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Radio drama is a form of audio storytelling broadcast on radio. With no visual component, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the story. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... the radio play is beside [ [ radio feature|Feature ] ] the second original art form, those [ [ sound broadcasting|Radio brought out ] ]. While the feature has a rather documentary character, it usually acts with the radio play around the production of fiktionalen texts. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Dialogue (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of movies, video games, music, or other media. ... Imagination is accepted as the innate ability and process to invent partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world. ...


Radio drama achieved widespread popularity within a decade of its initial development in the 1920s. By the 1940s, it was a leading international popular entertainment. With the advent of television in the 1950s, however, radio drama lost some of its popularity, and in some countries, has never regained large audiences. However, recordings of OTR (old-time radio) survive today in the audio archives of collectors and museums. Before television, radio was the dominant home entertainment medium. ...


The single best-known episode of radio drama is probably the Orson Welles-directed adaptation of The War of the Worlds (1938), which some listeners believed to be real news broadcast about an invasion from Mars. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other uses, see The War of the Worlds (disambiguation). ...


As of 2006, radio drama has a minimal presence in the United States. Much of American radio drama is restricted to rebroadcasts or podcasts of programs from previous decades. However, other nations still have thriving traditions of radio drama. The BBC produces and broadcasts hundreds of new radio dramas per year on Radio 4, BBC 7 and Radio 3, - On Radio 4 as afternoon plays, Friday evenings, woman's hour daily short dramas, Saturday plays, Sunday classic serials and on Radio 3 Sunday evening drama on 3 and the once-monthly experimental wire slot. BBC7 output tends to be comedy, sci-fi, 7th dimension - and predominantly archive programmes podcasting has also offered a means to create new radio dramas in addition to the distribution of vintage programs. A podcast is a digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... A podcast is a digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers. ...


The terms "audio drama" or "audio theatre" are sometimes used synonymously with "radio drama" with one notable distinction -- audio drama or audio theatre is not intended specifically for broadcast on radio. Audio drama --whether newly produced or OTR classics -- can be found on CDs, cassette tapes, podcasts, webcasts and conventional broadcast radio. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Radio drama. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... For the meaning of cassette in genetics, see cassette (genetics). ... A webcast is a live media file distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. ...

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History

Early years

English language radio drama seems to have started in the United States. "A Rural Line on Education," a brief sketch specifically written for radio, aired on Pittsburgh's KDKA in 1921, according to historian Bill Jaker. Newspaper accounts of the era report on a number of other drama experiments by America's commercial radio stations: KYW broadcast a season of complete operas from Chicago starting in November 1921. In February 1922, entire Broadway musical comedies with the original casts aired from WJZ's Newark studios. Actors Grace George and Herbert Hayes performed an entire play from a San Francisco station in the summer of 1922. KDKA is a U.S. class A clear channel AM radio station located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that operates on 1020 kHz. ...


An important turning point in radio drama came when Schenectady, New York's WGY, after a successful tryout on August 3, 1922, began weekly studio broadcasts of full-length stage plays in September 1922, using music, sound effects and a regular troupe of actors, The WGY Players. Aware of this series, the director of Cincinnati's WLW began regularly broadcasting one-acts (as well as excerpts from longer works) in November. The success of these projects led to imitators at other stations. By the spring of 1923, original dramatic pieces written especially for radio were airing on stations in Cincinnati (When Love Wakens by WLW's Fred Smith), Philadelphia (The Secret Wave by Clyde A. Criswell) and Los Angeles (At Home over KHJ). That same year, WLW (in May) and WGY (in September) sponsored scripting contests, inviting listeners to create original plays to be performed by those stations' dramatic troupes. Schenectady (IPA ) is a city in Schenectady County, New York, United States, of which it is the county seat. ... WGY is a 50,000 watt radio station licensed to Schenectady, New York. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ...


