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Jan 15, 2022

The Saint - "the Robin Hood of modern crime" and star of scores of books, TV shows, movies, and also a well-remembered radio series - is Project Audion's latest radio recreation. Vincent Price was urbanely brilliant as Simon Templar on the radio, but he only came to the show in 1947. The first series aired in 1945 with Edgar Barrier, and no recordings exist.

Project Audion's vintage script of the episode "The Million Dollar Day" was only the 4th-ever episode. This Saint has sidekicks! We were also lucky to speak with Saint expert Ian Dickerson in England for a pre-show interview, and doubly lucky to locate a still-working SONOVOX (and experienced operator Ken Justiss) to recreate the once-famous sound effect of the "Bromo-Seltzer Train."

Our transcontinental transcription recording session was challenged by electrical storms and some camera glitches, but we pulled it off!

Our cast includes:

THE SAINT: Les Marsden, CA

HOPPY/JANITOR: Pete Lutz, TX

PATRICIA: Rhiannon McAfee, CA

MONTEIRO: Dana Gonsalves, TX

KUZELA: Frank Guglielmelli, PA

FERNACK/ANNOUNCER: John Bell, AL

Mr. Lutz directed this episode, and Larry Groebe produced, managed sound, and growled.

Jan 1, 2022

Originally launched 01/01/21, Project Audion presents a recreation of the classic OTR Quiet Please episode titled "Rain on New Year's Eve." It's a small, spooky story about movies, monsters, and midnight, written by Wyllis Cooper, master of radio macabre which originally aired December 31, 1947.
 
For this transcribed-live national recreation, Pete Lutz in Corpus Christi Texas directs and appears in the show, along with Dana Gonsalves, Jessica Mathews, and Marty Bufalini from WWJ radio in Detroit. Larry Groebe created the organ links and handled production elements.
 
Project Audion continues in 2022, watch for new shows as well as earlier releases that hadn't made it to Moonlight Audio before now. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
Dec 25, 2021
Episode 12 -- "Tanglefoot", Quiet, Please (Season 1 Finale)

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Paul Arbisi, and newcomer David Feldmann; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our twelfth installment (and David's first selection), this episode of Quiet, Please from 1949. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

Please show your support of the podcast by doing any of the following!

To comment on how we might improve OTR-E, or give suggestions for future discussions, please write to us at f6point3@gmail.com . Put the word "Essentials" in the subject line.

Dec 2, 2021

Episode 11 -- "C-Chute", X Minus One

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a new podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Paul Arbisi, and newcomer Dave Feldmann; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our eleventh installment (and Paul's selection), this episode of X Minus One from 1956. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

Nov 2, 2021

Episode 10 -- "Opening a Gas Station", The Abbott & Costello Program

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a new podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our tenth installment (and Jane's selection), this episode of The Abbott & Costello Program from 1945. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

And on a sad note, we pay tribute and say farewell to one of our co-hosts. 

Oct 28, 2021

Greetings, fellow Wellesians, Wellsians, OTR-lovers, Mars-lovers (not Bruno), historians, and seekers! In honor of World Audio Drama Day (observed annually, every October 30th) 2018, the following friends and fellow audio drama makers gathered via Skype to create a special panel discussion (in alphabetical order):

Ed Champion of "The Gray Area" podcast

Joe Griffin and Ele Matelan of Wildclaw Theatre Chicago

Pete Lutz of 63audio/Narada Radio Company (Host)

Jeff Niles of 4077th Productions

Aimee Pavy of "12 Chimes, It's Midnight" podcast

We're discussing the historic and fateful "War of the Worlds" radio program from the Mercury Theatre on the Air, first broadcast on CBS on 10/30/38. Then we're playing the 50th anniversary tribute-remake first broadcast on NPR on 10/30/88. Then we come back and talk about that, comparing it to the original. Fun, freewheeling discussion abounds! So what are you waiting for? Start listening, eh? And enjoy!

