Radio Archives Newsletter
September 25, 2015
99 Cent Escape, Volume 4 Bonus!
The brand new Escape, Volume 4 radio set is only 99 cents through October 8th, when you place any order for $25 or more.
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"...designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure..."
While stories of mystery and crime were the bailiwick of Suspense, Escape concentrated more on tales of high adventure — war, westerns, supernatural horror and science-fiction. Esteemed authors like Rudyard Kipling, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and Joseph Conrad provided much of the source material for the program, setting Escape apart from most of the other dramatic anthologies on the air at the time.
Escape benefited from an ensemble cast which included actor William Conrad – who lent his voice to 90 episodes in this gem of a series from Radio’s Golden Age. Following a distant second, actor Ben Wright lent his voice to a mere 56 episodes. Trailing in third place for the most performances on Escape, actor Harry Bartell voiced a variety of characters in 55 episodes, while John Dehner lent his voice to 54 episodes.
Known as being the voice of Escape, actor William Conrad once estimated that he portrayed more than 7,500 roles during his long career as a voice actor during Radio’s Golden Age. Conrad was not an idle boaster. He lent his distinct voice as a supporting cast member to such shows as The Man Called X, Favorite Story, The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen, The Green Lama, Nightbeat, and even Escape’s sister show, Romance. He also voiced Sheriff Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. Conrad appeared in a record 90 episodes of Escape.
Escape featured one of radio's most memorable openings, with either William Conrad or Paul Frees intoning: "Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you...ESCAPE!" The orchestra would then strike up Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain" and, within seconds, the listener would be transported to a Caribbean jungle or to an icy glacier, effectively putting them in the shoes of that episode's protagonist.
6 hours - $8.99 Download / $17.98 Audio CDs
16" Transcription Discs
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The unsold discs from the August 15th Broadway Records Auction have been updated. These discs will be sold on a first come basis for the minimum bid. Browse through hundreds of UNSOLD transcription discs from recent Broadway Records disc auctions. Sold by Broadway Records.
by Frederick C. Davis writing as Curtis Steele
Read by Milton Bagby
The mad Emperor, warrior descendant of the ravagers of Asia, unleashed a new, horrible, ingenious weapon against the American people. While slant-eyed Mongols bent over a powerful death-machine, a thousand miles away, the air became unbreathable! Men and women and children — all living things — gasped for life-giving oxygen, and with searing, heaving lungs, fell strangled by the mysterious, deadly element. Against these demoniacal hordes, one man alone — Operator #5 — struggles while red revolt and destruction blasts America!
Jimmy Christopher was the star of the most audacious pulp magazine ever conceived. Jimmy belonged to the clean-cut, square-jaw, clear-eyed breed of hero made popular by the F. B. I. back in those grim days. He carried a Colt automatic and wore a flexible rapier concealed in the hollow of his leather belt. A gold skull ornament dangled from a vest-pocket watch chain. It contained a fast-acting poison in case of capture by enemy agents. Jimmy Christopher played a very dangerous game, of which he was a past master.
Working for Agent Z-7, head of an unnamed branch of U. S. Intelligence in the decade before the C. I. A. was ever envisioned, Operator #5 was assisted by newspaper reporter Diane Elliott, a two-fisted street kid named Tim Donovan, as well as his twin sister, Nan Christopher. Jimmy’s father, a retired operative himself, often backed him up with sound advice on the fine art of counter-espionage.
Into this unprecedented crisis plunged Jimmy Christopher. Only one man, but a man who embodied the American spirit — and stands prepared to perish to protect his country.
The Green Death Mists is read with stirring intensity by Milton Bagby. Originally published in the November, 1934 issue of Operator #5 magazine.
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The pulps' greatest superhero returns in action-packed thrillers by Alan Hathway and Lester Dent writing as "Kenneth Robeson." First, in The Rustling Death, Ham Brooks is rendered helpless by a strange sound, a rustling noise that can destroy planes in midair and disintegrate entire populations! Then, after his cover is blown during an undercover mission, the Man of Bronze heads to the South Seas in Terror and the Lonely Widow to avert a atomic age threat in one of his most gripping postwar adventures. This instant collector's item reprints the classic color pulp covers by Emery Clarke, and also features the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! The Dark Avenger becomes immeshed in murderous masquerades in two pulp thrillers by Walter B. Gibson and Theodore Tinsley writing as "Maxwell Grant." First, from colorful carnival festivities arises a baffling puzzle, leading The Shadow to don a series of disguises to solve "Mardi Gras Mystery." Then, the Knight of Darkness journeys to a "City of Fear" to unmask a master of disguise who can impersonate anyone—even The Shadow himself! Which Shadow will have the last laugh? BONUS: Anthony Tollin unmasks "The Many Faces of The Shadow." This instant collector's item showcases the classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney and the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Earl Mayan, with original commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The Black Bat, Volume 1
Sanctum Books presents the 1939 novels that introduced the caped crimebuster whose adventures paralleled Batman's and inspired Two-Face's origin, written by Norman A. Daniels as "G. Wayman Jones" for future Batman editors Mort Weisinger and Jack Schiff. First, doomed to darkness by a murderous acid attack, D.A. Tony Quinn makes darkness his weapon with "The Brand of the Black Bat." Then, "Murder Calls the Black Bat" into a deadly war against corruption as Tony Quinn battles to prevent the biggest jewel heist of the century! Golden Age of Comics Bonus: the debut of The Mask from Nedor's Exciting Comics #1. This instant collector's item showcases the classic color pulp covers by Rudolph Belarski and Emery Clarke and the original interior illustrations by Harry Parkhurst, with historical commentary by Will Murray relating how a lawsuit with DC Comics was narrowly averted. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp's most murderous crimebuster wages his deadly war on crime in two violent 1935 thrillers by Norvell Page. Recovering from life-threatening injuries, Richard Wentworth confronts the lightning-wielding Lion Man from Mars to end mass slaughter and save his beloved city from "The Flame Master." Then, with Nita held hostage and Commissioner Kirkpatrick enslaved by a criminal mastermind, The Spider wages his lone war against the acid-spraying "Overlord of the Damned." This double novel pulp reprint showcases the original color covers by John Newton Howitt, John Fleming Gould's classic interior illustrations and historical commentary by Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When millionaire Lamont Cranston and attorney Ham Brooks are kidnapped by gunmen driving a black hearse, it spells trouble for Doc Savage. Trouble with compound interest when Cranston’s personal lawyer is mysteriously murdered before he can consult with celebrated criminologist George Clarendon—who is secretly The Shadow!
These strange events put the Man of Bronze and the Dark Avenger on a collision course that threatens to expose the deepest secrets of both supermen. The conflict intensifies when underworld figure Cliff Marsland is captured and shipped off to Doc’s secret Crime College!
Will these legendary crimefighters join forces—or will the diabolical Funeral Director have the last laugh on Doc Savage and The Shadow? Softcover $24.95
12" LP Vinyl Records
The last 210 OTR LPs have been cut in price another $5 today. Prices as low as $5 for a group of 5 LPs this week.
We are selling a collection of 689 OTR 12" LP Vinyl Records of which 469 LPs are now sold. Each group contains 5 LPs with the exception of Group #80 which has the 17 LP boxed set of Shadow radio shows. We started the pricing at $50 per group or $10 per record. The price has been lowered by $5 or $1 per record every newsletter. There are now groups selling for $20, $15, $10 and $5. Buy them before they are gone!
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