+ Chet Chetter's Tales from the Morgue is a series of short stories as told by an old obliging morgue attendant, licensed embalmer and resident story teller named Chet Chetter to a passing stranger of the night played by you the listener. The stories Chet relates to us are all quite fanciful. They deal with topics that would be classified supernatural and science fiction. They border on outrageous but that is how they are meant to be. Roughly half of the shows feature a nice, likeable, rural southern manure hauler by the name of Elmer Korn who always finds himself involved in some inane predicament. The creators of the series themselves admit the show is rather off-beat but, you will find, not without it’s own charm which lies within the humorous writing and the recurring characters. This series was created and produced by M&J Audio Theater. The M stands for Mark Sawyer and the J is for Jay Reel. Two childhood friends who met in the 6th grade in 1977 with a tape recorder that had a mutual interest in radio drama as influenced by old time radio shows such as X Minus One, Lum and Abner, and Gunsmoke. One can hear these influences in every story from the subject matter and the character voices, to the plots. The creaking door opening, the host’s oddly humorous manner and the “pleasant dreams” ending are an undeniable salute to The Inner Sanctum and Himan Brown. Between the two of them, Mark and Jay collaborate to do over 20 characters in these stories. Jay is the voice of Chet Chetter, Elmer Corn, the Sherrif, Roland, and Gale Headrush Taylor. Mark only admits to being the voice of Cecil Farris and incidental characters. Mark and Jay produced the first Chet Chetter story, "The Highway of Death" in 1989. It was born from a series of 95 episodes which they did over a period of years from 1980 to 1995. They call it "The Conofrof Saga". They submitted "The Highway of Death" to National Public Radio and were amazed when NPR responded with an order for 3 more stories. The 4 episodes were accepted and broadcast on NPR Playhouse in 1990. The following year NPR ordered 9 more installments of Tales From the Morgue to be broadcast as a complete 13 show series in 1992. There were a total of 19 shows produced but 6 were rejected by NPR. M and J are quick to point out that rejection by NPR has no bearing on the quality of the show. The rejections merely reflect the stringent guidelines NPR had for broadcast content at the time. During the 90’s Tales From the Morgue proved so popular that it aired internationally in Australia and England. Some episodes were featured three times on Sue Zizza’s Radio Works including one non-morgue show The Spirit of 76 Marina Hootin’ Nanny. Mark and Jay developed a new series called M&J Presents due largely to feeling creatively stifled by NPR’s rigid standards. With their new series there were no rules, no restrictions. Anything could be done and was. The shows varied in content and story lines. For them it was more like a miscellaneous collection from the M&J archives. Unfortunately M&J Audio Theater has not produced any new material in over 10 years at the time of this writing but don’t count them out. They have the same love for theater of the mind as we do and both Mark and Jay would fervently like to return to it at some point. At present Mark and Jay are co-directing, producing, writing and editing a movie based on the first episode of Chet Chetter, "The Highway of Death".
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Please enjoy these 20 old time radio episodes:
|N/A||01 highway of death||
+ Chet Chetter's Tales from the Morgue is a series of short stories as told by an old obliging morgu...
|N/A||02 elmer versus the invaders||
+ Elmer Korn is a manure hauler from Baluxi by trade but has a knack for getting himself in to some ...
|N/A||03 return of the master constipator||
+ Chet Chetter tells the story of a man from Cleveland named Gale Taylor who all his life dreamed of...
|N/A||04 elmer versus the mutant rats||
+ Chet Chetter tells the story of Elmer Korn from Beluxi. Mr Korn is enjoying a week’s vacation fr...
|N/A||05 it came from video||
+ Chet Chetter tells the story of an evil scientist with a unchback assistant, who after years of be...
|N/A||06 interface to terror||
+ Chet Chetter tells the story of a meek-mannered librarian who has a laboratory in his home where h...
|N/A||07 elmer meets death||
+ There is an old abandoned house in the town of Beluxi on the main street. There is some talk in th...
|N/A||08 escape from the mysterious island ep01of02||
+ Elmer’s friend Cecil has won a contest for a cruise on the Gulf Coast for himself and two friend...
|N/A||09 escape from the mysterious island ep02of02||
+ The concluding part. Will Elmer and Cecil and Mrs Maddocks manage to escape from the mysterious is...
|N/A||10 excursions in fear||
+ Elmer’s is in a nostalgic mood remembering back to the Golden Days of Radio, the days without te...
|N/A||11 1 800 big bang ep01of02||
+ Some kind of satellite falls from the sky and lands in Biloxi and no one knows what it is though i...
|N/A||12 1 800 big bang ep02of02||
+ Concluding part of the story 1-800 Big Bang.
|N/A||13 biloxi and the bogus beavers from bornac||
+ This is the last of the 13 episodes commissioned by NPR (National Public Radio) in 1992. Alien bea...
|N/A||elmer and the book of absolute truth|
|N/A||if you cant stand the heat|
|N/A||peace to the frifalites|
|N/A||the bitter pill|
|N/A||the conquest of the master constipator|
|N/A||the fall and rise of the master constipator|
|N/A||the m and j variety show|