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Background

CBS Radio was still very successful during the 1970s. More commercial than ever before, the overwhelming majority of its programming in the wake of the Golden Age of Radio had become mostly music, news and personality oriented. Many of its remaining flagship or former 'anchor' stations had adopted the emerging talk-radio format as well. Round the clock news was its staple and virtually every format, after the Golden Age of Radio years contained 10 to 30 minutes of news in one form or another.

The remaining four 'majors'--Mutual, NBC, CBS and ABC--attempted a few Golden Age Radio revival programming efforts over the ensuing years. Most notable of these efforts were the waning days of the East-Coast run of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, The Guy Lombardo Show, The Breakfast Club, Suspense, Gunsmoke, Family Theater, and NBC's Monitor. Most the the networks' hundreds of soap-operas had gone the way of Television.

ABC attempted a Radio drama revival series, Theatre Five [or Theatre 5] in 1964. The series ran for almost a year, airing a production every weekday for a total of 260 programs. In September of 1973, the Mutual Network began airing a Radio Drama revival series, The Zero Hour, ushering in a brief period of other attempts at Radio Drama revival to varying degrees of success.

Legendary Radio producer and director Himan Brown introduced the most noteworthy Radio Drama revival effort in January 1974, The CBS Radio Mystery Theater. The program aired seven days a week, from January 1974 through 1980 and Monday through Friday from January 1980 until December 1982. Two years into the CBS Radio Mystery Theater run, Hi Brown and CBS felt the time might be right for a Radio Drama revival targeted at younger listeners.

From the September 19, 1973 edition of the Greeley Tribune: 

CBS plans prime-time series on radio

  By JAY SHARBUTT
AP Television Writer
 

     NEW YORK (AP) -- Most network radio series were put in their graves by television in the early 1950s.
     Well, here it is the early 1970s and CBS is saying it'll start a new radio series on Jan. 6--in prime time.
     There've been no reports of panic in television circles yet.  But Sam Cook Digges, head of the CBS Radio Division, and Hi Brown, producer of the coming show, think it could start a new aural trend at the network.
     The new series, in the thriller category, is called "CBS Radio Mystery Theater."  It'll run seven nights a week, each 52-minute episode starting at 10:07 p.m. here.  There'll be 200 new episodes and 165 repeats.
     If the new show clicks, Digges says, it could lead to a new dramatic anthology series, a daytime soap opera and even a new comedy series--in short, a modern minirevival of the golden days of network radio.
     Brown, a veteran radio producer whose credits date back to the 1930s, is equally hopeful.  But the biggest kick for him right now is the fact that a network is even willing to give radio drama another try.
     "It's an emotional jag for me," says Brown, who'll record most of the "Mystery Theater" shows in New York.  "I could care less what it does for me financially."
     He said the series--each show starts with the sound of a creaking door--will have a permanent host and tell a separate tale each night.  The stories will range from the macabre to the occult, Brown said.
     The series won't have staff writers or a stock acting company, he added:  "It's an open show for all the fresh, proven and unproven talent we can find."
     CBS says the series will be offered the network's 250 AM radio affiliates, then to other stations if an affiliate in a given market doesn't want the show.
     The CBS-owned stations here and in Boston, St. Louis and Philadelphia won't be carrying the show because they have an all-news format, CBS says.  It says other stations in those cities will air the series.
     The show is the first new prime-time radio drama series on a network in more than a decade and a half.  One new 30-minute series called "Zero Hour" began this summer, but it was sold to individual radio stations and wasn't offered by a network.
     Last June, the NBC Radio network began running a science-fiction series called "X Minus One" every fourth Sunday evening.  But it's an old series first heard in the mid-1950s, according to NBC.

General Mills Radio Adventure Theater debuts over CBS

General Mills had approached CBS for a weekend Radio vehicle targeted to youngsters and families. Hi Brown had also been hoping to attract a younger audience to CBS Radio Mystery Theater, but the late-night timeslot assigned to CBS Radio Mystery Theater made that all but impractical for most of mainstream America and Canada. The solution was a weekend-only, adventure series presented in a timeslot more readily available to entire families of the era--the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., after dinner timeslot.

