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The Exploring Tomorrow Radio Program

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Exploring Tomorrow aired exclusively over The Mutual Broadcasting System
Exploring Tomorrow aired primarily over The Mutual Broadcasting System

Ex-Lax sponsored Exploring Tomorrow
Ex-Lax sponsored Exploring Tomorrow


The Reader's Digest sponsored Exploring Tomorrow
The Reader's Digest was another Exploring Tomorrow sponsor



Kraft Foods was a co-sponsor of Exploring Tomorrow


L & M Cigarettes was another co-sponsor of Exploring Tomorrow


The Cape Coral development was yet another Exploring Tomorrow sponsor

Background

Science Fiction in print, film, radio and television enjoyed exponentially increasing popularity throughout the Golden Age Radio era. Between the mid-1920s and the 1970s Radio brought a great many popular Sci-Fi programs to its listeners. The most poular science fiction programs during the era were those directed at juvenile audiences. It wasn't until after World War II that more adult-oriented science fiction anthologies began airing. There were of course any number of popular adventure programs throughout the era that broadcast an occasional science fiction script or adaptation. But it wasn't until the advent of the Atomic Age that science fiction found a much broader audience.

Among the more popular and enduring of the science fiction genre over Radio were:

While not presented as all-inclusive, the list above provides a comparatively representative selection of the era's most popular Sci-Fi programming.

For the era's hard-core Sci-Fi addicts there were several popular science fiction pulp publications and digests. One of the most popular science fiction digests of the era was Astounding Science-Fiction. Begun in 1930 as Astounding Stories, writer John Wood Campbell, Jr. assumed the reins of Astounding Stories in 1938, soon after changing the name of the digest to Astounding Science-Fiction. Indeed it was from either Galaxy magazine or Astounding Science-Fiction that many of the scripts of the more popular Sci-Fi Radio dramas of the era were derived.

The more adult-oriented Sci-Fi programs of the era arrived during the 1950s, fairly evenly represented between NBC, CBS and MBS. ABC arrived somewhat late to the Sci-Fi genre with its Theater Five program in 1964.

MBS and John Campbell bring Exploring Tomorrow to the air

The calculus that brought Exploring Tomorrow to the air was reasonably well supported. Dimension X (1950) had been quite popular with its fans while suffering under several scheduling changes and almost no promotion beyond its first few episodes. 1953's Tales of Tomorrow had been spun off from its Television version. And NBC's X Minus One's fans suffered even greater indignities than those of Dimension X at the hands of NBC's schedulers.

A uniting element of all of these productions was John W. Campbell, Jr. and his Astounding Science-Fiction magazine. Campbell's publication and his contributing science fiction writers were responsible for a great number of the Sci-Fi scripts that had been adapted from either Astounding Science-Fiction or Galaxy magazine, a competing Sci-Fi digest. An M.I.T. grad as well as Editor of Astounding Science-Fiction, John Campbell was uniquely equipped to host Exploring Tomorrow. In addition to hosting the series, Campbell also added his own thoughts and observations before, during and after each episode, depending on the length of the script.

A New York production, Exploring Tomorrow premiered on December 4th 1957 as a 20-25 minute program airing on Wednesday and Friday evenings. The New York cast members included many of Radio's finest, including Mason Adams, Jim Boles, Lawson Zerbe, Mandel Kramer, Bret Morrision, George Petrie, Lon Clark, and Larry Haines, among many others. Of note is the fact that most of the Radio stars cited had at one time or another their own network showcase of one type or another. Produced and directed by Sanford Marshall, the scripts were adapted for Radio by either the authors themselves or a combination of John Fleming, Peter Irving and John Campbell himself.

One of the more fascinating elements of each episode were John Campbell's reflections on both contemporary and emerging technologies of the era as they affected contemporary culture and world events. Another element that made the series even more unique was the active participation of the U.S. Air Force in providing authentic sound clips for the series. Given the comparatively humble budget for Exploring Tomorrow, a little extra authenticity went a long way indeed.

