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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 078 (Super Breakout)

You would be right in thinking that Super Breakout, the hit sequel to the equally successful 1976 arcade title Breakout might seem an odd choice to adapt into a storybook and record. Yet that is exactly what the Kid Stuff label did – along with Missile Command, Asteroids, and Yar’s Revenge. Which we have shared on the site once or twice before. So for this installment of Retro Radio Memories we are doing something just a little different.
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We are not sharing an Old Time Radio program this week but a retro record.

If it’s Retro Radio Memories why are you sharing a record?


Good question. The answer is that this is the 26th of the month. You know what that means, right?

That is right! It is Atari Day!
Image courtesy of Atari I/O's Facebook page.

Image courtesy of Atari I/O’s Facebook page.


How did they turn Super Breakout into a storybook and record?!


That too is a very good question…especially considering the gameplay of that classic title.

I won’t ruin the story for you but I will say they took an intergalactic adventure approach to it all. Inspired I suppose by the Atari 2600 game artwork they used for the cover of the book and record.

So join us on Retro Radio Memories or perhaps Retro Record Memories for Super Breakout!

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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To learn even more about the fun of Atari Day be sure to hop on over and check out fellow Retroist writer Atari IO’s site by clicking on the link here!

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 077 (The Batman Mystery Club)

The Batman Mystery Club is a failed 1950 radio pilot whose aim was to help secure a radios series for Batman and Robin. Naturally. They had enjoyed success on their guest appearances upon the hugely popular The Adventures of Superman television show, so why not their own vehicle?

Why didn’t The Batman Mystery Club not get picked up?


Well, contrary to popular opinion on the subject matter, the Joker wasn’t behind this Old Time Radio series being picked up. The truth of it is that no one really knows why it wasn’t given the greenlight…or I guess that should be the Bat-Signal, right?

Yes, that was totally so I could share my favorite moment from Batman Returns.

All right. So what is The Batman Mystery Club all about?


The radio series premise was that Bruce Wayne and Robin, who totally calls him Batman in front of the assembled members of The Batman Mystery Club, would share a past adventure every week. With a focus on proving to children their was no truth in the supernatural and that they shouldn’t be scared by such stories.

The first…well…the only episode is entitled The Monster of Dumphrey Hall and finds the Dynamic Duo visiting a friend of Bruce Wayne’s at a secluded manor located on the moors. While Bruce is adamant that there is nothing to fear or real about matters supernatural – the manor has earned a reputation for possessing a room that no one can stay in. Called the Death Chamber!

So come join us on Retro Radio Memories as we attend a meeting of The Batman Mystery Club!

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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. 076 (The Magnificent Montague)

The Magnificent Montague was an NBC radio show that aired for only one season – beginning on November of 1950 and lasting until 1951. This was a time when the big three corporations such as ABC, CBS, and of course NBC were making sure that they were putting in money for quality old time radio shows, so they could be sure if audiences were not watching their TV programming they were listening to their radio shows!

Which is how The Magnificent Montague came to have it’s star, the stage and film thespian Monty Woolley!
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So what is this OTR show about?


The Magnificent Montague concerns an aging and down on his luck Shakespearean actor named Edwin Montague who thanks to his Wife lands a role on a radio soap opera entitled Uncle Goodheart. Not that Montague is appreciative of this effort – not by a long shot. In our episode today entitled Shakespeare in the Park we join Edwin as he has been invited to perform for the “Cultural Division of the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts”…the comedy comes about when he ends up at Ebbets Field!

So come and join us on Retro Radio Memories for the one and only The Magnificent Montague

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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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I know that voice!


Besides the talent of Monty Woolley as The Magnificent Montague – the cast also featured future co-star of The Honeymooners Art Carney and the legendary announcer Don Pardo. Who you might recognize from his work on TV’s Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, and Saturday Night Live to name a few of the shows he had been affiliated with. In fact why not listen to the man himself in this interview from TV Legends about the night that Darrell Hammond filled in for him on SNL!

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 75 (Frontier Gentleman)

Frontier Gentleman was a CBS radio program that began its forty-one episode run back on February 2, 1958 and ceasing production on November 16 of that same year. It boasts some top notch acting talent thanks to John Dehner who plays the lead character, J.B. Kendall, the Frontier Gentleman.
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The Frontier Gentleman is in the Old West, a British reporter for the London Times – doing his best to give the readers back across the pond an idea of what frontier life is like…and usually finding himself involved in those very stories he is writing about. In our episode for this week entitled The Preacher – Kendall must come to the aid of a preacher with a dark past, will he be able to save the man?

Find out for yourself on Retro Radio Memories!

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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Does that music sound familiar?
I would be remiss in my duty if I didn’t inform you the theme for Frontier Gentleman was composed by the legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith – who just happened to go on from this show to score the likes of Planet of the Apes, The Omen, Alien, Gremlins, and five of the Star Trek films to name a few. How about taking just a few moments to listen to Jerry Goldsmith and Robert Wise discuss the iconic theme from 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture…and how they were forced to change the original theme!

[Via] Andrew P. Alderete

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 74 (The Saint)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week I will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Today we have an episode from the popular and long running series The Saint entitled “The Chiseling Chimpanzee” This Old Time Radio show was adapted from the stories by Leslie Charteris featuring none other than Vincent Price as Simon Templar aka The Saint.
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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 before he goes out and buys a chimpanzee…

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 073 (The Fat Man)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week I will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Today we have an episode from the popular and long running series The Fat Man entitled “Murder Plays The Horses”! This Old Time Radio show was created by the legendary Dashiell Hammett…although as I explain in the podcast there is some pretty good evidence that he didn’t do all that much on the show.

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 before he decides to head down to the track and bet on the horses….

If you would to learn more about The Fat Man make sure to check out the entry on The Thrilling Detective Website.

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Retro Radio Memories Podcast Ep. 072 (The Spike Jones Show)

Welcome back to the Retro Radio Memories Podcast! Each week we will briefly talk about an old time radio episode before presenting it for your listening enjoyment. Today we have an 1949 episode from the popular The Spike Jones Show that just so happens to feature Boris Karloff as a special guest star – so prepare yourself for some comedy skits and some classic music!

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 before he decides to narrate How the Grinch Stole Christmas….

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