From the December 2, 1976 edition of the Cumberland Evening Times: 

CBS Plans Radio Show
 By JAY SHARBUTT
 
     LOS ANGELES (AP) -- CBS Radio, which in January 1973 began giving the nation the seven-nights-a-week "CBS Radio Mystery Theater," has a new Saturday-Sunday ear offering coming up the first week in February.
     It's called the "General Mills Radio Adventure Theater," and will run just under an hour each night, and will premiere promptly at 6:07 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb 5, says CBS Radio President Sam Cook Digges.
     Digges, speaking by phone from New York, said the new weekend show will be an anthology series of such classic adventure yarns as "Robinson Crusoe," "Kidnapped" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
     It's scheduled for early evening broadcasts, he said, so as to catch the family trade, particularly youngsters for whom radio drama is just something Grandad mutters nostalgically about now and then.
     "We wanted to go with drama that would appeal to children broadcast at a time they could listen to it," Digges said.
     "We've found we've had a lot of complaints because "Mystery Theater" in too many markets is on too late for youngsters to hear it."
     He said that series, which CBS says now airs on 220 stations, 190 of them CBS affiliates, is fed the stations at 10:07 p.m. EST, an hour most tots theoretically are abed.
     CBS hopes to get at least the same number of stations carrying the new weekend adventure series, he added.  As with the mystery show, CBS affiliates will get first crack at it, then other stations.
     He said the new show will be produced and directed by Hyman Brown, chief honcho on CBS' mystery radio series.
     The new offering will air first-run episodes each Saturday and Sunday for 26 weeks this year, followed by 26 repeat weeks in which Saturday shows will air on Sundays, and Sunday shows on Saturdays.
     However, Digges added, the new show won't be just a one-year proposition.  General Mills, the sole sponsor, is signed up for what Digges called a long-term agreement.  He didn't specify how long, though.
     In any event, he added, this agreement will help the show avoid what happened to the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" in almost three years on the air--operate at a financial loss.
     Digges, who declined to say what the loss was, said it was incurred because the show was paid for on a participating sponsorship basis.
     And there were times, he conceded, sponsors didn't participate.

And indeed, General Mills Radio Adventure Theater premiered on February 5, 1977. Comprised of adventure novels by some of the finest authors throughout modern history, the series began airing two episodes per weekend, Saturday and Sunday, during pre-/post-supper time in most parts of the nation.

Hi Brown brought the same energy, creativity, and masterful direction to General Mills Radio Adventure Theater that he'd brought to his CBS Radio Mystery Theater revival. And indeed perhaps no living Radio producer of the era was better equipped to produce and direct Radio Drama revivals of this caliber. The series was hosted by Tom Bosley, late of Happy Days Television success. The choice was an inspired one. Bosley had already made a connection with youngsters, teenagers and families with Happy Days and was therefore a brilliant choice to host General Mills Radio Adventure Theater.

The great authors' works were adapted for Radio by some of Radio's most successful writers, performers and directors, such as Fletcher Markle, Elspeth Eric, Robert Newman, Paul Tripp, Ian Martin and Alan Sloane.

On the production side, the series was planned and scheduled to a tee from the outset. General Mills had originally agreed to sponsor the entire 104-episode run--52 episodes in the original order, and 52 repeat episodes in reverse-pair order (except for the series' two, two-part adventures.)

As things turned out, General Mills opted out of its agreement after the original 52-episodes aired, leaving CBS to sustain the remaining planned repeats for the remaining five months. The CBS-sustained series of repeats was renamed the CBS Radio Adventure Theater, airing, as planned, in reverse-pair order until all 52 episodes were aired the second time around. We're only surmising, but it would seem that CBS' intent in airing the series in reverse order the second time around was a nod to Jewish listeners, especially, barred by their religion from listening to the series on Saturdays. Certain other religions tended to discourage entertainment on Sundays as well. The reverse-pair order met a host of well-intentioned means' to provide a full experience of the entire series to the widest audience practical.

