17 Facts About Audio drama


Radio drama is a dramatized, purely acoustic performance.

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Radio Audio drama achieved widespread popularity within a decade of its initial development in the 1920s.

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Audio drama can be found on CDs, cassette tapes, podcasts, webcasts, or other digital downloads as well as broadcast radio.

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An early British Audio drama broadcast was of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream on 2LO on 25 July 1923.

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Radio Audio drama began at midnight, in the middle thirties, on one of the upper floors of Chicago's Merchandise Mart.

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Question of who was the first to write stream-of-consciousness Audio drama for radio is a difficult one to answer.

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Producers of radio Audio drama soon became aware that adapting stage plays for radio did not always work, and that there was a need for plays specifically written for radio, which recognized its potential as a distinct and different medium from the theatre.

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BBC continued producing various kinds of Audio drama, including docu-Audio drama, throughout World War II; amongst the writers they employed were the novelist James Hanley and poet Louis MacNeice, who in 1941 became an employee of the BBC's.

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High-water mark for BBC radio Audio drama was the 1950s and 1960s, and during this period many major British playwrights either effectively began their careers with the BBC, or had works adapted for radio.

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From 1986 to 2002, NPR's most consistent producer of radio Audio drama was the idiosyncratic Joe Frank, working out of KCRW in Santa Monica.

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The Sci Fi Channel presented an audio drama series, Seeing Ear Theatre, on its website from 1997 to 2001.

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Radio Audio drama remains popular in much of the world, though most material is available through Internet download rather than heard over terrestrial or satellite radio.

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Audio drama format exists side by side with books presented on radio, read by actors or by the author.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was first produced as radio Audio 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.

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BBC Radio 4 in today noted for its radio Audio drama, broadcasting hundreds of new, one-off plays each year in such strands as The Afternoon Play, as well as serials and soap operas.

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Effect of the introduction of television there in the late 1950s had the same devastating effects as it did in the US and many other markets, and by the early 1960s Australian commercial radio had totally abandoned radio Audio drama and related programming in favour of music-based formats or talk radio, and the once-flourishing Australia radio production industry vanished within a few years.

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The first Polish radio Audio drama, Warszawianka based on Stanislaw Wyspianski's play, was produced in 1925 while the first radio Audio drama written for radio was produced in 1929.

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