Imagine This

Imagine This

Show Info

Hosted by: Nuke
Produced by: Nuke
Call in: 02 6564 7777

Show Times

Timezone: AEDT [UTC+11]
19:30 - 21:00
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About the Show

Old time radio, and spoken drama, sometimes locally-produced — with the Jollyfish.

Currently, we're listening to weekly episodes of "Suspense" and "Boston Blackie", with various other content such as "Escape", "The Strange Dr Weird", "Dimension X", science fiction short stories from Librivox, and monologues and short plays from Canberran writer Bart Meehan and the Paper Moon Theatre Company, along with various plays and short stories produced with the help of the CBF right here on 2NVR back in 2013.

"Suspense", one of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense thriller-type scripts, usually featuring leading Hollywood actors of the era. Approximately 945 episodes were broadcast during its long run, and more than 900 still exist.

"Suspense" went through several major phases, characterized by different hosts, sponsors, and director/producers. Formula plot devices were followed for all but a handful of episodes: the protagonist was usually a normal person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation; solutions were "withheld until the last possible second"; and evildoers were usually punished in the end.

In its early years, the program made only occasional forays into science fiction and fantasy. Notable exceptions include adaptations of Curt Siodmak's Donovan's Brain and H. P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror", but by the late 1950s, such material was regularly featured.

[metaslider id="657"] "Boston Blackie" is a fictional character who has been on both sides of the law. As originally created by author Jack Boyle, he was a safecracker — a hardened criminal who had served time in a California prison. Prowling the underworld as a detective in adaptations for films, radio, and television, the detective Boston Blackie was "an enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend".

The Boston Blackie radio series, starring Chester Morris, began June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for The Amos 'n' Andy Show. Sponsored by Rinso, the series continued until September 15 of that year. Unlike the concurrent films, Blackie had a steady romantic interest in the radio show — Lesley Woods appeared as Blackie's girlfriend Mary Wesley. Harlow Wilcox was the show's announcer.

On April 11, 1945, Richard Kollmar took over the title role in a radio series syndicated by Frederic W. Ziv to Mutual and other network outlets. Over 200 episodes of this series were produced between 1944 and October 25, 1950. Other sponsors included Lifebuoy Soap, Champagne Velvet beer, and R&H beer. While investigating mysteries, Blackie invariably encountered harebrained Police Inspector Farraday (Maurice Tarplin) and always solved the mystery to Farraday's amazement.

Initially, friction surfaced in the relationship between Blackie and Farraday, but as the series continued, Farraday recognized Blackie's talents and requested assistance. Blackie dated Mary Wesley (Jan Miner), and for the first half of the series, his best pal Shorty was always on hand. The humorless Farraday was on the receiving end of Blackie's bad puns and word play.


In this show: Boston Blackie "Blackie Framed for Killing John Cummings", first aired July 14 1948 Contemporary play "Coffee In Jerusalem" written by Bart Meehan, performed by the Paper Moon Theatre Company of Canberra Contemporary […]
In this show: Boston Blackie "Professor Beazley Is Murdered", first aired June 30 1948 Contemporary play "Love In Lockdown" written by Bart Meehan, performed by the Paper Moon Theatre Company of Canberra Contemporary play "The […]
In this show: An episode of Boston Blackie "Harry Walker Murdered", from June 23 1948 An episode of Suspense "One Hundred in the Dark", from September 3oth 1942 A monologue written by Bart Meehan "The […]
In this show: An episode of Boston Blackie "Jackie Meers Prison Break", old time radio episode that first went to air in the USA on May 5 1948. Short radio play "Ten Minutes Left", written […]
On tonight's show: Boston Blackie "The Bombing of Joe Ingalls", aired April 28 1948 Suspense "The Kettler Method", aired September 16 1942 "Tomorrow", short monologue, written by Bart Meehan, produced by the Paper Moon Theatre […]

Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia’s longest running online speculative flash fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. He has been a zealous reader and occasional author of SF short stories […]