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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 88 (The Saint)

Welcome back, friends. To this special Holiday episode of the Retro Radio Memories podcast. One of course whose subject just so happens to be The Saint. The popular running radio series based on the character created by Leslie Charteris in 1928. The Saint or Simon Templar as his friends and close enemies call him. Is in fact a type of modern day Robin Hood – however he lives off his ‘good deeds’ too. What I am saying of course is that Simon makes sure these actions help to line his own coffers in the process.
The Saint - Leslie Charteris

While it is certainly true that we’ve shared an episode or two of The Saint on the podcast before. With the Holiday upon us, I felt it the perfect time to share a Seasonal offering. While The Saint radio series got it’s start in 1940, most fans feel that it was the NBC version that is best. Naturally it is hard to argue that fact as it feature Vincent Price as Simon Templar!
The Saint - Vincent Price

In our episode today, entitled Santa Claus is No Saint. Templar of course finds himself mixed up in a dangerous situation. Furthermore, one that involves a case of mistaken identity as well as a stolen necklace.

So settle in where it is warm, friends. Let the soothing electronic glow of your monitor or phone ease your worries away. And join us on Retro Radio Memories as we go on another caper with The Saint!

If you have any comments or feedback for the show you can e-mail them to at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach me on Twitter and of course on Facebook.

The music on the podcast was provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook Page.

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Now that you have enjoyed the adventures of Vincent Price as The Saint. Why not continue to enjoy the exploits of Simon Templar?


I am referring of course to the late and great Roger Moore’s popular television adaptation of the character, in an episode entitled The Latin Touch!

Christmas Carol

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 087 (A Christmas Carol)

A Christmas Carol might be the most well known story of the Holiday season. Charles Dickens found himself with an immediate success on his hand upon it’s first publication in 1843. There have been no less than 20 film adaptations of A Christmas Carol starting in 1901 with Scrooge, or, Marley’s Ghost.
Christmas Carol - 1901

If I am being honest though, one of my favorites besides 1970’s Scrooge is 1983’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol. On the other hand even as a small child I felt it should have another title. Uncle Scrooge’s Christmas Carol. After all the part of Ebenezer is played by Scrooge McDuck , right?

Now for our latest episode of Retro Radio Memories we have something special. The 1939 adapation of A Christmas Carol on the Campbell Playhouse. Yes, that is indeed the radio program sponsored by Campbell’s Soup. Furthermore it boasts that talents of both Orson Welles as the narrator of the story and Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge.

So why not pour yourself a generous cup of eggnog and join us on Retro Radio Memories with A Christmas Carol?

If you have any comments or feedback for the show you can e-mail them to at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach me on Twitter and of course on Facebook.

The music on the podcast was provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

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Now how would you like to see that 1901 short film for A Christmas Carol?


Thanks to the BFI National Archive you can do that very thing. Bear in mind after all that it’s only three and a half minutes long and silent.

Our Miss Brooks

Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 086 (Our Miss Brooks)

Our Miss Brooks was a long running and popular CBS Old Time Radio show. It began airing in 1948 and lasted until 1957. In fact it was so widely received that it spawned a TV adaptation from 1952 until 1956. Furthermore it even was made into a feature length movie!

[Via] Warner Movies on Demand

Of course since this is the beginning of December. Our episode this week is entitled “Magic Christmas Tree”. Which focuses on Miss Brooks, who is played by Eve Arden, finding herself alone on Christmas Eve. Thanks in no small part to an enterprising young boy, she finds that she had purchased more than a festive tree. It is as the boy tells her, in fact a magic Christmas tree. Which naturally means that hilarity ensues shortly after the purchase and maybe a little wish fulfillment too.

Now this isn’t the first time we’ve visited Our Miss Brooks!


Thanks to listener Rick Doherty we talked about this show on the 57th episode of the podcast. Truth be told he has also suggested an appropriately holiday themed episode later in the month.
Our Miss Brooks

So without further ado, pour yourself a cup of eggnog, and join us for Retro Radio Memories. As we get into the Holiday Spirit with Our Miss Brooks!

