Tue, 29 December 2015
Christmas is over. Its time for some Old Time Radio post-Christmas reflections and preparation for New Year’s. We start with Eve Arden starring in Our Miss Brooks. During Christmas vacation the sardonic English teacher has plans to exchange the dreadful presents she received for something a little more useful. And so does everyone else. Then on Dragnet we feature the adventure of a con racket that starts in the middle of December and goes all the way through to a New Year’s Eve party. You’re a detective sergeant. You take a cup o’kindness yet for auld lang syne.
Our Miss Brooks
“Exchanging Christmas Gifts”
December 31, 1950
“The Big Betty”
November 23, 1950
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Mon, 14 December 2015
It’s December, so it’s time for some Christmas-themed episodes. We start off with The Harold Peary Show. Peary had been a huge success starring in The Great Gildersleeve, but left due to a contract dispute. This eponymous series was an obvious attempt to copy Gildersleeve. The show only lasted one season but did result in a couple of great episodes including this Christmas one which features Harold and reformed thief. Then “The Robin Hood of Modern Crime,” Simon Templar, in the form (well, voice) of Vincent Price returns in another action-packed episode of The Saint. It’s Christmas Eve and Simon has an appointment to play Santa for a bunch of under-privileged tiny tots. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
The Harold Peary Show
“Santa At The Children’s Christmas Party”
From Dec 20, 1950
“Santa Claus Is No Saint”
December 24, 1950
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Wed, 25 November 2015
It’s the beginning of the holiday season on “Presenting the Transcription Feature.” Thanksgiving is not too early for the Lux Radio Theater adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street, featuring the movie’s original stars: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwenn. Remember that the show’s inciting incident is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the rest of the story plays out over the month of December. So, as you prepare that turkey and those yams, tune in to some classic old time radio.
Lux Radio Theater
“Miracle on 34th Street”
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Wed, 11 November 2015
This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, here’s a double dose of Jack Benny and the young geniuses of The Quiz Kids. First up on the Jack Benny Program, Jack’s cast matches wits with the visiting Quiz Kids with the usual zany results. Then, just a week and a half later, Jack makes a guest appearance on The Quiz Kids. Is he smarter than a 9th grader?
The Jack Benny Program
"Quiz Kids vs. Jell-O Kids"
April 6, 1941
The Quiz Kids
"Guest: Jack Benny"
April 16, 1941
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Wed, 28 October 2015
There’s two Halloween episodes for your enjoyment on this installment of “Presenting the Transcription Feature.” First, the wholesome world of small-town America is shaken by a string of Halloween tricks on The Alrich Family. Who’s letting the air of car tires? Who’s ringing doorbells and running? Could it be that scamp Henry Aldrich? Before Halloween was all about candy, it was all about tricks. Then Eve Arden stars as Our Miss Brooks, the comedic and sardonic, but beloved, English teacher making her way in yet another small town. Nothing seems to go right for her, her students, or her principal, as they plan a Halloween party.
The Aldrich Family
“Halloween Prank Backfires”
October 31, 1940
Our Miss Brooks
October 30, 1949
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Tue, 13 October 2015
Presenting another radio adaptation of a Hollywood classic from the Screen Guild Theater, starring the film’s original leads. Tonight it’s Champagne for Caesar with Ronald Colman as unemployed genius Beauregard Bottomley who appears on television quiz show hosted by Art Linkletter. As the amount of money Bottomley wins increases, it threatens the very business of the show’s sponsor, played with sneering relish by Vincent Price. A must-hear episode for fans of game shows as well as Old Time Radio.
The Screen Guild Theater
“Champagne for Caesar”
October 10, 1950
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Wed, 30 September 2015
This week we present the final step in the saga of “The Walking Man” contest when winner Florence Hubbard appears on The Jack Benny Program. Those who have been listening closely for the past few weeks will have their attention rewarded as several old themes and topics are referenced. Then Academy Award-winning actor Ronald Colman and his wife Benita Hume star in their comedy-drama series set at a small Midwestern college, The Halls of Ivy. Colman plays the college’s president, sagely dispensing advice to the undergraduates. Lessons will be learned and heartstrings will be tugged.
The Jack Benny Program
“Winner of The Walking Man Contest”
March 14, 1948
The Halls of Ivy
June 28, 1950
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Fri, 4 September 2015
Direct download: Presenting_the_Transcription_Feature_-_Truth_or_Consequences_and_Jack_Benny.mp3
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Mon, 17 August 2015
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Tue, 4 August 2015
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