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The Columbia chain's gifted young Dramatic Director, Georgia Backus, circa 1931.
The Columbia chain's gifted young Dramatic Director, Georgia Backus,
circa 1931.



Columbia's brilliant young engineer, Irving Reis
Columbia's brilliant young
engineer, Irving Reis

CBS Engineer and Director Irving Reis (L.)
CBS Engineer and Director Irving Reis (L.)


A tense moment during the performance of Irwin Shaw's play Supply and Demand from May 9 1937
A tense moment during the performance of Irwin Shaw's play Supply and Demand from May 9 1937


1938 Popular Mechanics article on Columbia Workshop
1938 Popular Mechanics article on Columbia Workshop


1938 Popular Mechanics article on Columbia Workshop page 2
1938 Popular Mechanics article on Columbia Workshop page 2


1938 Popular Mechanics article on Columbia Workshop pages 3 and 4
1938 Popular Mechanics article on Columbia Workshop pages 3 and 4


Billboard editorial praising Norman Corwin's On A Note of Triumph broadcast of May 13 1945
Billboard editorial praising On A Note of Triumph broadcast of May 13 1945


Billboard review of the Televised portion of Corwin's On A Note of Triumph from May 25 1945
Billboard review of the Televised portion of Corwin's On A Note of Triumph from May 25 1945


Billboard article of August 18 1945 citing its dissatisfaction with Norman Corwin's Columbia Presents Corwin series
On A Note of Irony

Billboard article of August 18 1945 citing its dissatisfaction with Norman Corwin's Columbia Presents Corwin series.


Billboard Magazine announcement of the return of Columbia Workshop for 1946
Billboard Magazine announcement of the return of Columbia Workshop for 1946

Background

The Columbia Chain (CBS) began expanding its programming efforts beyond its traditional studio ensemble variety, daily and weekly sketch programs, and farm programming with the advent of the 1930s. In January 1931, CBS introduced an extensive and far more ambitious slate of new programming beginning on New Years Day 1931. Georgia Backus, CBS' head of Dramatic Programming Division assembled an innovative team of CBS' engineers, directors and producers to mount CBS' first series of 'experimental' dramatic productions. The first result was CBS' Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory, an initial series of eleven, cutting edge--for the era--dramatic experiments airing on Wednesday evenings at 10 o'clock EST and 9 o'clock CST. The series premiered on December 26th 1930 and ran for 12 weeks until March 11th 1931. While reportedly well received, Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory was more important for setting the stage for a remarkable history of experimental dramatic programming eventually spanning twenty-six years--and retrospectives spanning over seventy years:

The Columbia Chain's first dalliance with experimental drama debuted on December 26th 1930, as the announced "first of three" experiments in radio drama from Columbia Dramatic Director Georgia Backus:

  • December 26th 1930 -- Behind the Words: A Drama of Thoughts
  • December 29th 1930 -- Evidences. A psychological mystery drama
  • January 7th 1931 -- The Threshold. A psychological play.

Thereafter followed another eight experimental dramas of one genre or another between January 14 1931 and March 11 1931.

From the January 23rd 1931 edition of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

'Seeing What You Hear -- 'Man With the Big Ear Gives Some Advance Information on the Next of Columbia's Experimental Plays--It's Murder in the Studio' head

'W' insetELL, my lad," said the Man With the Big Ear cheerily as he removed his made-to-order earmuff from his megaphonic organ, "I have good news for you. I'm going to read you something."

     Our sigh was lost in the rustle of the sheaf of papers that he pulled from his frockcoat pocket.

     "This," he said triumphantly, "is an advance script of the next of those experimental dramas. As one who has played--when you were but an unimportant tyke, my lad--with De Wolfe Hopper and Otis Skinner and--well let me read."

     "Ladies and gentlemen, we present another play in the series which comprises Columbia's Dramatic Laboratory. These radio dramas are designed to stimulate an interest in experiments made in that art and tonight we are presenting a murder mystery that is baffling the minds of the greatest detectives in the country. We are doing this in the hope that some one of you who are listening in may be able to give the authorities the solution.

     "On the night of Dec. 3 Dave Cross, announder of Station WTAZ, of Newton, Ill., was alone in the studio. A few minutes before midnight some one entered the announcer's booth and killed him. Although there were no sight witnesses, may people were listening to WTAZ on their radio sets that night, heard the events that led up to the tragedy. There's the opening."

     "Now," said our jolly old snooping Auricle, "tThe Man With the Big Ear insethe chief claim of this play to virtue is the exposition by implication. Not a bad way of putting it. I mean by that the indirect methods of approach and the fairly clever application of the old movie flashback.

     "I cannot say that it is original, this play of Tazwell's. Let me say that it is unique, however, albeit not quite as deftly handled as might be. You see, there are three who have threatened the announcer with death. After he is shot in the studio, realizing the microphone is still alive--as is he--he starts to give the name of his assailant over the air but is silenced by a crushing blow on the head."
He stuffed the script back into his pocket and brought forth one of our missing cigarettes. He winked slyly.

     "But I want you," he said, "to listen to WABC next Wednesday night and see if your somewhat underdeveloped brain can react to the surprise element. Also see if the idea doesn't suggest a rehash of the play "Remote Control" and the murder of that announcer chap out in the Middle West which happened a few months ago."

     He missed the yawn which we were forming in order to disconcert him, for his snooping impulse had caught hold of him and he was at our mail again.
"Ha," he remarked triumphantly, "I knew that remark about underdeveloped grain was justified. Here's some one called R.I. Sheppard, who takes you to task for your criticism of Joyce Kilmer's 'Trees.'

     "Trees," we said with some dignity, "are far too personal things to us to be so coldly immortalized. Kilmer might have written that only God could make the spirit of a tree. Trees have all the human attributes. Kindness and meanness and friendship--oh, never mind. You wouldn't understand, you old snooping fossil. I bet Sheppard would though.

     "And on the other hand," we continued, "Ray Knight's letter here complimenting me on a story I wrote about him balances it a bit. Here's one from Marietta Gretchin which I wish your insatiable curiosity had led you to first.

     "And please tell the Man With the Big Ear," she writes, "that I wish he wouldn't smoke so much. He makes me nervous. If he doesn't stop soon he'll be getting yellow teeth, and then see what kind of an impression he'll make on Lois Bennett. Ha, yourself, you Auricle."

     And a letter from an "Ardent Listener," who is certain that WIlliam Shelley on Death Valley Days, is Harvey Hays. The listener realizes that Hays is broadcasting from Chicago, and is wondering if he hops to New York every Monday night to ake part in the Tuesday broadcast.

     That voice and laugh of William Shelley, "Ardent Listener," have often puzzled even the studio experts. It is Shelley, however, who plays the Death Valley Days. We've seen him, and, besides, we are absolutely certain that Hays does not leave Chicago after his Monday broadcasts.

     It is remarkable though, isn't it?


CBS continued its 1931 series of experimental dramatic offerings with its Second Season of Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory which premiered on Sunday evening, June 5th 1932, running for eighteen installments until October 9th 1932. Equally well received, by the end of its run Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory had introduced many of early Radio's most innovative and creative writers, producers, directors and engineers to the airwaves. Columbia's 1931 and 1932 experimental dramatic undertakings set the standard for hundreds of new programs that began appearing over 1930s Radio throughout the decade.

CBS undertakes its longest-running experimental drama series

The Columbia Broadcasting System's Columbia Workshop built even futher on Columbia's earliest, ground-breaking experimental dramas. It continued--and greatly expanded--the initiatives by CBS engineers, writers and producers to demonstrate the full capabilities of many of the emerging communication and broadcasting technologies of the era. Initiated in 1936 by CBS playwright, engineer, and director, Irving Reis, Reis became the chief engineer, director and production supervisor for the series. Reis' initiatives inaugurated one of Columbia's longest-running network-sustained programming efforts, eventually spanning almost seventy years, on and off, the most famous of which was its Columbia Workshop series:

  • Columbia Workshop Experimental Series
  • Columbia Workshop Festival Series
  • Columbia Workshop
  • Columbia Workshop Time Out for Comedy cycle
  • Columbia Workshop [1946-1947 post-War series]
  • Columbia Workshop Once Upon A Tune cycle

Reis was aided by the best and brightest of the producers, directors, writers and engineers of the entire CBS network. In one instance, all 500 writers, producers, directors and engineers from Columbia's Hollywood studios were deployed to Los Angeles' Olympic Memorial Colliseum for Columbia Workshop's 1st Anniversary production, "The Fall of The City" inspired by Archibald MacLeish.

'Out of the box' thinking was the driving force behind the eventual 370+ productions mounted by the Columbia Workshop initiatives over the years. The Columbia Workshop series introduced America to such Radio luminaries as Norman Corwin, Orson Welles, William Spier, William N. Robson, Charles Vanda, Norm MacDonnell, Lynn Murray, Benjamin Britten, Fletcher Markle, Brewster Morgan, George Zachary, Lud Gluskin, Wilbur Hatch, Leith Stevens, and Elliott Lewis, to name but a handful.

The Columbia chain wasn't the only network experimenting with the technical, contextual and aural broadcast limits of early Radio by any means, but over the course of the twenty year span of Columbia Workshop and its follow-on, CBS Radio Workshop (1956-1957), Columbia produced some of Radio's most enduring, historic, and memorable, cutting edge programming from The Golden Age.

Neither was The Columbia Workshop an overnight success. By the mid-1930s Radio was already congested with predominantly musical, melodramatic serial, and juvenile adventure programming. Mystery, crime and detective genre programming was also beginning to surface over every network. The proliferation of purely commercial programming made it somewhat difficult for Columbia Workshop and other similar, network-sustained programming to find a substantial audience.

Once it did find an audience, both popular and critical acclaim soon followed. The topics and techniques covered by The Columbia Workshop ranged from aural sound shaping breaktroughs, to tone poems for Radio, huge choruses and multiple orchestras, inventive modern compositions by some of America's newest composers and conductors, and even putting The Constitution to music. At its worst, the series was a cutting edge breath of innovative programming during even the earliest years of Radio. At its best, The Columbia Workshop set the bar for innovation, creativity and technical breakthroughs that influenced Radio for the remainder of Radio history.

While Irving Reis deserves the lion's share of the praise for launching and setting the tone for The Columbia Workshop, great CBS Director William N. Robson took over directorial duties with Reis's departure to Paramount Studios in December of 1937. Robson continued Reis's innovative tradition, adding his own extraordinary inventiveness, resourcefulness, and talent-spotting to the succeeding productions.

From the October 2nd 1932 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

Listeners Applaud Modernistic Play head

     Although there seems to be a general feeling among broadcasters that the listening audiences write fewer and fewer letters as days go by, an interview with Don Clark, Columbia's director of dramatics, disproves it.
     Clark, now in his 16th week with the Columbia Dramatic Laboratory, has found, among other things, that the radio fan will write when he has something of value to say and not just for the sheer fun of writing to someone connected with a broadcasting company.
     His plays and productions, put on the air Sunday nights over WABC, were, as you no doubt know, somewhat out of the ordinary. Consequently they aroused listener interest and the audience was quick to respond by making known its likes and dislikes in letters to the C.B.S.
     It is interesting to observe that of all the mail received a goodly 80 percent applauded the ultra modernistic scientific play "1890 AD." Clark believes that isteners like this kind of play second best only to the mystery thriller which is running the top lanes at the present writing.
     Clark and his able staff of dramatists at WABC are learning much about the technique of presenting radio drama. So successful has been the Columbia Dramatic Laboratory series that it will be continued indefinitely, according to Clark.
     In the earlier broadcasts, Clark arranged to pick up realistic sund effects for the production from points of origination. Clark found that these sound effects were far from realistic and finally substituted man made noises which listeners reported "much more realistic!"


Columbia Workshop debuts it's Experimental Radio Series

From the July 18, 1936 edition of the Oakland Tribune:

NEW EXPERIMENT

     Broadening its experiments in the field of radio drama, the Columbia Broadcasting System announces a new series entitled "Columbia Workshop," in which Irving Reis, young CBS playwright and director, will be given an opportunity to attempt anything new and unusual in voice and sound effect which might help to further radio technique.
     Reis is the young engineer--author who deserted the control room to use his technical knowledge in original productions which won wide acclaim for their new patterns and treatment. The "Workshop" series will consist of half-hour presentations to be heard each week beginning today from 4:30 to 5 p. m. Reis, as producer, will be given a free hand. New writers will create some of the plays; in others, new actors and actresses will be given an opportunity to try out anything unique in microphone manner which they may have conceived.
     During some of the broadcasts, the listening audience will be asked to participate in offering constructive criticism of new production methods. It might be a series of five sounds, with the audience being requested to determine which is the most pleasant to the ear. Then again, they will be asked comparative opinions on five-minute one-act plays, presented first by a carefully rehearsed group of actors, then by a second group which has simply "read over" the lines individually.
     Reis has been responsible for the writing and production of several trail-blazing experimental productions heard over the Columbia network. Outstanding among them were three which evoked wide comment—"St. Louis Blues," "Half Pint Flask" and "Meridian 7-1212."
     "We do not plan to abide by any preordained concept of radio drama," Reis says. "We plan to do almost anything that lends itself to unique treatment and interesting experiments with sound effects and voices."


