Detective Dexter Roland’s Thanksgiving Day Special!



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Detective Dexter Roland’s Thanksgiving Day Special!

Featuring a presentation of:

The Adventures Of Sam Spade, Detective in “The Terrified Turkey Caper” (November 24, 1950)

Dexter Roland is still Back On The Case, and didn’t have time to really deliver a Thanksgiving Special the way he wanted to.  So instead, he contacted his old friend, Sam Spade, to deliver a Holiday Special with music and stories that is just in time for dinner.  This show was originally broadcast on Thanksgiving in 1950, and contains more holiday wordplay than any hour of anything else you can find in any medium.

It’s just the way we like to spend Thanksgiving.  From our house, to yours.

The character of Sam Spade originates from Dashiell Hammett’s stories and novels, notably as the protagonist of The Maltese Falcon, and a few other stories here and there. Hammett’s other character, merely known as The Continental Op, often became conflated with Spade, and in many forms of media – radio included – The Op’s adventures became those of Spade. Regardless, Hammett only wrote a few stories for Spade, and after the success of Black Mask detective magazine, and the popularity of noir films, Private Eyes of every variety began to make their way to radio. Spade was no exception, who parlayed his few canonical appearances in print into hundreds of radio stories. While there were versions of this character performed by Bogart and others, starting in 1946, Howard Duff played the character, until communist investigations led to both Hammett and Duff being blacklisted. For the remaining radio broadcasts, Steve Dunne played the character, as he did in this episode.

Unlike the character in the novels and films, who was largely seen and clever, sharp-witted, and a dedicated sleuth, the radio version is a much more tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the characters, with puns and wordplay that was less of the noir wisecrack and is much more cheesy.

This episode, “The Terrified Turkey Caper,” was broadcast on Thanksgiving in 1950. Not only had the series been running for four years by this time, but it is clear that with a new actor and every imaginable variation under their belt, this episode is sort of phoned in. The story of a man named Tom Turkey, who was supposed to be killed on Thanksgiving, includes a number in-jokes that tie characters from this story to historic Thanksgiving people and traditions, even if only vaguely (or, in some cases, confusingly). Regardless, it has some entertaining moments, and more to the point, is one of the few radio programs that I could find that even mentions the holiday at all, which gets very little play in the world of narrative radio.


The Terrified Turkey Caper

Part I: A Tasty Chronicle of Fowl Play

01.) Echo Four-Two * Laurie Johnson * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
02.) Design To Kill * James Chance & The Contortions
03.) Where Dead People Live * Sun City Girls * Cameo Demons And Their Manifestations: Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 1
04.) Almost Ready * The Normals * Killed By Death Vol. 10
05.) Maybe * The Fastbacks * The Day That Didn’t Exist
06.) Richard Diamond * Pete Rugolo * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Part II: If I Didn’t Kill The Man Found In My Room, Who Did?

07.) Heaven Is A Truck * Pavement * Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
08.) To Here Knows When * My Bloody Valentine * Loveless
09.) A Good Man Is Hard To Find * Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys * Tiffany Transcripts Vol. 3
10.) Run Away * The Kids * The Kids
11.) Daddy Long Legs * Leith Stevens * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Chance of A Ghost!

Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Chance of A Ghost!
(Featuring Halloween selections from the 1950’s and earlier as we continue this years Halloween Spook-tacular!)

I often associate Peter Lorre with this time of year, as his voice is forever associated with the 100s of imitators who would do his voice as a Halloween Shorthand when I was growing up.  His career in film is incredibly well known, but his radio career is less familiar.  So I was happy to find a program he hosted that fits the Halloween theme perfectly: Nightmare, a supernatural anthology show that presented a different story every week, hosted by the Master of Macabre, Peter Lorre himself.  For this particular broadcast, I chose an episode from the mid-1950’s, and decided to pair it with a fair amount of period music to bring the point home.

As was typical for these kinds of Ghost Stories, there is only the smallest hint that something supernatural has happened during the tale, and even that is handwaved by the participants at the very end.  However, as we can see in comparison to last week’s program, rather than report something “supposedly true,” we are starting to get to the point where radio was dramatizing the story, in a way that sets a very good Halloween mood.  Considering that the 1950’s saw a resurgence of the Universal Horror Pictures – coupled with The Shock Theater TV package of horror movies that was sold to most stations in the mid-50’s – horror was starting to take hold of the public at large.  (Horror comics started to sell like crazy in these days, too.)  However, this was a budding genre, and there were still a lot of “mood” pieces that were not so much scary, but evoked the imagination.  This is exactly where Nightmare fits in.

Finding musical accompaniment  for this episode was harder than I thought it would be.  While there is plenty of music that is labeled “1950’s Horror,” when you start to actually compare dates, many of these songs are from 1960 or later.  The musical “monster craze” really doesn’t get started until 1957, when Shock Theater was nationwide, and people were seeing horror on TV late at night.  However, there were enough songs to help flesh out the show, and in some cases, foreshadow bits and pieces of the story.  I was pretty pleased with the evolution of music from last week to this week, and hopefully we’ll continue this evolution as we begin to enter the 1960’s, when the Monster Song genre really began to take off.

Among the selections from this show include a few really excellent gems worth mentioning: Tarantual Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!  While I had heard this song on a few compilations prior to this show, in researching this artist I discovered that she was actually a Horror Host here in Portland Oregon in 1957 – 1959 on KPTV!  You can find a few images of her here, and I would recommend searching around for other images and the flip side of her 45, “King Kong.”  Clearly influenced by Vampira and the other Horror Hosts of the era, this is a great discovery for me, and I’m very excited to learn more about her.  Novelty Record nerd will also like to hear that “The Casual Three” is actually a Dickie Goodman production, of the incredibly duo “Buchanan & Goodman,” most well known for their hit, “The Flying Saucer.” While it was common for people to work under a number of names in those days, I thought I knew just about everything there is to know about those guys.  Always something new to learn.

Stay tuned, as we will be edging our way into the 1960’s, with more of our Halloween Spook-tacular, 2013!


Chance of A Ghost!

Part I: Nightmare In A Haunted House!
01.) Chance of A Ghost * Peter Lorre * Nightmare (31 March 1954) (Throughout The Show)
02.) Nightmare Hop * Earl Patterson * 1959
03.) Skeleton In The Closet * Artie Shaw & His Orchestra * 30 October 1936
04.) The Ghost Song * Salty Holmes * 1954
05.) Dead * The Poets * 1958
06.) Haunted House * Cris Kevin And The Comics * 1959
07.) Mad House Jump * The Daylighters * 1959

Part II: In The Graveyard!
08.) Satan Takes A Holiday * John Cali & Tony Guttuso * 1937
09.) Graveyard Rock * Tarantual Ghoul And Her Gravediggers * 1958
10.) Graveyard Boogie * Buster Doss & His Arkansas Playboys * 1948
11.) Nightmare * Jack Turner * May 1955
12.) Midnight Monster’s Hop * Jack And Jim * 1959

Part III: What Is And Isn’t There!
13.) White Ghost Shivers * The New Orleans Owls * 1926
14.) He’s A Vampire * Archie King * 1959
15.) The Invisible Thing * The Casual Three * 1958
16.) The Rockin’ Ghost * The Modernaires * 1962
17.) Nightmares * John Lowell
18.) The Monster * Bobby Please * 1959
19.) Swingin’ At The Seance * The Deep River Boys * 1940
20.) Ghost Satellite * Bob & Jerry * 1958

The Ghost of General Moulton!

The Ghost of General Moulton!

The Ghost of General Mouton!

The Ghost of General Moulton!
(Featuring Halloween selections from the 1940’s and earlier as we begin this years Halloween Spook-tacular!)

Since 2003 I’ve been actively collecting Halloween music and recordings, and since 2004 I’ve been hosting this annual Halloween Spook-Taculars on my program.  What can I say?  This is my favorite time of year, and my favorite kind of music.  I’ve been listening to Halloween Music for the last few months, in and effort not only to get into the spirit, but to continue the quest to find new and exciting music.  And this year is no exception, as I found a huge treasure-trove of Halloween goodies that I cannot wait for you to hear!

Using a somewhat chronological format for presentation this year, this first show is offering music from the Pre-1940’s ear of Halloween Music.  Halloween is a very old celebration, but the music side of this holiday has often been suppressed, or relegated to the “novelty” portion of any record collection.  This is a shame, as music like this is really evocative, and presents a kind of musical narrative that is absent from so many other kinds of music.  It’s always a pleasure to find a new song about ghosts and monsters, especially from this early period when the “novelty hit” hadn’t quite made it possible to make a whole career out of spooky songs.

