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    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - November 1st - 6-8 PM - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: Laugh, I Thought I’d Die / The Ghost That Giggled / Figure in the Photograph / Superman
    October 30th, 2011



    Mystery House  returns with an episode entitled  “Laugh, I Thought I’d Die.”  Be part of the audience as the staff and writers of the Mystery House publishing company perform an audio adaptation of a possible novel that they will publish, depending upon the audience reaction to this production.  A unique concept makes for some very interesting stories.  Circa 1942. 


    Vincent Price returns as Simon Templar in The Saint.  Tonight’s cleverly written and superbly acted show is entitled “The Ghost that Giggled,” from September 17, 1950.  Once you hear the quality and entertainment in The Saint, you will be looking forward to the next episode.

    Brett Reid is the Green Hornet and Robert Hall is the star. Tonight’s action-packed adventure is entitled “Figure in the Photograph” from April 16, 1945.  This show was on the air for 16 years and originated from Detroit’s WXYZ radio who also produced The Lone Ranger and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon.  Join Brett and his sidekick, Kato, as they zip about town in The Green Hornet.

    We finish tonight’s show with The Adventures of Superman starring Clayton “Bud” Collyer.  Tonight is Part 2 of “The Happyland Amusement Park” adventure.  The caped crusader appears most every week on Audio Theatre…. blue tights and all!  Look!  Up in the Sky!  It’s a bird…. you know the rest!

    Join John Lovering for two hours of classic radio programming.  Sit back, relax and let your imagination paint a story that is unique to you.  The art from of audio theatre is truly fun… so give it a try from 6 to 8 pm every Tuesday on Portsmouth Community Radio Audio Theatre at 106.1 FM locally or streaming live online at and click on the “Listen Online” at the top menu.  Oh, and bring a friend to the “theatre.”

    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - October 11th - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - CHECK OUT OUR NEW FEATURE - A Video Promoting This Week’s Featured Shows!
    October 9th, 2011


     Join host  John Lovering for another two hours of classic old time radio… designed to entertain and educate!  Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best radio had to offer  from the 1940′s - 1960′s.   During the “Golden Age of Radio,” the radio was king.  Millions upon millions of Americans gathered around their radios to listen to thousands of broadcasts designed to entertain, inform, and enrich the lives of their listeners.  Radio did more to bring America together during the Great Depression and World War II than any other medium.

     More information about tonight’s show, including photos?  Visit:    Comments?  Questions?  Show Requests?  - email:

    Listen locally at 106.1 fm or streaming live online at and click on the “Listen Now” link at the top of the page.

    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - Sept. 20th - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: Escape / Quiet Please / CBS Radio Workshop / Superman
    September 18th, 2011

    This evening you will hear The Most Dangerous Game, an episode of Escape from October 1, 1947.  Then Quiet Please with narrator and actor, Ernest Chappell…from November 21st, 1948 in One for the Book.   Next The CBS Workshop (AKA Columbia Workshop) from May 26, 1957 features I Have Three Heads, a very unique and creative production about a talking tape recorder… really! 

    Finally you will hear episode #4 of Hans Holbin’s Doll Factory from June 15, 1940 on The Adventures of Superman starring Clayton “Bud” Collyer.


    Join host John Lovering (photo above) for two hours of classic old time radio programming…. part of the over 3000 shows in his collection…. that are not only entertaining, but educational as these programs give listeners  insite into the American culture at the time these programs were produced.

    Comments?  Questions?  Requests for Shows?  Interested in our Audio Theatre group? - email:

    Locally at 106.1 FM or Streaming online at and click on “Listen Now” at the top of the page.

    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - September 13th - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: “Command Performance” / Orson Welles on Danny Kaye Show / Blondie - “Circus Outing” / Superman
    September 11th, 2011



    Join Audio Theatre host,  John Lovering (photo)  as he introduces you to some of the best programming heard by millions of  listeners  during the “Golden Age of Radio”… when radio was THE source of entertainment, news, culture, and a nice piece of furniture as well, in just about every home in the United States.  Consider Portsmouth Community Radio Audio Theatre as an educational experience in the history of American culture or, if you are old enough to remember, a memory-jogger of times long ago past.  

    No matter why you listen, you will find it relaxing and enjoyable to let your imagination paint the picture of the character and events that come into your home or car  through your speaker.

