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OLD TIME RADIO - 2 CD - 130 mp3 - Total Playtime: 56:23:06

The Zero Hour (aka Hollywood Radio Theater) was a radio drama anthology series hosted by Rod Serling. With tales of mystery, adventure and suspense, the program aired in stereo for two seasons. Some of the scripts were written by Serling.

Syndicated by the Mutual Broadcasting System. The original format featured five-part dramas broadcast Monday through Friday with the story coming to a conclusion on Friday. Including commercials, each part was approximately 30 minutes long. Since Mutual affiliates could broadcast the programs at convenient timeslots on any suitable dates, the series did not begin in certain areas until late fall or early winter of 1973.

In 1974, still airing five days a week, the program changed to a full story in a single 30-minute installment with the same actor starring throughout the week in all five programs. That format was employed from late April 1974 to the end of the series on July 26, 1974.
Producer J.M. Kholos was a Los Angeles advertising man who acquired the rights to suspense novels, including Tony Hillerman's The Blessing Way, for radio adaptations. In some cases, the titles were changed. For example, the five-part "Desperate Witness" was an adaptation of The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing. To create a strong package, Kholos followed through by lining up top actors, including John Astin, Edgar Bergen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Crenna, John Dehner, Howard Duff, Patty Duke, Nina Foch, George Maharis, Susan Oliver, Brock Peters and Lurene Tuttle.

The opening theme music was by Ferrante & Teicher. Don Hill produced the series for StudioHouse, which also produced the Salvation Army's Heartbeat Theatre. Counting each five-part show as five episodes, there were a total of 130 episodes. It failed to find a large audience due to the initial weekly serial format and the lack of promotion. According to director Elliott Lewis, "They wanted as much name value as possible to help with sales. They forgot they had to sell it. Everybody sat in the office and waited for someone to call them up and buy the show."

EPISODES LIST

DISC 1 (Season 1)

ZH73-10-15 The Heir Hunters_Pt01
ZH73-10-16 The Heir Hunters Pt02
ZH73-10-17 The Heir Hunters Pt03
ZH73-10-18 The Heir Hunters Pt04
ZH73-10-19 The Heir Hunters Pt05
ZH73-10-22 A Die In The Country Pt01
ZH73-10-23 A Die In The Country Pt02
ZH73-10-24 A Die In The Country Pt03
ZH73-10-25 A Die In The Country Pt04
ZH73-10-26 A Die In The Country Pt05
ZH73-10-29 Someones Death Pt01
ZH73-10-30 Someones Death Pt02
ZH73-10-31 Someones Death Pt03
ZH73-11-01 Someones Death Pt04
ZH73-11-02 Someones Death Pt05
ZH73-11-05 Face Of The Foe Pt01
ZH73-11-06 Face Of The Foe Pt02
ZH73-11-07 Face Of The Foe Pt03
ZH73-11-08 Face Of The Foe Pt04
ZH73-11-09 Face Of The Foe Pt05
ZH73-11-12 The Blessing Way Pt01
ZH73-11-13 The Blessing Way Pt02
ZH73-11-14 The Blessing Way Pt03
ZH73-11-15 The Blessing Way Pt04
ZH73-11-16 The Blessing Way Pt05
ZH73-11-19 Princess Stakes Murder Pt01
ZH73-11-20 Princess Stakes Murder Pt02
ZH73-11-21 Princess Stakes Murder Pt03
ZH73-11-22 Princess Stakes Murder Pt04
ZH73-11-23 Princess Stakes Murder Pt05
ZH73-11-26 The Queen In Danger Pt01
ZH73-11-27 The Queen In Danger Pt02
ZH73-11-28 The Queen In Danger Pt03
ZH73-11-29 The Queen In Danger Pt04
ZH73-11-30 The Queen In Danger Pt05
ZH73-12-03 Wife Of The Red Haired Man Pt01
ZH73-12-04 Wife Of The Red Haired Man Pt02
ZH73-12-05 Wife Of The Red Haired Man Pt03
ZH73-12-06 Wife Of The Red Haired Man Pt04
ZH73-12-07 Wife Of The Red Haired Man Pt05
ZH73-12-10 Desperate Witness Pt01
ZH73-12-11 Desperate Witness Pt02
ZH73-12-12 Desperate Witness Pt03
ZH73-12-13 Desperate Witness Pt04
ZH73-12-14 Desperate Witness Pt05
ZH73-12-17 If Two Of Them Are Dead Pt01
ZH73-12-18 If Two Of Them Are Dead Pt02
ZH73-12-19 If Two Of Them Are Dead Pt03
ZH73-12-20 If Two Of Them Are Dead Pt04
ZH73-12-21 If Two Of Them Are Dead Pt05
ZH73-12-23 The Fourth Of Forever Pt01
ZH73-12-24 The Fourth Of Forever Pt02
ZH73-12-25 The Fourth Of Forever Pt03
ZH73-12-26 The Fourth Of Forever Pt04
ZH73-12-27 The Fourth Of Forever Pt05
ZH74-01-04 Dead Mans Tale Pt01
ZH74-01-05 Dead Mans Tale Pt02
ZH74-01-06 Dead Mans Tale Pt03
ZH74-01-07 Dead Mans Tale Pt04
ZH74-01-08 Dead Mans Tale Pt05
ZH74-01-11 I Wouldnt Want To Die There Pt01
ZH74-01-12 I Wouldnt Want To Die There Pt02
ZH74-01-13 I Wouldnt Want To Die There Pt03
ZH74-01-14 I Wouldnt Want To Die There Pt04
ZH74-01-15 I Wouldnt Want To Die There Pt05

