History Main / RadioDrama

19th May '17 12:16:34 AM HelloLamppost
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RadioDrama persists to this day, but only as a shadow of its former glory, mostly for nostalgia purposes. A brief revival in the 1970's led to shows such as ''Zero Hour'', ''General Mills Radio Adventure Theater'', a ''Radio/FantasticFour'' radio show, ''National Lampoon Radio Hour'' (which was a predecessor to ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''), ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy,'' the Creator/{{NPR}} production of ''Franchise/StarWars'', and the best known series of that era, ''Radio/CBSRadioMysteryTheater''.

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RadioDrama persists to this day, but only as a shadow of its former glory, mostly for nostalgia purposes. A brief revival in the 1970's led to shows such as ''Zero Hour'', ''General Mills Radio Adventure Theater'', a ''Radio/FantasticFour'' radio show, ''National Lampoon Radio Hour'' (which was a predecessor to ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''), ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy,'' the Creator/{{NPR}} production of ''Franchise/StarWars'', and the best known series of that era, ''Radio/CBSRadioMysteryTheater''.
19th May '17 12:16:09 AM HelloLamppost
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RadioDrama persists to this day, but only as a shadow of its former glory, mostly for nostalgia purposes. A brief revival in the 1970's led to shows such as ''Zero Hour'', ''General Mills Radio Adventure Theater'', a ''Radio/FantasticFour'' radio show, ''National Lampoon Radio Hour'' (which was a predecessor to ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''), the Creator/{{NPR}} production of ''Franchise/StarWars'', and the best known series of that era, ''Radio/CBSRadioMysteryTheater''.

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RadioDrama persists to this day, but only as a shadow of its former glory, mostly for nostalgia purposes. A brief revival in the 1970's led to shows such as ''Zero Hour'', ''General Mills Radio Adventure Theater'', a ''Radio/FantasticFour'' radio show, ''National Lampoon Radio Hour'' (which was a predecessor to ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''), ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy,'' the Creator/{{NPR}} production of ''Franchise/StarWars'', and the best known series of that era, ''Radio/CBSRadioMysteryTheater''.
10th May '17 4:39:35 AM StFan
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* ''Franchise/FuManchu'' (1932-1933)

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* ''Franchise/FuManchu'' ''Literature/FuManchu'' (1932-1933)
4th Mar '17 3:35:46 PM StFan
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* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' (1933-1956)

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* ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'' ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' (1933-1956)
12th Feb '17 1:17:42 PM Morgenthaler
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In the United States, these are produced primarily by public radio affiliates. Creator/TheBBC also produces a number of these on the other side of the pond, the best known of which is the original incarnation of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Free from the financial constraints of commercial networks, Creator/TheBBC continues to broadcast regular dramas on two of its national networks (which have included adaptations of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' and ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels), and has also set up a digital channel, BBC7 (later BBC Radio 7; as of 2012 known as BBC Radio 4 Extra), as an outlet for archive radio drama and comedy. They also continue to broadcast one of the [[LongRunners longest-running]] {{Soap Opera}}s in the world, in the form of ''TheArchers'', which began as a thinly disguised farming advice broadcast, and has been running continuously 5 days per week since 1955.

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In the United States, these are produced primarily by public radio affiliates. Creator/TheBBC also produces a number of these on the other side of the pond, the best known of which is the original incarnation of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Free from the financial constraints of commercial networks, Creator/TheBBC continues to broadcast regular dramas on two of its national networks (which have included adaptations of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' and ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels), and has also set up a digital channel, BBC7 (later BBC Radio 7; as of 2012 known as BBC Radio 4 Extra), as an outlet for archive radio drama and comedy. They also continue to broadcast one of the [[LongRunners longest-running]] {{Soap Opera}}s in the world, in the form of ''TheArchers'', ''Radio/TheArchers'', which began as a thinly disguised farming advice broadcast, and has been running continuously 5 days per week since 1955.
20th Dec '16 3:16:46 PM StFan
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Many of the Golden Age radio dramas eventually [[SoundToScreenAdaptation made the move to television]], and several co-existed on TV and radio. But by the mid 1950s, televisions were becoming commonplace, and radio went into a decline. Most authorities agree that the "Golden Age" ended on September 30, 1962, with the final episodes of ''{{Suspense}}'' and ''YoursTrulyJohnnyDollar''.

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Many of the Golden Age radio dramas eventually [[SoundToScreenAdaptation made the move to television]], and several co-existed on TV and radio. But by the mid 1950s, televisions were becoming commonplace, and radio went into a decline. Most authorities agree that the "Golden Age" ended on September 30, 1962, with the final episodes of ''{{Suspense}}'' ''Radio/{{Suspense}}'' and ''YoursTrulyJohnnyDollar''.
''Radio/YoursTrulyJohnnyDollar''.
20th Dec '16 2:39:52 PM StFan
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It may also be worth noting that Golden Age radio shows tended to run much longer than television shows. The longest-running radio show was ''AmosAndAndy'', which began life in 1926 on NBC Blue under the title ''Sam and Henry''. It ran until 1960. The comparative ease and cheapness of production may have been a contributing factor (not to mention the fact that, lacking precedent, no one knew that 20 years was a long time for a show to run). However, since the audience didn't have to see the actors, it was easy and common to pull off a SisterBecky (''YoursTrulyJohnnyDollar'' went through ''six'' actors in the title role plus two more in audition episodes).

