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Radio Preservation has always been at the core of Radio Archives. This exciting series is derived from our massive collection of thirty thousand radio shows from 16 transcription discs and fifty thousand shows from low generation reels. This 20 hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 19…

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Volume 10 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 11 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 12 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 13 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 14 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 15 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 16 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 17 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 18 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 19 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 2 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older rec…

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Volume 20 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 21 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 22 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 23 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 24 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 39 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 4 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older rec…

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Volume 40 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 41 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 42 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 43 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 44 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older re…

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Volume 5 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older rec…

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Volume 5 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older rec…

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Volume 7 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older rec…

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Volume 8 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older rec…

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Volume 9 of Radio Archives Treasure! This 20-hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets. These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older rec…

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Everyone on the program is jokingly addressed as either 'professor' or 'doctor', thereby attempting to give the impression that they have a certain lofty, high brow distinction. However, Gene Hamilton contradicts this image when he states that the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street is out to 'give culture its lumps', which it does, in a very delightfully musical, and humorous, way. In the…

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To western fans, he will always be best known as Festus Haggen, the grizzled and cantankerous sidekick of Sheriff Matt Dillon on the CBS television series 'Gunsmoke'. Complete with a three-day growth of beard and a dry-throated voice, Ken Curtis co-starred on the series for eleven years and became one of the best-loved comedic actors in television history. But even die-hard fans of Dodge City may…

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To western fans, he will always be best known as Festus Haggen, the grizzled and cantankerous sidekick of Sheriff Matt Dillon on the CBS television series 'Gunsmoke'. Complete with a three-day growth of beard and a dry-throated voice, Ken Curtis co-starred on the series for eleven years and became one of the best-loved comedic actors in television history. But even die-hard fans of Dodge City may…

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When Columbia Workshop debuted on CBS in 1936, the concept of network radio was still in its infancy, just ten years old. Many within the radio business were undecided about various aspects of this new medium, including whether or not it could yield anything of value, something that can be seen as art and not simply a forgettable derivative of popular culture. The concept of Columbia Workshop, con…

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When Columbia Workshop debuted on CBS in 1936, the concept of network radio was still in its infancy, just ten years old. Many within the radio business were undecided about various aspects of this new medium, including whether or not it could yield anything of value, something that can be seen as art and not simply a forgettable derivative of popular culture. The concept of Columbia Workshop, con…

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When Columbia Workshop debuted on CBS in 1936, the concept of network radio was still in its infancy, just ten years old. Many within the radio business were undecided about various aspects of this new medium, including whether or not it could yield anything of value, something that can be seen as art and not simply a forgettable derivative of popular culture. The concept of Columbia Workshop, con…

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The Comic Weekly Man combined two pastimes important to American families, Radio and Comic strips. The Comic Weekly Man brought comic strip favorites to life in a way most strips had never been heard. One amazing aspect of this program is just how many voices were heard each week. The Comic Weekly Man, voiced by veteran radio actor Lon Clark, voiced all the male parts while Little Miss Honey, a yo…

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The Comic Weekly Man combined two pastimes important to American families, Radio and Comic strips. The Comic Weekly Man brought comic strip favorites to life in a way most strips had never been heard. One amazing aspect of this program is just how many voices were heard each week. The Comic Weekly Man, voiced by veteran radio actor Lon Clark, voiced all the male parts while Little Miss Honey, a yo…

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The Comic Weekly Man combined two pastimes important to American families, Radio and Comic strips. The Comic Weekly Man brought comic strip favorites to life in a way most strips had never been heard. One amazing aspect of this program is just how many voices were heard each week. The Comic Weekly Man, voiced by veteran radio actor Lon Clark, voiced all the male parts while Little Miss Honey, a yo…

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In the early months of World War II, radio producer Louis G. Cowan was faced with a problem. Not long before the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, Cowan had joined the radio arm of the War Department's Special Services division, where his primary duties had been to produce radio-based propaganda for civilian audiences. Now, however, hundreds of thousands of newly enlisted soldiers were…

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The Doubleday Publishing Company introduced its series of 'Crime Club' imprints in 1928 with Kay Cleaver Strahan's 'The Desert Moon Mystery', an imprint which earned them a major mint thanks to a long run of dime-store novels that continued to be released until 1991. Among the books featured under the 'Crime Club' banner were all fifty novels of 'The Saint', written by Leslie Charteris, and severa…

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Though the romantic drama anthology nature of 'Curtain' usually eschewed any kind of 'star', actor Olan Soule essayed most of the male leads on the program, often opposite actresses like Betty Lou Gerson and Louise Fitch. (Soule later graduated to 'Nighter' in 1943, frequently acting opposite Barbara Luddy.) Directed by Blair Walliser, with music by Henry Weber and the announcing chores handled by…

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The 1950s in America was a period of both prosperity and paranoia, of families and fear. Even though victorious in World War II, American society still saw criminals in every shadow, villains around the corner, all laying in wait to disrupt the American way of life. Movies, television, books, and entertainment of all sorts capitalized on this anxiety, turning out tales of foreign infiltrators, nef…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to 'go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind'. 'Time and space are only an illusion'…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to 'go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind'. 'Time and space are only an illusion'…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to 'go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind'. 'Time and space are only an illusion'…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to 'go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind'. 'Time and space are only an illusion'…

