In the Corner with Dan Hughes
240-141222 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Philip Morris Playhouse

Johnny Roventini was a huge voice in a tiny body.  He was a real bellhop who was spotted by an advertising executive who thought Johnny might be the spark he needed for a cigarette campaign. 

He auditioned Johnny right there in the Hotel New Yorker, and hired him to represent Philip Morris cigarettes.

Johnny appeared on a lot of radio shows, including (what a surprise) The Philip Morris Playhouse.  The show ran, off and on, from 1939 to 1953. 

This episode, Murder Needs an Artist, stars Vincent Price.  It first aired on May 6, 1950.

Direct download: 240philipmorrisplayhouse500506murderneedsanartist2830.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

165-141218 In the Treasure Corner - The Father of Modern Coin Collecting

Richard Yeo was fortunate to get a job during the depression.  He was hired as an advertising and marketing representative for the Whitman Publishing Company. 

He didn't like the product he was hired to promote, though, so he redesigned it.  And as a result of his brashness, the modern coin collecting hobby was born. 

That was just the beginning for Mr. Yeo.  He went on to write the world's two best-known books about United States coins.  And now, over a quarter of a century after his death, new editions of his books are still issued every year.

For more stories about treasure hunting and metal detecting, drop by

Direct download: 165yeoman.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 7:14pm CDT

239-141215 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Bob Hope Show

Bob Hope lived to be a hundred, and his wife lived to 102. 

He got a lot of mileage out of those one hundred years - singing-dancing-joking in vaudeville; radio, movies, TV, books, and live shows all over the world, mostly in war zones.  And even Bob Hope comic books.

Bob was at his best in wartime, entertaining the troops.  And this episode of the Bob Hope Show, from February 27, 1945, was broadcast live from a troop hospital in California.

Direct download: 239bobhope450227franksinatra2940.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:24pm CDT

238-141208 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Quick as a Flash

Quick as a Flash was a quiz show with just five questions - four fast ones, then a fifth one that took up over half the show.  It ran for six years, first as a prime time show, then as a daytime show.

Six audience members were selected as contestants, and after they answered the first four questions, the program shifted to a mystery show!  A short mystery play was performed, with a different guest star each week.  The contestants then had to solve the mystery.

The show had three hosts over the years:  Ken Roberts for 2 years, Win Elliot for 2 years, and Bill Cullen for 2 years.

In this episode, the guest star is the Shadow, as played by Bret Morrison.  It first aired on March 23, 1947.

Direct download: 238quickasaflash470323BretMorrison3006.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:26pm CDT

164-141204 In the Treasure Corner - A Child's First Detector

Suggestions on how to choose a first detector for your (or somebody elses) child. 

Get a cheapie?  A top-of-the-line?  Something in between?  What about weight, and buttons and dials and knobs and meters? 

As you might guess from the photo, I think you should take a good look at the Tesoro Compadre. 

One thing I forgot to mention in the program - Tesoro is the only company that gives a lifetime warranty on all their detectors (no, they don't pay me). 

I also offer a quickie little exercise you can do with your child to help him (her) learn to use his (her) new machine efficiently.

For more tips on metal detecting, and a sales pitch for my book The Metal Detecting Manual (hint, hint - Christmas!!), visit

Direct download: 164childsdetector.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:53pm CDT

237-141201 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Top Secret

Top Secret was an espionage series that ran on NBC in the summer and part of the fall of 1950.  It never had a steady time slot, and it was often preempted, so it didn't really get the chance it deserved to become a regular prime time thriller series.

Ilona Massey ("the new Dietrich") starred as a female spy.  She was born in Budapest, and her heavy accent was natural.  Massey appeared in several movies in the 1940s.

This episode, The Case of the Tattooed Pigeon, first aired on August 13, 1950.

Direct download: 237topsecret500813CaseoftheTattooedPigeon3027.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:16pm CDT

236-141124 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Cinnamon Bear

The Cinnamon Bear is a 26-episode adventure serial about Jimmy and Judy Barton's quest to regain the star that tops their Christmas tree. 

With an all-star cast, fascinating fairytale characters, and an exciting storyline, the Cinnamon Bear  has become an annual tradition with many families, over three-quarters of a century after it first aired  in 1937.

Actors who appear in this serial include Joseph Kearns, Frank Nelson, Howard McNear, Gale Gordon, Elliott Lewis, Verna Feldon, and Barbara Jean Wong. 

My podcast includes the first two episodes of The Cinnamon Bear.  You should gather the kids together at bedtime and play them Episode One on November 29.  Each episode runs about 12 minutes.  The next night at bedtime, play them Episode Two.  Then either download the other 24 episodes, or play them directly from the website each night:

And why start on November 29?  Because then the last episode will play on Christmas Eve. 

Direct download: 236cinnamonbear2episodes2737.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:46pm CDT

163-141120 In the Treasure Corner - Getting Permission From Farmers

John (not his real name) had a map that showed him where a long-ago 1850s schoolhouse had stood, and he knew the name of the farmer who owned the property. 

John's dilemma:  How to ask permission?  What to do, what to say, what NOT to do or say? 

In this show, I discuss the approach John used, and then I give my own thoughts on what John did right, and what he did that maybe wasn't so right, and what he could have done instead.

After you listen to the show (about 4 1/2 minutes), drop by and read some of the fan mail I get about my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.

Direct download: 163farmers-permission.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:29pm CDT

235-14117 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Hercule Poirot

But for Shakespeare and the Bible, she is the best-selling author of all time. 

Her book AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is the best-selling mystery novel of all time.

Her book THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD was voted the Best Crime Novel ever by the CWA (Crime Writers Association).

And her play THE MOUSETRAP is the longest-running stage play of all time - over 62 years now and still going strong.

I'm speaking of AGATHA CHRISTIE, creator of that aggravating little Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, who came to radio near the end of World War II.  This episode, Murder Wears a Mask, first aired on May 3, 1945.

Direct download: 235HerculePoirot450503murderwearsamask3003.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:08pm CDT

234-141110 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Renfrew of the Mounted

Quick - What was the first old-time radio show about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?  Hint:  It started as a 15-minute triweekly show, then was expanded to a half hour. 

