I confess I don’t listen to radio much anymore. But I do remember many of the things I was involved in during my tenure behind the microphone (1971-1999). When I began working on the air, the term, “theater of the mind” was used, because the spoken word, music and sound effects created a theater to the listener.
Years before, the 1920’s – 40’s were probably the most popular era for radio shows because radio was the predominant medium and everyone would make time to sit and listen. That period became known as the “Golden Age of Radio” as radio stars, many who went on to do movies and theater, were involved in bringing entertainment to the listening audience.
Hundreds of shows were created over that time and were broadcast across the US and Canada and were even made available on Armed Forces Radio for troops serving in other countries.
But times changed and music became the dominate source on radio primarily because it was cheaper to air than hiring actors, writers and producers.
Soon, TV hit the airwaves and audiences became more interested in watching programs than mearly listening. Radio personalities like Steve Allen and Sid Ceasar moved to television and had their own variety shows.
Fortunately those old radio programs from that Golden Era have been archived for anyone to hear. The National Archives in Washington house them on their servers. For a listing of programs, visit https://archive.org or Wikipedia at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_old-time_radio_programs
If you’d like to see a re-creation of a radio program, the Amelia Musical Playhouse will be featuring the radio version of “A Christmas Carole”, December 15th-17th. I will be one of the actors participating in the roles of the Show Host and the Ghost of Christmas Present. We will be using live sound effects and music, just like the old radio days. Should be fun. http://www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com
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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
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