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The Murder Clinic Radio Program

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Murder Clinic was another of WOR's great locally produced dramas
Murder Clinic was another of WOR's great locally produced dramas


Some Billboard magazine observations on New York tastes in blood and guts horror programming from September 4 1943































Sound Studios of New York Superman transcription label
Sound Studios of New York Superman transcription label

Don Lee-Mutual The Shadow transcription label
Don Lee-Mutual The Shadow transcription label

WOR The Shadow transcription label
WOR The Shadow transcription label



Background

Mystery and crime fare throughout the World War II years represented some of the Radio's finest programming. When the networks weren't mounting their own patriotic presentations in one form or another, they were attempting to provide the Home Front with sufficiently compelling entertainment to provide a respite from the War and its inevitable mental drain across America. WOR in particular mounted some of the most popular and enduring programming in their history during the War years. Some of the brighter spots in Mutual's WOR line-up during the War years were:

1938-1949 The Adventures of Superman
1940 Can You Top This?
1940 Captain Midnight
1940 Mandrake the Magician
1941 Affairs of Tom, Dick and Harry
1941 America's Famous Fathers
1941 Bulldog Drummond
1941 The Border Patrol
1942 It Pays to Be Ignorant
1942 Murder Clinic
1942 Dark Destiny
1942 The Better Half
1942 The Black Castle
1942 The Red Ryder
1943 A.L. Alexander's Mediation Board
1943 The Black Hood
1943 The Mysterious Traveler
1944 Archie Andrews
1945 Abbott Mysteries
1945 Arch Oboler's Plays
1945 Boston Blackie
1945 The Adventures of Father Brown
1945 The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe

Unquestionably the most popular and successful programs in this list were The Adventures of Superman, The Mysterious Traveler, Captain Midnight, Bulldog Drummond, and It Pays To Be Ignorant. But tucked away in the middle of that list is one of WOR's more compelling concepts in mystery and crime fare--a series of mystery dramas featuring a different popular or famous detective in each episode.

Mutual's flagship station, WOR, premieres Murder Clinic

The concept was brilliant; an anthology of the most popular mystery and crimes authors of the previous sixty years, showcasing their most popular crime fighters and detectives:

  • A.E.W. Mason's French detective, Inspector Hanaud
  • Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot and the redoubtable Miss Jane Marple
  • Anthony Abbot's genius detective, Thatcher Colt
  • Anthony Berkeley's Roger Sheringham
  • Anthony Wynn's forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Eustace Hailey
  • Baroness Emma Orczy [Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orczi]'s detective Bill Owen
  • Craig Rice's John J. Malone
  • David Frome's unlikely sleuth Evan Pinkerton
  • Dorothy L. Sayers' wine salesman, Montague Egg
  • E.C. Bentley's private detective, Philip Trent
  • E. Philip Oppenheim's detective Nicholas Goade
  • E.W. Hornung's Dr. John Dollar
  • Eden Phillpotts' Police Inspector Ringrose
  • Edgar Wallace's gentleman detective, Mr. John G. Reeder
  • Erle Stanley Gardner (as A. A. Fair) and his detectives Bertha Cool and Donald Lam
  • Ernest Bramah's blind sleuth, Max Carrados
  • Frederick Irving Anderson's Police Deputy Parr, "the man with a nose for murder"
  • G.D.H. Cole and Margaret Cole's lady detective, Mrs. Elizabeth Warrender and Superintendent Henry Wilson
  • G.K. Chesterton's Catholic priest, Father Brown and Horne Fisher, 'the man who knew too much', and Chesterson's fish-like civil servant, Mr. Pond
  • Helen Reilly's N.Y.C. Police Inspector Christopher McKee
  • Hulbert Footner's lady detective, Madame Rosika Storey
  • Jacques Futrelle's detective, Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, "the thinking machine"
  • John Dickson Carr's Scotland Yard detectives, Sir Henry M. Merrivale and Colonel March and Dr. Gideon Fell
  • M.D. Post's historical detective, Uncle Abner and Colonel Braxton
  • Margery Allingham's aristocratic detective, Albert Campion
  • Margery Sharp's detective Henry Cotterill
  • Marten Cumberland's Argentine pianist, Loreto Santos
  • Melville Davisson Post's rogue of a lawyer, Randolph Mason
  • Ngaio Marsh's gentleman detective, Roderick Alleyn
  • Philip MacDonald's 'special correspondent,' Colonel Anthony Gethryn
  • R. Austin Freeman's Dr. John Evelyn Thorndike
  • Rufus King's society doctor, Dr. Colin Starr
  • Sax Rohmer's mystic, Moris Klaw
  • Stuart Palmer's schoolteacher, Miss Hildegarde Withers
  • T. S. Stribling's detective, Professor Henry Poggioli
  • Viola Brothers Shore's young amateur sleuth Gwynn Leith

