The Lives of Harry Lime

Adventures of Harry Lime, The

(1951-1952). OTR drama starring Orson Welles. Episodes depict Lime's many misadventures and provide a prequel to Welles' role as con-artist Harry Lime in the 1949 British noir film The Third Man. Learn more.

The Black Museum

Black Museum, The

(1952-1954). OTR dramatic murder-crime anthology series produced in London, England, by Harry Alan Towers. Hosted and narrated by Orson Welles. Acknowledged as the best of four series focused on The Black Museum. Learn more.

Candy Matson, YUkon 28209

Candy Matson, YUkon 28209

(1949-1951). OTR drama series noted for its strong, intelligent, no-nonsense female protagonist. A compelling alternative to the popular male detective radio genre, and the best of the popular female detective programs. Learn more.

Captain Starr of Space

Captain Starr of Space

(1953-1954). OTR juvenile science fiction adventure series with Martian thieves, space ships, ray guns, and exciting galactic adventures. Possibly, only four episodes survive. Learn more.

The Columbia Workshop

Columbia Workshop, The

(1936-1947). OTR dramatic series with a mission to experiment with different modes of narrative in order to discover, enhance, and evolve new forms of radio drama. 1938-1939 were particularly productive years under the direction of Irving Reis. Learn more.

The Comic Weekly Man

Comic Weekly Man, The

(1947-1954). OTR dramatic series. Lon Clark provided dramatic readings (complete with music and sound effects), turning the Sunday comics into skits and performing a cast of comic heroes and villains. Learn more

Escape!

Escape!

(1947-1954). OTR adventure series providing high adventure. Often cited as the finest OTR adventure series ever broadcast. Episodes adapted classic and contemporary stories and novels in many different genres by well-known writers. Learn more.

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

(1935). OTR space adventure series following the adventures of Flash Gordon, a handsome polo player and Yale University graduate, and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov on the planet Mongo. Learn more.

Freedom's People

Freedom's People

(1941-1942). OTR eight-part documentary series, and the first major radio series, focused on African-American life, culture, and history. Learn more.

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

(1952-1961). OTR western drama, sometimes called the best radio drama ever. Noted for historical accuracy and realism seldom achieved on radio. Episodes often overturned Western fiction stereotypes. Learn more.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The

(1978-1980). Radio science fiction comedy series written and produced by Douglas Adams and first broadcast on BBC radio. Episodes follow Arthur Dent and Ford Perfect as they travel aboard a stolen spaceship with a motley crew. Learn more.

I Love a Mystery

I Love a Mystery

(1939-1952). OTR adventure serial about three friends who traveled the world looking for adventure, and excitement, both of which they found aplenty. Episodes straddled the borders between mystery, horror, humor, supernatural, and mysticism. Learn more.

I Love Bees

I Love Bees

(2004). Alternate reality game (ARG) designed to serve as both material world experience and a viral marketing campaign for the release of the video game Halo 2. Jumbled audio files and random narrative dialogue were thought to be from the forthcoming game. Learn more.

Jack Armstrong

Jack Armstrong

(1933-1951). OTR juvenile adventure series following the globe-trotting Jack Armstrong, his cousins Billy and Betty Fairfield, and his Uncle Jim. One of the longest running juvenile radio adventure series. Learn more.

Lights Out

Lights Out

(1934-1939). OTR horror series (often cited as the ultimate) noted for its efforts to provide an immersive experience for listeners, expecting them to shut off distracting stimuli (like the lights) and concentrate on the story. Learn more.

The Mercury Theatre on the Air

Mercury Theatre, The

(1938-1940). OTR dramatic anthology series often acclaimed as offering the finest radio drama. 1938 was a particularly productive year under the direction of Orson Welles. Learn more.

The Mysterious Traveler

Mysterious Traveler, The

(1943-1952). OTR dramatic anthology series written, produced, and directed by Robert A. Arthur and David Kogen. Episodes ranged from wild science fiction to straight crime. Learn more.