DISC 2 (Season 2)

ZH74-04-29 Bye Bye Narco w Mel Torme
ZH74-04-30 Terror In The Night w Mel Torme
ZH74-05-01 Scream Of The Hawk w Mel Torme
ZH74-05-02 The Extortionist w Mel Torme
ZH74-05-03 Price Of Admission w Mel Torme
ZH74-05-06 A Shortage Story w Jackie Cooper
ZH74-05-07 Escape To Nowhere w Jackie Cooper
ZH74-05-08 Fairs Fair You Know w Jackie Cooper
ZH74-05-09 The Housecall w Jackie Cooper
ZH74-05-10 The Violation w Jackie Cooper
ZH74-05-13 An Arms Length w Dick Sargent
ZH74-05-14 Some People Die Only Once w Dick Sargent
ZH74-05-15 The Reward w Dick Sargent
ZH74-05-16 The Villanious Verdict w Dick Sargent
ZH74-05-17 The Strange Odyssey w Dick Sargent
ZH74-05-20 White Flame Burn Bright w Lyle Waggoner
ZH74-05-21 Mind Of The Beholder w Lyle Waggoner
ZH74-05-22 Why Driving Sally Insane w Lyle Wagoner
ZH74-05-23 Theres A Man In 211 w Lyle Waggoner
ZH74-05-24 Death Is The Puppeteer w Lyle Waggoner
ZH74-05-27 Dr Rivington Presumably w W Shatner
ZH74-05-28 Wanted A Willing Companion w W Shatner
ZH74-05-29 Pigs Could Put You In The Pen w W Shatner
ZH74-05-30 Sky Lab Are You There w W Shatner
ZH74-05-31 A Favor U Cant Refuse w W Shatner
ZH74-06-03 Death At Half A Length w Greg Morris
ZH74-06-04 Floating Down The River w Greg Morris
ZH74-06-05 Once A Thief w Greg Morris
ZH74-06-06 Murder Shrieks Out w Greg Morris
ZH74-06-07 Rehab Of Citizen Fimple w Greg Morris
ZH74-06-10 Bonnie & Clyde Alive w Lee Meriweather
ZH74-06-11 Sisters Of Satin w Lee Meriweather
ZH74-06-12 The Mannequin Sham w Lee Meriweather
ZH74-06-13 Double Date To Destiny w Lee Meriweather
ZH74-06-14 Clay Pidgeons w Lee Meriweather
ZH74-06-17 The Past Is Alwas Present w Peter Lupis
ZH74-06-18 The Woman In Black w Peter Lupis
ZH74-06-19 Come Light My Fire w Peter Lupis
ZH74-06-20 Riders Wanter w Peter Lupis
ZH74-06-21 Death On Canvas w Peter Lupis
ZH74-06-24 House That Clement Built w Shelly Berman
ZH74-06-25 The Joint Account w Shelly Berman
ZH74-06-26 The Tiger Cages w Shelly Berman
ZH74-06-27 Violence Takes Curtain Call S Berman
ZH74-06-28 The Children Are Dying w Shelly Berman
ZH74-07-01 Bend Spindle Mutilate Bob Crane
ZH74-07-02 Murder Is Work Of Art w Bob Crane
ZH74-07-03 Edwards Tug & Salvage w Bob Crane
ZH74-07-04 Larceny On The Lake w Bob Crane
ZH74-07-05 On The Lam w Bob Crane
ZH74-07-08 Death Takes A Sleigh Ride w Monte Markham
ZH74-07-09 Marionettes w Monte Markham
ZH74-07-10 Ghost Of The Black Plague w Monte Markham
ZH74-07-11 Trunkfull Of Trouble w Monte Markham
ZH74-07-12 The Grand Prize w Monte Markham
ZH74-07-15 Welcome Home Denny Shackleford w J Campanella
ZH74-07-16 Death Of A Genius w Joe Campanella
ZH74-07-17 Remember Me w Joe Campanella
ZH74-07-18 Lost In Time w Joe Campanella
ZH74-07-19 Once Upon A Trunk w Joe Campanella
ZH74-07-22 Corpse Takes A Stand w Ross Martin
ZH74-07-23 Carnival Of Menace w Ross Martin
ZH74-07-24 Chicago John & Glitter People w Ross Martin
ZH74-07-25 Smoke Screen w Ross Martin
ZH74-07-26 The Holdout w Ross Martin

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