The designer of the OTTER database created it with approximately 450 series, That he 'borrowed' from an old time radio web site. The Old Time Radio Researchers has recently learned that many of these logs were created by other individuals.
Additionally some other logs that have been incorporated into our database have known authors. But the majority of Logs in the OTTERdb(approximately 1924) were created or provided by our own researchers.
It is our policy to give credit for items we use and we hope that you enjoy learning how and by who many logs were created.
21st Precinct -- by Stewart Wright, which you do list accordingly and the way other authors and researchers wished you would do for the logs they did.
As Easy as ABC -- by Martin Grams. Compiled from scripts at the Library of Congress. No recordings known to exist.
America’s Lost Plays -- same as above.
American Portrait -- same as above.
The Black Chapel -- by Randy Eidemiller. Randy had access to a script collection in Los Angeles. Even the Los Angeles newspapers don’t list the titles. He had four missing gaps out of the entire log and you happen to have the same missing four gaps. Doubt it is a coincidence, especially since the scripts he had access to were for less than two year’s worth of episodes and the series ran nine years.
Broadway is My Beat -- Terry Salomonson, who also published it and expressed disappointment the other week that he was once approached for permission to have it reprinted on your site but until recently he was not credited accordingly. It is now credited accordingly and he’s happy, but he did wish you would reprint the following.
© July 5, 1996 by Terry Salomonson.
Canterbury Tales -- by Martin Grams. Source: LOC
Casey, Crime Photographer -- by David Siegel. Stanich did a log years prior, but Dave has Cole’s material, and with the assistance of J. Randolph Cox, a big wig authority in other fields, revised and corrected errors from Stanich’s, especially from Cole’s archive.
The Carrington Playhouse -- by Martin Grams. Scripts from the Library of Congress. They were missing scripts for episodes 4 and 13, and to my knowledge, no recordings are known to exist
The Cinnamon Bear -- by Frank Passage. The original radio scripts never had script titles, as verified by Dennis Crow, an authority on the subject. Everyone has made up their own titles while a few simply labeled them “episode one,” “episode two,” etc. The titles you list on your site are the titles Frank Passage made up for himself. (Most people refer to the final episode as “Final Episode” but Passage, for some odd reason, felt “North Pole” was best and that was the tip-off to the source)
Challenge of the Yukon -- by Terry Salomonson. Other than the Library of Congress, NO ONE has the scripts except for Terry and he compiled a log and even had it copyrighted on Oct. 17, 1988
Charlie Wild -- by Ray Stanich.
The Chicago Theater of the Air -- by Ray Stanich. He compiled the log three decades ago. I also note that you listed the main guest singer for almost every episode, EXACTLY as Stanich’s log. With the same missing gaps, and for names where the first name was not known, you also reprinted the same initials as Stanich did.
Crisis in War Town -- by Martin Grams. Compiled from the original scripts housed at the Billy Rose Theater Collection in New York City (part of the NYC Public Library and the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts). Max Ehrlich archive helped with proper spelling of one script title.
Cavalcade of Literature -- by Martin Grams. I came across the scripts at the LOC when I was working on The Cavalcade of America program in 1998 or 1999
Dangerously Yours -- by Martin Grams. I came across this series at the LOC, using existing recordings and scripts from LOC to fill in the gaps. Jean Holloway’s family had the scripts, which verified the information and tweaked what was incorrectly listed in the broadcasts themselves.
Death Valley Days -- by Ray Stanich. He did the one and only log for the radio series. It was published in a magazine and later independently for sale by Stanich. No one to this date has found the archive that housed all the scripts, from which he created the log. He admitted in an interview that he had access to the scripts, and the only reason he had a few blanks was because there were scripts missing. Even Jay Hickerson acknowledged in his book that Stanich did the log.
Detour -- by Martin Grams. I came across some of the scripts in the Lawrence Klee papers at an archive. But his archive only had the first thirteen scripts. The remainder of the log originated from the Library of Congress. The ones at LOC had alternate versions of Klee’s, obviously rough draft and final draft copies, and the log was put together through more than one source. Recordings do not exist.
Doc Savage -- by Will Murray. He has the original scripts, put together a log for both series during the 1980s, and no one had a log prior, and no one has had access to the scripts since.
Dr. Christian -- by Ray Stanich. He had access to the original scripts.
Dr. West’s Celebrity Night - by Martin Grams, with help from Jay Hickerson, different source for the scripts, later reprinted on Frank Passage’s web-site with permission.
