In the Corner with Dan Hughes
067-110829 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - A Day in the Life of Dennis Day

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: 8:23am CDT

078-110825 In the Softball Corner - How I Got a New Worth PST for Sixteen Bucks

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.

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Direct download: 078pst-fp.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 8:07am CDT

066-110822 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Lights Out

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: 12:01am CDT

078-110818 In the Treasure Corner - What Are We, Anyway?

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.

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Direct download: 078name.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:44pm CDT

065-110815 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - My Friend Irma

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: 9:28am CDT

077-110811 In the Softball Corner - Dump the Donut

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.

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Direct download: 077donut.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:06am CDT

064-110808 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - It Pays to Be Ignorant

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: 10:09am CDT

077-110804 In the Treasure Corner - Here's My Card, Ma'am

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.

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Direct download: 077cards.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:27am CDT

063-110801 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Challenge of the Yukon

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: 12:17pm CDT