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  Night Transmissions Low Fi 
 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 "The Black Swan" 8/8/47.
The Clock,"The Story Of John Littlefield". 11'2446.
Theater Five "First Encounter"9/10/64.
The Origin of Superstition 1935



Music:

Fleetwood Mac - Sara (1978)
Tim Hart & Maddy Prior - Queen Eleanor´s Confession (1968)
Nana Mouskouri All My Trials (2007)

More at http://www.nighttransmissions.com/
This is a 64 kbs version of 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 . In this connection I will post a new show by Tuesday or Wednesday of each week. I will post a new show by Tuesday or Wednesday of each week. There is also a 128 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:

Produced in New York, Murder At Midnight was heard over the Mutual Network starting on Sept. 16th of 1946 until Sept. 8th of 1947. Produced by radio station WJZ. The show was known to occasionally reproduce scripts that had been perfomed on Inner Sanctum. This practice allowed the show to feature tales of murder most macabre by some of radio's top writers without paying top dollar.

The show was filled with tales of death and mayhem, not always at midnight. The show was hosted by Raymond Morgan who had a memorable introduction as he intoned, "... The witching hour, when night is darkest, our fears the strongest, our strength at it's lowest ebb. Midnight when the graves gape open and Death strikes".

The cast featured Elspeth Eric, Mercedes McCambridge, Barry Kroeger, Betty Kane, Carl Frank, Barry Hopkins, Lawson Zerbie. Charles Paul played the creepy organ music, and Anton M. Leader directed.

The episode today, "The Black Swan" was first heard on August 18 of 1947.

Amos has come home to investigate a recent death on board The Black Swan. A ship with a reputation as a serial killer. Or is it all a mistake. A misunderstanding. Could it have been self defense? Could The Black Swan be innocent?

You know how these things go. You know how rumors get started and innuendo blossoms like wildflowers in the spring.

Once it's lost, how does an Innocent ship get its reputation back?

Or perhaps it really is Murder At Midnight.



Segment Two:
The Clock produced in Australia by Grace Gibson Productions was a thirty-minute series featuring stories of suspense and mystery . The introduction to each show was always the same; “Sunrise and sunset, promise and fulfillment, birth and death … the whole drama of life is written in the sands of time”.

The show debuted on November the 3rd of 1946 and would run for a bit more than a year closing out on May the 23rd of 1948 for a total of 65 shows.

Although the series was produced in Australia the locales for the stories were rather generic.

The actors and actresses spoke without a perceptible Australian accent which caused the program to sound, "American". This marked the program as a natural for export to the American market where it would be picked up by ABC.

The show must have been reasonably successful because ABC then continued for another 13 weeks with an All-American cast and crew producing 13 new scripts bringing the series to a total of 78 episodes.

The episode today is one of the Australian produced shows, "The Story Of John Littlefield". It aired November the 24th of 1946.

It's a story about the usual things in life:

* A few bad choices.
* A little infidelity.
* A dash of larceny.
* An inebriated surgeon.
* A touch of plastic surgery.
* Murder.
* Greed.

And how it turns out, that things never turn out, just according to your plan. Particularly when you plan is a wicked plan.

Segment Three:

Somehow throughout the Golden Age of Radio ABC never really developed a truly memorable drama anthology of its own. Oh, they had the talent on staff to do it. They produced some wonderful dramas over the years.


This isn't to say there were none at all. It's true that many such programs would find a home on ABC. But generally none of these shows were developed at ABC for ABC. Not until well after the heyday of the Golden Age of Radio in the mid 60s.

Theater Five ran between August the 3rd of 1964 and July 30th of 1965 with 260 broadcasts.

Today's episode from Theater 5, "First Encounter" is from September the 10th of 1964. And is exactly the kind of thing I would have hated in 1964. If you were around and old enough to have developed an affection for the literary form of Science Fiction the screenplay here about the first meeting of humanity with creatures from outer space would have probably struck you as ludicrous to the point of being annoying.

It is the story of the Spaceship Orion-one which with its crew of two men and one woman have made the trip to the moon and discovered that completely contrary to anyone's expectations there is air on the moon. Not everywhere mind you, just on the boundary between the sunlit side and the dark side.

Not only that - there are invisible people on the moon. Well maybe you wouldn't call them exactly people. You might even say, "Not even close! Me, I don't know... they got two legs, two arms and one head, and a real attitude problem.

I think they will pass.


Segment Four:

The Origin of Superstition, witch was also known as Superstition On The Air, ran in 1935 for 39 episodes (At least that's all that are known to have survived,) offers interesting and enlightening tales grounded in folklore and common Superstitions.
this episode is entitled, "Two Walkers Separated". It's about why some people consider it bad luck to allow something to come between two people as they walked down the road. You know, like you and some friend are walking down the road and you pass, oh let's say a telephone pole, one of you to each side of the pole.



Music:

Fleetwood Mac - Sara (1978)

Tim Hart & Maddy Prior - Queen Eleanor´s Confession (1968)

Nana Mouskouri All My Trials (2007)

These dates should not be taken as canonical.

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02:00:00 English 2010-09-02
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