    Tonight Bob Hope will host Command Performance from 1943 with special guests: Betty Hutton, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, and Jimmy Durante.  Then Orson Welles will be Danny Kaye’s guest on Danny’s show from March of 1946.  Orson Welles on a comedy variety show?  You bet… and he is very funny!  Next, Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake star as Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead in Blondie Goes on a Circus Outing from October 1948.  A little out there by today’s standards… but quite funny, you know, like the “funny papers.”  Finally The Adventures of Superman with Part III of  The Hans Holbin’s Doll Factory Adventure from June of 1940.

    It’s a great lineup.  Consider this your invitation to be part of the audience, and bring a friend.   Listen locally at 106.1 fm or streaming online at and click on “Listen Now” at the top of the page.

    Comments? Questions? Requests?:  Email    For more information and photos on Audio Theatre and tonight’s and future shows visit:

    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - September 6th - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: Crime Classics / Space Patrol / Jeff Regan, Investigator / Superman
    September 4th, 2011



    Join host, John Lovering, for two hours of listening enjoyment from radio programming of the past.  Tonight I will feature Crime Classics - If a Body Needs a Body, Just Call Burke and Hare” - 12/2/1953.

    Next,  Commander Buzz Corey and Cadet Happy in Space Patrol - The Sleepwalker - 1/10/1953.

    Following our Sci-Fi adventure I will play Jack Webb starring in a show that was the precursor to his signature program, Dragnet, entitled  Jeff Regan, Private Investigator - The Man Who Liked Mountains 8/7/1948.

    Finally, Clayton “Bud” Collyer stars as Clark Kent and Superman in The Adventures of Superman - Part II of the Hans Holbin’s Doll Factory adventure - June 1940.

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    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - August 30th - 6 - 8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: Adventures of Sam Spade / Boston Blackie/ Down Our Way/ Superman
    August 28th, 2011

    Join host John Lovering for a relaxing two hours of classic old time radio programming combined with anecdotal information about the stars, directors, writers, and sponsors… and maybe a couple of surprises tossed in for good measure.   Tonight we are featuring two classic detective shows, a down home American folk show, and a juvenile adventure series… bring back some memories or experience audio theatre from the Golden Age of Radio for the first time, but tune in and bring a friend!

    More details and photos available on tonight’s show here:

    Listen locally at 106.1 FM or streaming live online at and click on “Listen Now” at top of page.

    Comments, requests, information about our Audio Theatre Players…  email:

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    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - Aug. 23rd - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: “Have Gun Will Travel” - “Milton Berle “Salute to the Old West” - WSCA Audio Theatre Players Present “Suspense” Thriller - “I Saw Myself Running”
    August 21st, 2011


    John Dehner as Paladin - Have Gun Will Travel

     John Dehner stars as Paladin in a 1959 episode of the classic western, Have Gun Will Travel, entitled Helen of Abajinian (30 min) .  This radio series, that actually came after the CBS TV series began, rivaled Gunsmoke in terms of the quality of the script, acting, sound effects, and music.  We have aired many episodes of this series since 2004, but have not repeated one.  Fortunately the shows were aired at a time when technology allowed the preservation of the shows.  If you remember Richard Boone’s portrayal of “Paladin”, you will be surprised to hear John Dehner’s play the same character, but in a very different way.

    The Milton Berle Show featured the ex-vaudevillian in a weekly comedy variety show jam packed with his rapid delivery of punch lines… some of them actually ones that he wrote… lots of funny characters and banter between guests, announcer, and Milton.  Each show also featured a theme comedy skit and tonight’s is A Saltue to the Old West,  and it originally aired on CBS in October of 1947 (30 min).   Though Milton Berle was moderately popular on radio, because his humor included a great deal of visual touches, he didn’t really make it big until he moved to television.  He was so popular on TV that he is credited with selling more televisions than all the brick and mortar stores combined, that is why he is often referred to as “Mr. Television.”

    Our very own WSCA Audio Theatre Players recreate an Antony Ellis’s thriller that was heard both on Escape (1953) and Suspense (1955) and is entitled  I Saw Myself Running (27 min).  This show was recorded on August 11, 2011 and will be aired for the first time tonight.  It is a mesmerizing story of a young wife named Susan who is plagued by a recurring nightmare dream in which she meets a woman who looks like her, but has a different voice.  The woman in the dream is constantly running from a dark and ominous cloud-like creature that is chasing her through long, damp, and endless passageways.  Susan begins to blur the line between dreams and reality and then she…. well you have to tune in to find out what happens.

