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CBS Radio Workshop, Volume 5 - 10 hours [Download] #RA258D
CBS Radio Workshop, Volume 5

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CBS Radio Workshop
Volume 5


The CBS Radio Workshop debuted at the end of the Age of Classic Radio, which was a time of innovation and experimentation, especially in terms of radio drama. The ten-hour Volume 5 includes “Epitaphs”, from Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology (a collection of short, free-form poems), which starred Jeanette Nolan and Richard Crenna; Norman Dello Joio’s “Meditations On Ecclesiastes”), which won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for music, conducted on the program by Alfredo Antonini; James Thurber’s “You Could Look It Up”, about a three-foot tall adult brought into a baseball game to take a walk (inspiring the 1951 stunt by Bill Veeck); Robert Heinlein co-adapted his short story “The Green Hills of Earth”, about an old, blind space traveler who wants to die on the planet of his birth, Earth; Edgar Allan Poe’s “Never Bet the Devil Your Head”, a satirical attack on transcendentalism; an adaptation of E. M. Forster’s “The Celestial Omnibus”, from the collection of the same name; Richard Durham’s “Sweet Cherries In Charleston”, which tells the story of the aborted 1822 slave rebellion in Charleston, South Carolina; an adaptation of “Young Man Axelbrod” by Sinclair Lewis, a critic of American society (particularly capitalism) who is probably best remembered for It Can’t Happen Here, about the election of a Fascist as the American president, based on the populist Southern politician Huey Long.


The man behind CBS Radio Workshop, which debuted in 1956, was William Froug. Inspired directly by the work of Norman Corwin on the original Columbia Workshop, Froug put all the pieces together to produce a program that took the best of what had come before it and succeeded even further in production, performance and storytelling.


CBS Radio Workshop not only continued to push boundaries in terms of utilizing story, music, voice and more in exciting, modern ways, it broke new ground in radio drama. In short, the CBS Radio Workshop set the standard for modern audio drama.


Blending sound effects with story, music with voice, and quality with substance, the episodes on CBS Radio Workshop, Volume 5 shows how boundless storytelling can be with audio drama.

#67 The Long Way Home
Sunday, May 12, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#68 Heaven Is In the Sky
Sunday, May 19, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#69 I Have Three Heads
Sunday, May 26, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#70 Epitaphs - Spoon River Anthology
Sunday, June 2, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#71 The Seven Hills
Sunday, June 9, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#72 Housing Problems
Sunday, June 16, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#73 Meditations On Ecclesiastes
Sunday, June 23, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#74 Gettysburg
Sunday, June 30, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#75 You Could Look It Up
Sunday, July 7, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#76 The Silent Witness
Sunday, July 14, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#77 The Green Hills of Earth
Sunday, July 21, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#78 Never Bet the Devil Your Head
Sunday, July 28, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#79 The Heart of the Man
Sunday, August 4, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#80 Malihini Magic
Sunday, August 11, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#81 The Celestial Omnibus
Sunday, August 18, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#82 Sweet Cherries In Charleston
Sunday, August 25, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#83 Grief Drives A Black Sedan
Sunday, September 1, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#84 People Are No Good
Sunday, September 8, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#85 Time Found Again
Sunday, September 15, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS
#86 Young Man Axelbrod 
Sunday, September 22, 1957 - 30:00 - CBS

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review

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5 of 5 Sophisticated Radio Shows......... May 25, 2022
Reviewer: Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States  
The CBS Radio Workshop is one of the unique Radio Shows airing at the end of the Golden Age of Radio. Each episode varies from Radio adaptations of Documentaries, Novels, Short Stories, and descriptions of famous cities to name a few of the topics covered. The programs differ with each one that was initially aired in the late 1950's. Some of the shows you may not like and others you will find exceptional depending on individual tastes. Radio Archives has restored these Radio Programs in crystal clarity unless otherwise noted as in the case with the episode with Carl Sandburg Otherwise, one can expect an exceptional sound and tonal quality that would rival the initial broadcast. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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