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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection

These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs has been the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international collectors. The principal groups supporting this effort with their funds, time, technology and skills are the Old Time Radio Researchers and a small group of transcription disc preservationists who refer to themselves as the "The Knights of the Turning Table." Click the "about" tab below for more information.


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These are catalogs of some of the most influential collectors of radio programs in the early years of the hobby. Unlike today's numerous digital resources and the vast array of available recordings, these collectors had none of the technologies to make collecting easy or the luxury of choosing what to save. They believed they were on a critical mission to save the golden age from complete loss. You can tell from their catalogs how many of these collectors cherished every recording with a...
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I Love a Mystery was an adventure serial that was broadcast from 1939 to 1944. It was revived twice, first as a 13-week series I Love Adventure in the summer of 1948, and then again as I Love a Mystery from 1949 to 1952. The program was highly sought by early of the radio program collectors in the 1960s who remembered the series fondly from their childhood. It was highlighted in one of the books that helped establish the hobby of collecting programs, The Great Radio Heroes by fan and collector...
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The Adventures of Hercule Poirot was a short-lived series on the Mutual radio network. It lasted one year and few episodes have survived. The weekly series starred Harold Huber. Huber was an established stage and film actor, often playing “heavies” (bad guys). He also portrayed Fu Manchu in that radio series. Though Agatha Christie had short stories and novels available for adaptation, and ideas for storylines, all of the Poirot radio scripts were new, and not based on her works. The Hehn...
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Land of the Lost was the creation of Isabel Manning Hewson. She wanted an imaginative fantasy that would appeal to children. She narrated the stories that she said were about her adventures as a child. The basic storyline is that siblings Billy (13 years old), and Isabel (11), were fishing from their rowboat one day and caught Red Lantern, a talking fish! The fish turned out to be the “ Guiding Light of the Land of the Lost.” But he could not be any longer if they did not let him go, which...
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Inner Sanctum is one of radio's most famous programs, broadcast from 1941 to 1952. It is best remembered for the sound effect of a heavy lock being opened and then a slowly opening, and loud, creaking door. Publisher Simon and Schuster started a popular book series named "Inner Sanctum" in 1930, and licensed its name to the radio series to promote them. Raymond Edward Johnson was the host of the program ("this is Raymond, your host...") until he left for the service in...
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The MGM Theater of the Air was MGM's prestigious effort to use the airwaves to promote their classic lineup of films and upcoming films. The programs featured many of MGM's best known talent on the program. The radio productions were syndicated, with most cities starting their broadcasts Friday, October 14, 1949. The series was one of the radio programs produced by MGM under the general title of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Radio Attractions. MGM Theater of the Air was first broadcast on radio station...
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These are 1960s airchecks from Armed Forces Radio, likely recorded on home equipment by a service person stationed in Europe or a member of their family. Some of the recordings sound as if they were recorded by a microphone in front of a speaker. Others sound like a properly connected radio to a home tape recorder. USAFE was the Defense Department organization that commanded the various aspects of the air forces. Their message in sponsoring these programs was usually to promote educational...
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Firefighters was a syndicated series that aired in more than 200 markets from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. It followed the adventures of rookie firefighter Tim Collins (Lyle Sudrow) and Fire Chief Bob Cody (Cameron Prud’Homme). It was written by Frank Jones. While this appears to be Jones’ only radio credit, both Sudrow and Prud’Homme had long careers in radio soap operas, prime time radio programs, television, and movies. Sudrow’s steady gig was on both the radio and television...
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The Whistler was one of radio's most successful franchises, but it was rarely a true national program. It began on the CBS Pacific Network in 1942. It became so popular that a movie series of eight films, was released by Columbia Pictures between 1944 to 1948. In 1946, The Whistler was a summer replacement series for The Jack Carson Show on the CBS non-Pacific network. WBBM in Chicago began its own broadcasts with its own actors, orchestra, and direction, with scripts from the Hollywood...
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Old Time Radio Fanzines There were many hobby publications in the Hehn documents. The hobby of collecting radio recordings began in the mid-1960s. There were no websites, no e-mail, telephone calls were expensive, so the hobby relied on personal correspondence and fanzines and newsletters. Collectors were convinced that there were very few recordings available, and they were all anxious to trade with each other and grateful to do so. Some of the publications were by individual collectors and...