The Columbia Workshop debuted with relatively little fanfare. And in fact, throughout The Columbia Workshop's history, CBS never quite knew what to do with it, showing almost no interest in promoting the various series' and their derivatives. Of course when it came time for CBS to mount retrospectives of its network history of the past 25, 40, or 70 years it was quick to take credit for its own genius in sustaining the various Columbia Workshop series' for so many years. Orson Welles' and John Houseman's own Mercury Theatre air productions over the years experienced much the same arm's-length treatment from Columbia, as did Norman Corwin with his numerous independent productions over CBS' history. A case in point: the articles to the left on the unprecedented success of Corwin's On A Note of Triumph that garnered CBS the single highest number of North American Radio listeners in history--an estimated 70 million. The timing for CBS' criticism of Columbia Presents Corwin is all the more ironic in the face of the dateline of the Billboard article--August 13, 1945. It was between August 13, 1945 and August 14, 1945 that Norman Corwin--and Orson Welles--hurriedly assembled yet another historic CBS broadcast, Fourteen August--and the follow-on God and Uranium on August 19. To say that CBS' observations about Corwin's body of work were ill-timed is putting it mildly. But Fred Friendly and Edward R. Murrow experienced much the same treatment throughout their own history with CBS. CBS was overjoyed when one of their brilliant teams produced cutting-edge Radio efforts that garnered a lot of press. But insofar as proactively promoting their young geniuses went--not so much, to put it as sanguinely as possible.

Even more ironic, throughout the Workshop's history, CBS' flagship station, WABC [later WCBS], showed the least interest in the series of the various CBS key stations across the chain. The Columbia chain's midwest and west coast key stations and affiliate stations clearly loved the innovative new series. WABC, for its part, didn't even update The New York Times regarding the Workshop's productions for its first year and a half on the air. Contemporaneous newspaper articles cited simply a new series to be collectively referred to as 'Columbia Workshop', and to be produced and directed by Irving Reis as an experiment in sound and voice.

The initial 'experimental Radio' series was an Irving Reis production all the way. A former Engineering Director for the Columbia Chain, Reis' passion was to illustrate, in every tangible, technically demonstrable, and visceral way, the extraordinary possibilities and technologies upon which modern Radio could capitalize to broaden, enhance and expand Radio's reach, application and listening experience.

An out-of-the-box thinker, Irving Reis, with the full cooperation of the Columbia chain, devised--and executed--showcase after showcase of Radio innovations through which to push the envelope of Radio broadcasting technologies and techniques to their absolute technical and artistic limits for the era. The listening audience didn't always grasp the significance of Reis' on-air innovations, but his peers and competitors alike--across America and the world--took notice almost immediately.

The experimental series' first outing foretold what future installments might bring. A two-part presentation, the first half of the program, A Comedy of Danger, sought to create, through state of the art sound-shaping, the most visceral experience yet to air of miners trapped in a flooding coal mine. The second half of the premiere presentation, The Finger of God, utilized a parabolic microphone pickup to trace the movements of performers in a stage play--while the players were moving about the specially designed set (see Popular Mechanics article in the sidebar). Both presentations lent a new perspective to Radio Drama; the ability to tranform one dimensional audio presentations over Radio as a multidimensional experience for the listener.

Over the course of its impressive canon of experimental Radio productions, The Columbia Workshop presented several deliberately distinct cycles of programming, which we'll attempt to summarize here:

  • The Experimental Radio cycle [75 Episodes]
  • The 1939 Summer Festival cycle [13 Episodes: 8 revivals and 5 new productions]
  • The 26 By Corwin cycle [27 Episodes]
  • The All Out For Comedy cycle
  • The Old Vic cycle
  • The Once Upon A Tune [Once Upon A 'Toon] cycle

The Experimental Radio cycle was Irving Reis' pet project and helped to both launch the controversial series as well as pique the interest of Radio engineers, writers and artists the world over.

The Festival Series -- Summer 1939

The first subtle departure in the Columbia Workshop series was its Summer 1939 series of thirteen special request rebroadcasts from The Columbia Workshop's by then prolific output of over 145 original, experimental Radio productions. The thirteen programs were selected in response to the hundreds of thousands of requests, critiques, cards, letters and suggestions sent to The Columbia Workshop over its three previous years. The Summer Series of rebroadcasts also afforded The Columbia Workshop's team a bit of a breather to regroup, reorganize and plan for another full season of innovative Radio presentations.

Series Derivatives:

The Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory; Columbia Experimental Laboratory; The Columbia Players; Columbia Workshop Festival Series; 26 By Corwin; An American In England; Columbia Presents Corwin; CBS Radio Workshop; Once Upon A Time; Once Upon A Tune; Six By Corwin; Thirteen By Corwin; AFRS 'This Is The Story'
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Experimental Radio Dramatizations
Network(s): CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory - Season 1:

30-12-26 01 Behind the Words

Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory - Season 2:

32-06-12 01 The Lady Or The TIger

Columbia Workshop:

36-07-18 01 'A Comedy Of Danger' and 'The Finger of God'
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory - Season 1:

30-12-26 to 31-03-11; CBS; Eleven, 30-minute programs; varying days for first two episodes, then Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST

Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory - Season 2:

32-06-12 to

Columbia Workshop:

36-07-18 to 47-04-26; CBS; Three-hundred seventy, 15-, 30-, 60-, and 90-minute programs;
Syndication: CBS; The AFRS; National Public Radio
Sponsors: Sustaining
Director(s): Directors: Brewster Morgan, Irving Reis, Earle McGill, Worthington Miner, Joseph Losey, Edward A. Black, William N. Robson, George Zachery, Stuart Hawkins, Val Gielgud, Pare Laurentz, John S. Carlisle, Davidson Taylor, Norman Corwin, Charles Vanda, Nila Mack, Betty Tuthill, Margaret Webster, Phil Cohen, John Fitzgerald, John Houseman, Max B. Loeb, Guy della Ciaffa, Howard G. Barnes, Perry Lafferty, Jim Fassett, Les Mitchell, Roy Bargy, Albert Ward, Fletcher Markle, Carl Beyer, Arthur Munch
Producers: Irving Reis, William N. Robson, Norman Corwin, Harry Spears, George Zachery, Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee, Marx B. Loeb, Howard Barnes, Robert Lewis Shayon, Albert Ward
Principal Actors: Arlene Francis, Ray Collins, Alexander Scourby, Edgerton Paul, George Gaul, Hiram Sherman, Rosamon Pinchot, Sydney Smith, Ruth Carhart, Raymond Scott, George Duthie, Joseph Cotten, Laura Hale, Miss Frank Hall, Santos Ortega, Shirley Oliver, Virginia Wells, Whitford Kane, Dr. John Steinberg, Carleton Young, Orson Welles, Burgess Meredith, Parker Fennelly, Kenny Delmar, George Coulouris, House Jameson, Helen Claire, Agnes Moorehead, Lurene Tuttle, Van Heflin, Eustace Wyatt, Ann Boley, Helena Pickard, Cedric Hardwicke, Naomi Campbell, Wanda Paul, Reginald Bache, Dennis Green, George Graham, George Tiplady, Dwight Weist, Edmond MacDonald, Ed Latimer, Elsie Mae Gordon, Jack Grimes, Ray Collisn, Frank Lovejoy, Charles Powers, James Donnelly, Ann Shephard, John McGovern, Charles Bellen, Dick Clayton, Stefan Schnabel, Ruth Yorke, Ronald Liss, Neal O'Malley, Edgar Stehli, Karl Swenson, Dean Jagger, Zita Johann, Luis Van Rooten, Arnold Moss, Everett Sloane, John Gibson, Beatrice Kay, Orth Bell, Brewster Morgan, Mitzi Gould, Joe Latham, Hank Ladd, Dorothy Meredith, Myron McCormick, Earle Ross, Ted Osborne, Fred MacKaye, True Boardman, Dorothy Burgess, Ian Martin, Phillip Hanselrolel, Frank Hornaday, Margaret Down, Claude Reese, Ruth Carhardt, Rebecca Crawford, Hubert Hendry, Elsa Lanchester, John Griggs, Hester Sondergaard, Peter Donald, John Reed King, Mel Allen, Nila Mack, Ted Husing, David Ross, Robert Trout, Kitty Trout, Mrs. Linton Wells, Ted de Corsia, Mrs. George Fielding Eliot, Hugh Marlowe, Adrienne Marden, Vincent Donahue, Gene Leonard, Cameron Andrews, Charles Webster, Charles Paul, Arthur Anderson, John Griggs, Neal O'Malley, Horace Braham, May Whitty, W.H. Auden, Maurice Tarplin, Roger De Koven, Mandel Kramer, Beatrice Kay, Ed Gardner, William Bendix, Richard Widmark, Walter Kinsella, Peter Donald, William Johnstone, Martin Gabel, Dwight Weist, Jack Grimes, Howard Lindsay, Dan Seymour, Helen Dumont, Bob Edge, Bela Bartok, Ditta Bartok, Harry Baker, Al Rinker, Joan Banks, Len Doyle, Alexander Kirkland, Sybil Trent, Jessica Tandy, Ed Latimer, Kenny Delmar, Helen Claire, Donald Cook, Burl Ives, Arthur Vinton, Craig McDonnell, Betty Garde, Don Briggs, Ethel Remey, Adele Ronson, Ralph Dumke, Dean Carlton, John Gibson, John Kane, Hiram Sherman, Lily Valente, Eddie Green, Frank Gallop, Larry Adler, Minerva Pious, Mildred Natwick, Eddie Mayehoff, Tom Tully, Norman Lloyd, Olga Quello, Cliff Carpenter, Gilbert Mack, Don Morrison, Paul Stewart, Rosalyn Green, Martin Wolfson, June Havoc, Larry Robinson, John McIntire, Florence Robinson, Morgan Farley, Bill Watts, Jerry Macey, Eric Burroughs, Kenneth Hayden, John Dickens, Carol Marsh, Henry Morgan, Eileen Burns, Winfield Honey, Mady Christians, Joan Vitez, Winston O'Keefe, Harrison Knox, Eugene Lowenthal, Kenneth Schoen, Genevieve Rhodes, Charles Laughton, Hans Conried, Roman Borin, Ruth Gordon, The Sportsmen, Thurl Ravenscroft, Gale Sondergaard, Lucille Meredith, Norman Ober, Juliana Taverna, Everett Ripley, Edith Wiseman, Budd Hulick, Tom Tully, James McCallion, Juana Paul, Eddie O'Shea, Betty Jane Tyler, Sammie Hill, Jeanette Chinley, Brad Parker, Walter Slezak, Ivan Triasof, Rolfe Sedan, Harold Dryanforth, Guy Repp, Patsy O'Shea, Robert Lee, Jim Backus, Henriette Kaye, Roy Fant, Tom Lewis, Howard Smith, Sandy Strauss, Betty Fillson, Mary Frances Heflin, Rugh Yorke, Edwin Jerome, Mildred Natwick, Edward Nugent, William Hanson, Charme Allen, Kingsley Colton, Richard Widmark, Sidney Lumet, Walter Vaughn, Eleanor Phelps, Ethel Wilson, Ron Brogan, Vera Barton, G. Swain Gordon, Larry Robinson, John Gurney, Mona Paulie, Carlo Corelli, Nadine Connor, Maxwell Anderson, Joseph Schildkraut, Berry Kroeger, Joseph Julian, Jackson Beck, Gertrude Warner, John Connery, Jone Allison, Michael Artist, Adelaide Klein, Robert Readick, Margery Quail, Joe DeSantis, Vincent Price, Myron McCormick, Madeleine Grayson, Johathan Hole, John Larkin, Frank Dane, Forrest Lewis, Les Tremayne, Skip Homeier, Anne Sedgewick, Robert Dryden, Delta Rhythm Boys, King Jack, Pinky Lee, Art Carney, Peggy Stanley, Nora Marlowe, Dick Nelson, Gregory Morton, Kermit Murdock, Nell Harrison, Larry Haines, Charlotte Holland, Reed Brown Jr., Julian Noa, Don Douglas, Mary Michael, Lyle Sudrow, Charles Webster, Ralph Bell, Elliott Reid, Raymond Van Sickle, James Johnson Sweeney, Ed Begley, Elspeth Eric, Sandy Becker, Eileen Farrell, Clinton Anderson, Lee Price, Osa Massen, Joan Alexandaer, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Pete Seeger, Artie Shaw, Earl Hammond, Enid Markey, Sam Wanamaker, Jay Novello, Lawson Zerbe, Al Hodge, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis, Bill Lipton, Arthur Q. Bryan, Billy Gould, Edwin Max, Jack Kruschen, Jerry Hausner, Lud Gluskin, Norma Jean Nilsson, Sarah Selby, Betty Garde, Hedly Rennie, Jack Grimes, Arnold Stang, Vic Riddenban, Sam Schotz, David Duval, Phyllis Spargnam, Melitz Caulkey
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): Vic Knight, Jonathan Swift, William Shakespeare, John Masefield, Lord Dunsany, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Irving Reis, John Keats, Archibald MacLeish, Carel Kapek, Irwin Shaw, Stephen Vincent Benet, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, John Glasworthy, Guy de Maupassant, John Williams Andrews, Orrin E. Dunlop Jr., Lewis Carroll, John Millington Synge, James Elroy Flecker, Richard Sale, Charles Rand Kennedy, Stephen Crane, T.S. Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, Thornton Wilder, William March, David Redstone, Hugh Hunt, Charles Jackson, William Merrick, Lee Anderson, Parker Fennelly, Eustace Wyatt, Evelyn Waugh, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, Arthur Miller, W.W. Jacobs, Frank Gould, Joseph Liss, Mary Roberts Rinehart, William Saroyan, Lucille Fletcher, Theodore 'Dr. Seuss' Geisel, Thomas Hardy, Ring Lardner, Euripedes, Milton Geiger, James Fleming, A.M. Sullivan, James Weldon Johnson, D.H. Lawrence, Vachel Lindsay, Robert Nathan, Ronald Liss, David Ross, Damon Runyon, Henrik Ibsen, Fletcher Markle, Alan Lomax, Herman Melville, Dore Schary, Bergen Evans
Writer(s) Writers: Irving Reis, Eustace Wyatt, Albert Moss, Leopold Atlas, Frederick Gilsdorf, Pauline Gilsdorf, Helen Jean Burns, Anita Fairgreave, Guy della Ciaffa, Stuart Hawkins, Leslie Roberts, Joel Hammill, Charles Tazewell, Michael Carroll, Eric Knight, Val Gielgud, Stephen King Hall, Pare Lorentz, John S. Carlisle, Charles Tracey, Norman Corwin, Arch Oboler, Travis Ingham, William Merrick, Richard Connell, James Hart, Elizabeth Hart, William Saroyan, Florence Vines, Ben Vines, Brewster Morgan, John Loggerman, Paul Phillips, Archibald MacLeish, Howard Breslin, A.M. Sullivan, Eric Arthur, Jack Caldwell, Earl Robinson, E. Spitzer, Paul Green, Charles Vanda, Werner Mishel, William Iverson, Henry Denker, Ralph Berkey, Joseph Ruscoll, B.A. Brown, Gene Rider, Louis Hazman, Kenneth Patchen, Norman Williams, Davis Leeson, Henry Denker, John Lovelace, Carl Carmer, Les Crutchfield, Walter Newman, Ray Darby, Hal Vincent
Adapters: William N. Robson, Irving Reis, Norman Corwin, Lester Fuller, George Zachery, Constance Brown, Stephen Fox, Whitford Kane, Margaret Lewerth, Charles Jackson, James Hart, Elizabeth Hart, Eustace Wyatt, Lucille Fletcher, Catherine Anderson, Nila Mack, Jacques Fink, Draper Lewis, George D. Griffin
Music Direction: Composers: Bernard Herrmann, Frederick Delius, Vittorio Giannini, Raymond Scott, Alexander Semmler, Nicholas Nabukoff, Benjamin Britten, Michael Stratton, George Kleinsinger, Lynn Murray, Paul Belange, Deems Taylor, Virgil Thompson, Van Cleve, Amadeo Di Felipe, Lehman Engel, Walter Gross, Randall Thompson, John Cage, Ray Borgy, Charles Paul, Norman Lockwood, Lou Cooper, Gail Kubeck, Edward Grieg, George Anthiel, Morris Surdin, Jerry Goldsmith
Conductors: Howard Barlow, Alexander Semmler, Carlos Chavez, Bernard Herrmann, Lynn Murray, Leith Stevens, Lud Gluskin, Van Cleve, Lehman Engel, Walter Gross, Jeff Alexander, Norman Lockwood, Gail Kubeck, Charles Paul, Igor Stravinsky, Cy Feuer, Morris Surdin, Jerry Goldsmith
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Announcers: Edward R. Murrow, Bert Parks, Ken Roberts, Bill Goodwin, Niles Welch, Frank Gallop, Harry Clark, Harry Von Zell, Warren Sweeney, Art Gilmore, John Daly, John Harper, Bill Rogers, Sandy Becker, Ben Presser
Narrators: William N. Robson, David Ross, Edwin Jerome, House Jameson, Burgess Meredith, Ray Collins, Kenneth Spencer, Frank Gallop, Norman Corwin, Henry Morgan, Arnold Moss, Jim Backus, Tom Shirley, Chester Stratton, Ted Osborne, Warren Brian, Eric Dressler, Chet Huntley, Berry Kroeger, Hugh Downs
Hosts: Orson Welles, Deems Taylor, Isabel Jewell, Charles Vanda, Perry Lafferty, Ralph Richardson
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
380+ [Includes 26 By Corwin]
Episodes in Circulation: 318 [Includes 26 By Corwin]
Total Episodes in Collection: 324 [Includes the twenty-seven '26 By Corwin' recordings]
Provenances:

Billboard review of Columbia Workshop's Time Out for Comedy series from Aug 29 1942
Billboard review of Columbia Workshop's Time Out for Comedy series from Aug 29 1942


Hickerson Guide, newspaper listings, correspondence with Norman Corwin.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings and our own correspondence with Norman Corwin.

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The Hickerson Guide cites only 318 Columbia Workshop broadcasts, including 26 By Corwin. In fact there were at least 370 broadcasts of The Columbia Workshop if one includes 26 By Corwin--which we also have. Indeed, if one were to count Once Upon A 'Toon [Once Upon A Tune], the various 'Specials', and the AFRS derivations in circulation the total would rise to well over 400.

We're frankly perplexed by all of the ambiguity and misinformation surrounding the existence--or non-existence--of the remainder of The Columbia Workshop canon not currently in circulation. Our own research disclosed numerous alleged available programs that could not possibly have been broadcast as cited by the collectors. The radioGOLDINdex, while one of the most helpful of the provenances we employed in scrubbing our own collection of 240+ exemplars, was uncharacteristically inaccurate in several instances.

From Hickerson's assertion that there were only 318 broadcasts of The Columbia Workshop, to the radioGOLDINdex's rare inconsistencies, it would appear that a handful of collectors alleging possession of "most of the programs" were exaggerating their own holdings--and the broadcast history of The Columbia Workshop in the process. Even excluding the twenty-seven 26 By Corwin exemplars--which Hickerson states they include--would yield at least 343 broadcasts of The Columbia Workshop.

The recently circulating 38-07-02 097 The Constitution of The United States, comprised of sections from U.S. Constitution is actually 40-11-03 049 The Constitution of The United States, a probable rebroadcast of the 38-07-02 program. The rebroadcast (or reperformed) program can be identified by its announcement of the following Tuesday being Election Day, promoting CBS' forthcoming election coverage. The proper title should probably be Sections from The Constitution of The United States--for at least the 1940 program, in any case.

The Wikipedia Columbia Workshop article cites some misinformation in their log of Columbia Workshop, as follows:

  • Episode No. 6, broadcast 36-08-22, is a two part presentation. The first presentation is a technical demonstration entitled, 'March of The Molecules, ' not the Wikipedia cited 'Dance of The Molecules.' As usual, the proof is in the listening.
  • Episode No. 13, broadcast 36-10-10 was indeed a 'Sound Demonstration', as were many of Columbia Workshop's 'experimental cycle' of broadcasts. The reported titles for the presentation were 'Imperfect Reception' and 'The Remedy.'
  • Episode No. 9, broadcast 36-09-12 is titled 'A Voyage to Brobdingnag.'
  • Episode No. 22, broadcast 36-12-19 is titled 'The Gods of The Mountain,' after the story by Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett).
  • Episode No. 35, Eve of Saint Agnes was announced as the broadcast of 37-04-04, not 37-03-28.
  • Episode No. 30, broadcast 37-02-13, was announced in the closing credits as Pitch and Pitch Perception, one of several planned productions on 'sound and the human ear.'
  • Misidentified as simply '(unidentified show),' there was no broadcast on 37-03-07. That broadcast was preempted for a nationally aired debate over the direction of the Supreme Court. The postponement was widely announced in the newspaper listings for that week.
  • Episode No. 66, broadcast 37-10-31, was titled 'Sweep' one of several original scripts by Irving Reis.
  • Misidentified as simply '(unidentified show),' there was no broadcast on 37-12-02. The series simply moved to Thursdays for the first program of its Third Season, coinciding with the 36th Anniversary of the first Trans-Atlantic radio message.
  • The broadcasts of 37-12-23 and 37-12-30 were Parts 1 and 2 of 'Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass.'
  • There were no Columbia Workshop broadcasts between 38-08-13 and 38-09-15. The closing announcement of The Devil and Daniel Webster states that it was the last program of the season and that Columbia Workshop "will return in the early fall."

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The Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory - Season One Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
30-12-26
1
Behind the Words
N
[ Premiere of Columbia Experimental Laboratory; Season 1]

30-12-22 Cumberland Evening Times
Three experimental plays, arranged to determine just what can be done with drama on the air, are billed for WABC and stations within the next several weeks.
The first at 10:30 p.m. (EST) December 26, is to be the previously announced "Behind the Words," which will consist of asides in addition to the regular lines. It will be followed on at 10 p.m., December 29 with "Evidences," a mystery play, and at 10 p.m. January 7, with "The Threshold." a psychological play.

30-12-26 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
860K.---WABC---349M.
10:30--
Behind the Words. A Drama of Thoughts, an experiment in Radio Drama, directed by Georgia Backus.

30-12-29
2
Evidences
N
30-12-29 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
860K.---WABC---349M.
10:30--
Evidences. A Psychological Play written and directed by Georgia Backus.

31-01-07
3
The Threshold
N
31-01-07 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Fast Freight

31-01-07 The Marion Star
"
The Threshold." third of a series of experimental dramas sponsored by the Columbia Broadcasting System will be presented Wednesday from 10 to 10:30 p.m. The cast includes Larry Grattan, Frank Readick and Georgia Backus.

31-01-07 New York Times - WABC 10:00--The Threshold--Play

31-01-14
4
Doctor By Compulsion
N
31-01-14 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--"
Doctor by Compulsion," a play.

31-01-14 Charleston Gazette
WABC New York (CBS Chain) 10:00--Doctor by Compulsion.

31-01-18 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Airy Chats
By BILL SCHUDT JR.
A windowless room 20x20, four chairs, a
grand piano, two microphones, six people, three huddled around each microphone. The scene is radio's latest achievement, Columbia's experimental laboratory for radio plays. Perhaps you've heard the announcer say on Wednesday nights at 10 that another experimental play will now be broadcast. Perhaps not. During the next six months every conceivable type of drama will be unfolded and enacted before these two microphones by an able cast under the personal direction of Georgia Backus, Columbia's chief of dramatics. Just as certain types of drama are best fitted for motion picture work, so, believes Miss Backus, should there be an individual type of drama for radio. Her ultimate goal is to determine it.

31-01-21
5
Crescendo
N
31-01-21 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--
Crescendo

31-01-28
6
Murder In the Studio
N
31-01-28 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Murder In the Studio.

31-01-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette
"
Murder in the Studio," another of the experimental radio plays on WABC and hookup at 10.

31-02-04
7
An Untold Tale
N
31-02-04 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--An Untold Tale.

31-02-04 Rhinelander Daily News - "
An Untold Tale" presented with "apologies to Charles Dickens" will be heard at 9 p.m., over CBS stations.

31-02-11
8
Medicine Show
N
31-02-11 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Medicine Show.

31-02-11 Edwardsville Intelligencer - CBS (KMOX)--9 Columbia Experimental Laboratory,
Medicine Show.

31-02-11 Daily Star
The first "
Medicine Show," a reproduction of an old time wagon show, will be heard over WABC from 10 to 10:30 tonight. This program, a presentation of the Columbia Experimental Laboratory, has been adopted for the radio by Dave Elman and represents something new in radio dramatic material and microphone technique. Elman and Dale Wimbrow, assisten by Billy Dauscha, Martin Malloy, Frank Readick, Fred Hall and a group of "hillbilly" singers, will put on the show, which includes the sales talk, a wedding for the prize-winners and the usual minstrel finish.

31-02-18
9
Split Seconds
N
31-02-18 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Experimental Laboratory

31-02-18 Daily Star
"
Split Seconds" is the title of the play to be presented tonight by the Columbia Experimental Laboratory over WABC at 10 o'clock tonight. This is one of two plays developed for experimentation with new microphone techniqes. It was written by Irving Reis, a member of the Columbia Engineering Staff and revolves about the psychological reaction of the human mind in danger.

31-02-18 New York Times
WABC 10:00--SKetch--
Split Seconds.

31-02-25
10
I Put Away Childish Things.
N
31-02-25 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Columbia Experimental Laboratory.

31-02-25 Alton Evening Telegraph
WABC 9, Experimental Drama.

31-02-25 New York Times - WABC 10:00--Sketch--
I Put Away Childish Things.

31-03-04
--
Pre-Empted
--
31-03-04 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Address by Prof. Albert Einstein, from the American-Palestine Foundation Dinner.

31-03-04 New York Times
WABC 10:00-- American Palestine Campaign Dinner, Hotel Astor; Speakers, Prof. Albert Einstein, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Felix M. Warburg and Others

31-03-11
11
Death On the Fate Line
N
31-03-11 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Experimental Laboratory

31-03-11 New York Times - WABC 10:00--Sketch--
Death on the Fate Line.

31-03-18
--
--
31-03-25 New York Times
WABC 10:00--Vitality Orchestra: Bella Baker, songs: Male Quartet

31-03-18 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Talk on First Aid.
31-03-25
--
--
31-03-25 Washington Post
WMAL 10:00 p.m.--Personalities

31-03-25 New York Times - WABC 10:00--Vitality Orchestra: Bella Baker, songs: Male Quartet






The Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory - Season Two Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
32-06-05
--
--
32-06-04 Binghamton Press

Stockton Tale
Will Go on Air
in Experiment
 
"Lady or the Tiger" to Be
Broadcast in Effort to
Develop Technique

     New York, June 4--(Associated Press)--Radio drama isn't all it can be made, broadcasters believe.
     So WABC-CBS is going to revive its experimental dramatic laboratory series of a year ago.
     Under the guidance of Don Clark, continuity chief, an effort will be made to ferret out new technique looking toward an increase in realism.
     The first play is to be an adaptation of Frank R. Stockton's story, "The Lady or the Tiger," a week from Sunday night.