Series Derivatives:

CBS Radio Adventure Theater
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Adventure Dramas
Network(s): CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 77-02-05 01 Kidnapped
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 77-02-05 to 77-07-31; CBS;
Syndication: CBS
Sponsors: General Mills; Sustaining
Director(s): Himan Brown [Producer/Director]
Principal Actors: Kristoffer Tabori, Ian Martin, Robert Dryden, William Griffis, Russell Horton, Court Benson, Earl Hammond, Skip Hinnant, Merry Flershem, Howard Da Silva, Mason Adams, Leon Janney, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Grimes, Don Scardino, Ralph Bell, Fred Gwynne, Lloyd Battista, Robert Dryden, Ruth Anders, Evie Juster, Russell Horton, Joan Shea, Sarah Parker, Toby Parker, Gilbert Mack, Jada Rowland, Roger Baron, Norman Rose, Roger De Koven, Anne Costello, Jackson Beck, Frances Sternhagen, Jack Grimes, Earl Hammond, Bryna Raeburn, Morgan Fairchild, Hetty Galen, Corinne Orr, Bob Kaliban, Jim Debis, Tony Roberts, Ann Pitoniak, Hans Conried, Nat Polen, James Dybas, Gordon Heath, Michael Wager, Anne Wiliams, Catherine Byers, Paul Hecht, Carol Tietel, Mia Dillon, Gordon Heath, Roberta Maxwell, Joe Silver, Marian Seldes, Joe DeSantis, Gary Landay, Chris Morton, Arnold Moss, Michael Tolan, Elizabeth Latham
Recurring Character(s): None
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production
Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson, Herman Melville, Rudyard Kipling, H. Rider Haggard, Carlo Collodi, Edith Nesbit, Jules Verne, James Fennimore Cooper, Lewis Carroll, William Clark, Merriwether Lewis, Stephen Crane, Edward Everett Hale, Hans Christian Anderson, Edgar Allan Poe, Homer, Charles Dickens, Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Jack London, Joseph Conrad, Alexandre Dumas, Jonathan Swift, Walter Scott
Writer(s) [Writers]: Allan Sloane, Ian Martin, Victoria Dann, Teri Keane, Elizabeth Pennell, G. Frederic Lewis, James Lawrence
[Adapters]: Paul Tripp, Allan Sloane, Sam Dann, Robert Newman, Ian Martin, Gerald Lewis, Elspeth Eric, G. Frederic Lewis, Fletcher Markle, Elizabeth Pennell, James Agate Jr., Madeline Ferber
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Tom Bosley [Host]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
104 broadcasts [52 scripts]
Episodes in Circulation: 104
Total Episodes in Collection: 104
Provenances:

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The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
77-02-05
1
Kidnapped
Y
76-12-02 Ogden Standard-Examiner
CBS Radio, which in January 1973 began giving the nation the seven-nights-a-week "CBS Radio Mystery Theater," has a new Saturday-Sunday ear offering coming up the first week in February. It's called the "General Mills Radio Adventures Theater," and will run just under an hour each night, and will premiere promptly at 6:07 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb 5, says CBS Radio President Sam Cook Digges.

