Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Glowing Dial LIVE Halloween Show!

Hello my devoted fans:

Just wanted to invite you all to listen to our first Glowing Dial LIVE Halloween show this Sunday, October 30th from 4pm to approx. 11:30 pm EST. The longer running time is so that, after the LIVE portion, we can present our 2003 War Of The Worlds Tribute show.
The Tribute will include the Mercury Theatre original (timed to hit at 8pm EST as it did 78 years ago), some interviews with Orson Welles and company, the excellent WKBW, Buffalo remake plus our own tongues-planted-firmly-in-cheek version of the classic radio play.

The LIVE portion of the show will feature myself and my co-hosts Stu and Greg (and even a few friends thrown in for good measure).
We'll be playing some spooky old time radio shows, reading a few spooky poems and sharing some of our spooky but real stories.
We invite you, our listeners to call in and share some of your ghostly goings-on as well.

You can Skype us by searching for The Glowing Dial LIVE and adding us to your list of contacts or you can simply phone us at 248-221-2011. Please remember to only Skype or call during LIVE show times and wait until we "open the Skype/phone lines" before calling.

We'll even have a trivia question (not too difficult). Be the first one to answer the question either via Skype, phone or our chat room and you will win a nifty Horror and Suspense OTR Sampler (about 15 shows) on a convenient USB flash drive! Of course, if you're the winner, we'll need you to e-mail us with your mailing address so we can get your prize out to you.

You can hear the show by going to where there is an embedded player.
You can alternately go to our Mixlr LIVE Page at to hear the show there.
Just sign in at our Mixlr LIVE Page and you can join us in the chat room while the show is on.

The fun all starts at 4pm EST, Sunday October 30, 2016!

Hope to see you all on the radio!

Best to all, Big John Matthews
Host - The Glowing Dial and
The Glowing Dial LIVE

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Glowing Dial LIVE Premieres TODAY!!!

Today is the day!!!
The Glowing Dial LIVE premieres today, October 16, 2016 from 4 to 7pm Eastern Time!

Hear us at our webpage:
Join us at our Mixlr Live Page:

Join us in the chat room on our Mixlr Live Page too!

We also want to hear from you via Skype!
Our Skype account is: The Glowing Dial LIVE
Make us one of your regular contacts!

Please remember to call ONLY during show times and wait until we "open the Skype lines" before you call.

You can request an old time radio show or just chat OTR with us!

Please listen in as we want our first show to go off without a hitch!

Big John Matthews

The Glowing Dial - Show No. POD45 Premieres!

The Glowing Dial
Latest Episode: POD45
running from October 16 to November 5, 2016
run time: 2 hrs. 56 min. 25 sec.

Big John and Steve celebrate Halloween!

The Great Gildersleeve - "The Halloween Party"
originally aired Sunday, October 31, 1943 on NBC
Starring: Harold Peary, Walter Tetley, Lurene Tuttle, Lillian Randolph, Richard LeGrand, Shirley Mitchell, Earle Ross, Bea Benadaret.
Ken Carpenter announcing.
Sponsor: Kraft Foods
Author's Playhouse - "The Inexperienced Ghost" by H.G. Wells
originally aired Monday, December 4, 1944 on NBC
Starring: Herb Butterfield, Wilms Herbert, Claire Brown, Charles Egleston.

Fibber McGee and Molly - "Halloween Party At Gildersleeve's House"
originally aired Tuesday, October 24, 1939 on NBC
Starring: Jim and Marian Jordan, Harold Peary, Donald Novis, Bill Thompson, Billy Mills Orchestra, Isabel Randolph.
Harlow Wilcox announcing.
Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

Our Miss Brooks - "Halloween Party"
originally aired Sunday, October 30, 1949 on CBS
Starring: Eve Arden, Jane Morgan, Richard Crenna, Gale Gordon, Leonard Smith, Jeff Chandler, Gloria McMillan.
Bob Lemond announcing.
Sponsor: Colgate Dental Cream, Lustre Creme Shampoo

Click this link to LISTEN NOW!

Click this link for show details and for information on how you can subscribe to our podcast!

Remember: our show is now available on Google Play Music, YouTube and The Internet Archive! Go to our "Shows" page at the above url for details.

PLEASE REMEMBER our LIVE show also premieres today, Sunday, October 16, 2016!! It airs from 4 to 7pm Eastern Time. Hear it at our website: or you can hear it at our Mixlr Live Page at: .

