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113-121227 In the Softball Corner - Winter Fundraising

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.

For articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book:  http://slowpitchbook.com

For the index to all these softball shows:  http://danhughes.net/indexs.htm

Direct download: 113winterfunds.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 5:49pm CDT
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136-121224 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Avenger

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: 6:47pm CDT
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113-121220 In the Treasure Corner - Quirky Coin Facts 1

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

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

Direct download: 113facts.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:05pm CDT
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135-121217 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Hawk Larabee

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: 1:07pm CDT
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112-121213 In the Softball Corner - Pitching:  12-Foot Drop in a 10-Foot League

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.

For articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book:  http://slowpitchbook.com

For the index to all these softball shows:  http://danhughes.net/indexs.htm

Direct download: 112-12feet.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:33pm CDT
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134-121210 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Doctor IQ, the Mental Banker

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: 9:52am CDT
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112-121206 In the Treasure Corner - Lost Dutchman Claims Another Victim

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: 2:18pm CDT
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133-121203 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The First Nighter Program

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: 9:01am CDT
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111-121129 In the Softball Corner - ASA 2013 Rule Changes

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.

For articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book:  http://slowpitchbook.com

For the index to all these softball shows:  http://danhughes.net/indexs.htm

Direct download: 111asarules2013.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 6:16pm CDT
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132-121126 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Candid Microphone

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: 8:29pm CDT
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111-121124 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins IV - The Mercury Dime

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

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

Direct download: 111mercdimes.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:00am CDT
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131-121119 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Granby's Green Acres

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: 9:19am CDT
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110-121115 In the Softball Corner - A Nation of Wimps?

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.

For articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book:  http://slowpitchbook.com

For the index to all these softball shows:  http://danhughes.net/indexs.htm

Direct download: 110wimps.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 11:05am CDT
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130-121112 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Bold Venture

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: 12:30am CDT
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109-121108 In the Softball Corner - A Senior League That Works

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 http://slowpitchbook.com for articles on slowpitch softball, and a look at my book.

And click http://danhughes.net/indexs.htm for the index to all these softball shows.

Direct download: 109seniorrules.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 11:39am CDT
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129-121105 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Adventures of Frank Merriwell

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: 3:30pm CDT
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110-121101 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins III - State Quarters

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: 12:10pm CDT
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128-121029 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Mr. District Attorney

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: 11:32pm CDT
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109-121025 In the Treasure Corner - Writing Books and Eating Airplanes

Have you written your metal detecting or treasure hunting book yet? 

Too hard, you say? 

Nah. 

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: 10:37am CDT
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127-121022 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Screen Directors Playhouse

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: 11:02am CDT
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108-121018 In the Softball Corner - Playing Really Weak Teams

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 http://slowpitchbook.com for articles on slowpitch softball,and a look at my book.

And click http://danhughes.net/indexs.htm for the index to all these softball shows.

Direct download: 108weakteams.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 11:22am CDT
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126-121015 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Mayor of the Town

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: 10:34am CDT
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108-121011 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins II - The Buffalo Nickel

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: 10:14am CDT
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125-121008 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Wanted

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: 11:10am CDT
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107-121004 In the Softball Corner - Those Called Third Strikes

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: 9:41am CDT
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124-121001 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Mysterious Traveler

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: 11:58pm CDT
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107-120927 In the Treasure Corner - Magazines We Miss

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: 9:36am CDT
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123-120924 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Truth or Consequences

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: 10:05am CDT
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106-120920 In the Softball Corner - Stupid Baserunning Mistakes

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 106runningmistakes.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:23am CDT
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122-120917 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Player

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: 6:11pm CDT
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106-120913 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins I - The Lincoln Cent

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 http://treasuremanual.com.  Guaranteed to make you chuckle!

