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!
I have not been a huge fan of Dragnet, maybe one of the most famous radio and early television programs out there. They have two stories related to Christmas that among the sweetest and saddest stories I can remember. On the sweet side, the 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.
- 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.
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