Ron's Amazing Stories
Ron's Amazing stories is a weekly podcast which presents truly amazing tales. These will range from dramatic readings to old time radio. We also have interviews with authors, radio personalities and even sports legends. So tune in each week to find out what are Ron's Amazing Stories.

On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories we present one the golden age of radio’s best plays, The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The tale is set in 1792, during the early stages of the French Revolution. Marguerite St. Just is the wife of wealthy English fop Sir Percy Blakeney, a baronet. Before their marriage, Marguerite took revenge upon the Marquis de St. Cyr, who had ordered her brother to be beaten for his romantic interest in the Marquis' daughter. This all ended with the unintended consequence of the Marquis and his sons being sent to the guillotine. When Percy found out, he became estranged from his wife. Marguerite, for her part, has become disillusioned with Percy's shallow, dandyish lifestyle.

This where our story begins and it is handled quite well by Lux Radio Theater. This production brings back one its stars from the original 1934 movie cast, The Scarlet Pimpernel himself, Leslie Howard. Playing the role of his estranged wife is Olivia de Havilland. Quite the cast, and two of hollywood’s greatest, to be sure. The film was adapted to radio by Lux in 1938 and played in December of that year.

Direct download: RAS260-Pimpernel-092216.mp3
Category:Drama -- posted at: 9:42am PDT

On this amazing episode we have three different stories. Debra Yates join us to update us about her book release and read a passage from, Woman of Many Names. Then we have one from Suspense, and we follow that up with a skit from me called ‘A Simple Sunday Morning’. So press that play button, you know you want to.

On our OTR story for this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories - A timid, henpecked husband dreams of being a tough-guy gangster, and when his idol comes to town, he seeks him out to help him deal with his domineering wife. You might be saying what the heck kind of story is that? Well, one that is actually pretty good!

Direct download: RAS259-3Stories-091516.mp3
Category:Suspense -- posted at: 11:16am PDT

A few weeks ago I did a special tribute to Mark Twain. While doing the research for that show I ran across a song about Twain called 1,000 Years by Sincerely, Iris. I contacted them and got permission to play the song as part of the tribute. Since then I have had the good fortune to meet the founder of the group, Todd Murray and he is here to share his music, tell some stories and tell us all about Road Trip music. This is a very cool episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories!

Sincerely Iris Interviewed -show links:

Website

Facebook

Official Video for Just Like a Dog

Cover of AC/DC’s - Done Dirt Cheap & Thunderstruck

Program Note - All of the music used in today’s show was approved by Todd Murray and Sincerely, Iris. Ron’s Amazing Stories appreciates Todd for allowing us to play his music, but hold no rights to these works and any questions about their usage should be directed to Todd Murray <todd@sincerelyiris.com>.

Direct download: RAS258-SincerelyIris-090816.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:31am PDT

We have an amazing show. Two aliens walk into a city, two aliens escape, or do they? A professor is contacted by aliens, has this first contact doomed the earth? And finally a one legged man is murdered and you must solve the crime. Sound like a good program? I agree!

Our old time radio program for this week comes from a little known show called Hall Of Fantasy. This was a mystery based broadcast on KSL radio, Salt Lake City Utah. It was on the air in the late 40's and early 50's. The story is called, The Man From Second Earth  and it first aired August 10, 1953.

On, “As read by”, we have a classic science fiction story written by G.L. Vandenburg called Jubilation USA. It first appeared in Amazing Stories Magazine in the late 1950’s and is read by Phil Chenevert.

Direct download: RAS257-Jubilation-090116.mp3
Category:Sci Fi -- posted at: 8:19am PDT

We have a mystery this week that is also a ghostly comedy.  Our story comes from the NBC series Screen Directors’ Playhouse.  It is a radio adaptation of the 1940 film The Ghost Breakers, which is a comedy directed by George Marshall. Its cast includes Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. The film was adapted from the play The Ghost Breaker by Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard. Along with great films like, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Cat and the Canary, Ghost Breakers is cited as a prime example of the classic Hollywood horror-comedy.  It first aired on the radio on April 3, 1949. Also, Included in this episode is a special second story called The Stone Coffin. You can listen to the podcast right here.

Programing note: This podcast is replay of an earlier broadcast. It was first published in June of 2015.