Oct 21, 2021

Episode 9 -- "Christmas Show 1950", The Bing Crosby Chesterfield Show

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a new podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our ninth installment (and Pete's selection), this episode of The Bing Crosby Show from 1950. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

Sep 19, 2021

Episode 8 -- "Gracie Buys a Live Turkey", The Burns & Allen Show

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our eighth installment (and a selection from Essential Listener Melissa), this episode of Burns & Allen from 1942. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

Sep 3, 2021

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a new podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our seventh installment (and a listener's choice from Joshua, a co-host of another OTR panel show), this episode of Inner Sanctum Mysteries from 1949, "A Corpse for Halloween". We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

To comment on how we might improve this podcast, or give suggestions for future discussions, please write to us at f6point3@gmail.com .

Sep 1, 2021

Another thrilling entry from Sonic Summerstock 2021! Rachel Pulliam and Dream Realm Enterprises bring you an exciting double-feature from the classic SUSPENSE radio series and renowned radio writer Louise Fletcher. “Dark Journey” tells of Alice, who ventures to New York with her friend, Anne, to try and win back her beau, but Alice becomes increasingly frightened by Anne’s ability to make things happen simply by wishing for them. In “That Thing in the Window,” a man is disturbed when he cannot stop seeing the figure of a man in his neighbor’s apartment. 

CAST:

Dark Journey
Alice: Rhiannon McAfee 
Anne: Kristy Glick
 
The Thing in the Window
Martin Ames: Pete Lutz  
Mary: Eleiece Krawiec 
Mr. Hanson: Glenn Hascall  
Miss Landis: Margaret Ashley  
Sergeant: Jerry Kokich  
Vivian Landis: Holly Stevenson  
Ronald: John Bell 
 
Announcer: Bruce Busby
Music by Dr. Ross Bernhardt
Sep 1, 2021

ESCAPE: The Derelict

Recently released on the Mutual Audio Network's Sonic Summerstock Playhouse, the Narada Radio Company presents their re-imagining of "The Derelict", an episode of the OTR series ESCAPE, first aired in 1953. Originally set in one of Earth's oceans, director Pete Lutz picked up our castaways and placed them in outer space. Listen as one woman and three men survive the destruction of their spacecraft and take refuge on a deserted, ancient rocketship. Once onboard, personalities collide and tempers flare after the discovery of an abandoned treasure.

CAST:

ANNOUNCERS: Jason D. Johnson, Pete Lutz

CORA: Kristy Glick

KEETMAN: Karim C. Kronfli

MIKE: Larry Groebe

LU WA: Pete Lutz

COMMERCIAL: Mrs. Holepuncher

Music by Dr. Ross Bernhardt

 

Aug 25, 2021

Regular contributor Rachel Pulliam (Jane Eyre, Rebecca, etc.) has created a new audio drama company that will be devoting itself to re-enacting classic OTR favorites, plus other original programming with a vintage vibe. Sole Twin Audios will kick off its Old-Time Radio Theatre series with that tense drama from Suspense, "Short Order", which takes place in a roadside diner shortly after the end of World War II. Get a little "taste" of that now, with this trailer, and watch for the launch at https://anchor.fm/soletwinaudios

Aug 5, 2021

SONIC SUMMERSTOCK PLAYHOUSE 2021: Algiers, from Lux Radio Theatre

Director Pete Lutz presents an extended adaptation of Lux Radio Theatre’s ALGIERS - the story of French jewel thief Pepe Le Moko, who evades capture by hiding in plain sight, in the maze-like Casbah district. When he meets the beautiful Gabrielle, he begins to hate his surroundings — and realizes that he has made his own prison within these ancient walls.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Announcer: Darren Rockhold

Hedy Lamarr/Gaby: Victoria Fancki

Charles Boyer/Pepe Le Moko: Pete Lutz

Slimane: Les Marsden

DeMille: Joe Martinez

Prefect of Police: Pete Lutz

Ines: Jessica Mathews

Regis: Dana Gonsalves

Grandpere: Paul Arbisi

Janvier: John Bell

Andre: Carl Yowell

L'Arbi and Maxim: Gareth Severn

Carlos: Jason D. Johnson

Marie: Aileen Corpos

Pierrot: Rachel Pulliam

Aicha: Dawn Robertson

Additional voices were provided by Geri Elliff, Kendra Murray, and members of the cast.