32-06-05 New York Times
WABC 8:00--William Vincent Hall, Baritone; Women's Trio; Rich's Orch.

32-06-12
1
The Lady Or the Tiger
N
[ Premiere of Columbia Experimental Laboratory; Season 2]

32-06-11 Joplin News Herald
Sunday's Program. WABC-CBS--6--Opening of experimental dramatic series.

32-06-12 Sandusky Register - The experimental dramatic series in which new types of microphone productions are tried out is to be revived on WABC-CBS at 7 with "
The Lady Or the Tiger" as the play.

32-06-19
2
A Night In An Elevator
N
32-06-19 New York Times
The second in the WABC-CBS experimental dramas at 7 is to be "A Night in an Elevator."

32-06-18 Lowell Sun
Sunday Programs - 8:00 p.m.--Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory. WABC-CBS 8--Experimental drama, "
Night In An Elevator."

32-06-26
3
Romeo and Juliet
N
32-06-26 Indiana Evening Gazette
7:00 P.M. WJAS, Columbia Experimental Dramatic Laboratory.

32-06-26 New York Times
8:00--Experimental Dramatic Laboratory--
Romeo and Juliet.

32-06-26 Brooklyn Eagle
'
Romeo and Juliet' In Modern Setting
Will Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," in a modern paraphrase, depicting what might have happened had the couple loved and lived in 1932, will be offered over WABC tonight from 8 to 8:30 p.m.
     How Modern youth, bold and without inhibitions, would meet the situation that confronted the son and daughter of the feuding Monagues and Capulets will be depicted by Nila Mack, Columbia actress-writer, and produced by Don Clark, continuity chief.
     Miss Mack ahs indicated she does not believe the modern girl would take an overdose of sleeping powder merely becuase of prospective in-laws. Nor does she admit that today's youth would summarily do away with himself at the sight of a sleeping beauty without first calling the coroner.

32-07-03
4
Title Unknown
N
32-07-03 New York Times
WABC 10:30--Dramatic Sketch

32-07-03 Brooklyn Eagles
WABC 10:30--Dramatic Laboratory

32-07-10
5
1986 A.D.
N
32-07-09 Lowell Sun
What Sunday offers: WABC-CBS 10:30, experimental drama, "
1986 AD."

32-07-10 Lima News
The WABC-CBS experimental drama is to be "
1986 A.D." at 9:30.

32-07-09 The Evening Review
Realism will mark another in the series of WABC-CBS dramatic experiments. A week from Sunday, the actors will be taken to the lobby and grill of a Broadway hotel to present probably the first microphone "on-location" show in three scenes. The play is entitled "
Transient." The new lapel microphones are to be used for the pickup, including natural sound effects.

32-07-17
6
Transient
N
32-07-16 New York Times
WABC 10:30--Dramatic Sketch--
Transient
32-07-24
7
Death Says It Isn't So
N
32-07-24 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"
Death Says It Isn't So," Heywood Broun's magnificent fantasy produced by the Columbia Dramatic Laboratory at 10:30 p.m. over WABC.

32-07-24 New York Times
WABC 10:30--Dramatic Sketch--
Death Says It Isn't So

32-07-31
8
The Biography Of A Book
N
32-07-31 New York Times
WABC 10:30--German Election Returns--F.W. Wile; 10:45--Gauchos Orch.; Tito Guizar, Tenor; 11:00--
The Biography of a Book--Sketch

32-07-31 Washington Post
10:00 p.m.--Dramatic Laboratory.

32-07-31 San Antonio Light
Still lingering in the mind of ye radio editor are the two fantasies by Heywood Broun that were presented in a masterly manner by Columbia's dramatic laboratory the past Sunday evening. It has been a long, long time since, we have heard a program as effective as that of the past Sunday.
This series of dramatic sketches one of which is to be heard over KTSA at 9 o'clock this evening, is produced by Columbia for experimental purposes. The network is seeklng to develop the full possibilties of radio for dramatic expresslon. Recently Columbia presented a skit from tlie lobby of the New York hotel.


32-07-31 Hutchinson News
SUNDAY, July 31
8:30 p. m.—Walton Butterfield,
'
The Biography of a Book," WIBW, KMOX.

32-08-07
9
Metro
N
32-08-07 New York Times
WABC 10:30--Dramatic Sketch--
Metro

32-08-07 Zanesville Signal
COLUMBIA CHAIN
9:30 P. M.--Columbia Dramatic Laboratory

32-08-05 Brookyn Daily Eagle
"Metro," a series of six modernistic playlets depicting flashes of life in a great city, will be offered by the Columbia Dramatic Laboratory this Sunday at 10:30 p.m.

32-08-07 San Antonio Light
The Columbia dramatic laboratory sketch will return'to its former hour of 8:30 o'clock on KTSA this evening. It is our opinion these experiments in utilizing the peculiar advantages of radio for dramatic purposes can be classed as highly successful—-thus far.

32-08-14
10
Metro
N
32-08-14 New York Times
WABC 10:30--Dramatic Sketch--
Metro

32-08-14 Zanesville Signal
COLUMBIA CHAIN
9:30 P. M.--Columbia Dramatic Laboratory


32-08-21
11
Four To Seven
N
32-08-21 New York Times
WABC 10:30--Dramatic Sketch--
Four to Seven
32-08-28
12
News
N
32-08-27 Freeport Journal-Standard
The vital part newspapers play in the every-day life of readers will be dramatized in a half-hour playlet entitled
"News," written and directed by Don Clark for presentation by the Columbia Dramatic laboratory over KMOX at 6.

32-08-28 New York Times
WABC 8:00--Dramatic Sketch--News
32-09-04
13
Tent Show
N
32-09-04 New York Times
WABC 9:00--Dramatic Sketch--
Tent Show
32-09-11
14
Class Of 1912
N
32-09-11 New York Times
WABC 9:00--Dramatic Sketch--
Class of 1912
32-09-18
15
The Inanimate Percy and Susie
N
32-09-17 Freeport Journal-Standard
A young playwright who believes that inanimate objects play important roles in human lives--such as the carpet one stumbles over and the brick that falls on heads--will introduce a new idea in radio drama when his sketch concerning "
The Inanimate Percy and Susie" is presented by the Columbia Dramatic laboratory over KMOX at 7.

32-09-18 New York Times
WABC 9:00--
The Inanimate Percy and Susie--Sketch
32-09-25
16
Sound Proof
N
32-09-25 New York Times
WABC 9:00--Dramatic Sketch--
Sound Proof
32-10-02
--
Pre-Empted
--
32-10-02 New York Times
WABC 9:00--Dedication of New WCAU 50,000-Watt Transmitter; Speakers, Governor Gifford Pinchot of Pennsylvania, Colonel Thad Brown, Federal Radio Comissioner, and Others; Mucis by Kate Smith, Morton Downey, Four Mills Brothers, and Others
32-10-09
17
Squirrel Cage
N
32-10-08 Freeport Journal-Standard
"
Squirrel Cage," an unusual bit of English drama concerning a man who abides by all the "dont's" of life, will be presented by the Columbia Dramatic laboratory over KMOX at 8.

32-10-09 New York Times
WABC 9:00--Dramatic Sketch--
Squirrel Cage

32-10-09 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Dramatic Laboratory To Give English Play--"
Squirrel Cage," an unusual bit of English concerning a man who abides by all the "don'ts" of life, will be presented by the Columbia Dramatic Laboratory over WABC tonight from 9 to 9:30 p.m. The playlet is an impressionistic sketch written especially for the microphone by Tyrone Guthrie, one of the most successful radio playwrights of Great Britain. It originally was produced by the the British Broadcasting Company and is being introduced in the C.B.S. experimental series by Don Clark, director, because of its novel form. The scenes shift with interludes of speaking choruses, giving voice to the progressive "don'ts." They begin with those of the nursery, such as "Don't taste that' don't touch that; don't do that." In the end the man turns out to be a most conventional being.

32-10-16
18
Title Unknown
N
32-10-16 New York Times
WABC 9:00--Dramatic Sketch

32-10-23
--
--
32-10-23 New York Times
WABC 9:00--Katzman Orch.; Fred Allen, Comedian; Queenie Smith, Songs; Sheila Barrett, Impersonator; Roy Roy Atwell; Helen Morgan, Songs, and Others






The Columbia Workshop Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
36-07-18
1
'A Comedy of Danger' and 'The Finger of God'
A Comedy Of Danger - Dance Below
Y
[Series 1 Debuts]

36-07-18 Sheboygan Journal
A new series of radio dramas to be broadcast under the general title of "Columbia Workshop", in which Irving Reis will be given an opportunity to attempt anything new and unusual in voice and sound effect, will be broadcast over CBS network beginning Saturday, July 18. The "Workshop" series will consist of half-hour presentations on Saturdays from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Reis, as producer, will be given a free hand and all new talent and tools he may require. The first drama to be offered under the Reis system will be "
A Comedy of Danger", a harrowing tale of workers trapped in a rapidly flooding Mine. As the story begins, the miners' voices echo and re-echo through the vast tunneling system of the mine, but as the water creps up and they resound less and less until the muffling of sound fortells their doom. This will occupy the first half of the program. The second half of the broadcast period will be given over to the one-act play "Dance Below", in which the actors wil give their lines and move about the studio just as they would if it were being acted on the stage.

36-07-25
2
Broadway Evening
Y
36-07-25 Syracuse Herald
A Dramatic production without a plot, entitled "
Broadway Evening," during which listeners will be given a voice and sound impression of a stroll along the famous thoroughfare, will be given as the second in the experimental series, "Columbia Workshop," over CBS-WFBL at 7:30.

36-08-01
3
Cartwheel
Y
36-08-01 Syracuse Herald
"Columbia Workshop," over CBS-WFBL at 7:30.

36-08-08
4
'Experiment' & 'Highway Incident'
Y
36-08-08 Syracuse Herald
"Columbia Workshop," over CBS-WFBL at 7:30.

36-08-15
5
Case History
Y
36-08-15 Syracuse Herald
"Columbia Workshop," over CBS-WFBL at 7:30.

36-08-22
6
'March of The Molecules' and 'There Must Be Something Else'
Y
[Announces itself as the 5th in the series]

36-08-22 - Syracuse Herald
"
There Must Be Something Else," a one-act psychological play dealing with the thwarted art ambitions of a successful business man, together with a talk on radio technique by Dr. O'H. Caldwell, will be presented in the "Columbia Workshop" program over CBS-WFBL at 7:30.

36-08-29
7
1986 A.D.
N
36-08-29 - Syracuse Herald
A Fantasy of the future, titled "
1985 A.D.," will be presented by the Columbia Workshop players over CBS-WFBL at 7:30.

36-08-29 New York Times
8:30-WABC--
1986 A. D.--Sketch

36-08-29 San Antonio Light
A, fantasy of the future, "
1986 A. D.", will be the Columbia. Workshops
presentation (KTSA-6:30).

36-08-29 Benton Harbor News-Palladium - WABC-CBS--7:30 Columbia Workshop presents
"1986 A.D."

36-09-05
8
The San Quentin Broadcast [of Jan. 16, 1935]
Y
[Announces itself as the 7th in the series]

36-09-05 Sheboygan Journal
6:30 Columbia Workhop --
dramatization of San Quentin jail break, WBBM.
36-09-12
9
A Voyage To Brobdingnag
Y
[Announces itself as the 8th in the series]

36-09-12 Syracuse Herald
A dramatization of a portion of "Gulliver's Travels," entitled "
A Voyage to Brobdingnag," will be presented in the Columbia Workshop program over CBS-WSBL at 7:30.
36-09-19
10
Hamlet Acts 1 and 2
Y
[Announces itself as the 8th in the series]

36-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
Columbia Workshop will offer a condensed version of "
Hamlet" through WBBM.

36-09-19 Arcadia Tribune - At 4:30, Columbia workshop--the experimental program that seems to be good--and loud--presents a condensed version of
"Hamlet," with KHJ releasing the broadcast.

36-09-26
11
The Dream Maker and The Sound Microscope
Y
[Announced as 9th program]

36-09-25 Harrisburg Telegraph
NOISE VS. NERVES Demonstrations of a variety of noises and their effects on the nervous systems of human beings will be made during the broadcast of "Columbia Workshop," radio experimental series, over the WABC Columbia network Saturday from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Both mechanical and electric sound creating devices will be used.

36-09-26 Freeport Journal-Standard
Ghosts are in for a bit of debunking. A weird variety of perfectly natural sounds which human imagination often ascribes to unearthly sources will be demonstrated and explained to the audience during the Columbia Workshop program on WBBM at 6:30. The demonstration will be given after the presentation of a 15-minute fantasy entitled "
The Dream Makers" and concerning nightmares.

36-10-03
12
St Louis Blues
N
[Moves to 8:00 p.m.]

36-10-02 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
When the Columbia Workshop presents
"St. Louis Blues" tomorrow night on WABC it will be the fifth time on the air for this drama which first came along in 1932. One of these was a condensed version in the Rudy Vallee hour on NBC.

36-10-03 Lowell Sun
8:00--
St. Louis Blues by Columbia Workshop, dramatization, direction of Irving Reis.

36-10-10
13
'Imperfect Reception' & 'The Remedy'
N
36-10-09 Winnipeg Free Press
Saturday P.M. 7:00--Columbia Workshop--"Imperfect Reception" and "The Remedy," WHAS, CFRB, CKAC.

