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February 16 2017
Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.
February 15 2017
The 14th of February not only marks Valentine, the day for all romantics, but also the birthday of one of the comedy greats of old-time-radio, Jack Benny. In honor of this special day we are pleased to share...
February 10 2017
Sharing Is Caring!
This week only, we've got a very exciting offer for all of your friends and loved ones...
February 06 2017
A new radio station for Presidents' Day
Though he was born 285 years ago, George Washington is like the gift which keeps on giving, as we all still get the day off to celebrate his birthday in February.
February 02 2017
Super Bowl Sunday!
Were you glad to see the back of January? We sure were! Now it's time to move on to bigger and better things, including the Super Bowl this weekend!
January 27 2017
Lux Radio Theater
After writing about Cecil B DeMille last week, I began listening to a few more of his works on radio. Among these were lots more Lux Radio Theater shows, which I've been adding to the existing collection on...
January 21 2017
Cecil B DeMille
Cecil B DeMille was a founder of the Hollywood motion-picture industry, one of the most commercially successful producer-directors of his time, and one of the most influential filmmakers in history.
January 15 2017
Quiz Show Radio Station
Did you try any of the feel-good old time radio series I suggested in the last editorial, to stave off the January blues?
January 09 2017
Beating the January Blues
The festive parties are over, the decorations are back in the basement, and we’ve eaten more than our own body weight in pies and puddings.
January 03 2017
Over the Christmas period, we woke to the very sad news that America's Sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds had passed away, just one day after her daughter, the iconic Star Wars actress, Carrie Fisher.
December 28 2016
New Year's Radio Station
Can you believe that this will be the last post from Joy and I for 2016?
December 23 2016
We Wish You A Merry Christmas!
Joy and I have some festive treats for all of our friends of RUSC!
December 19 2016
A RUSC Gift Subscription
It's less than a week until Christmas, and if your family is anything like ours, everyone will have been pestering for gift ideas.
December 13 2016
Christmas Sing With Bing
Bing Crosby was as much an institution of Christmas as Santa Claus during the 1950's.
December 09 2016
A Hollywood legend that certainly needs no introduction, Ol' Blue Eyes would have celebrated his 101st birthday on December 12th.
December 04 2016
Christmas in the Colonies
We're on the countdown to Christmas now, and listening to a new series I have added to RUSC this week, called The World Is Yours, I came across a show, called Christmas in the Colonies.
November 26 2016
Favorite Shows Leading Up To Christmas
Well that's Thanksgiving, (and the crazy sales!) out of the way for another year. It will soon be Christmas, another wonderful family occasion to prepare for. How exciting!
November 22 2016
George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America on November 26th, 1789, 'as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts...
November 15 2016
Alan Young was born on November 19, 1919 in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, England and proudly boasts an ancestor who was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.
November 09 2016
With just a couple of days to go until Veteran's Day, I have been listening to the RUSC World at War radio station, where I came across a show about America's best loved war correspondent, Ernie Pyle.
November 05 2016
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Every four years for the past two centuries, men have contended for the occupancy of a house in our nation's capital, Washington D.C.
November 01 2016
Wow! The recent poll on RUSC, "I's election time! Which of our past Presidents would you bring back to life to be President today?", has a winner - by a very impressive margin! These were the final results:
October 26 2016
For lots of terrifying thrills and chills, Joy and I have added even more shows to the RUSC Halloween radio station.
October 19 2016
It's coming up to that scary time of year again, and also the 23rd anniversary since we lost one of horror's most popular leading men, Vincent Price, on 25th October 1993.
October 12 2016
I've recently been spending my evenings watching a selection of some really old movies which my lovely wife, Joy, bought for my birthday.
October 07 2016
Columbus Discovers America
Overlooking all of the controversies, Columbus Day remains a federal holiday here in the US.
October 02 2016
Like many of our lovely friends of RUSC, I have listened to radio plays since I was a youngster.
September 26 2016
The Adventures of Dick Tracy
On September 30th 1935, Dick Tracy debuted on Mutual Radio Network.
September 20 2016
The Six Shooter
It was on 20th September 1953, that Jimmy Stewart debuted as the easy-going frontier drifter, Britt Ponset, in the radio western "The Six Shooter" on NBC.
September 13 2016
When I was listening to the Lux Radio Theater show 'Can't Take It With You' this past week, I was reminded of the screen siren Fay Wray - my childhood crush - who was most noted for playing Ann Darrow in King Kong.
September 10 2016
Happy Grandparents' Day!
A long, long time ago, when I was a young boy, I thought that my grandparents were absolutely ancient.
September 06 2016
In 1948, a new series called the Hallmark Playhouse was launched by Hallmark Cards, replacing the popular series, The Radio Reader's Digest, which had documented the true stories published in the Reader's...
September 01 2016
Labor Day Holiday
Some light entertainment for the Labor Day weekend...
August 25 2016
Allan J. Pinkerton
As a youngster, I remember reading novels of the wild west, which always seemed to feature the feared Pinkerton detectives, who chased outlaws and desperadoes back and forth across the American West.
August 18 2016
This month marks 120 years since gold was discovered in the Yukon, in 1896.
August 11 2016
The Favorite Sports Stories of Grantland Rice
With the Olympic games under way, Joy and I have been hooked to the television and radio - watching or listening to the coverage 24/7.
August 04 2016
I was reading through the local news this week, and came across an article that hit me with a plethora of emotions. At first, I was open mouthed, and speechless - but admittedly, most of the time I found...
July 28 2016
Alice in Wonderland
Although there had already been over a dozen adaptations as silent film, radio and on television, the film animation of Alice in Wonderland from Walt Disney is arguably the most well known of them all.
July 21 2016
Tarzan of the Apes
This week, I decided to surprise Joy with a 'date night' to the movies to watch The Legend of Tarzan, which she's been hinting at since she saw the first advertisement.
July 15 2016
She could act, sing, she was gorgeous, and she was a very good dancer too!
July 10 2016
The Adventures of Sam Spade
It will be 70 years on 12th July, since the Adventures of Sam Spade was heard for the first time on ABC Radio.
July 06 2016
Despite only having published five novels, Dashiell Hammett is considered to be one of the most influential writers of all time.
July 02 2016
The Fourth of July
On the Fourth of July it's easy to simply sit back and consider the birth of our nation, but something I heard in one of our radio shows recently made me think of how sometimes there is more to an old time...
June 28 2016
Olivia De Havilland
It's not often we get to wish someone a happy one hundredth birthday, so that makes the 1st of July even more special this year, as it is the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland!
June 24 2016
Custer's Last Stand
It was one hundred and forty years ago, on the morning of June 25, 1876, when Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer and the 7th Cavalry charged into battle against Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne Indians.
June 20 2016
Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy
When the dynamic duo of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy appeared on radio programs such as Cecil B. DeMille’s Lux Radio Theater and The Screen Guild Theater, they were a hit.
June 15 2016
It's Father's Day at the weekend, and what better way is there to kick back and relax, than to watch a game of baseball?
June 10 2016
In 1914, when John Wayne arrived in California from Winterset, Iowa, as a child of seven years old, he could have never envisaged that in his lifetime, he would saddle up to become the greatest recognized...
June 06 2016
The Coolest Personalized Gift for Dad!
Sometimes, thinking of a unique gift for Father's Day seems to be the impossible task. What do you buy the person who already has everything?
May 31 2016
Soap Opera on the Radio
One of the most popular genres of old time radio, is that of the trusty soap opera, and by 1948 an estimated 20 million listeners were tuning into the soap operas on a regular basis!
May 28 2016
It's the Memorial Day weekend, and most of us will have fun plans, enjoying the first taste of summer, hitting the mall to grab a bargain in the sales, entertaining with friends or family, or just relaxing at...
May 24 2016
After writing about Frank Capra last week, I've been reminded of how many blockbuster movies were adapted for radio - with many of the stars reprising their original roles.
May 17 2016
18th May, 1897 was the birth date of Frank Capra, the Italian-American film director whose films include "It Happened One Night", which won an Oscar in 1934, "You Can't Take it With You" (1938) and the now...
May 10 2016
Thriller Radio Station
The radio stations we have created for RUSC in the past have always been very well received, and Joy and I love receiving your messages, letting us know just how much you enjoy being able to click a button...
May 05 2016
Your Favorite OTR Mom!
Last year we ran a poll to see who is your favourite OTR mom, and the winner was ... (drumroll please) ...
May 01 2016
The Unsung Heroes of Radio
When we think of radio stars we usually have the people in front of the microphone in mind, or maybe the producer or director.
April 25 2016
"I gotta get that closet cleaned out..."
This weekend was the one everyone dreads... The annual spring cleaning of the 'cupboard under the stairs'.
April 18 2016
Last week, Joy surprised me with a very special treat - tickets to the theatre!
April 11 2016
The Air Adventures of Biggles
In 1932, William Earl Johns, a former British bomber pilot, published the first of his 'Biggles' stories in the Popular Flying magazine.
April 04 2016
It's time to file your tax return...
There's just a couple more weeks to go, and it'll be that pesky time of year again. Yes, you guessed it! The deadline for our personal income tax returns is nearly upon us.
March 30 2016
April Fool's Day
April 1st is the day people have set aside to glorify the playing of pranks and practical jokes. Will you be trying your luck at fooling a friend or family member on April Fool's Day?
March 25 2016
The results of the latest poll "What will make your Easter special" are pretty evenly split right now, so if you haven't already voted, click on the poll over to the right to share your view.
March 21 2016
Religious Dramas for Easter
Easter is the oldest and most important Christmas festival, also known as the moveable feast because the date changes each year depending on the lunar calendar.
March 16 2016
St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in America and much of the rest of the world by Irish and non-Irish alike, so I thought I'd put a little page together featuring some old time radio shows appropriate for the day.
March 10 2016
"Beware The Ides of March"
The soothsayer's warning to Julius Caesar, "Beware the Ides of March," has forever tarnished the date, 15th March, with a sense of foreboding, and a very real fear for what's to come.
March 03 2016
First up, let's reveal the top scorers of the recent leap year quiz!
February 26 2016
Leap Year Fun!
Leaping Lizards! It's another leap year! For this once-every-four-year event, take our quiz and test how smart you really are...
February 23 2016
On 23rd February, 1883 Victor Fleming was born. He was an American film director best known for The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, both released in 1939.
February 12 2016
On the date set aside to celebrate all past presidents of the United States of America, I came across an episode of the Cavalcade of America entitled, The Man Who Wouldn't Be President.
February 08 2016
Most people are familiar with the name Thomas Edison. He was an American inventor and businessman, credited with the invention of the electric lightbulb.
February 02 2016
Super Bowl Sunday!
On Sunday 7th February it is Super Bowl 50! Will you be supporting the Carolina Panthers, or the Denver Broncos? And what has happened to the lovely roman numerals this year?
January 26 2016
In our latest poll, the winner of the favorite crime drama, was none other than Sherlock Holmes!
January 19 2016
Edgar Allan Poe
I have been listening to a series called NBC Presents: Short Stories this morning, and the first few shows were written by the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe.
January 12 2016
I Love A Mystery
It's been 77 years on 16th January, since the series I Love A Mystery debuted on NBC. And the greatest mystery of all surrounding Carlton E Morse's series, is the mystery of where all the shows went to!
January 06 2016
In The Heart Of The Sea
Early in December, Joy and I saw several advertisements and movie trailers for a Ron Howard production of a movie called In The Heart Of The Sea. This promised to be a swashbuckling recounting of the New...
December 31 2015
Happy New Year!
I really enjoyed seeing your pins on the 'Where Are You?' map. It's been fantastic to see we have friends all over the world!
December 28 2015
Where In The World Are You From?
On New Year's Eve last year, Joy and I watched the television coverage of many places across the world celebrating the New Year.
December 23 2015
For all our friends of RUSC, it has become a festive tradition of Joy and I to compile a Christmas Crossword, and this year is no different. You can play for fun, or race against the clock solving the...
December 20 2015
An Ideal Gift
Sometimes, thinking of a unique Christmas gift for a friend, relative or colleague seems to be the impossible task. What do you buy the person who already has everything?
December 16 2015
A Politically Correct Christmas Story
‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck… How to live in a world that’s politically correct? His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”. “Vertically Challenged” they were calling...
December 12 2015
"May you live to be 100, and may the last voice you hear be mine."
December 08 2015
On December 10th, it would have been Dorothy Lamour's 101st birthday. An American actress and singer, she is best remembered for appearing in the 'Road to'... movies, a series of successful comedies starring...
December 01 2015
It's Quiz Time!
I've put together a little quiz for all fans of old time radio, so you can find out if you are an old time radio expert or a nostalgic newbie...
November 23 2015
Happy Thanksgiving from Ned and Joy!
Last year, we ran a poll on RUSC. The question was... Do you think retailers should remain open on Thanksgiving?
November 16 2015
On 24th October, the world lost another of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Maureen O'Hara. She was long considered to be the world's most beautiful woman, and was one of...
November 13 2015
Friday the 13th
An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, Friday the 13th, making it the most feared day and date in history.
November 07 2015
As Veteran's Day approaches, we remember those who fought, were wounded, or gave their lives to protect our country and people. All of these men and women are heroes, and this is the story of just one of...
November 04 2015
In the last couple of weeks, we had a 'Horror' poll. The question was... Who is your favorite star of horror and the macabre?
November 03 2015
A Talking Frog
An eighty year old man was out fishing one day when he heard a voice say: "Pick me up."
October 27 2015
Yes, it's that time of year again, so Joy and I have been putting a collection of spooky radio shows together, which will be sure to send chills down your spine.
October 23 2015
One of the most talented men in early show business, Al Jolson was also the first Jewish person who openly admitted his race and become a sensational star in America. Jolson was the first famous entertainer...
October 18 2015
The Eleventh Hour
As you know I like to add more thrillers throughout the month of October, and whilst looking back on the shows we've added over the years, I came across a poll we ran. The question was "Which is your favorite...
October 08 2015
Baseball lost one of its all-time legends last month, as the great New York Yankees' catcher and clutch hitter, Yogi Berra, passed away at the age of 90.
September 29 2015
Have you ever secretly pictured yourself as a knight in shining armour, astride a powerful charger, thundering through adventure and high jinks to a romantic rescue? Or maybe you were the princess, trapped in...
September 23 2015
On September 23, 1920, the exuberant entertainer Mickey Rooney was born, famous for his role as Andy Hardy in the Hardy Family.
September 17 2015
Next on the list of the new series recently added to RUSC is the music and variety series Guest Star.
September 10 2015
National Grandparent's Day
Sometimes, it's easy for us to put aside, or forget, why National Grandparent's Day came to be. What was the reason for its creation? Whose dream was it for all Americans to take the time to honor their...
September 01 2015
New Series on RUSC
Joy and I have added several new series to RUSC over the past few weeks, but looking at the poll results (over to the right), 38% of voters weren't aware that we'd added any, so I wanted to take this...
August 25 2015
The 'Father of Radio'
As an old time radio buff, I considered myself to be pretty knowledgeable about all things 'radio related'... But after reading a piece about Lee De Forest, an American pioneer in radio, I realised I've...
August 17 2015
King of the Wild Frontier
Two hundred and twenty nine years ago, a little baby boy was born in to this world, in a place now called Greene County, Tennessee. His name was David "Davy" Crockett, and he was to become one of the...
August 11 2015
VJ Day - Victory over Japan
This week, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the day that the Japanese finally surrendered, effectively ending World War Two. This day became known as VJ day, Victory over Japan.
July 31 2015
Such sad news...
It's with a heavy heart that I have to share the sad news today that one of my lifelong favorite ladies of old time radio, the lovely Peg Lynch, has passed away this week.
July 28 2015
A Little Thank You
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been using the commenting feature on RUSC.
July 21 2015
This Sunday, 26th July, is Parent's Day ... and why not indeed!
July 14 2015
Sing Out, Sweet Land
I don't know about you, but I do tend to spend a few weeks after the 4th July celebrations feeling very patriotic.
July 07 2015
The "American Adventure" series is a new drama on RUSC, authentically depicting important moments in American history.
July 02 2015
239 years ago on July 4, 1776, America claimed independence from the British and democracy was born. Today thanks to our forefathers we can all celebrate the freedom and spirit of America "land of the free...
June 25 2015
Last year, after America's two hundred and thirty eighth birthday, I received an email from a long time RUSC member called Corey. It read...
June 16 2015
It's Father's Day at the weekend, and if your family is anything like ours, everyone will have been pestering the head of the household for gift ideas.
June 09 2015
I realized after listening to a few of the Doc Sixgun shows on the latest RUSC Radio Station (Westerns), that there are actually quite a few doctor or medical drama serializations available from the golden...
June 02 2015
There's a new Sheriff in town...
Well no, there isn't really, but there IS a new radio station!
May 26 2015
Are you on the RUSC mailing list?
Occasionally I send out a message to RUSC members...
May 21 2015
Memorial Day Shows
I've recently been reading the Huffington Post, and yesterday there was an article with military statistics that really startled me. I have copied those statistics in today's editorial.
May 12 2015
Once Upon A Time...
With Mother's Day just last week, it got Joy and I talking about our own mothers, and our childhood adventures.
May 09 2015
Motherhood and War
Sunday 10th May 2015, Mothers day 70 years after Victory in Europe and I am reminded of the heartache and sorrow that touched so many, in particular the mothers of a generation of war.
May 03 2015
Remembering Victory in Europe
As allied forces poured into Germany, and the Russians pushed from the east, the German army all but collapsed.
April 24 2015
Joy and I were sad to learn of the passing of comedian and king of satire, Stan Freberg, earlier this month.
April 19 2015
And the winner is...
Over the past week or so, Joy and I have been inundated with your competition entries. I've been amazed at the response and how knowledgeable about the literary classics you all are!
April 16 2015
Dunninger the Mentalist
The radio debut of Dunninger the Mentalist in September 1943 created quite a sensation. Never before had there been anything like it broadcast on the radio.
April 11 2015
Assassination of Lincoln
The 14th April this year, marks 150 years since the assassination of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.
