Friday, January 2, 2015

Radio Archives

 
January 2, 2015
 
“I’m The Comic Weekly Man, the jolly Comic Weekly Man and I’m here to read the funnies to you happy boys and honeys.”

This memorable theme song welcomed its audience to one of the most unique programs of the era of Classic Radio. The concept was simple. The Comic Weekly Man sang his song, then picked up the newspaper, flipped right to the comic strips, and read them aloud to millions of listeners, replete with different voices, music, and sound effects.
 
Airing on Mutual beginning in 1947, The Comic Weekly Man combined two pastimes important to American families, Radio and Comic strips. Reading from Puck: The Comic Weekly found in the papers owned by William Randolph Hearst, The Comic Weekly Man brought comic strip favorites – from Flash Gordon to Beetle Bailey, from Prince Valiant to Snuffy Smith - to life in a way most strips had never been heard.
 
One interesting aspect of this program is just how many voices were heard each week. The Comic Weekly Man, voiced by veteran radio actor Lon Clark, voiced all the male parts while Little Miss Honey, a young girl, assisted with the female roles. A whole cast of comic strip heroes and villains performed by two actors.
 
Fully restored, the sparkling audio quality of this collection features 12 episodes of comic strips turned radio adventures. Listen as the comic strips of your childhood joke, fight, and tickle their way to your ears with the The Comic Weekly Man, Volume 3.
 
6 hours - $8.99 Download / $17.98 Audio CDs
 

Radio Archives has chosen the Broadway Records Auction company
to sell 9,000 of our transcription discs over the next several years.
 
By special arrangement with Marc Friend, the owner of Broadway Records, the unsold auction lots will be listed exclusively on the Radio Archives website after the auction ends. They will be sold on a first come basis for the minimum bid.

Click on the Transcription Discs button and browse through hundreds of unique and interesting transcription discs from radio's hey-day, courtesy of our good friends at Broadway Records.


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When those who celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood reflect back on the halcyon days of the early 1930s, one particular nightspot comes immediately to mind: the Cocoanut Grove at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel. This lavishly appointed club, part of the massive 23-acre Ambassador resort that also included four restaurants, a bowling alley, a billiard room, and even a movie theater, was decorated in Moroccan style and featured full-sized palm trees reportedly salvaged from Rudolph Valentino's "The Sheik." In addition to the decor, which also offered a night sky filled with stars (thanks to about 1000 small light bulbs), an elevated stage, and both dining and dancing room for several hundred patrons, customers came for the smooth musical entertainment provided by a series of dance orchestras and their popular vocalists - many of whom would later go on to star careers in radio, recordings, and the film industry.
 
In this collection, Radio Archives offers you the chance to hear what an evening at the Cocoanut Grove was like from 1931 thru 1934, complete with many of the musical talents that so frequently filled the floor with dancers. Thanks to Transco (The Transcription Company of America), which chose to pre-record and syndicate one hundred or so quarter-hour shows in the style of the live remote broadcasts of the time, we can experience four of the Grove's top orchestra leaders of the early 1930s: Gus Arnheim, Jimmie Grier, Phil Harris, and Ted Fio Rito. Their smooth and melodic performances, epitomizing the "West Coast Style" that would soon become prevalent in popular recordings and motion pictures, is matched by vocal performances by Loyce Whiteman, Leah Ray, Dave Marshall, Harry Barris, Dick Webster, Jean Schock, and many others.
 
An impressive feature of this collection, particularly for those who associate the 1930s with scratchy old 78 RPM recordings, is the great audio quality of these restored syndicated broadcasts. Working with a series of beautiful 16" shellac Transco originals, these full and rich electrical recordings have required very little digital restoration to make them sound as if they were recorded just yesterday, rather than well over seventy years ago.
 
Aside from the obvious rarity of these now impossible-to-find recordings, another benefit is the extended length accorded to most of the musical selections they contain. Where most commercially released 78s of the period ran just a little under three minutes per ten-inch side, requiring the musicians to edit their arrangements to fit, a great many of these programs offer numbers running four full minutes or more - just as they would have sounded if you had been lucky enough to dance to them at the Cocoanut Grove.
 
