19 Facts About Radio drama


Radio drama is a dramatized, purely acoustic performance.

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Radio 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 Radio drama broadcast was of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream on 2LO on 25 July 1923.

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Radio 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 drama for radio is a difficult one to answer.

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Producers of radio 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 Radio drama, including docu-Radio 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 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 drama was the idiosyncratic Joe Frank, working out of KCRW in Santa Monica.

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

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Radio 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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In 2013 BBC Radio drama 4 released a radio adaptation of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, featuring a cast of well known television and film actors.

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Amari broadcasts old-time radio shows on The WGN Radio drama Theatre heard every Saturday night beginning at 10 pm on 720-WGN in Chicago.

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Not from Space on XM Satellite Radio drama was the first national radio play recorded exclusively through the Internet in which the voice actors were all in separate locations.

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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 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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RTE Radio Drama is one of the oldest audio theatre departments in the radio world.

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In 1956, Polish Radio drama started broadcasting Matysiakowie, which is currently one of the longest-running radio plays in the world.

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