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Letter From America was a radio series broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and its predecessor, the Home Service and to the world through the BBC World Service. Throughout its history, it was presented by Alistair Cooke, who would speak of a topical issue in the USA, tying together different strands of observation and anecdote and often ending on a humorous or poignant note. The series ran from 24 March 1946 to 20 February 2004, making it the longest-running speech radio series. Hear many of these 15 minute essays on Old Time Radio Then's..."audioRAC" ....MORE:  wiki/Letter_from_America

Howard Miller was a Chicago radio personality from the 1940s through the 1970s and was extraordinarily popular as a pre-rock 'n' roll disc jockey and later as a controversial conservative radio commentator and TV talk-show host. Miller's music selections were popular but it was his fun and easy patter between records which kept listeners engaged. The "drive-time radio" DJ had a popular national daily show just after Arthur Godfrey went off the air. Hear this 15 minute series on Old Time Radio Then's "audioRAC".

OBIT chicago tribune

Martin Block (February 3, 1903 – September 18, 1967) was an American disc jockey. Walter Winchell is said to have invented the term "disk jockey" as a means of describing Block's radio work. Hear some of his celebrity interviews on Old Time Radio Then's..."audioRAC".

The Rest of the Story was a Monday-through-Friday radio program originally hosted by Paul Harvey. Beginning as a part of his newscasts during the Second World War and then premiering as its own series on the ABC Radio Networks on May 10, 1976, The Rest of the Story consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story (usually the name of some well-known person) held back until the end. The broadcasts always concluded with a variation on the tag line "And now you know the rest of the story." On our "audioRAC" series daily.

Lux Radio Theatre

Lux Radio Theatre, sometimes spelled Lux Radio Theater, a classic radio anthology series, was broadcast on the NBC Blue Network (1934–35) (owned by the National Broadcasting Company, later predecessor of American Broadcasting Company [ABC] in 1943 /1945); CBS Radio network (Columbia Broadcasting System) (1935-54), and NBC Radio (1954–55). Initially, the series adapted Broadway plays during its first two seasons before it began adapting films. These hour-long radio programs were performed live before studio audiences. The series became the most popular dramatic anthology series on radio, broadcast for more than 20 years and continued on television as the Lux Video Theatre through most of the 1950s. The primary sponsor of the show was Unilever through its Lux Soap brand. Hear many hour dramas in this series daily here on www.RADIOthen.network.....

NBC Radio's Bell Telephone Hour

The Bell Telephone Hour (also known as The Telephone Hour) is a concert series which began April 29, 1940, on NBC Radio and was heard on NBC until June 30, 1958. Sponsored by Bell Telephone as the name implies, it showcased the best in classical and Broadway music, reaching eight to nine million listeners each week. It continued on television from 1959 to 1968. Throughout the program's run on both radio and television, the studio orchestra on the program was conducted by Donald Voorhees. Many in the series of broadcasts can be heard Sunday's on RadioThen.network. The series returned to radio in 1968-69 as Bell Telephone Hour Encores (Encores from the Bell Telephone Hour) featuring highlights and interviews from the original series. The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra included the clarinetist and saxophonist Joe Allard, who is well known in sax history as a saxophone teacher at the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory of Music. His list of students include Stan Getz, Eric Dolphy, Dave Liebman, Ricky Ford, Bob Hanlon, Dave Tofani, Mike Brecker, Roger Rosenberg, John Coltrane and Steve Grossman. Warner Anderson was the program's announcer, and Floyd Mack was the narrator on the original series. The ENCORES series was hosted by Voorhees and featured NBC staff announcer Mel Brandt.


The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe

In 1943, 1946, 1950-1951, and 1982 Nero Wolfe was aired on radio. Sidney Greenstreet was perhaps the most famous actor to play Nero Wolfe. The two earlier series have only one episode each available. nerowolfe.org wikipedia
...Greestreet bio

The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe with Sydney Greenstreet as Nero Wolfe (1950).  Listen to OTRadio Then Genre Detective mystery with Running time of 30 minutes heard in The United States on the NBC radio network.

Starring Sydney Greenstreet with announcer Don Stanley. Created by Rex Stout. Written by Alfred Bester. Directed by J. Donald Wilson. Produced by Edwin Fadiman.
Original airing  October 20, 1950 – April 27, 1951.

There were 26 episodes of The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe. Based on Stout's principal characters but not his stories. It is regarded as the series that is most responsible for popularizing Nero Wolfe on radio.

The Adventures of Ellery Queen (RADIO then radio program)

The Adventures of Ellery Queen was a radio detective program in the United States. Several iterations of the program appeared on different networks, with the first one broadcast on CBS June 18, 1939, and the last on ABC May 27, 1948. The Adventures of Ellery Queen grew out of the combined efforts of producer-director George Zachary and writers Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee. Dannay and Lee, who were cousins, originated the Ellery Queen character. Initially they wrote the program's scripts, and Zachary handled production. Beginning in 1945, Anthony Boucher replaced Dannay and worked with Lee writing scripts. During the program's first season, Radio Guide magazine called it "a CBS drama that will keep you on the edge of your chair." It added "You will find Ellery Queen both brave and brilliant and you will find yourself participating joyously in the ageless thrill of the manhunt." WIKIPEDIA

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator was a detective drama heard on NBC Radio from October 3, 1951 to June 30, 1955.

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator was a detective drama heard on NBC Radio from October 3, 1951 to June 30, 1955. Detective Barrie Craig (William Gargan) worked alone from his Madison Avenue office. Unlike his contemporaries Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Craig had a laid-back personality, somewhat cutting against the popular hard-boiled detective stereotype. Others in the cast included Ralph Bell, Elspeth Eric, Parker Fennelly, Santos Ortega, Arnold Moss, Parley Baer, Virginia Gregg and Betty Lou Gerson. Gargan also starred in the role in an unsuccessful 1952 TV pilot written and directed by Blake Edwards. It was presented on ABC's Pepsi-Cola Playhouse as "Death the Hard Way" (October 17, 1954). A few years earlier Gargan had played a similar character in Martin Kane, Private Eye.

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

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