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Suspense was a long-running dramatic anthology on CBS from Summer of 1942 to what many consider final day of radio's golden age on September 30, 1962. It was one of radio's most successful series, with exceptional writing and high production standards. The series started slow, but the May 1943 broadcast of the play Sorry, Wrong Number brought the show great attention. In December 1943, Suspense finally had a national sponsor, Roma Wines. Their sponsorship ended in November 1947. The series...
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Richard Diamond starred singer and actor Dick Powell in a marvelously scripted program that played to Powell's talent and wit, and took the audience along for a happy ride. Most of the series was written and directed by Blake Edwards. He would have his most popular success in the movies with The Pink Panther franchise. Powell was known as a singer, and made a career change by playing Philip Marlowe in the highly successful movie Murder, My Sweet . Powell's new direction continued with the radio...
Topics: old time radio, dick powell, richard diamond
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The detective Charlie Chan has been viewed in many different ways over the decades. Earl Derr Biggers, who created the character in novels, which were adapted to the movies, developed a heroic figure that was new to many readers and viewers. Many Asian characters had been depicted in movies as nefarious adversaries, but detective Chan was positive force in more positive public perceptions. The times of the popular movies and radio broadcasts were indeed confusing: the US was fighting against...
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Walter Winchell was the famous news reporter and gossip columnist whose famous radio program was sponsored by Jergens. He opened the broadcasts by pressing a telegraph key. The sound created an urgency to the broadcast, that whatever Winchell was reading had just come in and was rushed to the microphone. He opened the program with “Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press.” The stories would be read with a...
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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar related the adventures of "the man with the action-packed expense account." This has become a much-beloved series decades after it went off the air, and is now a favorite of collectors. For more details about the series and the six actors who played Johnny Dollar , see the Hehn Collection page with the half hour episodes . From Fall 1955, the adventures were serialized from Monday to Friday in 15-minute episodes. That format lasted 65 weeks. Most YTJD fans...
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Mark Trail was a radio series based on the original comic strip of the same name. The series was target to a young audience and had stories about conservation and nature. The first series was on the Mutual network and began on January 30, 1950 and ended June 8, 1951. There were three half-hour episodes every week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On September 10, 1951, the series moved to ABC network, airing three times per week until January 1952. The series switched to a 15-minute format...
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X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction anthology series that ran on NBC from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958. The program was a revival of NBC's prior science fiction series, Dimension X , which ran from 1950 to 1951. The first 15 episodes of X Minus One were new productions of Dimension X episodes, which were followed by new adaptations by NBC staff writers Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts. Most of the stories were from recent issues of Galaxy Magazine from the best known science...
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Yours Truly Johnny Dollar related the adventures of "the man with the action-packed expense account." This has become a much-beloved series decades after it went off the air, and is now a favorite of collectors. Six actors played Johnny Dollar, the high-living insurance investigator, with fans enjoying Bob Bailey's work the most. From Fall 1955, the adventures were serialized from Monday to Friday in 15-minute episodes. That format lasted 65 weeks. The series then returned to the...
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The late Joe Hehn kept a scrapbook where collected hundreds of photos from magazines and books of the radio era. For years he was preparing the materials for a book about radio's "kid's shows," the series, characters, actors, technicians, advertisers, premiums, and the strategies behind them all. Unfortunately, such a book was not to be. The pictures provide a rare glimpse of the era and the people who created it, and many of them can not be found elsewhere. If the image is not...
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Encore Theater was a 13-week series sponsored by Schenley Laboratories, a pharmaceutical manufacturer. The big-budget, well-produced series offered compelling medical dramas, but did not garner enough of an audience for Schenley to renew its sponsorship. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a...
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Suspense was a long-running dramatic anthology on CBS from Summer of 1942 to what many consider final day of radio's golden age on September 30, 1962. It was one of radio's most successful series, with exceptional writing and high production standards. The series started slow, but the May 1943 broadcast of the play Sorry, Wrong Number brought the show great attention. In December 1943, Suspense finally had a national sponsor, Roma Wines. Their sponsorship ended in November 1947. The series...
