Wednesday • October 20
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We’ve heard a lot in recent years about reality television. Well this week, we have an early example of reality radio with a CBS program called NIGHTWATCH. On this show, a reporter rides with the police wearing a hidden wire to capture dialogue and sounds. We’ll also tune in to a FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY episode from 1939, and we’ll hear SUSPENSE with Joan Bennett starring in the tale Overture in Three keys.
Episode Segments:
Radio's Golden Age: Nightwatch

NIGHTWATCH (3-10-55) An unusual example of “reality radio,” as a reporter rides with police, wearing a hidden wire to capture dialogue and sounds. Sustaining, CBS.

FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (5-23-39) Jim and Marian Jordan star. Molly receives a cablegram with news concerning the arrival of a stork...through the mail. Johnson’s Wax, NBC.
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Radio's Golden Age: Suspense

SUSPENSE (1-16-47) “Overture in Three Keys” starring Joan Bennett. A music professor’s wife finds herself attracted to her husband’s musical protege. Roma Wines, CBS.
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