Listings in the New York Times and other sources for May 1923 reveal at least 20 dramatic offerings were scheduled (including one-acts, excerpts from longer dramas, complete three- and four-act plays, operettas and a Moliére adaptation), either as in-studio productions or by remote broadcast from local theaters and opera houses. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Molière, engraved frontispiece to his Works Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière (January 15, 1622 – February 17, 1673), was a French theatre writer, director and actor, one of the masters of comic satire. ...


Serious study of American radio drama of the 1920s and early 1930s is, at best, very limited. Unsung pioneers of the art include: WLW's Fred Smith; Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll (who popularized the dramatic serial); The Eveready Hour creative team (which began with one-act plays but was soon experimenting with hour-long combinations of drama and music on its weekly variety program); the various acting troupes at stations like WLW, WGY, KGO and a number of others, frequently run by women like Helen Schuster Martin and Wilda Wilson Church; early network continuity writers like Henry Fisk Carlton, William Ford Manley and Don Clark; producers and directors like Clarence Menser and Gerald Stopp; and a long list of others who were credited at the time with any number of innovations but who are largely forgotten or undiscussed today. Elizabeth McLeod's recent book on Gosden and Correll's early work is a major exception, as is Richard J. Hand's 2006 study of horror radio, which examines some programs from the early 1930s. Freeman Fisher Gozzie Gosden (May 5, 1899 - December 10, 1982) was a USA radio comedian, and pioneer in the development of the situation comedy form. ... Charles James Correll (February 2, 1890 _ September 26, 1972) was a USA radio comedian, best known for his work on the Amos & Andy show with Freeman Gosden (see). ... The Eveready Hour was a variety show radio program that was first broadcast on December 4, 1923 (or, according to other sources, on February 12, 1924) on WEAF Radio in New York. ... KGO may mean: KGO (AM), a radio station broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay Area KGO-TV, an ABC owned and operated television station broadcasting in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area KKSF, a smooth jazz radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area formerly known as KGO-FM... Elizabeth McLeod (b. ...


Another notable early radio drama, one of the first especially written for the medium in the UK, was Danger by Richard Hughes, broadcast by the BBC on January 15, 1924, about a group of people trapped in a Welsh coal mine. One of the earliest and most influential French radio plays was the prize-winning "Marémoto" ("Seaquake") by Gabriel Germinet and Pierre Cusy which presents a realistic account of a sinking ship before revealing that the characters are actually actors rehearsing for a broadcast. Translated and broadcast in Germany and England by 1925, the play was originally scheduled by Radio-Paris to air on October 23, 1924 but was instead banned from French radio until 1937 because the government feared that the dramatic SOS messages would be mistaken for genuine distress signals. Richard Arthur Warren Hughes (19 April 1900-28 April 1976) was a British professional writer of poems, short stories, novels and plays. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the rap album, see 1924 (album). ... is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see SOS (disambiguation). ...


In 1951, American writer and producer Arch Oboler suggested that Wyllis Cooper's Lights Out (1934-47) was the first true radio drama to make use of the unique qualities of radio: Arch Oboler was a writer, producer, director active in both radio and television. ... Wyllis Cooper Wyllis Oswald Cooper (January 26, 1899 - June 22, 1955) was a writer during the golden age of radio. ... Wyllis Cooper Lights Out was an American old-time radio program featuring tales of the supernatural and the supernormal. ...

Radio drama (as distinguished from theatre plays boiled down to kilocycle size) began at midnight, in the middle thirties, on one of the upper floors of Chicago's Merchandise Mart. The pappy was a rotund writer by the name of Wyllis Cooper. [1]

Though the series is often remembered solely for its gruesome stories and sound effects, Cooper's scripts for Lights Out were well-written and offered innovations seldom heard in early radio dramas, including multiple first person narrators, stream of consciousness monologues and scripts that contrasted a duplicitious character's internal monologue and his spoken words. In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a literary technique which seeks to portray an individuals point of view by giving the written equivalent of the characters thought processes. ... A monologue, pronounced monolog, is a speech made by one person speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing a reader, audience, or character. ... Also known as interior monologue, inner voice, internal speech, or stream of consciousness. ...


