With Wednesday’s episode of the Whistler, we marked our 100th Episode of the Amazing World of Radio. The series launched in June 2016 to feature our first Summer Series of Patreon-chosen programming. That first series was only six episodes, but it has been followed by three longer Summer Series, four rounds of Christmas and Thanksgiving episodes, along with other various holiday programs and spring series. It’s not an every week series. It intermittently presents a wide variety of different radio programs.
We really aim to bring a wide variety of different programs, including some well-known shows as well as some more obscure offerings. Here’s a list of every series we’ve played so far:
Lux Radio Theater (17) Les Miserables (7) Cavalcade of America (6) Suspense (6) Screen Guild Theater (5) Bold Venture (4) Escape (3) The Whistler (3) Hallmark Playhouse (3) You Are There (2) Bing Crosby Show (2) NBC University Theatre of the Air (2) Proudly We Hail (2) Stars Over Hollywood (2) The Les Paul Show Jackie Gleason and Les Tremayne Show Diamond Dramas Meet Corliss Archer Hour of Charm Columbia Workshop Abbott and Costello Show Stroke of Fate Shakespeare Cycle Humphrey Bogart Presents Father Knows Best Grand Central Station The Big Show Living The Man Called X Mr. President The Quiz Kids Elgin Holiday Special Railroad Hour Dr. Christian Chicago Theatre of the Air Coast to Coast on a Bus Anthology MGM Theatre of the Air NBC Star Playhouse The Great Gildersleeve Here’s to Veterans Bird’s Eye Open House New World A Coming Shirley Temple Time Prudential Hour of Stars CBS Network Special The Jack Webb Show One Out of Seven Three for Adventure Are These Our Children?
Lux Radio Theater is our top series because every episode in our Great Movies Over Radio series was an episode of Lux. Plus we brought four hour-long adaptations of Humphrey Bogart adaptations to you during our Summer of Bogart which also featured four weeks of Bold Venture. For our 2018 Spring Series, we played the entire seven-part Orson Welles-led Les Miserables.
Most of the other programs with a lot of play are anthology programs which produced episodes in a variety of themes. My goal is to share a sampling of a wide spectrum of radio programs. As a whole, we’ve played fifty series.
I continue to look for new and different programs to bring you on the Amazing World of Radio. Between now and Easter, I’ll have eleven more episodes of the Amazing World of Radio for you before I sign off until our summer series. Of those eleven episodes, only two come from a series we’ve featured frequently, and only three come from a series we’ve featured at all.
There were a whole lot of amazing programs produced during the Golden Age of Radio, and here’s hoping we get a chance to share many more.