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Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington (1899 - 1974) was and still remains a powerfully influential figure in the world of music. Whether it was in jazz, popular song, big bands, or modern classical-form compositions, Ellington's orchestras always led the way, featuring stylish and innovative arrangements, memorable performances by a wide range of talented vocalists and solo performers, and the sheer sho…

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An underrated and long-running family series, 'Dr. Christian' comes across today more as a quiet anthology of small-town life than as a straight medical drama, bringing the people of the small town of River's End to life through the eyes of the kindly Dr. Paul Christian. As portrayed by actor Jean Hersholt, Dr. Christian can perhaps best be described as a male Molly Goldberg with a medical degree;…

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Produced and directed by William N. Robson (Calling All Cars , Fort Laramie), Luke slaughter of Tombstone was one of the many adult westerns to debut on radio during the mid-1950s. The series tells the tale of a former Civil War cavalry officer who became a successful cattleman in the Arizona territory of the 1870s - a rough and tumble life, with many a gunfight and confrontation along the way. St…

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A cowboy singer and actor, Roy Rogers was one of the most popular Western stars of the twentieth century. Appearing in over one hundred films, and numerous television and radio appearances, he became known as the King of the Cowboys, the embodiment of the all-American hero to many. Roy was often joined by his wife, Dale Evans, Queen of the West, as well as his famous golden palomino Trigger, which…

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During radio’s Golden Age, vocalists and musical groups were often the stars of their own daily or weekly radio shows. Teamed with full studio orchestras and harmonizing vocal groups, these tuneful and relaxing programs were often the way for an unknown band singer to become a superstar star in their own right. In this fully restored collection, transferred from original recordings, you’ll enjoy n…

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Volume 1 in the Adventures by Morse radio series! “If you like high adventure, come with me. If you like the stealth of intrigue, come with me. If you like blood and thunder, come with me...” From the pen of radio’s legendary creator/writer/producer Carlton E. Morse comes two spine-chilling ten-part mysteries from “Adventures by Morse,” a syndicated radio series first broadcast in 1944. Containing…

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Volume 2 in the Adventures by Morse radio series! “If you like high adventure, come with me. If you like the stealth of intrigue, come with me. If you like blood and thunder, come with me...” From the pen of radio’s legendary creator/writer/producer Carlton E. Morse comes two spine-chilling ten-part mysteries from “Adventures by Morse,” a syndicated radio series first broadcast in 1944. Containing…

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Volume 3 in the Adventures by Morse radio series! “If you like high adventure, come with me. If you like the stealth of intrigue, come with me. If you like blood and thunder, come with me...” From the pen of radio’s legendary creator/writer/producer Carlton E. Morse comes two spine-chilling ten-part mysteries from “Adventures by Morse,” a syndicated radio series first broadcast in 1944. Containing…

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History and Adventure on the High Seas collide in Afloat with Henry Morgan, Volume 1! Restored to the finest sparkling quality possible by Radio Archives, the first 28 episodes of this cliffhanger non-stop serial bring you seven hours of history, mystery, hard men, courageous women, and sea battles galore! Thrill as Privateer Henry Morgan, a real historical figure, becomes involved in the theft of…

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History and Adventure on the High Seas collide in Afloat with Henry Morgan, Volume 2! Restored to the finest sparkling quality possible by Radio Archives, the second 24 episodes of this cliffhanger non-stop serial bring you six more hours of history, mystery, hard men, courageous women, and sea battles galore! Thrill as Privateer Henry Morgan, a real historical figure, becomes involved in the thef…

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The top western stars of the silver screen are featured in the “All-Star Western Theatre”, a highly entertaining series of shows first heard in 1946. Hosted by Cottonseed Clark and highlighted by the music of Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage, the 20 broadcasts in this collection offer a virtual round-up of singing cowboys, including Tex Ritter, Eddie Dean, Jimmy Wakely, and Ken Curtis…

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Volume 1 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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Volume 2 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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Volume 3 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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Volume 4 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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Volume 5 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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Volume 6 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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Volume 7 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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Volume 8 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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Volume 9 in the Amos 'n' Andy radio series! A much loved radio phenomenon for more than thirty years, “Amos ‘n’ Andy” starred Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as a pair of black men who came to the big city in search of opportunity and success. Beginning as a daily serial, the program eventually turned into the weekly situation comedy for which it is best remembered today. Populated with a delig…

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In the first of an ongoing series of diverse and wide-ranging collections, Radio Archives brings you a panorama of what radio was like in its prime—offering comedy, drama, quiz and audience participation shows, and musical entertainment. There’s plenty of star power to enjoy, with appearances by Bob Cummings, Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant, Ronald Colman, Rise Stevens, and Ed Wynn, as well as a host…

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In the second of an ongoing series of diverse and wide-ranging collections, Radio Archives brings you a panorama of what radio was like in its prime. There’s plenty of star power to enjoy, with appearances by George Raft, Ginger Rogers, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Margaret O’Brien, Robert Young, and Joan Fontaine, and Preston Foster, as well as a host of radio’s legendary supporting actors, in…

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In this ongoing series of diverse and wide-ranging collections, Radio Archives brings you a panorama of what radio was like in its prime. There’s plenty of star power to enjoy, with appearances by Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Robert Montgomery, Richard Widmark, Joe DeSantis, Bing Crosby, Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Dinah Shore, and Phil Harris, as well as a host of radio’s legendary supporting actors J…

