Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Hermit's Cave
The Hermit's Cave was a syndicated radio horror series which aired from 1930 to 1944. The show was originally broadcast from WJR AM in Detroit, Michigan, but later moved to KMPC AM in Los Angeles, California, with William Conrad as producer. Over 800 episodes were produced but less than 40 are currently available.
Show sponsors included the Carter Coal Company which advertised its home-heating coal product, Olga Coal, and the Simoniz Company which promoted its various automotive care products like Simoniz Cleaner.
The Hermit's Cave was narrated by the character, the Hermit, with a majority of episodes beginning with the following dialogue:
"Ghost stories, weird stories, and murders, too. The Hermit knows of them all. Turn out your lights. Turn them out. Ahhh. Have you heard the story (of) [insert episode title here]? Then listen while the Hermit tells you the story..."
Throughout the years, the voice of the Hermit was provided by various actors beginning with John Kent and later by Charles Penman, Toby Grimmer, Klock Ryder, Mel Johnson, and John Dehner.