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WJR Trade logo 1935
WJR's Trade Logo for 1935



Olga Coal 'scatter-tag' circa 1939
Olga Coal 'scatter-tag' circa 1939


August 20th 1938 Spot ad for Hermit's Cave sponsored by Olga Genuine Pocahontas Coal over WGAR, Cleveland
August 20th 1938 Spot ad for Hermit's Cave sponsored by Olga Genuine Pocahontas Coal over WGAR, Cleveland


January 27th 1940 spot ad for The Hermit's Cave over WKRC
January 27th 1940 spot ad for The Hermit's Cave over WKRC.


August 18th 1940 spot ad for the first broadcasts of The Hermit's Cave over Chicago's WBBM (CBS)
August 18th 1940 spot ad for the first broadcasts of The Hermit's Cave over Chicago's WBBM (CBS)


Cover of Carter Coal's booklet promoting The Hermit's Cave
Cover of Carter Coal's book promoting The Hermit's Cave

Page 2 of The Hermit's Cave promo booklet
Page 2 of The Hermit's Cave promo book

Page 3 of The Hermit's Cave promo booklet
Page 3 of The Hermit's Cave promo book


The WJR Run of The Hermit's Cave was syndicated by the World Broadcasting System
The WJR Run of The Hermit's Cave was syndicated by the World Broadcasting System


February 8th 1941 spot ad for the first broadcasts of The Hermit's Cave over Maryland's WJEJ (MBS)
February 8th 1941 spot ad for the first broadcasts of The Hermit's Cave over Maryland's WJEJ (MBS)



1928 QSL Card announcing the new call letter change from KEJK to KMPC
1928 QSL Card announcing the new call letter change from KEJK to KMPC



1939 Simoniz Car Polish and Simoniz Kleener
1939 Simoniz Car Polish and Simoniz Kleener

Background:
Detroit's clear channel powerhouse, WJR

Detroit's--then--CBS Basic Network affiliate, WJR, was one of Detroit's two powerhouse, clear channel stations to originate quality programming throughout Michigan and the midwest heartland. WXYZ, a Detroit NBC-Blue, Mutual, and ABC affiliate over the years also orginated a great deal of local and regional programming throughout the area, much of which went national. Some of WJR's most popular studio-originated features from the 1930s to the early 1940s were the various The Mummers programs:

  • 1930 The Mummers
  • 1935 The Mummers Little Theatre of the Air
  • 1937 The Hermit's Cave

Founded in 1922 by The Detroit Free Press as 517-watt WCX at 580 on the AM dial, the station initially shared the 580 AM band with WWJ until about 1925. In 1925, the Jewett Radio and Phonograph Company of Pontiac, Michigan took control and 580 AM became shared by WCX and WJR (W-Jewett-Radio). From the February 15th, 1925 edition of the Oakland Tribune:

20,000 MILES
NEW RADIO RANGE

An announcement made this week in Detroit brings the news that the Jewett Radio and Phonograph Company will enter the broadcasting field with a station of 5000 watts.

The details of this massive project were explained in a statement by Howard E. Campbell, chief radio engineer and general manager of the broadcasting division of the Jewett Company, and until recently similarly connected with the Detroit News station. WWJ.

"For some time," said Mr. Campbell, "it has been the conviction of Jewett that the principal radio manufacturers should take the responsibility for supplying the quality programs to the public."

1925's Jewett Radio and Phonograph Co.


Jewett moved the station from The Detroit Free Press building to the Book-Cadillac Hotel. Jewett subsequently upgraded WWJ to 5,000 watts and renamed it WJR. From the August 16th 1925 edition of the Davenport Democrat and Leader:

NEW STATION,
WJR, HAS HAD
FORMAL OPENING

Will Operate from Pontiac,
Mich., Six Nights a Week
.

WJR, the new 5,000 watt station created at Pontiac, Mich., by the Jewett Radio and Phonograph company, gave its inaugural program last night.

Broadcasting from the studios in the Book-Cadillac hotel in Detroit, the program traveled via telephone wires to the transmitter at Pontiac and thence out into the ether to the far reaches of the earth.

The great power of the station and its altogether superb technical equipment bring the farthest corners of this planet within its reach.

Dedicatory addresses by important parsonages and a program of musical brilliance gave a new highlight to broadcasting. Starting at 7 p. m., the program lasted until 3 o'clock in the morning.

The addresses numbered four, including those by Edward H. Jewett, president of the company which built and which operates WJR; the address of Governor Alex J. Groesbeck, speaking for the people of Michigan in whose state the station is located; J. B. Book, representing the hotel which houses the studios in Detroit, and C. T. Toomy who spoke for the Detroit Free Press with which WJR is associated.

Among the entertainers were Cameron McLean, Mme. Djina Ostrowska, the Detroit Operatic Ensemble, Joseph Corner, Marcus Kellerman, T. Stanley Perry, Albert Seibert, Mme. Homer DuBard, Ina M. Lockhart, the Detroit Symphony Trio, Jean Goldicetts's Concert orchestra, the Blue Room Dance orchestra, the Stellar Male quartet, Bernice, Charlotte Meyers, John Kailahue, Will Collins, Marion Partride and Ivan Severstrom.

Mr. Jewett, as president of the organization which fathered WJR, was the first speaker to be introduced by the station's director, Corley W. Kirby.

WJR will be on the air six nights a week. Present plans do not contemplate any Sunday programs. The wave length is 517 [516.9] meters, a division of time having been arranged with the Detroit Free Press for this wave-length. While succeeding programs will not last as long as did last night's inaugural, the same high standard will be maintained.

A brilliant audience viewed last night's program at first hand. In the richly appointed studios in Detroit were present important personages from many sections and a great many prominent men in the radio world.


WCX programming consisted of mostly news, sports, and The Red Apple Club while WJR aired primarily commercial, Pontiac-sponsored programming and was subsequently granted WJR's own AM frequency--680 kHz--in 1926.

Enter Mr. George A. Richards, then president of the new Pontiac Automobiles for Southern Michigan, who purchased The Detroit Free Press' interest in WCX and opened a new studio in the General Motors Building. WCX/WJR became the only station in the world to operate a ground-floor studio, providing passersby a chance to see the on-air entertainers. WJR began using a new air slogan "The Goodwill Station," in December of 1926.

In 1928, Richards obtained a frequency change to 750 on the AM dial and WJR became Michigan's most powerful radio station. WCX physically remained at the Book-Cadillac Hotel and Richards moved WJR's operations to the 28th floor of Detroit's beautiful beaux arts Fisher Building. WJR ultimately bought out The Detroit Free Press' interest in WCX and retired the station and its call-sign in 1929. A power increase in 1931 took WJR from 5,000 watts to 10,000 watts, making it a clear channel station under the FCC's 1928 rules.

By 1935, WJR had constructed a new 50,000 watt transmitter and a 733-foot tower in Riverview, Michigan, at about the same time it changed its network affiliation from NBC-Blue to CBS Basic. WJR moved to its final AM frequency--760 kHz--in March of 1941, where it's remained since then. WJR became a 24-hour, around the clock station in 1942.

Between 1942 and 1976 WJR remained affiliated with CBS except for the period 1959 through 1962, during which WJR aired its own, original programming and independently-syndicated programming. In 1976 WJR rejoined the NBC Network, then switched to ABC in 1985. WJR, now Michigan's eighth oldest continuously licensed radio station, is currently owned by the Citadel Broadcasting Corporation and still resides in the historic Fisher Building.

George A. 'Dick' Richards acquires KMPC, Beverly Hills

One of the West Coast's earliest successful Radio stations, KMPC traced its initial air date to February 19th 1927 under the call letters KRLO from studios located in the now historic Larchmont District of Los Angeles at 218 South Larchmont. KRLO was originally licensed to Freeman Lang and A.B. Scott. Ernest J. Krause, A Beverly Hills land developer bought out Lang and Scott's interests in February 1928, obtaining a call sign change from KRLO to KEJK (K-Ernest-J.-Krause).

Krause moved KEJK from the Larchmont facility to 9631 Wilshire Boulevard off of Camden Drive in Beverly Hills. In April of 1928 Krause sold KEJK to the R.S. MacMillan Petroleum Company, which moved KEJK's studios to 401 Camden Drive in the Home Beautiful Building. KEJK initially shared its broadcast day with Aimee Semple McPherson’s KFSG, located in The Angelus Temple just above Downtown, L.A.

