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Columbia Workshop Old Time Radio Program

hour drama episodes

Columbia Workshop was a radio series that aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System from 1936 to 1943, returning in 1946-47, when it was revived in 1956, it was retitled the CBS Radio Workshop.

The Columbia Workshop dedicates itself ". . . to experiment in new techniques with a hope of discovering or evolving new and better forms of radio presentation, with a special emphasis on radio drama; to encourage and present the work of new writers and artists who may have fresh and vital ideas to contribute."

The series began as the idea of Irving Reis. Reis had begun his radio career as an engineer and developed a fascination with the possibilities of the relatively new medium. His idea was to use experimental modes of narrative to enhance the way a narrative was conveyed over the radio.

Early shows on the Workshop exemplified Reis's penchant for experimentation through narrative and technical means. The second program, Broadway Evening followed a couple as they meandered down Broadway during an evening. A subsequent show had at least 30 characters functioning within a half-hour drama. Among the technical demonstrations were sound effects, the use of various kinds of microphones to achieve various aural effects and voice impersonators (including sound effects produced by voice).

Reis called upon others to try their hand in writing new or adapting existing material for the experimental nature of the Workshop. Orson Welles did a two-part adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, as well as a 30-minute condensation of Macbeth. Irwin Shaw contributed one show, and Stephen Vincent Benét adapted several of his short stories. Reis also experimented with readings and dramatizations of poetry, including works by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Masefield and Edgar Allan Poe. One of the most notable presentations of Reis's tenure was Archibald MacLeish's original radio play, The Fall of the City. With a cast that included Burgess Meredith, Orson Welles and 300 students, the play was notable for its portrayal of the collapse of a city under an unnamed dictator, a commentary on fascism in Germany and Italy.

Reis recognized music as an important part of radio presentation. As part of CBS's commissioning of five classical composers to write original works for radio.

On the broadcast of December 23, 1937 (the first of a two-part dramatization of Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass), it was announced that William N. Robson had succeeded Irving Reis as director of the Columbia Workshop. Though the Workshop continued some experimentation, Robson placed greater emphasis on good dramatic adaptations, rather than didactic explanations of radio techniques. Robson was able to keep the quality that Reis had established, Irwin Shaw, Stephen Vincent Benèt continued to contribute to the show, and Robson got new talent like Arch Oboler and Thornton Wilder to work on episodes.

Robson left in mid 1939, afterwards there was a series of directors, most notably the socially conscious Norman Corwin. Interest in the show was waning in 1942 and went off the air in 1943, to be revived in 1946-47, then coming back under the name CBS Radio Workshop in 1956.

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All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3 players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.

The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly. Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples to get a feel for how the programs sound.
You can purchase these episodes on CD or you can download them.
To purchase on CD: To download:

Click on the Buy on CD button. A few dollars will be added for shipping depending on your zip code and how many CDs you order. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account). You will receive a receipt from Paypal. We will mail you the CD(s) within a few days. Usually we get the CDs in the mail the next day. Shipping usually takes 2-3 days via USPS. The episodes will be in mp3 format.

 

 

  • You save money on the cost of the episodes and you don't pay any shipping.
  • Click on the Download button. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account).
  • After you pay you will be returned to our site to a page with a series of links to zip files. Click on the links to download the zip files. These episodes are downloadable in large zip files.
  • To open a zip file you need software to "unzip" it. Your computer may already have unzip software, if this is the case, just click on the file and your software will automatically open up and you can unzip the files. If your computer doesn't have an unzip program, you can get one from the internet. The most popular is probably winzip (www.winzip.com), however, we use Zip Wizard by Coffeecup Software because its pretty good, easy to use, and free. (http://www.coffeecup.com/zip-wizard/)
  • The files are large - it will take you a few minutes to download each file. Each zip file is around 40MBs. A full CD worth of episodes takes about 14 large files. if you are on a dial-up connection, we highly recommend you buy a CD.
  • You will receive an e-mail receipt from Paypal, and we will send you an additional e-mail with the links.

 

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Columbia Workshop Old Time Radio Program

 
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Columbia Workshop Old Time Radio Program

hour drama episodes

Columbia Workshop was a radio series that aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System from 1936 to 1943, returning in 1946-47, when it was revived in 1956, it was retitled the CBS Radio Workshop.

The Columbia Workshop dedicates itself . . . to experiment in new techniques with a hope of discovering or evolving new and better forms of radio presentation, with a special emphasis on radio drama; to encourage and present the work of new writers and artists who may have fresh and vital ideas to contribute.

The series began as the idea of Irving Reis. Reis had begun his radio career as an engineer and developed a fascination with the possibilities of the relatively new medium. His idea was to use experimental modes of narrative to enhance the way a narrative was conveyed over the radio.

Early shows on the Workshop exemplified Reis's penchant for experimentation through narrative and technical means. The second program, Broadway Evening followed a couple as they meandered down Broadway during an evening. A subsequent show had at least 30 characters functioning within a half-hour drama. Among the technical demonstrations were sound effects, the use of various kinds of microphones to achieve various aural effects and voice impersonators (including sound effects produced by voice).