The question of who was the first to write stream-of-consciousness drama for radio is a difficult one to answer. By 1930, Tyrone Guthrie had written plays for the BBC like Matrimonial News (which consists entirely of the thoughts of a shopgirl awaiting a blind date) and The Flowers Are Not for You to Pick (which takes place inside the mind of a drowning man). After they were published in 1931, Guthrie's plays aired on the American networks. Around the same time, Guthrie himself also worked for the Canadian National Railway radio network, producing plays written by Merrill Denison that used similar techniques. A 1940 article in Variety credited a 1932 NBC play, Drink Deep by Don Johnson, as the first stream-of-consciousness play written for American radio. The climax of Lawrence Holcomb's 1931 NBC play Skyscraper also uses a variation of the technique (so that the listener can hear the final thoughts and relived memories of a man falling to his death from the title building). Sir William Tyrone Guthrie (2 July 1900 - 15 May 1971) was a British theatrical director instrumental in the founding of the Stratford Festival of Canada and the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


There were probably earlier examples of stream-of-consciousness drama on the radio. For example, in December 1924, actor Paul Robeson, then appearing in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones," performed a scene from the play over New York's WGBS to critical acclaim. Some of the many storytellers and monologists on early 1920s American radio might be able to claim even earlier dates. Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was a multi-lingual American actor, athlete, bass-baritone concert singer, writer, civil rights activist, Communist sympathizer, Spingarn Medal winner, and Lenin Peace Prize laureate. ... Eugene Gladstone ONeill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was a Nobel- and four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright. ... Poster for a 1937 Federal Theater Project production of The Emperor Jones. ...


Widespread popularity

Perhaps America's most famous radio drama broadcast is Orson Welles's The War of the Worlds, a 1938 version of the H. G. Wells novel, which convinced large numbers of listeners that an actual invasion from Mars was taking place. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other uses, see The War of the Worlds (disambiguation). ... Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946), better known as H. G. Wells, was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. ...


By the late 1930s, radio drama was widely popular in the United States (and also in other parts of the world). There were dozens of programs in many different genres, from mysteries and thrillers, to soap operas and comedies. There were occasional efforts at more "literary" works, such as Under Milk Wood (1954) and "Play for Voices" by Dylan Thomas. Many playwrights, screenwriters and novelists got their start in radio drama, including Caryl Churchill, Rod Serling, Irwin Shaw and Tom Stoppard. The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television... We are not wholly bad or good, who live our lives under Milk Wood - prayer of the Rev Eli Jenkins from Under Milk Wood Statue of Dylans fictional Captain Cat, in Swanseas Maritime Quarter Under Milk Wood was originally a radio play and later a stage play and... Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet. ... Caryl Churchill (born September 3, 1938) is an English writer of stage plays known for her use of non-realistic techniques and feminist themes. ... Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ... Irwin Shaw (né Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff, February 27, 1913 - May 16, 1984) was an American Jewish playwright, screen writer and author. ... Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE (born as Tomáš Straussler on July 3, 1937)[1] is an Academy Award winning British playwright of more than 24 plays. ...


Decline in the United States

By the mid-1950s in the United States, television had achieved massive popularity, and radio drama was on the decline. Some successful radio programs were able to make a successful transition to television (such as Gunsmoke, Dragnet, Guiding Light, and Jack Benny's program), but radio drama never recovered its popularity in the U.S. The cast of radios Gunsmoke: Howard McNear (Doc), William Conrad (Matt), Georgia Ellis (Kitty) and Parley Baer (Chester) Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. ... Dragnet opening frame from the 1967 version. ... Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ...


