Chatting With Sherri welcomes John Alsedek and Dana Perry-Hayes about their show Suspense!
During radio’s heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, anthology programs were wildly popular. But even among classics such as ‘Inner Sanctum’, ‘Lights Out!’ and ‘The Whistler’, one series stood out: SUSPENSE. Featuring a virtual who’s-who of Hollywood royalty, SUSPENSE ran for an unprecedented 20 years and 900-plus episodes before finally going off the air on September 30th, 1962- a date that is widely considered the end of radio’s ‘Golden Age’.
However, that wasn’t the end of the SUSPENSE story. Fifty years later, John C. Alsedek and Dana Perry-Hayes revived the series, with all-new stories and a style reminiscent of the original without being a copy. Since its premiere on SiriusXM on September 30th, 2012, SUSPENSE has aired on over 300 radio stations worldwide, including Radio New Zealand, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Pacifica Radio flagship station KPFA. It has also been nominated three times for the Peabody Awards, as well as for the Parsec Awards, the Young Artists Awards, and the Young Entertainer Awards.