In the Fall of 1928 KEJK moved to 1170 on the AM dial and doubled its power to 500 watts with a transmitter reportedly located at 81st and Compton. During the Winter of 1929 KEJK made its final change to 710 kHz on the AM dial and in March of 1930 MacMillan obtained the call letters, 'KMPC' (K-MacMillan-Petroleum-Company). MacMillan doubled KMPC's power to 1,000 watts in the Spring of 1932.

On March 11th 1933, MacMillan sold KMPC to the Beverly Hills Broadcasting Corporation for $50,000. A little over a year later Beverly Hills Broadcasting was forced to declare bankruptcy and KMPC was briefly acquired by Pacific Southwest Discount Corporation. In August 1934 WJR-Detroit and Detroit Lions owner George A. Richards bought the Beverly Hills Broadcasting Corporation for a reported $125,000. This was, after all, the post-Depression era during which hundreds of early Radio stations were forced to change hands. KMPC subsequently adopted the moniker, "The Station of the Stars," owing quite literally to the fact that Richards had brought in Bing Crosby, Paul Whiteman, Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, and Harold Lloyd as stockholders.

In 1938 Dick Richards signed
All-American Stanford Tackle Robert O. 'Horse' Reynolds to Richards' Detroit Lions. Richards also offered Reynolds a radio sales job at KMPC during the off-season to help Reynolds supplement his income. The offer was so good that Reynolds never returned to Football and in 1942 Richards named Reynolds as Vice President and General Manager of KMPC.

By 1940 KMPC was licensed to broadcast 24 hours a day and had increased its power to 5,000-watts (day) and 1,000-watts (night). Two years later, KMPC increased its power to 10,000 watts day and night with a transmitter located atop Burbank Boulevard in North Hollywood--where it resides to this day. In 1944, despite the fact that many of KMPC’s staff were serving in the Armed Forces, the station had outgrown its original studios in Beverly Hills, and in March of 1944 moved--yet again--to 5939 Sunset Boulevard. KMPC upped the ante even further, going to 50,000 daytime watts and 10,000 directional nighttime watts in 1947.

Recognized as the Southern California sports station of the era, KMPC covered Pacific Coast League Baseball, boxing, football, wrestling, golf, tennis and basketball.
George A. Richards passed away in 1951, leaving KMPC to his widow and under the management of Bob Reynolds and Lloyd Sigmon (famous for creating L.A.'s "Sig-Alert" traffic alerts).

Another of Dick Richard's legacies of the era was his export of WJR's popular The Hermit's Cave series first to the Don Lee-Mutual Network [KFRC and KHJ] in December of 1938 as The Devil's Scrapbook, and ultimately to KMPC in 1940, with a West Coast cast comprised of some of Radio's most famous artists, among them: William Conrad, Elliott Lewis, and John Dehner.

WJR's The Mummers of the 1930s

The origin of the term 'mummers' reportedly traces its roots to as early as 400 B.C. Rome when annual celebrants of Saturnalia would dress in costume and make sacrifices, feast, sing and generally cavort in honor of Saturn, the mythical father of Jupiter, primary god of the Romans. That 'festival of Cronos' was reportedly exported to the medieval Celts of Wales, Ireland and Scotland becoming an annual celebration of the winter solstice--and even later of Christmas.

The Mummers, in the guise of the name adopted by a troupe of Detroit-area actors, represented the concept of a group of versatile stage actors who regularly performed in imaginative--and often mythical--skits and sketches for the entertainment of their viewers or listeners. WJR's The Mummers began appearing over WJR--and throughout the midwest--in 1930 in a weekly series of 15-minute dramatic sketch performances.

Beginning around 1935, WJR's Mummers began referring to their productions as The Mummers' Little Theatre of the Air. Their versatility caught the attention of the Carter Coal Company in 1937, one of the largest regional distributors of West Virginia's Olga Coal from the Pocahontas Mine. Concentrating on the eerier productions The Mummers had become known for, the initial unsponsored 1936 series was dubbed In the Hermit's Cave.

WJR and Olga Coal bring The Hermit's Cave to Radio

In the Hermit's Cave began airing over WJR on September 13th 1936 on Sunday nights near the witching hour. In the Hermit's Cave replaced the long-running Vincent Lopez Dance Orchestra that WJR had previously slotted at the 10 p.m. hour on Sunday evenings. WJR had long been noted for its heavy emphasis on dance orchestras and music programming throughout its weekly schedule.

The new series was introduced and narrated by "The Hermit" of 'The Hermit's Cave.' Reminiscent of Old Nancy, the witch from The Witch's Tale (1931), The Hermit of WJR's 'cave' would cackle with glee as he announced:

[hounds howling in]

"Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee . . . Gho-o-o-o-st stories,we-i-i-i-i-rd stories . . . murders, too! Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee. The Hermit knows of them all! Turn our y'er lights. Tu-r-r-r-n them out . . . ahhhh . . . 'ave you heard the story, [insert story name]? 'Eh? Then listen while The Hermit tells you the story . . . Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee, hee!"

[hounds howling out]

Needless to say, The Hermit's Cave's loyal listeners seemed to never get their fill of The Hermit's gleeful schadenfreude from beginning to end. An almost instant hit throughout the midwest, the series was soon heard over other CBS Basic stations in the midwest via electrical transcription (E.T.).

And what wasn't there to love?

For the dyed-in-the-wool supernatural mystery fan, The Hermit's Cave had all the archetypal components: a scary host, compelling scripts, surprise endings, and a consistent theme. The Olga Coal-sponsored WJR run was the most authentic of the various renditions of The Hermit's Cave over its eleven year franchise. The five presently definable variants of The Hermit's Cave were:

  • The 1930-1936 The Mummers 15-minute sketches over WJR that featured The Hermit.
  • The 1936 introductory run of In The Hermit's Cave over WJR.
  • The 1937 to 1947 Olga Coal-sponsored WJR run of The Hermit's Cave.
  • The 1938-1939 Don Lee-Mutual run of The Devil's Scrapbook
  • The 1940-1944 KMPC run of The Hermit's Cave

All of the variants of the franchise had the good sense to stick with the tried and true formula developed by WJR and The Mummers Troupe. The Hermit himself presented a compelling setting for each of the franchise's dramas. As described by Peter Lorre in the AFRS Mystery Playhouse introductions to The Hermit's Cave:

"High on some lonely promontory, lives a strange old fellow. He's The Hermit, his home a cave hollowed from the rocky hillside . . . his only companions a pack of evil looking, evil smelling dogs. It has been said that no tale of mystery or horror of this world--or the next--has escaped The Hermit's knowing gaze."

Fitting imagery indeed but entirely accurate, as anyone who's heard The Hermit's Cave can attest. Geraldine Elliott, the writer credited with the majority of the WJR-originated scripts for The Hermit's Cave managed to consistently peg out all the important meters one associates with a compelling thriller: eeriness, suspension of disbelief, a steadily arcing narrative, and the surprise ending.

But of course the most emblematic element of The Hermit's Cave was The Hermit himself variously portrayed by John Kent, Charles Penman, Klock Ryder, and Toby Grimmer over the years of the WJR run. The Hermit's gleeful cackling, the campy sounds of his howling hounds, and his introductions, expositional narratives and closing comments were all of a piece--and brilliantly consistent throughout the run irrespective of the actor portraying 'The Hermit.'

WJR's The Hermit's Cave became so popular that the demand to syndicate the series via electrical transcription discs found the series syndicated even further throughout the midwest and as far away as Maryland. Distributed by the transcription giant of the era, World Broadcasting System, numerous independent or loosely affiliated stations were airing The Hermit's Cave, almost always on late Sunday evenings, across the U.S.

Ultimately running for five hundred and fifty-eight episodes, the WJR-originated The Hermit's Cave aired virtually uninterrupted for over ten years between at least 1936 and 1947.