Music by Dr. Ross Bernhardt

NARADA RADIO COMPANY

Aug 5, 2021

NEW KINGDOM RADIO THEATRE PRESENTS: THE THIRD SOLDIER

In ancient Rome, two old members of the legion discuss their past times as soldiers of the Empire. One, Graccus, recalls his part of the crucifixion of the said "King of Jews" in Jerusalem. What transpires is hostile banter and the sinister underbelly of Caesar's Gladiator sport.

"The Third Soldier" is a production of the New Kingdom Radio Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland, a re-creation of an episode of NBC's "Biblical Dramas" series, originally broadcast 1/8/1928; made especially for Sonic Summerstock Playhouse 2020.

CAST:

Graccus: JV Torres

Antonius: Austin Beach

Narrator: Mike MacDonald

Lustra: Shannon Perry

Marius: Schuyler Torres

Tertius: Levi Reid

Dromidus: Brandon Richard

Caesar: Steve Fisher

 

Jun 13, 2021

The Mysterious Traveler - "The Ugliest Woman in the World" Originally broadcast on MBS, February 20, 1944

Remade June 2021 on Zoom

Cast:

Gloria King: Denise Cline 

Richard: Norman Cline 

The Mysterious Traveler: Doug Fain 

Jane Arnold: Connie McDonald 

Dan: David Damron 

Professor Hadley: Pete Lutz 

This is the fourth installment of our "zoom" presentations for 2021. Visit our website at www.KCALotr.com for more information about upcoming performances.

Pete Lutz appears courtesy Narada Radio Company Audio Drama. NaradaRadio.libsyn.com

Jun 2, 2021

Episode 6 -- "The Cable Car Case", Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our sixth installment (and Jane's choice), this episode of Candy Matson from 1949. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

May 1, 2021

Episode 5 -- "A Connecticut Yankee", The Ford Radio Theatre

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a new podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our fifth installment (and Paul's choice), this episode of The Ford Radio Theatre from 1947. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

May 1, 2021

Our Miss Brooks - "Spring Cleaning"

Originally broadcast on CBS Radio, May 1, 1955

Re-created on Zoom in April 2021

Cast:

Connie McDonald: Connie

Carolyn Threlkeld: Mrs. Davis

Billy Holland: Mr. Murdock

Doug Fain: Mr. Conklin

Denise Cline: Lola

Norman Cline: Mr. Boynton

David Damron: Walter

Larette Latham: Harriet

Roger Garrison: KCAL Crooner

This is the third installment of our Zoom presentations for 2021. Visit our website at www.KCALotr.com for more information about upcoming performances.

Apr 19, 2021

Episode 4 -- "Rommel's Treasure", The Goon Show

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a new podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our fourth installment (and Pete's choice), this episode of The Goon Show from 1955. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

NARADA RADIO COMPANY

Apr 5, 2021

Episode 3 -- "The Little People", Lights Out

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a new podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our third installment (and Jane's choice), this episode of "Lights Out" (aka "Lights Out Everybody"), from a rebroadcast in 1943 or '44. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

Apr 4, 2021

This Project Audion episode offers the national premiere of a NEW Fibber McGee and Molly episode, written by Robert L. Mills, former staff writer for comedy legend Bob Hope. Mills' script recreates the style, laughs, and charm of classic Fibber & Molly radio shows. "Fibber's Missing Tux" literally brings the couple out of retirement to be honored for their years on the airwaves.

As a bonus, after our recreation, we interview Robert L. Mills himself in his Hollywood home, talking about writing comedy, his days with Hope, and the Old Time Radio era.

