In the Corner with Dan Hughes
116-130131 In the Treasure Corner-  Pulltab or Gold Ring?

When you skip over pulltabs, you skip over gold rings.  It's as simple as that. 

I found more gold in one year with my primitive, non-discriminating metal detector than I've found in the past 30 years. 

How should you set your detector if you want a shot at those gold rings? 

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

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

Direct download: 116disc.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:16pm CDT

141-130128 In the Old-Time Radio Corner  - The Damon Runyon Theatre

Damon Runyon was as much of a character as the gamblers, grifters and gangsters he wrote about. 

This episode of the Damon Runyon Theater, The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, gave us the musical Guys and Dolls, with Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit, Harry the Horse, and Nicely-Nicely Jones (Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the movie version).

Narrator Broadway (John Brown, who also played Digger O'Dell, the Friendly Undertaker, on The Life of Riley) tells the story.

Direct download: 141damonrunyontheatre490206theidyllofmisssarahbrown2922.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:52pm CDT

140-130121 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Plays for Americans

Arch Oboler was radio's Rod Serling, best known for writing and hosting the horror show Lights Out.  Remember Bill Cosby's "Chicken Heart that Consumed the World"?  That was Arch Oboler. 

So was the infamous Adam and Eve skit that got Mae West banned from radio for 30 years. 

But another side of Oboler, perhaps the most important part of his character, was his patriotism.  He created an anti-Nazi radio series in 1942 called Plays for Americans, and some of the biggest names in Hollywood lined up to take part in the show.

This episode, Letter at Midnight, stars Jimmy Stewart.  It first aired on March 15, 1942.

Direct download: 140playsforamericans420315letteratmidnight2933.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:02pm CDT

115-130117 In the Treasure Corner - New Coins on Their Way?

Last month, the United States Mint submitted a 400-page report to Congress that could make the coin identification circuitry of our metal detectors obsolete.

A move is afoot to save the government big bucks by changing the metal composition of our coins. 

No longer would a penny be a zincoln.  No longer would our dimes and quarters be made from the 92% - 8% copper-nickel ratio we use now. 

And metal detectors that are programmed to recognize our current coins would be mightily confused with different metal formulations.

This is a photo of a prototype quarter, made from a metal formulation that would give it a yellow or golden hue. (NOTE:  The picture and wording are random because the mint didn't want to create "collectible" experimental coins).

Is this the future of our United States coinage system?

For a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and some free articles about treasure hunting, visit

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

Direct download: 115coinmetals.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:47pm CDT

139-130114 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Better Half

There were lots of quiz shows on radio in the golden days.  Here's one that pitted husband against wife in a battle of the sexes.

The stunts were crazy, the audience was enthusiastic, and host Tiny Ruffner really got into the show.

Enjoy this episode from September 23, 1949.

Direct download: 139betterhalf490923quiz2857.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:39pm CDT

138-130107 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Jeff Regan, Investigator

Before Jack Webb was Joe Friday of Dragnet, he was Jeff Regan of The Lyon's Eye Detective Agency. 

He solved crimes for ten bucks a day, plus expenses. 

A year into this series, he left to begin Dragnet. 

But here, you can hear Jack Webb as a private eye.  This episode, The Lonesome Lady, first aired on July 24,1948.

Direct download: 138jeffreganinvestigator480724thelonesomelady2856.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:05pm CDT

114-130103 In the Treasure Corner - Boycott the New Dollar Coin?

A few days ago, I got an email from a treasure hunter who asked me to boycott the new dollar coins. 

Well, for starters, there aren't any new dollar coins. 

Turns out this was one of those email chain letters that just keep going and going.  Worse, it was designed to mislead people, and make them mad.

I tell the story in this show.

Direct download: 115boycottcoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:13pm CDT

137-121231 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Durante-Moore Show

Jimmy Durante was a gruff, ragged burlesque and vaudeville veteran.

Garry Moore was a young, handsome, crewcut-topped radio emcee.

One night by chance they appeared together on a radio show, and a savvy radio producer was fascinated by their contrasts and convinced them to team up for a radio show.

The result is the Durante-Moore Show, which aired from 1943 to 1947.

This episode was broadcast on December 22,1944.

Direct download: 137durantemoore441222lionisbusy3005.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:14pm CDT