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“When the Students Take Over” featuring:

Our Miss Brooks: “Student Government Day”

Suspense: Ray Bradbury’s “Zero Hour”

Original Air Dates: January 16, 1949; April 5, 1955

Performance Date: June, 2003

Our Miss Brooks was one of radio's great hits. Starring Eve Arden as a high school English teacher, the show was groundbreaking in that it featurede a witty, professional woman was the central character. The radio series ran from 1948 until 1957 and ran on television from 1952 until 1956.

Eve Arden won many accolades for her portrayal of Connie Brooks, including an honorary membership in the National Education Association. The cast also included Gale Gordon as Principal Osgood Concklin and Richard Crenna as one of Miss Brooks' students.

Suspense was one of the premier radio dramas from the Golden Age of Radio, airing on CBS from 1942 until 1962. The program regularly featured leading stars of the era, including Joseph Cotton, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Henry Fonda, and Lena Horne. It was sub-titled “Radio’s outstanding theater of thrills.”

For all but a few episodes, formula plot devices were used. These included having an ordinary person suddenly dropped into a threatening or bizarre situation, solutions were usually withheld until the last possible second, and evildoers were punished at the end.

The episode presented here, “Zero Hour,” is from April, 1955 and is based on a short story by Ray Bradbury.

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