Though only some twenty minutes of actual exposition or script, Exploring Tomorrow packed a lot of suspense, thrills and surprises into each installment. Shortly after it began airing, the AFRTS picked it up as one of the canons destined for our troops in the European and Pacific Theatres--a sure sign of the series' popularity. The commercially broadcast series ran until well into December 1958 and well into 1959 over the Armed Forces' Far East Network and American Forces Network.

As another indication of both listener and network loyalty to the series, we have yet to encounter a single preemption or interruption to the series over a period of almost thirteen months. As the genre goes, we'd have to characterize Exploring Tomorrow as the thinking person's Sci-Fi adventure series. The series' stories appear to have been selected by John Campbell himself and generally posed one significant sociological or cultural issue or another.

As a production during Mutual's 'MBS-Plus' sponsor-sharing plan of the era, sponsorship of Exploring Tomorrow was somewhat hit or miss throughout its commercial broadcasts. It did however attract at least six significant sponsors over its thirteen months.

Series Derivatives:

AFRTS END-603
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Science Fiction Dramas
Network(s): MBS; CBS; Several independent local stations and small, regional networks; The AFRTS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 57-12-04 01
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 57-12-04 to 58-12-19; MBS; One-hundred ten, 20-minute programs; Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:05 p.m.
Syndication: John Campbell Jr. [Host/Researcher]
Sponsors: Ex-Lax; Reader's Digest; Liggett and Myers; Kraft Foods.
Director(s): Sanford Marshall [Producer/Director]
Principal Actors: Charles Holmes, Lawson Zerbe, Mason Adams, Donald Buka, Lon Clark, Mandel Kramer, Connie Lembcke, Bret Morrison, Charlotte Sheffield, George Petrie, Sam Grey, Larry Haines, Don Douglas, Ron Dawson, Ada Luscio,
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): Raymond E. Banks, Murray Leinster, Gordon R. Dickson, Poul Anderson, Randy Garrett, Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg
Writer(s) Peter Irving [Adapter]
John Campbell Jr. [Researcher]
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s): ''As Time Goes By''
Announcer(s): Bill Mahr, Guy Wallace
John Campbell Jr. [Host]

Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
104 [estimate]
Episodes in Circulation: 24
Total Episodes in Collection: 22
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, the papers and recollections of Robert Silverberg, Digital Deli Contributor Bill Higgins, .

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the radioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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As a consequence of the OTR nonsense cataloged further below, our log of Exploring Tomorrow is necessarily fraught with ambiguities and questionable entries. The only moderately accurate resource we found were a scant few entries in the Pacific Stars and Stripes from 1958-1959. We also suspect that the overwhelming majority of the circulating exemplars of Exploring Tomorrow were 'manufactured' from the AFRTS-denatured run from 1957 to 1959. Thus, the only synopses or titles we can reasonably substantiate at this point in our research are those from the Stars and Stripes and the Janesville Gazette. All other dates we cite for a specific exemplar were derived from the radioGOLDINdex. Unfortunately the radioGOLDINdex entries for Exploring Tomorrow appear to have been--erroneously--based at least in part upon someone else's research. The giveaway is the apparent belief by that sources--or sources--that Exploring Tomorrow aired once a week for a specific period of 28 weeks. Such was absolutely not the case. Exploring Tomorrow aired--from beginning to end--as a Wednesday and Friday feature over the Mutual Broadcasting System. Some independent stations occasionally aired the canon on Saturdays or Sundays, but by and large even the stations unaffiliated with MBS aired the canon on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The above underscores the even more glaring error in all other presently circulating logs of Exploring Tomorrow--the misconception that only twenty-nine episodes ever aired. That fallacy was based on the OTR Myth that Exploring Tomorrow aired once weekly, which was obviously never the case. Had Exploring Tomorrow aired for precisely twenty-eight weeks, the canon would have comprised between fifty-two and fifty-six episodes--not twenty-nine. Going further, it's patently demonstrable that Exploring Tomorrow aired well into December of 1958--a full six months later than circulating 'OTR lore' has traditionally maintained.

