Radio Archives Newsletter
September 23, 2016
“I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak!”
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 was a west-coast favorite for over a decade but, despite two attempts to go nationwide, never was able to achieve the same success as a coast to coast feature. But for listeners across the western states served by the Signal Oil Company, the program's eerie theme music opened a weekly window into the very darkest corners of the human soul. It was so popular, in fact, that Columbia Pictures produced eight second-feature films based on the concept, all but one of which starred Richard Dix.
Bill Forman was just another staff announcer at CBS Hollywood when he was assigned the title role as The Whistler - a role which he would play for over a decade on west coast radio.The Whistler himself was an omniscient narrator -- the voice of Fate itself, one might suggest, or perhaps of conscience. And his stories revolved around ordinary people, pushed by the pressures of daily life into taking drastic actions. Or perhaps a sudden circumstance, an unexpected twist of life's path, suddenly placed these protagonists on a road leading inexorably to their own destruction. Greed, lust, and perfidy of every kind figure in the plots -- and when Fate inevitably catches up with these unfortunate, driven souls, The Whistler is always ready, at the very end, to see that the knife is properly twisted.
Produced by George W. Allen, with hauntingly evocative musical scores by Wilbur Hatch, The Whistler was a prime outlet for the cream of Hollywood's top radio performers - actors such as Wally Maher, Cathy and Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle, and Betty Lou Gerson, who emphasized skill over star power - as well as announcer Bill Forman in the title role, with Marvin Miller voicing the commercials.
Hear more of The Whistler's strange stories in this third Radio Archives collection - all original CBS broadcasts sponsored by Signal Oil, just as originally aired between June and November of 1942, restored to Sparkling audio quality by Radio Archives.
6 hours - $8.99 Download / $17.98 Audio CDs
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by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria
Never before had a shrewd criminal leader so successfully defied the Law — and the Spider’s sure vengeance! A powerful Eastern murder syndicate, employing two deadly weapons, held America for ransom, spreading pain and terror and red destruction... Never had the Spider’s struggle against the Underworld seemed so futile, for the name of Richard Wentworth was disgraced, his fortune was forfeit, and his beloved had betrayed him into the hands of the police — and certain death!
Richard Wentworth saw himself as a man on a holy mission, a self-appointed messiah with a martyr complex. A Christ covered in cobwebs:
He was the champion of oppressed humanity, its shield and protector against the murderous outbreaks of the Underworld; wherever crime struck terribly, that way he hastened, taking up the challenge. The police had offered rewards totaling thousands of dollars for his capture “dead or alive.” And the Underworld hated him, and plotted his destruction with a fierceness bred of abject terror.
But the Spider was indifferent alike to proscription by the Underworld and dogged persecution by police. Evading their bullets and traps, he continued to fight his thankless battle as humanity’s paladin....
And the Spider seemed to rejoice in being outnumbered by impossible odds. Captured by a modern-day buccaneer in one epic, Wentworth shrugged off the mood of black despair which often came over him when defeat seemed imminent:
One man against more than a hundred pirates, of course, a hundred killers. The Spider knew that, but it did not check the wild impulse to laughter that squeezed his lungs. It was no wonder that men call the Spider mad!
Nick Santa Maria reads this exciting suspense story of murder, mayhem and mystery that perfectly evokes 1936 Manhattan. Slaves of the Murder Syndicate originally published in The Spider magazine, February, 1936.
5 hours - $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
Do you like Nero Wolfe? Then Inspector Allholf is your man!
Brilliant, decisive, and hard-charging, Deputy Inspector Allhoff was the NYPD’s ace detective until bullets from a mobster’s machine gun robbed him of his legs, his career, and—in the opinion of an associate—his sanity. Yet Allhoff was too good a man to be put out to pasture, so New York’s police commissioner found a way to keep him employed and refer to him such cases as the department couldn’t or wouldn’t handle. Confined to a wheelchair and operating from a seedy tenement flat, Allhoff is assisted by two cops: Battersly, the rookie patrolman whose brief moment of cowardice cost the inspector his legs, and Simmonds, the bitter career cop who detests Allhoff but sticks with the embittered cripple to protect his own pension.
Created by D.L. Champion, Inspector Allhoff denied most conventions of detective-pulp fiction. He could never be confused for one of Raymond Chandler’s knights errant, trudging down those mean streets. Allhoff was no Rover Boy in trench coat and fedora. He was, in fact, a sadist and a psychopath. With 30 entries published between 1938 and 1946, the Allhoff series was among the most popular and long-lived to appear in Dime Detective, the prestigious crime pulp second only to the legendary Black Mask in its impact on the genre.
This arresting audiobook features the second five grim and grisly Allhoff cases, ranging from the Christmas themed “A Corpse for Christmas” to the mordant “Suicide in Blue.” Read with real relish by Milton Bagby.
