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TGG October Spooktacular 2021 – CBS Radio Mystery Theater: I Warn You Three Times

A tale from the 1970s with I Warn You Three Times

So far each of the episodes of this year’s Spooktacular has featured shows I’ve shared in previous years. Tonight sees a new, old radio show from the CBS Radio Mystery theater vault. This episode is from very early in the late night series run, in fact this was only the seventh episode produced out of an eventual 1399. CBSRMT ran Monday through Friday nights at midnight Chicago time and I remember being introduced to the program by my grandfather in around 1976, when I was nine or so years old.

Amazingly enough, all 1399 broadcasts are available in some format or another as people around the country would make recordings of each night’s episode. One aspect of many of these recordings, that I really love, is many people began taping prior to the show’s open and left the recording going after the show came to a close. Since the series aired over CBS affiliates, which were mainly news focused stations, there’s normally a few minutes of that day’s news before and after the episode. This recording in particular is interesting because it features around six minutes of Seattle news, including the ongoing Watergate investigation at the time. There’s even a couple of pleas from KIXI AM 880 asking listeners to write in to the station as it was requesting approval from the FCC to become a 50k watt station.

In this tale, a man stopped at a red light on a New York street during a heavy snowstorm steps out of his car to clear snow off his windshield only to disappear into thin air. And that’s only the first couple minutes of the story. I Warn You Three Times features Mason Adams (best known for his role as Managing Editor Charlie Hume in the television series Lou Grant) and Joan Loring, who appeared in multiple radios shows across the decades.

Here’s I Warn You Three Times as it originally aired on CBS Radio Mystery Theater January 12th, 1974.

Turn out the lights and give a listen!

TGG October Spooktacular 2021 CBSRMT I Warn You Three Times

Download the show to take on the go right here.

On a quick side note, most visitors to TGG probably don’t know I ran an old time radio website quite a few years back and I have tens of thousands of radio shows in my collection. Each of the programs I’ll share during the Spooktacular have had their audio personally cleaned up by me to remove many of the pops, crackles, and hisses so common with old time radio recordings. These aren’t pristine by any means but keep in mind the original broadcasts you’ll be hearing are anywhere from fifty to eighty years old…

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Jeff McAleer

Founder/Editor-in-chief of The Gaming Gang website and host of The Gaming Gang Dispatch and other TGG media, Jeff tackles any and all sorts of games but has a special fondness for strategy, conflict sims, and roleplaying games. Plus, he's certainly never at a loss for an opinion...

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