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August 5, 2022
 
Six new products and Two featured products from Radio Archives in this newsletter!
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Old Time Radio
Featured: previously released
The 1943/1944 Season
 
 
One true testament to the strength and popularity of a show is when another idea spins out of it and proves successful. With that as evidence, Fibber McGee and Molly was definitely a strong and popular show. A full season of the program is collected in The Fibber McGee and Molly Show, The 1943/1944 Season.
 
Literally overflowing with memorable characters, Fibber McGee and Molly boasts not one, but two successful spin offs during its run. Harold Peary, one of the Chicago performers who joined the show after the move to NBC, played McGee’s neighbor and often arch nemesis, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve. The blustery, flustered way that Peary played ‘Gildy’ proved so popular that actor and character both ended up headlining a new show - The Great Gildersleeve. According to John Dunning, this was the first series to prove to be a hit to spin out of another show, not to mention into movies and television.
 
The second character born on Fibber McGee and Molly only to go on to her own program was the McGee’s maid, Beulah. Debuting in 1944, Beulah proved a big hit, even though she was actually portrayed by a man named Marlin Hurt. Hurt’s performance as the jovial, humorous woman won fans over and Beulah went on to have her own show and even a television program!
 
Enjoy an entire season restored to sparkling audio quality in The Fibber McGee & Molly Show, The 1943/1944 Season that gave life to so many wonderful characters and series!
 
Fibber McGee and Molly expert, Karl Pearson, is the Series Contributor for this set. Enjoy 20 hours, 39 shows of pure fun.
 
 
 
20 hours
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Featured: previously released
Volume 3, The Mysterious Voice
 
 
World War One flying aces Robert M. Burtt and Wilfred G. Moore were responsible for bringing the adventures of Army Air Pilot Captain Jim "Red" Albright – a.k.a. Captain Midnight – across the airwaves at Chicago radio station WGN in 1938.
 
Like his creators, Captain Midnight saw plenty of aerial combat action in the skies over the combat zones in Europe during the Great War. Army Air Pilot Captain Jim “Red” Albright’s back story was that he earned the moniker of “Captain Midnight” after returning back from a high risk mission to an Allied airfield exactly as the clock struck midnight. The General who had sent Albright on the mission called him “Captain Midnight.”
 
The adventures of Captain Midnight were originally heard in syndication on select mid-western radio stations, including Chicago Radio Station WGN in 1938. Originally sponsored by the Skelly Oil Company, Captain Midnight did not become a nationwide phenomenon on the airwaves until Ovaltine took over sponsorship of the program in 1940 and expanded its range on the airwaves over the Mutual Radio Network.
 
A love of aviation ran deep within the veins of William G. Skelly. After founding the Skelly Oil Company in 1919, which would eventually become the world’s largest independent oil company; Skelly went on to found in 1928, the Spartan School of Aeronautics and the Spartan Aircraft Company.
 
Listen as Captain Midnight played by Bill Bouchey, Chuck Ramsey, Patsy Donovan, and Major Steele battle Ivan Shark, his daughter Fury, and Gardo in these 88 fifteen minute shows presented in 3 Volumes. Great commercials and the Captain Midnight Photo Premium and Airline route map premium were offered by the Skelly Oil company.
 
Captain Midnight has never sounded better thanks to the Radio Archives audio engineering team. Captain Midnight, Volume 3, The Mysterious Voice is available now!
 
8 hours
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Audiobooks
City of Hate
by G. Wayman Jones
Read by Milton Bagby
 
 
Out of the night comes a menacing winged figure! Blind district attorney Tony Quinn takes his battle for justice from the courtrooms to the streets, battling evil as The Black Bat!
 
When rivalry, chaos and intrigue explode in a welter of murder, The Black Bat is faced with the sternest mystery challenge of his career! For generations, the Bolton family rules the city of Norwood — until Death took command!
 
The Black Bat carried on his battle against crime for fourteen years, but he did not do it alone, not even before he put on the mask. Aggressive District Attorney Tony Quinn found himself a victim of crime when a gangster doused his face in acid, blinding Quinn seemingly permanently. Even though Quinn’s sight would be restored with a few extra perks by an experimental surgery, he still struggled with adapting to his new situation and was assisted in this in part because of his valet, Norton ‘Silk’ Kirby.
 
As an ally to a Pulp hero, Silk Kirby proves unique in a couple of ways. Although he is not the first valet to throw his fists in support of his boss in pulp fiction, Silk is not a genius in some scientific endeavor or necessarily an expert in any given field. He is a man who, thanks to the intervention of Tony Quinn before becoming The Black Bat, is given a second chance and as a sort of atonement, contributes to his employer’s crusade against evil. What makes Silk stand out even more is that he was given the second chance because he had been a criminal and attempted to rob Quinn. Seeing something of value in him, Quinn convinced him to leave crime behind. Following his accident and surgery, Quinn decides to don the mantle of The Black Bat. Silk Kirby’s assistance and knowledge of the underworld and his effusive charm, his ability to blend in with criminals, become invaluable to his boss’ war on crime.
 
Thrill to City of Hate, originally published in Black Book Detective #82 November 1948 and read with two fisted excitement by award winning voice actor Milton Bagby.
 
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Volume 4 Mourning Star
by Nancy Hansen
Read by Roberto Scarlato
 
 
Pirate Politics
 
With Emile Gagnon’s Sea Witch laid up in the French port of Fort Royale for minor repairs, Jezebel Johnston and young Zachary Spencer go into town to trade with the local merchants. While there, they come to the attention of an unscrupulous smuggler named Luc Charbonneau who cleverly manipulates them into being blamed for thievery committed by his own gang. But before he can rally an impromptu lynch party, they are rescued by Captain Ancel Thibodeaux, the real authority on the small West Antilles island.
 
Thibodeaux is fascinated by the beautiful Jezebel and pressures her and Zachary into joining the crew of his own pirate ship, Mourning Star. Having no other recourse, the two agree and the wily French buccaneer sets about tutoring the lovely mulatto into being part of his elaborate scheme to sail across the Atlantic and raid the rich Barbary Coast.
 
Once again writer Nancy Hansen unfurls the sails of her imagination in this, the fourth chapter in the saga of Jezebel Johnston as she navigates the dangerous waters of rogues, brigands and scalawags on her way to becoming the greatest pirate of them all!
 
8 hours
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Audiobooks
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
Black Book Detective eBook
#82 November 1948
 
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.
 
Black Book Detective magazine was probably best known for its long-running series of adventure stories featuring the crimefighter known as The Black Bat. But The Black Bat didn't appear until six years into the magazine's run with the July 1939 issue. The magazine first hit the newsstands with the June 1933 issue. For the next six years, it tried different approaches. Issue one began with a featured novel and several backup short stories. The following year it started promoting "three new complete novels" in each magazine, but abandoned that approach after four issues. It then tried shorter novelets, combined with short stories. In 1935 and 1936, it tried the "weird menace" approach, featuring scantily-clad women in peril on the covers, then switched back to hard crime. In 1938 they tried featuring recurring characters in their main novel. Gentleman thief Raffles appeared in two consecutive issues. Jonathan Drake, Ace Manhunter appeared in three issues.
 
The editors struck gold with The Black Bat, who first appeared in the July 1939 issue. Supposedly blind District Attorney Tony Quinn was secretly the master crime fighter known as The Black Bat. The stories were credited to the house name of G. Wayman Jones, but in actuality were written mainly by Norman A. Daniels. The Black Bat stories ran exclusively in the bi-monthly Black Book Detective magazine until it finally printed its last issue in the Winter of 1953. Black Book Detective returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
 
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
 
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.
 
Death strikes in the night! Murder inside a locked room! For thrills, chills and action galore, readers of the 1930s, 1940s and into the 1950s clamored for a pulp magazine by the name of Thrilling Detective. Thrilling Detective magazine was one of the earliest pulp answers to America's insatiable appetite for mystery and detective tales. It was the first of Ned Pines's long line of pulp magazines, starting in 1931 and running for an amazing 213 issues before closing down in the Summer of 1953. Thrilling Publications was responsible for other long-running pulps such as Startling Stories, The Lone Eagle, Black Book Detective and Thrilling Wonder Stories. Famous pulp characters The Phantom Detective, Captain Future, the Black Bat and Captain Danger, all appeared in other Thrilling publicaions.
 
Each Thrilling Detective magazine started off with a book-length mystery novel, and then was followed up by a half-dozen or so shorter stories of thrills and danger. Appearing solely in Thrilling Detective were recurring characters like Doctor Coffin, The Green Ghost, Craig Kennedy, Raffles, G-Man Jones, Mike Shayne, Race Williams and Mr. Death. Some of America's most foremost writers took up their pens to write for the magazine. Names like Arthur J. Burks, Wayne Rogers, H.M. Appel, George Allan Moffatt, Norman A. Daniels, Johnston McCulley, George Fielding Eliot, L. Ron Hubbard, Paul Ernst, Emile C. Tepperman, Edmond Hamilton, Laurence Donovan, Ralph Oppenheim, Robert Sidney Bowen, Henry Kuttner, Murray Leinster, Fredric Brown, Brett Halliday, Carroll John Daly, Louis L'Amour and Bruce Elliott. Thrilling Detective returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
 
 
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
 
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 Lone Eagle was Intelligence Agent John Masters, fighting ace of World War I, world's greatest sky fighter. The Lone Eagle magazine told his stories, his amazing adventurers in the air. John Masters was a newspaper reporter for a Chicago paper, but known to only two men, he was secretly The Lone Eagle, special agent and pilot extraordinaire. By 1940 the second world war raged in Europe, and the stories in The Lone Eagle were updated to feature conflicts in the current war. The Lone Eagle was published by Thrilling Publications, home of its companion pulps Air War and Sky Fighters. It made its inaugural appearance with the September 1933 issue. In August 1941 the title of the magazine was changed to The American Eagle, partially because Charles Lindbergh, the inspiration for these stories, was opposed to America's entry into World War II. There was another slight change to the title in the Spring 1943 issue, and it became known as American Eagles. That was the final issue. A total of 75 of John Masters' adventures had been published during its ten year run. The Lone Eagle returns in these vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
 
 
 
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
 
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.
 
During the science-fiction boom of the 1930s, there were over a dozen pulp magazines dedicated to the subject. Analog, Startling Stories, Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories, Captain Future and Super Science Stories were just a few. In 1939, the pulp magazine publisher of Jungle Stories, and many others, added its own entry into the sci-fi field, Planet Stories. Until it folded in 1955, it published ground-breaking science fiction from some of the genre's brightest stars, including such luminaries as Ray Cummings, Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr., Eando Binder, Leight Bracket, Isaac Asimov, Clifford D. Simak, Henry Kuttner, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, James Blish, A.E. van Vogt, Theodore Sturgeon, Alan E. Nourse and Robert Sheckley. Planet Stories returns in these vintage pulp tales, 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. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want.
 

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MORE PLEASE! Night Beat is right up there with my OTR favorites. I hope you can find some more episodes soon!
 
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WJSV. This is a great thing to listen to. Not only do you get a sense of what radio programming used to be, but also you get to hear what news reporting used to be. The diversity of daily radio entertainment is impressive. It is sad that radio stations have become so singular in their formats.
 
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