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The Age of Classic Radio was a time of innovation and experimentation in radio drama. A direct descendant of The Columbia Workshop, The CBS Radio Workshop not only continued to push boundaries in terms of utilizing story, music, voice and more in exciting, modern ways, it broke new ground in radio drama. From having author Aldous Huxley narrate the adaptation of his ‘Brave New World’ for the show’…

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The popular CBS Radio Workshop series is back with Volume 2! This seven hour set contains fourteen radio dramas, including children’s author, lyricist and playwright Edward Eager’s “The Toledo War”; an adaptation of the best-selling “The Little Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s most famous work which was autobiographical; John Cheever’s “The Enormous Radio”, which allows a family to hear what go…

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Volume 3 of the CBS Radio Workshop includes “Subways are for Sleeping”, an adaptation of the novel by Edmund Love, who actually slept on the subways in the Fifties; “An Analysis of Satire” by Stan Freberg, best known today for his voice actor work with Warner Brothers animation; “A Pride of Carrots, or Venus Well Served”, by Robert Nathan, best known for films made from his novels (The Bishop’s Wi…

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Volume 4 of CBS Radio Workshop includes “All Is Bright”, a history of the famous Christmas song; “1489 Words”, based on a text piece by Thomas Wolfe and adapted by Jerry Goldsmith; a two-part adaptation of Frederick Pohl and Cyril M. Cornbluth’s The Space Merchants; Archibald MacLeish’s “Air Raid”, the series’ only re-broadcast, which had first been written for the 1938 Columbia Workshop; Henry Fr…

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Volume 5 of CBS Radio Workshop includes “Epitaphs”, from Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology; Norman Dello Joio’s “Meditations On Ecclesiastes”), which won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for music, conducted on the program by Alfredo Antonini; James Thurber’s “You Could Look It Up”; Robert Heinlein co-adapted his short story “The Green Hills of Earth; Edgar Allan Poe’s “Never Bet the Devil Your Head…

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Although many programs can be described as innovative and cutting edge, one classic from radio’s golden era was truly an experiment in what could be done with the medium from its first episode. The concept of Columbia Workshop, conceived by Irving Reis, was to try new innovations on radio. The program focused on both the cutting edge work of sound techs and producers as well as the ability of perf…

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An often-overlooked aspect of old time radio, overshadowed frequently by the stories told on the shows and the stars that performed them, was the fact that a crucial part of the medium was sound. Columbia Workshop not only paid attention to sound, but advanced how it was used on other programs then and now. Believing that ‘production, not the play, was the thing’, Irving Reis, the man behind the s…

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Conceived originally as a program to push the boundaries of network radio, Columbia Workshop became a voice for writers and actors, a voice that America listened to. Columbia Workshop found its true stride in 1937 both as an innovator in radio production, but also in the quality of work it was producing. Columbia Workshop focused on turning quality scripts into quality episodes. Both the extremely…

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It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted -- and radio was there to cover it. D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the wo…

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It was the largest, most ambitious, and most successful military operation ever attempted -- and radio was there to cover it. D-Day, the invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of the war in Europe, the beginning of the end for the Axis as the Allies started their drive towards Germany. It was a momentous event that would change not only the course of World War II, but the history of the wo…

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A frequently underrated and long-running family series, “Dr. Christian” comes across today more as a quiet anthology of small-town life than as a straight medical drama, bringing the people of the small town of River’s End to life thru the eyes of the kindly Dr. Paul Christian (Jean Hersholt, in the role for which he is best remembered) and his sensitive nurse, Judy Price (Rosemary DeCamp). The se…

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Escape, a dramatic anthology series, concentrated primarily on tales of high adventure based on works by esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and H.G. Wells. Though it may not have received the attention lavished on other more well-known series, from 1947 to 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins to provide top-quality entertainment, relying on ou…

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Escape, a dramatic anthology series, concentrated primarily on tales of high adventure based on works by esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and H.G. Wells. Though it may not have received the attention lavished on other more well-known series, from 1947 to 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins to provide top-quality entertainment, relying on ou…

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Escape, a dramatic anthology series, concentrated primarily on tales of high adventure based on works by esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and H.G. Wells. Though it may not have received the attention lavished on other more well-known series, from 1947 to 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins to provide top-quality entertainment, relying on ou…

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Escape, a dramatic anthology series, concentrated primarily on tales of high adventure based on works by esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and H.G. Wells. Though it may not have received the attention lavished on other more well-known series, from 1947 to 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins to provide top-quality entertainment, relying on ou…

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Escape, a dramatic anthology series, concentrated primarily on tales of high adventure based on works by esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and H.G. Wells. Though it may not have received the attention lavished on other more well-known series, from 1947 to 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins to provide top-quality entertainment, relying on ou…