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Dr. Decimal Seven was a short-lived radio science fiction serial in 1933. This is the first episode of the syndicated series, the only episode known to survive. Fred Shields is the star of the series, and its creator. Gale Gordon plays Walec Jones and Dis-Ta is played by Jeanette Nolan. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel...
Topics: old time radio, juvenile serial, kids serial, radio, science fiction, sci-fi
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From October to December 1953, NBC aired a curious historical series, Stroke of Fate . The premise was that if an historical figure had otherwise lived or died or succeeded or failed that the world’s events and situation would have been different. Examples are if Benedict Arnold's treasonous act had been successful, or Robert E. Lee had become general of the Union Army. It was all supported with input of historians and was a way of enriching the understanding of the context and dynamics of...
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Mr. Chameleon was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, the highly successful pair who were responsible for the kids serial Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy , many daytime soap operas, and more than 100 series in radio's golden age. Their most famous detective program was Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons , and this series, Mr. Chameleon , shared much of the writers, directors, supporting cast, and others. This program starred Karl Swenson, one of the busiest and most talented actors in the...
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Whispering Streets began as a 25-minute 5-day-a-week daytime program on ABC Radio. The host was writer "Hope Winslow" played by Gertrude Warner. Each story dramatized events of people she had met in her years, especially as an ex-newspaper reporter. The series began on March 3, 1953 on ABC Radio and was produced in New York. It concluded there sometime in Fall 1957. CBS Radio took over the series and moved production to Hollywood. and had its first broadcast on March 31, 1958. To add...
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The American Bosch Radio Explorers Club aired in 1934 and featured interviews with famous world explorers about their exciting expeditions. No recordings of the series are known to exist. The interviewer for the series was Hans Christian Adamson, an author and former foreign correspondent for newspapers, and was affiliate with the American Museum of Natural History. The interviewees were arranged through the Museum, and did appear in person. As can be seen in the scripts, not much was left to...
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The Ethel and Albert radio series was by the incredibly prolific Peg Lynch, who wrote and acted in the series. The series started in the early 1940s and would eventually move to television. The program was a husband and wife comedy, written in natural conversation. It found the most mundane and plain things of life to be incongruous and amusing. It was not a laugh-out-loud funny program, but one that had an appreciation for the laughter that could be found in everyday home life, which reflected...
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Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy was a popular and extraordinarily successful juvenile series that began on July 31, 1933, and ended in 1951. The character was featured in movie serials, comics and a comic strip, and a magazine. (Scans of the magazine are available in the Internet Archive; the first issue is at https://archive.org/details/JackArmstrong0011947/page/n1/mode/2up ) Like many radio programs, Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy was created by an advertising agency or a consumer...
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Murder Clinic was a crime program broadcast on Mutual from August 1942 to November 1943. Each week, a detective story from a well-known mystery writer was presented.  * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of some international...
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Late in his career, humorist Henry Morgan would be known for appearances on television quiz programs such as I’ve Got a Secret, What’s My Line , and others. He was also a regular on NBC Radio’s news series in the late 1950s and 1960s, Monitor. But it was his humor and biting satire that made him popular in the 1940s, especially they way he made fun of sponsors. Adler Shoe Stores was a sponsor of one of his programs, a 15 minute show with off-the-cuff commentary. Morgan kept referring toe...
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Sky King was a successful juvenile radio program and that also had success on television. The radio and television versions were both on the air in as the radio program was in its final years. The lead character was an Arizona rancher and aircraft pilot named Schuyler King, which was shortened to "Sky" King, an obviously heroic name to use in marketing the series and its advertisers. "Sky" fought crime and helped people in trouble using his private plane, the Songbird . The...
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Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons ran from 1937 to 1955 in serial and half-hour format at various times of its history. It was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, based on the 1906 novel by Robert W. Chambers, The Tracer of Lost Persons . The Hummerts produced over 100 radio series, most of them soap operas, but Mr. Keen was probably the most famous of their productions along with juvenile serial Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy . There are many reasons why the series could be considered as...
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Road of Life was a popular radio soap opera, produced by Procter and Gamble, featuring the story of Dr. Jim Brent. While on rounds, the intercom would sound "Dr. Brent... call surgery... Dr. Brent... call surgery..." The series began in 1937 and ended on radio in 1959. A concurrent television run began in 1954. Irna Phillips developed the program. Its appeal was its more natural dialogue compared to other soap operas, and that the characters aged over the years. Listeners heard Brent...