36-10-17
14
Dauber
Y
36-10-16 Harrisburg Telegraph
David Ross, announcer-poet-author, will be featured on the "Columbia Workshope" broadcast in the radio version of John Masefield's poem, "
Dauber," a poetic narrative of an artist who went to sea. Where the original lines best convey the story they will be ready by the radio-poet, however other parts will be presented in a manner, new to radio drama. Original background music has been especially composed for the broadcast. This program was first scheduled for October 10th, but will be heard tomorrow, Saturday, October 17, at 8:00 p.m., through WHP and the Columbia network.

36-10-17 Evening Gazette
8:00--Columbia Workshop under Direction of Irving Reis.

36-10-24
15
Letting the Cat Out Of the Bag
N
[15-Min program]

36-10-24 Syracuse Herald
8:00—WFBL-- Columbia Workshop.
8:15—WFBL-- "Roosevelt Progress."

36-10-24 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00--W-G-N--
Broadcast of a transcription of Senator Vandenberg's debate with President Roosevelt's voice of 1932.

36-10-24 Washington Post
8:00 Columbia Workshop; 8:15 Dem. Speaker.

36-10-24 New York Times
8:15-8:30P.M."Roosevelt Progress," M. W. Thatcher of Farmers' National
Grain Corporation--WABC

36-10-31
--
Pre-empted
--
[Pre-empted for political speeches and rallies]

36-10-31 New York Times
8-10:30 P.M.--
President Roosevelt, Governor Lehman and Others. Democratic Rally. Madison Square Garden--WHN (8-9): (9-10:30--WOR): (9:30-10:30--WEAF, WABC).

36-10-31 New York Times
8:00-8:30 P. M.--
Colonel Frank Knox, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, at Chicago--WABC

36-10-31 Hamilton Daily News Journal
KWRC 8:00--Columbia Workshop.

36-10-31 Piqua Daily Call
CBS WABC 8:00 Columbia Workshop.

36-10-31 Washington Post
WJSV 8:00 Col. Frank Knox.

36-10-31 Harrisburg Telegraph
BEVERLY YOUNGER, Texas actress, who will make her New York dramatic debut on a future program of the "Columbia Workshop," the weekly experimental broadcast of CBS through WHP Saturdays, at 8:00 o'clock. Miss Younger, who has played stock in various parts of the country, has been added as a regular member of the "Workshop" troupe.

36-11-07
16
Music For Radio
Y
36-11-07 Syracuse Herald
A review of important changes brought about by radio in modern orchestration and in methods of employing musical instruments will be presented on the Columbia Workshop program over CBS-WFBL at 8 o'clock.
36-11-14
17
Hamlet Acts 3 thru 5
Y
[Announces itself as the 15th in the series]

36-11-14 Winnipeg Free Press
Second half of "Hamlet" as a conclusion to the broadcast of the first part on September 19, during the Columbia Workshop broadcast at 7 p.m. (CBS). Orson Welles, 21-year-old Shakespearean actor and authorityh of the WLW staff, who has starred with Jane Cowl and Katharine Cornell, will again be heard in the rold of Hamlet. Further illustration of the intimacy of interpretation not possible in stage productions will be made in the half-hour adaptation.

36-11-14 Harrisburg Telegraph
New ventures into the field of radio technique will be made in novel winter features of the "Columbia Workshop," experimental series heard over WHP each saturday from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The presentations will include a half hour demonstration of radio's influence on music and dramatizations.
Tonight's presentation will feature the second half of "Hamlet," as a conclusion to the broadcast of the first part on September 19. Orson Welles, 21-year-old Shakespearean actor and authority, who has starred with Jane Cowl and Katharine Cornell, will again be heard in the role of Hamlet. Further illustration of intimacy of interpretation not possible in state productions will be made in the half hour adaptations.

36-11-21
18
Electrical Demonstration and 200 Were Chosen
How Acoustical Science Overcomes Obstacles
Use Of Theaters For Broadcasts
Y
36-11-21 Washington Post
WJSV 8:00 Columbia Workshop.

36-10-31 New York Times
8:00-8:30 P. M.--Demonstration,
How Acoustical Science Overcomes Obstacles, Dr. E. E. Free; Scene From "200 Were Chosen"--WABC

36-11-21 Harrisburg Telegraph
ELECTRICAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK TAKE PART IN WORKSHOP How acoustical science overcomes apparently insurmountable obstacles to assure noiseless broadcasting will be shown in a number of striking demonstrations on the Columbia Workshop program over WHP tonight at 8 o'clock. The second half of the program will be devoted to a scene from a forthcoming Broadway play, "200 Were Chosen," picked up by a revolutionary direction microphone which enables the actors to move about freely on the stage. The entire program will emanate from the stage of the new Columbia Radio Playhouse, formerly the Hammerstein Theater, whre 1100 members of the New York Electrical Society will hold their annual meeting. Dr. E.. E. Free, fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and one of the country's foremost sound experts, will demonstrate how the former legitimate theater was converted into a model broadcasting studio. Listeners will hear a musical selection under conditions which had to be overcome--the rumble of a subway, the rattlingof an elevated train, and the hum of a power house nearby. Then they will hear the same selection as it sounds in the acoustically treated theater. The directional microphone equipment to be employed in picking up the scene from the play, "
200 Were Chosen," will be dramatized for the first time in an actual broadcast. An engineer off stage aims the new-type microphone at the actors by means of a peep-sight attachment, picking up their lines clear regardless of their distance from the instrument.

36-11-28
19
The History of the American Patent System
Y
36-11-28 Circleville Herald
Columbia Workshop to air a broadcast in cooperation with the U.S. Patent office at 8 o'clock.

36-11-28 New York Times
8:00 p.m.--WABC--
Founding of U. S. Patent Office--Sketch

Announces
Rhythm of The Jute Mill as next.

36-12-05
20
Rhythm Of the Jute Mill
Y
36-12-05 New York Times
8 :00-WABC-
Rhythm of the Jute Mill--Sketch

36-12-05 Washington Post
8 :00-WJSV-Columbia Workshop

36-12-05 The Sault St Marie Evening News
WABC--8:00-Columbia Workshop

36-12-04 El Paso Herald-Post
Saturday--8:00--Columbia Workshop (CBS) KMOX

36-12-04 Winnipeg Free Press
Saturday 7:00 Columbia Workshop Dramas, "Rhythm of the Jute Mill," WHAS, CFRB.

36-12-04 Circleville Herald
Saturday, "Rhythm of the Jute Mill," by Columbia Workshop at 8 p.m.

36-12-12
21
The Half-Pint Flask
N
36-12-12 Kingston Daily Freeman
WABC-CBS-8- Columbia Workshop

36-12-12 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Dramatic Sketch

36-12-12 Washington Post
8:00--WJSV--Columbia Workshop

36-12-19
22
The Gods Of the Mountain
Y
36-12-19 Washington Post
WJSV 8:00 Columbia Workshop.

36-12-19 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Dramatic Sketch

Announces
The Happy Prince as a special holiday presentation
36-12-26
23
The Happy Prince
Public Domain

Y
[Special Christmas Presentation]

36-12-26 Washington Post
WJSV 8:00 Columbia Workshop.

36-12-19 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Dramatic Sketch

37-01-02
24
Public Domain
The Happy Prince
Y
37-01-02 Freeport Journal-Standard
A Christmas fantasy entitled "
The Happy Prince" will be presented on the Columbia Workshop program over the WABC-Columbia network at 7:30. The fairy tale by Oscar Wilde has been dramatized for radio presentation by Leopold Proder, radio playwright.

36-12-19 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Dramatic Sketch

37-01-02 Ottawa Journal
8:00--Columbia Worikshop: dramatizations "
Public Domain."

37-01-09
25
Control and Mixing in Radio and 'A Voyage To Lilliput'
Y
[Moves to 8:30 p.m.]

37-01-09 Syracuse Herald
8:30— WFBL--Columbia Workshop.
37-01-16
26
'An Incident of the Cosmos' and Control Engineer Interview Pt 2
N
[An Incident of the Cosmos was first printed in the journal, The Smart Set in 1923]

37-01-16 Syracuse Herald
8:30— WFBL--Columbia Workshop.

37-01-23
27
The Signalman

Y
37-01-23 Sandusky Register
8:30— WJR--Columbia Workshop.
37-01-30
28
The Evolution of the Negro Spiritual
N
37-01-30 Sandusky Register
8:30— WJR--Columbia Workshop.
37-02-06
29
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Y
37-02-06 Sandusky Register
8:30— WJR--Columbia Workshop.
37-02-13
30
Pitch and Pitch Perception
Y
[Moves back to 8:00 p.m. ; Announced as the 31st in the series of broadcasts]

37-02-06 Lowell Sun
8:00— WEEI--Columbia Workshop.

37-02-20
--
Macbeth [Did not air]
--
37-02-20 Circleville Herald
"
Macbeth" with Orson Welles, 8 p.m. EST, CBS, Columbia Workshop.

37-02-20 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Professor Quiz

37-02-20 New York Times
8:30--WABC--
Morgan Orchestra: Phil Duey, Baritone: Mixed Ensemble: Sketch--It Might Have Happened to You: Talk--Major Charles E. Russell

37-02-20 Washington Post
8:00--WJSV--
Professor Quiz

37-02-20 Washington Post
8:30--WJSV--
Morgan Orchestra

37-02-28
31
Macbeth
N
[Moves to Sundays at 7:00 p.m.]

37-02-27 Sheboygan Journal
8 p.m., WBBM--Columbia Workshop will offer an unusual interpretation of "
Macbeth" with Orson Welles playing the leading role. Welles will be supported by a cast of actors well known in Shakespearean stage roles.

37-02-27 Harrisburg Telegraph
Witches Flight
An unusual interpretaton of "Macbeth," with Orson Welles, author of the adaptation and director of the broadcast, playing the leading role, will be presented for the broadcast of the "Columbia Workshop" over WHP and a Columbia network tomorrow from 7.00 to 7.30. Welles will be supported by a cast of actors well known in Shakespearean stage roles. Advance technique in sound backgrounds, characteristic of "Columbia Workshop" productions will be employed, especially in such portions as the witches in flight. Background music, especially written by Benny Herman who has previously composed for the programs, will weave the dramatization together.

37-02-27 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Professor Quiz

37-02-27 New York Times
8:30--WABC--Morgan Orchestra

37-02-27 Washington Post
8:00--WJSV--Professor Quiz

37-02-27 Washington Post
8:30--WJSV--Morgan Orchestra

37-02-28 New York Times
7:00--WABC--
Shakespeare's MacBeth, Dramatized

37-03-07
--
Pre-Empted
--
37-03-07 San Antonio Light
DEBATE ON COURT PLANS SCHEDULED OVER RADIO
Because of this special broadcast, a week's postponement was announced in the presentation of the first of a series of dramatic programs by the Columbia Workshop at this same hour.

37-03-07 New York Times
7:00'7:30-Debate: "The Supreme Court," Ferdinand Peoora, New York Supreme Coon Jeetire (Affirmative); Raymond Haley, Editor Toddy (Negative)-WABC.






37-03-14
32
Split Seconds
Y
[Series 2 Begins; Moves to Sundays at 7:00 p.m.; Announces itself as the 32nd broadcast]

37-03-14 Sunday Journal and Star
New Workshop Series. Columbia Workshop program opens a new series today over KFAB at 6 p.m. The program today, "
Split Seconds" attempts to depict the thoughts of a man facing death.

37-03-14 New York Times
7:00--WABC--Workshop Dramatization

37-03-14 Lincoln Star
New Workshop Series. Columbia Workshop program opens a new series today over KFAB at 6 p.m. The program today, "
Split Seconds" attempts to depict the thoughts of a man facing death.

37-03-21
33
Danse Macabre
Y
37-03-21 San Antonio Light
The Columbia Workshop is scheduled to present a dramatic interpretation of SAINT-SAENS' musical fantasy "
Danse Macabre" (KTSA--6 p.m.).

37-03-21 New York Times
7:00--WABC--Workshop Dramatizations
37-03-28
34
Eve Of Saint Agnes
Y
37-03-27 New York Times
7:00--WABC--Workshop Dramatizations
37-04-04
35
'Big Ben' & 'Crisis'
Y
37-04-03 Circleville Herald
Sunday "
Eve of St. Agnes," by Keats. 7 p.m. EST, CBS, Columbia Workshop dramatization.

37-04-04 New York Times
7:00--WABC--Workshop Dramatizations

37-04-11
36
The Fall Of the City
Y
37-04-10 Lincoln Star
6:00 p.m.--Columbia Workshop presents MacLeish's "
The Fall of the City"--poetic drama written especially for radio.

37-04-10 Circleville Herald
Sunday "
The Fall of the City" by Archibald MacLeish. 7 p.m. EST CBS, Columbia Workshop dramatization.

37-04-11 Washington Post
7:00--WABC--A. MacDonald, Grace Vitality

37-04-11 Chicago Tribune
6:00--WBBM--Columbia Workshop.

37-04-18
37
R. U. R.
Y
[ Did Not Air. Announces the 36th Program in the series]

37-04-18 Charleston Gazette
7:00— WABC--Columbia Workshop.

37-04-18 New York Times
7:00--WABC--Courteous Colonels--Drama

37-04-18 Washington Post
7:00--WABC--A. MacDonald, Grace Vitality

37-04-18 Chicago Tribune
6:00--WBBM--Courteous Colonels.