Given our own extensive research, the papers and recollections of Robert Silverberg, and a few clues in the radioGOLDINdex entries, we're of the belief that there were in all likelihood an estimated 104 broadcasts of Exploring Tomorrow over the course of its MBS syndication. As to the long-touted twenty-eight unique exemplars in circulation, we find that allegation equally suspect. We have twenty-two unique exemplars among our own holdings. We would estimate that we're actually missing only two of the circulating exemplars, for a total of twenty-four in actual circulation. The Pacific Stars and Stripes listings indicate some fifty or so non-repeating episodes among the AFRTS-denatured recordings. There might well be as many as seventy-eight unique scripts within the Exploring Tomorrow canon--or more. It would also appear that a great many of the commercial Exploring Tomorrow broadcasts were repeats.

OTRisms:

The widely circulating collections of Exploring Tomorrow are predominately complete frauds in almost every respect. Virtually all of the circulating recordings are heavily butchered and totally contrived:

  • Opens and closes from other recordings are edited into the circulating exemplars.
  • The majority of the circulating exemplars are fake stereoized.
  • The majority of the circulating exemplars are 'pegged out' (e.g. clipped sound waves).
  • There are so many 'a.k.a.s' in circulation for the canon that most collections have at least five or six bogus duplicates among the canon.
  • AFRTS exemplars are heavily edited to disguise their AFRTS-denatured origin.
  • X Minus One and Dimension X episodes edited into opening and closings of Exploring Tomorrow.

Exploring Tomorrrow was an excellent Sci-Fi offering for the era. Sadly, the OTR Community has so utterly butchered and misrepresented the circulating canon that sorting it all out might take years to come--if ever. Some OTR 'authority' apparently pronounced the series as running from December 4th 1957 to June 13th 1958--and that, by gum, was that. There's just one niggling little problem with that pronouncement--it's a complete and utter lie. In point of fact, Exploring Tomorrow ran well into December of 1958 throughout America--yet another manifestation of the widely held OTR community's narcissistic misconception that New York was the epicenter of the Golden Age Radio universe.

Due to the widespread--and widely condoned--butchery of the circulating recordings, it's most likely that the overwhelming majority of circulating recordings originated from AFRTS-denatured recordings. Predictably, only the orginating butchers of the circulating exemplars can fully substantiate our surmise--which, given the low bar of integrity throughout the hobby, remains highly unlikely.

All of the above wouldn't be so egregious, but for the utter futility of the butchery. To what end? To drive another $300 of commerce to the originating vendor(s)? Bragging rights among other deceptive vendors or collectors? Or simply more childish mischief. The circulating Exploring Tommorow canon is a poster child for all that is wrong with the entirely exploitative 'OTR' movement and the swath of historical destruction that the movement has left in its wake.


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The Exploring Tomorrow Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
57-12-04
1
Title Unknown
N
[Premiere; replaces Gangbusters]

57-12-03 Bridgeport Post
TWO SERIES ADDED
"Exploring Tomorrow," dramatic science fiction series, and 'Squad Room," police dramas are being added to WOR radio's nightly 8:05 to 8:30 o'clock adventure slot this week.
"Squad Room" will be presented tonight and every Tuesday night.
"Exploring Tomorrow" will be aired on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The two weekly science fiction adventures will be. authored by John Fleming, with commentary and interpolative narrations by J. F. W. Campbell, Jr., science fiction expert. Special sound efects were prepared through the cooperation of the U. S. Air Force.

57-12-04 New York Times
8:05-8:30Exploring Tomorrow: Science-fiction plays by John Fleming to be presented every Wednesday and Friday (
Premiere)(WOR).
57-12-06
2
Noise Level
N
[Thanks to alert visitor Bill Higgins for the suggested title for this episode]

57-12-06 Janesville Daily Gazette
Exploring
Psychology plays a major role in scientific experimentation. The Exploring Tomorrow adventure drama for tonight at 10:15 uses this theme as one of the bases for its story. The adventure to be presented by director Sanford Marshall is
an original John Fleming drama depicting how Air Force chiefs used a hoax to goad their experimentors into perfecting an antigravily device, one that actually works!
57-12-11
3
The Convict
Y
[Open and close cut to defeat identification.]

