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Missing Masters Collection

This collection of audition programs that were good enough to be noticed but never got a green light from the sponsors to go into full production.

59 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 28 hours, 25 min)
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Small Old Radio This collection includes radio show ideas were only made into audition shows or pilots and never made it to the airwaves.

Some old time radio shows never make it to the radio waves. This collection includes episodes of popular shows that were never aired as well as unsuccessful pilot shows that were never made again. Very rare, this collection will delight collectors looking for special old time radio shows to add to their collections.

This collection includes radio show ideas were only made into audition shows or pilots and never made it to the airwaves. One of the things that makes Radio production distinct from Television is how relatively inexpensive it can be to bring a production to the air. It is interesting to consider how the decisions of the sponsors and the networks effect what the audience is eventually allowed to enjoy.

Old Time RadioThe concept of the show has to be sold to the network and the sponsor if the audience is ever going to get to see it. In television, a very necessary step is the pilot, which not only gives the sponsors something to see, but everyone gets to see what the actual production could look like

The same sort of thing happened with radio audition programs. Some sources estimate that network exec's would receive at least 500 "elevator pitches" every summer. An elevator pitch is a proposal for a new show that the writer or producer would compress into the space of an elevator ride with the exec (who would be a captive audience in the elevator). It the elevator pitch was good enough, maybe 70 out of the 500, the go-ahead would be given to develop a script, and from these scripts maybe 20 would be authorized to be made into an audition show.

The audition show was no guarantee that a show would make it to the air. Some times the audition would be a pretty close approximation of how the show would actually come out. Some auditions were made without a specific sponsor, other times a sponsor may be interested enough to pay for an audition, but the concept would be later sold to another.

Sometimes a sponsor may like the concept, but not a particular actor or character trait. In a few cases the actor in the audition had other commitments and a replacement would need to be found for the actual production.

Of course there are a number of audition shows for shows that never made it to the air, for what ever reason. These can be among the most fun to listen to, and make us wonder what would have become of the shows if they had been given a "green light".

