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May 24, 2019
 
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Old Time Radio
Volume 7
 
Audio Clip

“America's action packed insurance investigator”
 
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar debuted on CBS as a fairly typical slam-bang half-hour detective series on February 11, 1949, featuring Charles Russell in the title role as “America’s action packed insurance investigator”. Over the next few years, several actors played the part - including Edmond O’Brien and John Lund - but, though consistently well written and acted, the series was never really unique or substantial enough to capture a large and enthusiastic audience. Though the show was, at one point, sponsored by Wrigley’s Gum, the network often simply carried it as a sustaining feature - a creative time-filler for the enjoyment of a radio audience rapidly migrating to television.
 
In the fall of 1955, however, long-time radio veteran Bob Bailey, fresh from the Mutual network detective series Let George Do It, took over the title role. Even though he would leave the show in 1960 and other actors would, as before, play Johnny, Bailey’s tenure as the character is considered by and far to be the most popular and the reason the show not only survived to be the last radio drama on the air, but is still considered one of the best radio shows ever by fans today.
 
In 1956, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar returned to its previous thirty minute format. Even though the shows were shorter and now self contained instead of divided into five chapters as they had been for over a year, the producers and Bailey did not hold back on various innovations. In particular, it’s this period of shows that took Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar to a new level, strongly establishing the fact that Johnny’s adventures were real and being performed each week as the radio show itself. Johnny would often hear from people he ran into about listening to him on the radio and would reference the show himself. Show staff, such as director and writer Jack Johnstone, were often name dropped in various episodes and even, at times, made an integral part of the story.
 
In the twelve episodes featured in this collection, listeners tag along with Johnny as he painstakingly pursues each case to its conclusion. Even though the stories are only thirty minute self contained episodes, the extensive research that has obviously gone into each script is evident; the action always takes place in real locations, complete with real street names, and landmarks are frequently noted throughout the shows. Local stations that broadcast Johnny Dollar are often mentioned, as well as the actual names of their personnel -- an interesting and amusing way to sustain interest in the show among network radio affiliates. This also added to the meta feeling the producers wanted fans to experience, that the adventures in the show were real. And the performers, including such radio veterans as Virginia Gregg, Peter Leeds, Hy Averback, Barney Phillips, Vic Perrin, John Dehner, Paul Dubov, Parley Baer, Marvin Miller, Jack Moyles, Lillian Buyeff, and Betty Lou Gerson, demonstrate their diverse talents in a series of realistic and textured characterizations.
 
Discover why Bob Bailey is considered the ultimate Johnny Dollar in these twelve thirty minute episodes, one of them featuring noted radio and screen legend Vincent Price playing himself. Radio Archives is proud to share with you these twelve classic episodes restored to sparkling audio quality in Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar Volume 7.
 
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75th Anniversary

 
 
It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted -- and radio was there to cover it.

D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the world. Radio Archives is pleased and proud to offer the complete and continuous CBS network coverage of the events of June 6 and 7, 1944.
 
Hear President Roosevelt, the BBC feed of Communique #1, General Eisenhower from SHAEF headquarters, King George VI speaking from London via the BBC. Bill Henry in Washington interviews Congressmen Moss, McCormick, Rogers, Voorhees, Mundt, Herbert, and Gore.
 
Regular CBS shows were included in the broadcast, “The Passing Parade”, “Columbia Presents Corwin”, “Burns & Allen”, “1st show of “The Doctor Fights”, “Perry Mason”, “Valiant Lady,” “Light of the World,” “The Open Door,” “Bachelor’s Children”, “Kate Smith Speaks”, “Big Sister”, “The Romance of Helen Trent”, “Life Can Be Beautiful”, “Ma Perkins”, “The Goldbergs” among them.
 
Hear the events of the day as reported by Irwin Darlington, Robert Trout, Maj. George Fielding Elliott, Ned Calmer, Quentin Reynolds, Alan Jackson, Merrill Mueller, Douglas Edwards, Quincy Howe, William Shirer, John Daly, and Edwin C. Hill with “The Human Side of the News”. Reporting from London are Edward R. Murrow, Wright Bryan, John W. Vandercook, David Anderson, Arthur Mann, and Charles Shaw reports from the BBC in London.
 
Herbert Clark reports from the invasion fleet off the coast of England, an eyewitness account of the first parachute drop, James Willard from SHAEF headquarters in London describes the invasion fleet from the air. Richard C. Hottelet describes the invasion from a plane over the beaches, French Colonel Morrison who describes the area of the invasion landings, Stanley Richardson eyewitness account of the invasion fleet, Charles Collingwood aboard an LST in the invasion fleet, and George Hicks from the invasion fleet, describing the shore bombardment before the landing.
 