There have been some efforts at radio drama since the late 1950s. In the 1960s, Dick Orkin created the hugely popular syndicated comic adventure series Chicken Man. Inspired by The Goon Show, "the four or five crazy guys" of the Firesign Theatre built a large following with their satirical plays on recordings exploring the dramatic possibilities inherent in stereo. A brief resurgence of production beginning in the early 1970s yielded veteran Himan Brown's CBS Radio Mystery Theater and works by a new generation of dramatists, notably Yuri Rasovsky, Tom Lopez of ZBS and the dramatic sketches heard on humorist Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Thanks in large part to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, public radio continued to air a smattering of audio drama until the mid-1980s. The Goon Show was a popular and influential British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC from 1951 to 1960 on the BBC Home Service. ... The Firesign Theatre are a comedy troupe consisting of Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Philip Proctor. ... The CBS Radio Mystery Theater logo The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt in the 1970s to revive the great drama of old-time radio. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... ZBS are the publishers of a the radio theater Ruby, the Galactic Gumshoe and Travels with Jack Flanders. ... Garrison Keillor (born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942) is an American author, humorist, columnist, musician, satirist, and radio personality. ... This article is about the radio show. ...


Radio drama today

Radio drama remains popular in much of the world. Stations producing radio drama often commission a large number of scripts. The relatively low cost of producing a radio play enables them to take chances with works by unknown writers. Radio can be a good training ground for beginning drama writers as the words written form a much greater part of the finished product; bad lines cannot be obscured with stage business.


On the BBC there are two ongoing radio soap operas: The Archers on BBC Radio Four and Silver Street on the Asian Network. A third soap, Westway on the World Service was cancelled in October 2000 but continues in re-runs on BBC7. The Archers is a British radio soap opera broadcast on the BBCs main spoken-word channel, Radio 4. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Silver Street is a radio soap-opera, the first soap-opera aimed at the British South Asian community. ... Asian Network logo BBC Asian Network studio at The Mailbox shopping centre, Birmingham. ... Westway is a radio soap opera broadcast twice a week on the BBC World Service since 1997. ... The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters of radio programming, transmitting in 33 languages to many parts of the world. ... BBC 7 is a digital radio station broadcasting comedy, drama, and childrens programming 24 hours a day. ...


The audio drama format exists side-by-side with books presented on radio, read by actors or by the author. In Britain and other countries there is also a quite a bit of radio comedy (both stand-up and sitcom). Together, these programs provide entertainment where television is either not wanted or would be distracting (such as while driving or operating machinery). Putting Books on the radio makes the audio book format cheaply available to a wide audience. ...


The lack of visuals also enable fantastical settings and effects to be used in radio plays where the cost would be prohibitive for movies or television. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was first produced as radio drama, and was not adapted for television until much later, when its popularity would ensure an appropriate return for the high cost of the futuristic setting. The cover of the first novel in the Hitchhikers series, from a late 1990s printing. ...


On occasion television series can be revived as radio series. For example, a long-running but no longer popular television series can be continued as a radio series because the reduced production costs make it cost-effective with a much smaller audience. When an organization owns both television and radio channels, such as the BBC, the fact that no royalties have to be paid makes this even more attractive. Radio revivals can also use actors reprising their television roles even after decades as they still sound roughly the same. Series that have had this treatment include Doctor Who, Dad's Army, Sapphire & Steel, The Tomorrow People, and Thunderbirds. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Doctor Who (disambiguation). ... Dad’s Army is a British sitcom about the Home Guard in the Second World War, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television between 1968 and 1977. ... Sapphire & Steel is a British television science-fiction series starring David McCallum as Steel and Joanna Lumley as Sapphire. ... The Tomorrow People is a childrens science fiction television series, devised by Roger Price and produced by Thames Television for Britains ITV network between 1973 and 1979. ... Brains Thunderbirds is a mid-1960s Sylvia and Gerry Anderson television show which used a form of puppetry called Supermarionation. Cast, crew, and production notes Thunderbirds was the fourth and by far the most successful of the childrens series made by AP Films (APF) for the British television company...


