Radio Vault

  • Tuesday 10am-1pm
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Classic Radio

YULETIDE PROGRAMMING ON RADIO VAULT

While another station in town produced their own version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, we found a version hardly anyone knew existed! The actor who played Sherlock Holmes on both radio and film (Basil Rathbone), was featured back in 1935 and we'll have it for you on Tuesday's show of 12/21. That plus popular bandleader FRED WARING who did "The Night Before Christmas" on his show back in 1948. Also, in 1940, film star Mickey Rooney was featured in a holiday broadcast as "YOUNG TOM EDITION" on THE LUX RADIO THEATER. We'll also have "A Yuletide Miracle" from a 1961 SUSPENSE show. That plus a surprise or two if you check out our pre-Christmas on 12/21...Radio Vault Special Edition 10AM-1PM Tuesdays, on the station still making waves whfr.fm

A HINT OF WHAT'S IN STORE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD

JUST A HINT OF WHAT'S IN STORE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD...

Don't miss our show on Tuesday 11/30 (10AM-1PM ET)

Those of you listening to our live stream are lucky, indeed!
Did early radio feature music on the air along with comedy and drama?? Yes it did, but it's not the DJ style of shows you're used to.

We present a full hour of wartime programming including a ONE NIGHT STAND episode featuring Duke Ellington. Follow that up with shows featuring The Modernaires (Glenn Miller's vocal group) along with Martha Stuart.

HOUR 2 features 2 consecutive episodes of DUFFY'S TAVERN ("where the elite meet to eat")...and finally, to get you in the spirit or the season...

HOUR 3 is Bing Crosby on PHILCO RADIO TIME and the ever-popular Christmas show from from 1947, but we always save the very best for last:

The cast of RICHARD DIAMOND PRIVATE DETECTIVE do a touching recreation of the Scrooge classic "A Christmas Carol" heard back in 1951. It was completely re-written for this show. It features Dick Powell narrating and an all-star cast of radio greats playing the various roles. Check the stream out on your smart phone or comnputer while our FM signal is on hiatus. All content is digitally tweaked as always.... RADIO VAULT SPECIAL EDITION Tuesdays 10AM-1PM ET https://whfr.fm

WALL TO WALL JACK BENNY PLUS MORE

WALL TO WALL JACK BENNY PLUS MORE!

In this timeslot we usually keep it light & lively and our Tuesday 11/16 show is no exception! We're back to 3 jam-packed hours of entertainment & information.
We kick it off first with a rare recording given to us by Detroit radio & education icon, Dick Kernen before he passed away last year. It's part 1 of the 1966 narrative hosted by Jack Benny...."Benny presents the Golden Years of Radio," featuring tons of show clips and routines! As if that wasn't enpough, it's FOUR (count 'em, FOUR!) consecutive episodes of Jack Benny from 1948 including the Walking Man contest, Your Money or Your Life and The Benny Printing Press. RADIO VAULT SPECIAL EDITION 10AM-1PM ET...Stream it at whfr.fm or tune in 89.3

A VERY HISTORICAL RADIO VAULT EDITION

COMING TUESDAY 11/02/2021....The Radio Vault program itself, has a very long history before it arrived at "the station making waves!" On this installment, we'll have the usual festivities including another episode of MOVIETOWN RADIO THEATER as well as another case to be solved by "MR. CHAMELEON" starring Karl Swenson. Joining us on our live studio line, however, is someone who is no stranger to radio. He was actually alive when these shows were being broadcast on network radio, but his biggest contribution was as host of Collector's Corner on another Detroit radio station. Longtime Dearborn resident and new member of the WHFR family, Tom Eurich will join us on on our live studio line. We'll talk radio, collectables and how Radio Vault came to the Detroit area in 1988. The festivities start at 10:00 AM, Tom joins us at 12:00 Noon ET.... stream it at whfr.fm, or tune in 89.3

WHAT AIRED THE WEEK AFTER WAR OF THE WORLDS?