Dick Richards exports The Hermit's Cave formula to California

Richards was one of at least three successful Automobile Sales executives to exert great influence over Radio during its Golden Age:

  • G.A. 'Dick' Richards himself owned a highly successful chain of Pontiac dealerships throughout Southern Michigan in addition to his ownership of WJR, Detroit and the Detroit Lions professional football team.
  • Earle C. Anthony had been the largest distributor of Packards throughout the West in addition to founding Los Angeles Radio stations KFI and KECA, and KFI-FM and KFI-TV.
  • Don Lee had been the exclusive distributor of Cadillacs on the West Coast in addition to founding the Don Lee Network first affiliated with CBS then later with the Mutual Broadcasting System as Don Lee-Mutual, the largest regional component of Mutual.

In 1938 Dick Richards collaborated with Don Lee, another Michigan emigrant, to bring The Hermit's Cave to West Coast audiences as The Devil's Scrapbook airing over Lee's huge Don Lee-Columbia/Don-Lee Mutual Network(s). The Devil's Scrapbook was the only significant departure from The Hermit's Cave format, featuring 'The Devil' as the host and presenting ghost stories from 'The Devil's' own 'Scrapbook.' Charles Penman appears to have been the actor portraying 'The Devil' as well as performing in at least one of the episodes of the series.

In most other respects, the format of The Devil's Scrapbook was identical to that of The Hermit's Cave. One might conjecture that owing to WJR's relationship with CBS, Olga Coal and the Carter Coal Company, Dick Richards wasn't--at that point--yet free to employ the title or character of 'The Hermit' in a West Coast rendition of The Hermit's Cave.

The Devil's Scrapbook aired over the Don Lee-Mutual Network for a total of thirty-seven, 30-minute episodes between its November 21st 1938 premiere and its final installment on July 31st 1939.

Dick Richards brings The Hermit's Cave to his new L.A. station

Richards' The Devil's Scrapbook had whetted West Coast appetites for The Hermit's Cave. And by 1940 Richards' own Los Angeles station, KMPC, had extended its operations to twenty-fours a day, seven days a week. Its new 5,000 watt daytime and 1,000 watt nighttime transmitter dramatically extended KMPC's reach throughout the West Coast. With more hours to fill with programming, Richards apparently obtained the necessary clearances to begin airing KMPC's own rendition of The Hermit's Cave with 24 year old Mel Johnson as KMPC's first 'Hermit.' Even more fortuitous, Richards signed young West Coast Radio sensation William Conrad to produce, direct and even write The Hermit's Cave for Southern California audiences.

KMPC's The Hermit's Cave debuted over Southern California airwaves late Sunday evening on the 22nd of September, 1940. Initially airing all over the late Sunday evening schedule, after twenty-six episodes The Hermit's Cave found regular sponsors and began airing on Sunday nights at 9:30 for the following four years without interruption. The KMPC run of The Hermit's Cave ended with its 217th episode on November 12th 1944. Versatile Southern California animator, pianist, newscaster and Radio actor John Dehner assumed the role of 'The Hermit' for the latter half of the KMPC run.

And so it was that The Hermit's Cave ultimately extended its reach quite literally from East Coast to West Coast across America--from Maryland broadcasts of the WJR-transcribed run to KMPC's own orginal California run. Between 1940 and 1944 The Hermit's Cave was being heard over at least three of the four major networks, at least four regional powerhouse stations, and over at least twenty-three independent stations via transcription.

All told, the original WJR/The Mummers run of The Hermit's Cave encompassed 558 half-hour programs; The Devil's Scrapbook Mutual run another thirty-seven half-hour programs; and the KMPC-originated The Hermit's Cave run added yet another 217 programs to The Hermit's Cave's durable franchise. It would seem that The Hermit had a great deal to cackle about indeed--along with Dick Richards, to be sure.

Series Derivatives:

The Mummers; The Mummers' Little Theatre of the Air; In the Hermit's Cave; AFRS 'Mystery Playhouse'; The Devil's Scrapbook;
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Supernatural Dramas
Network(s): CBS [WJR, WBBM], The AFRS, KMPC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): The Hermit's Cave [WJR]
36-09-13 01
Title Unknown

The Devil's Scrapbook [MBS]
38-11-14 01
Title Unknown

The Hermit's Cave [KMPC]
40-09-22 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): The Hermit's Cave [WJR]
36-09-13 to 47-05-11; KJR; Five hundred and fifty-eight, 30-minute programs;


The Devil's Scrapbook [Don Lee-Mutual]
38-11-21 to 39-07-31; MBS; Thirty-seven, 30-minute programs; Monday nights between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The Hermit's Cave [KMPC]
40-09-22
to 44-11-12; KMPC; Two hundred seventeen, 30-minute programs; Sunday nights between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Syndication: WJR, Detroit; World Broadcasting System; Don Lee-Mutual
Sponsors: Olga Coal [Carter Coal Company] ; Lucas Coal Company; McMahan's Furniture [KMPC]; Johnson's Simoniz Polish and Simoniz Kleener [KMPC];
Director(s): Eric Howlett, Geraldine Elliott [Producers -- WJR]
William Conrad [Writer/Producer -- KMPC]
Principal Actors: John Kent, Charles Penman, Klock Ryder, Toby Grimmer, Marjorie Richmond, Jan Koste, Nellis Parker, Ted Johnstone, Lillian Popkin, Jack Kessler, Bill Saunders, Paul Hughes, Noreen Gammill, Rollon Parker, Elliott Lewis, Tyler McVey, William Hall, Shirley Crowell, William Conrad.
Recurring Character(s): "The Hermit" [John Kent, Charles Penman, Klock Ryder, then Toby Grimmer; Mel Johnson and John Dehner over KMPC]
Protagonist(s): Varied from production to production
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Eric Howlett, Geraldine Elliott [WJR writers]
Lou Huston, Herbert R. Connor, William Conrad [KMPC writers]
Music Direction: Sydney Brechner and John Foster [Sound Engineers -- WJR]
Rex Koury [Organ -- KMPC]
Dwight Hausner [Sound engineer -- KMPC]
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Franklin Mitchell, Jack Wellman, Ron Gamble [WJR]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
WJR Run:
558 Episodes [539 for Olga Coal]

Devil's Scrapbook [Mutual]:
37 episodes

KMPC Run:
217 Episodes
Episodes in Circulation: 27
Total Episodes in Collection: 27
Provenances:
Billboard announcement of August 24th 1946 noting the WJR presentation of a gold-plated transcription disc to Carter Coal Company marking the 500th WJR broadcast of The Hermit's Cave.
Billboard announcement of August 24th 1946 noting the August 17th WJR presentation of a gold-plated transcription disc to Carter Coal Company marking the 500th broadcast of The Hermit's Cave.
[Note that the article says 50th instead of 500th. The 500th WJR broadcast aired on Sunday the 18th]


RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, KMPC-710 History, Los Angeles Radio Historian and Digital Deli contributor Jim Hilliker.

Notes on Provenances:

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

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The Hermit's Cave Program Log [WJR Detroit Run]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
36-09-06
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--
36-09-06 Mansfield News Journal
WJR Detroit--10-11 p.m.--Vincent Lopez
36-09-13
1
Title Unknown
N
[In the Hermit's Cave premiere over WJR]

36-09-12 Mansfield News Journal
SUNDAY
750--WJR--Detroit--10:30 p.m.--Hermit's Cave
36-09-20
2
Title Unknown
N
36-09-27
3
Title Unknown
N
36-10-04
4
Title Unknown
N
36-10-11
5
Title Unknown
N
36-10-18
6
Title Unknown
N
36-10-25
7
Title Unknown
N
36-11-01
8
Title Unknown
N
36-11-08
9
Title Unknown
N
36-11-15
10
Title Unknown
N
36-11-22
11
Title Unknown
N
36-11-29
12
Title Unknown
N
36-12-06
13
Title Unknown
N
36-12-13
14
Title Unknown
N
36-12-20
15
Title Unknown
N
36-12-27
16
Title Unknown
N
37-01-03
17
Title Unknown
N
37-01-03 The Register
750--WJR--Detroit--11:00--In the Hermit's Cave
37-01-10
18
Title Unknown
N
37-01-17
19
Title Unknown
N





37-01-24
1
Title Unknown
N
[Begin Carter Coal Company (Olga Coal) sponsorship]

