This Retro Cocktail Hour episode is our annual Halloween Spooktacular, chockful of ghoulishly groovy tunes, swingin' spooks and trailers from cheesy horror films. There's music from classic albums like Alfred Hitchcock's Music to Be Murdered By and Shock: Music in Hi-Fi, plus monster pop from bands like The Vampires, The Weirdos, The Jimmy Psycho Experiment and the Tiki Tones, as well as tunes from The Addams Family, The Munsters, Horror of Dracula, The Wolf Man and more - AND Lon Chaney, Jr. sings!
The music is served "shaken, not stirred" every week on The Retro Cocktail Hour. Here you'll find vintage recordings from the dawn of the Hi-Fi Era - imaginative, light-hearted (and sometimes light headed) pop stylings designed to underscore everything from the backyard barbecue to the high-tech bachelor pad.
Among the artists featured on The Retro Cocktail Hour are lounge legends like Frank Sinatra and Juan Esquivel; tiki gods Martin Denny and Les Baxter; swinging cocktail combos featuring The Three Suns and Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo; and mambo king Perez Prado. The series also spotlights up and coming lounge/exotica artists, including Waitiki, Ixtahuele, the Tikiyaki Orchestra, Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack, the Voodoo Organist and many more.
Each hour of the show is discrete and can be used in a variety of ways - a weekly two-hour show; a weekly one-hour show; or twice weekly one-hour shows. Custom promos and fundraising pitches available on request.
Join host Darrell Brogdon at the underground martini bunker for the sounds of space age pop and incredibly strange music!
It’s Halloween night, then Toussaint (All Saints Day) and All Souls Day, also Dia de los Muertos. We mark the season with songs and stories of hauntings, voodoo, and the afterlife in a devout and disruptive mix that honors and humours the dead, past and present. Hear from native New Orleanians Dr. John and Charles Neville about their encounters with the spirit world, and a trip to the local botanica in search of potions and charms to conjure good luck. Then California ofrenda maker Ofelia Esparza reveals the meanings behind her altar work for remembering loved ones on the Day of the Dead. Plus holiday and holy day sounds from Cassandra Wilson, Muddy Waters, Ana Tijoux, Gene Vincent and Santana.
While little Halloween ghosts, goblins and ghouls overrun neighborhoods across the land, join Rachel Stewart and Christen Crumpler for your All Hallows evening. We’ve got scary favorites from Mozart to Michael Jackson, and you’ll hear a ghost story or two. When we’re done, you’ll think twice before going into the dark.
9pm-House Of Mystery - Halloween
(John Griggs as Roger Elliot)
9:30pm-The Whistler - Deal With Death
(Host-Marvin Miller, Bill Forman-The Voice of The Whistler)
(Frank Lovejoy & Ted de Corsia)
10pm-The Mysterious Traveler - The Locomotive Ghost
(Maurice Tarplin, James McCallion, Joe Julian,
Bryna Raeburn & Cameron Andrews)
10:30pm-Lights Out - The Author & The Thing
(Creator-Wyllis Cooper & Writer-Arch Oboler)
11pm-Weird Circle - Oblong Box
(Various Stars-Lawson Zerbe, Gladys Thornton,
Walter Vaughn and Arnold Moss)
11:30pm-Edgar Bergin & Charlie McCarthy
Mercury Theatre On The Air - War Of The Worlds(Oct 30th, 1938)
(Author-H.G. Wells, Screenwriter-John Houseman, Howard Koch,
Announcer-Dan Seymour, w-Orson Welles, William Alland, Carl Frank, William Herz, Frank Readick, Richard Wilson & Kenny Delmar)
12am-Mercury Theatre - War Of The Worlds(Part-2)
(H.G. Wells meets Orson Welles)
6:20pm Lauren Lapka from the WGN Radio Newsroom will join Dave in studio to talk about reporting on the paranormal and her elaborate pumpkin carving
6:38pm Dave and Lauren welcome author Adam Selzer to chat about his new book ‘Graceland Cemetery: Chicago Stories, Symbols and Secrets’
7:07pm Chicago Ghostlorist Ursula Bielski continues her decade long tradition on WGN of sharing the hauntings of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Archer Avenue, The Willowbrook Ballroom, Montrose Point, the old lockup at the Maxwell Street Police Station, The Congress Hotel and Resurrection Mary
7:50pm Dave will share a Wally Philips Halloween tradition: Arch Oboler’s ‘The Dark’
8:07pm Author and movie historian David Skal will talk about about 31 classic horror movies from his book ‘Fright Favorites’
8:47pm Suspense: ‘On a Country Road’. Running out of gas on a foggy country road, a couple become frightened by a news report of a murderous woman who escapes from an asylum and is on the loose. Stars Cary Grant, Cathy Lewis and Jeanette Nolan
9:37pm This is History with Dave Schwan, featuring the late legendary Eddie Schwartz and ghost hunter Richard Crowe from the WGN Radio archives
Saturday, October 29
3pm: Dave Plier - Ghostly Stories and Frightful Tales
Join Dave as he welcomes radio historians Chuck Schaden, Steve Darnall and WGN Radio’s own Carl Amari to talk about the rich imagination of old time radio shows, specifically in the horror and mystery genre, as they showcase one of radio’s most memorable plays ‘Suspense: Sorry Wrong Number’ starring Agnes Moorehead. Plus… Jill Schultz, daughter of legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz on the legacy of ‘Peanuts’ and the origins of ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’.
9:30pm: Dave Plier After Dark - Chicago Hauntings and Terror on the Air
After tonight’s Blackhawks game, it’s a special late night Halloween edition of ‘The Dave Plier Show’ featuring conversations with Butch Patrick, Eddie Munster from classic TV comedy ‘The Munsters’; an exploration of Chicago’s most haunted places in and around our city; you’ll hear classic horror radio play ‘Suspense: The House in Cypress Canyon’ starring Robert Taylor and Cathy Lewis; plus… a deep dive into the award winning TV anthology ’The Twilight Zone’ and the legacy of series creator Rod Serling.
Monday, October 31 – Halloween
7pm: WGN Radio Theatre Halloween Spooktacular
Six-hour special hosted by Carl Amari featuring classic Halloween shows including “My Favorite Husband” starring Lucille Ball, “The Whistler”, “Our Miss Brooks” starring Eve Arden, “Suspense” starring Ronald Colman and more.