Post a message about mystery radio shows you've enjoyed. Reminisce about listening to the shows or talk about rediscovering the shows that have been released on audiocassette.
Just want to congratulate Jack French on winning the Agatha Award for best non-fiction book last week for his Private Eyelashes, Radio's Lady Detective! Great book!
If any of you are interested I work for an audio drama company, we produce mostly mysteries and are holding our first competitiion. We're on over 100 commercial radio stations in the country, XM satellite and the internet. About six of our writers come from the UK
JIM FRENCH PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES:
The 1st Annual
Radio Script Competition
Are you one of the many writers who would like to try their hand at writing a radio script? If so, have we got the contest for you. Jim French Productions has been producing commercial radio drama for decades; our contributing writers come from the United States, Canada, England and Scotland. Scripts can be in any genre and must be no longer than 23 pages (see sample on website). First prize: The Phil Harper Award, is $150 plus production and a one-year subscription to Scr(i)pt Magazine (www.scriptmag.com ). First Prize will be awarded to the script that can be produced "straight out of the envelope." Second Prize is $100 plus production and will go to the script that excels, but still needs a little work. There is also a third prize and three honorable mentions and books from Michael Wiese Productions (www.mwp.com ). Fee is $10 per script, all scripts must be postmarked no later than February 19, 2006. Complete information and application forms can be found at: http://www.jimfrenchproductions.com.
Does any one know how to get a hold of the Shadow Radio show on vinyl?
Don't know about vinyl, but there's an awful lot of episodes of The Shadow in mp3 or wav in the Old Time Radio section of the Internet Archive (www.archive.org)
In the mid-70's, I remember listening to Kraft Mystery Theater on the radio. It was on an AM station - I wish I knew if it was still being played or how to listen to those stories again... each program was an hour long.
I don't think I remember that on radio during that time period. I know there used to be a Suspense Theater, I think it was called, on radio. Kraft Mystery Theater would have been on early TV - late 40's to early late 50's - a new owner took over and I believe that is when it was called Kraft Mystery - I think it was Kraft Suspense Theater before that. In any case, I don't think these are available. You might be able to run down the old TV show that someone copied, but the quality will probably not be very good.
There's a pretty fantastic collection of radio shows from the late thirties onwards in the Old-Time Radio department of the Internet Archive's audio section...
I can't see any reference to the Kraft Mystery Theater as such, but there are several other company's Mystery Theaters, and the adverts in the middle of the Bruce/Rathbone Sherlock Holmes series change from Petri Wines to a clothing firm for a bit, so I guess sponsorship was a little flexible.
Anyway there's oodles there - Dragnet, at least two series of Holmes (American and British), Speed Gibson of the International Secret Police, ghost stories, Orson Welles Mercury Theater of the Air, Hercule Poirot's rewritten for America (n which Death on the Nile takes place on one of the Great Lakes), Dr Morelle, a 1942 Paul Temple, and so on.
A lot of them still have the adverts, so you can relive the heady days when you could buy coal dyed blue, and marvel at Dr Watson selling war bonds and reminding the listeners that unconditional German surrender hadn'tstopped the war against Japan.