Announces
St. Louis Blues as next
37-04-25
38
Saint Louis Blues
Y
37-04-24 Circleville Herald
Sunday "St. Louis Blues." 6 EST, CBS, Columbia Workshop dramatization.

37-04-25 New York Times
7:00--WABC--
St Louis Blues--Drama
37-05-02
39
Drums of Conscience
Y
37-05-02 New York Times
7:00--WABC--
Dramatization

37-05-02 Charleston Gazette
7:00— WABC--Columbia Workshop.

37-05-02 Chicago Tribune
6:00--WBBM--Courteous Colonels.

37-05-02 Washington Post
7:00--WABC--Victor Moore, H. Broderick
37-05-09
40
Supply and Demand
Y
37-05-09 Syracuse Herald - The new drama, "Supply and Demand," written especially for the radio by Irwin Shaw, will be presented by the Columbia Workshop over a CBS network at 6 P.M.

37-05-09 New York Times
7:00--WABC--
Supply and Demand--Play

37-05-16
41
Paul Revere
Y
37-05-16 Syracuse Herald
A whimsical folk tale heard on an episode of the American Revolution, "
Paul Revere" by Stephen Vincent Benet will be dramatized in the Columbia Workshop program over CBS at 6 P.M.

37-05-16 New York Times
7:00-7:30--Drama--"
Paul Revere," by Stephen Vincent Benét--WABC

37-05-23
42
A Night At An Inn
Y
[Preceded by a news announcement of the death of John D. Rockerfeller]

37-05-23 Syracuse Herald
6:00— WFBL--Columbia Workshop.

37-05-30
43
Discovery
Y
37-05-30 Syracuse Herald
6:00— WFBL--Columbia Workshop.

37-05-30 New York Times
7:00-Drama
tization-WABC

37-06-06
44
The Downbeat On Murder
Y
37-06-05 Chester Times - Sunday 7 P.M. WABC--Columbia Workshop, "Downbeat on Murder."

37-06-06 New York Times
7:00.7:30-Drama: "
Downbeat on Murder"-WABC

37-06-06 Charleston Daily Mail
"
Downbeat on Murder," a creepy melodrama written especially for the radio by Charles Tazewell, will be presented by the Columbia Workshop over the WCHS-CBS network Sunday, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., by a large cast under the direction of Irving Reis. The story revolves around a symphony orchestra conductor who is slowly driven mad by the heckling of his wife, mother-in-law and other grasping relatives.

37-06-13
45
The Young King
N
37-06-12 Chester Times - Sunday 7 P.M. WABC--Columbia Workshop, "The Young King," by Oscar Wilde.

37-06-13 New York Times
7:00-7:10-Drama: "
The Young King"-WABC

37-06-20
46
Red-Head Baker
Y
37-06-19 Chester Times - Sunday 7 P.M. WABC--"Red-head Baker," drama.

37-06-19 Oakland Tribune - The Columbia Workshop play for tomorrow, to be presented over the CBS-KSFO network from 3 to 3:30 p.m., is by Albert Maltz and bears the title "
Red-Head Baker."

37-06-19 Freeport Journal-Standard
The sociological drama, "
Red-Head Baker," by Albert Maltz, written exclusively for presentation over the WABC-Columbia network with a special eye toward microphone technique, will be presented by the "Columbia Workshop" under the direction of Irving Reis at 5 on WBBM.

37-06-20 New York Times
7:00-7:10-Drama: "
Red-Head Baker"-WABC
37-06-27
47
Babouk
Y
37-06-26 Oakland Tribune
A radio condensation of the stage play taken from Guy Endor's novel "
Babouk" will be presented over CBS-KSFO tomorrow from 3 to 3:30 p.m., as the Columbia Workshop feature. The radio versionis by Lester Fuller, Paramount director.

37-07-04
48
Mr. Sycamore
N
37-07-04 Oakland Tribune
Greek mythology's Daphne fled from the arms of Apollo and was changed into a laurel tree as she prayed to be delivered from her unwanted suitor.
Robert Ayre's modern letter carrier becomes a sycamore tree when, after 30 years of walking, walking, walking, he yearned for a retired life of contrasting immobility.
This fantasy, entitled "
Mr. Sycamore," which has been published in a national magazine, is to be dramatized under the direction of Irving Reis, the "Columbia Workshop" presentation-today over the CBS-KSFO network from 3 to 3:30.
Ayre is a Montreal newspaperman who was born in Manitoba in 1900 and relates that his life included "a long stretch of Manitoba prairie." The imaginativeness that produced "Mr. Sycamore" has no doubt sprung from this "long stretch" and from 10 years with the Winnipeg Press and seven years more in railroad work before he joined the Montreal Gazette.
37-07-11
49
The Tell-Tale Heart
Y
37-07-11 Charleston Gazette
7:00— WABC--Columbia Workshop.





37-07-18
50
Fifty Grand
Y
[Columbia Workshop's 1st Anniversary presentation; States that it's the 52nd Columbia Workshop]

37-07-18 Oakland Tribune
The first anniversary of the "Columbia Workshop," the experimental drama series directed by Irving Reis, will be marked with the presentation over the CBS-KSFO network of an early story by Ernest Hemingway, which the famous author has given Columbia his personal permission to dramatize. It is "Fifty Grand" and it will be given today, in a one-hour broadcast beginning at 2:30 p.m. (P.S.T.) Reis wrote the radio version. "Fifty Grand" is the story of a heavyweight prizefighter who tried in vain to "throw" a fight. When it was first published about 12 years ago in a national magazine, Hemingway's style was considered so radical that many reader moved to cancel their subscriptions, according to Reis. Copies of that issue today, he pounted out, are worth $50 each. "
Fifty Grand" is from a collection of Hemingway's short stories entitled "Men Without Women." Reis, in reviewing the first year of the "Workshop" said he feels it has accomplished in so many ways what it set out to do. This involved a minute examination of every possibility the microphone holds for new forms and methods of dramatization. The best examples of what has been attained are apparent in such successes as "The Fall of the City," the first dramatic poem for radio, which Archibald MacLeish wrote; "Supply and Demand"; "Downbeat on Murder"; Reis' own "Split Seconds" and others. Reis is at work on a book about the "Workshop" and is also planning a trip to England and Holland August 29 to study foreign radio drama methods.
37-07-25
51
A Matter of Life and Death
Y
37-07-24 Oakland Tribune - Columbia Workshop, on CBS-KSFO tomorrow from 3 to 3:30 p.m., will present "A Matter of Life and Death," an adaptation of Paul de Kruif's book: "Why Let Them Live?"
37-08-01
52
Daniel Webster and the Sea Serpent
Y
37-08-01 Charleston Gazette
7:00— WABC--Columbia Workshop.

37-08-01 Syracuse Herald
WFBL--6:00--Columbia Work Shop

37-08-01 Lima News
CBS--WABC--5:00-6:00CBS W0rkshop--Dramatic
37-08-08
53
'An Incident of the Cosmos' and 'The Last Citation'
Y
[Announces itself as the 54th presentation; An Incident to the Cosmos is repeated by special request--from 37-01-16]

37-08-08 Syracuse Herald
A double bill will be offered in the Columbia Workshop program over CBS-WFBL at 6 o'clock tonight. The plays are "
The Last Citation," the story of a general who finds in death a humilitating contrast with his life of war and conquest, and "An Incident to the Cosmos," a grimly appraising exposition of the vastness of the universe in relation to the earth and so man.

37-08-15
54
Escape Part 1
N
37-08-15 Nevada State Journal
John Galsworthy's famous play, "
Escape," will be presented this afternoon by the Columbia Workshop for the day's outstanding drama.
37-08-22
55
Escape Part 2
Y
37-08-22 Oakland Tribune
Orson Welles, brilliant young stage and radio actor, will be starred as Captain Matt Denant, the escaped convict, when the
second part of John Galsworthy's famous play, "Escape," is presented today by the Columbia Workshop over the CBS-KSFO net, from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The drama originally was scheduled to be presented complete on August 15, but Director Irving Reis decided that in order to do full justice to Galsworthy's masterpiece it would be necessary to divide it into equal installments. It is interesting to note that Welles also was the star of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," the only other two-part drama to be produced by the Workshop, and that he will be featured over CBS on August 30 as the Duke in "Twelfth Night," eighth and final production in Columbia's Shakespeare Cycle. "Escape" is a study of man's perception of right and wrong with which its English aurhor projects through the character of Denant. The hero, a cultured gentleman, is convicted of murder after he accidentally causes the death of a policeman during a flight in which he tries to protect a woman. The captain eventually escapes from prison and in the description of his subsequent wanderings Galsworthy traces the attitude of man toward his erring fellow man. The play concludes with a dramatic scene during which a clergyman in whose church Denant has sought refuge from his pursuers is torn between his duty to give sanctuary to an outcast and his duty as a law-abiding citizen.
37-08-29
56
The Half-Pint Flask
N
37-08-29 Nevada State Journal
The Columbia Workshop
repeats "Half Pint Flask."
37-09-05
57
S. S. San Pedro
Y
37-09-03 Logansport Pharos-Tribune - "S.S. San Pedro," a psychologiacal drama which revolves around the mystical relationshiop between an ailing captain and his sinking shiop, will be presented by the "Columbia Workshop" under the guest direction of Willilam N. Robson Sunday, September 5, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. CST, over the WABC Columbia network.
37-09-12
58
Death Of A Queen
Y
[Broadcast from the BBC Studios, London]

37-09-12 Oakland Tribune

London
Play to Be
Heard Here

The first broadcast from abroad to be given by the Columbia Workshop will be heard from London when a star cast enacts "Death of a Queen," adapted from Hilaire-Belloc's "Marie Antoinette " today from 3 to 3:30 p.m. over the CBS-KSFO network. Val Gielgud, drama director of the BBC, from whose studios the dramatization will be given, is to be guest director.
The cast will inc!iide Leon Quartermaine, Ronald Simpson, Robert Speaight, Frances Wolff, Hemione Hannen, Mary O'Farrell and Susan Taylor.
"Death of a Queen" is the first of two European Workshop broadcasts arranged by Irving Reis, director, who is now on a tour of England, Ireland and Holland to study their radio drama methods. The second presentation, which Reis himself will direct, is to be given from the Radio Athlone in Dublin when the famous Abbey Theater Playars perform in James Mmillington Synge's "
Riders to the Sea." a one-act play, on Sunday, September 19

Announces
Riders to The Sea as next.

37-09-19
59
Riders To the Sea
N
[Broadcast from Radio Athlone, Dublin, Ireland]

37-09-19 Syracuse Herald - A farewell to Dublin and an overseas salute to the United States will be made by the Abbey Players, famed Irish repertory group, when they are presented in the second of two foreign Columbia Workshop programs over WFBL at 6 o'clock tonight. Shortly after this broadcast, to be given from the studios of Radio Athlone in Dublin, the players will sail for New York City to open their first American tour in three years. In tonight's broadcast they will perform a radio version of "Riders to the sea," a one-act play by the famous Irish playwright, James Millington Synge.
37-09-26
60
Alice In Wonderland Part 1
Y
37-09-26 Charleston Daily Mail - "Alice in Wonderland," Lewis Carroll's world-famous phantasy, will be dramatized by a huge cast of "Columbia Workshop" players under the direction of Bill Robson on Sunday, from 10 to 10:30 p.m., EST, over the WCHS-Columbia network. "Alice" is one of the "Workshop's" most elaborate undertakings, since it necessitates careful and extensive casting as well as challenging the ingenuity of the cast, director and sound effects man.
37-10-03
61
Alice In Wonderland Part 2
Y
37-10-03 San Antonio Light - Columbia Workshop's final presentation of "Alice in Wonderland."
37-10-10
62
MEridian 7-1212
N
37-10-10 Wisconsin State Journal - 7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): seventh request performance of "MEridian 7-1212."

37-10-10 New York Times
8:00.8:30-Play, Irving Reis's "
Meridian 7-1212"-WABC

37-10-10 Nevada State Journal
Irving Reis, who returned to New York September 30 after an extended study of the technique of radio dramatization as practiced by European stations, will resume his direction of the "Columbia Workshop" for the program of Sunday, October 10, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. over the Columbia network. The "Workshop" made history during Reis' trip when it presented two trans-Atlantic broadcasts under his supervision. The first, directed by Val Gielgud, well-known BBC dramatist, from London on September 12, was "Death of a Queen," adapted from Hillaire Belloc's "Marie Antoinette." The second, which Reis himself directed, was a production by the world-famous Abbey Players of James Millington Synge's "Riders to the Sea." This program originated from the Radido Athlone studios in Dublin, Ireland, on September 19.

37-10-11
--
Sweeps
--
[We have no idea what this entry represents in many other circulating logs. 'Sweep' aired on 37-10-31 with no announcement of it being a rebroadcast.]

37-10-17
63
'The Killers' & 'Illusion'
The Killers
Y
37-10-17 Charleston Daily Mail
"
The Killers," Ernest Hemingway's famous sthort story which is credited with starting the "gangster cycle" in fiction, will be dramatized by "The Columbia Workshop" under the direction of Irving Reis over the WCHS-Columbia network Sunday, from 8 to 8:30 p.m., EST. The tale is a psychological study of the disintegration of a brave man under the relentless hounding of two gangsters who are bent on "taking him for a ride."

37-10-20 Hammond Times
Ernest Hemingway's short story "
The Killers," done on CBS Workshop, last Sunday, was one of the best short plays on the air ever It was art-y and most sponsors would turn a cold shoulder, but we don't care, we liked it!

