Rocket From Manhattan (Aired February 11, 1972)
WyllisCooper left the show in 1936 and Oboler was given the job. Oboler lost no time establishing himself as the new master of the macabre. Between May 1936 and July 1938, he wrote and directed more than 100 Lights Out plays. To follow Cooper was a challenge: he was "the unsung pioneer of radio dramatic techniques," but Oboler had passed the test with his first play. His own name soon became synonymous with murder and gore, though horror as a genre had always left him cold. Oboler aspired to more serious writing. Oboler's shows are well represented -- this series of Lights Out was syndicated in The Devil and Mr. O offerings of 1970 - 73. A transcribed syndication of original broadcasts from 1942 - 43 with Arch Oboler as the host. Show Notes From The Old Time Radio Researcher's Group.
February 11, 1972. Mutual network. "Rocket From Manhattan"
. Sustaining. The twenty-third show of a series of twenty-six. A masterfully written story about the final destruction of the world because of Man's folly and the "Bomb." This program has been incorrectly identified as a "Lights Out" broadcast (it isn't). It has also been incorrectly titled, "A False Prophecy." Arch Oboler (host, writer), Ervin Lee, Elliott Lewis, Lou Merrill, Jack Meakin (composer, conductor), Jack Snell (sound), Bill James (sound), Mischa Peltz (engineer). 28:25. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.