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Shout-Out in Radio.

  • In a 1949 episode of The Adventures of Archie Andrews, Archie's father buys a television set. None of his friends families have a TV yet and it's quite a novelty. The episode revolves around Archie, his mother, and several of his friends getting in the way of Archie's father watching a documentary. When Jughead comes over, he starts talking about how much he loves watching Howdy Doody.
  • Journey into Space:
    • In the eighth episode of Journey to the Moon (remade as the fifth episode of Operation Luna), Jet reads The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells four times during the seven days that the Luna is without power on the surface of The Moon. To help them to stave off their boredom, he later reads it out to Lemmy, Doc and Mitch. When a UFO is seen on the televiewer, Lemmy suggests that it may belong to the Selenites.
    • In Journey to the Moon / Operation Luna, Lemmy sarcastically compares the voice of the initially unseen Time Traveller to the Wizard of Oz.
    • In The Red Planet, James Edward Whitaker was named after the reference book Whitaker's Almanack.
    • Also in The Red Planet, Lemmy has a hypnotic dream about returning to his childhood home in the East End of London. He sees his autographed photographs of Charlie Chaplin and the World War II flying ace Neville Duke in his bedroom and hears the song "Somebody Stole My Gal", the theme tune of The Billy Cotton Band Show, playing on Mr Bamburg's radio from upstairs.
    • In the eleventh episode of The World in Peril, the human rebels sing "The Green Hills of Earth", the most famous song of Rhysling, blind singer of the spaceways, in the Robert A. Heinlein short story of the same name. More specifically, it is the revised version featured in the Dimension X radio adaptation in 1950.
  • Garrison Keilor and Ira Glass have a fake feud going on, whereby they slip little insults to one another into their respective radio shows or public appearances. In Keilor's case, these often take the shape of mentions of Glass in his Prairie Home Companion sketches, impressions of Glass done by his actors, or pastiches of Glass' broadcasting style.
    • The ersatz Keilor/Glass feud is itself a shout-out to Jack Benny and Fred Allen, two giants of The Golden Age Of Radio, who first hit upon this idea as a running (and recognised) prank on the audience.
  • Keilor also mercilessly lampoons other NPR figures in sketches, most notably news correspondents, who show up as voice impressions in PHC news sketches. Sometimes these pseudo-cameos are identified by name; often they are either un-named or given a fictional name, making the shout-out an inside joke among NPR staff and habitual listeners.
  • The Men from the Ministry:
    • The episode "The Man who Made it Rain" has this exchange:
    Lamb: Ah, here we are. It seems this chap is called doctor Barnhoff.
    Halmilton-Jones: Doctor who?
    Lamb: No, doctor Barnhoff.
    • In "A Motley Crew" General Assistance Department is set to inspect an oil rig. As Sir Gregory tells, all oil rigs have names, there's Penelope rig, there's Veronica rig, and GDA is set to go on Diana rig.
  • More or Less, The BBC Radio 4 series about numbers in the news.
    • In one episode they attempted to liven up a dull report by playing the Top Gun theme under it, attributing the report to "the mavericks in the Office of National Statistics".
    • In another, when discussing some particularly mindbogglingly large numbers and the huge orders of magnitude between them (the total number of tweets in the Roman alphabet and the total number of tweets including Chinese, Cryllic, emoticons and so on) "Journey of the Sorcerer" by The Eagles began to play as Tim explained that the difference was much greater than that between an atom and the entire universe. At the end of the piece, Tim is told that Twitter may be extending tweets to 1,000 characters, meaning they'll have to go through it all again with even bigger numbers. His reaction is "Don't panic."
  • Our Miss Brooks: The radio episode "The Twin Orphans" features twin boys named Mike and Danny. Al Lewis, the show's writer, had twin boys named Mike and Danny. ◦ There were shout outs on other occasions as well, although never so prominently (i.e. "Babysitting for Three" and "New School TV Set")
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show gives a shout out to other comedy troupes in the rap song "We Take It OTT (The RSC)":
    We look to the past to be our inspirator,
    We gobble up influences like we were hungry sharks!
  • The NPR radio game show Ask Me Another has contestants who sometimes play this straight on accident when unnecessarily use “What is…” when answering a question; this often prompts the response: “This isn’t Jeopardy!.”
  • Lo Zoo Di 105:
    • The cast member behind some speeches — including the disclaimer that also serves as this page's quote — is nicknamed Petosauro. In English, that translates into "Fart-saurus", that may or may not be a reference to "Fart-zilla".
    • The audio for the montage sequences of Gay Team (for when they build their cock tank, or whatever) features many random clips, including Spider-Man shooting his web, Sergeant Hartman's introduction and The Major Asshole scene.