To complement today’s selection of songs, we have a period radio broadcast of the Yankee Yarns series, a show hosted by Alton Blackington, who would present a story rooted in Americana in some form or another.  For this particular episode – The Ghost of General Moulton – he retells the life story of Johnathan Moulton, and the spooky tale surrounding his life (and death).  It not only fit the theme and the mood of our annual Spook-taculars, but is a very curious piece of radio history, making it doubly relevant to our interests.

I’m going to make every effort to bring you a show every week this month, and for next week’s program we’ll be creeping into the 1950’s.  Welcome to Blasphuphmus Radio’s Halloween Spook-tacular 2013!


The Ghost of General Moulton!

Part I: Ghost Dance

01.) “A Welcome Date On Our Calendar” * Bing Crosby * Philco Radio Time 30 October 1946
02.) The Halloween Song * Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff * Philco Radio Time  29 October 1947
03.) Ghost Dance * Truett & George * 1927
04.) The Ghost of General Moulton * Yankee Yarns w/ Alton Blackington * 13 October 1943 (throughout the program)
05.) Ghost In The Graveyard * The Prairie Ramblers * 1938
06.) I’m A Ghost * Scrappy * “Scrappy’s Ghost Story” Cartoon 1935
07.) Haunted House * Ray Noble & His All Stars * 1931
08.) The Skeleton Rag * The American Quartet * 1912

Part II: T’ain’t No Sin

09.) T’aint No Sin * Fred Hall & His Sugar Babies * 1928
10.) The Bat * Alvino Rey & His Orchestra * 1959
11.) The Skeleton In The Closet * Putney Dandridge * 1936
12.) The Wobblin’ Goblin * Rosemary Clooney * 1950
13.) Haunted House * Betty Grable & Dan Dailey * “My Blue Heaven” 1950
14.) Halloween Spooks * Lambert, Hendricks & Ross * 1962
15.) The Boogie Man * Todd Rollins & His Orchestra w/ Chick Bullock * 1934

Part III: The House Is Haunted

16.) Haunted Blues * Memphis Minnie * 1937
17.) Nightmare * Artie Shaw * 1938
18.) With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm * Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees * 1937
19.) The House Is Haunted (By The Echo of Your Last Goodbye) * Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra * 1937
20.) Skeleton In The Closet * Louis Armstrong * 1936
21.) The Ghost Walk * Borrah Minnevitch * 1933

Episode 190: The Embassy

Hard Boiled Sci-Fi For The Holidays

Hard Boiled Sci-Fi For The Holidays

Episode 190: The Embassy
(Featuring a re-telling of the 1955 X-Minus One broadcast hosted by none other than Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator!)

In our final Halloween Spook-tacular this season, we pull out all the stops and bring you a story straight out of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. As an experienced Private Dick, Dexter Roland has been involved in a number of cases that have often put him in contact with a number of surprising and unusual situations. He’s worked with Humphrey Bogart, presenting the story of The Maltese Falcon, and Peter Lorre, during this Holiday tale Back For Christmas. But this may well be his strangest case yet, as he discovers the horrific events surrounding the disappearance of his friends over at The Broderick Detective Agency. Tune in for an incredible Hard Boiled, Sci-Fi epic as we bring you the tale of The Embassy, where professional PI Broderick is hired to locate the secret base of operations for… a Martian Invasion!

Dexter Roland has been kicking around since the early ‘90’s, trading slugs and shots with the criminal underworld in an effort to right the wrongs that police are unable to involve themselves. Bridging the gap between Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, Dirk Gently & Mike Hammer, Detective Roland’s adventures have appeared in a number of quick-and-dirty publications, and most recently in a novel entitled Noir Time Like The Present. But his meta-textual nature, magical realist perception of the universe, and penchant for getting into situations he has no business getting into has made him the perfect radio personality, and his work on this show is always a treat. When he told me about this story, I knew we had to bring it to the air.

I’ve been a fan of X-Minus One since just after High School, when I first came across a collection of cassettes that contained a selection of Sci-Fi programs from the golden age of radio. Of course, it hasn’t been until the last several years that this material has been easily accessible. While there are a number of website that offer a number of old time radio programs for download, I recommend The Twilight Zone Network who offer regular podcasts containing these classic shows as they were heard by audiences in the ‘50’s. It’s nice to be listening to your regular selection of Radiolabs and Planet Moneys, and then have one of these vintage programs pop up in the mix. It offers a good counterpoint to the kinds of radio that exist now, and makes me long for the days when radio brought you narrative programs.

This particular episode – The Embassy – was originally broadcast on Dimension X radio on 3 June 1950. Dimension X was the program that preceded X Minus One, and a number of the same staff, writers and voice actors worked on the program. The story was originally penned by Donald Wollheim for Astounding Science Fiction Magazine, which has sustained a few name changes over the years, and is now known as the well-read Analog. Wollheim was one of the founding Futurians, a group of left-wing science fiction fans (as well editors and writers like Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl), and is probably best known the organizer of the first Sci-Fi convention. The Embassy was originally published in March of 1942, and while it was not his most famous story, it is a well-known one among Sci-Fi Radio nerds like me.

The story was “adapted for radio” by George Lefferts, one of the staff writers for both Dimension X and X Minus One. Lefferts had a fascinating and unusual career, that spanned from the ‘40’s into the ‘80’s. He worked for television, film, radio, newspapers, magazines, and documentaries, primarily as a writer, but also as a producer and behind-the-scenes staffer. I know him primarily from the credits of these programs, but his work is so diverse that it makes sense that he would be attracted to a strange story like this. It contains all the usual trappings of a Hard Boiled detective story – a murdered partner, beautiful girls, a client who turns on him, getting drugged and trying to find out why, a run-in with the police – and yet all these elements are completely turned upside down, and the scary, Sci-Fi tinges really sell this episode in a big way. Like a lot of great media, there are parts when you think this could very well just be an exaggerated detective program that will have a sort-of Scooby Doo ending. However, it makes a good hard turn into X Minus One territory in the second act, and as a show that pretends to be one thing and is, actually, another, it seems perfect for Halloween.

I’ve had an incredible holiday season this year, and produced some really excellent shows of which I am proud. Halloween means a lot to me, and shows like this really allow me to indulge in my own interests, tell a story that I find unique, and present radio that is both fun and seasonally appropriate, all at the same time. Thanks again for bringing me to your ears, and supporting something as strange and unusual as I can possibly manage. You guys are amazing, really.

See ya real soon!

The Embassy

Part I:
01.) The Embassy Part I * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
02.) High Terror * Eddie Warner * Cops Crooks and Spies * L’Illustration Musicale Records
03.) The Embassy Part II * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
04.) Divide And Conquer * Hüsker Dü * Flip Your Wig * SST Records
05.) The Embassy Part III * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
06.) Shot by Both Sides * Magazine * Real Life * Virgin Records
07.) The Embassy Part IV * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
08.) Find A Hidden Door * The Misunderstood * Before The Dream Faded * Cherry Red
09.) The Embassy Part V * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
10.) The Sky Is Falling, And I Want My Mommy (Falling Space Junk) * Jello Biafra With Nomeansno * The Sky Is Falling And I Want My Mommy * Alternative Tentacles Records

11.) The Embassy Part VI * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
12.) Body Twist * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Monster Sounds And Dance Music * Power Records

Part II:
13.) Postludio Alla Terza Moglie (from Barbalu) * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance
14.) The Embassy Part VII * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
15.) The Call * Straitjacket * Modern Thieves * Jonny Cat Records
16.) The Embassy Part VIII * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
17.) Little Drop Of Poison * Tom Waits * Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards * ANTI- Records
18.) The Embassy Part IX * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
19.) I Walk Among Them * MX-80 Sound * Out Of The Tunnel * Ralph Records
20.) The Embassy Part X * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
21.) Fascist Cops * The Kids * The Kids * Philips Records
22.) The Embassy Part XI * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955

23.) Grave Mistake * David And Jad Fair * Halloween Songs * Thick Syrup Records

Part III:
24.) Diabolo’s Theme * The Ghastly Ones * A-Haunting We Will Go-Go * Zombie-A-Go-Go Records
25.) The Embassy Part XII * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
26.) Keep Talking * The Love Me Nots * In Black & White * Atomic A Go Go Records
27.) The Embassy Part XIII * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
28.) Human Cattail * Last Of The Juanitas * In The Dirt * Wäntage Records
29.) The Embassy Part XIV * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
30.) The Plan * Richard Hell And The Voidoids * Blank Generation * Sire Records

31.) The Embassy Part XV * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
32.) Detective Theme * Eddie Warner * Cops Crooks and Spies * L’Illustration Musicale Records
33.) The Invasion is Coming * The Invasion * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Fourteen *

Episode 187: Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

The Monster Talks!