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“Enemy to those who make him an enemy...Friend to those who have no friend!” That’s Boston Blackie, safecracker turned crime fighter and a long-running favorite with fans of straight-ahead detective fiction. Beginning in 1945, Broadway actor Richard Kollmar starred in a series of 220 syndicated episodes of this popular series, costarring Maurice Tarplin as Inspector Faraday and Jan Minor as girlfr…

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“Enemy to those who make him an enemy...Friend to those who have no friend!” That’s Boston Blackie, safecracker turned crime fighter and a long-running favorite with fans of straight-ahead detective fiction. Beginning in 1945, Broadway actor Richard Kollmar starred in a series of 220 syndicated episodes of this popular series, costarring Maurice Tarplin as Inspector Faraday and Jan Minor as girlfr…

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World War One flying aces Robert M. Burtt and Wilfred G. Moore were responsible for bringing the adventures of Army Air Pilot Captain Jim Red Albright – a.k.a. Captain Midnight – across the airwaves at Chicago radio station WGN in 1938. Listen as Captain Midnight played by Bill Bouchey, Chuck Ramsey, Patsy Donovan, and Major Steele battle Ivan Shark, his daughter Fury, and Gardo in The Perada Trea…

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World War One flying aces Robert M. Burtt and Wilfred G. Moore were responsible for bringing the adventures of Army Air Pilot Captain Jim Red Albright – a.k.a. Captain Midnight – across the airwaves at Chicago radio station WGN in 1938. Listen as Captain Midnight played by Bill Bouchey, Chuck Ramsey, Patsy Donovan, and Major Steele battle Ivan Shark, his daughter Fury, and Gardo in The Perada Trea…

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World War One flying aces Robert M. Burtt and Wilfred G. Moore were responsible for bringing the adventures of Army Air Pilot Captain Jim Red Albright – a.k.a. Captain Midnight – across the airwaves at Chicago radio station WGN in 1938. Listen as Captain Midnight played by Bill Bouchey, Chuck Ramsey, Patsy Donovan, and Major Steele battle Ivan Shark, his daughter Fury, and Gardo in these 88 fiftee…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu’s goal was to “go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind”. Chandu the Magician, Volume 1 The Sear…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu’s goal was to “go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind”. Chandu the Magician, Volume 2 The Sear…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu’s goal was to “go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind”. Chandu the Magician, Volume 3 Mission…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind”. Time and space are only an illusion” to…

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Tom Collins played the lead role of American-born Frank Chandler, who had learned occult secrets from a yogi in India. Known as Chandu, he possessed several supernatural skills, including astral projection, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. Chandu's goal was to go forth with his youth and strength to conquer the evil that threatens mankind”. Time and space are only an illusion” to…

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Many shows from the classic age of Radio drama survive only as a handful of episodes or in some cases as pieces of episodes. “Claudia”, however, exists today in its entirety and is now being presented at the highest restored audio quality possible in multiple volumes by Radio Archives. Claudia, Volume 12 continues the tale of Claudia and David Naughton, newlyweds, just beginning their married life…

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Since the inception of the soap opera on radio, various things have been part and parcel of that genre; melodrama, scandal and rumor, and enough deceit to fill a bathtub. In 1947, however, a new soap opera debuted, Claudia. This program, its entire run still in existence today, is a comedy/drama that was far different than the three-handkerchief weepers that occupied most of the daytime radio sche…

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Engaging characters, plots that at times incite laughter and tears, and ups and downs that average listeners faced delivered in fifteen-minute punches every day. This was and is Claudia. Heard today, Claudia, remains wonderful entertainment, notable for both its light-hearted tone and the believable interplay between its characters. As she presents in these last episodes, Claudia has become a uniq…

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Cloak and Dagger was an NBC radio series, a foreign intrigue adventure adapted from the book Cloak and Dagger: The Secret Story of the O.S.S. by Corey Ford and Alistair McBain. Stories on Cloak and Dagger came right out of Washington files of the Office of Strategic Services. A 1950 newspaper article commented, The stories dramatized each week are true, and yet as fantastic as any fiction writer m…

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Danger, Doctor Danfield was a detective melodrama starring Michael Dunne as Doctor Dan Danfield with JoAnne Johnson as Rusty Fairfax, his secretary. Captain Otis, Homicide Detective was played by Herb Butterfield and Mario Consoletti, Doctor Danfield's chauffer was played by Jay Novello. Other actors included Jay Jostyn, Herb Vigran, Betty Lou Gerson, Howard McNear, Parley Baer, Peter Leeds, and L…

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It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted -- and radio was there to cover it. D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the wo…

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It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted -- and radio was there to cover it. D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the wo…

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Dragnet is considered a classic program for a multitude of reasons. The memorable opening theme, classic lines, and dedication to detail and more have imprinted this program on American society permanently. One of the best aspects of Dragnet and the very reason for the show’s existence was its creator and star Jack Webb. Webb’s portrayal of Joe Friday takes center stage in Dragnet, Volume 12 from…

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In a radio schedule packed with dangerous dames and gat-toting gumshoes, “Dragnet” was a strikingly different and provocative program that took an inside look at the everyday work of police officers. Deliberately understated and low-key, the series was created by and stars Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday - an average cop who spends his days - and often his nights - working with his colleagues to…