Regular broadcasts of radio drama in English can be heard on the BBC's Radio 3, Radio 4 and BBC 7, on Radio 1 from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and on RTÉ Radio 1 in Ireland. BBC Radio 4 in particular is noted for its radio drama, broadcasting hundreds of one-off plays per year in strands such as The Afternoon Play, in addition to serials and soap operas. The British commercial station Oneword, though broadcasting mostly book readings, also transmits a number of radio plays in installments. BBC Radio 7 is a digital radio station broadcasting comedy, drama, and childrens programming 24 hours a day. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ... RTÉ Radio 1 is the principal radio channel of Irish public-service broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann and is the direct descendant of Dublin radio station 2RN, which began broadcasting on a regular basis on 1 January 1926. ... Serials in television and radio are series, often in a weekly prime time slot, that rely on a continuing plot that unfolds in a serial fashion, episode by episode. ... Oneword Radio is a British commercial radio station featuring books, drama, comedy, childrens programming, and discussion. ...


In the U.S., radio drama can be found on ACB radio produced by the American Council of the Blind and on XM Radio. The networks sometime sell transcripts of their shows on cassette tapes or CDs or make the shows available for listening or downloading over the Internet. Transcription recordings of many pre-television shows have been preserved. They are collected, re-recorded onto audio CDs and/or MP3 files and traded by hobbyists today as old-time radio programs. Meanwhile veterans such as Rasovsky and Lopez have gained new listeners on cassettes, CDs and downloads. In the mid-1980s, the non-profit L.A. Theatre Works launched its radio series recorded before live audience, which continues a tenuous hold in public radio, while marketing its productions on compact disk. The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is a nation wide organisation in the United States. ... XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR) is a satellite radio service in the United States based in Washington, DC and controlled by News Corporations DirecTV, General Motors, American Honda, Hughes Electronics, and several private investment groups. ...


With 21st-century technology, modern radio drama, also known as audio theater, has begun an exciting new movement. Local radio drama groups have kept the spirit of radio drama alive. The advent of inexpensive computerized production technology brought an explosion of activity. Not From Space (2003) on XM Satellite Radio was the first national radio play recorded exclusively through the Internet in which the voice actors were all in separate locations. As the podcasting phenomenon continues to grow, radio drama has found a new lease of life on the Internet. Podcasting provides a good alternative to mainstream television and radio because it has no restrictions regarding content.