77-02-05 Syracuse Herald-Journal
RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "
Kidnapped." Kristoffer Tabori stars as David Balfour in this adaptationof Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, as this weekend series premieres tonight at 6:05 on WFBL. The series will also be offered tomorrow at same time.
77-02-06
2
A Very Special Place
Y
-
77-02-12
3
With Malice Toward None
Y
77-02-12 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "With Malice Toward None." A brother and sister enter a cave near their Ilinois home in the year 1977 and exit in the midst of the Blackhawk campaign of the French and Indian Wars, in thisoriginal drama tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-02-13
4
Moby Dick
Y
77-02-13 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Moby Dick." Howard da Silva and Mason Adams are featured in this adaptation of Herman Melville's epic adventure story of the sea and man's obsessive desire to hunt down a white whale and avenge himself, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-02-19
5
The Boy Who Would Be A Sailor
Y
77-02-19 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Boy Who Would Be a Sailor." This is based on Rudyard Kipling's immodestly titled "The Finest Story in the World," about a boy with an uncanny knowledge of nautical history, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-02-20
6
King Solomon's Mines
Y
77-02-20 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "King Solomon's Mines." An English nobleman leads an expedition across the African desert in search of his brother, who disappeared while searching for many diamonds supposedly hidden centuries ago in a mine owned by King Solomon, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-02-26
7
The Caliph Of Baghdad
Y
77-02-26 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Caliph of Baghdad." A story from the the "Arabian Nights," of an Arabian leader who goes out into the streets of his kingdom to learn about the people he governs, will be featured tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-02-27
8
The Story Of Pinocchio
Y
77-02-27 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Story of Pinocchio." A puppet, carved out of a magical piece of wood, turns out to be a very mischevious boy in this adaptation of Carlo Collodi's story at 6:05 tonight on WFBL.
77-03-05
9
The Railroad Children
Y
-
77-03-06
10
The Other World
Y
77-03-06 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Other World." Enemies of the Earth, whose water supply on their own planet is nearly exhausted, pilot to invade by controlling the mind of the 16-year-old daughter of Earth's military commander, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-03-12
11
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Y
77-03-12 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp." This is based on the "Arabian Nights" famous fantasy about a poor boy whose every wish is granted, thanks to a genie who lives in a dirty old lamp, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-03-13
12
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Y
77-03-13 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." French scientist Professor Aronnax retells his experience as a prisoner on the submersible Nautilus in this adaptation of a Jules Verne novel, written years before the submarine was invented, at 6:05 tonight on WFBL.
77-03-19
13
The Black Arrow
Y
-
77-03-20
14
Robin Hood and His Merry Men
Y
-
77-03-26
15
Survival Test
Y
-
77-03-27
16
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Y
-
77-04-02
17
Captains Courageous
Y
77-04-02 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling's story about a spoiled American boy who falls, while seasick, from an ocean liner into the Atlantic, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-04-03
18
Bravest Of the Brave
Y
77-04-03 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Bravest of the Brave." The son of an Indian chief earns the respect of his father, white men, and eventually his own tribesmen by ending the strange tribal custom of human sacrifice, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-04-09
19
The Last Of the Mohicans
Y
77-04-09 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Last of the Mohicans." An adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel whose hero is a brave woodsman who lived and fought among the Indians and early settlers of America, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-04-10
20
I Remember Alice
Y
77-04-10 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "I Remember Alice." Many of Alice's adventures come to life in this adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, "Alice in Wonderland," tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-04-16
21
Three Swords
Y
77-04-16 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Three Swords." The story of how a 16-year-old boy became the legendary King Arthur will be told tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-04-17
22
The Clown Who Wasn't
Y
77-04-17 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Clown Who Wasn't." A teenaged girl, with the help of a clown, tries to save the circus she interits from her father, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-04-23
23
Journey To the Center Of the Earth
Y
77-04-23 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Jules Verne's memorable story of a mineralogist, his nephew, his nephew's wife and a strange old parchment containing a short message that sent them many, many miles below the earth's surface more than 100 years ago, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-04-24
24
Lewis and Clark
Y
77-04-24 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Lewis and Clark." This is based on the "Journals of Lewis and Clark," correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and letters of other members of the expedition that opened up the West, traveling 8,000 miles from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-04-30
25
A Different Ghost Story
Y
77-04-30 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "A Different Ghost Story." Two young people, on vacation near Lake Tahoe, are taken by an old man to a nearby town they never knew existed, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-05-01
26
The Red Badge Of Courage
Y
77-05-01 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Red Badge of Courage." Stephen Crane's classic Civil War novel about a young Union soldier who runs with the enemy charges, but later becomes a hero, will be featured at 6:05 tonight on WFBL.
77-05-07
27
Treasure Island
Y
77-05-07 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Treasure Island." Robert Louis Stevenson's thrilling pirate adventure story in which he made his own son the hero, renaming him Jim Hawkins, will be featured tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-05-08
