In the Corner with Dan Hughes
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Before electronic pinpointers, there were probes that were pushed into the ground to locate the coins that our detectors told us were there.  Many treasure hunters still use probes.

Here's how to make your own probe, and how to use it without damaging your targets.  

And also a warning about what NOT to use when you make a probe.

(Photo is a probe made from an electrician's screwdriver, with close-up of rounded tip)


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Electronic pinpointers can help you find your targets a lot faster, some say. 

But others say they they don't save you time, they cost you time - that if you're sharp, all you need is your metal detector to pinpoint your coins.

This show looks at the granddaddy of pinpointers, Fred Wagner's Tinytec (pictured here), and current pinpointers that range in price from $13 (with coupon) to $170. 

And as always, I'm pushing my Metal Detecting Manual, a marvelous all-purpose fieldbook for the newbie and seasoned veteran alike.  It's at

Direct download: 181pinpointers.mp3
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There's a new coin book in town, and it dwarfs anything else you've ever seen. 

It has over 1,500 pages and nearly 6,000 illustrations.  And it weighs in at almost 6 1/2 pounds. 

It's called The Official Red Book - Deluxe Edition. 

This week's show tells you all about it.


And to read about MY book, visit  Thanks!

Direct download: 180redbookdeluxe.mp3
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In 1941, the United States went to war.  And from late 1942 through 1945, our nickels were zero percent nickel, but 35 percent silver.  These silver nickels are known as War Nickels.

Why the change in composition?  And why was a less-expensive metal replaced by a more-expensive metal? 

Why were those huge mint marks put on our War Nickels but no other coins? 

And why did we go back to nickel nickels, and small mint marks, after the war?

Learn the answers in this week's edition of In the Treasure Corner.


And learn a lot more from my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.  Details and treasure articles at

Direct download: 179WarNickels.mp3
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Soon, the face of a woman will adorn our ten-dollar bill.  But which woman?

Mr. Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, wants your help in choosing. 

Sacajawea?  Eleanor Roosevelt?  Miley Cyrus?

There is no one woman who really stands out, but there are plenty of women who should be seriously considered. 

This program explains which women, by law, cannot be chosen.  And it looks at men who have been on currency for clues as to the women who might make the cut. 

Listen at


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The Official Blackbook Price Guide to United States Coins is a normal-size paperbook book with over 650 pages of coin history, coin information, and coin values. 

It's a great backup book to the Bressett-Yeoman Red Book, which is the best book available for coinshooters and coin collectors. 

Though the two books overlap a lot, they also have enough differences to make it worthwhile to own a copy of each. 

In this show, I compare and contrast the Red Book and the Blackbook.

And speaking of books for treasure hunters....visit!

Direct download: 177officialblackbook.mp3
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Meeting actress Kathy Garver made me wonder if any celebrities were into treasure hunting. 

Kathy, who played big sister Cissy on the TV show Family Affair (with Brian Keith and Sebastian Cabot, and two twins named Buffy and Jody - remember?), asked my advice on what detector would be good for a beginner.  She sounded eager to get into the hobby!

So maybe we can convince her to join our ranks, and get her hands good and dirty on days when she's not on the soundstage. 

This week's episode of In the Treasure Corner abounds with show biz glitz!  So sit back and enjoy.

And then visit my Metal Detecting Manual website,

Direct download: 176celebrities.mp3
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Why did Shirley Temple turn down the lead role in The Wizard of Oz?

Who named his sidekick after his high school shop teacher - and for good reason?

Which actor did Lassie himself pick to be in his TV series?

How old was the Naughty Lady of Shady Lane?

All these questions were asked in the Trivia Bowl at last year's Cincinnati Nostalgia Convention.  This program gives you all the answers.

Pictured are last year's winners - The Tom Mix Ralston Straightshooters (left to right, Jim Widner, Randy Larson, Bill Oates, and Meredith Granger).


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Wanna be a big TV star on a reality show that will be shown worldwide? 

I got a phone call yesterday from Naela Durrani, a casting associate for a new reality show that covers people who have suddenly come into a lot of money.

People who won the lottery, or invented a popular app, or received an unexpected inheritance - or found a treasure with a metal detector.

And she called me because she thought I might know of such a person, since I know a lot of treasure hunters and such. 

If you fit the description of a person they're looking for, here's the phone number:  808-259-2106.  Ask for Naela (that's "Ny-La").

And if you're not the one, you'll still enjoy the show. 


You'll also enjoy my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.  Two new letters just yesterday from ecstatic readers!  Check it out at

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Beautiful dames, psychotic criminals, and ominous organ music - the classic elements of the audio-noir private eye radio show. 

This one was called I Deal in Crime, and the detective was named Ross Dolan.  He was played by William Gargan, who three years later would play private eye Martin Kane. 

Gargan was also a film actor, and he appeared in over 90 movies and nine TV series. 

This episode of I Deal in Crime is called The Davis Daughter Case, and it first ran on April 15, 1946.

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Not all hidden treasures are buried in the ground.  I've seen many stories of treasures being found inside mattresses when an old person died, or inside walls when an old house was torn down. 

In this show, I review a book that covers indoor hiding places.  It was written to help you hide valuables inside homes or vehicles, but with reverse-engineering it becomes a book on finding cleverly-hidden treasures.

Several books have been written on this topic, and this one (The Big Book of Secret Hiding Places, by Jack Luger) is pretty representative of the bunch.  If you're ever asked to search a house, this book will give you some ideas you would never have come up with on your own.

For normal treasure hunting with a metal detector, check out my book at

Direct download: 174hidingplaces.mp3
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was destitute.  He had tried several careers, from gold mining to running a retail store, from cowboying (?) to the army, and failed in all of them. 

Finally, at the age of 35, he turned to writing.  He believed he could write better drivel than he was seeing in the pulp magazines, and his first effort, Under the Moons of Mars, sold for $400.  He was on his way.

He wrote Mars books and Venus books and "inner Earth" books and westerns, but he is best remembered for his 26 Tarzan books.

There are over 200 Tarzan movies, and comic books, and newspaper strips, and action figures.  And three radio series. 

This episode is from the third series, which ran from 1950 to 1953.  Tarzan and the Hooded Death first aired on January 25, 1951.

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Lloyd Nolan and Claire Trevor were two movie stars who also starred in a short-run, kind-of-private-eye series in late 1944.

Lloyd Nolan appeared in the movies for a full half-century, from 1935 to 1985.  He was detective Michael Shayne in a series of films, and he appeared in such movies as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Peyton Place.

Claire Trevor won an Oscar in 1948 for her work in Key Largo.  She made films for 54 years, from 1933 to 1987.

Lloyd Nolan was ex-circus performer Johnny Strange, who used his circus skills in his new business.  And Claire Trevor was Terry Travers, his blonde and beautiful secretary.

Though it lasted for just 12 episodes, Results Incorporated was a fine show.  Why was it over so quickly?  Probably because Nolan and Trevor were just too busy making movies.

Here's the premiere episode of Results Incorporated, from October 7, 1944.  It's called The Haunted House.

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Pictured here are, top row, Gerhard Fischer (later spelled Fisher) and Kenneth C. White, and bottom row, Charles Garrett and Jack Gifford (Tesoro).

They are the four men who founded the four premier metal detector manufacturing companies in the United States. 

And with the passing last week of Charles Garrett, we have lost all four.

This week's In the Treasure Corner podcast remembers these giants of the industry, and wishes time didn't pass quite so quickly as it does.


For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some helpful hints on treasure hunting, visit

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Here's another fun show that slipped through the cracks.  What happens when an average American family is bequeathed a genuine English butler?  That's easy - hilarity ensues, of course. 

Harry McNaughton, who for years was a panelist on the zany quiz show It Pays To Be Ignorant, was Higgins. 

The show ran for just three months, from July to September, 1951.  Here's the first episode, Higgins Arrives, which first aired on July 3, 1951.

Direct download: 254itsHigginsSir510703HigginsArrives2953.mp3
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The first thing you notice about a gold dollar is how tiny it is - about a half inch across.  And it weighs about 1/25 of an ounce, or about half the weight of a dime.

Then if you're especially perceptive, you might notice that Lady Liberty has the same facial outline as the Indian on the Indian head penny.  Why?  Because somebody was lazy....

The gold dollar was minted for just 41 years, from 1849 to 1889.  But in that short time, its design was changed three times. 

Its gold content is worth less than $60.00, but its collectible value can be over a quarter of a million dollars. 

Why was the gold dollar made thinner in 1854?  Why was it discontinued?  What two factors caused its downfall?  How did the Civil War affect our gold coin minting?  Why were gold coins used more in the early 1850s than at any other time?

These questions and more are answered in the latest edition of In the Treasure Corner.


And for secrets of getting more depth from your metal detector, no matter what brand or model, visit and click on the FREE ARTICLES link up top.

Direct download: 172golddollars.mp3
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What do Superman, Popeye, and the Falcon have in common?  The stars of all those shows were also stars in the detective radio drama, Philo Vance.

Philo is played by Jackson Beck, who was the voice of Popeye's Bluto.  His secretary was played by Joan Alexander, who was Superman's Lois Lane.  And the DA was played by George Petri, who was the Falcon. 

Philo may have been rather the dandy in his early books, but by the time he made it to radio, he was a hard-boiled private detective. 

This episode, The Cover Girl Mystery Case, first aired on October 12, 1948. 

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Schoolbook controversies are nothing new.  Nearly three-quarters of a century ago, the subject was covered in this episode of a CBS docu-drama called The Free Company. 

Should American history textbooks cover only the glowing, positive aspects of our early heroes, or should they present the complete truth, warts and all?

The group that produced these shows, the Free Company, was about as prestigious as you could get.  Nobody was paid, and writers included Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Vincent Benet, Norman Corwin, William Saroyan, and Sherwood Anderson. 

Hollywood actors like John Garfield, Orson Welles, and Paul Muni volunteered their services, and the series was hosted by Burgess Meredith.

The series ran less than three months in early 1941.  This episode, The Mole on Lincoln's Cheek, aired on March 2, 1941.

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Here's a rapidfire quiz about coins.  The questions are hard but fun, and the answers are given right after the questions are asked. 

So if you want to make guesses as you go, keep your finger on the pause button and hit it just as soon as I finish reading the question. 

Which of today's coins have the least amount of copper content?  How many mints have been in Philadelphia since 1792?

Do you know what strange thing happens when you pay for a $3.59 purchase with a $20 bill?

What was the Buzzard coin?  Who proposed our decimal money system?  What were the modern-day era years of no mint marks? 

Learn the answers to all of these and a lot more, in under five minutes.


For more articles on metal detecting and an ad for my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 171coinquiz.mp3
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In the late 1940s and early 1950s, television was exploding everywhere, and radio was fading.  Radio producers went to great lengths to survive as long as they could.  One of their tricks was to hire famous movie stars as radio actors.  Hence Jimmy Stewart as the Six-Shooter, Alan Ladd in Box 13, and Bogart and Bacall in Bold Venture. 

The Ziv Company, a radio syndicator, created a show starring Irene Dunne (five Oscar nominations) and Fred MacMurray (who would become even more popular several years later on My Three Sons).  The show was called Bright Star, but it was also called The Irene Dunne and Fred MacMurray Show in an attempt to pull in more listeners.

Dunne was a smalltown newspaper editor and MacMurray her star reporter, George.  The program ran just one season, in 1952-53. 

This episode, George and the Society Burglar, first aired on December 11, 1952.

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The Blue Beetle began as a comic book in August, 1939.  In 1940, CBS radio brought him to the airwaves. 

Dan Garrett was a rookie cop who had a good friend named Dr. Franz, who was a pharmacist and an inventor.  Dr. Franz invented a lightweight bulletproof "superbeing" costume for Officer Garrett, and he also concocted a special formula called Vitamin 2X, which gave Garrett "super energy." 

With the magic vitamin and the bulletproof uniform, Dan Garrett became the Blue Beetle, fighting for truth, justice, and  - no, wait, that's the OTHER superhero.

The Blue Beetle reappeared briefly in the 1950s, then again in the 1960s, and finally as a DC property in the 1980s. 

And by the way, if you enjoy Nightbeat, you'll be happy to know that the Blue Beetle was played on the radio by Frank Lovejoy. 

This episode, Thoroughbreds Always Come Through, aired on June 19,1940.

Direct download: 250BlueBeetle400619ThoroughbredsAlwaysComeThrough2830.mp3
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New Minelab gold detector:  $12,499.00
Most expensive Garrett gold detector:  $799.95*

Is any detector worth twelve and a half thousand dollars?  Are you buying more than just the parts that make up this machine?  What exactly does "up to 40% more depth" mean? 

On the other hand, if you live in gold country, one good find could pay for this machine.  This is head-swimming territory, and I'm not sure how to handle it.  What do YOU think?

*(To be fair, Garrett also has a deepseeker detector package at $3,280, but that one comes with two coils and several accessories and does much more than find gold.)


For more articles on metal detecting and information about my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 170minelab.mp3
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Now Hear This told Navy stories, mostly from World War II. 

It was narrated by a sailor named Boats, who was played first by Arnold Robertson and later by Larry Haines.

It had a short run, just a few months in the summer and fall of 1951, on NBC.  

Here is the first episode, called Fire at Sea.  It aired on June 24, 1951.

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The Radio Hall of Fame was produced by Variety, the show-biz bible.  Classical music composer and first president of ASCAP Deems Taylor was the host of the show, and conductor Paul Whiteman was the musical director. 

The Radio Hall of Fame was a variety show, with news, comedy, drama, music, and biographies all rolled into one show.  It ran from 1943 to 1946, as an hour show for the first half of its run, then as a half-hour show.

This episode, from April 7, 1946, salutes Bill "Mr. Bojangles" Robinson and comedian Larry Storch.

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The San Francisco mint, 1917.

Somebody was doing SOMETHING unauthorized with one of the new machines that made half dollars, and there were no clues as to who (or what?) was responsible.  The Secret Service to the rescue...

This is the exciting story of a counterfeiter who didn't really counterfeit - or did he?  See what you think, as you listen to the story of Charlie Butler and the absolutely-perfect fifty-cent pieces he made on the sly.


For more free articles and a look at (okay, an ad for) my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 169counterfeit1917S.mp3
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The World War II radio program An American in England was written and directed by Norman Corwin and produced by Edward R. Murrow. 

Corwin auditioned several British actors for the role of narrator, but at the last minute he rejected them all and sent for American actor Joseph Julian to come to England to do the show.  Julian arrived via bomber, the day before the first broadcast.

The purpose of the series was to let America see what the British people were really like, through the eyes of an American.  The series ran for just six episodes on CBS, in the summer and fall of 1942. 

This episode first aired on September 7, 1942. 

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Joey Adams was in show biz for over 70 years.  From vaudeville to the nightclub stage, from radio and TV to the authorship of 23 books, Adams was a stellar comedian.

He hosted the radio quiz show Rate Your Mate on CBS in 1950 and 1951. 

This episode aired on August 5, 1950.

Direct download: 246rateyourmate500805joeyadams2915.mp3
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The Franklin half dollar was issued from 1948 through 1963.  It was designed by John Sinnock, who died before the coin was issued.  Sinnock had also designed the Roosevelt dime. 

Why was there a controversy about Sinnock's initials being on the coins?  Was there a communist influence? 

What did the ex-governor of Wyoming have to do with the Franklin half dollar? 

Why did an arts commission recommend that the eagle be removed from the coin, and that the crack in the Liberty bell also be removed? 

Why did the coin last just 16 years, when law mandated that coins remain unchanged for at least 25 years?

And why would Benjamin Franklin himself probably have hated his coin?

For articles on getting better depth from your metal detector, choosing your accessories for treasure hunting, the ad for my book, and much more, visit

Direct download: 168franklinhalf.mp3
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Cloak and Dagger was a high-quality spy thriller that ran in the summer and fall of 1950. 

Though it was short-lived, it made an impression and picked up a lot of fans, what with the star power of Willis Cooper, "Raymond" from Inner Sanctum, Everette Sloan of Citizen Kane fame, and Superman's "Look, up in the sky, it's a bird" announcer, Jackson Beck. 

The Cloak and Dagger stories were inspired by the book of the same name, written by Corey Ford and Alistair MacBain. 

This episode, The Last Mission, first aired on September 9, 1950. 

Direct download: 245cloakanddagger500929thelastmission3009.mp3
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An Irishman playing an Italian?  Somehow it worked.  Luigi Basco, newly arrived in Chicago from the Old Country, writes a letter each week to his mother back home in Ireland.  And each episode of Life With Luigi is the story told in Luigi's letter.

J. Carroll Naish was Luigi, and Alan Reed (TV's Fred Flintstone) was Luigi's friend Pasquale. 

The show touched a tender spot in many Americans, and it aired from 1948 to 1953.

This episode, Luigi's First Date with an American Girl, first aired on January 9, 1949.

Direct download: 244lifewithluigi490109firstdatewithamericangirl2956.mp3
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Are you itching to use that new detector you got for Christmas, but the ground is still frozen and snow-covered? 

Don't waste the next couple of months just waiting for spring - teach yourself the fine points of using that new machine right now, before you ever dig a signal.

By setting up a test box in your living room, you can learn to recognize the good from the bad, and avoid many of the problems most newbies encounter.

This show gives you a ton of ideas on experiments you can conduct with your detector and a cardoboard box.  Learn how your machine reacts to various metallic items, learn to pinpoint and determine depth, learn to tell junk from good stuff, and a lot more.  All in the comfort of your living room. 

Take notes on this one!  There's a lot of information here, and it's delivered in just three and a half minutes.

For more articles on metal detecting and an ad for my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 167testbox.mp3
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Space Patrol was on radio and TV simultaneously, from 1950 to 1955. 

Ed Kemmer was Commander Buzz Corry, and Lyn Osborn was his young sidekick, Cadet Happy. 

The Space Patrol took place in the 30th century, and the setting was the entire universe, thanks to the spaceship Terra 5. 

This episode, The Immortal Brain, first aired on May 30, 1953.

Direct download: 243spacepatrol530530theimmortalbrain2943.mp3
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Night Editor is another of those OTR shows that fell through the cracks, even though it ran on NBC for 13 years. 

Unfortunately, it had no stable day or airtime, so it was hard to find unless you kept up with your radio schedule regularly.

Hal Burdick starred as the night editor of a big-city newspaper, and he told stories to his young assistant Bobby. 

The show was so popular that it was made into a movie in 1946, starring William Gargan and Janis Carter. 

The radio version ran just 15 minutes, so I'll play you two episodes in this show.

Direct download: 242nighteditor2shows2925.mp3
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This episode of In the Treasure Corner began with a random discussion with my wife on the age of George Washington.  I was able to figure it out without going to Google, because I know my American coins.  And that led me to some other fascinating trivia about our coins.

How can your numismatic knowledge (or coin smarts) help you determine the birth years of our two most famous presidents? 

Did you know that the figure represented on the Indian head penny is the same as the one on the Mercury dime? 

Who was the first president to appear on common United States coins?  The first non-president?

How many ridges are on a dime?  A quarter?  And why aren't there ridges on pennies and nickels?

The answers and more are right here.  Click the POD icon, top left, to the left of the big program number and title.


For more articles about treasure hunting and metal detecting, and a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, check out my web site,

Direct download: 166cointrivia.mp3
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Command Performance!  Possibly the best variety show ever to air on radio - and people who lived in the USA didn't get to hear it! 

Because it was broadcast via shortwave to our Armed Forces overseas during World War II, but not to the folks here at home. 

Soldiers - thousands of them every week - wrote letters to Command Performance, requesting that a certain star sing a certain song, or a particular female star just "sigh" into the microphone, or a team from the show travel to a small town in Indiana to record birds singing.

The idea was that the soldiers were giving the orders, rather than obeying them as they had to do in real life. 

And every star, every technician, every stagehand - they all worked the show for no pay.  Even the networks lent their studios and equipment free for this show.

Virtually every star in Hollywood appeared on Command Performance during the war.  This episode, from June 17, 1944, features Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and Harpo Marx.  (Pictured here:  Don Wilson and Carole Landis)

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Johnny Roventini was a huge voice in a tiny body.  He was a real bellhop who was spotted by an advertising executive who thought Johnny might be the spark he needed for a cigarette campaign. 

He auditioned Johnny right there in the Hotel New Yorker, and hired him to represent Philip Morris cigarettes.

Johnny appeared on a lot of radio shows, including (what a surprise) The Philip Morris Playhouse.  The show ran, off and on, from 1939 to 1953. 

This episode, Murder Needs an Artist, stars Vincent Price.  It first aired on May 6, 1950.

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Richard Yeo was fortunate to get a job during the depression.  He was hired as an advertising and marketing representative for the Whitman Publishing Company. 

He didn't like the product he was hired to promote, though, so he redesigned it.  And as a result of his brashness, the modern coin collecting hobby was born. 

That was just the beginning for Mr. Yeo.  He went on to write the world's two best-known books about United States coins.  And now, over a quarter of a century after his death, new editions of his books are still issued every year.

For more stories about treasure hunting and metal detecting, drop by

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Bob Hope lived to be a hundred, and his wife lived to 102. 

He got a lot of mileage out of those one hundred years - singing-dancing-joking in vaudeville; radio, movies, TV, books, and live shows all over the world, mostly in war zones.  And even Bob Hope comic books.

Bob was at his best in wartime, entertaining the troops.  And this episode of the Bob Hope Show, from February 27, 1945, was broadcast live from a troop hospital in California.

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Quick as a Flash was a quiz show with just five questions - four fast ones, then a fifth one that took up over half the show.  It ran for six years, first as a prime time show, then as a daytime show.

Six audience members were selected as contestants, and after they answered the first four questions, the program shifted to a mystery show!  A short mystery play was performed, with a different guest star each week.  The contestants then had to solve the mystery.

The show had three hosts over the years:  Ken Roberts for 2 years, Win Elliot for 2 years, and Bill Cullen for 2 years.

In this episode, the guest star is the Shadow, as played by Bret Morrison.  It first aired on March 23, 1947.

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Suggestions on how to choose a first detector for your (or somebody elses) child. 

Get a cheapie?  A top-of-the-line?  Something in between?  What about weight, and buttons and dials and knobs and meters? 

As you might guess from the photo, I think you should take a good look at the Tesoro Compadre. 

One thing I forgot to mention in the program - Tesoro is the only company that gives a lifetime warranty on all their detectors (no, they don't pay me). 

I also offer a quickie little exercise you can do with your child to help him (her) learn to use his (her) new machine efficiently.

For more tips on metal detecting, and a sales pitch for my book The Metal Detecting Manual (hint, hint - Christmas!!), visit

Direct download: 164childsdetector.mp3
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Top Secret was an espionage series that ran on NBC in the summer and part of the fall of 1950.  It never had a steady time slot, and it was often preempted, so it didn't really get the chance it deserved to become a regular prime time thriller series.

Ilona Massey ("the new Dietrich") starred as a female spy.  She was born in Budapest, and her heavy accent was natural.  Massey appeared in several movies in the 1940s.

This episode, The Case of the Tattooed Pigeon, first aired on August 13, 1950.

Direct download: 237topsecret500813CaseoftheTattooedPigeon3027.mp3
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The Cinnamon Bear is a 26-episode adventure serial about Jimmy and Judy Barton's quest to regain the star that tops their Christmas tree. 

With an all-star cast, fascinating fairytale characters, and an exciting storyline, the Cinnamon Bear  has become an annual tradition with many families, over three-quarters of a century after it first aired  in 1937.

Actors who appear in this serial include Joseph Kearns, Frank Nelson, Howard McNear, Gale Gordon, Elliott Lewis, Verna Feldon, and Barbara Jean Wong. 

My podcast includes the first two episodes of The Cinnamon Bear.  You should gather the kids together at bedtime and play them Episode One on November 29.  Each episode runs about 12 minutes.  The next night at bedtime, play them Episode Two.  Then either download the other 24 episodes, or play them directly from the website each night:

And why start on November 29?  Because then the last episode will play on Christmas Eve. 

Direct download: 236cinnamonbear2episodes2737.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:46 AM

John (not his real name) had a map that showed him where a long-ago 1850s schoolhouse had stood, and he knew the name of the farmer who owned the property. 

John's dilemma:  How to ask permission?  What to do, what to say, what NOT to do or say? 

In this show, I discuss the approach John used, and then I give my own thoughts on what John did right, and what he did that maybe wasn't so right, and what he could have done instead.

After you listen to the show (about 4 1/2 minutes), drop by and read some of the fan mail I get about my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 163farmers-permission.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:29 AM

But for Shakespeare and the Bible, she is the best-selling author of all time. 

Her book AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is the best-selling mystery novel of all time.

Her book THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD was voted the Best Crime Novel ever by the CWA (Crime Writers Association).

And her play THE MOUSETRAP is the longest-running stage play of all time - over 62 years now and still going strong.

I'm speaking of AGATHA CHRISTIE, creator of that aggravating little Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, who came to radio near the end of World War II.  This episode, Murder Wears a Mask, first aired on May 3, 1945.

Direct download: 235HerculePoirot450503murderwearsamask3003.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:08 PM

Quick - What was the first old-time radio show about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?  Hint:  It started as a 15-minute triweekly show, then was expanded to a half hour. 

If you cheated and saw the name of this episode, you know it was Renfrew of the Mounted, which ran on the CBS network two years before Sergeant Preston showed up on Mutual.  Both the Sergeant Preston show (Challenge of the Yukon) and Renfrew began as 15-minute programs, and then went to a half-hour. 

Starring as Renfrew was House Jameson, who is better known as Sam Aldrich, Henry's father, on the Henry Aldrich Show. 

Renfrew ran from 1936 to 1940, and this episode, The Bribe, aired on February 4, 1939. 

Direct download: 234RenfrewOfTheMounted390204TheBribe3008.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:57 PM

It all started when a classmate of mine told me she'd bought her grandson some inexpensive civil war relics she'd found on eBay.  They were being offered by a treasure hunter who had found them with his metal detector. 

And I thought, what a great idea!  We all have boxes or jars or buckets full of stuff we've dug that may not be worth anything to us, but just might be considered fun and exciting to non-treasure hunters.

So I did a little research, and what I found just might surprise you.  I will tell you this much:  It didn't turn out quite the way I thought it would.  For the rest, just listen to the show.  (It's short - about 3 1/2 minutes). 

P.S.  The photo is of an assortment of metal detector finds that sold recently on eBay, all as one package.  I discuss it in the show.

Hey!  Christmas is less than 7 weeks away!  Buy a copy of my book for somebody!  They'll be happy, you'll be happy they're happy, and I'll be happy!  Read all about it at!

Direct download: 162ebay.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:32 AM

Alan Young? Wasn't he Wilbur Post on Mr. Ed? You mean he did RADIO?

Yep, Alan's first show was on the CBC (Canada) just before World War II. He was born in England (his real name is Angus, not Alan), lived in Scotland for a spell, then moved to Canada when he was six.

He became attached to radio when he was a child, listening to it while spending long stretches at a time in bed because of his bad case of asthma.

He came to the United States in 1944, where The Alan Young Show became an instant hit. The TV version won him the "Outstanding Lead Actor" Emmy in 1951, and he made several films until he was chosen to be Mr. Ed's sidekick in 1961.

This episode of The Alan Young Show, from February 7, 1947, is called Photo of a Bank Robbery.

P.S. That's Dorothy Lamour in the photo with Alan.

Direct download: 233alanyoung470207photoofabankrobbery2943.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:15 PM

Like scary stuff?

The Sealed Book was a short-lived but well-remembered old-time radio show of horror, terror, murder, and madness. 

Written by the same team who wrote The Mysterious Traveler, The Sealed Book was on the air for just six months, from March to September, 1945. 

This episode, Queen of the Cats, first aired on June 24, 1945.

Direct download: 232sealedbook450624queenofthecats2920.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:12 PM

Canadian pennies!  Most of us have found them with our detectors. 

But did you know that for 15 years, they weren't round, but had 12 sides? 

And that for 13 years they were made of steel?

And that Canada hasn't made any pennies at all for almost three years?

All that and more in my latest show.

And for articles that will help you find more and deeper coins with your metal detector, visit

Direct download: 161canadianpennies.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:12 AM

Arch Oboler sold his first short story to a magazine when he was ten. 

He started writing for radio because he thought radio should be a lot more than the soap operas he was hearing. 

Most people either loved him or hated him.  His "strong personality" (which got him expelled from college) often overshadowed his genius. 

Oboler wrote some of the best radio plays ever aired.  He wrote this one after World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese sniper just months before the war ended.

(In the photo, Raymond Edward Johnson watches as Arch Oboler is on the phone.)

Direct download: 231archobolersplays450614mrpyle23002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:51 PM

Charles Boyer made 80 movies, generally appearing as a suave leading man. 

He also did short-lived radio series in which he played a romantic rogue name Michel. 

In each episode, Michel told a story about one of his adventures to a writer named Bart Conway, and Conway sold the stories to an American magazine.

This episode, Madamoiselle Cinderella and the Brooklyn Dodger, first aired on June 27, 1950.

Direct download: 230presentingcharlesboyer500627cinderelladodger3033.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:20 PM

1862 was the year, and the only year, that postage stamps were used as coins. 

The Civil War was in full force, coins were hard to come by because they were used in the war effort (and people hoarded them), so in July 1862, the government okayed the use of stamps as legal tender. 

An enterprising businessman patented a brass shell for stamps, and he made a quick fortune with his little frame that turned stamps into coins. 

How long were they used? Why were they suddenly dropped?  What are they worth now?  Listen to the show for the answers.

For articles that will help you find more and deeper coins with your metal detector, visit

Direct download: 160stampsAsCoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:13 AM

Though Jack Webb's first love was police work, his second love was jazz. 

And in his series Pete Kelly's Blues, he played the leader of a jazz combo in 1920's Kansas City.  The program oozed of gangsters, gun molls, G-men, and hot, smoky music.

The series ran on NBC in the summer of 1951.  There were only 12 episodes, but the show is still well-remembered. 

This is the first episode, called Gus Trudeau.  It ran on July 4, 1951.

Direct download: 229petekellysblues510704gusTrudeau2942.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:14 PM

The Big Story, which ran from 1947 to 1955 on NBC, told true crime stories through the eyes of newspaper reporters. 

The show's producer, Bernard Prockter, scoured newspapers from around the country for lurid stories, usually of murder, that he could turn into radio shows.  And of course, the names were changed to protect the innocent.  Or the guilty.

The newspaper reporters who had originally written the stories were paid $500 at the end of his or her episode. 

This episode, The Bobbysox Kid, originally aired on October 10, 1947.

Direct download: 228bigstory471016theBobbysoxKid3000.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:23 PM

Bill Shaffer's story:  He found a Medal of Honor, it was taken from him under false pretenses, and now he has a chance to get it back. 

But he needs your help! 

The missing clue that may win the day for Bill's case is a photograph that was printed in a treasure magazine 30 years ago.  Do you have a copy? 

Listen to Bill's story, and if you can help, buzz me at 

If you like these shows, you'll love my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.  Order your copy at  My family will thank you.

Direct download: 159medalofhonor.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:59 PM

Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson created The Hall of Fantasy when they worked together at radio station KALL in Salt Lake City.  In its first incarnation, it was a pretty standard mystery show, where the bad guys always got what was coming to them. 

Thorne and Greyson left KALL in 1947, but two years later they were reunited at radio station WGN in Chicago.  They put together a new version of The Hall of Fantasy, but this time they did terror and the supernatural instead of mystery. 

Their show ran for three years on WGN before it was picked up nationally by the Mutual Network. 

This episode, The Automaton, first aired on July 27, 1953.

Direct download: 227halloffantasy530727theAutomaton2750.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:47 PM

Stars acting in their pajamas?  Well, it WAS radio, and the radio audience couldn't see them....

Stars Over Hollywood aired early on Saturday afternoon, when many people were just getting out of bed.  And Hollywood stars liked their Saturdays informal, too, and they loved the relaxed atmosphere of the studio where Stars Over Hollywood originated.

Running for over 13 years on CBS, Stars Over Hollywood showed the world that light comedies and romances for adults could succeed on Saturday afternoons. 

This episode featured Debbie Reynolds in The First Man She Met.  It first aired on August 23, 1952.

Direct download: 226starsoverhollywood520823firstmanshemet2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:08 PM

Eighteen coins in 10 minutes with no detector, no pinpointer, and no digging tools?

At first blush, that sounds pretty great.  But not really, as you'll realize when you hear the story. 

And though the results of this one particular experience are not as earthshaking as they seem, the METHOD used to obtain the results has tons of potential. 

And THAT is what this story is really all about.

For articles that will help you find more and deeper coins with your metal detector, visit

Direct download: 158eighteencoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:10 AM

Do you recognize the name Henry Calvin?  No?  Well, howsabout Sergeant Garcia, on Walt Disney's Zorro?

Henry Calvin was a singer, a Broadway actor, and a film and television actor.

But he started as a radio actor, and in 1950 he starred in the NBC radio series The Big Guy. 

The Big Guy, Joshua Sharp, was even bigger than Don Wilson!  His shoe size, he said, was "902 in a triple D".  He was a detective who got a lot of help from his two small children, Josh Junior and Debbie.