An unprecedented treat for any avid detective fiction fan, the series offered a rare opportunity--in the U.S. in any case--to hear one of the most varied compilations of detective fiction ever broadcast; a detective fiction sampler for all intents. To the extent practical, the script adapted from the story selected was adapted from the point of view of the protagonist, which made for a far more compelling and engaging format.

Begun in a late evening timeslot, the better to accomodate the other Mutual Network stations across America, after the first thirty-nine episodes Mutual attempted to slot the series in the early Sunday evening for New York and its environs. But within a few months that plan proved problematic for WOR. In an apparent negative response to the back to back blood and guts fare it was featuring on Sunday afternoon and evening, WOR changed its schedule to break up its three Sunday afternoon mystery thrillers, Bulldog Drummond, Murder Clinic and The Shadow, with musical fare.

That programming decision apparently met with equally mixed reviews and Murder Clinic eventually left the schedule during the October to November 1943 time frame. A shame really, given the absolutely excellent productions WOR had been mounting with some of detective fiction's greatest writers. WOR was approaching its holiday schedule during one of the more tension-filled junctures of World War II. It was apparently a combination of all of those factors that resulted in an otherwise excellent production's premature demise.

There are presently only six or seven exemplars from the canon in circulation, but given Murder Clinic's popularity during the era, there's no question that most, if not all of the series remains in private collections. The technology for recording transcriptions from on-air broadcasts was widely available during the mid-1940s, though recording media itself was more scarce due to wartime exigencies. Even the Armed Forces Radio Service [AFRS] was forced to adopt glass transcription discs for their prodigious transcription output due to the demand for tin, raw rubber and petroleum-based plastics throughout World War II.

WOR transcribed virtually all of its The Adventures of Superman and The Shadow. Those Superman episodes that WOR didn't transcribe were transcriibed by Sound Studios of New York. Don Lee-Mutual transcribed virtually all of The Shadow episodes that it aired. We have every reason to expect that either/both WOR and/or Don Lee-Mutual transcribed Murder Clinic as well. We're confident that many more of the Murder Clinic exemplars will surface--hopefully before they become impossible to digitally transfer.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Detective Fiction Adaptations
Network(s): MBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 42-07-21 01 The Treasure Hunt
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 42-07-21 to 43-11-07; MBS [WOR and KHJ (Don Lee-Mutual)]; Sixty, 30-minute programs; Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m., then Sundays at 9:00 p.m. then 6:00 p.m., then Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Syndication: WOR; Don Lee-Mutual
Sponsors: Longines Watches
Director(s): Jock MacGregor [Producer/Director]; Alvin Flanagan [Director]
Principal Actors: Elizabeth Morgan, Alfred Shirley, Horace Braham, Roland Winters, Maurice Tarplin, Alan Hewitt, Louis Hall, Milton Herman, Helen Claire Charlotte Manson, Vivian Ogden, Mark Smith, Ian Martin, Paul Stewart, Humphrey Davis, Ted deCorsia, Inge Adams, Ann Thomas, Beth Tate, Sam Bonnell, Frances Nielsen, Jerome Thor, Herb Yost
Recurring Character(s): None
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): A.E.W. Mason, Agatha Christie, Anthony Abbot, Anthony Berkeley, Anthony Wynn, Baroness Emma Orczy, Craig Rice, David Frome, Dorothy L. Sayers, E.C. Bentley, E. Philip Oppenheim, E.W. Hornung, Eden Phillpotts, Edgar Wallace, Erle Stanley Gardner (as A. A. Fair), Ernest Bramah, Frederick Irving Anderson, G.D.H. Cole and Margaret Cole, G.K. Chesterton, Helen Reilly, Hulbert Footner, Jacques Futrelle, John Dickson Carr, M.D. Post', Margery Allingham, Margery Sharp, Marten Cumberland, Melville Davisson Post, Ngaio Marsh, Philip MacDonald, R. Austin Freeman, Rufus King, Sax Rohmer, Stuart Palmer, T. S. Stribling, Viola Brothers Shore
Writer(s) John A. Bassett, Lee Wright [Adapters]
Music Direction: Ralph Barnhart [Composer], Robert Stanley [Conductor]
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Frank Knight
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
67 (64 actually broadcast)
Episodes in Circulation: 7
Total Episodes in Collection: 6
Provenances:


