The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental series of productions, subtitled "radio's distinguished series to man's imagination" that ran between 27 January 1956 and 22 September 1957. The premiere production was Brave New World, narrated by Huxley himself, with a complicated sound-effects score that evidently took a long time to construct, and comprised a ticking metronome, tom-tom beats, bubbling water, an air hose, a cow's moo, an oscillator, and three kinds of wine glasses clicking together.
"OH, FOR FORD'S SAKE"
Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 p.m. Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes. There was a good bit of science fiction, and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper. Fred Foy of The Lone Ranger fame was an ABC staff announcer in the early '60s who, among other duties, did Theater Five.
On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.
"The classic that shook the world"
This collection features three classic, dramatized Isaac Asimov stories: "Pebble in the Sky", "Nightfall", and "Hostess".
"3 classic short sci-fi stories"
An elderly, invalid woman begins receiving strange, anonymous phone calls on a stormy night — phone calls, which she finds out, are routed directly through — the Twilight Zone.
"Am entering ...... The twilight zone"
Suspense went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: The protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.
Lights Out is a radio serial that aired from 1934 to 1947, devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural. In this episode, a woman held prisoner by three gangsters is rescued by a strange hero. Starriing Claudette Colbert, Frank Martin (commercial spokesman).
The screams...the grisly sound effects...the rumbling organ music. Sounds in the dark come strange, mysterious, and terrifying in 21 episodes of such classic series as Lights Out, Inner Sanctum, Suspense, and many more. Spine-chilling tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, Arch Oboler, Robert A. Arthur, David Kogan, and Alonzo Deen Cole dabble in dark realms. Boris Karloff, Maurice Tarplin, Paul McGrath, and Bernard Lenrow deliver pulse-pounding performances.
This collection features four classic, dramatized Robert Heinlein stories: "Universe", "Requiem", "The Green Hills of Earth", and "The Roads Must Roll".
"Heinlein at his Best"
It... is... later... than... you... think! Radio's premier showcase for heart-stopping horror is presented in this collection of 20 great episodes of Lights Out! Produced, written, and directed by broadcasting legend Arch Oboler - and starring Boris Karloff, Mercedes McCambridge, Dinah Shore, Gloria Blondell, and more - these tales are devilishly devised to keep you up all night!
A Confederate soldier has the ability to win the Civil War for the South, but to do so he must call upon the devil himself as an ally.
"A sell yourself story"
This collection features four classic, dramatized Ray Bradbury stories: "To the Future", "And the Moon Be Still as Bright", "Dwellers in Silence", and "Marionettes, Inc."
Suspense went through several major phases characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: The protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.
X Minus One premiered in April 1955 on NBC and ran until January 1958. Like its predecessor series, Dimension X, X Minus One featured stories by the greatest names in modern science fiction: Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Robert Bloch, and many more.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's six exciting episodes of The Adventures of Superman! In this exciting serial, which aired from March 4 to 15, 1940, Superman cracks the case of the North Star Mine swindle. Clayton "Bud" Collyer plays the dual roles of Superman and Clark Kent, as he did for more than 2,000 episodes.
"Continue the Adventure"
X Minus One is widely considered one of the best science fiction radio series to ever be broadcast. Featuring stories written by Ray Bradbury, Clifford Simak, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and other science fiction writing luminaries, X Minus One set the bar for excellence in radio drama.
The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.
From the late 1940's through the 1950's, in a world where space travel and nuclear annihilation were no longer merely the stuff of fantasy, science fiction began to achieve a new popularity. And, the work of noted genre writers began to be adapted in movies and radio programs. Based (however implausibly) on science, these radio broadcasts reflected the depths of the nation's fears, and the boundlessness of its imagination.
"A Wonderful Collection"
"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door." A new crop of writers emerged from the dawning of the nuclear age, grappling with humankind's place in the universe. While imagining the wonders of space exploration and the rise of technological advancements, they questioned whether we were prepared to encounter aliens, or even control the machines and weapons we'd built ourselves.
"The "Grand Daddy" of Radio Science Fiction"
"Countdown for blastoff...X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one.... Fire! From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future - adventures in which you'll live in a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds." Thus began each episode of X Minus One, a half-hour science fiction radio series that was broadcast from 1955 until 1958.
Space Patrol outlines the exploits of Commander Buzz Corey (Ed Kemmer), head of a 30th-century police force operating from the planet Terra. Assisting Corey is his youthful sidekick, Cadet Happy (Lyn Osborne), as well as Major Robbie Robertson (Ken Meyer), Dr. Van Meter (Rudolph Anders), and Carol Karlyle (Virginia Hewett). Corey's struggle to maintain law and order is frequently hampered by the villainous likes of Mister Proteus (Marvin Miller), Agent X (Norman Jolley), and Prince Baccaretti (Bela Kovacs).
The Planet Man, a campy and low-budget graduate of the Space Patrol school of juvenile entertainment, serves up plenty of breezy, not-to-be-taken-seriously adventure fun. It is the golly-gee-whillikers saga of Dantro, intergalactic troubleshooter for an organization known as the League of Planets. The League sends Dantro out into the celestial world to maintain law and order.
It's nearly Christmas, and a young orphan named Tim is worried; his friend, Billy, is concerned that Santa Claus may not visit this year. So, late one night, Tim sets off to find Santa by following the North Star through the woods. After walking for many hours, he lies down to take a nap - and imagine his surprise when suddenly he wakes to discover a little boy elf, not more than three inches high, jumping on his knees and excitedly gabbing in real elf talk!
It's bedtime, and six-year-old Jonathan Thomas and his teddy bear, Guz, are ready for a story before going to sleep. But before the story can begin, a moonbeam shines through Jonathan's window, and, much to his surprise, two little elves slide down it into his bedroom. Before Jonathan can stop him, Guz takes off after the elves and scampers up the moonbeam chasing them.
Escape never received the lavish attention afforded to Suspense, but from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954, it managed to transcend its mostly network-sustained origins and provide top-quality entertainment.