The show was short-lived; it ran for just six months. 

This is the first episode, called The Unheard Voice.  It was heard on May 7, 1950.

Direct download: 225thebigguy500507theUnheardVoice2956.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:31 PM

Stan Freberg's first radio show wasn't the infamous Jack Benny summer replacement show of 1957 - it was the 1954 satirical sitcom, That's Rich. 

Freberg played Richard E. Wilk of the Consolidated Paper Works Company. 

The list of actors in the show was spectacular:  Frank Nelson, Alan Reed, Daws Butler, Hal March, Peter Leeds. 

In later life, Freberg was an advertising genius.  He won 21 Cleos (the advertising world's equivalent of the Oscar). 

As a special bonus for you, I've added  his most famous one-minute radio spot at the end of this show.  It's the one where, with the help of the Royal Canadian Air Force, he turns Lake Michigan into a huge chocolate sundae.

Direct download: 224ThatsRich1954audition2940.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:32 AM

Six years ago, I decided to start a treasure hunting podcast.  Other such podcasts had come and gone, most of them dying after half a dozen episodes at best. 

And, truth be told, they deserved an early death.  They were virtually unlistenable.  Long pointless chatter, usually two or more guys laughing at their own private jokes, the content bouncing back and forth between painful and pointless.  Totally unscripted and lasting a half hour or longer, with maybe two minutes of actual information scattered within the chaff. They reminded me of what one of my broadcasting instructors said seemed to be the standard rule:  "Keep talking until you think you've said something."

My show (brag alert!) was different.  It is completely scripted, with just one voice, and a scant three to five minutes for most episodes. It has had nearly 400,000 downloads.

And it has lasted for six years and 157 episodes. 

In this birthday episode, I discuss the number of people who listen, where they are from, and how they listen.  I list the most popular episodes, and I point you to past episodes that you really should hear. 

And after you've listened to all that, you just might be impressed enough to order my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.  You can do that here:

Direct download: 157sixthbirthday.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:43 AM

The Answer Man was kind of a goofy show. 

For 15 minutes, the narrator would throw questions at the Answer Man (Albert Mitchell), and Mitchell would throw back his answer.  Back and forth at a rapidfire pace, and there were no boundaries for the question topics, which were mailed in by listeners. 

The show ran on Mutual from 1937 to 1956, and overseas versions ran with different local hosts as the Answer Man.

If you wanted to know Adolph Hitler's phone number, or how many muscles were in a elephant's trunk, the Answer Man could tell you.

Direct download: 223answerman2shows40s2958.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:48 PM

The Skippy Hollywood Theatre was one of the first radio programs that was NOT aired live in front of a studio audience.  Instead, it was recorded and edited before it went on the air. 

And until its final year on the air, it wasn't on a national network.  It was a syndicated program, meaning that individual stations contracted to carry the show.  Skippy Peanut Butter had a good thing going, because in the markets where the Skippy Hollywood Theatre played, Skippy Peanut Butter sales skyrocketed.

This episode, Three Strikes Yer Out, first aired on August 13, 1948.

Direct download: 222skippyhollywoodtheatre480813threestrikesyerout2920.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:33 AM

Counterfeit coins have been in the news recently, and this show examines some of the more common types of counterfeits.

From making your own from scratch, or altering dates on real coins, or combining two real coins into a third coin that is worth thousands of dollars more than either of the originals. 

The latest instance of fakery centers around the 1883-S Morgan dollar.  The photo shows how coins can have their faces shaved off, and then two halves are pressed together to make a "new" coin which is much more valuable than the two coins you started with.

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and check out my ad for my treasure hunting book, at

Direct download: 156fakecoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:48 AM

Cartoonist Ed Dodd, who was also a Boy Scout leader and a National Parks guide, created the newspaper comic strip Mark Trail in 1946. 

Mark Trail was a wildlife writer and photographer.  The strip started in 45 newspapers, and at its peak it appeared in over 400 markets.

The comic strip became a radio show in 1946, first as a half-hour program airing three times a week, and later as a 15-minute show.

This episode, Purse Strings of Danger, first aired on September 25, 1950.

Direct download: 221marktrail500925_pursestringsofdanger3002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:09 PM

J. Donald Wilson produced two radio series:  The Whistler, and Dark Venture.

Dark Venture began as a west-coast-only show (as did The Whistler), but after a year it expanded to the nationwide ABC radio network.

It was a psychological thriller.  The listener was able to get inside the murder's head, hearing his thoughts as he (or she) rationalized and planned their foul deeds.

Dark Venture ran from 1945 to 1947.  This episode, The Last Inhabitant, originally ran on November 18, 1946. 

Direct download: 220darkventure461118The_Only_Inhabitant2955.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:26 PM

All because of a bum knee. 

Mr. Doe had been collecting coins for over half a century, and he found a good many silver coins in half-dollar coin rolls he bought from banks around his home in New Orleans.

But he gave up the hobby a few years ago, when the silver pretty much dried up.

A knee replacement operation left him rehabbing in his easy chair, and rather than just vegetate, he took up his old hobby of coin roll hunting again. 

And this show tells the story of his unbelievable find.

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at

Direct download: 155coinrollhalf.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:31 PM

Husband and wife writing team Frank and Anne Hummert (pictured here) were known as the parents of the radio soap opera.  Among their many creations are Ma Perkins, Just Plain Bill, Mary Noble Backstage Wife, Stella Dallas, Young Widder Brown, Lorenzo Jones, Our Gal Sunday, and the Romance of Helen Trent. 

 But they also created some nighttime shows, too, like Front Page Farrell, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, and Mr. Chameleon.  And Inspector Thorne,  a murder mystery summer replacement series.  It ran on NBC from July to September of 1951. 

 Inspector Thorne was played by Karl Webber for the first half of the run, and then Staats Cotsworth took over for the rest of the run.

This episode, The Defrosted Refrigerator Murder Case, first ran on August 10, 1951.


Author's Playhouse turned the world's finest short stories into half-hour radio shows. 

The program aired from 1941 to1945 on the NBC Network. 

This episode, The Man Who Woke Up Famous, first aired on July 15, 1944.

Direct download: 218authorsplayhouse440715manwhowokeupfamous2930.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:09 AM

In 1857, a ship loaded with gold from the California Gold Rush sank off the coast of South Carolina.  430 passengers and crew members drowned, and the ship ended up a mile and a half down, on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1980, a scientist from Columbus, Ohio, decided to search for the ship.  He collected a lot of money from investors, and after several years of work, he found the ship and pulled millions of dollars worth of gold from it. 

But he made no payouts, and soon his investors began suing for the promised money they never got.  Next thing you know, he disappeared.  And he took his secretary (also his mistress) with him. 

Here's the whole sordid story.

And if you need a really great book on metal detecting, either for yourself or for a gift, please give mine a look.  It's at, along with some articles and tips and secrets to help you improve your detecting skills.

Direct download: 154-SS.SouthAmerica.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:46 AM

Bob Hastings, who died last month, was best-known by old-time radio fans as Archie Andrews, of the Archie-Jughead-Betty-Veronica series. 

But before playing Archie, Bob was Jerry, the young mate on Captain Silver's ship, the Seahound.  The Seahound sailed the seven seas in search of adventure.  The program was written by Fran Striker, who also created and wrote scripts for The Lone Ranger.

The Seahound had two runs, from 1942 to 1944, and then as a summer replacement show in 1948. 

Because the episodes were just 15 minutes each, I've been able to fit two of them into this show.  They are called The Capture and The Escape, and they both aired in October, 1944.

Direct download: 217seahound44410x2capture-escape3110.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:40 PM

Tales of Tomorrow was a short-lived radio show wherein short stories from Galaxy science fiction magazine were adapted into half-hour radio dramas. 

Host of the series was the famous "Raymond" - Raymond Edward Johnson.  The series started on ABC and then moved to CBS.  It was on the air from New Year's Day to April 9, 1953. 

Galaxy editor H.L. Gold, who also wrote for the magazine, bought stories that had a psychological, sociological, or satirical bend, rather than the "earth vs. aliens" stories that were popular in other magazines.   

This story, Gold's own The Old Die Rich, appeared in the March 1953 issue  of Galaxy, and was broadcast on Tales of Tomorrow on March 26, 1953. 

Direct download: 216talesoftomorrow530326TheOldDieRich3053.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:27 PM

Remember your first detector?  Your first find?  Your first GOOD find? 

This week's show is a look at my beginning, and the find that hooked me into this wonderful hobby forever. 

I'd love to hear about your first good find; just click below to leave a COMMENT. 

And if you need a really great book on metal detecting, either for yourself or for a gift, please give mine a look.  It's at, along with some articles and tips and secrets to help you improve your detecting skills.

Direct download: 153FirstDetector.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:31 AM

The radio sitcom The Magnificent Montague was created by Nat Hiken, who was a comedy writer for Fred Allen and Milton Berle. 

He later created You'll Never Get Rich (The Phil Silvers Show) and Car 54, Where Are You. 

The star of The Magnificent Montague was Monty Wooley, a college professor turned actor. 

He starred in both the Broadway production and movie version of The Man Who Came to Dinner before he went into radio.

Montague was a Shakespearean actor who had fallen on hard times and had to take a job as - gasp! - a RADIO actor!

This is the first episode.  It aired on November 10, 1950.

Direct download: 215MagnificentMontegue501110premiere3031.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:30 PM

College credits by radio!  Sounds great for those enrolled in the class, but who else would want to listen to "educational programs" on the radio, when all the fun stuff was on the other stations?

That was the dilemma the NBC University Theater faced.  People were afraid they might be educated if they listened to the show!  And we all know how boring THAT is.

Nonetheless, this show, which was on the air from 1948 to 1951, more than held its own with the other radio programs that adapted books and short stories to the air.  Big name stars appeared, and the scripts were outstanding.  If the program had been given a more enticing name, it might well have garnered a much larger audience.

This episode, Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyville, first aired on January 24, 1951.

Direct download: 214NBCUnivTheater510124ManThatCorrputedHadleyburg2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:34 PM

The rare 1903-O (for New Orleans) silver dollar was worth a lot of money in the early 1960s. 

Then several thousand of them were found, stored uncirculated in bags of a thousand each, in a vault at the Philadelphia mint.  Suddenly, their value dropped by two-thirds.

This show explains why the mint made more silver dollars than they needed for half a century, and why silver dollars are suddenly in demand every November. 

And how, in November 1962, the Philadelphia mint sold millions of uncirculated old silver dollars that had been hidden away in its vaults.

If you need a really great book on metal detecting, either for yourself or for a gift, please give mine a look.  It's at, along with some articles and tips and secrets to help you improve your detecting skills.

Direct download: 152dollarmelt.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:50 AM

The Lineup was probably inspired by the success of Dragnet on the radio. 

The Lineup ran on CBS from 1950 to 1953, and it had an impressive cast presenting well-written stories.

Bill Johnstone, who had played the Shadow for five years (between Orson Welles and Bret Morrison) starred as Police Lieutenant Ben Guthrie in "a great American city."

This episode, The Silk Stocking Bandit, originally aired on March 25, 1952.

Direct download: 213thelineup520325silkstockingbandit2918.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:36 PM

Poor Gregory Hood.  He got no respect from Mutual or ABC, the two networks that carried him. 

Six different actors in five years played Hood, and his time slot changed (both day AND time) seven times during its run.

Gregory Hood was an importer and amateur detective who lived in San Francisco.  The scripts were written by the same team who scripted the Sherlock Holmes radio series.  (Gregory Hood began as a summer replacement for Sherlock.)

This episode, Gregory Hood, Suspect, first aired on September 30, 1946.

Direct download: 212casebookofgregoryhood60930gregoryhoodsuspect3002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:31 AM

Do you use Google to research for metal detecting honeyholes and treasure leads? 

Do you know how to winnow over three million poor leads into a few dozen good ones?  (Look at the two different Google searches in the graphic).

Herewith, with bigtime thanks to Dick Stout, are some tips on keywords you should be using for your area, and some secrets of eliminating the hits you don't want. 

Dick writes a treasure hunting blog you should be reading:  He's fun, he's controversial, and he's knowledgeable.  (And he's cute, too!)

You can also read some of my articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at

Direct download: 151google.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:50 AM

The House of Mystery ran on Mutual from 1945 to 1949. 

Narrator Roger Elliott (played by John Griggs) told ghost stories to kids. 

The show started as a 15-minute strip, but soon expanded to a half-hour. 

This episode, A Gift from the Dead, first aired on August 3, 1947.

Direct download: 211houseofmystery470803AGiftFromtheDead2810.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:23 AM

"One of the most outstanding programs in radio" - Variety.
"The boldest and hardest-hitting program of 1944" - New York Times.

Words at War ran just two years, from June 1943 to June 1945.  Its theme was World War II.  Novels and short stories were featured, as were non-fiction war correspondents like Ernie Pyle. 

In this episode, host Carl Van Doren presents Fair Stood the Wind for France, which is both a war story and a love story, and is considered one of the very best shows of the series.  It first aired on June 27, 1944.

Direct download: 210WordsAtWar440627FairStoodTheWindForFrance3005.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:36 AM

Here's how to be a volunteer for charity, get free lunch in the deal, and maybe score some nice things for yourself that you'd never be able to get any other way.

Last year, I bought a Bounty Hunter Quick Draw 2 metal detector for two dollars.

This year, a thousand dollar TV set for 15 bucks.

In this show, I explain how these deals came about.

This photo is just one room of the sales building, and we have just as much stuff on the grounds outdoors.

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at

Direct download: 150volunteer.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:56 AM

Fannie Brice had two careers.  She was the actress and singer as portrayed by Barbra Streisand in the movies Funny Girl and Funny Lady, and she was an exasperating six-year-old girl on the Baby Snooks Show. 

Baby Snooks first appeared on the radio in 1936, when Brice was 46 years old.  The last episode of her show aired the day she died suddenly of a brain aneurism in 1951.

In this episode from November 21, 1940, Jack Benny is the guest star.

Direct download: 209babysnooks401121jackbenny2919.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:04 AM

The Cincinnati Nostalgia Expo will be held this Friday and Saturday (May  16 and 17), and you're invited!  Meet Jon Provost, Lassie's Timmy; Old Yeller's Beverly Washburn; and Ivan Curry, radio's Bobby Benson. 

Complete details are at - click the links in the header of that page.

Instead of an old-time radio episode, this week you can hear all the questions (and answers!) from last year's Nostalgia Trivia Bowl, which was held at the convention.  The photo is the team that won the first trivia quiz, the Tom Mix Ralston Straightshooters.

There will another trivia bowl this year, Friday night at 8:30, written and hosted by yours truly.  I'd love to see you there!

Direct download: 208cincyquiz13-2555.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:56 PM

In 1856, the United States Mint decided to do away with the penny that had been used since the beginning.  The half-dollar-sized cent was replaced with a new penny the same size as the one we use today. 

The Flying Eagle cent stole its design from the silver dollar of 20 years earlier.  The eagle on the back of that coin was used as the front of the new penny.

The Flying Eagle cent was minted for just three years.  Or two, if you don't count the experimental coins made in 1856. 

Why did the U.S. switch from big to small pennies?  Why was the Flying Eagle cent replaced after so short a time?  How much is that experimental 1856 Flying Eagle penny worth today?

Listen to this podcast and find out all this and more.

For some informative articles on treasure hunting, and a nice ad for my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit  And if you buy my book and would like it autographed, just let me know when you order.

Direct download: 149coinsflyingeagle.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:40 AM

Every Saturday at noon from late 1941 to early 1954, CBS radio presented a romantic drama "theater" called the Armstrong Theater of Today.  It was named after its sponsor, the Armstrong Quaker Rug and Linoleum Company.

Each week, a different play was presented, with stars from the Hollywood movie industry. 

This episode, Thunder and a Miracle, stars Joan Caulfield, pictured here.  It first aired on January 3, 1948.

Direct download: 207armstrongtheater480103thunderandamiracle2902.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:15 AM

Calling All Cars was a groundbreaking police procedural program that paved the way for later shows like Gangbusters and Dragnet.

On the air from 1933 to 1939, it was written and directed by William N. Robson, who later received acclaim for his work on such shows as Suspense and Escape.

This episode, The 26th Wife, is about a man whose hobby is marrying women and then killing them.  It first aired on July 20, 1939.

Direct download: 206callingallcars390720-26thwife2959.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:37 AM

Writing a letter to ask permission to hunt private property is usually a bad idea, because it seldom works. 

But sometimes there is no other way. 

So if you do have to write a letter, what should you say? 

More importantly, what should you NEVER say? 

Listen to learn the secrets of giving yourself the highest odds possible when you HAVE to write that letter.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit  And if you order a copy of my book and would like me to autograph it for you, just let me know!

Direct download: 148permissionletters.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:34 AM

Some of you may know that in another life, I am a treasure hunter.  And sometimes my hobbies collide. 

I once found a 1935 Radio Orphan Annie decoder wheel while I was searching for old coins with a metal detector.  And this past weekend, I found another OTR treasure while perusing an old bookstore.

I picked up a first-edition copy of The Quiz Kids, a 1947 book written by the chief researcher for the show.  And the book was signed by the author, the host of the radio show, and three of the quiz kids themselves.  Hog Heaven!

And since I haven't run a Quiz Kids episode yet, now seems to be the perfect time. 

In fact, this episode  was aired on March 9, 1947 - the day after my book was signed at the autograph party in Chicago. 

Direct download: 205quizkids470309hopetribe2902.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:46 AM

The Silver Theater was so named because it was sponsored by the Rogers Silverware Company.  It ran for 11 years on CBS. 

Most of the shows were original dramas written especially for this program, though sometimes they ran movie adaptations. 

Many of Hollywood's stars appeared on the Silver Theater, including Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Helen Hayes. 

This episode, starring Robert Montgomery as a not-so-nice guy, first aired on April 16, 1939.  It's called Expert Opinion.

Direct download: 204silvertheater390416expertopinion3016.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:40 AM

Why was the first mint established in Philadelphia instead of Washington, D.C.? 

Why did we abandon the shillings-and-pounds money of our homeland? 

By federal law, the portrait of whom (or what) had to appear on all United States coins? 

Who was the first president to appear on a regularly-circulated United States coin? 

And what four coins authorized by the original Coinage Act of 1792 are no longer minted for circulation? 

Hear the answers to all these questions, and more, in this fast-moving three-minute program. 

By the way, this photo is of the very first United States Mint in Philadelphia, which operated from 1792 until 1833.

And for a look at my book, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit

Direct download: 147mint-coins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:45 AM

Consumer fraud has been around a long time. 

In 1952, Chicago's WMAQ, in conjuction with the Better Business Bureau of Chicago, produced a series of half-hour radio dramas illustrating how con men work. 

It ran for four months, and it was called Hello Sucker!

This episode, Spare Time Sucker, first aired on March 1, 1952.

Direct download: 203hellosucker520301sparetime2918.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:55 AM

Double Detective magazine wanted a character like The Shadow, so they hired a writer to create one. 

Result:  The Green Lama, a multimillionaire American who studied under Tibetian masters, and returned to the United States with superpowers. 

The Green Lama began as a series of short novels in Double Detective magazine, then he appeared in a series of comic books, and finally CBS put him on the radio, with voice artist extraordinaire playing the Green Lama.  

This episode, The Last Dinosaur, first aired on July 2, 1949.

Direct download: 202greenlama490702lastdinosaur2905.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:07 AM

The biggest question about the Saddle Ridge Hoard (1,427 gold coins shallowly buried in seven metal cans) is, Why did the finders publicize their find? 

Was that a stupid move, or a smart one? 

This show explains the reasoning behind the public announcement, and it also discusses a few theories on how the coins got there in the first place.

For some informative articles on treasure hunting, and a nice ad for my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit  And if you buy my book and would like it autographed, just let me know when you order.

Direct download: 146moresaddleridge.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:48 AM

When the DuPont Company was getting a bad name for profiteering from World War I, they decided to fight back by sponsoring a patriotic radio program.  Cavalcade of America first aired in 1935. 

DuPont hired the most prestigious writers for the show - a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and poets Carl Sandburg and Stephen Vincent Benet.  They also used famous Hollywood movie actors in major roles, rather than radio actors.

These factors made Cavalcade of America one of the most professional programs ever to air.  This episode, All That Money Can Buy, first ran on October 20, 1941.

Direct download: 201cavalcadeofamerica411020allthatmoneycanbuy2822.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:35 AM

The Black Museum was the name given to Scotland Yard's Crime Museum by a newspaper reporter, and it stuck. 

The Crime Museum was opened in 1875.  In 1951, a radio series about the musuem was recorded in Australia for the BBC, and it featured Orson Welles as the narrator. 

Each week, Welles would pick up a display item that was used in an actual crime,  and its story would be told. 

The series was carried in the United States on the Mutual Network from January to December, 1952. 

This episode tells the story of A Pair of Spectacles.

Direct download: 200theblackmuseum1952apairofspectacles2704.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:49 AM

The largest treasure hoard ever found was discovered by accident by an anonymous couple in California. While walking their dog, they saw a piece of metal sticking out of the ground. 

After some scraping with a stick, they unearthed this metal can containing 170 gold pieces.  More digging and seven cans later, their trove was worth ten million dollars.

Where did it come from? 

Was it stolen loot from a stagecoach or bank? 

Was it buried by a rich but eccentric miser? 

Can they keep it all?  Can they keep ANY of it?

And why did they wait a year to report it?

Please check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and read some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, at

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at

Direct download: 145saddleridgehoard.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:57 AM

Who remembers Beryl Vaughn?  She was probably best-known playing Penny on radio's Sky King.  When she lived in Detroit, she was a member of legendary radio station WXYZ's talent pool, and she played many female characters on the Lone Ranger, the Green Hornet, and Challenge of the Yukon. 

In 1946, she teamed with first Jim Ameche, and later Olan Soule, as the two stars of Grand Marquee, a weekly romantic comedy play on NBC. 

This episode, A Man's Home is Her Castle, first aired on February 20, 1947.

Direct download: 199grandmarquee470220AMansHomeIsHerCastle2907.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:19 AM

Raymond Edward Johnson was an old-time radio actor from the early 1930s until the late 1940s.  His best-known role was Raymond, the ghoulish host of Inner Sanctum.

He also appeared on Broadway, and he played Alexander Graham Bell in the 1947 movie Mr. Bell. 

In that same year, he played treasury agent Joe Lincoln in the ABC series Treasury Agent.

This episode, The Faithful Wife, first aired on August 11, 1947.

Direct download: 198treasuryagent470811thefaithfulwife3015.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:13 AM

Canada did something really weird a couple of weeks ago.  They did away with pennies.

As of February 4, banks could no longer get pennies from the mint.  In fact, they have to turn in all their pennies.  And merchants can no longer give pennies in change. 

Basically, Canada is trying to get all pennies out of circulation, and be done with them forever.  Like we did with half-cents back in 1857.

And for a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at

Direct download: 144canadapennies.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:12 AM

Tailspin Tommy started as a newspaper comic strip in 1928, and it spawned two movie serials, four movies, a comic book series, a Big Little book (pictured), a novel - and a radio show.

Tailspin Tommy Tomkins, his best friend Skeets Milligan, and his girlfriend Betty Lou Barnes all fly for airship developer Paul Smith in a town called Three Point, Texas. 

Strangely enough, the actors are unknown.  Anybody?

This was the first radio episode, known both as "The Hidden Mine" and "Murder in the Sky."  It aired on September 5, 1941.

For a great article on this show by Karl Schadow, visit

Direct download: 197tailspintommy410905hiddenmine3104.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:19 PM

NBC needed a show to replace Mr. District Attorney, which had gone to ABC. 

They came up with The Defense Rests. 

But at the last minute, they turned it down and ABC picked it up, renaming it Defense Attorney. 

The title character was played by Mercedes McCambridge, and Howard Culver played a newspaper reporter. 

The show was on in 1951 and 1952, and this episode, The Jim Leonard Case, first aired on September 14, 1951.

Direct download: 196defenseatty510914jimleonard2948.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:03 PM

The United States is paying 9.4 cents for every nickel it mints.  And Congress is not very happy about it. 

So tests are underway to find cheaper materials for nickels, and the latest experiment involves making nickels with the same formula used to make pennies - a zinc base covered with a thin layer of copper. 
And we all know what those zinc pennies look like when they've been in the ground a while - will the same fate soon befall our nickels too? 

This photo shows the experimental nickels.  (They don't have the markings of regular nickels, because the mint doesn't want collectors clamoring for them.)

And for a look at my book, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at

Direct download: 143nickels.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:00 AM

The Continental Celebrity Club aired for just half a year, but it had several big stars appear in those few shows. 

Newsman John Daly and the Aldrich Family's Jackie Kelk hosted the show.

Clayton (Bud) Collyer announced, Margaret Whiting was the show's vocalist, and Ray Bloch's Orchestra provided the music. 

And each week, a guest celebrity appeared for a song or two or a dramatic or comedy sketch.

This episode, with guest star Dorothy Lamour, first aired on May 4, 1946.

Direct download: 195continentalcelebrityclub460504dorothylamour2942.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:03 AM

Eddie Bracken was in show biz at age 9 as a vaudeville performer.  He was in a Broadway musical (Too Many Girls) in 1939 which was made into a movie (starring Eddie) in 1940.

He did several more movies in the forties, appeared as a guest star on numerous radio shows, and had his own show in 1945-47. 

Later he returned to Broadway, doing Hello Dolly, The Sunshine Boys, and The Odd Couple.  He also guested on serveral television shows, from the fifties through the nineties.

This episode of The Eddie Bracken Show is called Switching Beauty Contest Photos.  It originally aired on April 1, 1945.

Direct download: 194-140203eddiebracken450401switchingbeautycontestphotos2922.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:31 PM

Clues to treasure may be where you least expect them.  We all know about poring over old county history books and old school yearbooks, looking for places to metal detect.

But here's another source, just for YOU, because few other people have access to this private source:  Your old family photographs! 

Next time you go through those old photograph albums, ask yourself a new question as you flip the pages:  Can this picture lead me to a treasure-hunting area? 

I offer you several ideas in this week's podcast.  Give yourself four minutes to check out this program.

(And yes, that's me with my little sister, about 1953.)

While you're here, check out my free treasure articles and my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, at

Direct download: 142familyphotos.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:54 PM

Can you name the American fiction author whose works have been translated into the most languages? 

The answer is Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason.  Gardner was a self-taught attorney who found writing for the pulp magazines more exciting than lawyering. 

In 1949, Gardner was asked to create a new radio series.  The show was called A Life In Your Hands, and the main character, Jonathan Kegg, solved crimes in the courtroom, much like Perry Mason. 

This episode, Murder at the Eye Doctor's, first aired on July 31, 1952.  And the newspaper clipping you see here advertises this very episode.

Direct download: 193LifeInYourHands520731Murderattheeyedoctors3001.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:16 AM

Stars in the Air was on the air for just shy of seven months.  Like the Screen Guild Theater, it featured the biggest Hollywood stars in half-hour adaptations of famous movies. 

It was a project of the actors' union, the Screen Actors Guild, and the performers worked for little or no pay, because they saw their work as a contribution to their union. 

The hope was that as people heard these movie adaptations on the radio, they would go to the movies more often.

This episode, The House on 92nd Street, stars Humphrey Bogart and Keefe Braselle.  It first aired on May 3, 1952.

(NOTE:  There is background noise in this program, a voice coming and going, but I felt the show is so good that it's worth putting up with the interference.)

Direct download: 192starsintheair520503thehouseon92ndst2908.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:48 AM

One of the first "old" coins many of find when we begin metal detecting is the Indian head penny.

Why did the Flying Eagle cent, which preceded the Indian head penny, last just three years? 

Who was used as a model for the Indian on the penny? 

And which Indian head penny is worth a thousand dollars, even in not-so-great condition?

These questions and more are all answered in this week's show.

For some informative articles on treasure hunting, and a nice ad for my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 141indianheadpenny.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:00 AM

This show had everything going for it.  A Hollywood star in the lead role, a great radio network, excellent writing, and fantastic reviews.

Still, CBS cancelled it after just three months. 

Mickey Rooney played Shorty Bell, who worked in the newspaper business like his father before him. 

But Shorty wanted to be a reporter, instead of the truck driver who delivered the newspaper bundles around town.

This is the first episode of Shorty Bell, from March 28, 1948.

Direct download: 191shortybell480328firstshow3000.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:16 AM

Leonidas Witherall, as created by Alice Tilton, looked just like William Shakespeare. 

He ran a private school for boys and wrote detective novels on the side.  He was also an amateur detective himself. 

His stories were confusing but fun, and Miss Tilton's books sold well from the late 1930s through World War II. 

In 1944, the Mutual Network turned them into a radio series. 

This episode, The Case of the Vanishing Housekeeper, is from July 23, 1944.

Direct download: 190witherall440723vanishinghousekeeper2959.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:57 AM

This special New Year's edition of In the Treasure Corner tells you how to earn over 2,000 percent a year on your money, AND what you can easily do to earn $360 an hour!

But wait a minute, you say!  There must be a catch, right? 

Well, of COURSE there's a catch!  Do you think if I could do those things regularly I'd waste my time on treasure podcasts?  No way!

So join the fun and check it out. 

And help Dan earn his high percentage rate faster by buying his book now!  Details at

Direct download: 140interest.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:38 AM

Al Pearce was on the air for almost two decades.  His show was mostly broad vaudeville-style humor, the type that ages poorly. 

But Al brought to radio many future stars - Morey Amsterdam, Yogi Yorgesson, Lord Bilgewater, Eb and Zeb, and fast-talking Arlene Harris.

And Al himself was famous for his shy door-to-door salesman character, Elmer Blurt. 

This episode, from March 6, 1940, features special guest star Gene Autry.

Direct download: 189alpearce400306geneautry3029.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:27 AM

The Columbia Workshop was an experimental program on CBS from 1937 to 1947, with a break during the war years. 

It featured programs about the technical side of radio, about sound effects and microphones and how music can enhance radio drama. 

It also featured Orson Welles in Hamlet and MacBeth, and radio plays based on short stories and poetry by authors both historic and contemporary. 

But its most famous broadcast was its adaptation of the Archibald MacLeish work The Fall of the City, about the relentless march of Fascism.

Pictured here, left to right, are actor Orson Welles, producer/director Irving Reis, and author/poet Archibald MacLeish, working in the Manhattan Armory with over 200 extras, performing this week's featured show:  The Fall of the City, first broadcast on April 11, 1937.

Direct download: 188columbiaworkshop370411thefallofthecity3023.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:11 AM

For the last show of 2013, we (really just me, but "we" makes me sound more important) tie up some odds and ends, and add a P.S. or two to some earlier shows. 

We (I) also give a well-deserved plug to fellow treasure hunter and writer Dick Stout, whose handsome picture graces this page. Check out his blog at

And for a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

Direct download: 139yearend.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:25 AM

He hosted the 1938 Academy Awards show.

His newspaper column was carried in 240 papers. 

He had major roles in 25 movies, and he was the male lead in eight of them.

And the Army named a weapon after a musical instrument he invented, the Bazooka.

Yet few people recognize the name Bob Burns, the Arkansas Traveler. 

His radio show ran for six years, and his house band was Spike Jones and the City Slickers.  In this episode from May 6, 1943, Spike plays a great song called The Sound Effects Man.

(Photo is of the Army bazooka, and Bob Burns with his musical Bazooka.)

Direct download: 187bobburnsshow430506-3033.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:40 AM

The CBS radio show Romance is little-known, because in its 15-year run, CBS used it mostly as filler.  It had no long-term time slot or day of the week.  It would appear whenever CBS had a slot to fill.

Which is sad, because it was a top-flight program, with excellent writing and great stars.  In this episode, you'll hear William Conrad, John Dehner, Parley Baer, Joseph Kearns, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, and Virginia Gregg.

And stay tuned afterwards for a short but hilarious clip from George Burns and Gracie Allen.

This episode of Romance was the last episode ever broadcast.  It's called Uncle Fats and the Goose Step, and it aired on January 5, 1957.

Direct download: 186romance570105UncleFatstheGooseStep2823.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:27 AM

My best find ever?  That's easy.  Twenty-eight thousand bucks.  I kid you not!  And no metal detector was involved.

This show is about things found without the use of electronic locating devices. 

From finding a dozen golf balls one morning 52 years ago, to finding 19 softballs in five minutes nine weeks ago, here are stories of what you might find when you just watch the ground when you're out walking.

What have YOU found without a detector?  I'll bet you've got some stories, too.

Let me recommend the perfect gift for your treasure hunting friends: The Metal Detecting Manual!

Direct download: 138detectorlessdetecting.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:58 AM

Though novels were often adapted for radio plays, short stories seldom made it to the air in dramatized form. 

In the latter days of the Golden Age of Radio, NBC ran a weekly short story dramatization called NBC Presents: Short Story.  It ran for 15 months, from early 1951 to mid-1952. 

Authors represented included Steinbeck and Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ray Bradbury.  Hollywood's best actors appeared in the series.

