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 Night Transmissions 
 Old time radio and more
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 Gary Clinton  
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Night Transmissions is a 120 minute show featuring vintage radio shows. In this show...
The Black Museum ,"The Walking Stick" 1950 .
Incredible But True, "Death of a Monster" 1950/51
Quiet, Please! comes, " The Hat, The Bed, And John J. Catherine"June 11, of 1949.
Escape, "The Earthmen" July 25th of 1951.
The Unexpected, "Mercy Killing" April 11th of 1948.
Music:
Beethoven - Für Elise.
Andrew Cronshaw - Wasps In The Woodpile.
Bonny Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart.
Herman's Hermits - No Milk Today


More at http://www.nighttransmissions.com/
This is a weekly program which began on a now defunct low power FM station (KSOW) in Cottage Grove, OR. Since there seems to be some interest in the show I have decided to continue it. In this connection I will post a new show by Tuesday or Wednesday of each week. There is also a 64 bit version.

In the main, each episode consists of four approximately 30-minute long programs (not always, as
sometimes I use a longer form show, so it may be 3 or fewer) and some filler to bring them in at 120 minutes.
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Broadcast Advisories

Use these programs in any way that suits you, commercial, non-commercial (well,don't sell it). Use them on your low power FM station or your AM station. Stream it on your internet station or stream. Whatever. Edit them if you want to, however you want to! I'm easy. In a few cases commercials have been left in but in those cases there is disclaimer stating that they are there for "historical perspective" only. I have edited out any underwriter spots that once existed. There is no comment about run times ( i.e. "It's Sunday night at 10 pm and this is Night Transmissions.") Also I have edited out any mention of the town I live in. In other words I have endeavored to make make these programs as "Evergreen" and global as possible. I would even consider making (at some point) shows that are tailored to some degree for specific locations. In most cases the mp3 file runs a little longer than 120 minutes. However, in all cases the main show comes in at under 120 minutes; anything in excess of 120 minutes is just music that can safely be faded out.

As of show 21 there are 30 second musical interludes at 30,60 and 90 minutes. with the last 5 to 10 minutes or so of the show uninterrupted music that can be faded out on without too much ado, Exact times will be in the mp3 comment tag

If you do broadcast or stream these I'd really be grateful if you dropped me a note.

This episode contains the following segments...

Segment One:
Right off is, "The Walking Stick", an episode of The Black Museum.
In Glasgow, Scotland during February and March of 1865 a Scottish doctor, Edward Pritchard, murdered his wife and mother-in-law and then, in his turn, was hanged for the crime four months later.
The history presented by The Black Museum is somewhat fictionalized as is evidenced by the fact of a change of name for the perpetrator. Although Dr. Pritchard was convicted for the poisoning of both of his family members. Never brought up is that he was also suspected of the murder of a third person, a servent girl who was living in the household, for which he was never tried or even charged. Of course. the change of name does alert us to the fact that this story must be treated as fiction and not history.
A final historical note is that Dr. Pritchard was the last person to be publicly executed in Glasgow.
Incredible But True, "Death of a Monster" from either 1950 or 1951. Did someone have an encounter with a giant sloth in the 1890's?
It is only wise, of course, to be suspicious of any tale of the incredible. This story however, is not as you may expect, of a completely gaseous origin. The story does play fast and loose with the facts and has little regard for them. But In general the story is based on a verifiable historical character (Florentino Ameghino) and an actual account, to which I am linking, here.

Segment Two:
From Quiet, Please! comes, " The Hat, The Bed, And John J. Catherine" which first aired on June 11, of 1949.
It's about John Catherine, a stagehand who wants to be an actor. Like many an actor John harbors a number of superstitions, includeing one that leads him to believe when he sees that someone has left his hat on a bed, he (John) will die soon.
This story, I suppose, could be regarded, if you insist, as a cautionary tale revolving around the dangers of superstition to the overly credulous mind... but I'd rather you didn't. Just settle back and enjoy this well crafted two-person play.
Quiet, Please! was created by Wyllis Cooper, who also created Lights Out and has a long and distinguished career in old-time radio. The show starred Ernest Chappell as the show's announcer and lead actor.
Quiet, Please! began on June 8, 1947 and was syndicated by the Mutual Broadcasting System. Its last episode aired on June 25, 1949, which by then had moved to ABC. There were a total of 106 shows.
Quiet, Please! was not a huge success during its initial run but is now considered one of the finest efforts of the golden age of American radio drama.
My apologies but the sound quality is less than excellent . Believe me, it's worth a listen anyway.

Segment Three:
Is "The Earthmen" from Escape. Adapted from a story by Ray Bradbury, it aired on July 25th of 1951.
"The Earthmen" is the story of Captain Williams and his crew who arrive on the second expedition from Earth to Mars and to their surprise,all the Martians are unresponsive to their presence. When they finally receive their hero's welcome, they realize that it's for all the wrong reasons. Can they make the Martians believe they are really visitors from Earth?
.Escape adapted two stories from Ray Bradbury's 1950 classic collection of science fiction short stories about the colonization of Mars.The Martian Chronicles. This one and "Mars Is Heaven".
"The Earthmen" was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories in August of 1948 and appears in The Martian Chronicles under the same name. Escape did modify the story for radio, but overall, the adaptation is good. "
"The Earthmen" was adapted for radio by screenwriter Walter Newman and directed by Norman MacDonnell. Parley Baer starred. Also appearing were Harry Bartell, Hans Conried, Lawrence Dobkin, Lou Krugman, John Dehner, Sidney Miller, Georgia Ellis, Jack Kruschen, and Byron Kane.
Segment Four:
Is an episode of the short lived series The Unexpected, a 15 minute series of weird stories which ran in 1948. Almost all of these stories contained twist endings which would completely alter the story conclusion, a tactic that most people would consider a gimmick, but one which works very well here.
It is uncertain how many episodes were produced but about twenty have survived. This particular episode, "Mercy Killing" is the first episode of the series and is from April 11th of 1948. In this particular tale, Barry Sullivan plays a husband, with a murderous intent, who has concocted what he thinks is the perfect plan to remove from his life; his wife. But in 1948, evil only rarely went unpunished and no plan was perfect.
Music:
Beethoven - Für Elise.(1810)
Andrew Cronshaw - Wasps In The Woodpile. (1994)
Bonny Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart. (1983)
Herman's Hermits - No Milk Today (1968)

These dates should not be taken as canonical.
More @ www.nighttransmissions.com

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02:00:00 English 2010-01-31
 Cottage Grove Oregon
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