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 Night Transmissions 
 Old time radio and more
 Gary Clinton  
 See Notes.
 No Advisories - program content screened and verified.
Night Transmissions is a 120 minute show featuring vintage radio shows. In this show...

Escape – “The Great Impersonation” 4/23/49
Nightfall – “Ringing the Changes” 10/31/80
Dimension X – “The Last Objective” 10/3/51
LibriVox – Rick Raphael’s “A Filbert Is A Nut” 11/59


Jean Pierre Rampal – Oedo Nihonbashi (1978)
Joan Baez – Catch the Wind with Mimi Farina (1981)
Judy Collins – Since You’ve Asked (1967)
Notes: 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:

A spin off from Suspense, Escape ran on CBS from 1947 to 1954, and dealt in a wide variety of stories: science fiction, horror, murder.

Good fun for the whole family.

The program displayed a fondness for adventure tales set in the tropics or on the high seas. As far as I have been able to find out, there were a total of 194 stories.

Many of the episodes were taken from the classics, but not all. Often the writers and producers of Escape culled material from stories that were not then considered classics but have gained that status since. Not that the radio show had anything to do with that. This distinction was brought about by the excellence of the material itself and the garnishment of time.
Escape's "The Great Impersonation which aired on April 23, of 1949, has everything you want in a thriller: Double dealing, spies, double spies and double dealing by Nazis.
Adapted from a popular 1920 novel of the same name written by E. Phillips Oppenheim. The novel has also been adapted for the screen 3 times; first in 1921 (American - Famous Players-Lasky Corporation), 1935 (American-Universal Pictures) and 1942 (again Universal Pictures).

Escape's presentation of this story is different from the book. Of course, they shortened it. They also changed the time period . The book is set during the years before World War I. Escape's version changed that to just prior to World War II.

Sometimes called, "the Prince of Storytellers," E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946) was the English author of 116 novels and 39 short -story collections. The Great Impersonation, is probably his best-known work. A Vivid, convincing thriller, this book is still in print and is recognized as a legitimate ancestor of such writers as Ian Fleming.

Segment Two:

Nightfall, was a radio drama series produced by CBC Radio from July 1980 to June 1983. While primarily a supernatural/horror series, Nightfall featured some episodes in other genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and human drama. The series became one of the most popular shows in CBC Radio history, running 100 episodes that featured a mix of original tales and adaptations of both classic and obscure short stories.

I am uncertain as to which category this particular episode falls. Oh it's definitely a horror story and stylistically it certainly fits into the category of the classic ghost/the dead do rise sort of tale. If this story falls short of being worthy of consideration for that moniker, "Classic" then it can only be on the basis of a concern in the matter of Antiquity. It may just be that the story is of too recent a vintage.

"Ringing the Changes" which aired on Halloween of 1980 is adapted from a 1955 short story by Robert Aickman an English author of considerable success. Aickman was also the grandson of a prolific Victorian novelist, Richard Marsh (1857–1915). Marsh today is best remembered for his occult thriller The Beetle (1897), a book as popular in its time as was Bram Stoker's Dracula.

In the story, An older man with a beautiful young wife is honeymooning in a remote seaside town where the residents express considerable surprise in seeing them and are not what anyone would call welcoming . You see the couple has arrived on the very night when the dead are prompted to rise from their graves by the mysterious ringing of church bells.

This is Aickman's best known and much anthologized story. It was adapted not only for Nightfall but in 1968 the BBC also adapted it as, "Hell Night" for the BBC 2 series, "Late-Night Horror".

Segment Three:

Dimension X (April 8 of 1950 - September of 1951) was not the first Science Fiction anthology series on radio, (that distinction belongs to the short-lived and not particularly lamented 2000+ ). It, however, was the first to utilize published stories from established Science fiction authors, mostly drawing from short stories appearing in Smith and Streets, Astounding Science Fiction. The show made a practice of adapting the work's of authors such as Murray Leinster,Ray Bradbury William Tenn, Robert Heinlein and many others.

A footnote to history is that dimension X was one of the first shows to be recorded on tape. This was so new that one show, "Mars is Heaven", had to be re-recorded 3 times because the engineer kept erasing the tape while editing it.

In this story The Last Objective (based on a story Paul A. Carter) a nuclear war and the resulting fallout has made the Earth's surface uninhabitable. But because there is no limit to human ingenuity. The enemies have taken to continuing hostilities underground through the use of great tunneling warships the size of oceangoing battleships called Drill Tanks. As in most really good Science Fiction the emphasis in this story is less about the technology (as interesting as it is in its own rights) then the humans who are caught up in their ongoing lives.

The story appeared in the August of 1946 issue of Astounding and aired on Dimension X on October the 3rd of 1951

Segment Four:

LibriVox is a volunteer-run open source project dedicated to producing audio versions of material in the public domain. Loosely organized it is volunteers who choose which new projects to start, either recording on their own or inviting others to join them, or contribute to projects that have been started by others reading books, stories, or entire magazines.

And from which, nearly every show, I include material.

Today it's from Rick Raphael, A Filbert Is A Nut. This short story was published in Astounding Science Fiction Magazine for November of 1959 and is read here by Linda Dodge.

"That the gentleman in question was a nut was beyond question. He was an institutionalized psychotic. He was nutty enough to think he could make an atom bomb out of modeling clay!"

So, when A crazy old coot is working on an atomic bomb made out of clay. Should you worry?


Jean Pierre Rampal - Oedo Nihonbashi (1978)

Joan Baez - Catch the Wind with Mimi Farina (1981)

Judy Collins - Since You've Asked (1967)

These dates should not be taken as canonical.

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