These are recordings that many historians believe to be among the most valuable audio documents ever preserved. The CBS broadcasts — containing 34 hours of continuous programming of news, music, drama, comedy, and entertainment — are history as it happened, in a special collection that is sure to occupy a special place in your radio collection.
 
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75th Anniversary

 
 
It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted -- and radio was there to cover it.

D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the world. Radio Archives is pleased and proud to offer the complete and continuous NBC network coverage of the events of June 6 and 7, 1944.
 
Noted inspirational author Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, King Haakon VII of Norway, Premier Gerbandy of the Netherlands, Premier Pierlot of Belgium, and US Senators Clark, Barkley, White, Hill and Congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce speak, as does the President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. General Eisenhower speaks from SHAEF headquarters.
 
Regular NBC shows were included in the broadcast, “The Bob Hope Show”, “Fibber McGee & Molly”, “The Guiding Light”, “Vic & Sade”, “The Red Skelton Show”, “The Road of Life”, “Today’s Children”, “Ma Perkins”, “Pepper Young’s Family”, “Mary Noble, Backstage Wife”, “Stella Dallas”, “Lorenzo Jones”, “Young Widder Brown”, “When A Girl Marries” and “Front Page Farrell” among them.
 
Hear the events of the day as reported by Ben Grauer, Cesar Saerchinger, Charles F. McCarthy, David Anderson, Don Goddard, Don Hollenbeck, Ed Hocker, Edward R. Murrow, Elmer Peterson, George Wheeler, H. V. Kaltenborn, Herbert M. Clark, James Willard, John W. Vandercook, Louis P. Lockner, Lowell Thomas, Merrill Mueller, Morgan Beatty, Ralph Howard, Richard Harkness, Robert McCormick, Robert St. John, Tommy Traynor, W. W. Chaplin and Wright Bryan. Alex Dreier, in Chicago, recalled his experiences as the last western correspondent in Nazi Germany while Stanley Richardson offered an eyewitness account of the invasion from the Channel boats, and George Hicks reported from the beach-head itself!

These are recordings that many historians believe to be among the most valuable audio documents ever preserved. The NBC broadcasts — containing over 38 hours of continuous programming of news, music, drama, comedy, and entertainment — are history as it happened, in a special collection that is sure to occupy a special place in your radio collection.
 
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On June 6, 2004, in remembrance of the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, the ABC Radio program Perspective featured a fascinating story detailing radio's coverage of D-Day as it happened in 1944. Written, edited, and narrated by ABC reporter Chuck Sivertsen, the feature utilized clips from the D-Day collection described above. We think this in-depth and well-presented piece provides an excellent overview of the historic content of this collection.
 
 
Audiobooks
Patrol of the Iron Hand
by Robert J. Hogan
Read by Nick Santa Maria
 
 
They called G-8 the Flying Spy. History never recorded his exploits—and for good reason! No one would ever believe World War I was that wild!
 
Death walks the world in an iron garb and sleeps in the dismal caves of Hell! Stahlmaske once more roams the Front — and the bodies of the damned lie strewn in his wake! The steel Monster of Death rolled on — its hungry jaws reached greedily for the lives of G-8’s comrades. Yet G-8 flies on futile wings to his showdown with Death — where courage is stronger than the stoutest steel — and he can see inside the gaping jaws of Hell!
 
One reason that G-8 and His Battle Aces proved so popular in the golden age of Pulp Fiction and still are well known among fans of today is the sheer strangeness of the enemies the Master Spy fought. Hellish, monstrous creatures fought on the sides of the Central Powers, eager and hungry, literally sometimes, for the blood of G-8. Death rays, deadly plagues, and other scientific abominations also featured at the heart of conflict in many of the tales penned by Robert J. Hogan. Even green Martians and resurrected Vikings make an appearance in G-8’s rogues gallery, assuring that his stories were, at least until the future war fought by Popular’s Dusty Ayers, the definition of weird war tales.
 
Steel Mask was a villain that would attempt to destroy G-8 again and again. Wearing his namesake to cover a mutilated face, he blamed G-8 for his hideous visage. A blimp shot down by America’s Master Spy crashed to the ground, burning, and left Steel Mask not only scarred permanently, but on a flight path into vengeance forever. Other villains would haunt G-8 for similar reasons.
 
Nick Santa Maria brings G-8, Nippy and Bull to thrilling life in their desperate struggle to defeat a mechanical nemesis unlike anything they have ever before encountered in Patrol of the Iron Hand. Originally published in the June, 1938 issue of G-8 and His Battle Aces magazine.
 
Nick DeGregorio composed the music for the G-8 and His Battle Aces series of audiobooks.
 
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Plague of the Golden Death
by G. T. Fleming-Roberts writing as Brant House
Read by Milton Bagby
 
 
His true face unknown, his identity forever buried in a secret government file, Secret Agent “X” came back from the dead to take on the sinister sadists and evil extortionists who prey on innocent Americans. A master of disguise who carries a non-lethal gas gun, “X” the unknown is backed by a cabal of wealthy citizens and is answerable only to the shadowy K-9 in Washington.
 
