In the Corner with Dan Hughes
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

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

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

Direct download: 106runningmistakes.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 9:23am CDT

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

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  Guaranteed to make you chuckle!

P.S.  Thanks to eagle-eyed (or rather, eagle-eared) Coin Magnet of 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

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

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:

Direct download: 105getsmartquicksoftball.mp3
Category:softball -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT

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