Sears Radio Theater was a radio drama anthology series which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the Sears chain. Often paired with The CBS Radio Mystery Theater during its first season, the program offered a different genre of drama for each day's broadcast.
In 1980, the program moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater. The Mutual series broadcast repeats from the CBS run until September 1980, when a short season of new dramas was presented. Sears continued as a sponsor during the Mutual run.
Monday was "Western Night" and was hosted by Lorne Greene. Tuesday was "Comedy Night", hosted by Andy Griffith. Wednesday was "Mystery Night" with Vincent Price as host. Thursday was "Love And Hate Night" with Cicely Tyson doing honors as host. Finally, Friday brought "Adventure Night", first hosted by Richard Widmark and later by Howard Duff and then by Leonard Nimoy.
Actors heard on the series included Parley Baer, Mary Jane Croft, Howard Culver, John Dehner, Virginia Gregg, Janet Waldo, Vic Perrin, Hans Conried, Marvin Miller, Elliot Lewis, Jeff Corey, Lesley Woods, Robert Rockwell, Lurene Tuttle, Eve Arden, Keith Andes, Harriet Nelson, Alan Young, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Lloyd Bochner, Rick Jason, Frank Campanella, Toni Tennille, Arthur Hill, Dan O'Herlihy, Jesse White and Frank Nelson.
It was produced and directed by Fletcher Markle and Elliott Lewis. The theme was composed and conducted by Nelson Riddle.
Though less long-lived than NPR's Earplay or the Mystery Theater, it was an ambitious attempt to reinvigorate a neglected field. Like Earplay, it was broadcast in stereo.
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January 29, 2021 Subject:
Final host passes
The fine actress Cicely Tyson, who hosted the Thursday night shows, and was the last living host of the series, has passed away. Sadly, she didn't act in any of them. According to RadioGoldIndex, these are those titles:
Sears Radio Theatre. February 08, 1979. Program #4. CBS net. "Hildy".
Sears Radio Theatre. February 16, 1979. Program #9. CBS net. "This Home Is Dissolved".
Sears Radio Theatre. February 22, 1979. Program #14. CBS net. "I Want Him Dead".
Sears Radio Theatre. March 01, 1979. Program #19. CBS net. "The Long Night".
Sears Radio Theatre. March 08, 1979. Program #24. CBS net. "No Greater Dream".
Sears Radio Theatre. March 22, 1979. Program #34. CBS net. "An Honest Man".
Sears Radio Theatre. March 29, 1979. Program #39. CBS net. "First Star Tonight".
Sears Radio Theatre. April 05, 1979. Program #44. CBS net. "A Matter Of Priorities".
Sears Radio Theatre. April 12, 1979. Program #49. CBS net. "My Hero".
Sears Radio Theatre. April 19, 1979. Program #54. CBS net. "The Season Of Glad Songs".
Sears Radio Theatre. April 26, 1979. Program #59. CBS net. "Baby, Baby".
Sears Radio Theatre. May 03, 1979. Program #64. CBS net. "The Other Grandmother".
Sears Radio Theatre. May 10, 1979. Program #69. CBS net. "Overnight Guest".
Sears Radio Theatre. May 17, 1979. Program #74. CBS net. "Mr. Chan".
Sears Radio Theatre. May 24, 1979. Program #79. CBS net. "Munsey's Mob".
Sears Radio Theatre. May 31, 1979. Program #84. CBS net. "The Great March".
Sears Radio Theatre. June 07, 1979. Program #89. CBS net. "A Sense Of Pride".
Sears Radio Theatre. June 14, 1979. Program #94. CBS net. "A Piece Of Flesh".
Sears Radio Theatre. June 21, 1979. Program #99. CBS net. "Who's Who".
Sears Radio Theatre. June 28, 1979. Program #104. CBS net. "The Hamster Caper Of Curtis Cleaver".
Sears Radio Theatre. July 05, 1979. Program #109. CBS net. "Billie Dee Burton".
Sears Radio Theatre. July 12, 1979. Program #114. CBS net. "Spring Cleaning".
Sears Radio Theatre. July 19, 1979. Program #119. CBS net. "Survival".
Sears Radio Theatre. July 26, 1979. Program #124. CBS net. "Reunion".
Sears Radio Theatre. August 02, 1979. Program #129. CBS net. "Writer's Block".
December 5, 2020 Subject:
trouper couple in Episode 1
the 1st episode "Retribution" stars married couple John McIntyre and Jeannette Nolan. they did it all; stage, radio, TV, movies, and they did it all very well.
Reviewer:Den NC USA
April 11, 2020 Subject:
The other listing for SRT = maybe the rest of them?
August 3, 2016 Subject:
Does anyone know where I can find the rest??
I enjoy the radio theater as well as Sears Radio Theater!! But this is not the full list for Sears radio theater! Where can I find the rest??
email@example.com. Thank You!!
January 11, 2015 Subject:
My favorite kind of OTR is mystery, suspense, and horror such as Inner Sanctum Mysteries. But I like the fact CBS created a radio program that appealed to all tastes, a wise move. The audio quality on some episodes is very poor, but most appear to be clear. I plan to check out every episode.
December 15, 2014 Subject:
Please leave the original sound intact
This is a very good series! But marred by someone that attempted to "sweeten" the sound by adding the ridiculous SFX.
I have returned it as best I can to the original sound. I will attempt to reintroduce it back when I get time.
But please give it a listen! The commercials are interesting and not too annoying. Rather, a mini time capsule of the day's events.
Just a friendly request to not monkey with the presentation's sound and to let us enjoy it as intended. Thanks.
August 11, 2013 Subject:
Thank you so much for uploading this series - wonderful stories, and something for everyone. Usually I just like to listen to mystery/suspense radio shows, but I'm enjoying the comedies, westerns, and dramas in this series just as much.