7 hours - $13.99 Download / $27.98 Audio CDs
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks, bringing the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider, G-8 and His Battle Aces, Operator #5 as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Doctor Death. Radio Archives brings you the best of yesterday's Pulp today! All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility.
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine. As a special bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction especially for this series of eBooks.
Another epic exploit of America’s best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! Richard Wentworth — the dread Spider, nemesis of the Underworld, lone wolf anti-crime crusader who always fights in that grim no-man’s land between Law and lawless — returns in vintage pulp tales of the Spider, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
Meet the Spider!
by Will Murray
The Web — A Department
Conducted by The Chief
Where the Spider fans spin their own yarns.
Book-Length Spider Novel
Secret City of Crime
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
It looked like suicide when the Spider appeared in Times Square in broad daylight challenging the world to take him alive. Nita and Ram Singh tried to save him from himself, but the Spider knew that only in this way could he crash that bizarre underground labyrinth known as crime’s secret city — in time to prevent a mass murder of civilians that would shock the nation.
Reserved Seats — For Murder — An “Ed Race” Story
by Emile C. Tepperman
Ed Race is forced to witness a new finale to his sensational act — a feature guaranteed to assure the Masked Marksman a headline billing — in the death house!
Radio Archives Pulp Classics line of eBooks are of the highest quality and feature the great Pulp Fiction stories of the 1930s-1950s. All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility. If you have a Kindle, the Mobi version is what you want. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want. $3.99.
Radio Archives Pulp Classics
Total Pulp Experience. These exciting pulp adventures have been beautifully reformatted for easy reading as an eBook and features every story, every editorial, and every column of the original pulp magazine.
This is the first issue in the Dusty Ayres series. These are science-fiction stories of a near-future war that has ravaged America. The Black Invaders, led by an Asian warlord known as "Fire-Eyes", are bent upon world domination, have conquered all of Europe and are now on the American continent. Captain Dusty Ayres, ace pilot for the U.S. Air Defense flies in the Silver Flash, an advanced craft of his own design. With his two pals Curly Brooks and Biff Bolton, they battle some of the most diabolical mad scientists and their weirdest inventions. These amazing stories took over the Battle Birds magazine from June 1934 through the July/August issue of 1935, changing the magazine name to Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. And now Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.
Table of Contents:
An Amazing Account of the Next Great War
by Robert Sidney Bowen
For three years the Black Invaders had waged a war of conquest. Now, with all Asia and Europe slaves to their power, they were turning war-lust eyes on America. What could this country do? How could America protect herself from this bolt of black lightning that seemed bent on destroying the entire world! Meet Dusty Ayres and his fighting aces as they take up the challenge of this nation-destroying menace on battle wings!
The C.O.’s Coffin — Smashing Sky Story
It takes more than orders to ground a buzzard like Red Allen!
The Smoke-Screen Ace — A Navy Story
Only one Yank could crash that sea trap — but it was a suicide job!
Hangar Flying — Department
Where the gang chews the fat about the “war in the future” idea.
painted by Frederick Blakeslee
The Silver Flash hurtled down...
Radio Archives Pulp Classics line of eBooks are of the highest quality and feature the great Pulp Fiction stories of the 1930s-1950s. All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub and Mobi formats for the ultimate in compatibility. If you have a Kindle, the Mobi version is what you want. If you have an iPad/iPhone, Android, or Nook, then the ePub version is what you want. $3.99 Sale priced until October 6 for only $1.99
Volumes 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 13
Doc Savage and his Fabulous Five are legends of pulp fiction - and now you can get seven brand new issues of this exciting reprinted series of action-packed adventures with 14 of Doc Savage's best stories for one very low price! Start building your Doc Savage library today with this specially priced package from Radio Archives!
Seven Double Novel Reprints Sale priced at $45.32, normally $90.65
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
Why did a desperate man shave his head before visiting Doc Savage headquarters, only to be struck down, his pulsing brain turned to inert stone? What sinister secret did his strange slaying silence? And how was a lizard-green shadow resembling Medusa branded on Doc’s office wall?
These are only some of the questions confronting the Man of Bronze as he pursues a grisly trail of petrified corpses to post-Prohibition Chicago, whose criminal underworld is being terrorized by a serpent-haired demon engaged in a seemingly senseless slaughter spree whose ultimate target will shake Doc Savage’s men to their core.
Suspects are many, clues baffling. Death and danger lurks everywhere they turn—symbolized by the silhouette of a faceless Gorgon.
