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Studio One

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Studio One

Acclaimed writers are celebrated by Studio One in the stories, novels and plays produced for lovers of sophisticated theatre. During its broadcast period from April 29, 1947, to July 27, 1948, the program earned the accolades of the press as “the most ambitious new series in radio.” Adaptations reflected the essence and retained the integrity of the original works, many of them classics, such as “Pride and Prejudice” and “Dodsworth.” Others were hidden treasures from earlier generations that few had read or even heard of.

Studio One differed from other theater presentations in a number of ways. Performers were not the well-known Hollywood stars that most quality programs relied on. But, to the delight of audiences, Studio One’s performances rivaled those of industry legends. Second, the hour-long shows aired at a time when radio programs were broadcast on the east coast and repeated for west coast audiences. However, only east coast listeners heard Studio One for the first six months. Finally, Studio One’s time slot pitted the production against two of radio’s highest rated programs: Fibber McGee and Molly and The Bob Hope Show. The combination of obstacles forced the program off the air. But collectors preserved the shows, and theatre lovers are able to enjoy them today.