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Weekdays at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Take a break from all the news and information to enjoy presentations from the Golden Age of Radio.  You'll hear such programs as Fibber McGee and Molly, Mr. District Attorney, Nightfall, Box 13, The Creaking Door, Our Miss Brooks, The Green Hornet, Suspense and

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so many more.

"Yes, we need a little Christmas, right this very minute, candles in the window, carols at the spinnet." As the lyrics remind us, in this extraordinary year, we need a little Christmas to help lighten our spirits.  Tune in weekdays at 1:30 and 5:30pm for all of your favorite old time radio celebrities as they bring us remembrances of Christmas past.

We'll start the month with some Election shows from My Friend Irma, Honest Harold and Fibber Mc Gee & Molly, and we'll end the month with two weeks of Thanksgiving specials from Burns & Allen, Abbott & Costello, The Great Gildersleeve, Tarzan, Father Knows Best and more! Don't miss it. Weekdays at 1:30 and 5:30pm.

We'll hear some spooky Old Time Radio shows in October, featuring Inner Sanctum, Hopalong Cassidy, The Green Hornet, Our Miss Brooks and The Hardy Family, weekdays at 1:30 and 5:30p.

During a time when teenagers were doing the jitterbug and Uncle Sam was asking young men to enlist, The Andrews Sisters were America’s most popular female singing group. Their versatile sound and range in genres explains their longevity in the music industry and popularity with people all over the world. Enjoy their programs on Fridays at 1:30 and 5:30pm.

Bold Venture (Tuesdays at 1:30 and 5:30p) is a 1951-1952 syndicated radio series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Salty seadog Slate Shannon (Bogart) owns a Cuban hotel sheltering an assortment of treasure hunters, revolutionaries and other shady characters. With his sidekick and ward, the sultry Sailor Duval (Bacall), tagging along, he encounters modern-day pirates and other tough situations while navigating the waters around Havana. Aboard his boat, the Bold Venture, Slate and Sailor experience "adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance in the sultry settings of tropical Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean."

The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show was a radio comedy variety show that aired from 1936 to 1955. As the title suggests, the show featured ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, and his beloved puppet, the amazing Charlie McCarthy. It is this show which made the duo overnight superstars. The show is also one of the highest paid ever. The show will air on Reachout Radio on Mondays in July at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

The Roy Rogers Show began on radio in 1944 and was broadcast on over 500 radio stations until 1955. The show featured music and thrilling western adventures. I'll bet you even remember the theme song and can sing along. We'll hear these programs on Tuesdays in June.

Old Time Radio for May 2020

Apr 27, 2020


1 - You Bet Your Life "Chair"

4 - Suspense "Murder In G Flat"

5 - Family Theater "Moby Dick"

6 - Green Hornet "Escape For Revenge"

7 - My Friend Irma "Billy Boy, The Boxer"

8 - You Bet Your Life "Floor"

11 - Suspense “The 39 Steps”

12 - Family Theater Robin Hood”

13 - Green Hornet “Polarized Glasses”

At a time when we could all use a good laugh, this month we'll hear from Abbott and Costello (Fridays), Jack Benny (Wednesdays), The Great Gildersleeve (Thursdays), George Burns & Gracie Allen (Mondays)  and Fibber McGee & Molly (Fridays). Tune in and take a moment to laugh. (Weekdays at 1:30 and 5:30p)

Tune into Reachout Radio on Thursdays for The Halls of Ivy, an American situation comedy that ran from 1950–52 on NBC radio, created by Fibber McGee & Molly co-creator/writer Don Quinn. The series, which starred Ronald Colman and Benita Hume was later adapted into a CBS television comedy produced by ITC Entertainment and Television Programs of America.

Counterspy was an espionage drama radio series that aired on the NPB Network from May 18, 1942 to November 29, 1957. David Harding (played by Don MacLaughlin) was the chief of the United States Counterspies, a unit engaged during World War II in counterintelligence against Japan's Black Dragon and Germany's Gestapo. This month we'll hear episodes of Counterspy on Wednesdays at 1:30 and 5:30pm.

This month The Green Hornet returns on Fridays, bringing criminals to justice. Also featured, Gunsmoke, the Smiths of Hollywood, and Information, Please. (Weekdays at 1:30 and 5:30p)

Special programming on Christmas Day 2019

Dec 18, 2019

WXXI Reachout Radio is pleased to bring our listeners a special encore broadcast of the 8-part radio drama The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover on Christmas Day, beginning at 11:00am.  We'll also share the Screen Director's Playhouse rendition of It's A Wonderful Life w/ Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart on Old Time Radio at 1:30 and 5:30pm.

Click on this post title to see the full broadcast schedule for Christmas Day.

This month we'll be sharing Christmas programs from some of your favorite mysteries, dramas and variety shows.  Tune in all month long as we share the gift of Old Time Radio Christmas shows - Monday through Friday at 1:30 and 5:30 pm.

In honor of Veterans Day and the many in our audience that have served our country through the decades, we bring you Words at War, the 30 minute radio dramatic anthology series dealing with stories condensed from books written about World War II. The series, that aired 1943-1945, started in the middle of the war and at the most crucial time of the war for the allies, somewhat heightening it's debut.

Macabre is a series created toward the end of radio's golden age, lasting only eight shows. Macabre was exceptionally well written and the actors are unknown but quite believable. This month we'll hear "Weekend," "The Man in the Mirror," "The House in the Garden" and "The Avenger."

On Mondays this month, we'll return to The Sealtest Variety Theater, a variety comedy show with glamorous Dorothy Lamour as "hostess with the mostess."