April 07 2015
The RUSC Literary Challenge!
Phew! It has been a very busy few weeks, but I hope that you've really got your teeth into the task I challenged you with.
April 03 2015
Easter is almost upon us, and for many, this time of year is to observe the religious aspects of the oldest and most important of Christian festivals, by attending Sunday Mass or other church services.
April 01 2015
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
It's the final chapter in the RUSC Literary Challenge, but we're finishing with two of my all time favorite childhood books!
March 29 2015
Little Women v Pride and Prejudice
For the penultimate RUSC Literary Challenge editorial, I have doubled up a couple of classics, simply because after reading / listening to them, I couldn't help but draw parallels between the two.
March 26 2015
The tenth book in the RUSC Literary Challenge was written by perhaps, the most influential writer in the last century. In fact, some of the terms he coined such as big brother, cold war, thought police, room...
March 24 2015
A Farewell To Arms
The word classic is easily used, but Farewell To Arms, written in 1929, deserves no lesser epithet.
March 22 2015
A powerful gripping tale written by Emily Brontë - a girl whose life was as bleak as the sombre Yorkshire Moors where the story is laid.
March 20 2015
I didn't realise there was such a day as the International Day of Happiness, but according to www.google.com - today, 20th March 2015, is the day!
March 18 2015
Heart of Darkness
On with the sixth of the classics we have included in the RUSC Literary Challenge, and we continue with the haunting, dark theme.
March 16 2015
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
For the fifth book of the RUSC Literary Challenge, we bring you one of the true masterpieces of the creative imagination - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, written in 1886.
March 14 2015
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Wow, we're really picking up some pace in the RUSC Literary Challenge! Have you been keeping up?
March 12 2015
The third book in the RUSC Literary Challenge is the story of perhaps, history's best known whale. It was written by American novelist Herman Melville.
March 10 2015
I hope that you managed to listen to Great Expectations, the first book of the RUSC Literary Challenge?
March 07 2015
The RUSC Literary Challenge!
Earlier this week, I wrote a short editorial about how to become a literary genius in just thirty days...
March 03 2015
How to Become a Literary Genius ...
... In Just Thirty Days!
February 26 2015
It's been a year this month, since American radio, film and television actress, singer, dancer, ambassador and best-selling author, Shirley Temple Black, passed away.
February 21 2015
This past week, Joy and I have been listening to some of the President's Day shows on RUSC, and one particular show has had me hooked.
February 16 2015
It's a landslide victory!
The voting has now ended, and there was a clear winner, with an overwhelming majority of the votes!
February 15 2015
Two dates in February had historically, always been observed as separate holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22).
February 10 2015
Love is in the air ... Or is it?
With Valentine's Day just a few days away, Joy has been dropping some not-too-subtle hints... No, it's not what you think - her gentle nudges haven't been about the string of pearls she's hoping for - it's...
February 04 2015
Radio Reader's Digest
The Radio Reader's Digest was a series of true stories taken from the Reader's Digest magazine. There were 273 episodes in total, and they were broadcast between 1942 and 1948.
January 29 2015
A Brand-New Sports Radio Station!
On Sunday 1st February it is Super Bowl 2015. Will you be supporting the New England Patriots, or the Seattle Seahawks?
January 22 2015
Danger With Grainger
Well after the recent poll, I'm really happy to see that nearly everyone said that they do enjoy reading the editorials which Joy and I write for the RUSC members home page.
January 15 2015
Whilst driving to the store with Joy this past week, I was half-listening to the radio, when I heard the sad news that Luise Rainer had recently passed away, at the incredible age of 104, just two weeks shy...
January 08 2015
Mightier Than The Sword
In the words of the first president of the United States, George Washington, "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
January 06 2015
New Year's Resolutions
By now you should be well into your New Year's resolutions - if you made any.
January 01 2015
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2015 everyone!
December 28 2014
New Year's Radio Station
Can you believe that this will be the last post from Joy and I this year?
December 24 2014
It's Christmas Quiz Time!
As is the festive tradition on RUSC...
December 20 2014
Merry Christmas Wishes!
First of all, please let Joy and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
December 15 2014
RUSC Christmas Radio
Now you can relive those wonderful days and nights huddled around the radio enjoying magical Christmas broadcasts, with the new and improved RUSC Christmas Radio Station!
December 09 2014
Weird Circle - Chills! Thrills! Suspense!
The Weird Circle was a syndicated radio drama series produced in New York and originally broadcast between 1943-1945.
November 27 2014
Happy Thanksgiving Day!
A little fun, and some good, clean, entertainment for you to share with your friends and loved ones on this special day.
November 23 2014
Shows For You To Gobble Over Thanksgiving
Joy has been at it again, giving me some sharp elbows to the ribs about getting a new radio station up...
November 14 2014
Raymond Edward Johnson
Raymond Edward Johnson was an American radio and stage actor best remembered for his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries.
November 07 2014
World at War
On November 11th we will honor the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year is especially poignant, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
November 03 2014
Fall is here in its full glory
Well the crazy outfits from Halloween have been packed away for another year, and the baked seeds, soup and even the scrumptious pumpkin cake that Joy made, has all been polished off in the Norris household.
October 30 2014
The Results Are In...
Shall I give you a clue who the winner is? Here's the series introduction...
October 27 2014
A Halloween Special!
With Halloween just a couple of days away, Joy has been giving me some not-too-gentle nudges to get a radio station up that focuses on some good old-fashioned horror.
October 23 2014
A 'Happy' Halloween!
You probably noticed that I've been adding more terrifying horror shows to RUSC throughout October, and we've been talking a lot about spine-chilling thrillers, which are great if you love being paralyzed by fear...
October 16 2014
Old Time Radio Stars Quiz
Nostalgic fun for everyone, particularly if you've been around for more than a few decades...
September 26 2014
Native American Day
Native American heritage has a rich stronghold in U.S. history, and 26th September 2014 marks the day in which Native American history and culture is celebrated.
September 19 2014
Transforming The Daily Commute
Twenty years ago, we'd never have believed that in the future, folks would be walking around with several hundred hours of old time radio shows or music in their pockets, able to listen to whatever they liked...
September 05 2014
It's such a shame...
The daughter of Peg Lynch, has sent an email to Joy and I asking us to remove all of the Ethel and Albert, and Couple Next Door shows from the RUSC website, due to an exclusivity deal she has signed with an...
August 25 2014
This evening, I was reading through some of the comments our wonderful RUSC friends have written about the shows they have listened to.
August 13 2014
“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”
Sadly, we awoke to the news this morning that actress and Hollywood great, Lauren Bacall, has passed away at the age of 89.
August 05 2014
It is 100 years since World War I began...
Joy and I were watching the International news this morning, and there was a moving tribute to mark the outbreak of World War I, 100 years ago.
July 31 2014
Suspense - House by the River
While there are too many great old-time-radio stories to mention, every once in a while I come across a story that I just have to recommend...
July 24 2014
It was a dark and stormy night...
That's pretty much the introduction for dozens, possibly even hundred of old-time radio shows.
July 14 2014
It Was 10 Years Ago Today ...
It really brought it home to me today just how much time flies.
July 08 2014
Test Your Knowledge!
A massive well done to everyone who successfully completed the last quiz! The quizzes are getting tougher, but your overall scores are getting better!
June 30 2014
On 4th July, it will be exactly two hundred and thirty eight years since the Declaration of Independence was first signed by the Continental Congress. Incredible!
June 26 2014
America's First Professional Songwriter
They say that sometimes the history of people is written in their music. Not so much in the works of great composers, but in the songs that come from the souls of humble men and women. Alfred Lord Tennyson...
June 21 2014
The Wedding Season Is In Full Swing!
It's the height of the wedding season, and with all of the love and romance in the air, Joy wanted me to write a little something about the real-life couples of old time radio.
June 17 2014
The Recent Facebook Poll
The results are in from the recent Facebook poll. The question Joy and I asked was "Do you use Facebook, the social media website?"
June 13 2014
Father's Day 2014!
Well it's nearly here, the one day of the year which the Father's of the nation can officially call their own. It's Father's Day!
June 09 2014
It's time for this month's quiz!
Last month the quiz tested you on your general knowledge of old time radio. Several people achieved excellent scores, but to everyone who successfully completed it, I have to say well done!
June 03 2014
Operation Neptune - The Normandy Landings
The picture to the right is of US Army troops wading ashore on Omaha Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944.
May 29 2014
Happy Birthday Stacy Keach, Sr!
It would have been Stacy Keach, Sr's 100th birthday today. Sadly, he's not here to see the day, but we can sure celebrate his birthday, by tuning in to one of the wonderful legacies he left behind.
May 26 2014
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving their nation.
May 20 2014
One of the most beloved stars of World War II
It will be Memorial Day on Monday. A day where we shall remember all of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
May 12 2014
The Railroad Hour
Do you love musicals? The Railroad Hour was a radio series of musical dramas and comedies broadcast from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. Even though the shows do feature scripts, it was all about the songs -...
May 08 2014
Happy Mother's Day!
This coming Sunday, children across the world will honour their mother by giving presents, flowers, and cards as a token of thanks for their love and care.
May 02 2014
RUSC Open Day
Since launching the new version of the RUSC website a year ago, there have been a whole heap of exciting changes right here in the member's area.
April 28 2014
Hands up if you've heard of William Shakespeare?
Everyone? Yes I thought so! You can probably name a least one or two of his plays off the top of your head right now too? (I know I can...)
April 09 2014
Mickey Rooney, who spent nearly his entire life in show business, sadly passed away on Sunday, at the grand old age of 93.
April 07 2014
It's Quiz Time!
Are you an old time radio expert or a nostalgia newbie?
March 30 2014
The Ultimate April Fool?
Okay, so it wasn't broadcast on April Fool's Day, and it wasn't actually intended to fool anyone, but the infamous 1938 radio broadcast of 'War of the Worlds' narrated and directed by Orson Welles definitely...
March 26 2014
Abroad With The Lockharts
A marvelous comedy soap opera, featuring the real-life married American couple, Gene & Kathleen Lockhart.
March 19 2014
So many people have asked for this …
Over the years there is one feature that I must have been asked for a million times. Okay, I'm exaggerating. Maybe it has just been a few hundred times, but it seems like a million times.
March 14 2014
Shows For St Patricks Day
It's time to put on your green clothes, dig out your lucky shamrock, and pour yourself a Guinness or two.
March 09 2014
Twenty six fascinating histories of the most famous diamonds in the world.
March 03 2014
The Brontë Sisters
You have read their books and poetry, you have seen their novels made into great motion pictures for the big screen...
February 21 2014
How well do you really know Dragnet?
Dragnet is, I’m sure you’ll agree, one of the all-time classics of old time radio. Anyone who loves old time radio is likely to have enjoyed the occasional episode from time to time - or a lot more frequently...
February 16 2014
A special treat for Presidents' Day
As any good American will know Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, but there was another rather famous US...
February 13 2014
Lots of members have been enjoying the radio stations I've been adding so I've been making a few improvements to the player and the way I set the radio stations up at this end.
February 05 2014
New Player on Mobile Version
I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve added a brand new player to the mobile version.
January 30 2014
Quiz: The Eyes Have It
Last weeks quiz seems to have been a big hit. Lots of people gave it a go, and the results were excellent. Most people scored 50% or more so well done!
January 27 2014
Cliff Carpenter: 1915 to 2014
Alas, another personality from those bygone days has ceased broadcasting in this dimension and move onto the big broadcaster in the sky.
January 23 2014
Who am I?
Are you up for a challenge? It is a really easy one and I'm sure you'll pass with flying colors.
January 14 2014
Introducing RUSC Radio
Over Christmas I put up a streaming radio station of Christmas old-time radio shows. The Christmas radio station was very well received, and I know from the messages I received that many of you enjoyed being...
January 12 2014
Did you do the crossword?
First of all let me wish a belated Happy New Year to everyone. Did you manage to complete the New Year's Crossword? Whether you did or didn't I'd be really grateful if you could fill-out the little poll on...
December 30 2013
New Year Old Time Radio Crossword 2014
To help you relax and unwind after all the festivities of the last few days I’ve put together a good old fashioned old-time radio crossword.
December 26 2013
Shows For A Happy New Year!
My gosh! Another year as gone whizzing by and it is time to welcome in another one. Are the years getting shorter or is it just me?
December 18 2013
Special 'Christmas' Sections
I've had lots of messages this year asking me where the Christmas list of shows has gone. I'm pleased to say that it is back and bigger and better than ever.
December 14 2013
RUSC Christmas Radio
There were some wonderful old time radio Christmas shows so I thought it would be a great idea to set up a little streaming radio station especially for RUSC members to enjoy during this festive period.
December 09 2013
I think I've fixed the Internet Explorer 11 problem
Further to my email over the weekend I’m pleased to say that I think I’ve fixed the problem with Internet Explorer 11.
December 08 2013
Problems with Internet Explorer 11 and Apple iOS7
I sent out a mail about this, but I thought it would be a good idea to post it here just in case anyone missed it.
December 04 2013
A Date Which Will Live In Infamy
There are certain dates that are so momentous that they are etched indelibly in people's memories forever more. A recent example is obviously 11th September 2001 - a date that few people above a certain age...
November 27 2013
National Thanksgiving Day
Before 1863, Thanksgiving Day had been celebrated only by some of the States of America, and at various times of the year ranging from anywhere between October and January. It was the relentless campaigning...
November 19 2013
And the Favorite Old Time Radio Series of All-Time is ...
The results are in for the voting for 'The Best Old-Time Radio Series Ever!' Over 600 people submitted their nominations. Each listed their three favourites so that's over eighteen-hundred votes to count up...
November 09 2013
The Eisenhower Years
The 11th day of November is Veterans day. A day to reflect on the soldiers both past and present who have and continue to risk their lives for the greatest honor of their country.
October 25 2013
When I was young I suffered from Frankophobia
Many people are scared of spiders. Others are scared of enclosed spaces or heights. But, I reckon in the 30s and 40s my phobia was probably more common amongst children and young adults than all of these...
October 21 2013
Stars Over Hollywood
On May 31, 1941, Stars Over Hollywood was broadcast for the first time on CBS radio network. This thirty minute Saturday morning program featured family oriented stories often with a strong moral that were...
October 14 2013
Cavalcade of America: Columbus Day
There have been many great radio programs about Columbus Day that are worth looking at as we celebrate Christopher Columbus on this day – which is also Canadian Thanksgiving Day. Some of these programs really...
October 10 2013
Hollywood Star Playhouse
The radio series, Hollywood Star Playhouse was a dramatic anthology series that was well performed and written and lasted for three years – 1950-1953 over three networks.
October 03 2013
Philip Morris Playhouse
On Friday evenings at 8:30 pm, from 1939 until 1944, everyone who had a radio gathered round it to listed to the music, variety and drama offerings of Philip Morris Playhouse. It continued again in 1948 until 1951.
September 24 2013
Jack Johnstone had a varied career in radio but is probably best remembered as the producer, director and writer of the highly successful detective drama, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.
September 13 2013
Farewell To Arms - Ford Theater
The word classic is easily used but Farewell To Arms deserves no lesser epithet.
September 06 2013
Grandparents Day Sunday 8th September 2013
I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure. ~Gene Perret
August 31 2013
Ford Theater - Ah Wilderness
American playwright Eugene O'Neill presented his comedy "Ah Wilderness" to Guild Theater audiences on Broadway in 1933 and it was only a few short years later that the radio adaptation was aired to audiences...
August 22 2013
Ford Theater - Of Human Bondage
This Somerset Maugham classic is masterpiece of human struggle against societal prejudices, the conscience and the self.
August 11 2013
With summer now fully upon us there's nothing more enjoyable than a good story to listen to as you while away those hazy summer days on the beach, by the pool or simply in your own back yard. With this luxury...
August 04 2013
Guess What Quiz Show
With 'puzzles, tricks and mental stimulation' Lindsay MacHarrie hosts this interactive quiz show which is as entertaining today as it was when it first aired. Interestingly enough though it may now actually...
July 30 2013
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court
This hour-long classic of American literature was adapted from Mark twain's 1889 original by Lillian Schoen and was presented to its Ford Theater radio audience first in 1947.
July 25 2013
Front Page Drama
When I read that one of these stories was telling us that a comet could strike the Earth, that the story revolved around the official dilemma of secrecy over dissemination and that the crux of the show would...
July 19 2013
Just how one man could possibly get himself into so much trouble or how so much trouble could seek him out is a fact that puts Rocky Jordan well and truly amongst the ranks of Sherlock Holmes, Matt Dillon,...
July 18 2013
The New Version of RUSC is Live!!!
Joy and myself are really proud to have released the new version of RUSC. We've been working on it for many months now and we hope you like it.
July 16 2013
The 21st Precinct shows ran from July 7th 1953 through November 1st 1956 and were broadcast on the CBS network. This police 'show' takes the format of a serious drama which unlike many others places the...
July 09 2013
Don McNeill's Breakfast Club
Some might say that "The Breakfast club" fronted by the inimitable Don McNeill and team was created by accident. The show originally took a different format and was an hour of unsponsored entertainment called...
July 01 2013
It's not all about Benjamin Franklin
It's easy to think of the Fourth of July as a time to remember the illustrious likes of Benjamin Franklin or John Adams, and to sit back and merely consider the birth of our nation, but something I heard in...
June 24 2013
Thanks for the lovely feedback!
It's been a couple of weeks since I published the brand new version of RUSC. I'd like to thank everyone who has sent in kind words of encouragement since then. You have certainly made it all worthwhile. A lot...
May 04 2013
IMPORTANT - I need your feedback!
After having a look round the new version of the RUSC site please can you take the time to let me know what you think. Just click on the 'Feedback' tab on the left and enter your thoughts - good or bad...
April 25 2013
Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on September 3, 1913, Alan Ladd’s All-American good looks took him far in Hollywood. His family moved to Hollywood when he was four years old and he attended high school there...
