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TGG October Spooktacular 2021 – Quiet Please: Northern Lights

A tale of science fiction horror in Northern Lights

One of the best remembered fantasy/SF/horror radio programs of the later 1940s is Quiet Please. Sadly, the show wasn’t all too popular when it aired and only lasted two seasons and 106 episodes. Yet of those 106 shows Willis Cooper produced, a good many of them are excellent stories which still stand up for today’s listener.

While Cooper could create top notch horror tales, he certainly wasn’t a slouch when it came to science fiction either. Northern Lights is no doubt Cooper’s finest effort when it came to spooky SF and the episode even has a touch of an H.P. Lovecraft feel, although there’s really no connection to that author’s Mythos stories.

Two scientists are experimenting with transporting objects through time and back again when they accidentally bring something along on a return trip.; a something which could spell the end of the world as we know it – all by way of the Northern Lights.

Here’s the show as it originally aired on January 30th, 1949.

Turn out the lights and give a listen!

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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