Direct download: RASreplay-082516.mp3
Category:Comedy-Drama -- posted at: 9:16am PDT

One Thousand Years? What does that mean? This week’s show is jam-packed. We open with a woman who can’t button a suit, ride with Marshall Dillon on a stagecoach loaded with criminals and then we learn a thing or two from Mark Twain about sleeping in your own bed. We end the show with a song from Sincerely, Iris called, 1,000 Years. If that isn't a loaded show than paint me yellow.

Sincerely, Iris Visit Ron’s Amazing Stories

While doing my research for the podcast this week I ran across a song written for and about Mark Twain. I loved it and I wanted to play it. So, I tracked down the songwriter and he gave his permission for me to do so! The name of the band is Sincerely, Iris and the song is called 1,000 years. You can visit their website at sincerelyiris.com and their song is available on iTunes.

Direct download: RAS256-1000Years-081816.mp3
Category:Western -- posted at: 10:22am PDT

On this episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories Jim Harold, podcast mogul and author, is here to tell us about his brand new book. What is it? I just can’t wait to tell ya. Also, we will share an OTR story that is consistently cited as one of the most terrifying programs broadcast during radio's Golden Age. It ain't no joke!  

Guest - Jim Harold

Jim began podcasting in 2005 starting with his signature show the Paranormal Podcast. He has since branched out and created his campfire program and paranormal plus network.  Jim also has written four books with a fifth coming out this October.  He just released an Adult Coloring Book based on his listeners call-ins. His free programs include: The Paranormal Podcast – Serious interviews with newsmakers in paranormal studies (audio).  Jim’s first and most downloaded program. Jim Harold’s Campfire – Listeners talk about their supernatural experiences (audio).  His books are based on the show and are available at most bookstores. Jim Harold on FaceBook Jim Harold on Twitter

OTR Story - The House on Cypress Canyon

The House in Cypress Canyon, is an episode of the American radio series Suspense. Written by Robert L. Richards, produced and directed by William Spier, It was originally broadcast December 5, 1946. The plot is presented as a "story within a story," framed by a meeting between detective Sam Spade (played by Howard Duff) and a friend who has discovered the manuscript regarding the mysterious house. After a brief introduction, the narrative shifts to the story presented in the manuscript.

Direct download: RAS255-CypressCanyon-081116.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:09am PDT

On the podcast this week we have what has been called one of the best episodes of Suspense ever. I quite agree. Also, we will have short story written by Stephen Leacock called Maddened By Mystery. Leacock was the master of the humorous mystery. The OTR tale for this episode on Ron’s Amazing Stories has everything a good story needs and more.  It comes from without any doubt the best of the best story tellers from the golden age of radio, Suspense. Our story tells us about a hired thug that is paid by his boss to kidnap a man and take him to what he fears will be his death. It is called Feast of the Furies and originally aired on July 11, 1946.

Program Note: I want to personally thank all of you that wrote in about the Glenn Miller Special. I thought I was taking a chance with that one and from your response it appears I need not have worried. You guys are great. Keep those comments and stories coming - Ron

Direct download: RAS254-MadMysteries-080416.mp3
Category:Suspense -- posted at: 10:55am PDT

We have so many cool things on this edition of Ron’s Amazing Stories, that it makes the moonglow. Okay, I know that doesn’t make any sense, but it will. There are major updates to talk about, A OTR episode that makes space flight sound down right awful and a special treat that will take you back to the days of the great space race. So, press that play button now. You know you want to.

Moonglow

One of the stories this week comes from the pen of G.L. Vanderberg. It was first read on the pages of Amazing Stories the magazine in 1958. It tells of the space race from the viewpoint of pre 1960’s America. To them going to the moon is science fiction. To us it’s fact or perhaps a conspiracy, depending on who you believe. The story is called moonglow and it is something amazing!

Direct download: RAS253-Moonglow-072816.mp3
Category:Sci Fi -- posted at: 11:15am PDT

The Glenn Miller Special

Okay prepare yourself, this is not going to be your typical episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories. Don’t worry we have stories; a case of murder and one of smuggling, but the bulk of the show is going to be handled by famous bandleader. On this episode you're going to have to keep an open mind. If you read the blog this week you already have a pretty good idea of what is coming. But it hopes to be so much more than that. So press that play button and find out for yourself. -Ron

The Five Minute Mystery

The Five Minute Mystery is back this week with two more episodes. Your response to these keeps me bringing them to you. I have to admit they are fun to listen to. The five minute mystery series was created to help stations promote themselves or their products. It must have been pretty successful because there sure are a whole lot of them.

Direct download: RAS252-GlennMiller-072116.mp3
Category:Misc -- posted at: 9:44am PDT