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Secret Missions was a Mutual series that ran from 1948 to 1949. It told true-life stories of wartime espionage under the office of Naval Intelligence. The program was produced in New York. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North American volunteers, and includes assistance of...
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Let's Pretend was a happy and wholesome radio program for children. It evolved from a few different series, starting in the late 1920s, with various names and approaches through the early 1930s. Young actors played the parts in dramatized fairy tales and stories such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Arabian Nights, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, and many others. In 1930, Nila Mack became the Director of Children's Programs for CBS. In March 1934, she took over as director and changed...
Topics: old time radio, let's pretend
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March of Time was one of the pivotal programs that created radio's golden age. They could not know it at the time, but the program would have a critical role in development of radio's top talent and best practice production methods. The talent and the processes would play essential roles in radio and other media for decades to come. Another key series in radio's history was Columbia Workshop . Many of the actors and personnel that would be guides and performers in radio's growing influence in...
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Danger, Dr. Danfield was broadcast on ABC from August 18, 1946, to April 13, 1947, and was later syndicated; these recordings are from the syndicated version. Beware: this is considered one of the poorest productions of the golden age of radio. Dr. Daniel Danfield was a criminal psychologist, a topic and profession that was very new in the 1940s. He dictated each case to his secretary, Rusty Fairfax. The lead role was played by Michael Dunne, who would later be billed in his appearances as...
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Joyce Jordan, MD was a soap opera that began in 1938 and ran to 1952, and had a brief return in the first half of 1955. The program began as Joyce Jordan, Girl Interne , and in 1942, Joyce completed her studies and time as an interne to become a practicing MD. The foundational storyline for the series was the challenges of a woman working to succeed in a male-dominated profession. The episodes in the Hehn Collection begin with the time that Gertrude Warner took over the lead role from Betty...
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The Big Story radio series chronicled the heroic quests that newspaper reporters made for truth and justice in their communities. The very successful series was on radio from 1947 to 1954, and also on television from 1950 to 1957. Many of the radio scripts were adapted for the TV version. The program "fictionalized" original news stories, changing the names of the participants, except for that of the reporter, to fit into the 22-23 minutes of drama time for the program, and to prevent...
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Fu Manchu was a fictional character created by author Sax Rohmer. The evil criminal genius character started in novels and then spanned comics, radio, movies, and television for decades. It was on radio in various forms in the early- to mid-1930s. These recordings are from the syndicated series of 156 episodes began in 1939 and serialized the first nine of Rohmer’s novels. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of...
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Mystery House was an audition program for a planned radio series starring horror film legend Bela Lugosi. The program also included stage and film actor John Carradine and radio's Lureen Tuttle (two years before her famous role as secretary "Effie" on The Adventures of Sam Spade ). Mutual had a series a few years later with this same title that is not related to this audition recording. The audition was recorded on 1944-07-03 and is titled The Thirsty Death. * * * These recordings are...
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Mollé Mystery Theatre was a half-hour anthology series that ran from 1943 to 1948. The show was produced in New York, and with high production values. Comparisons to Suspense are natural because the shows often adapted works from the same authors, and sometimes the same stories. In terms of budgets, there was no comparison: Suspense was a much lusher production with a focus on big Hollywood stars. Molle, however, was a solid program that used some of New York's best radio and Broadway talent....
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Newsstand Theater was a production of ABC and featured dramatizations of short stories that originally appeared in Collier’s , Woman’s Home Companion , The American, and others of their publications . The publisher of these magazines was Crowell-Collier Publishing Company. Collier’s was its largest circulating publication. The company was not faring well in the early 1950s, even though circulation was strong, over 20 million for all of its titles. The Newsstand Theater program was viewed...
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This is a long-missing episode of Lone Ranger that was found in the reels of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. This is the file name with the episode numbers that are used to identify each show Lone Ranger 511029 #2931-2155 The Great Bend Settlement This recording was edited by the Armed Forces Radio Service for broadcast on their stations around the world for the benefit of service personnel and their civilian support, and the families that traveled with them. AFRS also had listeners among the...