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Escape, a dramatic anthology series, concentrated primarily on tales of high adventure based on works by esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and H.G. Wells. Though it may not have received the attention lavished on other more well-known series, from 1947 to 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins to provide top-quality entertainment, relying on ou…

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Escape, a dramatic anthology series, concentrated primarily on tales of high adventure based on works by esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and H.G. Wells. Though it may not have received the attention lavished on other more well-known series, from 1947 to 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins to provide top-quality entertainment, relying on ou…

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Raymond Burr stars as the commanding officer of a rugged cavalry outpost in “Fort Laramie,” a subtle and realistic dramatic series created, written, and produced by many of the same people who made radio history with the groundbreaking adult western “Gunsmoke”. Producer Norman Macdonnell saw the series as “a monument to ordinary men who lived in extraordinary times”; their enemies “the rugged, unc…

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Raymond Burr stars as the commanding officer of a rugged cavalry outpost in “Fort Laramie,” a subtle and realistic dramatic series created, written, and produced by many of the same people who made radio history with the groundbreaking adult western “Gunsmoke”. Producer Norman Macdonnell saw the series as “a monument to ordinary men who lived in extraordinary times”; their enemies “the rugged, unc…

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Volume 1 of Gene Autry's Melody Ranch! Republic Pictures’ singing cowboy Gene Autry stars in “Melody Ranch,” offering a pleasant and tuneful opportunity to hear Gene and his musicians perform a wide range of musical favorites, as well as the banter between Gene, his fellow musicians, and sidekick Pat Buttram. Combining music, comedy, and dramatic sequences featuring Autry as the moral two-fisted h…

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Volume 2 of Gene Autry's Melody Ranch! Republic Pictures’ singing cowboy Gene Autry stars in “Melody Ranch,” offering a pleasant and tuneful opportunity to hear Gene and his musicians perform a wide range of musical favorites, as well as the banter between Gene, his fellow musicians, and sidekick Pat Buttram. Combining music, comedy, and dramatic sequences featuring Autry as the moral two-fisted h…

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Volume 1 of Rocky Jordan! Flashing eyes and flashing knives...intrigue, mystery, and murder. It’s time for another exotic adventure in post-war Cairo with “Rocky Jordan”, starring Jack Moyles as the handsome and sometimes cynical owner of the Cafe Tambourine, gathering place for fez-wearing diamond smugglers, black marketeers, gun runners, racketeers, and international thieves. In Cairo, it seems,…

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Volume 2 of Rocky Jordan! Flashing eyes and flashing knives...intrigue, mystery, and murder. It’s time for another exotic adventure in post-war Cairo with “Rocky Jordan”, starring Jack Moyles as the handsome and sometimes cynical owner of the Cafe Tambourine, gathering place for fez-wearing diamond smugglers, black marketeers, gun runners, racketeers, and international thieves. In Cairo, it seems,…

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Volume 3 of Rocky Jordan! Flashing eyes and flashing knives...intrigue, mystery, and murder. It’s time for another exotic adventure in post-war Cairo with “Rocky Jordan”, starring Jack Moyles as the handsome and sometimes cynical owner of the Cafe Tambourine, gathering place for fez-wearing diamond smugglers, black marketeers, gun runners, racketeers, and international thieves. In Cairo, it seems,…

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“Suspense” premiered in 1942 and soon became known for its inventive writing and for casting well-known stars in off-beat roles. In 1947, CBS decided to take a gamble: “Suspense” was turned into a full-hour Saturday night feature, hosted by actor and occasional star Robert Montgomery. Many of the hour-long shows were movie adaptations and, with the permission of the original writers, several earli…

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Volume 10 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to m…

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Volume 11 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to m…

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Volume 12 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to m…

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Volume 2 of Suspense! “Radio’s Theater of Thrills” premiered in 1942 and, from the start, producer William Spier strived for a tense, edge-of-your-seat kind of program that would both grab and keep the attention of listeners. As it increased in popularity, “Suspense” began to attract Hollywood stars, most of whom had seldom been given the chance to really flex their acting muscles on the air. Spie…

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Volume 3 of Suspense! With a history full of twists and turns, Suspense is a program that lives on as one of the best produced of the classic era as well as a collection of tense, well told stories. Show producer William Spier aspired to make Suspense the success it would become. With his actors he expected nothing less than perfection, but was also willing to risk on-air disaster by often throwin…

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Volume 6 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to ma…