This episode, Beautiful Summer at Newport, first aired on April 18, 1951.

Direct download: 185NBCshortstory510418beautifulsummerinnewport3017.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:49 AM

Goodman Ace was a radio writer, a television writer, a magazine columnist, and a joke doctor. 

His show, Easy Aces, featured Goodman and his wife Jane, who was a scatterbrain much like Gracie Allen.

They were on the air from 1930 until his show was dumped after the 1945 season by its sponsor, Anacin, because Ace insulted them. They came back for one more season in 1948. 

This episode, The Radio Show Talent Hunt, first aired on March 6, 1948.

Direct download: 184mraceandjane480306talenthunt2935.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:53 AM

Yet another congressman has initiated a bill to do away with the dollar bill.  Instead, we would all use dollar coins. 

Hey, it works in Canada!  Would it work here?

Well, it WOULD save the government a cool 5 1/2 billion dollars over a 30-year period.

Find out who's for it, and who's against it, in this show.

Let me recommend the perfect gift for your treasure hunting friends: The Metal Detecting Manual!

Direct download: 137dollarcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:22 AM

Leroy Ripley liked the name Robert better than Leroy, so he became Robert.  And he liked the idea of being born on Christmas Day better than being born on the day after, so he changed his birthday to December 25. 

Hopefully, he was more accurate with the truth of the claims he made in his Believe It or Not shows than he was with the facts of his own life. 

Robert Ripley's professional cartoon career began in 1918, when he drew a daily one-panel sports cartoon called Champs and Chumps.  The following year it became Believe It or Not, and in time it appeared in magazines, books, movies, radio, and television.

The radio version aired from 1930 to 1948, the year before Ripley died.  This episode, Warden's Pardon, first aired on June 30, 1939.

Direct download: 183believeitornot390630wardenspardon3000.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:00 PM

Basil Rathbone was coming off a big success as Sherlock Holmes when Fatima cigarettes hired him to play a private detective named - Basil Rathbone. 

Rathbone was given clues to his cases by an otherworldly female voice named Fatima.  What a coincidence - just like the cigarettes!

And Rathbone even read the Fatima commercials. 

The program aired on the CBS radio network, and it lasted from January to October, 1949.

This episode, Time to Kill, first aired on May 28, 1949. 

Direct download: 182talesoffatima490528timetokill2956.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:40 AM

What do President Jimmy Carter, singer Cyndi Lauper, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, and explorer Admiral Byrd have in common?

They all autographed books (or in Cyndi's case, a CD) that I found for sale in thrift shops.

This show tells you the secrets of finding valuable autographs where nobody would expect them to be - on the bookshelves of Goodwill and Salvation Army stores.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

Direct download: 136autographedbooks.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:28 AM

The Blue Falcon was a salvage ship that sailed the world under the direction of Captain Gunnar Carlisle.

Based on the life of deep-sea diver Captain Carlisle, Out of the Deep aired on the Mutual Network in 1945 and 1946. 

This episode, The Panther Story, first aired on February 9, 1946. 

Direct download: 181outofthedeep460209thepantherstory3008.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:53 PM

Paul Winchell had polio as a child, and while sick in bed he answered a magazine ad for a ventriloquism kit for a dime.  He built his first dummy in shop class at school, and named it after his shop teacher. 

Winchell appeared on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show, and he won.  So at age 14, Paul Winchell became a professional ventriloquist. 

In later life he did cartoon voices.  He was Walt Disney's Tigger the Tiger.  And he was an inventor - he held a patent for the world's first artificial heart. 

This episode of his radio show aired on July 10, 1944.

Direct download: 180paulwinchell440710-3045.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:18 PM

Teddy Roosevelt didn't like Charles Barber.  Teddy thought outside the box.  He wanted to hire a famous sculptor to design our penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar, all in one fell swoop. 

But Charles Edward Barber, the Chief Engraver of the United States, had the call, and he designed all of those (except the penny) himself.  And a lot of people thought he did a pretty poor job of it.

Barber, and his father before him, together occupied the position of Chief Engraver for 48 straight years, so the Barber influence was felt in this country for a LONG time.

The story is here, In the Treasure Corner.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

Direct download: 135barber.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:20 AM

Mandel Kramer was Lt. Tragg on the radio version of Perry Mason, and Richard Denning was Lucille Ball's husband in My Favorite Husband.  Together with Gail Collins, they starred in a short-lived, light-hearted detective series called It's a Crime, Mr. Collins.

The series ran from August 1956 to February 1957, and it was pretty much a copy of The Adventures of the Archers, which was pretty much a copy of Mr. and Mrs. North. 

But those were pretty good shows to copy, and Mandel Kramer did a super job with this program.

Direct download: 179itsacrimemrcollins56xxxxBluetreasure2757.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:25 AM

John Nesbitt's father left him a treasure chest full of old news clippings of strange and wondrous things.  Nesbitt used those clippings to launch a radio show that lasted for 15 years, from 1937 to 1951. 

His programs were similar to what Robert Ripley did on Believe It or Not. 

Nesbitt talked of disasters, disappearances, amazing coincidences, and unexplained phenomena.  He told tales of fanatics, swindlers, andventurers, and treasure hunters. 

He called the show The Passing Parade. 

Here are two episodes from 1949.  The first talks of minor events that caused great events to happen, and the second tells the tale of the airplane that crashed into the Empire State Building.

Direct download: 178passingparade1949twoshows2756.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:33 PM

Thirty of our states issued Tax Tokens during the depression. 

But by the end of World War II, most of them were gone.  And there are few people alive today who know they ever existed. 

Except for us treasure hunters who dig them up, of course.

They were round with holes in the middle, they were square, they were made of compressed paper, or zinc, or aluminum, or brass or copper.  They came in many sizes and denominations, all of them worth less than a penny.

In this week's episode of In the Treasure Corner, we take a look at State Tax Tokens.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 134taxtokens.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:42 AM

Four women against one man - that was the basic setup of Leave It to the Girls, a Mutual Radio series that aired from 1945 to 1949. 

Listeners sent in their "Dear Abby" type problems, and the celebrity panel offered their solutions. 

The producers of the program expected the show to be serious, but much to their surprise - and delight - the panelists were often quite funny. 

This episode originally aired on December 8, 1945. 

Direct download: 177leaveittothegirls451208-3052.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:08 AM

Abie's Irish Rose opened on Broadway and ran for six and a half years - at the time, the longest Broadway run ever.  (The record was finally broken 40 years later by Hello, Dolly.)

The plot was simple:  A Jewish boy marries a Catholic girl, against their families' wishes. 

Two movie versions were made, and a radio version ran on NBC from 1942 to 1944.  This episode, Abie Buys a New Jersey store, was originally broadcast on January 13, 1943.

Direct download: 176abiesirishrose430113abiebuysanjstore2845.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:50 AM

The Roosevelt dime was designed by John Sinnock, who was the chief engraver of the United States Mint when Roosevelt died. 

He said he based the design on a Roosevelt medal he had designed four years earlier. 

But others believe he used the design of an African-American sculptress named Selma Burke, who had been commissioned to design a Roosevelt plaque in 1944. 

The design on the left is Sinnock's original, and the one on the right is Burke's.  Which one looks the most like the Roosevelt dime to you?

And why in the world would a rumor start that the JS below Roosevelt's neck stood for someone much more sinister than John Sinnock?  Listen to the show for the answers!

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 133roseydime.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:27 AM

Abe Burrows was a New York wit, a composer/singer of clever parodies that made him a favorite of Danny Kaye, Robert Benchley, and Groucho Marx. 

He also wrote Broadway musicals, like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Can-Can, and Guys and Dolls.  And he won a Pulitzer Prize for How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. 

His radio show ran from 1947 to 1949, and since it was just 15 minutes nightly, this show is comprised of two back-to-back episodes.

Direct download: 175abeburroughs47102x-romance-TV2829.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:01 AM

One of the best-selling books of 1942 was THIS IS MY BEST, edited by Whit Burnett.  Burnett asked 93 different authors to name their best short story, and those stories were printed in this anthology. 

In 1944, the anthology became a CBS radio series.  Orson Welles hosted the show for a short time, but he was fired because one of the scripts he chose just happened to be one in which he had a financial interest.

This episode, Miss Dilly Says No, first aired on March 20, 1945.

Direct download: 174ThisIsMyBest450320MissDillySaysNo2929.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:05 PM

Did you know our Jefferson nickel was designed by a man who fought against the United States in World War I? 

Felix Schlag was a German soldier in that war, but in 1929 he became an American, and in 1938 his design was chosen for the Jefferson nickel. 

The back of his nickel looked rather goofy, and he was instructed to redesign it.  (The photo is Schlag's original design.)

The Jefferson nickel might never have been, except for the problems the Buffalo nickel was causing. 

And the prize money Mr. Schlag won for his design was just about enough to pay for his wife's funeral. 

This podcast tells these and other fascinating tales about the history of the Jefferson nickel.

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Direct download: 132jeffersonnickel.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:47 AM

That Brewster Boy was a radio sitcom that ran pretty much concurrently with World War II. 

The formula was typical of radio sitcoms - Mom and Dad, and cute, popular teenage daughter, and younger, boisterous son. 

The main character, Joey Brewster, was played first by Eddie Firestone, then by Arnold Stang, and finally by Dick York.  (Yes, THAT Dick York.)

This episode, A Visit From Dottie, first aired on December 29, 1941.

Direct download: 173thatbrewsterboy411229avisitfromdottie2820.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:02 AM

In 1947, Elizabeth Short was murdered.  Now, two-thirds of a century later, the crime is still unsolved. 

Sixty people have confessed to the murder, but they were all lying.  Or were just 59 of them lying? 

Somebody Knows ran on CBS in 1950.  Each week, a true-life murder was reenacted, and a $5,000 reward was offered to anyone providing information that led to the arrest of the murderer. 

This episode is about the still-unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, in a case that has become known as the Black Dahlia Murder.

Direct download: 172somebodyknows500824blackdahlia3017.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:21 AM

Five years of In the Treasure Corner under my belt! 

In this annual birthday show, I discuss which shows have been listened to most, who's listening, and where those listeners are. 

The most-listened-to show of the past three years?  A bit of a curiosity!  But the show in second place is no surprise at all.  We take a quick look at eight of the most-listened episodes of all time.

And in this show, I'll point you to an episode of In the Treasure Corner that you should be sure to hear if you haven't already -it could increase your finds dramatically.

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Direct download: 131fiveyears.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:07 AM

Orson Welles, comedian?

This little-known talent of the master was exhibited in his radio show, The Orson Welles Almanac, which was broadcast in 1944. 

Each week, Orson did both comedy and drama.  His show also featured musical numbers, random facts, and guest stars. 

This episode features actress Mary Boland, and it was first broadcast on March 29, 1944.

Direct download: 171orsonwellesalmanac440329maryboland3025.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:58 AM

Mystery writer John Dickson Carr published 45 novels under his own name and 25 more under the pen name Carter Dickson. 

He also hosted this radio mystery show.  Murder By Experts was on the air from 1949 to 1951. 

Each week, a different mystery novelist recommended his or her favorite mystery story, and that story was told on Murder By Experts.

This episode, The Case of the Missing Mind, aired December 26, 1949.

Direct download: 170murderbyexpeerts491226caseofthemissingmind3008.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:41 PM

Three times her design for the new Washington quarter was recommended for approval by the George Washington Bicentennial Committee and the United States Fine Arts Commission.

Three times the Secretary of the Treasury turned her down without explanation.

This is the story of Laura Gardin Fraser, and the United States quarter that never was.

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Direct download: 130fraserdime.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:53 AM

Arch Oboler was the second - and best known - host of the horror show Lights Out. 

He also wrote and directed Arch Oboler's Plays.  When that show became popular, the name was changed to Everyman's Plays.

This episode, Cat Woman, first aired on October 18, 1940.

Direct download: 169everymans.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:30 AM

Death Valley Days was written by a female New York advertising copywriter who travelled once a year to the wild west to gather ideas for her stories. 

The series ran for 40 years total on radio and TV.  Sometimes the stories were fiction, sometimes they told the story of famous westerners. 

This episode, from August 27, 1936, is the story of the famous outlaw Sam Bass.

Direct download: 168deathvalleydays360827sambass2820.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:04 AM

Did little Hallie Daggett really spend a shiny new 1894-S Barber dime for a dish of ice cream? 

The same 1894-S dime that just sold for over 2 million dollars? 

Why are they so valuable?  Where are the 15 missing ones?  Can you find one? 

Answers are at the Treasure Corner.  Check it out!

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Direct download: 129dime1894s.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:38 AM

Some radio shows were so popular that the rival networks ran imitations. 

The Adventures of the Abbotts was in a way a copy show.  It was about a sophisticated married couple who solved mysteries, a la Nick and Nora Charles, and Mr. and Mrs. North.

But this particular copy was pretty much as good as (and sometimes better than) the originals.  The Abbotts began as a series of novels by Frances Crane.

This episode, The Fabulous Emerald Necklace, first aired on April 3, 1955.

Direct download: 167abbotts550403fabemnecklace3030.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:11 AM

Groucho Marx is best-known for his radio and TV quiz show, You Bet Your Life. 

But before that, during World War II, he did a comedy show called Blue Ribbon Town (you can guess the sponsor).  Groucho did a lot of vaudeville jokes, and he had a different guest star each week. 

This episode, from February 26, 1944, features Jack Benny.

Direct download: 166blueribbontown440226jackbenny3006.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:59 AM

To some treasure hunters, Ermal Fraze is despised. 

Why?  Because he invented the pulltab. 

Many coinshooters and ring hunters hate his invention, but I celebrate it. 

Because if there were no pulltabs, I'd never find a gold ring.

The history of the pulltab is fascinating.  Check it out!

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 128pulltabs.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:55 AM

Grand Central Station had quite a run - from 1937 until 1954.  Over the years, it appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC and the Blue Network. 

Each week, it followed a random passenger who was getting off a train in Grand Central Station. 

The programs were usually light romantic comedies. 

This episode, Moon Blind, originally aired on August 24, 1946.

Direct download: 165grandcentralstation460824moonblind2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:49 AM

Chandu the Magician was the alter ego of Frank Chandler, an American who had learned occult powers from a yogi in India.  Sounds a lot like Lamont Cranston and The Shadow!
Chandu had two OTR runs twelve years apart.  First in the early 1930s, then again in the late 1940s.  Each series was written by Vera Oldham.

Chandu was played by Gayne Whitman and Howard Hoffman in the early run.

This episode is from the later run of the show, with Tom Collins as Chandu and Irene Tedlow as Chandu's sistor Dorothy.  It first aired on November 26, 1949.

Direct download: 164chandu491126-2942.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:33 AM

Somebody asks you to use your metal detector to hunt for his mother's wedding ring.  He describes it, and where she lost it a decade ago, and you recognize it because you found it three years ago, and sold it to a gold dealer.

What do you tell this person?

You're digging in your own yard and you find a human skeleton.  Do you tell the authorities?  Even if you know it's going to cost you $5,000, like it did a Canadian citizen a few weeks ago? 

Ethical dilemmas, morality problems.  What to do?

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Direct download: 127ethics.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:32 AM

Dr. Christian ran from 1937 to 1954.  In its later years, the scripts for the show were written by listeners.  Prizes were awarded for the best scripts, and those scripts were actually used for the show. 

Two college students who sold scripts to Dr. Christian later went on to become famous:  the Twilight Zone's Rod Serling, and The Waltons creator Earl Hamner Jr.

This episode, Old Battle Ax, originally aired on November 2, 1949.

Direct download: 163drchristian491102oldbattleax2024.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:51 AM

Words at War was a World War 2 program that was pretty much forgotten after the war ended. 

But Newsweek magazine called it "one of the best contributions to serious commercial radio in many a year", and the show business newspaper Variety said it was "one of the most outstanding programs in radio."

See for yourself if it stands up to that billing.  This show, Fair Stood the Wind for France, is considered one of the best episodes of the series.  It originally aired on June 27, 1944.

Direct download: 162wordsatwar440627fairstoodthewindforfrance3022.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:29 AM

My doctor told me I had to lose weight when I was diagnosed with diabetes.  So I did, much to his surprise. 

I found it pretty easy, and if you need to drop some pounds, diabetic or not, listen to this show.  This is the diet that has worked for me for over a decade, and has totally eliminated all my diabetic symptoms too.

PLUS, a report on a study that shows how you can cut your exercise time in half and still lose three times as much weight as you would have lost the old way.

And no, I'm not selling anything!  (Well, except my Metal Detecting Manual, of course, but this stuff isn't in the book.)

Oh, and speaking of my book...

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Direct download: 126diet.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:14 AM

Elliott Lewis was the consummate radio man.  Actor, director and producer, Lewis was superb in both comedy and drama.  From Suspense to the Phil Harris-Alice Fay show to Nero Wolfe to the Adventures of Maisie, Elliott Lewis seemed to be just about everywhere. 

One place he was often found was on board the Scarlet Queen, an adventure ship that sailed the seven seas. 

Lewis was the narrator of the series, and also the captain of the ship. 

This episode, The Bubble Dancer and the Buccaneers, first aired on January 28, 1948.

Direct download: 161scarletqueen480128bubbledancer2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:35 AM

The Screen Guild Theater was another of those programs that turned  full-length movies into half-hour radio shows.  But this show was a little different.  All the stars worked for free. 

The money they would have earned instead went to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, and it was used to build a rest home for retired performers. 

The show was on the air from 1939 to 1952, and in this episode we hear Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell present the radio version of their hit movie, His Girl Friday.  It originally aired on March 30, 1941.

Direct download: 160screenguild410330hisgirlfriday3030.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:27 PM

John Sutter was a poor California settler who got rich when he found gold at his mill.  Right?  Nope!  In fact, that's almost exactly backwards. 

Listen to how Sutter lost his fortune, and nearly his life, because of the discovery of gold on his land. 

And marvel at how close he came to owning both San Francisco and Sacramento. 

For more articles about metal detecting and treasure hunting, and for a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 125sutter.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:52 AM

Dragnet, Pete Kelly's Blues, Pat Novak For Hire, Johnny Modesto.  Jack Webb fans know those names intimately. 

But what about One Out of Seven? 

It was aired on the west coast only, and it ran just a few months in early 1946.  Jack Webb did all the voices, and all the ethnic accents.  The show ran 15 minutes, and each week it fought racial intelerance. 

Here are two episodes, and I think you'll find them fascinating.

Direct download: 159oneoutofseven4602xxTwoshows3048.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:35 AM

What western replaced The Lone Ranger on the Mutual Network when the Lone Ranger switched to the Blue Network? 

What quiz show gave us Beulah the Buzzer? 

The town of Waters, Arkansas, changed its name to honor what radio show in 1936? 

According to the jingle, where should you never put bananas?

Find out the answers to these questions, and many more, on this week's episode of In the Old-Time Radio Corner. 

In this special program, you'll hear all the questions - and answers - from last year's Cincinnati Old-Time Radio Trivia Bowl. 

This year's Trivia Bowl, which will be held Friday night, May 31, 2013, at the Cincinnati Nostalgia Convention, is recruiting contestants now.  If you'd like to play, just find me at the convention and I'll sign you up.  Or email me at

The photo, by the way, is last year's winning team, the Tom Mix Ralston Straightshooters.  Left to right, Jim Widner, Meredith Granger, Dan Riedstra, and Randy Larson.

Direct download: 158-2012quiz.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:37 AM

This week, a show for geeks only, as I describe the equipment and methods I use to produce In the Treasure Corner.

Though I use a $300 microphone, there's another mic almost as good that you can buy for $33.00.  With this USB mic and some free software you can download from the internet, you can produce your own professional-sounding podcast. 

The photo shows the audio track of the show as seen on the computer screen, my small mixer, and my microphone in its sound-isolating box.

So if you'd like to know how my shows are produced, and maybe pick up some tips on how to do your own show, give a listen to this four-minute explanation.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 124behindscenes.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:29 AM

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, our west coast feared air attacks.  Private citizens were asked to constantly watch the skies for enemy aircraft. 

And in 1942, NBC created the program Eyes Aloft to promote the Aircraft Warning Service.  This series ran only on west coast radio stations.

This episode, featuring guest star Henry Fonda, aired on August 24, 1942.

Direct download: 157eyesaloft420824henryfonda3033.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:50 AM

The best-selling hard-boiled detective of them all?  Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. 

Hammer first appeared in the novel I the Jury, a book that sold over 6 million copies in the United States alone. 

Spillane's detective novels have sold  over 225 million copies worldwide, and the Mutual radio network turned the popular private eye into a radio series, That Hammer Guy. 

This episode, The Saddle Shoes, first aired on April 7, 1953.

Direct download: 156thathammerguy530407thesaddleshoes3004.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:25 AM

Attention, coinshooters:  Do you find more nickels, or dimes?

Do you find more wheatback pennies, or quarters?

Do you know?  Do you keep ratio records?

Here are my percentages over the years, and some reasons as to why they are what they are. 


For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 123coinratios.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:55 AM

Bobby Benson was an early - and late - kids' western show.  Bobby was an orphan who inherited a ranch in Texas. 

His ranch handyman, Windy Wales, was played by Don Knotts, who would later become much better known as Andy Griffith's deputy, Barney Fife. 

The show first appeared on the air in 1932, and last appeared in 1955.  But the show was only broadcast for 10 years, because it disappeared in 1936 and didn't reappear until 1949.

Over the years, several actors played Bobby.  Ivan Cury had the part in 1949 and 1950, and Ivan will be one of the guests at this year's Cincinnati Nostalgia Expo.  He will play Bobby Benson again at the convention, and you're invited.

The Expo will be Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, 2013.  Details here:  I'd love to see you there! 

This episode, Double Dare, was first broadcast on November 25, 1949.

Direct download: 155bobbybenson491125doubledare3002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:00 AM

Hollywood Star Playhouse was a half-hour program that featured a different Hollywood movie star every week, appearing in a radio drama especially written for the show.

Marilyn Monroe made her first radio appearance on the Hollywood Star Playhouse. 

And the episode we have for you here proved so popular that it evolved into a series of its own - The Six Shooter, starring Jimmy Stewart.

Direct download: 154hollystarplayhouse520413sixshooter2947.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:59 AM

Pity the stupid counterfeiter. 

Francis Leroy Henning had a brilliant idea - instead of counterfeiting something valuable (he had already been busted for making fake $5.00 bills), why not make some fake nickels?  Who pays attention to small change?  Who would notice?

Unfortunately, he made a small mistake.  And ended up dumping 400,000 counterfeit nickels into two rivers.  Most of them are still there.

This one is indeed hard to believe.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 122fakenickels.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:35 PM

New York City had The First Nighter, Chicago had Curtain Time.  The shows were quite similar. 

The idea in each case was that you were not listening to your radio, but actually attending the premiere of a new play in the downtown theatre district.

Most of the plays on Curtain Time were lighthearted comedy romances. 

This play, The Dishonest Ghost, first aired on July 10, 1948.

Direct download: 153curtaintime480710dishonestghost3019.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:58 PM

Al Jolson was once known as the World's Greatest Entertainer.  He had his own radio show from 1932 to 1949.  He starred in the first "talkie" movie, The Jazz Singer, in 1927. 

His radio show had many names over the years.  This version was called The Kraft Music Hall, and this episode, from May 6, 1948, features special guest Groucho Marx.

Direct download: 152kraftmusichall480506grouchomarx2957.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:18 PM

This photograph caught my eye the other day.

A Garrett metal detector, put together like Dr. Frankenstein's monster, like Bizarro, with most of the parts but just put together crazily. The shaft upside down, the coil cord running directly from the coil to the control box, instead of being wrapped around the rod.

Turns out this is a counterfeit Garrett, made in China. And some of these fakes have found their way into the United States.

Here's the story.

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And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 121fakes.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:43 PM

In this short-lived sitcom, Janet and Jimmy played Janet and Jimmy. 

Janet Waldo (who played radio's Corliss Archer, and much later, TV's Judy Jetson) and Jimmy Lydon (who played Henry Aldrich in nine movies,  and much later was co-creator of M*A*S*H) starred.  They played a secretly-married young college couple. 

This episode, Jimmy and Janet Get Jobs, first aired on August 15, 1949.

Direct download: 151younglove490815jimmyandjanetgetjobs2841.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:37 AM

20 Questions was one of the most popular quiz shows to ever air.  It drew as many as 20,000 letters in one week. 

The contestants were mostly the Van Deventer family - Mom, Pop, and two kids - but they used different last names so the audience wouldn't know they were related.

The show was simple. The contestants had to identify a mystery "something" by asking no more than 20 yes-or-no questions, and their only clue was that the answer was animal, vegetable, or mineral. 

From this basic concept, hilarity often ensued.

This episode first aired on September 10, 1946.

Direct download: 150-20questions460910-2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:09 AM

A newbie recently asked me to send him any leads I might have on buried treasures or lost mines in his area. 

And it hit me that when I was a newbie, I dreamed of finding the Big One, too.

Only after learning the basics do we realize that metal detecting brings lots of small treasures, seldom really big ones. 

And what do we do when we discover this Truth?

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 120ads.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:23 PM

Bride and Groom was a daytime "reality" show that aired from 1945 to 1950. 

Each weekday afternoon, a happy couple told about how they met, their first date and their first kiss, and some funny stories about their romance. 

After their wedding, they were given gifts like appliances and a honeymoon trip. 

This episode first aired on May 24, 1947.

Direct download: 149bridegroom470523-2958.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:59 AM

Here's one of the early radio horror shows - The Witch's Tale.  It began on local New York City radio station WOR in 1931, and three years later it moved to the Mutual Network.

Old witch Nancy cackled with glee as she introduced gory and grisly tales, and her black cat Satan screeched in the background. 

This episode, Firing Squad, first aired on August 21, 1933.

Direct download: 148thewitchstale330821firingsquad2730.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:27 AM

How much do you know about the coins you're finding? 

How many presidents have appeared on our coins? 

How many non-presidents? 

Who were they? 

Here's a fun little quiz to test your powers of observation.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 119coinfacts2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:17 AM

Clark Kent and Superman.  Bruce Wayne and Batman.  And Steve Adams and Straight Arrow!

Steve Adams was a full-blooded Comanche indian who was raised by white settlers.  As a teen, he heard a legend of a fierce Comanche warrior who would someday appear to fight for the good and for the right.  And he decided that he was to be that warrior. 

As Straight Arrow, he had a secret cave, and a wonder horse named Fury, and a white sidekick named Packy. 

This episode of Straight Arrow, The Doctor and the Quack,  originally aired on December 16, 1948.

Direct download: 147straightarrow481216thedoctorandthequack3057.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:55 AM

Stan Freberg was doing cartoon voices for Walt Disney when he was 18. 

In the early 1950s he had several national hits with satirical songs like Little Blue Riding Hood and St. George and the Dragonet. 

And in 1957, he was chosen to do a radio show as the summer replacement for the Jack Benny Program. 

Freberg's radio shows were full of satire, often swipes at network censors.  The audience loved them, the network executives were worried by them, and the show ran for just that one summer.

In this episode, Freberg fights with a network censor as he tries to sing the song Old Man River.

Direct download: 146thestanfrebergshow570818programcensor3020.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:30 AM

Many of us have found, and returned, rings. 

Here's a genuine rags-to-riches story of a homeless man who returned a ring, and came out a lot better in the end than anyone could ever imagine.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 118ring.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:00 PM

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called this show "the finest dramatic program on the air. 

Not only did he endorse the show, he also met regularly with the show's producer-director Jerry Devine. 

He even sent Devine to a two-week FBI school so he would better understand the workings of the Bureau.

This is Your FBI was on the air from 1945 to 1953.  This episode, Campus Shakedown, first aired on March 31, 1950.

Direct download: 145thisisyourfbi500331campusshakedown2749.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:34 PM

Actor Lloyd Nolan appeared in over sixty films in his career.  Claire Trevor won an Oscar for her role in Key Largo.

Together, they starred in a short-lived detective series called Results, Incorporated. 

Nolan played private detective Johnny Strange, and Trevor was his secretary Theresa Travors.  (That's Claire holding Lloyd in the photo.)

This episode, The Haunted House, was the pilot for the series.  It aired on October 7, 1944.

Direct download: 144resultsincorporated441007thehauntedhouse2924.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:28 PM

The other day I got a letter in the mail, handwritten, from a treasure hunter in Nevada.

He was working on a lead, and he needed help finding two old magazines that might contain information that will help him in his search.

As I read his letter, I realized how difficult this man was making it for himself by avoiding the world of computers.

This show tells that story.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 117internet.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:19 PM

Scattergood Baines, a small town hardware merchant, was a well-known character three-quarters of a century ago.  

He was created by Clarence Budington Kelland, who was also well-known back then.  Kelland wrote hundreds of short stories, many appearing in the Saturday Evening Post, and dozens of popular novels.  

Scattergood Baines aired on CBS for six years (1937-1942), then returned in 1949 on Mutual.  This episode, Sweet Charity, was originally broadcast on February 24, 1949.

Direct download: 143scattergoodbaines490224sweetcharity2604.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:59 PM

Most well-known shows from the Golden Age of Radio ran for several years.  This week, we're going to hear one that lasted for just three months. 

Rex Harrison, who would later win both a Tony and an Oscar for his role as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, starred in this radio series.  He played a private detective named Rex Saunders. 

This episode, A Shocking Still Life, originally aired on May 9, 1951.

Direct download: 142Pkrexsaunders510509ashockingstilllife2448.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:36 PM

When you skip over pulltabs, you skip over gold rings.  It's as simple as that. 

I found more gold in one year with my primitive, non-discriminating metal detector than I've found in the past 30 years. 

How should you set your detector if you want a shot at those gold rings? 

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 116disc.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:16 PM

Damon Runyon was as much of a character as the gamblers, grifters and gangsters he wrote about. 

This episode of the Damon Runyon Theater, The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, gave us the musical Guys and Dolls, with Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Harry the Horse, and Nicely-Nicely Jones (Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the movie version).

Narrator Broadway (John Brown, who also played Digger O'Dell, the Friendly Undertaker, on The Life of Riley) tells the story.

Direct download: 141damonrunyontheatre490206theidyllofmisssarahbrown2922.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:52 AM

Arch Oboler was radio's Rod Serling, best known for writing and hosting the horror show Lights Out.  Remember Bill Cosby's "Chicken Heart that Consumed the World"?  That was Arch Oboler. 

So was the infamous Adam and Eve skit that got Mae West banned from radio for 30 years. 

But another side of Oboler, perhaps the most important part of his character, was his patriotism.  He created an anti-Nazi radio series in 1942 called Plays for Americans, and some of the biggest names in Hollywood lined up to take part in the show.

This episode, Letter at Midnight, stars Jimmy Stewart.  It first aired on March 15, 1942.

Direct download: 140playsforamericans420315letteratmidnight2933.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:02 PM

Last month, the United States Mint submitted a 400-page report to Congress that could make the coin identification circuitry of our metal detectors obsolete.

A move is afoot to save the government big bucks by changing the metal composition of our coins. 

No longer would a penny be a zincoln.  No longer would our dimes and quarters be made from the 92% - 8% copper-nickel ratio we use now. 

And metal detectors that are programmed to recognize our current coins would be mightily confused with different metal formulations.

This is a photo of a prototype quarter, made from a metal formulation that would give it a yellow or golden hue. (NOTE:  The picture and wording are random because the mint didn't want to create "collectible" experimental coins).

Is this the future of our United States coinage system?

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 115coinmetals.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:47 AM

There were lots of quiz shows on radio in the golden days.  Here's one that pitted husband against wife in a battle of the sexes.

The stunts were crazy, the audience was enthusiastic, and host Tiny Ruffner really got into the show.

Enjoy this episode from September 23, 1949.

Direct download: 139betterhalf490923quiz2857.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:39 AM

Before Jack Webb was Joe Friday of Dragnet, he was Jeff Regan of The Lyon's Eye Detective Agency. 

He solved crimes for ten bucks a day, plus expenses. 

A year into this series, he left to begin Dragnet. 

But here, you can hear Jack Webb as a private eye.  This episode, The Lonesome Lady, first aired on July 24,1948.

Direct download: 138jeffreganinvestigator480724thelonesomelady2856.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:05 AM

A few days ago, I got an email from a treasure hunter who asked me to boycott the new dollar coins. 

Well, for starters, there aren't any new dollar coins. 

Turns out this was one of those email chain letters that just keep going and going.  Worse, it was designed to mislead people, and make them mad.

I tell the story in this show.

Direct download: 115boycottcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:13 AM

Jimmy Durante was a gruff, ragged burlesque and vaudeville veteran.

Garry Moore was a young, handsome, crewcut-topped radio emcee.

One night by chance they appeared together on a radio show, and a savvy radio producer was fascinated by their contrasts and convinced them to team up for a radio show.

The result is the Durante-Moore Show, which aired from 1943 to 1947.

This episode was broadcast on December 22,1944.

Direct download: 137durantemoore441222lionisbusy3005.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:14 AM

What do you do when you lose your team sponsor? 

Find a new sponsor, make the team members pay the fee, or disband the team.

OR...have a fundraiser. 

