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 throughout the month of December on his great show. 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!
Inside the Tribune Tower (Chicago), April 2012
Night Beat is a pretty interesting show. It stars Frank Lovejoy, a very popular and well known radio actor. Night Beat was on the NBC radio network and it was sponsored by Wheaties, the "Breakfast of Champions." Frank Lovejoy plays Randy Stone, reporter for the newspaper Chicago Star. Randy Stone canvases the evening hours in Chicago looking for stories ranging from kidnappings, to crimes, to personal stories and other accounts of the bustling city in the wee hours of the morning. What makes this show so great is that it is not really formulaic. While the stories do wrap up in the 30 minute window, they are wide ranging and cover so many different types of activities in the city. So they are not just crimes, but people struggling with bigger life issues. The way each of them ends is clever. It flows from the actual characters conversing to a voice over by Randy Stone, in the way that he would have finished up the column for the newspaper. The last words spoken by Randy Stone are the same, as he calls out "Copy Boy!"
Five Days Off For Christmas (December 21, 1951)
In the Christmas episode from December 21, 1951, Randy Stone gets a rare gift. He is given the night off by his editor. He learned about it at their Christmas Eve party, where he was handed an envelope with a 50 cent piece and a note to visit a family on Christmas. Thinking it was a gag, Randy tried to work out plans with someone in Decatur. But when that did not work out, he ended up at a bar, just wanting to avoid going home. He paid for the drink with his new found money, but the bartender, voiced by Bill Conrad, pointed out that it was counterfeit. When a boy tried to deliver him a similar letter, that opened up a whole new adventure for Randy Stone. He ended up spending part of Christmas Eve in the newspaper library looking at his old stories. A Christmas story that includes a library cannot be all bad! In the end, he is on the case, and finds something more than a good story.
Enjoy this great Christmas episode!
Here are some links to programs relating to Night Beat:
- Night Beat episodes via the Internet Archive
- Night Beat on Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Night Beat information via the Digital Deli
- Frank Lovejoy's IMDB page
- Also visit 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive.
- Christmas Scripts at Generic Radio Workshop - no they are not from Abbot and Costello!
25 Days of Old Time Radio Christmas:
- All Entries
- Day 1 - Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure
- Day 2 - The Saint is No Santa Claus
- Day 3 - Stolen Rings at Christmas with Boston Blackie
- Day 4 - Dragnet's Christmas Episodes
- Day 5 - Nero Wolfe & the Slaughtered Santas
- Day 6 - The Plot To Murder Santa Claus (with Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune)
- Day 7 - Christmas at Mission San Gabriel with Romance of the Ranchos
- Day 8 - Arch Oboler's Christmas 1918
- Day 9 - The Story of Silent Night (Hallmark Playhouse)
- Day 10 - Juggler of Notre Dame (with Nelson Eddy)
- Day 11 - Candy Matson's Christmas Episodes
- Day 12 - Lionel Barrymore's Mayor of the Town
- Day 13 - More Radio Adaptations of a Christmas Carol
- Day 14 - Tales Of The Texas Rangers (not those Rangers)
- Day 15 - Christmas in Connecticut (with Ronald Reagan)
- Day 16 - Holidays with Connie - Our Miss Brooks
- Day 17 - The Whistler's Christmas Episodes
- Day 18 - Detroit's WXYZ & The Lone Ranger
- Day 19 - Johnny Dollar and the Nick Shurn Matter
- Day 20 - Christmas Shopping with Jack Benny
- Day 21 - Gunsmoke's Christmas Story
- Day 22 - Bob Hope's Christmas Shows
- Day 23 - Christmas with Mel Blanc
- Day 24 - Bing Crosby's Christmas Shows
- Day 25 - Elgin Watch Christmas Specials
- Day 26 - Five Days Off For Christmas with Night Beat