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July 15, 2016
Old Time Radio at a 50% discount this weekend!
Four Days Only! Friday July 15 until Midnight Monday, July 18
A huge selection of Old Time Radio on audio CDs are in the Bargain Basement at 50% off this weekend. How big is this sale?
There will be at 75 to 100 OTR audio CD sets in the Bargain Basement at all times. When one sells out another set will be added. Except for Christmas, this is our biggest sale of the year. The Old Time Radio sets will be removed from the Bargain Basement Monday night, July 18th at 11:59pm EDT.
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Around Dodge City and in the territory on west -- there’s just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers -- and that’s with a U.S. Marshall and the smell of “Gunsmoke”! “Gunsmoke” starring William Conrad. The story of the violence that moved west with young America -- and the story of a man who moved with it. I’m that man, Matt Dillon, United States Marshall -- the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job -- and it makes a man watchful...and a little lonely.
Gunsmoke was an adult western and was the creation of writer, John Meston, and producer, Norman Macdonnell. With CBS Chairman William S. Paley in their camp, Macdonnell and Meston had a strong ally in creating their version of a gritty, authentic Western that eschewed the established Western pathos that had been set forth in such “juvenile” Western adventure radio programs like The Lone Ranger, Straight Arrow, Hopalong Cassidy, and The Cisco Kid that featured neat and tidy resolutions at the end of each half-hour show. While an argument can be made that The Cisco Kid was more “adult” in nature since almost every episode featured Cisco giving a passionate kiss to the damsel in distress of the moment, once all the action had settled down after the bad guys had been soundly defeated; neither Macdonnell and Meston wanted the stories they told to end with a neat and tidy happy ending with a near perfect hero. They also wanted their edgy – for the era – program to center around a flawed hero who made numerous mistakes and negatively impacted the lives he became involved with.
Listen to the Sparkling Audio Quality in Radio Archives restoration of Gunsmoke, Volume 5.
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The Best of AdventureDoc Savage AudiobooksDoctor DeathDusty Ayres and his Battle BirdsG-8 and His Battle AcesThe Green LamaOld Time Radio AudiobooksOperator #5Sci-FiThe Secret 6Single Title AudiobooksThe SpiderSingle Title Audiobooks
by Frederick C. Davis writing as Curtis Steele
Read by Milton Bagby
Oil — black gold — the blood of Mother Earth! America had squandered its precious reserves and a syndicate of skilled saboteurs was destroying the remaining store! With all National defense rendered helpless for want of it, bitter despair gripped the hearts of the country’s millions. Pillage, slaughter, and slavery — misery and death — threatened each American! And Jimmy Christopher, Operator #5 of the United States Intelligence, was gambling his life recklessly in a valiant effort to save his native land from extinction!

From out of the pages of Operator #5 magazine steps a dramatic hero who pits himself against threats to national security from all origins. Whether it’s a subversive internal threat, or a full-scale invasion from an enemy land, James Christopher stood ready and resolute to defeat it.


Aided by a small group of trusted assistant, ranging from his twin sister Nan to scrappy street urchin Tim Donovan, Jimmy Christopher was a one-man defense force. Proud and patriotic, expert marksman and swordsman, he is the best America has to offer in a time of severe trial.


Originally written by master pulpsmith Frederick C. Davis, the Operator #5 series was a clear forerunner of the spy and espionage genre, which exploded in the 1960s when President John F. Kennedy happened to remark that he enjoyed reading Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. The first Bond film, Dr. No, was released in 1962. Soon, America was surrounded by spies. The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Our Man Flint, and Nick Carter, Killmaster were just a few of the most prolific. Jimmy Christopher was on the job a generation before them all, blazing the espionage trail, and keeping America safe from fascism and other wicked isms.


Into this unprecedented crisis plunged Jimmy Christopher. Only one man, but a man who embodied the American spirit — and stands prepared to perish to protect his country.

March of the Flame Marauders is read with stirring intensity by Milton Bagby. Originally published in the April, 1935 issue of Operator #5 magazine.
6 hours - $11.99 Download / $23.98 Audio CDs
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks, bringing the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider, G-8 and His Battle Aces, Operator #5 as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Doctor Death. Radio Archives brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today! All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility.
Battle Birds eBooksCaptain Combat eBooksCaptain Future eBooksDare-Devil Aces eBooksDime Mystery Magazine eBooksDoctor Death eBooksDusty Ayres and his Battle Birds eBooksG-8 and His Battle Aces eBooksThe Green Lama eBooksHorror Stories eBooksOperator #5 eBooksRangeland Romances eBooksRobert Weinberg Presents eBooksThe Secret 6 eBooksSingle Title eBooksThe Spider eBooksTerror Tales eBooks
Brand New
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
by Curtis Steele
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine. As a special bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction especially for this series of eBooks.
Jimmy Christopher, clean-cut, square-jawed and clear-eyed, was the star of the most audacious pulp magazines ever conceived — Operator #5. Savage would-be conquerors, creepy cults, weird weather-controllers and famine-creating menaces to our mid-western breadbasket... these were but a few of the fiendish horrors that Jimmy Christopher was forced to confront. Operator #5 returns in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
by Will Murray

America Awake! — Editorial


Thrilling Feature-Length Novel of America’s Undercover Ace

When Hell Came to America

by Curtis Steele

One by one, the defenseless cities and towns of America vanished — swept from the earth by an incredible weapon in the hands of Europe’s most rabid dictator! It was an unearthly, invisible menace that the land of Liberty faced — a ruthless machine that destroyed thousands of patriots as it struck from out of the blue. Against this attack, unprovoked and unparalleled in the history of the world, it seemed that no stand could be made. Yet Operator 5 and his volunteer flying aides, banded together into a Squadron of Death, waged desperate battle in a last-minute attempt to save civilization from being wiped off the very face of the globe!