April 18 2013
The Guest Star Series of radio shows were produced by the Treasury Department to promote the purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds. It starred all the popular movie and radio stars of the time. Name any old-time...
April 11 2013
Best known for his work in television as Captain Video for the DuMont Television Network, Hodge also played the popular part of Britt Reid on the Green Hornet radio show for seven years. Born on April 18,...
April 02 2013
Your Hit Parade
This extremely popular musical series was first broadcast in 1935 on the radio and then on television in 1950. Lucky Strike cigarettes was the sponsor of the Saturday evening show that featured the most...
March 28 2013
Joy and I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter. For some people this time of year is special for religious reasons - of course! For others, religion has taken a back seat to chocolate and Easter...
March 23 2013
Adventures In Research
There were many radio shows designed to entertain, and a few that endeavored to teach while entertaining. Adventures In Research was one of those that had the goal of teaching the sciences to both young and...
March 19 2013
The Bet by Anton Chekhov
If you only listen to one show this week then let it be this from the series Favorite Story.
March 06 2013
Strange but True
Have a history teacher explain this if they can...
February 23 2013
Bill Johnstone was an actor who enjoyed a long career in radio and later in television. His distinctive voice made him well known as Lamont Cranston – The Shadow – on that radio mystery series. The series ran...
February 10 2013
Who was the lonesome gal with the mask?
In 1947, WING, a Dayton, Ohio broadcasting company began a disc jockey syndication program called Lonesome Gal. It was heard in that area for two years and then syndicated and heard nationally from 1949...
February 03 2013
On Sunday 3rd February it is Superbowl 2013. Who will you be supporting? San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens?
January 22 2013
Walter Tetley: The kid who stole the show
Born in 1915, Walter Tetley saw radio through its classic era by playing characters in such great broadcasts as The Great Gildersleeve and the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. He was a familiar voice from the...
January 15 2013
Where did RUSC get its name?
Have you ever wondered where the RUSC Old Time Radio web site got its name?
December 30 2012
Bumper End of Year Quiz
To celebrate the end of another wonderful year here at RUSC I've put together a special end of year Old Time Radio Quiz. But this time I didn't do all the hard work myself as lots of you lovely RUSC...
December 17 2012
Get Ready For Christmas at RUSC
Over the years we have added many wonderful Christmas episodes to RUSC and now I have put them all together in one comprehensive list to make your festive listening even easier to access. To get you in the...
December 11 2012
Ned & Joy need YOUR Questions for a Bumper Christmas Quiz
A couple of weeks back I put up an old time radio quiz and it went down REALLY well. Joy and I received lots of lovely mails, and many of them were asking if we'd be doing another one for Christmas. So,...
December 08 2012
The Results of the Quiz are in
Wow! Since the old time radio quiz went live seven hundred people have completed it. I'm amazed how clever everyone is. Considering that the golden age of radio was over fifty years ago there are LOTS of...
November 27 2012
Old Time Radio Quiz
I've put together a little quiz for all fans of old time radio, so you can find out if you are an old time radio expert or a nostalgic newbie? I was at a loose end in between stuffing my face over...
November 20 2012
Shows For Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! Abbott And Costello - Costello's Pet Turkey 11/25/1943 Aldrich Family - Thanksgiving Dance and Turkey Run 11/25/1948 Amos and Andy - Kingfish's Turkey Trauma 11/20/1949 Amos and...
November 15 2012
Incredible But True
Incredible, But True Ken Nordine (pictured) was the narrator and host of Incredible, But True a radio drama that told stories of phenomena that was never explained – but, supposedly true. The dramas were...
November 08 2012
Veterans Day 2012
On Sunday 11th November 2012 it is Veteran's Day. It is a time to pause and remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives for the freedom of us all. There were many great radio programs...
November 01 2012
Gripping Recommendations To Keep You Thrilled
Well now that we are in the Halloween spirit I guess you are well and truly in the mood for suspenseful and thrilling drama.
October 18 2012
Danger Dr Danfield
Danger, Dr. Danfield Danger, Dr. Danfield was a detective melodrama that consisted of 26 episodes broadcast from the 18th, August 1946 through 13th, April of 1947. All starred Michael Dunne (aka Steve...
October 11 2012
Lou Merrill was best known as the host/narrator of the radio docudrama, CrimeClassics, which was on CBS radio from 1953 until 1954. The program was created, produced and directed by Elliott Lewis and was...
October 02 2012
Henry Morgan (born, Henry Lerner Van Ost, Jr. on March 31, 1915) was an American humorist who is best remembered in radio as a satirist and on television as a panelist on I’ve Got a Secret. Morgan began...
September 25 2012
The Senior Citizen And His Moped
The Senior Citizen And His Moped An elderly man on a Moped, looking about 100 years old, pulls up next to a doctor at a stop light. The old man looks over at the sleek shiny car...
September 19 2012
Born in Mason City, Iowa on May 18, 1902, as Robert Meredith Willson who later shortened his name to Meredith Willson was best known for writing the Broadway hit, The Music Man. He was a conductor,...
September 11 2012
Voice and character actor, Paul Frees, was born in 1920 in Chicago with the name, Solomon Hersh Frees. His voice was unusual and propelled him to success in unusual roles in many radio shows and movies...
August 27 2012
Secrets of a long and happy life!
Secrets of a Long and Happy Life! A woman notices a little wizened old man rocking in a chair in his back garden. "I couldn't help noticing how happy you look," she calls across to him. "What's your...
August 12 2012
From Saturday 11th August until Sunday 26th August Joy and I will be taking two weeks vacation. I have scheduled lots of shows for you to listen to while we are away and don't worry if you have any urgent...
August 04 2012
Jean Shepherd (Shep) was born on July 26, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois and had a career in show business that went on for decades. His first foray was in radio, but he was also well-known as a television...
July 30 2012
Fifty Years Older And Looking Good! Three old men are talking about what their grandchildren might be saying about them in fifty years' time. "I would like my grandchildren to say, 'he was successful...
July 24 2012
Sheldon Leonard Born in New York City on February 22, 1907, Sheldon Leonard grew up to be a six-foot actor who specialized in roles of supporting characters. His radio career includes shows such as...
July 19 2012
Parents' Day Sunday - 22nd July 2012
Parents' Day Sunday 22nd July 2012 Well on Sunday it's Parents' Day and while I was listening to an episode of Family Theater broadcast in 1947 on RUSC I couldn't help feeling that the introduction...
July 09 2012
Ken Carpenter Ken Carpenter was a prominent announcer for many Old Time Radio shows such as the Al Jolson Show from 1947 until 1949. He was also the announcer for actor and entertainer, Bing Crosby for 27...
July 04 2012
Poem For Independence Day Listen To The People by Stephen Vincent Benet
Poem For Independence Day To celebrate 4th July we are adding to RUSC a wonderful recording from Cavalcade of America. In July 1943 Dupont Cavalcade saluted 167 years of American freedom and presented...
June 29 2012
Shows For Independence Day
Happy 4th July! Avalon Time - Fourth of July Picnic Cavalcade of America - Declaration of Independence, TheCavalcade of America - Dangerous MissionCavalcade of America - Portrait of an Author ...
June 20 2012
Ray Bradbury OTR Chronicles
Ray Bradbury Old-Time-Radio Chronicles ABC Radio Workshop – Mars Is Heaven Bradbury Thirteen - The Veldt 1984.04.16 Bradbury Thirteen - Dark They Were And Golden Eyed 1984.05.07 Bradbury...
June 15 2012
Happy Fathers Day
Happy Fathers Day 2012 If you are still lucky (or young) enough to have your father around or if in deed you are a father don't forget it's a special day for fathers on Sunday 17th June. Joy and I are...
June 12 2012
22nd August 1920 - 6th June 2012 RayBradbury’s childhood began in Waukegan, Illinois and had aspirations to become a magician. But, his fortune was to be found from the stories he began to write on butcher...
June 07 2012
Shows Featuring Cary Grant
Here is a comprehensive list of radio episodes starring Cary Grant. Many of them are currently live on RUSC and Joy and I will be working our way through the rest and adding them over the next week.Lux...
June 01 2012
Archibald Alexander Leach, better known as Cary Grant, was born on January 18, 1904. He was best known for his drop-dead handsome face and his devil-may-care attitude. He was charming popular, and not only...
May 27 2012
Shows For Memorial Day
Between the American Revolution and the current conflict in Iraq, more than 26 million men and women have served America in wartime. Nearly 900,000 of those who served never returned home. Memorial Day is a...
May 18 2012
1914–1979 One of John Meston’s earliest forays into the world of radio storytelling was the dramatic adventure, Escape, which began in 1947 and ended in 1954. CBS broadcast the show and it was...
May 12 2012
Happy Mothers Day 2012
Article from Radio Mirror November 1948 by Terry Burton Suppose that among the many millions of mothers in our country you were chosen as the American Mother of the Year! That was exactly what happened...
May 09 2012
Shows For A Happy Mother's Day
Shows For A Happy Mother's Day Sunday 13th may 2012 Bill Stern Sports Newsreel Guest Laraine Day (Mothers Day) 1950.05.12 Box 13 - Rendezvous In The Park At Night AKA Double Mothers 1948.10.10Burns and...
May 02 2012
Punography! This is pure unadulterated silliness but it made me laugh..... I changed my i Pod name to Titanic. It's syncing now. When chemists die, they barium. Jokes about German sausage are the wurst ...
April 24 2012
Old Time Radio Shows Featuring The Plays of William Shakespeare
Old Time Radio Shows Featuring The Plays of William Shakespeare On the 23rd April 1616 William Shakespeare died at the age of 52. Shakespeare is known as one of the greatest writers of the 16th century...
April 17 2012
Richard Kollmar has been described as an exuberant comedian unspoiled by cleverness. He was married to talk-show hostess and actress, Dorothy Kilgallen and the couple had three children. Kollmar was best...
April 12 2012
Friday The 13th
Friday The 13th Have you ever wondered where superstitions come from, why you may feel the need to throw salt over your shoulder to counteract any ill luck from spilling salt in the first place, why you...
April 04 2012
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett -Easter ShowAvalon Time - Easter and Spring CleaningAmos and Andy - Easter HatBaby Snooks - Easter BonnetBickersons - Easter ParadeBurns & Allen - Easter ProgramCBS Radio...
March 30 2012
April Fool's Day
April Fool's Day Monday 1st April 2012 Below is a list of favorite April Fool shows. Other shows that will give you ideas for pranks include Candid Microphone and Truth or Consequences. Have fun!Aldrich...
March 21 2012
Well Tuesday 20th March was officially the first day of spring and I don’t know about you but I am beginning to get that happy feeling that comes when spring is in the air. The clocks went forward last...
March 08 2012
Victory Jory was born in Canada in 1902 and began to box and wrestle when he spent time in the Coast Guard. Later, he secured parts in many Hollywood movies, including Gone With the Wind, in which he played...
February 27 2012
Barbara Eiler was a prolific actress in radio and television shows during the 1940s and 1960s. She began her acting career as a teenager and was a regular on shows such as A Day In the Life of Dennis Day, The...
February 11 2012
Shows For A Happy Valentines Day!The Aldrich Family - Valentines Day Party (1943.02.11)Amos and Andy - A Mean Valentine (1945.02.16)Arch Oboler's Plays - Love, Love, Love (1945.05.03)The Bickersons -...
January 26 2012
Now you can add comments and ratings to shows, series and stars, etc
Now you can add comments and ratings to shows, series and stars, etc I'm very excited to let you know about a new feature I've just added to RUSC. It is one I've been working on for a while so I hope...
January 24 2012
Joy and I have been enjoying listening to The Life of Riley so much I decided to feature Paula Winslowe this week so that I could keep on adding them!
January 16 2012
William Bendix played radio and television characters that you never forgot. His biggest and most memorable role was as Chester A. Riley on The Life of Riley. This situation comedy was first broadcast by CBS...
January 08 2012
Straight Arrow was a kids’ series that featured exciting western adventures. It was launched by the West Coast Don Lee Network on May 6, 1948 and had a three year run, ending on June 21, 1951...
December 28 2011
Shows For A Happy New Year
Shows For A Happy New Year! Amos & Andy New Year's Eve with Edward G Robinson 1943.12.31 Jackson's New Year's Eve 1944.12...
December 24 2011
Send A Rusc E-Greeting Card
Send a RUSC E-Greeting Card Have you sent all your seasonal greeting cards out yet? If not then click on the link below and send out a RUSC e-greeting card to your friends, family and colleagues. There...
December 16 2011
Great Gildersleeve Stories for Children
Harold Peary, who played the part of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve enjoyed a long career as an American actor, comedian and singer, but the role of Gildy a water-commissioner who worked in the town of...
December 06 2011
A Date Which Will Live In Infamy 70 Years On Since Pearl Harbor
There are certain dates that are so momentous that they are etched indelibly in people's memories forever more. A recent example is obviously 11th September 2001 - a date that few people above a certain...
November 30 2011
Margaret O’Brien Margaret O’Brien was a legendary child star and considered to be the greatest little actress of all times. She was an extremely gifted and talented performer who is best remembered...
November 23 2011
Shows For Thanksgiving
Amos And Andy Kingfish's Turkey Trauma - 11/20/1949 Burns and Allen Thanksgiving Show (18th November 1940) Cavalcade of America The US Pilgrims (24th November 1947) Family Theater Home For...
November 16 2011
The Silent Men
First broadcast in October of 1951, The Silent Men aired for 30 minutes on Sundays until March of 1952 and then took a Wednesday time slot until May, 1952. The show was dramatic intrigue, with an excellent...
November 11 2011
Veterans Day 11th November 2011
Veterans Day 2011 Between the American Revolution and the current conflict in Iraq, more than 26 million men and women have served America in wartime. Nearly 900,000 of those who served never returned home...
November 09 2011
May 3, 1910 – October 18, 2011 Norman Corwin, born May 3, 1910, has often been called "America’s Poet Laureate of the Radio." He wrote, produced and directed many of the phenomenally successful radio...
October 31 2011
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) Edgar Allan Poe was a writer during the 1830s. His macabre stories were resurrected on radio programs – giving them voices of radio stars during the 1940s and 1950s. Some...
October 22 2011
Wyllis Cooper Pekin, Illinois was the birthplace of radio, television and film creator/writer, Wyllis Cooper, on January 26, 1899. After graduating from Pekin High School in 1916, Cooper joined the U.S...
October 13 2011
Pabst Blue Ribbon Sponsors Mercury Summer Theater 1946
Pabst Blue Ribbon Sponsors Mercury Summer Theater 1946 The answer to the recent RUSC poll question "Which of the following radio shows were sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon beer?" was in fact all of them...
October 11 2011
Nick Carter: The Case of the Henpecked Husband
Nick Carter - The Case of the Henpecked Husband Oh dear the Nick Cater episode The Case of the Henpecked Husband that was added to RUSC in August was cut short by four minutes. Well now thanks to friend...
October 03 2011
Old Time Radio Advertisements
Did you know on RUSC we have a page of old time radio advertisements? There are nearly one hundred and twenty in all covering everything from Alka Seltzer (plop-plop-fizz-fizz) through to Winston Cigarettes...
September 22 2011
Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 31, 1908, Don Ameche went on to become one of America’s leading men of radio, movie and television. His parents were of German and Italian immigrants and he had three...
September 13 2011
Norman MacDonnell was considered a creative genius for his work in radio and television. He was responsible for creating and producing Gunsmoke, the first adult western on radio and later on television. His...
September 10 2011
Destination Freedom - Patriotic Format On this day 11th September 2011, 10 years on since a day we can never forget, if you listen to only one show let it be Destination Freedom - Patriotic Format...
August 16 2011
Mercedes McCambridge Often referred to as the world’s greatest living radio actress, Mercedes McCambridge was born in Joliet, Illinois on March 16, 1916. She graduated from Mundelein College in Chicago,...
August 05 2011
Sam Edwards Sam Edwards was born in 1915 to a family familiar with radio show business. His mother was stage actress Edna Parks. In 1930 in the early days of his career Sam Edwards played the role of 14...
July 28 2011
An American actor, born in Bronx, New York in 1912, Frank Lovejoy became a successful radio actor, appearing on the 1930s crime/drama series, Gangbusters, later becoming a narrator for This Is Your FBI and...
July 22 2011
Happy Parent's Day
Here's a wonderful poem for parents day on Sunday 24th July 2011. If you have young kids then read this to them as a forwarning to keep them in check! If your kids are all grown up now, I hope that today...
July 15 2011
From Robert La Salle’s ventures down the Mississippi River, onward to Lewis and Clark’s fearless trips forging toward the West Coast, the Old Time Radio Show of Frontier Fighters brings you a historical...
July 07 2011
One of the most beloved actors in show business, (especially by Joy) James "Jimmy" Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania to parents who owned a hardware store. Jimmy was expected to take...
July 01 2011
America's Day Of Independence
Joy and I have put together a wonderful collection of shows relating to the Fourth of July for your listening enjoyment. Be sure to listen to The Frances Langford Show, Holly's First Country Club Dance,...
June 21 2011
Lon Clark Born in Minnesota on January 12, 1911, Lon Clark became a formidable voice on the radio when he began his career on the soap opera, Bright Horizon in 1941. Clark played the part of Keith Richards...
June 12 2011
Myrt and Marge Soap Opera
Myrt and Marge (also known as The Story of Myrt and Marge), was a popular radio soap opera crafted by vaudevillian performer, Myrtle Vail. Intense drama and thrilling escapades were the hallmarks of these...
June 02 2011
Police Headquarters A crime radio drama that was broadcast in the 1930s, Police Headquarters was a fifteen-minute show syndicated by NBC radio stations on the West Coast. There were a total of 39...
May 18 2011
People Are Funny
People Are Funny People Are Funny was a human interest radio show that went on the air in 1942 and had the audience participate in hilarious stunts. Producer and writer of the show, John Guedel, was...
April 28 2011
When A Girl Marries
When A Girl Marries In celebration of the British Royal Wedding taking place on Friday 29th April 2011 between Prince William, second in line to the throne of England, and Kate Middleton we are featuring...
