as part of the Third Annual Radio Festival, October 28, 1997, at The Museum of
Television & Radio
Stage Shadows presented a double feature of
Peabody Award Winning Arch Oboler's play The Revolt of The Worms directed by Russell Pflueger
Simulcast over WPKN-FM, 89.5FM, Bridgeport, CT
and URL www.mtr.org/radfest/radfest2.html
and taped for Future Playback over WFUV-FM, 90.7FM, NYC
Special Guest Deb Kelly and Her Band and The Singers from Don't Touch That Dial!
Adrian Cosentini was the segment Producer and is the Producer of
Classic Radio WFUV 90.7FM
Lord Margesson was the Host and is the Host of Classic Radio WFUV
Russell Pflueger was the Stage Shadows Announcer
The Revolt of The Worms cast:
Robert Kilbridge as Charles
Terry Ashe-Croft as Claire
Chris Gannon as Dean
Henry Traeger as Jackson
The Water cast:
James DeLorenzo as Doug
Rebbekah Irene Vegaromero as Toby
Deborah Thomas as Jean
Gus Schaar as Voice from Sea,Paramedic
Chris Gannon as Radio Newscaster, Cop
Rosemary Hopkins as Kate Hennessy
Live Sound Environments were composed by John Snyder and
assisted by Esmee
Original Music composed by John Bowen
Chief Audio Engineer was Adrian Cosentini
DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!
by Brian Hochberg
Not For The Timid Soul
Mystery In the Air had an unusual series run. The series had two NBC Network runs-- both as a summer replacement for the Abbott and Costello Show. The first series was broadcast from July 5, 1945 to September 27, 1945, featuring Stephen Courtleigh as "Stonewall Scott, Detective". With the end of the summer of 1945, Stonewall Scott never returned to the airwaves. However, Mystery in The Air would return again for a second series airing from July 3, 1947 to September 25, 1947. This second series starred Peter Lorre in an anthology of Horror stories set in the 19th Century. This second series dramatized many American and British literature classics and was sponsored by Camel Cigarettes. Tonight's show "Beyond Good and Evil" was the 9th program of this second series and was originally broadcast on August 28, 1947. With the conclusion of this second 13 week series, Mystery In the Air never returned to the network lineup.
Light Out is probably remembered as radio's best horror/suspense anthology series, and is the one program that listeners would not let die. Even today, many stations who continue to broadcast classic radio series constantly air programs from Lights Out. Lights Out was created by Wyllis Cooper, and began as a local 15 minute radio program for WENR in Chicago. This local program began on January 1, 1934. By April 25, 1934, Lights Out's popularity with the radio audience was evident and the program was increased to a half-hour. Not to mention that the networks were beginning to catch on to the local ratings. Lights Out moved to NBC on April 17, 1935 and was shortly afterwards taken over by Arch Oboler, who brought the show to further recognition and new heights. Wyllis Cooper decided to leave the program to direct some of the most classic horror movies in Hollywood.
Arch Olober quickly became a household name winning numerous Peabody Awards, and writing stories that could equal Edgar A. Poe. Mr. Oboler also infuenced many young creative minds, such as that of Rod Serling, who would later create The Twilight Zone for CBS television. Lights Out also came with a warning for those people with timid souls, as Arch Oboler asked those people to "turn off your radios now." Lights Out would be canceled five times throughout its long series run in 1939, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947. Four of those cancellations only led to new series run on rival networks CBS and ABC, with NBC reclaiming the series twice. Lights Out's final original broadcast was heard on September 3, 1947. The two longest sponsors of the program were Ironized Yeast and Eversharp. The last 7 stories starred Boris Karloff. While writing Lights Out, Arch Oboler also created Arch Oboler's Plays (originally airing on NBC, then moving to Mutual), which rebroadcast several Lights Out programs. During the 1970-1971 season, 26 Lights Out programs were rebroadcast in syndication under the title The Devil and Mr. O. Tonight's episode, "The Revolt of the Worms" is considered to be a Lights Out classic.
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