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John Dehner ... November 23, 1915 – February 4, 1992

JOHN DEHNER was anAmerican actor in radio, television, and films, playing countless roles, often as droll villains. Between 1941 and 1988, he appeared in over 260 films, television series, and made-for-television movies. Possessing a deep, resonant voice, Dehner had an extensive career as a radio actor and was once recognized by Radio Life Magazine as having the entertainment industry's "best radio voice". He performed as a lead or supporting player in such series as The Whistler, Gunsmoke and Philip Marlowe. He also starred as Paladin in the radio version of Have Gun – Will Travel, one of the few times a show began on television and then was later adapted for radio. On CBS Radio in 1958, he starred in the series Frontier Gentleman, a Western. These later series can be heard now on www.RADIOthen.network. WIKIPEDIA BIO

The Clyde Beatty Radio Show (1950-1952)

 Vic Perrin, veteran Hollywood character actor, played Clyde Beatty on the radio series. Hear the 52 episodes on RADIOthen.network.
During the 1930's, '40's and '50's, Clyde Beatty
  [photo:left] enjoyed a celebrity status that, today, we only associate with leading athletes and movie stars. In addition to top billing in the circus world, he was the subject of several best-selling books, starred in a number of hit motion pictures. The idea for a Clyde Beatty radio show came from Shirley Thomas, the wife of Walter White, whose Commodore Productions had scored a major financial triumph in 1949 with a syndicated Hopalong Cassidy radio show. The basic premise of The Clyde Beatty Show was best summed up in the announcement that opened each episode: "The world's greatest wild animal trainer Clyde Beatty with an exciting adventure from his brilliant career". The series was produced in Los Angeles using top West Coast talent. Radio actor Vic Perrin [photo: above] played the part of Clyde Beatty and Eve McVeagh was his wife Harriett. (By the time the show aired, the real Harriett Beatty had passed away. However, the producers retained her as a character and she figured prominently in most of the stories,)



Little Orphan Archie lives...on RADIOthen.network

The Little Orphan Archie/Late Night Lounge program ran for 54 episodes on 40+ terrestrial and Internet radio stations in 2005-2006. The music was jazz, blues, swing, country, pop and easy listening, spanning about an 80 year period. The programs contained audio from artists like Bob and  Ray, George Burns, Laurel and Hardy and our in-house news authority, Lennie the Cabbie. PugetSoundMedia

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Episodes of the old-time radio detective series "A Man Named Jordan" and "Rocky Jordan"

Rocky Jordan was a radio series  ( Crime Stoppers, Thursdays on RADIOthen.network ) about an American restaurateur in Cairo who each week became involved in some kind of mystery or adventure. The show was broadcast on CBS from October 31, 1948 to September 10, 1950, and then again from June 27, 1951 to August 22, 1951. The character of Rocky Jordan had been introduced to listeners in a similar show called A Man Named Jordan that was broadcast in 1945 but set in Istanbul, rather than Cairo. The two lead roles were those of Rocky Jordan and Captain Sam Sabaaya of the Cairo Police. For most of the show's history Jordan was played by veteran radio actor Jack Moyles (Photo: right), but he was later replaced by a movie star, George Raft, for the brief 1951 run.Jay Novello played Sabaaya (Photo: left) throughout the entire series. Other roles were played by members of Hollywood's Radio Row, and the announcer was Larry Thor. In February 1951, it was announced CBS was in discussions to make a TV series based on the show starring Raft made by Raft's company. However this never happened. WIKIPEDIA

Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune on Old Time Radio...Then

Rocky Fortune is an American radio drama that aired weekly on NBC Radio beginning in October 1953.  ( Thursdays, as part of Crime Stoppers episodes on RADIOthen.network) The series ended its run in March 1954 after 25 episodes. The program was created by George Lefferts. Frank Sinatra voiced the title role of Rocky Fortune for the entire series. Rocky Fortune aired Tuesday nights on NBC at 9:35pm Eastern, immediately following Dragnet (and a five-minute John Cameron Swayze newscast). It was a sustaining series, meaning that NBC presented the program without corporate sponsorship. The premiere episode, "Oyster Shucker", originally aired on October 6, 1953. WIKIPEDIA

Parley Edward Baer (August 5, 1914 – November 22, 2002) was an American actor in radio and later in television and film.

His first network show was The Whistler, which was soon followed by appearances on Escape (notably narrating "Wild Jack Rhett" and as the title patriot in an adaptation of Stephen Vincent Benet's "A Tooth for Paul Revere"), Suspense, Tales of the Texas Rangers (as various local sheriffs), Dragnet, The CBS Radio Workshop, Lux Radio Theater, The Six Shooter, and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, to name a few. In 1952, he began playing Chester, the unofficial deputy to Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, eventually ad-libbing the character's full name, "Chester Wesley Proudfoot". In 1946, he met and married circus aerialist and bareback rider Ernestine Clarke. They were together for 54 years until her death on August 5, 2000, in Tarzana, California.



