October 18, 1943: Debut of Perry Mason on the Radio ! Isn't it true that America's favorite courtroom drama began on radio today in 1943? Isn't it true that the author of the novels on which it is based withdrew his support for a primetime version of the daily serial version? Isn't it true that the radio version later came to TV transformed into "the Edge of Night"? Isn't it true it's Perry Mason? Well, isn't it? Earl Stanley Gardner despised the Perry Mason radio version of his work, and would only support a TV version if it adhered more closely to his novels, which it did with Raymond Burr in the lead role.