    This play features (above photo l-r) Kim Sedlock as the Sue, the girl in the dream,  Sofia Piel as Susan,  Mike Nelson as Jeffrey, Susan’s husband, and  John Lovering (not shown.. for good reason) as Dr. Williams.  The show was directed and edited by John Lovering and contains over 30 sound effects, musical bridges, special audio effects… a great script, terrific acting, very interesting sound effects and musical score (created with computer software - Smartsound and Sony) make for, what we think, is an excellent and rather unnerving show.   Be sure to listen in… this is Community Radio Arts and Entertainment by local non-professional actors… who do a terrific job!  Incidentally, the show was so frightening that even the actors were scared!

    We will also air Clayton “Bud” Collyer starring in  The Adventures of Superman, Episode V of “Airplane Disaster” from May of 1940 (10 min)

    Listen live locally at 106.1 fm or streaming online at and click on “Listen Now” at the top of the page.  More info:    Questions? Comments? Show Requests? - Email:

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    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - August 16th - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering / Featured Shows: “CBS - You Are There - The Listening Years” / Crime Classics - “The Killing Story of William Corder and the Farmer’s Daughter” // Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show -”Health Food Diet” // Superman!
    August 14th, 2011

    CBS Radio’s acclaimed series that took listeners back to historic events.  Using popular news commentators, historic events were recreated as if the listener was teleported back in time and the event is being reported as if it were taking place in the present.

    Tonight’s show is a compilation show featuring excerpts from some of the most famous events in history as “reported” on CBS radio and “You Are There!”.   Entertaining AND Educational   Original  Air Date: 11/6/47

    Elliot Lewis is the host and narrator of this excellent series that brought the listeners back to some of the most famous crimes ever committed.  The scripts were well-researched and historically accurate in every way.  The sound effects and music reflect the period in which the crime of the evening took place.

    Tonight’s Show: The Killing Story of William Corder and the Farmer’s Daughter”
    Original Air Date:  11/25/53

    A spin-off from the Jack Benny Program, this sitcom starring bandleader Phil Harris and his  movie star songstress wife, Alice Faye and  featuring Elliot Lewis as Frankie Remley will have you laughing out loud.   Show title: “ Health Food Diet”   Original Air Date: 11/21/48

    Clayton “Bud” Collyer stars as the man of steel AND Clark Kent in this 1940 series of The Adventures of Superman. Tonight hear Episode 4 of 6 with the title  ”Airplane Disaster”    Original Air Date: 5/1/40  Remaining episodes will be aired next week.


    SPECIAL ADVANCED NOTICE:  August 23rd - Our very own WSCA Audio Theatre Players will star in a revival of a Suspense tale known as I Saw Myself Running. This mesmerizing story concerns the blurring of the boundary between a recurring nightmare and reality… and features Kim Sedlock, Sofia Piel,  and Mike Nelson (photo l-r).  The program was directed and edited by John Lovering. Don’t miss this one… it is something really good on radio!

    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - August 9th - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: Kathy Bates stars in “The Porch” - an EarPlay Series Program / Vincent Price - “The Saint” / Fannie Brice as “Baby Snooks”
    August 7th, 2011


    From the University of Wisconsin’s WHA radio series of the 1970′s comes EARPLAY, a collection of contemporary audio plays that were originally aired on NPR.  Tonight you hear a now famous actress, Kathy Bates, when at the age of 30 she starred in an EARPLAY production entitled “The Porch.”  The play is set in th backyard of a middle-class Texas home. Pearl, the younger sister, is preparing a going-away party for her older sister, Jewel, a beautician who is bored with small town life and is heading off hopefully to the big city. As the two bustle about setting out food and putting up decorations, their conversation reveals progressively more and more of their differences and dreams…and of the emptiness which has pervaded both their lives.  This is an extremely well-done play by writer Jack Heifner.  It originally aired on February 12, 1978.  It runs 55 minutes.

    Mr. Vincent Price as Simon Templar, “The Saint” - Originally a series of novels by Leslie Charteris, Simon Templar, better known as The Saint, also starred in seven RKO movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s.  The Saint was known as the “Robin Hood of Modern Crime.”   He’s usually sharp enough to stick to slinging witty words like arrows, but sometimes thugs required a few slugs that were readily delivered by The Saint.  Tonight listen to a show originally broadcast on April 8th, 1951 entitled “The Ghost Who Came To Dinner.”

