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Old Time Radio - June 2018

Jun 1, 2018

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According to Wikipedia, The Big Story was a radio and television crime show which dramatized the true stories of real-life newspaper reporters. The only continuing character was the narrator, Bob Sloane. Produced by Barnard J. Prockter, the shows were scripted by Gail Ingram, Arnold Pearl and Max Ehrlich. Tom Victor and Harry Ingram directed the series. The theme was taken from Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life"), a tone poem by Richard Strauss. Sponsored by Pall Mall Cigarettes, the program began on NBC Radio April 2, 1947. With Lucky Strike Cigarettes sponsoring the last two years, it was broadcast until March 23, 1955. The radio series was top rated, rivaling Bing Crosby's Philco Radio Time.  This month you can hear The Big Story on Mondays at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

1 - Philco Radio Time; starring Bing Crosby; w/ Also Jolson

4 - Big Story; "Bobbysox Kid from Bayonne"
5 - On Stage; starring Cathy and Elliott Lewis; "Public Furlough"
6 - Lum and Abner; starring Chester Lauck and Norris Goff  
7 - Encore Theater; "Yellowjack" with Ronald Coleman  
8 - Philco Radio Time; w/ Boris Karloff, Victor Moore, and Gail Robbins  

11 - Big Story; "The Case of the Unfinished Love Song"
12 - On Stage; "The Bunch of Violets"
13 - Lum and Abner  
14 - Encore Theater; "Now Voyager" with Maureen O'Sullivan  
15 - Philco Radio Time; w/ Peter Lorre and the Williams Brothers

18 - Big Story; "Justice and A Guy Named Joe "
19 - On Stage; "The String Bow Tie "
20 - Lum and Abner  
21 - Encore Theater; "A Man To Remember” with Lionel Barrymore  
22 - Philco Radio Time; w/ the Lone Ranger and Walter O'Keefe  

25 - Big Story; "Murder Victim Buried Alive "
26 - On Stage; "Statement of Fact "
27 - Lum and Abner  
28 - Encore Theater; "Nurse Edith Cavell” with Ida Lupino
29 - Philco Radio Time; w/ Oscar Levant, Peggy Lee, and Joe Venuti