If you cheated and saw the name of this episode, you know it was Renfrew of the Mounted, which ran on the CBS network two years before Sergeant Preston showed up on Mutual.  Both the Sergeant Preston show (Challenge of the Yukon) and Renfrew began as 15-minute programs, and then went to a half-hour. 

Starring as Renfrew was House Jameson, who is better known as Sam Aldrich, Henry's father, on the Henry Aldrich Show. 

Renfrew ran from 1936 to 1940, and this episode, The Bribe, aired on February 4, 1939. 

Direct download: 234RenfrewOfTheMounted390204TheBribe3008.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:57pm CDT

162-141106 In the Treasure Corner - EBay and the Treasure Hunter

It all started when a classmate of mine told me she'd bought her grandson some inexpensive civil war relics she'd found on eBay.  They were being offered by a treasure hunter who had found them with his metal detector. 

And I thought, what a great idea!  We all have boxes or jars or buckets full of stuff we've dug that may not be worth anything to us, but just might be considered fun and exciting to non-treasure hunters.

So I did a little research, and what I found just might surprise you.  I will tell you this much:  It didn't turn out quite the way I thought it would.  For the rest, just listen to the show.  (It's short - about 3 1/2 minutes). 

P.S.  The photo is of an assortment of metal detector finds that sold recently on eBay, all as one package.  I discuss it in the show.

Hey!  Christmas is less than 7 weeks away!  Buy a copy of my book for somebody!  They'll be happy, you'll be happy they're happy, and I'll be happy!  Read all about it at!

Direct download: 162ebay.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:32pm CDT

233-141103 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Alan Young Show

Alan Young? Wasn't he Wilbur Post on Mr. Ed? You mean he did RADIO?

Yep, Alan's first show was on the CBC (Canada) just before World War II. He was born in England (his real name is Angus, not Alan), lived in Scotland for a spell, then moved to Canada when he was six.

He became attached to radio when he was a child, listening to it while spending long stretches at a time in bed because of his bad case of asthma.

He came to the United States in 1944, where The Alan Young Show became an instant hit. The TV version won him the "Outstanding Lead Actor" Emmy in 1951, and he made several films until he was chosen to be Mr. Ed's sidekick in 1961.

This episode of The Alan Young Show, from February 7, 1947, is called Photo of a Bank Robbery.

P.S. That's Dorothy Lamour in the photo with Alan.

Direct download: 233alanyoung470207photoofabankrobbery2943.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:15pm CDT

232-141027 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Sealed Book

Like scary stuff?

The Sealed Book was a short-lived but well-remembered old-time radio show of horror, terror, murder, and madness. 

Written by the same team who wrote The Mysterious Traveler, The Sealed Book was on the air for just six months, from March to September, 1945. 

This episode, Queen of the Cats, first aired on June 24, 1945.

Direct download: 232sealedbook450624queenofthecats2920.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:12pm CDT

161-141023 In the Treasure Corner - Canadian Pennies

Canadian pennies!  Most of us have found them with our detectors. 

But did you know that for 15 years, they weren't round, but had 12 sides? 

And that for 13 years they were made of steel?

And that Canada hasn't made any pennies at all for almost three years?

All that and more in my latest show.

And for articles that will help you find more and deeper coins with your metal detector, visit

Direct download: 161canadianpennies.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:12pm CDT

231-141020 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Arch Oboler's Plays

Arch Oboler sold his first short story to a magazine when he was ten. 

He started writing for radio because he thought radio should be a lot more than the soap operas he was hearing. 

Most people either loved him or hated him.  His "strong personality" (which got him expelled from college) often overshadowed his genius. 

Oboler wrote some of the best radio plays ever aired.  He wrote this one after World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese sniper just months before the war ended.

(In the photo, Raymond Edward Johnson watches as Arch Oboler is on the phone.)

Direct download: 231archobolersplays450614mrpyle23002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 4:51pm CDT

230-141013 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Presenting Charles Boyer

Charles Boyer made 80 movies, generally appearing as a suave leading man. 

He also did short-lived radio series in which he played a romantic rogue name Michel. 

In each episode, Michel told a story about one of his adventures to a writer named Bart Conway, and Conway sold the stories to an American magazine.

This episode, Madamoiselle Cinderella and the Brooklyn Dodger, first aired on June 27, 1950.

Direct download: 230presentingcharlesboyer500627cinderelladodger3033.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:20pm CDT

160-141009 In the Treasure Corner - When Stamps Were Coins

1862 was the year, and the only year, that postage stamps were used as coins. 

The Civil War was in full force, coins were hard to come by because they were used in the war effort (and people hoarded them), so in July 1862, the government okayed the use of stamps as legal tender. 

An enterprising businessman patented a brass shell for stamps, and he made a quick fortune with his little frame that turned stamps into coins. 

How long were they used? Why were they suddenly dropped?  What are they worth now?  Listen to the show for the answers.

For articles that will help you find more and deeper coins with your metal detector, visit

Direct download: 160stampsAsCoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:13pm CDT

229-141006 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Pete Kelly's Blues

Though Jack Webb's first love was police work, his second love was jazz. 

And in his series Pete Kelly's Blues, he played the leader of a jazz combo in 1920's Kansas City.  The program oozed of gangsters, gun molls, G-men, and hot, smoky music.

The series ran on NBC in the summer of 1951.  There were only 12 episodes, but the show is still well-remembered. 

This is the first episode, called Gus Trudeau.  It ran on July 4, 1951.

Direct download: 229petekellysblues510704gusTrudeau2942.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:14pm CDT

228-140929 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Big Story

The Big Story, which ran from 1947 to 1955 on NBC, told true crime stories through the eyes of newspaper reporters. 

The show's producer, Bernard Prockter, scoured newspapers from around the country for lurid stories, usually of murder, that he could turn into radio shows.  And of course, the names were changed to protect the innocent.  Or the guilty.

The newspaper reporters who had originally written the stories were paid $500 at the end of his or her episode. 