Duffy’s Tavern -- by Martin Grams. I did that log originally for SPERDAVC’s Radiogram, I have since ventured to every archive across the country from USC, UCLA, Texas University, etc. and reviewed the scripts and discovered I had errors in my original log. Even though it appears that descriptions of episodes were revised by you or your staff, all 14 errors that appeared in my log in Radiogram are contained in yours so obviously I know where the source was.
The Easy Aces - by Terry Salomonson and Martin Grams. Taken from the RADIO DRAMA book I edited for McFarland. Top of page 154 clearly states: “This is the 1945-46 syndication, only descriptive titles are given.” Hence, titles Terry created (not official script titles) having listened to the recordings. And almost word for word it’s a copy.
Edgar Bergen - by Martin Grams
The Frances Langford Show -- by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson. That was a joint venture. There are no official script titles but Terry claimed he had a list of titles assigned for the skits that appeared in each drama. I often believed they were made-up titles Terry conceived for the purpose of a broadcast log, figuring a descriptive title is better than no title, as the scripts themselves has no titles.
Hollywood Hotel -- by Ray Stanich. He had access to the original scripts.
Horizons West -- by Stewart Wright. His source was the KNX collection at the Thousand Oaks Library. He also did that in 1999 with the help of people who were involved with the program.
Information Please -- originated from my book(Martin Gram). While the majority of the episodes up to February 1945 exist in recorded form, making it easy for anyone to compile a log from the recordings themselves, all of the post-1945 broadcasts and the blanks filled in for pre-1945 originated from Dan Golenpaul’s personal papers and journal entries at the Dan Golenpaul collection at the Library of Congress. A member of his family granted me permission to look over the restricted collection.
The Lone Ranger -- you are crediting Terry Salomonson as you should be, but he’s in the process of negotiating a contract with the copyright and trademark owners for a project and having that reprinted on your site may be a violation of his contract and may put him into legal harm. Just an FYI. And of all the authors and researchers who had complaints, the way you credit Terry here is how other authors and researchers wished you would do so
Molle Mystery Theater -- Stanich had access to the scripts at NBC.
Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons -- by Jim Cox. He flew out to Wyoming to have access to the scripts. Stewart Wright helped him. Before flying out there, Jim asked me(Martin Grams) for advice knowing there would be no way he could compile a log with plots within five days, even with Stewart’s assistance. I suggested a few shortcuts and for that, he was grateful because he acknowledged weeks later that it worked out perfectly. He had gaps and again, your site has the same gaps and tell-tale signs that it clearly came from him.
The Mysterious Traveler -- by Ray Stanich. He compiled the list of titles and dates from the original scripts at David Kogan’s house. Stanich paid him a visit and put the log together. To this date, EVERY reprint of the log originated back to Stanich with barely a single revision (if any).
Nick Carter and Chick Carter series -- created by Ray Standish.. Stanich paid a visit to the Street and Smith archives in Syracuse -- his name is still registered there as a visitor -- and his log pre-dates all the reprints that have appeared since.
O’Hara -- by Stewart Wright. His source was the KNX collection at the Thousand Oaks Library.
Pursuit -- by Stewart Wright. His source was the KNX collection at the Thousand Oaks Library.
Tish -- by Martin Grams. Compiled from the radio scripts at the Library of Congress. Initially printed on a sheet of paper and Jay Hickerson has been selling that for years with proper author credit.
Terror by Night -- same as above, ditto with Jay Hickerson.
The Witch’s Tale -- by David Siegel. He has Alonzo Deen Cole’s archive in his possession and it was the scripts in the collection, and the blessing of the Cole family, that allowed him to do the book and the log. Dave is VERY influential with the OTR hobby and like Jim Harmon, Jim Cox, Jay Hickerson, etc., is a legend in the field.
Your Story Parade -- by Martin Grams. Only twelve episodes were produced. They were syndicated but oddly, the discs themselves never had episode numbers. Probably because there were so few produced it didn’t make sense to number the discs. Wesley Davis’ scripts were at the Library of Congress and since the scripts were numbered, I created the log by assigning an episode number that matched the number on the front page of the script. Prior and most likely still today, the recordings float about without an official episode number and title.
Yours Truly Johnny Dollar -- While the log on your site is puzzling, because the source is not clear cut and dried, Terry Salomonson should be credited as a source/earliest researcher (not as the sole author) because he is the only person to have researched and provided script titles for the “lost” episodes, which were copied from the archives of Wrigley at Chicago, and NO ONE can provide those titles without lifting it from Terry’s. His current version of a former copyrighted log (originally copyrighted in the 1980s) is 9/15/98. Your log appears to be a compilation of a variety of sources, but considering you have titles that you could not have gotten without Terry’s initial research and of which he still has the script covers copied from the archive, he should be acknowledged as an early source.