Himan Brown, 99, the creator of some of the biggest hits from the golden age of radio, died Friday.

Mr. Brown's family said Monday that he died at his Manhattan apartment.

He created a number of radio programs that became immensely popular in the 1930s and '40s. Among his best-known was Inner Sanctum Mysteries, which opened with a creaking-door sound effect.

Ron Simon of the Paley Center for Media said Mr. Brown was "one of radio's great storytellers." - AP