The Fourth Tower of Inverness” for Hallowe’en — October 31

To coin­cide with Hal­lowe’en, Radio Riel will be broad­cast­ing the entire 7.5 hour clas­sic radio ser­i­al, The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness, from ZBS Media, on Wednes­day, Octo­ber 31st, from 3am SLT (10am UK). This will be broad­cast on the Brideswell Stream of Radio Riel, at and will run three times dur­ing the course of the day, to end at about 4:45 am SLT on Novem­ber 1st.

A unique inter­wo­ven and utter­ly addic­tive blend of humour, pagan­ism, West­ern Tra­di­tion mag­ic, Hin­du mythol­o­gy, Sufi sto­ries, ESP and oth­er amaz­ing stuff, The Fourth Tow­er has enchant­ed lis­ten­ers ever since it was first broad­cast in 1972. It was unlike any­thing pro­duced in radio dra­ma then – and remains so today.

The entire sto­ry takes place with­in a mys­te­ri­ous Vic­to­ri­an man­sion, high on a moun­tain above the pines and mists that sur­round the Bay of Inver­ness. The man­sion has three tow­ers, but while vis­it­ing, Jack Flan­ders claims to have seen a fourth. What can it mean? And why is it that Jack hears the dis­tant play­ing of 50s songs… just before an ‘acci­dent’ is about to hap­pen? Is it being played from a mys­te­ri­ous juke­box, high in the mys­te­ri­ous Fourth Tow­er? Jack has to find out – and these are the many adven­tures that ensue. Meet Jack and his aunt, Lady Jowls… and a whole cast of amaz­ing char­ac­ters, from the Madon­na Vam­pi­ra to Lit­tle Frie­da, the strange girl with pig­tails and no pupils in her eyes, who smokes Havana cig­ars…

The series fea­tures Robert Lorick as Jack Flan­ders, Valerie Manch­es as Lady Jowls, Mur­ray Head as Lord Jowls, and M. Ful­ton as Chief Wampum.

If you were grow­ing up in the US in the 1970s you may have heard this clas­sic ser­i­al on Pub­lic Radio… but whether you did or not, you are in for a ‘Riel’ treat.

ZBS Media went on to pro­duce many more amaz­ing radio dra­mas, and the group with its char­i­ta­ble ZBS Foun­da­tion (dona­tions tax-deductible in the US) still exist today, releas­ing their enor­mous and expand­ing range of remark­able tales on CD and for down­load. If you enjoy The Fourth Tow­er you can own it — and many oth­er tales in the same vein and beyond. Vis­it the ZBS Media web­site at for more… and why not make a dona­tion to the con­tin­u­a­tion of clas­sic radio dra­ma?

The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness — all day on Octo­ber 31st, on Radio Riel — The Brideswell Stream: Don’t miss it!

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