Even if you haven't lost your sponsor, but want money for snazzy new uniforms or a new team bat or two, have a fundraiser. 

This show explores a few fun ways to raise money for your team.

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Direct download: 113winterfunds.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 11:49 PM

Mix equal parts of Doc Savage and the Shadow, and what do you get?  The Avenger! 

Author Paul Ernst wrote the Avenger novels on which the radio shows were based.  Ernst had two mentors:  Walter Gibson, who wrote the Shadow novels, and Lester Dent, who, under the pen name Kenneth Robeson, wrote the Doc Savage novels.

The Avenger was on the air twice - in 1941-42, and again in 1945-46. 

This episode, Keys of the City, first aired on September 21, 1945.

Direct download: 136avenger450921keysofthecity2645.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:47 AM

Why do some coins have smooth rims and others have rims that look like sawteeth? 

Why is our paper money all the same size, but our coins all different sizes? 

What two United States coins existed at the same time and were worth the same amount, but looked completely different and even had different names? 

And what does this dateless buffalo nickel have to do with this show?

These questions and more are answered in the latest edition of In the Treasure Corner.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 113facts.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:05 AM

Elliott Lewis, one of the most versatile radio actors who ever lived, was perfectly at home in any radio genre. 

Here he tackles a western, playing cattleman Hawk Larabee in radio's first adult western drama. 

Six years before Gunsmoke, Elliott Lewis, with Burton Yarborough as his sidekick, had weekly adventures in Texas of the 1840s.
This episode, The California Kid, aired on October 18, 1946.

Direct download: 135hawklarabee471018californiakid2953.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:07 PM

When the pitching height limit was lowered from 12 feet to 10 feet, pitchers lost two feet from their pitching window. 

This show tells you how to get back the sharp drop those extra two feet gave you, without throwing illegal pitches.

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Direct download: 112-12feet.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:33 PM

Doctor IQ, which aired from 1939 to 1950, was one of the most popular quiz shows of all time. 

With six assistants roving the theater with microphones, choosing contestants, Doctor IQ handed out silver dollars to winners and boxes of candy to losers. 

The doctor was on stage, and he called on each of his assistants in turn to supply the next contestant. 

The remembered catchline from the show was "Doctor, I have a lady in the balcony."

The show moved at breakneck speed, and the questions were fairly difficult. 

This episode aired on January 26, 1942.

Direct download: 134drIQ420126westpoint3119.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:52 PM

Even people who know little about treasure hunting have heard of the Lost Dutchman's Mine. 

And several people have lost their lives trying to find it.

Just last week, the remains of a treasure hunter who disappeared while searching for the mine three years ago were found in the Superstition Mountains.

Here are parts of some of the 62 different versions of the tale of the Lost Dutchman's Mine, to give you a brief idea of what this is all about.

Direct download: 112dutchman.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:18 PM

According to the Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, the opening sequence of The First Nighter Program ranks right up there with the creaking door of Lights Out and the haunting, sarcastic, scornful laugh of the Shadow.

Every week for 23 years, Mr. First Nighter took us to that Little Theater off Times Square, where we witnessed Opening Night of a new production. 

Most of the shows were light romantic comedies, and both Don Ameche and Les Tremaine became famous as regular performers on this show. 

This show stars Olan Soule, who later moved to television and appeared in hundreds if not thousands of shows, including I Love Lucy, Andy Griffith, Bonanza, and Dallas.  And from 1968 to 1980 he was the cartoon voice of Batman. 

From July 20, 1952, this episode is called Speak Ever So Gently.

Direct download: 133firstnighter520720speakeversogently3129.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:01 PM

The American Association of Amateur Softball had their annual meeting last week. 

This program outlines the rule changes that will take effect in 2013.  Most of them are fairly small tweaks. 

But one really big change will go into effect in 2014.

They're all here, In the Softball Corner.

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Direct download: 111asarules2013.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:16 AM

Before Candid Camera, there was Candid Microphone. 

Allen Funt, fresh out of the Army, worked as an idea man for the radio show Truth or Consequences. 

He had an idea of his own, and he turned it into first a radio show and then a television show that was on the air for over two decades.

Here's how it started.  A hidden microphone and a wacky situation thrust upon an unsuspecting stranger. 

In this episode, from August 10, 1947, Funt tries to get people to donate to a charity set up to help Eskimos who struggled through a too-warm winter.

Direct download: 132candidmicrophone470810eskimos3018.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:29 AM

Nudity!  Murder!  Suicide! And sixty-five years in an insane asylum!  All of these things are involved in the lurid story of … the Mercury dime?

Did you know that the first nude movie actress in Hollywood posed for at least one, probably two, United States coins?

Did you know that the portrait on the Mercury dime is not only not the Roman god Mercury, it isn't even a male?

Did you know that the real Mercury had wings on his sandals, not his head?

And do you know what mythical character appeared on more United States coins than all other subjects (presidents, statesmen, historical figures) combined?

You'll know all that and more after you listen to this program.

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

And here's the complete index to all these In the Treasure Corner shows.

Direct download: 111mercdimes.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:00 AM

Do you know the connection between the TV shows I Love Lucy and Green Acres? 

You'll find out when you listen to this episode of the Old-Time Radio Corner. 

Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet, and Parley Baer starred in Granby's Green Acres, a spinoff of My Favorite Husband. 

Though the show featured three of the biggest stars in radio, it lasted just two months.  

This episode, Granby Lays an Egg, first aired on July 31, 1950.

Direct download: 131granbysgreenacres500731granbylaysanegg3107.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:19 PM

Does your team do practices?  I have four teams, and we have non-mandatory, informal batting practice every Sunday. 

In the last couple of years, attendance at these practices has dropped dramatically. 

This program examines a few of the possible reasons.

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Direct download: 110wimps.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:05 PM

In 1951, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were major Hollywood stars.  They had met and fallen in love while they were making the movie To Have and Have Not. 

He was 44, she was 19. 

They made three other films together, all hits:  The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo.  And in 1951, they starred together in a radio series, Bold Venture, for which they were paid $4,000 for each half-hour episode. 

Bogart played the owner of a hotel in Cuba, and Bacall was his sidekick.  Jester Hairston was the mysterious singer who advanced the story lines with his songs.  And Bold Venture was Bogart's ship.

In this episode, from May 28, 1951, Lauren Bacall is framed for murder.

Direct download: 130boldventure510528sailorframedformurder2818.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:30 AM

This week's show takes a look at a senior league with opposing lifestyles. 

Half the teams play to win; the other half play for fun. 

What happens when one meets the other?  It ain't pretty. 

Here's how one league made a rule change that helped level the playing field.

Click for articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book.

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Direct download: 109seniorrules.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:39 PM

Before Tom Swift, before the Hardy Boys, before Jack Armstrong.  There was Frank Merriwell, the All-American Boy. 

Frank was a Yale athlete, a star in baseball, basketball, football, track, and crew.  He also solved mysteries.  And he neither drank nor smoked.

Frank first appeared in a juvenile serial magazine, Tip Top Weekly, in 1896. 

His creator, Miles L. Standish (real name Gilbert Patton), was one of the most prolific authors of all time.  He wrote a 20,000-word book a week, every week for 20 years.

In the early part of the 20th century, Frank Merriwell books actually outsold the Bible.
His radio show ran briefly in 1934, then weekly on NBC from 1946 to 1949. 

This episode, Sold At Auction, first aired on July 24,1948.

Direct download: 129adventuresoffrankmerriwell480724soldatauction3050.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:30 PM

From 1999 to 2008, every state in the union was honored with its own state quarter. 

Five a year for ten years, and then six bonus coins, for Washington, DC and the United States territories.

These coins can still be found in general circulation, and some of them are worth money.

This episode of In the Treasure Corner describes how the series came to be, and tells you about a few of the coins that are worth much more than their face value.

Direct download: 110statequarters.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:10 PM

Everybody remembers Jack Benny and Fibber McGee and Molly.  But there was another radio program that was in the Hooper Radio Ratings Top Ten for many years, and it is not so well remembered. 

It was called Mr. District Attorney, and it was the most popular crime show on radio throughout the 1940s. 

It was gritty, true to life, and written by an attorney who spent most of his time at bars and dives, talking with the people he was writing about. 

His scripts were so realistic that he was once visited by the FBI, who thought he was somehow getting information they couldn't get.

Jay Jostyn starred as the nameless District Attorney, and Len Doyle was Harrington, his chief investigator.

This episode, The Case of the Hijacked Worker, aired on August 19, 1942.

Direct download: 128mrdistrictattorney420819caseofthehijackedworker2956.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:32 AM

Have you written your metal detecting or treasure hunting book yet? 

Too hard, you say? 


If Michael Lotito can eat this Cessna 150 (he did!), you can write a book. 

Because the method is the same - eat a plane, or write a book, one tiny bite at a time. 

Here's how I write my books, and how you can do it too.

Direct download: 109writingbooks.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:37 PM

Screen Directors Playhouse was one of those shows that let you watch a movie on your radio. 

Each week, a movie director would introduce a radio version of his latest film, often featuring the same stars that had appeared in the movie.  And after the show, the director chatted with the stars. 

Screen Directors Playhouse ran from 1949 to 1951.  This episode stars a young Lucille Ball, recreating her movie Miss Grant Takes Richmond.  It originally aired on May 19, 1950.

Direct download: 127screendirplayhouse500519missgranttakesrichmond3051.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:02 PM

You're playing a team that is absolutely horrible.  Can't hit, can't field, can't run, can't pitch. 

And they have two team bats:  a wooden one, and a Hammer.

Do you show no mercy and win by 30? 

Or do you cut them some breaks? 

Thoughts on that, and more, in this show.

Click for articles on slowpitch softball,and a look at my book.

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Direct download: 108weakteams.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:22 PM

Mayor of the town was part comedy, part drama, a Norman Rockwell picture of small-town life during World War II. 

Lionel Barrymore starred in this program that aired from 1942 to 1949.

Agnes Moorehead played his housekeeper, and Conrad Binyon was his young ward. 

This episode, The Mayor Takes Care of Five Cats, originally aired on June 23, 1943.

Direct download: 126mayorofthetown430623fivecats3019.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:34 PM

The Buffalo nickel first appeared in 1913, a year later than planned.  In this podcast, you'll learn what caused the delay, and why the coin design was changed midway through the first year of its issue. 

The identity of the Indian, and the identity of the buffalo (which isn't a buffalo) are both still somewhat of a mystery today. 

Here's the story.

Direct download: 108buffalo.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:14 PM

Here's a show that failed to click on both radio and television. 

The idea behind Wanted sounded good on paper - real-life crime stories, using the actual voices of the policemen and victims who were involved in the cases. 

The stories were interesting -this one is about the famous bank robber Willie Sutton.

But the problem was that the police officers and crime victims were the real thing, not actors, and some of them had trouble reading their lines realistically. 

The show aired for just one summer, in 1950.  This is the pilot episode.

Direct download: 125wanted500701williesutton3005.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:10 PM

What do you do when you have two strikes on you, and the next pitch is on its way?  You swing at it.  

Unless it's totally out of your reach, you swing at it.  

Because you never know what the ump is going to call it, and you look like a complete idiot if you're called out on strikes.  

And that's what this program is all about.

Direct download: 107called3rdstrike.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:41 PM

Like The Whistler and Inner Sanctum, the Mysterious Traveler was a half-hour radio series of strange tales narrated by an all-knowing host. 

The Mysterious Traveler was on the air for ten years, from 1943 to 1952, on the Mutual network. 

This episode, about a mysterious wagon train trapped in a cave, is one of the most popular of the series.  It aired several times over the run of the show.  This version was broadcast on November 6, 1951.

Direct download: 124mysterioustraveler511106behindthelockeddoor2804.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:58 AM

I used to write regularly for Treasure Quest magazine.  I subscribed to Treasure and Treasure Search and Treasure Found and True Treasure and Treasure World. 

What do these magazines have in common?  None of them exist now. 

Why did they all disappear? 

In this episode of In the Treasure Corner, we examine several reasons that magazines find it difficult to survive today.

Direct download: 107obitformags.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:36 PM

For seven weeks in early 1948, the question on the lips of America was, "Who is the Walking Man?"

The Walking Man was heard walking across the stage every week on the radio show Truth or Consequences, and the prizes awarded the winner of the contest totalled nearly a quarter of a million dollars in today's money.

The winner, and the Walking Man, are revealed in this episode of Truth or Consequences.

Truth or Consequences, created and hosted by Ralph Edwards, ran from 1940 to 1956 on radio, and from 1950 to 1978 on television.

This episode, with guest William Bendix who was then starring in The Life of Riley, first aired on March 6, 1948.

Direct download: 123truthorcon480117walkingman3040.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:05 PM

I've been playing softball for over 30 years, and I still make some fundamental mistakes sometimes. 

Blame it on laziness, stupidity, or senility, it doesn't matter - they still cost my team runs. 

Here are a couple of baserunning problems I see crop up time and again, often from people who should know better. 

Like me. 

For a look at my more sane moments, and some articles about playing slowpitch softball, and a plug for my book on coaching, managing, and playing adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 106runningmistakes.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:23 PM

Paul Frees was a lot like Mel Blanc, only not so well-known by the public. 

Frees was the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy, Boris Badinoff, Professor Ludwig Von Drake, and two of the Beatles in the popular cartoon series. 

He was both female voices when Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis posed as women in Some Like It Hot. 

He was the deep-voiced narrator of hundred of films, from The Manchurian Candidate to Hardware Wars to Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

And he did every single voice heard on the short-story radio series The Player.

This week, we present two episodes of The Player, starring Paul Frees, Paul Frees, and, of course, Paul Frees.

Direct download: 122theplayer1948twoepisodes2612.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:11 PM

What was the first coin you ever found with a metal detector?  For the great majority of us, it was a Lincoln penny.  There are more Lincoln pennies out there right now than all the other coins combined.

How much do you know about the Lincoln cent? 

Who was responsible for its being issued? 

Why was it such a gutsy move? 

Why Lincoln? 

And who was Viktoras Barnauskas and why was he important?

These questions and more are answered in this program about the lowly Lincoln penny.

And please check out the ad for my book (which I wrote myself) (the ad AND the book) at  Guaranteed to make you chuckle!

P.S.  Thanks to eagle-eyed (or rather, eagle-eared) Coin Magnet of for catching a mistake in the show - I said "buffalo nickel" when I should have said "Liberty nickel." 

Direct download: 106lincolncent.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:10 PM

Easy Money was a show about crooked gambling. 

Two-time Emmy winner Larry Haines played Mike Trent, a professional magician turned private eye who specialized in exposing dirty gambling schemes.

In this episode he takes on a crew of crooked dice gamblers.

From November 11, 1954, this episode of Easy Money is called Galloping Ivories.

Direct download: 121easymoney541114gallopingivories3003.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:16 PM

This show covers lots of common questions beginners ask.  

How do you pitch the knuckleball?
What's the best way to do a rundown?
Should I buy a new bat?
Why shouldn't you use a warm-up bat donut?

And for managers:
How do I find sponsors?
How do I set my batting order?
Where do I recruit new players?
What do I do about late-comers and no-shows?
Get your pencil and papers ready, here are all the answers.

(And here's the complete index:

Direct download: 105getsmartquicksoftball.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:32 PM

A Bulldog Drummond episode on In the Old-Time Radio Corner is long overdue, so here's a show from the detective series that ran from 1941 to 1954.

Over the years, several different radio actors played Bulldog Drummond, the Brtitish World War I hero-turned-private detective. 

In this episode, Help Wanted, from August 13, 1945, Ned Wever takes on the title role.

Direct download: 120bulldogdrummond450813helpwanted2658.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:11 PM

This show covers lots of common questions beginners ask. 
What detector should I buy? 
Where should I hunt? 
How can I get better depth? 
What if a policeman approaches me?  Uh-oh!
Get your pencil and papers ready, here are all the answers.

And here's the complete index:

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at

Direct download: 105getsmartquick.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:26 PM

Other radio quiz shows paid under $100 to their winners, but Break the Bank often gave prizes in the thousands of dollars. 

Bert Parks and Bud Collyer were both on Break the Bank at the same time, and the show aired from 1945 to 1955. 

This episode was first broadcast on October 5, 1949.

Direct download: 119breakthebank491005firstNBC3029.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:04 PM

Oh no, another birthday!

Rather, two birthdays in the same week.

My show is four years old, and I'm 65.

In this birthday episode, I look back on previous shows and recommend a few you might have missed. And I reveal the most-listened-to show in the series.

I also discuss the new program index, which is at:

Direct download: 104softball4years.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:08 PM

This week, another show that had a tremendous audience in its day (it lasted for 17 years), but is pretty much forgotten now.

It was called Vox Pop, which means "Voice of the People." 

Each week, the hosts would have bizarre conversations with people chosen at random, asking strange questions and awarding them small amount of cash if they could properly answer a quiz question. 

This episode, from September 9, 1939, was recorded live at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Direct download: 118voxpop390923nyworldsfair3032.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:36 PM

Oh no, another birthday!  Rather, two birthdays.

My show is four years old, and I'm 65. 

In this birthday episode, I look back on previous shows and recommend a few you might have missed. And I'll tell you the top three downloaded shows since the series began.

I also discuss the new program index, which is at

Direct download: 104-4yearsold-t.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:30 PM

Spike Jones began as an ordinary musician, but somewhere along the line he went totally nuts. 

He added new instruments to his band that had never been heard before, like pistols and anvils and cowbells and a stringed toilet seat called the Latrinaphone.

He wore suits that must have been specially made for him, because nobody else alive would wear them. 

And he had lots of hit records in the 1940s.  His radio show aired from 1945 to 1949, and on this episode his special guest was Lassie. 

After the show, stay tuned for a special bonus:  Spike's hit record, Cocktails for Two.

Direct download: 117spikejones490528lassie3000.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:30 AM

I have three main hobby interests:  treasure hunting,  magic, and softball.  In the past five years, there have been dozens of books published about treasure hunting, probably over a hundred books on magic, and exactly three on slowpitch softball. 

In this podcast, I speculate on why that is, and I name the three books that should be in every serious softballer's library.

Here's a quick look at the reasons why so few new books are being written, and how you can pretty much own a complete library of the current softball literature by buying just three books.

Two of the books are reviewed in my podcasts #70 and #72, and information on the third (mine!) is at

Direct download: 103currentbooks.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 7:47 PM

Nick Carter was a fictional detective who, over the course of more than a century, starred in hundreds of books, a dozen movies, forty years' worth of magazines, and a 13-year radio series. 

So why haven't you heard of him? 

Dan tells all, before he plays you the January 21, 1945 episode called Death by Ricochet, or Nick Carter and the Mystery of the Abandoned Gravel Pit.

Direct download: 116nickcarter450121deathbyichochet2945.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:14 PM


Roy Volker was a prospector, a diver, and a professional treasure hunter. 

Dick Richmond was a newspaper writer and a good friend of Roy's.

Together, they wrote a classic book on treasure hunting.  Short but packed with great advice, TREASURE UNDER YOUR FEET came out in 1974. 

The book consists of 26 chapters covering all aspects of treasure hunting, from coinshooting to relics to sunken ships to ghost towns.  Eight of the chapters were written by "guest experts," so you're getting ten authors here for the price of one.

Long out of print but easy to find on the internet, this book will whet your appetite for your next hunt.

For a look at MY book, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit

Direct download: 103volker.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:13 PM

The short story spawned a novel, the novel spawned a movie, and the movie spawned a radio series. 

The novel and the movie were Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse, and the radio show was Mr. & Mrs. Blandings. 

The movie and the radio series both starred Cary Grant, and in the radio version, Mrs. Blandings was played by the real-life wife of Cary Grant, Betsy Drake (seen in this photo). 

The series lasted less than 20 episodes, reportedly because Grant felt he wasn't being paid enough.

This is the pilot episode, from November 8, 1950.

Direct download: 115mrmrsblandings501108audition2947.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:36 PM

Sure, you know the infield fly rule. 

What about the force out vs. appeal play rule? 

This show tells you how to get your rules straight, and how to talk to some of the best umps in the country about softball rule interpretation.

ASA, USSSA, NSA - Whatever rules your league uses, you'll find the answers here.

For tips and tricks on playing adult slowpitch softball, go to

Direct download: 102rules.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Dizzy Dean was the last National League pitcher to win 30 games in one season, in 1934, and he won TWO world series games that year.  He entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.

But he is probably better-known by more people as a hillbilly baseball play-by-play announcer.  He was on the air from soon after his retirement from baseball in 1947 until 1965.

He did a 15-minute weekly show in the summer of 1948, and in these two episodes Dizzy discusses the 1948 All-Star game, and he lists his own All-Time All-Star team.

Direct download: 114dizzydean1948twoshows2913.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:42 PM


The chart here shows average North American temperatures for the past century, with the heavy line showing the rise since 1975.  Let the politicians argue why - what concerns us is how to handle the changes.

As heat becomes oppressive, people have a harder time coping.  So this is the perfect time to know that CPR rules have changed.  It's a lot easier now - no breathing into the mouth of the victim, no switching activities while you work to save a life.  Just chest compressions. 

This show explains how you can give CPR without taking a course, and without carrying an instruction sheet in your wallet.

So invest less than three minutes to save a life. Listen to this show.


Direct download: 102treasurecpr.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:19 PM

Many of the movies on the Academy Award Theater did not win Academy Awards.  The only requirement was that either the movie, or one of its stars, had been nominated for an Oscar.  That left the door open for a huge number of movies to appear on this radio-adaptation series. 

The Academy Award Theater ran for just one season, in 1946. 

This episode, My Sister Eileen, starred Rosalind Russell (who was nominated for Best Actress) and Janet Blair, both in the movie and in this radio version of the movie. 

It originally aired on May 18, 1946.

Direct download: 113academyawardtheater460518mysistereileen3102.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:14 PM

CPR rules have changed.  It's a lot easier now - no breathing into the mouth of the victim, no changing activities while you work to save a life.  Just chest compressions. 

This show explains how you can give CPR without taking a course, and without carrying an instruction sheet in your wallet.

It's also about playing ball in extreme heat.  The chart here shows average North American temperatures for the past century, with the heavy line showing the rise since 1975. 

Let the politicians argue why - what concerns us is how to handle the changes.  Herewith, some tips on keeping safe in hot weather.

For tips on pitching, hitting, fielding, and managing adult slowpitch softball, and a look at my book Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball, visit

Direct download: 101cpr.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:32 AM

Though Jack Paar is best known as the host of the Tonight Show before Johnny Carson, he was active in radio in the 1930s and 1940s. 

He was a DJ on stations in Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Buffalo before World War II.  He entertained the troops in the South Pacific during the war, and one of the fans who saw him perform was Jack Benny. 

Thanks to some inside pull from Benny, Paar was named  the summer replacement for Jack Benny in 1947. 

In this episode, broadcast on August 17, 1947, Jack Benny is a contestant in a talent contest designed to find a "fall replacement" for the Jack Paar Show. 

Direct download: 112jackpaar470817jackbennyguest3052.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:10 PM

When the temperature outdoors tops 100 degrees, and the ground is hard enough to break your Lesche digger, it's time to change your treasure hunting tactics. 

In this show, I discuss a couple of ways you can continue your metal detecting without breaking your tools, or harming the grass, or overworking yourself into a stroke or worse.

For more secrets of treasure hunting and a look at my book on metal detecting, visit my site:

Direct download: 101heat.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:42 PM

Here's something different - three short radio promos for the Walt Disney movie Song of the South, featuring all the stars and Walt himself. 

These shows were sent to radio stations in October, 1942, when the movie premiered.

After the movie promos, we have time for a short Vic and Sade script that was written on the spot by Paul Rhymer when he realized the show was running short and he needed to add one more bit. 

Only Rhymer's twisted mind could come up with these methods of measuring yourself for ordering the right size of mail-order underwear.

Direct download: 111songsouthrushgook2741.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:18 PM

This is the 100th program from In the  Softball Corner, and instead of discussing softball this time, I give you an inside view of how and why this show exists. 

Why do I do the show? 

Why is each episode so short? 

Why are there no guests or co-hosts, or groups of people around the microphone for rousing discussions? 

Get the inside scoop - give this episode a listen.

And for free articles about playing, coaching, and managing adult slowpitch softball, visit my book page,

NOTE:  The inline audio player that normally appears here has evidently been discontinued by Google.  So to hear the show, you need to either click the POD icon up top left, or click the Direct Download link on the next line:

Direct download: 100softball100.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:05 AM

Groucho Marx was approached by a radio producer with the idea of hosting a quiz show.

Groucho wasn't excited.  Then they told him he could adlib. 

He gave it a shot, and the rest is history. 

This episode of You Bet Your Life first aired on October 25, 1947.

The inline audio player is no more, so to listen to this show just click the POD icon up top left, or click the "Direct Download" link down below.

Direct download: 110youbetyourlife491026secretwordradio2542.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:17 PM

This is the 100th program from In the Treasure Corner, and instead of discussing metal detecting this time, I give you an inside view of how and why this show exists. 

Why do I do the show? 

Why is each episode so short? 

Why are there no guests or co-hosts, or groups of people around the microphone for rousing discussions? 

Get the inside scoop - give this episode a listen.

And for a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

(NOTE: I'm having trouble posting the automatic player here - please click the POD icon up top left, or the  "Direct download" link below to hear the program.)

Direct download: 100onehundred.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:08 PM

Blackstone was perhaps the most famous magician of the World War II era.  His extravagant stage show was legendary, and his career spawned both a comic book and a radio show. 

The radio show was Blackstone, the Magic Detective.  It ran on the Mutual network from 1948 to 1950 as a fifteen-minute Sunday afternoon show.  Most episodes began with the telling of a mystery that Blackstone had solved, and then Blackstone taught the radio audience a trick they could play on their friends. 

The scripts were written by Blackstone's friend Walter Gibson, a professional magician who also wrote novels.  Under the pen name Maxwell Grant, Gibson wrote over 300 stories of The Shadow.

Here are two episodes of the Blackstone radio show, both from the spring of 1949.

Direct download: 109blackstone1949twoshows2840.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:08 PM

Time for another book review! 

The book is Fast- and Slow-Pitch Softball, by Mario Pagnoni and Gerald Robinson. 

Basically, an excellent book which I highly recommend, and you can buy a used copy for just a penny on Amazon!  (But you pay $3.99 for shipping - and it's still a good deal.)

Also, a followup on the five-dollar Easton early composite bat I talked about in the last show.

For a look at my own book on Coaching, Managing, and Playing adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 099pagnoni.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:56 PM

Like Frank Merriwell and Jack Armstrong, Dick Cole was a schoolboy athlete hero who also got involved in mystery and intrigue.

Dick Cole was a comic book hero from 1940 to 1950, and he got his own radio show in 1942.

This episode was probably broadcast in the summer of 1942.

Direct download: 108dickcole1942baseball2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:20 PM

I was just five minutes late for the Buy of the Century. 

At a Goodwill store in Plainfield, Indiana, I saw a treasure hunting newbie buy a like-new Minelab Sovereign metal detector for $14.98.

I was luckier a few years ago, when I scored a Teknetics Coin Computer detector for ten dollars at a garage sale.  This is a machine that sold new for $749.95 (I found an old ad after I recorded the podcast).

In this podcast, I talk about thrift shops, yard sales, and flea market finds.

What great finds have you made at thrift shops and yard sales?  I'd love to hear from you!

For a few of my articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, visit

Direct download: 099treasurebargains.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:24 PM

Jimmy Durante was born in New York City in 1893, and he played ragtime piano in honky-tonks when he was still in junior high. 

His 1934 record Inka Dinka Doo propelled him to national prominence, and he was a radio regular from then on. 

He got his own radio show in 1943, and this episode, from October 29, 1947, featured guest star Lucille Ball.

P.S. The Petrillo joke at the beginning of the show refers to the musicians union boss who forbid union musicians to record music in the mid-1940s (in a bid for higher royalties for musicians).

Direct download: 107jimmydurante471029lucilleball3031.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:46 PM

This weekend I bought a Freak 98 for two dollars. 

Do you do yard sales, thrift shops, church sales, and flea markets?  If not, you may be missing some of the greatest bargains ever on softball equipment. 

In this show, I talk about some of my best finds. 

What have you found at these sales?  I'll bet there are finds out there that make mine look like small potatoes.

For more articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book on playing, managing, and coaching, visit

Direct download: 098salebats.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:43 PM

For the second week in a row, we are spotlighting an obscure old-time radio show. 

As its name suggests, Radio Reader's Digest was a radio adaption of stories that originally appeared in Reader's Digest magazine. 

From the episodes available, my best guess is that the show ran from 1943 to 1948.

This performance, He Fell in Love With a Picture, is a humorous adaptation of the romance of Mark Twain and Olivia Langdon.  It originally aired on October 17, 1946.

Direct download: 106radioreadersdigest461017hefellinlovewithapicture3002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:00 PM

A couple of shows ago we talked about the cost of other sports and hobbies that make metal detecting look like a bargain. 

The response to that show was phenomenal.  Listen to what people wrote me about the cost of their other pastimes. 

You'll never complain about the cost of a metal detector again.

For more articles about treasure hunting and a baldfaced ad for my metal detecting book, visit

Direct download: 098mdcost2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:23 PM

I still marvel at how little is known or remembered about old-time radio.  We know more about the history of ancient Rome than we do about radio shows of the 1940s. 

And here's another example - a program that is nearly forgotten, though it ran for over a year on the Mutual network during World War II.

The show is Murder Clinic, and it adapted murder mystery short stories into half-hour radio shows. 

This episode, Murder at Marsden Manor, featured Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot.  It was first broadcast on October 6, 1942.

Direct download: 105murderclinic421006tragedyofmarsdenmanor3037.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:36 PM

Last time we talked about the cost of other sports and hobbies that make softball look like a bargain. 

The response to that show was phenomenal.  Listen to what people wrote to me about the cost of their other pastimes. 

You'll never complain about the cost of a bat again.

For free articles about playing adult slowpitch softball, and a look at my book, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball, visit

Direct download: 097softballcost2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:59 PM

This week's Radio Corner show was a needle in a haystack. 

Though Art Linkletter's House Party was on the air for 24 years, it seems that nobody saved any of the episodes. 

I searched everywhere, and just as I was about to give up, I found the website of the granddaughter of a radio engineer who had recorded an episode of House Party in 1947.  The photo is the label of that recording.

And here's the show, just for you.

Direct download: 104houseparty470521-3152.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:58 PM

Though you should never use a rock tumbler to clean collectible coins, there are times when a tumbler can help you in your metal detecting hobby. 

This podcast tells you how.

For more articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting, check out

Direct download: 097tumbler.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:23 AM

Nightwatch was the first true-life, real-time radio police procedural.  Reporter Don Reed rode with Culver City, California cop Don Perkins on the night shift. 

Reed's tape recorder saved for posterity the drama of Officer Reed's exploits.

The show ran just one year near the end of the old-time radio era, from April 1954 to April 1955.  This episode, Three Time Loser and Shotgun Boy, aired on August 7, 1954.

Direct download: 103nightwatch540807threetimeloser2809.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:43 PM

Softball is probably one of the most expensive sports ever, right? 

No, not right!  Not at all. 

Compare our costs to the price of bowling, fishing, hunting, golf - and folks, it ain't so bad.

Listen to the show, then tell me what hobby or pastime YOU do that costs a lot more than softball.  Bet we get quite a list!

For free articles on coaching, managing, and playing adult slowpitch softball, and a look at my book, visit

Direct download: 096softballcost.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:01 AM

Will Rogers Junior was much like his father - down-home, folksy, and always spouting gems of country wisdom.  

And Rogers of the Gazette was the perfect program for him. 

Rogers played a small-town newspaper editor who was constantly called upon to solve the problems in his community. 

With Georgia Ellis (radio's Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke) as his assistant Maggie Button, and Gunsmoke's Chester, Parley Baer, as the local doctor, there are several voices in this show you'll recognize. 

This episode also features Howard McNear, Gunsmoke's Doc Adams and Andy Griffith's Floyd the Barber.

From July 8, 1953, this is Newspaper Being Taken Over.

Direct download: 102rogersofthegazette530708newspapertakeover3052.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:50 PM

Metal detecting is probably the most expensive hobby ever, right? 

No, not right!  Not at all. 

Compare our hobby to bowling, fishing, softball, golf - and folks, it ain't so bad.

Here are some numbers to pass on to the little lady (or in some cases, for the little lady to pass on to her significant other) when he/she raises an eyebrow at the cost of that metal detector.

Check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and read a few free articles about treasure hunting while you're there.

Direct download: 096mdcost.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:00 AM

Peg Lynch is a national treasure.  She's still going strong at 95, and as funny as ever.

She assures us that she comes from a family of good genetic stock, her grandmothers living well into their 100s.  Speaking of one of them, Peg says: "She collected three war pensions.  Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I.  And I think she was a drummer boy in the Revolutionary War."

Peg performed last week at the Old-Time Radio Convention in Cincinnati.  She was a national radio fixture from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, first writing and starring in Ethel and Albert, then writing and starring in The Couple Next Door (same show, new name).  She wrote nearly 800 shows over two decades. 

