On the show last week we had an episode of The Inner Sanctum which is a radio series created by Himan Brown. Many of you asked to know more about the guy. Well, I think this is the perfect time to throw the spotlight on him and ask, “Who was Himan Brown?”
Himan Brown was an American producer of radio and television programs. Over seven decades he produced radio shows for most of the major radio networks of the time. Brown first learned about radio from his shop teacher at Brooklyn’s Boys High School, and at the age of 18, he began broadcasting on WEAF New York reading newspapers with a Yiddish dialect. One of his listeners was Gertrude Berg. She was a pioneer of classic radio and was the first women to create, produce and star in a long-running hit. She wanted Brown to play Jake, her husband on her show The Goldbergs, which he did for six months. He continued as a radio actor but soon began to pitch shows directly to advertising agencies.
While at Brooklyn College, he recruited fellow student Irwin Shaw to write scripts, giving the author his first paid writing job. Over 65 years, Brown produced more than 30,000 radio programs, including The Adventures of the Thin Man, The Affairs of Peter Salem, Bulldog Drummond, CBS Radio Mystery Theater, City Desk, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater, Grand Central Station, Green Valley USA, The Gumps, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Joyce Jordan M.D., Marie, the Little French Princess, The NBC Radio Theater, The Private Files of Rex Saunders, Terry and the Pirates and numerous daytime soap operas.
Where Himan Brown shined was on the Inner Sanctum. He had a love for the dark and scary stuff and it showed on this well produced and written anthology series. Big stars flocked to his show to be part of its masterful direction and productions. Inner Sanctum eventually came to television and he repeated his success there. In 1974 he showed the world that good radio was still possible with the hit series CBS Radio Mystery Theater starring E.G. Marshall. This series ran until 1982 and reruns on radio stations all over the world today.
In 1938, Brown moved to a ten-room apartment at 285 Central Park West, where he would live the rest of his life. He had two children, Barry Kenneth Brown and Hilda Joan Brown, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Brown died peacefully at his apartment on June 4, 2010, at the of 100.
Brown’s awards include – The American Broadcast Pioneer and Peabody Awards. Also, Brown was inducted in the 1990s into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
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