An overwhelmingly popular show on the Mutual Radio Network always began with the words, “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Many seniors know the answer. “The Shadow knows!”
In the link below, the central character is described as “A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime fighter. He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous ability to “cloud men’s minds.”
Now, imagine a cold and dark winter night. Your family is gathered and listening to the radio near the hot air vent above the coal furnace. The lights are low and the air is filled with quiet anticipation.
To hear the chilling words spoken, open this link and listen to the first 55 seconds of the March 6, 1949 of “Until Death Us Do Part.”
The show ran from 1930 until 1954 when it joined other radio shows that died when television took over. With television, the need to use our imaginations was lost. That loss was not inconsequential. I still miss old-time radio and the thrills it gave us.