37-01-31
2
Title Unknown
N
37-02-07
3
Title Unknown
N
37-02-06 Sandusky Star-Journal
Sunday
750--WJR--Detroit--11:00--In the Hermit's Cave
37-02-14
4
Title Unknown
N
37-02-21
5
Title Unknown
N
37-02-28
6
Title Unknown
N
37-03-07
7
Title Unknown
N
37-03-06 The Register
SUNDAY
750--WJR--Detroit--11:00--In the Hermit's Cave
37-03-14
8
Title Unknown
N
37-03-21
9
Title Unknown
N
37-03-28
10
Title Unknown
N
37-04-04
11
Title Unknown
N
37-04-03 Sandusky Star-Journal
Sunday
750--WJR--Detroit--11:30--In the Hermit's Cave
37-04-11
12
Title Unknown
N
37-04-18
13
Title Unknown
N
37-04-17 The Register
SUNDAY
750--WJR--Detroit--10:30--In the Hermit's Cave
37-04-25
14
Title Unknown
N
37-05-02
15
The Author of Murder

Y
37-05-09
16
Title Unknown
N
37-05-08 Mansfield News Journal
SUNDAY
750--WJR--Detroit--10:30 p.m.--Hermit's Cave
37-05-16
17
Title Unknown
N
37-05-23
18
Title Unknown
N
37-05-30
19
Title Unknown
N
37-06-06
20
Title Unknown
N
37-06-13
21
Title Unknown
N
37-06-20
22
Title Unknown
N
37-06-27
23
The House with A Past
Y
37-07-04
24
Title Unknown
N
37-07-11
25
Title Unknown
N
37-07-18
26
Title Unknown
N
37-07-25
27
Title Unknown
N
37-08-01
28
Title Unknown
N
37-08-08
29
Title Unknown
N
37-08-15
30
Title Unknown
N
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Marked Hours
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[Thursday]

37-11-18 Sandusky Star-Journal
WJR--11:15 p.m.--The Mummers present "
Marked Hours," mystery drama.
37-11-21
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38-08-21 The Chronicle-Telegram
WGAR--10:30--Hermit's Cave
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38-11-05 Hamilton Journal
SUNDAY
WKRC--10:30--Hermit's Cave
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39-01-28 Hamilton Journal
SUNDAY
WKRC--8:30--Hermit's Cave
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Premiere spot ad for WBBM Sunday Night Aug 11

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40-08-11 The Hammond Times

The Hermit's Cave' Goes
On Station WBBM Tonight

If you hear mysterious thumping, blood-curdling shrieks, or the sounds of a dead body being hauled around over the floor in your house tonight don't call for the police immediately. Better investigate first.

It may be that some member of the family has turned on "The Hermit's Cave," the famous mystery and spook program, which, has just recently come to Station WBBM.

"The Hermit's Cave" originates in Detroit, at Station WJR, where it is enacted by The Mummers in The Little Theater of the Air.

40-08-11 Racine Journal-Times

This Week In Radio

Notes from the networks , . .
Tom, Dick and Harry, WGN's male trio which sings at 9 a. m. three times each week, are still doing a week's wash for one of their house wife listeners on Monday mornings . . . "Yours Truly, Norman Ross," is a new program beginning Monday at 3 p. m. on WENR . . .
a dramatic serial feature entitled, "Hermit's Cave," makes its debut tonight at 8:30 p. m. on WBBM.
It has a coal company sponsor . . .

40-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p. m. — Wings Over Jordan--WBBM

40-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
10:00 p. m. — Ozzie Nelson Orch.--WBBM

40-08-11 Capital Times
9:30 p. m. — Bob Crosby--WBBM

40-08-11 Racine Journal-Times
9:30 P. M.--WBBM—Orchestra.

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August 18th 1940 spot ad for the first broadcasts of The Hermit's Cave over Chicago's WBBM (CBS)
August 18th 1940 spot ad for the first broadcasts of The Hermit's Cave over Chicago's WBBM (CBS)

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[WBBM Run begins; ]

40-08-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM):
new spook series.
40-08-25
188
Title Unknown
N
40-09-01
189
Title Unknown
N
40-09-08
190
Inheritance
N
40-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
Inheritance," a story of a wedding present.
40-09-15
191
Title Unknown
N
40-09-22
192
Title Unknown
N
40-09-29
193
Title Unknown
N
40-10-06
194
Title Unknown
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40-10-13
195
Title Unknown
N
40-10-20
196
Title Unknown
N
40-10-27
197
Title Unknown
N
40-11-03
198
Living or Dead
N
40-11-03 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
Living Or Dead."
40-11-10
199
The Will in the Book
N
40-11-10 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
The Will in the Book."
40-11-17
200
Title Unknown
N
40-11-24
201
Title Unknown
N
40-12-01
202
The Omen from The Sea
N
40-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p. m. — The Hermit Cave
(WBBM): "
The Omen from the Sea."
40-12-08
203
Title Unknown
N
40-12-06 The Sheboygan Press
Sunday
10 P.M.--WBBM--Hermit's Cave
40-12-15
204
Title Unknown
N
40-12-15 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p. m. — The Hermit's Cave--WBBM
40-12-22
205
Title Unknown
N
40-12-22 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p. m. — The Hermit's Cave--WBBM
40-12-29
206
Footprints in the Snow
N
40-12-29 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
Footprints in the Snow," lust for gold in the north.
41-01-05
207
The Gypsy's Curse
Y
41-01-05 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
The Gypsy's Curse."
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208
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N
41-01-19
209
Title Unknown
N
41-01-26
210
Title Unknown
N
41-02-02
211
Title Unknown
N
41-02-09
212
Title Unknown
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41-02-08 The Daily Mail
SUNDAY
WJEJ--10:00 p.m.--Hermit's Cave
41-02-16
213
The Guilty One
N
41-02-16 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM): after the ether, "
The Guilty One."
41-02-23
214
Title Unknown
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41-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM):
the dead haunts a new highway.
41-03-02
215
Title Unknown
N
41-03-09
216
From Another World
N
41-03-09 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
From Another World," a blazing meteor falls.
41-03-16
217
Title Unknown
N
41-03-23
218
The Possessed
N
41-03-23 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
The Possessed," the haunts of war.
41-03-30
219
Title Unknown
N
41-04-06
220
Title Unknown
N
41-04-13
221
Title Unknown
N
41-04-20
222
Title Unknown
N
41-04-20 Wisconsin State Journal
10:00 Hermit's Cave--WBBM
41-04-27
223
Title Unknown
N
41-04-27 Wisconsin State Journal
10:00 Raymond Scott Orch.--WBBM
41-05-04
224
Title Unknown
N
41-05-11
225
Title Unknown
N
41-05-18
226
Title Unknown
N
41-05-25
227
Title Unknown
N
41-06-01
228
Title Unknown
N
41-06-08
229
Title Unknown
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41-06-15
230
Title Unknown
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41-06-22
231
Title Unknown
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41-06-29
232
Title Unknown
N
41-07-06
233
Title Unknown
N
41-07-13
234
Title Unknown
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41-07-20
235
Title Unknown
N
41-07-27
236
Title Unknown
N
41-08-03
237
Title Unknown
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41-08-10
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Title Unknown
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41-08-17
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41-08-24
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Title Unknown
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41-08-31
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41-09-07
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Title Unknown
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243
Title Unknown
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41-10-12
247
Title Unknown
N
41-10-19
248
Title Unknown
N
41-10-26
249
Title Unknown
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41-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--Hermit's Cave (WBBM):
a friend to a fiend isn't healthy.
41-11-02
250
Title Unknown
N
41-11-09
251
Title Unknown
N
41-11-16
252
House of Madness
N
41-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--The Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
House Of Madness," a doctor finds murder at home.
41-11-23
253
Title Unknown
N
41-11-30
254
The Unseen Force
N
41-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--Hermit's Cave (WBBM): "
The Unseen Force," the spooks run wild.
41-12-07
255
Title Unknown
N
41-12-14
256
Title Unknown
N
41-12-21
257
Title Unknown
N
41-12-28
258
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42-01-04
259
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42-01-11
260
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42-01-18
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42-01-25
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42-02-01
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42-02-08
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Title Unknown
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42-02-15
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42-02-22
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Title Unknown
N
42-03-01
267
Title Unknown
N
[WBBM's episodes begin airing a week later than their WJR counterparts]