From the concrete canyons of Manhattan to the coal fields of Illinois, Doc Savage tracks a phantom fiend the likes of which he has never before hunted. Or is he the one being hunted? Softcover $24.95
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! Sanctum Books commemorates ten years of classic pulp reprints with two powerhouse thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as "Maxwell Grant." First, escaping from counterfeiters, a young woman and her guardian take refuge in The House on the Ledge, without knowing that their only hope for salvation lurks in the shadows! Then, in League of Death, The Shadow seeks to answer the strange riddle of why killers are taking their own lives—along with those of their victims! BONUS: The Shadow's 1940 Golden Age of Comics debut from the super-rare Shadow Comics #1 and Walter Gibson recalls writing "A Million Words a Year for Ten Years." This double-novel collector's edition showcases the classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Anthony Tollin and Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Published by Sanctum Books
The pulp era's most murderous crimebuster continues his deadly war on crime in two violent pulp novels by Norvell Page. First, an ambitious madman spreads deadly disease throughout New York City, while the police wage war upon the Spider, the only person who can save the city and bring "The Cholera King" to justice! Then, determined to destroy the U.S. defense industry, the fiend of 1000 faces known as Munro returns for a final battle in "The Spider and the Deathless One." Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Nemesis of Crime returns in classic pulp novels by Norman A. Daniels writing as "G. Wayman Jones." First, murder runs rampant as gruesome cloaked hunchback killers terrorize a city until The Black Bat's Triumph, in a bizarre thriller edited by future BATMAN editor Mort Weisinger! Then, the Cowled Crimebuster tackles the toughest racket he's ever confronted when ex-bootleggers band together to manipulate Markets of Treason. GOLDEN AGE OF COMICS BONUS: The Mask returns in a Golden Age classic from Nedor's EXCITING COMICS #5. This instant collector's item showcases the original color pulp covers by Rudolph Belarski and Rafael DeSoto and the original interior illustrations, with historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
During radio's "Golden Age", most programs were aired live, rather than prerecorded. Luckily, many were recorded while they were being broadcast — sometimes so a sponsor, a producer, a director, or a performer could listen to them later, other times for legal purposes. Most were recorded onto 16" records, called electrical transcriptions or Transcription Discs. With the introduction of audio tape in the 1950s, transcriptions gradually became a thing of the past, with many being discarded in large quantities. As a result, with the passing of the years, they have become increasingly rare and hard to find.
Though it does take special equipment to play such a large record, many radio enthusiasts collect them. Some people are interested solely in discs from a favorite series, while others just like to own a few rare and high-quality transcription recordings to frame and hang on their wall.
Buying transcription discs has always been difficult whether it is finding them, bidding against others in an auction, watching the price quadruple in the last few seconds, or not knowing the quality of the seller or the discs. That has all changed. When you see a transcription disc on Radio Archives that you want to buy, add it to the shopping cart and we will ship it to you the same day. Our flat rate postage of only $4.00 for US orders can save you a lot of money on these heavy discs. Radio Archives has handled 30,000 transcription discs over the last 16 years and we know how to ship them safely.
Add the transcription discs you want to purchase to the shopping cart along with Old Time Radio CDs, Audiobooks, or Pulps that you want for a low $4 flat rate postage for everything in your order.
Hollywood Spot Light was a musical variety show. Syndicated by the Transco Radio Transcription Company starting in 1935. The series consists of 39 fifteen-minute episodes. Tom Jaffrey was the host and the show featured Phil Harris, Bob Burns, Larry Burke, Leah Ray.
1937 proved to be a banner year for Transco, with a wide range of diverse series in distribution and, later in the year, production started on The Cinnamon Bear a series that would entertain and enthrall listeners for many decades to come.
Hollywood Spot Light discs are two-sided shellac discs, with one complete 15 minute program on each side. We have multiple copies of each disc and the disc you buy may vary slightly from the above label scan.
Special sale. All Hollywood Spot Light transcription discs are 25% off until October 6. Buy one disc or all of them at the sale price of $26.23 each, normally $34.98.
The expanded Bargain Basement is now featured on the main menu of the home page. With the number of items increasing from dozens of products to hundreds of products, we have divided the Bargain Basement into 9 categories with more categories coming. Today we have added a number of Old Time Radio reels and cassettes.
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I have fallen in love with the superb series ‘Gunsmoke’ and have all 5 volumes of your CD series. I’d never heard Gunsmoke until your Volume 1 came out and from the first episode was STUNNED by the superb use of sound effects, probably the BEST sound effects I’ve ever heard on OTR! Of course, William Conrad is as good as it gets, but coupled with the great supporting cast, adult scripts that are often brutal and shocking and those amazing sound effects, Gunsmoke has quickly joined Jack Benny, Suspense, Johnny Dollar and Escape as my very favorite old time radio series. I hear you have 17 volumes completed and ready to be released in the near future, I will be buying all 17 volumes. Thank you eternally for ‘Gunsmoke’ on CD!
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