RAS Spotlight – The Inner Sanctum

On this edition of Ron’s Amazing Stories the blog we will shine the spotlight on The Inner Sanctum Mystery. It was a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941, to October 5, 1952. Himan Brown was the creative genius behind the project. He was with-out any doubt one of the biggest names in radio having produced more than 30,000 shows over seven decades. There were 500 episodes of the Inner Sanctum alone!

Inner Sanctum
Himan Brown directing a radio program in the 1950’s.

The series was based on the imprint given to the mystery novels of Simon & Schuster. It featured stories of mystery and terror, but was considered to be of the same genre as Suspense and The Whistler. However, the opening with Raymond Edward Johnson featured a spooky melodramatic organ score, morbid jokes, and playful puns. With all that, it made the program quite unique. Raymond’s closing was an elongated “Pleasant dreeeeaams, hmmmmm?” His tongue-in-cheek style and ghoulish relish of his own tales became the standard for many such horror narrators to follow.

200 episode exist today and are available on the internet archive. They are amazing stories written and portrayed by people who wanted to not only scare you, but entertain you as well.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we will feature an episode of the Inner Sanctum with Raymond at the helm. You can listen to this podcast this Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

February 23 – Cops and Robbers – (RAS #277)
March 02 – Old Time Horror VI – Replay
March 09 – Tribute to Louis Armstrong (RAS #278)
March 16 – The Inner Sanctum – (RAS #279)
March 23 – Kevin MacLeod – (RAS #280)
March 30 – The Horror Express #15

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