Saturday, January 16, 2016
On this date in OTR: "I Love a Mystery" debuted Jan. 16, 1939, on NBC's West Coast network.
It moved to the full network in October of that year. Carleton E. Morse's stories focused on the adventures of three detectives in the Hollywood A-1 Detective Agency. The program ended Dec. 26, 1952.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Al Pearce and His Gang" debuted Jan. 13, 1934, on NBC. Pearce played a door-to-door salesman. The program included what radio historian Jim Cox described as "a bunch of zany comics whose non-sensical abilities tickled the nation’s funnybone when it was most needed
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
In its 11 years of featuring suspense, horror, and mystery stories on the air, Inner Sanctum produced a total of 526 episodes. Raymond Johnson, the program’s first host, always opened the program with his popular self-introductory line: “Your host, Raymond.” Through the years, the line was continually used, though with some revisions, by the succeeding hosts.
Featuring Lon Chaney Jr. in a starring role, Universal Studios produced six movie series based on the popular radio program, Inner Sanctum.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Home of the Brave, a serial drama of the Golden Age of Radio, was about a soldier of fortune struggling to maintain an American standard of living among the turmoil the world was facing.
This program starred the late Richard Widmark, an award-winning actor whose career began in radio. Along with Vincent Donehue, the two played the role of Neil Davison.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Metropolitan Opera in New York, was aired on this day by WEAF. The program helped to inspire other singers to perform on the radio.
The performance of John McCormack, a tenor, and Lucrezia Bori, a prima donna of the Metropolitan Opera Company, broadcast on WEAF, was one of the most important events in radio broadcast history. This was the first time internationally famous artists were broadcast in the US. The New York Times reported that New York theaters complained of losses of revenue due to many opera fans' affinity for listening to the opera on their home radio, but that did not apply to the Metropolitan Opera House. The tickets for Miss Bori's show were sold out.