This episode, The Bobbysox Kid, originally aired on October 10, 1947.

Direct download: 228bigstory471016theBobbysoxKid3000.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:23am CDT

159-140925 In the Treasure Corner - Medal of Honor

Bill Shaffer's story:  He found a Medal of Honor, it was taken from him under false pretenses, and now he has a chance to get it back. 

But he needs your help! 

The missing clue that may win the day for Bill's case is a photograph that was printed in a treasure magazine 30 years ago.  Do you have a copy? 

Listen to Bill's story, and if you can help, buzz me at 

If you like these shows, you'll love my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.  Order your copy at  My family will thank you.

Direct download: 159medalofhonor.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 6:59pm CDT

227-140922 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Hall of Fantasy

Richard Thorne and Carl Greyson created The Hall of Fantasy when they worked together at radio station KALL in Salt Lake City.  In its first incarnation, it was a pretty standard mystery show, where the bad guys always got what was coming to them. 

Thorne and Greyson left KALL in 1947, but two years later they were reunited at radio station WGN in Chicago.  They put together a new version of The Hall of Fantasy, but this time they did terror and the supernatural instead of mystery. 

Their show ran for three years on WGN before it was picked up nationally by the Mutual Network. 

This episode, The Automaton, first aired on July 27, 1953.

Direct download: 227halloffantasy530727theAutomaton2750.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:47am CDT

226-140915 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Stars Over Hollywood

Stars acting in their pajamas?  Well, it WAS radio, and the radio audience couldn't see them....

Stars Over Hollywood aired early on Saturday afternoon, when many people were just getting out of bed.  And Hollywood stars liked their Saturdays informal, too, and they loved the relaxed atmosphere of the studio where Stars Over Hollywood originated.

Running for over 13 years on CBS, Stars Over Hollywood showed the world that light comedies and romances for adults could succeed on Saturday afternoons. 

This episode featured Debbie Reynolds in The First Man She Met.  It first aired on August 23, 1952.

Direct download: 226starsoverhollywood520823firstmanshemet2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:08am CDT

158-140911 In the Treasure Corner - Eighteen Coins in 10 minutes

Eighteen coins in 10 minutes with no detector, no pinpointer, and no digging tools?

At first blush, that sounds pretty great.  But not really, as you'll realize when you hear the story. 

And though the results of this one particular experience are not as earthshaking as they seem, the METHOD used to obtain the results has tons of potential. 

And THAT is what this story is really all about.

For articles that will help you find more and deeper coins with your metal detector, visit

Direct download: 158eighteencoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:10pm CDT

225-140908 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Big Guy

Do you recognize the name Henry Calvin?  No?  Well, howsabout Sergeant Garcia, on Walt Disney's Zorro?

Henry Calvin was a singer, a Broadway actor, and a film and television actor.

But he started as a radio actor, and in 1950 he starred in the NBC radio series The Big Guy. 

The Big Guy, Joshua Sharp, was even bigger than Don Wilson!  His shoe size, he said, was "902 in a triple D".  He was a detective who got a lot of help from his two small children, Josh Junior and Debbie.

The show was short-lived; it ran for just six months. 

This is the first episode, called The Unheard Voice.  It was heard on May 7, 1950.

Direct download: 225thebigguy500507theUnheardVoice2956.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:31am CDT

224-140901 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - That's Rich

Stan Freberg's first radio show wasn't the infamous Jack Benny summer replacement show of 1957 - it was the 1954 satirical sitcom, That's Rich. 

Freberg played Richard E. Wilk of the Consolidated Paper Works Company. 

The list of actors in the show was spectacular:  Frank Nelson, Alan Reed, Daws Butler, Hal March, Peter Leeds. 

In later life, Freberg was an advertising genius.  He won 21 Cleos (the advertising world's equivalent of the Oscar). 

As a special bonus for you, I've added  his most famous one-minute radio spot at the end of this show.  It's the one where, with the help of the Royal Canadian Air Force, he turns Lake Michigan into a huge chocolate sundae.

Direct download: 224ThatsRich1954audition2940.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:32pm CDT

157-140828 In the Treasure Corner - Six Years Old!

Six years ago, I decided to start a treasure hunting podcast.  Other such podcasts had come and gone, most of them dying after half a dozen episodes at best. 

And, truth be told, they deserved an early death.  They were virtually unlistenable.  Long pointless chatter, usually two or more guys laughing at their own private jokes, the content bouncing back and forth between painful and pointless.  Totally unscripted and lasting a half hour or longer, with maybe two minutes of actual information scattered within the chaff. They reminded me of what one of my broadcasting instructors said seemed to be the standard rule:  "Keep talking until you think you've said something."

My show (brag alert!) was different.  It is completely scripted, with just one voice, and a scant three to five minutes for most episodes. It has had nearly 400,000 downloads.

And it has lasted for six years and 157 episodes. 

In this birthday episode, I discuss the number of people who listen, where they are from, and how they listen.  I list the most popular episodes, and I point you to past episodes that you really should hear. 

And after you've listened to all that, you just might be impressed enough to order my book, The Metal Detecting Manual.  You can do that here:

Direct download: 157sixthbirthday.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:43pm CDT

223-140825 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Answer Man

The Answer Man was kind of a goofy show. 

For 15 minutes, the narrator would throw questions at the Answer Man (Albert Mitchell), and Mitchell would throw back his answer.  Back and forth at a rapidfire pace, and there were no boundaries for the question topics, which were mailed in by listeners. 

The show ran on Mutual from 1937 to 1956, and overseas versions ran with different local hosts as the Answer Man.

If you wanted to know Adolph Hitler's phone number, or how many muscles were in a elephant's trunk, the Answer Man could tell you.

Direct download: 223answerman2shows40s2958.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:48am CDT

140818 - In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Skippy Hollywood Theatre

The Skippy Hollywood Theatre was one of the first radio programs that was NOT aired live in front of a studio audience.  Instead, it was recorded and edited before it went on the air. 

