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Great Beginnings: X Minus One February 5, 2007

Posted by William Spear in >> Great Beginnings, >> Radio Drama.
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(By Spear at 2,392) X Minus One ran for 30 minutes on the National Broadcasting Company from April 1955 to January 1958. Despite initially producing new versions of scripts from NBC’s Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One established itself among the finest of all science fiction produced for radio. In addition to scripts written specifically for the show, X Minus One presented the work of popular science fiction writers such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon.

With that kind of lineup, the show needed to start brilliantly. And X Minus One did that. Announcer Fred Collins, sound effects and music from Chappell Recorded Music Library and Leith Stevens combined to send listeners into orbit.

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SFX: ESTABLISH CONTROL ROOM SOUNDS FOR LAUNCHING ROCKET.

FRED COLLINS: Countdown for blast off. X minus five, four, three, two. X minus one.

SFX: SILENCE.

FRED COLLINS: Fire.

SFX: ROCKET BLASTS OFF THEN GOES OFF.

ALL: (COME ON: VOCALIZE “A-H-H” AS ROCKET TAKES OFF THEN GOES OFF)

MUSIC: BED: THEME.

FRED COLLINS: From the far horizons of the unknown come tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future. Adventures in which you’ll live in a million, could be, years in a thousand, maybe, worlds. The National Broadcasting Company in cooperation with Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine present (WITH ECHO) X … MINUS … ONE.

MUSIC: UP AND OUT.

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Fred Collins takes us on a great ride ride in the first 30 seconds. X Minus One couldn’t fail with that kind of Great Beginning.

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