Poetic Notes: Fibber Needs Glasses.

In the perky little scene on Wistful Vista,
Fibber pulls pranks as people pop in.
It’s obvious that our fabulous Fibber needs an optician,
and the Old Timer and phone operator return pranks upon him.

Going to see Gildersleeves, the great doctor with vision,
Fibber’s favorite tiny tot, Teeny, is a frustration.
The doc does him good, and Fibber departs,
going home he eyes upscale, Abigail Uppington, looking so smart.
His glasses are groovy, but what does Molly think?
The jokes wrap up with a visit from Nick the Greek.

PS: Poetic license has been taken with this fun use of #Alliteration. For a download to enjoy the show, or read my original notes, click the following links.


Fibber McGee and Molly – Fibber Needs Glasses.

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Red Skelton- #avid Spring Cleaning. 490429

It’s Spring cleaning time for a comic named Red,
Even for Clem and Daisy June as a maid.
While burning letters in the ash can,
Some were sent by an avid fan.
The curiosities just won’t go to bed.

Rod O’Conner and Red go for a ride,
To meet with Fritzie the fan on the side.
They meet Junior the mean little kid,
“If I dooddit I’ll get a whipping,” he said.
ut wil Fritzie get Red in trouble with his bride?

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Red Skelton- #avid Spring Cleaning. 490429

Countdown 2016 Day4 Top 1-10 Shows

It’s the final day of the countdown. Get ready for the top 10 shows, as voted on by clicks from site visitors.


Things heat up, but the top slots win by solid margins. No recounts, or worries about being hacked by Russian influences… er… at least I don’t think so.


Check out all the new shows as they get posted on my PODCASTS page.


Drum roll please… Here’s the ranking of the top 10 most clicked on shows of 2016.


  1. Red Skelton – Christmas Tree Story

Join the other 179 who enjoyed this. Red portrays the story of a Christmas tree through the eyes of his well known character of Junior the mean little kid. Clem Kaddidlehopper, and Deadeye have their own Christmas moments, before Junior brings home the sentimental ending.


  1. Lone Ranger – Torrero And Tarantula. 420907.

As seen by 188 others. The murderous gang of knife throwing bandits set up the masked man for murder. He helps a gang member break free of the gang, but the top bad guys get away… for now.


  1. Blair of the Mounties – The Disappearance Of Alexander Pressman. 380905.

Enjoyed by 195. Under the guise of a fishing trip, Blair of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police proves an accident is actually murder.


  1. Jack Benny – Murder In The Library. 380515.

A favorite of 214 people. Jokes abound on horses, and horse racing as the cast get ready to spoof a murder mystery. Jack and they guys fumble their way along, while Mary keeps the body count rising.


  1. Journey Into Space – The Red Planet 4of20. 541027

Enjoy this along with 228 others. Part of a series to track the mundane journey to Mars. Dangers and alarms sound when one of the space ships have a problem, and a missing crew.


  1. Gunsmoke – No Indians. 540802

A favorite of at least 250 people. Matt Dillon may have an Indian uprising on his hands. Worried settlers may find there is something fishy going on though.


  1. 21st Precinct – The Friend. ep9, 530901.

A top pick of 256 people. The uniformed police of the 21st precinct have their typically mundane battle with crime take a turn for the spectacular. A murder worthy of tabloid attention lands in their laps.


  1. Let George Do It – The Father Who Had Nothing To Say. 480913

Seen by 317. A family embarrassment needs George Valentine to clear his name, and reconcile a father and son.


  1. Suspense – Death Flies Blind. 430504

A favorite of 520. A Navy officer finds himself at the center of a mystery of murder on an airplane. Where did the crew go? Who is behind the suspense in the air, and what do they want?


  1. X Minus One – Zero Hour, Bradbury. ep26, 551123.

See why 873 others liked this one. A radio presentation of a classic moment of science fiction by Ray Bradbury. Invaders from space use kids to pave the way as they play the game with them.


Wow. What a year. Science fiction nails the top slot by a huge margin, followed by suspense, and detectives. Comedy is still represented by Jack Benny and Red Skelton. What about Blair of the Mounties? Talk about a sleeper, but a gem of a show in the vane of police, crime, and detective arenas.


I noticed some of my personal favorites far from the final race, and others lurking just under the radar. Keep on visiting Retro-otr.com, the main home page of the Retro Radio Podcast. Let’s see where your favorite shows will land next year.