And until its final year on the air, it wasn't on a national network.  It was a syndicated program, meaning that individual stations contracted to carry the show.  Skippy Peanut Butter had a good thing going, because in the markets where the Skippy Hollywood Theatre played, Skippy Peanut Butter sales skyrocketed.

This episode, Three Strikes Yer Out, first aired on August 13, 1948.

Direct download: 222skippyhollywoodtheatre480813threestrikesyerout2920.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:33pm CDT

156-140815 In the Treasure Corner - Counterfeit Coins

Counterfeit coins have been in the news recently, and this show examines some of the more common types of counterfeits.

From making your own from scratch, or altering dates on real coins, or combining two real coins into a third coin that is worth thousands of dollars more than either of the originals. 

The latest instance of fakery centers around the 1883-S Morgan dollar.  The photo shows how coins can have their faces shaved off, and then two halves are pressed together to make a "new" coin which is much more valuable than the two coins you started with.

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and check out my ad for my treasure hunting book, at

Direct download: 156fakecoins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:48pm CDT

221-140811 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Mark Trail

Cartoonist Ed Dodd, who was also a Boy Scout leader and a National Parks guide, created the newspaper comic strip Mark Trail in 1946. 

Mark Trail was a wildlife writer and photographer.  The strip started in 45 newspapers, and at its peak it appeared in over 400 markets.

The comic strip became a radio show in 1946, first as a half-hour program airing three times a week, and later as a 15-minute show.

This episode, Purse Strings of Danger, first aired on September 25, 1950.

Direct download: 221marktrail500925_pursestringsofdanger3002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:09am CDT

220-140804 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Dark Venture

J. Donald Wilson produced two radio series:  The Whistler, and Dark Venture.

Dark Venture began as a west-coast-only show (as did The Whistler), but after a year it expanded to the nationwide ABC radio network.

It was a psychological thriller.  The listener was able to get inside the murder's head, hearing his thoughts as he (or she) rationalized and planned their foul deeds.

Dark Venture ran from 1945 to 1947.  This episode, The Last Inhabitant, originally ran on November 18, 1946. 

Direct download: 220darkventure461118The_Only_Inhabitant2955.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:26pm CDT

155-140731 In the Treasure Corner - Coin Roll Treasure

All because of a bum knee. 

Mr. Doe had been collecting coins for over half a century, and he found a good many silver coins in half-dollar coin rolls he bought from banks around his home in New Orleans.

But he gave up the hobby a few years ago, when the silver pretty much dried up.

A knee replacement operation left him rehabbing in his easy chair, and rather than just vegetate, he took up his old hobby of coin roll hunting again. 

And this show tells the story of his unbelievable find.

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at

Direct download: 155coinrollhalf.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:31am CDT

219-140728 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Inspector Thorne

Husband and wife writing team Frank and Anne Hummert (pictured here) were known as the parents of the radio soap opera.  Among their many creations are Ma Perkins, Just Plain Bill, Mary Noble Backstage Wife, Stella Dallas, Young Widder Brown, Lorenzo Jones, Our Gal Sunday, and the Romance of Helen Trent. 

 But they also created some nighttime shows, too, like Front Page Farrell, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons, and Mr. Chameleon.  And Inspector Thorne,  a murder mystery summer replacement series.  It ran on NBC from July to September of 1951. 

 Inspector Thorne was played by Karl Webber for the first half of the run, and then Staats Cotsworth took over for the rest of the run.

This episode, The Defrosted Refrigerator Murder Case, first ran on August 10, 1951.


218-140721 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Author's Playhouse

Author's Playhouse turned the world's finest short stories into half-hour radio shows. 

The program aired from 1941 to1945 on the NBC Network. 

This episode, The Man Who Woke Up Famous, first aired on July 15, 1944.

Direct download: 218authorsplayhouse440715manwhowokeupfamous2930.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:09am CDT

154-140707 In the Treasure Corner - The California Gold Rush Sunken Treasure

In 1857, a ship loaded with gold from the California Gold Rush sank off the coast of South Carolina.  430 passengers and crew members drowned, and the ship ended up a mile and a half down, on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1980, a scientist from Columbus, Ohio, decided to search for the ship.  He collected a lot of money from investors, and after several years of work, he found the ship and pulled millions of dollars worth of gold from it. 

But he made no payouts, and soon his investors began suing for the promised money they never got.  Next thing you know, he disappeared.  And he took his secretary (also his mistress) with him. 

Here's the whole sordid story.

And if you need a really great book on metal detecting, either for yourself or for a gift, please give mine a look.  It's at, along with some articles and tips and secrets to help you improve your detecting skills.

Direct download: 154-SS.SouthAmerica.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:46am CDT

217-140714 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Seahound

Bob Hastings, who died last month, was best-known by old-time radio fans as Archie Andrews, of the Archie-Jughead-Betty-Veronica series. 

But before playing Archie, Bob was Jerry, the young mate on Captain Silver's ship, the Seahound.  The Seahound sailed the seven seas in search of adventure.  The program was written by Fran Striker, who also created and wrote scripts for The Lone Ranger.

The Seahound had two runs, from 1942 to 1944, and then as a summer replacement show in 1948. 

Because the episodes were just 15 minutes each, I've been able to fit two of them into this show.  They are called The Capture and The Escape, and they both aired in October, 1944.

Direct download: 217seahound44410x2capture-escape3110.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:40pm CDT

216-140707 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Tales of Tomorrow

Tales of Tomorrow was a short-lived radio show wherein short stories from Galaxy science fiction magazine were adapted into half-hour radio dramas. 

Host of the series was the famous "Raymond" - Raymond Edward Johnson.  The series started on ABC and then moved to CBS.  It was on the air from New Year's Day to April 9, 1953. 

Galaxy editor H.L. Gold, who also wrote for the magazine, bought stories that had a psychological, sociological, or satirical bend, rather than the "earth vs. aliens" stories that were popular in other magazines.   

This story, Gold's own The Old Die Rich, appeared in the March 1953 issue  of Galaxy, and was broadcast on Tales of Tomorrow on March 26, 1953. 

