Tales of the Texas Rangers is a western themed adventure show that started in 1950 on NBC and ran through late 1952. Movie star Joel McCrea starred as Texas Ranger Jayce Pearson, who used the latest scientific techniques to identify the criminals and his faithful horse, Charcoal, to track them down. The shows were reenactments […]
Back before we had screens to endlessly gaze into, people turned the lights off and gazed at the radio with their ears (and sometimes their eyes, too) with the same intensity. Radio can be more magical than any of the best special effects you've seen in movies because it doesn't do everything for you. With the visual component of the story taken out, one is left to fill in that blank with whatever wild fantasies they might come up with. Good writing, characters, acting and all-around storytelling can coax the mind into releasing it's impressions of reality and transport you to another time or place.
Created by Wyllis Cooper and then eventually taken over by Arch Oboler, versions of Lights Out aired on different networks, at various times, from January 3, 1934 to the summer of 1947 and the series eventually made the transition to television. Lights Out was one of the earliest radio horror programs, predating Suspense and Inner […]
The Foundation Trilogy is an epic science fiction series written over a span of forty-four years by Isaac Asimov. It consists of seven volumes that are closely linked to each other, although they can be read separately. The series is highly acclaimed, winning the one-time Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1966. The premise […]
The good voice of James Stewart starred in this folksy western adventure series from NBC. Stewart played Brit Ponset who is described like this in the series: “The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them […]
Let George Do It was a radio drama series produced by Owen and Pauline Vinson from 1946 to 1954. It starred Bob Bailey as detective-for-hire George Valentine (with Olan Soule stepping into the role in 1954).
Jack Benny (Feb 14, 1894 – Dec 26, 1974) was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of the comic penny-pinching miser, insisting on remaining 39 years old on stage despite his actual age. Jack Benny […]
Adventure wanted — will go anywhere, do anything — Box 13 To gain inspiration for his stories, mystery writer Dan Holiday advertises he will go anywhere and do anything for an adventure. Box 13 refers to the P.O. box people drop their adventure submissions. Box 13 was a syndicated radio show broadcasted over Mutual radio […]
Black Museum is a Crime Drama radio show produced by BBC starting in 1951. Each episode features a story based of real files from Scotland Yard. My favorite thing about this show is that Orson Welles both hosts and narrates it. Here’s the source for this show over at the Archive.org
Nick Carter, Master Detective is a 1940s – 1950s Mutual radio program enacting stories of the popular fictional character from pulp magazines. Here is the source for these over at the Archive.org.