57-12-11Bridgeport Post
8:05— EXPLORING TOMORROW: Science-flctlon WOR
57-12-13
4
Title Unknown
N
57-12-13 Janesville Daily Gazette
Exploring
With great interest these days in science, space and the various aspects of man's work in this field, WCLO listeners can hear a program series each Friday evening that probes into these areas. Exploring Tomorrow highlights the field of science and today's advances made in this country. The program is heard this evening at 10:15.
57-12-18
5
The Happiness Effect
Brain Writers
Y
[Closed edited to disguise the announced next episode]

57-12-18 Janesville Daily Gazette

New Program Series Is
"Exploring Tomorrow"

By RALPH SCHROEDER

Exploring Tomorrow is the new science-fiction program series on WCLO and WCLO-FM every Wednesday evening at 8:35, These radio thrillers provide listeners with adventures in creative thinking, using the realities of today projected into the world of tomorrow. Special effects are supplied through the co-operation of the U. S. Air Force.

By
Raymond E. Banks (from Asounding Science Fiction November 1953); Features Mason Adams and Lawson Zerbe

a.k.a. The Brain Writers or The Happiness Idea

57-12-20
6
Title Unknown
N
57-12-20 Janesville Daily Gazette
At 10:15 this evening another science-fiction adventure will be dramatized for WCLO listeners, the Exploring Tomorrow program. These Wednesday and Friday evening features present high adventure stories in the realm of science using actual sounds of Air Force tests and equipment.
57-12-25
7
Desert Object
Y
57-12-27
8
Title Unknown
N
58-01-01
9
Title Unknown
N
58-01-03
10
Dreams
Y
58-01-03 Janesville Daily Gazette
Tomorrow
Every Wednesday and Friday evening a new series of programs is presented that is rapidly gaining a wide listening audience. The series, entitled Exploring Tomorrow, is heard at 8:30 p.m. on WCLO and WCLO-FM. For a dramatic look into the lates} devices in the world of science, make the Exploring Tomorrow programs a regular listening habit on WCLO
58-01-08
11
Title Unknown
N
58-01-10
12
Title Unknown
N
58-01-10 Janesville Daily Gazette
Exploring Every Wednesday and Friday the new program series, Exploring Tomorrow, is presented on WCLO and WCLO-FM. This series dramatizes some of the scientific marvels of our age using actual sounds from the test centers. Broadcast time this evening is 10:15.
58-01-15
13
First Contact
Y
58-01-17
14
Liar
Y
58-01-17 Yuma Daily Sun
KVOY--8:30--Exploring Tomorrow
58-01-22
15
The First Men On The Moon
Y
[Open and close cut to defeat identification.]

58-01-22 Yuma Daily Sun
KVOY--8:30--Exploring Tomorrow

a.k.a. The Moon Is Red or The Moon Is New

Papers of Robert Silverberg
58-01-24
16
Title Unknown
N
58-01-29
17
Title Unknown
N
58-01-31
18
Title Unknown
N
58-02-05
19
Title Unknown
N
58-02-07
20
Title Unknown
N
58-02-07 Yuma Daily Sun
KVOY--8:30--Exploring Tomorrow
58-02-12
21
The Mutant
Y
[Open and close butchered to defeat identification.]

58-02-12 Janesville Daily Gazette
Explorer
Seldom does a day pass when one of the top stories in the news is not concerned with satellites and scientists. The Exploring Tomorrow program series, heard this evening at 8:35 on WCLO, will present another dramatized event in the development of some scientific phase of the missile and satellite program. The Exploring Tomorrow series- has been gaining a vast audience for its vivid portrayal of this field in science.

a.k.a. How Big is A Man
58-02-14
22
Title Unknown
N
58-02-19
23
The Last Doctor
N
58-02-21
24
The Adventure of the Beauty Queen
Y
58-02-21 Lowell Sun
EXPORING TOMORROW:
Charlotte Sheffield, Miss United States, stars in science fiction drama based on beauty in tomorrow's world. WNAC, 8:05
58-02-26
25
Title Unknown
N
58-02-28
26
Title Unknown
N
58-03-05
27
Title Unknown
N
58-03-07
28
Title Unknown
N
58-03-12
29
Made in Avak
Y
[Open and close butchered to defeat identification.]