Direct download: 216talesoftomorrow530326TheOldDieRich3053.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

153-140703 In the Treasure Corner - First Finds By a Newbie

Remember your first detector?  Your first find?  Your first GOOD find? 

This week's show is a look at my beginning, and the find that hooked me into this wonderful hobby forever. 

I'd love to hear about your first good find; just click below to leave a COMMENT. 

And if you need a really great book on metal detecting, either for yourself or for a gift, please give mine a look.  It's at, along with some articles and tips and secrets to help you improve your detecting skills.

Direct download: 153FirstDetector.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 10:31pm CDT

215-140630 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Magnificent Montague

The radio sitcom The Magnificent Montague was created by Nat Hiken, who was a comedy writer for Fred Allen and Milton Berle. 

He later created You'll Never Get Rich (The Phil Silvers Show) and Car 54, Where Are You. 

The star of The Magnificent Montague was Monty Wooley, a college professor turned actor. 

He starred in both the Broadway production and movie version of The Man Who Came to Dinner before he went into radio.

Montague was a Shakespearean actor who had fallen on hard times and had to take a job as - gasp! - a RADIO actor!

This is the first episode.  It aired on November 10, 1950.

Direct download: 215MagnificentMontegue501110premiere3031.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

214-140623 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The NBC University Theater

College credits by radio!  Sounds great for those enrolled in the class, but who else would want to listen to "educational programs" on the radio, when all the fun stuff was on the other stations?

That was the dilemma the NBC University Theater faced.  People were afraid they might be educated if they listened to the show!  And we all know how boring THAT is.

Nonetheless, this show, which was on the air from 1948 to 1951, more than held its own with the other radio programs that adapted books and short stories to the air.  Big name stars appeared, and the scripts were outstanding.  If the program had been given a more enticing name, it might well have garnered a much larger audience.

This episode, Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyville, first aired on January 24, 1951.

Direct download: 214NBCUnivTheater510124ManThatCorrputedHadleyburg2951.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:34am CDT

152-140619 In the Treasure Corner - The Great Silver Dollar Sell-Off

The rare 1903-O (for New Orleans) silver dollar was worth a lot of money in the early 1960s. 

Then several thousand of them were found, stored uncirculated in bags of a thousand each, in a vault at the Philadelphia mint.  Suddenly, their value dropped by two-thirds.

This show explains why the mint made more silver dollars than they needed for half a century, and why silver dollars are suddenly in demand every November. 

And how, in November 1962, the Philadelphia mint sold millions of uncirculated old silver dollars that had been hidden away in its vaults.

If you need a really great book on metal detecting, either for yourself or for a gift, please give mine a look.  It's at, along with some articles and tips and secrets to help you improve your detecting skills.

Direct download: 152dollarmelt.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:50pm CDT

213-140616 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Lineup

The Lineup was probably inspired by the success of Dragnet on the radio. 

The Lineup ran on CBS from 1950 to 1953, and it had an impressive cast presenting well-written stories.

Bill Johnstone, who had played the Shadow for five years (between Orson Welles and Bret Morrison) starred as Police Lieutenant Ben Guthrie in "a great American city."

This episode, The Silk Stocking Bandit, originally aired on March 25, 1952.

Direct download: 213thelineup520325silkstockingbandit2918.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:36pm CDT

212-140609 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Casebook of Gregory Hood

Poor Gregory Hood.  He got no respect from Mutual or ABC, the two networks that carried him. 

Six different actors in five years played Hood, and his time slot changed (both day AND time) seven times during its run.

Gregory Hood was an importer and amateur detective who lived in San Francisco.  The scripts were written by the same team who scripted the Sherlock Holmes radio series.  (Gregory Hood began as a summer replacement for Sherlock.)

This episode, Gregory Hood, Suspect, first aired on September 30, 1946.

Direct download: 212casebookofgregoryhood60930gregoryhoodsuspect3002.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:31pm CDT

151-140605 In the Treasure Corner - Googling for Treasure

Do you use Google to research for metal detecting honeyholes and treasure leads? 

Do you know how to winnow over three million poor leads into a few dozen good ones?  (Look at the two different Google searches in the graphic).

Herewith, with bigtime thanks to Dick Stout, are some tips on keywords you should be using for your area, and some secrets of eliminating the hits you don't want. 

Dick writes a treasure hunting blog you should be reading:  He's fun, he's controversial, and he's knowledgeable.  (And he's cute, too!)

You can also read some of my articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at

Direct download: 151google.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:50pm CDT

211-140602 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The House of Mystery

The House of Mystery ran on Mutual from 1945 to 1949. 

Narrator Roger Elliott (played by John Griggs) told ghost stories to kids. 

The show started as a 15-minute strip, but soon expanded to a half-hour. 

This episode, A Gift from the Dead, first aired on August 3, 1947.

Direct download: 211houseofmystery470803AGiftFromtheDead2810.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:23am CDT

210-140526 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Words at War

"One of the most outstanding programs in radio" - Variety.
"The boldest and hardest-hitting program of 1944" - New York Times.

Words at War ran just two years, from June 1943 to June 1945.  Its theme was World War II.  Novels and short stories were featured, as were non-fiction war correspondents like Ernie Pyle. 

In this episode, host Carl Van Doren presents Fair Stood the Wind for France, which is both a war story and a love story, and is considered one of the very best shows of the series.  It first aired on June 27, 1944.

Direct download: 210WordsAtWar440627FairStoodTheWindForFrance3005.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 5:36am CDT

150-140522 In the Treasure Corner - Treasure Finds for Volunteers

Here's how to be a volunteer for charity, get free lunch in the deal, and maybe score some nice things for yourself that you'd never be able to get any other way.

Last year, I bought a Bounty Hunter Quick Draw 2 metal detector for two dollars.

This year, a thousand dollar TV set for 15 bucks.

In this show, I explain how these deals came about.

This photo is just one room of the sales building, and we have just as much stuff on the grounds outdoors.

