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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...
Murder At Midnight 4/447, "The Line is Dead".
The Creaking Door 50s or 60s.
Dimension X , "The Potters Of Firsk" 7/28/50
The Unexpected 1948


Gene Pitney - Town Without Pity (1961).
Noel Mcloughlin - Step It Out Mary (1995).
Johnny Cash - Tennessee Stud (1994).
The Weavers - Wimoweh (AKA The Lion Sleeps Tonight) (1957).
Nana Mouskouri - Habanera (2001).
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 an episode of one of my favorite Old Time Radio series, Murder At

Midnight for April the 4th of 1947, "The Line is Dead".

All right, I should stand up and give witness to my own proclivities and weaknesses. In this case brothers and sisters of mine. I confess I just like the title! How can this name not win you over immediately? When you hear the organs heavy velvet strains swelling up, building, probing, thrusting its way forward driving into crescendo and then,
he says it again... Murder at Midnight .
I know, I know this is only a thirty-minute broadcast from the Mutual Network. It was a fairly conventional series steeped in its tales of the supernatural. It's tales of horror. But oh, that title, that intro.
Today's story is one of those. It revolves around an old chestnut, the fear of premature burial. This is very fertile ground. As one of Humanities most common fears it is found among people of all cultures that practices this kind of internment. And has always been productive gristle for folklore and Literature. Literature ranging from Plato and
Pliny the Elder down to Edgar Allan Poe; who's story, The Premature Burial, is regarded as his most successful . Let's not forget The Fall Of The House of Usher and what happened to poor Madeline.

A fear that is the impudence for a good market in "safety coffins".

A fear which gives us the phrase, "Saved by the bell".

A fear that caused George Washington, on his deathbed, to make his slaves promise not to bury him until two days after his death:

You know... just in case.

Then, on a happier note (literally) there is a performance by Harry Champion that was recorded in 1901:
"A Good Blow Out For Fourpence".

Segment Two:

The Creaking Door made it all the way from South Africa with an episode called, " I See Ghosts". In this story... well, first she's dead. Then she's a ghost. Then she's alive again. Or maybe, she's none of the above.
Could it be she's someone else altogether?
I'd rather not think about it right now.

I'd like to tell you, as is my habit, when this show first aired. But I can't.
I'm pretty sure it was sometime in the 50s or 60s. But other than that, I only know that there seem to be about 37 episodes around on the internet but I can't find any program logs for the series to tell us the year of broadcast, or the total number of episodes. The series although clearly a ripoff of the Inner Sanctum was well-done and is
generally well thought of among O.T.R. aficionados..

Segment Three:

Is dominated by an episode of Dimension X , "The Potters Of Firsk". This story was first broadcast on NBC on July 28, 1950 and is an adaptation by Ernest Kinoy of a short story written by Jack Vance that was first published in Astounding magazine for May of 1950.

It might seem odd that so little first rate science fiction came out of the Golden age of radio. Then again, maybe not. At this point science fiction was mostly relegated to the pulp magazines which rightly considered their market to be one of mostly misanthropic juvenile male's... Like me. Just look at some of the covers (ogle, ogle, drool, drool). Any real respect for science fiction as literature would not dawn until one day in 1963 with the youth movements discovery of Robert Heinlein's novel, Stranger in a Strange Land. Which, although certainly not written for the counter culture,
did exemplify some of it's aspirations. (None of these kids had read Starship Troopers.)

Yeah... yeah; I know the foregoing is simplified to the point of
imbecility. It would be a long and slow process with many highlights along the way. Including Dimension X. which started on April the 8th of 1950 and ran until September 29, 1951.

Segment Four:

The Unexpected from 1948 was a 15 min series of weird,bizarre and unique stories almost all with twist endings that completely alter the
story's conclusion. This is a gimmick but it works very well. I don't know how many of these are around. I have perhaps twenty or so. This episode, "Handle with Care" stars Barry Sullivan in a story about an extremely important old Steamer trunk that has the misfortune of looking like any other old Steamer Trunk, so much so that it's easy for a shipping company to become confused. Or lose the label or deliver the wrong one to altogether the wrong person.
About the only other thing I know about this episode is that it would have originally aired on Sundays at 10:30 pm.

It's odd, what bits of information manage to survive the decades to come down to us; and what bits of information don't . It all seems downright random to me.


Gene Pitney - Town Without Pity (1961).

Noel Mcloughlin - Step It Out Mary (1995).

Johnny Cash - Tennessee Stud (1994).

The Weavers - Wimoweh (AKA The Lion Sleeps Tonight) (1957).

Nana Mouskouri - Habanera (2001).

These dates should not be taken as canonical.
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02:00:00 English 2010-04-11
 Cottage Grove Oregon
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