The Shadow was first heard on radio in 1930.
Street and Smith, which published pulp
magazines, sponsored a weekly radio program
called, Detective Story Hour. It was on the
Detective Story Hour where The Shadow
made his radio debut.
In 1932, The Shadow got his own radio
program. Walter B. Gibson wrote The Shadow
pulp novels for Street and Smith. In 1937, a 22
year old genius by the name of Orson Welles
began playing the title role. The Shadow's
alter ego was Lamont Cranston. Mr. Welles
would leave The Shadow program, in 1938, to
pursue other successful endeavors.
In 1938, Bill Johnstone replaced Orson Welles
as The Shadow. Bret Morrison played The
Shadow the longest (1943-1944, 1945-1954).
The Shadow radio program aired it's final
episode on 12/26/1954, ending a 21 year run.
Even though, The Shadow radio program
ended 60 years ago it remains a fixture in
popular culture to this day. The Shadow
|ORSON WELLES AS THE SHADOW
|BILL JOHNSTONE AS THE SHADOW
|BRET MORRISON AS THE SHADOW