P.S.  Thanks to eagle-eyed (or rather, eagle-eared) Coin Magnet of coinhunting.net 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: 2:10pm CDT
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121-120910 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Easy Money

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: 11:16am CDT
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105-120906 In the Softball Corner - Get Smart Quick!

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:  http://danhughes.net/indexs.htm)

Direct download: 105getsmartquicksoftball.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT
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120-120903 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Bulldog Drummond

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: 10:11am CDT
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105-120830 In the Treasure Corner - Get Smart Quick!

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:

http://danhughes.net/indext.htm

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 105getsmartquick.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:26pm CDT
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119-120828 In  the Old-Time Radio Corner - Break the Bank

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: 4:04pm CDT
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104-120823 In the Softball Corner - Four Years Old, and Finally There's an Index

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:

http://danhughes.net/indexs.htm

Direct download: 104softball4years.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:08pm CDT
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118-120820 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Vox Pop

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: 3:36pm CDT
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104-120816 In the Treasure Corner - Four Years Old!

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 http://danhughes.net/indext.htm

Direct download: 104-4yearsold-t.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 2:30pm CDT
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117-120813 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Spike Jones Show

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: 10:30pm CDT
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103-120809 In the Softball Corner - Modern Adult Slowpitch Books

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 103currentbooks.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 2:47pm CDT
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116-120806 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Nick Carter, Master Detective

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: 1:14pm CDT
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103-120802 In the Treasure Corner - Treasure Under Your Feet

NOTE:  A COMPLETE INDEX TO ALL THE "IN THE TREASURE CORNER" SHOWS IS NOW POSTED AT:

http://danhughes.net/indext.htm

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 103volker.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:13am CDT
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115-120730 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Mr. & Mrs. Blandings

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: 3:36pm CDT
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102-120726 In the Softball Corner - How's That Rule Go Again?

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 102rules.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT
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114-120723 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Dizzy Dean Show

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: 11:42am CDT
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102-120719 In the Treasure Corner - Global Warming and the New CPR

NOTE:  A COMPLETE INDEX TO ALL THE "IN THE TREASURE CORNER" SHOWS IS NOW POSTED AT:

http://danhughes.net/indext.htm

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.

Please.

Direct download: 102treasurecpr.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:19am CDT
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113-120716 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Academy Award Theater

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: 6:14pm CDT
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101-120712 In the Softball Corner - Global Warming and the New CPR

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 101cpr.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:32am CDT
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112-120709 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Jack Paar Show

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: 2:10pm CDT
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101-120705 In the Treasure Corner - Beat the Heat

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:  http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 101heat.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 1:42pm CDT
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111-120702 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Song of the South Promos, and Rush Gook

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: 11:18am CDT
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100-120628 In the Softball Corner - 100 Shows!

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, http://slowpitchbook.com.

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: 12:05am CDT
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110-120625 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - You Bet Your Life

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: 5:17pm CDT
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100-120621 In the Treasure Corner - 100 Shows!

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

(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: 2:08pm CDT
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109-120618 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Blackstone, the Magic Detective

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: 4:08pm CDT
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099-120614 In the Softball Corner - Fast- and Slow-Pitch Softball (Book Review)

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 099pagnoni.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:56pm CDT
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108-120611 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Adventures of Dick Cole

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: 11:20am CDT
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099-120607 In the Treasure Corner - A Minelab Sovereign for Fifteen Dollars

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 099treasurebargains.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:24am CDT
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107-120604 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Jimmy Durante Show

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: 10:46am CDT
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098-120531 In the Softball Corner - A Freak 98 for Two Bucks

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 098salebats.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:43am CDT
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106-120528 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Radio Reader's Digest

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: 9:00am CDT
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098-120524 In the Treasure Corner - The Cost of Our Toys, Part II

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 098mdcost2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:23am CDT
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105-120521 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Murder Clinic

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: 9:36am CDT
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097-120517 In the Softball Corner - The Cost of Our Toys, Part II

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 http://slowpitchbook.com

Direct download: 097softballcost2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:59am CDT
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104-120514 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Art Linkletter's House Party

