Welcome to CBS Radio Mystery Theater

Enjoy our episode guide of all 1,399 CBS Radio Mystery Theater old time radio shows for free! You can stream or download old radio shows in MP3 format or copy radio shows to CD. We're big fans of Radio Mystery Theater and by offering shows from the golden age of radio for free, we keep the spirit of the Radio Mystery Theater alive!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

WHERE DID THESE RECORDINGS COME FROM?

The Radio Mystery Theater recordings are from open-reel copies I've acquired and traded with other fans in my decades of listening and enjoying this classic radio broadcast. Since the launch of the website in 2011, several collectors have contributed sound upgrades (even some second generation broadcasts which were right off the line of CBS). If you happen to have any better quality episodes in your collection, please contact us. All 1,399 episodes of Radio Mystery Theater recordings are available online for your listening pleasure free of charge and I hope the shows bring back some fond memories or create some new fans of Radio Mystery Theater!

WHAT IS MP3?

Himan Brown and Tammy Grime, 1978MP3 is a sound compression format that allows up to 50+ hours of old time radio shows on just one MP3 CD compared to just 1 hour of recordings on an audio CD. Saving your old time radio show collection in the MP3 format is a great way to save old time radio shows for easy listening. With the introduction of MP3 technology, collections of old time radio shows that once filled rooms on reel-to-reel, cassettes, and transcription disks can now be stored on a small stack of MP3 CDs. (Source: Old Time Radio)

 

 

HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THESE SHOWS TO MY COMPUTER?

Himan Brown directing in the 1970s

You can stream the Radio Mystery Theater episodes online with the flash player. You can also download the shows one at a time to your computer for offline listening:

  1. Locate & click the large yellow button that says "Click Here to Download" at the bottom of any episode page.
  2. If your download doesn't automaticlaly start, click the text link that says:
    "Right Click Here if it doesn't beging downloading in 10 seconds"
    • In Internet Explorer, right click and choose the menu "Save Target As..."
    • In Chrome or Firefox, right click and choose the menu "Save Link As..."
    • Using a Apple Macintosh computer, rather than right clicking, simply click and hold the link until the menu appears.
  3. Save the file to your desktop or easy to locate directory.
  4. You can listen to the episode in programs such as Windows Media Player, QuickTime, iTunes, or WinAmp.
  5. You can write the episode to an audio cd using cd writing software for away from the computer listening.

 

 

IS THIS AN OFFICAL WEBSITE?

No, The CBSRMT.com website is a fan site of my favorite radio show, Radio Mystery Theater.

CBSRMT FORUM: HOW DO I USE THE COMMENT SYSTEM?

We welcome fellow listeners to use our online comment system as a CBSRMT forum to discuss episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater -- you can note your favorite episodes and participate online with other CBSRMT fans! No registration required. Comments are moderated and are posted after a short delay to ensure quality posts (spamming is blocked). We appreciate your thoughts on the shows and feedback! Please consider donating today to support the website!

HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO LISTEN TO ALL THESE SHOWS?

If you can stay awake for 43 days straight, you can hear all 1,399 CBS Radio Mystery Theater episodes on this website! This is calculating that there are 1,399 CBSRMT episodes and each episode is ~45 min duration = ~1050 hrs total playtime = 43 days+ of continual listening! We don't suggest you stay awake that long, so come back often for your CBS Radio Mystery Theater fix!

WHICH ACTOR MADE THE MOST APPEARANCES IN RADIO MYSTERY THEATER?

Besides the CBSRMT hosts, Tammy Grimes and EG Marshall, it was actor Robert Dryden who appeared in over 300 episodes!

WHAT WAS THE PRODUCTION BUDGET / SCHEDULE PER EPISODE?

In 1974, the budget per episode was $30,320 (counting for inflation this would be $132,524 in 2010 dollars) and each episode was produced from scratch every 1.9 days! (Source: National Public Radio Archives, CBS Press Release (1974) and On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio John Dunning.)

WHY IS HIMAN BROWN SOMETIMES HEARD HOSTING EPISODES?

These are the same broadcasts with the original hosted by E.G. Marshall , but Hyman Brown hosted the later "revival" rebroadcasts. Himan Brown narrated the 1998 revival broadcast that was aired on NPR and some CBS affilates.

WHAT IF MY QUESTION IS NOT ANSWERED HERE?

If you have questions are not answered above, please contact us.

 

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