Things That Made America Great

The Heights of the Hundred Heroes

by Morton Taney

In America’s moment of defeat and despair, General Washington asked his army for a victory that might turn the whole tide of history. They gave it to him — by such an astounding and decisive triumph as could only have been a miracle loosed by the fires of patriotism!


The Secret Sentinel — A Department


Secret Sentinel Reports — Our Readers

Radio Archives Pulp Classics line of eBooks are of the highest quality and feature the great Pulp Fiction stories of the 1930s-1950s. All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility. If you have a Kindle, the Mobi version is what you want. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want. $3.99.
Brand New
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook. As a special bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction especially for this Dime Mystery Magazine series of eBooks.
In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, all written by Arthur Leo Zagat, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
Dime Mystery Magazine — An Introduction
by Will Murray
Prince of the Black Fire — January 1937 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine
by James A. Goldthwaite writing as Francis James
The harsh, weird voice of the hornbill croaked the coming of the black fire to the helpless body of the girl whom I adored, it was the dreadful harbinger of the invisible, torturing flame a human monster summoned from the depths of hell to be the instrument of his deathless hatred!
The Beauty Shop Horrors — March 1937 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine
by James A. Goldthwaite writing as Francis James
They were drawn to that dreadful shop as moths are drawn to the destroying flame — those young girls whose beauty was their fatal curse — to be led through the red halls of madness to the ultimate blackness of shameful death!
Slaves of the Midnight Caverns — July 1937 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine
by James A. Goldthwaite writing as Francis James
Was it into the hands of beings beyond the ken of any mortal that those lost miners, those terror-haunted girls had fallen – to be tossed up, when dreadful lusts had been appeased, as pitiable, broken corpses?
The Blood Vendor — November 1937 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine
by James A. Goldthwaite writing as Francis James
Ill with revulsion, Claire and I stared at another of those nude, horribly clawed girlish figures that were daily being found in the dismal woodside — and we thought at once of the obscene light of youth we had seen in the eyes of the hideous old men from David Holmes’ mission...
Merry Christmas from the Dead! — December 1937 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine
by James A. Goldthwaite writing as Francis James
It turned out to be a gruesome party, which Marcia and John attended that fateful Christmas Eve. For each guest received as a present his own death notice — from the hand of a corpse!
Arms of the Flame Goddess — April 1938 issue of Dime Mystery Magazine
by James A. Goldthwaite writing as Francis James
The shadow of the Penitentes — that strange and terrible cult of fire-worshipers — filled my heart with dread. For I knew that soon the lovely body of my wife would be a scorched and blackened sacrifice to their devils of desire.
Radio Archives Pulp Classics line of eBooks are of the highest quality and feature the great Pulp Fiction stories of the 1930s-1950s. All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility. If you have a Kindle, the Mobi version is what you want. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want. $3.99.
Starting today, Radio Archives is adding a new Transcription Discs section to the newsletter.
We will list all the new transcription discs in the newsletter that have been added to the website. Of the 8,000 Transcription Discs that will be added to the website over the next few years, we are kicking things off today by adding 195 Fibber McGee and Molly transcription discs.
Buying transcription discs has always been difficult whether it is finding them, bidding against others in an auction, watching the price quadruple in the last few seconds, or not knowing the quality of the seller or the discs. As of today, that has all changed. When you see a transcription disc that you want to buy, add it to the shopping cart and we will ship it to you the same day. Our flat rate postage of only $4.00 for US orders can save you a lot of money on these heavy discs. Radio Archives has handled 30,000 transcription discs over the last 16 years and we know how to ship them safely.
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During radio's "Golden Age", most programs were aired live, rather than prerecorded. Luckily, many were recorded while they were being broadcast — sometimes so a sponsor, a producer, a director, or a performer could listen to them later, other times for legal purposes. Most were recorded onto 16" records, called electrical transcriptions or Transcription Discs. With the introduction of audio tape in the 1950s, transcriptions gradually became a thing of the past, with many being discarded in large quantities. As a result, with the passing of the years, they have become increasingly rare and hard to find.
Though it does take special equipment to play such a large record, many radio enthusiasts do collect them. Some people are interested solely in discs from a favorite series, while others just like to own a few rare and high-quality transcription recordings to frame and hang on their wall.
Add the transcription discs you want to purchase to the shopping cart along with any Old Time Radio CDs, Audiobooks, or Pulps you want and your order will be mailed to you today. We offer a low $4 flat rate postage for everything in your order.
A Tuesday night tradition for well over a decade, "Fibber McGee and Molly" set the standard for what a successful radio situation comedy could be. Starring Jim and Marion Jordan, as well as a host of radio's greatest comic character actors, the series began in 1935 and ran well into the late 1950s as a special feature of NBC's weekend "Monitor" show.
Once the half-hour weekly series came to an end, the Jordan’s were hired by NBC to create a new series of "Fibber McGee and Molly" shows in a fifteen-minute format that would run twice each weekday: once during day time hours and once in the evening. This change of pace resulted in a successful three-year run for multiple sponsors, with the comedy couple prerecording the programs for broadcast.
Programs from this quarter-hour series have been rare and hard for OTR collectors to find, with most coming either from edited Armed Forces Radio rebroadcasts or home recordings made by a hard-core Fibber Fan by placing a microphone in front of his radio speaker when the shows were first aired. Ten years ago, however, the Archives made an amazing discovery: over TWO HUNDRED 16" NBC lacquer transcriptions, originally stored in the basement of NBC at their Sunset and Vine studios, and kept in deep storage for over fifty years. At long last, fans of the "Fibber McGee and Molly" show can now hear these programs as they were originally aired - in high fidelity sound and complete with commercials for Richard Hudnut, Tums, and other sponsors.
The Fibber McGee and Molly discs are two-sided lacquer discs, with one complete 15 minute program on each side. These are one of a kind from NBC Hollywood. The dates of the shows range from 1954 to 1956.
Special bonus until July 28th. Buy 3 Fibber discs and get a 4th Fibber disc free. No limit on this offer.
Type your free discs in the comment field when you check out.
The Nemesis of Crime returns in classic pulp novels by Norman A. Daniels and The Spider's Norvell Page. First, voodoo drums sound in cities across the nation as a wave of mysterious murders fueled by ancient magic takes a terrifying toll in "The Black Bat's Crusade," edited by future Batman editors Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff! Then, "The Black Bat's Flame Trail" leads to a sinister arsonist who wields a deadly torch of terror as New York tenements burn. Plus, The Mask returns in an illustrated adventure from Nedor's Exciting Comics #4. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Doc Savage Double Novel ReprintsBooks by Will MurrayLost Radio Scripts bookDoc Savage Audiobooks
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
Why did a desperate man shave his head before visiting Doc Savage headquarters, only to be struck down, his pulsing brain turned to inert stone? What sinister secret did his strange slaying silence? And how was a lizard-green shadow resembling Medusa branded on Doc’s office wall?