Radio drama around the world

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Programs/series

2000X is a dramatic anthology series released by NPR and produced by The Hollywood Theater of the Ear. ... Adventures in Odyssey, commonly abbreviated AIO or simply Odyssey, is an Evangelical Christian-themed radio drama/comedy series created by Phil Lollar and Steve Harris for Focus on the Family in 1987. ... Announcer Jackson Beck (left) with Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander The Adventures of Superman, adapted from the DC Comics character created in 1938 (see Superman), came to radio as a syndicated show on New York Citys WOR on February 12, 1940. ... Afghanada is a Canadian radio drama series, currently airing on CBC Radio One. ... Illustrator J.J. Goulds 1930 drawing of Amos and Andy for New Movie Magazine Amos & Andy (also rendered as Amos n Andy) was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. ... The Archers is a British radio soap opera broadcast on the BBCs main spoken-word channel, Radio 4. ... The Black Mass was a radio drama program broadcast on KPFA Episodes of The Black Mass (Except as noted, these programs can be obtained from the Pacifica Radio Archives. ... The CBS Radio Mystery Theater logo The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (or CBSRMT) was an ambitious and sustained attempt in the 1970s to revive the great drama of old-time radio. ... Canadia 2056 is a Canadian radio comedy series, which premiered on CBC Radio One in April of 2007. ... The Deathlands is a series of novels that takes place almost a century after a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union in January 2001. ... Binomial name Leiurus quinquestriatus Ehrenberg, 1829 The deathstalker (Leiurus quinquestriatus), is a species of scorpion, a member of the Buthidae family. ... The Destroyer is a paperback series created by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir about a US government operative named Remo Williams. ... Dimension X was an old-time radio program broadcast April 1950 to September 1951 on NBC. Dimension X was the first notable adult science fiction series on radio, preceded only by the short-lived Two Thousand Plus, scattered episodes of anthology dramas, and juvenile fare, such as Flash Gordon. ... Some listeners to Robert Heinleins Universe had previously read the story in Dells 1951 paperback edition. ... Down Gilead Lane is a childrens radio program from CBH ministries. ... Earplay The longest-running of the formal series of radio drama anthologies on National Public Radio in the U.S., Earplay for more than a decade in one form or another provided a showcase for original and adapted work; eventually, the less-sustained successor series NPR Playhouse drew episodes from... Escape was radios leading series of high adventure, airing on CBS from July 7, 1947 to September 25, 1954. ... An executioner is a person with legal sanction to commit capital punishment. ... Focus on the Family Radio Theatreis a radio dramatization company by Focus on the Family. ... The Fat Man was a popular radio show from the United States in the 1940s and early 1950s. ... The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater Himan Brown, already producing the CBS Radio Mystery Theater for the network, added this twice-weekly (usually aired on weekends on stations which cleared it) anthology radio drama series to his workload in 1977. ... The Goon Show was a popular and influential British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC from 1951 to 1960 on the BBC Home Service. ... The Green Hornet is a fictional crimefighter created to be the hero of an American radio program that ran on WXYZ (a local Detroit station), the Mutual Broadcasting System and the network known through its succession of various owners as NBC Blue, the Blue Network and the ABC Network from... The cast of radios Gunsmoke: Howard McNear (Doc), William Conrad (Matt), Georgia Ellis (Kitty) and Parley Baer (Chester) Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. ... Raymond Edward Johnson Inner Sanctum Mysteries was a popular old-time radio program that aired from January 7, 1941 to October 5, 1952. ... Panel from Jane Arden strip dated August 29, 1941. ... Johnny Swank was the name of a radio comedy serial produced by Working Dog Productions in 1996 for Australias Austereo radio network. ... William Bendix as Chester A. Riley The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, was a popular radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film and continued as a long-running television series during the 1950s. ... Land of the Lost was a 1940s radio drama, written and narrated by Isabel Manning Hewson, about the red fish, Red Lantern, took two children underwater each week to show them where different lost objects were stored beneath the waves. ... Wyllis Cooper Lights Out was an American old-time radio program featuring tales of the supernatural and the supernormal. ... The Lone Ranger. ... This article is about the novel. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Lum and Abner was an American radio comedy which was on the air as a first-run network program from 1932 to 1954. ... Lux Radio Theater, one of the genuine classic radio anthology series (NBC Blue Network (1934-1935); CBS (1935-1954); NBC (1954-1955)) adapted first Broadway stage works, and then (especially) films to hour-long live radio presentations. ... Mack Bolan in action For the singer, see Marc Bolan. ... The Mercury Theatre was a theatre company founded in New York City by Orson Welles and John Houseman. ... An anthology series that began as a local program in 1973, but always had national aspirations (and was listed in writers market-guides in the 1970s). ... The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an old-time radio show which aired from October 2, 1939 to July 7, 1947. ... Nick Danger is the name of a film noir style hard-boiled detective who is featured in several of the albums produced by the comedy group Firesign Theatre. ... The Firesign Theatre are a comedy troupe consisting of Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Philip Proctor. ... Dear Friends is the name of a 1972 album by comedy group Firesign Theatre. ... A successor to the NPR series Earplay (1971-1981) and an expansion (as a sort of umbrella title for several dramatic projects) of National Public Radios commitment to radio drama, the various series under the Playhouse aegis were essentially discontinued in September, 2002. ... Outlanders is a series of science-fiction novels published by Gold Eagle, an imprint of Harlequin Enterprises. ... Paul Temple is a fictional character invented by English author Francis Durbridge (1912-1998). ... Paws and Tales is a Christian production for children by Insight for Living and Chuck Swindoll. ... Quiet Please was an old-time radio horror program created by Wyllis Cooper, also known for creating Lights Out (radio show). ... The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd is a short audio series distributed in the pioneering field of podcasting. ... An anthology series of radio drama which ran weeknightly on CBS Radio in 1979, sponsored by the department-store chain; in its second year, 1980, it moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System and became the Mutual Radio Theater; the MBS series was repeats from the CBS run, until September of... NPR Star Wars Radio Series promotional poster An expanded radio dramatization of the original Star Wars trilogy was produced in 1981, 1983, and 1996. ... Steve the First was a four-part dark comedy set in a post-apocalyptic future, broadcast on CBC Radio One in 2005. ... Steve the Second was a four-part comedy series that was broadcast Saturday mornings on CBC Radio One, running from 11:30 - 12:00pm (half an hour later in Newfoundland). ... The Shadow is a fictional character created by Walter B. Gibson in 1931 with the first story title The Living Shadow. The character is one of the most famous of the pulp heroes of the 1930s and 1940s -- made even more famous through a popular radio series originally played by... Cover of Stony Man #86, Oceans of Fire. ... Suspense, one of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled radios outstanding theater of thrills. ... In 2002, The Twilight Zone was revived as a nationally syndicated radio drama. ... Unshackled is a radio drama series produced by Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Illinois that first aired in 1950, the longest-running radio drama, and one of very few still in production, in the United States. ... A Work in Progress is a serial Christian radio drama similar to Adventures in Odyssey another Christian radio drama but more for adults. ... Some listeners to Robert Heinleins Universe had previously read the story in Dells 1951 paperback edition. ... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was a radio drama about a freelance insurance investigator that aired from February, 1949 to September 30, 1962 on CBS. There were 811 episodes in the 12 year run and over 720 still exist today. ...

