Week after week, for two remarkable years, Wyllis Cooper produced tales of mystery and suspense that Ernest Chappell would breath to life. He’d become a roughneck, news photographer, salesman, or soldier blindsided by forces beyond his control. A typical episode might involve reawakened gods, subterranean monsters, manipulative ghosts, or dangerous flowers or flies or co-workers. Chappell would be joined by other actors and by sound effects, but his voice was the solid ground of a show that could veer at any point toward the sublime or surreal.
Quiet, Please became a cult hit for listeners and inspired a generation of writers. Included in this collection is a 29-minute masterpiece, often cited as the finest fantasy broadcast ever aired. “The Thing on the Fourble Board,” from August 9, 1948, combines a number of essential Quiet, Please elements: a tale that begins where it ends, except that everything’s changed; a slow but steady buildup of mystery and suspense; a deadly comic twist; the involvement of you, the listener, as a participant in the story.
• Complete, locally stored episodes—no wireless connection needed to play
• Sleek and simple episode list and playback controls
• Full-width progress/seek bar to quickly jump to any spot
• Background audio support, for switching between apps
• 87 episodes, with running times from 21:36 to 31:01
These shows were recorded to directly to disc during broadcast, then copied to reel-to-reel tape. Audio quality varies; most episodes sound fine, but you’ll want to turn up the volume for a few. Equalizing the levels of the files would have amplified noise, so it was decided to leave them all in their original state.
As with nearly all the classic radio shows, these recordings are considered orphan works: copyrights have lapsed and assorted versions of mixed quality can be found in old-time radio collections.