An old radio on display at John Wayne Airport (Orange County, California) in 2012.
As we move closer to Christmas, I am going to start wrapping up some of my favorite Christmas and Holiday themed shows that are available via old time radio. If you have Sirius/XM, you can listen to Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#82). He has a number of great programs available this week. You can also get a large number of these programs at a variety or resources on the web. One place to find these shows is the 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive. This is a great resources for many of these wonderful radio shows!
I have not been a huge fan of Dragnet, maybe one of the most famous radio and early television programs out there. I recently showcased the sad Dragnet episode Twenty-Two Rifle for Christmas from 1949. Now I would like to showcase a much nicer episode. This story, called Big Little Jesus, shows how a much nicer side of Christmas. Sergeant Joe Friday and his partner Frank Smith receive a called about a missing religious statue of the baby Jesus from the Mission church in Los Angeles. While it is not a huge crime, they move forward looking at every lead and pawn shop to find this item before Christmas. Eventually, it turns up in the sweetest way possible.
It can be kinda corny, but is one of those radio episodes that really hits home with the true meaning of Christmas. I invite everyone to take 30 minutes, go back in time, and recapture the meaning of the holidays.
Here is a link to two versions of Big Little Jesus:
- Dragnet Radio program episodes via the Internet Archive
- Dragnet, “The Christmas Story” (a.k.a. “The Big Little Jesus”)
- Big Little Jesus Script (December 22, 1953) from the Generic Radio Workshop Script Library
- Old Time Dragnet Show with Adam Graham (fan blog with links to radio and television episodes)
- Dragnet scripts from the Generic Radio Workshop
- Badge 714 - the Dragnet Webb site
- See also 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive.