A long running suspense show during the 1940s and 50s was The Mysterious Traveler. Each week the audience was invited to take a railway trip along with the host (the alleged titular traveler) to embark on stories of mystery and the macabre. The series seemed to have produced traditional murder mysteries and strange supernatural stories in equal measure.
The series was actually popular enough to carry over into a magazine and comic book. While programs like Escape! and Suspense tend to receive most of the attention as far as old time radio spook tales, The Mysterious Traveler enjoyed a near nine year run. Sadly only 75 recordings remain out of around 350 broadcasts.
Tonight we’ll give a listen to a program I haven’t shared during Spooktaculars in the past. This one even features both mystery and the macabre!
So turn out the lights and listen to Death is the Visitor from The Mysterious Traveler as it aired August 18th, 1946.
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…