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Whistler, Volume 8 - 6 hours [Audio CDs] #RA802
Whistler, Volume 8
 
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The Whistler
Volume 8
 
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“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!”
 
In many ways, The Whistler was ahead of its time when it debuted in 1942. A unique way of telling crime stories using an almost philosophical, yet creepy narrator was new to listeners. That combined with well-paced stories, building tension, and an opening and theme establishing something dark was coming made The Whistler an instant hit with its audience. George Allen coming on as director in 1944 only served to improve the quality of the show and tighten the character of The Whistler.
 
The Whistler’s identity was kept mostly a secret from listeners for ten years. Bill Forman is recognized as the penultimate voice of the character. Having voiced The Whistler for over ten years, Forman is responsible for the smooth, yet razor edged tenor voice that episode after episode led characters to doom, usually at their own hands. Forman was able to convey violence in a show where actual violence was hardly ever portrayed. In 1951, Forman was revealed to be the voice that had thrilled and chilled many of them for years.
 
Although Forman portrayed The Whistler for the longest period of time, other voices also took on the eerie laughter and duties of the show’s host. In the early days of the program, both Gale Gordon and Joseph Kearns portrayed The Whistler. Marvin Miller filled in the role while Bill Forman was in the Army. Bill Johnstone was another voice that briefly caused listeners to thrill and chill to stories that could have happened to them. Also, Everett Clarke played The Whistler in 1947 for a local series out of Chicago.
 
Thrill to chilling tales of crime told only as The Whistler can in this remarkable Radio Archives collection. The Whistler, Volume 8 features twelve original CBS network Signal Oil sponsored broadcasts, as aired from January 29 to July 30, 1945. Restored to sparkling digital quality by Radio Archives.
 
#140 Murder on Paper
Monday, January 29, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#141 Murder Is Legal
Monday, February 5, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#144 Gateway to Danger
Monday, February 26, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#147 Murder Will Shout
Monday, March 19, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#149 The Return of the Innocent
Monday, April 2, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#152 Meet Mr Death
Monday, April 23, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#156 The Man Who Bought Death
Monday, May 21, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#162 The Deadly Innocent
Monday, July 2, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#163 Highway of Escape
Monday, July 9, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#164 A Pattern for Terror
Monday, July 16, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#165 Let George Do It
Monday, July 23, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil
 
#166 Summer Thunder
Monday, July 30, 1945 - 30:00 - CBS Pacific Network, sponsored by Signal Oil

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Interesting tales with minimal violence...... May 15, 2019
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
It is interesting to note from the comments made by the Radio Archives staff that violence rarely ever happened in the stories from "The Whistler".  Other programs made up for it though, but the lack of violence actually made for an even more interesting tale of mystery and or mayhem.

"The Whistler" has been restored by The Radio Archives staff to a level of audio clarity and tonal quality that each program sounds probably better than when it was initially broadcast depending on the reception of the listener at the time.  Each set has unique and colorful artwork with sturdy cases for individual placement of each CD providing added protection and care.  Downloads are also available.

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