Speaking of Radio

Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden


Mason Adams

Recorded October 24th, 1998 - 11 min

On radio, he was the title-named star of Pepper Young’s Family, worked for many years with Himan Brown on Inner Sanctum and other shows and was a villain on The Adventures of Superman. On TV he was editor Charles Hume on the Lou Grant series and did a considerable amount of voice-over work, most notably for Smucker’s preserves. He was born February 26, 1919 and was 79 when we met at the Friends of Old Time Radio Convention in Newark, New Jersey. He died April 26, 2005 at age 86.

Grand Central Station - 12/24/49 - Miracle for Christmas

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Mason Adams as "Mack" in this Grand Central Station broadcast from December 24th, 1949.


  1. Max Reiner says... comment left on April 5, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I surely recall Mason Adams as Pepper Young and as an editor in the Lou Grant TV series. You should also add to his bio that he was the radio spokesperson for Federated Insurance. There was a sound effects for the Federated Shield in the radio spots. Thanks for the nice tribute web site! I did lots of voiceover work here in Minneapolis over the years. I make indy movie now.

  2. Michael C. Gwynne says... comment left on August 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Always loved this guy’s smooth style and unique voice but over many years I had never really seen or met the man. Unforgettable as he is in many old radio shows and voice overs I have heard, I always knew it was him almost immediately too.
    In late 90’s I lived in New York I did some voice over work myself and one day my agent sent me to an address on Ninth Ave and 45th St to a grand old Deco building. The session went well and I headed for the elevator to get lunch. As the door began to close I saw an elderly gent moving fast as he could so I held the door for him. He smiled a thank you and I said, “Never run for an elevator, never run for a bus, right?”
    He turned to me,
    “Right, especially on a beautiful day.”
    THAT VOICE…I turned and said,
    “You’re Mason Adams. I recognize your voice.” I was stunned and delighted to finally have a face to the voice. “That’s right he said. “And you are?” I introduced myself and I realized we were up for the same job. We chatted and I was never so sad to hit the ground floor before in my life, Hell we talked about our love of radio as kids and everything under the sun in approx forty-five seconds but it was a great moment. Off he went thru the Deco door into Ninth Ave sunshine and I stood still forcing the memory into my bank. Now you have it.

  3. Bill Donahue says... comment left on September 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    What a treasure to have preserved all of this. Great Christmas show he did on Grand Central Station.