Peg and her late partner, Alan Bunce, played a married couple who talked with each other.  A simple concept, and absolutely hilarious.  But rather than me talk about it, let's just listen to it.

Here are two 15-minute shows:  Ethel and Albert, More Storage Space, from June 4, 1945, and The Couple Next Door, Barking Test for Brownie, from May 7, 1959.

Direct download: 101peglynch2shows2927.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:50 PM

Should the pitcher use a big glove, a small glove, a light glove, a heavy glove? 

What about that favorite baseball glove you used in high school or college?

Does it really make much difference?

This show is for newbie pitchers who aren't sure what glove they should be using when they pitch.

For more articles on coaching, managing, and playing adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 095pitchersgloves.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:31 AM

Rin Tin Tin is known as the Dog That Saved Warner Brothers.  There are still rumors that he beat out Emil Jannings for the 1929 Oscar for Best Actor, but the Academy was too embarrassed to give the Oscar to a dog. 

Be that as it may, Rin Tin Tin ruled Hollywood from the late 1920s into the Depression.  He was discovered as an orphan pup by American soldier Lee Duncan somewhere along the French-German border in 1918.  When he died in 1932, news bulletins broke into radio programming around the world to report that Rin Tin Tin had passed away.

Rin Tin Tin enjoyed a second round of fame in the 1950s, when he became the star of a television series.  For most of 1955, Rin Tin Tin was also on the radio again. 

This episode, The Ambassador, first aired on November 13, 1955.

Direct download: 100rintintin551113theambassador3041.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:13 PM

Treasure hunter Aaron Marcy says it's like playing the lottery, except if you don't win, you get all your money back.  

It's called Kitchen Table Koinshooting, it was "invented" by legendary treasure hunter Karl von Mueller, and anybody can play.  

This show tells you how. 

(THIS JUST IN - One listener tells me that for the past four years, he has averaged 150 silver coins per year with this method).

The photo is the cover of a pamphlet written by Karl under his psuedonym Deek Gladson.

For articles on getting better depth with your metal detector, what accessories you should be using, and much more, including a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 095kitchentable.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:00 PM

How much do you know about old-time radio? 

Match wits with the experts at the Cincinnati Old-Time Radio Convention!  This week's show was recorded at last year's convention, and it consists of the questions and answers from the 2011 Old-Time Radio Trivia Bowl. 

This year's convention is Friday and Saturday of this week - April 13 and 14, 2012. 

We need contestants for this year's contest, and if you're coming to the convention, I urge you to play the game!  Grab three partners - there are four players to a team - and put your heads together to answer the old-time radio questions. 

This is a photo of last year's winners.  Take a look - don't you think YOU could beat these guys?  C'mon, give it a try!

Complete rules are at

If you make it to the convention, please look me up.  I'd love to meet you!

Direct download: B99-2011trivia2747.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:30 AM

Whether you like it or not, you pay taxes to support your local library. 

Here's how the avid softballer can take advantage of his or her library. 

Where to find books on softball, and why the books on baseball (which are much more plentiful than softball books) can also help you play softball better.

More tips on hitting, pitching, fielding, and coaching adult slowpitch softball here:

Direct download: 094.books.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:37 AM

Bill Stern was the Walter Winchell of sports commentary. 

His stories were outrageous, dramatic, exciting, and often false. 

But he was so interesting to listen to that most listeners forgave him his exaggerating. 

Stern was on the air from 1937 until 1956, and the sensationalist broadcasters of today could learn a lot from listening to old tapes of Bill Stern. 

Here are two of his shows.  The first, from December 7, 1945, features boxing legend Joe Louis.  The second, from February 18, 1949, has New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel as guest.

Direct download: B98dbillstern451207-490218lewis-stengel2654.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:01 AM

Back in show #77, we talked about business cards for treasure hunters.  In this show, we take another look at the do's and don't's of business cards. 

Why a card can be TOO good-looking, why it can scare people away, with several tips about what NOT to put on your treasure hunting business card.

For more tips on treasure hunting and using a metal detector, and a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 094businesscards2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:29 AM

Take It or Leave It was a quiz show that doubled the prize with each correct answer.  First you won a dollar, then two, then four, and on up to the top prize of $64.00. 

When the show went to television, it worked the same way, but the top prize was a thousand times more - hence the show name, The $64,000 Question.

The radio show was on the air from 1940 to 1952, and over the years it had several well-known hosts, including Phil Baker, Eddie Cantor, Garry Moore, and Jack Paar.

This episode, which first aired on November 8, 1942, featured special guest Jack Benny.

Direct download: B97takeitorleaveit421108jackbenny3038.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:13 PM

How does pitching strategy in co-rec softball differ from pitching strategy in all-guy or all-girls ball?

Should you have a guy pitching and a girl catching, or vice-versa? 

Are there situations where it might make sense to intentionally walk a guy? Or to intentionally walk a girl?

This show looks at some of the differences in the two games, and how a change in strategy may help you win some ball games.

For more tips on coaching, managing, pitching, hitting, and fielding adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 093corecpitching.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:46 PM

Red Ryder was a juvenile western that for a time rivaled and even topped The Lone Ranger in the Hooper ratings. 

First a series of short stories, then a newspaper comic strip, Red Ryder was so popular in the early 1940s that it spawned a series of movies and a comic book. 

Red Ryder was responsible for tons of branded merchandising items, including the Daisy Red Ryder BB rifle made famous in the movie A Christmas Story.

The radio series was on the air from 1942 to 1951.

Red Ryder was called "Red" because he had red hair and wore a red shirt.  He had a sidekick called Buckskin and a native American juvenile partner named Little Beaver. 

This episode, The Law Comes to Stovepipe, first aired on January 12, 1943.

Direct download: B96redryder430112thelawcomestostovepipe3037.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:27 AM

Here's how you can apply 19th century philosophy to 21st century treasure hunting. 

The profits made from the ideas in this program were responsible for the founding of Temple University, and the lecture from which they came was as famous in its day as the Gettysburg Address and the Bill of Rights.  ("Its day" being the late 1800s through the early 1900s.) 


Listen to the show and it will all be clear.

For more tips on treasure hunting, and a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 093acres.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:21 PM

Red Skelton began working in show biz when he was ten years old. 

He did vaudeville and burlesque, and he made his first radio appearance in 1937. 

He soon had his own show, and he was on the air with his own program (first radio, then TV) for 32 years.

In this episode, from January 8, 1950, Red is required to take a physical for CBS.

Direct download: B95redskelton500108cbsphysical2955.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:00 AM

So you've just been named the manager of your new church co-rec softball team. 

What's the best way to set up your batting order?

This show suggests a simple but solid method to get started, and then offers suggestions for fine-tuning your line-up as the season progresses.

For more tips on coaching, managing, and playing adult slowpitch softball, read my articles (and buy my book) at

Direct download: 092corec2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:05 AM

There were a lot of quiz shows on old-time radio, but none were quite like Author, Author. 

Famous authors, led by Ellery Queen, had to create a story that made sense out of a nonsense situation that was thrown at them. 

Ellery Queen was really two people - a pair of cousins named Manfred Lee and Frederic Dannay. 

This is the pilot episode, and the host here is humorist-poet Ogden Nash.  When the show was picked up for the regular schedule three months later, the host was humorist S.J. Perelman.

This pilot episode, The $2,001 Watch, was originally broadcast on January 4, 1939.

Direct download: B94authorauthor390104the2001watch2523.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:03 PM

Coin World magazine is well worth a look by treasure hunters. 

In recent issues, you'd have learned that because our pennies and nickels cost more to make than they're worth, we may be getting new pennies and nickels, unlike anything we've seen before.

And yet another bill has been introduced in Congress to replace dollar bills with dollar coins - this one sponsored by two heavyweight senators, Iowa's Tom Harkin and ex-presidential candidate John McCain.

And for our friends in Canada - it looks like there will be a new loony, replacing the current one.  It will be lighter and made of multi-ply steel. 

These stories and more, in this edition of In the Treasure Corner.

Warm weather will soon be here - you need a copy of my book!  Check it out at

Direct download: 092coinworld.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:01 AM

Yukon 2-8208!

Old-time radio aficianados know that as the phone number for Candy Matson, San Francisco's female private eye. 

Created by Monty Masters and starring his wife Natalie Parks in the title role, Candy Matson ran on radio for three years, from 1949 to 1951.

This episode, Devil in the Deep Freeze, was originally broadcast on November 10, 1949.

A Reminder:  The Cincinnati Old-Time Radio Convention is almost here!  For all fans of old-time radio, the show will be held Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.  Come meet Bob Hastings, star of radio's Archie, and Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy.  Complete details at

Direct download: B93candymatson491110devilinthedeepfreeze3039.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:07 PM

Co-rec softball is a whole other game. 

Five men, five women, with two of each in the infield, two of each in the outfield, and one of each at pitcher and catcher. 

What's the best defensive strategy for a new coed team that is just getting started? 

Where do you put your best players, your worst players, your good gloves and your slow runners? 

How does your infield affect your outfield? 

We offer a good starting placement, but you may have to change things around a bit to get the most out of your unique set of players.

I've written a book on coaching, managing, and playing adult slowpitch softball.  Check it out, along with some helpful articles, at

Direct download: 091corec1.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:15 AM

The Old Gold Comedy Theater was a short run (just one season, 1944-45) program that attempted to turn 90-minute movie comedies into 30-minute radio comedies. 

The show was not as successful as it should have been, lasting just one season, 1944-45. 

The host, Harold Lloyd, had been a movie star in the silent era, and was perhaps thought to be no longer relevant. 

And the shows had to move very fast and leave out a lot to finish in just 30 minutes. 

Still, the program was able to draw many of the biggest box office stars of the time, from Lucille Ball To Edward G. Robinson to June Allyson to Dick Powell.

This episode, Brewster's Millions, is about a man who must give away a million dollars in 30 days, or lose an inheritance of 30 million dollars. 

It aired on March 18, 1945.

Direct download: B92oldgoldcomedytheater450318brewstersmillions3127.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:23 PM

Facebook users are under 13 years old, and over 100.

Soon, there will be one billion members.  That's three times as many Facebook users as there are people in the United States.

With all this activity, there is bound to be something for the metal detecting community there.

In this show, we take a look at how treasure hunters can use Facebook to do things besides laugh with friends and insult enemies.

For more tips on metal detecting and treasure hunting, and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual,  visit

Direct download: 091treasurefacebook.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:07 PM

The Falcon was a private detective who first appeared in a short story, and it was so popular that it spawned 16 Falcon movies in the 1940s. 

The radio version was on the air from 1943 to 1954. 

Over the course of its run, five different actors played the Falcon:  Berry Kroeger, James Meighan, Les Tremayne, Les Damon, and George Petrie.

This episode, The Case of the Puzzling Pinup, was broadcast on November 19, 1950.

Direct download: B91thefalcon501119thecaseofthepuzzlingpinup3126.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:39 PM

Facebook users are under 13 years old, and over 100. 

Soon, there will be one billion members.  That's three times as many Facebook users are there are people in the United States. 

With all this activity, there is bound to be something for the slowpitch softball community there.

In this show, we take a look at how softballers can use Facebook to do things besides laugh with friends and insult enemies.

For more tips on coaching, managing, and playing adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 090facebook.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:02 AM

Roy Rogers was the King of the Cowboys (after Gene Autry relinquished the throne), and Dale Evans was Queen of the West. 

Together they rode the happy trails on Trigger and Buttermilk.

Where the Lone Ranger had silver bullets, Roy and Dale had a German shepherd  named Bullet. 

And where Gene Autry had a comic sidekick named Frog, Roy had a comic sidekick named Pat Brady. 

Roy's radio show was on the air from 1944 to 1955.  This episode, Ed Bailey's Bad Luck, originally aired on October 12, 1951. 

Direct download: B90royrogers511012edbaileysbadluck3043.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:50 AM

A "reality" treasure hunting TV show is due to air in the spring, and it looks like a doozy. 

A pro wrestler, his "enforcer" son, and his wife from Joisey (that's how some people say New Jersey) comprise the team that will "convince" homeowners to let them dig up their property - with a bulldozer. 

As Dave Berry says, I am NOT making this up.

I also discuss a reality treasure show that is now available on the internet.  The URL is  (And the URL to purchase the downloads is here.)

Check out my own reality at

Direct download: 090-reality2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00 AM

Blondie was the most popular comic strip in America in the early 1930s, and in 1938 it became a movie series, with 28 films made and released in just the next 12 years. 

Blondie and Dagwood were played by the same actors in the movies and on the radio.  Penny Singleton was a redhead who had to dye her hair blonde for the part, and Arthur Lake played Dagwood.

The radio series began in 1939 and ran until 1950. 

This episode, The Entertainment Committee, ran on April 8, 1940.

Direct download: B89blondie400408theentertainmentcommittee3152.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:03 AM

Another show aimed at the newbies. 

What piece of equipment is more important to your softball game than your glove? 

What's the best glove size for an infielder, an outfielder, a pitcher? 

When should you not swing at a good pitch? 

These questions pose no problems for the long-time players, but newcomers to adult slowpitch softball have problems with them. 

This show will help you get started on the right foot.

For more tips on playing, coaching, and playing adult slowpitch softball, visit my book site,

Direct download: 089-basics2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:00 PM

Elliott and Cathy Lewis were two of the most talented radio actors who ever lived.  They were equally at home doing comedy and drama.

They appeared in thousands of radio shows, and in 1953 they starred in their own weekly radio theater. 

This show, Cathy and Elliott Lewis On Stage, showcased their talents for a year and a half, but it was created near the end of the radio era, and the explosion of television took away much of its luster. 

This is the premiere episode, from New Year's Day, 1953.  It's a fun story about a man who posed for a perfume ad, and found himself lusted after by the entire female population.  Sheldon Leonard (the smooth-talking "tout" on the Jack Benny Program) is hilarious in this show, The String Bow Tie.

Direct download: B88cathyandelliottlewisonstage530101thestringbowtie3112.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:30 PM

Reality TV!  Has anything ever been so misnamed? 

Twice last year I was approached by reality television producers looking for a host for their proposed treasure hunting shows.

In this podcast, I explain what they wanted to do, and why I turned them down. 

For some REAL reality, read my book, The Metal Detecting Manual (

Direct download: 089reality1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:02 AM

Most of our shows are episodes of popular, well-remembered old-time radio shows.  This one is different - it's the pilot episode of a show that was not picked up as a regular series. 

It had two names:  The announcer calls it The Adventures of Max Chandler, but old-time radio fans call it The Whisper Men. 

Karl Swenson starred as Max Chandler, a spy-fighting radio commentator.  Karl was best known in radio as Lorenzo Jones in the series of the same name, and in television he played Lars Hanson on Little House on the Prairie.  He was also Eddie Haskell's father in Leave It to Beaver.

This episode of The The Whisper Men was broadcast on the Mutual network on October 20, 1945.

Direct download: B87whispermen451020blacklights3129.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:12 PM

What's the best way for an outfielder to catch a routine fly ball? 

Which foot should an infielder have forward when he's waiting for the batter to hit the ball? 

Surprisingly, many long-time players don't know the answers to these questions. 

This episode of In the Softball Corner looks at some of the often-overlooked basics of playing defensive softball.

For more tips on coaching, managing, hitting, pitching, and fielding adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 088-basics1.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:06 PM

Double or Nothing was a quiz show that ran for 14 years.  Over that time there were four hosts:  Walter Compton, John Reed King, and Todd Russell, and Walter O'Keefe.

Prizes were small, but the emcees were interesting enough that the program always drew a good audience. 

John Reed King, the host of this episode, was a World War II news correspondent for CBS before he moved to the Mutual Network and took over Double or Nothing.

This episode, from August 12, 1945, is unique in that early in the show it has a incorrect war bulletin.  A newsman breaks into the program to announce that Japan has agreed to sign the surrender papers agreeing to the Allies terms.  But later in the show another bulletin interrupts, stating that the first bulletin was in error and that Japan had made no such announcement.  (The actual announcement came three days later.)

Direct download: B86doubleornothing450812warerror2929.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:04 AM

Can a small town library really help you find places to hunt for old coins and relics? 

You bet! 

In this show, learn which parts of the library seem to help but really don't, and which parts can actually lead you to local treasure.

And check out my tips on how to find valuable, useful information in your library that remains hidden to other people.

For more metal detecting secrets, visit

Direct download: 088smalllibraries.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:05 AM

Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, was the longest-running radio detective show of all time.  In the 18 years it was on the air, it aired 1,690 episodes. 

Mr. Keen began in 1937 as a three-a-week serial, and in December 1943 it became a half-hour stand-alone show. 

Mr. Keen was played by Bennett Kilpack, and his dimwitted partner, Jim Clancy, was played by Mike Kelly.

This episode, The Case of the Leaping Dog, first aired on April 13, 1944.

Direct download: B85mrkeen440413leapingdog3036.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:16 PM

Another book review from the Softball Corner. 

This one is Let's Do It, a 1989 book divided into three sections:  The Team, The Practice, and The Game.

The Practice is the largest part of the book, with 41 pages of what each player does in each possible game situation. 

For example, what does each defensive player do with one out and a runner at second if the ball is hit to the left fielder? 

I think this situational strategy is the weakest part of the game for most players, and this section will help your guys learn how to handle most of the game situations you'll encounter.

For hints and tips on managing, coaching, and playing adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 087-letsdoit.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 8:11 PM

Of all the teen sitcoms that aired during the golden days of radio, none was more popular than The Aldrich Family. 

Henry began as a minor character in a 1938 Broadway play, then moved to radio first as a one-time skit on the Rudy Vallee show, then as a weekly feature on the Kate Smith Show, then as the summer replacement for Jack Benny, and finally as its own stand-alone show in 1939.

Besides its radio success, Henry Aldrich has his own comic book, television series, and 11 Paramount movies. 

Ezra Stone played Henry (with time out as a soldier during World War II), and Jackie Kelk was his best friend Homer Brown. 

This episode, Girl Trouble, originally aired on October 17, 1939.

Direct download: B84aldrichfamily391017girltrouble3120.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:28 PM

Recently (show #83), we looked at the attempt of some members of congress to phase out dollar bills and replace them with dollar coins. 

But in a sudden about-face, the White House has announced that the dollar coins will be virtually eliminated, except for those made for collectors. 

That is, they will not compete with paper money now. 

Listen to this show for the details.

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Direct download: 087byedollarcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:30 AM

The old-time radio program Gang Busters is famous for adding a phrase to the Dictionary of American Slang:  "Coming on like Gang Busters."  And indeed, the program had one of the wildest openings of all, with windows breaking, guns firing, and sirens screaming.

Gang Busters was created by Phillips H. Lord.  The show dramatized police cases, both famous and obscure.  FBI director J. Edgar Hoover begrudgingly promoted the show even though he wished it were not on the air. 

At the end of each episode, the description of a wanted suspect was broadcast, and over the 22 years that the program was on the air, it was responsible for the identification and capture of hundreds of suspected criminals.

This episode, The Case of the Unknown Killer, was first heard on June 9, 1944.

Direct download: B83gangbusters440609thecaseoftheunknownkiller2950.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:24 AM

Earlier we talked about the new ASA rules that will take effect on January 1 (2012).  In this show, part two of a two-part series, we look at some of the rules that DIDN'T make it.

Some of these proposed rules are good enough that they will probably appear again next year, and some are just plain weird.   

Consider, and enjoy.

And for more articles on playing, coaching, and managing adult slowpitch softball, click:

Direct download: 086-rejectedrules2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:20 AM

Many of the great authors who prospered during the Golden Age of Science Fiction were represented on the radio show X-1.  Its early shows were adaptations of stories appearing in Astounding Science Fiction magazine, and most of its later stories were from Galaxy Science Fiction magazine.

Poul Andersen, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, and Ray Bradbury all had stories dramatized on the show. 

This episode was written by Ray Bradbury.  It originally appeared in The Saturday Evening Post on September 23, 1950, under the title The World the Children Made.  It aired as an X-1 episode entitled The Veldt on August 4, 1955.

I might add that this version has a happier ending than does the original story.

Direct download: B82xminusone550804theveldt2537.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:01 AM

I love thrift shops.  They have given me many books and magazines that now occupy places of honor in my treasure library. 

In this podcast, I discuss resale store treasure hunting.  I also describe a magazine I recently picked up at a Goodwill store - a magazine with an article that virtually screams, "Get your old coins here - nothing newer than 1900!"

Well, mostly coins older than 1900, anyway. 

Because this once-prosperous village pretty much died when it was left an orphan by the railroad in 1873. 

And no, it's not in the old west.  Ghost towns can be found in virtually every state, and this one is in Indiana.

Christmas is here, and you probably know someone who would love a copy of my book The Metal Detecting Manual.  Check it out at

Direct download: 086thriftshops.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:30 AM

Hopalong Cassidy was a national phenomenon in 1950. 

He was on television, in movies, in comic books, and in newspaper comic strips.

His image was on over a hundred products, from T-shirts to lunchboxes to toy guns to flashlights to pajamas. 

This episode of the Hopalong Cassidy radio show , The Mystery of Skull Mountain, originally aired on January 22, 1950.

Direct download: B81hopalongcassidy500122themysteryofskullmountain2833.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Last time we talked about the new ASA rules that will take effect on January 1 (2012).  In this show, Part One of a two-part series, we look at some of the rules that DIDN'T make it.

Some of these proposed rules are good enough that they will probably appear again next year, and some are just plain weird.   

See what YOU think. 

And for tips on pitching, fielding, coaching, and managing, see my website

Direct download: 085-rejectedrules1.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:08 PM

Ann Sothern is probably best remembered for her role as Susie McNamara in the TV series Private Secretary. 

But before that, she had starred in 11 movies about Maisie, a burlesque dancer who got herself into fixes that would have stymied even Lucille Ball. 

Maisie became a radio series in 1947, with Ann Sothern reprising her movie role. 

This episode of Maisie, Department Store Clerk, was broadcast on November 24, 1949.

Direct download: B80maisie491124deptstoreclerk2656.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:02 AM

Two short shows instead of one long one this week. 

First, an addendum to my earlier program about headphones for treasure hunters. And here's some info about the five-dollar headphones I talk about in the show(though they are more than $5.00 here):

Then, a look at a book written in 1860, and why it sparked my treasure hunting instincts.

For more of my articles about treasure hunting, and a look at my book on metal detecting, click to

Direct download: 085update.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:47 AM

In the course of his radio career, Dick Powell played two detectives named Richard.  He is most famous as Richard Diamond, but before that he was Richard Rogue. 

Richard Rogue had a gimmick.  Whenever he was knocked unconscious (that is, in every episode), his alter ego Eugor spoke to him, giving him a clue as to how to proceed with the case. 

This episode of Rogue's Gallery, The Pat Flynn Case, first aired on June 6, 1946.

Direct download: B79roguesgallery460606thepatflynncase2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:33 AM

The proposed rule changes for the 2012 ASA season have been announced. 

The biggies including changing the distance between bases, allowing senior league players to swing the Big Bats, and the banning of bat warmers. 

In this show, I list the eleven rule changes the ASA is instituting next year.

NOTE:  I made a reading error on rule 6.  The first part is right, but then I said the word "attached" was changed to "taped."  I should have said the word "taped" was changed to "covered."  The rest of the statement is correct.

UPDATE:  ASA has now published the new rules in their final form, and they have dropped the reference to BPF numbers.  They have also stipulated that this change is for senior championship tournaments only:

Rule 3 Section 1A [4]: Exception: Senior Softball bats may be used in Senior Championship Play.

Comment: Add an exception to Rule 3 Section 1 that Senior Softball bats may be used in Senior Championship Play only.

For more of my articles on pitching, hitting, fielding, and managing adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 084-2012rules.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:49 AM

John Charles Daly is best known for hosting What's My Line in the early days of television, but before that he was a CBS newsman who anchored a unique radio program that went back in time. 

The show was called You Are There, and in it the CBS News department covered historical events live, like the landing of the Pilgrims, the assassination of President Lincoln, and in this episode, the battle of the Alamo. 

Originally broadcast on August 18, 1947.

Direct download: B78youarethere470818thealamo2934.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:47 AM

Karl von Mueller was a mystery man.  His real name was Dean Miller.  He sometimes wrote as Deek Gladson.  But he mostly called himself Karl. 

He began his treasure hunting career in the 1920s, and he was still active well into the 1980s. 

Some of his books sell for several hundred dollars nowadays.  Little information is available on Karl, and if you have something to add please click the Comments button below and let us hear from you.

Listen to this show for info on Karl, and some of his insights on keeping your mouth shut.

For more stories and articles about how to become a better treasure hunter, visit my website


He was born Dean Miller on February 3, 1915, and he died on January 27, 1990 - one week shy of his 75th birthday.

Direct download: 084karl.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:27 PM

Before Casey Kasem's American Top 40 Countdown, there was Your Hit Parade.  America tuned in every Saturday night, from 1935 until 1953, to find out what song was Number One. 

Each week, Your Hit Parade featured the top seven songs, performed not by the hit artists, but by the stable of singers who appeared on the show every week. 

Several regular performers on the show became stars, including Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Dinah Shore, and Gisele MacKenzie.

See how many songs you remember from this episode, with Frank Sinatra, which originally aired on December 30, 1944.

Direct download: B77yourhitparade441230dontfencemein2829.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:55 PM

Here's a look at an obscure softball book that was written over 20 years ago by two Canadians.  It's a small book with lots of drawings, and it is an excellent reference book for newbies to the game.

In this show, I walk through the book and point out some of the tips contained therein.

For more tips on playing and coaching adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 083slo-pitch.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 3:57 PM

Cabin B13 was one of those fondly-remembered radio programs for which no recorded episodes survived.  Or so it was thought, until tapes of three of the shows were unearthed. 

Cabin B13 was the cabin of the ship's doctor on a luxury cruise liner, and the doctor was the narrator of the stories.  He was played by Arnold Moss, a Broadway actor who also appeared in movies and even a Star Trek episode.

This is the premiere episode of Cabin B13, and it originally aired on July 5, 1948.

Direct download: B76cabinB13-480705billandbrendaleslie3055.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:00 PM

If certain members of congress get their way, the one-dollar bill could soon become extinct.  There is a serious move afoot to replace the paper dollar with a dollar coin. 

Dollar coins have been tried and rejected before.  Compared to the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the Ford Edsel was a roaring success. 

But this time around, the dollar coin would be forced upon us, because the dollar bill would no longer be made. 

And by the way, did George Washington really throw that silver dollar across the Potomac River?  You'll hear that story here, too.

For more articles about treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my book website at

Direct download: 083dollarcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:44 AM

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was the first radio science fiction series.  It was based on the comic strip which started in 1929, and the radio version was on the air for fifteen years, from 1932 to 1947. 

Several actors played Buck over the years, and the program went from fifteen minutes to a half hour and then back to fifteen minutes. 

On this show, you'll hear the very first episode and, fifteen years later, the very last episode.

From April 5, 1932, and from March 28, 1947, here is Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Direct download: B75buckrogers32-47firstandlast2932.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:22 AM

Every other Thursday, I post a new episode of In the Softball Corner. 

But this morning I woke up with laryngitis.  The only sounds I can make are barely-discernable croaks and squeaks. 

So rather than try to whisper my way through this week's show, I'm instead shutting up completely and presenting one of the all-time classic vaudeville duos, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, and their most famous routine, Who's On First. 

Hopefully my voice will be back for the next show, but for now, please enjoy Abbott and Costello.

For articles on softball strategy, visit my website

Direct download: 082whosonfirst.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 10:00 AM

The Adventures of Ellery Queen was a fun detective radio show, because the audience was given a chance to solve the crime before Ellery fingered the culprit. 

Near the end of each episode, Ellery would stop the show to announce that he had the necessary clues to solve the mystery, and he then invited the listening audience to name the villain. 

He often had famous guests in the studio who were challenged to figure out the clues.  After guesses were made, the program began again and revealed the criminal.

This episode, The Adventure of the World Series Crime, originally aired on September 30, 1943.

Direct download: B74elleryqueen430930adventureoftheworldseriescrime3117.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:00 AM

Most of our legendary treasure hunters are gone now.  Karl von Mueller, Bill Mahan, Hardrock Hendricks. 

But one of their cohorts is still with us, as active as ever.  Norman "Indy" Stiles began treasure hunting in 1956, with a metal detector that ran on five radio tubes and a 45-volt battery. 

Indy is still going strong today, and he gave me a few tips on finding small gold and silver for me to pass along to you in this show.

If you'd like to contact Indy Stiles, he welcomes new friends at

For more articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting, visit

Direct download: 082indy.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:14 AM

Victor Jory played an evil plantation overseer in Gone With the Wind.  He played Lamont Cranston and the Shadow in the movie serial The Shadow.  And he was in over 150 movies. 

He was also the lead actor in each episode of the radio series Dangerously Yours, playing a different character every week.

In this June 1944 pilot episode, Masquerade, Jory plays an espionage agent in a one-on-one battle of wits with another spy - who happens to be female, and beautiful.

Direct download: B73dangerouslyyours440620masquerade1959.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:30 AM

Slowpitch softball has lost nearly half a million players in the last three years. 


There are a myriad of reasons, and this show examines five of the big ones. 

There is a sixth big reason that I neglected to mention in the show - video games.  Why exert yourself in real life when you can play all the games you want with just your thumbs?  You don't have to buy bats or gloves or special shoes, you don't even have to leave your room to play.  (Thanks to the guys at for the heads-up on this one.)

Can this exodus be turned around?  Probably not. 

If you have ideas, please click the Comments button and let us know your thoughts.

For more articles on how to play, coach, and manage adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 081losingplayers.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:06 PM

NBC had a hit radio series with A Date With Judy (see show 52), and CBS wanted a similar program.  They found a series of humorous stories about a precocious teenage girl in Good Housekeeping magazine, and CBS adapted the stories for radio.

The result was Meet Corliss Archer, which aired from 1943 to 1956.  The legendary Janet Waldo was Corliss, and 40 years later she was still playing teenage girls, including Judy Jetson on the TV series The Jetsons.

Corliss had a boyfriend, Dexter, played by Sam Edwards, a famous character actor who many years later played the banker on Little House on the Prairie.

The radio series was so popular that it spawned a book, a comic book, a Broadway play, and a television series.

This episode of Meet Corliss Archer, Rival Boyfriend, originally aired on June 23, 1946.

Direct download: B72meetcorlissarcher460623rivalboyfriend2448.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:58 PM

No, not THOSE kind of strip searches!

Did you know that in most communities, it is perfectly legal for you to hunt those grassy strips in front of homes between the sidewalk and the street?  This is because those strips are owned by the city, not the homeowner.

But does this mean you should feel free to hunt those strips without permission?  Not on your life!

This show explains it all.

For more articles about treasure hunting, visit my website

Direct download: 081strips.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:39 PM

Sad Sack is chiefly remembered as the star of a comic book, but he was also the star of a 1957 movie (he was played by Jerry Lewis!) and a 1946 summer replacement radio series (in Frank Sinatra's time slot).

On the radio, Herb Vigran played the Sad Sack and Jim Backus was his roommate (in the radio series, Sad Sack was a veteran, World War II being over by the time the series was on the air).

This is the first episode of the series, Sad Sack Returns Home From the Army, from June 12, 1946.

Direct download: B71sadsack460612returnshomefromarmy2917.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:31 PM

Some authors claim that softballs carry farther in hot weather, but anyone who has played knows the opposite is true.  Why the confusion? 

It has to do with relative humidity and air density and ball compression.

Normal ASA ball compression is 375, which means that it requires a force of 375 pounds to push the surface of a softball one-fourth of an inch deep. 

Harder balls have higher compression numbers, because it takes more pounds of force to "squash" the ball a quarter-inch.  And the higher the compression, the better the trampoline effect when the ball hits the bat. 

Ergo, high compression = more distance.  And a 375 ball at 70 degrees becomes a 555 ball at 40 degrees. 

Listen up, it's all here.

For more of my articles on adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 080coldball.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:13 PM

Can You Top This? was a joke show in which listeners sent in jokes, and the three resident comics tried to top those jokes. 

It ran from 1940 to 1954, and it was so popular that it spawned two books of jokes from the show, and it attracted upwards of 3,000 letters per week at the height of its popularity.

The jokemasters were Senator Edward Ford (not a real senator, but the creator and owner of the show), Harry Hirshfield, a popular cartoonist of the day, and ex-vaudevillian Joe Laurie, Jr. 

This episode was originally heard on December 5, 1947.

Direct download: B70canyoutopthis471205indignation2422.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:30 PM

Administrivia:  It is now possible to get automatic downloads of new In theTreasure Corner shows as they are posted, without getting my other shows on old-time radio and softball. Go to and subscribe only to the old-time radio podcasts.

And now, back to your regularly-scheduled program:

This show is about gold. Here are a couple of things I couldn't fit into the program:

1.  If you are going to sell your gold, read this first:  There are a LOT of similar scams going on with the price of gold as high as it is.  

