In the Corner with Dan Hughes
162-130624 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Words at War

Words at War was a World War 2 program that was pretty much forgotten after the war ended. 

But Newsweek magazine called it "one of the best contributions to serious commercial radio in many a year", and the show business newspaper Variety said it was "one of the most outstanding programs in radio."

See for yourself if it stands up to that billing.  This show, Fair Stood the Wind for France, is considered one of the best episodes of the series.  It originally aired on June 27, 1944.

Direct download: 162wordsatwar440627fairstoodthewindforfrance3022.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:29pm CDT

126-130620 In the Treasure Corner - Weight Loss Secrets for the Treasure Hunter

My doctor told me I had to lose weight when I was diagnosed with diabetes.  So I did, much to his surprise. 

I found it pretty easy, and if you need to drop some pounds, diabetic or not, listen to this show.  This is the diet that has worked for me for over a decade, and has totally eliminated all my diabetic symptoms too.

PLUS, a report on a study that shows how you can cut your exercise time in half and still lose three times as much weight as you would have lost the old way.

And no, I'm not selling anything!  (Well, except my Metal Detecting Manual, of course, but this stuff isn't in the book.)

Oh, and speaking of my book...

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

Direct download: 126diet.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:14pm CDT

161-130617 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen

Elliott Lewis was the consummate radio man.  Actor, director and producer, Lewis was superb in both comedy and drama.  From Suspense to the Phil Harris-Alice Fay show to Nero Wolfe to the Adventures of Maisie, Elliott Lewis seemed to be just about everywhere. 

One place he was often found was on board the Scarlet Queen, an adventure ship that sailed the seven seas. 

Lewis was the narrator of the series, and also the captain of the ship. 

This episode, The Bubble Dancer and the Buccaneers, first aired on January 28, 1948.

Direct download: 161scarletqueen480128bubbledancer2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:35am CDT

160-130610 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Screen Guild Theater

The Screen Guild Theater was another of those programs that turned  full-length movies into half-hour radio shows.  But this show was a little different.  All the stars worked for free. 

The money they would have earned instead went to the Motion Picture Relief Fund, and it was used to build a rest home for retired performers. 

The show was on the air from 1939 to 1952, and in this episode we hear Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell present the radio version of their hit movie, His Girl Friday.  It originally aired on March 30, 1941.

Direct download: 160screenguild410330hisgirlfriday3030.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:27pm CDT

125-130606 In the Treasure Corner - John Sutter's Gold Curse

John Sutter was a poor California settler who got rich when he found gold at his mill.  Right?  Nope!  In fact, that's almost exactly backwards. 

Listen to how Sutter lost his fortune, and nearly his life, because of the discovery of gold on his land. 

And marvel at how close he came to owning both San Francisco and Sacramento. 

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

Direct download: 125sutter.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:52pm CDT

159-130603 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - One Out of Seven

Dragnet, Pete Kelly's Blues, Pat Novak For Hire, Johnny Modesto.  Jack Webb fans know those names intimately. 

But what about One Out of Seven? 

It was aired on the west coast only, and it ran just a few months in early 1946.  Jack Webb did all the voices, and all the ethnic accents.  The show ran 15 minutes, and each week it fought racial intelerance. 

Here are two episodes, and I think you'll find them fascinating.

Direct download: 159oneoutofseven4602xxTwoshows3048.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:35pm CDT