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Secret Mission was a Cold War program that detailed an exciting undercover story that included a message that Communism was a serious problem in the world, the USA, and its allies. Edward Arnold was the announcer/narrator, and Hy Averback played the lead character. It is likely that this program was heard exclusively on Armed Forces Radio.  * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby...
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The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen was a very creative, well-written and produced series on Mutual from 1947 to 1948. It starred Elliott Lewis, and featured many of Hollywood's best known radio actors. Its scripts were written by Gil Doud and Robert Tallman, among the best and most prolific of radio's writers. The series lasted 36 episodes. The first twenty episodes follow the Scarlet Queen on its trip from San Francisco to many South Pacific ports in search of rare and valuable Chinese artifacts...
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Screen Guild Theater was one of the most successful collaborations of radio broadcasting and the movie business, and especially the performers. The show came to the air in January 1939, sponsored by Gulf Oil. Stars appeared gratis , and the amount they would be paid was contributed to the Motion Picture Relief Fund to assist aged and ill screen performers. Gulf discontinued its sponsorship in the Summer of 1942. By that time, in 2021 US dollars, the company had donated $14 million to build a...
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The Adventures of Billy Swift, Boy Detective was a short-lived Saturday morning kids serial heard mainly on the West coast and in the Southwest in 1938 and 1939. Billy is a 15 year-old detective whose adventures take him around the world. The program was part of a larger series, Sunkist Time , sometimes known as California Sunshine Hour , sponored by the California Fruit Growers Exchange, known best for Sunkist oranges. The young star of the program was Frank Bealin, and the announcers were Ken...
Topics: old time radio, kids serials
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My Friend Irma was a situation comedy that was so popular that it inspired movies, comic books, and a television program. Marie Wilson was the star of the series in all of its media formats. The series was created by Cy Howard, a writer for Jack Benny. Irma was a pretty and clueless office worker and stenographer attempting to make it on her own in New York with her friend Jane (played by Cathy Lewis and later by Mary Shipp). Each show started with Jane explaining the trouble that Irma had just...
Topics: old time radio, my friend irma
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NBC Radio Theater was an anthology series in hour-long format that was broadcast Monday through Friday starting at the end of April 1959. The show left the air in early January 1960. The rotating cast of actors included Eddie Albert, Lee Bowman, Madeleine Carroll, Gloria DeHaven, and Celeste Holm. Guests stars would appear One of the producers of the series was Hi Brown of Inner Sanctum and CBS Radio Mystery Theater fame. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr....
Topics: old time radio, nbc radio theater
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Lux Radio Theatre was one of radio’s biggest hits, with consistently high ratings, and a magnet for Hollywood’s stars and studios to promote their movies. The series started in New York in 1934, mainly adapting Broadway plays, but it was when it moved to Hollywood in 1936 that it made its mark. Famous executive, producer, and director Cecil B. DeMille was the host. A dispute over AFRA union rules led to his departure and replacement by producer William Keighley. By the early 1950s, the...
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The Adventures of Ace Williams was a juvenile serial about the experiences of the famous newsreel cameraman and his assistant, teenager Dick Holt. It was syndicated, and broadcast three times per week. (Note that syndicated programs have very long musical segments; during the music, the local station’s announcer would read the ads of the sponsor for their listening area). The series began in the southwestern US as a syndicated program in October 1936. Dating the episodes can be difficult...
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Escape was one of the finest drama programs in the "golden age of radio." It dramatized classic stories and new performances in the classic tradition. Radio's best actors and production personnel, many of whom were regular performers on Suspense and other highly rated programs, were regulars on the program. There was a time when collectors believed that Escape was disliked by CBS management because it was often moved around in the schedule and did not have long periods of continuous...
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C l ara, Lu, and Em (sometimes Clara, Lu, 'n Em ) is considered to be the first daytime serial (soap opera) broadcast over a radio network. The program featured college friends Louise Starkey, Helen King, and Isobel Carothers. Its first daytime network broadcast was in February 1932, but it had beginnings as a local program in Chicago in 1930 and a nighttime program on NBC Blue in 1931 until 1936 at various times with occasional hiatuses. It returned to a once-weekly evening program shortly...