2.  Here's the formula to determine how much your gold ring is worth:

  A. Weigh the ring in grams.  Most men's rings are between 12 and 22 grams; most women's rings are between 4 and 10 grams.

   B.  If a 10K ring:  Multiply grams X .0134 X value of one ounce of gold (found daily at top of this page:

   C.  If a 14K ring:  Multiply grams X .01875 X value of one ounce of gold.

   D.  If an 18K ring:  Multiply grams X .0241 X value of one ounce of gold.

UPDATE:  Here's a site that will do all that math for you automatically, and it even knows the current-to-the-minute price of gold:

Thanks to New Hampshire Bob for this info!

For more articles about treasure hunting, and a look at my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 080gold.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00 AM

Great news!

It is now possible to get automatic downloads of new In the Old-Time Radio Corner shows as they are posted, without getting my other shows on treasure hunting and softball. 

Go to and subscribe only to the old-time radio podcasts.

Tales of the Texas Rangers was on the air from 1950 to 1952 as a radio show, and from 1955 to 1957 as a TV show.  It was an adult show on radio, and a kids' show on television. 

The radio version starred film star Joel McCrea as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, and it was rather like a western version of Dragnet.  McCrea used modern police procedural methods to solve Texas crimes.

This episode, White Elephant, first aired on July 15, 1950.

Direct download: B69talesofthetexasrangers500715whiteelephant2901.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:39 PM

I've now got three years of In the Softball Corner under my belt, and in this birthday show I look at the All-Time Top 10 Shows of the series. 

Also, a couple of recent shows that are getting a lot of listens, and thoughts of shows for the future.

For more articles on managing, coaching, and playing slowpitch softball, visit my site

Direct download: 079softballyear3.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 3:15 PM

In 1943, a little-known author named Frederick Collins wrote a best-selling book called The FBI in Peace and War. 

A year later, CBS radio turned the book into a weekly series starring Martin Blaine as FBI field agent Sheppard. 

The program remained one of the best-rated crime shows on radio until it went off the air near the end of the old-time radio era, in 1958. 

This episode, Unfinished Business, aired on August 2, 1951. 

Direct download: B68FBIinPeaceWar510802unfinishedbusiness2739.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:39 PM

I've now got three years of In the Treasure Corner under my belt, and in this birthday show I look at the Top 10 Shows of the series. 

Also, a couple of recent shows that are getting a lot of listens, and thoughts of shows for the future. 

For more articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my site

Direct download: 079year3.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:05 PM

Dennis Day had TWO radio shows, and Jack Benny had only one.  Dennis often kidded Jack about that on the Jack Benny Program. 

This is the second show Dennis had - A Day in the Life of Dennis Day.  It ran from 1946 to 1951. 

In his own show, Dennis played the same naive young innocent that he played on the Benny show.  He had a girlfriend named Mildred whose parents couldn't stand him, and he had a boss named Mr. Willoughby, played by the great John Brown.

This episode, Second Job, originally aired on October 22, 1947.

Direct download: B67dennisday471022sellinginsurance3116.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:23 PM

This show explains how I bought a Worth PST Quad, brand new in wrapper, for sixteen bucks. 

And how our team masher took four pitches (out of twelve) out of the park with it.

And how you can maybe get one cheap, too.

For more articles on slowpitch softball, visit my site

Direct download: 078pst-fp.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:07 PM

Did you ever hear Bill Cosby's routine about being terrified by a horror show on the radio when he was a kid, about a giant chicken heart? 

Well, that show was a real episode of Lights Out, a program that offered horror and the supernatural every Wednesday night. 

Lights Out was created by Wyliss Cooper (top photo) in 1934, and taken over by Arch Obeler (bottom photo) in 1936. 

This episode, Cat Wife, is one of the most popular shows of the series, and it was repeated several times.  This version stars Boris Karloff, and it originally aired on April 6, 1938.

Direct download: B66lightsout380406catwife2812.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:01 AM

I'm a treasure hunter.

I'm a metal detector hobbyist.

I'm a metal detectorist.

I'm a  - what?  What should we call ourselves?

In this show, I discuss several appellations and find that none of them are spot on.  Can you help?

Click the Comments button to post your thoughts.

For more articles about treasure hunting, visit

Direct download: 078name.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:44 AM

Remember Ted Baxter's girlfriend (and later, his wife) Georgette on the Mary Tyler Moore Show?  See if you don't think her character might have been based on Irma from this old-time radio show, My Friend Irma. 

This show was so popular in its day that it also gave us a newspaper comic strip, a comic book, two movies, and a television series.

My Friend Irma was on the radio from 1947 to 1954.  This episode, Irma's Inheritance, first aired on April 5, 1948.

Direct download: B65myfriendirma480405irmasinheritance3131.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:28 PM

Do you use a donut on your bat before you step into the batter's box?

If so, you are costing yourself three to five miles per hour with your swing.
Listen to this show to find out why.

For more articles on slowpitch softball, visit my site

Direct download: 077donut.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:06 AM

Who's buried in Grant's Tomb? 

That question originated on the old-time radio show It Pays to Be Ignorant, which ran for nine years, from 1942 to 1951. 

Easy questions were presented to a team of idiots, who mangled their answers until nobody quite knew what was happening. 

Host Tom Howard (on the right in the photo) tried to moderate the three contestants, (left to right) Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell, and George Shelton. 

This episode was first broadcast on July 14, 1944.

Direct download: B64itpaystobeignorant440714howtokeepmilkfromsouring3014.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:09 PM

Everybody carries business cards, why not hobby cards?  A card announcing you as a treasure hunter can open doors for you.

It can help you make friends with your local police department, it can reassure strangers that you're not a pervert, it can get you business in finding lost objects.

This show takes a look at designing business cards for the treasure hunter, and it offers suggestions for using the card after you make it.

And please visit my website for more of my treasure hunting articles.

Direct download: 077cards.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:27 PM

WXYZ radio in Detroit was the home of three classic juvenile radio shows - The Lone Ranger, the Green Hornet, and Challenge of the Yukon.

Challenge of the Yukon ran on radio from 1947 to 1955, and then on TV from 1955 to 1958.

It was set in the Alaskan Gold Rush of the 1890s, and the show featured a dog named King.  At first he was a husky, but somewhere along the way he became a malamute.  He was the lead dog for Sergeant William Preston, the star human of the show.

This episode, The Fraud, was originally broadcast on September 18, 1947. 

Direct download: B63challengeyukon470918thefraud3020.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:17 PM

Does anyone know Dennis Stern, of St. Paul, Minnesota?  In 1980 he wrote this manual, and I'd like to talk to him. 

It is an excellent collection of tips and tricks for playing slowpitch softball, and though it is outdated now, it still has a lot of excellent information that holds up today.  It deserves to be updated and republished, perhaps as an eBook. 

This show relays some tips on hitting and pitching, as taken from Dennis Stern's manual.

For more articles on adult slowpitch softball, see

Direct download: 076sternbook.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:00 PM

Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts was on the radio from 1946 to 1956, and on television from 1948 to 1958.

Some of the stars discovered by the show were Patsy Cline, Pat Boone, Tony Bennett, Jonathan Winters, Wally Cox, and Connie Francis. 

But Arthur missed the biggest star of all, a singer who auditioned for the show, but was not picked to appear - and that was Elvis Presley. 

A future star appears in this episode from April 18, 1949 - comedian Lenny Bruce.

Direct download: B62talentscouts490418lennybruce3042.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:00 AM

Everybody tells you you'll find more if you slow down.  But slow down what? 

Your swing speed?  Your walking speed? 

This program gives you a step-by-step procedure for determining the proper swing speed for your detector, and it also tells you the secret of getting a beep from the deepest coins your detector is capable of finding.

Hey!  Two shows in one!  So pay attention!

And pay attention to this:, for articles and a video that will make you a better treasure hunter.

Direct download: 076speed.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:03 AM

Though Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were most famous for their baseball skit Who's On First, they actually did several other routines written with that same basic formula, where Lou misunderstands what Bud is trying to tell him. 

This show has one such skit, about the Hertz U-drive company.

Actress Veronica Lake is the guest in this episode from December 2, 1943.

Direct download: B61abbottcostello431202triptopalmsprings2814.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:48 PM

New bats look great! 

But what about their performance? 

How do they compare to the old bats? 

In this show, we compare the old and the new, and maybe destroy your hopes for improvement, but then maybe build them up again.

Or...Is 98mph really 98mph?

For more articles on coaching and playing adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 075newbat.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 3:47 PM

Many of our In the Radio Corner shows are the first show of a series.  This time, we're giving you the last show of a series.

Murder and Mr. Malone ran on ABC and then NBC for four years, from 1947 to 1951.  A television version aired in 1951 and 1952. 

John J. Malone was a criminal lawyer.  He was created by Craig Rice, a female mystery novelist who appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1946, but has since been mostly forgotten. 

Malone was first played by Frank Lovejoy (better known as Nightbeat's Randy Stone), then Gene Raymond (Broadway and movie actor; husband of Jeanette MacDonald), and finally George Petri. 

Petri was in television for over half a century, with recurring roles in shows ranging from The Honeymooners to Dallas to Mad About You.  He also played Eddie Haskell's father on Leave It To Beaver.

This final episode, Haste Maketh Waste, was broadcast on July 13, 1951.

Direct download: B60murdermrmalone510713hastemakethwaste3113.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:00 PM

Are you still in high school?  Or college?  Or grad school? 

Are you now, or will you someday be, taking a basic speech class? 

Then this show is for you.

While the other students are giving the same old boring speeches on how to make spaghetti and why we should bomb Granada, you can grab the attention of your audience (and your instructor) and grab that "A" by talking about....treasure hunting!

Listen and learn.

And learn even more by reading my treasure hunting tips at

P.S.  The box with coins and pulltabs (bottom photo) is explained in the show.

Direct download: 075speaking.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:19 PM

Here is one of the all-time classic old-time radio broadcasts.  Actress Jan Miner delivers a masterful virtually-solo half-hour performance as a frantic wife trying to save her husband (via telephone) from execution.

The show was the premiere episode of NBC's Radio City Playhouse, which ran for just a year and a half but was universally praised for its strong writing (many famous authors wrote especially for the show) and its excellent acting.

This episode, Long Distance, was originally broadcast on July 3, 1948.

Direct download: B59radiocityplayhouse480703longdistance2908.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:00 AM

Are you still in high school?  Or college?  Or grad school? 

Are you now, or will you someday be, taking a basic speech class? 

Then this show is for you.

While the other students are giving the same old boring speeches on how to make spaghetti and why we should bomb Granada, you can grab the attention of your audience (and your instructor) and grab that "A" by talking about....softball!

Listen and learn.

More great softball articles here:

Direct download: 074speech.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 11:00 AM

Gene Autry was 21 when he began singing on the radio, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

A year later he signed a recording contract with Columbia records, and he moved to WLS in Chicago, where he was on the National Barn Dance for four years. 

He made his first movie in 1934, and his radio show, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, aired from 1940 to 1956. 

This episode, Cattlemen's Money Stolen, was originally broadcast on June 9, 1951.

(And by the way - that's not a lighter in the picture, that's the flashlight I describe in the show.)

Direct download: B58melodyranch510609cattlemensmoneystolen2624.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:27 PM

Most treasure hunters agree that intelligent research is a necessity for increasing your odds of finding older coins. 

But research can be difficult in many ways - it may require travel to libraries and museums, and poring over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, and bothering people, and taking more time than you have to spare.

But there is another way!  "Instant Research" is at your fingertips.  This podcast gives you tips on giving yourself a good head start on researching small towns and communities before you arrive in person.

For more articles on treasure hunting, visit

Direct download: 074instantresearch.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:17 PM

Himan Brown envisioned a creaking door as an introduction to a spooky radio series.  He created the series, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, but he couldn't

get the sound he wanted from a door.  So he used a creaking chair, and that's what you hear at the beginning of each episode of Inner Sanctum.

The early episodes were hosted by a ghoul named Raymond, who was full of morbid jokes and ghastly puns. 

This episode, The Man From Yesterday, originally aired on December 21,1941.

Direct download: B57innersanctum411221themanfromyesterday3036.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:40 PM

Some players and coaches have short fuses. 

Does this put them at a disadvantage as far as close calls by the umpires go? 

In this show I interview a veteran ump on the subject.

For articles on playing and coaching adult slowpitch softball, check out my website,

Direct download: 073umpsandhotheads.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:04 PM

The New Adventures of Michael Shayne was one of several incarnations of the radio version of the famous detective series. 

In the 1948-1949 run, Jeffrey Chandler starred as Shayne, and Dragnet's Jack Webb worked on the series as an uncredited script advisor. 

This episode, The Hate That Killed, originally ran on August 27, 1948.

Direct download: B56michaelshayne480827thehatethatkilled2822.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:31 PM

A review of Relic Hunter, the Book, by Ed Fedory.

Ed was for many years the relic hunting columnist for Western and Eastern Treasures magazine. 

This was his first book, and it does a fantastic job of covering all the bases for the relic hunter.

For more of my articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit

Direct download: 073fedory.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:38 PM

Beyond Tomorrow was the first adult science fiction series on radio - maybe.  Some sources say three episodes aired on CBS in April 1950, but other sources say the programs were  recorded and scheduled, but never aired. 

The series was hosted by John W. Campbell Jr, perhaps the most influential person in the development of science fiction from the late 1930s through the 1960s.  Campbell was the editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (which later became Analog) all those years, and he directed his authors with a strong hand.  He insisted on specific themes for his magazine, and he directed authors to change endings if he didn't like what they had written.

This episode, a western-science fiction story called Incident at Switchpath, was written by Theodore Sturgeon.  The magazine version was named The Sky is Full of Ships, but they changed the title for radio because they were afraid the words "ships" might be heard as something else.

From April 11, 1950, here is Beyond Tomorrow and Incident at Switchpath.

Direct download: B55beyondtomorrow19500411incidentatswitchpath2943.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:04 PM

Herewith, a short review of a compact book. 

Though eight years old now, this book still fits the definition of a "modern" softball book.  The information on bats is dated, but the rest of the book contains a lot of valuable information. 

By no means as comprehensive as the huge Complete Guide to Slowpitch Softball reviewed in show #70, nonetheless this book is tightly packed with solid information. 

Topics covered include hitting, fielding, coaching, attitude, improving arm/leg strength, increasing stamina, and a lot more. 

For more articles on coaching, managing, and playing adult slowpitch softball, check out my website

Direct download: 072seriousslowpitch.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:08 PM

Have Gun, Will Travel was on television for over a year before a radio version was created.  John Dehner, who had just finished a year as Englishman J.B. Kendall in Frontier Gentleman, was chosen to play the radio version of Paladin.

Paladin was a gun for hire, but somehow he always managed to fight for the good.  A good guy dressed all in black - not a common sight on the western scene.

This episode,  Death of a Young Gunfighter, originally aired on March 15, 1959.

The photo shows radio's Paladin, John Dehner, with TV's Paladin, Richard Boone.

Direct download: B54havegun590315deathofayounggunfighter2522.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:11 AM

The first article I ever sold to a treasure magazine was called Photography for the Treasure Hunter.  It appeared in the November 1977 issue of Western and Eastern Treasures.

This podcast is an update of that article. 

Two points I discuss in the show are illustrated by this photo (which appeared in the original article). 

Note how I framed Kathy by shooting through a swing, and also note the use of the Rule of Thirds.  That is, she is in the top third/left third of the picture - approximately where lines would cross if you drew a tic-tac-toe board on the photo.

Also note the error in this shot - she looks like she has a post growing out of her back.  I should have repositioned her a bit before I took the photo.

For more articles about treasure hunting, visit my website

Direct download: 072photography.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:15 PM

People Are Funny hit the air in 1943, with Art Baker as host. 

Baker was fired and replaced by Art Linkletter, ostensibly because Linkletter would work for less money. 

The show was a hit with Linkletter, and it stayed on the radio for seventeen years,  from 1943 to 1960.  The TV version was on the air from 1954 to 1961. 

The show generally followed this formula:  Send an audience member out on the street at the beginning of the show to do a stunt, then do several on-stage stunts with other audience members, and finally bring back the first audience member to relate his or her experience outside the studio.

This episode is from January 13, 1952.

Direct download: B53peoplearefunny520113-2558.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:40 PM

Discussed in this podcast are three basic situations for the second baseman: 

Glove size and fielding grounders, turning double plays, and relaying throws from the outfield. 

Also, a heads-up play that may allow you to make a put-out on a batter when the third baseman or shortstop throws the ball past the first baseman.

For tips on slowpitch topics like pitching, fielding, and setting your team lineup, visit

Direct download: 071secondbase.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 3:41 PM

A Date With Judy was on the air for a full decade, from 1941 to 1950. 

It was so popular that it spawned a movie starring Jane Powell and Elizabeth Taylor, a TV series which ran from 1951 to 1953, and a comic book which was issued from 1947 to 1960. 

The show was similar to Henry Aldrich and Archie, but its star was a teenage girl rather than a teenage boy.

This episode, A New Dress for the Dance, originally aired on May 18, 1946.

Pictured are Judy (Louise Erickson) and her boyfriend Oogie (Dick Crenna).

Direct download: B52datewithjudy460518ANewDressForTheDance3120.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:16 PM

What quiz, you ask?  Well, I have a little confession to make.  The last program, called Treasure Hunting Safety, really wasn't about Treasure Hunting Safety.  It was a secret quiz just for those special people who listen to my shows all the way through. 

That show sure enough started to be about safety, but about two minutes in, it morphed into a general-knowledge quiz. 

Trivia quizzes are like treasure hunts - it takes the same qualities to ferret out the correct answers as it does to find a hidden treasure - research, perseverance, and some solid detective work.

The winners have already been announced, but if you missed the quiz and would like to give it a try, go back and listen to show #70 before you listen to this one, because this one has all the answers.

Check out my articles on treasure hunting, and my video on how to dig a coin, at

Direct download: 071answers.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:00 PM

Mr. and Mrs. North began as a series of magazine stories, then was expanded into a mystery novel (actually 26 of them), then a Broadway play, then a radio series, and finally a TV series.

This is the pilot episode of the radio show.  Mr. and Mrs. North were a happily-married couple, a bit on the eccentric side, who happened to be adept

at solving crimes.  It starred Carl Eastman and Peggy Conklin (who also played Pam in the Broadway show).

The roles of Jerry and Pam were given to Joseph Curtin and Alice Frost after the pilot was picked up by NBC.  (The show moved to CBS in 1947, hence the CBS mic flag in this photo of Joseph and Alice).

This episode, Picnic, originally aired on NBC on December 30, 1942.

P.S.  Visit the Cincinnati Old-Time Radio Discussion Board at

Direct download: B51mrandmrsnorth421230picnic3307.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:06 PM

When you were a kid, didn't you hate to write book reports?  Me too!

But this book was a pleasure to read, and I highly recommend you buy a copy. 

This is the first and only book I've ever seen that lives up to the title of a COMPLETE guide to slowpitch softball.  It's big, it has an instructional DVD included, and it covers virtually everything. 

In this show, I look at the many pros and the few cons of this book. 

For more articles about slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 070bookreview.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:49 PM

Rather than play an episode from an old-time radio series this week, we present all the questions and answers from the First Annual Old-Time Radio Trivia Bowl, recorded at the Cincinnati Old-Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention on May 7, 2010. 

I've edited out dead air and spaces between questions and answers, so the show moves along quickly.  If you'd like to play the game, get your paper and pencil, and keep your finger on the pause button as you write your answers.

In the photo, last year's winning team, the Tom Mix Ralston Straightshooters (left to right, Jim Widner, Jack French, Meredith Granger, Randy Larson).

Visit the Cincinnati Old-Time Radio Discussion Board:

Direct download: 050-2010cincytrivia2803.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:18 PM

I've been hesitant to write on this topic, because, frankly, I think most treasure hunters will find it boring.  Who amongst you enjoyed Traffic Safety Class in high school? 

Treasure hunters want action and excitement, not lectures on how to stay safe in the field.

But I've been asked, so I have answered.  I'm predicting this episode will have fewer listeners than most - let's see if you prove me wrong.

And if you want to send me a note, pro or con, about this episode, I'm at

For more articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, and a video on how to dig a coin, visit my web site

Direct download: 070safety.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:52 PM

In 1938, Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1, a comic book that has reportedly sold for as high as one and a half million dollars. 

In 1939, Superman became a daily comic strip.

And in 1940, Superman took to the air with a three-afternoons-a-week radio show. 

Who played Superman on the radio?  It was a closely-guarded secret until 1946, when Clayton Collyer was identified as the voice of the Man of Steel.  Collyer is better known to early television enthusiasts as Bud Collyer, host of game shows like Beat the Clock and To Tell the Truth.

This episode, The Mystery of the Mechanical Monster, first aired on December 10, 1949.

In the photo:  Jackson Beck, the announcer whose never-to-be-forgotten words "Faster than a speeding bullet!  More powerful than a locomotive!" began each episode; Clayton Collyer; and Joan Alexander, who played Lois Lane.

Direct download: B49superman491210mysteryofthemechanicalmonster3125.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:29 PM

The NCAA has changed its technical standards for baseball bats this season, and because of that both pitching and hitting statistics are changing. 

Does this portend similar changes for softball? 

In this program we take a look at the new college baseball bat and what it is doing to the game.

For more articles on adult slowpitch softball, check out my website.

Direct download: 069baseballbats.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:10 AM

Wild Bill Hickok (Guy Madison) and his rotund sidekick Jingles Jones (Andy Devine) rode across our radio dials - and television screens - from 1951 to 1956 (radio) and 1951-1958 (television). 

Guy Madison (real name Robert Moseley) was on leave from the Coast Guard in 1944 when he was "discovered" and cast in a small movie part.  His good looks got him several roles, but his lack of acting ability kept him from being a star until he was cast as Wild Bill Hickok.

This was a cowboy show for kids, with lots of shooting and yelling and simple plots of bad guys vs. good guys.

Our episode is Six-Gun Serenade, from December 1, 1954.

Direct download: B48wildbillhickok541201sixgunserenade2553.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:12 AM

This week's program finds us out on a tangent from our regular treasure hunting topics. 

Flashlights probably aren't on the "A" list of metal detecting tools for most people. 

But as you'll hear in the show, I've always been excited by flashlights, and I always have one with me. 

In this program, I explain my fascination with them, and offer a couple of tips as to how they can come in handy in treasure hunting.

For other articles that probably make more sense to treasure hunters, visit

Direct download: 069flashlights.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:30 AM

The Jack Benny Show is probably the most-often named Favorite Show of All Time amongst old-time radio fans. 

I chose this episode not because of its content, but because I own the actual script that Jack edited (in pencil) and read from when this particular show was originally broadcast (on October 7, 1945). 

I have posted the first three pages of the script at, so you can read along as you listen to the program.

See if you don't think the changes Jack made to the script make the show even funnier.

The photo is of my daughter Karen in her JACK JACK JACK (on the front) BENNY BENNY BENNY (on the back) shirt, with Jack Benny impersonator Eddie Carroll. 

For more photos of Karen with OTR celebrities, visit, and for more Jack Benny photos visit

ALSO - A reminder that the 2011 Cincinnati Old-Time Radio Convention is on May 13 and 14. Admission is just $10 -  Check it out.

Direct download: b47jackbenny451007script2431.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:00 AM

This podcast discusses Quick Topic internet bulletin boards, which my team uses to contact each other, and to post stats, photos, important phone numbers, etc.

There are three versions of the system, ranging in price from free to $49.00 per year.  Your team might find the free version handy, and the price is certainly right. 

I use the Pro $49 version, and once you pay your money you can set up as many Pro bulletin boards as you like without paying any more money.  I have about 25 Pro boards now, which drops my price to about two dollars per year per board.

Here are the sample links:

The $49 per year board (my senior softball team):

The free board (a high school class):

For more articles on pitching, hitting, fielding, and a lot more, visit

Direct download: 068quicktopic.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:00 PM

The Great Gildersleeve was a spinoff of Fibber McGee and Molly.  Hal Peary was introduced as the character in 1939, and in 1941 Gildy got his own show. 

His exasperating pre-teen nephew Leroy, was played by Walter Tetley, who was actually 26 when the show began.  His niece Marjorie was  played by several different actresses, starting with Lurene Tuttle, who was replaced by Louise Erickson and then Mary Lee Robb.

Gildersleeve was blustery but lovable, the water commissioner of Summerville.  He was constantly in and out of romances, and several regular characters, including Druggist Richard Q. Peavey and Judge Horace Hooker, added to the fun.

This episode is an audition show that never made the air.  Three months later, it was rewritten and used as the first episode of the new series.

Direct download: B46gildy410516auditionshow3208.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:30 PM

Here is a list of popular treasure hunting and metal detecting forums (in alphabetical order).  They are all clickable links!  If you have a favorite that I have left out, please email me at so I can add it to the list.


American Detectorist

Find's Treasure Forum

Friendly Metal Detecting Forum

Lucky Dan's Metal Detecting Forum

My Treasure Spot


Tom's Treasures

Treasure Depot

Treasure Net

Treasure Quest Metal Detecting Forum

World Metal Detector Community

REGIONAL FORUMS (Most of these welcome anyone, whether you live in the area or not)

Canadian Metal Detecting

California Metal Detecting

Great Lakes Metal Detecting

Metal Detecting Maine

Metal Detecting New England

New Hampshire Bob's Metal Detecting Forum

Northeast Metal Detecting Forum

MAGAZINE-SPONSORED FORUM (You do not have to subscribe to participate)

Lost Treasure Magazine Forum


Geotech Technology Forum (Mostly technical discussions by technicians/engineers)

Nuggethunting Forum (Mostly prospecting, but this is their treasure hunting page)

White's Electronics (discussion of White's detectors only)

NEWSGROUP FORUMS (These use email addresses, because you send your notes via email)

(Go to or to join) (mostly concerned with Big Finds) (lots of spam) (lots of spam) (excellent group) (lots of spam)

For more of my articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting, visit

Direct download: 068internetforums.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:52 PM

The Archie comic book was also a radio show in the late 1940s, starring Bob Hastings (later Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy, and bartender Tommy Kelsey on Archie Bunker's Place) as Archie. 

In the photo, left to right:  Alice Yourman as Archie's mom, Harlan "Hal" Stone as Jughead, Bob Hastings as Archie, Gloria Mann as Veronica, Arthur Kohl as Archie's dad, and Rosemary Rice as Betty.

With a live studio audience composed mostly of boisterous children, the show was pretty noisy, to say the least.

This episode, The New TV, first aired on May 21, 1949.

NOTE:  Archie and Betty (Bob Hastings and Rosemary Rice) will both be at the Old-Time Radio Convention in Cincinnati on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, appearing in old-time radio re-creations. 

All attendees are invited to audition for parts in the shows, so you might get to act with the stars!  More info at

The Cincinnati convention is more informal than most, with the stars mixing with the audience.   If you're able to come, look me up and say hello!

Direct download: B45archie490521thenewtv2942.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:00 AM

In these bleak economic times, team sponsors are becoming harder and harder to find.

This show offers some suggestions on which businesses are the best to approach, and how to treat your sponsor right (and what NEVER to do).

We also look at an unorthodox sponsor setup that has been wildly successful for a smalltown team.

For more articles about adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 067sponsors2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:08 PM

Casey, Crime Photographer ran from 1943 to 1950, then again in 1954-55, on the CBS radio network. 

Jack Casey took crime pictures for the Morning Express, and his adventures turned him into a reluctant detective. 

Staats Cotsworth, who played Casey for most of the show's run, started in radio in 1937 as an actor in the soap opera Pepper Young's Family, and he was still going strong in 1974, when he appeared often on the CBS Mystery Theater.  He also appeared in guest roles on various television shows in the 1950s and 1960s. 

This episode, Acquitted, about a policeman with a temper that often gets him into trouble, first aired on July 3, 1947.

Direct download: B44casey470703acquitted2946.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:00 PM

Does the fact that you have to pay extra for a coil cover for your metal detector indicate that the manufacturers think you don't really need one?

Or are they hoping you'll wear a hole in your coil and have to buy a new coil from them?

In this show, I discuss some reasons you should use a coil cover, and some reasons you may not want to use one after all.

For more articles about metal detecting and treasure hunting, visit

Direct download: 067coilcovers.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:47 PM

Let George Do It was a one-of-a-kind radio show.  It started as a funny mystery/detective show, and over the years it evolved into a more hard-boiled private eye program.

Bob Bailey, best-known for his later work as Johnny Dollar, starred as George Valentine, a returning World War II veteran.  Valentine had saved up a little money, and he used it to open a business where he would do things other people needed done but didn't want to do themselves. 

The show was quirky and fun to listen to.  George was a happy-go-lucky optimist who seemed to enjoy life, no matter what.

This is the pilot episode, The First Visitor.  It aired on September 20, 1946.

Direct download: B43letgeorgedoit460920thefirstclientk3000.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:28 PM

Wherein Dan reminisces about his days as a ticket-pusher for the Atlanta Braves, and how what he learned there might help you find a team sponsor today.

For more free articles about slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 066sponsors1.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:38 PM

Duffy's Tavern was one of the most popular radio shows of the 1940s.  The title character, Duffy, never appeared on the show. 

Each episode began with Archie (Ed Gardner), the manager of the tavern, answering the phone and talking to owner Duffy.  You only heard Archie's side of the conversation. 

Miss Duffy, the owner's daughter, was a wacky dame played by several different actresses over the run of the show. 

Eddie was a smart-aleck waiter who always talked back to his boss. 

And Finnegan was an easy-talking lush who was later copied by Frank Fontaine when he played Crazy Guggenheim on the Jackie Gleason show.

Duffy's Tavern was tried on TV, but it did not work, mainly because Ed Gardner could not learn his lines.  He worked fine with a script in his hands, but you can't do that on television.

This episode of Duffy's Tavern is called "Archie Wants to Patent Electricity," and it first aired on February 23, 1949.

Direct download: b42duffystavern490223archieelectricity2622.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:08 PM

Sure, anyone can find coins and rings.  But what are some of your stranger finds? 

Most every treasure hunter has an assortment of uncategorizable odds and ends, often accompanied by good stories.  Here are some of mine.  What are some of yours?

Please tell us your story by clicking the Comments button ((bottom right-hand corner of this episode listing). 

We'd love to hear from you!

For more of my articles about treasure hunting, and information about the new edition of my book, visit

Direct download: 066weirdfinds.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:01 PM

This crime drama was on the air for five years, from 1949 to 1954.  Detective Danny Clover was a Manhattan native who knew his neighborhood, and his people. 

Larry Thor starred as Danny Clover, and the producer and director was the legendary Elliott Lewis, who was also an excellent actor equally at home in comedy (he was Remley on the Phil Harris-Alice Fay Show) and drama (he played the captain of the Scarlett Queen and often appeared in shows like Suspense).

Listen carefully and you'll hear the distinct voice of Howard McNear (Andy Griffith's Floyd the Barber) in this episode.

From May 12, 1950, this is The Marcia Dean Murder Case.

Direct download: B41broadwayismybeat500512marciadean2954.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:04 PM

Do you go through a stretching routine before you hit the softball diamond?

A surprising new study done for the American Academy of Orthapaedic Surgeons indicates that you might be wasting your time.

This week's show takes a look at that study, and offers a suggestion about pregame warmups.

For more articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book on managing and coaching adult slowpitch softball, visit my website.

Direct download: 065stretching.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:17 PM

The Whistler was one of those shows that delighted in surprising us with a trick ending, sometimes even a double trick ending.  Think Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, and even farther back to O.Henry's stories. 

The title character, The Whistler, was a mysterious apparition who narrated the program but never had an active part in it.  He talked to the other characters, though they couldn't hear them, which was just as well, because what he had to say was never pleasant.  His snide, mocking attitude was a big hit with listeners.

The Whistler began as a west coast-only program, and it was sponsored by Signal Gasoline, a company that existed only in California and a few other western states. 

To many old-time radio listeners, Signal Gasoline will always be associated with The Whistler.

This episode, The Gentle Way, was first heard on June 23, 1947.

Direct download: B40whistler470623thegentleway3022.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:33 PM

What's the best way to dig up the coins you find with your metal detector?  That's a trick question, because even the experts disagree on the answer.

This show discusses digging tools and techniques, and it names by name one tool that is highly respected, and a copycat tool that probably won't hold up for you.

Here is the video that goes with this program.

After you watch the video, scroll down that page and click on the first article, Recommended Metal Detecting Accessories

There you will find photos of a couple of the tools mentioned in this podcast, and more information about detecting accessories.

If you would like to leave a comment or tell us what tools you prefer, click the Comments line and leave your message.


If you enjoy these podcasts, you will doubly enjoy the new edition of my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 065diggingtools.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:01 AM

Frontier Gentleman ran only one season, in 1958, near the end of the old-time radio era. 

John Dehner, who played Paladin in the radio version of Have Gun, Will Travel, also played the Frontier Gentleman, J.B. Kendall. 

Kendall was a British newspaper reporter covering the American west for the London Times. 

He was good with a gun, and he often ran into famous people, like Wild Bill Hickok and General Custer. 