28
The Man Without A Country
Y
-
77-05-14
29
Three Tales Of Hans Christian Anderson
Y
77-05-14 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Three Tales of Hans Christian Andersen." Adaptations of three well-loved fables, "The Ugly Duckling," "The Tinderbox" and "The Swineherd and the Priness," will be presented tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-05-15
30
A Coat Of Many Colors
Y
77-05-15 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "A Coat of Many Colors." This is based on the Biblical story of Joseph, Jacob's son, who is sold by his jealous brothers into slavery in Egypt, where he rises to a high position--second only to Pharoah, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-05-21
31
They Called Him Slim
Y
77-05-21 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "They Called Him Slim" The first of two programs observing the 50th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight deals with his early years as a motorcycle stunt rider and a pilot, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-05-22
32
Then They Called Him Lucky
Y
77-05-22 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Then They Called Him Lucky." This second of two broadcasts ovserving the 59th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight deals with how he raised money for his flight, the construction of his plane, and the flight itself, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-05-28
33
The Gold Bug
Y
77-05-28 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Gold Bug." This is adapted from the Edgar Allan Poe story in which a man finds a rare gold bug and a cryptogram--a secret message--for finding treasure buried by Captain Kidd, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-05-29
34
The Travels Of Ulysses
Y
77-05-29 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Travels of Ulysses." This is based on Homer's "Illiad" and "Odyssey" in which the crafty Ulysses figures out ways to conquer Troy, to outwit the one-eyed giant, Cyclops, and to prevent suitors from stealing his wife, the beautiful Penelope, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-06-04
35
Cinderella
Y
77-06-04 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Cinderella." The well-loved story of a young lady that begins with "once upon a time" and ends with "they lived happily ever after," will be presented tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-06-05
36
Remember the Alamo
Y
-
77-06-11
37
The Adventures Of Oliver
Y
77-06-11 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Adventures of Oliver." An adaptation of "Oliver Twist," one of Charles Dickens' most popular novels, about the poverty, crime and life in the underworld of London in the early 19th Century, will be featured tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-06-12
38
The Boy David
Y
77-06-12 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Boy David." An adaptation of the Biblical story of the shepherd boy who in his day became a national hero will be offered tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-06-18
39
Three Times Magic
Y
77-06-18 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Three Times Magic." This is adapted from three folktales about a magic bean ("Jack and the Beanstalk"), a magic spinning wheel ("Rumpelstiltskin") and the magic of kindness and goodness ("Beauty and the Beast"), tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-06-19
40
The Eyes Of Vishnu
Y
77-06-19 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Eyes of Vishnu." Two youngsters, learning that an old man has not been home in days, set out to find out what happened to him, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-06-25
41
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Y
77-06-25 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." A poor man named Ali Baba discovers the cave where forty thieves are hiding their stolen treasures, in this adaptation of a tale from "Arabian Nights," tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-06-26
42
The Valiant Little Tailor
Y
77-06-26 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Valiant Little Taylor." This is based on the Grimms' fairy tale about a modest little tailor who gathers up his dreams of being a hero and goes out in the world to seek his fame and fortune, tonight at 6:30 on WFBL.
77-07-02
43
The Sea Wolf
Y
77-07-02 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Sea Wolf." This is based on the Jack London story about a ruthless captain and two young passengers he holds captive on his ship, to be presented tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-07-03
44
The Master Thief
Y
77-07-03 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Master Thief." This is adapted from Grimms' "Adventures of the Master Thief," about a prideful robber who enjoys outwitting people, tonigt at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-07-09
45
The Sailor Who Wouldn't Give Up
Y
77-07-09 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Sailor Who Wouldn't Give Up." This is based on Jack London's first published work, "Typhoon," about an American cabin boy who matches wits with the Japanese in the harbor and the Russians at sea, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-07-10
46
Youth
Y
-
77-07-16
47
Mowgli
Y
77-07-16 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Mowgli." This is based on Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Books" about a young boy who is raised in the jungle by a wolf pack, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL. Fred Gwynne and Don Scardino are featured.
77-07-17
48
Tiger, Tiger
Y
77-07-17 Syracuse Herald-Journal - RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "Tiger, Tiger." A boy, raised in the jungle by wolves, returns to the village to live with people, in this adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Books," tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-07-23
49
The Man In the Iron Mask
Y
77-07-23 Syracuse Herald-Journal - ADVENTURE THEATER: "The Man in the Iron Mask." Aramis, one of the Three Musketeers, and now a bishop, manages to free the twin brother of Louis XIV from France's gloomiest prison, the Bastille, and to make him king--for one day--tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-07-24
50
Gulliver's Travels
Y
-
77-07-30
51
Ivanhoe
Y
77-07-30 Syracuse Herald-Journal - ADVENTURE THEATER: "Ivanhoe." An adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's classic novel about a disinherited knight in 12th Century England, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-07-31
52
Daniel, the Oracle
Y
-





