Final Resting Place (Aired November 13, 1961)
The series arose out of an improptu competition between The Far East Network and The Armed Forces Network-Germany. Both networks sent 15 ips audition tapes to the AFRTS Headquarters in Los Angeles and FEN Tokyo won the 'competition'. The AFRTS transcribed and distributed the Macabre series on October 4, 1961-- a month before FEN Tokyo recorded a ninth episode of Macabre for Christmas Day, titled Of Frankincense and Myrrh. FEN Launches Macabre on the lucky 13th of November 1961. Launched, appropriately enough on the 13th of November, 1961, the series ran for nine weeks, including a special Christmas Day broadcast, "Of Frankincense and Myrrh," and ending on January 8, 1962 with "Edge of Evil." Note that in the article in the 'Provenances' sidebar below mentions a run of eight weeks. That's apparently the tenuous provenance upon which most of the misinformation about the true run of Macabre has been based for the past forty years. But in fact, in the interim, FEN Tokyo scripted a ninth program, Of Frankincense and Myrrh, to air on Christmas Day, 1961. That's the episode that has been inaccurately cited as being preempted by virtually every 'otr expert' in the world. As can now be fully demonstrated, there was, indeed, a full run of nine episodes, all of which aired from FEN Tokyo during the holiday season of 1961.
November 13, 1961. Program #1. AFRTS-FEN origination. "Final Resting Place". The first show of the series. A well-written and surprisingly well-acted horror story about an escaped madman and his victim willingly buried alive. Well done! The dates listed are for the first broadcasts on the Far East Network. As with many AFRTS shows, the program were heard in different places long after the original broadcast. Al Lepage (announcer). 26:30. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.