The Monster Talks!

Episode 187: Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!
(Featuring the complete 1963 story, “Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!” written by Cherney Berg and performed by Hal Johnson &  Gabriel Dell.)

Dr. Victor Frankenstein was a scientist of some renown during the early 1800’s, and was not only responsible for the study of a number of fascinating aspects of medicine and biology, but also developed an extremely crude form of sound recording nearly 40 years before the technology was even conceived of by other inventors.  Probably his most famous – and dangerous – creation is the Modern Prometheus, the monster that terrorized the world until it was presumedly destroyed in a mysterious fire.

What was not known until the early 1960’s is that Dr. Frankenstein’s monster used this primitive recording technology to document his side of the story.  These recordings have been circulated over the last 50 years not only as a document of one of the oldest known recordings to exist, but offer a fascinating look into the life of this creature that terrified people until its tragic demise.  (Or so we have been told.)

Now, as part of our annual Halloween Spook-tacular, we present these recordings without any alteration or editing, to give you a chance to decide for yourself the intentions of this often misunderstood creature.  Dr. Frankenstein, for many years, has offered his version of these events in prose (as told to an unlucky sailor whom he met just prior to his demise).  Now, it’s is the Monster’s turn to talk.  To accompany these recordings, we’ve included music in tribute to The Monster, and the time of year associated with him.  Brace yourself for a tale too chilling for broadcast radio, entitled “Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

As I’ve said numerous times in the past, there is something about Halloween Records that strike a chord and fills me with a certain kind of joy that is hard to explain.  Perhaps it is because they embody novelty, a D.I.Y. spirit, childish glee and sense of nostalgia that is fully concerned with the kinds of stories you tell around a campfire, late at night, at the end of summer when you’re trying to build the courage to face the impending winter.  There’s probably more to it, too, that any number of psychologists could elucidate   I have a few fond memories of listening to Halloween Records as a kid, but to be honest, I never owned any until I was in my early 20’s, and didn’t start collecting with a serious fervency for a few years more.

The golden age of Halloween Records began in the 1950’s and ran through the 1970’s.  There were a number of scary and spooky novelty records before that, and they were certainly popular.  But in the post-war era the US had a number of things working for it: Television, the LP as a format for music and a burgeoning youth culture with an interest in things esoteric and unique.  With the introduction of Shock Theater in 1957 (and Son Of Shock a year later), TV stations had access to over 70 classic horror movies they could package and use to fill air time in the evenings, where Horror Hosts of every variety dressed up in kooky costumes and waxed poetic about Edgar Allen Poe and Universal Studios.

This was also a period of social change in a number of ways.  Culture was homogenizing as the family unit began to solidify and suburbia began to develop.  The holiday of Halloween began to morph, and instead of carrying regional variety for reckless, drunken, and sometimes violent adults, became a candy-centric children’s romp with neighbors and at parties, the kind of holiday that middle America craved.  The stage was set for Halloween merchandise of every variety to become the seasonal backbone of any company that wanted to manufacture costumes, candy, and of course, novelty records.

The correlation between rock music and Halloween Records seems to be almost too good to be true.  Their origins stem from the same post-war realities, their audiences seem to be more or less the same, and when they work in concert with each other, the results are incredible.  While the Misfits are an amazing modern example of what can be done when you blend rock music and horror themes, almost as soon as there was rock and roll, there were musicians singing about monsters, graveyards, and prowling the streets at night.  It is no wonder that it is a trope that people return to again and again, and one of which I can’t seem to get enough.  I have hours and hours (and hours) of Halloween music and scary sounds albums, and every time I think I’ve plumbed the depths, each year I uncover a new batch of things that get me excited about doing Halloween shows like this one.

This particular record, Famous Monsters Speak!, has been reprinted a number of times since its original release in 1963, and is now available in iTunes (and on CD).  The production on it is actually quite good for the time, and is above average for Halloween Records in general.  Hal Johnson created all the sound effects, about whom it is hard to find any biographical information.  (It is safe to assume that he probably worked at A.A. Records, who released the album for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, through which you could order the LP when it first came out.)  All of the voices, however, were performed by Gabriel Dell, a member of the Dead End Kids, a group of New York actors who appeared in a series of plays in the mid-to-late 30’s, and then movies through Universal Studios.  His career included a number of films, a stint on Broadway, and quite a few TV shows until until the late ’70’s.  He died of leukemia in 1988, and while my Grandmother still waxes poetic about how great the Dead End Kids movies were, I will always remember him fondly from this recording.  I was convinced that the other voices were done by different actors, and was pleasantly surprised to find that he’s just that good.

The writer of this particular story is Cherney Berg, someone with a level of fame between that of Hal Johnson and Gabriel Dell.  Cherney wrote story adaptations for records, including two other Halloween Records, and two other story records (according to his “” page linked above).  While I can’t say that the writing stands out here (the great parts of this story are still owed to Mary Shelly), there is a certain style to adapting stories to an audio format that Mr. Berg certainly has dialed in.  The B-Side of this record, “Dracula Returns!” is like this too, and sounds more like a one-person radio play making it particularly suited to this program.

Sadly, as the ’70’s wore on, Halloween Records began to decline quite drastically.  Scary Stories appeared less frequently on albums, and Scary Soundscapes began to dominate before disappearing entirely.  Fewer Monster Songs were recorded by artists to the point where they became actual novelties worse than “The Monster Mash,” performed only by novelty acts who specialized in z-level quality.  As companies like K-Tel and Pickwick began to move into the market, re-issues and re-makes began to become the standard for this genre and fewer new compositions were entering into the market.  By the ’80’s all you had left were bands like The Misfits and The Cramps keeping the spirit of Halloween Records alive.

The occasional band in the ’90’s and 2000’s (Satan’s Pilgrims, The Bomboras, The Ghastly Ones) worked to right this wrong, and no less an artist than Rob Zombie produced a fabulous Halloween Record featuring one of the most important figures in this genre, Zacherle himself (perviously known as Roland in his Horror Host days in the ’50’s).  Now, with bloggers and websites working overtime to help gather material both new and old for modern consumers, the mode and media have changed dramatically, but the genre is sort of back on track.  It seems that you can easily find any number of quality songs, new and old, that pay reverential homage to this by-gone era.  It’s my dream that, in the not so distant future, the spirit of this Golden Age will return, and spooky compilations and audio oddities will return to the marketplace with the same creepy attitude these records used to embody.

In the meantime: Blasphuphmus Radio will bring you their Halloween Spook-taculars to help fill the void.

See you in seven!

Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

Part I: Crude Recordings
01.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part I) * Famous Monsters Speak!
02.) Doom At Midnight * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Shock! Terror! Fear!
03.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part II) * Famous Monsters Speak!
04.) Over At The Frankenstein Place * The Rocky Horror Picture Show
05.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part III) * Famous Monsters Speak!
06.) Monster Swim * Bobby “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers * “Monster Swim” b/w “Werewolf Watusi”
07.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part IV) * Famous Monsters Speak!
08.) Graveyard * Leroy Bowman * Monster Bop
09.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part V) * Famous Monsters Speak!

Part II: From Which Graves Did I Come?
10.) Frankenstein * Jad And David Fair * Sing Your Little Babies To Sleep
11.) Frankenstein * Edgar Winter Group * They Only Come Out At Night
12.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part VI) * Famous Monsters Speak!
13.) Frankenstein Walk * Gene “Bowlegs” Miller * “Frankenstein Walk” b/w “Everybody Got Soul”
14.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part VII) * Famous Monsters Speak!
15.) Midnight Monsters Hop * Jack And Jim * Midnight Monster Hop
16.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part VIII) * Famous Monsters Speak!
17.) Frankenstein’s Den * Hollywood Flames * Doo Wop Halloween
18.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part IX) * Famous Monsters Speak!