37-10-24
64
I've Got the Tune
N
37-10-24 Charleston Daily Mail
"
I've Got the Tune," a satirical opera written especially for radio by Mark Blitzstein, outstanding young American composer, is to be presented by the "Columbia Workshop" under the direction of Irving Reis over the WCHS-Columbia network Sunday from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Blitzstein's musical play, "The Cradle Will Rock," is to be produced on Broadway this fall.

37-10-31
65
Sweep
Y
37-10-31 Charleston Daily Mail - "Sweep," an original radio drama by Director Irving Reis, will be pressented by the "Columbia Workshop" over the WCHS-CGS network Sunday, from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The story deals with the Irish sweepstakes and some of the people who just missed winning prizes in the last drawing.

37-11-07
66
The Horla
Come Of Age
Y
[ Changed by airtime to The Horla]

37-11-07 Charleston Daily Mail
"
Come of Age," Clarence Dane's famous verse play in jazz rhythms, will be produced by the Colulmbia Workshop under the direction of Irving Reis over the WCHS-CBS network Sunday, from 8 to 8:30 p.m., EST. The play, produced on Broadway several years ago, is a fantasy in which the main character is Thomas Chatterton, that strange English genius who became famous for "discovering" some splendid poems by 14th century authors.

37-11-14
67
Mr Justice
N
37-11-14 Nevada State Journal
The "Columbia Workshop" will offer "
Mr. Justice," an original biography in verse of Oliver Wendell Holmes, written and directed by Irving Reis.

37-11-21
68
Georgia Transport
Y
37-11-21 San Antonio Light - The Columbia Workshop will be available for drama lovers (KTSA--7 p.m.). "Georgia Transport," a verse play about modern aviation by John William Andrews, will be presented.

37-11-28
69
The First Violin
N
37-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Workshop (WBBM): "
The First Violin."






37-12-09
70
Marconi, the Man and His Wireless
Y
[ Series 3 Begins; Moves to Thursdays at 10:30 p.m.; Aired on the thirty-sixth anniversary of the first Trans-Atlantic radio message ]

37-12-09 Freeport Journal-Standard
"
Marconi, the Man and His Wireless" a dramatization by Irving Reis and Orrin E. Dunlap, Jr., based upon the latter's book of the same name, will be presented by the "Columbia Workshop" over WABC-Columbia as first of a new series of programs to be heard every Thursday at 9:30.

37-12-16 New York Times
10:30--WABC--
Marconi-Drama
37-12-16
71
Metzengerstein
Mr. Justice
Y
37-12-16 Charleston Gazette
7:00— WABC--Columbia Workshop.

37-12-16 New York Times
10:30--WABC--
Mr Justice-Drama
37-12-23
72
Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass Part 1
Y
[William N. Robson takes over as Director; Announced as the first of the season's productions]

37-12-23 Charleston Daily Mail
The first half of a two-part dramatization of Lewis Carrol's immortal "
Through the Looking Glass" will be presented as the premiere of a new series of "Columbia Workshop" programs under the direction of William Robson, heard over the WCHS-West Virginia and Columbia networks at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
37-12-30
73
Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass Part 2
Y
37-12-30 Freeport Journal-Standard
The second half of Lewis Carroll's "
Through the Looking Glass" will be dramatized during the Columbia Workshop program over a WABC-CBS network at 9:30.

Announces that
The Columbia Workshop will be heard in the New Year on Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., January 8th
38-01-08
74
The Ghost Of Benjamin Sweet Part 1
Y
[Moves to Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.]

38-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Ghost of Benjamin Sweet."
38-01-15
75
The House That Jack Didn't Build
Y
38-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The House That Jack Didn't Build."

The closing announcement states that the program
'next week at this time' will be the first of two presentations by NYU students of its Radio Scripts and Continuity Writing Class. No announcement is made of a program airing 38-01-16.
38-01-22
76
Alexander the Great
N
[Note: radioGOLDINdex cites 'Robert Owens' airing on this date. ]

38-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Workshop (WBBM): "
Alexander the Great."

38-01-22 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Drama:
Alexander The Great

38-01-22 Ottawa Journal
WABC--The Columbia System
8:00--Columbia Workshop. "
Alexander the Great", direction of William N. Robson.

38-01-22 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
8:00 WABC--Columbia Workshop. "
Alexander the Great"

38-01-29
77
Madame Curie
Y
38-01-29 Northwest Arkansas Times
7:00 Workshop drama, "
Mme. Curie".
38-02-05
78
Andrea Del Sarto
Y
38-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): N.Y.U. experimental program.

38-02-12 Radio Guide
CBS--Columbia Workshop.
Plays written by members of the Radio Script and Continuity Writing Class of the Division of General Education of New York University, will be heard.

38-02-05 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Drama:
Andrea Del Sarto
38-02-12
79
Be Prepared
Y
38-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Be Prepared."
38-02-19
80
The Well Of the Saints
Y
38-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Synge's "
The Well of the Saints."
38-02-26
81
Night Patrol
Y
38-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Night Patrol."
38-03-05
82
The Ghost Of Benjamin Sweet Part 2
N
38-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): ghostly "
Benjamin Sweet" returns.
38-03-12
83
Hassan
Y
[Moves to 7:30 p.m.]

38-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Flecker's "
Hassan," with Delius' music.

38-03-19 New York Times
7:30--WABC--Hassan--Drama
38-03-19
84
The Wedding Of the Meteors
Y
[Moves to 7:00 p.m.]

38-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Wedding of the Meteors."

38-03-19 New York Times
7:00--WABC--Wedding of the Meteors
Drama
38-03-26
85
J. Smith and Wife
Y
[Moves to 8:00 p.m.]

38-03-26 San Antonio Light
Dramatic Offering Will Be Aired Tonight--By RENWICKE CARY - Temporarily at least, the Columbia Workshop is being restored to station KTSA's Saturday night schedule. Although seldom heard locally of late, the workshop has been presenting radio plays for several years. They are much better than the run of the mill offerings on the airwaves, as you may tune in and see for yourself tonight (KTSA--7). William N. Robson, the youthful director of the Columbia Workshop, says "the workshop is pioneering in the field of entertainment, so to speak, and seeking to educate the vast radio audience in the matter of what's good theater. We're not going arty on our listeners, nor are we necessarily going to stress Skakespeare," Robson says. "Sound showmanship and good entertainment won't be overlooked either, but our most important aim is to put on good plays--not trash."

38-03-26 New York Times
8:00--WABC--Workshop--Dramatization
38-04-02
86
Seven Waves Away
Y
38-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Seven Waves Away," by Richard Sale.
38-04-09
87
The Broken Feather
Y
38-04-09 San Antonio Light - Again tonight the Columbia workshop offers something distinctly different in radio dramatics (KTSA--6:30). Michael Caroll's "The Broken Fether" will be presented, a legend of a land of discord, against a strange musical background. The "orchestra" will be composed of four sets of high and low chimes, four xylophones, two marimbas and two vibraphones. The story is that of a wandering rince who comes to this discordant country to woo a lovely princess.
38-04-16
88
The Terrible Meek
Y
38-04-16 Oakland Tribune
4:30 P.M. KSFO-CBS Workshop: "
The Terrible Meek."
38-04-23
89
Never Come Monday
Y
38-04-23 San Antonio Light
Now being acclaimed for his role in "Shadow and Substance," current Broadway success, the famous English star, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, will come to the Columbia Workshop tonight (KTSA--6:30) in a 30-minute production titled "
Never Come Monday." The play was written by Eric Knight, an Englishman, and an all-English cast has been engaged for the radio adaptation. Among the players will be Sir Cedric's wife, Lady Hardwicke, whose stage name is Helena Pickard; Whitfork Kane, the shoemaker in the current Mercury theater "Shoemaker's Holiday;" Victor Morley, Oswald York, Harold de Becker, Ralph Cullian and Stephen Fox. "Never Come Monday" reveals the story of a little Yorkshire village whose workers start their work-week every Monday morning by having "Cappy" Twambley tap on their windows. One Monday "Cappy," played by Sir Cedric decides not to wake the villagers, and startling results follow.

38-04-30
90
Fours Into Seven Won't Go
Y
38-04-30 Syracuse Herald
Val Gielbud, production director of the British Broadcasting Corporation, will direct a production of his own play, "
Fours Into Sevens Won't Go," by the Columbia Workshop over CBS-WFBL at 6:30.
38-05-07
91
The Fisherman and His Soul
Y
[Moves back to 7:30 p.m.]

38-05-07 Syracuse Herald
Oscal Wilde's fantsasy, "
The Fisherman and His Soul," will be presented by the Columbia Workshop over CBS-WFBL at 6:30.

38-05-07 New York Times
7:30--WABC--Fisherman and His Soul
38-05-14
92
Melodrames
Y
38-05-14 Panama City News Herald
5:30—WCOA--(CBS) Columbia Workshop

38-05-14 New York Times
7:30-WABC--
Concert Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann, Conductor
38-05-21
93
Ecce Homo: "Behold, the Man"
Y
38-05-21 Syracuse Herald - A play written and produced by Pare Lorentz will be the Columbia Workshop's presentation over CBS at 6:30. Titled "Ecce Homo," ("Behold, the Man"), the drama concerns the unemployment situation in America Ceremonies attending the dedication of new studios of Station KYW artists will participate in the program.
38-05-28
94
Bury the Dead
Y
38-05-28 Panama City News Herald
5:30—WCOA--(CBS) Columbia Workshop

38-05-28 New York Times
7:30-8:00 P. M.-Workshop Drama: "Bury the Dead"-WABC
38-06-04
95
Tranga Man, Fine Gah
Y
38-06-04 Syracuse Herald
Talking and singing drums of African natives will be used in a radio drama for the first time when "
Tranga Man, Fine Gah," (Strong Man, Fine Girl), a drama of the west coast of the dark continent, is presented in the Columbia Workshop over CBS at 6:30.

38-06-04 New York Times
7:30-8:00 P. M.Drama: "Tranga Man, Fine Gah"--WABC.
38-06-11
96
Surrealism and From Ooh To Ahh
Surrealism
Y
38-06-11 Syracuse Herald
Surrealism treatment of drama, poetry and music will be featured in "
From Ooh to Ah," drama to be presented by the Columbia Workshop over CBS at 6:30.
38-06-18
97
The Reunion
N
38-06-18 Northwest Arkansas Times
5:30 Workshop Drama, "
The Reunion."
38-06-25
98
Courtroom Obbligato
N
38-06-25 Appleton Post-Crescent
"
Courtroom Obligato," an original musical play, will be dramatized on Columbia Workshop program at 5:30 over WBBM. It tells the story of a group of ordinary citizens who are hailed into night court.

38-06-25 Freeport Journal-Standard
The "Columbia Workshop" experiments with the rhythm of the American language in its production, "
Courtroom Obbligato," which will be broadcast over WBBM at 5:30.

38-06-25 New York Times
7:30--
WABC--Play, Never Come Monday

38-07-02
99
The Constitution of the United States
N
38-07-02 North Adams Transscript
7:30—CBS Workshop,
Reading of the Constitution, WABC

38-07-02 New York Times
7:30--
WABC--Workshop Drama: The Constitution of The United States

38-07-09
100
The Red Badge Of Courage
Y
38-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Red Badge of Courage."
38-07-16
101
The National Headliners
Y
38-07-16 San Antonio Light
Returning to station KTSA's schedule at 5:30 p.m. today, the Columbia Workshop will be broadcast from the
National Headliner club's annual convention in Atlantic City. News events whose coverage won headliners awards for reporters and radio men will be dramatized.

38-07-16 New York Times
7:30--
WABC--Recent World Events, Dramatized
38-07-23
102
Murder In the Cathedral
Y
38-07-23 Appleton Post-Crescent
T.S. Eliot's famous verse play, "
Murder In The Cathedral," will be produced for the first time on radio on Columbia Workshop program a 5:30 over WBBM and WCCO. The play is the story, in psychological terms, of the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the middle ages.
38-07-30
103
Tristram
Y
38-04-30 Freeport Journal-Standard
Edwin Arlington Robinson's Pulitzer prize winning epic poem, "
Tristam," will be performed over WBBM this evening at 5:30 as another of the "Columbia Workshop" experiments in adaptation and dramatization.
38-08-06
104
The Devil and Daniel Webster
Y
38-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): the production, "
The Devil and Daniel Webster," will be broadcast.

38-08-06 New York Times
7:30-8:00 P. M.Workshop Drama: Bend's "The Devil and Daniel Webster"--WABC.

Announces
the last program of the summer season and that it will return in the 'early Fall'





38-08-13
--
--
38-08-13 New York Times
7:30-8:00 P. M.--Feld Orchestra-WABC.
38-08-20
--
--
38-08-20 Appleton Post-Crescent
Hilda Cole's "
Joe Swing," a fantasy about a swing musician, will be dramatized on the Columbia Workshop program at 5:30 this afternoon over stations WTAQ, WBBM, WCCO, KMOX. The principal character, Joe Swing, will be heard only by the sound of his trumpet.

38-08-20 New York Times
7:30-8:00 P. M.--WABC-Music From St Louis-WABC.
38-08-27
--
--
38-08-27 Charleston Gazette
6:30—CBS Workshop. Dramatic.

38-08-27 New York Times
7:30-8:00 P. M.--Feld Orchestra-WABC.
38-09-03
--
--
38-09-03 Charleston Gazette
6:30—CBS Workshop. Dramatic.