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Although not the first to base its stories on real cases, Dragnet most assuredly was best in assuring that each program was as realistic as possible, from the first step heard to the last word spoken. Dragnet creator and star Jack Webb insisted that this show would be as true to life as possible. Dragnet portrayed each procedure followed by policemen accurately, but took this accuracy even further…

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After nearly two decades of prime-time popularity, in the fall of 1953, “The Fibber McGee and Molly Show” was revamped into a five-day-a-week, quarter-hour program. For the next three years, Jim and Marian Jordan continued to generate mirth from their famous address at 79 Wistful Vista, joined by such long-time comedy foils as Bill Thompson (The Old Timer, Wallace Wimple) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Doc…

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After nearly eighteen years as a Tuesday night radio staple, Jim and Marian Jordan were considering retiring “Fibber McGee and Molly” to the happy memories of days past - but, in the fall of 1953, NBC had a better idea. Why not instead reconfigure the beloved radio classic into a five-a-week daytime/early evening show? The result was three more years of delightful entertainment from Wistful Vista’…

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For decades, the hilarious antics of “Fibber McGee and Molly” have been available for the enjoyment of classic radio fans - but until recently, their 1950s daytime series for NBC has been considered lost to the ages. Now Radio Archives has unearthed the original recordings for their long-lost fifteen minute series and has made them available in “Fibber McGee and Molly: The Lost Episodes”, a contin…

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Join Jim and Marian Jordan, the real magic of ‘Fibber McGee and Molly The Lost Episodes’ once more with Volume 13! Like the McGees in many ways in their own lives, The Jordans brought a genuine small town folk charm to each episode every single night. Supported by a fantastic cast of characters and wonderful writers, Jim and Marian Jordan made ‘Fibber McGee and Molly’ an endearing radio classic. “…

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After nearly two decades of prime-time popularity, in the fall of 1953, “The Fibber McGee and Molly Show” was revamped into a five-day-a-week, quarter-hour program. For the next three years, Jim and Marian Jordan continued to generate mirth from their famous address at 79 Wistful Vista, joined by such long-time comedy foils as Bill Thompson (The Old Timer, Wallace Wimple) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Doc…

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After nearly two decades of prime-time popularity, in the fall of 1953, “The Fibber McGee and Molly Show” was revamped into a five-day-a-week, quarter-hour program. For the next three years, Jim and Marian Jordan continued to generate mirth from their famous address at 79 Wistful Vista, joined by such long-time comedy foils as Bill Thompson (The Old Timer, Wallace Wimple) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Doc…

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After nearly two decades of prime-time popularity, in the fall of 1953, “The Fibber McGee and Molly Show” was revamped into a five-day-a-week, quarter-hour program. For the next three years, Jim and Marian Jordan continued to generate mirth from their famous address at 79 Wistful Vista, joined by such long-time comedy foils as Bill Thompson (The Old Timer, Wallace Wimple) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Doc…

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After nearly two decades of prime-time popularity, in the fall of 1953, “The Fibber McGee and Molly Show” was revamped into a five-day-a-week, quarter-hour program. For the next three years, Jim and Marian Jordan continued to generate mirth from their famous address at 79 Wistful Vista, joined by such long-time comedy foils as Bill Thompson (The Old Timer, Wallace Wimple) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Doc…

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After nearly two decades of prime-time popularity, in the fall of 1953, “The Fibber McGee and Molly Show” was revamped into a five-day-a-week, quarter-hour program. For the next three years, Jim and Marian Jordan continued to generate mirth from their famous address at 79 Wistful Vista, joined by such long-time comedy foils as Bill Thompson (The Old Timer, Wallace Wimple) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Doc…

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After nearly two decades of prime-time popularity, in the fall of 1953, “The Fibber McGee and Molly Show” was revamped into a five-day-a-week, quarter-hour program. For the next three years, Jim and Marian Jordan continued to generate mirth from their famous address at 79 Wistful Vista, joined by such long-time comedy foils as Bill Thompson (The Old Timer, Wallace Wimple) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Doc…

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After nearly two decades of prime-time popularity, in the fall of 1953, “The Fibber McGee and Molly Show” was revamped into a five-day-a-week, quarter-hour program. For the next three years, Jim and Marian Jordan continued to generate mirth from their famous address at 79 Wistful Vista, joined by such long-time comedy foils as Bill Thompson (The Old Timer, Wallace Wimple) and Arthur Q. Bryan (Doc…

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Though radio audiences were dwindling, in 1953, something amazing happened to Jim and Marian Jordan. The team who had made “Fibber McGee and Molly” an institution found themselves reborn in a daily quarter-hour comedy series for NBC Radio. Still based in the town of Wistful Vista, this revamp of the weekly series found the McGee’s encountering a never-ending array of colorful and eccentric charact…

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“Great Scenes from Great Plays” offered some of the finest performers of the 20th century in adaptations of some of the best plays ever to be presented. Hosted by veteran actor/producer Walter Hampden, the series drew upon the many stars then appearing in plays along with Great White Way. Despite attracting top names, however, the series did not succeed in gaining a sponsor and was cancelled after…

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Gunsmoke was an adult western and was the creation of writer, John Meston, and producer-director, Norman Macdonnell. It absolutely took the country by storm. Variety Magazine, the show business journal, called it an amazing presentation, and The New York Times labeled it Something new and entirely exciting in radio. Listeners began sending in thousands of letters voicing their approval. Nothing li…