Around this time of year (Halloween), people are recalling (and re-playing) Orson Welles radio drama from more than 80 years ago called The War of the Worlds. This H.G. Wells drama presented on his Mercury Theater series aired on CBS. The series did continue on after that "martian invasion" broadcast, and this weeks Radio Vault Special Edition features the Mercury Theater show from the week AFTER War of the Worlds... Two complete dramas were presented back on 11/6/1938. We'll hear them in their entirety. Along with that, a very special broadcast of The Lux Radio Theater, a drama called "Young Tom Edison" from 1940 about the boyhood misadventures of the famous inventor.
FINALLY, while comedian and film star Danny Kaye was entertaining troops overseas, he had his friend Jack Benny fill in for him. Jack brought his entire cast to "the other network" just for Danny. We'll hear that show also from 1945. That and as always MUCH MUCH LESS on this weeks Radio Vault....10 AM - 1 PM ET Tuesday 10/26 on WHFR the station making waves at 89.3...streaming at whfr.fm.

OCTOBER 19 RADIO VAULT EXTRAVAGANZA

A VIRTUAL HORN-O-PLENTY OF CLASSIC SHOWS
When the Detroit area version of Radio Vault started in the late 1980s, probably 75% of the content we bring you today didn't exist!

COMING ON OUR OCTOBER 19 SHOW....
Two stories from classic literature that aired back in 1946 on YOUR PLAYHOUSE OF FAVORITES The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Unhappy Adventure by Charles Dickens...next Jack Benny joins Bing Crosby on Philco Radio Time from 1948.

IS IT TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT THANKSGIVING? Join the ALDRRICH FAMILY for this November 1952 turkey broadcast......

Finally, one of the most popular detective shows: Howard Duff stars in the ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE...two consecutive episodes from 1948 The Mad Scientist Caper and The Dry Martini Caper. That and much much less!

RADIO VAULT SPECIAL EDITION 10AM - 1PM Tuesday on the station making waves, WHFR

STUFF YOU CAN'T HEAR ANYWHERE ELSE

Radio Vault Special Edition is special for two reasons: The first reason is the 'Vault brings you audio in part, that has only recently been found and converted to digital as well as tons of old favorites that have been cultivated, organized and re-processed recently with the latest restoration tools. The second reason is YOU, our loyal WHFR listeners.

With this weeks program (10/5/2021), we bring you VARIETY in the Sealtest Variety Theater. Two of the shows that were always fighting for the #1 spot in the ratings were Jack Benny and Fibber McGee & Molly, yet these legendary people still found time to appear on other radio programs (besides their own). We present TWO examples of the series hosted by the film legend, Dorothy Lamour in THE SEALTEST VARIETY THEATER.

Second on tap, is a quiz show hosted by "radio's bad boy" who also appeared on television game shows, Henry Morgan. Henry and his panel of celebrities are featured in an apparently unscripted zany show called SEZ WHO from 1958.

FINALLY, episodes of both radio's SAM SPADE with Howard Duff and more of YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR for you detective fans.

RADIO VAULT SPECIAL EDITION - Tuesdays 10AM-1:00 PM ET 89.3 on the FM, whfr.fm on the stream.

WALL TO WALL JOHNNY DOLLAR AND NOW AN EXTRA HOUR

You can now hang with us an extra hour as Radio Vault Special Edition expands to 3 jam-packed hours of "stuff" you can't hear anywhere else starting on September 28th. It's now on 10AM-1:00PM. This week we feature radio private eyes.
Johnny Dollar was an insurance investigator with an expense account. The show aired on the CBS Radio Network. It was the last network drama, along with Suspense, to air on network radio from the so-called golden era of broadcasting.
Beloved by collectors today, we have already presented random episodes of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.
Following a 1-week hiatus, on Tuesday, 9/28/2021 we present several consecutive episodes of Johnny Dollar from the last year it was on the air (1962). It stars the former TV soap star from "The Edge of Night," Mandel Kramer in the title role.
As he says when he teases an upcoming episode, "Join us, won't you!"

Introduction to Radio Vault Special Edition

Radio Vault actually began on a Dallas based satellite network more than 30 years ago. Soon after, we brought it to two Detroit area stations where it gained even more personality. In 2018, the 'Vault arrived at WHFR. The concept is we don't just play the hits -- we tell you about them -- rebroadcasts of programming from the 1930s to early 1960s that you probably have never heard before. It's also not merely nostalgia -- it's entertainment and information. You'll hear a mix of comedies, light dramas and detective shows of the past interspersed with smooth jazz and fusion music.
For the current morning incarnation, we keep it mostly light and lively. We reserved the hard core mysteries and ghost stories, for evening time slots. For several months we also presented WHFR's Sunday Night Mysteries. We may bring it back at some point.