Well, this was an interesting week atRon’s Amazing Stories. Not only did it snow in the Pacific Northwest, which never happens in April, it caused power outages and brought not one but two trees down in my backyard. Quite the week. So, as you might imagine, it was hard to get the show done. The good news is that we do have a story for you. If you want to know more about what happened head to the website and you can read my story.
Featured Story – Broken Arrow
Our featured story comes from theScreen Directors Playhouse. It broadcast adaptations of feature films with the original directors involved in the productions. Beginning in 1955 the series moved to television focusing on original teleplays and adaptations of famous short stories. What we will hear today was adapted to radio from a Jimmy Stewart western.
Broken Arrowwas released in 1950 and was directed by Delmer Daves. It starred James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, and Debra Paget. The film is based on historical figures but fictionalizes their story. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Film Promoting International Understanding. Film historians have said that the movie was one of the first major Westerns to portray our native Americans sympathetically. Broken Arrow first aired on September 7, 1951.
Ron’s Amazing Storiesis a real hodgepodge of stories this week. The word fits perfectly! We have a confusing mixture. We begin with a UFO story that makes no sense, followed by a spirited ghost pirate who wants to party. Then we take a trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds. Our Featured story is “out there” and is titledFirst Contact. We end the show with a quick edition of Johnny Is It True – Documented or Not. So, prepare to be amazed.
Featured Story – First Contact
Our featured story comes from the science fiction OTR seriesDimension X. The story presents a problem that I think could happen with any alien First Contact. What is first contact? Simply put, it is the first meeting between peoples of two previously unknown cultures. How could this go down? Would it be peaceful? That is what our story addresses. It is titled, appropriately enough,First Contactand it originally aired on September 9th, 1951.
Other Stories Include– The Return Of Mr. Lawrence, The Day the Earth Stood Still, UFO Coincidence, Night Of Fright, Around The World In 72 Days, First Contact, and Johnny Is It True – Documented or Not
OnRon’s Amazing StoriesI ask the question, “Do you like stories about the old west?” If you do then you are in for a treat. OnThese Are Your Storieswe have two campfire-style ghost tales that are right out of the old west. Then we debut an OTR series calledFrontier Town. This series had a short run in 1949, but the adventures were amazing. Even our audible review takes us into the world of Louis L’Amour. So are you ready for western stuff? Press that play button and enjoy the show.
Featured Story – The Opening Of Tioga Reserve
Our featured story for this week comes from an OTR western seriesFrontier Town. It was syndicated by Bruce Eells Productions. The 30-minute program was broadcast in 1949 and ran for 47 episodes. The main character was Chad Remington. His quest to bring his father’s killer to justice served as a springboard for a career as a crime-fighting attorney in the small town of Dos Rios. We will hear episode #9 and it is titledThe Opening Of Tioga Reserve. Cherokee has a plan to rent horses to the participants of a land run.
Other Stories Include– Death By Cave Gas, Sackett’s Land, Vulture City, The Ghost Of Swamp Park, and The Opening Of Tioga Reserve
Program Links: On today’s show Brandon Miller of Fort Worth Texas shares his ghost town experience. He sent two photos for us and you can see them here.
OnRon’s Amazing Storiesit is all about time, space, and mirrors. Sylvia and I will be telling stories from theTerror In The Fabric Of Reality. Does that sound scary? Eh, it is what it is. We cover time slips, time travel, and we even dabble in rips in reality. So sit back, press that play button, and enjoy the show.
About Sylvia Shults: Sylvia is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and strange. Her non-fiction works includeGhost of the Illinois River,Fractured Spirits,Fractured Souls, 44 Years in Darkness,Hunting Demons,The Spirits of Christmas,and her latest release, BookOf The Dead.All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more at her WordPress Home Page.
OnRon’s Amazing Stories, “Houston We Have A Problem”. This week we were scheduled to have an edition ofGhost Stories With Sylvia. Sylvia and I recorded just under an hour of good stuff and when I went to edit the audio….. the entire recording sounded just like two robots arguing. So, the bottom line is that I had to come up with a completely different show for this week. We have a special science fiction adventure titledFlight From Tomorrow.To make it even better it is read for us by Audible celebrity and friend to the podcast Mark Nelson. You are going to love it.
Featured Story – Flight From Tomorrow
Our featured story is absolutely absorbing. It was written by H. Beam Piper who was a science fiction author popular in the 1950s. He specialized in short stories but also wrote several novels. He is best known for his extensiveTerro-Human Future Historyseries. Our story comes from the pulp-magScience Fiction Storiesdated September/October of 1950. It is a time travel tale, but not like anything you have ever heard before. There was no stopping General Zarvas’ rebellion. Hradzka, leader of the known world, is hunted and hated in two worlds. He had dreamed of a monomaniac’s glory but was stranded in the past with his knowledge of the future. However, he didn’t know the past quite well enough.