Part III: Frankenstein Conquers The World!
19.) Frankenstein Conquers The World * Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston * It’s Spooky
20.) The Black Cat * Ozzie Nelson & Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
21.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part X) * Famous Monsters Speak!
22.) Frankenstein Meets The Beetles * Goodman and Ramal * The Monster Album
23.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part XI) * Famous Monsters Speak!
24.) The Boogy Man Is Here * Tom Gerun & Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
25.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part XII) * Famous Monsters Speak!
26.) Main Title (Theme From “Young Frankenstein”) * John Morris * “Young Frankenstein” Original Soundtrack
27.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part XIII) * Famous Monsters Speak!

Episode 182: The Adventures of Superman Part VIII!

Behind The Scenes At WOR

Behind The Scenes At WOR

Episode 182: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents!: The Adventures of Superman Part VIII!
(Featuring another exciting installment in the on-going adventures of Superman!)

After a full year plus in a state of “hiatus,” Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents! is proud to bring you the next installment in The Adventures of Superman!  A strange visitor from a doomed planet has taken up residence on planet Earth.  Content to merely work as mild mannered reporter Clark Kent, his job continuously puts him at odds with crooks, thieves, street thugs, gangsters, corrupt politicians, misguided corporate masterminds, and a host of down-to-earth criminals that conventional law cannot manage to deal with on their own. It’s up to Superman to settle the score!

This week’s installment finishes the story Donelli’s Protection Racket, which was started in Part II.  As The Adventures of Superman is highly serialized (and, on top of that, incredibly fun to listen to), our recommendation is to subscribe to our newest iTunes subscription option, where you can receive all the back episodes (and all new forthcoming ones) delivered to your Borg Implant of choice.  Just past the following link – – into your aggregator, and watch the content accumulate!

The relationship between our program and these seventy year old adventures series goes back to 2008, when I began to really explore Old Time Radio recordings on the incredible website.  When I began to come up with new ways to improve our program to coincide with the 2009 relaunch, I knew that I wanted to incorporate OTR into the modern radio landscape.  When you listen to these programs, it really is like listening to a completely different time and place in American History.  It fascinates me to think of a time period when these quaint and entertaining stories where a regular part of radio, and I am constantly lamenting the fact that radio has changed so dramatically that stories like this do not make it into daily programming.  The world of podcasting has definitely helped in this department, and features like The Thrilling Adventure Hour offer a modern take on this kind of storytelling.  However, modern radio is just not interested in anything but watered down music formats and an endless string of pointless commercials.

Regardless, I’ve been wanting to bring these stories to you – with period appropriate music and commercials in the mix – ever since.  While there are many other characters that wound up being interpreted for radio, Superman was not only the most popular, but has the largest wealth of material to draw upon.  (There are almost 1000 episodes in existence, spanning a few decades.)  What is interesting about this version of Superman, though, is that he is slightly different than the one we meet in comics.  In the late ’30’s and early ’40’s, ideas like “continuity” were not in place, and the people who were writing for the radio were not writing for the comics.  The radio version of Superman arrives on Earth as an adult, and is not raised by Ma & Pa Kent.  He’s got a little bit of a “street-wise” element to him, and is willing to beat a crook into submission, intimidate someone into doing the right thing, and has no qualms with lying to his friends and co-workers in an effort to protect his identity.

The kinds of crooks that Superman gets involved with in these stories aligns more with the earliest comics that were published, too.  Unlike the Superman of today, who has powers that attract super-villains of the extreme variety, this is the populist interpretation of Superman, where bad businessmen and corrupt racketeers work against the poor and downtrodden, who are just out to survive in a post-depression America.  Rather than use super-powers, a simple fist-fight is usually how most crooks are brought to justice, and where he has a host of abilities to help him in comics, only his strength and flight get any play on the radio.  In a way, this is like looking at an adolescent Superman, who has a lot of growing up to do in order to get to the world of today.

These stories are also fascinating to me, in that they introduce elements to the Superman mythology that eventually become important in the comics.  Perry White and Jimmy Olsen – two characters that play a huge role in Clark Kent’s job at The Daily Planet, were introduced to Radio Audiences before they ever appeared in the comics.  In fact The Daily Planet was a radio invention.  Superman, as a comic book, was only introduced in 1939, and before the year was out the radio show was in production.  While Superman was being outsold by Captain Marvel on the newsstands, Superman was pulling an incredible share of listeners on the radio, and it was this version of the character that America fell in love with (and, eventually, drove readers to buy the comics).  In what was to be a rare set of circumstances, the characters that were unique to the on-air program made their way into the comics.   Donelli’s Protection Racket introduced America to Jimmy Olsen, who would soon become a permanent fixture in the series, and would cement the program in the hearts of youngsters across the country.

Unfortunately, information about this period of radio broadcasting is spotty at best.  I’ve consulted a number of resources to get the details as accurate as possible, and have used sites like and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group to make sure these presentations are accurate.  However, documentation about these programs were not kept at the time they were broadcast.  In 1940, these programs were not seen as media to be saved for the future.  Aside from big name voice talents, like Bud Collyer, very few voice actors, foley artists, or writers received much credit for their work, and WWII itself made the production and preservation of transcription discs a feat in and of itself.  Superman’s popularity allowed for these shows to be saved when other, lesser-known shows do not exist in any format, and details of their production are nearly nonexistent.  These kinds of shows put into perspective the transient nature of media and information as a whole, and helps us to reflect on the value of documentation, in whatever form it may be.

And now, patient reader, its time to travel with us to the past, over 70 years ago, as we bring you the incredible and action-packed story, Donelli’s Protection Racket, part of the continuing Adventures of Superman!  

The Adventures of Superman Part VIII: Donelli’s Protection Racket!

A thug, gangster, and racketeer by the name of Chip Donelli has created a protection racket on Spruce Street in Metropolis, where the recently-introduced new character, Jimmy Olsen and his mother happen to run a candy store.  Clark Kent – both as a reporter, and as his alter ego of Superman, must catch Donelli, thwart his kidnapping plans, and bring him to justice!

Episode 30: Part 3 of 6 * 19 April 1940

Episode 31: Part 4 of 6 * 22 April 1940

Episode 32: Part 5 of 6 * 24 April 1940

Episode 33: Part 6 of 6 * 26 April 1940

Episode 177: No Contact

The Galactic Barrier

The Galactic Barrier

Episode 177: “No Contact” w/ Moth Hunter, LIVE!
(Featuring the X Minus 1 broadcast “No Contact” from 24 April 1955, mixed with a live performance by local Moth Hunter recorded on 22 May 2012.)

I know I’ve been teasing something “special” for the last several weeks, and I can now say that it is here: the next installment of our ongoing Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents!, with live scoring by Moth Hunter.


This is something that I’ve always wanted to bring to this show: live, narrative radio.  It’s happened a couple of times, in very striped down ways, but never like this.  Moth Hunter performed a nearly sixty minute set in may, as the score for an edited version of the X Minus 1 classic, “No Contact.”  (In fact, this was the first story X Minus 1 broadcast when they first went on the air on 24 April 1955.)  As I have also teased, this will not be an isolated incident.  I’ve been working with some other artists too, and this could become a regular feature in the very near future.

As an experiment this time, we’re doing something we’ve never done before: we’re offering the entire live performance, unadorned, as a download via our Bandcamp Page:

22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter * Blasphuphmus Radio

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter

We wanted to try something new, and this seemed like a natural extension of this show.  Getting to hear them both allows you to enjoy the performance as a stand-alone piece, and then appreciate it more as it is incorporated into the narrative of this show.  It’s something that the Inter-Web-A-Tron was intended for in the first place, and I think it’s a very sensible move on our part.

Additionally, I would like to direct you to the photoset below.  I always like to snap a few shots when I host bands, and this time was no exception.

We hope you enjoy today’s presentation.  We put a lot of work into it, and we are really proud.

See you in seven.

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No Contact

Introduction: The Far Horizons Of The Unknown

01.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
02.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Part I: “Countdown To Blastoff”

03.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
04.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Part II: “Four Weeks From Earth”

05.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
06.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Part III: “I Have To Find Out What Happened”

07.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
08.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Part IV: “Stormcloud To Earth!”

09.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
10.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Episode 159: A Gun For Dinosaur

Gun For Dinosaur

Gun For Dinosaur

Episode 159: A Gun For Dinosaur

In the ’50’s, amid the din and clatter that was dramatic theater on the radio, the show that blew almost all the others away was undoubtedly X Minus One.  They had an amazing crew of writers who went on to do a number of outstanding things, among them Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein and Frederik Pohl, just to name a few.  It was the kind of show that could not be missed, and is a big influence on my entire aesthetic.