April 11 2011
Willard Waterman Waterman’s radio career began in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was born in 1914, and he later moved to Chicago where he became fast friends with Harold Peary. Peary and Waterman looked and...
April 04 2011
It’s A Crime Mr. Collins
It’s a Crime Mr. Collins A mystery/detective drama, first broadcast in August of 1956, It’s a Crime Mr. Collins cast Mandel Kramer as Greg Collins, the "infamous private eye" of San Francisco. Collins was...
April 01 2011
April Fool's Day
April Fool's Day Friday 1st April 2011 It's April fool's day and in the couple next door'shousehold Betsy wakes up and has a little fun with her daddy. Daddy decides that they should play a little joke...
March 27 2011
Elizabeth Taylor Died 23rd March 2011
Elizabeth Taylor 17th February 1932 - 23rd March 2011 I was very saddened to hear of the death of Elizabeth Taylor on Wednesday. She was born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor on February 27 1932 in London to...
March 21 2011
NBC University Theater
NBC UNIVERSITY THEATER First broadcast on July 30, 1948, NBC University Theater was a dramatic anthology that featured the stories of great novels on its shows and even provided college credits for some...
March 17 2011
St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day St. Patrick is the patron Saint of the Irish. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick'sDay ever since. Today St Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in...
March 10 2011
Encore Theater Encore Theater brought to the air one of the best dramatic series that radio had to offer. The show first aired in 1946 as a summer replacement series and was based on true stories that...
March 08 2011
Fibber McGee & National Pancake Day
Fibber McGee & National Pancake Day Today is National Pancake Day or Mardis Gras, which originates from Christians and French Catholics who observe Lent. Lent is the period of forty days leading up to...
March 03 2011
21st June 1921 - 28th February 2011 On February 28, 2011, the world lost one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1940s and 1950s era. Jane Russell was born as Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell on June...
February 24 2011
John Steele, Adventurer
John Steele, Adventurer First broadcast in 1949, John Steele, Adventurer was a thriller/drama that wasn’t considered a major force in the world of radio although it is considered to have offered great...
February 18 2011
Presidents' Day Monday 21st February 2011
Presidents' Day Monday 21st February 2011 February 12 and 22 were observed as separate holidays to honor the birthdays of respectively Abraham Lincoln and George Washington until 1971, when President...
February 12 2011
Happy Valentine's Day
Happy Valentines Day Today all hearts that hope to romance are celebrating St. Valentine’s Day and that includes Chester A. Riley’s big roomy heart. However he and Peg have had an argument and to get...
February 02 2011
John Brown was born on the 4th April 1904 in Hull, a town in the county of Yorkshire in the north of England. Having moved to America his career in radio spanned the 1940’s and early 50’s and he is probably...
January 19 2011
My Friend Irma
My Friend Irma was a radio situation comedy that began broadcasting in April of 1947 on CBS. Marie Wilson was cast as the dumb blonde, Irma Peterson, and Cathy Lewis played her best friend and roommate....
January 10 2011
March 27, 1921 – December 22, 2010 Born Frederick William Foy, Fred Foy the announcer who made famous the lead in to the Lone Ranger died recently on 22nd December 2010 at the age of 89. Foy was born in...
December 24 2010
Merry Christmas 2010
Merry Christmas 2010! This year as promised we have put together our biggest old time radio crossword ever! Joy and I have had lots of fun preparing it and including the questions you suggested. I hope...
December 10 2010
Have You Got A Question For The RUSC 2010 Holiday Season Crossword?
Have You Got A Question For The RUSC 2010 Holiday Season Crossword? Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and Joy and I are busy digging in our collection of Old-Time-Radio for some festive shows to put you...
November 30 2010
Kate Smith The grand-dame of radio music was born in Greenville, Virginia on May 1, 1907 and had a voice that was said to “rattle the timbers of an auditorium.” She was well known for her rendition of...
November 16 2010
Glenn Miller Alton Glenn Miller was born on March 1, 1904 and came to be known as one of the best “Big Bands” of the swing era during the 1940s. As early as 1931, the Nathaniel Shilkret payroll...
November 10 2010
Thursday 11th November 2010 Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. In 1919 President...
November 04 2010
Bacon and Beans and Limousines
by Will Rogers One of Will Rogers's famous quotes goes, "I was born on Nov. 4, which is election day. . . . My birthday has made more men and sent more back to honest work than any other days in the year"...
October 30 2010
Shows For A Happy Halloween
If you've been checking in on RUSC lately you will have noticed the increase in horror and thrilling shows that have been added throughout the month of October. Well here it is Halloween and you know it's...
October 27 2010
Thrilling Shows To Get You In The Halloween Spirit
I have been asked recently if there are any particular shows that folks like to listen to for Halloween so with that in mind Joy and I have put together a list of shows suitably thrilling for the occasion.
October 25 2010
The Sealed Book
The Sealed Book In 1945, the Mutual Network aired The Sealed Book, a radio series that consisted of mystery and terror stories. The show began with the sound of a huge gong and followed with an...
October 18 2010
Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok First broadcast in 1951, Wild Bill Hickok was a juvenile western adventure sponsored by Kellogg Cereals. Guy Madison starred as Marshal Wild Bill Hickok and Andy Devine was cast as his...
October 08 2010
In “old time” radio history, Bret Morrison will be forever famous for his voice in the popular radio show, The Shadow. Born in Chicago, Illinois on May 5, 1912, Morrison also played roles in movies and...
October 05 2010
A traffic cop pulled over a little old lady for driving too slow on US Highway 22. "The speed is 65 miles per hour on this highway," he said, "but you were doing less than 25. How come?" She explained:...
September 16 2010
The Story of Dr Kildare
The Story of Dr Kildare Dr. Kildare, the radio program, came to the air in 1950 following the late 1930's/1940's MGM film series. It was a medical drama starring Lew Ayres as the young, idealistic...
September 06 2010
Basil Rathbone Basil Rathbone was known as the master of stage and screen, and he also made an indelible mark in radio. He thought radio was a terrific means of communication and was quoted once as...
August 28 2010
It’s Higgins, Sir
It's Higgins, Sir Ah, the British. The radio show, It’s Higgins, Sir, was based on a British butler, named Higgins, who insisted that his new American employers call him “Higgins” – not Mr. Higgins. The...
August 22 2010
Avalon Time was a comedy and variety program – a true, old-time radio show that premiered in 1938 and was broadcast until 1940. When Red Skelton was introduced to the show it changed from being primarily a...
August 12 2010
She was the perfect busybody with her distinct voice, red hair and dainty stature. Lurene Tuttle didn’t want for work after radio found that she possessed a mastery of various speech dialects and stole...
July 17 2010
The legend of Will Rogers lives on long after his death. He was born in 1879 on the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, learning roping skills and developing a deep love for horses as he grew up. Rogers began his...
July 08 2010
Frances Langford began her life on April 4, 1913 in Lakeland, Florida. She grew up to become a force in radio and also had several film roles during her career. She’s best known for her incredible vocal...
July 02 2010
Shows For Independence Day Fourth July 2010
To help you celebrate the Fourth July we have 3 fantastic shows to add to RUSC. The Cavalcade of America once again educates and entertains us with their story Portrait of an Author. It is a story about...
June 24 2010
Born Rose Joan Blondell on August 30, 1906, the diminutive, blonde hair, blue-eyed actress would appear in more than 100 movies and television programs during her lifetime. She was born in New York City to...
June 20 2010
Happy Father's Day
Happy Father's Day 2010 For Father's Day I have added an episode of Avalon Time which has Red Skelton telling a few jokes relating to Father's Day. As most of the male population have a leaning towards...
June 12 2010
Himan Brown Dies Aged 99
21st July 1910 - 4th June 2010 After a long and incredible life, Himan Brown passed away at the age of 99, only a few short weeks before his 100th birthday. Born in 1910 in Brooklyn to Jewish parents,...
June 07 2010
Rosa Rio - Organist Dies Aged 107
2nd June 1902 - 13th may 2010 Born Elizabeth Raub on June 2, 1902, Rosa Rio began her musical career in her hometown of New Orleans when she was only 10 years old playing piano accompaniment for silent...
June 03 2010
Richard Ewing “Dick” Powell was a singer, producer, director and head of a studio during his lifetime – but is probably best known for his acting roles in a multitude of 1930 Hollywood musicals.
May 27 2010
Memorial Day 31st May 2010
Monday the 31st May is Memorial Day and in honor of the day as a tribute to all our brave soldiers who have fought for peace and liberty we will be adding an episode of Columbia Workshop entitled Private...
May 11 2010
CBS RADIO MYSTERY THEATER
CBS Radio Mystery Theater wasn’t initiated until the 1970s – long after so many radio broadcasts had failed in the intense competition with television.
May 06 2010
Shows For A Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day As he introduces Hallmark Playhouse, James Hilton tells us that Kathleen Norris's (no relation) novel Mother is a warm-hearted glorification of that human relationship which is so...
April 25 2010
Shakespeare On The Air
Shakespeare On The Air While listening to an episode of Tales of The Texas Ranger last week I was excited when they announced that next Sunday Theater Guild On The Air would be broadcasting a full...
April 16 2010
The Advantage of Old Age
The Advantage of Old Age! A group of 40-year-old buddies discuss and discuss where they should meet for dinner. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet at the Gausthof zum Lowen restaurant because...
April 08 2010
Orson Welles To Narrate Children's Movie Long After Death
Orson Welles To Narrate Children's Movie Long After Death I read in the newspaper last week that the inimitable Orson Welles may soon be returning to the big screen some 25 years after his death. As all...
April 02 2010
Happy Easter 2010
Happy Easter 2010 On Easter Sunday, April 4th 2010 I will be adding a powerful hour length drama about the life of Jesus Christ. NBC University Theater brings this fascinating and provocative historical...
March 30 2010
April Fools Day Thursday 1st April 2010
April Fools Day - Frankenstein Hoax Added To RUSC On Thursday it will be the April Fools Day and if you are planning on a little tom foolery then you can listen to the following shows to get some...
March 23 2010
Top of the Polls - Fibber McGee & Molly
Fibber McGee and Molly come tops time after time in the mini polls featured on RUSC and the current poll, who is your favorite comedy duo, is no exception with the wonderful couple winning 37% of your votes...
March 12 2010
Often dubbed one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, Loretta Young made her radio debut long before her highly successful television and film career.
March 02 2010
Larry Haines was an American actor famous for his roles on radio and on television. He was born August 3, 1918 in Mount Vernon, New York just a hop, skip, and a jump from New York City where he would begin...
February 23 2010
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis
Who could ever forget the incredible comic duo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. They met quite unspectacularly when a mutual friend introduced them on the street corner in New York.
February 15 2010
Presidents Day 15th February 2010
Presidents Day - 15th February 2010 Once again the Cavalcade of America provides us with two engaging historical stories to enjoy on Presidents Day. In memory of George Washington born 22nd February 1732...
February 12 2010
Happy Valentines Day! Attention all you husbands and partners out there for Sunday is Valentines Day! At the home of the Nelsons at 1847 Rogers Road they are already at work on Operation Valentine - at...
January 30 2010
Born on January 25, 1916, Les Crutchfield later went to college and studied chemistry, mathematics and engineering. He began his career as an explosives consultant and mining foreman, but found that he had...
January 23 2010
Gale Gordon was born Charles T. Aldrich, Jr. on 20th February 1906. He grew up in New York City as the son of two actors. His mother was a British actress Gloria Gordon who appeared in the soap My Friend...
January 14 2010
Carole Lombard was a well-known film actress known particularly for her comedic roles. She was born Jane Alice Peters on the 6th of October 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. One day while playing baseball in the...
January 08 2010
Harold (Hal) Peary was born to Portuguese parents on July 25, 1908 in San Leandro, California. His real name was Jose Pereira de Faria, but he later changed it to make it easier to remember in his chosen...
December 31 2009
Guy Lombardo is an icon of big band music, but he was so much more than that - he was the guy who invented New Year's Eve!
December 25 2009
Merry Christmas 2009
Merry Christmas 2009 Joy and I would like to raise a glass of sherry and wish you a very peaceful and wonderful Christmas! Throughout December we have been adding new Holiday Season shows to RUSC and have...
December 15 2009
Give A RUSC Gift Subscription This Christmas
Just think how your friend or relative will feel when they go to their computer on Christmas Day and discover an e-mail on Christmas Day telling them that you've given them a gift subscription to the RUSC...
November 19 2009
Agnes Moorehead was a radio, film, and television star that won Golden Globes and Emmy awards for her work. She was best known as Samantha’s mother on the hit television show Bewitched. But that’s only a...
November 14 2009
Ralph Bell was born Ralph Scognamiglio on November 27, 1915 in New York City. He was a very successful radio personality and was best known for his work as a voiceover actor as well as radio announcer. He...
November 08 2009
Veteran's Day 2009 Veteran's Day was originally known as Armistice Day, the day when we celebrated the signing of the armistice that ended World War I on November 11th, 1918. In 1954 it became Veterans...
October 24 2009
Boris Karloff Boris Karloff – best remembered for his portrayal of monsters in horror films – became a mega star when he played Frankenstein’s monster in the movie, Frankenstein (1931), Bride of...
October 16 2009
Peter Lorre was born on June 26, 1904 in Rozahegy, Austria-Hungary (now Ruzomberok, Slovakia) under the name, Laszlo Lowenstein, the son of Jewish parents. His family moved to Vienna, Austria where Lorre...
October 08 2009
From 1935-1959, the show Backstage Wife was a popular soap opera heard on WGN and later NBC and CBS. It starred Vivien Fridell and Claire Niesen as the main character Mary Noble. Mary was a girl from...
October 01 2009
Frank and Anne Hummert
Frank and Anne Hummert were known as the King and Queen of soaps during the golden age of radio. Frank and Anne were married in 1935 after Anne began working for Frank as his assistant. He was an...
September 24 2009
The Guiding Light
On Friday 18th September 2009 the close group of actors on Guiding Light said their goodbyes when the show finally closed – and that beacon of light was snuffed – causing a black void in its fans’ hearts.
September 18 2009
Morton Fine and David Friedkin
Born four years apart in the early 1900s, Morton Fine and David Friedkin were the dynamic duo who wrote the series On Stage. But this was only one of their many accomplishments as a writing duo. The two began...
September 11 2009
Born Thomas Garrison Morfit in 1915, Baltimore native Garry Moore became a star in radio and television. He attended Baltimore City College, but dropped out before graduation to begin working in radio.
September 04 2009
Ed Gardner could be heard every week as Archie, the manager of Duffy’s Tavern. He was also the creator and head writer of the show. He was born Eddie Poggenburg on June 29, 1905 on Long Island.
August 27 2009
Born on December 14, 1911, Lindley Armstrong Jones got his nickname, “Spike,” by being as thin as a railroad spike for the Southern Pacific railroad company that his father worked for. He became a young...
August 13 2009
Johnson was born in Stockton, California on September 30, 1922 and went to the University of California where he attended Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. He married Toni Merrill in 1945 and they...
July 24 2009
News From Ned & Joy
Well it’s the time of the year when Joy and I decided to take a vacation on the East coast beginning with a trip to the Big Apple. We had a great few days visiting Liberty Island, Ellis Island and going up...
July 16 2009
Truth or Consequences
As a result of participating in a parlor game named Forfeits, legendary host, Ralph Edwards, had a light bulb moment and created the highly successful radio quiz show, Truth or Consequences. Edwards hosted...
July 08 2009
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell was created by Gilbert Patten who wrote under the name, Burt L. Standish and was first broadcast on NBC radio from March 26 to June 22, 1934 3 times a week in 15-minute...
July 01 2009
Fourth July 2009 Yankee Doodle Dandy
As a special treat for independence day this year I will be adding a Screen Guild Players show of highlights from the 1942 Warner Brother's motion picture Yankee Doodle Dandy based on the 50 year theatrical...
June 23 2009
It Pays To Be Ignorant
It Pays To Be Ignorant was a radio show that premiered on June 25, 1942, first as a spoof of the quiz show, Doctor I.Q. and then as a parody to Quiz Kids and Information, Please. The questions were doled out...
June 21 2009
Happy Father's Day!
I hope that you have been enjoying the recent additions to RUSC in the form of the very clever Quiz Kids. I don't know where they get all that knowledge from and so young. They certainly would put me to shame...
June 13 2009
The Quiz Kids
The Quiz Kids, a popular radio show of the 1940s and 1950s premiered with six young children, Gerard Darrow, Mary Ann Anderson, Joan Bishop, Cynthia Cline, Van Dyke Tiers and Charles Schwartz. Darrow, first...
June 06 2009
Groucho Marx was one of the famous Marx brothers that also included Chico and Harpo. They starred in the famous comedic films that people still love even today. On radio, the Marx brothers continued to...
May 30 2009
Born Louise Abras on April 16, 1915 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Joan Alexander eventually overcame the trauma of being sent to a Long Island convent school at age 3 after her father died. She used her...
May 19 2009
John Brown was an actor who popularized the narrator, Broadway, on Damon Runyon Theater. Brown narrated the stories of Damon Runyon in his distinct “Brooklynese” accent from 1949 until the mid-1950s. The show...
May 12 2009
The Family Theater radio series came to light after a priest, Father Patrick Peyton, convinced the Mutual Broadcasting Company to let him broadcast a show that promoted family prayer. He was initially given a...
May 08 2009
Shows For A Happy Mother's Day
For Mother's Day I am adding a special show from Family Theater entitled Mother of All. You'd be hard pushed to find a more appropriate title for such a day.
April 27 2009
Stan Freberg had a multi-faceted career in the entertainment industry. He was an author, voice-over actor, radio announcer, and comedian to name a few. Born in 1926 in Los Angeles, California he was raised as...
April 16 2009
Good News (1937 - 1941)
The Good News series was a musical variety radio program that spanned from November 4, 1937 to 1941. Good News of 1938 was billed as the most magnificent radio show to ever hit the airways and began with...