The show had humor, drama, and excitement, and was one of the best adult westerns old-time radio had to offer.

This episode, Honky Tonkers, first aired on February 16, 1958.

Direct download: B39frontiergentleman580216honkytonkers2436.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:37 PM

There are nearly a hundred softball discussion forums on the internet.  Some are all-inclusive, some specialize in specific geographic areas or are aimed at a specific audience (church leagues, fastpitch, etc).

This show looks at several of them.  Which ones should you be reading? 

Here are the links to the boards mentioned in the show:


Softball Fans

For Softball Fanatics

The Old Scout Message Board

Addicted2Softball (brand new - get in on the ground floor)

Serious Softball (over 70 different forums)



Florida Softball

Georgia Softball

Louisiana Softball

Pennsylvania Softball

Northeast Softball

Please check out my book, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball, at

Direct download: 064internetforums.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:43 AM

Just four characters - husband Victor Gook, wife Sade Gook, stepson Rush Gook, and beyond-insane Uncle Fletcher - were the only people who appeared on this 15-minute-a-day, five-day-a-week program.

Each show took place in the Gook house, "halfway up in the next block."  They talked.  And talked.  And we laughed.  Until the tears streamed down our faces. 

There was no studio audience, no laugh track, just these four strange people carrying on bizarre conversations. 

Vic, who was super-serious about his kitchenware job and his lodge.  Sade, the sane wife who almost kept the show grounded.  Rush, the eager and excitable young high school student.  And Uncle Fletcher, a confused visitor from another galaxy.

The writer of this marvelous show, Paul Rhymer, had a rare talent for humor perhaps not seen since Mark Twain. 

Often the engineers had to duck their heads below the studio window, they were laughing so hard.  They were afraid that if the actors saw them, they wouldn't be able to keep a straight face as they read their insane lines so matter-of-factly.

Vic and Sade is an acquired taste.  At first you just shake your head in wonder, but after a few episodes you begin to catch on.  I urge you to find more of these shows and give them a listen.  You won't regret it.

This show consists of three clips from Vic and Sade episodes originally broadcast in 1940 and 1941.

And now, let's drop in on radio's home folks, Vic and Sade.

Direct download: B38vicsade3clips2839.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:44 AM

Three reasons to use headphones, and which headphones to use. 

One thing I neglected to emphasize in the show is being sure your headphones are comfortable. 

No matter how good your headphones are, you won't enjoy them much if they squeeze your head or hurt your ears. 

Worse, you'll quit detecting sooner and thereby miss a lot of finds.

Here's a set I like:


What about those super-expensive headphones?  Here are links to both sides of the argument:

PRO:  expensive headphones
CON:  expensive headphones


And if you don't like to read, check out my Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 064headphones.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:30 AM

Jack Webb was a radio comedian, if you can imagine that, working as a disc jockey in San Francisco in 1945. 

In 1946 he created and starred in a radio series called Pat Novak for Hire, then he did Johnny Modero:  Pier 23.

And in 1949, Dragnet.  Webb wanted it to be as true-to-life as possible, so he rode with police detectives and took classes at the police academy.  He knew more about being a policeman than many of the actual cops.

When Jack Webb died in late 1982, the Los Angeles Police Department honored him by flying its flag at half-mast.

Here's Jack Webb and Dragnet, and The Big Grab, which was aired on June 29th, 1950.

Direct download: B37dragnet500629thebiggrab2750.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:36 AM

Composite bats are banned in Little League baseball, high school baseball, college baseball, and major league baseball.  That pretty much leaves softball, and the writing may be on the wall there, too.

In this show, I discuss the history of softball bats, and then I take a look at a recently-published study that shows that some composite bats pose a real danger, especially for pitchers and third basemen.

Here are the references mentioned in the show:

Little League:
High School:
Sport Journal article:

For more articles about adult slowpitch softball and a look at my book, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball, visit

Direct download: 063composites.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:56 PM

Until the 1950s, most radio science fiction stories were aimed at children.  Shows like Superman,  Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon were regular afternoon fare for the kids.

But science fiction magazines for adults were going strong in the early 1950’s.  Titles like Fantasy and Science Fiction, Astounding Science Fiction, Fantastic Universe, and Amazing Science Fiction were popular. 

Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Isaac Asimov, and many more legendary authors wrote for the pulp science fiction magazines.

In 1950, the NBC radio network created a new radio series of science fiction for adults, called Dimension X.  It first aired on April 8th, 1950, and it ran until September 29, 1951.  It made a return appearance as X Minus 1 from 1955 to 1958.

This story, Dwellers in Silence, was written by Ray Bradbury, and was a chapter in his novel The Martian Chronicles.  It originally aired on July 19th, 1951.

Direct download: B36dimensionX510719dwellersinsilence3040.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Do you have friends who question your sanity because you are a treasure hunter? 

Do you wish you had a snappy comeback when they heap scorn upon your beloved hobby? 

This show gives you some good answers for those idiot friends of yours.


The second edition of my Metal Detecting Manual is out now. Buy your copy here.

Direct download: 063whyhunt.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:03 PM

When popular comedian Red Skelton was drafted, the bandleader of his radio show was offered a chance to create a replacement show.  

And thus was born The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.  

The bandleader, of course, was Ozzie Nelson, and the band's vocalist was his wife Harriet, who had sung professionally under the name Harriet Hilliard.

So virtually overnight, Ozzie and Harriet moved from the world of music to the world of acting.  

Their radio show aired from 1944 to 1954, and the TV version ran from 1952 to 1966.

This episode, Card Tricks, was first broadcast on January 23, 1949.

Direct download: B35ozzieharriet490123cardtricks2819.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:38 AM

The only New Year's Resolution I ever kept earned me over $30,000.  You can hear the story here.

Most resolutions are impossible to honor for very long. 

In this show, I give you some tips on making resolutions that you can keep, and that just may make you a better softball player.  (Or earn you a lot of money.)

Check out my book on Managing, Coaching,and Playing adult slowpitch softball.

Direct download: 062sbresolutions.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:42 PM

The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio says:  "The Adventures of Sam Spade remains today the pinnacle of radio private eye broadcasts."

In 1930, author Dashiell Hammett wrote what is perhaps the most famous private detective novel of all time:  The Maltese Falcon.  The book was made into a move twice before the ultimate film version starring Humphrey Bogart was released in 1941.  Bogie made Sam Spade an unforgettable character, the original hard-boiled private eye.

In 1946, ABC radio brought Sam Spade to the airwaves, starring tough-talking Howard Duff as the title character.  The show remained on the air until Duff decided to take a spin on the movies in 1950.

Here's The Farmer’s Daughter Caper, originally broadcast on September 3, 1950.

Direct download: B34samspade490828thefarmersdaughtercaper2844.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:51 PM

I made a New Year's Resolution that has earned me over $30,000 so far - and it keeps earning more every day!

Here's the story of the only New Year's Resolution I've ever kept, and some suggestions for some resolutions of your own that you can actually follow for the entire year.

Check out the new edition of my Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 062resolutions.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:15 AM

Fred Allen was a radio humorist whose humor was much more sophisticated than that of most comedians. 

His show first aired in 1932, and its final episode was broadcast in 1949. 

During that time, Fred had a famous feud with fellow comedian Jack Benny, after Fred insulted Jack’s violin skills.  The feud sparked the careers of both entertainers, and continued for years on the air, even though they were great friends in real life.

Fred carried on another feud, too – this one a real one – against the radio censors.  His deleted material wasn’t blue – it was simply insulting to the network executives.  He was often cut off by the censors in mid-sentence. 

Fred was not particularly fond of Hollywood or the people who ran it. Here is one of his famous quotes:  "You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart."

From June 26, 1949, this is Fred Allen's last radio show.

Direct download: B33fredallen490626lastshow2841.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:20 PM

Last time we challenged you to test your knowledge with a 10-question quiz about major league baseball.

In this program, I run through all the questions again, and this time I also supply the answers. 

The list of winners rounds out the show.  Congratulations to you all, and I'll see you again Next Year!

Direct download: 061answers.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 11:37 PM

Fred Foy, the announcer on The Lone Ranger radio program whose voice will live forever with the immortal line "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear," died this week at the age of 89.

Foy also played the Lone Ranger himself in one episode, when Brace Beemer, the radio voice of the Lone Ranger, had laryngitis. 

Here is that episode, Burly Scott's Sacrifice, as it originally aired on March 29, 1954.

The girl in the photo with Fred is my daughter, Karen Hughes, who had the privilege of acting with Fred in several radio re-creations of the Lone Ranger. 

For a short video clip from a re-creation of Burly Scott's Sacrifice, visit

And by the way, I play one of the outlaws - that's me in the dark T-shirt.

Direct download: B32loneranger540329burlyscottssacrifice2748.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:47 PM

And so another year comes to an end. 

In this wrap-up program, I talk about a REAL treasure park (write Mike Post at, and I bring you up to date on my attempts to retrieve my childhood treasure.

I also talk about my new book.  Well, actually, the second edition of The Metal Detecting Manual.  Check it out at


Direct download: 061yearend.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:22 PM

He first appeared as a jewel thief in a pulp magazine in 1914, then he showed up in the silent movies, then in the talkies, and then on the radio.  Finally, he had his own TV show in the early 1950s.

I'm talking about Boston Blackie. 

He was played in the movies and initially on the radio by Chester Morris, but Richard Kollmar (husband of Dorothy Kilgallen) took over the radio role the second year and held it until the show went off the air in 1950.

This episode, Murder With an Alibi, originally aired on March 5, 1946. 

Direct download: B31bostonblackie460305murderwithanalibi2837.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:00 PM

It's the holiday season, and I'm in a gift-giving mood, so this week's In the Softball Corner show is a baseball trivia quiz. 

Be one of the five winners of a copy of my book Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball

Enter by sending an email with your ten answers and your name and mailing address to:

Entry deadline:  Midnight CST December 24, 2010.  First five correct entrants will win a book; if there are fewer than five perfect scores, the five best entries will receive a copy of the book.

Decision of the judges (that would be me) are final.

For a look at the prize, visit

Direct download: 060quiz.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:18 PM

Jimmy Stewart is best-remembered for his movie roles in films like It's a Wonderful Life, Harvey, and Rear Window.

But in the fall of 1953, he starred in a radio series.  He played wandering cowboy Britt Ponset, the title character of the western series The Six Shooter. 

Though the series lasted just one year, the writing was excellent and Stewart was at the top of his form.  The plot was simple:  Ponset travelled around the wild west, and each week he had a new adventure. 

Some of the shows were serious, some of them were funny, and some of them were classic stories retold with a western background, like Cinderella and A Christmas Carol.

This episode, Silver Annie, was first broadcast on October 11, 1953.

Direct download: B30sixshooter531011silverannie2834.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:30 AM

Come one, come all, to Treasure World Park!

No, it's not open yet, but we're working on it. 

Well, thinking about working on it. 

Well, thinking about getting someone else to work on it. 

Here are some off-the-wall ideas for a dream park for treasure hunters, especially those who are looking out windows at ice and snow and frozen ground for several months of the year.

Join the fun - tell us what you'd like to see in a Treasure Park.  Click the comment button (lower right corner) and add to the craziness.

For more articles about treasure hunting, see

P.S. Here's the newsletter that Bob didn't like and thereby started this whole idea:

Dan's Christmas Newsletter

Direct download: 060treasureworldpark.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00 AM

One of the funniest programs ever to air. 

Phil Harris as a vain, happy-go-lucky bandleader, Elliott Lewis as his scheming guitarist Frankie Remley, Alice Faye as the wife and family anchor, two actresses playing the precocious daughters, and Walter Tetley as the brash, insulting grocery delivery boy.

In this episode, Remley needs a family to seal an inheritance, and so borrows Phil's wife and daughters as his own. 

This show originally aired on December 5, 1948.

Direct download: B29philharris481205remleytwantstoborrowphilsfamily2911.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:12 PM

The Amateur Softball Association of America (the ASA) just held their annual meeting, and in this program we take a look at the rule changes they made that will go into effect for the 2011 season.

The major change is a new ball.  Not mandatory now, but it probably will be within two years.  It's "bouncier," but softer than the current ball, so it goes slower and won't hurt as bad when it hits you.

Another change - you can paint your name or your number on your bat now, or ever laser-cut your name or number right into your bat.

Lots of other changes, but most of them are minor.  Hear them all in this program.

For more articles on adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 059rules11.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:11 AM

The Halls of Ivy ran from 1950 to 1952.  It was a weekly half-hour sitcom set on the campus of Ivy College. 

Ronald Colman starred as William Todhunter Hall, the college president.  Colman’s real-life wife Bonita played his wife Vicky, an ex-star of the English theater. 

One of the regulars you'll recognize is Willard Waterman, who was also the second Great Gildersleeve, as Colman’s friend on the college board of governors.

This episode, Student Editorial, was the second show of the series.  It aired on January 13, 1950.

Direct download: B28hallsofivy500113studenteditorial2829.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:21 PM

Wherein your brave correspondent sticks his neck out and dares to make specific recommendations. 

Four entry-level detectors are compared feature-by-feature, to help you make an informed choice. 

The machines in question:  Fisher F2, Garrett Ace 150, Tesoro Compadre, and White's Coinmaster.

P.S.  Here's the site that offers the Fisher F2 with the 4" coil, AND a pinpointer, for $215: 

Also, several internet dealers are offering an F2 package with the 4" coil and the 10" coil for $275.


For more articles about metal detecting, see my website.

Direct download: 059firstdet2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00 AM

Frank Lovejoy starred as the nighttime beat reporter for the Chicago Star in Nightbeat. 

This episode will be of particular interest to Gunsmoke fans, because the radio actors who played Matt Dillon, Chester, and Miss Kitty all appear as guests.

So with Frank Lovejoy in the lead role and William Conrad, Parley Baer, and Georgia Ellis in supporting roles, here's Nightbeat, from October 13, 1950, and Einer Pierce and His Family.

Direct download: B27nightbeat501013einerpiercefamily2932.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:19 PM

Wherein your correspondent bestows heaps of pity upon himself as another year of softball comes to a close.

For more softball articles, visit

Direct download: 058seasonend.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 11:30 AM

On radio and in the movies, Basil Rathbone WAS Sherlock Holmes.

He played the part from 1939 to 1946, appearing in hundreds of radio shows and fourteen movies.

Along with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, here's Basil Rathbone in The Unfortunate Tobacconist, which originally aired on April 30, 1945.

Direct download: B26sherlockholmes450430unfortunatetobacconist2641.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:30 AM

A program especially for newbies.  Thoughts on picking your first metal detector. 

What if you buy an expensive machine and then find you don't like the hobby? 

What if you buy a cheap machine and then find that you love the hobby? 

With dozens and dozens of brands and models available, at prices from under a hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars, where in the world do you start?

This show helps you begin your search.

For more articles on treasure hunting, visit my website

Direct download: 058firstdet1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:00 PM

Information Please! was a popular quiz show, on the air from 1938 to 1951. 

Listeners sent in questions to stump the panel.  If the listener's question was used on the air, the listener won a few dollars. 

If the panel couldn't answer the question, the listener won a few more dollars.

Clifton Fadiman was the moderator of the show.  The panel consisted of three regulars who had an immense knowledge of music, sports, literature, popular culture, and several other fields. 

They were joined by a different celebrity panelist every week. 

Some of the celebrities who played the game were Orson Welles, Dorothy Parker, Boris Karloff, and Mike Wallace, when he was still known as Myron Wallace.

From June 20, 1939, here’s Information Please, with guest panelist Gracie Allen.


Direct download: B25infoplease390620gracieallen2922.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:22 PM

Upon hearing of the death of a teammate from several decades ago, I thought I'd like to do a show about some of my cherished softball memories.

Pop Palmer and his two sons played on my Media Blitz team. 

We were mostly radio broadcasters in real life, and most of us were a lot better at describing and analyzing the action on the field than we were in actually creating it. 

But we had a lot of fun, and a lot of laughs, and hopefully the stories here will bring a smile to your face.

The fall softball season ended last week, the temperature is dipping below the freezing mark at night, and it's time to sit back and relive the good times.

The guys in the photo, left to right, are Joe and Ron Palmer, and their father, "Pop" Palmer.

For more softball stories, visit my website

Direct download: 057memories.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:26 PM

The Shadow was created in 1930 as the narrator for a radio show that dramatized stories from Detective Story magazine. 

The character became more popular than the shows he introduced, and soon The Shadow magazine was born. 

The Shadow radio show appeared in 1937, with Orson Welles as one of the early Shadows. 

This episode, the Gibbering Things, was originally broadcast on September 26, 1943.

Direct download: B24shadow430926thegibberingthings3050.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:46 PM

In 1958, I buried a treasure in the back yard of this house. 

Here's the story of what it was, how it came about, and why I've had so much trouble trying to recover it for the past half-century.


For more articles about treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my website

Direct download: 057mytreasure.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:11 PM

Though at least seven actors played The Saint on the radio over the years, Vincent Price is the Saint to most of us who listened to the show. 

The Saint got his name from his initials - ST, for Simon Templar.  He was a suave, clever, fun-loving and lovable criminal whose targets were pretty much rich bad guys. 

The Saint first appeared in 1928 in a book, moved to the movies in 1938, then to radio in 1940, and finally to television in 1968.

This radio episode, The Corpse Said Ouch, stars Vincent Price and was first aired on August 6, 1950.

Direct download: B23saint500806thecorpsesaidouch3103.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:00 PM

Back in Program #53, we took a look at the pros and cons of fastpitch bats.  I invited listeners to send me their stories about using fastpitch bats in slowpitch softball.

Mark Jones of Minneapolis sent in a report of his experiences with fastpitch bats. 

He talks about the reaction of other players, including a friend who shrugged off the fact that he could consistently hit harder and farther with a fastpitch bat.

Check out my other softball articles at

Direct download: 056fp2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:05 PM

How many old-time radio sitcoms do you know of that were also a television series, and a movie?  I'll probably hear from listeners who have other answers, but the one that springs to mind for me is Our Miss Brooks.

Connie Brooks was a high school English teacher who had a crush on Mr. Boynton, the science teacher.  Gale Gordon played the blustery principal, Mr. Osgood Conklin.  And a very young Richard Crenna played the high school student who dated the principal's daughter. 

Incidentally, forty years later, Richard Crenna played Colonel Denton Walters in the movie Hot Shot Part Deux - a reversal of his Our Miss Brooks character, Walter Denton.

This episode, Student Government Day, originally aired on January 16, 1949.

Direct download: B22ourmissbrooks490116studentgovernmentday2741.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:17 AM

Old, abandoned drive-in movie theaters can be a coinshooter's paradise.

This is a look at the history of drive-in theaters, their rise and fall, and the two main reasons they are now nearly extinct.

And some suggestions on how to find those old, dilapidated screens and concession stands that lie forgotten, patiently waiting to be rediscovered by the persistent coinshooter.

For more treasure tales and helpful articles on metal detecting, visit

Direct download: 056driveins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:26 PM

In the late 1950s, radio as a dramatic medium was dying out, giving way to disc jockey formats.

CBS radio tried to hold on a while longer by putting on radio what the public adored on television:  westerns!

This western, Luke Slaughter of Tombstone, perhaps would have been a huge hit twenty years earlier.  It was produced by the same folks who gave us Gunsmoke. 

But, good as it was, it was just too late.

This episode, Tracks Out of Tombstone, was originally broadcast on March 3, 1958.

Direct download: B21lukeslaughter580303tracksoutoftombstone2551.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:17 PM

Fall Ball is different.  Less pressure, more fun, fewer fans, snowstorms.

This program is a lighthearted look at the differences between summer softball and fallball.

And don't miss the tip about fallball bats - what bats NOT to use when the weather is cold.

For more articles about playing, coaching, and managing adult slowpitch softball, see my website

Direct download: 055fallball.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:42 PM

Richard Diamond on radio and Richard Diamond on TV were two different animals. 

The radio Diamond (Dick Powell) was rather lighthearted and funny, and the television Diamond (David Janssen) was more hardboiled and serious.

Dick Powell himself does the whistling that opens the radio show.  This episode, the Ralph Chase Case, was originally broadcast on May 15, 1949. 

Direct download: B20richardiamond490515ralphchasecase2937.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:57 PM

What you see here are the innards of a Long Distance Locator that sells for $1595. 

According to an engineer who disassembled it, the circuit board comes from an AM transistor radio that sold at Radio Shack for $6.99. 

He also says this pricey machine detects nothing but AM radio stations. 

Here's a full report:

This podcast discusses the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of these expensive machines.


For more articles about treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my website:

Direct download: 055LDL.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:09 PM

This is the show that evolved into television's I Love Lucy.

Three years before Lucy and Ricky on TV, there were Liz and George on the radio. 

The radio program was called My Favorite Husband, and many of the radio episodes were rewritten for use as scripts on the I Love Lucy TV show.

Lucy played Liz, but George was played by Richard Denning, who was replaced by Lucy's real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, when the show went to television.

So listen now to an early version of I Love Lucy.  Here's Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband, from August 20, 1948.

Direct download: B19myfavoritehusband480820lizteachestheasamba2534.mp3
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The rundown is one of the most exciting plays in softball. 

This show looks at the rundown from both the runner and fielder sides. 

The runner can be ejected from the game if he makes one particular mistake, and the fielder can also be thrown out if he breaks one particular rule. 

Hear about them both in this program.

For more articles on playing, coaching, and managing adult slowpitch softball, visit

Direct download: 054rundown.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:05 AM

Inner Sanctum Mysteries ran from 1941 to 1952, and in those 11 years over 500 shows were broadcast. 

Many old-time listeners refer to it by its signature sound effect, The Creaking Door.  It was hosted by a ghoulish character who enjoyed bad puns.

The show was similar to television’s Twilight Zone, with stories that mixed humor with horror. 

From September 25, 1945, here’s Inner Sanctum, and The Lonely Sleep.

Direct download: B18innersanctum450925thelonelysleep2934.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:22 PM

Everybody hunts modern schoolyards, but what about the old, abandoned schoolhouses out in the country?  In this show we offer some tricks to help you find these often forgotten rural schoolyards.  We also tell you how to discover where in those schoolyards you are most likely to find the good stuff.

For more tips and tricks in treasure hunting and metal detecting, check out the articles at

Direct download: 054oldschools.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:37 PM

Philip Marlowe was a hardboiled private eye created by hardboiled author Raymond Chandler.

He began in the pulp detective magazines, then moved to the movies and then to radio.

Marlowe was played by film star Van Heflin on the radio, then later by Gerald Mohr.

This is the very first episode of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe.  It originally ran on June 17, 1947 on the NBC radio network.

Direct download: B17marlowe470617redwind2827.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:20 PM

Fastpitch bats in slowpitch softball?  Wimpy, right?

Maybe not.  This show examines the differences between fastpitch and slowpitch bats. 

Weight, length, and resultant power. And more importantly, how to determine what's right for you. 

That pink fastpitch bat may just raise your batting average dramatically!  So, do you dare use it? 

I'd like to hear your thoughts on fastpitch bats.  Write

For more articles on slowpitch softball - on coaching, managing, pitching, hitting, and more, visit

Direct download: 053fpbats.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:44 PM

Gunsmoke was an original concept in radio – a bleak western for adults.   It ran on the radio from 1952 to 1961. 

The program had the perfect cast members – straight-talking Bill Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon, quirky Parley Baer as Chester, ghoulish Howard McNear as Doc Adams, and Georgia Ellis as Matt’s love interest and saloon girl Kitty Russell.  

They had all done hundreds, perhaps thousands of roles in various radio programs before they were signed for Gunsmoke.  

William Conrad went on to star in television’s Cannon and Jake and the Fat Man, and Parley Baer and Howard McNear both had regular parts in the Andy Griffith Show, with Parley as Mayor Stoner and Howard McNear as Floyd the Barber.

This episode, from July 24, 1960, is called The Imposter.

Direct download: B016gunsmoke600724theimposter2524.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:10 AM

You've done your research, planned your recovery, and one fine morning you find a stash worth millions!  Easy Street forever, right?

Probably not. 

This show reveals what has happened to people who have become suddenly rich, and it ain't pretty.

So listen to this program, and you may decide that coinshooting is great, but treasure hunting is maybe just a little bit scary.

Or would YOU be able to handle that much money with no problems? 

Sure you would.

For more treasure tips, visit

Direct download: 053lottery.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:48 PM

Before Jack Webb made those four notes “dum da dum dum” forever famous, he starred in a quirky series set at the San Francisco harbor, called Pat Novak for Hire.

The dialog he wrote for Novak was just bizarre – there’s just no other way to describe it.

Listen for yourself, as we give you the April 23, 1949 episode of Pat Novak for Hire. This is called Rita Malloy.

Direct download: B15patnovak490423ritamalloy2957.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:25 AM

Happy Birthday to Me!

I turned 63 last week, and this show is two years old today.

Listen and learn which shows over the past two years have been the most popular (one show in particular is in #1 position by a landslide), and hear a few inside comments about the structure and maturation of the program. 

For more softball tips, visit my website


Direct download: 052softball2yr.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 8:57 AM

He was the voice of Bugs Bunny.  He was the voice of Porky Pig.  He was the voice of Jack Benny’s perpetually-frustrated violin teacher, and Jack’s parrot, and Jack’s antique Maxwell automobile when it struggled to get started.

Mel Blanc, the man of a thousand voices, had his own radio series that ran for one season on CBS.  Mel played a mousy handyman who ran a fix-it shop with the help of his assistant Zookie, who sounded a lot like Porky Pig. 

Sadly, Mel’s unique talents were wasted in this series.  The writing was weak and the jokes not very funny.  Still, for historical purposes, old-time radio fans should listen to an episode or two of The Mel Blanc Show. 

This one is called The Astrologer, and it was originally broadcast on November 19, 1946.

Direct download: B15melblanc461119theastrologer2527.MP3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:06 AM

Happy Birthday to Me!

I turned 63 on Tuesday (August 17), and this show is two years old today.

Listen and learn which shows over the last two years have been the most popular, and a few inside comments on the structure and the maturation of the program.  (Wow!  That sounds boring!  It's not - honest!)

For more treasure tips, see my website

Direct download: 052-2yr.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:16 PM

McCarthyism was rampant in the early 1950s, and radio gave us a weekly series called I Was a Communist for the FBI.  It ran from 1952 to 1954. 

Dana Andrews played the real-life spy who pretended to be a Red so he could infiltrate the Communist Party. 

I Was a Communist for the FBI was an independent syndicated program, not run by any specific network, and it was carried by an astounding 600-plus radio stations. From May 7, 1952, here’s an episode of I Was a Communist for the FBI, called Little Red.


Direct download: B13iwasacommunist520507thelittlered2711.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:49 PM

This is the final segment in our series on pitching for newbies. 

In it, we discuss what you as a pitcher should do after the batter hits the ball. 

If it isn't hit to you, you just stand there and watch, right?

Well, not quite....

For more tips and tricks about playing, coaching, and managing adult slowpitch softball, visit my website

Direct download: 051pitching5a.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 8:40 AM

Radio producer-director Norman McDonnell and head writer John Meston gave us two old-time radio western series.  Both were “adult, thinking-man” programs.

One was Gunsmoke. 

The other was Fort Laramie.

Fort Laramie ran for less than a year, from January 1956 to October 1956.  It starred a relatively unknown mostly bit-part actor who had done radio for several years and had been in the movies too. 

The year after he starred in Fort Laramie, his career would skyrocket as he became television’s Perry Mason.

Canada’s Raymond Burr was picked to play Perry Mason over such better-known actors as Jeff Chandler, Fred MacMurray, and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 

Legend is that Perry Mason author Erle Stanley Gardner said, “THAT’s Perry Mason” when Burr walked in to audition.

Raymond Burr played cavalry Captain Lee Quince in Fort Laramie.  From February 5, 1956, here’s an episode of Fort Laramie called Squaw Man.

Direct download: B12ftlaramie560205squawman2848.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:25 PM

Many treasure hunters are pretty close-mouthed when it comes to their favorite hunting spots, and for good reason.

But if you're a coinshooter looking for those older coins, it really pays to talk, talk, talk. The more people who know about your hobby, the more places you are going to be able to detect.

This program discusses how YOU should discuss your hobby with friends, relatives, and all sorts of strangers. 

By following the simple instructions in this show, you will learn about hidden prime coinshooting areas right in your own backyard (or your Uncle Leonard's back yard).

If you enjoy these podcasts, please visit my website for more articles about metal detecting, and a sales pitch for my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 051talk.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:18 PM

Nero Wolfe was a most unlikely detective. 

He was a gourmet and an orchid connoisseur, and he was generally a rather nasty man altogether.

He was so vastly overweight that he seldom left his apartment.

He listened to clients tell their stories, then he sent his assistant Archie Goodwin to do the footwork (and the dirty work).

Archie tracked down the clues, often putting himself in great physical danger, then he turned his findings over to Wolfe, who solved the mystery in the comfort of his easy chair. 

Three actors played Nero Wolfe on the radio.  In this program, we hear the most well-known Nero Wolfe, Sydney Greenstreet.

This episode, Stamped for Murder, was originally broadcast on October 20, 1950.

Direct download: B11nerowolfe501020stampedformurder.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:37 AM

You're a pitcher, and you've just released the perfect pitch. 

Your pitching form is picture-perfect, your follow-though is stunningly choreographed and breathtakingly beautiful, and . . . and suddenly the ball is flying toward your face at a hundred miles an hour. 

What should pitchers do immediately after they have thrown their pitch? 

This program gives you some tips on avoiding injury, predicting where the ball will be hit, and why you should never stay behind the pitching plate after you've released the ball.

For more softball tips, visit my website

Direct download: 050pitching4.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:40 AM

Fibber McGee and Molly were one of America's best-loved radio couples. Stars Jim and Marion Jordan were married in real life, and their show was on the air from 1935 to 1959.

Their radio show was as popular as The Lone Ranger, Jack Benny, Gunsmoke, and Burns and Allen, but unlike those programs, Fibber McGee and Molly was not able to adapt itself to television. 

Perhaps it failed because it was better heard than seen.  Fibber McGee and Molly was more "sound-oriented" than other radio shows.

For example, Jim Jordan was a wizard at delivering extended alliteration at breakneck speed, and he was also a professional punster.  No picture is required to fully appreciate either of these verbal gymnastic techniques.

Also, the most popular running gag of the show was Fibber McGee's closet.  It was stuffed with junk, and whenever it was opened, you heard everything fall out.  The sound effects man would sweep shelf after shelf of umbrellas and bowling balls and pots and pans to the floor, going on for maybe thirty seconds, and it got funnier all the time.

But in real life, gravity isn't that slow.  The closet crash would last only three seconds or so, and the humor was lost.

And finally, when the TV version was cast, new actors were chosen for the parts of Fibber and Molly.  Like David Letterman said (repeatedly) of Val Kilmer, "That ain't Batman."

This episode, Catching a Train, first aired on February 20, 1945.

Direct download: B10fibbermcgeeandmolly450220catchingatrain2904.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:14 AM

What's a 1926-S penny worth? 

Could be three hundred dollars, could be six bucks.  It all depends on the condition of the coin.

This program explains why the coins you find with your metal detector may not be worth as much as the books say, and it also tells you which coins don't lose value while in the ground.

For more articles on metal detecting, visit

Direct download: 050coinvalues.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:24 PM

Once upon a time there were radio shows - and then television shows - that told a different story every week, with no continuing characters except the host who introduced each story, and with different locations, and even time periods, every week. 

In radio, there was Suspense, and Lights Out, and The Whistler, and Academy Award Theater and Lux Radio Theater and the First Nighter Program. 

In television, there was Playhouse 90 and the Loretta Young Show and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. 

One of the best radio shows of this type was Escape, which ran on CBS and was hosted by William Conrad and Paul Frees. 

Escape usually took place in some exotic locale, and dramatized someone in a life-or-death situation. 

This episode, The Man Who Stole the Bible, first aired on May 5, 1950.

Direct download: B09escape-500505manwhostolethebible2922.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:14 PM

It's a new game!  You're on the mound!  All eyes are on you as you prepare to throw the first pitch.

Wait!  Stop right there! Are you sure you know what you're doing?

This show walks you through all the little details that should go through your mind before you throw the first pitch of a game, and then before you throw the first pitch to each batter as the game progresses.

For more tips on pitching (and hitting and coaching and managing) slowpitch softball, visit


Direct download: 049pitching3.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 10:15 AM

The Green Hornet (Britt Reid) was the son of the nephew of the Lone Ranger. 

Like the Lone Ranger, he fought crime though law officers thought he was an outlaw. 

And like the Lone Ranger, he had a foreign sidekick (Tonto for the Lone Ranger, Kato - a Philipino - for the Green Hornet).

The program ran from 1936 to 1952, and though several actors played Britt Reid, Al Hodge is best remembered for the role.

This episode, Torpedo on Wheels, originally aired on November 14, 1942.

Direct download: B08greenhornet421114torpedoonwheels2837.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:29 AM

In program #008, we discussed the three keys to selecting homes with yards that are likely to hold the most coins, and the oldest coins. Now we talk about how to hunt a private yard, and where the older coins are likely to be found.