MR KEEN, Tracer of lost persons on Radio Then Network

Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons was one of radio's longest running shows, airing October 12, 1937 to April 19, 1955, continuing well into the television era. It was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, who based it upon Robert W. Chambers' 1906 novel The Tracer of Lost Persons. The sponsors included Whitehall Pharmacal (as in Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, BiSoDol antacid mints, Hill's cold tablets and Heet liniment), Dentyne, Aerowax, RCA Victor and Chesterfield cigarettes. It aired on the NBC Blue network until 1947, when it switched to CBS. Bennett Kilpack began as Mr. Keen in 1937 with Arthur Hughes and then Phil Clarke stepping into the role later in the series. The kindly Keen and his faithful assistant, Mike Clancy (Jim Kelly), entertained listeners for 18 years. With 1690 nationwide broadcasts, Mr. Keen was the most resilient private detective in a namesake role. WIKIPEDIA

Radio Series PORTS OF CALL on RADIOthen.network

PORTS OF CALL was an obscure series from 1935 and 1936 in which each episode deals with a voyage to a different country where events of that country's history are dramatized. They each begin with the low moan of a tramp steamer's whistle and the announcement of the series title, followed by a musical interlude. First heard simultaneously in the Bay Area and Southern California, the program appears to have debuted in September 1935, running almost continuously throughout California and as far away as Washington, D.C., as late as 1937 during its first runs. The Los Angeles run premiered over Los Angeles radio station KFWB, a Warner Bros. owned station. Pierce Brothers Funeral Directors picked up the tab for the entire KFWB run of twenty-six programs as weekend or Monday night features. Don Lee-Mutual network station, KFRC, premiered its first broadcasts of Ports of Call in the San Francisco Bay area as a Sunday afternoon feature. More at... DIGITAL DELI

Andy Mansfield and America's Popular Music and Turn back The Clock

Thomas Whetston, AFRTS archivist writes about... America’s Popular Music a show broadcast out of Hollywood and hosted by Andy Mansfield. As the title suggested...and dictated...the program was an ensemble of dedications towards some of the big names of the early days. Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and others of their notoriety were reflected in schemes of swing. Andy Mansfield loved his oldies, but when you start doing an oldies show in the 1950s we hear big band and before. His first show was with his wife but always it was some of his favorites from his collection. Andy and Virginia Mansfield share some highlights of their record collection. Andy also did a great job with the oldies of the past decades in the 50s with a similar show "Turn Back the Clock" with his wife Virginia. America's Popular Music can be heard on our radio stream. Also see http://afrtsarchive.blogspot.mx

Early radio recording

Electrical transcriptions, "recordings made exclusively for radio broadcasting" were widely used during the 'Golden Age of Radio', wherein, they provided material—from station-identification jingles and commercials to full-length programs—for use by local stations, affiliates of one of the radio networks. Physically, electrical transcriptions look much like long-playing records that were popular for decades. Radio networks and affiliates used the ET to time delay east coast programs for playback later on west coast stations. Thus performers did not have to do a second live show for the western time zone. They differ from consumer-oriented recordings, however, in that they were "distributed to radio stations for the purpose of broadcast, and not for sale to the public.... The ET had higher quality audio than was available on consumer records" largely because they had less surface noise than commercial recordings. Recording tape improved the process. WIKIPEDIA | CHARM | Magnetic Tape | AMPEX | cart tapes

Hear Jackson Beck as Philo Vance on RadioThen.network

Philo Vance is a fictional character featured in 12 crime novels written by S. S. Van Dine (the pen name of Willard Huntington Wright), published in the 1920s and 1930s. During that time, Vance was immensely popular in books, movies, and on the radio. He was portrayed as a stylish, even foppish dandy; a New York bon vivant possessing a highly intellectual bent. The novels were chronicled by his friend Van Dine (who appears as a kind of Dr. Watson figure in the books as well as being the author). Three radio drama series were created with Philo Vance as the title character. The first series, broadcast by NBC in 1945, starred José Ferrer. A summer replacement series in 1946 starred John Emery as Vance. The best-known series (and the one of which most episodes survived) ran from 1948 to 1950 in Frederick Ziv syndication and starred Jackson Beck. "Thankfully, the radio series uses only the name, and makes Philo a pretty normal, though very intelligent and extremely courteous gumshoe. ... Joan Alexander is Ellen Deering, Vance's secretary and right-hand woman.” WIKIPEDIA Jackson Beck (July 23, 1912 – July 28, 2004) was an American actor best known as radio's Philo Vance and the announcer on radio's The Adventures of Superman. In movies he was the voice of Bluto in the Popeye theatrical shorts. WIKIPEDIA BIO

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