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Volume 9 of Suspense! Very few shows are as fondly remembered as one that left listeners sitting on the edge of their seats biting their nails and even a bit afraid at times. Suspense provided its audience with not only chills, thrills, action and adventure, but also expertly written stories and some of the finest performances given by radio’s best actors. Show producer William Spier aspired to ma…

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“The Lux Radio Theatre” was radio’s most important dramatic hour, commanding the top Hollywood stars, the biggest budgets, and the best writing, directing and sound effects. Cecil B. DeMille, the long-time host, was often shown in publicity photographs as overseeing every aspect of each broadcast, but the reality is that the show’s real directors - Tony Stanford, Frank Woodruff, Fred MacKaye and E…

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“The Lux Radio Theatre” was radio’s most important dramatic hour, commanding the top Hollywood stars, the biggest budgets, and the best writing, directing and sound effects. Cecil B. DeMille, the long-time host, was often shown in publicity photographs as overseeing every aspect of each broadcast, but the reality is that the show’s real directors - Tony Stanford, Frank Woodruff, Fred MacKaye and E…

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Before creating cinematic masterpieces like “Citizen Kane”, Orson Welles established his creative credentials with “The Mercury Theatre on the Air”, an hour-long showcase which allowed him, producer John Houseman, musical director Bernard Hermann, and a close-knit team of performers and technicians to broadcast innovative adaptations of both well-known and obscure stories - programs that quickly s…

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Volume 1 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the pr…

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Volume 10 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the p…

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Volume 11 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the p…

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Volume 3 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the pr…

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Volume 4 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the pr…

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Volume 5 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the pr…

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Volume 6 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the pr…

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Volume 7 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the pr…

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Volume 8 of The Whistler! “I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night.” Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement...and through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of The Whistler! One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, the Whistler’s stories revolve around ordinary people, pushed by the pr…

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In this rare and exciting collection, Radio Archives offers you the chance to travel back in time and experience a complete broadcast day from September 1939, including every minute of the day from the 6:00 AM sign-on right through to sign-off at 1:00 AM the next morning. Thanks to the foresight of the Library of Congress and station WJSV in Washington D.C., you’ll hear exactly what it was like to…

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The origins of Jack 'Flashgun' Casey can be traced to the 1930s detective pulp magazine 'Black Mask'; the hard-boiled photojournalist was introduced in the March 1934 issue by former newspaperman/ad exec George Harmon Coxe. So radio audiences received a formal introduction to Coxe's creation over CBS Radio beginning July 7, 1943. The series was originally titled 'Flashgun Casey,' but during its ru…

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The origins of Jack 'Flashgun' Casey can be traced to the 1930s detective pulp magazine 'Black Mask'; the hard-boiled photojournalist was introduced in the March 1934 issue by former newspaperman/ad exec George Harmon Coxe. So radio audiences received a formal introduction to Coxe's creation over CBS Radio beginning July 7, 1943. The series was originally titled 'Flashgun Casey', but during its ru…

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The origins of Jack 'Flashgun' Casey can be traced to the 1930s detective pulp magazine 'Black Mask'; the hard-boiled photojournalist was introduced in the March 1934 issue by former newspaperman/ad exec George Harmon Coxe. So radio audiences received a formal introduction to Coxe's creation over CBS Radio beginning July 7, 1943. The series was originally titled 'Flashgun Casey', but during its ru…

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The Doubleday Publishing Company introduced its series of 'Crime Club' imprints in 1928 with Kay Cleaver Strahan's 'The Desert Moon Mystery', an imprint which earned them a major mint thanks to a long run of dime-store novels that continued to be released until 1991. Among the books featured under the 'Crime Club' banner were all fifty novels of 'The Saint', written by Leslie Charteris, and severa…

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Gunsmoke was an adult western and was the creation of writer, John Meston, and producer-director, Norman Macdonnell. It absolutely took the country by storm. Variety Magazine, the show business journal, called it an amazing presentation, and The New York Times labeled it Something new and entirely exciting in radio. Listeners began sending in thousands of letters voicing their approval. Nothing li…

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It is 1872 and you are living 12 miles from town. Your wife is screaming in pain in her last stages of labor, about to give birth to your first born. You are frantic because you have no idea how to deliver a child. Suddenly, a horse drawn carriage pulls up out front. It is the doctor with his bag and his medical knowledge. You shout into the house to your wife that the doctor has arrived. Who is i…

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Without Conrad as the lead in Gunsmoke, it’s doubtful if the “adult radio” program would have flourished during its nine-year run on radio. Not only did Conrad bring a sense of doleful gravitas to the role of Marshall Matt Dillon; but he helped Macdonnell and Meston flesh out the supporting characters of Chester Proudfoot, Miss Kitty, and Doc Adams. Still, in order for Gunsmoke to successfully wor…

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