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Why radio works: ‘Compelling theater’ February 4, 2008

Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Out Basket.

Super Bowl 42 has concluded with the underdog New York Giants – who, for the record, play in New Jersey USA – going toe-to-toe with the unbeaten New England Patriots and emerging with a 17-14 victory. This was a jarringly competitive game with a nerve-jangling final few minutes which are worthy of the all-time highlight reel.

Harvey Araton, writing in the first minutes after the game, opined the following:

“Greatness, the pursuit of it as well as the evaluation of it, inspires passion, and ultimately creates the most compelling theater.” (Giants Complete Makeover and Rewrite History; 3 February 2008; New York Times)

Perhaps, Mr. Araton, the Giants offer lessons for competitors everywhere:

  1. Make your best plans, bring your best game, take your best shot.
  2. Logical expectations are for the faint of heart.
  3. Don’t listen to anyone except for the voice inside your own head.

Radio dramatists are competitors. From adapting new technology for telling stories to thriving and succeeding in underdog environments, radio dramatists across the country continue to bring their best games and take their best shots.

Congratulations to the 2008 Super Bowl Champions New York Giants.

Radio theatre, and the Giants, rock.

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