Radio Drama This Week: Frank Lovejoy in ‘Win, Place or Die’

Frank Lovejoy and his real-life wife, Joan Banks, star in the 1958 “Suspense” thriller, “Win, Place or Die,” Monday night. Lovejoy plays Joe, who embezzles money from his job to cover gambling debts. The episode is heard at 10 p.m., Monday, and repeated at 1 a.m., over 97.9 WHAV FM. He began his career in the 1930s as a radio actor. By 1950, he starred as a newspaper reporter in the NBC radio series, “Night Beat.” In the movies, he is best known for his 1953 performance in “The Hitch-Hiker, “directed by Ida Lupino.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Ray Noble in ‘Just One Happy Little Family’

Tonight, Saturday, May 18
Gunsmoke: “Professor Lute Bone,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Recompense Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense: “Just One Happy Little Family,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “The Veldt,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Leroy Gets the Mumps, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Non-Fraternization Policy, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Bus Ride for Betsy, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Great Gildersleeve’s Birdie Makes a Decision

Lillian Randolph, who plays character Birdie, moves to center stage on this Wednesday’s “Great Gildersleeve.” Randolph, a star of screen, stage, radio and television going back to the 1930s, is most often recognized for her role alongside Jimmy Stewart in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Her final big screen project was “The Onion Field” in 1979. In 1954, she became the first African-American on the board of the Hollywood chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Randolph played Bill Cosby’s mother in 1969 on “The Bill Cosby Show.” She also appeared on “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons” on television. “The Great Gildersleeve” is heard Wednesday night at 10, with an encore performance at 1 a.m., over 97.9 WHAV FM. Tonight, Saturday, May 11
Gunsmoke: “Stolen Horses,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Stope of Death Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense: “The Sisters,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Universe,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Birdie Almost Goes to Marjorie’s, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Planning a Trip to Europe, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Pump Under Driveway, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, May 19
Gunsmoke: “Professor Lute Bone,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Recompense Matter,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Radio Drama This Week: A Reunion of Sorts for Johnny Dollar

A sense of nostalgia filled the airwaves during the waning days of radio drama in 1960. Bob Bailey was nearing the end of his run as Johnny Dollar during September 1960. The series would continue for another two years, but CBS was consolidating its drama productions in New York. Many of the network’s Columbia Square, Hollywood, stars were unwilling or unable to relocate. The Hollywood stock actors took it upon themselves to have an on-air reunion in Sunday night’s “Five Down Matter.” The unusual episode sends insurance investigator in five different directions as longtime show guests reappear.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Listen for Actress Virginia Gregg

Tonight, Saturday, April 27
Gunsmoke: “Buffalo Hunter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Real Smokey Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense: “Game Hunt,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Dwellers in Silence,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Gildy Almost Goes to Europe, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Deacon Jones, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Walls are Finger-Painted, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, May 4
Gunsmoke: “How to Kill A Woman,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Five Down Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Voice of ‘Speedy Alka-Seltzer’ on ‘Gunsmoke’

Tonight, Saturday, April 20
Gunsmoke: “Yorky,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Too Much Money Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense: “The Chain,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Time and Time Again,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Marjorie’s and Bronco’s Anniversary, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Marriage by Proxy, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Flowers from Unknown Admirer, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday
Gunsmoke: “Buffalo Hunter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Real Smokey Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

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This Week’s Radio Drama: Kate Scott Stars in New ‘Suspense’ Revival Episode

Departing from Monday night’s traditional broadcast of classic episodes of “Suspense,” this week’s stereo episode is a new release from Hollywood’s Blue Hours Productions. “Moonrise, Sunset,” heard over 97.9 WHAV FM at 10 p.m., Monday, with an encore broadcast at 1 a.m., tells the story of a young woman confined to a mental health facility after a breakdown. Her only hope of escape lies with her exceedingly eccentric roommate. The episode was written especially for “Suspense” by John C. Alsedek and Dana Perry-Hayes. It stars Kate Scott, Tara Erickson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Susan Eisenberg, Adrienne Wilkinson (“Xena,” “The Clone Wars”), Melody Peng, Dana Perry-Hayes and Daamen Krall.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Margaret Whiting on ‘Suspense’

Tonight, Saturday, April 6
Gunsmoke: “How to Kill a Friend,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Deadly Debt Matter,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense (classic): “Never Follow A Banjo Act,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Pebble in the Sky,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Bronco’s Bottled Water Company, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Spring Garden, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Dishwasher Floods Kitchen, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, April 13
Gunsmoke: “How to Die for Nothing,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Killer Kin Matter,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.