You can also read some articles on metal detecting, and my spiffy book ad, at

Direct download: 150volunteer.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:56pm CDT

209-140519 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Baby Snooks Show

Fannie Brice had two careers.  She was the actress and singer as portrayed by Barbra Streisand in the movies Funny Girl and Funny Lady, and she was an exasperating six-year-old girl on the Baby Snooks Show. 

Baby Snooks first appeared on the radio in 1936, when Brice was 46 years old.  The last episode of her show aired the day she died suddenly of a brain aneurism in 1951.

In this episode from November 21, 1940, Jack Benny is the guest star.

Direct download: 209babysnooks401121jackbenny2919.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:04pm CDT

208-140512 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Convention Time!

The Cincinnati Nostalgia Expo will be held this Friday and Saturday (May  16 and 17), and you're invited!  Meet Jon Provost, Lassie's Timmy; Old Yeller's Beverly Washburn; and Ivan Curry, radio's Bobby Benson. 

Complete details are at - click the links in the header of that page.

Instead of an old-time radio episode, this week you can hear all the questions (and answers!) from last year's Nostalgia Trivia Bowl, which was held at the convention.  The photo is the team that won the first trivia quiz, the Tom Mix Ralston Straightshooters.

There will another trivia bowl this year, Friday night at 8:30, written and hosted by yours truly.  I'd love to see you there!

Direct download: 208cincyquiz13-2555.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:56am CDT

149-140508 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins VIII - The Flying Eagle Cent

In 1856, the United States Mint decided to do away with the penny that had been used since the beginning.  The half-dollar-sized cent was replaced with a new penny the same size as the one we use today. 

The Flying Eagle cent stole its design from the silver dollar of 20 years earlier.  The eagle on the back of that coin was used as the front of the new penny.

The Flying Eagle cent was minted for just three years.  Or two, if you don't count the experimental coins made in 1856. 

Why did the U.S. switch from big to small pennies?  Why was the Flying Eagle cent replaced after so short a time?  How much is that experimental 1856 Flying Eagle penny worth today?

Listen to this podcast and find out all this and more.

For some informative articles on treasure hunting, and a nice ad for my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit  And if you buy my book and would like it autographed, just let me know when you order.

Direct download: 149coinsflyingeagle.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 12:40am CDT

207-140505 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Armstrong Theater of Today

Every Saturday at noon from late 1941 to early 1954, CBS radio presented a romantic drama "theater" called the Armstrong Theater of Today.  It was named after its sponsor, the Armstrong Quaker Rug and Linoleum Company.

Each week, a different play was presented, with stars from the Hollywood movie industry. 

This episode, Thunder and a Miracle, stars Joan Caulfield, pictured here.  It first aired on January 3, 1948.

Direct download: 207armstrongtheater480103thunderandamiracle2902.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:15pm CDT

206-140428 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Calling All Cars

Calling All Cars was a groundbreaking police procedural program that paved the way for later shows like Gangbusters and Dragnet.

On the air from 1933 to 1939, it was written and directed by William N. Robson, who later received acclaim for his work on such shows as Suspense and Escape.

This episode, The 26th Wife, is about a man whose hobby is marrying women and then killing them.  It first aired on July 20, 1939.

Direct download: 206callingallcars390720-26thwife2959.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:37pm CDT

148-140424 In the Treasure Corner - Secrets of a Good Permission Letter

Writing a letter to ask permission to hunt private property is usually a bad idea, because it seldom works. 

But sometimes there is no other way. 

So if you do have to write a letter, what should you say? 

More importantly, what should you NEVER say? 

Listen to learn the secrets of giving yourself the highest odds possible when you HAVE to write that letter.

For more articles about metal detecting and a look at my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, visit  And if you order a copy of my book and would like me to autograph it for you, just let me know!

Direct download: 148permissionletters.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

205-140421 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Quiz Kids

Some of you may know that in another life, I am a treasure hunter.  And sometimes my hobbies collide. 

I once found a 1935 Radio Orphan Annie decoder wheel while I was searching for old coins with a metal detector.  And this past weekend, I found another OTR treasure while perusing an old bookstore.

I picked up a first-edition copy of The Quiz Kids, a 1947 book written by the chief researcher for the show.  And the book was signed by the author, the host of the radio show, and three of the quiz kids themselves.  Hog Heaven!

And since I haven't run a Quiz Kids episode yet, now seems to be the perfect time. 

In fact, this episode  was aired on March 9, 1947 - the day after my book was signed at the autograph party in Chicago. 

Direct download: 205quizkids470309hopetribe2902.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

204-140414 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Silver Theater

The Silver Theater was so named because it was sponsored by the Rogers Silverware Company.  It ran for 11 years on CBS. 

Most of the shows were original dramas written especially for this program, though sometimes they ran movie adaptations. 

Many of Hollywood's stars appeared on the Silver Theater, including Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Helen Hayes. 

This episode, starring Robert Montgomery as a not-so-nice guy, first aired on April 16, 1939.  It's called Expert Opinion.

Direct download: 204silvertheater390416expertopinion3016.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:40pm CDT

147-140410 In the Treasure Corner - Early Coin Facts

Why was the first mint established in Philadelphia instead of Washington, D.C.? 

Why did we abandon the shillings-and-pounds money of our homeland? 

By federal law, the portrait of whom (or what) had to appear on all United States coins? 

Who was the first president to appear on a regularly-circulated United States coin? 

And what four coins authorized by the original Coinage Act of 1792 are no longer minted for circulation? 

Hear the answers to all these questions, and more, in this fast-moving three-minute program. 

By the way, this photo is of the very first United States Mint in Philadelphia, which operated from 1792 until 1833.

And for a look at my book, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit

Direct download: 147mint-coins.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:45pm CDT

203-140407 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Hello Sucker!

Consumer fraud has been around a long time. 

In 1952, Chicago's WMAQ, in conjuction with the Better Business Bureau of Chicago, produced a series of half-hour radio dramas illustrating how con men work. 

It ran for four months, and it was called Hello Sucker!

This episode, Spare Time Sucker, first aired on March 1, 1952.

Direct download: 203hellosucker520301sparetime2918.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:55pm CDT

202-140331 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Green Lama

Double Detective magazine wanted a character like The Shadow, so they hired a writer to create one. 

