Programs

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The Morning Java
No matter if you are on your way to work, at work or just waking up start your day off right with The Morning Java, the best music of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and the bands today keeping that sound alive.
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Backstory
BackStory is a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into our past. Hosted by noted U.S. historians, each episode provides listeners with different perspectives on a particular theme or subject – giving you all sides to the story and then some.
BackStory started in 2008 with hosts Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh. In 2017, BackStory welcomed two new hosts, Joanne Freeman and Nathan Connolly who join Ed and Brian to take you behind the scenes of American history. Peter Onuf will continue as a guest host and contributor to the show.
With guest historians, questions from audience callers, and the production team, BackStory makes learning about history like going to a lively cocktail party.
BackStory is more than facts and headlines — it’s about how the past has shaped who we are today.
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Bump off the Dial
Forget about the local radio dial that has lost the art of radio and plays the same songs over and over and over, the same songs that all the other stations are playing! listen to the best in Swing, Big Band, Rhythm and Blues, Bebop, Jump, Rockabilly and more! From the Classics to Todays Top Bands and everything inbetween, Bump off the Dial and tune into Racketeer Radio.
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Doo Wop Vault
Doo Wop Vault, the home for rare 1950's early 60's Doo wop, R&B vocal groups, Rock & Rockabilly. It'll have you Rockin & Boppin.
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The Radium Hot Club
Previously Swing Time with Sizzlin' Jim is your weekly radio treat playing the best mix of Swing, Jazz, R&B & Blues from the 20's to the early 50's, all combined with snippets of trivia & the back story to the artists of the time. Featuring the best in contemporary music on the vintage scene and live sets.
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Memories in Melody
As a young boy, Jack Ellsworth began collecting records -with a dream to one day share his favorite music and have his own radio show. After his work as a Marine combat correspondent during WWII, being sought after by MGM for movies and developing friendships with the likes of Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and even Frank Sinatra, Jack decided to pursue his dream of radio.
In 1948, Jack walked into WHIM in Providence, his record collection under one arm, hoping for a job. Fortunately, a smart program director heard Jack's golden voice, noted his amazing knowledge of current music, hired him on the spot and gave him his own show. "Memories in Melody™" was born and today it is one of the longest continuous running shows in the history of radio!
After moving back to Long Island and helping start WALK, one of the number one stations in the New York Market, he went on to become Program Director and General Manager for two decades and then ultimately went on with his wife Dot, to purchase their own station, WLIM. After hundreds of awards, countless acts of community service, being inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame and over 60 years in radio, Jack asked his young grandson, Matt Taylor to co-host the show with him in 2009. From early childhood Jack introduced Matt to all of the standards and great music of the 20th century and taught him everything he knew about radio.
After Jack lost beloved wife Dot in the summer of 2013 Jack then 91, continued the radio show with his grandson by his side. Just 8 weeks later Jack became ill and from his hospital bed, he asked Matt to continue the radio show in his place because "this great music needs to be heard." Matt has fulfilled his "Poppy's" request and today "Jack Ellsworth's Memories in Melody" is still tremendously popular- airing on numerous stations with literally over 150 advertisers over the years, (Many of whom have stayed on the show for decades because of the positive results.) The show has had a loyal following for generations with a strong 45+ listening audience. Memories in Melody is one of the rare radio shows today where you can hear a blend of Ballads, Blues and Big Bands too... old and new!
While many radio shows focus on one era or one genre, Jack's grandson Matt (an accomplished and sought after musician himself with nearly two million views on YouTube) proudly continues the tradition and adds a unique distinction to the show. By still hand-selecting LP's from Jack's original collection of Golden Era Standards and seamlessly creating segues with the best music of the last 40 years, Matt is adding a fresh, young perspective so that this great music can be enjoyed by listeners of all ages everywhere.
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Sounds of Sinatra
Sid Mark launched The Sounds of Sinatra in Philadelphia 62 years ago. It all began as a call from a listener, who suggested that Sid spin one hour of Frank Sinatra.
In 1979, Sid took The Sounds of Sinatra to the national level with affiliates in New York and Los Angeles. Soon the show spread across the country to where it is today, airing on nearly 100 stations every week. This is the only radio program of its kind to have been personally authorized by Frank Sinatra.