a.k.a. A Fair Fight or War Games
58-03-14
30
Title Unknown
N
58-03-14 Lowell Sun
EXPORING TOMORROW:
Futuristic tale about a 1980 war which destroys all roses. WNAC, 8:05.
58-03-19
31
The Mimic
Y
58-03-19 Janesville Daily Gazette
Another successful launching of an earth satellite by the Navy's Vanguard increases interest in the subject of space travel. The Exploring Tomorrow series, heard every Wednesday and Friday evening at 8:35 on WCLO and WCLO-FM, dramatizes many of the scientific achievements and also takes listeners into the future and what they can expect to be the changes in the life of man.
58-03-21
32
Title Unknown
N
58-03-26
33
Title Unknown
N
58-03-28
34
Title Unknown
N
58-04-02
35
A Sound Decision
N
[Open and close sloppily edited to defeat identification; The most predominant circulating recording is a sloppily contrived fraud.]

a.k.a. The Martian Queen
58-04-04
36
Title Unknown
N
58-04-09
37
No Way Out
Y
[Open and close sloppily edited to defeat identification; Stereoized]

Substantiated by the Papers of Robert Silverberg; Features George Petrie as McClellan and Sam Grey as Old Malphus
a.k.a. 'Overpopulation,' 'Solution Impossible,' or 'Immigration Impossible.'
58-04-11
38
Title Unknown
N
58-04-16
39
The Genius Planet
Y
[Close sloppily edited to defeat identification]

58-04-18 Janesville Gazette
Exploring Tomorrow
For fans of science fiction drama, WCLO offers the Exploring Tomorrow series each Wednesday and Friday night at 8:35.
The programtakes listeners into the realm of the unknown future and offers a glimpse into what the world may be in the next and future generations.

By Poul Anderson
58-04-18
40
Title Unknown
N
58-04-18 Janesville Gazette
Exploring Tomorrow
For those listeners whose tastes crave science-fiction drama, the Exploring Tomorrow series will be presented at 10:15 tonight. Exploring Tomorrow tickles the imagination of those of you who are curious about what the world around us may be like in a hundred or so years.
58-04-23
41
The Secret
Y
a.k.a. With All the Trappings
58-04-25
42
Title Unknown
N
58-04-30
43
The Best Policy
N
[Some sites cite The Stowaway with this date]

58-04-29 Janesville Daily Gazette
Randall Garrett's story about "
The Best Policy," involving several earthmen and aliens from other planets, provides WCLO's Exploring Tomorrow dramatic feature for the broadcast Wednesday evening at 8:35. On Wednesday and Friday WCLO presents the science-fiction thriller, Exploring Tomorrow.
58-05-02
44
Title Unknown
N
58-05-07
45
The Only Two Telepaths in the World
Y
[Close sloppily edited to defeat identification; There is no one in the script by the name of Annie]

By Gordon Dickson; Features Mandel Kramer as Alan Carvel and Bryna Raeburn as Lorraine Carvel
58-05-09
46
Title Unknown
N
58-05-14
47
Times Heals
Y
[Sponsored by L&M, Kraft Foods and Cape Coral]

by
Poul Anderson
58-05-16
48
Title Unknown
N
58-05-21
49
Meddler's Moon
Y
[Close sloppily edited to defeat identification]

58-05-23
50
Title Unknown
N
58-05-28
51
The Trouble With Robots
Y
[Open and close sloppily edited to defeat identification]

58-05-30
52
Title Unknown
N
58-06-04
53
The Diamond Mountain of Venus
Y
[Close sloppily edited to defeat identification]

By John Fleming. Features Mason Adams and Donald Buka.
58-06-06
54
Title Unknown
N
58-06-11
55
The Man From the Past
Vincent Deems, 1997
N
58-06-13
56
Title Unknown
N
58-06-18
57
The Space Baby
Y
[Open and close sloppily butchered to defeat identification]