The CBS Radio Adventure Theater Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
77-08-06
1
A Very Special Place
Y
77-08-06 Syracuse Herald-Journal
RADIO ADVENTURE THEATER: "
A Very Special Place." A teenager becomes a local hero when he saves the people in a new housing project from drowning, tonight at 6:05 on WFBL.
77-08-07
2
Kidnapped
Y
77-08-13
3
Moby Dick
Y
77-08-14
4
With Malice Toward None
Y
77-08-20
5
King Solomon's Mines
Y
77-08-21
6
The Boy Who Would Be A Sailor
Y
77-08-27
7
The Story Of Pinocchio
Y
77-08-28
8
The Caliph Of Baghdad
Y
77-09-03
9
The Other World
Y
77-09-04
10
The Railroad Children
Y
77-09-10
11
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Y
77-09-11
12
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Y
77-09-17
13
Robin Hood and His Merry Men
Y
77-09-18
14
The Black Arrow
Y
77-09-24
15
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Y
77-09-25
16
Survival Test
Y
77-10-01
17
Bravest Of the Brave
Y
77-10-02
18
Captains Courageous
Y
77-10-08
19
I Remember Alice
Y
77-10-09
20
The Last Of the Mohicans
Y
77-10-15
21
The Clown Who Wasn't
Y
77-10-16
22
Three Swords
Y
77-10-22
23
Lewis and Clark
Y
77-10-23
24
Journey To the Center Of the Earth
Y
77-10-29
25
The Red Badge Of Courage
Y
77-10-30
26
A Different Ghost Story
Y
77-11-05
27
The Man Without A Country
Y
77-11-06
28
Treasure Island
Y
77-11-12
29
A Coat Of Many Colors
Y
77-11-13
30
Three Tales Of Hans Christian Anderson
Y
77-11-19
31
They Called Him Slim
Y
77-11-20
32
Then They Called Him Lucky
Y
77-11-26
33
The Travels Of Ulysses
Y
77-11-27
34
The Gold Bug
Y
77-12-03
35
Remember the Alamo
Y
77-12-04
36
Cinderella
Y
77-12-10
37
The Boy David
Y
77-12-11
38
The Adventures Of Oliver
Y
77-12-17
39
The Eyes Of Vishnu
Y
77-12-18
40
Three Times Magic
Y
77-12-24
41
The Valiant Little Tailor
Y
77-12-25
42
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Y
77-12-31
43
The Master Thief
Y
78-01-01
44
The Sea Wolf
Y
78-01-07
45
Youth
Y
78-01-08
46
The Sailor Who Wouldn't Give Up
Y
78-01-14
47
Mowgli
Y
78-01-15
48
Tiger, Tiger
Y
78-01-21
49
Gulliver's Travels
Y
78-01-22
50
The Man In the Iron Mask
Y
78-01-28
51
Daniel, the Oracle
Y
78-01-29
52
Ivanhoe
Y






