Mutual Radio Theater was a program produced originally in 1980. This show was no small attempt to recapture the glory days of old-time radio by any means. Each program was written specifically for radio and each night hosted by a different star, including Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson, and Leonard Nimoy.
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What would it take to recapture the glory of the golden age of radio and still incorporate the stars and even stories of a more modern time? Mutual Radio Theater answered this question of blending the classic with the modern by doing just that: putting classic radio legends to work alongside up and coming stars of the 1980s.
Any program needs is own special energy - something that drives it to be the best of the best. Mutual Radio Theater, Volume 3 features programs with just that - star power. Each night of the week, a different star hosted the program. As for the actors, names from the golden era of radio drama included John Dehner, Vic Perrin, Hans Conried, Marvin Miller, Parley Baer, Elliot Lewis, Jeff Corey, Virginia Gregg, and Lurene Tuttle.
In 1980, a perfect storm came together in terms of radio drama revival. Top talent of the classic era of radio and modern entertainment worked hand in hand on Mutual Radio Theater, a multigenre show harkening back to classic anthologies of the past. Each program was written specifically for radio and included scripts penned by such radio legends as Arch Oboler, Norman Corwin, and Elliot Lewis.
Only one radio program boasted a lineup including Lorne Greene, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Cicely Tyson, and Leonard Nimoy: Mutual Radio Theater! The shows were filled with stars from both classic radio and modern television and movies, including John Dehner, Vic Perrin, Virginia Gregg, Lurene Tuttle, Eve Arden, Harriet Nelson, Tom Bosley, and Marian Ross.