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AbbottAndCostello
AirAdventuresJimmieAllen
AldrichFamily
AllStarWesternTheatre
AmosAndy
ArchieAndrews
Blondie
BoldVenture
BoldVentureZIVSequence
BostonBlackie
Box13
BulldogDrummond
Contribs
Counterspy
DangerDoctorDanfield
DangerousAssignment
DangerousAssignmentBackup
DannyKayeShow
DimensionX
DuffysTavern
FredAllenFredAllenShow
FredAllenHourOfSmiles
FredAllenLinitBathClubRevue
FredAllenSaladBowlRevue
FredAllenSalHepaticaRevue
FredAllenShow
FredAllenShowOneLog
FredAllenTexacoStarTheater
FredAllenTownHallTonight
FrontierGentleman
GreatGildersleeveHaroldPeary
GreatGildersleeveWillardWaterman
Gunsmoke
HallsOfIvy
HaveGunWillTravel
HomePage
InnerSanctum
JackBennyProgram01
JackBennyProgram02
JackBennyProgram03
JackBennyProgram04
JackBennyProgram05
JonathanThomasChristmasOnTheMoon
LineUp
LukeSlaughter
LumAndAbner1
ManCalledX
MrMrsNorth
OnStage
OzzieAndHarriet
PatNovakForHire
ProudlyWeHail
RadioGOLDINdex
RichardDiamond
RichardDiamondPrivateDetective
RoguesGallery
StewartMessage
SuspensePartOne
SuspensePartTwo
TemplateScript
ThatHammerGuy
TheAdventuresOfSuperman
TheAdventuresOfSupermanPageEight
TheAdventuresOfSupermanPageFive
TheAdventuresOfSupermanPageFour
TheAdventuresOfSupermanPageOne
TheAdventuresOfSupermanPageSeven
TheAdventuresOfSupermanPageSix
TheAdventuresOfSupermanPageThree
TheAdventuresOfSupermanPageTwo
TheaterFive
TheCoupleNextDoor01
TheGreenHornet
TheGreenHornetPageFour
TheGreenHornetPageOne
TheGreenHornetPageThree
TheGreenHornetPageTwo
TheHallsOfIvy
TheManCalledX
TheSixShooter
VicAndSade
WildBillHickok
YouBetYourLife


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AddressUnknown
BabeRuthCollection
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigator
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigatorPage01
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigatorPage02
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigatorPage03
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigatorPage04
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigatorPage10
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigatorPage15
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigatorPage99
BarrieCraigConfidentialInvestigatorPageFooter
BehindTheScene
BigShow
BlackMuseum
BlairOfTheMounties
BlueBeetle
Box13
BrightStar
BroadwaysMyBeat
BroadwaysMyBeatFooter
BroadwaysMyBeatPage01
BroadwaysMyBeatPage02
BroadwaysMyBeatPage03
BroadwaysMyBeatPage10
BroadwaysMyBeatPage15
BroadwaysMyBeatPage99
CandyMatsonYukon28209
CaseDismissed
CavalcadeOfAmerica
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage01
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage02
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage03
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage04
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage05
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage06
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage07
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage08
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage10
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage15
CavalcadeOfAmericaPage99
CavalcadeOfAmericaPageFooter
CavalcadeOfKings
Chase
ChetChettersTalesFromTheMorgue
CinnamonBear
CloakAndDagger
ClydeBeattyShow
CrimeClassics
CruiseOfThePollParrot
DangerouslyYours
DangerWithGrainger
DarkFantasy
DayOfTheTraffids
DevilAndMrO
Dragnet
DragnetPage01
DragnetPage02
DragnetPage03
DragnetPage04
DragnetPage10
DragnetPage15
DragnetPage99
DragnetPageFooter
DrJekyllAndMrHyde
FalconTheAdventuresOfThe
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FalconTheAdventuresOfThePage10
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FalconTheAdventuresOfThePage99
FamilyDoctor
FatMan
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FatManPage10
FatManPage15
FatManPage99
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FireFighters
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FrontierGentleman
GoodNewsOf
GreenValleyLine
HallsOfIvy
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HallsOfIvyPage01
HallsOfIvyPage10
HallsOfIvyPage15
HelloAmericans
HillbillyBoys
HomePage
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InTheNameOfTheLaw
ItSticksOutHalfAMile
LetGeorgeDoIt
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LetGeorgeDoItPage10
LetGeorgeDoItPage15
LetGeorgeDoItPage99
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MayorOfTheTown
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MrPresident
MysteryHouse
NeroWolfeTheNewAdventuresOf
Nightwatch
PhilipMarloweBBC
PhilipMarloweTheAdventuresOf
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PhilipMarloweTheAdventuresOfFootnote
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PhilipMarloweTheAdventuresOfPage10
PhilipMarloweTheAdventuresOfPage15
PhilipMarloweTheAdventuresOfPage90
PhilipMarloweTheAdventuresOfPage99
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PhiloVance
PlanetMan
PoliceHeadquarters
PopeyeTheSailor
PrivateFilesOfRexSaunders
QuietPlease
RadioHallOfFame
RedBookDramas
RichardDiamondPrivateDetective
RockyFortune
SamSpadeTheAdventuresOf
SealedBook
SecretAgentK7
SecretsofScotlandYard
ShellChateau
SherlockHolmesConwayAndBruce
SherlockHolmesRathboneAndBruce
SilentMen
SixShooter
SkyKing
SmithsOfHollywood
StandByForCrime
StrokeOfFate
Whitehall1212
WorldAdventurersClub
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YoursTrulyJohnnyDollarPage11
YoursTrulyJohnnyDollarPage12
YoursTrulyJohnnyDollarPage99

