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Welcome to the Behind the Mic from otrpodcasts.com. On this podcast, we explore the history behind many of Old Time Radio's greatest performances! We jump around from series to series, picking one episode each week and together we learn about the actors, producers, sponsors, and more before listening to that full episode as it was originally broadcast. Thanks for tuning in!
 
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Casey, Crime Photographer, known by a variety of titles on radio including Crime Photographer, Flashgun Casey, and Casey, Press Photographer was a media franchise from the 1930s to the 1960s. The character was the creation of novelist George Harmon Coxe and was featured in the pulp magazine, Black Mask as well as in novels, comic books, radio, film…
 
In 1946, CBS radio debuted a new anthology series called Academy Award which presented 30-minute adaptations of plays, novels and films. Rather than always adapting Oscar-winning films, the series offered "Hollywood's finest, the great picture plays, the great actors and actresses, techniques and skills, chosen from the honor roll of those who have…
 
In 1930, Simon & Schuster published the first book in their "Inner Sanctum" anthology series. The series featured serious drama and romance, but became best known for it's mysteries. In the 1940's, Simon & Schuster licensed the name for a radio program on condition that the announcer would promote the latest book title published in the series at th…
 
On July 7, 1947, CBS radio aired the very first episode of Escape, a high-adventure anthology series featuring a new story and a different set of characters in each episode. Many stories, both originals and adaptations, involved a protagonist in dire life-or-death straits, and the series featured more science fiction and supernatural tales than oth…
 
In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West". Robinson, in turn, asked their West Coast Vice President, Harry Ackerman, to take on the task. Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, worked with his scriptwriters to create two …
 
On June 17, 1947, (the same day Pan American World Airways began their first regularly scheduled around-the-world passenger service), NBC radio debuted The New Adventures of Philip Marlowe. The radio series was based on the character created by Raymond Chandler in 1932 for the popular pulp magazine Black Mask. "The pulps" as they were often referre…
 
One of the most iconic theme songs to come from the Golden Age of Radio has to be the "ominous, four-note introduction" composed by Walter Schumann for the radio program Dragnet. This theme, derived from Miklós Rózsa's score for the 1946 film The Killers, is still instantly recognizable decades later, even to those who have never heard of the radio…
 
Just a few weeks ago, I was listening to an episode of Richard Diamond, Private Detective when I heard a line that jumped out at me. The episode I was listening to is called "The Hollywood Story" and begins with someone coming to see Richard Diamond to get his help on a case in CA (and for those of you unfamiliar with Richard Diamond, he lives in N…
 
My introduction to Old Time Radio began at a young age after my parents got a few cassette tapes featuring popular radio programs like Dragnet, Lights Out, Inner-Sanctum, and Suspense. My brother and I shared a room at the time and we both loved falling asleep listening to those old radio shows. Of all the episodes we listened to, one of the most m…
 
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