As part of our Traveling Through Time series, we present A Gun For Dinosaur, writeen by L. Sprague de Camp, originally broadcast on NBC on 7 March 1956.  I’m proud of this audio essay, which also includes The ADD Minute And A … with DJ Really Sloppy weighing in on the subject of the Geek & Sundry launch at Wonder Con.  And, of course, we have A Minute With The Pope, recorded entirely on his iPhone.  I like to think we attempt to deliver a new interpretation of those fantastic radio stories.  With music.

As DJ Really Sloppy seems to have become Unstuck In Time, next week will mostly likely continue our Traveling Through Time series.  Will he survive his experience unscathed?  Tune in next week, to find out.

See you in seven

A Gun For Dinosaur


01.) Vanishing of Time * The Vivian Girls * Share The Joy
02.) Live Performance * Mortal Engines * Blasphuphmus Radio * 11 April 2009

Segment One: A Gun For Dinosaur Part I

03.) Have Another Drink * MX-80 * Alway’s Leave ‘Em Wanting Less * Atavistic Records
04.) Tell ‘Em * Sleigh Bells * Treats
05.) Headhunter * Thee Headhunters * Jungle Law EP

Wedding 25 March 2012 * The Sounds Of Portland Oregon

Segment Two: A Gun For Dinosaur Part II
06.) The Small Stuff * The Dismemberment Plan * !
07.) Open Up Your Door * Richard & The Young Lions
08.) Raw Meat * The Black Lips * Arabia Mountain

Dinner Cooking 08 February 2012 * The Sounds Of Portland Oregon

Segment Three: A Gun For Dinosaur Part III

09.) How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? * Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings * Naturally
10.) Where Did He Go? * The Briefs * Hit After Hit
11.) I Don’t See You * Camper Van Beethoven * Telephone Free Landslide Victory
12.) Dinosaur Rock * Narthex * Duo-Phonic Sounds System: 1980 – 1983

Segment Four: The ADD Minute And A .. w/ DJ Really Sloppy

DJ Really Sloppy and I discuss the launch of Geek And Sundry that he attended while he was at Wonder Con, then he accidentally becomes Unstuck In Time after talking about Wil Wheaton.

13.) Museum 1 * 6955 * Nintendo Museum EP

Segment Five: A Gun For Dinosaur Part IV

16.) Bad News * The Trashmen * Tube City!  The Best of The Trashmen
17.) All Tied Up * The Shakers * Teenline Vol. 3
18.) Paid In Cigarettes * Hot Snakes * Suicide Invoice

A Minute With The Pope 03: Computer Fight * The Pope * Recorded Entirely On An iPhone.

Segment Six: A Gun For Dinosaur Part V
20.) Prevenge * The Might Be Giants * The Spine
21.) Tell Me When It’s Over * The Dream Syndicate * The Days Of Wine & Roses
22.) No Doubt About It * The Wipers * Follow Blind

Episode 148: Back For Christmas

Santa LorreEpisode 148: Back For Christmas
(Detective Dexter Roland presents a classic episode of Suspense from 23 December 1943, with Peter Lorre in the lead roll!)

Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator, was about to head home to Max’s Bar, for a few Christmas Eve cocktails to celebrate the holiday properly.  Little did he know that Peter Lorre was going to drop by, to deliver a tale that is perfect for the holiday season.  From the Old Time Radio radio archives, we bring you Back For Christmas, a tale well calculated to keep you in… Supense!

This podcast-only show features a perfect marriage: moody, holiday-ish music with a creepy tale with a last minute turn that is perfect for this kind of medium.  Bartók has always had a bit of a spooky feel to him anyway, and his renditions of Roumanian Christmas Carols seemed all to appropriate to complement Peter Lorre’s European-is accent.  While I can’t exactly claim that Moonbell fits exactly right, I feel as if the “White Light” being sung about could be seen as a metaphor for what the main character may be thinking at that point in the story.    And Dexter Roland tying it all together?  Well, let’s just say it had been a while, and our guest Peter Lorre inspired his return.

Not much else to say about this one.  If all goes well, there should be  a good New Year’s show coming up this weekend.  And stay tuned for big things in January.  2012 will be interesting.

See you in seven.

Back For Christmas
# Title * Artist * Album * Further Info
01.) Back For Christmas * Suspense Cast * 23 December 1943 * CBS Radio
02.) Roumanian Christmas carols Sz. 57 * Béla Bartók (Performed by György Sàndor) * Complete Solo Piano Music
03.) Winter Snow * Booker T & The MGs * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959 – 1968 * Stax Records
04.) White Light * Moonbell * Figurine EP * Self-Released
05.) Listen, The Snow Is Falling * Galaxie 500 * This Is Our Music * Rough Trade

Episode 138: The Potters of Firsk

The Potters of Firsk

The Potters of Firsk

Episode 138: The Potters of Firsk (A Halloween Spook-tacular!)

The Potters of Firsk * Dimension X * NBC * 28 July 1950

Part I
01.) Yellow * Ken Nordine * RE/Search: Incredibly Strange Music Vol II
02.) Speedy Car * Stereolab * Aluminum Tunes
03.) New New * DNA * Dna
04.) Exotic Two (Excerpt) * Sun Ra * We Travel the Spaceways Bad and Beautiful

Part II
05.) Opal (October) * Emil Richards * New Sound Element “Stones”
06.) Mad * Social Outcasts * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 12: The Lux Interior Memorial Edition: Journey into Outer Space
07.) The Duke Arrives / Barricade * John Carpenter * Escape From New York
08.) Controller * Infinitirock * Music For Primordial Recollection
09.) Where Dead People Live * Sun City Girls * Cameo Demons And Their Manifestations: Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 1
10.) The Lie That Liars Know About * Half Eye * The Rose Mary Murders

Part III
11.) Phantom Market (Later Version) (Excerpt) * Power Circus * Power Circus
12.) Hall Of The Mountain King * The Who * The Who Sell Out
13.) Brief Encounter (Excerpt) * Trey Gunn Band * Live Encounter
14.) Suspense * Jib Kidder * Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Hypnotized Minds
15.) Trouble On The Way * Kalahari Surfers Vol. 1: The Eighties

Part IV
16.) Long Gone * Syd Barrett * The Madcap Laughs
17.) Forbidden Planet: Main Titles – Overture * Louis And Bebe Barron * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
18.) Eternal Waltz (Excerpt) * Jandek * White Box Requiem * Corwood 0763
19.) Spirits Drifting * Brian Eno * Another Green World

Part V
20.) Atomic Bomb (Edit) * Deadless Muss * Attack (1987)
21.) Bone Chain * Tom Waits * Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
22.) Death Moon Reprise * Winter Drones * Blood In The Coffin
23.) Beware Of Death * Gricer * Gricer
24.) Yellow Blues * Charles Manson * Commemorating Sixty Years Of Struggle Against Cowardice, Stupidity And Lies
25.) Autumn Leaves * Grex * Live At Home

Part VI
26.) Space Blue * Suicide * Suicide
27.) Big Trak Attack * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Experiment Zero
28.) Frank Talk About Mutants * Men’s Recovery Project * Frank Talk About Humans
29.) Contract With Depravity * Kenyon Hopkins * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
30.) The Twilight Zone * The Ventures * The Ventures In Space
31.) The Great Pumpkin * Vince Guaraldi

Episode 114: The Adventures of Superman Part VII!

Tune In And Follow The Story!

Tune In And Follow The Story!

Episode 114: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents!: The Adventures of Superman Part VII!
(Featuring another exciting installment in the on-going adventures of Superman!)

The Adventures of Superman Part VII

Episode 26: The Emerald of the Incas (5 of 6) * 10 April 1940

Episode 27: The Emerald of the Incas (6 of 6) * 12 April 1940

Clark Kent goes to investigate Dr. Beecham and his daughter Elsie, who happens to have The Emerald of The Incas in a safe in his office.  But two Asitlan priests feel very differently about the matter.

Episode 28: Donelli’s Protection Racket (1 of 6) 15 April 1940

Episode 29: Donelli’s Protection Racket (2 of 6) 17 April 1940

A local thug by the name of Donelli establishes a protection racket in Metropolis, and targets – among other people – the newest addition to the cast: Jimmy Olsen.

Episode 112: The Green Hills of Earth

Leonard+Nimoy+The+Green+Hills+Of+Earth++Gent-401082Episode 112: The Green Hills of Earth
(Featuring a re-mixed presentation of three different broadcast version of Robert Heinlein’s The Green Hills of Earth!)

