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June 17, 1942: 'Suspense' debuts on CBS

June 17, 1942: Keeping millions of loyal listeners in suspense for the next 20 years (and three months, for the purists), the program Suspense debuted on CBS. It was known as radio's outstanding theatre of thrills.

Considered as the 'Radio's outstanding theater of thrills,  Suspense  was an all-star cast radio program which include many of the biggest stars in Hollywood at that time like Cary Grant, Alan Ladd, Susan Hayward, and Gene Kelly, to name a few. It was often called the best thriller radio program ever made during the Golden Age of Radio. It continued airing for 20 years.

Enjoy the first broadcast of Suspense titled "Burning Court" from June 17, 1942 starring Charles Ruggles, Julie Haydon, John Dickson Carr (author), Harold Medford (adaptor), Charles Vanda (producer, director), Berry Kroeger (announcer), Bernard Herrmann (composer, conductor).


  1. All the finest ingredients ; performers, scripts, production staff, just about every name in the buisness contributed over the years. If you had just one show to use as an example of radio's "golden age" this would be it. It is a rare opportunity to hear many radio celebrities in dramtic roles completely out of their recognized character. Fibber McGee and Molly playing a couple in peril with a murderous stowaway in their back seat has to be one of radios all time best. Even Jack Benny quest stars but they could not prevent his comic ambiance prevailing.


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