Sid and Frank developed a personal friendship in 1966. To celebrate the anniversary of the show, Sid was invited to see Frank in Las Vegas. After seeing Frank’s show at The Sands, Sid met Frank and a friendship was formed which would last for decades.
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The Bachelor Pad Radio Show
Every week, The Bachelor Pad Radio Show features music every swinging bachelor needs to have. Lounge, cocktail, exotica, private-eye jazz, and even a touch of retro-swing from the likes of Esquivel, Martin Denny, Yma Sumac, Julie London, Les Baxter, Frank Sinatra, and many others. Tune in and enjoy!
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Information Please
Information Please was an American radio quiz show, created by Dan Golenpaul, which aired on NBC from May 17, 1938 to April 22, 1951. The title was the contemporary phrase used to request from telephone operators what was then called "information" but is now called "directory assistance".
The series was moderated by Clifton Fadiman. A panel of experts would attempt to answer questions submitted by listeners. For the first few shows, a listener was paid $2 for a question that was used, and $5 more if the experts could not answer it correctly. When the show got its first sponsor (Canada Dry), the total amounts were increased to $5 and $10 respectively. A complete Encyclopædia Britannica was later added to the prize for questions that stumped the panel. The amounts went up to $10 and $25 when Lucky Strike took over sponsorship of the program.
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Hot off the Press
Tune in to hear the best of Todays Newest Bands and New Releases from local Artists to Bands around the world.
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Juke in the Back
Matt The Cat has spent the last 29 years in radio, beginning at the tender age of 13 when his career began, hosting an Oldies radio show on the little 710 watts community radio station WBMT in Boxford, MA. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he hosted a weekly classic soul music show called “The Soul Bucket.” It was there he interviewed the legendary Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. Others included Barrence Whitfiled, Bernie Worell, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson, and Otis Clay.
Matt The Cat arrived at XM Satellite just before the historic launch of the nation’s first satellite radio company in June of 2001. Matt’s “Night Prowl Show” was the only live, national call-in request show of its kind to focus on the hits. Including the deep tracks that so many early rock n’ roll fans long for. In 2002, Matt The Cat began hosting a weekly R&B show called “Harlem.” He featured the soul that came before rock n’ roll and focused on post WWII rhythm and blues the music that shaped rock n’ roll. Music historian and singer and songwriter Billy Vera often appeared on the show to offer insight on such topics as West Coast doo wop and R&B. Other topics often included were vocal groups with bird names and the history of iconic record labels. Matt became the Music Director of the 50s channel to his duties in 2004 and he continued to host “Harlem” and “The Night Prowl Show” until October of 2008.
Matt The Cat currently hosts a weekly syndicated rhythm and blues show called the “Juke In The Back,” which airs on both public and commercial radio stations nationally. Matt also hosts a podcast called “The Friday Night Cat Fight” at www.fridaynightcatfight.com
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Big Band Bash
Big Band Bash is a show presenting the music, musicians, and era of the great Big Bands. Each show highlights a different aspect of the big bands, whether it be a show about a certain band or a subject of the big bands anywhere from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. I hope to get your feet tapping with this great music.
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Rockabilly'N'Blues
A place for people to discuss Rockabilly & Blues music and artists! Hear Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour on over 100 radio stations each week!
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Bold Venture
Bold Venture is the radio adventure series starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall that originally aired in 1951-52. Bogart plays hotel and boat owner Slate Shannon, and Bacall plays his ward, Sailor Duval. The two often became entangled in tight situations when hiring their services to shady characters.
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Crime Does Not Pay
Crime Does Not Pay had a moralistic message about the law and lawbreakers. It was a transcribed show which required a large budget due to the technology of the time.
The show's exciting episodes portray murder, theft, and racketeering, among other crimes and expose the consequences of these misdeeds teaching listeners as the title suggests "crime does not pay!"
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Adventures of Phillip Marlowe
Philip Marlowe was the brainchild of writer Raymond Chandler, who's own life sounds like the work of fiction. He was born in Chicago to an Irish-immigrant mother and an alcoholic father, who left the family when Chandler was an infant. The single mom moved to Britain under the support of her brother, a successful lawyer. As a young boy, Raymond Chandler was classically educated, but never went to college.