42-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal
Sunday
10:00--Hermit's Cave--WBBM
42-03-08
268
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42-03-15
269
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42-03-22
270
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42-03-29
271
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42-04-05
272
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42-04-12
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42-04-19
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42-04-26
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42-05-03
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282
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42-06-28
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Title Unknown
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42-07-05
285
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42-07-12
286
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42-07-19
287
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N
42-07-26
288
Title Unknown
N
42-08-02
289
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42-08-09
290
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N
42-08-16
291
Title Unknown
N
42-08-23
292
Title Unknown
N
42-08-30
293
Title Unknown
N
42-09-06
294
From Another World
Y
[Announces the 294th episode]

Announces
The Possessed for next week
42-09-13
295
The Possessed
N
42-09-20
296
Title Unknown
N
42-09-27
297
Title Unknown
N
42-10-04
298
Title Unknown
N
42-10-11
299
Title Unknown
N
42-10-18
300
Title Unknown
N
42-10-25
301
Title Unknown
N
42-11-01
302
Title Unknown
N
42-11-08
303
Title Unknown
N
42-11-15
304
Title Unknown
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42-11-22
305
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42-11-29
306
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42-12-06
307
Title Unknown
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42-12-13
308
Title Unknown
N
42-12-20
309
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42-12-27
310
Title Unknown
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311
Title Unknown
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312
Title Unknown
N
43-01-17
313
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N
43-01-24
314
Title Unknown
N
43-01-31
315
Title Unknown
N
43-02-07
316
Title Unknown
N
43-02-14
317
Title Unknown
N
43-02-21
318
Title Unknown
N
43-02-28
319
Title Unknown
N
43-03-07
320
Title Unknown
N
43-03-14
321
Title Unknown
N
43-03-21
322
The Sound That Never Ends
N
43-03-21 Wisconsin State Journal
10 p.m.--Hermit's Cave (WBBM:) "The Sound That Never Ends," tale of a haunted murderer.
43-03-28
323
Title Unknown
N
43-04-04
324
Title Unknown
N
43-04-11
325
Title Unknown
N
43-04-18
326
Title Unknown
N
43-04-25
327
Title Unknown
N
43-05-02
328
Title Unknown
N
43-05-09
329
Title Unknown
N
43-05-16
330
Title Unknown
N
43-05-23
331
Title Unknown
N
43-05-30
332
Title Unknown
N
43-06-06
333
Title Unknown
N
43-06-13
334
Title Unknown
N
43-06-20
335
Title Unknown
N
43-06-27
336
Title Unknown
N
43-07-04
337
Title Unknown
N
43-07-11
338
Title Unknown
N
43-07-18
339
Title Unknown
N
43-07-25
340
Title Unknown
N
43-08-01
341
Title Unknown
N
43-08-08
342
Title Unknown
N
43-08-15
343
Title Unknown
N
43-08-22
344
Title Unknown
N
43-08-29
345
Title Unknown
N
43-09-05
346
Title Unknown
N
43-09-12
347
Title Unknown
N
43-09-19
348
Title Unknown
N
43-09-26
349
Title Unknown
N
43-10-03
350
Title Unknown
N
43-10-10
351
Title Unknown
N
43-10-17
352
Title Unknown
N
43-10-24
353
Title Unknown
N
43-10-31
354
Title Unknown
N
43-11-07
355
Title Unknown
N
43-11-14
356
Title Unknown
N
43-11-21
357
Title Unknown
N
43-11-28
358
Title Unknown
N
43-12-05
359
Title Unknown
N
43-12-12
360
Title Unknown
N
43-12-19
361
Title Unknown
N
43-12-26
362
Title Unknown
N
44-01-02
363
Title Unknown
N
44-01-09
364
Title Unknown
N
44-01-16
365
Title Unknown
N
44-01-23
366
Title Unknown
N
44-01-30
367
Title Unknown
N
44-02-06
368
The Crimson Hand
Y
[Announces the 368th episode]

Announces
Sea Wolf for next week
44-02-13
369
Sea Wolf
N
44-02-20
370
Title Unknown
N
44-02-27
371
Title Unknown
N
44-03-05
372
Title Unknown
N
44-03-12
373
Title Unknown
N
44-03-19
374
Title Unknown
N
44-03-26
375
Title Unknown
N
44-04-02
376
Title Unknown
N
44-04-09
377
Title Unknown
N
44-04-16
378
Title Unknown
N
44-04-23
379
Title Unknown
N
44-04-30
380
Title Unknown
N
44-05-07
381
Title Unknown
N
44-05-14
382
Title Unknown
N
44-05-21
383
Title Unknown
N
44-05-28
384
Title Unknown
N
44-06-04
385
Title Unknown
N
44-06-11
386
Title Unknown
N
44-06-18
387
Title Unknown
N
44-06-25
388
Title Unknown
N
44-07-02
389
Title Unknown
N
44-07-09
390
Title Unknown
N
44-07-16
391
Title Unknown
N
44-07-23
392
Title Unknown
N
44-07-30
393
Title Unknown
N
44-08-06
394
Title Unknown
N
44-08-13
395
Title Unknown
N
44-08-20
396
Title Unknown
N
44-08-27
397
Title Unknown
N
44-09-03
398
Title Unknown
N
44-09-10
399
Title Unknown
N
44-09-17
400
Title Unknown
N
44-09-24
401
Title Unknown
N
44-10-01
402
Title Unknown
N
44-10-08
403
Title Unknown
N
44-10-15
404
Title Unknown
The Professor's Elixir
Y
[Announces the 404th episode]

Announces Mysterious Return for next week
44-10-22
405
Title Unknown
Mysterious Return

N
44-10-29
406
Hanson's Ghost
Y
[Announces the 406th episode]

Announces
Devil Dog for next week
44-11-05
407
Devil Dog
N
44-11-12
408
Title Unknown
N
44-11-19
409
Title Unknown
N
44-11-26
410
Plantation Mystery
Y
[Announces the 410th episode]

Announces The Haunted Theater for next week
44-12-03
411
The Haunted Theater
N
44-12-10
412
Title Unknown
N
44-12-17
413
Title Unknown
N
44-12-24
414
Title Unknown
N
44-12-31
415
Title Unknown
N
45-01-07
416
Title Unknown
N
45-01-14
417
Title Unknown
N
45-01-21
418
Title Unknown
N
45-01-28
419
Title Unknown
N
45-02-04
420
Title Unknown
N
45-02-11
421
Title Unknown
N
45-02-18
422
Title Unknown
N
45-02-25
423
Title Unknown
N
45-03-04
424
Title Unknown
N
45-03-11
425
Title Unknown
N
45-03-18
426
Title Unknown
N
45-03-25
427
Title Unknown
N
45-04-01
428
Title Unknown
N
45-04-08
429
Title Unknown
N
45-04-15
430
Title Unknown
N
45-04-22
431
Title Unknown
N
45-04-29
432
Title Unknown
N
45-05-06
433
Title Unknown
N
45-05-13
434
Title Unknown
N
45-05-20
435
Title Unknown
N
45-05-27
436
Title Unknown
N
45-06-03
437
Title Unknown
N
45-06-10
438
Title Unknown
N
45-06-17
439
Title Unknown
N
45-06-24
440
Title Unknown
N
45-07-01
441
Title Unknown
N
45-07-08
442
Title Unknown
N
45-07-15
443
Title Unknown
N
45-07-22
444
Title Unknown
N
45-07-29
445
Title Unknown
N
45-08-05
446
Title Unknown
N
45-08-12
447
Title Unknown
N
45-08-19
448
Title Unknown
N
45-08-26
449
Title Unknown
N
45-09-02
450
Title Unknown
N
45-09-09
451
Title Unknown
N
45-09-16
452
Title Unknown
N
45-09-23
453
Title Unknown
N
45-09-30
454
Title Unknown
N
45-10-07
455
Title Unknown
N
45-10-14
456
Title Unknown
N
45-10-21
457
Title Unknown
N
45-10-28
458
Title Unknown
N
45-11-04
459
Title Unknown
N
45-11-11
460
Title Unknown
N
45-11-18
461
Title Unknown
N
45-11-25
462
Title Unknown
N
45-12-02
463
Title Unknown
N
45-12-09
464
Title Unknown
N
45-12-16
465
Title Unknown
N
45-12-23
466
Title Unknown
N
45-12-30
467
Title Unknown
N
46-01-06
468
Title Unknown
N
46-01-13
469
Title Unknown
N
46-01-20
470
Title Unknown
N
46-01-27
471
Title Unknown
N
46-02-03
472
Title Unknown
N
46-02-10
473
Title Unknown
N
46-02-17
474
Title Unknown
N
46-02-24
475
Title Unknown
N
46-03-03
476
Title Unknown
N
46-03-10
477
Title Unknown
N
46-03-17
478
Title Unknown
N
46-03-24
479
Title Unknown
N
46-03-31
480
Title Unknown
N
46-04-07
481
Title Unknown
N
46-04-14
482
Title Unknown
N
46-04-21
483
Title Unknown
N
46-04-28
484
Title Unknown
N
46-05-05
485
Title Unknown
N
46-05-12
486
Title Unknown
N
46-05-19
487
Title Unknown
N
46-05-26
488
Title Unknown
N
46-06-02
489
Title Unknown
N
46-06-09
490
Title Unknown
N
46-06-16
491
Title Unknown
N
46-06-23
492
Title Unknown
N
46-06-30
493
Title Unknown
N
46-07-07
494
Title Unknown
N
46-07-14
495
Title Unknown
N
46-07-21
496
Title Unknown
N
46-07-28
497
Title Unknown
N
46-08-04
498
Title Unknown
N
46-08-11
499
Title Unknown
N
46-08-18
500
Title Unknown

