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Throughout the 20th century, one of the dominant forms of mass media and entertainment was Radio Shows: Drama, Comedy, Mystery and Horror, as well as news and information, all presented in a purely audio format. Contained in these archives are thousands of hours recorded from these well-funded and talent-filled works.

Some items are entire collections within themselves of many-episode runs of famous shows. Many date from the "Golden Age" of Radio, the early half of the 20th century, while some are remixes or recreations of these works for modern audiences. A percentage are modern(ish) productions utilizing the best of what improved technology and hopes to capture the radio magic could offer.

The introduction of television is considered to be the death knell of this medium, but the works live on.

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Jun 24, 2022 Gunsmoke
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These are two rare Gunsmoke episodes. Homely Girl was found in Australia in 2014 and is an AFRTS recording. The story is by Kathleen Hite. Supporting regulars William Conrad, Parley Baer, Georgia Ellis and Howard McNear were Virginia Gregg and Vic Perrin. The Ride Back was found (or "re-discovered") in 2022 in a classic radio program collection that had not been available for many decades. It is a good-sounding aircheck from the original KNX-Los Angeles broadcast. The program is...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Feb 22, 2022 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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 Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Feb 21, 2022 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Old Time Radio
Feb 5, 2022 Theater Five Project
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Project purpose : To bring greater awareness and appreciation of this 1964-1965 ABC Radio series. Its recognition has been hampered by extremely poor sound of most all of its recordings and incomplete documentation of its development and production. Since the start of this T5 project in mid-2021, more than 100 recordings of the 256 surviving episodes have been replaced with very good and excellent recordings, and others have been processed to allow for easier listening until they can be...
Topics: old time radio, theater five, theater 5, theatre five
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
2022 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Dec 23, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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 Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Dec 23, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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...
Topics: old time radio, jack armstrong
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Dec 22, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Dec 22, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Dec 22, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Dec 21, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Dec 20, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Topics: old time radio, whispering streets, soap operas
Old Time Radio
Nov 11, 2021 BBC Radio 4
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The Train at Platform 4 Comedy legends Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis bring a new sitcom to Radio 4, set in the claustrophobic carriages of a cross-country rail service. Our heroes are the long-suffering train crew who manage to scrape through every shift like a dysfunctional family – Train Manager, Sam (Rosie Cavaliero; Inside No. 9) First Class Steward, Gilbert (Kenneth Collard; Cuckoo), Catering Manager, Dev (Ali Shahalom; Muzlamic) and Trolley Operator Tasha (Amy Geldhill; Life). The...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 29, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Old Time Radio
Oct 21, 2021 Knights of Columbus
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Something for Tomorrow was a 1946 radio program produced by the Knights of Columbus starring Jane Wyatt and Dennis Day. The program is about families in trouble, including their children and teenagers, and helping them deal with issues in post-WW2 America. It emphasizes how the Knights of Columbus organization can be of assistance. The youth program, Columbian Squires, is also mentioned. The program was released for the observance of the sixty-fourth anniversary of the Knights, “Founders...
Topics: old time radio, knights of columbus
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 15, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 15, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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RCA Magic Key was a successful offering to demonstrate radio’s wide capabilities in delivering entertainment and culture to the American home. The program offered comedy, classical music, opera, popular music, big band music, drama, and much more. Newspapers described it as “a high type variety program.” The hour-long program aired from September 1935 to September 1939. This particular episode from November 3, 1935 wa s already in circulation among collectors but was incomplete. This Hehn...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 14, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 14, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Fred Waring was one of the most famous bandleaders and proponents of choral singing of the Twentieth Century. Fred and his “Pennsylvanians” became the first singing band, the first to use megaphones, to feature vocalists with an orchestra, to combine an orchestra with a glee club, and made one of the first full-length musical talking pictures. His innovations in live performance led to a long career on radio which spilled into the early years of television. Fred Waring and the...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 14, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Paul Whiteman was composer and bandleader who became known as the “King of Jazz.” His orchestra was one of the most popular dance bands in the 1920s and 1930s. The band’s recordings were very successful. Whiteman’s notoriety was mainly in the 1920s and 1930s, but he was still popular and of such high reputation enough to attract sponsors to radio programs through the 1940s. It was Whiteman who gave Bing Crosby his start, and he also commissioned George Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 13, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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In October 1943, NBC broadcast The Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto starring Raymond Massey as narrator. The program was produced in cooperation with the American Jewish Committee. This recording is of the repeat broadcast of 1943-12-12 to mark the Feast of Hanukkah, the successful revolt of the Maccabees that led to the recapture of Jerusalem i n 164 BCE. The battle of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943, where thousands were massacred by the Nazis, was compared to the resistance that the Maccabees made...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 12, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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...
