Uncommonly Impressive (Ep. 3)

by Jerry Winkley 10 months ago in history

Radio shows: then and now

Uncommonly Impressive (Ep. 3)

My how the trends change. We live in a world where popular things seem to die off it just a couple of years anymore. I mean, nobody has Myspace anymore, Facebook is pretty much only used for political memes and yard sales, and YouTube is filled with tutorials on semi popular video games.

With all that in mind though, we also live in a world were trends make a huge comeback. Parachute Pants, big frazzled hair, tie-dye clothing.

One thing making a comeback, but done a bit differently, is radio shows.

Originally, a radio show, or drama, was a play broadcast without picture. The creation of them today is best known as a Podcast. Podcasts aren't necessarily dramas, but a program with content of entertainment.

So then, where did all this begin?

Radio dramas could be said to have began as early as the 1880s as improvements of telephone equipment in theater by french engineer Clement Ader, with a field patent. In context of popularity, they began in 1920s America, becoming the most popular form of entertainment.

By they 40s, radio dramas had reached the height of entertainment, being the main process of entertaining the public over all else. Shows like Jimmy Durante, The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, even Superman could be heard once a week right in your front room, giving you painstaking laughs, a mystery of epic proportion, or a feeling of being bullet proof all within your on imagination.

That was the magic of it all. You could envision it however you wanted without pictures to distract. Sherlock could have grown a beard, or Superman might have become blonde. The story was yours to see anyway you wanted.

But, as with anything, innovation began to take over. By the end of the 50s, television had started trending on the up. You didn't have to imagine for yourself anymore.

We all know the story form there. TV has a plethora of providers with hundreds of channels each. At least in America, it's hard to find a home without at least one TV.

Radio drama hadn't died off completely. Places like the UK, Germany, and several other countries had kept it all alive throughout the decades. The UK still has new show they produce on regular broadcast, even today.

As stated earlier though, radio has been making a comeback in a big way. Yeah, podcasts have been a round for a while now, but the content is looping to the past too. You can hear some of those old radio shows already mentioned; Jimmy Durante, Sherlock Holmes, and Superman. You can hear talks about UFC fighters and their stats, listen to the play-through of Dungeons and Dragons with all the laughter and heartache that the players go through in a game session, even religious or political talks.

The chance to listen to them isn't the only thing coming around though. Now more than ever it's easy to get started. Popular? That's a different story, but getting started.

If you have a script of some sort, an idea, and the ability to go on about it all for some time, anyone could have a podcast all their own. An example of how easy it is: anchor.fm is a website and app that has recording, editing, and publishing steps for anyone to use. For free. That's right, free! And all can be done right from your phone!

So get on iTunes or Spotify, whatever you use for your podcasting experience, and take a real deep dive. Find an old show if you can, experience the magic that ensorcelled the entire world.

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