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Truckers and Trucking in Old Time Radio

From comedies to dramas, these big rig stories on the road feature truck drivers of all types.

38 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 16 hours, 9 min)
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Dodge Trucks -- High Wide and HandsomeMany historians feel that the History of Civilization can be best expressed as the History of Trade, and the History of Trade leads us inexorably to the History of Transport. After all, no one is going to buy the stuff you have to sell unless there is some way to get the stuff from where it is to where the buyer is going to use it.

For centuries, the most important way to move bulk items was by boat. Cities and other trading points had to be located on the shores of a harbor or river, and the further upstream you wanted to settle, only smaller boats could service your trade. Eventually, roads were built to supplement waterborne traffic, and a limited amount of freight could be hauled by animal-powered wagons. Eventually, railroads began carrying freight overland, but the fixed path of a railroad track had many of the same limitations as rivers and streams.

In the early decades of the Twentieth Century, there were major developments in technology which led to a proliferation of gasoline and diesel-powered trucks. Road building increased apace until goods could be delivered via truck as cheaply and with greater convenience than railroads.

Many casual observers mistakenly equate operating a freight truck with driving a very big car. Even today with fully powered systems and computer-operated driver aids, piloting a Big Rig is a skill which requires a great deal of training and even more miles of experience to master.

Jack Webb

More than a few agricultural workers have gone into trucking wanting to improve their station in life only to discover that truck driving is hard work! The long hours are nothing compared to the cargo some truckers are called to handle, like when Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune pilots a rig full of nitroglycerin to Los Angeles. Lum and Abner also have a boom on wheels when a bottle of nitro is loaded on a soda pop truck.

There are a few bad apples in radio dramas. Calling All Cars, Philo Vance, Richard Diamond, and Dragnet all have stories of hit-and-run crimes involving truck drivers. More often, it is the drivers and their loads being victimized. Dragnet has three stories about hijackers, an armored car robbery, and a mail truck heist. John Steel, Boston Blackie, Dick Tracy, Counterspies, Nick Carter, and Police Headquarters each get the call to track down truck highjackers.

Sometimes the trouble is not who is driving the truck or what it is carrying, but where the truck is going. On Escape, a team of Allied agents hitches a ride across the desert in a Nazi truck convoy so they can blow up the enemy base. A young boy is killed when he falls off a newspaper truck on 21st Precinct.

It is hard to imagine a stay-at-home guy like Fibber McGee ever having trouble with trucks or truckers, but he has to help a driver figure out how to handle a 350-pound crate. Another time, our friend in Wistful Vista has the bright idea to take all his friends to the drive-in movies aboard a flatbed truck. One of his worst experiences happened after winning a contest where the prize is a ride in the town firetruck, how could Fibber manage to dent the vehicle?