Topic: old time radio
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 10, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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In the course of Joe Hehn's research about the juvenile serials of radio's golden age, he sought the help of many performers, technicians, executives, and others. Most, unfortunately, were not able to help him. Some told him to essentially leave them alone. Others had some marvelous correspondence with him. It was difficult to do research on radio at that time; many of the people Hehn asked for help still had active careers and did not have time to do so. Others did not consider the golden age...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 7, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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 Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 6, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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 Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 5, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Hollywood movie studios and radio broadcasters had a profitable relationship: the studios had stars and stories, and radio had broadcasts provided free to potential moviegoers. Sometimes it was even better: an advertising sponsor paid for it all. The most prominent collaboration was Lux Radio Theatre , for years at or near the top of the ratings for dramatic programs, and an effective marketing tool for movies… even the second-tier ones… to build interest in movie-going and performers...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 5, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Crime Fighters was a police procedural that focused on some of the new technologies, especially in police labs, to capture criminals and solve crimes. The series was on Mutual from November 1949 to August 1956, which occasional gaps in its broadcast scheduling. The series was produced in New York and had many of the City’s veteran voices. The program dramatized the police methods to solve a true crime in their historical records. In many cases, some new or unusual technique was used to bring...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 4, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Fate plays no favorites… it could happen to YOU! That tagline from the 1947-1948 syndicated series Diary of Fate is well-known by radio collectors not for its being memorable but for it being… hokey! Most collectors never took the program seriously, and its exclusion from radio references such as Tune in Yesterday , On the Air (both by John Dunning), The Big Broadcast , and others, was no accident. That said, it can make for entertaining listening if expectations are not held high . The...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 4, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Cabin B-13 was a 25-week series of dramas by mystery writer John Dickson Carr. They featured his character, Dr. Fabian, a ship’s doctor on the luxury liner Maurevania, whose cabin on the ship was, of course, B-13 . Arnold Moss played the lead role. The ship sailed from Southampton, England to Cherbourg, France, down the coast, through the Mediterranean, and to the Near East. Fabian would relate an experience about a mystery on board or in one of the ports the Maurevania visited. John Dickson...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Oct 3, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 30, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Don’t Touch That Dial aired on KCSN-FM in Los Angeles, CA for almost 30 years. This episode is from February 9, 1978 and has Harvey Tow, Jim Harmon (writer of The Great Radio Heroes ) and Don Glut. The discussion is about radio and general nostalgia... and dinosaurs! * * * 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...
Topics: old time radio, nostalgia
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 30, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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21st Precinct was a mid-1950s highly respected serious police drama on CBS that critics and listeners (who found it) enjoyed it. The problem, however, was that the public was spending more and more time seeking and watching television programming and the potential audience was shrinking and changing its listening  habits. The program was written by Stanley Niss, one of the key persons behind the legendary Gang Busters program. Niss also directed most every episode and was producer for almost...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 29, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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...
Topics: old time radio, al pearce
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Sep 29, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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...
Topics: old time radio, carleton e. morse
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Sep 29, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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The 1939–40 New York World's Fair was held in Queens, New York, at a site near today’s LaGuardia Airport and the CitiField baseball stadium . The area is generally known as Flushing Meadows and Corona Park. More than 44 million people visited over the two years. It was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of "Dawn of a New Day", and it allowed all visitors to take a look at "the world of tomorrow." Because international travel was...
Topics: old time radio, 1939 world's fair
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 28, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Fred Allen was one of radio’s most famous comedian s . He had several series over the years from 1932 to 1949, all contained witty and insightful comments, many ad libbed, about life and current events. Where The Jack Benny Show was carefully scripted with storylines for that week (and room for occasional and brief ad libs now and then), Allen’s show had separate skits, satirical plays, and the famous “Allen’s Alley.” That particular portion of the program took a topic in the news and...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 28, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Family Skeleton , starring Mercedes McCambridge, was CBS' attempt at a daily evening soap opera. The series aired from June 1953 to January 1955 to generally lackluster reviews. Only two episodes have survived. The series was created and written by legendary radio producer Carleton E. Morse, famous for his programs I Love a Mystery and One Man’s Family. McCambridge was a noted radio, theater, and Oscar-winning movie actress (1949’s All the King’s Men ). H er presence was intended to draw...
