Old Time Radio
This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.
Good Stuff, Evokes Its Era Nicely
NIGHTBEAT was a very good series about a peripatetic newspaperman, Randy Stone, excellently portrayed by Frank Lovejoy. Some of the episodes are prosaic and predictable, others quite moving. The series doesn't quite reach the heights of its better known contemporary, DRAGNET, but it has a nice feel for big city life circa 1950, give or take a year or two, and some of the writing is first rate. The setting is Chicago, and the show "uses" the city effectively and realistically. Someone had clearly done his homework on this one. I wish the writers had reached a little higher, though, been more experimental, tried a little harder to be original. Still, on its own terms, NIGHTBEAT was a well above average series.
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Only contains three episodes! Update: downloaded all, most episodes corrupted for play on MP3 player. Track will play partway through but will skip at precise points to next track. You can scan past skip but track will skip again at the same points every time. Many files in the archive appear to be corrupted this way. They are playable if converted to .wav form and played in standard CD player, or if played on the computer... so possibly an issue with my Sansa Clip MP3 player? Not sure, but many series I've downloaded from this archive do it. Even so, I'm thrilled to have them. Wish I could listen to these all the way through.
These are good shows. But like a lot of archive.org shows, the technical quality varies widely. Usually, the first shows are muffled and are full of audio tape dropout. It's a shame that the person re-recording them couldn't have simply paid attention to the quality. I had to go to the tenth show before the quality got somewhat consistent. It's not enough to simply compile shows. The quality has to be there, too.
Night_Beat_50_04_16_xxxx_World_Of_His_Own_Special_Rebroadcast_Certified_but_is_it.mp3 was actually was 50-04-10 I Know Your Secret (Randy Stone fishes Wanda Rhodes out of the river) The 50-04-16 broadcast was from a special repeat week and following the pattern of the other shows from that week should open with "The National Broadcasting Company wishes to call your attention to a program regularly heard on Monday evenings..." Night_Beat_51_07_20_0051_The_City_At_Your_Fingertips.mp3 was actually from 50-07-31 Night_Beat_52_06_26_0099_Reformer.mp3 was 52-07-03 The Old Itch Night_Beat_52_07_03_0100_The_Old_Itch.mp3 was 52-07-03 Reformer
As a Sansa owner, I also had a problem listening to the episodes. I managed to listen to "Zero" on the otr blog, but other sites, even, have been uncooperative with downloading. Really too bad, as Zero was really good and pretty much exactly what I like in radio heroes. Any suggestions for downloading elsewhere??? REALLY want to continue on with the series!
Night Beat has always been one of my favorite radio programs. Frank Lovejoy does a superb job as Randy Stone a likable news-reporter searching the big city streets of Chicago for a human interest story for his paper. What he finds are the little known dramatic events that happen in the lives of the people he meets.
Previewed About 20 Of The Files And Yes There Not Perfect ! As Old As They Are It's Amazing They Even Survived ! It Is Ashame With Todays Technology Someone Hasn't Cleaned Them Up ! I For One Wouldn't Have A Clue ! Too Bad I Sure Would !
Nightbeat was one of the better dramatic programs. Good stories, and Frank Lovejoys performance was great. True, some of the shows are not of the best quality soundwise, but the few I listened to were acceptable. As old as these shows are, you cant expect them to be perfect.