Specially priced until January 15th. 10 hours - $7.49 Download / $14.99 Audio CDs
 
 
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"Slaughter's my name, Luke Slaughter. Cattle's my business. It's a tough business; it's a big business. I got a big stake in it. And there's no man west of the Rio Grande big enough to take it away from me."
 
One of the most creative and entertaining shows was "Luke Slaughter of Tombstone", a western program aired on CBS Radio between February and June of 1958. Coming in on the coattails of "Frontier Gentleman", which aired directly afterwards on Sunday afternoons, "Luke Slaughter" starred an up and coming 27-year-old character actor named Sam Buffington, who was already making a considerable name for himself on such television dramas as "Cheyenne" and "The Schlitz Playhouse of Stars". In person, Buffington was a commanding presence; large and already balding, his TV career found him playing sheriffs, military leaders, and other authority figures. On radio, however, his voice proved to be just as powerful and distinctive as that of William Conrad, Gerald Mohr, or any of the other leading men who had made radio both their career and their passion. In the demanding role of Luke Slaughter, a no-nonsense, two-fisted man of few words, it was easy to picture him as something resembling the Marlboro man, with a strong jaw, weathered features, and piercing eyes that easily saw through injustice and dishonesty.
 
Supporting Buffington in the series was a virtual repertory company of actors whose versatility and reliability made them mainstays of 1950s radio - people like Junius Matthews (cast as Slaughter's grizzled but big-hearted sidekick, Wichita), Lillian Buyeff, Herb Vigran, Sam Edwards, Peter Leeds, Vic Perrin, Lawrence Dobkin, and Jack Moyles. Though never stars in the Hollywood sense of the word, this talented group knew how to make the most of the scripts written by such prolific radio scribes as Fran Van Hartesveldt, Robert Stanley, Tom Hanley, and William N. Robson; Robson also acted as the series' producer/director, much the same as he had done with his earlier western drama "Fort Laramie" (1956), starring another distinctively voiced character actor named Raymond Burr.
 
Given the people involved in the creation and production of "Luke Slaughter", it's difficult to understand why the series had such a short run - just 16 episodes. Collectors will note that this is the first time in which all sixteen episodes of "Luke Slaughter of Tombstone" have been brought together in their original network form. Taken directly from the original CBS master tapes, the series sounds better than ever in these fully restored broadcasts from Radio Archives – eight hours of timeless western adventure from one of the best and least known dramatic series ever aired.
Specially priced until January 15th. 10 hours - $5.99 Download / $11.99 Audio CDs
 
 
EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!
Eight new Doc Savage audiobooks coming!
 
Will Murray, author of Altus Press’ Wild Adventures of Doc Savage novel series, and Radio Archives have just finalized an agreement to record the eight Doc Savage novels that Will has written since 2011. The first book to be recorded will be The Desert Demons, set for release in 2015, followed by Horror in Gold.
 
“With the recent audio release of The Whistling Wraith, the last of my 1990s-era Doc novels,” explained Murray, “it was inevitable that we turn our attention to my Wild Adventures series. I’m happy to report that all participants, including top Hollywood voice actor Michael McConnohie and acclaimed cover artist Joe DeVito, have agreed to work together with Tom Brown to make this second group of stories available to audiobook listeners.”
 
Tom Brown added: “Doc Savage is our most popular audiobook series and we are thrilled to add eight new audiobooks to the eight that we have done in the last four years.”


Will Murray's Pulp Classics #66
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria. Liner Notes by Will Murray
 
 
Meet the Spider—Master of Men! More just than the Law...more dangerous than the Underworld. Hated, wanted, feared by both! Alone and desperate, he wages a deadly, one-man war against the supercriminal whose long-planned crime-coup will snuff a thousand lives! Can the Spider prevent this slaughter of innocents?

This was how the editors of The Spider magazine first introduced their avenging new hero, and this description fits our latest audiobook release perfectly.

In Empire of Doom, Richard Wentworth, still early in his ten-year career as the arachnid-inspired defender of humanity, takes on the gravest challenge he had yet faced.

