2000 Plus was an American old-time radio
series that ran on the Mutual Broadcasting System from March 15, 1950 to January
2, 1952 in various 30-minute time slots. A Dryer Weenolsen production, it was
the first adult science fiction series on radio, airing one month prior to the
better known Dimension X.
2000 Plus was an anthology program, using all new material rather than adapting
published stories. The series was the creation of Sherman H. Dryer (October 11,
1913-December 22, 1989) who scripted and produced the series with Robert
Weenolsen. Dryer directed cast members Lon Clark, Joseph Julian, Bryna Raeburn,
Bill Keene and Amzie Strickland. Emerson Buckley conducted the music composed by
Elliott Jacoby. Ken Marvin was the program's announcer, and the sound effects
were by Adrian Penner. The nature of the series is indicated in the titles of 1950 episodes: "The
Brooklyn Brain," "The Flying Saucers," "The Robot Killer," "Rocket and the
Skull," "A Veteran Comes Home," "Men from Mars," "When the Machines Went Wild,"
"When the Worlds Met," "The Insect." "Silent Noise," "The Green Thing," "The
Giant Walks" and "Worlds Apart."
In Science Fiction Television (2004), M. Keith Booker wrote: .....It was not
until the 1950s that science fiction radio really hit its stride, even as
science fiction was beginning to appear on television as well. Radio programs
such as Mutual's 2000 Plus and NBC's Dimension X were anthology series that
offered a variety of exciting tales of future technology, with a special focus
on space exploration (including alien invasion), though both series also often
reflected contemporary anxieties about the dangers of technology.