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The Falcon was a detective character that was successful in novels, short stories, movies, television, and radio. The character’s origin is somewhat confusing in terms of its actual creator (Drexel Drake or Michael Arlen, for whom those names were pseudonyms of their actual names) and the name of the character himself (Michael Waring, Gay Stanhope Falcon, Gay Stanhope Lawrence, or Tom Lawrence). Mystery fans have tried to unravel it all in books and articles for decades. Whatever the case,...
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Li'l Abner was a satirical comic strip that lampooned a fictional clan of hillbillies in the village of Dogpatch, USA. The series was created and drawn by Al Capp. It was an enormous success and became an entertainment franchise of comic strips, comic books, Broadway, and movies. The radio version was the least successful expression of the franchise. The weekday serial originated in Chicago on NBC from November 20, 1939, to December 6, 1940. The star of the program was John Hodiak who went on...
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The Passing Parade was created, written, and narrated by John Nesbitt. Each episode had a strange and curious story about a true historical event or person. The show used little or no music or sound effects, just Nesbitt’s skill as a writer and performer. He had a staff of researchers and writers to find and verify the facts he would present, but he would write the scripts, often editing until broadcast or recording time. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection....
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Gang Busters (or “Gangbusters” as it gradually became one word when the term became accepted into the US English vernacular) was a very successful radio series that began in 1936 and went off the air in 1957. It was so popular it spawned movie, television, and comic book series. An earlier radio series, G-Men , was created by Phillips H. Lord. The production had a relationship with the FBI, but Lord ended the series as style and content demands of the organization (and J. Edgar Hoover,...
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First Nighter was one of the earliest radio anthology series, with a new presentation each week, usually of the comedy-drama genre. It was designed to be like a Broadway opening at "the little theater off Times Square" and the sound effects and buzz of an excited crowd made it seem that way. The production was before a live audience and the performers were in formal attire. The show was hosted by "Mr. First Nighter," which was played by a number of actors including Bret...
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Lights Out was one of radio's most successful and memorable programs... but was on the air for a comparatively short time. It was known for its strange horror and supernatural stories that relied on creative sound effects to surprise the audience in its memorable broadcasts. The program originated in Chicago in 1934 and featured stories by the series creator, Wyllis Cooper. His success sent him to Hollywood, and in 1936 the program was taken over by Arch Oboler, whose name became so associated...
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Gene Autry was such a popular star of Western movies and as a radio and music entertainer, that even his horse had a radio program: The Adventures of Champion . It was a juvenile western serial that ran on Mutual starting in 1949. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. Digitizing his collection of reel tapes and discs is the effort of a wide range of North...
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John J. Anthony was a marriage counselor who offered advice to couples over the air. He would real letters that started with “Mr. Anthony, I have a problem.” The program was officially titled "The Good Will Hour." In 1939, more than 700 stations carried the program. In 2020 US dollars, he was making about $3 million a year. The program went off the air in 1953. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn Memorial Collection. Mr. Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of...
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Casey, Crime Photographer was adapted from the pulp novels of George Harmon Coxe. The series began in July 1943 with the name Flashgun Casey, Press Photographer , then changed to Casey, Press Photographer , and for the balance of its run was Crime Photographer . Listeners, the press, and old time radio collectors almost always refer to it as Casey, Crime Photographer . The best years of the series were from August 1946 to March 1948 when it had a big budget from its sponsor, glassware...
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Wormwood Forest was a local children’s program developed by Tom Tichenor, a Nashville puppeteer, who wrote and performed on the show. The program began on Nashville’s WSM station in 1947, and was picked up by NBC for 16 episodes, running nationally from January 8 to April 30, 1949. The program was on the air into the June 1951 on WSM and other stations. The program told stories using farm animals (with verbal abilities, of course) in “real-life” situations… like a pig (Barbara Q. Pig)...
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The late Joe Hehn collected hundreds of photos from the radio era. For years he was preparing the materials for a book about radio's "kid's shows," the series, characters, actors, technicians, advertisers, premiums, and the strategies behind them all. Unfortunately, such a book was not to be. He acquired many of these photos from actors, advertisers, and others. Many of them are rare. They provide a rare glimpse of the era and the people who created it. If the image is not labeled,...
