GI Jive was a 15-minute music program that was produced & broadcast by the US government via the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) radio network. Early shows had a variety of hosts: Frank Nelson, Lester Jay, and popular pin-up girls like Donna Reed were guest DJs.
In 1943, G.I. Jill (Martha Wilkerson) took over behind the mike, and according to the AFRTS Archive blog, GI Jive became the most popular show on AFRS.
Listen to The Horror
Be afraid! Be very afraid. Ghost stories, monsters, creatures who walk the earth, and other tales of the unexplained.
Happy Birthday Erle Stanley Gardner
Erle Stanley Gardner (July 17, 1889 – March 11, 1970) was an American lawyer and author of detective stories. Best known for the Perry Mason series, he also published under the pseudonyms A.A. Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray and Robert Parr.
Perry Mason was a 15-minute show (including commercials, etc.) that aired five times a week. It ran from October 1943 to December 1955. Several actors played Mason over the years, including Bartlett Robinson, Santos Ortega, Donald Biggs, and John Larkin. Perry’s secretary, Della Street, was played by Gertrude Warner (later, Jan Miner and Joan Alexander)
Broadway’s My Beat, a radio crime drama, ran on CBS from February 27, 1949 to August 1, 1954. With music by Robert Stringer, the show originated from New York during its first three months on the air, with Anthony Ross portraying Times Square Detective Danny Clover. John Dietz directed for producer Lester Gottlieb.
Beginning with the July 7, 1949 episode, the series was broadcast from Hollywood with producer Elliott Lewis directing a new cast in scripts by Morton Fine and David Friedkin. The opening theme of “I’ll Take Manhattan” introduced Detective Danny Clover (played by Larry Thor), a hardened New York City cop who worked homicide “from Times Square to Columbus Circle — the gaudiest, the most violent, the lonesomest mile in the world.”
Listen to Broadway is My Beat radio shows on Prelinger Archives
Nick Carter, Master Detective
Prelinger Archives is the best. Where else can you listen to old time radio shows? Nick Carter, Private Detective is one of my favorites. Some of my peeps don’t understand why I like old stuff like that. Seriously, they have no imagination. I made sure that I put a lot of them on cd. You never know when stuff is going to magically disappear off of the internet. I put most of my faith in things that are tangible. To me, the internet is still some kind of magical dreamland where one day you could wake up and stuff would be *POOF* gone.
Another old time radio show that I like is Broadway is My Beat . Broadway Is My Beat was a CBS radio crime drama series which ran from 1949 to 1954. The show originated in New York for the first 12 episodes, which was then moved to Hollywood. The story revolved around a hardened New York City policeman who worked the homicide devision.
Broadway is sleeping now…the furious avenues of the night are still…only the sleepwalkers are there…the seekers, the sodden…it’s Broadway. The gaudiest. The most violent. The lonliest mile in the world. Broadway…my beat!
Hmmm…It kind of makes me want to live there.