April 09 2009
Shows For A Happy Easter
On Easter Sunday 12th April 2009 I will be adding a program presented by CBS Radio Workshop entitled The Son Of Man. It is a touching presentation produced and directed by William N. Robeson of the words of...
April 02 2009
Phil Harris was a well-known musician and comedian who could be heard on the radio in many different shows including The Fitch Bandwagon that later became the Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show.
March 26 2009
From his most popular role as barber, Floyd Lawson, on The Andy Griffith Show to the character, Doc Charles Adams, that he created on CBS Radio’s Gunsmoke – Howard Turbell McNear put everything he had into...
March 18 2009
Georgia Ellis is best known for her character, Kitty Russell, in the tremendously popular radio show, Gunsmoke – a Western radio drama. But before her Miss Kitty role, she appeared in Billy the Kid, the first...
March 10 2009
Parley Baer was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 5, 1914, where he began his career in radio at station, KSL in the same city. He was also a student of drama at the University of Utah. Before beginning...
March 05 2009
Marshal Matt Dillon For President!
In our recent RUSC Survey I asked the question "Which character from the golden age of radio would win your vote for president?" The clear winner with 34% of the votes was Marshall Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke. It...
February 27 2009
On February 4th, 1914 in London, England, Ida Lupino was supposedly born beneath a table as the Germans conducted a zeppelin raid during World War I. Daughter of actress, Connie O’Shea, and music hall...
February 16 2009
Shows For Presidents' Day Monday 16th February 2009
Shows For Presidents' Day Monday 16th February 2009 I hope that you enjoyed the Cavalcade of America story The Girl Lincoln Loved that went live on RUSC recently. Well Cavalcade has come good again with a...
February 12 2009
The Girl Lincoln Loved
As you know the 12th February is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday so I was thinking of shows to add for President's day next week. Then I remembered that Valentine's Day is on the 14th February and my mind went to...
February 03 2009
In 1932, the show Family Doctor graced the airwaves for a short time. It was a show that centered on Dr. Grant Adams, a family doctor in small town America. Not only does Dr. Adams help people keep their...
January 28 2009
Joseph Bell was a voice actor and director for old time radio who participated in at least five shows. From 1933-1937, Bell directed the show Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing.
January 24 2009
Gunsmoke Thoroughbreds 1955.09.17
Joy and I try not to add shows to RUSC that are too bad in terms of the quality of the recording and if we do encounter a show that while audible is hard on the ears we will usually add a warning in the...
January 17 2009
Howard Duff was an actor who played on radio, television, film, and was also featured on the stage. He was born on November 24th, 1917 in Charleston, Washington.
January 10 2009
I recently added a Lights Out episode entitled Mister Maggs, which unfortunately cut off at 19 minutes. I have to say I did think it was a strange ending but an ending non-the less. I have now discovered from...
December 31 2008
Happy New Year 2009!
We don't usually add shows on Wednesdays but as it is New Year's Eve and we have been asked for some football broadcasts I have added the 1961 NFL championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the New...
December 25 2008
Merry Christmas 2008!
Joy and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We also wanted to provide you with some good old-fashioned entertainment for after you've enjoyed your Christmas frivolities, and fancy a quiet break...
December 07 2008
More Married Couples From The Golden Age of Radio
Oh dear Joy and I thought we'd pretty much got it covered but it seems we missed some very important couples from our previous editorial. How could we forget
Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone
December 01 2008
Married Couples In Old Time Radio
Marriage is no stranger to old time radio. Shows such as Mr. & Mrs. North featured characters who were married to one another. And while Mr. & Mrs. North is a fascinating show featuring a married couple that...
November 27 2008
Recently I received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.
November 21 2008
Mickey Mouse Theater On The Air
I heard on the radio that it was Mickey Mouse's 80th Birthday on the 18th November so I thought to myself what better way to celebrate than to add Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air to RUSC.
November 15 2008
Have you ever heard the term Shangri-La used to define paradise? It’s been used in hit songs, movies, and books, people even use the term in day-to-day life. But do you know where it came from? It is the...
November 09 2008
Veterans Day 11th November 2008
Veteran's Day is observed on the 11th November in memory of the end of The Great War, World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of...
November 04 2008
What happens when you have a hero taking on the criminal underworld using a secret identity? You get The Falcon, which started out as a story and ended up becoming a film and radio series that was highly successful.
October 24 2008
Orson Welles is a legendary figure in radio. Born in 1915 in Kenosha, Wisconsin Welles grew up in a family that encouraged thought. His mother was a musician and his father was an inventor. As a result, he...
October 17 2008
Best known for his radio script work, Arch Oboler was a Chicago native who enjoyed many facets of his career. He was a radio script writer, producer, director, and even novelist. He worked in all aspects of...
September 29 2008
Jim & Marian Jordan aka Fibber McGee and Molly
Jim and Marian Jordan are most famous for the show Fibber McGee and Molly. The show was broadcast from 1935 to 1959. It was a very long-running show, but it didn’t have high ratings until 1940. However, by...
September 20 2008
The Lone Ranger
If you were a young child in the 1930s to the 1950s, you probably tuned in three days a week to hear the Lone Ranger ride again. The Lone Ranger is one of the best-known radio shows and Westerns in history....
September 14 2008
Communism On The Air Waves
In the 1950s, radio reflected what was on the minds of many Americans. As World War II came to an end, there was no longer a need to feature shows about Nazi Germany. Instead, the focus of the United States...
September 10 2008
Another Goody For Old Timers
My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.
September 07 2008
A Poem To Take You Back To 1953. Happy Grandparents Day!
Black & White (under age 40 you won't understand!) You could hardly see for all the snow, Spread the rabbit ears as far as they'd go, Pull up a chair to the TV set, "Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet...
August 27 2008
Secret Agent K7 Returns
In 1939, listeners could tune in each week to hear a 15-minute show about espionage on Secret Agent K7 Returns. It didn’t feature flashy stars or wild special effects. It simply told the story of solving a mystery.
August 19 2008
Harry Bartell was born November 28, 1913 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He would become famous for his acting in radio, television, and film. He grew up in Houston and got his start in radio at the station KPRC....
August 12 2008
Ed Begley was born on 25th March 1901 and would become a star of radio, stage, and film. He was born to Irish immigrant parents and ran away from home many times. He finally broke away completely from his...
July 28 2008
Ever wondered how OTR was recorded in the 1940's & 1950's?
Recently I a received an e-mail from Hubert, a friend of RUSC asking if we had any technical information regarding the making of these old programs. He went on to ask: If the original program was live what...
July 21 2008
Calling All Detectives
Calling All Detectives was a combination of a mystery detective show and a quiz show, which aired daily for fifteen minutes on Mutual Network radio. It began with a melodrama of eight minutes then the...
July 10 2008
Judy Canova was born Juliette Canova on November 20, 1913 in Starke, Florida. Her family performed in a vaudeville routine and she naturally followed suit. She and her sister Annie and brother Zeke performed...
July 04 2008
Fourth July 2008
Following the War of Independence, which raged for over a year, on the 2nd July 1776 congress voted to declare America independence from Britain. On the 4th July 1776 in a historic session the Continental...
June 23 2008
Screen Guild Theater
For years, the Screen Guild Theater was known as the top variety show in Hollywood. No other show was able to bring together so much talent at one time. The show ran in various forms from 1939-1952.
June 15 2008
Happy Father's Day - Horatio Hornblower
First off Joy and I would like to wish all you Dad's out there a Happy Father's Day and if you have been lucky enough to be given a gift of RUSC for Father's Day from your thoughtful offspring then a hearty...
June 05 2008
While up to press Dinah Shore has received only seven per cent of the votes in our survey of your favorite singer from the otr era I have to tell you she is and always has been a firm favorite of my wife, Joy's.
May 29 2008
Edgar Bergen - Charlie McCarthy Show
It may seem hard to believe that a ventriloquist could make a successful career out of a radio show, but surely enough the Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy Show was a hit. This was in large part due to the...
May 22 2008
Memorial Day Monday 26th May 2008
On Monday 26th May 2008 it is Memorial Day a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their nation.
May 15 2008
15th May, 1915 - 9th May, 1998
Alice Faye was born Alice Jeane Leppert in New York City on May 15, 1915. She began her career in the early 1920s and 30s as a chorus girl for Chester Hale Vaudeville...
May 11 2008
Mom Knows Best
Yes it is Mother's Day and Phil Harris has decided to make it a real holiday for Alice, well he does try, if only he'd listened to Alice and simply taken them all out for a meal. Whatever you decide to do...
May 07 2008
Ma Perkins for a Happy Mother's Day
With Mother's Day approaching on Sunday May the 11th, Joy and I thought it was time to add a new series to RUSC featuring probably otr's best known Mother, Ma Perkins. From 1933-1960, listeners tuned in daily...
April 30 2008
One of Hollywood’s most legendary actors, Charlton Heston died this month at the age of 84. He was born John Charles Carter on October 4, 1923 in Illinois. His mother and father divorced when he was 10 years...
April 21 2008
Virginia Gregg March 6, 1916 - September 15th, 1986
Born March 6, 1916, Virginia Gregg was a talented radio, film, and television actress. She was born in Illinois, but left her midwestern upbringing to become a star on radio.
April 10 2008
Fred Allen was the star of the long-running The Fred Allen Show that aired from 1932-1949, although it went by many names. He was a well-known and beloved comedian who entertained listeners every Sunday as...
April 03 2008
George Jessell was born April 3, 1898 in Bronx, New York. He was a well-known American entertainer whose career spanned radio, television and film. By the age of 10, Jessell was already performing in...
April 01 2008
April Fool's Day
It’s the 1st April and in My Favorite Husband Liz and George are busy trying to pull jokes on each other for Aprils Fools day. Liz planned to plant a lipstick-smudged handkerchief in George’s pocket with the...
March 24 2008
Leiningen Versus the Ants
Leiningen Versus the Ants by Carl Stephenson is a classic short story published in the December 1938 edition of Esquire Magazine. The story centers on plantation owner called Leiningen, and his stubborn...
March 21 2008
Wondering Why Easter Is So Early This Year?
Easter the oldest and most important Christian festival normally falls in the month of April. In fact Easter comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for the month of April which, was Eostremonath.
March 16 2008
Mystery shows featuring detectives are very popular among old time radio fans. But even within the genre, there are two kinds of detectives – hardboiled and softboiled detectives.
March 07 2008
The idea of reality as entertainment seems fairly modern. But if you ever listened to Night Watch, you know it’s nothing new. Instead of reality TV Night Watch is reality radio that aired from 1954-1955. The...
February 29 2008
Crime Does Not Pay
In the recent Poll on RUSC nearly half of all of you who responded said that you would like to see more detective series on RUSC. Well, always eager to please I am planning to add more of your favorites in...
February 21 2008
Stand By For Crime
Stand By for Crime is a show that listeners in the early 1950s enjoyed weekly. It centered on a radio news anchor named Chuck Morgan in Los Angeles. Each episode featured him getting information on crime...
February 18 2008
Shows For Presidents' Day
February 12 and 22 were observed as separate holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22) until 1971, when President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal...
February 14 2008
Theater Of Romance
It's Valentines and love is in the air so I thought it would be nice to feature a series on RUSC to put you in the mood for romance!
February 07 2008
Artie Shaw Jazz Musician
23rd May, 1910 - 30th December, 2004.
Artie Shaw is known as one of the most talented jazz musicians of his time. He began his career in music as a clarinetist but also filled the role of composer...
February 02 2008
Perceptive Friends of RUSC
If you downloaded the episode of Fibber McGee and Molly which was added to RUSC on the 18th January you may have noticed that it was only ten minutes long. OOPS! Sorry for that. I have now replaced it with...
January 29 2008
From 1939 to 1949, children everywhere didn’t have to look far to find a hero! Captain Midnight provided them with the action of a military aviator who took on the bad guys.
January 13 2008
January 13, 1884 – February 9, 1966
Born in Russia to Jewish parents, Sophie Tucker started her life as Sophia Kalish. Her mother and father emigrated from Russia to Connecticut where she spent...
December 31 2007
Happy New Year!
Wow! Another year has whizzed by. I hope it's been a good one for you. If it has then now is a wonderful time to celebrate. If it hasn't then now is a great time to forget the old one and celebrate the start...
December 25 2007
Joy and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We couldn't make that wish any better than the sponsors of Superman, the grand old Kellogg Company of Battlecreek, who gave the following message...
December 01 2007
Jonathan Thomas's Christmas On The Moon
Jonathan Thomas and his Christmas On The Moon is a wonderful little series following in the tradition of Cinnamon Bear. Cinnamon Bear was first broadcast on radio in 1937 and was a huge success which went on...
November 28 2007
Are you on the RUSC mailing list?
Occasionally I send out a message to RUSC members. Sometimes this will be in the form of a full-blown newsletter with nice graphics and proper little articles, but usually it is just short messages to let...
November 22 2007
Poor old Turkey, it seems that everyone has it in for the turkey and Jimmy Durante is no different, he's been fattening up a turkey for thanksgiving in his back yard but little does he know that Arthur...
November 16 2007
Letter From A Friend of RUSC
We received the following wonderful letter from friend of RUSC Michael Thompson, which I wanted to share with you as besides sharing his introduction to, and experience from his love of old-time-radio he...
November 10 2007
Songs From World War II Veteran's Day 11th November 2007
Veteran's Day is observed on the 11th November in memory of the end of The Great War, World War I on that date in 1918. Of course we now use this day to remember all our brave men who then and since lost...
October 30 2007
Shows For Halloween - Featuring The Birds
As you will have noticed Joy and I have been adding some thrilling shows to RUSC throughout the month of October leading up to Halloween on the 31st October.
October 19 2007
Time for some old-time fun
Time for some old-time fun. Here's something to give you an hour or two of pleasure and get those grey cells working.
October 16 2007
The Origins Of Superstition
Have you ever wondered where superstitions come from, why you may feel the need to throw salt over your shoulder to counteract any ill luck from spilling salt in the first place, why you should knock on wood...
October 08 2007
Chet Chetter's Tales From The Morgue
I have been asked many times to add Chet Chetter's Tales From The Morgue to RUSC but as it doesn't fall into the Golden Age of Radio (1930's - 1960's), until now I have refrained from adding it to RUSC....
October 04 2007
Letter From a Friend
I guess it is only natural that we all have our own favorites. Along with Gunsmoke, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Jack Benny, You Bet Your Life (Oh the list is too long to note them all), two of my most...
September 29 2007
Just Plain Bill
Over the past two weeks you will have had chance to hear Bob and Ray in their portrayal of Just Fancy Bill which as you know is a parody of the long running serial Just Plain Bill. Well, I have managed to...
September 18 2007
Bob & Ray
John Dunning was right when he said The Bob and Ray Show was a happy accident. Robert Brackett Elliott and Raymond Walter Goulding met when both were employed simultaneously on Boston radio by WHDH-AM. Bob...
September 08 2007
Early Days of Radio - Sam & Henry
Recently we have been adding to RUSC some very early episodes of old-time-radio in the form of Amos & Andy . These short episodes were originally broadcast in 1929 and I believed them to be the oldest...
August 18 2007
New Series On RUSC - A Life In Your Hands
Well, here we are back from our vacation and fully relaxed and recharged! While away it gave Joy and I a chance to listen to a great new series for RUSC. Anyone who is a fan of Perry Mason or courtroom...
July 07 2007
Granby's Green Acres
"It’s a funny thing about people; farm people work hard so they can save enough money to move to the city and city people work hard so they can make enough money to move to a farm. This is the case of John...
July 04 2007
Shows For Independence Day
I know we don't usually add shows on Wednesdays but we couldn't let this important day in America's history go unnoticed so Joy and I have put together a selection of shows relating to the 4th of July,...
July 02 2007
Ben Wright Recollections By His Good Friend Parley Baer 15th May 1915 - 2nd July 1989 I was going to write an article about Ben Wright to remember him on the 18th anniversary of his death when I came...
June 21 2007
Who Is Your Favorite OTR Singing Cowboy?
Results: Roy Rogers: 49% Gene Autry: 33% Foy Willing (All Star Western Theater): 17%--------------------- In regards your new poll question, I would like to point out that Gene Autry was the Original...
June 17 2007
Happy Father's Day!
Well here it is, that one day of the year that the Father's of the nation can officially call their own, Father's Day! To commemorate I'd like to dedicate this day to all men who have brought up children or...
June 09 2007
One Friend of RUSC's Memories From The Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
I am very appreciative of all the work you do to make RUSC so enjoyable. I love going there and listening to the shows. I have put a lot of them on CD and I have an mp3 player by my bedside and fall...
May 28 2007
The Roy Rogers Show
We are pleased to be adding to RUSC The Roy Rogers Show, which started its life as a thirty-minute western music and variety show in 1944. Roy Rogers was born Leonard Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio on the 5th...
May 19 2007
Joy and I were pleased by your response that you enjoyed the Gunsmoke Bloopers recently added to RUSC. Well, we have managed to get hold of a few more which we will add periodically beginning today with...
May 13 2007
Happy Mothers Day
In Mother's Halo Was Tight as the host Gene Kelly tells us, Family Theater makes a special dedication to the mothers of America, to the women who through the generations of our history have played an...
May 07 2007
You may remember sometime ago we featured a reheasal episode of Gunsmoke entitled The New Hotel in which the cast cracks up laughing all the time. They can't stop and can barely get through their lines,...
May 01 2007
Wild Bill Hickok - Shadow Hill Gang
If you never thought you'd hear the end of the Wild Bill Hickok episode entitled Shadow Hill Gang well now thanks to friend of RUSC Jason you can! If you remember the episode we had cut off after 18...
April 13 2007
Night Must Fall - A Story
Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams On Thursday the 11th April we added to RUSC a Molle Mystery Theater presentation of Emlyn Williams's Night Must Fall. Purely by chance I also picked out the hour-long...
April 06 2007
Here are some shows that Joy and I have put together with the spirit of Easter to help you enjoy your Easter Holiday weekend.Amos and Andy - Easter HatBaby Snooks - Easter BonnetBickersons - Easter...
