Lights Out was first heard on American radio in January 1934. The
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) originally aired the horror
program late at night. Wyllis Cooper is credited with creating Lights
Out. He wrote the scripts for the radio program until June 1936. Mr.
Cooper was replaced by a young writer named Arch Oboler.
Mr. Oboler kept the stream-of-consciousness narration technique that
Wyllis Cooper had made famous. Both Cooper and Oboler were
imaginative and prolific writers. As a result, Lights Out became a
popular and well written radio program for years.
Lights Out was cancelled in 1939, but only for a while. Arch Oboler
revived the program in 1942 on the Columbia Broadcasting System
(CBS). That revival ended in 1943. In the summer of 1947, Lights Out
was again revived for the final time.
The Lights Out radio program is one of the most famous Old Time
Radio shows for good reason.
|EPISODES WRITTEN BY ARCH OBOLER
- Broadcast: 12/8/1942
|EPISODES WRITTEN BY WYLLIS COOPER
- The Signal Man
- Broadcast: 8/24/1946
- Adapted from a Charles Dickens