Thanks for making this an awesome year. Your votes will go a long way in planning the upcoming year, and give some direction as to what shows and genres to concentrate on presenting.

Countdown 2016 Day 3 11-20 Top Shows

Thanks for returning to day three of the countdown.


Thousands of people visit the web site through the year, and the clicks count. Here’s the countdown from 20 to 11 of the most visited pages on the web site.


Be sure to visit the Welcome page, or Podcast page. Both are good launching spots to dive into the 8000 or so shows available in all sorts of genre’s.


Here’s today’s countdown.


  1. Escape – Flood On The Goodwin. ep219, 540724

Seen by 130. During the war, a fishing boat on the English Channel is commandeered by a spy after a tanker is torpedoed. The civilians on board may not live to see another day, unless they can stop the saboteur.


  1. Friars Club Roast – Jack Benny. 700121. (retro385).

Over 132 have enjoyed this show. The audio track of a TV special. Complete with my own commentary and bonus track, a panel of Jack Benny’s friends give him a friendly roasting.


  1. Escape – Judgement Day At Crippled Deer. 540624

Over 133 sought this one out. Three pioneer men, and a woman are snow bound in the Yukon. They suspect each other of doing in a missing prospector. Vigilante justice kicks in, but patience may be the better way to go.


  1. Journey Into Space – The Red Planet 13of20. 541229.

Visited by over 134 fans. A multipart series to chronicle the adventure of traveling to Mars.

Today, the astronauts explore Mars, and a strange city. Potential dangers lurk as they observe the foreign landscape.


  1. Escape – An Ordinary Man. 540603

Join the 136 fans to discover this show. A 40 year old,, ordinary man, falls in with an exotic woman, and a band of jewel thieves. The normally unnoticeable man gets the adventure of his life, on his Mediterranean cruise.


  1. The Shadow – The Gibbering Thing. 430926

Over 142 people found this story. On a trip to the woods, the Shadow investigates the mysterious gibbering creatures. Are they just monkeys? Whatever happened to aunt Sue is about to happen to Margot Lane, if the Shadow doesn’t move fast.


  1. Fibber McGee and Molly – Cleaning Closet . ep350, 430202

Discover what 144 others have. Fibber is famous for his messy closet, and today is the day he cleans it out. Molly does her chores as friends stop by, but where did Fibber put all the stuff from the closet?


  1. Let George Do It – T The Impatient RedHead. 480906

Join 153people who liked this one. A two timing, spoiled red head faces a family curse. It’s up to George Valentine to either set things right, or expose secrets.


  1. Amos and Andy – Between Life And Death. 440324

At least 157 others visited this page. Guest star is the mild mannered sounding, Victor Moore. Thinking he’s a pushover to be the fall guy in an auto accident claim, Kingfish gets Andy to help him in the insurance case. Their scheme goes too far, and backfires on them.


  1. Box 13 – – sealed instructions ep35, 490417

At least 179 enjoyed listening to this one. Sometimes contributors provide a show, and this is one of them. People surely loved it for the audio, since there isn’t more than a sentence in the show notes.


Comedy still has a toe hold with the likes of Fibber McGee, and Jack Benny. Surprisingly, Amos and Andy peg a top spot, but suspenseful drama is king for the day with Escape, and the Shadow. Hold on tight, detectives and science fiction genres aren’t out of the picture, and holding some excellent ground, as is the good old Lone Ranger.


Who knows where we’ll be for the top 10? Clearly, you will when you stay tuned for tomorrow’s final showing. Enjoy revisiting your familiar favorites, or exploring some of what you may have missed, or forgotten about. Tell a friend, and share the shows with them too.

Countdown 2016 Day 2 Top 21-30

Welcome back for day two of the 2016 countdown. We’re halfway through, and counting down from 30 to 21. Where do your favorite shows stand out of the thousands of web page clicks through the year?


Here’s today’s ranking of the most clicked on shows.


  1. Fibber McGee and Molly – Fibber Misplaces Christmas Money. ep343, 421215

Popular with 99 visitors, people found the flustered Fibber funny, as he tries to find the fortune in lost shopping money he misplaced. Filled with plenty of patriotic moments to pitch supporting the troops overseas.


