Radio Retropolis

Radio Retropolis

Hosted by Jim Romanovich. Retro cool, refreshingly new. A series of podcasts under several genres relating to the retro pop culture field and how these features are relevant to everyone today. Retro doesn't mean old. It's about style. These podcasts will consist of classic radio drama and exclusive behind the scenes commentary, new interviews from individuals who contributed to the pop culture experience, and high end audio documentaries.

Episodes

September 26, 2021 31 min

A widower moves back into a place he once owned with his wife who passed away and tells his landlady he just got married again yet she is nowhere to be seen.  Commentary on writer Lucille Fletcher and actor Don DeFore, best known for the TV series Hazel.

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While sightseeing on a remote tropical island, Lamont and Margo come across a dark legend that summons Zanlaghora, a dwarf god who seeks murderous revenge against those who use the ring of Mahlalayee.  Commentary on the grisly tone of these recent episodes.  Plus, producer/director of The Shadow, John Cole.

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A taxi driver, held at gunpoint, explores his destiny as he recounts his night after he picks up a killer who takes him on a fateful, murderous journey.  Commentary on the brilliant performance of Larry Haines and how one's fate cannot be changed.

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When we last checked in on Jimmy, Poco and professor Twiddle, the Radar Rocket had fallen off the beam which left the trio suspended in outer space with limited oxygen and very little time before it’s depleted. Commentary on Jimmy’s bright idea to send his pigeons back to earth to get a note to Superman.

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Keith Thibodeaux, who played Little Ricky, shares memories of working on the series, his relationship with Desi and Lucy, meeting Superman, and life after the series ended.

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A gang has hijacked and robbed a bank truck that contains $100,000.  Commentary on Jack Webb friend and frequent guest star Herb Ellis.

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Jimmy, Poco, and Professor Twiddle are about to embark along the radar beam to the far side of the moon.  Commentary on how they travel in space that defies even comic book logic.

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This is considered the best Suspense episode of all time and ranks among the finest radio broadcasts in the history of all radio performances.  It’s the story of an invalid who overhears a phone conversation about a murder that is to take place that night.  Commentary on what elements make for great dramatic suspense and why this episode rightly qualifies as not only the best Suspense episode of all time, but one of the top radio p...

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A gambling czar who was accused of murdering his first wife marries another woman who learns of his past.  She contacts Lamont and Margot for protection in fear that history may repeat itself.  Commentary on violence in radio and the comics which led the industry to quickly self regulate itself before the government intervened.

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A waiter overhears a plot to murder a man and warns the intended victim. But the police captain believes the waiter orchestrated the murder attempt.  When the man eventually winds up dead, the captain believes he now has the evidence to put the waiter away for good.  Commentary on why this was a great episode, but not a great Inner Sanctum episode.

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Jimmy and Poco go to the home of Professor Twiddle who claims he has built a rocket to take them all to the moon.   Commentary on the change of style in this serial and not necessarily for the better.

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I Love Lucy is the greatest television sitcom in history.  In this series of podcasts, we hear for the first time exclusive interviews conducted back in 2000 ands 2001 that have never been heard until now. 

The first- STEVE ALLEN shares his view on the success of Lucille Ball.  The interview was recorded just two months before his death in 2000 and heard here for the first time.

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An organized gang of pick pockets is targeting the city including robbing an old man of his life savings of $5,200 cash.  Commentary on the phone exchanges in use at that time when Friday gives his as Michigan 5211.  Also, character actor Herb Vigran.

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September 13, 2021 4 min

JR welcomes you to a brand new season of Radio Retropolis starting tonight!

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Two convicts escape from a nearby penitentiary. According to reports they are heading towards Los Angeles and are both armed and dangerous.  In the meantime, Friday is given some shattering news.  His partner of 11 years Ben Romero died that morning of a massive heart attack.  As Romero’s portrayer, Barton Yarborough, died in the same manner just a week before this episode, Jack Webb wanted an episode to pay tribute to his close fr...

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A twenty-two-year-old girl has been abducted and her family receives an anonymous message demanding $30,000 for her safe return.  This is Barton Yarborough’s very last episode of Dragnet. Commentary revisiting the history of how Dragnet came to be. Plus guest star Whit Connor who usually would have been an unlikely casting choice of Jack Webb's.

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Friday and Romero discover a woman and two dead canaries killed in the same manner in the same house. Commentary on the brilliant performance of guest actress Joyce McCluskey and why this is one of Dragnet's top episodes.

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Friday and Romero investigate carefully planned robberies are carefully planned in which the bandit commits brutal attacks on each of the victims.  Commentary on guest actors Virginia Gregg and Vic Perrin.  Plus, a popular phrase of the 1950's is explained.

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Friday and Romero investigate the murder of a woman strangled in a hotel room.  Commentary on the nature of the procedural drama and the brilliant every day obstacles Webb creates for his characters.

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A grandmother and her 9 year old grandson are struck down and killed by a hit and run truck driver. Commentary on how the excellent performances turned this average plot line into a magnificent episode with an unexpected conclusion. Plus, Yogi Berra's malapropisms.

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