College credits by radio! Sounds great for those enrolled in the class, but who else would want to listen to "educational programs" on the radio, when all the fun stuff was on the other stations?
That was the dilemma the NBC University Theater faced. People were afraid they might be educated if they listened to the show! And we all know how boring THAT is.
Nonetheless, this show, which was on the air from 1948 to 1951, more than held its own with the other radio programs that adapted books and short stories to the air. Big name stars appeared, and the scripts were outstanding. If the program had been given a more enticing name, it might well have garnered a much larger audience.
This episode, Mark Twain's The Man That Corrupted Hadleyville, first aired on January 24, 1951.