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Beyond Tomorrow

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First Show: Apr 05, 1950 Last Show: Apr 13, 1950
Number Shows: 3 Audition Show: 02-23-50

Series Description:

The 1950's saw both the twilight of the Golden Age of Radio and the
birth of the science fiction radio series. Science fiction was not
new to radio before 1950, but it was either targeted to juvenile
audiences or were SF shows in a broader series, for example, ESCAPE:
"The Time Machine". On March 15, 1950, the first show of Mutual's
2000 PLUS aired, becoming the very first true science fiction series
in the US.

BEYOND TOMORROW was to be CBS's science fiction series. Three shows
and one audition were transcribed to disk, but it's not certain if
they were actually broadcast, despite announcements in newspapers.
In the audition, the series title was BEYOND THIS WORLD and the
audition show was "The Outer Limit". The first show under the
series name BEYOND TOMORROW was "Requiem", a story by Robert
Heinlein, which was later be done in DIMENSION X. The last show,
which was the same as the audition, "The Outer Limit", may be the
most often used science fiction story in radio. It was also heard
in ESCAPE (Feb 7, 1950), DIMENSION X (Apr 8, 1950 and Sep 8, 1950),
SUSPENSE (Feb 15, 1954) and X MINUS ONE (Nov 16, 1955).

With only three shows prepared, it's possible the series may have
been canceled before any were aired. Fortunately, the disks survived
and we have a taste of what could have been an interesting series.

Log Comments:

The majority of information came from Gordon Payton's catalog. He
mentioned that the 3rd show may be dated Feb 23, 1950, from either an
audition or experimental broadcast. The Radio Showcase catalog
lists "The Outer Limit" for that date with a series title BEYOND
THIS WORLD. This log assumes the latter case.


Date Num Title Src Key
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Feb 23, 1950 Aud "The Outer Limit" 23
Apr 05, 1950 1 "Requiem" 12 4 7
Apr 11, 1950 2 "Incident at Switchpath" 123 567
Apr 18, 1950 3 "The Outer Limit" 34 7
(same as audition)

Information Sources:

The information above was obtained from the following OTR vendors
and clubs. Contact them directly for more information.

Key Source
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1 The Sci-Fi Guy, Gordon R. Payton, #114 E. Cuthbert Blvd., Bldg.
F1, Westmont, NJ 08108-1829
2 Radio Showcase, Steve Kelez, PO Box 4357, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
3 Vintage Broadcasts, Andy Blatt, PO Box 50065, Staten Island, NY
4 Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety And
Comedy, PO Box 7177, Van Nuys, CA 91409-7177
5 University of Memphis Radio Program Archive, Microforms Dept.,
McWherter Library, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152
6 Satellite Broadcasting, Fred Berney, 4580-E Mack Ave.,
Frederick, MD 21701
7 Jerry Haendiges Productions, Jerry Haendiges, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
Whittier, CA 90602

To be fair to all, this is not an endorsement of the above vendors
and clubs. I receive nothing by mentioning them. They help keep
OTR alive. Please support them.


* "Science Fiction on Radio: A Revised Look At 1950-1975" by James
F. Widner and Meade Frierson III. (Available from A.F.A.B, PO Box
130969, Birmingham, AL 35213-0969).
* "The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide To
All Circulating Shows", third edition, by Jay Hickerson, Box 4321,
Hamden, CT 06514

Other Logs or Books:

* BEYOND TOMORROW log, Jerry Haendiges Productions, 13808 Sunset Dr.,
Whittier, CA 90602 (available from the Internet at The Vintage
Radio Place,

Last Update: Feb 27, 2001

This log is informational only and does not imply that I, or the
information sources mentioned, have these shows for trade or
sale. The shows may still be protected under copyright law and
should be obtained only from authorized dealers.

Please send error corrections or additional information to Frank
Passage, 109 Elmwood Road, Verona, NJ 07044 or via e-mail to

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