They were a pack of weird, swarming scarecrows—dealing strange, vile death to all mankind. And Secret Agent “X”, that resourceful criminal pursuer, found that these gruesome dealers in wholesale murder were immune to all normal, human means of fighting. When his ruse failed, “X” discovered himself a victim of the Golden Death. A mystery begun on the battlefields of Europe finds its twisted denouncement on the movie lots of Hollywood!
 
The enigma of enigmas, Secret Agent “X” has been deputized by a high government official to battle the darkest, most diabolical enemies of America before they sink their poisonous fangs into the nation’s healthy core. Faceless and unsung, “X” infiltrates these threats in a bewildering array of disguises.
 
Operating out of the supposedly haunted Montgomery Mansion, Secret Agent “X” ventures forth in a bewildering array of false identities to infiltrate the darkest underbelly of the underworld—and destroy it from within. A master investigator of a thousand guises and surprises. The only clue to his true identity is his haunting whistle…..
 
Secret Agent “X” was a man of many skills. He showed a mastery of modern science, various languages, and the uncanny ability to decipher codes and puzzles. He was also a fighter, trained in a variety of fighting techniques, including jiu-jitsu and boxing. This combination of skills adds to “X”’s uniqueness as a Pulp hero.
 
Follow the Man of a Thousand Faces as he confronts the menace of Plague of the Golden Death, ripped from the pages of Secret Agent “X” magazine, December 1937 and read with chilling intensity by Milton Bagby.
 
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eBooks

Radio Archives Pulp Classics
March 1941
 
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.
 
Startling Stories was the younger sibling of Thrilling Wonder Stories. It began in 1939 at the urging of science fiction fans who clamored for a full-length novel in each issue. At this point, Thrilling Wonder Stories contained a variety of novelets and short stories, but fans wanted something longer that allowed for more character development. And thus, Startling Stories was born. Each issue started off with a book-length novel, and was filled out with a variety of short stories, science columns, special features and, of course, letters to the editor. Some of science-fiction’s best authors appeared in Startling Stories, including luminaries such as Stanley G. Weinbaum, Eando Binder, Edmond Hamilton, and Alfred Bester. The magazine thrived through the 1940s and early 1950s, but fading revenues forced it to close with the Fall 1955 issue, after a 99-issue run. Startling Stories now returns with these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
Table of Contents:
 
A Complete Book-Length Scientifiction Novel
The Watch World
by Oscar J. Friend
Fate casts up orphans of an ancient storm on a shoreless Earth, where deluge drowns the continents on a single sea — and men dredge food and clothing from the depths!
 
Superhuman — Unusual Story
by John Russell Fearn
A giant among men plans to usher in a new era
 
Interplanetary Reporter — Unusual Story
by Leigh Brackett
A Martian girl makes Barton fight for his ideals
 
The Literary Corkscrew — Unusual Story
by David H. Keller, M.D.
An outstanding story from Scientifiction’s Hall of Fame
 
The Ether Vibrates — Announcements and Letters
 
Guest Editorial — Special Feature
by P. Schuyler Miller
 
Thrills In Science — Thumbnail Sketches
by Mort Weisinger
 
Science Question Box — Questions and Answers
 
Review Of Science Fiction Fan Publications
by The Editor
 
Meet The Author
Oscar J. Friend
 
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
 
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Audiobooks, Books, Double Novel Pulp Reprints, and Old Time Radio Cassettes, Reels and Audio CD sets are all in the Bargain Basement.
 
Two Old Time Radio sets and two Pulp Audiobooks at a 50% discount are in the Bargain Basement each newsletter.
 
Large reel to reel collection of 50,000 shows is being sold, 100 reels at a time in the Bargain Basement.
 

Comments From Our Customers!
 
Robert Tedder writes:
Nick Santa Maria is fabulous as The Spider narrator. But at the pace you issue new recordings, I am concerned about Nick's vocal health. Don't wear him out
 
Editors Note: Don’t worry about Nick, he finished recording all 118 Spider audioboooks a couple years ago. Since then Nick has done about 40 G-8 and His Battle Aces audiobooks and is currently recording Ron Fortier’s Nighthawk, which will be released soon.
 
Milton Bagby, Audie award winning Voice Actor writes:
Just a note to say that it is an honor to have been the narrator of Operator #5 through the entire series. While I did the Secret Agent “X" and Captain Future series, I have a special affinity for Jimmy Christopher and all his authors.
 
The stories changed over the years, in tone and skill, but it was a landmark series among all pulps. I will always cherish the opportunity you gave me to get to know Jimmy, Z-7, Tim Donovan, Diane Elliot, sister Nan and dad John, plus a cast of truly fascinating bad guys.
 
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