  1. Escape – The Birds. ep217, 540710

Ranked at 101. The classic suspense tale. A veteran seeks a peaceful place to rest, but the desolate farm house is the home of birds who want it for themselves.


  1. Texaco Star Theater – Guest Edgar Rice Burroughs. 391018.

Although I totally forgot I had this, 103 of you didn’t. A comedy variety show featuring Kenny

Baker, Jimmy Wallington, and Francis Langford. They sing and joke their way into a spoof of Tarzan. The creator of the ape man is a good sport as they demote his creation to the Lord of the domicile.


  1. Jack Benny – Show from Palm Springs. ep864,, 531213Christmas

A favorite of 105 fans. A classic Christmas shopping show from start to finish. Mel Blanc is the frazzled clerk who has fled to the vacation resort, in hopes of getting away from his most difficult, and indecisive customer ever.


  1. Lone Ranger – Sheriffs Son. 430419.

Enjoyed by 105 site visitors. A western saga with rustlers, murder, and bandits who take advantage of the young and impressionable ranchers son. A mixture that will take the likes of the Lone Ranger to unscramble the mess, and see that justice is done.


  1. Jack Benny – In New York with Fred Allen and Kate Smith. 380327

Seen by 109 fans. An encounter of Jack Benny and Fred Allen is always a good thing. With a temporary support cast, Jack and Rochester joke about their trip to New York, and travels before Fred Allen arrives for some comic sparring.


  1. Fibber McGee and Molly – Cuts Down His Old Suit For Molly. ep346, 430105

Ranked at 114. Wanting to do his wife a well deserved favor. Fibber gives her his old suit to cut down to fit her. The trouble is that he can’t place where he got the suit, until its too late.


  1. My Favorite Husband – Young Matron League Tryouts. 481002

Enjoyed by at least 115 others. Lucille Ball is Liz, who wants to be in a play, and goes to try out for the production. Hubby George, disapproves, so she tries to hide her activity. Has George been proved right? He has begun to believe Liz is off her rocker.



  1. Dizzy Dean – Wabash Canonball. 480918. (retro322).

A favorite of 116 fans. A show that seems to be a hit every year. The multitalented Dizzy Dean sings, tells sports anecdotes, and gives sports advice to young ball players.


  1. Great Gildersleeves – Auto Accident with Judge Hooker. ep77, 430411

Viewed by 121. The always bickering Gildersleeves, and Judge Hooker have more to fight about after they have a fender bender. Marjorie tries to get them from being hurt little boys, as insurance claims and injury settlements make the jokes fly.


Comedy seems king with Jack Benny, and Fibber McGee and Molly. Westerns are hanging in there, and suspenseful dramas, but where are the detectives? The countdown continues, and there are some surprising turns in the top picks of the year. At least it’s surprising to me.


Stay tuned to see how site visitors shaped the year. Revisit the shows, and share them with a friend.

Countdown 2016 Day 1 Presenting the top 31-40 Shows

Countdown of the Top Shows of 2016

Thousands of people visit the web site through the year, and even more take the time to download the shows and enjoy them. Naturally, certain pages are landed on, such as the Welcome page, or Podcast page. Both are good launching spots to dive into the 8000 or so shows available in all sorts of genre’s. Probably twice as often Archive pages of search results are browsed while visitors find more of their favorite shows.

Here’s the ranking of most clicked on shows. The number used to determine the ranking is decided by you, the site visitor. Feel free to revisit a favorite, or discover something you missed. Click the link, and listen to the shows all over again.

40. Burns and Allen – Gracie Blackmails Jack Benny. 431102

A favorite enjoyed by 84 visitors to the site. Gracie will do anything to get her hubby, Sugar Throat Burns a singing job. When she spots Jack Benny in her beauty salon, the situation is right to blackmail their old friend to sing on his show.

39. Lux Radio Theater – Phantom of the Opra. 430913

As many as 84 visitors enjoyed this classic tale of behind the scenes spookiness at an opera house. Featuring Nelson Eddie, Basil Rathbone, and Susan Foster.

38. Red Skelton – Embarrassments. ep52, 421229

Seen by 86 fans. Embarrassment plagues Red’s zany characters, in the form of financial woes. Although Junior the mean little kid is the typical source of embarrassment for his poor mother.

37. Jack Benny – I Stand Condemned. 460324

Viewed at least 87 times. After a formal rehearsal at Jack’s house, the gang spoof this hit film about a man who lands on death row in trying to provide for his three sons.

