When I was but a wee lad, I became somewhat obsessed by old time-style radio shows, though not necessarily old time radio. My fascination was primarily with the sound effects which were used, and the ingenious ways in which they were created.
Many a late night, as I lay in bed, a single earphone connected to my Panasonic Panapet Radio , tuned to KTRH, I would slip this mortal coil. KTRH ran both The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (1974-1982) and, a bit later on, the General Mills Radio Adventure Theater (1977).
In 1981, National Public Radio began broadcasting the BBC's awesome The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its own dramatization of the original Star Wars trilogy (not even a mention of mitochlorians or Jar-Jar Binks). But as cool as these two were, they could never do to me what the sound of this could do to me and my 8-year-old imagination....
It is still rather remarkable to me what can be found at YouTube. Or is the remarkable thing what people upload to YouTube?? Either way, this is a bit of an episode of The CBS Radio Mystery Theater which was broadcast on December 28, 1976. This one was titled "The Artist":