Spotlight – Himan Brown

Himan BrownOn 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.

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week we have a scary story from listener Alexandra which should have you shivering just a bit. Mark Nelson is back reading a Japanese Horror short story that is remarkably entertaining! You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

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RAS #369 – Death Wears A Lonely Smile

What is creepy to you? On Ron’s Amazing Stories we explore a whole new grade of creepy with a tale called, Death Wears A Lonely Smile. We continue the freaky with a haunted ambulance and then a ghost boy with no eyes! Also, we have another new segment of Johnny Is It True – WWII edition, and we finish up with a trip back to August 25, 1944.

Featured Story – Death Wears A Lonely Smile

Our featured story this week comes from the horror genre. This is one creepy tale that takes you in and out of danger all from the perspective of relative safety. The tale comes to us from the spooky OTR series The Inner Sanctum. It is titled, Death Wears A Lonely Smile and first aired on CBS on April 4, 1949.

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RAS #368 – No Contact!

Have you ever wondered what really is out there? On Ron’s Amazing Stories we have a classic science fiction story from Dimension X that gives us a possible answer. Do you believe in ghosts, angels, and UFOs? You will after you hear Glados, Bianca, and Dennis’s stories. Also, Tom Williams pays tribute to his parents in what could be his last story for the podcast. All this week and more!

Featured Story – Our featured story this week comes from the radio series Dimension X. It is about what just might be out there in deep space. We are no closer to knowing today, but at least we can make better guesses than they could back then. The story is titled No Contact and it first aired on NBC on April 29, 1950.

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On The Podcast – Feb 21, 2019

Dimension X IconOn Ron’s Amazing Stories this week we have a classic science fiction story for the series Dimension X. This tale is a recent find for me on the internet archives. I don’t know if I just missed it or if it was recently uploaded. It is a story about man’s attempt to break into deep space. If you think about it even though this story was written in 1950 we still know very little about what it out there. Could this story foretell what we will face? You can find out this Thursday.

Also on the show, we have three more of your stories. We have an interrupted funeral, angel visitation and good old fashioned UFO story from Roswell, New Mexico. I hope that you will join us as we find out what are Ron’s Amazing Stories!

-Ron

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RAS #367 – The Test Rocket

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this time we have a new segment with our own Sylvia Shults. This time she tells stories about the friendly or helpful ghost. We hear a heartwarming tale about a sister’s loss and ghostly beach visit. Also, Ron reads the science fiction classic The Test Rocket.   

Featured Story – The Test Rocket

Our story for today was written by Jack Douglas. It is a “What If” tale that looks at space exploration and pitfalls it could potentially unleash. It comes from the Amazing Stories Magazine April of 1955 edition and is titled Test Rocket. It received high-honors from the writers of the time.

Program Note: Sylvia Shults is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and the strange. Her non-fiction works include Ghost of the Illinois River, Fractured Spirits, 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons and The Spirits of Christmas. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more on her WordPress Home Page.

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