Initial Billboard magazine review of Murder Clinic from August 8 1942

Billboard magazine follow-up review of Murder Clinic from December 12 1942
Billboard magazine follow-up review of Murder Clinic from December 12 1942
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, New York Times radio listings, Billboard magazine, The FictionMags Index.

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The Murder Clinic Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
42-07-21
1
The Treasure Hunt
N
42-07-21 New York Times
Premiere: Murder Clinic: Play "
The Treasure Hunt--WOR, 9:30-10.

Features
John G. Reeder
42-07-28
2
The Tale Of the Ordinary Hairpins
N
42-07-28 New York Times
Murder Clinic: "
Tale of the Ordinary Hairpins"--WOR, 9:30-10.

Features
Philip Trent
42-08-04
3
The Avenging Chance
N
42-08-04 New York Times
Murder Clinic: Play, "
The Avenging Chance"--WOR, 9:30-10.

Features
Roger Sheringham
42-08-11
4
The Governor of Cap Haitien
Y
42-08-11 New York Times
Murder Clinic: Play, "
Governor of Cap Hatien"--WOR, 9:30-10.

Features
Professor Henry Poggioli
42-08-18
5
The Holloway Flat Tragedy
Y
42-08-18 New York Times
Murder Clinic: Play, "
Holloway Flat Tragedy"--WOR, 9:30-10.

Features
Max Carrados
42-08-25
6
The Flaming Phantom
N
42-08-25 New York Times
Murder Clinic: Play, "
The Flaming Phantom"--WOR, 9:30-10.

Features
Prof. Augustus Van Dusen
42-09-01
7
The Rasp
N
42-09-01 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
The Rasp

Features Colonel Anthony Gethryn
42-09-08
8
Enter A Murderer
N
42-09-08 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
Enter a Murderer

Features Roderick Alleyn
42-09-15
9
The Age of Miracles
N
42-09-15 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
The Age of Miracles

Features Uncle Abner
42-09-22
10
The Scrap of Lace
Y
42-09-22 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
The Scrap of Lace

Features Madame Rosika Storey
42-09-29
11
Death In the Dressing Room
Y
42-09-29 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
Death in the Dressing Room

Features Colonel March
42-10-06
12
Tragedy At Marsdon Manor
Y
42-10-06 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
Tragedy at Marsden Manor

Features Hercule Poirot
42-10-13
13
Gulf Stream Green
Gulfstream Green
Y
42-10-13 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
Gulf Stream Green

Features Police Deputy Parr
42-10-20
14
The Oracle of the Dog
N
42-10-20 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
The Oracle of the Dog