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Early on, Gunsmoke received the acclaim due it from both critics and the audience. One major reason for this was the program’s dedication to authenticity. Not only could the audience hear the wind on the prairie or the clomping of horses’ hooves common on other shows, but they heard sounds that made the show real to them. The keys on the ring clanging as Matt Dillon sorted through them before open…

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Originally a story editor for CBS, John Meston left that behind in 1953 and went to work full time writing Gunsmoke. The next three years, Meston essentially wrote every episode, numbering around forty scripts a year. Both Meston’s contemporaries and researchers since saw this period as when Gunsmoke came into its own, truly defining what an adult western would be and becoming the classic show it…

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Gunsmoke added a layer to Matt Dillon that many western lawmen in fiction did not have. He was a paradox. First and foremost, Dillon sought to keep the law he had sworn to uphold and protect those covered by that law. He also, however, in many episodes showed an understanding of human nature, of how good people could be driven to do bad things for complicated reasons. Sometimes this contradiction…

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Authenticity was something that the creators of Gunsmoke strived for. A key locale in Dodge City for Marshall Dillon, Doc Adams, Chester, and Miss Kitty was the Long Branch Saloon – which actually existed for a brief time in the booming Wild West Town of Dodge City, Kansas between 1874 and 1885, before it burned down, never to be rebuilt. In order to achieve their goal of imbuing Gunsmoke with as…

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Intent on setting it apart from other programs, the creators behind Gunsmoke focused on upending the traditional storybook ending in Westerns. Sure, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, and others made mistakes. Yet these mistakes were just minor nuisances for the heroes. Marshall Matt Dillon was not a picture perfect radio Western cowboy hero – he was far from it and the people he tried to help wer…

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Marshall Matt Dillon was different from the traditional Western hero radio archetype because he stood alone and had no real friendships. Dillon had only one person that he trusted in Dodge City, and that was Chester Wesley Proudfoot, an amiable expatriate from Waco. Though never directly implied in the radio series, there are some hints that Chester Wesley Proudfoot was of Native American Indian h…

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The strength of Gunsmoke as a whole largely relied on the depth of every figure in each episode, from small quirks given to one time only roles to complex histories woven into the recurring cast. Doc Adams’ back story slowly unfolded during Gunsmoke’s first few years across the radio waves. Grumpy and grim, McNear slowly took the edge off of Doc, and Dodge City’s resident medical become more fully…

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In the 1870s, Dodge City, Kansas was located at the end of a very long cattle trail called The Great Western Cattle Trail, The Dodge City trail, or The Old Texas Trail. During the American War Between The States, the Civil War, cattle herds in the State of Texas had grown very large, since the south did not want beef delivered to the north during the conflict. As a result, at the end of the war, a…

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It is 1872 and you are living 12 miles from town. Your wife is screaming in pain in her last stages of labor, about to give birth to your first born. You are frantic because you have no idea how to deliver a child. Suddenly, a horse drawn carriage pulls up out front. It is the doctor with his bag and his medical knowledge. You shout into the house to your wife that the doctor has arrived. Who is i…

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If Gunsmoke had followed the traditional, but strictly constrictive cookie-cutter programming format that most successful radio shows adhered to during the Golden Age of Radio, then it would have been a dismal, half-remembered failure of a great idea for a Western adventure series done in by the rigid production values of the era in which it was first produced. Yet, Gunsmoke’s popularity amongst l…

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Gunsmoke was an adult western and was the creation of writer, John Meston, and producer, Norman Macdonnell. With CBS Chairman William S. Paley in their camp, Macdonnell and Meston had a strong ally in creating their version of a gritty, authentic Western that eschewed the established Western pathos that had been set forth in such “juvenile” Western adventure radio programs like The Lone Ranger, St…

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While Norman Macdonnell and John Meston were openly relishing the opportunity to upend the highly popular romanticized clichés of the Old West in a new show green lighted by CBS and Paley; the producer and writer still had to tackle a major problem if they wanted Gunsmoke to succeed. Macdonnell and Meston need to find the ideal voice actor to give the newly christened Marshall Matt Dillon life. Wi…

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Without Conrad as the lead in Gunsmoke, it’s doubtful if the “adult radio” program would have flourished during its nine-year run on radio. Not only did Conrad bring a sense of doleful gravitas to the role of Marshall Matt Dillon; but he helped Macdonnell and Meston flesh out the supporting characters of Chester Proudfoot, Miss Kitty, and Doc Adams. Still, in order for Gunsmoke to successfully wor…

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The Gunsmoke theme is considered by many to be one of the most renowned pieces of music of classic radio themes. Rex Koury was hired to provide the music for the program, and while having experience on a variety of radio shows, Koury had never composed for a western before. As a matter of practice, Koury wrote the music for the show itself first, openers and bridges and the like, then he would wri…

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In the early programs, Matt Dillon has a grudging tolerance for his deputy, Chester Proudfoot. Chester’s primary purpose it seemed, both to Matt and the audience, was to essentially irritate Dillon. Whether it was his constant searching through desk drawers or putting sugar in his whiskey, Chester’s idiosyncrasies defined the character more than anything else. As the show continued, however, the t…

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Adapted from the CBS Television series, “Have Gun, Will Travel” stars John Dehner as Paladin, a white knight of the Old West. Equipped with brains, nerve, and a custom designed sidearm and derringer, Paladin finances his stylish and luxurious San Francisco lifestyle by serving as a defender, go-between, and hired gun for those in need - and, in the wild and wooly west of 1875, business is always g…