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Duffy's Tavern was one of radio's most successful comedies, known for its telephone ringing opening and the line "Hello, Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat... Archie, the manager speakin'... Duffy ain't here... Oh... hello, Duffy." Archie would then bring Duffy up to date with what was going on at the tavern that evening. Ed Gardner created the series with Abe Burrows and also directed the writing. Gardner played Archie. No one played Duffy because Duffy never had any lines....
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Night Beat was one of radio's finest series for its writing, creativity, production, and its performances. The series starred Frank Lovejoy, in a role that seemed perfect for him, a reporter (Randy Stone) covering overnight stories in Chicago. Randy encountered all kinds of people in all kinds of difficult situations. He got his best stories by trying to help them or help make things right. The series had its occasional funny or lighthearted moments but it could also be gritty and dark. Frank...
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It Pays to Be Ignorant is a comedy that ran from 1942 to 1951 as a quiz show. That format itself was a gag, as it was really a pretense for comedians to hurl one-liners at the live and home audiences, with the contestant mainly there as a happy prop. The supposed quizmaster was comedian Tom Howard. George Shelton, Howard's partner in a vaudeville act, was on the panel, along with Harry McNaughton and Lulu McConnell. The episode would start with a joke, and the panelists would make a pun or...
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Joe Penner was an early radio comedian who found his success in the mid-1930s. He developed his routines and catch phrases ("Wanna buy a duck?" and "You naaaasss -ty man!") in burlesque and vaudeville. Appearances on the Rudy Vallee program led to his own series. His radio career began to ebb as other comedians began to have their own successful broadcasts. Penner's career came to a tragic end in 1941 when he died of a heart attack at age 36. * * * These recordings are part...
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These are miscellaneous scripts of radio programs that were found in Joe Hehn's documents. Betty Jane of the Circus 1936-06-25 episode #4 Bing Tyler and his Flying Ball episode #10 Death Valley Days 1935-04-11 The World's Biggest Job I Love a Mystery 1949-10-04 and -05 Fear that Creeps Like a Cat , episodes #2 and 3 Terry and the Pirates 1941-10-03 Vic and Sade 1939-09-21 * * * Joe Hehn (1931-2020) was a pioneering collector of radio recordings when the hobby emerged in the 1960s. The Joe Hehn...
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Intrigue was a summer 1946 series on CBS. It was produced and directed by Charles Vanda, the creator of Suspense . The star was Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian-born actor in film and theater. The series focused on 19th and 20th century wartime espionage and justice. There were less than 10 episodes produced. Vanda was one of the key broadcast executives who formed and guided the Armed Forces Radio Service as part of his military service in WW2. * * * These recordings are part of the Joe Hehn...
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Chandu the Magician was a serialized radio drama that dealt with the supernatural. It began in 1931 in Los Angeles and was gradually picked up by other stations in syndication.The character proved popular and spawned two movies, one in 1932 and a sequel 1934. Bela Lugosi was in both movies, playing Chandu in the sequel. The serial ran nationally from 1932 to 1935, and then in a revival series from June 1948 to January 1949. The show then changed formats to a half hour of a self-contained...
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Mail Call was a production of the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) created to raise the spirits of World War 2 service personnel and their families stationed around the world. Originally created to keep them informed of events back home with some lighter news and audio clips of movies and such, the program was revised to be similar to the highly regarded Command Performance . The program had music, comedic bits, and other entertainment, from Hollywood’s biggest stars who worked gratis . Some...
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Dunninger was a "mentalist," a magician whose performances specialized in hypnosis, clairvoyance, telepathy, and other mind control stunts to confound their audiences. It might be hard to believe, but this kind of stage act could be done on the radio and still be quite entertaining. Dunninger had a long career and befriended magicians such as Houdini and Blackstone, and has an interesting tie to radio character The Shadow . Walter B. Gibson, novelist and creator of the character was a...
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Al Pearce was a radio comedian and entertainer who was on the air from 1928 to 1947. His catch phrase "Nobody home, I hope, I hope, I hope" was based on a character of a “low pressure” door-to-door salesman named Elmer Blurt. Prior to his entertainment career, Pearce sold insurance and real estate, which gave him a rich source of material for the character. His show included musical segments and other characters, hence the name of the program Al Pearce and His Gang . Among them...
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