Wanting to return to the States, Raymond Chandler borrowed money from his uncle and moved to LA with hopes of making it big. Instead he bummed around, writing Romantic poetry, picking fruit, and looking for odd jobs. He courted Cissy Pascal who was both married and almost two decades older than Chandler; however, they were deeply in love and were married in 1923.
Vah HeflinIn the 1930s,Raymond Chandler began to write pulp fiction detective fiction "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was published in Black Mask magazine in 1933. Though his only original screenplay was The Blue Dahlia, Chandler helped co-write screenplays such Billy Wilder Double Indemnity and Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. Raymond Chandler introduced his character Philip Marlowe in his first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939.
Philip Marlowe was like many hardboiled detectives at the time, he could take a punch to the face and still have a stinging comeback. He was also morally upright, liked classical music and played chess. In all, there were 7 Philip Marlowe novels published all of which have been adapted to film or radio.
Philip Marlowe made a natural transition to film and old time radio. The character was taken and adapted with writers other than Chandler. Numerous leading men filled the role of the rough but complicated Marlowe, Dick Powell, Robert Mitchum, and Humphrey Bogart played Philip Marlowe on the big screen. The first portrayal of Phillip Marlowe on the radio was with Dick Powell, when he played Raymond Chandler's detective on the Lux Radio Theatre in "1945 Murder my Sweet." (which is included in this collection). Two years later, Van Heflin starred as Marlowe in a summer replacement series for the Bob Hope Show. Though the radio show was Chandleresque, it didn't quite have the flow of Chandler's well know similes and metaphors.
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Down These Mean Streets
Down These Mean Streets, a weekly trip back to the Golden Age of Radio where we rub elbows with the era's greatest private eyes, cops, and crime-fighters. Since 2013, I've been podcasting everything from cozy mysteries to police procedurals, spotlighting characters ranging from hard boiled gumshoes to amateur sleuths.
Be sure to tune in each Thursday for adventures of a radio detective and the behind-the-scenes stories of their shows. Join me as we spend time with Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, Sgt. Joe Friday, and more!
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Suspense!
One of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 still exist.
Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.
In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. Notable exceptions include adaptations of Curt Siodmak's Donovan's Brain and H. P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror", but by the late 1950s, such material was regularly featured.
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True Stories of Tinseltown
All about classic Hollywood and the actors and actresses..Lots of great guests detailing the true stories of Tinseltown.
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History of Organized Crime
History of Organized Crime, An almost irreverent view on the organized crime.
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The Art of Manliness
The Art of Manliness Podcast is a podcast that aims to help men become better men. Through in-depth interviews with authors and thinkers, host Brett McKay finds insights on how men can better understand their culture, their lives, and themselves, and recapture the ancient and classical ideal of manliness, one of arete and eudaimonia: excellence and flourishing.
Episodes explore how to live a life of both contemplation and action, while having some fun along the way. The show topics cover everything from history and philosophy, to social/professional skills, to parenting, to self-defense and physical training, to pop culture and literature.
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12 Chimes it's Midnight
Inspired by classic old time radio shows of yesteryear, this audio drama brings you stories of horror, suspense, and mystery… at midnight, anything can happen.
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Cocktail Nation Evenings at the Penthouse
Koop Kooper is the host of the Cocktail Nation Evenings at the Penthouse Radio Show playing a mix of classic and neo lounge and exotica along with interviews with the movers and shakers of the scene
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The Abbott and Costello Show
The Abbott and Costello Show is a comedy program from the era of old-time radio in the United States. It was broadcast first on NBC and later on ABC, beginning July 3, 1940, and ending June 9, 1949.
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The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program, which starred no less than Jack Benny himself, was a comedy series than went on-air for more than 30 years in both radio and television. It premiered on NBC Blue on May 2, 1932, and had its last episode on CBS radio on May 22, 1955, producing a total of 931 episodes. The TV adaptation, which was just a continuation of the radio program, was aired from 1950 to 1965.
Apart from lead character Jack Benny, other radio stars included in the show were Eddie Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Mel Blanc, and many more.
The show made use of a show-within-format, where each character's role was no other than themselves. It would start with a performance from the orchestra, or sometimes a joke between Benny and Wilson. This was followed by gags between Benny and the rest of the cast, usually about the day's news, or about the characters themselves, most especially something about Benny's life.
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Nite Cap
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Late Night Lounge
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Americas First Lounge
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