Why radio works: Mr. Jobs, radio drama will make your iPhone sound bigger than any movie ever will June 25, 2007Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Out Basket, >> Radio Drama.
Ms. Laura M. Holson’s article titled Hollywood Seeks Ways to Fit Its Content Into the Realm of the iPhone (Published 25 June 2007, New York Times) chronicles the impact of Apple’s pending release of its iPhone. Movie studios throughout Hollywood are rushing to get movies onto the next generation of mobile phone. Without question, visual content will survive and prosper on cellphones and undoubtedly Mr. Jobs and Apple will be leading the way.
However, radio drama can flourish irrespective of the new mobile phones’ video capabilities. Radio’s unique capacity to thrill, chill, fascinate, educate, terrorize, dramatize, or humorize can succeed with only a speaker.
Mr. Jobs, radio drama can magnify the brilliance of Apple’s new iPhone many times beyond what any movie can do. And Hollywood, radio can be big and bold without being shrunk down to accommodate anything.
Radio works. With or without the tiny screen.
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This Saturday, June 30 from 10 pm – midnight on 89.3 KPCC, L.A. Theatre Works’ The Play’s the Thing will air The Man Who Had All the Luck by Arthur Miller, starring Kurtwood Smith, Graham Hamilton, Emily Bergl, Kevin Chamberlin. An off-beat fable about David Beeves, a young Midwesterner who has good fortune shine on him while passing others by. When will David’s luck run out and at what price?
Where to listen
The series can also be heard on 89.1 KUOR in Redlands; 94.1 KPFA in Northern California; 91.5 FM WBEZ in Chicago; 91.1 FM KRCB in Sonoma County; 93.5 FM KRTS Marfa Public Radio (Texas); 89.7 WGBH in Boston; 94.9 KUOW in Seattle; 88.9 FM KUNM in Albuquerque; as well as on many other public radio stations nationwide and XM Satellite Radio. Selected programs from LATW are also heard internationally over BBC World Service, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Telefis Eirann (Ireland), Radio Hong Kong, and Radio New Zealand. The L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection is available in bookstores, libraries, through their catalog, digitally on itunes, overdrive.com, audible.com, and on the L.A. Theatre Works website at http://www.latw.org/ .
To get a full schedule, go to the L.A. Theatre Works website at http://www.latw.org/ and follow the link through the “Radio Theatre Series” heading and then “Episode Guide” or go directly to http://www.scpr.org/ for KPCC.
Additional support for the series is provided by AudioFile Magazine. Listeners can visit their website at http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/ to view 65 reviews of LATW plays and hear sound clips from them. The Beverly Hilton hotel is the official hotel for The Play’s the Thing.
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