Result:  The Green Lama, a multimillionaire American who studied under Tibetian masters, and returned to the United States with superpowers. 

The Green Lama began as a series of short novels in Double Detective magazine, then he appeared in a series of comic books, and finally CBS put him on the radio, with voice artist extraordinaire playing the Green Lama.  

This episode, The Last Dinosaur, first aired on July 2, 1949.

Direct download: 202greenlama490702lastdinosaur2905.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:07pm CDT

146-140327 In the Treasure Corner - Saddle Ridge:  Why Did the Finders Tell?

The biggest question about the Saddle Ridge Hoard (1,427 gold coins shallowly buried in seven metal cans) is, Why did the finders publicize their find? 

Was that a stupid move, or a smart one? 

This show explains the reasoning behind the public announcement, and it also discusses a few theories on how the coins got there in the first place.

For some informative articles on treasure hunting, and a nice ad for my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit  And if you buy my book and would like it autographed, just let me know when you order.

Direct download: 146moresaddleridge.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:48pm CDT

201-140324 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Cavalcade of America

When the DuPont Company was getting a bad name for profiteering from World War I, they decided to fight back by sponsoring a patriotic radio program.  Cavalcade of America first aired in 1935. 

DuPont hired the most prestigious writers for the show - a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and poets Carl Sandburg and Stephen Vincent Benet.  They also used famous Hollywood movie actors in major roles, rather than radio actors.

These factors made Cavalcade of America one of the most professional programs ever to air.  This episode, All That Money Can Buy, first ran on October 20, 1941.

Direct download: 201cavalcadeofamerica411020allthatmoneycanbuy2822.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:35pm CDT

200-140317 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Black Museum

The Black Museum was the name given to Scotland Yard's Crime Museum by a newspaper reporter, and it stuck. 

The Crime Museum was opened in 1875.  In 1951, a radio series about the musuem was recorded in Australia for the BBC, and it featured Orson Welles as the narrator. 

Each week, Welles would pick up a display item that was used in an actual crime,  and its story would be told. 

The series was carried in the United States on the Mutual Network from January to December, 1952. 

This episode tells the story of A Pair of Spectacles.

Direct download: 200theblackmuseum1952apairofspectacles2704.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:49pm CDT

145-140313 In the Treasure Corner - The Saddle Ridge Hoard

The largest treasure hoard ever found was discovered by accident by an anonymous couple in California. While walking their dog, they saw a piece of metal sticking out of the ground. 

After some scraping with a stick, they unearthed this metal can containing 170 gold pieces.  More digging and seven cans later, their trove was worth ten million dollars.

Where did it come from? 

Was it stolen loot from a stagecoach or bank? 

Was it buried by a rich but eccentric miser? 

Can they keep it all?  Can they keep ANY of it?

And why did they wait a year to report it?

Please check out my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, and read some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, at

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at

Direct download: 145saddleridgehoard.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:57pm CDT

199-140310 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Grand Marquee

Who remembers Beryl Vaughn?  She was probably best-known playing Penny on radio's Sky King.  When she lived in Detroit, she was a member of legendary radio station WXYZ's talent pool, and she played many female characters on the Lone Ranger, the Green Hornet, and Challenge of the Yukon. 

In 1946, she teamed with first Jim Ameche, and later Olan Soule, as the two stars of Grand Marquee, a weekly romantic comedy play on NBC. 

This episode, A Man's Home is Her Castle, first aired on February 20, 1947.

Direct download: 199grandmarquee470220AMansHomeIsHerCastle2907.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 8:19pm CDT

198-140303 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Treasury Agent

Raymond Edward Johnson was an old-time radio actor from the early 1930s until the late 1940s.  His best-known role was Raymond, the ghoulish host of Inner Sanctum.

He also appeared on Broadway, and he played Alexander Graham Bell in the 1947 movie Mr. Bell. 

In that same year, he played treasury agent Joe Lincoln in the ABC series Treasury Agent.

This episode, The Faithful Wife, first aired on August 11, 1947.

Direct download: 198treasuryagent470811thefaithfulwife3015.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 7:13pm CDT

144-140227 In the Treasure Corner - Canadian Pennies - GONE!

Canada did something really weird a couple of weeks ago.  They did away with pennies.

As of February 4, banks could no longer get pennies from the mint.  In fact, they have to turn in all their pennies.  And merchants can no longer give pennies in change. 

Basically, Canada is trying to get all pennies out of circulation, and be done with them forever.  Like we did with half-cents back in 1857.

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

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at

Direct download: 144canadapennies.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 9:12pm CDT

197-140224 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Tailspin Tommy

Tailspin Tommy started as a newspaper comic strip in 1928, and it spawned two movie serials, four movies, a comic book series, a Big Little book (pictured), a novel - and a radio show.

Tailspin Tommy Tomkins, his best friend Skeets Milligan, and his girlfriend Betty Lou Barnes all fly for airship developer Paul Smith in a town called Three Point, Texas. 

Strangely enough, the actors are unknown.  Anybody?

This was the first radio episode, known both as "The Hidden Mine" and "Murder in the Sky."  It aired on September 5, 1941.

For a great article on this show by Karl Schadow, visit

Direct download: 197tailspintommy410905hiddenmine3104.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 12:19pm CDT

196-140217 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Defense Attorney

NBC needed a show to replace Mr. District Attorney, which had gone to ABC. 

They came up with The Defense Rests. 

But at the last minute, they turned it down and ABC picked it up, renaming it Defense Attorney. 

The title character was played by Mercedes McCambridge, and Howard Culver played a newspaper reporter. 

The show was on in 1951 and 1952, and this episode, The Jim Leonard Case, first aired on September 14, 1951.

Direct download: 196defenseatty510914jimleonard2948.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:03am CDT

143-140213 In the Treasure Corner - Zincoln Nickels?

The United States is paying 9.4 cents for every nickel it mints.  And Congress is not very happy about it. 

