Gary Husa Radio Program Recordings Collection, 1928-1983
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Brief Description:

The Gary Husa Radio Program Recordings Collection contains episode indexes, program logs, program listings, and advance episode schedules from radio drama series CBS Radio Mystery Theater, Sears Radio Theater, and General Mills Radio Adventure Theater. The indexes, logs, listings, and schedules display the broadcast times of the radio show, the title, and a short summary of the radio show along with cast and director.

The bulk of the collection are reel to reel tapes dated from 1930s to 1980s. Many of the radio shows are divided by genre: mystery, western, comedy, horror, suspense and crime.  The collection includes episodes recorded on reel to reel tapes of the following radio shows: Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, Escape, The Shadow and Fibber McGee and Molly. Many of the tapes are from the CBS Radio Network, which operated CBS Radio Mystery Theater, General Mills Adventure Theater, and Sears Radio Theater.

Several of the radio shows are adaptions from famous literary authors, such as Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anton Chekhov, and Guy de Maupassant. Many actors and actresses showcased their talent on the radio shows such as “Hell Hath No Fury,” starring William Redfield, “Every Blossom Dies,” starring Michael Tolan, and “The Oblong Box,” starring Richard Mulligan and Grace Matthews. Many famous actors and actresses, including Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Lorne Greene, and Cicely Tyson, hosted a radio show one night a week on the CBS Radio Network instead of acting in one. Tom Bosley, known for his role on the television program  Happy Days, hosted  the General Mills Adventure Theater. The Gary Husa Radio Program Recording collection includes biographies for each host and hostess, for the director, executive director, and composer.

Also included in the collection are correspondence, publications such as Nostalgia Book Club, and Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama Variety and Comedy SPERDVAC Radiogram, newspaper clippings, SPERDVAC bulletins, Hello Again Newsletter for Old Time Radio newsletters , issues of SPERDVAC Magazine, including one issue featuring “A Tribute to First Lady of Radio Barbara Luddy” by Olan Soule, and photographs of Hattie McDaniel.

Listed inventories of audio recordings do not necessarily reflect actual recorded contents. Special Collections staff cannot verify the content of any recording without reformatting the material at the patron’s expense.

Held at:
University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Wilis Library
1155 Union Circle # 305190
Denton, TX 76203
Record Series Number: 01/AR0199
Volume: 47.0 Boxes
Acquired: 11/30/2010. 2010-020, 2013-09
Arrangement: Materials are arranged into two series. Series 1: Scripts And Indexes contains episode indexes, program logs, program listings, advance episode schedules, correspondences, publications, newspaper clippings, bulletins, and magazines. Series 2: Recordings contains reel to reel tapes.
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Subject Index
Radio broadcasting
Radio crime shows
Radio programs
Radio scripts
Radio serials
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Notes: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Notes: Mary Husa  Gift
Related Materials: Many episodes contained in this collection have been digitized and made available through For more information please see
PreferredCitation: Gary Husa Radio Program Recordings Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections