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Classic Radio Shows

Classic Old Time Radio Shows

Captain Midnight

Captain Midnight is a U.S. radio adventure serial broadcast from 1938 to 1949. The title character, originally Captain Jim "Red" Albright, was a World War I U. S. Army pilot. His Captain Midnight code name was given by a general who sent him on a high-risk mission, when the aviator returned at the stroke of 12. When the show began in 1938, Albright was a private aviator who helped people, but his situation changed in 1940. When the show was taken over by Ovaltine, the origin story explained how Albright was recruited to head the Secret Squadron, an aviation-oriented paramilitary organization fighting sabotage and espionage during the period prior to the United States' entry into World War II. The Secret Squadron acted both within and outside the United States.
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Take It From Here

Take It From Here (often referred to as TIFH, pronounced - and sometimes humorously spelt - "TIFE") was a British radio comedy programme broadcast by the BBC between 1948 and 1960. It was written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden, and starred Jimmy Edwards, Dick Bentley and Joy Nichols.

21St Precinct

Broadcast from July 7th 1953 through November 1st 1956 on the CBS network. 21st Precinct was a very dramatic police drama. CBS decided to use New York City as the backdrop for this series and to...

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator

Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator was a radio detective drama heard on NBC from October 3, 1951 to June 30, 1955.

Detective Barrie Craig (William Gargan) worked alone from his Madison Avenue office. Unlike his contemporaries Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, Craig had a laid-back personality, somewhat cutting against the popular "hard-boiled detective" stereotype. Others in the cast included Parley Baer and Betty Lou Gerson. - See more at:

The Black Museum

The Black Museum was a 1951 radio crime drama program independently produced by Harry Alan Towers and based on real-life cases from the files of Scotland Yard's Black Museum. Ira Marion was the scriptwriter, and music for the series was composed and conducted by Sidney Torch. Although often mistakenly cited as being produced for the BBC, the series was produced and syndicated commercially by Towers throughout the English speaking world.

Orson Welles was both host and narrator for stories of horror and mystery based on Scotland Yard's collection of murder weapons and various ordinary objects once associated with historical true crime cases. Walking through the museum, Welles would pause at one of the exhibits, and his description of an artifact served as a device to lead into a wryly-narrated dramatised tale of a brutal murder or a vicious crime. - See more at:


Blackstone, the Magic Detective, otherwise known as Blackstone, the Magician, was based on the life story of Harry Blackstone, who is considered as “the world’s greatest magician.” Ed Jerome starred as Blackstone, alongside Ted Osborne and Fran Carlon as John and Rhoda, respectively.
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The Green Hornet

Classified as a juvenile crime drama but written and acted with more adult style than most of the breed, "The Green Hornet"---whose protagonist fought crime by infiltrating or even partnering (initially) with known criminal operations, which deceive police into believing him a wanted criminal himself---was the creation of George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, the brains and head writer behind "The Lone Ranger" (whose protagonist, according to storyline, was the great-uncle of Britt Reid, the heir who assumed control of the Daily Sentinel newspaper publisher and takes the crimefighting guise of the Green Hornet). - See more at:

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter, Master Detective was a Mutual radio crime drama based on tales of the famed detective from Street & Smith's dime novels and pulp magazines. Nick Carter first came to radio as The Return of Nick Carter, a reference to the character's pulp origins, but the title was soon changed to Nick Carter, Master Detective.

Basil Rathbone

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from October 2, 1939 to July 7, 1947. Originally, the show starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel...

The Thin Man

The Adventures of the Thin Man radio series, initially starring Les Damon, was broadcast on all four major radio networks during the years 1941 to 1950. Claudia Morgan had the female lead role of...

Yours Truly Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a radio drama of "the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed expense account — America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator." The show aired on CBS Radio from January 14, 1949 to September 30, 1962. There were 811 episodes in the 12-year run, and more than 720 still exist today. - See more at:


Nightfall is the title of a radio drama series produced and aired by CBC Radio (see Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) from July 1980 to June 1983. While primarily a supernatural/horror series, Nightfall featured some episodes in other genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and human drama. One episode was even adapted from a folk song by Stan Rogers. Some of Nightfall's episodes were so terrifying that the CBC registered numerous complaints and some affiliate stations dropped it. Despite this, the series went on to become one of the most popular shows in CBC Radio history, running 100 episodes that featured a mix of original tales and adaptations of both classic and obscure short stories. - See more at:

The Blue Beetle

The Blue Beetle had a short career on the radio, between May and September 1940. Motion picture and radio actor Frank Lovejoy was the Blue Beetle for the first 13 episodes, while for the rest of the shows, the voice was provided by a different, uncredited actor. - See more at:

Classic Radio Shows

Produced in about 1950 by Palladium Radio Productions, "The Planet Man" is the golly-gee-whillikers saga of Dantro, an intergalactic troubleshooter for an organization known as the League of Planets...

The Adventures Of Zorro

The Adventures of Zorro, a radio drama in 1957, was based on the original Johnston McCulley story The Curse of Capistrano (aka The Mark of Zorro). It was written by Maria Little, directed by Robert M. Light and produced by Mitchell Gertz. This short-lived radio show was a series of short episodes. Only a handful of episodes are known to have survived. - See more at:


The Betty Witherspoon Show. It appears the title of the show was a one joke parady of the Simon Dee show, so popular at the time, but Betty didn't appear, either as a person or a character, instead being introduced every week, only to have Ray start his monologue. A pilot show was made on 25th June 1972 at the Playhouse Theatre, and lead to the series of, originally 13, susequently edited down to 10 episodes, of which the first was recorded on Monday 16th October 1972.

Classic Radio/TV World: ABC Mystery Time

Hosted by Don Dowd and starring Sir Laurence Olivier, ABC Mystery Time will get you gasping. Accented by creepy organ rips, you will hear stories of when death gathers round the card table at a local chapter of The Suicide Club, a man who desperately tries to hire a 24 hour bodyguard all the while trying to make himself the victim of a murder, and other baffling peculiar tales of yore. Also known as Mystery Time and Mystery Time Classics, this one is sure to mystify the most lucid of lads The show ran from 1957-1958

Classic Radio/TV World: Sherlock Holmes Radio Shows with Gielgud and Richardson

The character of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective has been on
radio from 1930 to recent times.  In the United States, long-running
series presented the cases of Sherlock Holmes.  In Great Britan, the
listening public first heard single adventures, then short series
from 6 to 12 shows over the years.

Classic Radio/TV World: Nick Harris, Detective

The program is also known as, "The Detective Nick Harris." "Proving to the youth of today, the folly of committing crime." Nick is the "internationally famous Los Angeles 
criminologist and chief of the detective agency bearing his name." Referred to as "A Salute To The Law," the program actually features Nick Harris!

Aliens in the Mind
  • Classic BBC Radio SciFi Drama with Peter Cushing and Vincent Price
Sherlock Holmes: John Stanley - Dr. Watson: Alfred Shirley

Classic Sherlock Holmes Radio Shows with

The Kenneth Williams Playhouse

This was a series of 4 shows which had one thing in common - they all starred Kenneth Williams

Secret Agent K7

These fifteen minute episodes of mystery and espionage from the 1939 broadcasts begin with a prolonged organ intro so the local announcer could get in a couple of commercials for the local furniture store or dairy!

Incredible but True

Ken Nordine not only hosted Incredible But True