Himan Brown is one of the most respected figures in radio history.
He started in radio by reading poetry in front of a microphone while
a student at the City College of New York.
After briefly trying his hand at acting, Brown decided to concentrate
on producing and directing. He became a one-man organization who
would create ideas, outline themes, help with the writing, sell
the concept to the sponsors and then cast and direct the productions.
In 1933, he produced and directed Marie, The Little French Princess,
CBS radios first daytime soap opera. Brown also secured the
radio rights for several popular comic strips. One of those series,
1935s Flash Gordon, starred Radio Hall of Fame actor
Gale Gordon in the title role.
Brown is perhaps best-known as the creator, producer and director
of Inner Sanctum Mysteries. He was also responsible for producing
or directing The Adventures of the Thin Man, Bulldog Drummond,
Grand Central Station and numerous other series.
Throughout his life, Brown has actively campaigned to keep radio
drama alive in America. From 1974 to 1982, he produced and directed
the Peabody Award-winning CBS Radio Mystery Theater.
Himan Brown was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.
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