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Adapted from the CBS Television series, “Have Gun, Will Travel” stars John Dehner as Paladin, a white knight of the Old West. Equipped with brains, nerve, and a custom designed sidearm and derringer, Paladin finances his stylish and luxurious San Francisco lifestyle by serving as a defender, go-between, and hired gun for those in need - and, in the wild and wooly west of 1875, business is always g…

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Adapted from the CBS Television series, “Have Gun, Will Travel” stars John Dehner as Paladin, a white knight of the Old West. Equipped with brains, nerve, and a custom designed sidearm and derringer, Paladin finances his stylish and luxurious San Francisco lifestyle by serving as a defender, go-between, and hired gun for those in need - and, in the wild and wooly west of 1875, business is always g…

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From 1933 to 1951, Jack Armstrong, The All-American Boy was one of the first and most memorable of the adventure radio serials. Now, for the first time, one of the most exciting Jack Armstrong sagas has been novelized and is available from Radio Archives as a 12 hour audiobook. What is U-77, and why does Dr. Romago, a scientist who abandoned his native United States before World War II, seek it? J…

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Volume 1 of Let George Do It! Before Johnny Dollar came along, radio favorite Bob Bailey was starred in an offbeat private-eye series entitled “Let George Do It”. As played by Bailey, George Valentine was an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator who eschewed muscle in favor of manual dexterity and analytical thinking skills. His friendly nemeses on the police force included Lieutenant Riley (Wally Ma…

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Volume 2 of Let George Do It! Before Johnny Dollar came along, radio favorite Bob Bailey was starred in an offbeat private-eye series entitled “Let George Do It”. As played by Bailey, George Valentine was an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator who eschewed muscle in favor of manual dexterity and analytical thinking skills. His friendly nemeses on the police force included Lieutenant Riley (Wally Ma…

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Volume 3 of Let George Do It! Before Johnny Dollar came along, radio favorite Bob Bailey was starred in an offbeat private-eye series entitled “Let George Do It”. As played by Bailey, George Valentine was an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator who eschewed muscle in favor of manual dexterity and analytical thinking skills. His friendly nemeses on the police force included Lieutenant Riley (Wally Ma…

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Volume 4 of Let George Do It! Before Johnny Dollar came along, radio favorite Bob Bailey was starred in an offbeat private-eye series entitled “Let George Do It”. As played by Bailey, George Valentine was an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator who eschewed muscle in favor of manual dexterity and analytical thinking skills. His friendly nemeses on the police force included Lieutenant Riley (Wally Ma…

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Before creating cinematic masterpieces like Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' established his creative credentials with The Mercury Theatre on the Air, an hour-long showcase which allowed him, producer John Houseman, musical director Bernard Hermann, and a close knit team of performers and technicians to broadcast innovative adaptations of both well known and obscure stories and programs that quickly se…

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From the day it debuted on NBC in 1943, Molle' Mystery Theater intended to bring listeners the best produced mystery programs possible. Until the show moved to CBS in 1948, it succeeded in doing just that. Combining quality adaptations of mysteries by both classic and modern authors with the top radio talent at the time and high end production values, Molle' Mystery Theater produced suspenseful th…

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Murder at Midnight was a thirty minute show, featuring macabre tales of suspense, often with a supernatural twist. In 1946, Louis G. Cowan, Inc., a transcribed programming house began creating a series of crime fiction dramas slotted for late night listening. It had one of the higher production and cast costs for syndicated programming for that time. Directed by Anton M. Leder and produced by Loui…

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Murder At Midnight was a thirty minute show, featuring macabre tales of suspense, often with a supernatural twist. Louis G. Cowan, Inc., a transcribed programming house began creating a series of crime fiction dramas slotted for late night listening. It had one of the higher production and cast costs for syndicated programming for that time. Directed by Anton M. Leder and produced by Louis G. Cowa…

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Lorne Greene and Westerns. Andy Griffith and Comedy. Vincent Price and Mystery. Cicely Tyson and Love & Hate. Leonard Nimoy and Adventure. Only one Radio Program boasted this line up and lived up to it. And that was just the nightly hosts! Mutual Radio Theater! The shows were peopled with stars from both classic radio and modern television and movies, including John Dehner, Vic Perrin, Virginia Gr…

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In 1950, NBC began broadcasting Nightbeat, considered one of the finest shows of its time, about Randy Stone, a reporter who covered the night beat for the Chicago Star with a unique blend of wit, compassion and toughness. From murder to mystery, from heartache to hardboiled, every night brought a new story to Randy Stone. Radio Archives invites you to listen to six brand new Nightbeat stories in…

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Screen legend Harold Lloyd hosts Volume 1 of The Old Gold Comedy Theatre, a 1944/45 NBC anthology series featuring some of the top names in film and radio. Presenting half-hour versions of popular film comedies in much the same way that The Lux Radio Theater did with drama, this delightful and star-studded series was long considered a lost show until an almost complete set of recordings was found…

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Screen legend Harold Lloyd hosts Volume 2 of The Old Gold Comedy Theatre, a 1944/45 NBC anthology series featuring some of the top names in film and radio. Presenting half-hour versions of popular film comedies in much the same way that The Lux Radio Theater did with drama, this delightful and star-studded series was long considered a lost show until an almost complete set of recordings was found…