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    59 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 28 hours, 25 min
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      59 shows - total playtime 28 hours 25 minutes
      1. Action 44115 High Explosives Audition Show.mp3
      2. Action Eighty 52326 Audition Show.mp3
      3. Adventure of the Scarlet Cloak 50215 Audition Show.mp3
      4. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show.mp3
      5. Boston Blackie 451119 Foreman Shot On the 20th Floor.mp3
      6. Bunco Squad 50415 Book Worm Rehearsal.mp3
      7. Christopher London 1950 The Price of Sugar (rare episode).mp3
      8. Clyde Beatty Show 1940 The Devil Cat Premier.mp3
      9. Crime Classics 52123 Bathsheba Spooner Audition Show.mp3
      10. Crime Correspondent 491021 The Chair for Dino Auditio.mp3
      11. Duffys Tavern 4327 Rare Episode.mp3
      12. Emotion 4976Jetatura Audition Show.mp3
      13. Escape 44918 From Autumn.mp3
      14. Fantasy 47823 Entity from the Void Audition Show.mp3
      15. Father Knows Best 481220 Audition Show.mp3
      16. Fibber McGee 44125 First Beulah Appearance.mp3
      17. Great Caesars Ghost 4638 Audition Show.mp3
      18. Half Hour To Kill 461029 Audition Show.mp3
      19. Harry Lime 1950 Ticket To Tangiers Audition.mp3
      20. Here Comes McBride 49519 Premier.mp3
      21. Humphery Bogart Theatre 49917 Deadman Audition Show.mp3
      22. I Cover the Waterfront 55829 AuditionShow.mp3
      23. I Deal In Crime 46121 Audition Show.mp3
      24. Junes My Girl 48104 Employment Office Audition Show.mp3
      25. Let George Do It 46514 Audition Show.mp3
      26. Life with Luigi 48921 Premier.mp3
      27. Martin and Lewis481221 Premier.mp3
      28. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029 Only Existing Show.mp3
      29. Meet Corliss Archer 4746 BeautyContest.mp3
      30. Meet Miss Sherlock 46912 Wilmer and the Widow.mp3
      31. Mulligans Travels 4968 Audition Show.mp3
      32. Murder By Experts 491226 The Missing Mind (rare episode).mp3
      33. My Friend Irma 47613 TheFurCoatPremier.mp3
      34. My Mothers Husband 5054 Audition Show.mp3
      35. Once Upon a Midnight 45511 Malice Aforethought Auditi.mp3
      36. Operation Danger 50625 Audition Show.mp3
      37. Out of the Deep 51110 Dress Rehearsal (rare episode).mp3
      38. Private Practice of Dr Dana 471221 Sophia Howard Case (.mp3
      39. Rocky Jordan 51328 Man from Damascus Audition Show.mp3
      40. Safari 1950The Bull Elephant (rare episode).mp3
      41. Smiths of Hollywood 1947 Rare Show.mp3
      42. Stand By for Adventure 1950s The Knife.mp3
      43. Straight Arrow 4856 Premier.mp3
      44. Suspense 4538 Loves Lovely Counterfeit.mp3
      45. T Man 49429 Case of the Bleeding Gold Audition Show.mp3
      46. Tarzan 52322 Siren of Omdur Mara Premier.mp3
      47. Thats Rich 531121 Audition Show.mp3
      48. The Case of Mr Ace 47625 Premier.mp3
      49. The Fat Man 46121 19th Pearl Premier.mp3
      50. The Green Lama 49517 Man Who Never Existed Audition Show.mp3
      51. The Judge 52213 Death of a Playboy Audition Show.mp3
      52. The Life of Riley 491111 Jackie Gleason Subs.mp3
      53. The Lone Ranger 4149 Homesteaders Ruse.mp3
      54. The Man from Homicide 50916 Audition Show.mp3
      55. The McCoy 51424 Three Wayward Girls Audition Show.mp3
      56. The Notorious Tariq 47816 Audition Show.mp3
      57. Three for Adventure 1940 Audition Show.mp3
      58. Voyage of the Scarlet Queen 4722 Audition Show.mp3
      59. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar48126 Audition Show.mp3
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    59 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 28 hours, 25 min
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      59 shows - total playtime 28 hours 25 minutes
      1. Action 44115 High Explosives Audition Show.mp3
      2. Action Eighty 52326 Audition Show.mp3
      3. Adventure of the Scarlet Cloak 50215 Audition Show.mp3
      4. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show.mp3
      5. Boston Blackie 451119 Foreman Shot On the 20th Floor.mp3
      6. Bunco Squad 50415 Book Worm Rehearsal.mp3
      7. Christopher London 1950 The Price of Sugar (rare episode).mp3
      8. Clyde Beatty Show 1940 The Devil Cat Premier.mp3
      9. Crime Classics 52123 Bathsheba Spooner Audition Show.mp3
      10. Crime Correspondent 491021 The Chair for Dino Auditio.mp3
      11. Duffys Tavern 4327 Rare Episode.mp3
      12. Emotion 4976Jetatura Audition Show.mp3
      13. Escape 44918 From Autumn.mp3
      14. Fantasy 47823 Entity from the Void Audition Show.mp3
      15. Father Knows Best 481220 Audition Show.mp3
      16. Fibber McGee 44125 First Beulah Appearance.mp3
      17. Great Caesars Ghost 4638 Audition Show.mp3
      18. Half Hour To Kill 461029 Audition Show.mp3
      19. Harry Lime 1950 Ticket To Tangiers Audition.mp3
      20. Here Comes McBride 49519 Premier.mp3
      21. Humphery Bogart Theatre 49917 Deadman Audition Show.mp3
      22. I Cover the Waterfront 55829 AuditionShow.mp3
      23. I Deal In Crime 46121 Audition Show.mp3
      24. Junes My Girl 48104 Employment Office Audition Show.mp3
      25. Let George Do It 46514 Audition Show.mp3
      26. Life with Luigi 48921 Premier.mp3
      27. Martin and Lewis481221 Premier.mp3
      28. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029 Only Existing Show.mp3
      29. Meet Corliss Archer 4746 BeautyContest.mp3
      30. Meet Miss Sherlock 46912 Wilmer and the Widow.mp3
      31. Mulligans Travels 4968 Audition Show.mp3
      32. Murder By Experts 491226 The Missing Mind (rare episode).mp3
      33. My Friend Irma 47613 TheFurCoatPremier.mp3
      34. My Mothers Husband 5054 Audition Show.mp3
      35. Once Upon a Midnight 45511 Malice Aforethought Auditi.mp3
      36. Operation Danger 50625 Audition Show.mp3
      37. Out of the Deep 51110 Dress Rehearsal (rare episode).mp3
      38. Private Practice of Dr Dana 471221 Sophia Howard Case (.mp3
      39. Rocky Jordan 51328 Man from Damascus Audition Show.mp3
      40. Safari 1950The Bull Elephant (rare episode).mp3
      41. Smiths of Hollywood 1947 Rare Show.mp3
      42. Stand By for Adventure 1950s The Knife.mp3
      43. Straight Arrow 4856 Premier.mp3
      44. Suspense 4538 Loves Lovely Counterfeit.mp3
      45. T Man 49429 Case of the Bleeding Gold Audition Show.mp3
      46. Tarzan 52322 Siren of Omdur Mara Premier.mp3
      47. Thats Rich 531121 Audition Show.mp3
      48. The Case of Mr Ace 47625 Premier.mp3
      49. The Fat Man 46121 19th Pearl Premier.mp3
      50. The Green Lama 49517 Man Who Never Existed Audition Show.mp3
      51. The Judge 52213 Death of a Playboy Audition Show.mp3
      52. The Life of Riley 491111 Jackie Gleason Subs.mp3
      53. The Lone Ranger 4149 Homesteaders Ruse.mp3
      54. The Man from Homicide 50916 Audition Show.mp3
      55. The McCoy 51424 Three Wayward Girls Audition Show.mp3
      56. The Notorious Tariq 47816 Audition Show.mp3
      57. Three for Adventure 1940 Audition Show.mp3
      58. Voyage of the Scarlet Queen 4722 Audition Show.mp3
      59. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar48126 Audition Show.mp3
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    59 recordings on 30 Audio CDs
    total playtime 28 hours, 25 min

