Monday, September 30, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Whisperer
Episode: Tea Time For Teenagers (7/8/1951)

The Whisperer was an American old-time radio program which broadcast 13 episodes on late Sunday afternoons [5:00 p.m. Eastern] as a summer replacement from July 8 to September 30, 1951 on NBC. It was based on stories by Dr. Stetson Humphrey (in collaboration with his wife, Irene). The tone of the show was often tongue-in-cheek, and satirized the radio crime dramas of the day.

I love Lucy
Episode: Breaking the lease (2/27/1952)

There was some thought about creating an I Love Lucy radio show to run in conjuncture with the television series as was being done at the time with the CBS hit show Our Miss Brooks. On February 27, 1952, a sample I Love Lucy radio show was produced, but it never aired. This was a pilot episode, created by editing the soundtrack of the television episode "Breaking the Lease", with added Arnaz narration. It included commercials for Philip Morris, which sponsored the television series.
While it never aired on radio at the time in the 1950s (Philip Morris eventually sponsored a radio edition of My Little Margie instead), copies of this radio pilot episode have been circulating among "old time radio" collectors for years, and this radio pilot episode has aired in more recent decades on numerous local radio stations that air some "old time radio" programming. (source

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Planet Yesteryear Radio News

With the weather getting colder, and the fall season here. Planet Yesteryear Old-Time Radio will work around the clock to keep radio listeners coming back daily. This site has been running for over two years now and will continue to! Thousands have visited and enjoyed classic radio broadcasts. The site will feature holiday themed marathons in the upcoming months. Starting with it's annual October Halloween marathon, but instead of "7 Days of Halloween" this year will be "31 Days of Halloween". That's right folks 31 days of the scariest programs the golden age has to offer. Followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Years Programs!! So sit back, relax, take off your shoes, and listen to classic old time radio brought to you by Planet Yesteryear Old-time radio

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The Mel Blanc Show
Episode: April Fools (4/1/1947)

The Mel Blanc Show
Episode: Zebra of the year

Monday, September 16, 2013

Adventures of Philip Marlowe

The Adventures of Philip Marlowe was a radio series featuring Raymond Chandler's private eye, Philip Marlowe. It first aired 17 June 1947 on NBC radio under the title "The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe", with Van Heflin playing Marlowe. The first episode adapted Chandler's short story "Red Wind". The NBC series ended 9 September 1947. In 1948, the series moved to CBS, where it was called "The Adventure of Philip Marlowe", with Gerald Mohr playing Marlowe. This series also began with an adaptation of "Red Wind", using a script different from the NBC adaptation. By 1949, it had the largest audience in radio. The CBS version ran for 114 episodes. Toward the end it was a summer replacement for Hopalong Cassady. Mohr played Marlowe in all but one of the CBS shows. He was replaced by William Conrad in the 1950 episode, "The Anniversary Gift".
The episode "The Birds On The Wing" (aired 11-26-49) is especially notable for its beginning and ending, both uncharacteristically breaking the fourth wall. It opens with Marlowe saying he is currently reading "Chandler's latest The Little Sister" -- thus a fictional character claims to be reading an actual book in which he is the main character. Even more surreal was the ending, in which Marlowe returns to his apartment to find Gracie Allen -- who asks Marlowe to find her husband George Burns a radio show on which he can sing!
The program's composer was Lyn Murray, who worked in both film and radio at the time. Curiously enough, the musical cue that plays over the opening narration in the series' first two episodes (where Marlowe recites the opening sentences of Chandler's original story "Red Wind") is a theme that would reappear prominently in Murray's 1954 score for Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief".
The last show aired 15 September 1951. (Source

Who Shot Waldo? (6/12/1947)

The Torch Carriers (1/7/1950)