Features Father Brown
42-10-27
--
Pre-Empted
--
42-10-27 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Secretary of Navy Frank Knox, From New York; Admiral E.J. King, From Chicago, at Navy Day Dinners
42-11-03
--
Pre-Empted
--
42-11-03 New York Times
Election Returns, Will Be Broadcast by All Stations Intermittently Throughout the Evening.
42-11-10
15
Prince Charlie's Dirk
N
42-11-10 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic:
Prince Charlie's Dirk

Features Police Insp. Ringrose
42-11-17
16
The Regent's Park Murder
N
42-11-17 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
The Regents Park Murder

Features Detective Bill Owen
42-11-24
17
The Perfect Crime Of Mr Digberry
N
42-11-24 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
The Perfect Crime of Mr. Digberry

Features Thatcher Colt
42-12-01
18
Footsteps
N
42-12-01 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
Footsteps

Features Dr. Eustace Hailey
42-12-08
19
The House of the Arrow
N
42-12-08 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
The House of the Arrow

Features Inspector Hanaud
42-12-15
20
The Guilty Man
N
42-12-15 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
The Guilty Man

Features Colonel Braxton
42-12-22
21
The Missing Baronet
N
42-12-22 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Supt. Henry Wilson
42-12-29
22
A Schoolmaster Abroad
N
42-12-29 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
A Schoolmaster Abroad

Features Dr. John Dollar
43-01-05
23
The Case of the Late Pig
N
43-01-05 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
Case of the late Pig

Features Albert Campion
43-01-12
24
The Blue Geranium
N
43-01-12 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
The Blue Geranium

Features Miss Jane Marple
43-01-19
25
The Seven Good Hunters
N
43-01-19 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
The Seven Good Hunters

Features Dr. Colin Starr
43-01-26
26
The Sweet Shot
N
43-01-26 New York Times - 9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play: The Sweet Shot

Features Philip Trent
43-02-02
27
Hole In the Wall
N
43-02-02 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
Hole in the Wall

Features Horne Fisher
43-02-09
28
The Triangle At Rhodes
N
43-02-09 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
The Triangle at Rhodes

Features Hercule Poirot
43-02-16
29
Murder at Pentecost
N
43-02-16 New York Times
Murder Clinic Play: "
The Big Time"--WOR, 9:30-10.

43-02-23 Washington Post
"Murder Clinic." Dramatization,of Frederick Irving Sanderson's mystery, "
The Big Time." WOL 9:30 p. m.

Features
Montague Egg
43-02-23
30
The Big Time
N
[Postponed broadcast]

43-02-23 New York Times
9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
The Big Time

Features Police Deputy Parr
43-03-02
31
The Policeman's Cape
N
43-03-02 New York Times - 9:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play: The Policeman's Cape
43-03-07
32
His Heart Could Break
N
[Moves to Sundays]

43-03-07 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
John J. Malone
43-03-14
33
The Black Kitten
N
43-03-14 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Dr. Eustace Hailey
43-03-21
34
The Line-Up
N
43-03-21 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Insp. Christopher McKee
43-03-28
35
Risk

New York Times listing for 5:30 pm on 43-03-28

N
43-03-28 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play


43-03-28 New York Times
5:30--WOR--Studio Music

Features Henry Cotterill
43-04-04
36
Whispering Poplars
N
[Moves to a special time]

43-04-04 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Mme. Chiang Kai-shek. Speaking from Hollywood Bowl

43-04-04 New York Times
5:30-WOR--Murder Clinic

Features
Moris Klaw
43-04-11
37
The Mackenzie Case
N
43-04-11 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Gwynn Leith
43-04-18
38
The Bunch of Violets
N
43-04-18 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Max Carrados
43-04-25
39
Title Unknown
N
43-04-25 New York Times
9:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play
43-05-02
40
The Diary of Death
N
[Changes timeslot to 6:00p.m.]