March 31 2007
The Inspiration Behind Blackstone The Magic Detective
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1885 Harry Bouton who would later change his name to Blackstone was a disciple of the great Harry Kellar known as the Dean of Magic. With the advent of World War I Germanic...
March 18 2007
The Guiding Light
Happy listening my friends,
March 11 2007
Mr Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons
Now here's a series I haven't listened to in a while. You see I added the few episodes of this series that we had back in 2001 when Joy and I first began RUSC and haven't listened to it since then until now...
February 26 2007
Rest In Peace "Jughead" - Harlan Stone 1931 - 20th February 2007 Harlan (Hal) Stone, a long-time radio actor best-known as "Jughead" on the Archie Andrews show, died at the age of 75 on Wednesday 20th...
February 19 2007
President's Day - Monday 19th February 2007
Presidents' Day - Monday 19th February 2007 February 12 and 22 were observed as separate holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22) until 1971, when...
February 08 2007
The week ahead - 9th February - 17th February 2007 Well it's been fairly mild weather in January and there has been lots of talk of global warming but now as February sets in the cold weather is hitting...
January 18 2007
New Serial on RUSC - Magic Island
If you enjoyed listening to the serialized adventures of Jerry of the Circus or Air adventures of Jimmie Allen to name but two wonderful adventure stories then we have a treat in store for you. Magic Island...
January 08 2007
Sherlock Holmes Joke
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. In the middle of the night Holmes awoke and nudge his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.." Watson replied, "I see...
December 31 2006
Happy New Year 2007
Ned & Joy wish you all the best for 2007 As 2006 draws to a close Joy and I would like to once again thank you for your past and continued support of RUSC and wish you a Happy and Peaceful New Year...
December 25 2006
Christmas Crossword 2006
The RUSC Christmas Crossword 2006 Merry Christmas everyone! Here's something to provide you with some good old fashioned entertainment after you've enjoyed your Christmas frivolities and fancy a quiet...
December 24 2006
It's time for Clint's Christmas Song
If you've been a member of RUSC for the past few years you'll probably remember that around this time each year, for the past two years, we've uploaded a song sent in by Clint Mitchell, a longstanding...
December 16 2006
Over 190 shows to brighten-up your Christmas I'm sure many of you will agree that Christmas and old radio shows go together very well indeed. I know from the e-mails that I receive that many of you have...
December 01 2006
Jump Jump And The Ice Queen
The Christmas holiday season is almost upon us and for anyone who enjoyed the Cinnamon Bear series we have a real treat in store for you. Jump Jump and the Ice Queen is a wonderful children’s series, which...
November 17 2006
Old-Time-Radio - Bringing Culture To The Masses
by Cassandra Morrison, Friend of RUSC On Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde can't you speed this one up a bit? The suspense is getting terrible and you only have half the episodes uploaded!!! Did you note the...
November 11 2006
Sound Off Music For Veteran's Day 2006
Sound Off - Music For Veteran's Day 2006 November 11th is Veteran's Day. It was originally known as Armistice Day and it was the day when we commemorated the end of World War I, but when it became...
November 04 2006
A Scary Tale To Keep You In Suspense
The following scary story reminded me of a classic Suspense story, On A Country Road about a couple driving along a country road. The traffic is starting to back-up and a storm is brewing and to complete...
October 31 2006
Chase And Sanborn Halloween Episode
I hope by now that you are enjoying the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde series, Joy and I certainly are. As it is All Hallows Day today I have added a couple of extra episodes to get you in the spirit (no pun...
October 12 2006
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
New On RUSC - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde With Halloween just around the corner I thought I'd get you all in the mood with this wonderful serialization of one of the world’s great literary masterpieces Dr...
October 03 2006
New Series On RUSC - 21st Precinct The CBS series, 21st Precinct, produced by John Ives and written and directed by Stanley Niss, was a captivating and realistic police drama airing from 1953 to 1956. In...
September 24 2006
Arthur Godfrey 31st August 1903 - 16th March 1983 An American icon in the radio and television industry, Arthur Morton Godfrey was born in New York City on August 31st, 1903. A visionary and...
September 14 2006
Mary Lee Robb Dies
Mary Lee Robb 15th February 1926 - 28th August 2006 The following message has been sent to us by Barry a loyal friend of RUSC: "I just read in the newspaper of the death of Mary Lee Robb Cline who palyed...
August 17 2006
Gunsmoke Blooper - The New Hotel
Gunsmoke Blooper I hope that you have been enjoying the many great shows featuring William Conrad that we have added to RUSC recently and now I'd like to draw your attention to a very special episode, a...
August 03 2006
27th September 1920 - 11th February 1994 BornWilliam Cann, in Louisville Kentucky on September 27th, 1920, William Conrad was a great American actor and narrator for radio, television and film who was...
July 24 2006
Bill Stern Sports Newsreel
Bill Stern Sports Newsreel Born July 1st, 1907, in Rochester New York, Bill Stern was one of radio's most entertaining and influential sportscasters. At a very young age, he embraced a passion for...
July 11 2006
Fanny Brice - Baby Snooks
Fanny Brice 29th October 1891 - 29th May 1951 Fanny Brice nee Fania Borach was born on October 29, 1891, on the Lower East Side of New York. Her parents were immigrant saloon owners of Hungarian...
July 07 2006
Memories Of The Grand Ole Opry
Memories Of The Grand Ole Opry Many thanks for the Grand Ole Opry programs. My father (half brother of radio and opera star Lawrence Tibbett) was a Country & Western entertainer, a rhythm guitarist, in...
July 04 2006
God Bless America
230 years ago on July 4, 1776, America claimed independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Today on RUSC thanks to old-time-radio show You Are There CBS takes you back to the evening when the...
June 30 2006
Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge
Kay Kyser was born James Kern Kyser in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on June 18, 1905 and though he couldn’t read a note of music he went on to become a celebrity, both in music and on radio. It was...
June 22 2006
Remembering Wild Bill And The Simpler Days Gone By
I can't begin to tell you what happy childhood memories are being conjured up for me by getting to hear these wonderful shows again. I can even remember how good Sugar Pops used to taste and I haven't eaten...
June 18 2006
A Father's Day Treat
Did you know that the United States is one of just a handful of countries in the world that has an official day especially for children to honor their fathers? This special day is on the third Sunday in...
June 10 2006
My Trip to the Grand Ole Opry
My Trip to the Grand Ole Opry A few years back I spent four wonderful days in Nashville, the home of country music. As soon as I arrived I asked the concierge in the hotel what he recommended and, as...
May 29 2006
Memorial Day - 29th May 2006
Between the American Revolution and the current conflict in Iraq, more than 26 million men and women have served America in wartime. Nearly 900,000 of those who served never returned home. Memorial Day is a...
May 25 2006
Philip Marlowe In Lux Radio Theater
While we're discussing actors who have portrayed Raymond Chandler’s famous detective Philip Marlowes how about Robert Montgomery? In 1947, the same year that The Adventures of Philip Marlowe began its...
May 20 2006
The Jack Webb Show
The Jack Webb Show You may remember in our recent editorial about Jack Webb that I mentioned that Jack’s first appearance on Radio was in his own comedy variety show The Jack Webb Show. When I listen to...
May 16 2006
Heflin V. Mohr
Your Response To Heflin Versus Mohr You ask which version of the Philip Marlowe story Red Wind we prefer. I can't say, myself. Van Heflin's performance included more subtleties than Mohr's, but I...
May 14 2006
Happy Mother's Day - 05/14/2006
Happy Mother's Day Sunday 14th May 2006 To all you wonderful mother's out there, today's the day when you should not feel guilty about putting your feet up and whiling away your cares whilst sitting...
May 10 2006
Listener Recommendations I received this e-mail the other day regarding two recent additions to RUSC. If you haven't already listened to these shows, along with David, I can highly recommend them. Here's...
May 02 2006
Dahling Tallulah Well known for her plays, films, television and radio shows and for her no barriers life-style, Tallulah Brockman Bankhead named after her paternal grandmother, who, in turn, was named...
April 25 2006
Let's See What's Happening Down At Pine Ridge
On the 26th of April 1936, 5 years after the first episode of Lum and Abner was broadcast in 1931 the chief executive of Arkansas declares that 26th April should be statewide Lum and Abner day. It was also...
April 15 2006
Your Response to Jack Webb Editorial
Your Response to Jack Webb Editorial I am pleased that so many of you enjoyed the editorial on Jack Webb. He was quite a guy; we could have made it a mini novel. Well here are a few more facts that...
April 08 2006
2nd April 1920 - 23rd December 1982 Jack Webb was born John Jack Randolph Webb in Santa Monica, California, on April 2, 1920. Famous for his role as detective Joe Friday in the radio and...
April 01 2006
Red Skelton's Recipe For The Perfect marriage
Red Skelton's Recipe For The Perfect Marriage 1. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays; I go on Fridays. 2. We also sleep...
March 25 2006
Yours Truly, Bob Bailey
13th June 1913 - 13th August 1983 Bob Bailey, full name Robert Bainter Bailey, was born on June 13, 1913 in Toledo, Ohio. Born into a show-business family, he grew up in a theatrical atmosphere. Bailey...
March 11 2006
Nic & Selena, A Modern Day Vic & Sade
A Special treat for RUSC Members from a RUSC Member The talent of RUSC members never ceases to amaze me - you sure are an interesting, and talanted, bunch of folks! A few months back I received an...
March 02 2006
Don Knotts Dies Age 81
Don Knotts Dies Aged 81 21st July 1924 - 24th February 2006 It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Don Knotts the legendary television character actor best known for his role of Deputy...
February 23 2006
What A Laugh
What A Laugh! A husband and wife were sat listening to a Western on their radio. As the hero rode on his horse towards a cliff edge, the wife said: "I bet you a dollar he goes over the cliff"...
February 20 2006
Treasury Star Parade
New Series On RUSC For Presidents's Day Treasury Star Parade For Presidents's Day this year I have added to RUSC a new series with a patriotic feel, Treasury Star Parade. The show...
February 05 2006
Jimmy Durante 10th February 1893 - 29th January 1980 Jimmy Durante - called Schnozzle or Schnozzola because of his oversized, bulbous nose - is considered by many as one of the most famous and lovable...
January 28 2006
Alan Ladd 3rd September 1913 - 29th January 1964 The 29th January 2006 marks the 41st anniversary of the death of Alan Ladd and to remember him over the next few days I will be adding some of the...
January 20 2006
George Burns's Birthday
Happy Birthday George! In the episode of Burns and Allen which can be heard on RUSC today, 20th January 2006 George Burns is far from festive as only Gracie remembered the great occasion of his...
January 07 2006
Barton Yarborough Biography
BARTON YARBOROUGH BIOGRAPHY 2nd October 1900 - 19th December 1951 William Barton Yarborough was born in Texas to Patrick D. and Mollie Ardena Yarborough on October 2,1900. He began his acting career in...
January 05 2006
Mystery Of The Pop Up Ads
The mystery of the pop-up ads has been solved Over the past few days several members reported some pop-ups ads appearing when they entered the RUSC member's area. In the seven years that RUSC has been...
December 23 2005
Clint's Song For Christmas
Clint’s Song For Christmas Well I hope that by now you have completed your Christmas preparations and are ready for a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. You may remember at about this time last year we added to...
December 13 2005
Happy Holiday Season 2005
Happy Holiday Season 2005 Well, Christmas 2005 is almost upon us and to get you in the festive mood I've put together a special page of Christmas shows. Some of these are not currently on RUSC as I've not...
November 28 2005
New Edition of RUSC Radio Show Listing EBook
Back in 2003 I put together the first edition of the RUSC Radio Show Listing ebook. I'm pleased to say that thanks to the incredible hard work of Michael La Croix, a loyal RUSC member from Canada, there is...
November 24 2005
Happy Thanksgiving 2005
Happy Thanksgiving! 24th November 2005 You may remember last year at this time I added The Screaming Woman, which was written by Ray Bradbury and was first portrayed by Suspense for Thanksgiving in 1948...
November 17 2005
Superman - Missing Episode Returns!
For anyone who was listening to The Silver Arrow story of The Adventures of Superman which was added to RUSC in September you will be please to hear that thanks to Patrick O'Toole, a dedicated member of...
November 09 2005
Ed Kemmer of Space Patrol
Ed Kemmer 29th October 1921 - 9th November 2004 The 9th of November 2005 marks the anniversary of the death of Ed Kemmer alias Buzz Corry commander of United Planets' Space Patrol. For those of us who...
November 04 2005
New Series On RUSC - Crime Club
Crime Club was a thirty-minute show consisting of murder-mystery anthologies based on and featuring some of the stories from the Doubleday Crime Club books. It began in December 1946 and in those days...
November 02 2005
KDKA Becomes The World's First Regular Broadcasting Station 11/2/1920
On This Day - 2nd November 1920 I was looking through my book of historical events when I discovered that it was on this day, the 2nd November 1920, 85 years ago that KDKA in Pittsburgh became the world's...
October 27 2005
If you were a member of RUSC last Halloween you may remember that I added the marvellous Suspense rendition of Donovan's Brain starring Orson Welles as Dr. Patrick Cory in this edge-of-the-seat...
October 10 2005
For those who didn't get the first two ...
A BIG thanks to everyone for sending in such lovely comments about the Black Museum show I put up last week and if you filled out the survey thanks very much for your input - it's much appreciated. We'll...
September 25 2005
Black Museum Remake
Black Museum Remake from Ned And David If you've been a member for a while you might remember me putting up a couple of special productions that I put together with my good friend David Davies. The first...
September 09 2005
A Thrilling Time Ahead On Rusc
A Thrilling Time Ahead On Rusc In my experience the genre most preferred by listeners of old-time-radio shows is thriller. It seems we all like a good scary story now and then to keep us on the edge...
September 06 2005
Perry Mason - The Beginning Of The Kate Beakman Story
Perry Mason - The Beginning Of The Kate Beakman Story If you have been listening to the current run of Perry Mason on RUSC you may remember the story began part way through with episode 2686 entitled...
August 31 2005
God Bless Mississippi
It seems the chances of any RUSC members in New Orleans or the surrounding areas reading this at the moment is very slim, but if you do see this message I want you to know that you're in our thoughts and...
August 27 2005
NBC University Theater Presents George Orwell's 1984
NBC University Theater Presents George Orwell's 1984 Listening to George Orwell’s 1984 originally broadcast by NBC in August 1949, five months before his death from tuberculosis on 21st January 1950, it...
August 12 2005
Norman Corwin - Fourteen August
The 14th August 2005 marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two, the day that the Japanese finallysurrendered and which became known as VJ day, Victory in Japan. Once again to commemorate this...
August 02 2005
Lux Presents All About Eve
A couple of weeks ago you may remember I added to RUSC the Radio City Playhouse story The Wisdom of Eve. Since then I received this e-mail from dedicated RUSC member Betty, who said, Looking at your...
July 26 2005
23rd July 1912 - 28th July 2004 This week marks the anniversary of the death of Jackson Beck 5 days after his 92nd birthday. Jackson Beck like many of the great old time radio performers is an actor...
July 18 2005
Frances Langford Dies Aged 92 On Monday the 11th July 2005 the beautiful and talented Francis Langford died at her home in Jenson Beach, Florida. On radio she may be best remembered for her role as...
July 14 2005
Claudia Morgan was born Claudeigh Louise Wuppermann on 12th June 1911 in Brooklyn, New York and was the only child of actor Ralph Morgan (Raphael Kuhner Wuppermann) and his wife Daisy. Like her father...
July 04 2005
Happy Birthday America!
Happy Birthday America! The 4th July is a big day in America so what better way for us to celebrate it on RUSC than with The Big Show! With all the very best names in radio entertainment you are...
June 29 2005
New On RUSC - On Stage
New On RUSC - On Stage Six months before Elliott Lewis produced and directed Crime Classics he produced, directed and starred in a dramatic anthology entitled On Stage. In 1943 Elliott Lewis married...
June 21 2005
Elliott Lewis's Radio Career In Chronological Order
1937 Mr Presto the Magician in the wonderful thanksgiving-to-Christmas story Cinnamon Bear. 1937 - 1938 Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police. 1939 - 1942 Knickerbocker Playhouse a...
June 18 2005
Happy Father's Day
Happy Father's Day Well Father’s day is almost upon us and if you have viewed the statistics for the Who is your favorite radio father survey (on the right hand side of this page) you will see that the...
June 14 2005
Crime Classics Elliott Lewis was born 28 th November 1917 in New York. As a young adult he left New York for Los Angeles and although he planned to study Law it was there that he began his prolific radio...
June 09 2005
The City Of The Dead
The City Of The Dead was the first story of the series Adventures by Morse named after its writer and creator, Carleton E. Morse. As the series was transcribed we are fortunate enough to be able to listen...
June 06 2005
Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer - 6th June 1944
Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer 6th June, 1944 Here is the text of the speech which was broadcast across the United States on the day that became known as D-Day in 1944. You can listen to the audio...
June 04 2005
Captain Video On Video
Following on from our previous editorial and Al Hodge in Captain Video I have been asked to inform anyone who may be interested that there are a few Captain Video videos available. Dedicated RUSC member...
June 02 2005
Yukon "Gold" Direct To Your Doorstep!
Following on the recollections of Clint re Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, we received the following e-mail from Mike Garvey: Clint touched upon the cereal company offering where each box had a deed to one...
May 31 2005
Let's Not Forget Al Hodge
Joy I was a video ranger back in the 50's. I used to hurry home during the week and watch Captain Video. It seems to me it was only 15 minutes long or a half hour at the most and of course black and white...
May 29 2005
For non-American's here's a quick overview of what Memorial Day is all about. Between the American Revolution and the current conflict in Iraq, more than 26 million men and women have served America in...
May 24 2005
Joan Alexander Biography
Joan Alexander Biography Joan Alexander began her career in radio in 1940 and could almost be crowned queen of the soaps appearing in Against The Storm, Bright Horizon, The Second Mrs Burton, The...