Green Hills of Earth

This episode features samples of Dimension X from June 10th 1950, X-Minus 1 from July 7th 1955, and the CBS Radio Workshop from 21 July 1957.


01.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 1
02.) Men Into Space * Buddy Morrow * Brain In A Box
03.)The Green Hills of Earth Edit 2
04.) Astrononmie Domine * Pink Floyd
05.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 3
06.) Super Rocket Rumble * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Deluxe men in space
07.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 4

08.) Out to launch * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost
09.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 5
10.) The Spaceman * Charles Manson * 60 Birthday
11.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 6
12.) Space Station # 5 * Fastbacks * new mansions in sound
13.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 7
14.) Get Outta That Spaceship And Fight Like A Man * The Grifters

15.) Cosmic Ballad * Perrey And Kingsley
16.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 8
17.) Starship * Spaceman 3


18.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 9
19.) Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home * Mogwai
20.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 10
21.) Revenge * Black Flag
22.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 11
23.) Follow Blind * Wipers

24.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt I * Sunroof!
25.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 12
26.) Hard Travelin’ * Woody Guthrie
27.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 13
28.) Spaceball Ricochet * T. Rex

29.) Space Loneliness * Sun Ra
30.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 14
31.) Clink, Clink, Another Drink * Spike Jones
32.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 15
33.) 2000 Light Years From Home * The Rolling Stones
34.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 16
35.) Talking Hard Work * Woody Guthrie


36.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 17
37.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt II * Sunroof!
38.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 18
39.) Space Age Ballad * Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
40.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 19
41.) A Long Way From Home * The Kinks
42.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 20

43.) Headed Home * George & Caplan
44.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 21
45.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt IiI * Sunroof!
46.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 22
47.) Keep On The Sunny Side * The Carter Family

48.) Homecoming * Replikants
49.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 23
50.) Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire * Small Faces
51.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 24
52.) Spaceship Landing * Kyuss
53.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 25
54.) Death Is Not The End * Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
55.) The Intergalactic Laxative * Donavan

Episode 107: The Future of Love

il_340x270.307488975Episode 107: The Future of Love: Lulu!
(Featuring the NBC classic X Minus 1, with the episode “Lulu,” originally broadcast on 31 October 1957.)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Blasphuphmus Radio brings you a special presentation of an X Minus 1broadcast from 1957! It’s all part of that little piece of joy we like to think of as our weekly radio show. Ob-soive:

We rarely consider Valentine’s Day a radio-friendly holiday, but this year the combination of Sci-Fi and creepy love songs was just too irresistible to pass up. But stay tuned! Next week, DJ Will will be in the studio for a Grumpy Punk Valentine’s Day show to end all Valentine’s Day shows. Who says we don’t care about love?

Track * Artist * Album * Label

01.) Part I * X Minus 1 * Lulu (31 October 1957) * NBC Radio
02.) Love Dance * Martin Denny
03.) Part II * X Minus 1 * Lulu (31 October 1957) * NBC Radio
04.) Interplanetary Love * Acid Mother’s Temple
05.) Modern Love Waltz * Philip Glass
06.) Love In (December) * Hal Blaine
07.) Part III * X Minus 1 * Lulu (31 October 1957) * NBC Radio
08.) A Disappointing Love * 101 Strings Orchestra * Astro Sounds From Beyond the Year 2000 * Scamp Records
09.) Satelite of Love * Lou Reed
10.) Love Song of the Saroo * Joe Meek & The Blue Men
11.) Love Cry * Albert Ayler
12.) Love Call (Alternate Version) * Ornette Coleman

KPSU Playlist

Episode 104: To The Future!

Beware The Searchers!

Beware The Searchers!

Episode 104: Traveling Through Time Part I: To The Future
(Featuring a audio essay focusing on the X-Minus 1 broadcast “To The Future” from 30 October 1950.)

On January 22nd, KPSU was barraged by a terrible tachyon field That caused the station to simultaneously exist in three separate time periods: 1950, 2011, and 2155. Fortunately, no one was hurt too badly, and the results have been rather intriguing. Ob-soive:

Beware The Searchers!


# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) To The Future (Part I)
02.) Time Stands Still * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
03.) Time And Space * Jandek * You Walk Alone
04.) Time Was * John Coltrane * Coltrane * Impulse Records
05.) To The Future (Part II)
06.) The Time Machine Main Title / Credits * Russel Garcia * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
07.) To The Future (Part III)
08.) All The Time In The World * Roger Miller * The Benevolent Disruptive Ray
09.) Sentimental Journey * Esquivel * Space Age Bachelor Pad Music
10.) Rewind The Time * Oliver Squash * 30 Piece
11.) Time * The Residents * God In Three Persons
12.) To The Future (Part IV)
13.) Dan vs. Time * godheadSilo * Skyward in Triumph * Sub Pop Records
14.) We Can See Through Time * Le Ton Mite * Tickets to Real Imaginary Places * Zicmuse Records
15.) To The Future (Part V)
16.) Once Upon A Time * Sonny Sharrock * Ask the Ages * Axiom Records
17.) Tomorrow Afternoon * Tony Williams * Life Time
18.) Time Stands Still * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
19.) There’s Nothing Sexy About Time * Kinski * Don’t Climb On And Take The Holy Water
20.) To The Future (Part VI)
21.) She Makes Me Want To Build A Time Machine * Aristeia * You Give Me Strength, You Give Me Patience!
22.) A Spoon Taught Me The Secret Of Time Travel * The Jezebel Spirit * Turtles All The Way Down * (Self-Released)
23.) Abandoned Mine Shaft In The Corridors Of Time * Sinking Body * Grappling With The Homonids * Vermiform Records
24.) To The Future (Part VII)
25.) Take Time * The Books * The Lemon of Pink * Tomlab Records
26.) There Will Never Be A Better Time * Desert Sessions * Volume 9 & 10
27.) Retrovertigo * Mr. Bungle * California * Warner Bros. Records
28.) Universal Time II * Zip Code Rapists * Zip Code Rapists
29.) To The Future (Part VIII)
30.) Time Flies * The Ex * Dizzy Spells * Touch And Go Records
31.) What Time Is It? * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Tangle
32.) To The Future (Part IX)
33.) A Stitch In Spacetimes * Nil Admirari * Togetherness With Battlesnakes
34.) Time Stands Still [Excerpt] * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
35.) Just In Time * Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra * We Travel The Spaceways Bad And Beautiful
36.) To The Future (Part X)
37.) A Second Of Time * Half Eye * Broken Rope
38.) If Not This Time * Fifty Foot Hose * Cauldron * Phoenix Records
39.) Running Out Of Time * Dead Moon * Hard Wired in Ljubljana * Empty Records
40.) To The Future (Part XI)
41.) Time Funnel * Jan Davis * Lux And Ivy’s Favorites Volume 04
42.) To The Future (Part XII)
43.) She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) * 13th Floor Elevators * Easter Everywhere * Decal Records
44.) I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times * The Beach Boys * Pet Sounds
45.) Stranded In Time * The United States Of America * The United States Of America
46.) Now Is The Time * The Wipers * Over The Edge
47.) Times Encounter * Nigel Simpkins * Messthetics Vol. 1
48.) To The Future (Part XIII)
49.) As Time Goes By * Rudy Vallee
50.) Time Is Tight * Booker T. & the M.G.’s * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1968-1971
51.) To The Future (Part XIV)
52.) Check Out Time * Ornette Coleman * Love Call * Blue Note Records
53.) To The Future (Part XV)
54.) One Day At A Time * Thee Headliners * Rain & Blood

Playlist & Footnotes

Episode 094: The Maltese Falcon!

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

Episode 094: Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator Presents: The Maltese Falcon!
(Featuring music and songs about Detectives, intermixed with edited selections from a 1946 radio adaptation of The Maltese Falcon, hosted by Detective Dexter Roland!)

This week, Blasphuphmus Radio has been taken over by Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator. Join him with Humphrey Bogart, The Pink Panther, Mr. Lucky, Mary Astor, Peter Gunn, Richard Diamond, Sidney Greenstreet, Pete – The King of Detectives, Frankie Machine, Richie Dagger and some genuine femme fatales for a two-hour presentation of The Maltese Falcon. Listen as Dexter rambles about skirts and twists, intermixed with edited selections of a 1946 radio adaptation of the popular film The Maltese Falcon.


