Education Seminar: Radio Daze
Return to an era before pictures and video dominated entertainment, when families gathered around their radios after dinner.
Explore the world of the 1930s radio dramas with Paul Guggenheimer, Essential Pittsburgh’s host. Learn about the history and development of the narrative-centric radio programs that brought drama, suspense, horror and comedy to the radio format. Find out how radio dramas paved the way for modern television programming, with soap operas during the day and prime-time dramas at night.
Delight in the first horror anthology, “A Witch’s Tale,” or learn about “The Shadow,” a crime drama that later became the model for comic book heroes. Find out more about the Mercury Theater on Air that brought classic literature to the radio waves, and Fred Allen’s radio comedy show, “Allen’s Alley.”
Radio dramas brought lively characters into family homes and listeners used their imaginations to recreate the story’s universe.
Come to “Radio Daze” on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the WYEP Community Broadcast Center. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members.