How I Created Theater 13 Radio, and Why

When I was thirteen I used to listen to a black and white transistor radio tucked under my pillow. One night I found a Chicago station and heard The CBS Radio Mystery Theater hosted by E.G. Marshall.

Just like that I was hooked. I fell in love with radio dramas and wanted to hear more.

Popular for its time, CBSRMT was a modern program aired by CBS during the late 70s and early 80s and produced by Himan Brown. It was an attempt to recapture the magic of Old Time Radio. When we moved from Illinois I always made it a point to find a station that aired this program so I could continue listening, and I would often ask my grandparents what they remembered of OTR.

As an adult I discovered real OTR, old time radio, and its fans. I began to collect and research these old programs and listen to them whenever I could. As a professional writer I saw the intrinsic value of these radio shows beyond their nostalgic worth. I knew I could learn a lot from these programs on how to write a tight cohesive story, and I did.

I really hope you like the classic programs I am bringing to you now, and I hope you come to love them and hold them as dear as I do, and will, for my entire life.

Theater 13 -- Old Time Radio Beyond the Extraordinary

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  1. Clibanarius

     /  September 22, 2011

    Thanks! I’ve always loved the old shows (especially the really creepy ones :P).

    Love the blog by the way : )

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