Making available my favorite old time radio shows from six decades of American history. Publishing a new episode every day, on the anniversary of its original air date.
Fibber McGee & Molly, Dining Out to Celebrate, Jan 25, 1944
Fibber McGee and Molly was a long running situation comedy...in fact, they are often credited with creating the sitcom. The show also featured a singer and a cast of characters that both stand alone AND support the ensemble nature of the show.
Box 13, Three to Die, Jan 23, 1949
Alan Ladd, probably best known for his title role in the move "Shane," played Dan Holiday in this wonderfully well produced radio series. The basic premise is that Dan was an author who needs story ideas so he puts an ad in the local paper saying he will go anywhere and do anything for adventure. "Box 13" refers to part of his address at the newspaper where people can connect with him.
Great Gildersleeve, Dancing School, Jan 22, 1947
The Great Gildersleeve, with his distinctive laugh, was a character originally created by Harold Peary while on the Fibber McGee and Molly show. On that show, the character had a pretty loose biography and was either married or not, depending on the needs of the writing staff. On his own spinoff, he's a bachelor tending to his recently orphaned niece and nephew. I have to say, this show is just plain fun.
Jack Benny, Ice Skating in Central Park, Jan 21, 1945
Jack Benny made a living and became a comedy legend by making sure his castmates got the bigger laughs. I hope you'll agree that much of Jack's humor is timeless.
Fred Allen Show, George Jessel Guests, Jan 20, 1946
Fred Allen's show was not very typical of his time. He tended to avoid the standard variety format in favor of topical humor approached from several directions within the half-hour. Over the years, it became more or less a trademark that Allen would tell one of the scripted jokes and that would fall flat...only to have Fred ad lib some crack about how bad the joke was, getting a much bigger laugh in the process.
Rocky Fortune, The Museum Murder, Jan 19, 1954
NBC ran the Rocky Fortune series for 25 episodes beginning in October 1953. This show was a "sustaining series," which means the network paid for all production costs so they could take care of Frank Sinatra's growing superstardom. Each episode features Frank as a detective in the style of the day...part hardboiled and part comic relief. I hope you enjoy.