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Detective Philo Vance first appeared in a series of novels written by S. S. Van Dine. In his original incarnation, Vance was a stylish fop but, by the time he made his way to radio, many of his arrogant edges had been smoothed out, giving him the charm he often lacked on the printed page. In 1948, played by the inimitable Jackson Beck and supported by Joan Alexander, Vance deduced his way through…

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Detective Philo Vance first appeared in a series of novels written by S. S. Van Dine. He was originally a stylish fop but, by the time he made his way to radio, many of his arrogant edges had been smoothed out, giving him the charm he often lacked on the printed page. In 1948, played by the inimitable Jackson Beck and supported by Joan Alexander, Vance began deducing his way through 104 baffling m…

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Detective Philo Vance first appeared in a series of novels written by S. S. Van Dine. He was originally a stylish fop but, by the time he made his way to radio, many of his arrogant edges had been smoothed out, giving him the charm he often lacked on the printed page. In 1948, played by the inimitable Jackson Beck and supported by Joan Alexander, Vance began deducing his way through 104 baffling m…

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Sophisticated detective Philo Vance first appeared in a series of novels written by S. S. Van Dine. He was originally a stylish and erudite fop but, by the time he made his way to radio, much of his arrogance had been smoothed out, giving him the charm he often lacked on the printed page. In 1948, played by the inimitable Jackson Beck and supported by Joan Alexander, Vance began deducing his way t…

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Popular singers singing popular songs were always a part of radio, but it wasn’t until the mid-1940s that vocalists really began to dominate the music scene. In this tuneful collection, Radio Archives turns the spotlight on fourteen of the most popular vocalists and musical ensembles of the mid-20th century, appearing in thirty full length radio broadcasts dating from 1944 through 1959. Taken from…

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Volume 1 of Richard Diamond, Private Detective! Combining Dick Powell’s tough-guy image with his impressive way with a song, “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” featured a hard-boiled gumshoe who rarely took himself too seriously; he was, simply, an ex-cop who had decided to hang out his own shingle in the investigation business. He demonstrated a breezy insouciance to authority, generally conclu…

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Volume 2 of Richard Diamond, Private Detective! Combining Dick Powell’s tough-guy image with his impressive way with a song, “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” featured a hard-boiled gumshoe who rarely took himself too seriously; he was, simply, an ex-cop who had decided to hang out his own shingle in the investigation business. He demonstrated a breezy insouciance to authority, generally conclu…

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Volume 3 of Richard Diamond, Private Detective! Combining Dick Powell’s tough-guy image with his impressive way with a song, “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” featured a hard-boiled gumshoe who rarely took himself too seriously; he was, simply, an ex-cop who had decided to hang out his own shingle in the investigation business. He demonstrated a breezy insouciance to authority, generally conclu…

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Volume 10 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to m…

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Volume 11 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to m…

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Volume 12 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to m…

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Volume 3 of Suspense! With a history full of twists and turns, Suspense is a program that lives on as one of the best produced of the classic era as well as a collection of tense, well told stories. Show producer William Spier aspired to make Suspense the success it would become. With his actors he expected nothing less than perfection, but was also willing to risk on-air disaster by often throwin…

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Volume 6 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to ma…

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Volume 9 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to ma…

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The Adventures of Frank Race featured an attorney turned O. S. S. agent turned worldwide investigator. After the War, Race returned home and adventure was clearly calling him into a new career as a far-flung investigator. Even though it debuted in 1949, The Adventures of Frank Race still rings with a good old-fashioned two fisted pulpy feel. Mysteries wrapped in suspense and adventure, as the titl…

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Philip Marlowe, created by Raymond Chandler brought a whole new dimension to the Private Eye Genre! And Gerald Mohr, the man with a voice that Chandler said “packed personality” brought this modern day knight in a trenchcoat to life on classic Radio! Mohr plays Marlowe with all the edge and grit detective fans expect to hear. There’s also a palpable sense of danger just under the surface. Every ti…

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The pulp magazine, Adventure, first appeared in 1910 and soon became renowned for its fiction from the top authors of the day. With the The Best of Adventure from Radio Archives, listeners will be able to listen to these classic stories for the first time. We kick off with “The Curved Sword” by Harold Lamb. Lamb was a medieval scholar whose historical works were well received and later was a Holly…

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The music of a generation, preserved for generations yet to come. It’s the Big Bands, live and on the air, presented in this exciting Radio Archives collection. Dance music “remotes” from ballrooms, hotels, and nightspots were a regular feature of late-night radio programming. Originally aired live, these broadcasts preserve the music of the era with a fresh spontaneity that explodes past the conf…

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The music of a generation, preserved for generations yet to come. It’s the Big Bands, live and on the air, presented in this exciting Radio Archives collection. Dance music “remotes” from ballrooms, hotels, and nightspots were a regular feature of late-night radio programming. Originally aired live, these rare broadcasts preserve the music of the era with a fresh spontaneity that explodes past the…

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Whether you remember the big band era yourself or simply appreciate the timeless music of the war years and beyond, you’ll find many treasures in this second collection from Radio Archives, featuring twenty of the top bands and musical groups of the era in twenty half-hour live remote broadcasts dating from 1944 to 1950. In addition to performances by orchestras that are still well remembered toda…