It's an OTR fan's dream, and our dream cast includes:

Fibber McGee: John Bell (Alabama)

Molly: Jan Welch (North Carolina)

Teeny: Carolyn Threlkeld (Kentucky)

Doc Gamble: Ken Raney (Texas)

Old Timer: Harry Middlebrooks (California)

Wally Wimple: Duane Noch (New Jersey)

Harlow Wilcox: Chris Hart (Florida)

Production, direction, and sound by Larry Groebe (Texas)

Apr 3, 2021

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER - KCAL Old Time Radio Troupe 

Nicholasville, Kentucky, is the home of KCAL, a community theatre group dedicated to re-creating classic Old-Time Radio shows. They traditionally put on four shows year from their theatre on South Main Street, although during the pandemic they've been creating their shows on Zoom. Here's their latest, a remake of Escape's "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe.

RODERICK USHER: Norman Cline

DOCTOR/ANNOUNCER: David Damron

NARRATOR: Doug Fain

Mar 5, 2021

PROJECT AUDION #15: The Life of Riley

Project Audion came into existence about a year ago, formed as a result of the COVID pandemic, with creator Larry Groebe seeking a way to bring actors together and provide entertainment for folks stuck at home. In this fifteenth edition of the series, it's PA's recreation of the classic radio (later TV) situation comedy "The Life of Riley" and the charming 1950 episode "The Rileys' First Date” -- originally aired for Thanksgiving, but re-created for Valentine's Day, 2021. Audion’s edition comes complete with recreated laugh track.

Directed by Tom Wilkens, and starring a truly transcontinental cast: 

Bob Beaumont, California
Duane Noch, Oregon
Patte Rosebank, Toronto
Jack Ward, Nova Scotia
John Mauldin, Tennessee
Fern & Barry Katz, Florida
Ken Raney, Texas
Tom Wilkens, Illinois
Trevor Rines, Canada
 
The laugh track was developed by Dick Huitema in Florida, and the production was under the supervision of Larry Groebe in Texas
Mar 5, 2021

Here's the Narada Radio Company's very first entry for the Sonic Society's Summerstock Playhouse: a remake of the Lux Radio Theater's 1951 adaptation of Carol Reed's 1949 film, "The Third Man". 

In case you didn't know, the Summerstock Playhouse brings you, every Summer, a handful of old-time radio remakes from modern-day audio drama producers. As I indicated above, this was our first entry. We've participated in every festival since 2015 and will be releasing more remakes this summer. Enjoy the show!

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Announcer  – Lisa Marie Ayala
John Milton Kennedy  – Larry Hutchison
William Keighley – Christian Ferris
Harry Lime – Pete Lutz
Holly Martins – Alan Clower
Major Calloway – Jason D. Johnson
Sergeant Paine – Dana Gonsalves
Baron Kurtz – Nick Wommack
The Porter – Eric Lutz
The Porter's Wife – Tamara Merson Wren
Hotel Clerk – Kevin Schuster
Anna Schmidt – Leanne King
Landlady – Merilee Robinson
Dr. Winkel – John Valadez
Libby Collins, Hollywood Reporter – Darrin Ruiz
Mr. Popescu – Jordan Bruster-Campo
Viennese Bystander – Christian Ferris
Little Boy – Bailey Roberts 
Father – Skeeter Ullmann
Irene Winston, Actress – Kendra Womack
Captain Brodsky – Carl Yowell
German Policemen – Pete Lutz 
Priest – Dana Gonsalves

Mar 2, 2021

Episode 2 -- "Jack Tries to Get Rose Bowl Tickets", The Lucky Strike Program starring Jack Benny 

Welcome to Old-Time Radio Essentials, a new podcast wherein a specific episode from a selected OTR series is presented, and then discussed by three co-hosts: Pete Lutz, Jane St. John and Paul Arbisi; to determine whether or not it meets the following criteria:

1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")

2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?

So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our second installment (and Paul's choice), this episode of what was popularly called "The Jack Benny Program", originally broadcast 01-04-1948. We'll introduce the show, play it in its entirety, then discuss it at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it! 

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