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    38 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 16 hours, 9 min
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      38 shows - total playtime 16 hours 9 minutes
      1. 21st Precinct 540630 13 YO Boy Dies Hitching Ride Truck.mp3
      2. Bb 4607166 Murdered Truck Driver.mp3
      3. Bb 4803031 Cobbs Trucking Co.mp3
      4. Behind Mike 401124 11 War News Mistakes.mp3
      5. Behind Mike 410420 31 Director Star Relations.mp3
      6. Big Town 400326 Death Rides Highway.mp3
      7. Big Town 490503 478 Fatal Alibi.mp3
      8. Calling All Cars 340606 Big Mail Robbery.mp3
      9. Calling All Cars 370317 Hit And Run Driver.mp3
      10. Calling All Cars 370921 Bone Button.mp3
      11. Casey Crime Photographer 461219 Christmas Shopping.mp3
      12. Counterspy 491013 Case Of High Class Hijacker.mp3
      13. Dick Tracy 470911 1152 Case Of Low Hijack.mp3
      14. Dragnet 491001 Truck Hijackers.mp3
      15. Dragnet 510823 Big In Laws.mp3
      16. Dragnet 511108 Big Hit And Run Killer.mp3
      17. Dragnet 520515 Big Mail.mp3
      18. Dragnet 530524 Big Gun Part 1.mp3
      19. Dragnet 530531 Big Gun Part 2.mp3
      20. Dragnet 531201 Big Odd.mp3
      21. Dragnet 531215 Big Brink.mp3
      22. Escape 530816 Thirteenth Truck.mp3
      23. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 490419 0584 New Fire Truck.mp3
      24. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540607 0915 350 Pound Crate.mp3
      25. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540715 0943 Planning Theatre Party.mp3
      26. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540716 0944 World Premiere Of.mp3
      27. Jerry At Fair Oaks 380000 Episode 040 Yorga Spotted.mp3
      28. John Steele Adventurer 500808 068 Long Road.mp3
      29. Let George Do It 491128 No Riders.mp3
      30. Lights Out 421006 001 What Devil.mp3
      31. Mandrake Magician 410414 067 Truck Is Headed To Secret Base.mp3
      32. Meet Millie 531022 Painting Town Red.mp3
      33. Mr District Attorney 530419 037 Murderous Good Samaritans.mp3
      34. Nick Carter 480328 333 Case Of Martyred Rat.mp3
      35. Philo Vance 490222 Herringbone Murder Case.mp3
      36. Police Headquarters 320000 02 Laundry Truck Kidnapping.mp3
      37. Richard Diamond 500705 Mike Burton Murder Case.mp3
      38. Rocky Fortune 540126 Hauling Nitro.mp3
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    total playtime 16 hours, 9 min
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      38 shows - total playtime 16 hours 9 minutes
      1. 21st Precinct 540630 13 YO Boy Dies Hitching Ride Truck.mp3
      2. Bb 4607166 Murdered Truck Driver.mp3
      3. Bb 4803031 Cobbs Trucking Co.mp3
      4. Behind Mike 401124 11 War News Mistakes.mp3
      5. Behind Mike 410420 31 Director Star Relations.mp3
      6. Big Town 400326 Death Rides Highway.mp3
      7. Big Town 490503 478 Fatal Alibi.mp3
      8. Calling All Cars 340606 Big Mail Robbery.mp3
      9. Calling All Cars 370317 Hit And Run Driver.mp3
      10. Calling All Cars 370921 Bone Button.mp3
      11. Casey Crime Photographer 461219 Christmas Shopping.mp3
      12. Counterspy 491013 Case Of High Class Hijacker.mp3
      13. Dick Tracy 470911 1152 Case Of Low Hijack.mp3
      14. Dragnet 491001 Truck Hijackers.mp3
      15. Dragnet 510823 Big In Laws.mp3
      16. Dragnet 511108 Big Hit And Run Killer.mp3
      17. Dragnet 520515 Big Mail.mp3
      18. Dragnet 530524 Big Gun Part 1.mp3
      19. Dragnet 530531 Big Gun Part 2.mp3
      20. Dragnet 531201 Big Odd.mp3
      21. Dragnet 531215 Big Brink.mp3
      22. Escape 530816 Thirteenth Truck.mp3
      23. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 490419 0584 New Fire Truck.mp3
      24. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540607 0915 350 Pound Crate.mp3
      25. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540715 0943 Planning Theatre Party.mp3
      26. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540716 0944 World Premiere Of.mp3
      27. Jerry At Fair Oaks 380000 Episode 040 Yorga Spotted.mp3
      28. John Steele Adventurer 500808 068 Long Road.mp3
      29. Let George Do It 491128 No Riders.mp3
      30. Lights Out 421006 001 What Devil.mp3
      31. Mandrake Magician 410414 067 Truck Is Headed To Secret Base.mp3
      32. Meet Millie 531022 Painting Town Red.mp3
      33. Mr District Attorney 530419 037 Murderous Good Samaritans.mp3
      34. Nick Carter 480328 333 Case Of Martyred Rat.mp3
      35. Philo Vance 490222 Herringbone Murder Case.mp3
      36. Police Headquarters 320000 02 Laundry Truck Kidnapping.mp3
      37. Richard Diamond 500705 Mike Burton Murder Case.mp3
      38. Rocky Fortune 540126 Hauling Nitro.mp3
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    38 recordings on 17 Audio CDs
    total playtime 16 hours, 9 min

    Trucking Disc A001

    1. Police Headquarters 320000 02 Laundry Truck Kidnapping
    2. Calling All Cars 340606 Big Mail Robbery

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    Trucking Disc A002

    1. Calling All Cars 370317 Hit And Run Driver
    2. Calling All Cars 370921 Bone Button

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    Trucking Disc A003

    1. Jerry At Fair Oaks 380000 Episode 040 Yorga Spotted
    2. Big Town 400326 Death Rides Highway

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    Trucking Disc A004

    1. Behind Mike 401124 11 War News Mistakes
    2. Mandrake Magician 410414 067 Truck Is Headed To Secret Base
    3. Behind Mike 410420 31 Director Star Relations

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    Trucking Disc A005

    1. Lights Out 421006 001 What Devil
    2. Bb 4607166 Murdered Truck Driver

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    Trucking Disc A006

    1. Casey Crime Photographer 461219 Christmas Shopping
    2. Dick Tracy 470911 1152 Case Of Low Hijack
    3. Bb 4803031 Cobbs Trucking Co

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    Trucking Disc A007

    1. Nick Carter 480328 333 Case Of Martyred Rat
    2. Philo Vance 490222 Herringbone Murder Case

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    Trucking Disc A008

    1. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 490419 0584 New Fire Truck
    2. Big Town 490503 478 Fatal Alibi

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    Trucking Disc A009

    1. Dragnet 491001 Truck Hijackers
    2. Counterspy 491013 Case Of High Class Hijacker

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    Trucking Disc A010

    1. Let George Do It 491128 No Riders
    2. Richard Diamond 500705 Mike Burton Murder Case

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    Trucking Disc A011

    1. John Steele Adventurer 500808 068 Long Road
    2. Dragnet 510823 Big In Laws

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    Trucking Disc A012

    1. Dragnet 511108 Big Hit And Run Killer
    2. Dragnet 520515 Big Mail

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    Trucking Disc A013

    1. Mr District Attorney 530419 037 Murderous Good Samaritans
    2. Dragnet 530524 Big Gun Part 1

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    Trucking Disc A014

    1. Dragnet 530531 Big Gun Part 2
    2. Escape 530816 Thirteenth Truck

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    Trucking Disc A015

    1. Meet Millie 531022 Painting Town Red
    2. Dragnet 531201 Big Odd

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    Trucking Disc A016

    1. Dragnet 531215 Big Brink
    2. Rocky Fortune 540126 Hauling Nitro
    3. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540607 0915 350 Pound Crate

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    Trucking Disc A017

    1. 21st Precinct 540630 13 YO Boy Dies Hitching Ride Truck
    2. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540715 0943 Planning Theatre Party
    3. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 540716 0944 World Premiere Of

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