    Missing Masters Disc A001

    1. Action 44115 High Explosives Audition Show
    2. Action Eighty 52326 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A002

    1. Adventure of the Scarlet Cloak 50215 Audition Show
    2. Bunco Squad 50415 Book Worm Rehearsal

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    Missing Masters Disc A003

    1. Christopher London 1950 The Price of Sugar (rare episode)
    2. Clyde Beatty Show 1940 The Devil Cat Premier

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    Missing Masters Disc A004

    1. Crime Classics 52123 Bathsheba Spooner Audition Show
    2. Duffys Tavern 4327 Rare Episode

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    Missing Masters Disc A005

    1. Emotion 4976Jetatura Audition Show
    2. Escape 44918 From Autumn

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    Missing Masters Disc A006

    1. Fantasy 47823 Entity from the Void Audition Show
    2. Fibber McGee 44125 First Beulah Appearance

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    Missing Masters Disc A007

    1. Great Caesars Ghost 4638 Audition Show
    2. Harry Lime 1950 Ticket To Tangiers Audition

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    Missing Masters Disc A008

    1. Here Comes McBride 49519 Premier
    2. Humphery Bogart Theatre 49917 Deadman Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A009

    1. I Cover the Waterfront 55829 AuditionShow
    2. I Deal In Crime 46121 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A010

    1. Junes My Girl 48104 Employment Office Audition Show
    2. Let George Do It 46514 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A011

    1. Life with Luigi 48921 Premier
    2. Meet Corliss Archer 4746 BeautyContest

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    Missing Masters Disc A012

    1. Meet Miss Sherlock 46912 Wilmer and the Widow
    2. Mulligans Travels 4968 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A013

    1. My Friend Irma 47613 TheFurCoatPremier
    2. My Mothers Husband 5054 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A014

    1. Once Upon a Midnight 45511 Malice Aforethought Auditi
    2. Operation Danger 50625 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A015

    1. Out of the Deep 51110 Dress Rehearsal (rare episode)
    2. Rocky Jordan 51328 Man from Damascus Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A016

    1. Safari 1950The Bull Elephant (rare episode)
    2. Smiths of Hollywood 1947 Rare Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A017

    1. Stand By for Adventure 1950s The Knife
    2. Straight Arrow 4856 Premier

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    Missing Masters Disc A018

    1. Suspense 4538 Loves Lovely Counterfeit
    2. T Man 49429 Case of the Bleeding Gold Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A019

    1. Tarzan 52322 Siren of Omdur Mara Premier
    2. The Case of Mr Ace 47625 Premier

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    Missing Masters Disc A020

    1. The Fat Man 46121 19th Pearl Premier
    2. The Green Lama 49517 Man Who Never Existed Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A021

    1. The Judge 52213 Death of a Playboy Audition Show
    2. The Lone Ranger 4149 Homesteaders Ruse

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    Missing Masters Disc A022

    1. The Man from Homicide 50916 Audition Show
    2. The McCoy 51424 Three Wayward Girls Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A023

    1. The Notorious Tariq 47816 Audition Show
    2. Three for Adventure 1940 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A024

    1. Voyage of the Scarlet Queen 4722 Audition Show
    2. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar48126 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A025

    1. Boston Blackie 451119 Foreman Shot On the 20th Floor
    2. Half Hour To Kill 461029 Audition Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A026

    1. Bob Burns 471125 Audition Show
    2. Private Practice of Dr Dana 471221 Sophia Howard Case (

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    Missing Masters Disc A027

    1. Father Knows Best 481220 Audition Show
    2. Martin and Lewis481221 Premier

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    Missing Masters Disc A028

    1. Crime Correspondent 491021 The Chair for Dino Auditio
    2. The Life of Riley 491111 Jackie Gleason Subs

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    Missing Masters Disc A029

    1. Murder By Experts 491226 The Missing Mind (rare episode)
    2. Martin Kane Private Detective 531029 Only Existing Show

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    Missing Masters Disc A030

    1. Thats Rich 531121 Audition Show

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