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Big Story

Newspaper reporters from around the country entered their true, heroic stories of reporting the news to win a chance on the airwaves and $500 from the sponsor of the show, Pall Mall. Update

38 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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19 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from January 07, 1948:

"Big Story - A Manhunt In Manhattan"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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True Crime Drama (1947-1955)

Big Story

Pall Mall advertisement, sponsor of Big StoryBased on real life news stories, Big Story featured murder and other violent crime cases from the point of view of a newspaper reporter. A unique and exciting format, Big Story dramatized a different news reporter and their heroic deed each week. According to the ads of the day, this program starred "a reporter who has solved a crime, exposed a corrupt political administration, smashed a racket, or performed some other notable public service. At the end of each program the real news reporter was brought on the air and given a $500 reward by the sponsor of the show, Pall Mall.

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Big Story was a great success. It ranked with the top old time radio shows of its day, and in its first year on the air, Big Story even topped the ratings of Bing Crosby's Philco Radio Time. So grab your press pass and start scribbling some notes, because this is one Big Story you won't want to miss! (Please note that some of these rare recordings are of inferior sound quality.)

For more newspaper-crime reporting, see also: Big Town, Big Story, Casey Crime Photographer, Europe Confidential, Front Page Farrell, Night Beat, and Shorty Bell Cub Reporter.

