Lewis Black The Mad Bomber (Aired June 26, 1951)
The stellar list of non-recurring talent represents some of the most respected names in Radio--and Television: Raymond Burr, Jay Novello, Joe Kearns, Elliott Lewis, Virginia Gregg, Ed Begley, Bill Bouchey, Herb Butterfield, Barton Yarborough, Wilms Herbert, Jeanette Nolan, Ted de Corsia, Howard McNear and Bill Conrad. It just doesn't get better than that. The premise of each episode is prefaced with a gritty, highly realistic line-up, replete with background atomospherics and actors realistically speaking over each other, but with an underlying investigation--or two--under discussion below the background noise of the introductory line-up and exposition. The subject matter of each episode was hard-hitting, often harsh, but highly realistic criminal sub-plots. The series is also remembered for the loss of one of Radio's finest and most popular voice talents. Wally Maher, still a relatively young man, had lost a lung to a protracted illness just months before the series first aired. By just over a year into The Line-Up's run, Maher was again hospitalized and passed away during that hospitalization. Raymond Burr, who'd already been introduced in a couple of semi-recurring roles, added his talent to The Line-Up for the remainder of its run in an effort to make up for the loss of Wally Maher. Show Notes From The Digital Deli.
June 26, 1951. CBS network. "Lewis Black The Mad Bomber"
. Sustaining. George Hunter is almost killed when a time bomb goes off in his house. After another bomb goes off at the Adams house, suspicion falls on Louis Black, who calmly tells the cops that a bomb in the State Building will go off in forty minutes. The program switches to Thursday nights at 9:00 P.M. with the next broadcast. William Johnstone, Wally Maher, Jaime del Valle (producer, director), Eddie Dunstedter (music), Dan Cubberly (announcer), Blake Edwards (writer), Howard McNear, Peter Leeds, Harry Lang, Jim Backus, Hy Averback, Sidney Miller, Joseph Du Val. 24:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.