CBS Radio Mystery Theater

The CBS Radio Mystery Theater
Come in! … Welcome; I am E.G. Marshall.

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CBS Radio Mystery Theater

The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was created by Himan Brown and ran from January 6, 1974 till the final episode December 31, 1982. Himan Brown was known as a legend for his work on Inner Sanctum Mysteries, The Adventures of Nero Wolfe, and many other shows dating back to the 1930’s. The creation of CBSRMT was an attempt in the 1970s to revive the great drama of old-time radio.

The show aired on affiliate stations across the CBS Radio network and was broadcast nightly, running for one hour, including news and commercials. Typically, a week consisted of three to four new episodes, with the remainder of the week filled out with reruns. There were 1,399 original episodes and 2,969 total broadcasts including all of the reruns.

The format was similar to that of classic old time radio shows such as The Mysterious Traveler and The Whistler, in that there is a host, E.G. Marshall, who introduces each episode and provides pithy wisdom throughout; but, unlike the hosts of those shows, Marshall is fully mortal, merely someone whose heightened insight and erudition plunge the listener into the world of the macabre.

The show began with the ominous sound of a creaking door, slowly opening to invite listeners in for the evening’s adventure, accompanied by Marshall’s disturbing intonation of, “Come in! … Welcome; I am E.G. Marshall.” At the end of each show, the door would creak and slam shut, followed by Marshall’s classic signoff, “Until next time, pleasant … dreams?,” segueing into the show’s haunting woodwind theme music.

Marshall hosted the program every year but the final one, when actress Tammy Grimes took over, maintaining the format.

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