The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater Program Biographies




Himan Brown [Hyman Brown]
Stage, Radio, Television and Film Writer, Director and Producer; Philanthropist
(1910--)

Birthplace: Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

Education: New York City College; Broooklyn Law School

Radiography:
1930 The Goldbergs
1932 The Bronx Marriage Bureau
1933 Little Italy
1933 Jack Dempsey's Gymnasium
1935 David Harum
1935 The Gumps
1935 Dick Tracy
1935 The Amazing Interplanetary Adventures of Flash Gordon
1941 Inner Sanctum
1944 Green Valley U.S.A.
1947 The Right To Live
1948 Operation Nightmare
1948 The New Adventures Of the Thin Man
1951 The Private Files Of Rex Saunders
1951 Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator
1956 This Is My Story
1958 Premier Playhouse
1959 NBC Radio Theatre
1974 CBS Radio Mystery Theatre
1984 Americans All
1998 CBS Radio Mystery Theatre
Hi Brown circa 1945
Hi Brown circa 1945

Himan Brown circa 1941
Himan Brown circa 1941

Hi Brown at the ABC mike circa 1948
Hi Brown at the ABC mike circa 1948

Hi Brown in the command booth circa 1952
Hi Brown in the command booth circa 1952

Himan Brown directs CBS Radio Mystery Theatre circa 1975
Himan Brown directs CBS Radio Mystery Theatre circa 1975

Hi Brown promotes the Cooper Union's Great Hall during the 1990s
Hi Brown promotes Cooper Union's Great Hall during the 1990s
Himan Brown in The Wall Street Journal circa 2005
Himan Brown in The Wall Street Journal circa 2005
Hyman Brown was born in 1910 to a Yiddish family who'd immigrated from Odessa, Russia in the late 1890s. His parents were a tailor and seamstress eking out a meager living for a family of eight. A child prodigy, Hyman Brown was learning the violin at the age of seven and was fluent in Yiddish and Russian.

Hyman Brown changed the spelling of his hame to Himan Brown while in High School, preferring that everyone refer to him as 'Hi' Brown from that point forward.

He sold The Goldbergs to NBC at the age of 19 while still a law school student, but his involvement with the program was subsequently dropped by Gertrude Berg in a kind of "thanks, kid, but I don't need you anymore" end to the relationship.

Brown's first solo effort on the Air was The Bronx Marriage Bureau over WOR in 1932, directing, producing, acting in, and packaging and promoting the entire venture. Soon after, he was promoting Little Italy (1933) to Blue Coal as sponsors.

He married in 1933. 1933 also found him packaging Jack Dempsey's Gymnasium and by 1935 and 1936 he was packaging soaps for Anne Ashenhurst of The Hummerts. His first effort for The Hummerts was David Harum.

He also had the opportunity to help promote the budding theatrical careers of Van Heflin and Myron McCormick. He brought Flash Gordon to the air in 1935, packaging the deal with King Features. He followed that up with a nine-year package of Dick Tracy broadcasts. He did the same packaged promotion for Terry and The Pirates and Jungle Jim.

Brown also packaged and brought The Gumps to the air for four years beginning in 1935. He later brought Joyce Jordan, M.D. to the air in 19xx followed by Hilda Hope, M.D. (19xx) and Grand Central Station for Lambert.

His biggest break came through an offer from Carter Products to do three programs for them. Hi Brown took a disc of Bulldog Drummond to them, a disc of The Creaking Door, and a disc of Rehearsal Time. Of the three, Carter preferred The Creaking Door demo, but didn't care much for the name. Hi Brown offered 'Inner Sanctum Mysteries' as an alternative off the top of his head and Carter jumped at it. Inner Sanctum Mysteries ran for eleven years from 1941 to 1952.

Brown's largesse over his lifetime--both personal and philanthropic--are equally remarkable. Legendary American writer J.D. Salinger wrote Catcher in The Rye while a guest at Brown's Stamford, Connecticut home studio during the Winter of 1945.

Himan Brown's Radiography, if for nothing other than the 527 Inner Sanctum Mysteries and almost 3,000 original broadcasts and scheduled rebroadcasts of CBS Radio Mystery Theatre, would stand forever as a monumental record of accomplishment in the history of Radio. But indeed, his radiography stretches even further. All told, Hi Brown's involvement, in one capacity or another in Radio alone, encompasses some 10,000+ scripts over Radio, the vast majority of them during the Golden Age of Radio.

But Hi Brown's contributions to Radio didn't simply involve writing, producing and directing. As Brown is proud of emphasizing--and justifiably so--he was a widely acknowledged genius and innovator of packaging programming over an incredibly wide variety of Radio genres over an unparalleled seventy-five year career of active involvement in Radio. Indeed, the only other innovators to approach his equal throughout the Golden Age of Radio were The Hummerts.

Hi Brown remains a living legend in Radio History, whose contributions in perpetuating his talent and innovations continue to this day with innumberable personal endowments to educational institutions and performing arts organizations. One is also mindful of the fact that Hi Brown has remained effective well into his 90s.



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