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Claudia
Volume 7


“A soap opera is a kind of sandwich, whose recipe is simple enough... Between thick slices of advertising, spread twelve minutes of dialogue, add predicament, villainy, and female suffering in equal measure, throw in a dash of nobility, sprinkle with tears, season with organ music, cover with a rich announcer sauce, and serve five times a week. It is the hope of every advertiser to habituate the housewife to an engrossing narrative whose optimum length is forever and at the same time to saturate the consciousness with the miracle of a given product, so that she will be aware of it all the days of her life and mutter its name in her sleep.”

James Thurber penned this explanation of the term ‘soap opera’ as it related to radio programs in 1948. This proves, in listening to most soap operas from the Golden Age of Radio, to be a fair definition. For the most part, their content was predictable, but deeply engrossing. Aimed straight at the mind and pocketbook of the stay-at-home housewife stuck with the daily drudgery of raising a family and taking care of a home, soap operas played on the apparent human need for intrigue, insider knowledge, gossip, and the satisfaction that comes from knowing that, no matter how tedious or dull or awful your life is, someone out there has it much worse than you do.

But, in 1947, a new soap opera debuted that was far different - far more quiet and gentle and down-to-earth - than its strife-ridden forbears, one that didn’t offer the anguish and heartbreak that typified such long-running soaps as “Valiant Lady,” “Backstage Wife,” and “Ma Perkins.” This particular soap opera stood out even more as it even lacked the traditional sponsorship of a soap company. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, this show brought listeners more than the ‘tune in tomorrow’ hooks its peers produced. Listeners tuned in day after day for the interesting, fully developed characters, the light-hearted banter between them, and the familiarity of their day-to-day situations. Rather than suffering with or feeling superior to them, the characters were, instead, simply the sort of people you enjoyed spending time with. This soap opera, probably more of a light drama in modern terms, is Claudia.

Claudia told the tale of Claudia and David Naughton, newlyweds, just beginning their married life. Young, enthusiastic, and very much in love, they weren’t suffering from any medical maladies or suspicions of infidelity. Instead, they were simply facing the many challenges of any new marriage - finding an apartment, getting used to each other’s quirks, and learning to live together on a daily basis.

Claudia, a bit younger than her years, is often impulsive, sometimes irresponsible, usually perky, and just a bit flighty. As she matures, she becomes a unique mixture of enthusiasm, incompetence and over-confidence -- deeply in love with her somewhat older husband David but frequently naive and too likely to trust her insecurities rather than her instincts.

Claudia’s loving and patient husband David came from a substantial family and he had trained to be an architect until World War II interrupted his plans. Like many a returning veteran, he’s working to get ahead in his field, but he sometimes questions whether he’s chosen the right career path - particularly when considering the success of his older brother Hartley, an influential banker.

Heard today, Claudia remains wonderful entertainment, notable for both its light-hearted tone and the believable interplay between its characters. You’ll get to know all these people and their share their lives for fifteen minutes each day. That’s the way Claudia was originally intended to be heard -- and that’s the way we recommend you enjoy it today.

In a feat that is rare where old time radio is concerned, Radio Archives has been able to locate and preserve the entire eighteen-month run of Claudia - 390 episodes in all - with no missing shows, allowing you to enjoy the complete series on a day-by-day basis. This collection offers 24 episodes of Claudia and marks the midway point of the remaining volumes. Claudia, Volume 7 and the series as a whole are a real treasure for radio enthusiasts to enjoy for many years to come.

#194 Making Ice Cream
Thursday, June 24, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#195 The Mayor Discusses a New School
Friday, June 25, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#196 Who's knocking at the Door
Monday, June 28, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#197 In New York
Tuesday, June 29, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#198 Afternoon in New York
Wednesday, June 30, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#199 The Baby is Coming
Thursday, July 1, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#200 Still Coming
Friday, July 2, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#201 It's A Boy
Monday, July 5, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#202 First Look at the New Heir
Tuesday, July 6, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#203 David Visits the Hospital
Wednesday, July 7, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#204 Visitors and Gifts
Thursday, July 8, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#205 A Walk with David, and a Doctor's Problem
Friday, July 09, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#206 Claudia Uses Her Baby to Help Another
Monday, July 12, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#207 The True Story of 'The Jarvis Bay'
Tuesday, July 13, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#208 Walking the Baby
Wednesday, July 14, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#209 Leaving the Hospital
Thursday, July 15, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#210 That First 2:00 AM Feeding
Friday, July 16, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#211 The First Confusing Monday Morning
Monday, July 19, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#212 Naming the Baby
Tuesday, July 20, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#213 If You've Seen One Baby, You've Seen Them All
Wednesday, July 21, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#214 The Phantom House-Cleaner
Thursday, July 22, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#215 Claudia Does Something About the Weather
Friday, July 23, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#216 David Fixes This and That
Monday, July 26, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola

#217 Plans for Bobby's Education
Tuesday, July 27, 1948 - 15:00 - Syndicated, sponsored by Coca Cola


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