Harold Peary was The Great Gildersleeve

Herb Butterfield

Jim and Marian Jordan were Fibber McGee and Molly

Eve Arden was Our Miss Brooks

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Reminder: The Glowing Dial LIVE Premieres This Sunday!!!

Hello fellow old time radio fans!

We're still on track for the October 16th premiere of The Glowing Dial LIVE! We hope all of you will be there listening! It will mean a lot to me if you are, this being the first show and all. We might have an event happening too, all 3 of my co-hosts there at once! Here's hoping.

The show starts at 4pm Eastern and goes to 7pm Eastern. We have some fun stuff planned and that includes YOU! Yes, we want you to call in to the Live show! You'll need Skype for this so download it if you don't already have it. Our Skype account is: The Glowing Dial LIVE. LIVE is supposed to be in all caps. Find us and make us one of your regular contacts! Remember NOT to call until I ask for calls as we may have an interview going on beforehand.

We plan to talk to our own Jerry Haendiges. I'm also going to try to get Martin Grams, Jr. prolific author of many books on old time radio! I'll even be playing all our old Celebrity Interviews from the late 90s from time to time!

All the details of the Live show are on my webpage at Just click on "Shows" on the menu to the left for the skinny (no, not me, I'm rotund as you all know).

On October 30th, we're doping our Halloween Live show with lots of goodies planned, but after the show, don't go anywhere because at 7:30pm Eastern, I will come back on the air and I'll be playing our 2003 Glowing Dial tribute to War Of The Worlds. It will be timed so that The Merciry Theatre's version of WOTW will start right at 8pm Eastern, just like it did on CBS 78 years ago to the night. Of course, part of that tribute is our own tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek version of WOTW, a classic to be sure ... or is it?

And we have our latest episode of The Glowing Dial tri-weekly podcast also premiering this Sunday, October 16! Look for the announcement here that morning.

That's all for now, please pass the word about the LIVE show.

See you on the radio!
Big John Matthews
PS - Oh yes, you can hear the LIVE show at by clicking "Shows" on the left menu. You can also go to our "Live Page" at There you can hop into the chat room with us while we're on the air.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Glowing Dial LIVE Premieres October 16, 2016!!!

Hello Old Time Radio fans!!

As announced earlier, The Glowing Dial LIVE is definitely happening. We now have a Premiere date and dates thru the rest of the year (so far). Everything below should explain things. Any questions, please respond to this post or e-mail me at

The Glowing Dial LIVE with Big John and Company
We're about to start broadcasting The Glowing Dial LIVE with Big John and Company! This will be an extension of our ongoing tri-weekly podcasts which will continue as usual. With the LIVE show, we hope to be able to take calls from you, our listeners! You can call in (one at a time for now) via SKYPE and talk with us and even request old time radio shows! If we have the show at hand, we'll play it for you almost immediately! 
There will also be a chat room active during the show so you can chat with us! You'll probably have to go to to access the chat room.
Our LIVE episodes will be archived on our "Showreel" page at Mixlr as well as here at The Glowing Dial Page. It's free to sign up at Mixlr, so no worries there. 
The Glowing Dial LIVE will be airing on Sundays, twice a month, from 4pm to 7pm EST. You will be able to hear the show LIVE right at The Glowing Dial Page, using the embedded player on our "Shows" page at . 
Remember to check the above link to see when the next show will be. Check our Shows page as well as our Facebook Page, Blog and Discussion List for updates and show dates!
The PREMIERE episode of The Glowing Dial LIVE will be Sunday, October 16 from 4-7pm EST!
SKYPE into the show and talk OTR and Nostalgia with us and even request a show!
Our SKYPE account name is: The Glowing Dial LIVE. Be sure to make us one of your regular contacts! Please do not call outside show times and wait until we "open the Skype lines" before calling. 
Other LIVE episodes will be: October 30th, 2016 4-7pm EST (our Halloween show) November 13, 2016 4-7 pm EST November 27, 2016 4-7 pm EST December 11, 2016 4-7 pm EST December 25, 2016 4-7 pm EST (our Christmas show) Broadcast dates for 2017 to be announced very soon!

So there it is folks!
Please tell your OTR friends and family members to listen in. We want some good numbers for our first (and all other) episode!

Thanks for reading and we'll see you on the radio!
Big John Matthews
The Glowing Dial