Sci-fi Radio Programs
Hello MPIR Fans,
Now playing on the Mystery stream is Science Fiction radio programs. Mainly featuring Dimension X, and Minus One. Plus a first time playing of Space Patrol.. or rather Spaaaccce Patrol! :)
Dimension X was first heard on NBC 1950 - 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Until Dimension X, a full two decades after network radio was established. There were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to adults. This show dramatized the work of such young writers as Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Kurt Vonnegut. In-house script writer was Ernest Kinoy, who adapted the master works and contributed occasional stories of his own.
X Minus One aired on NBC from 1955 - 1958 for a total of 124 episodes with one pilot or audition story. There was a revival of the series in 1973 when radio was attempting to bring back radio drama and it lasted until 1975. The show occupied numerous time slots through out its run in the 50's and thus was never able to generate a large following. X Minus One was an extension of Dimension X. The first fifteen scripts used for X Minus One were scripts used in the airing of Dimension X; however, it soon found its own little niche. The stories for the show came from two of the most popular science fiction magazines at the time; Astounding and Galaxy. Adaptations of these stories were performed by Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts. They even wrote a few original stories of their own. The writers of the magazine stories were not well known then but now are the giants of today. These stories came from the minds of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Poul Anderson to name a few.
The MPIR Comedy stream is featuring The Burns and Allen Show, guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Burns and Allen Show 1936 - 1950 are one of the most beloved couple in old time radio. They got started, like many of the greats of old time radio, in vaudeville, which is really just the touring popular entertainment in America prior to movies. Gracie was the spark plug of the act, always the center of attention. George played the foil, the guy vainly trying to make sense of the dizzy world of Gracie. By the early 30s, Gracie was probably the best known woman on radio. By the early 40s, Burns decided that their act needed a change. He decided that the audience knew Gracies and his reactions well enough that it would be possible to play off them, and create situations something like screwball comedy, but with the Burns and Allen touch.
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