The Whistler was a radio mystery anthology that debuted on CBS Radio on May 16, 1942. The show was heard only on the West Coast and had Signal Oil as the main sponsor. There were attempts to broadcast the show on the East Coast, one on July to September 1946 and the other on March 1947 to September 1948, with Campbell Soup and Household Finance as the suggested sponsors.
The show centered on a character called "The Whistler," the mysterious narrator of various murder stories. The role was given to popular radio announcer Bill Forman, although there were occasions where the other personalities like Marvin Miller, Bill Johnstone, Gale Gordon, Everett Clarke, and Joseph Kearns took over.
Despite the show being broadcast on the West Coast only, The Whistler was able to become one of the most popular and longest-running crime mystery dramas. It ended on September 22, 1955.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 527 old time radio episodes:
+ "The Sellout". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. After a run of bad luck, a man's IOU's catch up with him...
|N/A||one man jury||
+ "One Man Jury". Sponsored by: Signal Oil. A crusading newspaperman finally wins the acquittal of ...
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. "Kaleidoscope". A nervous ride through the rain-filled nig...
First episode of this mystery-thriller series: while attempting to steal their money, John Hendrix h...
+ CBS Pacific net. "The Shrunken Head". An heiress comes to live in the house of her crippled old u...
|06.27.1942||notes in the night||
+ "Notes In The Night". A man is being driven insane, to the point of killing his business partner...
|08.22.1942||death has a thirst||
+ "Death Has A Thirst". Madness and alcoholism rampant. A triangle affair on a desert island. The ...
+ "The Letter". The story of Hans Minkler, an Austrian anti-Nazi, or is he a Nazi? A confusing esp...
|09.05.1942||house of greed||
+ "House Of Greed". A good-natured man is victimized and taken advantage of by all his relations. ...
+ "Mirage". Hell hath no fury...like a jilted gun moll. The same script, produced a year later. Th...
+ "Fog". A young fisherman with a brief spell of amnesia has killed an enemy, but remembers nothin...
+ "Jealousy". A sick woman is sure that her husband is trying to kill her so he can be with anothe...
|10.04.1942||urge to kill||
+ "The Urge To Kill". A businessman under intense wartime production pressures develops amnesiac s...
+ "Malice". A wealthy doctor has two sons. One of them wants to be a doctor; the other definitely ...
|10.18.1942||death comes at midnight||
+ "Death Comes At Midnight". A man dreams that he's going to be killed in forty-eight hours...and ...
+ "The Alibi". A domineering old lady controls all those around her...several of whom have a good ...
+ "Apparition". A ghost visits his heirs with some strong suggestions as to how his property shoul...
|11.22.1942||the other woman||
.+ "The Other Woman". A woman about to be divorced plans revenge on her husband's secretary...the...
+ "Avarice". John and Marsha are married, but not in love. Marsha is loaded, John owes $4000. A re...
+ "The Accounting". A no-goodnik son has embezzled $2000 from his accounts at the bank, and his no...
+ "The Double Cross". A cop's brother who's an ex-con, is suspected of a robbery. + It is Christ...
|01.03.1943||the whistler (034) the weakling|
+ "The Weakling". Will the honest District Attorney prosecute his own son for murder? A gripping t...
+ "The Nemesis". A magician/hypnotist finds out the hard way about a prediction about "the end of ...
+ "The Thief". A strange story about a woman who meets her son for the first time, after he's grow...