cadet stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books, punch-out books and View-Master reels in the 1950s. The stories followed the adventures of Tom Corbett, Astro, and Roger Manning, cadets at the Space Academy as they train to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action takes place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkroom, aboard their training ship the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars. THIS EPISODE: April 29, 1952. "Escort Of Death" (Part One) - ABC network, WJZ, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Kellogg's Pep, Kellogg's Raisin Bran, cut-outs premium. Tom and Manning are famed for murder and a million credit robbery. Al Markim, Drex Hines (director), Edward Bryce, Frank Thomas Jr., Jackson Beck (announcer), Jan Merlin, Jon Gart (organist). 24:15. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 24, 2014 06:36 PM PDT
The Ghost Town Hermit (1968) *The Exact Date Is Unknown.
The old-time radio era, sometimes referred to as the Golden Age of Radio, refers to a period of radio programming in the United States lasting from the proliferation of radio broadcasting in the early 1920s until the 1950s, when television superseded radio as the medium of choice for scripted programming and radio shifted to playing popular music. During this period, when radio was dominant and filled with a variety of formats and genres, people regularly tuned into their favorite radio programs. In fact, according to a 1947 C. E. Hooper survey, 82 out of 100 Americans were found to be radio listeners. Theatrer 10:30 was a Canadian Old Time Radio show. The date of the broadcast for the episodes is generally unknown. The shows are in the genres of horror, fantasy and mystery. It was a production of CBC Radio. This series aired from September 1968 through 1971, though air dates for particular episodes are unavailable.

