Dryden on Sunday’s ‘Johnny Dollar;’ He Played Bit Parts for Big Audiences

Robert “Bob” Dryden at the Friends of Old-Time Radio” convention in Newark, N.J. (WHAV News archive photograph.)

Robert “Bob” Dryden was almost always in a supporting role during radio’s heyday. You’ll hear examples of his versatile voice acting during 97.9 WHAV FM’s presentation of “Yours Truly Johnny Dollar” over the next few weeks.

Part of CBS radio’s New York stock company of actors performing regularly in various dramas, Dryden portrays elderly Judge Amos Ordway on Sunday night’s “Johnny Dollar” episode, “The Lone Wolf Matter,” at 10 p.m., Sunday, with an encore performance at 1 a.m. Dryden also plays “Shorty” next week during the “Yaak Mystery Matter.”

Robert Dryden with John Belushi in 1977 on “Saturday Night Live.”

He was well-known among area old-time radio enthusiasts, appearing at Massasoit Community College’s “Radio Classics Live” in Brockton and other events for radio enthusiasts. At Massasoit, he played “Albert” to Peg Lynch’s “Ethel” during re-creations of “Ethel and Albert.” Dryden similarly played the part at the annual Friends of Old-Time Radio” conventions in Newark, N.J.

Proceeds from Massasoit’s events was set aside for scholarships for students wishing to pursue a career in radio and TV communications.

In 1977, Dryden, who died in 2003 at age 86, appeared with John Belushi in a skit aired on “Saturday Night Live.”

This Week’s Radio Drama

Saturday, Nov. 9

Gunsmoke: “Greater Love,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.


Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Lone Wolf Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.


Suspense: “The Whole Town’s Sleeping,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.


Dimension X: “Potters of Firsk,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.


Great Gildersleeve: Trouble With Leroy’s Teacher, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.


Our Miss Brooks: Model School Teacher, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.


Couple Next Door: Disembarking at Southampton, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16

Gunsmoke: “What the Whisky Drummer Heard,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.


Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Yaak Mystery Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

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