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February 23, 2024
1 new Phantom Detective Audiobook, 2 new eBooks, and 4 featured products from Radio Archives this week!
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Featured: previously released
Volume 5

The Great Gildersleeve became one of radio's most successful situation comedies, and sixty years after it left the airwaves, it continues to be a favorite among old-time radio fans. As portrayed by Peary, the Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve character — who, on Fibber McGee, had a pronounced larcenous streak — mellowed considerably, settling into the comfortable role of kind and loving uncle to his niece and nephew. Assisted in the running the household by housekeeper Birdie Lee Coggins (Lillian Randolph). Outside the home, Gildersleeve's closest association was with Judge Horace Hooker (Earle Ross), with whom he had many battles during the first few broadcast seasons.
Singer and actor Harold Peary who brought the pompous and cantankerousness Gildersleeve to life, began his radio career back in 1923. A first generation American born to Portuguese parents, Peary’s real name was José Pereira de Faria ; but he changed it to make it easier to find work in the entertainment industry. While he had his own show as a singer, The Spanish Serenader, in San Francisco, it was only when he moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1937. It was Chicago when his career began to take off and soar when he became a regular on Fibber McGee and Molly because of his ability to voice and portray many different characters and their nationalities.
It was writer Don Quinn who thought up the name of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. Quinn named McGee’s nemesis that name because it was the most pompous name he could think of. Gildersleeve’s middle name remained one of radio’s most endearing mysteries until Fibber McGee and Molly found Gildersleeve’s personal dairy and began reading it in the October 22, 1940 episode of the Fibber McGee and Molly show. The full name of Fibber’s friendly nemesis is Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve.
So sit back and enjoy the twelve original broadcasts offered in this collection and presented exactly as broadcast, complete with commercials for Kraft Foods.
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Featured: previously released
Volume 76
Radio Preservation has always been at the core of Radio Archives. This exciting series is derived from our massive collection of thirty thousand radio shows from 16" transcription discs.
This 20 hour collection includes shows from the classic days of Radio. You'll find rare and obscure as well as mainstream radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the Radio Archives Treasures sets.
These shows have all been restored with state-of-the-art CEDAR technology - the audio processing system used by major recording companies to restore older recordings. We expect the shows to be the best sounding copies available anywhere. Radio Archives Treasures are restored to sparkling digital quality.
Volume 76 includes shows from these series.
The Henry Morgan Show, Biography In Sound, One Man's Family, The Harold Peary Show, The Man in The Iron Mask, Wild Bill Hickok, You Bet Your Life, Hear it Now, Hallmark Playhouse, Curtain Time, Terry and The Pirates, Philco Radio Time, The Palmolive Beauty Box Theatre, Command Performance, Mandrake The Magician, The Sons of the Pioneers Show, The Line Up, In the Crimelight, and The Robin Hood Show.
20 hours - MP3 regular price $39.99
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Doom on Schedule
by Robert Wallace
Read by Milton Bagby
Forged in war, The Phantom Detective wages a one-man battle on crime! Solving impossible mysteries and delivering his own justice, he is the underworld’s masked nightmare!
The Phantom Detective battles to halt a wave of sudden death and tragedy when railroads are the targets of sinister crime! Follow Richard Curtis Van Loan as he fights to stem grim slaughter and sabotage!
Even though directly inspired by The Shadow, not just character wise but simply because he was created to compete with Street and Smith’s powerhouse, The Phantom Detective stood out from his mysterious predecessor in significant ways. Richard Curtis Van Loan was a man with a history, much like Lamont Cranston, but Van Loan’s was much more straightforward. A veteran of the Great War, Van Loan found himself without a sense of purpose and stumbled, in a way, into being The Phantom Detective due to that. None of the mystery or assumed mysticism that filled Cranston’s confusing history is found in the Phantom Detective’s background. Also, The Phantom Detective had his assistants in many ways, just as The Shadow did, but the sense of why the supporting characters helped him out was more pure, more straightforward. Unlike The Shadow who often utilized agents that owed him something or felt indebted to him, The Phantom Detective’s cast simply helped because they believed in his mission. Frank Havens, the publisher of The Clarion, is in fact the reason The Phantom Detective ever came into existence at all, within the canon of the stories. Seeing his friend Van Loan at loose ends after the war, Havens suggests that he take on an apparently unsolvable crime. When he proves successful, Van Loan decides he should take a more active hand in crimefighting and the Phantom, as he’s known in the actual stories, is born.
Doom on Schedule was originally published in the February 1946 issue of The Phantom Detective Magazine and is read with pulse pounding intensity by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.
5 hours - MP3 regular price $9.99
Featured: previously released
The Silver Death Rain
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
An epidemic of strange and sudden death had placed New York in the ruthless grip of an Underworld master such as the world had never seen. The Law was powerless against this nighttime Nemesis. But Richard Wentworth, as the Spider, had one more blow to strike before surrendering a shuddering city to the powers of hell!
The Spider starred in his own pulp magazine for a wild decade from 1933 to 1943. Seeing rival pulp house Street & Smith breaking sales records with The Shadow Magazine, Popular Publications president Harry Steeger decided to clone him. Legend has it that he was playing tennis and spotted a spider walking across the court. That gave him a catchy yet creepy title. He hired mystery novelist and occultist R. T. M. Scott to write The Spider Strikes! and a sequel, The Wheel of Death. Mysteriously, Scott bowed out of the picture around the time of the first issue, dated October, 1933.
Enter Norvell W. Page, a practitioner of the Edgar Allen Poe tradition in pulps. Writing under the pseudonym of Grant Stockbridge, He remade the Spider into his own psychic twin, often dressing up as the Master of Men when delivering his monthly manuscripts. In a letter to a Spider fan, Page wrote, “Think of me as Wentworth, if you will. The line between us is not too distinct.”
A deeply religious man, Norvell W. Page began infusing his latter Spider stories with undercurrents of a strange spiritual quest. A Tibetan monk became a recurring character, issuing prophecies. Psychic phenomenon became a constant theme. Jesus was often evoked.
Nick Santa Maria breathes life into the Spider in The Silver Death Rain. Originally published in The Spider magazine, March, 1939.
5 hours - MP3 regular price $9.99
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New eBook
The Phantom Detective eBook
#134 February 1946
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.
The Phantom Detective! The name alone conjures up action and adventure. From the same publisher that brought you The Black Bat, Captain Danger, The Crimson Mask and The Green Ghost came one of pulpdom's best-known detectives. Scourge of the underworld, The Phantom, as he was called, aided the Law with his sweetheart Muriel Havens. His first adventure was published in February 1933 and they continued for 170 thrilling exploits until the Summer 1953 issue. The Phantom Detective returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Regular price $3.99
New eBook
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.
Mystery Book Magazine was a bid to cash in on the post-war mystery boom. Each issue featured a full-length mystery novel written by a top-notch mystery writer. It made its debut in 1945, but due to poor sales, it changed from monthly to bi-monthly and in 1947 to quarterly. In 1950, in an effort to boost sales, it changed its name to Giant Detective. Two issues later, it ceased publication. During its 34-issue, 6-year run, it presented some top rated mysteries for its pulp readers, from the best writers in the field, including four original Michael Shayne mysteries by Brett Halliday. Mystery Book Magazine returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Regular price $3.99
Featured eBook
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.
Another epic exploit of America’s best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! Richard Wentworth — the dread Spider, nemesis of the Underworld, lone wolf anti-crime crusader who always fights in that grim no-man’s land between Law and lawless — returns in vintage pulp tales of the Spider, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.

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. New Kindle's use ePub. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want.

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Comments From Our Customers!
Mike Hopper writes:
Nightbeat is a great detective series. We always enjoy these stories! Thanks for the great, clean versions we get from Radio Archives.
Ivan G Shreve Jr writes:
I first listened to Nightbeat on WOUB, the campus station of Ohio University in the 1970s, when it was featured on their Monday Night at the Radio. It was a well-written, well-acted series that -- while its network run was short - defines for me and other fans just how excellent old-time radio drama can be. I highly recommend this set!
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