58-06-18 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow

58-06-18
Racine Times
11:00 P.M.
MBS--Exploring Tomorrow

Features
Carol Teitel as Alice
58-06-20
58
Title Unknown
N
58-06-25
59
Title Unknown
N
58-06-25 Portsmouth Herald
8:00--WNAC--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-06-27
60
Title Unknown
N
58-07-02
61
Title Unknown
N
58-07-04
62
Title Unknown
N
58-07-09
63
Title Unknown
N
58-07-09 Racine Times
11:00 P.M.
MBS--Exploring Tomorrow

58-07-09 Portsmouth Herald
8:00--WNAC--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-07-11
64
Title Unknown
N
58-07-11 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow

58-07-11 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-07-16
65
Title Unknown
N
58-07-16 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow
58-07-18
66
Title Unknown
N
58-07-18 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow
58-07-23
67
Title Unknown
N
58-07-23 Portsmouth Herald
8:00--WNAC--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-07-25
68
Title Unknown
N
58-07-30
69
Title Unknown
N
58-07-30 Portsmouth Herald
8:00--WNAC--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-08-01
70
Title Unknown
N
58-08-01 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-08-06
71
Title Unknown
N
58-08-06 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow
58-08-08
72
Title Unknown
N
58-08-13
73
Title Unknown
N
58-08-13 Portsmouth Herald
8:00--WNAC--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-08-15
74
Title Unknown
N
58-08-20
75
Title Unknown
N
58-08-20 Portsmouth Herald
8:00--WNAC--News, Exploring Tomorrow

58-08-20 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-08-22
76
Title Unknown
N
58-08-27
77
Title Unknown
N
58-08-27 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow

58-08-29
78
Title Unknown
N
58-08-29 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-09-03
79
Title Unknown
N
58-09-05
80
Title Unknown
N
58-09-05 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-09-10
81
Title Unknown
N
58-09-12
82
Title Unknown
N
58-09-17
83
Title Unknown
N
58-09-19
84
Title Unknown
N
58-09-19 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-09-24
85
Title Unknown
N
58-09-26
86
Title Unknown
N
58-10-01
87
Title Unknown
N
58-10-03
88
Title Unknown
N
58-10-08
89
Title Unknown
N
58-10-10
90
Title Unknown
N
58-10-15
91
Title Unknown
N
58-10-17
92
Title Unknown
N
58-10-22
93
Title Unknown
N
58-10-24
94
Title Unknown
N
58-10-29
95
Title Unknown
N
58-10-29 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow

58-10-29 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-10-31
96
Title Unknown
N
58-10-31 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-11-05
97
Title Unknown
N
58-11-07
98
Title Unknown
N
58-11-12
99
Title Unknown
N
58-11-12 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow
58-11-14
100
Title Unknown
N
58-11-19
101
Title Unknown
N
58-11-21
102
Title Unknown
N
58-11-26
103
Title Unknown
N
58-11-28
104
Title Unknown
N
58-12-03
105
Title Unknown
N
58-12-05
106
Title Unknown
N
58-12-10 Charleston Daily Mail
7:30--WMON--News, Exploring Tomorrow
58-12-10
107
Title Unknown
N
58-12-10 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow
58-12-12
108
Title Unknown
N
58-12-17
109
Country Boy
Y
[Open and close sloppily edited to defeat identification; possibly AFRTS]

58-12-17 Hayward Daily Review
7:30 KFRC--Exploring Tomorrow
58-12-19
110
Title Unknown
N
58-12-19 Hayward Daily Review
7:30--KFRC--7:50 Clubhouse
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Date AFRTS # Title Avail. Notes
First Contact
N
13
The Only Two Telepaths in the World
N
[Close sloppily edited to disguise the announcements; There is no one in the script by the name of Annie]

By Gordon Dickson; Features Mandel Kramer as Alan Carvel and Bryna Raeburn as Lorrie Carvel
18
Planet of Geniuses
N
The Trouble With Robots
N
The Adventure of the Beauty Queen
N
The Space Baby
N
The Diamond Mountain of Venus
N





