From "Radio Horror Hosts":
Lights Out was originally a 15 minute program created by Wyllis Cooper, but it was eventually expanded to 30 minutes. Cooper was a magnificent spook master, pioneering the use of stream-of-consciousness horror. Since the show aired at midnight, he did not hold back on the chills. In 1942 Arch Oboler became the host with Bob LeMond being the announcer.

An Opening Narration:
Arch Oboler: "Let's go back tonight to another time. The time of King George the Third of England. But our story tonight is not of monarchy. It's the story of an ordinary man by the name of Samuel Jones who had the extraordinary profession of ... State Executioner."

Announcer: "Tonight's Lights Out presents another psychological drama. A play in which the principal part is taken, not by the character himself, but his thoughts. The voice you are about to hear is that of the thoughts of one Samuel Jones, the State Executioner for his majesty George The Third. He sits alone in a dismal room, and these... are his thoughts."

An Ending Narration and Closing:
Announcer: (Reads commercial, then...) "And now, what about next week Mr. Oboler?"

Oboler: "Well Frank, to live forever... To live forever. Which one among us has not thought of that, to live forever? Through these years and the next and the next, and all through space and all time. That's what our play is about next week and its title: 'The Immortal Gentleman.' But that, as usual, is next week."

Announcer: "Yes, tune in next Tuesday again for Arch Oboler's eerie story, 'The Immortal Gentleman.'"

"Lights Out" progressed to a television show. For more information on "Lights Out" (the TV show) use the below link:

Arch Obler went on in 1970 to revive of "Lights Out" stories with the radio series "The Devil and Mr. O". For more information on "The Devil and Mr. O" use the below link:

Wyllis Cooper

Wyllis Cooper was the writer and producer for this radio series. In 1936 he left the show, but in 1947, he would return to radio with "Quiet Please". For more information on "Quiet Please" (the TV show) use the below link:

Bob LeMond

Robert West LeMond, Jr. (April 11, 1913 – January 6, 2008) was an American radio and television announcer who was best known as the voice who announced for the television shows Leave It to Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet. LeMond was also the announcer for the first radio sitcom by Lucille Ball, My Favorite Husband, as well as for the first television pilot episode of I Love Lucy. The peak of his announcing career spanned from the 1930s well into the 1960s.

Arch Oboler

Arch Oboler was born on December 7, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was a writer and director, known for Five (1951), The Twonky (1953) and The Bubble (1966). He was married to Eleanor Helfand. He died on March 19, 1987 in Westlake Village, California, USA.

The following is an episode from the show:

"Lights Out" - an episode from The Professor's Scary Clips on Vimeo.


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