From the 1920s to the 1950s, radio was the entertainment source for millions. Two of the primary themes of radio serials were mysteries and adventure. This is a detailed analysis of the important programs in these genres—Jack Armstrong, The Green Hornet, Sergeant Preston, Tom Mix, and more. Each entry includes type of series, broadcast days, air dates, sponsors, network, cast and production credits, and a comprehensive essay. When, as often happened, the series landed in other media, that is examined as well.
This witty science-fiction tale from Jim Harmon follows the misadventures of Charlie Baxter -- a representative of the unlucky category of Earthlings known as Accident Prones. Baxter has been blessed -- or is "cursed" the better term? -- with the uncanny ability to identify the dangers of newly discovered planets by immediately falling prey to them himself, often with painful results. Can he overcome his doomed fate and flourish?
In this classic short story from the golden age of science fiction, the crew of a spaceship suddenly begins to experience a bizarre mix-up of their sensory perceptions -- colors take on scents and sounds assume visible shapes. Will Captain Gavin be able to determine the source of the problem and set things straight before it's too late?
Throughout his entire life, William Hagle has been punished and persecuted for transgressions he didn't actually commit. It's almost as if someone is out to get him. Does he simply have astoundingly bad luck? When Hagle finally begins to root out the causes of his losing streak, he uncovers a mystery too confounding to be believed.
In this mind-bending short story from the golden age of science fiction, a hard-living hobo named Kevin O'Malley finds his squalid daily routine falling to pieces around him when a mysterious woman shows up and begins throwing around some hard-to-believe accusations about his partner in crime, a lowlife who goes by the name of Doc.
In 1967, Jim Harmon published the first edition of The Great Radio Heroes to great acclaim. Thirty-three years later comes an illustrated, corrected, revised and greatly expanded new edition... Once there was a time—and it was not so long ago—when radio listening, especially to the dramas, was one of the most important events in many a young person's life. People developed a love affair with the radio, and though the old times are now gone forever, the love affair continues. The heroes and settings of radio drama spurred the imagination to supply its own and much better images than visual media provided. There were no padded shoulders on the Lone Ranger, Superman flew with no jiggly trick photography, and the Martians whom Orson Welles helped attack the Earth were more convincing than anything the movies can provide. For those who have been under the thrall of radio's alluring call, your new host Jim Harmon provides reminiscences of the heyday of radio programming, with insights on such radio dramas as I Love a Mystery, Gangbusters, The Shadow, Inner Sanctum, Batman and Robin, Superman, Tom Mix, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Adventures by Morse and a couple of dozen more. Photographs, a bibliography, and an index are included to enhance the reader's journey into a past time when radio was the favorite pastime.
In the distant future, human civilization has drastically altered its views on the punishment of criminals. Instead of the teeming, overcrowded prisons of the 21st century, prisoners are placed into a type of suspended animation for the duration of their sentence. But when the man responsible for ushering the convicts into Dreamland comes to question its legitimacy, the system begins to crumble.
Award-winning radio producer and voice actor Joe Bevilacqua, a.k.a. Joe Bev, presents two hours of horse opera parodies. This volume includesThe Deductive Mr. HorseflyTom Mix and the Mystery of the Bodiless HorsemanJohnny the LizardThe Lonely RangerDeadeye DunbarRapunzel and the BanditThe Old RangerThe Full Warren