The Maltese Falcon

Part I
01.) Peter Gunn Theme Song * Henry Mancini
02.) Mr. Lucky * Elliot Eastion’s Tiki Gods * Shots In The Dark
03.) The Maltese Falcon Part I
04.) Touch Of Evil (Main Title) * Joseph Gershenson & The Universal-International Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
05.) Femme Fatale * The Velvet Underground & Nico
06.) Goldfinger * Shirley Bassey

Part II
07.) The Stu Bailey Blues * Warren Barker Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
08.) Watching The Detectives * Elvis Costello & The Attractions
09.) The Maltese Falcon Part II
10.) Frankie Machine * Elmer Bernstein And Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Part III
11.) Contract With Depravity * Kenyon Hopkins * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
12.) Experiment In Terror * Davie Allen And The Arrows * Shots In The Dark
13.) The Maltese Falcon Part III
14.) Stool Pigeon * Irving Joseph * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
15.) Life of Crime * The Spits * School’s Out

Part IV
16.) The Pink Panther Theme * Oranj Symphonette * Shots In The Dark
17.) The Maltese Falcon Part IV
18.) Cool * Stan Kenton * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Part V
19.) Softly * Henry Mancini
20.) Studio Di Colore [Excerpt] * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance
21.) (She Was A) Hotel Detective * They Might Be Giants * They Might Be Giants
22.) The Maltese Falcon Part V
23.) The Street (Main Title) * Elmer Bernstein * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
24.) Don’t Tell The Detectives * The Zipps * Messthetics Vol. 4
25.) Boy Detectives * Famous Explorers * Messthetics #103
26.) The Maltese Falcon Part VI
27.) Richard Diamond * Buddy Morrow * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Part VI
28.) Fallout * Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
29.) Pete, King of the Detectives * Big Black * Headache
30.) The Maltese Falcon Part VII
31.) Echo Four-Two * Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
32.) Richie Dagger’s Crime * The Germs * GI
33.) A Shot In The Dark * Naked City * Naked City
34.) The Maltese Falcon Part VIII
35.) Le Fotografie (From Verushka) * Ennio Morricone * Crime & Dissonance
36.) Re-Enact The Crime * Unwound * The Future Of What
37.) Magic Pig Detective * The Melvins * Stoner Witch
38.) The Maltese Falcon Part IX
39.) Naked City * Mundell Lowe * His All Stars * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Episode 060: The Adventures of Superman Part VI!

He's Back!

He’s Back!

Episode 060: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents!: The Adventures of Superman, Part VI!
(Featuring the first four episodes of the classic 1940 serial, The Emerald of the Incas!)

I know he’s been absent from the airwaves recently, but with the end of 2009 being jam-packed with goings-ons, and the beginning of the year being a little chaotic, it took a while to get back into the Old-Time-Radio groove. But we’re back, and this one’s a doozy!

This serial was originally broadcast in April of 1940, exactly 70 years ago. (Episode 2 was originally aired on April 3rd.) The timing is fairly unique, as I will be celebrating my 12 year radio anniversary on the 15th of this year. (Weird, huh?) So, anniversaries are in the air.

See ya in seven.

The Adventures of Superman Part VI: The Emerald of The Incas!

Episode 22: Part 1 of 6 * 01 April 1940

Episode 23: Part 2 of 6 * 03 April 1940

Episode 24: Part 3 of 6 * 05 April 1940

Episode 25: Part 4 of 6 * 08 April 1940

Clark Kent goes to investigate Dr. Beecham and his daughter Elsie, who happens to have The Emerald of The Incas in a safe in his office.  But two Asitlan priests feel very differently about the matter.

Episode 042: The War Of The Worlds

Where Reality Met Fantasy

Where Reality Met Fantasy

Episode 042: The War Of The Worlds
(Where I rebroadcast the Mutual Network’s classic October 30th, 1938 episode of The Mercury Theater on The Air featuring Orsen Welles!)

Halloween is just starting to take off, and stay tuned next week for one of my favorite Halloween Theme Shows: Lost In The Punk-In Patch!

See ya in seven.


01.) War Of The Worlds * The Mercury Theater * 30 October 1938

Episode 037: The Adventures Of Superman Part V!

The Man Of Steel Himself!

The Man Of Steel Himself!

Episode 037: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents!: The Adventures Of Superman Part V
(Where I bring you all six parts of the super-serial, The Mystery Of Dyerville, and some incidental music from a 1939 Broadcast from Washington D.C.)

The Man of Steel is always vigilant, working night and day to keep America safe from evildoers everywhere, and this week, he’s trying to stop The Yellow Mask as he shows up again to wreck havoc in a town that could very well have been your own. Ladies and Gentlemen, covering for What’s This Called?, I bring you a two-hour, six-part extravaganza, The Mystery Of Dyerville!

See ya in seven!

The Adventures of Superman Part V!: The Mystery of Dyerville

Episode 16: The Prison Riot * 18 March 1940
Episode 17: The Steam Plant * 20 March 1940
Episode 18: The Wolfe vs the Yellow Mask * 22 March 1940
Episode 19: The Yellow Mask Escapes * 25 March 1940
Episode 20: The Mystery of Dyerville (1 of 2) * 27 March 1940
Episode 21: The Mystery of Dyerville (2 of 2) * 29 March 1940

The Yellow Mask, clearly having survived the airplane crash, has teamed up with The Wolfe and Keno, to begin causing “accidents” in the city of Dyerville, while Clark Kent and Lois Lane are sent to investigate this jinxed town.

Episode 028: The Adventures of Superman Part IV!

The North Star Mining Company

The North Star Mining Company

Episode 028: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents!: The Adventures of Superman, Part IV
(Featuring three vintage 1940 recordings of the legendary The Adventures of Superman serial, including contemporary music and commercials as a continuous broadcast.)

A slew of live performances prevented us from finishing The North Star Mining Company storyline from the classic radio serial, The Adventures of Superman. But fear not, for today we conclude this story in Part IV of our new series, and include a variety of music with this broadcast, all from the time period in question. It’s that extra step that we love to take to bring you your radio entertainment.

Not only will you find three episodes of vintage Old Time Radio from March, 1940, but contemporary commercials, too. Another shoutout goes to, my supplier for all these wonderful sounds. I should point out that I used a variety of recording methods to recreate the “Old Time” sound, so this episode in particular is going to sound a little strange. I think, by the time we get around to doing Part V, I will have perfected the style.

I also have to thank Ricardo Wang, not only for giving me ideas of how I could present this episode, but for being the excellent radio fill-in host that he always is. No Skinny Ties was great last week, and for that, I commend you. Lastly: thank you Isosceles Diego, who let me record this episode in his house while he was out of town. The echo was, at times, perfect.

This one’s a shocker, and includes a huge twist to the ongoing story at the very end! You won’t want to miss this.

Tune in and follow the story…

See you in seven.

The Adventures of Superman Part IV

Episode 13: The Steamship Madison * 11 March 1940
The crooks who work at The North Star Mining Company board the Madison to retrieve the documents that could blackmail them, but Superman arrives to rescue the captain of the steamship

Episode 14: Plane to Canyon City * 13 March 1940
Clark Kent takes a plane to Canyon City in order to stop the crooks who run The North Star Mining Company

Episode 15: Left to be Killed 15 March 1940
The crooks behind The North Star Mining Company have their plan entirely backfire, and everything winds up just fine.  For now.

Episode 014: The Adventures of Superman Part III

Tune In And Follow The Story!

Tune In And Follow The Story!

Episode 014: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents! The Adventures of Superman Part III

This one only just made it on the air, but when you’ve got Superman on your side, things just get done.   I always love doing these Superman shows.

It’s been far too long since Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents! was on the air, and with a lull in my broadcast schedule, I decided to finally bring listeners Part III. At times various circumstances seemed to be conspiring against this broadcast, but in the end it all came together, and without a moment to spare.

I need to make a correction in the footnotes from Part II: “The Yellow Mask” storyline is only three episodes long, rather than the six I claimed. One thing I’ve noticed regarding Old Time Radio is that documentation is often hard to find, so I’m slowly piecing all of this together as I go. This things happen, but fortunately this means that this episode concludes that story, and begins a new one, referred to by some fans as “The North Star Mining Company.” Again, to keep with tradition, I included more music by Raymond Scott to use as a backing track, which is always a good addition to any broadcast.

To keep with tradition I dug up some Old Time Commercials, and also managed to get a couple of KPSU DJs to make a pair of drops that were debuted during this broadcast. These episodes are always fun to do, but are somewhat time-consuming to throw together. I can’t say when I’ll be doing another one, but hopefully it’ll be soon.

