MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN COLLECTING OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS FOR A LONG TIME NOW. HE LISTENS TO THEM WHILE HE IS WORKING IN THE DARKROOM.
WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS SO THEY COULD ENJOY THEM ALSO.
The Whistler was one of American radio's most popular mystery dramas, with a 13-year run from May 16, 1942 until
September 22, 1955.The Whistler was the most popular West Coast-originated program with its listeners for many
years. It was sponsored by the Signal Oil Company: "That whistle is your signal for the Signal Oil program, The
Each episode of The Whistler began with the sound of footsteps and a person whistling.
The stories followed an effective formula in which a person's criminal acts were typically undone by either an
overlooked but important detail or their own stupidity, except on some rare occasions when 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 of the series. The Whistler himself narrated, often commenting directly upon the action in the manner of a
Greek chorus, taunting the criminal from an omniscient perspective.
Bill Forman had the title role of host and narrator. Others who portrayed the Whistler at various times were Gale
Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Marvin Miller (announcer for The Whistler and The Bickersons and, later, Michael Anthony on
TV's The Millionaire), Bill Johnstone (who had the title role on radio's The Shadow from 1938 to 1943) and Everett
Clarke. Cast members included Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle,
and Jack Webb.
Writer-producer J. Donald Wilson established the tone of the show during its first two years, and he was followed
in 1944 by producer-director George Allen. Other directors included Sterling Tracy and Sherman Marks with final
scripts by Joel Malone and Harold Swanton. A total of 692 episodes were produced, of which over 200 no longer have
copies in existence. In 1946, a local Chicago version of The Whistler with local actors aired Sundays on WBBM,
sponsored by Meister Brau beer.
THERE ARE 113 SHOWS ON 1 CD AND THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT. THEY WILL PLAY ON ANY COMPUTER AND SOME CD PLAYERS THAT ARE MARKED PLAYS MP3s. YOU CAN EASILY BURN THEM TO A CD SO YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR CAR SYSTEM. I HAVE THEM ON MY ZUNE AND ONE OF MY FRIENDS HAS THEM ON HIS I-POD. REMEMBER THEY ARE IN MP3 FORMAT AND WILL NOT PLAY ON MOST CD PLAYERS.
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