Skepchick Quickies 7.31

On July 31, 1930, the radio program The Shadow aired for the first time. Although personally, I’m more of a fan of Suspense. It’s especially creepy if you’re listening to it after dark, driving anywhere in the American Midwest.

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  4. I don’t think any of the original Shadow radio episodes survive (at least, I’ve never found one); originally the Shadow was just the voice of the host/announcer. In 1931 the mystery man/crime fighter debuted in pulp magazines, but it was another 6 years before that character was was adapted for the radio program. Until then the stories were apparently in the same vein as Suspense, though of course I can’t compare the quality. :) Suspense, Escape and Lights Out! were all nicely creepy.

    And Suspense featured the classic Louise Fletcher play “Sorry, Wrong Number” which starred the wonderful Agnes Moorehead!

    (Shutting up now…)

    /OTR Geek

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