Friends, thank you for taking the time to join us down here in the Retroist Vault once again for a new episode of the Retro Radio Memories podcast. As you will hear on the show itself, we have been given permission to record in the Projectionist’s wing of the Vault – which sitting beside a crackling fireplace lends itself well to discussing and listening to Old Time Radio programs. For this go around on the podcast I talk about a 1943 episode of Light’s Out entitled He Dug It Up – a wonderful little moody OTR offering that comes from the Arch Oboler era of the long running radio series.
While Light’s Out as we’ve pointed out before on this podcast was indeed created by Wyllis Cooper back in 1934, it was when he left the radio show with Arch Oboler in 1936 that the show really hit it’s stride. Although having said that I will point out that under Cooper’s creative control the series was popular enough that is spawned 600 fan clubs across the country – so it’s not like Cooper was doing anything wrong. It’s just that under Oboler the show would take on a format not unlike what Rod Serling would accomplish with his iconic Twilight Zone television series 23 years later.
In He Dug It Up, which was originally broadcast 76 years ago on February 9th, 1943 – we are introduced to an elderly English gentleman by the name of Mr. Geoffrey. At the beginning of the episode he is intent on spending a little time in his garden, digging a hole to plant a tree that his Son had gifted him. Things take a strange turn however when his shovel hits stone, while naturally he believes at first it is merely a large stone, he quickly realizes that he has in fact uncovered a stone sarcophagus – one that dates back to the time of the Roman Empire.
So dim the lights if you are able, grab your favorite snack and beverage and join us besides the fireplace as we learn what occurred when He Dug It Up!
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