See ya in seven!

The Adventures of Superman Part III!

Episode 9: Threat to the Planet Building * 1 March 1940
Superman manages to stop The Yellow Mask’s plan, and causes his plane to crash. But The Yellow Mask’s body is not found among its wreckage.

Episode 10: Fire in the Sterling Building * 4 March 1940
Superman rescues a woman from a burning building, and takes her to a hospital.

Episode 11: The Stabbing of June Anderson * 6 March 1940
The girl that superman rescued – June Anderson – is stabbed in the hospital by two of the crooks who run The North Star Mining Company.

Episode 12: North Star Mining Company * 8 March 1940
June has given her brother – a captain on The Steamship Madison – some documents that will bring to justice the people who run The North Star Mining Company.

Episode 008: The Adventures of Superman Part II!

And Now... Superman!

And Now… Superman!

Episode 008: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents! “The Adventures of Superman” Part II
(Featuring four episodes of the 1940 classic radio serial: “Locomotive Crew Freed,” “The Silver Clipper,” “The Atomic Beam Machine,” & “Fuel.”)

Due to the recent schedule change for Blasphuphmus Radio, I was unable to bring you Part II of “The Adventures of Superman” on February 17th. But fear not, because Part II is here, today, and not a moment too soon!

In this episode, we wrap up the first, six-part storyline, known to some fans simply as “The Wolfe.” Later, as the series progressed, individual episodes lost their names, and were merely titled “Storyline Title (Part x of y).” Since I felt it would be ideal to summarize the events brought to you in Part I, you also get a sample of authentic radio music from that period from the legendary Raymond Scott. What more could you ask for?

In Part II, we also begin the second six-part storyline, known to some fans as “The Yellow Mask.” As was typical in radio serials, the last episode of the previous storyline actually foreshadows the next storyline, making sure that each episode ends with a cliffhanger. If all goes well, we should be able to wrap up this storyline in Part III, which will be brought to you sometime in March (TBA).

It should be noted that I made a mistake in announcing “The Atomic Beam Machine,” merely calling it “The Atomic Beam.” One of the difficulties with the Inter-Web-A-Tron is that you get conflicting information depending on who you talk to. So, the correct name is “The Atomic Beam Machine,” regardless of what I say on the broadcast.

Also noteworthy about that episode is that it’s the first appearance of Lois Lane in the series. Originally played by Rollie Bester, she only stayed with the series for this particular storyline. She ends up being replaced starting with the next storyline. Even though there was a character named “Jimmy” in episode two (“Clark Kent, Mild Mannered Reporter”), Jimmy Olsen – the last of the show’s primary characters – has yet to make an appearance. I find it particularly interesting that none of the primary character – or even voice actors – appeared in the first episode (“The Baby From Krypton”). Since this kind of slow development would probably never happen in modern stories like this, I find it particularly noteworthy.

Again, I dug up some Old Time Commercials to flesh out the overall feel and sound of this broadcast. I think I managed to only use commercials from the year of – or before – these episodes were originally broadcast, but I don’t really know. If anyone else has and further information about these, please, let me know!

See ya in seven!

The Adventures of Superman Part II

Episode 5: Locomotive Crew Freed * 21 February 1940
Clark Kent overhears Keno & The Wolfe’s plans, waits for them to leave, then rescues the kidnapped train crew as Superman.

Episode 6: The Silver Clipper * 23 February 1940
Thanks to the work of Superman, Keno & The Wolfe are finally arrested.  But Clark Kent receives a phone call from The Wolfes boss, The Yellow Mask!

Episode 7: The Atomic Beam Machine * 26 February 1940
The Yellow Mask steals The Atomic Beam Machine from Professor Sven Dalgren.  Lois Lane is also introduced in this episode!

Episode 8: Fuel * 28 February 1940
While Clark Kent and Lois Lane are investigating Professor Sven Dalgren, The Wolfe threatens to destroy The Daily Planet.

Episode 004: The Adventures of Superman Part I!

Listen... On Your Radio...

Listen… On Your Radio…

Episode 004: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents! The Adventures of Superman, Part I
(Featuring the first four episodes of the 1940 classic radio serial: “Baby From Krypton,” “Clark Kent, Mild Mannered Reporter,” “Keno’s Landslide,” & “Clark Kent – Captured By The Wolfe.”)

In a new feature on Blasphuphmus Radio, we present the first four episodes of the 1940 radio classic, The Adventures of Superman! I’m an Old Time Radio fan, and have long lamented the fact that there are no stations (that I know of) that play any kind of Radio Theater anymore. (Outside of occasional NPR features.) To remedy this situation, once a month I’ll broadcast various Old Time Radio features, starting with one of my favorites.

Radio in the 1940’s was a very different medium than it is now. On WOR Radio (in New York), the popular shows included scripted features of various types and varieties, vaudevillian variety shows, news programs, and live Big Band music in the evenings. (These performances were then used as recorded music for the early morning broadcasts.) Since a lot of shows didn’t last long, writers and producers were constantly looking for new ideas to try out on the air. Eventually, Producer Frank Chase and Writer George Ludlum hit upon the idea to adapt the then-new Comic Book Character, Superman. Once they found Clayton “Bud” Collyer – who became the voice of Superman – they immediately began producing episodes.

On February 12th, 1940 a few voice actors and foley artists stood around a microphone and recorded the first episode of The Adventures of Superman. Humorously, this first episode lacks the primary characters and voices that would appear in all the future episodes, but by Valentine’s Day – with Bud Collyer voicing Clark Kent – the show became a hit.

The Adventures of Superman aired during the 5 PM hour on most of the stations that carried the show. (Depending on their schedules, it might be heard locally at 5, 5:15, 5:30, or 5:45.)

Most of the information here was pieced together from various different web resources, and I retrieved the episodes I broadcast today from, which hosts a lot of Old Time Radio using a Creative Commons License. Everything is available for download, free to all. The drawback of Old Time Radio Recordings online, however, is an issue of quality: the limitations of the technology of 1940, combined with the limitations in recording preservation over the years, combined with the limitations of primitive .mp3 encoding from whenever these files were created, have all conspired to create sub-par sounding audio. Of course, in many cases, we’re lucky to have these recordings at all, and as we’ll find out as this series progresses, there are many episodes from the WWII era that do not exist, in any form. (Shades of Dr. Who to come…)

As a Comic Book fan from way back, this show holds a special place in my heart. (Mostly because there was never a Green Lantern show, and this was the next best thing.) I used to have a series of four cassettes that contained at least 20 of the first episodes of the show, and I used to wonder how people could really love something that hokey. Now that I’ve had a few years to percolate on the subject, I’m wondering what I found hokey about them, then.

Throughout the show I inserted some Old Time Radio Commercials to add to the feel of the broadcast. The only commercial I know for a fact was actually broadcast during The Adventures of Superman was the Kellog’s Pep ad at the beginning. (They originally sponsored the show.) The others, unfortunately, could be from any time period (and region of the US – radio was extremely regional in those days), and therefore, may be anachronistic. (The Pepsi commercial, I realize after having done further research, may be from the early 1950s. My bad.) I hope no one calls me on it, and if they do, I hope they don’t feel too cheated. Really, I tried.

Unfortunately, I found two different ways to record my Old Time Voice Overs, and due to a crunch in production time, I had to leave them both in. I think second batch of recordings sound more Old Time-y, but then again, it might be completely unnoticeable with broadcast radio compression and podcasting .mp3 compression. We’ll see.

If there are any Old Time Radio aficionados that can help out a relatively newish fan, please, contact me! I would be most appreciative of a brain to pick about this fascinating time in Radio History.

This one was a lot of fun, and I can’t wait for Part II of the story, which will air on February 17th. Twice the excitement! Tune In, patient listeners!

The Adventures of Superman Part I!

Episode 1: The Baby from Krypton * 12 February 1940
Kal-El is sent to Earth by his parents from their home planet of Krypton.

Episode 2: Clark Kent, Reporter * 14 February 1940
Kal-El adopts the name Clark Kent, secures a job at The Daily Planet, and discovers that someone named The Wolfe is sabotaging a train called The Silver Clipper.

Episode 3: Keno’s Landslide * 16 February 1940
Keno, working for The Wolfe, uses a landslide to take out a train headed for Denver.

Episode 4: Clark Kent – Captured by the Wolfe * 19 February 1940
Keno and The Wolfe kidnap Clark Kent.