Author Archives: Bob Stepno

About Bob Stepno

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

A case of mistaken identity

https://archive.org/download/OTRR_Philip_Marlowe_Singles/Philip_Marlowe_50-09-29_ep103_The_Big_Book.mp3 In Raymond Chandler’s novels or the 1947-51 radio series they inspired, Philip Marlowe wasn’t the kind of detective who plays for the headlines. “What’s the news in that?” he asks at the end of this 1950 adventure titled “The … Continue reading

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A cemetery scoop

It’s October, and as Halloween approaches, I am reminded that I have not posted many stories from radio’s always popular macabre or thriller series… Might as well start early. “Scoop,” the December 8, 1942, episode of the scare-filled late-night radio … Continue reading

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Before Bond: Moscow correspondent faces Russian with steel teeth

Suspense (1955): https://archive.org/download/OTRR_Suspense_Singles/Suspense_550217_585_The_Man_with_the_Steel_Teeth_-64-44-_11715_24m48s.mp3 This script by John Dehner was timely Cold War radio about an American correspondent attempting to flee his Soviet interrogator, “The Man with Steel Teeth.” It was produced twice, both times by Antony Ellis, for two of … Continue reading

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Shocking! Presidents do lie to and about reporters

The various radio series that dramatized historical events sometimes sacrificed historical accuracy to tell a story, especially in the common 30-minute format. In this broadcast, at least a newspaper reporter gets a happier ending out of the revisionist history. http://otrrlibrary.org/OTRRLib/Library%20Files/M%20Series/Mr%20President/Mr%20President%2047-07-03%20Grover%20Cleveland.mp3Continue reading

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Fatherly editor faces romantic son, Persian poetry

When Ah, Wilderness, Eugene O’Neill’s comedy-drama about coming of age, was adapted for radio, Walter Huston starred as the newspaper-owner father whose poetry-besotted son is tempted by what passed for the wild side of life in 1906 Connecticut. https://archive.org/download/TheaterGuildontheAir/Tgoa_45-10-07_ep005-Ah_Wilderness.mp3 Theatre … Continue reading

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Reporter finds Lost Angel, maybe more

A national public radio profile today of actress Marsha Hunt at 100 years of age sent me browsing through her career, and I happily stumbled on the movie “Lost Angel.” She played the singer-girlfriend of newspaper reporter Mike Regan, whose … Continue reading

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A gentleman of the press vs. ungentlemanly gentiles

http://www.archive.org/download/Lux13/Lux_48-09-20_Gentlemens_Agreement.mp3 A Facebook conversation just led me to check back and see if I had ever posted a blog item about the radio adaptations of the movie Gentleman’s Agreement, and it looks like I hadn’t, other than a paragraph in … Continue reading

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