January 7, 1941: The start of a long-running horror radio program Inner Sanctum

January 7, 1941: The first installment of the Inner Sanctum was presented by the NBC Blue network.

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.