I recently received an email from old time radio researcher extraordinaire, Stewart Wright, whose contributions to the old time radio community have proved invaluable. He has researched the series I presented several podcasts ago about the foreign correspondent cum detective Bob O’Hara and produced a radio log on the series which can be found at http://www.old-time.com/otrlogs2/ohara_sw.log.pdf.
According to Stewart, there were 26 episodes the first year it aired in 1951 with Jack Moyles. The episode I aired in fact was not an audition, but rather was Episode 16. The show was then off the air, but revived in 1956 again with Moyles in the role for the first seven episodes followed by Stacy Harris for four more episodes. Stewart’s log is a wonderful resource and as with his other work in old time radio, he has done a fabulous job.
In the many years I have been involved with old time radio writing and collecting, I have learned that with the rise of the Internet, there has been a plethora of mis-information. I urge use of the Internet as the only source to be approached with caution. Stewart’s log on O’Hara is a fine example of what research should be.
Since I aired the podcast, I have been supplied with a second episode of this series, this one starring actor Stacy Harris. I plan on airing this in an upcoming podcast with some of the corrections, I outline here.
My thanks to Stewart Wright for his corrections.