For more articles on metal detecting, visit and click the Articles link at the top of the page.


Direct download: 049yards2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:35 PM

For every really successful radio western, like The Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke, there were dozens of lesser-known cowboy shows.  

A good example of one of these programs that flew under the radar is Dr. Sixgun, which ran just one year, from 1954 to 1955.

Karl Weber played the gun-toting physician.  Weber was no stranger to radio, or to the medical profession.  He had played a doctor for two years in the radio soap opera The Guiding Light, and he appeared in several movies and tv shows, including Perry Mason, Doctor Kildare, and Maverick.

Dr. Sixgun was narrated by Weber's sidekick, Pablo, who was played by Bill Griffis.  

This episode, "No Guns" Ordinance, originally aired on October 31, 1954.

Direct download: B07dr6gun541031nogunsordinance2825.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:09 PM

Earlier this year, a slowpitch pitcher in Virginia was killed by a line drive (see program #044). 

A pitcher on my own team took a line drive to the groin and had to have an emergency operation on his testicles.

This program examines ways pitchers can protect themselves in this time of flat pitches, juiced bats, and steroid-pumped batters.

P.S.  This is a photo of my shinguard.  Note the permanent dent in it, caused by a line drive.  That definitely would have crushed the bone in the front of my leg.  (Fibula?  Tibula?  Whatever.  It still hurt for several days).

By the way, I've just completely redone my book website - let me know if you find any typos there.

The site now has an easy up-top link to my softball articles - enjoy!


Direct download: 048pitching2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:47 PM

Nathan Birnbaum married Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen in 1926.  For the next 30 years, they were one of the best-loved couples in America. 

Nathan became George Burns and Gracie dropped all those middle names, and Burns and Allen were headliners in vaudeville, radio, and television for almost half a century.  George was in show biz for over 93 years!

Their radio program was one of the top-rates shows for many years.  This episode, Sweeping Into Office, was originally broadcast live from the San Francisco World's Fair on May 29, 1940.

Direct download: B06burnsallen400529sweepingintooffice3002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:35 AM

In program number 006, we discussed the most likely places to find coins and rings in parks. 

In this program, we go a step farther and talk about how to find the older (and hopefully, more valuable) coins in parks. 

Where exactly to hunt, how to find the hotspots for older coins, and how to find fewer coins on purpose - because you're concentrating on coins that were dropped decades ago, not yesterday.

I've just revamped my website, making it easier to read and to navigate.  Check it out at  And click on the Articles link for more treasure hunting secrets.


Direct download: 048-parks2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:19 AM

Movie actor Alan Ladd played Dan Holiday, an ex-newspaper reporter who wrote mystery novels. 

To find ideas for his stories, he ran a classified ad:  "Adventure wanted, will go anywhere, do anything.  Write Box 13, Star-Times." 

Each episode began with the reading of a letter responding to this ad, and Halliday was off on another adventure.

The series ran in 1948 and 1949, and Ladd himself was co-writer of some of the scripts. 

This episode, Suicide or Murder, aired on November 7, 1948.

Direct download: B05box13-481107suicide_or_murder.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:42 AM

For newbie pitchers who want to win from the start - a list of things you must know before you step onto the field.  The pitching frame described in this show is at:

For more tips, visit my website:

Direct download: 047pitch1.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:18 PM

Dark Fantasy was a supernatural anthology, much like the television show, The Twilight Zone.  It didn’t last very long – it was on the air from November 1941 to June 1942 – but it was written by Scott Bishop, who also wrote The Mysterious Traveler, and it was much admired by fans of the genre.

This episode, The Thing From the Sea, originally aired on November 28, 1941.

Direct download: B04darkfantasy411128thethingfromthesea2517.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:00 AM

In Depth Secrets 1 (podcast 004), we looked at four simple ways to get better depth from your metal detector.  Now in part 2, we examine another four ways to increase your depth.

For more tips and tricks of metal detecting and treasure hunting, see my website:


Direct download: 047depth2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:17 AM

Westerns were big on radio.  Some were almost "literary" and aimed at adults, like Gunsmoke, Frontier Gentleman, and Have Gun Will Travel.

Others were full of exciting action and more for the kids, like Gene Autry's Melody Ranch, Wild Bill Hickok, and Roy Rogers.

The Cisco Kid definitely fit into the lots-of-action category.  Cisco and his sidekick Pancho got into a new fix every week, and by the end of the show they were back on the trailing, laughing with each other.

The program was on radio from 1942 to 1956, and a television version aired from 1950 to 1956.

This episode, War at Oak Pass, starred Jack Mather as the Cisco Kid, originally aired on July 14, 1953.

Direct download: B03ciscokid530714waratoakpass2710.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:00 AM

Baseball geeks live for stats, stats, and more stats.  Slowpitch softball is a bit more casual . . . or is it? 

Does your team keep good stats?  Useful stats?  And how can you use them once you have them?

On the controversial side, what exactly should a hitter get credit for?  These are a few of the topics of this internet radio show. 

For more tips on hitting, pitching, fielding, coaching, and managing adult slowpitch softball, see my web page at


Direct download: 046stats.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 3:59 PM

It was, simply, the most listened-to radio series of all time.  People planned their activities so as not to miss this show. 

First they were Sam 'n' Henry, but they had to change their names when they switched radio stations.  One of the stars overheard two elderly black men address each other as Famous Amos and Handy Andy, and the new identities were thus created.

Direct download: B02amosandy531101catburglar2844.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:12 PM

There are three main ways to ask permission to hunt private property.  Two of them you should never use.

In this show you'll learn the best way to get the okay to dig in private yards, with a suggested "script" to use when you are seeking permission.

(NOTE:  Program #002 discusses getting permission to hunt public property.)

For more metal detecting tips, see my web page:


Direct download: 046-permission2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:31 PM

This is the first in a weekly series of old-time radio shows.  I have been doing this show for a local (Champaign, Illinois) radio station for the sight-impaired for the past year.  The radio station is on an SCA subcarrier, meaning that you have to have a special radio to listen to it. 

By putting it on the internet as a podcast, anyone can hear it whenever they like.

The first show is a Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator episode, starring William Gargan. 

I am also involved with the annual Cincinnati Old-Time Radio convention.  Please visit our site here:

Thank you!

Dan Hughes,

Direct download: B01barriecraig511205paperbullet3001.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:05 PM

How often do you schedule a team practice, and half your guys blow it off with lame excuses?

In this episode of In the Softball Corner, I offer some suggestions that just might get more of your players to your practice sessions.

The bottom line:  If you make it fun, they will come.  (I tried to print that in a Field of Dreams voice, but I don't think it's working).

More softball tips for players (especially pitchers and hitters), coaches, and managers at


Direct download: 045-practice.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:36 PM

How you can use golf tees to your advantage in treasure hunting,and a story that might help you find a LOT of dimes.  This episode is a bit more light-hearted than most.

For more tips and tricks, see my web page

Direct download: 045-tees.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:01 PM

Last week, an adult slowpitch softball pitcher was killed when a line drive hit him. 

This program is a tribute to George Crisp, and a look at what might be done to prevent further deaths on the mound.

For articles on playing, coaching, and managing slowpitch softball, see my webpage

Direct download: 044-deaths.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:58 PM

If some of this week's program topics sound familiar, it's because I am plagiarizing myself.  Several of the tips here appeared in earlier programs.  No, I'm not recycling old shows out of laziness.  My earliest shows are a bit overlong, and I'm in the process of recording new versions of them. 

I'm dropping all those music intros and outros from those early shows, and limiting each program to just one topic.  That means I'll be removing all the tips and tricks from those shows. 

And rather than just discarding them, I'm recycling them in this show.  Today's tip topics include ideas about shoes, toothpaste, bars of soap, and nail apron fashion.

For more tips, see my web site

Direct download: 044-tips.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:07 AM

The big rule change in ASA this year is the lowering of the maximum height of a pitch from 12 feet to 10 feet. 

This program discusses the ramifications of the new rule, with some suggestions on how pitchers can cope.

For more articles on managing, coaching, and playing softball, see


Direct download: 043-10ft.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:27 AM

What exactly is treasure trove, and who owns it?  You'll be surprised!

This program looks at some of the laws concerning the finding and legal ownership of treasure trove.

For more articles on treasure hunting, see my website:

Direct download: 043trove.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:14 PM

This is the final show in the series on catching.  Listen to the tips, tricks, and secrets of veteran catchers. 

Ideas on working with umpires, taking advantage of your proximity to all the members of the other team, body positioning on throws home, and lots more.

For more articles on managing, coaching, and playing slowpitch softball, see my website at



Direct download: 042-lastcatcher.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:07 PM

Split-the-loot contracts between treasure hunters and property owners are a popular topic with treasure hunters.  Here's why you should never (well, hardly ever) use such a contract.  And if you decide to use one anyway, please be aware of the one clause you should NEVER, EVER put into a contract.

For more articles on treasure hunting, see my website,

Direct download: 042-100401contracts.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:21 PM

Should the slowpitch catcher call pitches? 

What else can he do to make a difference in the game, besides throwing the ball back to the pitcher and make plays at home? 

Catchers from around the country give their tips and tricks on playing the position.

For more articles on playing, coaching, and managing slowpitch softball, go to my website


Direct download: 041-catcher4.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:15 PM

Some basic tips and warnings for the newcomer to the treasure hunting hobby.  Old-timers may want to review, too.  My coin-digging video mentioned in the show is at

For more tips on using metal detectors, see my web page at

Direct download: 041-newbies.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:05 AM

Recent studies indicate that about 20 percent of us lack the necessary genetic variants necessary for building athletic endurance.

Is there anything we can do about that?   Well, yes, there is. 

In this program I offer some tips to help you compensate for your lack of the proper genetics.

For more articles on playing, managing, and coaching adult slowpitch softball, see my website at


Direct download: 040-100311endurance.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:54 PM

Nobody knows quite what it is, but most every treasure hunter has experienced it at one time or another. I'm talking about what is called, for want of a better term, the Halo Effect. In a nutshell:  You get a good beep, you dig, but nothing is there.  You swing your loop over the hole, and the beep is gone.  But if you dig a bit deeper, you find a coin. What happened?   This program discusses the controversial "Halo Effect".  For a more detailed discussion of the science behind this phenomenon, read this discussion thread:

For more articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my web site

Direct download: 040-100304halo.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:21 PM

When I recently put out a call for a discussion of catchers and catching, I got a lot of short responses with a lot of excellent insights and ideas.  But I also got two longer letters - one from a pitcher in Ohio, the other from a catcher in California. 

This program is a discussion of their ideas on catching.

For more articles on coaching, playing, and managing adult slowpitch softball, see my website

Direct download: 039-100225pitchercatcher.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 3:42 PM

A listener to the last show wants to know more about how to find out what his local park regulations are, and how to keep from being told he can't hunt by officials who don't know the law.  I offer several suggestions as to how to get your ducks in a row before you take your metal detector into a park.  And the listener himself comes up with a wonderful way to work for change from the inside rather than the outside.

For more articles on metal detecting, see my homepage at

Direct download: 039-100218cops2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:29 PM

There are some simple changes you can make in your running style that will increase your speed out of the box.

  • Should you run leaning forward or standing straight? 
  • Should you take long strides or short ones? 
  • Land on your heels or toes? 
  • Should your toes point in, out, or straight ahead when you run?
  • How should you swing your arms?

All of these things affect your running speed! 

This show gives you tips on how to increase your running speed by making simple changes in the way you run.

Roy Palmer of and Bob Speroni of offer up their expertise on increasing your running speed by finetuning your running mechanics.

For more articles on playing adult slowpitch softball, see my web page:



Direct download: 038-100211runfaster.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:06 PM

You're digging a beep in the park when a policeman approaches you. What should you do? Former police chief (and current field editor for Lost Treasure magazine) Anthony Belli offers tips on how to handle yourself in an encounter with the law.

Tony goes on to outline the investigative techniques he learned as a police officer, and how you can apply them to metal detecting.

Enjoy the program, then read more of my articles on treasure hunting at my web site,

Direct download: 038-100204cops.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:41 PM

I've been pitching softball for a quarter of a century now, and over the years I've had several catchers who excelled at particular facets of the game. 

In this podcast I discuss two of the best catchers I've worked with, Kevin and Bill, and I tell you what they do that you can do, too, to become a better catcher.

For more articles on hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, and managing, see my web page



Direct download: 037-100128twocatchers.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:03 PM

City Directories are a treasure trove of information about your town as it used to be.  By going through old city directories in chronological order, you can learn when particular houses were built, all the people who owned or lived in them over the years, the occupations of the tenants, whether the houses were ever used as businesses, and a lot of other fascinating facts that can help you judge whether or not a particular property might be worth detecting. I did a study of my own house from old city directories, and in this podcast I take you through the history of my home and its residents over the years.

For more articles about treasure hunting, see the bottom of my web page

Direct download: 037-100121citydirectory.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:14 PM

Catching is a controversial position in slowpitch softball.  Many teams hide their worst athlete at catcher, but that is where the runs score!   What to do?

With the help of dozens of long-time catchers, this program looks at the ins and outs of the position.

You can see a video of the song quoted in the show here:

For more articles about managing, coaching, and playing slowpitch, please visit my website:

And for you techies, this program was recorded with a Heil PR-30 microphone straight into a Mackie 402 VLZ mixer - with no mic processor.


Direct download: 036-100114catching.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:14 PM

When people want to hide valuables nowadays, they seldom dig a hole in the backyard.  Instead, they find a hiding place inside their house.   This programs lists and discusses some of the more common indoor hiding places. The two books mentioned in the show are SEARCH! by James Warnke, and THE STASH BOOK by Peter Hjersman. And speaking of books, please check mine out at

By the way, for those of you who are technically inclined, this is my first show with my brand-new microphone (a Christmas present to myself).  It's a Heil PR-30, and I love this mike!

Direct download: 036-100107indoors.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:11 PM

Several first basemen have taken issue with a suggestion I made in an earlier program, and rightly so. 

We clear that up in this show, and offer a couple of other final tips on playing first base.

For more how-tos on hitting, pitching, fielding, and managing, be sure to read the articles at my web site:

Direct download: 035-091231firstbase3.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:07 PM

When it comes to treasure hunting, are you a loner?  In this show, we take a brief look at treasure clubs and offer five reasons you should consider joining - or starting - a club.

Read some of my articles about metal detecting, at the bottom of my web site: And if you enjoy reading treasure magazines, I'm selling a ton of them here: http://treasure-magazines-for-sale.htm

Direct download: 035-091224clubs.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:08 PM

In the last program, we asked veteran first basemen around the country some basic questions about playing first base. 

This time, we talk about some of the tips, tricks and secrets we learned from those first basemen.

Read more articles about playing, managing, and coaching softball at my web site


Direct download: 034-091217firstbase2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:51 PM

Relic hunters are a different breed. Unlike coinshooters and beach hunters, they are seeking history rather than money.  True, many relics - especially Civil War items - are worth big bucks, but many relic hunters are more interested in finding clues as to what happened when. And they hunt in more isolated places than those of us who frequent the parks and schoolyards.  They even face dangers that we coinshooters cannot imagine. In this podcast, I offer some tips - and some warnings - to the beginning relic hunter.

If you enjoy the program, check out the articles at the bottom of my web site:

Direct download: 034-091210relics.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:00 AM

First base - is it a place to hide your tall, slow guy, or is it the place where more outs are made than anywhere else on the field?

Veteran first basemen from all over the country tell us what they wish they'd known before they started playing first base. 

In this show, we'll talk about the basics of playing first base.  We'll discuss playing first with runners on base, with left-handed batters, and when the top of the order is up. 

And we'll argue the glove-vs-mitt debate, and how important height is for a first baseman.

More articles about managing, coaching, pitching, hitting, fielding, and playing slowpitch softball here.


Direct download: 033-091203firstbase.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:28 PM

Most caches are found by people who are hunting for something else, usually coins or relics. This podcast offers some tips on where you are likely to find caches.

For more articles on treasure hunting, see the bottom of my web page

Direct download: 033-091126caches2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:00 AM

The ASA Rule Changes have been announced for the 2010 season, and one of the new rules is huge. 

Listen to a discussion of how the 2010 season will shape up under the new rules.

More softball articles, tips, secrets, etc at


Direct download: 032-091119rules2010.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:57 PM

I'm going through my old magazines, hundreds of them dating back to 1969, noting what stories are in what issues because I plan on selling them.   Old treasure magazine ads are fascinating, and they let you trace the history of the metal detector, from BFOs to TRs to TR-Discriminators to VLF to TR/VLF - each in turn being touted as the greatest detectors ever! And the stories!  Lost mines, sunken ships, buried robbery loot, ghost towns, and lots of people dying (naturally, or by the rope) before revealing where they hid their treasures.... Who needs modern-day thriller novels when we have these (perhaps) true stories to enjoy? Check out my stash at  


For more of my articles, see the bottom of my book page:

Direct download: 032-091112magazines.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:49 PM

How to use your end-of-season team party to keep your teammates loyal, and your sponsor happy to write next year's check.

More tips in my book, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball.



Direct download: 031-091105teamparty.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:46 PM

Sure, it's fun to find coins - free money and all that - but most treasure hunters dream of finding a cache.  A jar of silver coins, an old tobacco tin stuffed with  five-dollar gold pieces, or a metal box full of diamonds, emeralds, and rubies. Cache hunting is unlike any other form of metal detecting, and this program has some tips to get you started in the right direction.

For more tips on cache hunting, see my book, The Metal Detecting Manual

Direct download: 031-091029caches.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:15 PM

It's hard enough to pitch to average batters - how do you pitch to power hitters?

In this show, I discuss different ideas from different pitchers. 

And a power hitter gives us his ideas on how a pitcher might give him problems.

And of course, there is one sure way you can guarantee that the power hitter doesn't hit a homer when you're on the mound.

For more articles for slowpitch softball pitchers (and fielders, and batters, and managers and coaches), see my website:



Direct download: 030-091022powerhitters.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 11:40 AM

I have just heard from another disappointed treasure hunter who finally got a chance to search an old country homesite that you'd think would be teeming with choice finds. But aside from a couple of zinc pennies and a clad dime, he was pretty much skunked. Sadly, this is the rule rather than the exception for old homesteads. Why?  This podcast covers some of the basic reasons old coins are hard to come by at rural homesites. But we all like happy endings, so this show ends with a tip about hunting one particular area of the old homestead where you might actually find several coins bunched together.

And don't forget to check out my book, at

Direct download: 030-091015farmhouses.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:43 PM

Abner Doubleday and James Naismith are names you may recognize, but George Hancock?

Softball began as a game of broomsticks and boxing gloves.  Now it is the most popular participant sport in the country, with over 40 million players.

This is the story of how softball began as a lark, and grew. into a major sport.

For more information about playing, coaching, and managing slowpitch softball, see my website.


Direct download: 029-091008softballhist.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:41 PM

So you've got a few hours free, and you want to go metal detecting.  Is it really worthwhile to hit that nearby park or schoolyard that is already pretty much hunted out? This podcast discusses the secrets of hunting those "hunted-out" areas.  How to find coins that others have missed.

Visit my website for free treasure hunting articles:

Direct download: 029-091001huntedoutareas.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:44 PM

It really IS the hot corner. 

Balls hit to third base are moving faster than balls hit anywhere else on the field.

In this podcast, you'll learn some of the secrets of playing third base, with tips on positioning, preparedness, strategy . . . and survival.

Thanks to veteran third basemen Phil Denman and Jonathan Pinke for their help with this program.

More softball tips are available at my website.


Direct download: 028-090924thirdbase.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 10:36 AM

They say experience is the best teacher, but they are wrong.  Why should you make the same mistakes others have made before you?  Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Similarly, when it comes to treasure hunting, those who have gone before you have made the mistakes, so you don't have to.  Just listen to what they have to say! In this program, I make some book recommendations.  Books that will help you find more coins faster, books that will give you new ideas on likely hunting places, and books that will tell you what you've found and what it's worth.

I was tempted to do a review of my own book in this show, but I decided that wouldn't be fair.  So instead, I'll let you choose whether or not to click here.

Direct download: 028-091017books.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:54 PM

On the first anniversary of In the Softball Corner, I look back at what I did right, what I did wrong, which topics were the most popular, why my book doesn't sell as well as it could, why that's fine with me, and how I was able to combine softball with my other favorite outdoor activity and podcast subject, treasure hunting.

My Birthday Quiz and In the Collector's Corner articles mentioned in this podcast appear every month in The Active Seniors and Boomers newspaper.  You can read them online at

My online high school yearbook is at (and I am not responsible for the hair styles).

For some free articles based on chapters in my book, go to Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball.



Direct download: 027-090910oneyear.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:09 PM

On the first anniversary of In the Treasure Corner, I look back at what I did right, what I did wrong, which topics were the most popular, why my book doesn't sell as well as it could, why that's fine with me, and how I was able to combine my treasure hunting hobby with my other favorite sport, slowpitch softball.

My Birthday Quiz and In the Collector's Corner articles mentioned in this podcast appear every month in The Active Seniors and Boomers newspaper.  You can read them online at

For some free articles based on chapters in my book, go to the bottom of this page:  The Metal Detecting Manual

Direct download: 027-firstyear.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:04 PM

Some softball players think pitchers aren't important in slowpitch softball, because you can't do much finessing with a pitch that floats in to the batter at fifteen miles per hour. 

This show offers some tips on how to be more than just a pitching machine.

My book, Coaching and Managing Adult Slowpitch Softball, is available here.


Direct download: 026-090827pitchingtips.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:49 PM

Twelve years ago, I came very close to getting a class ring back to its owner.  A month ago, I began anew to try to find the girl who lost it 23 years ago. I struck out with Classmates, and now I've stepped up my quest with five new attacks.  Enjoy the latest episode of "How Hard Can It Be To Get Rid of a Gold Ring?"

And if you enjoy the podcasts, read my book, The Metal Detecting Manual

Direct download: 026-090819returnring3.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:00 AM

Your team needs a pitcher - fast.  What do you do? 

This show gives you some shortcuts on finding the player on your team who is most likely to be trainable as a pitcher. 

It also shows you how to build a backyard pitching frame - for under two dollars - that will help your pitcher learn to throw accurate 12-foot-high strikes. 

Here's the website with photos and detailed instructions for making and setting up your pitching frame:

And here's the spiffy ad for my softball book:

Even if you're not interested in the book, the page has links to several free softball articles.  Check them out!

Direct download: 025-090813newbiepitchers.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:01 PM

There was a discussion in one of the treasure forums recently about the feasibility of making a living with your metal detector by becoming a full time treasure hunter.  Think of it!  No alarm clocks, no early-morning commutes to the office, no suits and ties, no office politics, no boss! Can it really be done? In this program I examine the possibilities.

I've written a book on treasure hunting called The Metal Detecting Manual.  It's for sale here

Direct download: 025-090806career.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:40 PM

My last-place senior team beat the league's first-place team  - twice! - by using this unorthodox outfield formation.

This program, about my team's 2009 season, includes a description of an effective method of defense against a team that hits a lot of singles to the short outfield.

And don't forget to check out the free articles on the website for my book on managing and coaching adult slowpitch softball.

Direct download: 024-090730seniorfop.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:03 PM

After polling several metal detecting and treasure hunting forums about whether or not I should continue trying to return a class ring, I've reached a decision.  Did those who responded to my question think I should keep the ring, or try again to return it?  Hear the results here, and see if you agree with my decision.

And check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual

Direct download: 024-090723returnring2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:45 PM

Good umps, bad umps - what do you do when your ump makes a bad call, or doesn't know the rules?

For more articles on coaching, managing, and playing slowpitch softball, see my website

Direct download: 023-090716umpires.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:26 PM

The Clue in the Old Book!  Sounds like a Nancy Drew title, doesn't it? Old books and newspapers can be wonderful sources of clues to treasure.  Just this week, this notice appeared in my local paper:  --------------------------------  

Area history
   In 1909, during the hot summer months, camping on the Sangamon River in Mahomet seems to be all the rage.  Last summer, nearly 300 families camped around here, and from present indications there will be twice as many this year. -------------------------------- Mahomet is a small town ten miles west of here, and there is still a county park along the Sangamon River.  I've detected that park several times, but only in the play areas, never by the river.  You can bet where I'll be hunting next time I'm there! This podcast discusses reading old books and other publications with the mindset of a treasure hunter.

As always, there's a lot more information in my book.


Direct download: 023-090709cluesinbooks.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:26 AM

The knuckleball can be the most valuable tool in the pitcher's arsenal.

When to use the knuckleball (you'll be surprised) and how to throw it are covered here.

Much more about pitching, hitting, fielding, coaching and managing adult slowpitch softball here.

P.S.  This is the most-listened-to episode of all of my softball podcasts.


Direct download: 022-090702knuckleball.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:50 PM

How far should a treasure hunter go to return lost property?   Listen to my story of how I found a class ring and located the now-distant owner.  And then, because the owner never got back with me to make arrangements to receive the ring, I lost the owner.  The ball is in her court now, right?  Or not? What, if anything, should I do now?  Please hit the COMMENTS link and post your thoughts here.  Your advice will help me decide.

And, as always, I invite you to read about my book, and, if you are sufficiently intrigued, to purchase a copy.


Direct download: 022-090625returnring.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:28 AM

Here are some tips and tricks for outfielders. 

How to get a force-out when normally you couldn't, how to avoid collisions, who takes priority, where to play your strongest arm, and more.

Be sure to listen to more outfield tips in podcast 013.

And check out my other softball articles:


Direct download: 021-090618outfieldtips.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:30 PM

Have you found your first gold ring yet?  No? What?  You don't dig pulltabs?  That's why you're leaving those rings for me.  Pulltabs are the ringfinder's best friend!  Here's why.. A discussion of how to find gold rings by digging pulltabs, without losing your sanity. Also - Have you found more dimes, or nickels?  You don't know?  Tips on keeping a coin logbook.

I sell a book I've written called The Metal Detecting Manual.  Available nowhere else but here:



Direct download: 021-090611goldrings.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:40 PM

What do you carry in your team bag? 

I asked managers around the country to list the items they felt were important to have available. 

Here's a list of things you should consider, including some surprises.

Here's my book, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball.  Buy a copy so I can feed my dog Max.

Direct download: 020-090604teambag.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:37 PM

A few odds and ends on research and finding older coins, including a story on how yours truly missed a fantastic opportunity for old coins right in front of my own house.

Here's my book, The Metal Detector Manual.  Buy a copy so I can feed my dog Max.


Direct download: 020-090528coinresearch.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:41 PM

How often do you have to turn in your starting lineup before some of your players have arrived? 

Here are some tips on getting your players to the ballpark on time.

Here's the book for managing and coaching adult slowpitch softball.


Direct download: 019-090521gametime.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:23 PM

Many treasure hunters read the treasure magazines cover-to-cover, but they don't use a much more profitable - and free - resource:  their local library. This show gives you some valuable tips about what you can find in your local library.

Much more in my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, available only from this site



Direct download: 019-090514library.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:54 PM

Softball is fun, right? 

That's why we play, right?

So what's with so many hotheads on the field, always angry about something?

Here's the book, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball.

Direct download: 018-090507anger.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:27 PM

Finding fifty coins in an afternoon is great, but disappointment can set in when their total value is a dollar, and none of them are old. This show offers tips on finding the older coins, with a story of how one treasure hunter zeroed in on a locale that offered up coins dated 1850 and earlier.

Order the book here



Direct download: 018-090430oldcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:59 PM

Major league baseball teams win .542 at home, but just .458 on the road. 

Fan noise plays a major role.

In this show we'll give you some tips on how to get the crowd noise going in your favor. 

And we'll talk about bringing kids to your games, too.

More softball articles here:  Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball.


Direct download: 017-090423-fans.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:23 PM

Some people swear by alkaline batteries for their metal detectors, others use rechargeables.  What does the manufacturer recommend?  Hear the answers in this podcast.

Check out my book:  The Metal Detecting Manual


Direct download: 017-090416batteries.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:15 PM

Books on adult slowpitch softball are hard to find, but there are a lot of videos on the topic.

Herewith, a look at some of the most popular (and some not-so-popular) softball instructional videos.

More articles at my book site:




Direct download: 016-090409-videos.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:02 PM

Is coinshooting really worth the trouble, when your finds seldom come anywhere near to earning you minimum wage?  How to answer your skeptical friends.

More about my book here:


Direct download: 016-090402whycoinshoot.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:44 PM

What do you do when players don't show up for your games? 

Twenty managers give their ideas on handing no-shows.

More softball articles at


Direct download: 015-090326no-shows.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 3:40 PM

How your club (or you as an individual) can offer treasure hunting seminars to the general public.  Make friends (and money) as you spread the word about metal detecting in your community.

And be sure to check out my Metal Detecting Manual


Direct download: 015-090319seminars.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:29 PM

The new rulebook is out!

Here's a summary of the American Softball Association's rule changes for 2009.

Read more articles about playing, coaching, and managing softball at my website, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball.


Direct download: 014-090312-ASA2009.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:12 PM

Tips on getting started correctly, gridding an area, two five-dollar gold pieces beneath a pulltab.


See more metal detecting articles at the bottom of my webpage,

Direct download: 014-090305coinshooting2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:06 PM

Tips for playing the outfield, including:

  • Judging the natural curvature of fly balls
  • Avoiding collisions in the outfield
  • How to begin your run for a ball
  • The best way to the make the catch

And a lot more.

For more slowpitch softball articles, check out


Direct download: 013-090226outfield.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:40 PM

The most popular type of treasure hunting is coinshooting, or using a metal detector to find coins in the ground. In this first show of a series on coinshooting, we outline the steps a beginner should take to learn to coinshoot like a pro.

Direct download: 013-090219coinshooting1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:22 PM

Very basic tips on playing the infield in adult slowpitch softball. 

For detailed diagrams on infield strategy, click here.

For more articles on slowpitch softball, go here.


Direct download: 012-090212infield.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:44 PM

How deep does a metal detector go? 

Well, it depends.

This program looks at several factors that affect the depth of a metal detector.

Check out my book:


Direct download: 012A-depth.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 4:27 PM

Tips on finding new players during the offseason - setting up a team website and internet bulletin board - keeping stats.

Find much more in my book Managing and Coaching Slowpitch Softball:


Direct download: 011-090129newplayers.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 3:11 PM

In this podcast, we discuss where to hunt on baseball diamonds and football fields.   We also offer some suggestions on how to find those older, abandoned sports fields that may offer up coins of silver rather than clad, and copper rather than zinc.

For more tips and tricks in metal detecting and treasure hunting, see my articles at


Direct download: 011A-sportsfields.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:19 PM

If you're a new softball manager, winter is the time to get started.  Here are some of the things you should be doing.

Many more tips in my book,


Direct download: 010-090115managing2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 8:55 PM

There are times for treasure hunters to talk, and times for them to keep quiet.

In this show, we talk about when you should clam up, and what might happen if you don't.

(For the times you should talk, listen to program #051).

More articles on metal detecting and treasure hunting at


Direct download: 010Adonttalk.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:29 PM

100mph bats, including the Freak and the Syn 2, have been banned for one year now. 

How has that ban affected batters?

Check out my website for several articles on hitting, fielding, pitching, coaching, and managing adult slowpitch softball.


Direct download: 009-090101-100mph.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:56 AM

The mania for collecting things seems to have evolved from a lifelong hobby (stamp collecting) to a short-lived fad (Cabbage Patch Dolls, Beanie Babies).

But thanks to metal detecting, coin collecting is stronger than ever. 

This program is a light-hearted look at some of the collecting phases your podcasting guide (that's me) went through as a child.

For more articles on treasure hunting, see my website

Direct download: 009Acollecting.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:33 PM

A look at the importance of good base coaching, with suggestions for base coaches.

For more tips on coaching, and also hitting, pitching, and fielding, see my website.

Direct download: 008-081218basecoaches.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:17 AM

How to determine which houses have yards that will give you the highest odds of finding old coins.  Three keys to look for.

After you've listened to this show, skip to #049 for tips on hunting these older yards.

If you enjoy these podcasts, check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual


Direct download: 008Ayards1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:18 PM

Part two of a series on hitting.

More articles about softball at

Direct download: 007-081204batting2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:08 AM

Do you post a lot of notes on your favorite internet treasure boards?  Why not get paid for those words, and see your name in print at the same time?

I've written for several of the treasure magazines, and in this show I reveal the "secrets" of getting published.  And it's a lot easier than you think!


For more articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit my page .

Direct download: 007A-writing.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:12 PM

This time, Part One of a series on learning to become a better hitter.

Read more articles about softball on my website,

Direct download: 006-081120batting1.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:04 AM

Parks can be pretty big places.  This program examines where to start when you're looking for coins and rings in public parks. 

After you've listened to this show, check out the "advanced" program on park hunting show #048.

Lots more in my book, at


Direct download: 006a-parks.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 3:43 PM

Are you sure you want to be a manager? 

Here's a look at two philosophies of managing, and why each of them hurt.  This is the first show in a sometimes series. 

For the complete lowdown on managing, check out my book:

Direct download: