Radio: Great Plays

Last week, for the first time in more than twelve radio seasons, neither NBC (the old Red network) nor the Blue Network broadcast an hour-long adaptation of a stage play. None was scheduled for the future. Possibly not many millions of listeners noticed this, but it meant that the book was closed on an era of radio.

Early enthusiasts and amateurs of broadcasting took the theater as their heritage, as a matter of course. At first, being poor, they stuck to classics on which no royalties had to be paid. In 1928 pioneering NBC broadcast The Tempest—the first Shakespeare on the air....

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