In the Corner with Dan Hughes
015-100830 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Pat Novak for Hire

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: 4:25am CDT

052-100826 In the Softball Corner - Two Years Young!

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: 3:57am CDT

014-100823 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Mel Blanc Show

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: 11:06pm CDT

052-100819 In the Treasure Corner - Two Years Young!

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: 12:16pm CDT

013-100816 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - I Was a Communist For the FBI

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: 8:49am CDT

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: 3:40am CDT

012-100809 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Fort Laramie

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: 8:25am CDT

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: 7:18am CDT

011-100801 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Nero Wolfe

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: 12:37am CDT