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October 24, 2014 02:35 PM PDT
The Fighting Med Student (Aired May 24, 1950)
The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends, and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy board chairman Clarence Wellman; Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as board member John Merriweather; and Bea Benadaret, Elizabeth Patterson, and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maids. Alan Reed (television's Fred Flintstone) appeared periodically as the stuffy English teacher, Professor Heaslip. THIS EPISODE: May 24, 1950. NBC network. "The Fighting Med Student" - Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. Will a medical student at Ivy give up his career to become a prize fighter? Ronald Colman, Benita Hume, Ken Carpenter (announcer), Don Quinn (creator, writer), Nat Wolff (producer, director), Henry Russell (composer, conductor), Ken Christy, Stacy Harris, Sheldon Leonard. 29:49. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 24, 2014 11:17 AM PDT
The Case Ofd The Blood Stained Pearls (Aired July 29, 1948)
Michael Shayne was a fictional sleuth created by Brett Halliday (a pen name for author Davis Dresser) who was first initiated into the fraternity for detectives in the 1939 novel "Dividend of Death". Dresser based the character on a “tall and rangy” brawler who once saved his life during a braw in a Mexican cantina. The Shayne character would go on to appear in 69 novels, plus a long-running mystery magazine—and in 1941, was brought to the silver screen in Paramount’s Michael Shayne, Private Detective, an adaptation of Dividend of Death that starred Lloyd Nolan, and paved the way for six additional B-mysteries to follow. The New Adventures of Michael Shayne—premiered on July 15, 1948 starring Jeff Chandler. THIS EPISODE: July 29, 1948. Broadcaster's Guild syndication. "The Case Of The Blood-Stained Pearls". Commercials added locally. An old man finds the three largest pearls in the world. These syndicated programs were recorded 1948 to 1950. Jeff Chandler, William P. Rousseau (host, director), Brett Halliday (creator), John Duffy (composer, conductor), Don W. Sharpe (producer). 26:18. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 23, 2014 08:29 PM PDT
Boxcars711 Overnight Western "Tales Of The Texas Rangers" - Death By Adoption (Aired March 18, 1951)
The shows were reenactments of actual Texas Ranger cases.The series was produced and directed by Stacy Keach, Sr., and was sponsored for part of its run by Wheaties. Captain Manuel T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas, a Ranger for 30 years and who was said to have killed 31 men during his career, served as consultant for the series. The series was adapted for television from 1955 to 1957 and produced by Screen Gems. For the TV version, Willard Parker took over the role of Jace Pearson. On radio, Pearson often worked by request with a local sheriff's office or police department but on the TV show, he had a regular partner, Ranger Clay Morgan (who had been an occasional character on the radio show), played by Harry Lauter. THIS EPISODE: March 18, 1951. NBC network. "Death By Adoption". Sustaining. A used car salesman is killed by a man posing as the father of his adopted child. Joel McCrea, Tony Barrett, Barbara Luddy, Roy Glenn, Joseph Kearns, Tom McKee, Hal Gibney (announcer). 29:35. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 23, 2014 07:18 PM PDT
The Delinquent Parents (Aired April 5, 1946)
This Is Your FBI was sponsored during its entire run by the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company). This is Your FBI had counterparts on the other networks. The FBI in Peace and War also told stories of the FBI, although some were not authentic. Earlier on, Gangbusters, and the previously mentioned Mr. District Attorney gave the authentic crime treatment to their stories. And Dragnet, and Tales of the Texas Rangers, took the idea on as well. Crime, especially true crime, was a genre in the magazines early on, with the Police Gazette and its predecessors in England printing lurid true crime stories prior to radio. This is Your FBI took the idea, and made it realistic, exciting and even informational. THIS EPISODE: April 5, 1946. ABC network. "The Delinquent Parents". Sponsored by: The Equitable Life Assurance Society. Frederick Steiner (music director), Dean Carlton (narrator), Jerry Devine (producer), Carl Frank (announcer), Frank Faries (writer). 29:19. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 23, 2014 02:09 PM PDT
The Big Brain (Aired March 14, 1950)
Written and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogan, the series began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, December 5, 1943, continuing in many different timeslots until September 16, 1952. Unlike many other shows of the era, The Mysterious Traveler was without a sponsor for its entire run. The lonely sound of a distant locomotive heralded the arrival of the malevolent narrator, portrayed by Maurice Tarplin, who introduced himself each week in the following manner. This is the Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves and be comfortable -- if you can! THIS EPISODE: March 14, 1950. Mutual network. "The Big Brain". Sustaining. An absent-minded professor works on a one-of-a-kind computer. It weighs fifty tons, can figure elliptical intergers and the winner of a horse race! The show contains a dramatized airplane highjacing. David Kogan (writer, producer, director), Santos Ortega (doubles), John Marvin, Al Fanelli (organist), Maurice Tarplin (as "The Traveler" and performer), Robert A. Arthur (writer, producer, director), Bob Emerick (announcer), Barney Beck (sound effects), Al Schaffer (sound effects), Leon Janney (doubles), John Martin, Marilyn Erskine. 29:55. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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October 23, 2014 12:21 PM PDT
Dossier On A Doggone Dog (Aired September 24, 1950)
The format of the Vincent Price run of The Saint bears a bit of exposition. The signature theme of The Saint over Radio opened all of the Vincent Price canon and beyond. Any sponsor messages usually prefaced the signature whistle and opening theme. The Trim Hair Tonic-sponsored regional run of The Saint from CBS' KNX studios provided three sponsor messages: one at the open, one in the middle and one near the close. From that run forward, Vincent Price would customarily close the program with a personal message directed at one of several pet causes. Though it's not currently known if this was at Price's request or the producers', one can well imagine Vincent Price requesting the closing appeal. The formula continued through the Mutual rebroadcasts and the move to NBC in June of 1950. Vincent Price's closing comments were generally directed towards social issues of the era: race, ethnic and religious discrimination, tolerance and worthy causes of the era. Price at first tied his closing message to the theme of the preceding script. By the later scripts, Vincent Price simply closed with whatever social comment he felt most compelled to address.

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October 23, 2014 08:30 AM PDT
The Laughing Killer (Aired May 8, 1947)
Originally appearing in the pages of Black Mask, under the watchful eyes of then-editor Joseph Shaw, Flashgun Casey was the originally fast-talking crime photographer, a big, hot-tempered Boston Mick with a gift for gab and a nose for trouble. No "artiste", Casey kept a bottle of hooch and a .38 in his desk drawer, and boasted of being able to put a "slug where he aimed" and having "two big fists he knew how to use". He appeared in several short stories in the pulps and several novels. Casey, whose first name was never revealed, was the major crime photographer at the fictional Morning Express newspaper. With the help of reporter Ann Williams, he tracked down criminals and solved numerous crimes on this popular mystery-adventure series. Often a picture snapped at a crime scene led Casey to play detective. Jackson Beck and Bernard Lenrow were heard as Captian Logan and John Gibson played Ethelbert. Sponsors included Anchor-Hocking glass, Toni home permanet, Toni Creme Shampoo and Philip Morris cigarettes. THIS EPISODE: May 8, 1947. CBS network. "The Laughing Killer". Sponsored by: Anchor Hocking Glass. A strange caliber gun is used to frame a man just out of prison. Tony Marvin (announcer), Lawson Zerbe, Staats Cotsworth, Jan Miner, Herman Chittison (pianist), John Gibson, Alonzo Deen Cole (writer), John Dietz (director), Archie Bleyer (composer), George Harmon Coxe (creator). 30:03. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.

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