TrekMovie has a great piece of Star Trek history to share with you today. Our resident historian John Tenuto has unearthed a rare radio program promoting the release of Star Trek II in 1982 which featured interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Ricardo Montalban, and more. Listen to it below.
Rare Star Trek Radio Special From 1982
Before the Internet and Ipods, radio programs were a popular source of entertainment and a potent promotional strategy. In 1982, for the premiere of Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Source, a then popular radio network for young adults, featured an hour long program called “The Voyage of Star Trek” about both the history of Star Trek and the making of TWOK. New interviews with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Ricardo Montalban, writer/director Meyer, fan Bjo Trimble, and science fiction author Isaac Asimov are featured. Also included are re-recordings of Gene Roddenberry’s lectures to college students during the 1970s (and originally available on the LP Inside Star Trek). The actors and crew discuss their thoughts on every from the popularity of Star Trek to their feelings about their characters. Especially interesting are the trivia included, such as Ricardo Montalban realizing during his interview that he starred in Gene Roddenberry’s first ever science fiction script for a television program back in the 1950s.
The program was sent to affiliates on an LP and played during the designated time. To help celebrate next year’s 30th anniversary of TWOK and 45th anniversary of “Space Seed,” my family digitized our copy of our promotional LP and have made it available for fellow fans to experience once again this “lost” Star Trek radio program. Please enjoy this nostalgic recording from three decades ago, when radio was cool and The Wrath of Khan was brand new. [NOTE: Beginning of audio program below includes promotional commercials for use by the radio affiliates]