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Post by chasedad on 6/17/2019, 8:12 am

Sounds like a great trip, greybelt! Thanks in advance for sharing what you learned while there with us, I look forward to listening and reading about that.

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Post by greybelt on 6/21/2019, 12:27 pm

Getting close to the finish line -- the 2020 edition of Suspense Collectors Companion is so so close. It should be on Amazon by July 4 if all goes well!

Fixed lots of things, corrected some items since I have new information, and added a lot of stuff. Some of that was developed in my posts here and they are now cleaned up and polished and ready for "prime time." There are more details about the missing episodes, and some new sections.

I'm still resisting including a show list for the time being, but the 2021 edition will likely have that, documenting all of the versions that have been found.

Just received a new bunch of reels to review. After YTJD is done we'll be cranking up the Suspense engine again after a break to allow for the Radio Spirits cruise. So there will be no posts from July 19 to 27. Hard to believe it's less than a month away!
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Post by greybelt on 6/23/2019, 9:20 am

The 2020 edition of Suspense Collector's Companion is now available at Amazon!
I set the price at $9.95 mainly for Cobaltians, especially for those folks who bought the first one -- the price will be changed very soon to $15 -- I won't be promoting it for about 10 days [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
I'm not sure if I will have a Kindle version yet, probably will, but not now.

The book has about a third more pages than the first one did and probably about 40% more content as I tightened up the layout to squeeze more stuff in. I fixed a bunch of things that since have been corrected or have more and better info.

There are new sections about the Robson era, especially the Robson-read openings to the six programs that are just drama-only recordings that are still in circulation. Got those openings right from the scripts when I was at Thousand Oaks hard to believe two weeks ago already -- what a marvelous trip -- still in the afterglow of it!

The missing episodes have more info about them, expanded the 60 min episode section, more curiosities added, the list of final and working titles is expanded, added more Sorry Wrong Number stuff

And one of the fruits of the Thousand Oaks trip was that I read the opening pages of the script for the 60-min episode "The Search" and I summarized them -- we don't have the first 12 or so minutes of that show -- and it certainly makes listening to it a lot better

Got the details of the canceled John Garfield appearance because of the Red Channels-related stuff in there, including a picture of the script cover.

I got the exact details of the east-west broadcasts all settled as to when they were and when they weren't!

Why do I write this stuff for a book? Because there's too much for me to remember and not doing it makes my desk a mess! Smile

Appreciate all of your support and help with this -- thanks so very very much!

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Post by ghemrats on 6/23/2019, 3:12 pm

Just bought my copy! What a steal. Many thanks, my friend.
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Post by Seamus on 6/24/2019, 4:58 pm

Its fantastic many hours will be spent perusing this tome.
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Post by Tom-In-Ohio on 6/29/2019, 1:34 pm

Received mine in yesterdays mail, thank you.

I have the first edition as well. Can't wait for that one to become a major collectors item, then Ebay here I come. Thanks again, Tom.

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Post by greybelt on 7/4/2019, 6:22 am

The Suspense updates will resume on July 27. There are now more than 50 updates and different versions ahead, with more being accumulated.

FYI the book's price will be bumped up to $15ish after this weekend. Links are on the research page in my regular posting signature.

Just in the past few weeks, I have received access to many new-to-me research materials that have not been available for decades. There will be many behind-the-scenes curiosities and insights into the series that are not in the book. It will be worth staying tuned to this area of Cobalt!

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Suspense had separate East and West broadcasts only during its sponsorship by Roma Wines. The early Roma Wines broadcasts were on Thursday for the East and Monday for the West. Those are documented in a separate spreadsheet. But this is a new one that covers the same-day dual broadcasts [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Click the link to see the identified recordings that are East and West in the current collection, and which have been specifically noted as East or West.

Beginning in mid-September 1944, there were two broadcasts on a single day. In some cases, recordings are labeled as to their East or West origin because that information was retained from the transcription disc labels or other documentation as recordings were traded from collector to collector. In other cases, the mention of the upcoming broadcast of The FBI in Peace and War identifies the East version. There are also programs with differences in their closing announcements or the pace of their reading. Most single recordings, however, have no identifiers. There are many cases where we have identified two different broadcasts but do not have any means of identifying which recording is associated with which coast.
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Post by greybelt on 7/12/2019, 5:42 am

Suspense received many scripts from new authors and some of them went on to be good productions. The most famous one was probably On a Country Road by a journalism student, Walter Bazar. He went on to have a good newspaper career, mainly with the New York Journal-American. He never had another script produced.

Just bumped into another one, Spoils for Victor. The 1946 production was a lost program until about 10 years ago, but it is an AFRS recording where the credits were edited out. The 1959 version is complete. The script has been credited in the past to Robert Richards. Richards was a blacklisted writer, so it was assumed that "Joseph Hudock," announced at the end of the 1959 program, was a pseudonym for him.

We recently received copies of script pages for 1946 and 1959. There, in the 1946 version, it has Richards name, but also "J. Edward Hudock." Why would that be? This was four years before the publication of Red Channels and the beginning of the blacklist.

Searches indicated that the script was used in 1949 on Philip Morris Playhouse as well, and that script identifies Hudock as the author (Spier was producing PMP at that time, and used a few Suspense scripts in his tenure with that series).

Finally, some light was shed in a blogpost at the LA Times that mentioned back in 1959 they helped CBS find Hudock so they could send him a check for that year's performance of the script: he was a chemistry teacher at St. Monica Boys School (a high school) in Santa Monica!

Richards role would have been cleaning up Hudock's work (it is unclear if he submitted a plotline, short story, or a script) to be broadcast ready. But imagine this -- to have your only radio script used by production legends William Spier TWICE and Bill Robson ONCE!

I'm still searching for more information about this -- yet again, Suspense surprises us with some interesting history. Sometimes this history is more fascinating than the programs!

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