Big Story

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    38 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 29 min
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      38 shows - total playtime 16 hours 29 minutes
      1. Big Story 470604 010 Thirteenth Key James Fusco.mp3
      2. Big Story 471001 027 Tcot Counterfeit Coins Jack Adams.mp3
      3. Big Story 471015 029 Bobbysox Kid Bayonne Dorothy Kilgallen.mp3
      4. Big Story 471126 035 Unfinished Love Song Howard Beaufait.mp3
      5. Big Story 471210 037 Tcot Final Curtain Aubrey Maddock.mp3
      6. Big Story 471217 038 Tcot Ambitious Hobo Russell Wilson.mp3
      7. Big Story 480107 041 Manhunt In Manhattan Ted Prager.mp3
      8. Big Story 480505 058 Pillars Of Society William Miller.mp3
      9. Big Story 480512 059 Lucky Longshot Robert Early Part 2 Only.mp3
      10. Big Story 480519 060 Deadline Murder Rolf K Mills.mp3
      11. Big Story 480630 066 Hate Between Bro Sister B Hendry Pt1.mp3
      12. Big Story 480707 067 Woman Witch Grg Cleveland Bullette Pt2.mp3
      13. Big Story 480721 069 Lottery Racket Keeler Mccartney.mp3
      14. Big Story 490105 093 Murderous Kid Al Aaronson.mp3
      15. Big Story 490126 096 Jig Saw Joseph Wirges.mp3
      16. Big Story 490309 102 Respected Chemist Dead Ike Mcanally.mp3
      17. Big Story 490608 115 Bitterest Man Earth Julian C Houseman.mp3
      18. Big Story 490720 121 Poison Pen Murders Tom Mercer.mp3
      19. Big Story 491012 133 Loneliest Man On Earth Ray Sprigle.mp3
      20. Big Story 491214 142 Three Golden Coins Nolan Bullock.mp3
      21. Big Story 500104 145 Murder Frustrated Father Sam Melnick.mp3
      22. Big Story 500111 146 Gambling Divorce Murder Frank Mcculloch.mp3
      23. Big Story 500301 153 26 Years Explode Frameup Ralph Goll.mp3
      24. Big Story 500621 169 Death In Family William Noble.mp3
      25. Big Story 500712 172 Hunch That Paid Off Bill Griffith.mp3
      26. Big Story 501018 186 Puritan Morality Violent Death.mp3
      27. Big Story 501108 189 Bobby Soxer Story Paul Schoenstein.mp3
      28. Big Story 501115 190 Dead Certainty Kenneth Mccormick.mp3
      29. Big Story 501129 192 Triple Murder T R Johnson.mp3
      30. Big Story 501206 193 Paul Grays Missing Wife Beckwith.mp3
      31. Big Story 510404 210 Poker Game Death William E Doherty.mp3
      32. Big Story 510725 226 Wife Poisoned Bus Bergen.mp3
      33. Big Story 520319 260 Friendly Betrayal Alan Cowperthwaite.mp3
      34. Big Story 521008 282 Body Found Tamiami Trail William Adams.mp3
      35. Big Story 530204 299 3 Gangsters Don Morrisey Biggest Catch.mp3
      36. Big Story 540127 337 Too Terrible Be Believed Arthur Mielke.mp3
      37. Big Story 540324 345 Witness Violence And Death John Cahlan.mp3
      38. Big Story 541020 362 Deadly Sound Of Laughing Sid Hughes.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    38 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 29 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      38 shows - total playtime 16 hours 29 minutes
      1. Big Story 470604 010 Thirteenth Key James Fusco.mp3
      2. Big Story 471001 027 Tcot Counterfeit Coins Jack Adams.mp3
      3. Big Story 471015 029 Bobbysox Kid Bayonne Dorothy Kilgallen.mp3
      4. Big Story 471126 035 Unfinished Love Song Howard Beaufait.mp3
      5. Big Story 471210 037 Tcot Final Curtain Aubrey Maddock.mp3
      6. Big Story 471217 038 Tcot Ambitious Hobo Russell Wilson.mp3
      7. Big Story 480107 041 Manhunt In Manhattan Ted Prager.mp3
      8. Big Story 480505 058 Pillars Of Society William Miller.mp3
      9. Big Story 480512 059 Lucky Longshot Robert Early Part 2 Only.mp3
      10. Big Story 480519 060 Deadline Murder Rolf K Mills.mp3
      11. Big Story 480630 066 Hate Between Bro Sister B Hendry Pt1.mp3
      12. Big Story 480707 067 Woman Witch Grg Cleveland Bullette Pt2.mp3
      13. Big Story 480721 069 Lottery Racket Keeler Mccartney.mp3
      14. Big Story 490105 093 Murderous Kid Al Aaronson.mp3
      15. Big Story 490126 096 Jig Saw Joseph Wirges.mp3
      16. Big Story 490309 102 Respected Chemist Dead Ike Mcanally.mp3
      17. Big Story 490608 115 Bitterest Man Earth Julian C Houseman.mp3
      18. Big Story 490720 121 Poison Pen Murders Tom Mercer.mp3
      19. Big Story 491012 133 Loneliest Man On Earth Ray Sprigle.mp3
      20. Big Story 491214 142 Three Golden Coins Nolan Bullock.mp3
      21. Big Story 500104 145 Murder Frustrated Father Sam Melnick.mp3
      22. Big Story 500111 146 Gambling Divorce Murder Frank Mcculloch.mp3
      23. Big Story 500301 153 26 Years Explode Frameup Ralph Goll.mp3
      24. Big Story 500621 169 Death In Family William Noble.mp3
      25. Big Story 500712 172 Hunch That Paid Off Bill Griffith.mp3
      26. Big Story 501018 186 Puritan Morality Violent Death.mp3
      27. Big Story 501108 189 Bobby Soxer Story Paul Schoenstein.mp3
      28. Big Story 501115 190 Dead Certainty Kenneth Mccormick.mp3
      29. Big Story 501129 192 Triple Murder T R Johnson.mp3
      30. Big Story 501206 193 Paul Grays Missing Wife Beckwith.mp3
      31. Big Story 510404 210 Poker Game Death William E Doherty.mp3
      32. Big Story 510725 226 Wife Poisoned Bus Bergen.mp3
      33. Big Story 520319 260 Friendly Betrayal Alan Cowperthwaite.mp3
      34. Big Story 521008 282 Body Found Tamiami Trail William Adams.mp3
      35. Big Story 530204 299 3 Gangsters Don Morrisey Biggest Catch.mp3
      36. Big Story 540127 337 Too Terrible Be Believed Arthur Mielke.mp3
      37. Big Story 540324 345 Witness Violence And Death John Cahlan.mp3
      38. Big Story 541020 362 Deadly Sound Of Laughing Sid Hughes.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    38 recordings on 19 Audio CDs
    total playtime 16 hours, 29 min