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Whether you remember the big band era yourself or simply appreciate the timeless music of the war years and beyond, you’ll find many treasures in this third collection from Radio Archives, featuring eighteen of the top bands and musical groups of the era in twenty half-hour live remote broadcasts dating from 1944 to 1958. In addition to performances by orchestras that are still well remembered tod…

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“Here’s adventure! Here’s romance!” O. Henry’s famous “Robin Hood of the Old West” rides again in 20 episodes of the popular series from radio’s golden age. First heard in 1946 with Jack Mather in the title role, along with Harry Lang as his portly sidekick Pancho and, later, Mel Blanc as Pancho’s cousin Porfirio, the series quickly became a staple on local stations nationwide. The premise was sim…

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“Here’s adventure! Here’s romance!” O. Henry’s famous “Robin Hood of the Old West” rides again in 20 episodes of the popular series from radio’s golden age. First heard in 1946 with Jack Mather in the title role, along with Harry Lang as his portly sidekick Pancho and, later, Mel Blanc as Pancho’s cousin Porfirio, the series quickly became a staple on local stations nationwide. The premise was sim…

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“Here’s adventure! Here’s romance!” O. Henry’s famous “Robin Hood of the Old West” rides again in 20 episodes of the popular series from radio’s golden age. First heard in 1946 with Jack Mather in the title role, along with Harry Lang as his portly sidekick Pancho and, later, Mel Blanc as Pancho’s cousin Porfirio, the series quickly became a staple on local stations nationwide. The premise was sim…

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”Here’s adventure! Here’s romance!” O. Henry’s famous “Robin Hood of the Old West” rides again in 20 more episodes of the popular and long-running series from radio’s golden age. Starring Jack Mather in the title role, with legendary radio and cartoon star Mel Blanc as his portly sidekick Pancho, each episode of “The Cisco Kid” delivers lighthearted western action and excitement. The premise of th…

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Very few shows from Radio’s golden age had an impact that still today resonates throughout society and entertainment. One such program left its mark indelibly on performers, on our language, on popular culture in a number of ways. Why is evident in The Fibber McGee and Molly Show, The 1939/1940 Season from Radio Archives! Best known as the blustery storyteller and his witty, long suffering wife, J…

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That phrase, along with a host of others, was heard around the country in the early 1940s, thanks to the irascible, larger than life characters that visited 79 Wistful Vista. That address, of course, was the home of one of America’s greatest comic duos, as heard in The Fibber McGee & Molly Show, The 1942/1943 Season from Radio Archives. Fibber McGee and Molly were the leads in what many experts an…

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Big-nosed, brash, and boisterous, beloved entertainer Jimmy Durante parlayed his experience in vaudeville, nightclubs, and Broadway shows into a radio career highlighted by many successful programs throughout the 1930s and 1940s. After spending the war years paired with crewcutted comic Garry Moore, the Great Schnozzola went solo in 1947 in an hilarious series for Rexall Drugs that also featured “…

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Happy Holidays to All. Here is the perfect collection for anyone who loves the holiday season. Gather the family around and start to enhance your holiday experience with some of the most heartwarming and delightful film fantasies you’ve ever listened to. This collection is the perfect gift for those of you who love vintage radio, vintage films, and the warm memories of holidays p…

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For many long-time fans, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce will always personify Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson - but it may come as a surprise to even the most devoted Baker Street enthusiast to discover that, for one radio season, the World’s Greatest Consulting Detective was portrayed by actor Tom Conway, best remembered for playing The Falcon in a series of 1940s films. Now Radio Archives redi…

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For many long-time fans, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce will always personify Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson - but it may come as a surprise to even the most devoted Baker Street enthusiast to discover that, for one radio season, the World’s Greatest Consulting Detective was portrayed by actor Tom Conway, best remembered for playing The Falcon in a series of 1940s films. Now Radio Archives redi…

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When we last looked in on the Planet Man, intergalactic troubleshooter for the League of Planets, the law enforcement body for peace and justice in the celestial world, he and his faithful sidekick Slats were on the planet of the Mardee, seeking assistance in their mission to defeat the unspeakably diabolical Marston, the Martian dictator who has declared himself ruler of the entire solar system.…

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Hop on the star-studded show train as Radio Archives brings you singing star Gordon MacRae in “The Railroad Hour”, a lush and tuneful series of musical programs offering vest-pocket versions of musical comedies and operettas - everything from the romantic melodies of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg right through to the musical comedies of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin - as wel…

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Hop on the star-studded show train as Radio Archives brings you singing star Gordon MacRae in “The Railroad Hour”, a lush and tuneful series of musical programs offering vest-pocket versions of musical comedies and operettas - everything from the romantic melodies of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg right through to the musical comedies of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. In these stylish and di…

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A dark night, ominous fog, a sense of mounting fear... Suddenly, a shadow falls across your path - the Shadow of Fu Manchu! Created by writer Sax Rohmer, the sinister criminal mastermind is one of the most memorable villains in literary history, personifying the fascination and fear with which many Westerners viewed the cultures of the Far East at the turn of the 20th century. After appearing in a…

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In this rare and exciting collection, Radio Archives offers you the chance to travel back in time and experience a complete broadcast day from September 1939, including every minute of the day from the 6:00 AM sign-on right through to sign-off at 1:00 AM the next morning. Thanks to the foresight of the Library of Congress and station WJSV in Washington D.C., you’ll hear exactly what it was like to…

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