Mon, 28 February 2011
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: 1:04pm CDT
Thu, 24 February 2011
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.
Mon, 21 February 2011
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.
To many old-time radio listeners, Signal Gasoline will always be associated with The Whistler.
Direct download: B40whistler470623thegentleway3022.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:33am CDT
Thu, 17 February 2011
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.
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.
Mon, 14 February 2011
Frontier Gentleman ran only one season, in 1958, near the end of the old-time radio era.
Direct download: B39frontiergentleman580216honkytonkers2436.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:37am CDT
Thu, 10 February 2011
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).
Here are the links to the boards mentioned in the show:
SOFTBALL BOARDS FOR EVERYONE
Addicted2Softball (brand new - get in on the ground floor)
Serious Softball (over 70 different forums)
Please check out my book, Managing and Coaching Adult Slowpitch Softball, at http://slowpitchbook.com.
Mon, 7 February 2011
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.
Thu, 3 February 2011
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:
And if you don't like to read, check out my Metal Detecting Manual.
Mon, 31 January 2011
Jack Webb was a radio comedian, if you can imagine that, working as a disc jockey in San Francisco in 1945.