36. Front Page Drama – Christmas Eve Ghost. 331221

Popular with 87 others. A ghost story about a spirit who returns to heal people on Christmas day.

35. Fibber McGee and Molly – Ants In The House. ep376, 431102

Join 91 others to see what Fibber is up to.. The McGees mean well, when they want to help their busy friend, Doc Gamble. Instead, they manage to make a mess of it as they help with a problem with pests.

34. Six Shooter – Shooting Of Wyatt King 540520

A favorite of at least 92 others. A bank robber claims he was shot and caught by the Six Shooter, Brit Ponsit, but Brit knows better. Why the lies, and why does it matter? Even bandits have their pride.

33. Candy Matson – The Devil In The Deep Freeze. 491110

Enjoyed by 94 visitors. Candy proves that confidential matters aren’t just for the hard boiled types. She handles the unlikely event of a body found in a deep freeze, dressed in a devil suit. Then it gets more weird when the body disappears.

32. Lights Out – Spider. 430518 (RV35 retro514)

Rated at 95. One of the spookiest of my personal picks, complete with added commentary and bonus track. Adventurers to the Amazon seek their fortunes, but jungle dangers have found them first.


Jack Benny – Snow White and the Seven Gangsters. 380424.

Viewed at least 98 times. The show with one of the longest laughs. After some confusion about Daylight Savings Time, the cast spoofs this Disney classic. Sprinkled with songs from the film, the guys are gangsters who go straight, led by the hand of a princess.

Drama, detectives, and adventure in the old West shows aren’t to be out done. As you can tell, Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Red Skelton, and Fibber McGee and Molly have solid showings as well. Where will it all end? Who will win the top spot, as voted on by your clicks? Stay tuned as I share over the next few days. Why not invite a friend to enjoy the top shows of 2016 as well?

Get two holiday favorites Free

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Jonathan has to go to the moon to rescue Santa, defeat the Wintergreen Witch, and save Christmas for all of us here on Earth. Join him as he travels to strange lands, and meets exotic new friends.

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While cleaning the attic to get ready to decorate for Christmas, the twins need to get their silver star back. They chase the Crazy Quilt Dragon through strange and exciting lands. New friends, and a little magic get them through, and Santa helps them get home in time for Christmas. A star studded cast of well known radio actors go largely uncredited in this holiday special.

Sharing the Love for WordPress Bloggers

I’ve been podcasting for quite a while, with steady growth all along the way. People who enjoy old time radio shows may have found me as they search directories like iTunes, or Podomatic. Others may have found me by a simple search on the Internet for a favorite actor, or radio show. For all the steady downloads, feedback is much mor rare than you might think. Enter the world of WordPress bloggers. 

My site automatically posts to my Twitter feed, and Facebook account. Sometimes I get a ‘Like’ or an even more rare retweet, or share. I’ve made some friends like Jimbo, Sara, and others who enjoy shows ranging from Superman, to Vic and Sade, to Philip Marlowe. But… Enter the world of WordPress bloggers. 
I maintain two related sites. One strictly for the podcast, with show notes, and a media file to listen to. My other site is for blogging additional thoughts on classic, old radio shows. My stats for the podcast are busy, but despite that, the feedback is slow. Enter the world of WordPress bloggers. 
Dramatic changes have come to my small, little blog. The traffics there is quite, but thanks to the community of WordPress bloggers, and the challenges to writing, poetry, and blogging, I’ve met some very engaging people. My ‘Like’ button hasn’t been so lonely, as folks who span the globe take time to click it. Thanks to you. 

Whether you love classic radio, movies, or TV. Whether you’re a writer, or a student, or someone with something to say, thank you for taking the time to ‘Like’ my articles. 
Comments have a nice system to respond back to you. Likes are a nice, one way street to give me an encouraging thumbs up. They make me smile, and I wish there was a way to like the like back. 
Since I can’t, here’s a thank you note for all those likes, and for the ones to come. You know who you are. Thanks so much for the smiles, and encouragement. 

A Letter on Behalf of Admirers of Classic Radio

Dear Creators of Classic Radio,

After all this time, your shows still hold up. People still discover them, and take time to listen. The face of radio has changed, and all that we have left are those who tell us the news, or spin up a record. Well, they really aren’t records much any more.

