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CBS Radio Workshop

Entry updated 25 January 2021. Tagged: Radio.

Radio series (1956-1957). CBS Radio for the CBS Radio Network. Produced by William N Robson and William Froug. Directors included Robson, Dee Englebach, Jack Johnstone, and Elliott Lewis. 86 episodes, 25-30 minutes.

A short-lived attempt to revive both radio drama and the Columbia Workshop (1936-1943; 1946-1947) which CBS produced near the end of the US Golden Age of Radio, this programme was one of the best such ever broadcast, but was unable to compete with the rise of Television. Episodes ranged from comedy, music and non-fiction to high quality sf based on fiction by such authors as Ray Bradbury, Aldous Huxley, and Frederik Pohl and C M Kornbluth. Narrators included Bradbury and Huxley for their respective episodes; also John Dehner and Stacy Harris. All 86 instalments survive.

The most important sf segments were: "Season of Disbelief & Hail and Farewell" (17 February 1956), comprising Ray Bradbury's "Season of Disbelief" (25 November 1950 Collier's Weekly) and "Hail and Farewell" (in The Golden Apples of the Sun coll 1953); Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley as a two-part serial (27 January and 3 February 1957); The Space Merchants (June-August 1952 Galaxy as "Gravy Planet"; rev and cut 1953) by Frederik Pohl and C M Kornbluth, the latter not credited in the radio broadcast; and "The Green Hills of Earth" (21 July 1957) based on "The Green Hills of Earth" (8 February 1947 Saturday Evening Post) by Robert A Heinlein. [GSt/DRL]

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