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 Night Transmissions 
 Old time radio and more
 Weekly Program
 Gary Clinton  
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Night Transmissions is a 120 minute show featuring vintage radio shows. In this show..

Theater Five.7/23/65, "Whatever Happened to the 5:25" .

Escape "A Shipment of Mute Fate" 3/13/49,

Strange Adventure, "Curse Of The Kalahari" 1945.

Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries, "Deserted Island" 1970.

Suspense,"The Black Door" 11/19/1961.

World Adventurer's Club,"Dead Men Walk"1932.

Fred Brown, Two Timer and The Sentry.


Ed McCurdy - Come to the Bower (1956).

Kate Rusby - I Am Stretched on Your Grave (1997)

Judy Collins - Coal Tattoo (1964)

Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki (1963)

These dates should not be taken as canonical.
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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.

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:
Is from ABCs mid 1960s attempt at radio drama revival, Theater Five. It's an episode from July the 23rd of 1965 with the rather interesting title, "Whatever Happened to the 5:25" .
The story opens as a man, who prides himself on his punctuality, misses his train not through any tardiness on his part but due to a schedule change. While waiting for the next train he meets a young woman who strikes up a conversation with him constantly eliciting information from him but is rather cagey about her own story. Telling him only that she is, "old enough and ready...". You might think that this is the opening line to some great adventure. Would you be right?
This segment is rounded out with a reading by Librivox Project volunteer Lucy Perry's rendition of An Uncomfortable Bed, which was written by Guy de Maupassant.

Segment Two:

We all love stories that involved deadly snakes, even silly stories (can anyone say Snakes on a Plane; we all "hate mother"...err never mind ). "A Shipment of Mute Fate" was one of the crew at Escape's favorites scripts. They actually broadcast it four times. That is, they remade it three times, each time with a different cast.

In this story, a South American Bushmaster is accidentally let loose on a passenger ship traveling from Caracas, Venezuela to New York City. As the word of this situation spreads, the passengers panic and the crew desperately tries to find and kill the snake. But in the end, a mother's love saves everyone from danger. Isn't that always the case?

"A shipment of mute fate" was written by Martin Storm and appeared in an Esquire anthology of short stories for 1940. It was adapted for Escape by Les Crutchfield.

Of Escape's four presentations of this script,this is the third. It aired on March 13, 1949,

In this segment we also have, from the year 1945, an episode of Strange Adventure, "Curse Of The Kalahari". Where we run into The Third Reich squatting in Africa but it's all right as usual they get their comeuppance. Speaking of comeuppances "Curse of the Kalahari" is followed by a minute from the 1970s series Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries with the episode, "Deserted Island".

Segment Three:

Next in an episode from Escapes older sibling show Suspense we have a story that is well remembered. Maybe it's not for the best of reasons that it's well remembered... but well remembered it is.

Presenting, "The Black Door". This is an episode which manages to be both very silly and suspenseful. You see, there is, out deep in the South American jungle, tucked away in the Caldera of an extinct volcano, a Dead City... A Dead City that was once inhabited by dog-headed creatures from the moon. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

"The Black Door" starred Robert Readick and Ralph Camargo. The radio play was an original effort written by the well known radio dramatist, Robert Arthur. It has been reported that this show was originally presented as an episode of the radio program The Mysterious Traveler (for which Arthur was the chief writer). Unfortunately, that episode like many episodes of that show is now lost.

This episode of Suspense aired on November 19, 1961.

Segment Four:
I really like to open up the TARDIS and explore its dusty nooks and crannies, to delve into the odd corners that are tucked away in even odder dimensions. You never know what you might find. One such find is The World Adventurer's Club, a syndicated radio program from a period when hardly anything was syndicated and when Commercial radio still had that "New Car Smell". From 1932 episode number 28 of World Adventurer's Club, "Dead Men Walk".

Very short stories usually rely on a "Twist Ending" to make up for their brevity. It's a long tradition followed by such illustrious practitioners as O'Henry, P.G. Woodhouse, Saki , and Dorothy Parker, there are way too many to list here. Nonetheless, I will list one more in the person of the underrated writer of Science-Fiction, Mystery and Satire, Frederick Brown (Note to the world: If you haven't read his 1949 novel What Mad Universe, find it and read it! Really do it, it's flat out wonderful! Unfortunately, it is not in the public domain so I cannot find a PDF or E-Book version of the novel to post here). Anyway, from The Librivox Project we have as read by Gregg Margarite two short stories from Fred Brown, Two Timer and The Sentry.


Ed McCurdy - Come to the Bower (1956).

Kate Rusby - I Am Stretched on Your Grave (1997)

Judy Collins - Coal Tattoo (1964)

Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki (1963)
These dates should not be taken as canonical.
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