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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...

Crime Classics 6/30/53, “My Name Is Jack The Ripper”.
Dark Fantasy 01/23/42, “The Headless Dead”.
Burt Shepard sings “Smoke” – 1901.
Dimension X 11/5/50, “The professor Was a Thief”.
In the Name of the Law 36/07/26/36, “Nothing Ever Happens In Chinatown”.
Five-Minute Mysteries late 1940s, “Trial By Fire”.
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.
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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:

Crime Classics is sometimes called a, “Docudrama” ( I know I’ve been guilty of that myself). But I have come to think that this is a bit too grand a claim. To start off with you have, in the person of the host, a completely fictional “expert”. There is not now nor was there ever a,”Thomas Hyland”. Also, I have found while researching backgrounds of individual programs the historical content to be a bit dodgy; with the show willingly repeating legends and interesting anecdotes as well-established facts. Nonetheless, I will rise in defense of the program (of which I am very fond), to remind you that the entertainment industry of the 1950s was not different from that of our own time when inconvenient facts are simply not allowed to interfere with a good story.


I do not think that producer/writer Elliott Lewis intended for these shows to be taken as historical documents. He was, after-all, a producer
of popular entertainment using the vehicle of tongue-in-cheek re-creations of some of history’s more interesting crimes.The fact is Crime Classics freely mixes fact and fiction and tosses in apocryphal and anecdotal details as garnishments. I don’t think the producers were attempting to create an historically accurate account but entertainment. In this they succeeded, for entertaining they were and are.

For tonight the first segment is a visit with the venerable Mr.Thomas Hyland. From June 30 of 1953 Who as usual with his somewhat light touch tells us all about a Victorian gentleman known well to us all, in fact it would be hard to imagine anyone less well known and who even to this day is a bigger mystery than our boy Jack.

Really it’s more the story of Jack the Ripper’s final victim his sixth, Mary Kelly.

It is interesting to contemplate. The Jack the Ripper may have been alive, easily may have been alive, into the 1950s or even the
60s.I remember as a kid when what Wikipedia now tells me must have been 1956 hearing about the death of the last surviving Civil War soldier. A veteran of the Union army Albert Woolson. He may have been older than our friend Jack – were Jack still alive.

Segment Two:

Dark Fantasy was a series dedicated to dark tales of the unknown that NBC aired on Friday nights for parts of 1941 and 1942. Originating from WKY in Oklahoma City. Dark Fantasy wasa short lived program, producing only 31 episodes. Dark Fantasy had a shoestring of a budget which the show was able to rise above through the creative establishment of an effective but spare atmospheric ambiance resulting in an excellent show that was, in some ways, well ahead of it’s time.

Oklahoma City was far from alone in producing it’s own successful series. In point of fact many excellent programs were produced in places that today would seem surprising. Of course, thinking about it, the barriers to entry to radio production were and are much lower than for movies or television. All you really need is a little equipment and a few talented people of which there was then, and is now, no monopoly of in Hollywood.

Dark Fantasy was written by Scott Bishop, who would later write for The Mysterious Traveler and The Sealed Book.

Keith Paynton served as announcer.

This week is from 01/23/42, “The Headless Dead”.

Also in this segment Burt Shepard’s sings, “Smoke” (1901)

Although born in the United States, Burt Shepard was primarily known for the recordings he made in England. Most of his repertoire consisted of remakes of so-called “coon” songs and comical pieces for the European market taken from American recordings. He was particularly known for his covers of George W. Johnson’s two hits, “The Laughing Song” and “Whistling Coon.” Shepard was known to have recorded as early as 1898 while his last known session occurred in 1908.


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 plus ) 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 sonew that one show, “Mars is Heaven”, had to be re-recorded 3 times because the engineer kept erasing the tape while editing it.

Today’s episode is the adaptation of A L. Ron Hubbard short story, which aired on 11/5/50, “The Professor Was A Thief”.

“The Professor was a Thief” is about an ace reporter, Pop, as he is called by the staff, who is being forced to retire from a New York newspaper and before his retirement he is demoted to less important stories. Pop is given a magazine article about a physicist that has been shunned by the scientific community. It seems the professor has some outrageous claims about making the shipping industry almost otherworldly. After visiting the eccentric professor at his home, Pop is shown the professor’s train collection which is in a room that is a scale model of the United states. the trains are there but no cities. Pop leaves not finding a decent story in the case and finds himself back in the office when calls begin coming in about major New York landmarks disappearing, Grant’s Tomb, Pennsylvania Station and the Empire State Building completely gone. Soon Pop discovers the professor has a secret and that he is a thief.

Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction for February 1940 the story has been republished by Galaxy press in a collection of short stories titled, “The Professor Was a Thief”.

Segment Four:

Segment Four is, In the name of the law, a True Crime radio show from 1936.

As often proves to be the case with these early radio shows not much useful information has survived the decades.This short run series opened with,” In the name of the law, we bring you another of the thrilling stories in this exciting series, taken from actual police case files.” And I guess it is not particularly distinctive in any sense except for its antiquity. It is, nevertheless, a peek into another time. Another place, another society, another America and it is worthy of attention on this basis if none else.

Also, in this segment is a Five-Minute Mystery from the late 1940s, “Trial By Fire”.

In the late 1940s syndication was as popular with radio stations as it is now. There were many series available on what is still known as the “barter/trade” system. Five Minute Mysteries was one of these. It worked very like it works now. Any station with Five minutes to spare could pick up the program, free of charge, and providing that the station left in place the vindicator’s commercials, the station would be free to place their own advertisements in spots left in the program for that purpose (which were generally indicated by musical interludes).

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