Radio Drama This Week: Alan Ladd is Dan Holiday on ‘Box 13’

Alan Ladd stars in “Box 13,” one of two old-time radio series currently heard over WHAV that were also broadcast on the station shortly after WHAV’s 1947 founding. “Box 13” airs Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. with an encore performance at 1:30 a.m. (Publicity photograph.)
Tonight, Saturday, Jan. 26
Gunsmoke: “Print Asper;” Haunting Hour: “A Corpse There Was,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Man Who Waits Matter;” Box 13: “The Professor and the Puzzle,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense (new series): “'Jinx of the Jellicoe Jasper;” Suspense (classic): “The Country of the Blind,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “No Contact;” Suspense (classic): “Firing Run,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Rivals Leila and Grace Meet At Peavy’s; Suspense (classic): “The Pit and the Pendulum,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: The Dinner Party; Suspense (classic): “The City That Was,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Aunt Martha to Arrive; Suspense (classic): “The Star of Thessaly,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2
Gunsmoke: “Fall Semester;” Haunting Hour: “If the Shoe Fits,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Canned Canary Matter;” Box 13: “The Dowager and Dan Holiday,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

This Week’s Radio Drama: ‘Sorry, Wrong Number,’ Among Genre’s Most Famous

Agnes Moorehead in the CBS radio studios with a sound effects artist. (Publicity photograph.)

One of radio’s most famous plays, Suspense’s “Sorry, Wrong Number,” comes to 97.9 WHAV FM next Friday night. The play, starring Agnes Moorehead, tells the story of an invalid woman who listens in on a telephone conversation and learns of a murder plot. The story first aired May 25, 1943. Always popular, it would be recreated six more times on radio between 1943 and 1960—each time starring Moorehead—and spawn a Hollywood movie and three television versions.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Leroy Receives a Great Dane on Great Gildersleeve

Williard Waterman is the “Great Gildersleeve,” Wednesday nights over 97.9 WHAV FM. Here he is with Walter Tetley who is heard as nephew Leroy, and Mary Lee Robb, who plays his niece Marjorie. (NBC publicity photograph.)
Tonight, Jan. 12
Gunsmoke: Buffalo Hunter; Haunting Hour: “Old, Old Man,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Mystery Gal Matter;” Box 13: “Hot Box,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
Suspense (new series): “The Perfect Accessory;” Suspense (classic): “Murder on Mike” (postponed from an earlier date), 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Tuesday
Dimension X: “Dr. Grimshaw’s Sanitorium;” Suspense (classic): “Peanut Brittle,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: Cousin Bert Sends Leroy a Great Dane; Suspense (classic): “Leiningen vs. the Ants,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Mr. Conklin’s Statue; Suspense (classic): “Man from Tomorrow,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Back from Banquet; Suspense (classic): “Old Army Buddy,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, Jan.

Radio Drama: Before He Was Dr. McCoy, DeForest Kelly was Radio’s ‘Flesh Peddler’

DeForest Kelly as Dr. McCoy in the original “Star Trek” television series. (Publicity photograph.)

You probably know him best as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek television and movie universe, but the late DeForest Kelly made a short-lived impact on radio. Appearing on CBS’ “Suspense” in a play called “The Flesh Peddler” in 1957, he was introduced by producer William M. Robson. “DeForest Kelley, a bright new luminary in the Hollywood firmament, who is presently being seen as Morgan Earp in ‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.’” DeForest starred opposite Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday. His rare radio appearance, heard over 97.9 WHAV FM this Thursday night, defies what was seemingly his destiny on the aural medium.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Looking Into the World of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as photographed in 1900. New England born and raised, author Charlotte Perkins Gilman was among the first to shatter myths about women’s health and raise awareness of postpartum psychosis. Her semi-autobiographical short story, “The Yellow Wall-paper,” is dramatized Thursday night on 97.9 WHAV FM’s broadcast of “Suspense.” Agnes Moorehead (later seen on the television series “Bewitched”), billed as “the first lady of Suspense,” tells the story in first person. An early feminist, Gilman (1860-1935) addressed serious topics including divorce, sexuality, voting rights and even the right to die. She committed suicide rather than endure an agonizing death from breast cancer.

WHAV’s Year-End Appeal: Don’t Drop the Ball!

It’s nearly New Year’s and 97.9 WHAV FM needs your help to keep local news and other vital community programs coming in 2019. With local elections coming up, closer scrutiny of education and spikes in crime, this is no time to drop the ball. Nonprofit WHAV needs listener support to continue its up-to-the-minute coverage. WHAV news reporters ask the tough questions, dig deep behind the scenes and report thoroughly. In 2018, WHAV added live City Council and School Committee broadcasts, live play-by-play coverage of all Haverhill Hillies football games, greater local talk and more vital community programming.

Radio Drama This Week: Ebenezer Scrooge Returns Christmas Eve

Lionel Barrymore plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1939 Mercury Theater on the Air production of Charles Dickens’ timeless story, “A Christmas Carol.” Radio listeners closely identified Barrymore with the grouchy character since he performed the role almost every Christmas between 1934 and 1953. It’s heard on 97.9 WHAV FM at 8 p.m., Christmas Eve, and repeated at 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Gunsmoke: Bum’s Rush; Dragnet: “Big Little Jesus,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Missing Mouse Matter;” Box 13: “Look Pleasant Please,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Monday
7 p.m. Truth or Consequences (repeated at midnight)

7:30 p.m. Grand Central Station (repeated at 12:30 a.m.)

8 p.m. A Christmas Carol (repeated at 1 a.m.)

9 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life (repeated at 2 a.m.)

10 p.m. Miracle on 34th Street (repeated at 3 a.m.)
Tuesday
Dimension X: “The Roads Must Roll;” Suspense (classic): “Tarawa Was Tough,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Wednesday
Great Gildersleeve: New Year’s Eve with Peavy; Suspense (classic): “Death and Miss Turner,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Thursday
Our Miss Brooks: Winter Outing; Suspense (classic): “The Big Day,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Friday
Couple Next Door: Landscape Plans; Suspense (classic): “Crossing Paris,” 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29
Gunsmoke: The Soldier; Haunting Hour: “Murder Wears a Strange Mask,” Saturday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Sunday
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: “Fatal Switch Matter;” Box 13: “The Haunted Artist,” Sunday, 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

This Week’s Radio Drama: ‘Dragnet’ Tells the Story of Baby Jesus Statue Theft

“Dragnet,” “the story of your police force in action.” was created and produced by Jack Webb. A statue of baby Jesus taken from a church Nativity scene moves Detective Sgt. Joe Friday and partner Frank Smith to action on Christmas Eve when 97.9 WHAV FM presents “Dragnet,” Saturday, Dec. 22. Friday, played by Jack Webb, and Smith, played by Ben Alexander, are working in the Burglary Division of the Los Angeles when they receive the call the 31-year-old statue was taken from the unlocked church.