Weekdays at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

It's a roundtable of choices for Old Time Radio this month. Enjoy!

1 - The Lone Ranger; w/ Fred Foy, Brace Beemer, and John Todd; "origin of the Lone Ranger; Tonto saves the Ranger's life”
2 - Rocky Jordan; w/ Jack Moyles; "Count Me Out”
3 - Mel Blanc Show  
4 - Words At War; "Here Is Your War"; w/ Ernie Pyle  
5 - Cavalcade of America; "A Portrait of Arthur"; w/ Basil Rathbone

Revisit radio's golden age with some of the top radio shows from the golden age including The Shadow, Fibber McGee & Molly, You Bet Your Life, Gunsmoke, Screen Director's Playhouse, The Green Hornet, Abbott and Costello and more.


1 - Night Beat; w/ Frank Lovejoy; "I Know Your Secret”
2 - Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy; w/ Dale Evans and Barbara Stanwyck
3 - Escape; "Operation Fleur-deLis"; w/ Jack Webb and Elliott Lewis

6 - Baby Snooks; w/ Fanny Brice; "Snooks Stays At Home”
7 - Nick Carter, Master Detective; w/ Lon Clark and Charlotte Manson; "The Case of the Chemical Chickens”
8 - Night Beat; "A World All His Own”
9 - Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy; w/ Dale Evans and Hedy LaMarr
10 - Escape; "A Diamond Big as the Ritz;" w/ Jack Edwards, Jr. and Linda Mason

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Frontier Town was syndicated from 1950-1953. Jeff Chandler and Reed Hadley starred as Chad Remington, and Wade Crosby as Cherokee O'Bannon.

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1 — The Great Gildersleeve; w/ Harold Peary; "Leroy Runs Away”

4 — Suspense; "The Palmer Method" w/ Ed Gardner
5 — Dr. Kildare; w/ Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore; "The Finleys”
6 — Mysterious Traveler; "Beware of Tomorrow”
7 — Academy Award Theater; "Ruggles of Red Gap" w/ Charles Laughton and Charlie Ruggles.
8 — The Great Gildersleeve; "Selling the Drugstore”


In February we bring you episodes of The Marriage, which was broadcast on the NBC network Sunday nights at 7:30 pm from October 4, 1953 until March 28, 1954. It was based on the play The Four Poster which Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy had previously appeared on Broadway.

1 — The Saint; w/ Vincent Price; "It's Snow Use” 


On Mondays this month we'll enjoy episodes of The Man Called X, an espionage radio drama which aired on CBS and NBC from July 10, 1944 to May 20, 1952. Herbert Marshall had the lead role of agent Ken Thurston/"Mr. X" who took on dangerous cases in a variety of exotic locations. Leon Belasco played Mr. X's comedic sidekick, Pegon Zellschmidt, who always turned up in remote parts of the world because he had a "cousin" there. Pegon would annoy and help Mr. X. Wendell Niles was the announcer from 1947 to 1948. Gordon Jenkins Orchestra supplied the background music.


12/3    Candy Matson:  Jack Frost
12/4    Aldrich Family: Hinting for Christmas Present
12/5    My Friend Irma: Irma’s Christmas Party
12/6    Fibber McGee & Molly: Painting the Christmas Tree
12/7    The Milton Berle Show: Salutes Christmas

Old Time Radio - November 2018

Oct 23, 2018
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In November we present these fine old time radio programs:  (Note: no Old Time Radio on 11/22 and 11/23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Monday: Pat Novak For Hire
Tuesday: Radio City Playhouse
Wednesday: Birdseye Open House with Dinah Shore
Thursday: Abbott and Costello
Friday: Proudly We Hail

1 — Abbott and Costello: "visit to Tin Pan Alley"
2 — Proudly We Hail: "The Indestructible Sergeant"

October Old Time Radio brings us the New Adventures of Michael Shayne on Wednesdays through the month. One of the most popular private detectives ever, red-haired Miami P.I. MICHAEL SHAYNE has had a long, successful, multi-media career. Shayne was created and first appeared in the 1939 novel, Dividend on Death, by Davis Dresser. A radio show featuring Mike debuted on Mutual as a West Coast regional in October 1944 with Wally Maher in the lead, and went coast-to-coast in October 1946 and lasted until November 1947.

It was resurrected on Mutual in July 1948, under the title of "New Adventures of Michael Shayne" with Jeff Chandler in the lead, and it ran for two years.

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"My Friend Irma," created by Cy Howard (writer/director/producer), was broadcast on CBS Radio from 1947-04-11 thru 1954-08-26. Marie Wilson portrayed Irma Peterson and both Cathy Lewis & Diana Lynn portrayed Jane Stacy.  Reachout Radio is pleased to bring you episodes on Tuesdays at 1:30 and 5:30 pm.

4 — My Friend Irma; w/ Marie Wilson and Cathy Lewis; "Fortune Raised”
5 — Straight Arrow; w/ Howard Culver; "Premier”
6 — Damon Runyon Theater; w/ John Brown; "Leopard's Spots”
7 — The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show; "The Live Steer”

Old Time Radio - August 2018

Jul 30, 2018
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The Falcon radio series with Les Damon, which will air on Mondays in August, premiered on the Blue Network April 10, 1943, and continued playing on NBC and Mutual until 1954. Loosely based on the series of popular Falcon movies distributed by RKO, The Falcon was an alternate identity for detective Michael Waring. Like the movies, the radio plots mixed danger, romance, and comedy in equal parts. Each show began with a telephone ringing and Michael Waring, The Falcon, answering the phone.