These are only some of the questions confronting the Man of Bronze as he pursues a grisly trail of petrified corpses to post-Prohibition Chicago, whose criminal underworld is being terrorized by a serpent-haired demon engaged in a seemingly senseless slaughter spree whose ultimate target will shake Doc Savage’s men to their core.

Suspects are many, clues baffling. Death and danger lurks everywhere they turn—symbolized by the silhouette of a faceless Gorgon.

From the concrete canyons of Manhattan to the coal fields of Illinois, Doc Savage tracks a phantom fiend the likes of which he has never before hunted. Or is he the one being hunted? Softcover $24.95
Sanctum Books completes its reprinting of all 182 original Doc Savage pulp novels with three hellish thrillers by Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, the Man of Bronze struggles to prevent the Nazis from obtaining "The Devil's Black Rock," a mysterious force that could change the course of the war! Then, Doc and his aides team with three ghost hunters to destroy "The Pure Evil." Finally, Doc journeys to the gates of Hell and must battle demon-like creatures in order to return "Up from Earth's Center" in his legendary final pulp odyssey! This instant collector's item showcases the classic color pulp covers by Emery Clarke, Edd Cartier and George Rozen and Paul Orban's original interior illustrations, with historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Shadow
The Shadow Double Novel Reprints
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Shadow confronts Nazi agents in two thrilling wartime thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as "Maxwell Grant." In Vengeance Bay, the search for Blackbeard's pirate treasure uncovers a foreign conspiracy, and another Shadow emerges from the darkness after Lamont Cranston is kidnapped! Then, in the latter days of World War II, in Death Has Grey Eyes, the Shadow uncovers a plot to secure the Nazi's future Fuehrer for a secret plan to take over the world 20 years in the future. BONUS: a lost Shadow adventure from Radio's Golden Age! This double-novel collector's edition showcases the original color pulp covers by George Rozen and Modest Stein and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Spider
The Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider AudiobooksThe Spider eBooks
Published by Sanctum Books
The pulp era's most bloodthirsty avenger continues his deadly war against crime in two violent pulp novels by Norvell Page. First, "The Mad Horde" of rabid creatures is unleashed upon mill towns to undermine America's vital steel industry. Then, in "Slaves of the Laughing Death," the fiend of 1000 faces known only as Munro returns for a deadly rematch with the Spider, armed with a deadly weapon that causes victims to laugh until they die! This double novel pulp reprint showcases the classic color covers by Rafael De Soto and John Newton Howitt, John Fleming Gould's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

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