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Click on the links in the table below to get to the First Lines template for the series. Click here to see the script used to create the First Line Templates.


One of the most common problems collectors of old time radio series face is that of multiple episodes floating around under various titles. The problem is compounded by the fact that many groups do distributions of the same series and because there is no hobby-wide accepted agreement on naming episodes that have no 'official' titles, many of these round robins contain many duplicates. To add insult to injury, some dealers sell series with many duplicated episodes, but try to pass them off as different episodes.

Thus, it can be a real pain when you find out that you have nine copies of the same episode, all with a different title!

Some series announce the title of an episode in the beginning of a show, while others mention it at the end, and others don't mention the title at all. Some shows don't even have official titles, with collectors and distributors creating one on their own. One way to help identify episodes that cannot be easily identified is by the first line of dialog. To this end, some great work has been completed by various enthusiasts and collectors, some of which has been posted on our website, on the First Line Page. The downside of this method is that it may take months for someone to go through the episodes and record the first lines, and that is only after time is spent ensuring that their shows are correctly named and dated, and so on.

To help speed up the process, The Old Time Radio Researchers Group have set up this wiki. For the benefit of those unfamiliar with wikis, a wiki is a webpage that is editable by anyone. A good example of this is Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [As an aside, Wikipedia has some very interesting entries about various OTR personalities, including George Burns, Jack Benny, Orson Welles, and others.] The coolest thing is, if you find any mistakes or wish to add information, you are free to do so. Just edit the page.

The idea is that instead of having one person work on an entire series by themselves, distribute the work amongst anyone interested. Hopefully, this will enable people help out even if they can't commit to a whole series (due to lack of time, etc.). People who have not spent years researching and collecting Old Time Radio can still help out. All they have to do is listen to an episode, record the first line, and post it on the wiki.

The wiki will help this out in a couple ways:
1) relatively instant updates to the completed work. people won't duplicate other work or wait around for someone to finish before adding their own two cents. As soon as one person updates the wiki page, everyone can see what was done.

2) We are setting up templates for the information entry, based on the Otter Database Logs. All episodes will be listed on the page, whether they have been "First Lined" yet or not. This is different than the way it has been done till now (for the most part), with people adding episodes to the list only after they have recorded the first line for the show. By letting people see which available episodes have not yet had their first lines recorded, they will easily be able to pick up where someone has left off.


Please Read Stewart's Message regarding first lines. He brings up some very good points that should be taken into account before adding First Line information.