Billboard announcement of August 24th 1946 noting the WJR presentation of a gold-plated transcription disc to Carter Coal Company marking the 500th WJR broadcast of The Hermit's Cave.

N
[500th Episode of Carter Coal-sponsored The Hermit's Cave]

46-08-25
501
Title Unknown
N
46-09-01
502
Title Unknown
N
46-09-08
503
Title Unknown
N
46-09-15
504
Title Unknown
N
46-09-22
505
Title Unknown
N
46-09-29
506
Title Unknown
N
46-10-06
507
Title Unknown
N
46-10-13
508
Title Unknown
N
46-10-20
509
Fever
Y
[Announces the 509th episode]

Announces Without End for next week
46-10-27
510
Without End
Y
[Announcements edited out]

46-11-03
511
Title Unknown
N
46-11-10
512
Title Unknown
N
46-11-17
513
Title Unknown
N
46-11-24
514
Title Unknown
N
46-12-01
515
Title Unknown
N
46-12-08
516
Title Unknown
N
46-12-15
517
Title Unknown
N
46-12-22
518
Title Unknown
N
46-12-29
519
Title Unknown
N
47-01-05
520
Title Unknown
N
47-01-12
521
Title Unknown
N
47-01-19
522
Title Unknown
N
47-01-26
523
Title Unknown
N
47-02-02
524
Title Unknown
N
47-02-09
525
Title Unknown
N
47-02-16
526
Title Unknown
N
47-02-23
527
Title Unknown
N
47-03-02
528
Title Unknown
N
47-03-09
529
Title Unknown
N
47-03-16
530
Title Unknown
N
47-03-23
531
Title Unknown
N
47-03-30
532
Title Unknown
N
47-04-06
533
Title Unknown
N
47-04-13
534
Title Unknown
N
47-04-20
535
Title Unknown
N
47-04-27
536
Title Unknown
N
47-05-04
537
Title Unknown
N
47-05-11
538
Title Unknown
N
47-05-18
539
Title Unknown
N
[Last WJR Broadcast; ]
47-05-25
--
--





The Devil's Scrapbook Program Log [Don Lee-Mutual Run]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes





38-11-14
--
--
38-11-14 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Orch., 10; Tano Orch., 10:30.
38-11-21
1
Title Unknown
N
38-11-21 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil's Scrapbook, 10; Tano Orch., 10:30
38-11-28
2
The Conquest of David Rugg
The Conquest of David Ring
Night of Horror
Y
38-11-28 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

38-11-28 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil's Scrapbook, 10; Tano Orch., 10:30
38-12-05
3
Title Unknown
N
38-12-05 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

38-12-05 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil's Scrapbook, 10; Tano Orch., 10:30
38-12-12
4
Title Unknown
N
38-12-12 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

38-12-12 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil's Scrapbook, 10; Tano Orch., 10:30
38-12-19
5
Title Unknown
N
38-12-19 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

38-12-19 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
38-12-26
6
Title Unknown
N
38-12-26 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

38-12-26 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
39-01-02
7
Title Unknown
N
39-01-02 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-01-02 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Foster Orch., 10:30
39-01-09
8
Title Unknown
N
39-01-09 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-01-09 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
39-01-16
9
Title Unknown
N
39-01-16 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-01-16 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
39-01-23
10
Title Unknown
N
39-01-23 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-01-23 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
39-01-30
11
Title Unknown
N
39-01-30 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-01-30 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
39-02-06
12
Title Unknown
N
39-02-06 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-02-06 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
39-02-13
13
Title Unknown
N
39-02-13 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-02-13 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
39-02-20
14
Title Unknown
N
39-02-20 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-02-20 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Tango Orch., 10:30
39-02-27
15
Title Unknown
N
39-02-27 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-02-27 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-03-06
16
Title Unknown
N
39-03-06 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-03-06 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-03-13
17
Title Unknown
N
39-03-13 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-03-13 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-03-20
18
Title Unknown
N
39-03-20 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-03-20 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-03-27
19
Title Unknown
N
39-03-27 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-03-27 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-04-03
20
Title Unknown
N
39-04-03 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-04-03 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-04-10
21
Title Unknown
N
39-04-10 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-04-10 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-04-17
22
Title Unknown
N
39-04-17 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Ghost Stories.

39-04-17 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-04-24
23
Title Unknown
N
39-04-24 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-04-24 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-05-01
24
Title Unknown
N
39-05-01 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-05-01 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-05-08
25
Title Unknown
N
39-05-08 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-05-08 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-05-15
26
Title Unknown
N
39-05-15 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-05-15 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Walsh Orch., 10:30
39-05-22
27
Title Unknown
N
39-05-22 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-05-22 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Myers Orch., 10:30
39-05-29
28
Title Unknown
N
39-05-29 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-05-29 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Myers Orch., 10:30
39-06-05
29
Title Unknown
N
39-06-05 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-06-05 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Myer Orch., 10:30
39-06-12
30
Title Unknown
N
39-06-12 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-06-12 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Myers Orch., 10:30
39-06-19
31
Title Unknown
N
39-06-19 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-06-19 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Myers Orch., 10:30
39-06-26
32
Title Unknown
N
39-06-26 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-06-26 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Myers Orch., 10:30
39-07-03
33
Title Unknown
N
39-07-03 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-07-03 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Myers Orch., 10; Devil Scrapbook, 10:30
39-07-10
34
Title Unknown
N
39-07-10 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-07-10 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Myers Orch., 10; Devil Scrapbook, 10:30
39-07-17
35
Title Unknown
N
39-07-17 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-07-17 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Van Orch., 10:30
39-07-24
36
Title Unknown
N
39-07-24 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-07-24 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Van Orch., 10:30
39-07-31
37
Title Unknown
N
39-07-31 Oakland Tribune
10 P.M.--KFRC--Devil's Scrapbook.

39-07-31 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Devil Scrapbook, 10; Van Orch., 10:30
39-08-07
--
--
39-07-31 Los Angeles Times
KHJ--Diamond Orch., 10; Van Orch., 10:30





The Hermit's Cave Program Log [KMPC Run]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
40-09-15
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--
40-09-15 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--So You Know History?
40-09-22
1
Title Unknown
N
[KMPC Premiere; Mel Johnson as The Hermit]

40-09-22 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--So You Know History?
40-09-29
2
Title Unknown
N
40-09-29 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--Hermit's Cave
40-10-06
3
Title Unknown
N
40-10-06 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--Hermit's Cave
40-10-13
4
Title Unknown
N
40-10-13 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--Hermit's Cave
40-10-20
5
Title Unknown
N
40-10-20 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--Hermit's Cave
40-10-27
6
Title Unknown
N
40-10-27 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--Hermit's Cave
40-11-03
7
Title Unknown
N
40-11-03 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--Hermit's Cave
40-11-10
8
Title Unknown
N
40-11-10 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--Hermit's Cave
40-11-17
9
Title Unknown
N
40-11-17 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--9:30--Hermit's Cave
40-11-24
10
Title Unknown
N
[Moves to 10:00 p.m.]