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: 8:58am CDT
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097-120510 In the Treasure Corner - Rock Tumblers

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 097tumbler.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:23am CDT
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103-120507 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Nightwatch


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: 8:43am CDT
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096-120503 In the Softball Corner - The Cost of Our Toys

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 096softballcost.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:01am CDT
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102-120430 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Rogers of the Gazette

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: 10:50am CDT
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096-120426 In the Treasure Corner - The Cost of Our Toys

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: 12:00am CDT
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101-120423 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Peg Lynch Programs

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: 8:50am CDT
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095-120419 In the Softball Corner - Pitchers' Gloves

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 095pitchersgloves.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:31am CDT
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100-120416 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Rin Tin Tin

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: 12:13pm CDT
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095-120412 In the Treasure Corner - Kitchen Table Koinshooting

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 095kitchentable.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:00am CDT
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099-120409 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Cincinnati Old-Time Radio Trivia Bowl, 2011

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 http://CincyOTR.info

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: 12:30am CDT
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094-120405 In the Softball Corner - 796.3578 is the Key

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:  http://slowpitchmanual.com.

Direct download: 094.books.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:37am CDT
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098-120402 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Bill Stern

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: 12:01am CDT
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094-120329 In the Treasure Corner - Business Cards II

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 094businesscards2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:29am CDT
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097-120326 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Take It or Leave It

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: 10:13am CDT
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093-120322 In the Softball Corner - Pitching in Co-Rec

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 093corecpitching.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT
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096-120319 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Red Ryder

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: 12:27am CDT
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093-120315 In the Treasure Corner - Acres of Diamonds

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.) 

Confused? 

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 093acres.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:21am CDT
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095-120312 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Red Skelton Program

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: 3:00am CDT
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092-120308 In the Softball Corner - Co-Rec Batting Order

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 092corec2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:05am CDT
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094-120305 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Author, Author

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: 10:03am CDT
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092-120301 In the Treasure Corner - New Pennies and Nickels Coming?

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 092coinworld.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:01am CDT
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093-120227 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Candy Matson

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 http://CincyOTR.info.

Direct download: B93candymatson491110devilinthedeepfreeze3039.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:07am CDT
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091-120223 In the Softball Corner - Basic Co-Rec Strategy - Defense

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 091corec1.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:15am CDT
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092-120220 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Old Gold Comedy Theater

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: 10:23am CDT
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091-120216 In the Treasure Corner - Facebook and the Treasure Hunter

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 091treasurefacebook.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:07pm CDT
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091-120213 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Falcon

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: 10:39am CDT
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090-120209 In the Softball Corner - Facebook and Softball

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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 090facebook.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:02am CDT
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090-120206 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Roy Rogers Show

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: 7:50pm CDT
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090-120202 In the Treasure Corner - Pro Wrestlers on Bulldozers

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 http://exploringhistorystreasures.com.  (And the URL to purchase the downloads is here.)

Check out my own reality at http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 090-reality2.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:00am CDT
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089-120130 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Blondie

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: 12:03am CDT
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089-120126 In the Softball Corner - For the Newbiest Noobs

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, http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 089-basics2.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 7:00am CDT
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088-120123 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Cathy and Elliott Lewis On Stage

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: 7:30am CDT
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089-120119 In the Treasure Corner - Reality TV Treasure Shows

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 (http://treasuremanual.com).

Direct download: 089reality1.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:02am CDT
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087-120116 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Whisper Men

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: 11:12am CDT
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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 http://slowpitchbook.com.

Direct download: 088-basics1.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 12:06pm CDT
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086-120109 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Double or Nothing (with War Blooper)

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: 12:04am CDT
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088-120105 In the Treasure Corner - Small Town Library Research

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 http://treasuremanual.com.

Direct download: 088smalllibraries.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:05am CDT
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085-120102 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons

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: 11:16am CDT
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