EFFECT: (TRILLING SOUND) ANNOUNCER: Hear that? EFFECT: (TRILLING SOUND) ANNOUNCER: That was a strange sound, wasn't it? It is the sound of Doc Savage, and it means that Cystex is on the air with another fifteen minutes of smashing action and mystery with Doc Savage...
So opens another 15-minute adventure of the Man of Bronze, first heard Sundays at 9pm, over the Don Lee California network, starting in February 1934, and syndicated nationally starting in October 1934.
Little remains from the 1934 Doc Savage radio show: no known cast, no
recordings, just Lester Dent's own carbon copies of the scripts of the 26
episodes. These were written by Lester Dent himself in the early days of
Doc's career! Half of these "lost" Doc adventures were resurrected,
along with unbroadcast scripts in Odyssey Publications' "The Incredible
Radio Exploits of Doc Savage" Volume 1 (c.1982). A second volume, covering
the last half of the series was advertised, but never saw print. One of
these unpublished exploits was finally printed in issue 20 of the Bronze
Gazette. Hopefully others will follow.
With only 15 minutes, the supporting cast had to be limited to Monk only (with Ham making occasional appearances), and with each story only one of Doc Savage's amazing faculties or gagets gets showcased. What's left? Brisk pacing and terse, hard-boiled characterization that gives 30-minute programs a run for their money!
Speaking of characterization, Doc's personality was still being ironed-out in Dent's pulps, and the Doc Savage we're all familiar with doesn't emerge until the later scripts. And there's a lot more of Doc's trilling sound than usual, since radio couldn't rely on a bronze countenance to set Doc apart.
Source: the introduction to The Incredible Radio Exploits of Doc Savage Volume 1, by Will Murray