40-11-24 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--10:00--Hermit's Cave
40-12-01
11
Title Unknown
N
[Moves to 10:30 p.m.]

40-12-01 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--10:30--Hermit's Cave
40-12-08
12
Title Unknown
N
40-12-08 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--10:30--Hermit's Cave
40-12-15
13
Title Unknown
N
40-12-15 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--10:30--Hermit's Cave
40-12-22
14
Title Unknown
N
[Moves to 11:30 p.m.]

40-12-22 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
40-12-29
15
Title Unknown
N
41-01-05
16
Title Unknown
N
41-01-12
17
Title Unknown
N
[Moves to 10:30 p.m.]

41-01-12 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--10:30--Hermit's Cave
41-01-19
18
Title Unknown
N
[Moves to 11:30 p.m.]

41-01-19 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
41-01-26
19
Title Unknown
N
41-01-26 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
41-02-02
20
Title Unknown
N
41-02-02 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
41-02-09
21
Title Unknown
N
41-02-09 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
41-02-16
22
Title Unknown
N
41-02-16 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
41-02-23
23
Title Unknown
N
41-02-23 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
41-03-02
24
Title Unknown
N
41-03-02 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
41-03-09
25
Title Unknown
N
41-03-09 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave
41-03-16
26
Title Unknown
N
41-03-19 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--11:30--Hermit's Cave





41-03-23
27
Title Unknown
N
[Moves to 9:30 p.m.]

41-03-23 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-03-30
28
Title Unknown
N
41-03-30 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-04-06
29
Title Unknown
N
41-04-06 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-04-13
30
Title Unknown
N
41-04-13 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-04-20
31
Title Unknown
N
41-04-20 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-04-27
32
Title Unknown
N
41-04-27 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-05-04
33
Title Unknown
N
41-05-04 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-05-11
34
Title Unknown
N
41-05-11 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-05-18
35
Title Unknown
N
41-05-18 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-05-25
36
Title Unknown
N
41-05-25 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-06-01
37
Title Unknown
N
41-06-01 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-06-08
38
Title Unknown
N
41-06-08 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-06-15
39
Title Unknown
N
41-06-15 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-06-22
40
Title Unknown
N
41-06-22 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-06-29
41
Title Unknown
N
41-06-29 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-07-06
42
Title Unknown
N
41-07-06 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-07-13
43
Title Unknown
N
41-07-13 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-07-20
44
Title Unknown
N
41-07-20 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-07-27
45
Title Unknown
N
41-07-27 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-08-03
46
Title Unknown
N
41-08-03 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-08-10
47
Title Unknown
N
41-08-10 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-08-17
48
Title Unknown
N
41-08-17 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-08-24
49
Title Unknown
N
41-08-24 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-08-31
50
Title Unknown
N
41-08-31 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-09-07
51
Title Unknown
N
41-09-07 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-09-14
52
Title Unknown
N
41-09-14 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-09-21
53
Title Unknown
N
41-09-21 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-09-28
54
Title Unknown
N
41-09-28 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-10-05
55
Title Unknown
N
41-10-05 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-10-12
56
Title Unknown
N
41-10-12 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-10-19
57
Title Unknown
N
41-10-19 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-10-26
58
Title Unknown
N
41-10-26 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-11-02
59
Title Unknown
N
41-11-02 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-11-09
60
Title Unknown
N
41-11-09 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-11-16
61
Title Unknown
N
41-11-16 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-11-23
62
Title Unknown
N
41-11-23 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-11-30
63
Title Unknown
N
41-11-30 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-12-07
64
Title Unknown
N
41-12-07 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-12-14
65
Title Unknown
N
41-12-14 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-12-21
66
Title Unknown
N
41-12-21 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
41-12-28
67
Title Unknown
N
41-12-28 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
42-01-04
68
Title Unknown
N
42-01-04 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
42-01-11
69
Title Unknown
N
42-01-11 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
42-01-18
70
Title Unknown
N
42-01-18 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
42-01-25
71
Title Unknown
N
42-01-25 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
42-02-01
72
Title Unknown
N
42-02-01 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
42-02-08
73
Title Unknown
N
42-02-08 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
42-02-15
74
Title Unknown
N
42-02-15 Los Angeles Times
KMPC--09:30--Hermit's Cave
42-02-22
75
Title Unknown
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The Hermit's Cave Radio Program Biographies




William Conrad [William Cann]
(Producer, Director, Writer)

Stage, Radio, Television and Film Actor, Director, Producer, Narrator
(1920-1994)

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

Radiography:

1940 The Hermit's Cave
1944 The Whistler
1945 Destination Tomorrow
1946 Dark Venture
1946 Strange Wills
1946 I Deal In Crime
1946 Favorite Story
1946 Cavalcade Of America
1946 Meet Miss Sherlock
1947 Voyage Of the Scarlet Queen
1947 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1947 Johnny Madero, Pier 23
1947 Mr President
1947 Escape
1947 Lux Radio Theatre
1947 Shorty Bell, Cub Reporter
1948 The New Adventures Of Michael Shayne
1948 Damon Runyon Theatre
1948 The First Nighter Program
1948 Ellery Queen
1948 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1948 Let George Do It
1948 Jeff Regan, Investigator
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1948 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1948 Prudential Family Hour Of Stars
1948 Command Performance
1948 Hawk Larabee
1949 Pat Novak For Hire
1949 Our Miss Brooks
1949 This Is Your FBI
1949 Hollywood Mystery Playhouse
1949 Rocky Jordan
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 Box Thirteen
1949 The Green Lama
1949 Dangerous Assignment
1949 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1949 Four Star Playhouse
1949 The Adventures Of the Saint
1949 The Count Of Monte Cristo
1950 Dragnet
1950 The Halls Of Ivy
1950 The Adventures Of Frank Race
1950 Night Beat
1950 Rocky Jordan
1950 T-Man
1950 Philip Morris Playhouse
1950 The Adventures Of Sam Spade
1950 The Story Of Dr Kildare
1950 Romance
1950 Broadway Is My Beat
1950 Hollywood Star Playhouse
1951 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
1951 The Man Called X
1951 Tales Of the Texas Rangers
1951 Pete Kelly's Blues
1951 Mr I.A. Moto
1951 The Silent Men
1951 The Railroad Hour
1952 Gunsmoke
1952 Stars Over Hollywood
1952 The Line-Up
1952 Jason and the Golden Fleece
1952 Tums Hollywood Theatre
1953 Bakers' Theatre Of Stars
1953 The Six-Shooter
1953 Crime Classics
1953 On Stage
1953 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1953 Fibber McGee and Molly
1954 High Adventure
1955 The Adventures Of Captain Courage
1955 I Was A Communist For the FBI
1955 Mystery Theatre
1956 The Key
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1958 Heartbeat Theatre
Bold Venture
The Clock
Secret Mission
The Roy Rogers Show
The Pendleton Story
The Adventures Of Maisie
At Ease
Safari
Obsession
Peril

William Conrad, ca. 1943
William Conrad, ca. 1943

William Conrad in Killers (1947)
William Conrad in Killers (1947)

William Conrad as Matt Dillon, ca. 1953 (Courtesy of Harry Bartell)
William Conrad as Matt Dillon, ca. 1953 (Courtesy of Harry Bartell)
William Conrad, for ABC, ca. 1957
William Conrad, for ABC, ca. 1957

William Conrad and Jack Webb, in Webb's Film --30-- (1959)
William Conrad and Jack Webb, in Webb's Film, --30-- (1959)

Conrad in Cannon publcity still, ca 1971
Conrad in Cannon publicity still, ca 1971
Bill Conrad, ca. 1972
Bill Conrad, ca. 1972
William Conrad was born William Cann in Louisville, Kentucky. He started work in radio in the late 1930s in California. During World War II, Conrad served as a fighter pilot. He returned to the airwaves after the war, going on to accumulate over 7,000 roles in radio-by his own estimate. We can attest to at least 2,000--Conrad had been a fighter pilot, after all.

Conrad's deep, resonant voice led to a number of noteworthy roles in radio drama, most prominently his role as the original Marshal Matt Dillon on the Western program Gunsmoke (1952–1961). For the Gunsmoke purists, we'd remind them that the two actors that technically preceded Conrad in the role--Rye Billsbury and Howard Culver--auditioned as Mark Dillon, not Matt Dillon.

