Month: June 2021

EP3479: Man Called X: Rythym of Death

Herbert Marshall

The Man Called X travels to the Belgian Congo to stop an uprising that threatens a Uranium mining operation.

Original AIr Date: December 30, 1950

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AWR0161: The Johnson Wax Program: “First Song: The Free Lance.”

Amazing World of Radio

Meredith Willson plays a lost song and plays folk songs of the future.

John Nesbitt tells the story of a persistent newspaper in World War1 Belgium.

Original Air Date: July 21, 1942

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EP3478: The Fat Man: Murder Shows Eyes in the Dark (AU)

A wealthy woman calls to offer Brad a $500 job. When he arrives, she’s changed her mind. Brad spots a body in her bedroom.

Original Air Date: June 30, 1955

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EP3477: Casey, Crime Photographer: Graveyard Gertie

Stats Cotsworth

Casey and Ann meet an elderly woman at a cemetery where she visits her own burial plot everyday. She offers to take them home to meet her best friend…who is dead.

Original Air Date: September 11, 1947

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EP3476: The Silent Men: Stolen Arsenal

A Special Agent travels to the Philippines to stop the shipment of stolen American weapons to Marxist guerillas.

Original Air Date: February 17, 1952

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Audio Drama Review: Red Panda Adventures, Season Nine

The Ninth Season of the Red Panda Adventures finds the world in flux. It’s now a question of when rather than if the Allies will be victorious. But what happens afterwards is an open question.

The series is split into two parts. The bulk of the season focuses on supervillains previewing the sort of threats that will be on the ground after World War II. This is represented by an old villain returning in a new guise to take over Toronto and exact revenge on the Red Panda. In addition, we get an episode where the Red Panda battles villains known as the Rocket Men. These stories are fun, exciting, and pulpy in the way so many of the early Red Panda Adventure were.

The other part is cleaning up the war and dealing with what might come in a post-War world. Of particular concern is their old nemesis Professor Von Schlitz, who is going whole hog cooperating with the Americans. The Red Panda fears the German scientist will corrupt the Americans and use them for his evil ends. And the robotic red ensign wants revenge on Von Schlitz for the murder of the robot’s human wife at the start of the war. This leads our heroes into tight spots.

The “V E Day” episode deserves praise. It’s an anthology episode that told different stories with differing themes all structured around VE Day. The episode is great listening and points to the potential future of the show.

After nine seasons and 108 episodes, the series was still going strong, with the 100th episode airing without ceremony. Much like the Red Panda himself, the series might be past its peak, but it still packs a punch with exciting stories, fun dialogue, and a real sense of classic pulp adventure. The Ninth Season was a worthwhile and satisfying listen.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

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EP3475: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Transpacific Matter

 

John Lund

Johnny goes to Hong Kong to investigate a suspicious claim from a company Johnny believes got away with a phony claim on a case where the investigator was sent home in a casket.

 

Audition Date: November 24, 1952

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