In the Corner with Dan Hughes
189-131230 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Al Pearce Show

Al Pearce was on the air for almost two decades.  His show was mostly broad vaudeville-style humor, the type that ages poorly. 

But Al brought to radio many future stars - Morey Amsterdam, Yogi Yorgesson, Lord Bilgewater, Eb and Zeb, and fast-talking Arlene Harris.

And Al himself was famous for his shy door-to-door salesman character, Elmer Blurt. 

This episode, from March 6, 1940, features special guest star Gene Autry.

Direct download: 189alpearce400306geneautry3029.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:27pm CDT

188-131223 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Columbia Workshop

The Columbia Workshop was an experimental program on CBS from 1937 to 1947, with a break during the war years. 

It featured programs about the technical side of radio, about sound effects and microphones and how music can enhance radio drama. 

It also featured Orson Welles in Hamlet and MacBeth, and radio plays based on short stories and poetry by authors both historic and contemporary. 

But its most famous broadcast was its adaptation of the Archibald MacLeish work The Fall of the City, about the relentless march of Fascism.

Pictured here, left to right, are actor Orson Welles, producer/director Irving Reis, and author/poet Archibald MacLeish, working in the Manhattan Armory with over 200 extras, performing this week's featured show:  The Fall of the City, first broadcast on April 11, 1937.

Direct download: 188columbiaworkshop370411thefallofthecity3023.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:11am CDT

139-131219 In the Treasure Corner - Of Weather, Lotteries, Autographs, and Dick Stout

For the last show of 2013, we (really just me, but "we" makes me sound more important) tie up some odds and ends, and add a P.S. or two to some earlier shows. 

We (I) also give a well-deserved plug to fellow treasure hunter and writer Dick Stout, whose handsome picture graces this page. Check out his blog at

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

Direct download: 139yearend.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:25pm CDT

187-131216 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Bob Burns Show

He hosted the 1938 Academy Awards show.

His newspaper column was carried in 240 papers. 

He had major roles in 25 movies, and he was the male lead in eight of them.

And the Army named a weapon after a musical instrument he invented, the Bazooka.

Yet few people recognize the name Bob Burns, the Arkansas Traveler. 

His radio show ran for six years, and his house band was Spike Jones and the City Slickers.  In this episode from May 6, 1943, Spike plays a great song called The Sound Effects Man.

(Photo is of the Army bazooka, and Bob Burns with his musical Bazooka.)

Direct download: 187bobburnsshow430506-3033.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

186-131209 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Romance (and a little Burns & Allen)

The CBS radio show Romance is little-known, because in its 15-year run, CBS used it mostly as filler.  It had no long-term time slot or day of the week.  It would appear whenever CBS had a slot to fill.

Which is sad, because it was a top-flight program, with excellent writing and great stars.  In this episode, you'll hear William Conrad, John Dehner, Parley Baer, Joseph Kearns, Vic Perrin, Sam Edwards, and Virginia Gregg.

And stay tuned afterwards for a short but hilarious clip from George Burns and Gracie Allen.

This episode of Romance was the last episode ever broadcast.  It's called Uncle Fats and the Goose Step, and it aired on January 5, 1957.

Direct download: 186romance570105UncleFatstheGooseStep2823.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:27pm CDT

138-131205 In the Treasure Corner - Detectorless Detecting

My best find ever?  That's easy.  Twenty-eight thousand bucks.  I kid you not!  And no metal detector was involved.

This show is about things found without the use of electronic locating devices. 

From finding a dozen golf balls one morning 52 years ago, to finding 19 softballs in five minutes nine weeks ago, here are stories of what you might find when you just watch the ground when you're out walking.

What have YOU found without a detector?  I'll bet you've got some stories, too.

Let me recommend the perfect gift for your treasure hunting friends: The Metal Detecting Manual!

Direct download: 138detectorlessdetecting.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:58pm CDT

185-131202 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - NBC Presents: Short Story

Though novels were often adapted for radio plays, short stories seldom made it to the air in dramatized form. 

In the latter days of the Golden Age of Radio, NBC ran a weekly short story dramatization called NBC Presents: Short Story.  It ran for 15 months, from early 1951 to mid-1952. 

Authors represented included Steinbeck and Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ray Bradbury.  Hollywood's best actors appeared in the series.

This episode, Beautiful Summer at Newport, first aired on April 18, 1951.

Direct download: 185NBCshortstory510418beautifulsummerinnewport3017.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:49pm CDT