If you have any comments or feedback for the show you can e-mail them to at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach me on Twitter and of course on Facebook .

The music on the podcast was provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook Page.

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 85 (Rocky Fortune)

Rocky Fortune was a short lived Old Time Radio series on NBC back in 1953. The popularity of the show was in no small part to whom the showrunners casts as Fortune. Namely none other than Frank Sinatra!

Now bear in mind this isn’t a typical mystery program. No matter what that above GIF might make you think. As a matter of fact I bet you will quite enjoy the overall lightness of the show. Thanks to the writing by creator of Rocky Fortune, George Lefferts, the program plays to Sinatra’s strengths. Which is of course being a mixture of a smooth talker as well as completely cheeky. Moreover would you truly expect anything less from the future Chairman of the Board?
Rocky Fortune - Frank Sinatra

I do go into a little more detail in the podcast itself. But when Sinatra was performing on the Rocky Fortune show – it was a career low for the star. His mouth had landed him in dutch with the head of MGM and his records weren’t selling. Not like they used to that is. Thankfully for Frank and we fans, 1953’s From Here to Eternity helped right his career.
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So what is Rocky Fortune all about?


The show follows a wandering young man, an adventurer you might call him named Rocco Fortunato or Rocky Fortune for short. Who through his continuing search for a vocation that fits his demeanor finds himself frequently in hot water. In the case of our episode today entitled “The Shipboard Jewel Robbery” he is on a luxury liner. Acting as a steward from a trip starting in Brazil and headed to New York City. Fate though throws a wrench into the plans when Fortune is accused of stealing $50,000 worth of jewelry…and then of murder.

Can Fortune clear his name and bring the real culprits to justice? Find out for yourself on the Retro Radio Memories Podcast!

If you have any comments or feedback for the show you can e-mail them to at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach me on Twitter and of course on Facebook.

The music on the podcast was graciously provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com.

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 84 (The Black Hood)

The Black Hood is the subject of today’s episode of Retro Radio Memories. With October having passed and in light of the Projectionist holding down the fort on all things horror. I felt the best subject matter for this week was something heroic…make that super-heroic as a matter of fact.

Of course picking this show also has a little something to do with Karen of the Between the Pages Blog. Who is not to mention a fellow Author for The Retroist. In fact it was a few months back she located this Old Time Radio show. Which came as quite a surprise to us both – as being comic book fans neither of us realized a show for The Black Hood existed!

The Black Hood

Image courtesy of MightyCrusaders.Net

Now the character actually got his start back in the ninth issue of Top-Notch Comics. This character’s alter ego was one Matthew Burland. Who thanks to the mysterious training of a hermit was able to fight crime. To be a beacon against the forces of Evil and Darkness.

Furthermore the character has managed throughout the years to continue to evolve. As well as pop up at different comic book publishing companies. Beginning with MLJ Comics – which you might very well know by it’s later name. Archie Comics Publications, Inc.
Archies 1969 - Sugar Sugar

The role of The Black Hood was eventually passed from Matthew ‘Kip’ Burland to his Nephew. Who is slain by a Policeman in the latest version of the character that debuted in February of 2015. The current wearer of the hood is Officer Greg Hettinger. It also bears noting that the current version of the vigilante is quite a bit darker.
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But which Black Hood is in the radio show?


The radio series began airing on the Mutual Broadcasting System back on July 5th of 1943. It aired Monday through Friday at 5:15pm. It only lasted until January of 1944 but had produced 120 episodes. Sadly only the episode today entitled “Emerald Voodoo Ring” has managed to survive.

As for which version of The Black Hood you will hear today. It is Matthew ‘Kip’ Burland of course. A rookie cop who with the aid of his love, Barbara Sutton, must contend with a mystery. A mystery involving a practioneer of voodoo named Wamba and someone known as the Miracle Man.

If you have any comments or feedback for the show you can e-mail them to at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also reach me on Twitter and of course on Facebook.

The music on the podcast was graciously provided by Peachy! You may contact him by e-mail at peachy@Retroist.com.

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