Audio dramas are still around, but not on the air. Collectors have saved them on this thing called the Internet, and people with web sites make it easy for others to listen. To make it even easier, a technology called a podcast can share the shows, and deliver them right to anybody who subscribes to it.

How do I know this is true? Through the magic of a ‘Like’ button on my web site, I have the proof. People read my show notes, or they listen to your show. If they like it, they click a button. It’s a quick thumbs up, or a way to show they admire what you did. Fans are saying, “It’s good stuff.”

Though radio networks and sponsors have said your programming is dead, the thousands of visitors to my site have said how they still love the adventures of the Lone Ranger, as he upholds justice, fights with rustlers, and sends bad guys to jail. Kids of all ages still listen to the exploits of Little Orphan Annie, who is lost at sea. She becomes queen of an island, and showered with diamonds by the natives. With her friends and Daddy Warbucks, she’s always helping someone, or exposing scandals.

Thank you writers for characters in comedies, who relate to each other in a way that makes us say, “That could be me, or someone I know.” They remind us of the stories older relatives tell of times long past. Times of the war, or a general store, or when things were only a nickel. Simple folk like Lum and Abner, who somehow managed to run a store, while befriending people in their community. The enterprising old gents had some backwards views on what woman’s work was, but at various times they built a rocket to Mars; caught a counterfeiter, made movies, ran a circus, a library, a bakery, and more. Somehow, though they got themselves into trouble and debt, they always seemed to come out on top, or at worst, just barely scrape by. The craziness carried forward to shows like Father Knows Best, with the Anderson family, and their modern day teens. It was modern at the time, but though the fads have gone, the family unit, and the relationship remains pretty close to today. Kids still need money, or have fund raisers for school. Childish daughters who talk too much, teen age drama queens, and sons with concrete, literal ways of thinking. Does any of those sound like they still happen in families today? I think they do, and always will.

Speaking of the school experience, Our Miss Brooks may be a little type cast, but the situations set up some comedy that made her days as a high school English teacher seem real. Connie Brooks was the only sane person in the wacky people who surrounded her. A blustery boss, an absent minded landlady, a boyfriend who cared more for frogs, and students who tried their best to drag her into their pranks.

People of the radio era, you saw huge advancements in the marvels of technology, and the fears it presented were encapsulated in science fiction. If you think about it, sci-fi shows are still that way today. We still love and admire the way your writers push science to the limit in gadgets that you knew, and what they could become. Your view of science fiction addressed social norms and attitudes towards those technologies. How would the technology change us, and the life you once knew?

A milestone program, 2000 Plus dealt with machines, robots, and flying saucers that run amok. So creative, and interesting in how people imagined their uses would be. The science seemed limited, but the reaches of it more vast than its real capability. People and relationships are presented firmly entrenched in the times, as if to think that society would never change. Little could you know it would be the reverse of that. Robots and computers snuck into our lives, under the radar, unintrusively, and nearly invisible. Far from the in your face, hulking mechanical men that were envisioned. Rockets were built, and advancements into space, but not the reckless pioneering to far flung reaches that were imagined. The real topsy turvey advancements came with culture change. Revolutions in racial and sexual freedoms, and departures from doing things the same old way.

Though religion may have been seldom done, you weren’t afraid to have it flavor a show. I’m sure religious programming hasn’t changed much from on air preachers that you had back then. However, a unique drama existed back then, the Greatest Story Ever Told. Dramas that were fictional, but illustrated bible teaching.

Technology keeps advancing, and movies are more eye popping than ever, but there’s something elegant in those audio dramas. The actors read the line, and with a hint from the sound man, imagination paints a picture as vivid, hilarious, thrilling, or as spine chilling as the scene requires. The players are as beautiful or ugly, as young or old, as the part requires. Mental scenes are built in an instant that would require countless dollars and man hours to make.

These days radio is a source of information, but not much more than that. Actual programming isn’t done. The market has moved to the Internet, where fans can still find it. Podcasters share it, and a new generation of creators are producing it. You just have to be careful in the uncensored world out there.

So, dear producer of classic old shows, just know that your work is timeless, and people still admire it. The language is clean, the stories still good, and even where some social shifting has occurred, it let’s us see where we once were. I wonder where our future could be going.

Respectfully, and on behalf of others who agree with me by hitting my ‘Like’ button,

Keith H

Note: Inspired in part by #DailyPost

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