A faceless terrorist calling himself the Green Hand has unleashed a corrosive gas on the lumber town of Elkhorn, Michigan, killing its inhabitants––by stripping the living meat from their bones! His next victim will be another Michigan hamlet. And this unknown monster vows to keep snuffing out entire cities until Washington pays him a five billion dollar ransom.

But the Green Hand has reckoned without another powerful force. The SpiderRising to the challenge, the Master of Men rushes to prevent a wave of tragedy unrivaled in American history. It does not go well. When Richard Wentworth is captured by the authorities, and both his fiance and his mentor, Nita van Sloan and Professor Brownlee, are captured as well, who will protect the people then?

A new savior rises in the form of powerful industrialist Jonathan Love, inventor of the only known counteragent to the flesh-dissolving vapor. America hails him as its latest champion. Is he the anointed leader who will save the beleaguered nation—or does Love actually want to rule it?

Nick Santa Maria provides the stupefying answers through his thrilling narration, while Alan Taylor reads George Shaftel’s exciting story, “Murder After Death.”
 
6 hours - $11.99 Download / $23.98 Audio CDs


Exciting NEWS!
Secret Agent "X" is now a Monthly Audiobook!
Reintroducing Secret Agent "X", Man of Mystery and Destiny! Three years ago, we released our first Secret Agent "X" audiobook, The Torture Trust. Since then, our customers have asked for more. Bowing to your requests, we are kicking off 2015 with the second "X" story, with another volume coming in two short weeks. Read all about it below!


Will Murray's Pulp Classics #67
by Paul Chadwick writing as Brant House
Read by Milton Bagby. Liner Notes by Will Murray
 
 
His true face unknown, his identity forever buried in a secret government file, Secret Agent "X" came back from the dead to take on the sinister sadists and evil extortionists who prey on innocent Americans. A master of disguise who carries a non-lethal gas gun, "X" the unknown is backed by a cabal of wealthy citizens and is answerable only to the shadowy K-9 in Washington.
 
Operating out of the supposedly haunted Montgomery Mansion, Secret Agent "X" ventures forth in a bewildering array of false identities to infiltrate the darkest underbelly of the underworld—and destroy it from within. A master investigator of a thousand guises and surprises. The only clue to his true identity is his haunting whistle…..
 
The exploits of Secret Agent "X" originally appeared in the magazine of that same name under the pen name of Brant House. "X" was the creation of author Paul Chadwick.
 
In his second recorded case, The Spectral Strangler, the Man of Mystery is drawn into a chain of horror when his mentor from their Federal days, Bill Scanlon, is slain by a ghostly, disembodied strangler. How does this grisly crime connect with the disappearance of a chemist working for the Army’s Chemical Warfare branch? What was Scanlon investigating that motived his killer to snuff out his life?
 
The trail of purpled-faced corpses points toward a shadowy mastermind known only as the Black Master. Through webs of horror "X" plunges, aided by Herald reporter Betty Dale and dogged every step of the way by Inspector John Burks, seeking to solve the wave of inexplicable deaths and avenge the slaying of his old friend. But does an invisible noose hang waiting at the end of the trail, to seize the Agent's naked throat in its gallows grip?
 
The Spectral Strangler is read by Milton Bagby and marks the return of Secret Agent "X" to the growing line of Will Murray Pulp Classics audiobooks.
 
5 hours - $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
 

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Join Will Murray, Robert Weinberg, Radio Archives, the Authors and Voice Actors discussing all the new audiobooks. Take a look and leave a comment.
 
 
 
 
New Will Murray's Pulp Classics eBooks
 
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks! Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider, G-8 and His Battle Aces, Operator #5 as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray's Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today!
 
The State of New Amsterdam, in the grip of a gigantic crime machine, was as fear-ridden as any Nazi-captured country! How could the Spider’s little band of patriots, injured, starving and besieged by enemy mercenaries momentarily closing in, show the people the way to victory? It was at that grim moment when Richard Wentworth tittered words worthy of immortality: “Peril Is Opportunity! Another epic exploit of America’s best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! Richard Wentworth — the dread Spider, nemesis of the Underworld, lone wolf anti-crime crusader who always fights in that grim no-man’s land between Law and lawless — returns in vintage pulp tales of the Spider, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.

Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds #28 March 1935 The Silver Typhoon
This is the ninth issue in the Dusty Ayres series. “Captain Dusty Ayres must be killed at all costs... Kill him on sight... All Black agents report immediately to headquarters...” Agent 10 stared as he listened to this enemy radio message. The first part was not surprising, but the second could only mean that the Blacks were preparing to launch a new offensive — the move which America had been expecting for a long while. But where? How? When would it strike? It was imperative to answer these questions before it was too late — and grimly Dusty and his battle eagles take up the trail, follow it across the Atlantic into enemy skies! Captain Dusty Ayres, ace pilot for the U.S. Air Defense flies in the Silver Flash, an advanced craft of his own design. With his two pals Curly Brooks and Biff Bolton, they battle some of the most diabolical mad scientists and their weirdest inventions. These exciting stories took over the Battle Birds magazine from June 1934 through the July/August issue of 1935, changing the magazine name to Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. And now Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
 
All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats for the ultimate in compatibility. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your eBooks to your new device without the need to purchase anything new.
 
 
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
 
When William Harper Littlejohn unearths a shadowy figure transfixed in ice, the renowned archeologist understands that he has made the most momentous discovery of his brilliant career. For inscribed over the frozen form is this chilling warning:
 
“IF I STILL LIVED, MANKIND WOULD TREMBLE!”
 
Who is this monster? Why does his name strike terror into the hearts of brave men? Can even Doc Savage control him once he breaks free of his icy tomb?
 
From the Gobi Desert to war-torn Free China, the Man of Bronze and his fighting crew battle a threat so terrifying that it could change the course of human history…. Softcover $24.95

 
The 50th anniversary of Doc Savage’s blockbuster 1964 paperback revival is commemorated in a special James Bama variant edition featuring a new foreword by the legendary paperback artist and super-powered novels by Laurence Donovan and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, violent earthquakes lure Doc Savage to Vancouver where he confronts the super-science menace of flying Zoromen in Murder Melody, a novel that inspired a classic 1940 Superman story. Then, Doc and Pat Savage journey to Africa to investigate a strange secret behind golden canaries and their lethal song in Birds of DeathExclusive Variant Bonus Features the lost “Dead Men’s Club” story outline by legendary SUPERMAN editors Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff, and a Doc Savage paperback history illustrated by ALL 62 Bama covers! This classic pulp reprint leads off with one of James Bama’s most spectacular cover paintings, and also showcases the original color pulp covers by Walter M. Baumhofer and Emery Clarke, Paul Orban’s classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
 
 
The hidden secrets of The Shadow's secret sanctums are finally revealed in two action-packed thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as "Maxwell Grant." After the law fails, it's up to The Shadow in The Lone Tiger to track down the hidden mastermind behind the Tiger Mob, a man who may not even exist! Then, a ruthless band of night marauders stalks the blacked-out streets of Manhattan, but only The Shadow knows that a hidden plotter is behind the seemingly unrelated murders in The Muggers! This stunning collector's edition leads off with one of George Rozen's most famous covers and showcases the original interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and Paul Orban with original commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
 
 
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It had been several years since I first read a Green Lama story. When I listened to the audiobook, the story sprang to life and gave it a whole new feel. I loved every minute of it!
 
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WOW! Something completely different. Sonja Blue - Sunglasses After Dark was wonderful although there were a few rough edges. This is a very violent story: the action is fast, hard-hitting and merciless. This is not another "slasher" piece. The horror proceeds inexorably. I attribute much of the credit to Melodee Spevack. I listen to a lot of audio books. Ms. Spevack was wonderful. The depth and richness of her voice, the humor she infuses pull the listener along...sometimes against one's will. The book isn't read by the narrator; it's performed, with skill and imagination. She disappears and the listener is left alone, in the story...in the dark...It is difficult to praise a book without giving anything away. This book is a must-hear if you crave a good horror story! You will find yourself reaching, however reluctantly, for the next in the series.
 
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