    Fannie Brice stars in her most well-known role on radio, Baby Snooks.  Hanley Stafford plays “Daddy” Lancelot Higgins in a skit heard during the Maxwell House Coffee Time Show on February 12th, 1942… two years before Fannie Brice got her own show… this skit is entitled “Tent in the Living Room.”

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    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - August 2nd - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Tonight: “X-Minus One Night” - Four Back to Back Sci-Fi Classics!
    July 31st, 2011


    It’s X-Minus One Night on Portsmouth Community Radio Audio Theatre.  Yes, four of the highest rated back to back  X Minus One programs: ” Cold Equations”, “Protection”, “Martian Death March”, and “ The Seventh Victim” - 1957.  If you like Sci-Fi, this is the place to be on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6 to 8 pm.   More Info:



    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - July 26th - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lodger” / Mystery House -”Death Passed My Window” / Jean Shepherd - “Western Spectacular” / Adventures of Superman - “Airplane Disaster”
    July 24th, 2011



    Alfred Hitchcock made his first big radio appearance when he produced and directed the very first episode of Suspense on July 21st, 1940.   It was the first in a string of over 900 stories heard on Suspense.   Hitchcock’s show was “The Lodger” …. based on a film he had produced a year or so earlier.   An unsuspecting couple rents a room to a rather strange-acting man.  After a few days they begin to wonder if he could be Jack the Ripper… the serial killer they have been reading about in the local papers.   Great show!  What a way to start a new series!


    An ensemble cast plays a group of mystery writers who write and then act out the mysteries that they create.  They work in a publishing house known appropriately as the Mystery House.  This is a very creative and unique program… wel-acted and entertaining mystery stories that began on NBC in 1929 and ran until about 1951.  This show is a premier program for Portsmouth Community Radio Audio Theatre… this is the first time we have aired an episode of this show in seven years.   Don’t miss “Death Passed My Window” from the Mystery House.


    Jean Shepherd is a most beloved radio hosts, humorist and storyteller.  He wrote the now classic film “A Christmas Story,” and during his radio shows (1948-1970′s) he would always spin a tale or two about his childhood.  Tonight you will hear part of a show from Jean’s WOR in NYC days.. . as he tells the tale of the Western Spectacular movie and other tales.   Note:  Jean is the man that Jerry Seinfeld modeled his humor after…  Shepherd was also the model for Garrison Keillor of A Prarie Home Companion fame.   Yes, Jean Shepherd was that good!

    Join host John Lovering for two hours of some great radio from the Golden Age of Radio…. locally at 106.1 fm or streaming online at and click on “Listen Now” at the top of the page.  6-8 pm every Tuesday.  Tell your friends about Audio Theatre and Portsmouth Community Radio.

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    Audio Theatre - July 19th - 6-8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: “The Jack Benny Program - Operation Recuperation” - “The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show - Helping Remley to Qualify for an Inheritance” - “Fort Laramie - Squaw Man” - “The Couple Next Door - Trip to the Ice Carnival”
    July 17th, 2011

    Jack and the entire cast: Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, and Mel Blanc - will entertain you with comedy that is as good now as it was back on October 23, 1949 when this program “Operation Recuperation” was aired.   Jack has had an operation on his nose and let us say that his recuperation is worse for the cast than it is for the patient, Jack!  Lots of laughs.

    A spin-off from the Jack Benny Program, this sitcom starring bandleader Phil Harris and his movie star-songstress wife, Alice Faye and featuring Elliot Lewis as Frankie Remley will have you laughing out loud.  Tonight from December 5, 1948 - “Helping Remley to Qualify for an Inheritance.”  Tune in for 30 minutes of pure joy!



    Returning again this week, from the director of Gunsmoke, comes Fort Laramie starring Raymond Burr (photo above, right).  This 1956 series which included “Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier and the saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire, and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of cavalry.”

    Lee Quince was played by Raymond Burr, a 39 year old Canadian actor with 37 films under his belt.  He was perfect in this role that only lasted for one year as Burr was offered a television series entitled Perry Mason in 1957… and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Tonight’s Fort Laramie episode is from January 1956 and is entitled “Squaw Man.”

    Listen locally at 106.1 FM or tune in on the Internet… streaming live from and click on “Listen Now”.

    Join host, John Lovering, for two hours of relaxation and enjoyment delivered to you from the Golden Age of Radio over Portsmouth Community Radio, WSCA-LP 106.1 FM, a non-profit, volunteer-run 501C3 radio station.  Become a member… Support Portsmouth Community Radio and Audio Theatre!  Membership information at and click on “Join Online” at the top right of the page.


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