Radio: People's Faces

"I felt it was time for television to get out of the little tap-dancing acts," said Phillips Lord last week. "I thought: let's do it stark naked, the way they do in Italian films."

To get his naked quality, Lord, 47-year-old veteran radio producer (Seth Parker; Gang Busters; Mr. District Attorney; We, the People), combs New York City for likely-looking characters. His scouts prowl the Bowery and Broadway, hang around fight arenas and ballparks, wander Brooklyn and Harlem slums. The people they find—including rum-soaked derelicts, strapping longshoremen, street-corner evangelists, wispy old ladies—become the actors in The Black Robe (Wed. 8:30 p.m....

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