43-05-02 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Loreto Santos
43-05-09
41
Finger Prints
N
43-05-09 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play
43-05-16
42
The York Mystery
N
43-05-16 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

As told by
The Old Man in The Corner
43-05-23
43
The Superfluous Finger
N
43-05-23 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Prof. Augustus Van Dusen
43-05-30
44
Jezebel of Valley Farm
N
43-05-30 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Nicholas Goade
43-06-06
45
Dead Men's Shoes
N
43-06-06 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
John J. Malone
43-06-13
46
A Tall Story
N
43-06-13 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Mr. Pond
43-06-20
47
The Virgin of the Mountains
N
43-06-20 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Randolph Mason, Esq.
43-06-27
48
Pandora's Box
N
43-06-27 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Dr. John Evelyn Thorndike
43-07-04
49
Owls Don't Blink
N
43-07-04 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Bertha Cool and Donald Lam
43-07-11
50
The Ashcomb-Poor Case
N
43-07-11 New York Times - 6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features Madame Rosika Storey
43-07-18
51
Cricket
N
43-07-18 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Professor Henry Poggioli
43-07-25
52
The Yellow Iris
N
43-07-25 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic:
Yellow Iris

Features Hercule Poirot
43-08-01
53
Guest in the House
N
43-08-01 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic

Features
Dr. Gideon Fell
43-08-08
54
The Riddle of the Blueblood Murders
N
43-08-08 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Miss Hildegarde Withers
43-08-15
55
The Clever Cockatoo
N
43-08-15 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Philip Trent
43-08-22
56
The Absolute Zero
N
43-08-22 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play
43-08-29
57
The Secret Garden
N
43-08-29 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play

Features
Father Brown
43-09-05
--
--
43-09-05 New York Times
6:00-WOR--The Show Shop
43-09-08
--
--
43-09-08 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Uncle Don

43-09-08 New York Times
9:00--WEAR, WOR, WJZ, WABC--Third Victory Loan Drive War Bond Show; Speakers: President Roosevelt, Secretary of Treasury Henry Morgenthau Jr. ; Bing Crosby, Robert Young, Jimmy Durante, Edgar Bergen, Burns and Allen, Dinah Shore. Charles Boyer, Ronald Coiman, Akim Tamiroff, Others (Also WMCA. WNYC, WBVD
43-09-12
--
--
43-09-12 New York Times
6:00-WOR--The Show Shop
43-09-15
--
--
43-09-12 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Sidney Moseley Comments
43-09-19
--
--
43-09-19 New York Times
6:00-WOR--The Show Shop
43-09-22
--
--
43-09-22 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Sidney Moseley Comments
43-09-26
58
Title Unknown
N
43-09-26 New York Times
4:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play
43-09-29
--
--
43-09-12 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Sidney Moseley Comments
43-10-03
59
Title Unknown
N
43-10-03 New York Times
4:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play
43-10-06
--
--
43-10-06 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Sidney Moseley Comments
43-10-10
--
Pre-empted
--
43-10-10 New York Times
2:15-WOR-World Series Baseball (Game 4 ran 2:06, so Murder Clinic would have been preempted)
43-10-13
--
--
43-10-13 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Sidney Moseley Comments
43-10-17
60
Title Unknown 43-10-17 New York Times
4:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play
43-10-20
--
--
43-10-20 New York Times
6:00-WOR--Sidney Moseley Comments
43-10-24
--
--
43-10-17 New York Times
4:30-WOR--Astor Orchestra
43-10-27
61
Death In the Sun
N
43-10-27 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play:
Death in the Sun

Features Mrs. Elizabeth Warrender
43-10-31
62
Title Unknown
N
43-10-31 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play
43-11-03
63
Title Unknown
N
43-11-03 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play
43-11-07
64
Title Unknown
N
43-11-07 New York Times
8:30-WOR--Murder Clinic--Play





The Murder Clinic Program Log [Unresolved scripts]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
Death on the Nile
N
Features Hercule Poirot
A Bird in the Hand
N
The Cyprian Bees
N
Features Dr. Eustace Hailey
Going Going Gone!
N
After-Dinner Story
N






The Murder Clinic Radio Program Biographies




Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor
(Producer/Director)

Singer, Songwriter, Radio, Stage and Television Actor, Radio Producer, Radio Director
(190?-19??)

