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28Feb/100

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26Feb/100

EP0090: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: Dr Otto Schmedlich

Johnny Dollar goes to California to investigate an unethical doctor.

Original Air Date: October 15, 1949

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25Feb/100

EP0089: Sherlock Holmes: The Notorious Canary Trainer

After retiring and while on vacation, Sherlock Holmes witnesses a suicide of one of Moriarity's former henchmen--or does he?

Original Air Date: April 23, 1945

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24Feb/101

EP0088: Let George Do It: The Man Who Was Murdered Twice

George Valentine wants out when he gets hired by a nasty drama critic. However, when he tries to quit, he finds his client dead.

Original Air Date: July 5, 1948

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23Feb/100

EP0087: Pat Novak for Hire: Little Jake Siegel

An altar boy is shot and killed in a church saving Novak's life. Novak's goal: get the killer.

Original Air Date: June 26, 1949

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22Feb/100

EP0086: Box 13: The Sad Night

 

Dan Holiday receives a child's copy book in the mail. When a couple who claim it's their's lies to him, he becomes suspicious.

Original Air Date: May 5, 1948

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20Feb/100

The Old Time Radio Show That Was Never Cancelled

"All good things must come to an end," the old saying goes and in radio that was definitely true. Whether it was Jack Benny, Burns and Allen, the Bickersons, the Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, or Dragnet, they all bit the dust.

Well, almost all. One show that began during radio's golden age continues to broadcast new dramas every week.  You can subscribe to the podcast online. 

Unshackled began broadcasting sixty years ago this year and has never stopped. I'd listened to Unshackled in the past, but hadn't for a few years. When I pulled up one of the more recent episodes, I was reminded of how rare the show is. It was announced this was 3079th weekly edition of Unshackled. 

The number is mind boggling. More than 3000 weeks on the air and headed for the big "60" in the next few months.

Unshackled is a Christian Drama sponsored by Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. It tells a true to life story each week, usually revolving around someone whose life was somehow touched by the ministry of Pacific Garden Mission, which focuses on outreach to the down and out, but it may also talk about people who were impacted by similar organizations around the country.

The show can a bit preachy, and yes, there's plenty of Bible-quoting in the episodes. But the show has endured because of the true-to-life quality of the stories told.

One great example is the Bob Saler story arch. Mr. Saler's life and times included being a Prisoner of War during the Korean War, getting bit by a Cobra, and having his professional life threatened with a spurious lawsuit.  That's some life.

And that's what keeps Unshackled on the air. The show also still has a strong old time radio touch. The music is old school, with the same music playing now that the show has played for sixty years. You can even walk in and listen to a recording session, which occurs every Saturday Afternoon.

The show is the odd survivor of the Old Time Radio era. Having begun when radio drama was king and continuing on through the years, it can boast of being heard on 1,800 radio stations around the world in more than 140 countries, and in 8 languages.

What else can be said about radio's longest lasting radio drama other than, "Happy 60th Anniversary!"

19Feb/100

EP0085: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Racehorse Piledriver Matter

 

An ex-jockey asks Johnny's help to save a beloved horse from an insurance fraud scheme.

Original Air Date: October 8, 1949

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18Feb/100

EP0084: Sherlock Holmes: The Vienese Strangler

 
Watson recalls an adventure in Vienna where Holmes had to solve the murder of a Blackmailer.

Original Air Date: April 9, 1945

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17Feb/100

EP0083: Let George Do It: The Immigration Racket

 

An immigrant preparing for his citizenship test asks for George's help when he figures out he's been roped into illegal activity.

Original Air Date: June 28, 1948

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