In order to make it easier to tell which episodes were already edited, please edit the color of the episode. If you are sure you got it right, use blue. If you have any doubt about the information, use red. Instructions to do so can be found on the bottom of this page.

Feel free to add any information to the episode that you feel may be of value. AKAs and Guest Stars come to mind.

Not Yet Completed
AbbottAndCostelloAirAdventuresJimmieAllenThe Danny Kaye ShowGunsmoke
Richard Diamond Private DetectiveOnStageProudlyWeHailInnerSanctum
TheaterFiveBlondieTheFalconAldrichFamily
BulldogDrummondThe Fred Allen ShowMr. and Mrs. NorthDuffy's Tavern
Amos 'n' AndyGreatGildersleeveHaroldPearyGreatGildersleeveWillardWatermanTheAdventuresOfSuperman
DangerousAssignmentBoldVentureBold Venture (ZIV Sequence) 
Mostly Completed - Needs Final Touchups Before Inclusion In The Website
ArchieAndrewsTheHallsOfIvyTheManCalledX
Completed
TheSixShooterPatNovakForHire
Rogue's GalleryHaveGunWillTravel
WildBillHickokBostonBlackie
ThatHammerGuy

Editing Text Color

To edit the color of an episode, put %COLOR% at the beginning of the episode [The %COLOR% must go right at the beginning of the paragraph], where COLOR is either RED or BLUE (they must be capitalized).

Basically, the blue or red colors are an indication of how you feel about the information you provided for the program. If you are satisfied that your information is correct, change the color of the episode information to blue. If, for whatever reason, you are not 100% sure that your information is correct (for example, you couldn't quite hear all the words in the first line or you aren't 100% sure that you have the episode correctly named), mark the episode information in red. This will make it easier for other people to know which episodes are already done so they can work on other ones.

For an example of this, take a look at the Pat Novak First Line page. The episodes that are definitely correct are marked in blue and the episodes that are questionable are marked in red.

[To color a specific line (instead of the whole paragraph), use lowercase colors instead: %color%]

Here is an example from the Archie Andrews First Line page:

by adding %BLUE% before the episode entry:

%BLUE%Date Aired : 48/07/17 
Episode Number : ---- 
Available : * 
Title/Plot/Host: Mr Andrews Wallpapers a Room 
aka: Mr. Andrews Wallpapers The Living Room 
aka: Archie Helps Mr. Andrews Wallpaper The Living Room 
First Line : (Mr Andrews chuckling, talking to self while reading
newspaper) '[mumbling] so my little girl she goes to me and says [mumbling]
haha haha' [Mrs Andrews] Oh, Fred. [Mr Andrews] Yes, Dear [Mrs Andrews]
Fred, there's something I want to ask you. Fred, I'd like to have the
living room wallpapered. 
Synopsis: Mr. Andrews decides to repaper the living room himself to "save
money," things don't quite work out that way.

Date Aired : 48/07/17
Episode Number : ----
Available : *
Title/Plot/Host: Mr Andrews Wallpapers a Room
aka: Mr. Andrews Wallpapers The Living Room
aka: Archie Helps Mr. Andrews Wallpaper The Living Room
First Line : (Mr Andrews chuckling, talking to self while reading newspaper) '[mumbling] so my little girl she goes to me and says [mumbling] haha haha' [Mrs Andrews] Oh, Fred. [Mr Andrews] Yes, Dear [Mrs Andrews] Fred, there's something I want to ask you. Fred, I'd like to have the living room wallpapered.
Synopsis: Mr. Andrews decides to repaper the living room himself to "save money," things don't quite work out that way.

To make an entry red, put %RED% before the entry:

%RED%This
should
be
red

This
should
be
red

To do any other color, use %block color=color%, where color is any other color. Look Here for some example.

There are many more colors you can use:

%black%black%%, %white bgcolor=black%white (with black background)%%,
%red%red%%, %green%green%%, %blue%blue%%, %gray%gray%%,

black, white (with black background), red, green, blue, gray,

Or see this page for a rainbow of colors you can use.

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