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[Major Hap Hazard’s Atomic-Powered Transceiver of Time on a Moon!] CBS Radio Mystery Theater

Portrait of an Assassin

Air Date:  8 October, 1980

It’s time again for another gem from the hoary reaches of the past. Today’s episode of CBS Radio Mystery Theater features none other than star of TV, stage, and the silver screen, the incomparable John Lithgow. Presented by QuoteAway , Portrait of an Assassin is a dramatized visit into the mind and machinations of the eccentric and increasingly unhinged Charles Guiteau, who plans to murder president James Garfield.

 

 

 

 

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[Major Hap Hazard’s Atomic-Powered Transceiver of Time on a Moon!] CBS Radio Mystery Theater

The Summer People

Air Date:  10/24/1975




It’s our policy here at our Unnamed Moon Base standing on tippy-toe at the very lip of the time-space continuum to let you, our faithful listener, know when they’re getting into creepy territory. There are themes bandied about in today’s episode of CBSRMT that don’t just stray into said territory, they winter there in tastefully appointed timeshare condos. A married couple look for a nice vacation spot, but upon finding an idyllic town find, they discover that their Mayberry-like surroundings mightn’t be as pleasant as they’d hoped. Things get increasingly grim toward the ending, and, not to spoil things, but the ending don’t get un-grimmer.

Edge of Nightfall was kind enough to present us with this stroll into the macabre, The Summer People. Pleasant … dreammms.

 

 

 

 

[Major Hap Hazard’s Atomic-Powered Transceiver of Time on a Moon!] Mystery Theater

Originally broadcast on the CBS Radio Network

Series run: 1974-1982

No. of episodes: 1399

 

First, there is narration:

Narrator: The CBS Radio Mystery Theater presents …

And then, sound:

A large door handle is opened, followed by the agonized groan of ancient hinges which haven’t seen oil since before you were born.

And, finally, there is EG Marshall.

“Come in,” he bids us, then, after a pause, “Welcome. I’m E.G. Marshall.”

Mystery Theater was a 45-minute long show that ran on the CBS radio network from 1974 to 1982. Though the title and opening indicate ominous adventures through horror and the macabre, the show would sometimes serve up episodes from multiple genres, ranging from historical fiction to sci-fi. Marshall, star of stage, screen, and TV, hosted the show from it’s debut until February of 1982, when Tammy Grimes took over his duty of getting the audience good ‘n’ creeped out.

We here at our UMB (Unnamed Moon Base) from which we rip these venerable gems from the icy grip of Old Man Space-Time Continuum are proud to present The Haunted Mill (AKA The Corpse Light), provided once again by the reliable Horror Radio Shows and Creepy Tales. As Marshall bade us at the end of every program, as the eldritch moaned to a close, “Pleasant … dreams.”

 

 

[Major Hap Hazard’s Atomic-Powered Transceiver of Time on a Moon!] Suspense

Ordeal in Donner Pass

Air Date: November 2, 1953

This week’s audio-artifact is unique in that it is a historical dramatization. The tragedy of the Donner Party passage is brought to thoroughly unpleasant life in Ordeal in Donner Pass, featuring Edmund O’Brien. Though real history is illustrated with the awful facts of the ordeal, the production manages to squeeze an amount of suspense out of the story quite well. The slow-creeping horror and crushing dread of what must’ve been a horrifyingly grim misadventure is brought to us by the Autolite company, proudly hawking the Stay-Full battery, the battery that only needs water three times a year in normal car use. Operators are standing by  65 years ago!

Thanks to Dennis Morrison for this week’s specimen.

 

We’d like to give props to escape-suspense.com. Not only is there a tremendous amount of information about this episode on their site, but there is a clear and abundant love of old-time radio and noir. Check ’em out, you’ll be glad you did.

[Major Hap Hazard’s Atomic-Powered Transceiver of Time on a Moon!] Suspense

The Black Curtain

Air Date:  December 2, 1943


Well, folks, we here at our time/space audio experience retrieval facility here on an unnamed moon have picked out a real winner. You want a classic suspense story? You got it. You looking for an amnesiac accused of a murder he can’t remember committing? Yours for the taking. You want Cary Grant? He’s all yours with just the click of a button in today’s proudly shared episode, The Black Curtain, a tale well-calculated to keep you in Suspense!

 

 

Today’s episode was brought to us by OTR HALLOWEENHOLIDAZE, and Roma Wines. Salud! To your health [clink]!

While we’re at it, we’d like to give props to escape-suspense.com. Not only is there a tremendous amount of information about this episode on their site, but there is a clear and abundant love of old-time radio and noir. Check ’em out, you’ll be glad you did.