    Disc A001

    1. Big Story 470604 010 Thirteenth Key James Fusco
    2. Big Story 471001 027 Tcot Counterfeit Coins Jack Adams

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    Disc A002

    1. Big Story 471015 029 Bobbysox Kid Bayonne Dorothy Kilgallen
    2. Big Story 471126 035 Unfinished Love Song Howard Beaufait

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    Disc A003

    1. Big Story 471210 037 Tcot Final Curtain Aubrey Maddock
    2. Big Story 471217 038 Tcot Ambitious Hobo Russell Wilson

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    Disc A004

    1. Big Story 480107 041 Manhunt In Manhattan Ted Prager
    2. Big Story 480505 058 Pillars Of Society William Miller

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    Disc A005

    1. Big Story 480512 059 Lucky Longshot Robert Early Part 2 Only
    2. Big Story 480519 060 Deadline Murder Rolf K Mills
    3. Big Story 480630 066 Hate Between Bro Sister B Hendry Pt1

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    Disc A006

    1. Big Story 480707 067 Woman Witch Grg Cleveland Bullette Pt2
    2. Big Story 480721 069 Lottery Racket Keeler Mccartney

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    Disc A007

    1. Big Story 490105 093 Murderous Kid Al Aaronson
    2. Big Story 490126 096 Jig Saw Joseph Wirges

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    Disc A008

    1. Big Story 490309 102 Respected Chemist Dead Ike Mcanally
    2. Big Story 490608 115 Bitterest Man Earth Julian C Houseman

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    Disc A009

    1. Big Story 490720 121 Poison Pen Murders Tom Mercer
    2. Big Story 491012 133 Loneliest Man On Earth Ray Sprigle

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    Disc A010

    1. Big Story 491214 142 Three Golden Coins Nolan Bullock
    2. Big Story 500104 145 Murder Frustrated Father Sam Melnick

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    Disc A011

    1. Big Story 500111 146 Gambling Divorce Murder Frank Mcculloch
    2. Big Story 500301 153 26 Years Explode Frameup Ralph Goll

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    Disc A012

    1. Big Story 500621 169 Death In Family William Noble
    2. Big Story 500712 172 Hunch That Paid Off Bill Griffith

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    Disc A013

    1. Big Story 501018 186 Puritan Morality Violent Death
    2. Big Story 501108 189 Bobby Soxer Story Paul Schoenstein

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    Disc A014

    1. Big Story 501115 190 Dead Certainty Kenneth Mccormick
    2. Big Story 501129 192 Triple Murder T R Johnson

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    Disc A015

    1. Big Story 501206 193 Paul Grays Missing Wife Beckwith
    2. Big Story 510404 210 Poker Game Death William E Doherty

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    Disc A016

    1. Big Story 510725 226 Wife Poisoned Bus Bergen
    2. Big Story 520319 260 Friendly Betrayal Alan Cowperthwaite

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    Disc A017

    1. Big Story 521008 282 Body Found Tamiami Trail William Adams
    2. Big Story 530204 299 3 Gangsters Don Morrisey Biggest Catch

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    Disc A018

    1. Big Story 540127 337 Too Terrible Be Believed Arthur Mielke
    2. Big Story 540324 345 Witness Violence And Death John Cahlan

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    Disc A019

    1. Big Story 541020 362 Deadly Sound Of Laughing Sid Hughes

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