May 21 2005
Armed Forces Day - May 21
Armed Forces Day - 21st May Up until 1950 each of the United States military leagues were honored separately. There was an Army Day, a Navy Day, and an Air Force Day. On August 31, 1949 Louis Johnson, the...
May 14 2005
Lux Presents - The Wizard Of Oz
Lux Presents - The Wizard Of Oz I did consider saving this wonderful show The Wizard of Oz to add on Christmas day as that is the day that it was first broadcast in 1950. However, in recognition of the...
May 10 2005
Kirsten's History Paper
Can you help Kristen? A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a young student asking if I could help her with her history paper. Here's what she wrote: My name is Kristen. I am currently a junior-year...
May 08 2005
A Day Of Victory - Norman Corwin On A Note Of Triumph
Sunday the 8th of May 2005 marks the 60th anniversary of V-E Day - Victory in Europe - after Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies signaling the end of six years of hardship and suffering across the world....
May 07 2005
Download Problems Some people may have encountered a few problems downloading and streaming over the last couple of days so I thought I'd post a quick message just to let you know what the cause was...
May 04 2005
Alfred Hitchcock and the First Episode of Suspense
Alfred Hitchcock and the First Episode of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock was the director in 1940 of the first program of a proposed new series entitled Suspense which of course we all know went on to be...
May 02 2005
Can You Help A Fellow RUSC Member?
I have received the following two e-mails recently both of which I have been unable to help and I thought maybe one of you great OTR fans may be able to. If you can help, please could you contact me at...
April 30 2005
George Washington Anniversary of Inauguration (04/30/1789) - Cavalcade of America
Cavalcade Of America Honors George Washington On the 30th April 1789 George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. Every schoolboy knows his record as patriot, soldier and...
April 25 2005
Moon Over Africa - New To RUSC
Moon Over Africa - New To RUSC If you are a fan of the I Love a Mystery series then I can guarantee that you are going to enjoy this new series to RUSC, Moon Over Africa. It is the story of a little...
April 22 2005
New RUSC Server (1954 Computer!)
The new RUSC server! Only joking! But who knows. Had IBM and Microsoft not come along we might all of had one of these sat in the corner of our room. Just in case you can't read what the text underneath...
April 18 2005
The Real Sky King Ranch
The Real King Ranch Well, I hope that you have enjoyed listening to Sky King on RUSC, but alas we have come to the last episode in existence. However, we did receive this e-mail from John Froemke, a...
April 11 2005
New To RUSC - Sky King I have been asked many times if we can include the juvenile adventure drama Sky King on RUSC and had just scheduled an episode to add to RUSC today when Joy and I sat down (Sunday...
April 07 2005
Robert E. Peary DiscoversNorth Pole - Cavalcade Of America
Robert E. Peary Discovers North Pole - Cavalcade Of America If you are interested in history, listen to the Cavalcade of America which was added to RUSC on the 7th of April and tells the tale of Robert...
April 03 2005
New Series To Rusc Father Coughlin
Father Charles CoughlinFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Father Charles Edward Coughlin (October 25th, 1891 – October 27th, 1979) was a Roman Catholic priest from Royal Oak, Michigan, a priest from...
April 01 2005
Joke for April Fools day - The Petrified Forest
April FoolsDay Joke A sight-seeing bus traveling from San Francisco to Muir Woods National Monument wound around many hairpin curves. After successfully negotiating a particularly sharp curve, the bus...
March 29 2005
Fred Allen On TV
Thought you might like to know that the Game Show Network is rerunning old "What's My Line?" shows. One of the panelist is the late great Fred Allen. These shows are shown nightly in New York at 3:30 AM...
March 25 2005
Happy Easter and New to RUSC The Amazing Mr Malone
Happy Easter! Easter is almost upon us and Baby Snooks is badgering her daddy to buy her some new clothes for the Easter day parade! Whilst Luigi, in Life With Luigi, is busy preparing a surprise party...
March 22 2005
My new gadget Joy can’t understand why I get so excited about little electronic gadgets. It’s probably a man thing, but I’m sure there must be women who also get excited by such things - or maybe women...
March 19 2005
Clint's childhood memory concerning Gangbusters
Have you ever listened to any of the true-crime or police procedural shows and wondered whether they really were based on real-life events. Well, Clint, a long standing member of RUSC, had first hand...
March 14 2005
Missing Superman Episodes
If you have been listening to the recent addition of The Adventures of Superman - Radar Rocket you may have noticed that episodes 8 and 9 were missing. I must admit when I added this story I hadn't noticed...
March 08 2005
Server Running Slowly
The Mystery of the Slow Server It seems that the new server is definitely running slower than the previous one was. The reason for this is a complete mystery as the new one is probably twenty times more...
March 01 2005
Changes to the site
I've made a few changes to the sitetoday that will hopefully make using the site easier. Hopefully, youalready found it easy enough to use, but these changes should make iteven easier. You'll notice the...
February 28 2005
Memories Of The Lone Ranger
Clint shares his memories of meeting his childhood hero It's always wonderful for myself andJoy to hear your memories of days gone by and this one comes from Clintwho has agreed to let us share it with you...
February 24 2005
This Was The Week Of The New ServerThe new all-singing all-dancing server has lots of benefits On Monday and Tuesday of this week I had to get my toolkit out to install a brand new main server for RUSC. One...
February 21 2005
February 12 and 22 were observed as separate holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (12th February 1809) and George Washington (22nd February 1732) until 1971, when President Richard Nixon...
February 19 2005
PLEASE NOTE: On Monday the RUSC server will be out of action for a few hours between roughly 6am EST and 10am EST. This is to give me time to put in a brand new main server. I'll try keep the downtime to a...
February 17 2005
Results Incorporated - New Series On RUSC
Results Incorporated is a mystery-comedy-drama starring Lloyd Nolan as private detective Johnny Strange and Claire Trevor as his secretary-cum-partner Terry Travers. The series began with Johnny running two...
February 14 2005
Happy Birthday Jack!
One hundred and eleven years ago on this very day, one of the all-time greats of old time radio was born. His name was Benjamin Kubelsky, but he's far better known as Jack Benny. Over the past few weeks...
February 12 2005
Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln - 12th February 1809 - 15th April 1865
On 15th of April 1865 Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s greatest presidents, died - claimed by the bullet of the actor John Wilkes Booth. Many historians feel that if Lincoln had lived our history and...
February 08 2005
And the winner is ...
Below are the winners for the RUSC Christmas Quiz 2004, but congratulations must go to everyone who entered as you all did really well. In first place was George Carter. Congratulations George. In...
January 29 2005
Jefferson City's First Radio Station
Charles North, dedicated member of RUSC sent us this picture of the studio of the first radio station in his hometown Jefferson City, Missouri. The call letters were WOS, which meant, "Watch Our State". The...
January 24 2005
40 Years Since The Death Of Winston Churchill
40 years ago on the 24th January 1965, Sir Winston Churchill died at the age of 90 after sufferring a stoke. Churchill came into his own during World War II. He became prime minister in May 1940 and...
January 20 2005
A Man Worth Remembering ...
I received an e-mail from Cassandra, a loyal and much appreciated member of RUSC. It was about a man called Jester Hairston. He's the fourth from the left on this picture of the Shenley Quartet. Here's...
January 17 2005
Martin Luther King Day
In 1986, a U.S. national holiday was established in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., which is called Martin Luther King Day. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of...
January 11 2005
Sorry Wrong Number - Starring Agnes Moorehead
Recently I sent out a message asking for people to nominate their favorite old-time-radio episode of all time. I'm in the process of putting this together into a list, but in the meantime I wanted to put...
January 07 2005
Old Time Radio Brings Families Together
I received a great e-mail the other day. It was from Michael Vance McCauley and here's what it said. "I was born in 1962, so I missed the Golden Age Of Radio by just a few turns of the dial. I grew up...
January 01 2005
Happy New Year - 2005
Joy and I couldn’t put it better than Amos and Andy ourselves when they say ... "... before the year passes we want to again tell you folks how much we really appreciate your friendship and loyalty...
December 28 2004
Christmas Quiz 2004
Over the past few years it has become a bit of a custom for me to put up a Christmas Quiz. This year I thought we'd try something a little different. I thought it would be fun to put together various...
December 24 2004
My Christmas Gift To You!
Joy and I wanted to give you all a gift for Christmas. After scratching my head for days I finally thought the best thing would be something completely new and original for you to listen to. I know a...
December 20 2004
Clint's Song for Christmas
When I had a cold last week I received some lovely e-mails. Thanks so much for those. They really brightened my day and I''m sure they helped me to get rid of it. One e-mail that really put a smile on...
December 19 2004
Some Seasonal Fun ...
Well, Christmas is almost upon us now and I've got a couple of seasonal bits and pieces for you today. The first of them is a little advertisement I heard at the start of a Six Shooter. It sounded so...
December 16 2004
Don't forget to send your RUSC eGreeting cards
Hello Everyone I've had a terrible cold this past week. I just haven't been able to shake it. Runny nose, a throat that feels like I've swallowed a razor blade, and one of those frustrating coughs that...
December 14 2004
Are you on the RUSC mailing list?
Occasionally I send out a message to RUSC members. Sometimes this will be in the form of a full-blown newsletter with nice graphics and proper little articles, but usually it is just short messages to let...
December 06 2004
One Member's Memories From "Across The Pond"
"Many thanks for the Thanksgiving Card, great. We don't have this holiday in England but I'm sure it's nice to have two turkeys - November and December! I have been listening to our digital radio station...
December 01 2004
I Was A Communist For The FBI - New On RUSC
It’s hard to believe that the stories in I Was a Communist for the FBI are not fiction but fact. They tell the true story of Matt Cvetic, a man who put his love for his country above everything else. The...
November 25 2004
If you want to indulge in some classic old time radio shows after you've had your fill of turkey I've managed to dig out some real classics for the holiday period. One, that I'm sure you are going to love,...
November 23 2004
One Member's Response To The Thin Man On RUSC
Every day I seem wake up to an e-mail inbox full of spam. I'm sure many of you know the feeling. If we had a dollar for every e-mail that we'd received about cheap mortgages we wouldn't need mortgages,...
November 16 2004
The Thin Man - New Series On RUSC
Dashiell Hammett was probably best known for writing The Maltese Falcon but he was also the creator of many great radio detective stories such as The Adventures of Sam Spade and The Fat Man and before...
November 11 2004
Veteran's Day and Old Time Radio
Today is Veteran's Day. It was originally known as Armistice Day and it was the day when we commemorated the end of World War I, but when it became Veterans Day's the scope was expanded to recognize the...
November 08 2004
Dimesion X - X Minus One
Funny, I have been asked a few times recently what the connection is between Dimension X and X Minus One! Dimension X was the first notable science fiction broadcast on the radio and was broadcast by NBC...
November 04 2004
Let Yourself Go
Let Your Self Go was a 30-minute variety show hosted by Milton Berle and supported by comedian Joe Besser. Special guests, or sometimes members of the audience, were asked to share their secret...
October 30 2004
Hello everyone - it's that scary time of year again! For many years Halloween has been a hit-or-miss affair, hasn't it? But in recent years it seems to have seen a resurgence in popularity. Fifty years...
October 22 2004
New To RUSC I Love A Mystery - The Fear That Creeps Like A Cat
Just in case you hadn’t noticed I have been adding a new story of I Love A Mystery entitled "The Fear That Creeps Like A Cat". I Love A Mystery is a Carlton E. Morse series featuring Jack, Doc and Reggie,...
October 19 2004
Filling The Gaps On RUSC
For those of you who have been listening to Shadow Of Fu Manchu you will now be pleased to hear that finally the correct version of episode 38 has been added to RUSC. Thanks Paul G. for supplying us with that...
October 15 2004
Chandu The Magician And The Music Of Korla Pandit
Thanks to our dedicated member Cassie I've now added the correct episode 41 of Chandu the Magician to complete the 68 part first series. If you are anything like me you will have been hypnotized by the...
October 12 2004
The Creaking Door: Memories From A Childhood In South Africa
As you know I like to add more thrillers throughout the month of October and was just listening to an episode of The Creaking Door when, as if he'd read my mind, Glen, a dedicated member of RUSC, sent me...
October 10 2004
New Series For RUSC: The Greatest Story Ever Told
This religious drama tells the story of the life of Jesus and was undoubtedly ambitious for its time, having a full orchestra as well as a sixteen-voice choir. The Greatest Story Ever Told was the first...
October 03 2004
New Series For RUSC: The Screen Directors' Playhouse
In The Screen Directors' Playhouse, many of Hollywood’s elite can be heard recreating their movie roles on the radio. This series differs from others such as The Screen Guild Theater due to the addition of...
September 28 2004
Sound Effects Genius Passes Away
When we think of radio stars we usually have the people in front of the microphone in mind, or maybe the producer or director, but there are other people without whom these wonderful old radio shows would...
September 23 2004
Peg On The Beeb
I sent a message round to everyone on the RUSC mailing list earlier in the week about the Peg Lynch documentary that was to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4. I know quite a few UK members managed to listen to...
September 22 2004
Shadow Of Fu Manchu
I know that we don’t usually add shows on Wednesdays but today I have added episode 38 of Fu Manchu. If you have listened to the previous 37 episodes and then the final episode 39, you will be forgiven for...
September 19 2004
Lum And Abner Are Back
It is a while now since we heard from our old pals Lum and Abner down at Pine Ridge. You may remember that the disappointment that no one put in an appearance at the unveiling of the statue Lum planned to...
September 17 2004
Topper - New Series On RUSC
The Adventures of Topper is a situation comedy based on the hilarious novel by Thorne Smith. Cosmo Topper, played by Roland Young is the president of a bank whose life has been complicated by a pair of...
September 14 2004
Are You On The RUSC Mailing List
Occasionally I send out a message to RUSC members. Sometimes this will be in the form of a full-blown newsletter with nice graphics and proper little articles, but usually it is just short messages to let...
September 08 2004
Missing Tarzan Turns Up Alive And Well
Anyone who has been listening to the current Tarzan episodes The Fires Of Tohr may have noticed that episode 19 was actually the same as episode 11 and as such the story didn't follow on. You will be...
September 06 2004
The Late, Great Otto Kruger
Which erudite actor, who regularly appeared in episodes of Lux Radio Theatre, was also the grandnephew of a South African President? The answer is Otto Kruger and it is thirty years ago, to this very day,...
September 04 2004
If Abbott and Costello Were Around Today...
We received a funny e-mail the other day. It was sent in by a loyal RUSC member by the name of Paul (thanks Paul!). It sure made Joy and I laugh partly because the story is funny, but also because it had...
September 01 2004
A Poem From Minneapolis
A few months back I received a wonderful little poem from a long-standing member of RUSC. I printed it out and stuck it on my computer-room wall, but I thought it would be nice to share it with you all. So...
August 29 2004
The Part That Put The Fizz In Harry Bartell's Career
In the early 1930s Harry Bartell was a student at Rice University in Houston, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa before going on to Harvard Business School. He had met Sylvester Gross, the chief...
August 20 2004
The Fat Man
One of the charms of old time radio thrillers is their simplicity compared with their cousins of today. The whodunits of the bygone era had straightforward reasons for murder: money, a woman or revenge...
August 16 2004
We're Thinking About You!
This photo was taken by yours truly one evening as we were driving along the coast near Anna Maria Island near Sarasota. Click here to see the bigger version. Today I was going to put up a piece...
August 12 2004
You Almost Had Me Blubbering
On Saturday I put a message up asking if anyone would like to phone in with an audio testimonial that we could use on the home page of RUSC. I thought it would be great if people who were thinking about...
August 06 2004
Hope You Can Help
You might have noticed that for a long time now we've put extracts from kind e-mails we receive on the entrance pages to RUSC. It lets prospective members know that RUSC is a genuine site that's run by a...
August 05 2004
New Series On RUSC - Frontier Town
“Frontier Town, the saga of the roaring west. Frontier Town, El Paso, Cheyenne, Calgary, Tombstone, Frontier Town. Here is the adventurous story of the early west the tamed and the untamed. From the Pecos to...
July 30 2004
The Elusive Perry Mason Climax
Some of you may have been enjoying the recent episodes of Perry Mason in which the strategy of prosecutor Frederick Apt was to prove not only that Mae Grant killed Marcel Blanc but also to prove that Mae...
July 16 2004
Crippen: A Brand New Production
Late last year I was introduced to a kind and talented gentleman called David Ian Davies. David is British by birth, but he moved to America as a young man and he now lives in California. David has the...
July 09 2004
What have old time radio and James Bond's BMW got in common?
"Product placement refers to the positioning and use of brand name goods that are needed to create realistic sets in film and television. Everything the audience sees is part of the story." The above is...
July 05 2004
Whoops! I forgot to put up my 4th July message yesterday. I was so busy with one thing and another that the whole day just whizzed on by without me giving it a second thought. I've now managed to get my...
June 30 2004
Gale Gordon 02/20/1906 - 06/30/1995
On the 30th June it is nine years ago since Gale Gordon passed away, so I thought it would be nice to write a few words in memory of this versatile and popular comedy-actor. Gale Gordon was born Charles T...
June 21 2004
New Series: Jerry at Fair Oaks
Nearly two years ago I added a new series to RUSC. It was little known series called Jerry of the Circus and was originally broadcast in 1937/38. Each episode of Jerry of the Circus is approximately 15...
June 17 2004
Father's Day - Sunday 20th June
Mother's Day celebrations (bear with me and I’ll get onto Father’s Day in a moment) began way back in ancient Greece with the honoring of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. Much later, in the England of the...
June 01 2004
New Series: The Halls of Ivy
Joy and I often receive e-mails requesting new series to be added to RUSC. Sometimes it will just be a lone voice asking for a specific show that they remember from their childhood, but sometimes a steady...
May 23 2004
Tony Randall and I Love a Mystery
In the obituary I put up a few days back I mentioned that I would be adding Temple of Vampires from the marvellous I Love a Mystery series. At the time I didn't have access to all of the twenty episodes of...
