Gary Husa Radio Program Recordings Collection, 1928-1983 | University of North Texas Special Collections
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.