Birthplace: Unknown

Radiography:
1938 American Portraits
1942 Murder Clinic
1942 WOR Summer Theatre
1942 The Cisco Kid
1942 Just Five Lines
1943 The Adventures Of Raffles
1943 Nick Carter, Master Detective
1943 Beatrice Kay's Capers
1944 The Mysterious Traveler
1945 Brownstone Theatre
1945 The Sealed Book
1945 The Strange Dr Weird
1946 For Your Approval
1947 The Bitter Herb
1947 The Trojan Women
1947 Crime Club
1947 Did Justice Triumph?
1948 Stars Of the Air
1948 Meet the Stars
1948 Secret Missions
1948 Roger Kilgore, Public Defender
1953 Cavalcade Of America
1955 Inheritance
1957 X Minus One
1957 Five-Star Matinee
Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor as Morris Fink, Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler from The Honeymooners, ca 1956
Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor as Morris Fink, Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler from The Honeymooners, ca 1956

The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler of the Bensonhurst Chapter of the International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons Makes His Entrance
The Grand High Exalted Mystic Ruler of the Bensonhurst Chapter of the International Order of Friendly Sons of the Raccoons Makes His Entrance


Sherman 'Jock' MacGregor was one of The Mutual System's most successful producers and directors during The Golden Age of Radio. MacGregor began his career in Radio as a singer, heard over Radio as early as 1926, singing mostly minstrel songs and dressed for public appearances of his minstrel act in traditional Highlander garb--kilts and all.

Ever the thrifty Scot, Jock MacGregor was quoted in 1927 as boasting that he and his new bride saved the expense of a honeymoon at Niagara Falls by simply listening to its roar over a broadcast on Radio. One of MacGregor's contemporaries, 'Sir' Harry Lauder was often heard singing tradional Highland songs over the early Enna Jettick Melodies program (1929). Contemporaneous newspaper articles often favorably compared Jock MacGregor to the more famous Sir Harry Lauder.

Apparently both loved and respected for his early Radio work, the famous pioneering Radio station KDKA (Pennsylvania) devoted an entire prime-time, 15-minute program to MacGregor on August 31, 1936 as an on-air Farewell Party for him. By 1938 he was producing and directing many Radio programs for NBC-Blue [WJZ] as a staff director and writer.

But it was Jock MacGregor's move to the Mutual Broadcasting System's flagship station, WOR that ultimately afforded MacGregor the latitude and artistic freedom that made him famous. Beginning with WOR Summer Theater (1942), MacGregor was soon writing, directing and producing WOR staples such as The Cisco Kid (1942), The Adventures of Raffles (1943) and Nick Carter, Master Detective (1943-1953). Indeed it was while producing Nick Carter that Jock MacGregor first teamed up with the famous fiction writing team of Robert Arthur, Jr. and David Kogan. That same team would soon produce many Nick Carter programs together, as well as the long-running The Mysterious Traveler (1943-1952), The Sealed Book (1945), and several episodes of The Strange Dr. Weird.

The team's success producing The Mysterious Traveler was cut short when the series was abruptly cancelled by WOR during the infamous witch-hunts of the HUAC blacklisting years. With the successful team broken up, MacGregor continued producing and directing several Radio programs and early Television programs, occasionally appearing as an uncredited actor.

MacGregor produced the successful Inheritance (1953), X Minus One (1957) and Five-Star Matinee (1957) programs for competing networks. During the 1950s Jock MacGregor returned to his acting roots appearing in both Stage productions and Television. MacGregor also helped produce the James Cagney feature Shake Hands with The Devil (1959).

The late 1950s and early 1960s found him both acting in Television and producing Television features in Great Britain. MacGregor's last notable appearance on Television was as Jed Morgan in The Wahoo Bobcat (1963), a Walt Disney Presents television episode.



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