Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Old tubes, All Hallow's.

So last night after adjusting the jukebox here at the S&P, I began to notice (as I usually do) some strange crackling, whining murmurs from the old Hallowe'enith console radio at the other end of the bar... and I knew if I just let things alone, there'd be some spooky fun available for our listening pleasure.

I was right.

First, we have a zany episode of the classic Jack Benny Program (J-E-LL-OOOOO!) from Hallowe'en of 1941, starring the smooth-mannered and equally smooth-voiced Basil Rathbone.

The contrast of Benny's ensemble and Rathbone's inimitable style is priceless, and worth your time.

Next up, a truly spooky episode of the always intriguing series Dark Fantasy, this time from 1942. A sweet and scary little outing titled The Headless Dead, this tale follows a skeptical fellow who does not believe that anything haunts the Tower of London. Well...

Yeah. We know how this is going to turn out. And we love it!

Finally, a good bit of otherworldly research and recitation about the history and lore of vampirism, first broadcast as a special treat on Hallowe'en night, 1973, on WKBW 1520 in Buffalo NY. 

Vampires explores the myths, legends, superstitions and facts about the long and complex subject of vampirism throughout history. WKBW stalwarts Jim McLaughlin and Arlene Bunis are wonderful storytellers, and the surprising tales they recount are sure to delight as deeply as they chill.

There's at least two hours of spooky listening pleasure, just for you, just to the upper left of the main page here.

Please give a listen.

I know you'll enjoy all of it.

Until next time...



  1. We were just talking about playing radio shows in the shop during builds! These are perfect....how did you know!? :D

    Once again, thanks for sharing my friend.


  2. I love old time radio horror, and Jack Benny's radio shows, especially the holiday-themed episodes! Thanks for the reminder to add a few to my MP3 player this month. :)