May 21 2004
Tony Randall - 1920 to 2004
At 8 o'clock On Tuesday night the lights in Broadway's many theaters were dimmed in recognition of the death of a man whose passion for acting had spanned eight decades. A man who'd starred in Hollywood...
May 09 2004
Don't forget it is Mother's Day
Contrary to popular belief, Mother's Day was not instigated by the greeting card industry or the florists' union. The first celebrations honoring mothers, held in ancient Greece during the spring, paid...
April 24 2004
A great piece of free software!
You might remember a couple of years ago I managed to arrange a special offer on a wonderful piece of software called Audiograbber. The price at the time was $25, but the publisher kindly let us have them...
April 21 2004
The Omnipresent John Dehner
I'm sure the name John Dehner is familiar to most people reading this. He's played major and minor roles in lots of the classic radio series of the 1940s and 50s. Maybe you remember him as J.B. Kendall,...
April 15 2004
It's time for this month's quick quiz
Last month the quiz tested you on your knowledge of children's shows. Several people achieved excellent scores, but I think I made it a little bit too challenging for the vast majority of members. To those...
March 28 2004
An exclusive offer for RUSC subscribers
I hope you enjoyed Gregory's story of how X Minus 1 got its name. Here's the link for anyone who missed it: http://www.rusc.com/members/news.aspx?ID=127 While we're on the subject of Sci-Fi let us not...
March 23 2004
A quiz to take you back in time
You may have noticed that there have been quite a few juvenile shows added over the past few weeks. I know from the e-mails we receive that many members have fond memories of rushing home from school to...
March 21 2004
Over the past few months I've been using a wonderful service provided by a company called WebSitePulse.com. For a nominal monthly payment they've been monitoring the RUSC server every 15 minutes to make...
March 18 2004
Mercedes Agnes McCambridge 1916 - 2004
Carlotta Mercedes Agnes McCambridge - known to most as simply Mercedes McCambridge - was born on 16th March 1916 died on the 2nd of March 2004 at the age of 87. She was born in Joliet, Illinois, USA...
March 16 2004
A terrible pun!
Roy Rogers put his cowboy boots out on the porch one night but when he went to collect them in the morning, he found that the heels had been ripped off. Thinking that a mountain lion was probably to blame,...
March 08 2004
Jan Miner - 1917-2004
During the month of March Ned and I would like to pay tribute to Jan Miner who died on Sunday the 15th of February at the age of 86. She was born on October 15th 1917 and after training for the stage she...
March 03 2004
The longest running speech radio show
What is the longest running speech radio show in the world? Here are a few clues.It's not American, but it originated from America on a weekly basis.It doesn't have an American presenter, but the...
February 28 2004
Your opinion is wanted
A friend of mine is working on setting up a site that specializes in downloable audiobooks and new audio theatre recordings. He asked me for my opinion on a few things and I said I'd go one step further and...
February 22 2004
How X Minus 1 got the name
A few days ago Joy, my wife and trusty helper on RUSC, received an e-mail from Gregory B. Cohane from Fort Myers in Florida. It included a wonderful story so Joy e-mailed Gregory and asked if she could...
February 16 2004
February 12 and 22 were observed as separate holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22) until 1971, when President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single...
February 03 2004
What's coming up in February
Opportunity has safely rolled off its lander to explore the surface of the red planet and a few weeks earlier Spirit the Rover touched down on the other side of Mars. Both are searching for evidence that...
January 24 2004
And the winner is!
Over the past week or so RUSC Towers has been inundated with your competition entries. I've been amazed at the response and how knowledgeable about old time radio you all are. Quite a few eagle-eyed...
January 06 2004
Get your entry in for the Christmas Competition!
Here is the form for entering your answers to this year's RUSC Old Time Radio Christmas Quiz. If you have not yet done the quiz you can take a look by clicking here (printable version) or you can go...
January 01 2004
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2004! Thanks to everyone for their support of RUSC in 2003. Thank-you for your kind e-mails when things went right and for your patience when things went wrong. Lots of things...
December 24 2003
The RUSC Old Time Radio Christmas Quiz 2003
So, after days (weeks, months, a year!) of preparation the big day is finally here. Thankfully we remembered to get the turkey out of the freezer on Tuesday, yes it needs that much time to defrost as it's...
December 23 2003
It's not too late to send a RUSC e-greeting card!
I should have reminded you of this earlier, but I forgot. I'll write it on next year's calendar now so I don't forget in 2004. On the left hand side menu under "Other" you should see a link to Free...
December 15 2003
An ideal gift
If you are looking for something different to get your friend, relative or colleague have you thought about giving them a subscription to RUSC. From the RUSC Gift Subscription page you can:Select the...
December 06 2003
Thank you to Paul for the Christmas graphics
A few weeks back I received an e-mail from a a member of RUSC. He'd had a few moments to spare and used the time to add a seasonal touch to some of the graphics used on RUSC. When the e-mail came in Christmas...
December 02 2003
Next up ... Christmas!
No sooner has Thanksgiving passed and we've got Christmas upon us. Luckily, it is one of my favorite times of the year. My only grumble would be that it seems to last longer each year. It's almost become a...
November 28 2003
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Although most of the radio shows on RUSC are of American origin not all the members whose kind support keeps RUSC alive are from the USA - far from it. Over the past five years there have been subscribers...
November 21 2003
Lots of new charts
For a few years now there's been Ned's Top 10 on the right-hand side of the member's home page at RUSC. It lists the most downloaded shows over the past month. If you take a look now you'll see it is...
November 14 2003
5-4-3-2-1 BLAST OFF!
The rewrite of the code is now complete so I have now switched over from the old version to the new version. Hopefully, you won't notice any difference in the look of the site as all of the changes...
November 12 2003
RUSC server outage
I am busy working on a complete rewrite of the programming code that works the RUSC web site. Everything will look and work in exactly the same way, but instead of it using php scripts everything will move...
November 10 2003
Old Time Radio -v- Audiobooks
Anyone who has been a member of RUSC for a while will know I love my little surveys. There are many times when I get to thinking about something and I wonder what everyone else thinks and so I put it up as...
November 06 2003
Some great news for NPR fans
I was reading today about Joan Kroc's (the founder of McDonald's philanthropic wife) massive donation of $200 million to NPR (National Public Radio). This is wonderful news to anyone who listens to the...
October 31 2003
November at RUSC
Well I hope you enjoyed all that horror in October. I certainly did! There's something about a good old scare that keeps you captivated and the same goes for detective dramas. I receive quite a lot of...
October 17 2003
Listen anywhere in the house
Imagine ... You're lying on your favorite sun lounger in your garden - okay maybe not at this time of year, but use your imagination. There isn't a cloud in the sky. You can feel the sun's...
September 26 2003
October is the month of Halloween
Don't you just love the fall. That wonderful time of year when the days are fresh and crisp and the leaves keep us entertained with ever-changing shades of green, yellow and brown. The nights draw in...
September 21 2003
The constant password problem
If you've been having a problem with having to enter your password several times you should be fine now. I'm pretty sure the setting that was causing this to happen is now correct. Sorry about...
September 18 2003
After several days of frantically trying to find out what was causing the web pages to load so slowly I ended up having to take the plunge and put in a brand new main server in the hope that this would make...
September 17 2003
Warning: Pages Loading Slowly
A problem has developed over the past week or two that is causing the web pages on RUSC to load VERY slowly. I am aware of this and am busy trying to track down what could be causing the problem. I thought...
September 16 2003
The radio equivalent to chicken soup for the soul
Dr. Christian - Well what can I say but excellent! A big thank you goes from me (and my wife) to the member that requested this wonderful show. It's the best thing I've listened to in ages. Don't get me...
September 09 2003
The most important person in the history of radio
Over the past few weeks there's been a little survey up so that member's could vote for who they think was the greatest male comedy star in the history of radio? Lots of people voted, which is...
September 07 2003
I received a few e-mails from eagle-eyed (or should that be eagle eared) members who spotted that I had listed an episode of Rocky Jordan under Mr Keen Tracer of Lost Persons. I've now done the necessary at...
August 28 2003
Peg Lynch is ready to answer your questions
I have some absolutely wonderful news for you! Peg Lynch, the writer and star of such classic shows as Ethel & Albert and The Couple Next Door , has kindly agreed to be interviewed by the member's...
August 20 2003
RUSC-On-Demand is back
Phew! All the conversions to the WMA streaming format has now been done for a second time and RUSC-On-Demand is back. I'm still busy working on the new version that will work with RealAudio and cater for...
August 19 2003
Sounds like a bargain
I received an e-mail today from a member looking at buying an MP3 CD player and in doing a little research I came across the following offer at J&R and thought it might be of interest to others. The...
August 18 2003
News Update - 18th July 2003
E-mail mishap I had a bit of a mishap with my computer and managed to lose ALL of my e-mail since the 15th July 2003; both the incoming e-mail and the mail I sent out. The last time I'd done a backup was on...
August 12 2003
The Greatest Male Radio Comedian
From the early 1930s onwards comedy was arguably the most popular category of radio programming on the air. Amos 'n' Andy got the ball rolling in 1929. This was quickly followed by Lum and Abner, which...
August 08 2003
RUSC Affiliate Scheme
Without the on-going support of members like yourself RUSC simply would not exist as the expenses of running such a site are considerable to say the least - you want to see my wife's face when the...
August 07 2003
I thought it might be time to give you a quick update on the progress of RUSC-On-Demand as a know there are quite a few members who are missing it. Everything was going well and then I had a bit of a...
July 28 2003
Bob Hope: 1903 to 2003
It is with great sadness that I bring you the news that Bob Hope, one of the greatest names of radio, television, and the big screen, died of pneumonia at his Toluca Lake home on Sunday. On Tuesday, 29th...
July 18 2003
Insomnia cured thanks to a 68 year old commercial
The other night I found myself unable to sleep. My mind was wandering all over the place so I decided rather than waste anymore time lying wide awake that I would get up and do some show reviews. Over...
July 14 2003
Now that the initial test period is over for the RUSC-On-Demand streaming feature that I put up a few weeks back I've taken it off-line whilst I make some changes. Thank you to everyone who took the time...
July 10 2003
NEW SERIES: Bold Venture
A New to RUSC Series is brought to you by popular request and will go live each Monday for the foreseeable future. Bold Venture brings you adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance starring Humphrey...
July 02 2003
Important Message for Members
I've finally managed to change all the links on the site so everything comes under www.rusc.com rather than the IP address 126.96.36.199, which is how it had been for the member's area for the past couple...
June 24 2003
A new feature
I've been busy working on what I think is an exciting new addition to the RUSC web site. After several weeks of fine-tuning it is finally ready and I'd very much like your opinion. The working title for...
June 16 2003
The difference between vintage radio and TV according to Orson Welles
Listening to old time radio shows you will notice that most shows were sponsored by an individual company. Sometimes the name of the sponsor would appear in the name of the show itself such as Lux Radio or...
June 12 2003
Gregory Peck 1916-2003
Today another Hollywood legend went to join many of his famous co-stars on that great silver screen in the sky. Gregory Peck was born Elred Gregory Peck on April 5, 1916, in La Jolla, California. Before...
June 10 2003
Exercise and old time radio
I'm not one for exercising. All that jumping around and sweating is something I'd prefer to leave for someone else to get on with. However, over the past few years I think I've had a few too many cream...
June 02 2003
New version of my little guide
A few months back I put up a link to a little e-book I had put together. The ebook was in a pdf format which required Adobe Acrobat to run. Last week I came across a piece of software that allowed me to...
May 29 2003
Happy Birthday Bob!
Today is Bob Hope's 100th birthday so in honor of the great man I thought I'd dedicate today to the great man himself. Bob Hope was born in the county of Kent in South East England in 1903. When he was a...
May 14 2003
The change of hosting went smoothly
First of all can I apologize to anyone who may have had trouble logging in over the past few days or have had difficulty sending e-mails. There is a very good reason. Let me explain. For the past four...
May 09 2003
Maybe it is time to treat yourself to a portable MP3 player
Who would have thought ten years ago that we would be able to walk around with several hundred hours of old time radio shows or music in our pocket and listen whenever we like. It sounds like something from...
May 08 2003
E-Mail not getting through
The hosting company I've been using to handle RUSC e-mail has, over the past few months, become increasingly unreliable to the point where I have not been able to log on to collect my e-mail at times and...
May 03 2003
Who could it be?
It's a while since I put an anagram up so I thought I'd have to rectify the situation. Here's one that should have you scratching your heads for a while. It is the name of a famous character from a...
April 27 2003
What does transcribed mean?
A word that comes up frequently in the world of old time radio is transcribed. I frequently receive e-mails from members asking me exactly what it means. Just in case you've ever wondered here is my little...
April 21 2003
A show I thoroughly enjoyed last night
I am away on vacation at the moment so am having to do all the site updates and my e-mail in an Internet cafe that I found on the first day. The wonders of modern technology never fail to amaze me. I...
April 20 2003
Help needed from Mac users!
I have received an e-mail from a new member who is having a little trouble downloading on their iMac OSX. My knowledge of Apple Macs could be written on a pin head, and a very small one at that, so I am...
April 18 2003
A show with no ending!
I added a wonderful Suspense episode to RUSC some time ago, but in transferring the file to the RUSC server I seem to have cut off the last few minutes. I must apologize to anyone who has listened to this...
April 15 2003
Here's a couple of radio related jokes. If you know any more do let me know and I'll get them up on the site. Two radio aerials met on a rooftop, fell in love and got married. The ceremony was awful,...
April 12 2003
An old show for young listeners
One genre of old time radio shows that people often overlook is juvenile. Obviously, once you get over the age of twelve the stories might not have the appeal they once did, but don't forget any sons and...
April 06 2003
What a coincidence!
For each Sunday in April, May and June I have scheduled episodes of The Life of Riley that were broadcast on exactly the same date in 1946, some 57 years ago, and coincidently the memorable dates of these...
March 20 2003
A very special show
I don't want to get political on RUSC, because I know people have differing views on the worrying events that are going on at the moment and who am I to say what is right or wrong. For the past few...
March 16 2003
I've just mailed out the lastest newsletter
It's taken me an eternity to get the latest issue of the RUSC Newsletter out. I had most of the words written a few weeks back, but I've been having a few e-mail problems and I didn't want to send it out...
March 15 2003
It made me laugh
This has absolutely nothing to do with old time radio shows, but it made me laugh so I thought I'd share it with you. A boy visited his grandmother with his friend. While the boy was talking to his...
March 10 2003
TV shows that moved to radio
Many radio shows made the crossover from radio to TV, but there were several shows that bucked the trend by moving from the square box in the corner of the room to the radio. Here are a few of...
March 07 2003
Where in the World are you from?
I'm sure most most members of RUSC are from the USA, but I thought it would be fun to see just where people live. I'm sure some members will be in wonderfully far-out and exotic locations. To enter...
February 13 2003
NEW SERIES: Calling All Cars
The show that most people associate with police procedural radio drama is Dragnet, but sixteen years before Hal Gibney first spoke those immortal words “Ladies and gentlemen … the story you are about to...
January 27 2003
Three new anagrams
I promised last week that I'd come up with an anagram question for today and I've surpassed myself by coming up with three. You might get two out of the three, but it will be interesting to see if anyone...
January 24 2003
Answers to Christmas Anagram Competition
Below are the answers to the Christmas Anagram. I was surprised at how many people got them all correct. I thought I'd been really cunning with some of them, but obviously I wasn't cunning enough. I'll have...
January 12 2003
NEW SERIES: Weird Circle
A new spooky series started on Sunday. I'll put one episode up each day of this week and then once a week for as long as they last. The Weird Circle is a series of thirty minute tales of terror and...
January 07 2003
Before Christmas I made quite a few changes to the site. Most of these changes are not visible although they do have a direct and positive impact on using the site. Below is a brief list of some of the more...
December 31 2002
Happy New Year!
I'd like to thank each and every member for their support over this past year. I know I have said it many times before, but I am going to say it again because it is absolutely true - without your support...
December 24 2002
Old Time Radio Anagram
If you are at a loss for something to do over the Christmas period or would like to tax your brain after over-taxing your waistline here is a little puzzle I have put together. All you need to do is...
December 19 2002
PLEASE READ: There was a temporary problem with the basket yesterday. It wasn't adding shows in as normal. It was duplicating the first entry. This has now been fixed and so all is back to normal. Thanks...
December 15 2002
Give a subscription to RUSC as a Christmas present
Many times over the past few years I have been asked if it is possible to give a subscription to RUSC to someone as a gift. Until now I have been happy to do this, but it was a little difficult as...
December 10 2002
Send an old-time Christmas Card
Last year I added a page that allowed members to send old-time radio themed Christmas cards to friends and family. It proved very popular so I've revamped it and added some more cards. I'm sure you'll...
December 05 2002
Have you done the old time radio crossword yet?
Last Christmas I put up an old time radio crossword. I was thinking of doing a new one for this year to keep you entertained over the seasonal period and to give you something to do after you've stuffed...
November 22 2002
WJSV Complete Broadcast Day - September 21st, 1939
On Thursday September 21st, 1939, just after England had declared war on Germany - the start of World War 2 - WJSV Radio Station in Washington DC transcribed its Complete Broadcast Day. On that day...
November 09 2002
The train on platform 1 ...
If you were listening to the radio at 8pm on 8th October 1938, the year before World War II started, you'd have heard the following words: "As a bullet seeks its target, shining rails in every part...
October 18 2002
Old Time Microphone Radio
PLEASE NOTE: All of these old time radio microphone's have now been sold. Sorry! I stumbled across this wonderful radio quite by chance. Being a big fan of old time radio and radio in general I just had...
January 24 2002
Three new anagrams
I promised last week that I'd come up with an anagram question for today and I've surpassed myself by coming up with three. You might get two out of the three, but it will be interesting to see if anyone...
January 12 2002
NEW SERIES: Weird Circle
A new spooky series started on Sunday. I'll put one episode up each day of this week and then once a week for as long as they last. The Weird Circle is a series of thirty minute tales of terror and horror...
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