Reis called upon others to try their hand in writing new or adapting existing material for the experimental nature of the Workshop. Orson Welles did a two-part adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, as well as a 30-minute condensation of Macbeth. Irwin Shaw contributed one show, and Stephen Vincent Benét adapted several of his short stories. Reis also experimented with readings and dramatizations of poetry, including works by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Masefield and Edgar Allan Poe. One of the most notable presentations of Reis's tenure was Archibald MacLeish's original radio play, The Fall of the City. With a cast that included Burgess Meredith, Orson Welles and 300 students, the play was notable for its portrayal of the collapse of a city under an unnamed dictator, a commentary on fascism in Germany and Italy.

Reis recognized music as an important part of radio presentation. As part of CBS's commissioning of five classical composers to write original works for radio, Deems

On the broadcast of December 23, 1937 (the first of a two-part dramatization of Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass), it was announced that William N. Robson had succeeded Irving Reis as director of the Columbia Workshop. Though the Workshop continued some experimentation, Robson placed greater emphasis on good dramatic adaptations, rather than didactic explanations of radio techniques. Robson was able to keep the quality that Reis had established, Irwin Shaw, Stephen Vincent Benèt continued to contribute to the show, and Robson got new talent like Arch Oboler and Thornton Wilder to work on episodes.

Robson left in mid 1939, afterwards there was a series of directors, most notably the socially conscious Norman Corwin. Interest in the show was waning in 1942 and went off the air in 1943, to be revived in 1946-47, then coming back under the name CBS Radio Workshop in 1956.

ComicWeb Home

Buy Old Time Radio Programs

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All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3 players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.

The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly. Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples to get a feel for how the programs sound.
You can purchase these episodes on CD or you can download them.
To purchase on CD: To download:

Click on the Buy on CD button. A few dollars will be added for shipping depending on your zip code and how many CDs you order. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account). You will receive a receipt from Paypal. We will mail you the CD(s) within a few days. Usually we get the CDs in the mail the next day. Shipping usually takes 2-3 days via USPS. The episodes will be in mp3 format.

 

 

  • You save money on the cost of the episodes and you don't pay any shipping.
  • Click on the Download button. Pay with Paypal (you can use a credit card even if you do not have a Paypal account).
  • After you pay you will be returned to our site to a page with a series of links to zip files. Click on the links to download the zip files. These episodes are downloadable in large zip files.
  • To open a zip file you need software to "unzip" it. Your computer may already have unzip software, if this is the case, just click on the file and your software will automatically open up and you can unzip the files. If your computer doesn't have an unzip program, you can get one from the internet. The most popular is probably winzip (www.winzip.com), however, we use Zip Wizard by Coffeecup Software because its pretty good, easy to use, and free. (http://www.coffeecup.com/zip-wizard/)
  • The files are large - it will take you a few minutes to download each file. Each zip file is around 40MBs. A full CD worth of episodes takes about 14 large files. if you are on a dial-up connection, we highly recommend you buy a CD.
  • You will receive an e-mail receipt from Paypal, and we will send you an additional e-mail with the links.

 

Buy on CD: $4.50

Download only $3.50

Columbia Workshop

63 episodes

360919 Hamlet Part 1.mp3

361114 Hamlet Part 2.mp3

361128 History of the Ameri.mp3

361226 The Happy Prince.mp3

370102 Public Domain.mp3

370213 Pitch Perception.mp3

370411 The Fall of the City.mp3

370627 Babouk.mp3

370928 Alice in Wonderland .mp3

371003 Alice in Wonderland .mp3

371223 Alice Through the Lo.mp3

371230 Alice Through the Lo.mp3

380521 Behold the Man.mp3

380730 Tristram.mp3

381110 A Drink of Water.mp3

381117 Luck.mp3

381215 A Trip To Czardi.mp3

390120 Pepito inherits the .mp3

390220 Nine Prisoners.mp3

390306 Winged Victory.mp3

390313 In the Train.mp3

390320 A Letter from Home.mp3

390327 Pepito Inherits the .mp3

390403 Rendezvous with Kit .mp3

390529 Private Throgg.mp3

390810 Radio Play - Saroyan.mp3

390824 Meridian 7-1212.mp3

390921 Now it's Summer.mp3

391102 Biennerhassett.mp3

391116 A Letter From Above.mp3

391123 The Circular Tour.mp3

391130 The Wonderful Day.mp3

391207 As You Like It.mp3

391214 A Story In Dogtown C.mp3

410817 Esther Part 2.mp3

411228 Who Wants To Be Born.mp3

440307 Movie Primer.mp3

440509 Cromer.mp3

440523 Tel Aviv.mp3

440530 Untitled.mp3

440704 Home for the Forth.mp3

440725 El Captain and the C.mp3

450703 Unity Fair.mp3

450710 Daybreak.mp3

450821 The Case of Gumpert.mp3

460202 Home Coming.mp3

460209 Anniversary.mp3

460302 Slim.mp3

460309 Thanks for the Memor.mp3

460512 No Children at Play.mp3

460616 Sometime Every Summe.mp3

460630 This Is Singing Coun.mp3

460721 The Pide Piper of Ha.mp3

460728 Legend in Brocade.mp3

460804 Happy Thoughts for a.mp3

460811 Wilbur, the Psychone.mp3

460818 Modern Exhibit.mp3

460825 The Path and the Doo.mp3

460928 The Day Baseball Die.mp3

461019 Moby Dick Part 1.mp3

461026 Moby Dick Part 2.mp3

461221 The Day They Gave B.mp3

461228 Rain, Rain Go Away.mp3