So tests are underway to find cheaper materials for nickels, and the latest experiment involves making nickels with the same formula used to make pennies - a zinc base covered with a thin layer of copper. 
And we all know what those zinc pennies look like when they've been in the ground a while - will the same fate soon befall our nickels too? 

This photo shows the experimental nickels.  (They don't have the markings of regular nickels, because the mint doesn't want collectors clamoring for them.)

And for a look at my book, and some free articles on treasure hunting and metal detecting, visit

NOTE:  A complete index for all the In the Treasure Corner shows is at

Direct download: 143nickels.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

195-140210 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Continental Celebrity Club

The Continental Celebrity Club aired for just half a year, but it had several big stars appear in those few shows. 

Newsman John Daly and the Aldrich Family's Jackie Kelk hosted the show.

Clayton (Bud) Collyer announced, Margaret Whiting was the show's vocalist, and Ray Bloch's Orchestra provided the music. 

And each week, a guest celebrity appeared for a song or two or a dramatic or comedy sketch.

This episode, with guest star Dorothy Lamour, first aired on May 4, 1946.

Direct download: 195continentalcelebrityclub460504dorothylamour2942.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:03pm CDT

194-140203 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Eddie Bracken Show

Eddie Bracken was in show biz at age 9 as a vaudeville performer.  He was in a Broadway musical (Too Many Girls) in 1939 which was made into a movie (starring Eddie) in 1940.

He did several more movies in the forties, appeared as a guest star on numerous radio shows, and had his own show in 1945-47. 

Later he returned to Broadway, doing Hello Dolly, The Sunshine Boys, and The Odd Couple.  He also guested on serveral television shows, from the fifties through the nineties.

This episode of The Eddie Bracken Show is called Switching Beauty Contest Photos.  It originally aired on April 1, 1945.

Direct download: 194-140203eddiebracken450401switchingbeautycontestphotos2922.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 2:31pm CDT

142-140130 In the Treasure Corner - Finding Treasure With Those Old Family Photographs

Clues to treasure may be where you least expect them.  We all know about poring over old county history books and old school yearbooks, looking for places to metal detect.

But here's another source, just for YOU, because few other people have access to this private source:  Your old family photographs! 

Next time you go through those old photograph albums, ask yourself a new question as you flip the pages:  Can this picture lead me to a treasure-hunting area? 

I offer you several ideas in this week's podcast.  Give yourself four minutes to check out this program.

(And yes, that's me with my little sister, about 1953.)

While you're here, check out my free treasure articles and my book, The Metal Detecting Manual, at

Direct download: 142familyphotos.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 5:54pm CDT

193-140127 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - A Life In Your Hands

Can you name the American fiction author whose works have been translated into the most languages? 

The answer is Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason.  Gardner was a self-taught attorney who found writing for the pulp magazines more exciting than lawyering. 

In 1949, Gardner was asked to create a new radio series.  The show was called A Life In Your Hands, and the main character, Jonathan Kegg, solved crimes in the courtroom, much like Perry Mason. 

This episode, Murder at the Eye Doctor's, first aired on July 31, 1952.  And the newspaper clipping you see here advertises this very episode.

Direct download: 193LifeInYourHands520731Murderattheeyedoctors3001.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 11:16pm CDT

192-140120 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Stars in the Air

Stars in the Air was on the air for just shy of seven months.  Like the Screen Guild Theater, it featured the biggest Hollywood stars in half-hour adaptations of famous movies. 

It was a project of the actors' union, the Screen Actors Guild, and the performers worked for little or no pay, because they saw their work as a contribution to their union. 

The hope was that as people heard these movie adaptations on the radio, they would go to the movies more often.

This episode, The House on 92nd Street, stars Humphrey Bogart and Keefe Braselle.  It first aired on May 3, 1952.

(NOTE:  There is background noise in this program, a voice coming and going, but I felt the show is so good that it's worth putting up with the interference.)

Direct download: 192starsintheair520503thehouseon92ndst2908.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:48pm CDT

141-140116 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins VII - The Indian Head Penny

One of the first "old" coins many of find when we begin metal detecting is the Indian head penny.

Why did the Flying Eagle cent, which preceded the Indian head penny, last just three years? 

Who was used as a model for the Indian on the penny? 

And which Indian head penny is worth a thousand dollars, even in not-so-great condition?

These questions and more are all answered in this week's show.

For some informative articles on treasure hunting, and a nice ad for my book The Metal Detecting Manual, visit

Direct download: 141indianheadpenny.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

191-140113 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Shorty Bell

This show had everything going for it.  A Hollywood star in the lead role, a great radio network, excellent writing, and fantastic reviews.

Still, CBS cancelled it after just three months. 

Mickey Rooney played Shorty Bell, who worked in the newspaper business like his father before him. 

But Shorty wanted to be a reporter, instead of the truck driver who delivered the newspaper bundles around town.

This is the first episode of Shorty Bell, from March 28, 1948.

Direct download: 191shortybell480328firstshow3000.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 10:16pm CDT

190-140106 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - The Adventures of Leonidas Witherall

Leonidas Witherall, as created by Alice Tilton, looked just like William Shakespeare. 

He ran a private school for boys and wrote detective novels on the side.  He was also an amateur detective himself. 

His stories were confusing but fun, and Miss Tilton's books sold well from the late 1930s through World War II. 

In 1944, the Mutual Network turned them into a radio series. 

This episode, The Case of the Vanishing Housekeeper, is from July 23, 1944.

Direct download: 190witherall440723vanishinghousekeeper2959.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 9:57pm CDT

140-140102 In the Treasure Corner - Earn over 2,000 Per Cent Interest, Guaranteed!

This special New Year's edition of In the Treasure Corner tells you how to earn over 2,000 percent a year on your money, AND what you can easily do to earn $360 an hour!

But wait a minute, you say!  There must be a catch, right? 

Well, of COURSE there's a catch!  Do you think if I could do those things regularly I'd waste my time on treasure podcasts?  No way!

So join the fun and check it out. 

And help Dan earn his high percentage rate faster by buying his book now!  Details at

Direct download: 140interest.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:38pm CDT