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Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
58-08-05 Psyonics
N
58-08-05 Pacific Stars and Stripes
An interesting story dealing
with the subject of "
Psyonics," the science of telepathy and telekenesis will be offered at 9:30 p.m. on "Exploring Tomorrow."
58-08-12 Brain Writers
N
58-08-12 Pacific Stars and Stripes
A community in which everyone is well adjusted is depicted on the "Exploring Tomorrow" presentation at 9:30 p.m. Adjustment is made by the "
Brain Writers."
58-09-02 The Adventure of the Beauty Queen
N
58-09-02 Pacific Stars and Stripes
Charlotte Sheffield, Miss United States, 1957, is the star at 9:30 p.m. on "Exploring Tomorrow" in
a story of a girl who communicates with a person who is not yet born and is transmitted to his orbit of existence.
58-09-16 Title Unknown 58-09-13 Pacific Stars and Stripes
Tuesday — John Campbell Jr. offers another interesting story at 9:30 p.m. when "Exploring Tomorrow" presents
a program dealing with a cultural war between planets and the difficulty individuals have in fighting a culture unassisted.
58-11-11 Title Unknown
N
58-11-11 Pacific Stars and Stripes
Tuesday—
A turn missed by a 25th of a second in a space ship causes one of the best pilots in the crew to be dismissed from his job on "Exploring Tomorrow" at 9:30 p.m.
59-09-01 Black Magic
N
59-09-01 Pacific Stars and Stripes
On the assumption that the supposedly irrevocable laws of nature may not be the same throughout the universe, the creators of "Exploring Tomorrow" weave a strange and fascinating science fiction story about an expedition to Jupiter. The expedition encounters strange laws of nature on the far-away planet which causes events that Would be considered "
Black Magic" on Earth. Broadcast time is 8:05 p.m.






The Exploring Tomorrow Radio Program Biographies




John Wood Campbell, Jr.
(Host)

(1910-1971)

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S., Duke University

Radiography:
1950 Beyond Tomorrow
1957 Exploring Tomorrow
Excursions In Science
John W. Campbell, Jr. circa 1968
John W. Campbell, Jr. circa 1968


Kelly Freas portrait of John W. Campbell, painted in 1984
Kelly Freas portrait of John W. Campbell, painted in 1984


John Campbell was a native of Newark, New Jersey. Both born and raised there, he invariably returned to Newark to live, no matter where his travels took him in the course of his education, studies, or lectures. His father was a reportedly cold, impersonal, and unaffectionate man--an electrical engineer by trade and profession. Campbell's mother, Dorothy [née Strahern] was warm but quixotic. She reportedly had an identical twin who visited the family often--but who disliked young John. Indeed, they were so identical that a younger John was often unable to differentiate them, and was often reputedly rebuffed by the sister he mistook for his mother.

Campbell got something of a reprieve from home while he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he befriended Norbert Wiener, one of the godfathers of computing.

Campbell began writing science fiction in his late teens and promptly sold some of his very first stories. Young Campbell's first published story, When the Atoms Failed, appeared in the January 1930 issue of Amazing Stories magazine when Campbell was barely 19.

Indeed, by the time he was 21 he was becoming a well-known pulp writer. Unfortunately he'd been dismissed by M.I.T. in the process--he'd failed German. He then transferred to Duke University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physics a year later, in 1932.

Campbell had married Dona Stuart in 1931, a relationship that lasted until their divorce in 1949. Campell subsequently marreid Margaret 'Peg' Winter. They remained together until his death in 1971.

The period of the late 1930s until the mid-1960s is referred to as The Golden Age of many disciplines, technologies and media. It was an era of intense research, discovery, experimentation, and intellectual freedom. We're all familiar with The Golden Age of Radio and The Golden Age of Television. John W. Campbell, Jr. is often credited as the Father of The Golden Age of Science Fiction.

Writing as either John W. Campbell or Don A. Stuart [he'd derived the pseudonym from his first wife's maiden name], he became a highly prolific space opera writer under both names.



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