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The

(1939-1946). OTR crime and detective series following the cases of Sherlock Holmes. Starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, the series is considered a high point of radio drama and the most notable of many radio series about the famous detective. Learn more.

Nick Carter, Master Detective

Nick Carter

(1943-1955). OTR radio crime series based on a fictional private detective first introduced in an 1886 Street & Smith dime novel. More than 700 episodes, each one starring Lon Clark. Learn more.

Quiet, Please!

Quiet, Please!

(1947-1949). OTR drama series often noted as the most creative radio drama series in history for its surrealistic yet immersive quality, its depth of characterization, and its challenge to the traditional formula of entertainment. Written and directed by Wyllis Cooper; narrated by Ernest Chappel. Learn more.

Satellite Seven

Satellite Seven

(1958). BBC series about two brothers, shipwrecked on a Scottish Island where a scientist plans to launch a nuclear powered rocket carrying a satellite around the moon and back to the island. A dastardly fiend plans to steal the professor's hand written plans. Can the two brothers stop the thief? All this, and Scottish country singing too! Learn more.

The Shadow

Shadow, The

(1937-1938). OTR crime series about a young man who used a mysterious power to "cloud men's minds" and thwart criminal activities. Orson Welles starred this year, and for the first time, The Shadow was a character rather than the announcer. Learn more.

Space Patrol

Space Patrol

(1950-1955). OTR science fiction adventure / space opera series. Episodes followed the 30th-century adventures of Commander Buzz Corry of the United Planets Space Patrol and his sidekick, Cadet Happy, as they faced, each week, diabolical interplanetary villains and their schemes. Learn more.

Stroke of Fate

Stroke of Fate

(1953). OTR drama series exploring alternate histories based on fateful decisions or accidents. By asking and answering "What if . . .?" questions and exploring alternate histories, this was one of few mass media programs that attempted to foster knowledge development and critical thinking among its audience. Learn more.

Suspense

Suspense

(1942-1962). OTR anthology of crime, adventure, science fiction, and supernatural tales. Often cited as one of radio's best series. Learn more.

Symphony of Sirens

Symphony of Sirens

(1922). Musical composition / sound installation / performance using the sounds of factories, machines, whistles, and sirens of all kinds to celebrate the 1917 Russian revolution. Learn more.

Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine

Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine

(1983-1993). A bimonthly magazine focusing on New York's experimental art, music, poetry, and drama scene. Each episode was a cassette tape. Learn more.

Terry and the Pirates

Terry and the Pirates

OTR action-adventure series, 1938-1948. Each episode featured a realistic adventure and pitted Terry Lee and his friends against Oriental and Nazi German adversaries. Very popular during World War II when Terry and his pals fought against war-time villains, and proved the ability of radio to engage listeners with distant events as told through serialized audio narrative. Learn more.

The Whisperer

Whisperer, The

(1951). A short-lived weekly OTR crime series. Philip Gault, a lawyer, acts as a front for The Syndicate, even while trying to disrupt its plans. Learn more.

The Witch's Tale

Witch's Tale, The

(1931-1934). The first OTR fantasy-horror series. Established the standard for a host-based anthology series. Directed, produced, and written by Alonzo Deen Cole, who also voiced the male leads and Satan, the black cat. Learn more.

Whitehall 1212

Whitehall 1212

(1951-1952). OTR dramatic murder-crime anthology series written by Wyliss Cooper. Each episode told from the point of view of police investigating an actual crime in London. Learn more.

X Minus One

X Minus One

(1955-1958). OTR science fiction drama series with many episodes featuring adaptations of stories by leading science fiction writers. Often acknowledged as the best science fiction anthology radio show. Learn more.

You Are There

You Are There

(1947-1950). OTR documentary / drama series acclaimed for its dramatizations of historical events using the international Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) news staff. The intended result was to make listeners feel present at the event, hearing it unfold. Learn more.

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar

(1949-1962). OTR crime and detective series about a freelance insurance investigator with an action packed expense account. It is considered one of the best radio dramas, and was the last dramatic series offered on network radio. Learn more.