In the Corner with Dan Hughes
168-150129 In the Treasure Corner - Know Your Coins IX - Franklin Half Dollar

The Franklin half dollar was issued from 1948 through 1963.  It was designed by John Sinnock, who died before the coin was issued.  Sinnock had also designed the Roosevelt dime. 

Why was there a controversy about Sinnock's initials being on the coins?  Was there a communist influence? 

What did the ex-governor of Wyoming have to do with the Franklin half dollar? 

Why did an arts commission recommend that the eagle be removed from the coin, and that the crack in the Liberty bell also be removed? 

Why did the coin last just 16 years, when law mandated that coins remain unchanged for at least 25 years?

And why would Benjamin Franklin himself probably have hated his coin?

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Direct download: 168franklinhalf.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:09pm CDT

245-150126 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger was a high-quality spy thriller that ran in the summer and fall of 1950. 

Though it was short-lived, it made an impression and picked up a lot of fans, what with the star power of Willis Cooper, "Raymond" from Inner Sanctum, Everette Sloan of Citizen Kane fame, and Superman's "Look, up in the sky, it's a bird" announcer, Jackson Beck. 

The Cloak and Dagger stories were inspired by the book of the same name, written by Corey Ford and Alistair MacBain. 

This episode, The Last Mission, first aired on September 9, 1950. 

Direct download: 245cloakanddagger500929thelastmission3009.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:09am CDT

244-150119 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Life With Luigi

An Irishman playing an Italian?  Somehow it worked.  Luigi Basco, newly arrived in Chicago from the Old Country, writes a letter each week to his mother back home in Ireland.  And each episode of Life With Luigi is the story told in Luigi's letter.

J. Carroll Naish was Luigi, and Alan Reed (TV's Fred Flintstone) was Luigi's friend Pasquale. 

The show touched a tender spot in many Americans, and it aired from 1948 to 1953.

This episode, Luigi's First Date with an American Girl, first aired on January 9, 1949.

Direct download: 244lifewithluigi490109firstdatewithamericangirl2956.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:09am CDT

167-150115 In the Treasure Corner - Indoor Test Box

Are you itching to use that new detector you got for Christmas, but the ground is still frozen and snow-covered? 

Don't waste the next couple of months just waiting for spring - teach yourself the fine points of using that new machine right now, before you ever dig a signal.

By setting up a test box in your living room, you can learn to recognize the good from the bad, and avoid many of the problems most newbies encounter.

This show gives you a ton of ideas on experiments you can conduct with your detector and a cardoboard box.  Learn how your machine reacts to various metallic items, learn to pinpoint and determine depth, learn to tell junk from good stuff, and a lot more.  All in the comfort of your living room. 

Take notes on this one!  There's a lot of information here, and it's delivered in just three and a half minutes.

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Direct download: 167testbox.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 8:58pm CDT

243-150112 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Space Patrol

Space Patrol was on radio and TV simultaneously, from 1950 to 1955. 

Ed Kemmer was Commander Buzz Corry, and Lyn Osborn was his young sidekick, Cadet Happy. 

The Space Patrol took place in the 30th century, and the setting was the entire universe, thanks to the spaceship Terra 5. 

This episode, The Immortal Brain, first aired on May 30, 1953.

Direct download: 243spacepatrol530530theimmortalbrain2943.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 1:35pm CDT

242-150105 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Night Editor

Night Editor is another of those OTR shows that fell through the cracks, even though it ran on NBC for 13 years. 

Unfortunately, it had no stable day or airtime, so it was hard to find unless you kept up with your radio schedule regularly.

Hal Burdick starred as the night editor of a big-city newspaper, and he told stories to his young assistant Bobby. 

The show was so popular that it was made into a movie in 1946, starring William Gargan and Janis Carter. 

The radio version ran just 15 minutes, so I'll play you two episodes in this show.

Direct download: 242nighteditor2shows2925.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 3:23pm CDT

166-150101 - In the Treasure Corner - Coin Trivia

This episode of In the Treasure Corner began with a random discussion with my wife on the age of George Washington.  I was able to figure it out without going to Google, because I know my American coins.  And that led me to some other fascinating trivia about our coins.

How can your numismatic knowledge (or coin smarts) help you determine the birth years of our two most famous presidents? 

Did you know that the figure represented on the Indian head penny is the same as the one on the Mercury dime? 

Who was the first president to appear on common United States coins?  The first non-president?

How many ridges are on a dime?  A quarter?  And why aren't there ridges on pennies and nickels?

The answers and more are right here.  Click the POD icon, top left, to the left of the big program number and title.


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Direct download: 166cointrivia.mp3
Category:treasure -- posted at: 11:03pm CDT

241-141229 In the Old-Time Radio Corner - Command Performance

Command Performance!  Possibly the best variety show ever to air on radio - and people who lived in the USA didn't get to hear it! 

Because it was broadcast via shortwave to our Armed Forces overseas during World War II, but not to the folks here at home. 

Soldiers - thousands of them every week - wrote letters to Command Performance, requesting that a certain star sing a certain song, or a particular female star just "sigh" into the microphone, or a team from the show travel to a small town in Indiana to record birds singing.

The idea was that the soldiers were giving the orders, rather than obeying them as they had to do in real life. 

And every star, every technician, every stagehand - they all worked the show for no pay.  Even the networks lent their studios and equipment free for this show.

Virtually every star in Hollywood appeared on Command Performance during the war.  This episode, from June 17, 1944, features Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and Harpo Marx.  (Pictured here:  Don Wilson and Carole Landis)

Direct download: 241commandperformance440617BennyCrosbyHarpo2955.mp3
Category:oldtimeradio -- posted at: 6:18pm CDT