|The radio program, The Whistler, was first heard over the airwaves
on May 16, 1942. The Whistler was part of the CBS radio network,
sponsored by the Signal Oil Company. This radio drama was
broadcast primarily on the West-Coast of the United States.
However, there were two attempts to broadcast The Whistler on
the East-Coast. In 1946, the Campbell Soup Company sponsored
The Whistler on the East-Coast. And from 1947 to 1948, Household
Finance sponsored an East-Coast version of The Whistler. In
addition, a local Chicago radio station, WBBM, aired a version of
The Whistler. The Chicago version was sponsored by Meister Brau
The Whistler radio program was famous for it's opening (which
included someone whistling and making footstep sounds). Then,
the Whistler's voice would narrate the featured story. Bill Forman
is considered to have played the Whistler the most.
The Whistler radio program was adapted into 8 film noir movies,
made by Columbia Pictures. Richard Dix played the lead role in 7 of
the films. The first film, The Whistler, was released in 1944. The
eighth film, Return of The Whistler, was released in 1948.
On September 22, 1955, The Whistler ended it's run on radio. The
Whistler, I consider, one of the finest dramatic radio programs
ever produced. Listen and enjoy....THE WHISTLER!
|WHISTLER EPISODES FROM 1942-1944
|WHISTLER EPISODES FROM 1945-1955
|EAST COAST/CHICAGO WHISTLER BROADCASTS