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The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company. ... Amateur voice acting is a hobby that draws upon the rich traditions of voiceovers in radio dramas (such as the works of Mercury Theatre) and animation (such as the works of Warner Brothers or Disney). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Radio drama. ... Putting Books on the radio makes the audio book format cheaply available to a wide audience. ... old Radio 4 logo BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... BBC Radio 7 is a digital radio station broadcasting comedy, drama, and childrens programming 24 hours a day. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Gramophone record. ... GraphicAudio® is an audio book imprint of The Cutting Corporation Inc. ... Icebox Radio Theater, based in International Falls, Minnesota, is a nonprofit organization that produces radio drama. ... Before television, radio was the dominant home entertainment medium. ... Oneword Radio is a British commercial radio station featuring books, drama, comedy, childrens programming, and discussion. ... // Play it by Ear Productions is an audio theatre production company devoted to the development and distribution of original plays for radio, the internet, and compact disc; the company was founded in 2002 by actor/playwright/producer Lance Roger Axt in New York City, New York. ... Radio comedy, or comedic radio programming, is a radio broadcast that may involve sitcom elements, sketches, and many other forms of comedy found on other mediums. ... Radio broadcasts have been a popular entertainment since the 1910s, though popularity has declined a little in some countries since television became widespread. ... The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television... Sound effects or audio effects are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of movies, video games, music, or other media. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... ZBS Foundation, a small non-profit audio production company, was founded in 1970 by a grant from Robert E. Durance as a working commune operating from a donated plantation in Upper New York State. ...

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Radio drama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1614 words)
Radio drama (or audio drama, audio theater), which had its greatest popularity in most countries before the spread of television, depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the story in his "mind's eye".
Radio 4 in particular is noted for its radio drama, broadcasting hundreds of one-off plays per year in strands such as The Afternoon Play, in addition to serials and soap operas such as The Archers.
Radio drama can also be found on ACB radio produced by the American Council of the Blind and on XM Radio.
Radio Drama, English-Language (1119 words)
Canadian radio drama has been in the vanguard of these developments, achieving flexibility in the representation of scenes and scene transitions, original music and depiction of character.
With the beginning of World War II the CBC Drama Department series became important instruments of war education and propaganda, and the project of centralizing prestige radio drama was begun.
Thus experimental radio drama, such as that currently being created in the Acoustic Art Studio of the WDR network in Germany and elsewhere (with techniques inspired by Glenn GOULD's drama-music-documentaries broadcast by CBC at the turn of the 1970s), has not found a place in CBC radio-drama schedules to the present.
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