Today is the 57th birthday of X Minus One, a science fiction anthology that debuted on NBC radio on 24 April 1955. It began as a sort-of revival of pioneering sci-fi program, Dimension X and the first fifteen episodes were remakes from that series. The remainder of the episodes were originals from staff writers Ernest … Continue reading Happy Birthday, X Minus One – radio’s greatest sci-fi anthology!
On 16 January1944, The Life of Riley, premiered on the Blue Network (later ABC). The Life of Riley began with an audition taping on 25 July 1943 after its creation by Irving Brecher. Over the course of roughly 320 episodes, it established itself as one of the most enduringly funny sitcoms on Old Time Radio. … Continue reading Happy Birthday, The Life of Riley! – or – What a revoltin’ development this is!
Broadway Is My Beat, was a dark, gritty radio drama that began airing 62 years ago today on CBS, debuting 27 February 1949. The series revolved around Times Square homicide detective Danny Clover. NEW YORK ERA When the program debuted, it was produced in New York City. Clover was portrayed by actor Anthony Ross, a … Continue reading Broadway is My Beat
Confession is a crime drama anthology that originally aired on NBC from July 5 to September 14 in 1953,Sunday nights at 9:30. Each episode featured Paul Frees as Richard McGee -- then the director of California Department of Corrections. John Wald was the announcer. The rest of the cast changed from episode to episode and … Continue reading Confession: Old Time Radio Drama
THE END OF THE GOLDEN AGE On this day (September 30) in 1962 CBS radio broadcast the final episodes of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and the Golden Age of Radio came to a close. RADIO'S BEGINNINGS Radio Drama (also frequently referred to as Old Time Radio or OTR) really began in the 1920s. … Continue reading The Death of Old Time Radio