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Topics: old time radio, Carleton E. Morse
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 26, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 25, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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This is one of the more curious recordings in the Hehn collection. It is a special information broadcast for ABC affiliates on May 27, 1946 about upcoming schedule changes, special events, and broadcast content. This confidential internal broadcast over the network feed was necessary because of the national strike of railroad workers. D ocuments about show schedules, advertising promotions and other key information was not reaching the affiliates . M uch of the US mail was transported by...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 24, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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According to the Record was a five-minute syndicated feature that was available to local stations and local advertisers from 1943 to 1957. The program highlighted historical events or people associated with that particular calendar date of broadcast. * * * 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...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 23, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Hawk Larabee was one of CBS’ early attempts to bring western radio drama to an adult audience. Its first incarnation was under the name Hawk Durango, a seven-episode 1946 summer series . Hawk Larabee made its debut in October 1946 and lasted until December 1948. Most all of the episodes have not survived. Durango and Larabee were two of the stepping stones to the legendary Gunsmoke series almost five years later. Gunsmoke defined the adult western genre, first for radio, and then television....
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Sep 23, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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...
Topics: old time radio, hercule poirot, agatha christie
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Sep 23, 2021 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,...
Topics: old time radio, gang busters, gangbusters
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 23, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Crime Club was a 1946-1947 radio series based on the successful imprint for mystery novel series published by Doubleday. Each episode was introduced by a phone call to the series to “The Librarian” of the Club, who invites the caller to read the story at the library. “The Librarian” was played by by Barry Thomson and Raymond Edward Johnson ( he had lost his role as “Raymond, Your Host” on Inner Sanctum Mysteries a year or so earlier ). The series began December 2, 1946 and continued...
Topic: old time radio
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 20, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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....
Topic: old time radio
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Sep 20, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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,...
Topic: old time radio
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 19, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Doc Seller’s True Stories was a syndicated program that started in 1938. It dramatized stories that were found in True Story Magazine . Doc Sellers was an “amiable independent store keeper,” as some newspapers described him, “a character well known to the American public.” The magazine usually had first person accounts (edited by staff) of typical people facing the challenges of life presented in simple language for the widest audience possible. The magazine started in 1919. Digitized...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 19, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Bride and Groom started its run in November 1945 and ended in September 1950. Each program focused on an engaged couple. The host, John Nelson, would interview them about how they met and how long they knew each other. They would be whisked off-stage to a chapel set up for the program, to be married by one of the ministers employed by the show. While the private ceremony was in process, Nelson would continue the program by interviewing married couples in the studio audience. They would be...
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The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 19, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Th e Clyde Beatty Show dramatized the exploits of the famous animal trainer, zoo owner, and circus entrepreneur . He eventually owned his own Clyde Beatty Circus from 1945 to 1956 and lent his name and likeness to circuses years after. He was in movies and television from the 1930s through the 1960s. The radio program was syndicated from 1950 to 1952 and fictionalized and embellished his real-life events. Radio veteran actor Vic Perrin played Beatty, and you can hear many of Hollywood’s...
Topic: old time radio
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Sep 19, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Hopalong Cassidy was a cowboy hero created in 1904 by the author Clarence E. Mulford. The original short stories and novels grew into a major multimedia of print, movies, television, and radio. William Boyd, who played the role in movies starting in 1935, continued the role in television and on radio. The character was a major financial success for toys and other branded goods. The radio program had network broadcasts, but had its greatest success as a syndicated program in the 1950s. * * *...
Topics: old time radio, hopalong cassidy
The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
Sep 19, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Scrapbook of Champions was produced by WFUV, a station owned by Fordham University in the Bronx borough of New York City. The program was started in the communications department of the college. This particular recording was broadcast on June 11, 1954. It is about Lou Gehrig is narrated by Johnny Most, the play-by-play announcer of the Boston Celtics basketball team. It includes recitations a sentence or two from Gehrig’s famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium when he knew he was dying from...
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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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Sep 17, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Crossroads (sometimes referred to as At the Crossroads ) was a 1956 public service program to educate people about the Social Security program. These were real-life stories of people who have benefited from the various programs the Social Security offered for their financial welfare and security through hardships and other challenges. The host of the program was Broadway, radio, television, and movie actress Faye Emerson. She was a well-known personality, and was on television so often in the...
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Sep 17, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Romance was a CBS series that evolved from an early 1940s series Theater of Romance that was on CBS at various times through the years. In May, 1954, however, the series returned to the air with a format more like a softer version of Escape or Suspense with many of the same actors and writers, even the writers and actors better known for Gunsmoke or Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar . It was a true anthology series, it had a wide range of stories of adventure, tension, and romance (but not of the soap...