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It may also be worth noting that Golden Age radio shows tended to run much longer than television shows. The longest-running radio show was ''AmosAndAndy'', ''Radio/AmosAndAndy'', which began life in 1926 on NBC Blue under the title ''Sam and Henry''. It ran until 1960. The comparative ease and cheapness of production may have been a contributing factor (not to mention the fact that, lacking precedent, no one knew that 20 years was a long time for a show to run). However, since the audience didn't have to see the actors, it was easy and common to pull off a SisterBecky (''YoursTrulyJohnnyDollar'' (''Radio/YoursTrulyJohnnyDollar'' went through ''six'' actors in the title role plus two more in audition episodes).



In the United States, these are produced primarily by public radio affiliates. Creator/TheBBC also produces a number of these on the other side of the pond, the best known of which is the original incarnation of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Free from the financial constraints of commercial networks, Creator/TheBBC continues to broadcast regular dramas on two of its national networks (which have included adaptations of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' and Literature/{{Discworld}} novels), and has also set up a digital channel, BBC7 (later BBC Radio 7; as of 2012 known as BBC Radio 4 Extra), as an outlet for archive radio drama and comedy. They also continue to broadcast one of the [[LongRunners longest-running]] {{Soap Opera}}s in the world, in the form of ''TheArchers'', which began as a thinly disguised farming advice broadcast, and has been running continuously 5 days per week since 1955.

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In the United States, these are produced primarily by public radio affiliates. Creator/TheBBC also produces a number of these on the other side of the pond, the best known of which is the original incarnation of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Free from the financial constraints of commercial networks, Creator/TheBBC continues to broadcast regular dramas on two of its national networks (which have included adaptations of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' and Literature/{{Discworld}} ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels), and has also set up a digital channel, BBC7 (later BBC Radio 7; as of 2012 known as BBC Radio 4 Extra), as an outlet for archive radio drama and comedy. They also continue to broadcast one of the [[LongRunners longest-running]] {{Soap Opera}}s in the world, in the form of ''TheArchers'', which began as a thinly disguised farming advice broadcast, and has been running continuously 5 days per week since 1955.
27th Nov '16 1:15:09 PM nombretomado
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* Radio/RadioTheatre, from one of the creators of [[LongRunners long-running]] (1987-present) radio drama ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', does classic book series in dramatic format including TheChroniclesOfNarnia, the works of Creator/CharlesDickens, and Creator/GeorgeMacDonald. It is a joint American and British production. (1999-Present)

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* Radio/RadioTheatre, from one of the creators of [[LongRunners long-running]] (1987-present) radio drama ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', does classic book series in dramatic format including TheChroniclesOfNarnia, Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia, the works of Creator/CharlesDickens, and Creator/GeorgeMacDonald. It is a joint American and British production. (1999-Present)
6th Nov '16 2:34:32 AM lalalei2001
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* ''Radio/DrJekyllAndMrHyde'' (1932)
2nd Nov '16 4:43:45 PM nombretomado
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In the United States, these are produced primarily by public radio affiliates. Creator/TheBBC also produces a number of these on the other side of the pond, the best known of which is the original incarnation of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Free from the financial constraints of commercial networks, Creator/TheBBC continues to broadcast regular dramas on two of its national networks (which have included adaptations of ''TheLordOfTheRings'', ''HisDarkMaterials'' and Literature/{{Discworld}} novels), and has also set up a digital channel, BBC7 (later BBC Radio 7; as of 2012 known as BBC Radio 4 Extra), as an outlet for archive radio drama and comedy. They also continue to broadcast one of the [[LongRunners longest-running]] {{Soap Opera}}s in the world, in the form of ''TheArchers'', which began as a thinly disguised farming advice broadcast, and has been running continuously 5 days per week since 1955.

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In the United States, these are produced primarily by public radio affiliates. Creator/TheBBC also produces a number of these on the other side of the pond, the best known of which is the original incarnation of ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Free from the financial constraints of commercial networks, Creator/TheBBC continues to broadcast regular dramas on two of its national networks (which have included adaptations of ''TheLordOfTheRings'', ''HisDarkMaterials'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' and Literature/{{Discworld}} novels), and has also set up a digital channel, BBC7 (later BBC Radio 7; as of 2012 known as BBC Radio 4 Extra), as an outlet for archive radio drama and comedy. They also continue to broadcast one of the [[LongRunners longest-running]] {{Soap Opera}}s in the world, in the form of ''TheArchers'', which began as a thinly disguised farming advice broadcast, and has been running continuously 5 days per week since 1955.
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