He was considered for the Television role of Matt Dillon when the series was brought to the small screen in 1955, but increasing obesity led to the casting of James Arness instead. As it turned out, relatively few of the other cast members were cast in the TV version.

Other radio programs to which Conrad contributed his talents included
The Whistler, Strange Wills, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Johnny Madero, Pier 23, The New Adventures of Michael Shayne, Ellery Queen, The Adventures of Sam Spade, Jeff Regan, Investigator, Let George Do It, Pat Novak for Hire, Escape!, Suspense and The Damon Runyon Theater. One particularly memorable radio role was his breathtaking performance in "Leinengen Vs. The Ants" first heard in the January 14, 1948 broadcast of Escape!, and in a later rendition in the August 25, 1957 Suspense broadcast of "Leinengen Vs. The Ants." Conrad, of course was also memorable as the 'voice' of Escape!.

Conrad's long association with Jack Webb produced some of radio noir's most memorable moments as well. Conrad was heard in every Jack Webb production he ever mounted, and the chemistry between the two of them is one of radio's greatest pairings. From Johnny Madero, Pier 23, to Dragnet--and beyond, the verbal interplay between Conrad and Webb always made for fascinating radio--and Film.

Conrad's possessed an amazing gift for creating bone-chilling Radio characterizations of a seemingly endless array of toughs, gangsters, hard-boiled cops, corporate magnates, and hundreds of other commanding, self-assured, scoundrels and heroes alike. Those roles created a Radio following for him rarely equalled in Radio History. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.

Among Conrad's various film roles, where he was usually cast as threatening figures, perhaps his most notable role was his first credited one, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate
Burt Lancaster in the 1946 film The Killers. He also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number and Joan of Arc (1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954). And again, his characterizations of tough guys, aided by his amazing deep baritone and chillingly authoritative presence made for some of Film Noir's most enduring depictions.

Conrad moved to television in the 1960s, first guest-starring in NBC's science fiction series The Man and the Challenge. Conrad guest-starred--and directed-episodes of ABC's crime drama Target: The Corruptors! (1962). Indeed, both Conrad and the legendary Sam Peckinpah directed episodes of NBC's Klondike (1960–1961). He returned to voice work, most notably as narrator of The Fugitive (1963–1967) and as the director of Brainstorm (1965).

Conrad is as fondly remembered for his voice work in Animation. He narrated the animated Rocky and Bullwinkle series from 1959–64 (as "Bill Conrad"), and later performed the role of Denethor in the animated Television version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Return of the King (1980).

The 1970s brought him further small-screen success with leading roles in Cannon (1971-1976), Nero Wolfe (1981) and Jake and The Fat Man (1987-1990). Conrad was also the on-camera spokesman for First Alert fire prevention products for many years, as well as Hai Karate men's cologne.

Conrad's credits as a director include episodes of The Rifleman, Bat Masterson, Route 66, Have Gun, Will Travel, and 77 Sunset Strip, among others, and feature films such as Two on a Guillotine.

Conrad had one son, Christopher, with his first wife, Susie. When Susie died after thirty years of marriage, Conrad married Tippy Stringer Huntley, a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and widow of famed former NBC newscaster Chet Huntley.

Conrad died from congestive heart failure on February 11, 1994, in Los Angeles, California. He is interred at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in the Lincoln Terrace.




John Dehner [John Forkum]
(
The Hermit)
Radio, Television, Film and Stage Actor, Stage Director, Professional Pianist, News Editor and Commentator, Champion Fencer
(1915-1992)

Birthplace:
Staten Island, New York, USA

Radiography:
1942 The Hermit's Cave
1945 Dispatch From Reuters
1947 Family Theatre
1947 Voyage Of the Scarlet Queen
1948 Lassie
1948 Escape
1948 Let George Do It
1948 NBC University Theatre
1948 The Adventures Of Philip Marlowe
1948 The Whistler
1949 Screen Director's Assignment
1949 Screen Director's Playhouse
1949 Emotion
1949 Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar
1949 Suspense
1950 Romance
1950 Richard Diamond, Private Detective
1951 Short Story
1951 Pursuit
1952 The Black Book
1952 The Man Called X
1952 The Pendleton Story
1952 Wild Bill Hickok
1952 The Silent Men
1952 The Judge
1952 Gunsmoke
1952 Hollywood Playhouse Of Romance
1953 General Electric Theatre
1952 On Stage
1953 Bakers' Theatre Of Stars
1953 Rogers Of the Gazette
1953 Lux Radio Theatre
1953 Hallmark Hall Of Fame
1954 Crime Classics
1954 Stars Over Hollywood
1954 Inheritance
1954 Life With Luigi
1956 Fort Laramie
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1958 Frontier Gentleman
1958 Have Gun, Will Travel
1973 Hollywood Radio Theatre
1979 Sears Radio Theatre
Hollywood Notebook
John Dehner circa 1952
John Dehner circa 1952

Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940)
Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940)
Fantasia Draft Illustration
Fantasia Draft Illustration

Walt Disney's Bambi (1942)

Walt Disney's Bambi (1942)


John Dehner in Paladin's San Francisco
John Dehner in Paladin's San Francisco

John Dehner c. 1953
John Dehner circa 1962

John Dehner c. 1981
John Dehner c. 1981
John Dehner began his career in the Media Arts not as an actor, but as an assistant animator for Walt Disney Studios, working on the classics, "Fantasia" (1940) and "Bambi" (1942), and on several Mickey Mouse cartoons.

Born John Forkum on November 23, 1915 in Staten Island, New York, he was the son of an artist, consequently spending much of his youth throughout Europe. He returned to the U.S. in his teens and briefly tried his hand at stage acting. It was while working for the Walt Disney Studios as an assistant animator, that he volunteered for the Army. Indeed, during World War II served as a publicist for the Army covering the brilliant, flamboyant and quixotic
General George S. Patton. Upon completion of his War service, he worked in radio for several years as a disc jockey, newsman, commentator and actor. He also performed as a professional pianist.

But it was during 1945 that he made his Film and Radio debuts. A tall, striking looking man with a rich voice, penetrating blue eyes, and somewhat flamboyant demeanor, Dehner found himself most often cast as an outlaw leader, corrupt banker or saloon owner in westerns and adventure films. As adept in straight dramatic roles as in thriller, adventure, or detective dramas, it was in western adventures that he is most commonly remembered.

Although his most ardent Radio fans will remember his numerous appearances in both light and heavy detective dramas of the late 1940s and early 1950s. His first leading role was in 1947's Voyage of The Scarlet Queen, but some of his most enjoyable and memorable character roles were in Let George Do It, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, The Adventures of Sam Spade, and Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Indeed it was in the lighter detective dramas of the era that he showed a distinctive flair for both sardonic and flamboyantly comedic character roles.

Though originally cast as Capt Lee Quince for the Fort Laramie audition, it was his friend Raymond Burr that assumed that role for the production run of the series. But Dehner remained part of the Fort Laramie ensemble, appearing in several roles throughout the production's run. Dehner's appearances in radio westerns were as numerous as his appearances in radio detective dramas. But it was the western genre that gave him leads as J.B. Kendall in Frontier Gentleman (1958) and as Paladin in Have Gun, Will Travel (1958).

A highly esteemed and versatile character actor, his distinctive baritone voice--and timing--was instantly recognizable in whatever role he voiced in Radio. But in fact, throughout his Radio performing years he was just as active in Film and Television, appearing in over 280 films and television episodes between 1945 and 1988.

Having mastered virtually every area of the Performing Arts--Animation, Musical Performance (Piano), Stage, Radio, Film and Television, John Dehner stands as one of the most versatile artists and performers throughout the Golden Age of each of the major Performing Arts.

While a Los Angeles radio news reporter, editor and commentator, he garnered KFWB the covetted Peabody Award for his coverage of the first U.N. Conference on International Organization in San Francisco between 25 April 1945 and 26 June 1945. He was also voted "Best Radio Voice" by Radio Life Magazine.

Indeed he became as much of a Renaissance Man in his chosen fields as the famous general he covered during World War II. John Dehner remains one of the 25 most fondly remembered and respected male actors of The Golden Age of Radio, leaving his mark on virtually every major Media endeavor of the 20th Century--in one capacity or another.



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