Show Tid Bits and Info
Here are a few little tidbits about some of the shows played on Mystery Play Internet Radio.
The Whistler an American radio mystery drama series which ran from May 16, 1942 until September 22, 1955 on the west-coast regional CBS radio network.
Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling. The haunting signature theme tune was composed by Wilbur Hatch and featured Dorothy Roberts whistling with an orchestra.
The stories followed a formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone either by an overlooked but important detail or by their own stupidity. On rare occasions a curious twist of fate caused the story to end happily for the episode's protagonist. Ironic twist endings were a key feature of each episode. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action. Taunting the characters, guilty or innocent, from an omniscient perspective.
Lights Out Was a very popular radio show that dealt with horror and the supernatural. Lights Out was on different networks, at different times, from 1934 to 1947. The series eventually made the transition to television.
A run of the series was characterized by grisly stories spiked with dark, tongue-in-cheek humor. A character might be buried or eaten or skinned alive, vaporized in a ladle of white-hot steel, absorbed by a giant slurping amoeba, have his arm torn off by a robot, or forced to endure torture, beating or decapitation—always with the appropriate blood-curdling acting and sound effects.
Though there had been efforts at horror on radio previously (notably The Witch's Tale), there does not seem to have been anything quite as explicit or outrageous as this on a regular basis. When the series switched to the national network, a decision was made to tone down the gore and emphasize tamer fantasy and ghost stories.
Nightfall is a radio drama series produced and aired by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from July 1980 to June 1983. While primarily a supernatural/horror series, Nightfall featured some episodes in other genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and human drama. Some of Nightfall's episodes were so terrifying that the CBC registered numerous complaints and some affiliate stations dropped it.