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Somebody Knows

Summer replacement series for Suspense with the premise was that there are no perfect crimes, that someone, somewhere, could have the one missing clue.

Somebody Knows

10 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 4 hours, 55 min)
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"Mary Agnes Kabiska Murder"



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In the summer of 1950, CBS had a problem. On Thursday nights, thousands of people were expecting to tune in only to find themselves sitting on the edge of their seats, scared to the very edge of their imaginations by "Radio's Outstanding Theater of Thrills", Suspense!

Black Dahlia murderAs successful as Suspense was (the program began in June of 1942 and ran until the very end of the Golden Age of Radio, September 30, 1962), the production still took a well deserved Summer Replacement radio shows allowed big name radio stars to have a break while up and coming stars got a break into show business.

As radio's influence grew in the 1930s and 1940s, big name and big money radio ruled the airwaves. Many radio programs centered around a special radio star such as Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Dinah Shore, Red Skeleton, Bob Hope, and George Burns and Gracie Allen. As these stars fame and influence grew, they requested special privileges and most insisted on summer hiatus from their radio gigs.

Many radio stars like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were also film stars and were able to leverage time away from their radio programs to make films. Hope and Crosby created the films from the "Road to...(Singapore, Rio, Hong Kong, etc) series while on break from their respective radio shows. However, Some radio stars like married couple Jim and Marian Jordan, who portrayed Fibber McGee and Molly on radio from 1935 until 1959, took a real break and used the summer break to spend time with their children.

Networks struggled trying to fill airtimes and retain loyal audiences because in the Golden Age of Radio there were no reruns. Radio shows were heard once and fresh material was used in every show week to week and day to day. Transcription technology was limited and Recording radio shows was expensive. Summer Replacement series were created to hold audiences while the radio stars were on vacation.

In most cases Summer Replacement radio shows were low budget and sometimes so bad the sponsors even pulled funding mid season, making producers scramble for more cash.  Some Summer replacement shows were also dropped from the schedule when the original series returned never to be heard again.

However, some shows won over audiences and became radio hits of their own. Radio shows like Aldrich Family, Boston Blackie, The Doris Day Show, Escape, Our Miss Brooks, Philip Marlowe, and Sam Spade were all summer replacement shows that won over audiences, producers, and advertisers to become a part regularly scheduled program.

Despite the small budget, newly rising stars were eager to win a regular spot on the radio. For this reason, many of the summer replacement shows were high quality. The now infamous Orson Welles production War of the Worlds was created after Mercury Theater was picked up by the network and added to the schedule.

The summer replacement season is one of the most magical parts from the history of old time radio.  Because the end of the summer replacement season, radio careers were made and lost but there was still a chance for a new show and a new rising star the next summer.
">vacation every summer. Summer replacement series were nothing new to radio. In fact, some of our favorite programs were first aired as summer replacements.
The 1950 summer replacement for Suspense was based on the notion that actual crimes could be even more fascinating and thrilling as the fictional ones on Suspense. Each of the eight episodes of Somebody Knows explore an unsolved murder case from around the nation.

The premise was that there are no perfect crimes, that someone, somewhere, could have the one missing clue that would help the police to apprehend the killer in these often gruesome cases. To help entice that person to come forward, the producers offered a reward of $5000 to whomever could come forward with the information that would solve the cases. There was an ingenious and rather complicated way to anonymously send the information to the show so that it could sent to law enforcement agents and still maintain anonymity.

Armed with "all the facts in the case", listeners would come to the end of the program still not knowing the solution to the case, but as confident as the producers that the culprit would be brought to justice. Some of the most sensational cases of the time, including the "Black Dahlia Murder" were dramatized in an informative and entertaining matter. At least, entertaining enough to keep you glued to your radio until Suspense came back in the fall.

For more true crime, see also: The Black Museum

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    This series began in 1950 as the summer replacement radio show for "Suspense", titled "Somebody Knows", was heard for the final time on radio. The program offered a reward of $5,000 ($48,517 in 2014 dollars) for information that led to the solving of crimes. "Somebody Knows" began with the introduction, "You out there. You, who think you have committed the perfect crime -- that there are no clues, no witnesses -- listen. Somebody knows."

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  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    10 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 4 hours, 55 min
    10 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 55 min
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    1. 10 shows - total playtime 4 hours 55 minutes
    2. Somebody Knows 500706 Gladys Kern Murder.mp3
    3. Somebody Knows 500706 Unsolved Murder Of Joseph P Bohanek .mp3
    4. Somebody Knows 500713 Mary Agnes Kabiska Murder.mp3
    5. Somebody Knows 500720 Joseph P Bohanak Murder.mp3
    6. Somebody Knows 500727 Frank J Christenson Murder.mp3
    7. Somebody Knows 500803 Paula Kohler Eubanks Murder.mp3
    8. Somebody Knows 500810 Samuel I Paris Murder.mp3
    9. Somebody Knows 500817 Jean Croyle Long Murder.mp3
    10. Somebody Knows 500824 008 Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Short.mp3
    11. Somebody Knows 500824 Black Dahlia.mp3
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    10 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 4 hours, 55 min
    10 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 4 hours, 55 min
    Add MP3 CD Collection to Cart

    1. 10 shows - total playtime 4 hours 55 minutes
    2. Somebody Knows 500706 Gladys Kern Murder.mp3
    3. Somebody Knows 500706 Unsolved Murder Of Joseph P Bohanek .mp3
    4. Somebody Knows 500713 Mary Agnes Kabiska Murder.mp3
    5. Somebody Knows 500720 Joseph P Bohanak Murder.mp3
    6. Somebody Knows 500727 Frank J Christenson Murder.mp3
    7. Somebody Knows 500803 Paula Kohler Eubanks Murder.mp3
    8. Somebody Knows 500810 Samuel I Paris Murder.mp3
    9. Somebody Knows 500817 Jean Croyle Long Murder.mp3
    10. Somebody Knows 500824 008 Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Short.mp3
    11. Somebody Knows 500824 Black Dahlia.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



    10 recordings on 5 Audio CDs. Total playtime 4 hours, 55 min
    10 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 4 hours, 55 min

    Somebody Knows Disc A001

    1. Somebody Knows 500706 Gladys Kern Murder
    2. Somebody Knows 500706 Unsolved Murder Of Joseph P Bohanek

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    Somebody Knows Disc A002

    1. Somebody Knows 500713 Mary Agnes Kabiska Murder
    2. Somebody Knows 500720 Joseph P Bohanak Murder

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    Somebody Knows Disc A003

    1. Somebody Knows 500727 Frank J Christenson Murder
    2. Somebody Knows 500803 Paula Kohler Eubanks Murder

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    Somebody Knows Disc A004

    1. Somebody Knows 500810 Samuel I Paris Murder
    2. Somebody Knows 500817 Jean Croyle Long Murder

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    Somebody Knows Disc A005

    1. Somebody Knows 500824 008 Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Short
    2. Somebody Knows 500824 Black Dahlia

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