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GENE AUTRY'S MELODY RANCH "Here Comes Santa Claus"

Top Ten Hit by Gene Autry (1947)

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Gene Autry traditionally had a "Melody Ranch Christmas Party" on his radio show the week of Christmas. On the December 21, 1948 broadcast, Gene opened the show with his new hit, "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)." This was the second time that he performed the song which became a seasonal hit. The lyrics originally written and performed by Gene Autry, with music composed by Oakley Haldeman. Autry's original recording (in which he pronounces Santa Claus as "Santy Claus") was a top-10 hit on the pop and country charts; the song would go on to be covered many times in the subsequent decades. Here_Comes_Santa_Claus


CHRISTMAS FANTASY "Tiny Reindeer"

 


Story about Santa's tiny reindeer, Handel's Messiah with Robin Morrow's observations of the Christian holiday. Fantasies, fact, legends, lore and poetry of Christmas.

THE LONE RANGER "Christmas Comes To Sandy"

 


December 24, 1948 episode 1711. A poor mining cashier is framed for a robbery.


GUNSMOKE "Beeker's Barn"

 


Repeat broadcast on CBS December 20, 1959. Beeker's Barn tells the story of a young lost couple trying to make their way in the cold snowy storm in the area. Starring William Conrad, originally broadcast December 23, 1956.


GRAND OLE OPRY "21st Christmas Show"

 


December 19, 1959. 21st Christmas program with George Morgan (photo) who was a fixture on the Grand Ole Opry most of the period from 1948 until his death in 1975 . The Grand Ole Opry started as the WSM Barn Dance in the new fifth-floor radio studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville on November 28, 1925. The phrase "Grand Ole Opry" was first uttered on radio on December 10, 1927. At the time, the NBC Red Network's Music Appreciation Hour, a program with classical music and selections from grand opera, was followed by Hays' Barn Dance. That evening, as he was introducing the show and DeFord Bailey, his first guest, George Hay said the following words: For the past hour, we have been listening to music largely from Grand Opera, but from now on, we will present 'The Grand Ole Opry'.


DR SIXGUN "A Pony For Christmas"

 


Dr. Sixgun is an American Western radio drama that aired on NBC, September 2, 1954 – October 13, 1955. December 19, 1954 Episode 17... Tomasito Munoz has a frozen foot. He only wants a white pony for Christmas, but there's no chance of him getting one. Dr. Ray Matson, (Karl Weber) is a frontier physician based in a small western town in the 1870s called Frenchman's Ford. The stories are told by a recurring character named Pablo (Bill Griffis), a gypsy peddler who has a talking raven named Midnight as his sidekick. As his name implied, Matson was equally at home with using a gun or using his medical skills to solve problems. Karl Weber starred. Karl Weber (March 17, 1916 – July 30, 1990) was an actor in the era of old-time radio. Before going into radio, Weber acted with Shakespearean troupes in the Midwest. In the late 1940s, he helped to found the New Stages off-Broadway group in New York City. His Broadway credits include The Land of Fame and Lady Behave. He was a former president of the Screen Actors Guild of New York. Weber died on July 30, 1990 at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He was 74 years old.


CHRISTMAS FANTASY "Candlelight"

 


Episode 9 Candlelight with Robin Morrow's observations of the Christian holiday. Fantasies, fact, legends, lore and poetry of Christmas.


SWINGIN' YEARS Part 2 of 2 "AFRTS New Years Eve"

 


Part 2 of 2 of a 4 hour Swingin' Years show with Chuck Cecil. Prepared for New Years Eve on AFRTS radio stations.

SWINGIN' YEARS Part 1 of 2 "AFRTS New Years Eve"

 


Part 1 of a 4 hour Swingin' Years show with Chuck Cecil. Prepared for New Years Eve on AFRTS radio stations.

NEWS MEMORIES "Pearl Harbor Attack"

 



430PM (EST) December 7, 1941 NBC Radio coverage of Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Island of Oahu, Hawaii. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday, December 7, 1941. The United States was a neutral country at the time; the attack led to its formal entry into World War II the next day. The Japanese military leadership referred to the attack as the Hawaii Operation and Operation AI and as Operation Z during its planning.

ALL STAR WESTERN THEATER "Dennis Moore"

 


Christmas broadcast December 22, 1946 over CBS Radio Network. KNX Hollywood air check. With Foy Willing and The Riders of the Purple Sage and guest Dennis Moore western action movie star. He worked steadily as an all-purpose utility player, in both heroic and villainous roles. Moore became a familiar face in Westerns, but never became a major star. In 1942, he co-starred for six films in PRC's Lone Rider series, beginning with The Lone Rider and the Bandit and ending with Overland Stagecoach. 



GENE AUTRY MELODY RANCH "Christmas Party"

 


This Christmas episode of Gene Autry's Melody Ranch aired on CBS Radio in December, 1948.


MALTESE FALCON "BBC Radio Broadcast"

 


Tom Wilkinson stars as Sam Spade in this BBC adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's Maltese Falcon. A coolly glittering gem of detective fiction that has haunted three generations of readers, from one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's iconic, influential, and beloved The Maltese Falcon. When his partner is murdered in 1928 San Francisco, sleuth Sam Spade is drawn into a statuette riddle. BBC Four from December 1984.


THE SAINT "Christmas Eve Problems"

 


Aired December 24, 1950 on NBC. The Saint was a radio adventure program in the United States that featured a character in his attempt to help people, remained just one step ahead of the police and criminals both of whom he combatted. The character was created by author Leslie Charteris. As the program's introduction said, The Saint, alias of Simon Templar, was "known to millions from books, magazines, and motion pictures." Several versions of the program appeared on different networks. Vincent Price was the star in the NBC series. The program's final run began June 11, 1950, as a summer replacement for The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. The Saint was back on its original network, NBC, for this version, which ended October 14, 1951. The show lasted longer in this version than in any other, despite a negative review of the first episode in Billboard which said much of the script was "confusing and slow-paced" and called star Vincent Price "frightfully dull."


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