In the Corner with Dan Hughes
028-101129 - In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Halls of Ivy

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: 8:21am CDT

059-101125 In the Treasure Corner - Newbie Detectors - Dan Names Names!

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: 5:00am CDT

027-101122 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Nightbeat

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: 10:19am CDT

Wherein your correspondent bestows heaps of pity upon himself as another year of softball comes to a close.

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Direct download: 058seasonend.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:30am CDT

026-101115 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Sherlock Holmes

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: 10:30pm CDT

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: 6:00am CDT

025-101108 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Information Please!

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: 11:22am CDT

057-101104 In the Softball Corner - Cherished Memories

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: 9:26am CDT

024-101101 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Shadow

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: 12:46pm CDT