Radio Retropolis

Radio Retropolis

Hosted by Jim Romanovich. Retro cool, refreshingly new. A network 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 a style and a vibe that is all about one's passion. These podcasts will consist of classic radio drama and discussion, blogs, new interviews from individuals who contributed to the pop culture experience, and high end audio documentaries.

Episodes

May 12, 2021 14 min

Batman is convinced there are two Supermans with the evil one committing the crimes.  Superman believes that he is blacking out due to the atomic exposure from The Atom Man.  Commentary on the illogical timeline of events in the investigation.

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A new gang has started a wave of supermarket robberies, but the prime suspect has an airtight alibi in Phoenix.  Commentary on Jack Webb's stance on race and those lawbreakers in which he was more sympathetic.

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In Bensen City, as Kent and Wayne investigate the next robbery in which the man in red and blue flew, Kent exclaims that he is the man committing these crimes. Commentary on Bruce Wayne being more heroic than Batman.

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A woman conspires with her lover to have him murder her husband.  Commentary on the noir aspect of the episode.  Plus, the story of how a real estate gimmick to sell homes in Hollywood became the international symbol of where stars are born.

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Lamont and Margot investigate a series of strange disappearances of three blonde women in the deserted theater district on Doom Street.  Commentary on the power of radio and the theatre of the mind as we recount the unspoken horror of this episode in the murders of the three women.

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A woman who stands before an empty grave, was told she murdered and buried a man in the same area yet she doesn’t remember.  She believes she is another woman whom she learns died six years ago.  Commentary on a  if this story was a gaslighting attempt or one based in delusion.  Plus, how Steve McQueen developed his on screen persona.

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After being asleep for six hours, Kent was shocked when Bruce Wayne called and said another bank had been robbed and the person of interest had a red and blue costume and…flew.  Commentary on Kent's mental state and the thought that someone absolutely identifies you in a felony you did not commit.

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A teen gang war is about to erupt in the city and Friday and Smith must act quickly before someone is killed.  Commentary on the back to basics strategy of what Dragnet does best.

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Last time, not only were Kent and Bruce Wayne shocked that a person resembling Superman had committed robberies and giving to charities, but they were stunned to find a charity donation card had Superman’s own handwriting on it. Commentary on Bruce Wayne taking the lead as a pleasant surprise.

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A violent intruder has taken over the house of a spinster woman and her invalid mother as their “guest”.? ?Commentary on how this great plot set-up misfired.? Plus, star Joan Lorring. Also, Joseph Kearns who this time was a featured character and not the announcer.

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A man blackmails a woman for $10,000 who will tell her father, if he doesn't get the money, that she murdered her mother a few years ago.? Commentary on logic of the Shadow's appearance in this episode.? Plus, guest star Joseph Julian.

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A mysterious stranger warns a man not to drive his car as he will be killed.  At that moment, a man steals his car just as it explodes.  His wife, whom he knows is responsible for the explosion, is shocked to see her husband alive.  He tells her that since she wants him dead, she should murder him for real.  Commentary on the moral of this episode.  Plus, star Arnold Moss.

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Kent and Bruce Wayne investigate series of bank robberies committed by one person who possesses superhuman strength and was seen wearing a blue outfit with a red cape.  Commentary on the similarity to the Superman television episode The Face and the Voice.

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Friday and Smith investigate the severe beating of a woman and the mentally disturbed man who is suspected of assaulting her.? Commentary on why men who beat their wives in the 1950s were treated as victims as is the case in this episode. Plus guest star Vivi Janiss.

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Kent figures out the radio transmitters in the watches were done through the jeweler.  In a warehouse somewhere in town where Jimmy and Lois are imprisoned, they are startled as the door opens to reveal their captor.  Commentary on the darker turn Superman is about to take in the serials down the road that focus on hate crimes which was prevalent post WWII.

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A woman is taken hostage during a bank robbery as the robbers escape by car to the border.  During this time, the woman finds a comforting attraction to her kidnapper.  Commentary on star Bonita Granville.  Plus, why this potentially great story failed as a Suspense episode.

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Lamont and Margot investigate a sanitarium that is used as a front to hide fugitives who go on committing crimes and plan on stealing $50,000 in one firm’s securities. Commentary on star Stefan Schnabel.  Plus a look at the most controversial presidential campaign in 1948- until Trump/Biden of 2020- when Thomas E. Dewey was guaranteed the win over Harry S. Truman.

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A stumblebum drifter uses his last penny on a weighing machine that also gives him his fortune which reads “Danger, Fortune and Marriage await you.” Things go from bad to worse when the prophecy turns out to be true.  Commentary on where the episode failed and what would have been a better alternative.

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Although Kent has figured out the mystery of the talking cat, he still does not know what happened to Jimmy and Lois .  Superman seeks out Mr. Grayson, publisher of The Daily Planet, to how he came about acquiring those wristwatches.  Commentary on the origins of Dick Grayson, aka Robin, The Boy Wonder.

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Superman spotted the hearse that he believes is responsible for the abductions of Lois and Jimmy.  While on pursuit, the hearse crashes and kills the driver leaving Superman without a clue as what to do next.  Commentary on only having the core characters in every episode and how this affects the story.

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