Thursday, January 8, 2009

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Some of the best XM listening can be found on the Radio Classics channel - XM 164. There you'll find a variety of 1930's, '40s and '50s radio shows including "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - the man with the action-packed expense account. America's fabulous freelance insurance investigator." Veteran radio actor Bob Bailey (above) played the part of Johnny from 1955 -1961 and was generally regarded as the best of eight Johnny Dollar characters. The CBS Radio show ran from 1949 - 1962 and is credited as being the last dramatic radio series from the golden age of radio. Bob Bailey appeared in nearly 500 episodes as Johnny until the show moved from California to New York City in 1961. Bob died in 1983.

Many of Johnny Dollar shows exist today numbering 720 out of the 811 original episodes. Since the availability of satellite radio (XM and Sirius) several old time radio series once again prove why they captured the attention of audiences long ago and continue to do so again. The Bob Bailey versions of the series are well written, acted and scored. Today you can find the series playing on XM or on the Internet. Know that.

1 comment:

  1. I don't like Johnny Dollar cuz when I listen to him, it means I am not on channel XM 31 Pop 2K with Lil Wayne.

    Ronda D. Iguanodon