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.
Chet Chetter's Tales from the Morgue is a series of short stories as told by an elderly morgue attendant, licensed embalmer and resident story teller named Chet Chetter to a passing stranger of the night played by you, the listener.
The stories Chet relates are all quite fanciful. They deal with topics that could be classified supernatural and science fiction. They border on outrageous but that is how they are meant to be.
Roughly half of the shows feature a nice, likeable, rural southern manure hauler by the name of Elmer Korn who always finds himself involved in some inane predicament.
The creators of the series themselves admit the show is rather off-beat, but it’s not without it’s very own charm, which lies within the humorous writing and the recurring characters.
This series was created and produced by M&J Audio Theater. The M stands for Mark Sawyer and the J is for Jay Reel.
Mark and Jay are childhood friends who met in the sixth-grade in 1977. Thanks to old time radio shows such as X Minus One, Lum and Abner, and Gunsmoke, they had a mutual interest in radio drama. One can hear these influences in every story from the subject matter and the character voices, to the plots. The creaking door opening, the host’s oddly humorous manner and the “pleasant dreams” ending. These are an undeniable salute to “The Inner Sanctum” and Himan Brown.
Between the two of them, Mark and Jay collaborated on over twenty characters in these stories. Jay is the voice of Chet Chetter, Elmer Korn, the Sherrif, Roland, and Gale Headrush Taylor. Mark only admits to being the voice of Cecil Farris and various incidental characters.
Mark and Jay produced the first Chet Chetter story, "The Highway of Death" in 1989. It was born from a series of ninety-five episodes, which they recorded between 1980 to 1995. They call it "The Conofrof Saga".
They submitted "The Highway of Death" to National Public Radio and were amazed when NPR responded with an order for three more stories. The four episodes were accepted and broadcast on NPR Playhouse in 1990. The following year NPR ordered nine more instalments of “Tales From the Morgue” to be broadcast as a complete thirteen show series in 1992.
Since then a number of small production houses have sprung-up and are now finding an audience for their own spoken word audio recordings on the Internet.
Isn’t it strange how sometimes things can go full circle. From the days of old time radio right through to the high tech world of the Internet today.
It just goes to show that there’s still a demand for high quality audio thrillers, just like there was over half a century ago. The medium might have changed, but maybe the entertainment people enjoy hasn’t changed quite as much as we might sometimes think.
THERE ARE 19 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.