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Sep 17, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Sep 17, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Sep 16, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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The Garden Gate was broadcast from Nashville and hosted by “The Old Dirt Dobber,” Tom Williams. He dispensed gardening advice in response to questions submitted by listeners. It is claimed he received up to 40,000 letters each week. In each program, he would award “The Order of the Green Thumb” to a gardener nominated by listeners. At the close of the program, he would read a poem submitted by a listener. When it came to gardening, Williams knew what he was talking about. He was a...
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Sep 16, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Bert Andrews was a Washington, DC reporter for the New York Herald Tribune. Andrews reported from both European and Pacific fronts in WW2. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for his article “A State Department Security Case” which detailed the travails of a State Depart ment employee who was under loyalty investigation but was not able to find out the charges, the allegations, or other aspects of their case, to allow a response to the investigation. The employee was one of ten discharged...
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Sep 16, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Ladies Be Seated wa s a daytime game show. The recordings in the Hehn collection are from 1945 when the series was on ABC and sponsored by Aunt Jemima Pancakes. The actress who played the brand’s character in personal appearances and events presents the commercials on the program. The hosts in the series at this time were Johnny Olson and his wife, Penny. She was co-host and associate producer, responsible for developing stunts, selecting participants, and obtaining prizes for the show, She...
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Sep 15, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Jack Berch was a singer and raconteur whose daytime program was an alternative to the often dreary plotlines of soap operas. His goal was to be happy, and did so by whistling a tune and singing at the open of each program. The recordings in the Hehn collection are sponsored by Prudential Insurance. * * * 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...
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Sep 15, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Irene Hervey and Allan Jones were movie stars, not the most famous of movie stars, but certainly familiar to most movie-goers from the 1930s through the 1950s, with some appearances beyond. Jones was also a successful singer and recording artist. Their radio program fell into the category of “Mr. and Mrs. program” and was scripted around their real lives. Their radio program began in 1945 and also included interviews with other movie and entertainment guests. The program was not always...
Topics: old time radio, berlin airlift, WW2, allan jones, irene hervey
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Sep 15, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Sep 15, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Herb Shriner Time featured the Midwestern humorist as host of the program. He opened with a “ homespun monologue,” that often referred to his Indiana upbringing . The weekday program was broadcast from New York and sponsored by Alka Seltzer on CBS in 1948 and 1949. It featured the Raymond Scott Quintet, singer Dorothy Collins, and announcer Durward Kirby. One of the recordings is from October 18, 1948. Hugh Herbert, movie comedian, is the guest. His monologue is about how honest everyone in...
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Sep 14, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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Listen and Live was a public service program produced by the National Committee for the Conservation of Manpower in War Industries. There were six 15-minute episodes that included discussions, entertainment, dramatized safety lessons, and other information intended to reduce the number of accidents and injuries in the manufacture and transport of materials needed for the war effort. The first episode included a discussion with Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins about how 90% of accidents could...
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Sep 14, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Sep 12, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Sep 12, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Aug 27, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Aug 27, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Adapted from Dashiell Hammett's "Continental Op" stories (which are now in the Public Domain), Season 1 of this new audio series features the first seven published Op stories, faithfully dramatized by series creators Pete Lutz (eps 1-3, 5-7) and Mark Slade (eps 4, 8). Enjoy these classic tales, brought to life by the Narada Radio Company! Directed by Pete Lutz. Post-production by Fishbonius Sound Design.
Topics: pete lutz, dashiell hammett, continental op, federated tec, noir, mystery, audio drama, radio drama
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Aug 5, 2021 MPDMedia
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Hot August Nights 1 An OTR Weekend Special Ten old-time radio shows, each originally aired in Augusts of those years, every weekend through this month.  One hour-long program, nine half-hour or less shows; one of each type available.  August was traditionally the time when radio comics went on vacation, so there isn't much comedy here.  Stiflingly-hot radio studios in pre-HVAC towns like Los Angeles and NYC were probably part of the problem.  Sit in front of a fan, pour a cold one and...
Topics: OTR, humor, horror, Gershwin, variety show, radio, history
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Jul 31, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Jul 30, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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The Sparrow and the Hawk was a juvenile serial about aviation that was on CBS starting in May 1945 and ending September 1946. It feature the adventures of Lt. Col. Spencer Mallory (The Hawk played first by Michael Fitzmaurice and later by Lamont Johnson) and his 16-year old nephew, Barney (The Sparrow, played by Donald Buka), who was also a pilot. Also in the cast were Arlene Frederick as young secretary Jean Martin, Joe Julian as Tony, and Mary Hunter as Mrs. Mallory. Tony Marvin was an...
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Jul 30, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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Jul 30, 2021 The Joe Hehn Memorial Collection
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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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