Radio: What's in a Voice?

Because voices know no color line, Manhattan's independent WNEW last week signed an all-Negro company to do a 13-week series of radio dramas, starting Sept. 16. WNEW said that it hired the group because it was good, not because it was Negro. One proof that the company, the American Negro (repertory) Theater, is indeed able: its Anna Lucasta is now in its second year on Broadway.

WNEW auditioned 70 Negro players, discovered no difference between "white" and "Negro" voices, found voices for all types of parts from pure cockney to half-breed Mexican. WNEW will mention the American Negro Theater only once—at the...

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