While a lot of people are aware that before TV took off in the 50's Radio was king, not many people today have heard radio dramas or comedies.
Like TV, radio had it's share of bad programming (shows that didn't hold up all that well then, let alone now), but also like TV radio had it's share of fantastic shows - really, really good stuff that holds up very well 55, 60, even 70 years later.
Some of the better radio shows from that era would include The Six Shooter (starring James Stewart, no less), Dragnet, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, X Minus One, Box 13 (starring the legendary Alan Ladd), Night Beat, The Jack Benny Program (still funny today), and many more.
Over the next few weeks and months we will bring you complete episodes and will discuss many of the shows listed above (among others).
I hope you'll take some time and listen to some of what was, "Must hear," radio from years gone by and comment on some of the shows right here on the discussion board.
Post by Bob Forsythe on Jan 30, 2011 19:31:20 GMT -5
Back in the '80s or early '90s I was listening to KPBS on a Saturday night and they were playing a 1950 radio play of The Roads Must Roll, a 1940 short story by Robert Heinlein. It was typical of Heinlein's work during the '40s, showing his engineer's lack of understanding of social science and his dislike of anything he considered "liberal" and especially unions, but it was Heinlein and it was a rather good adaptation. And it does reflect the concerns some in this country had at the time about exactly how radical unions might be.