38-08-27 New York Times
7:30-8:00 P. M.--Feld Orchestra-WABC.





38-09-15
105
Outward Bound
Y
[Columbia Workshop returns for Season 4; Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.]

38-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Outward Bound."

38-09-15 New York Times
10:00--WABC--Workshop Drama: Outward Bound,by Sutton Vane
38-09-22
106
He Doubles In Pipes
Y
38-09-22 Dunkirk Evening Observer
10:00 WABC--Columbia Workshop, "
Joe Swing Retires"

38-09-22 New York Times
10:00--WABC--Drama:
He Doubles In Pipes by Hilda Cole
38-09-29
107
The Lighthouse Keeper
Y
38-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Lighthouse Keeper," a French thriller.

38-09-29 New York Times
10:00--WABC--
Comments From London

38-09-29 Logansport Phros-Tribune
For the first time in the history of that experimental theater of the air the "Columbia Workshop'' will attempt to sustain the interest of its listeners with the use of only two characters when it produces Paul Cloquemin's thriller. "The Lighthouse Keeper." over the Columbia network on Thursday, September 29, (WABC-CBS, 9 to. 9:30 p. m. CST).
38-10-06
108
Title Unknown
N
38-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM)

38-10-06 New York Times
10:00.10:30 P. M.--Assistant Secretary of State George Messersmith, at Dinner on S. S. Brasil, Pier 60--WABC

38-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.- Good Will Fleet (WBBM): George S. Messersmith, assistant secretary of state, and Admiral Emory S. Land.

38-10-06 The Chester Times
10:00 p.m.--WCAU,WABC--Columbia Workshop

38-10-06 Dunkirk Evening Observer
10:00 p.m.--WABC--Columbia Workshop

38-10-06 The Charleston Gazette
WABC-CBS—10, Columbia Workshop drama

38-10-06 Arizona Republic
8:00— Columbia Workshop Drama— CBS

38-10-13
109
The Brushwood Boy
Y
38-10-13 Appleton Post-Crescent
"
The Brushwood Boy" by Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Eustace Wyatt will be dramatized on Columbia Workshop program at 9 o'clock over WBBM.

38-10-13 New York Times
10:00--WABC--
Concert Orchestra, Howard Barlow, Conductor

38-10-13 Freeport Journal Standard
Rudyard Kipling's famous story about India. "
The Brushwood Boy." will be presented by the "Columbia Workshop" over WBBM at 9.
38-10-20
110
The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden
Y
38-10-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Margalo Gillmore in Thornton Wilder's "
The Happy Journey from Trenton to Camden."

38-10-20 New York Times
10:00-10:30 P. M.Play: "
Happy Journey," Margalo Gilmore--WABC
38-10-27
111
Air Raid
Y
38-10-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Orson Welles, Aline McMahon in "
Air Raid."

38-10-27 New York Times
10:00-10:30 P. M.--Play: Archibald MacLeish's "
Air Raid"--WABC
38-11-03
112
Poetic License
Y
38-11-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Wilbur Daniel Steele's "
A Drink of Water." The "Columbia Workshop" opens a three-program experiment with material hitherto thought unsuited for radio when it presents the first of Wilbur Daniel Steele's stories, "A Drink of Water," over WCHS on Thursday, 10 to 10:30 p.m. EST.

38-11-03 New York Times
10:00-10:33 P. M.--
District Attorney Dewey, at Manhattan Opera House
Rally--WABC
38-11-10
113
A Drink Of Water
Y
38-11-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
A Drink of Water" by Wilbur Daniel Steele.

38-11-10 New York Times
10:00--WABC--Drama:
A Drink of Water
38-11-17
114
Luck
Y
38-11-17 San Antonio Light
Wilbur Daniel Steele's "
Luck," the story of a man who considered himself the most unfortunate person in the world, will be dramatized for C.B.S. listeners tonight at the Colulmbia Workshop (KTSA--9). This is the second of a series of three Steele stories being presented.

38-11-10 New York Times
10:00--WABC--Drama:
Luck.
38-11-24
115
Beauty and the Beast
Y
38-11-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): premiere of Giannini's opera, "
Beauty and the Beast," with Charles Kullmann, Genevieve Rowe.
38-12-01
116
The Giant's Stair
N
38-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Wilbur Daniel Steele's "
Giant's Stair."

38-12-08
117
'Man With A Gun' and Musical Experiments
Y
38-12-08 San Antonio Light
Two presentations--"
Man With a Gun" and "Fall of Jericho"--will be heard at the Columbia Workshop tonight (KTSA--9). The first will feature a single voice; the latter will combine musical effects with human voices.
38-12-15
118
A Trip To Czardis
Y
[Holiday presentation]

38-12-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
A Trip to Czardis".
38-12-22
119
Bread On The Waters

Y
[Christmas Program]

38-12-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Arch Oboler's "
Bread and Water."
38-12-29
120
Crosstown Manhattan
Y
38-12-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Crosstown New York," picturing New York's 52nd st. from squalor to splendor.
39-01-05
121
Orphan Ego
Y
39-01-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--CBS Workshop (WBBM): "
Orphan Ego" or "He Knew Something About Radio."





39-01-09
122
Forgot In the Rains
Y
[ Series 4 Begins; Moves from Thursdays to Mondays at 10:30 p.m.]]

39-01-09 Charleston Daily Mail
"
Forgot In the Rains," an original story about an air raid on Barcelona written by William Merrick, who has just returned from covering the Spanish civil war for the Associated Press will be the "Columbia Workshop's" presentation over WCHS Monday, 10:30 p.m. This is the "Workshop's" first production on its new time schedule. Heretofore the experimental theater had been heard of Thursdays, a half hour earlier.

39-01-09 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Play:
Forgot in the Rains
39-01-16
123
Mr. Whipple Is Worried
Y
39-01-16 Charleston Daily Mail
Statues talk and do "Mr. Whipple" several good turns in James Frederick's original comedy fantasy, "Mr. Whipple Is Worrked," which the "Columbia Workshop" will present over WCHS Monday, 10:30 p.m. Whipople, in the story, is a customer's man in a brokerage house who is having trouble with both his girl and his boss. In the midst of all this gloom, he is startled one day by having his desk statue of "The Thinker" start talking to him. Whipple confides his difficulties with his sweetheart to the figurine and gets some sound advice in return, which, when followed, squares everything with the heartthrob. But there's still the matter of getting more accounts for the boss or losing his job. A talk with a statue of Washington, in a nearby park, takes care of that difficulty.
39-01-23
124
Prophecy
Sooth
Y
[No open]

39-01-23 Lima News
9:30—10:30—The Columbia Workshop Drama—east: Eddie Cantor—w. rpt

39-01-23 New York Times
10:30-11:00--Workshop Drama: "
Sooth"--WABC


Announces
Now Playing Tomorrow as next

39-01-30
125
Now Playing Tomorrow
Y
39-01-30 San Antonio Light
Try for the Columbia Workshop on short wave, 9:30 tonight. The production will be a comedy fantasy, "
Now Playing Tomorrow."
39-02-06
126
Not to Be Opened for 5000 Years
Do Not Open For 5000 Years
Ten-Thousand Years
Y
39-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (KMOX): an original story with burial of the time capsule of the New York World's fair as the theme.

39-02-06 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Workshop Drama:
Do Not Open for 5,000 Years
39-02-13
127
Nine Prisoners
Y
39-02-13 Lowell Sun
10:30—WEEI--Columbia Workshop

39-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
Short Wave Tonight - New York--9:30 p.m.--The Columbia Workshop W2XE, 31 m., 9.05 meg.

39-02-13 New York Times
10:30--
WABC--National Republican Club, Lincoln Day Dinner, Waldorf-Astoria

39-02-13 Piqua Daily Call
CBS--WABC--10:30--Columbia Workshop

39-02-13 Joplin New Journal
9:30--Columbia Workshop--cbs

39-02-13 Portsmouth Herald
WEEI--Boston--10:30--Columbia Workshop

39-02-13 Rushton Daily Leader
9:30--Columbia Workshop--WBT

39-02-13 Lowell Sun
WEEI--10:30--Columbia Workshop


39-02-13 Charleston Daily Mail
What it feels like to shoot down a group of defenseless men is depicted in "
9 Prisoners," the "Columbia Workshop's" presentation for the CBS network Monday, including WCHS, 10:30 p.m. The prisoners of the story have been captured in a skirmish. His company is about to take part in a new assault, and the officer can't square any guards for the prisoners. As the only solultion to the problem, he picks a firing squad and orders the prisoners executed. The soldiers hate the job. Talking among themselves, they bitterly assail war and the unfairness of having to kill these hapless prisoners in cold blood. The tale is from Willilam March's book, "Company K."

39-02-13 Washington Post
WJSV 10:30 Lincoln Victory Dinner

Announces
Jury Trial as next
39-02-20
128
Nine Prisoners
Jury Trial
Y
39-02-20 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Drama:
Jury Trial

39-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal

MITZI GOULD

Mitzi Gould wanted to be a French teacher. But that was before she was given a part in a New York university production. Now, her teaching attitude changed, she is heard Mondays on the "Columbia Workshop."
9:30 p. m.—Columbia Workshop
(KMOX):
"Jury Trial."

39-02-20 Dunkirk Evening Observer
10:30--WABC--Columbia Workshop:
Nine Prisoners

39-02-13 Charleston Daily Mail
The possibilities of injustices in the courtroom are pointed out by
"Jury Trial," the original "Columbia Workshop" presentation heard over WCHS Monday, 10:30 p. m. The story was written by Elizabeth and James Hart, whose adaptation of "A Trip to Czardis" was produced by the "Workshop" recently

39-02-20 Washington Post
WJSV 10:30 Columbia Workshop

39-02-27
129
Jury Trial
Y
39-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--CBS Workshop (KMOX): "
Jury Trial," the wandering of jurymen's minds.

39-02-27 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Drama:
Jury Trial
39-03-06
130
The Winged Victory
Y
39-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--CBS Workshop (WHAS, KMOX): "
The Winged Victory."
39-03-13
131
In the Train
Y
39-03-13 Winnipeg Free Press
8.30——Columbia Workshop (WABC).

39-03-13 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Drama:
In the Train
39-03-20
132
A Letter From Home
Y
39-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Workshop (KMOX): "A Letter from Home," satire on Hollywood.

Announces
Pepito Inherits the Earth as next
39-03-27
133
Pepito Inherits the Earth
Flight From Home
Y
39-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Workshop (KMOX): "Flight from Home," depicting evacuation of Barcelona. 39-03-27 Charleston Daily Mail - Evacuation of Barcelona during the Spanish civil war is depicted by William Merrick in his original story, "Flight From Home," on Columbia Workshop, 10:30 p.m.

Announces
Kit Carson as next
39-04-03
134
Rendezvous With Kit Carson
They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest Of Ease
Y
39-04-03 Charleston Daily Mail
NORMAN CORWIN'S satire on the bombing of defenseless cities, "
They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease," is to be repeated, this time on Columbia Workshop, over WCHS Monday, 10:30 p.m. Originally produced on Corwin's "Words Without Music" program Feb. 19, the war vignette aroused so much interest that it was decided to repeat the show on Workshop. Corwin again will direct.

39-04-03 New York Times
10:30-11:00--Workshop Drama: "
Story of Kit Carson"--WABC

Announces a special reairing of
They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease as next
39-04-10
135
They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest Of Ease
Y
39-04-10 Charleston Daily Mail
By popular demand of thousands of radio listeners from all over the United States and Canada, Norman Corwin's "
They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease" is to be repeated as a Columbia Workshop presentation over WCHS Monday, 10:30 p.m. The original radio verse drama was first aired on Corwin's Words Without Music program. Few programs have stirred up such interest in recent years as Corwin's ironic commentary on the bombing of defenseless civilian populations from the air. Several schools and colleges requested permission to stage the script in special peace programs or as part of commencement activity. So heavy was the demand for copies of the script that the poem-drama will shortly be published in an illustrated edition by Vrest Orlon's Countryside Press.

39-04-10 New York Times
i0:30-11:00Workshop Drama: "
They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease"--WABC.
39-04-17
136
The Story of Radio
Highlights From CBS Musical Programs
Y
['Wet Saturday' and Private Throgg' were originally scheduled for 39-04-17. The actual broadcast announces that Wet Saturday and Private Throgg will be heard at a later date. Wet Saturday eventually aired by itself on 39-05-01 and Private Throgg eventually aired with a special memorial service on 39-05-29]

39-04-17 Charleston Daily Mail

Radio Investigates Itself
In Workshop's Production

RADIO Investigates Itself in the documentary essay which William N. Robson is writing and which he will produce on Columbia Workshop over WCHS Monday, 10:30 p. m. The program is one of many Columbia is presenting in co-operation with the National Association of Broadcasters' campaign to inform the public of radio's methods and accomplishments.

The
essay on radio is to picture operations of a big network, from early-morning opening to close, late at night. Effect of radio on the individual also is to be shown.

39-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Workshop (KMOX): "
Wet Saturday," a murder tale, and "Private Throgg," comedy.

39-04-17 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Workshop Dramas:
Wet Saturday; Private Throgg ; Ear Essay on Broadcasting

39-04-24
137
Seems Radio Is Here to Stay
N
[Available only as a special rebroadcast from November 5, 1945, on the occasion of Radio's 25th Anniversary]

39-04-24 Kingston Daily Gleaner
WABC—W2XB 31.09 M: 10.30 p.m. Columbia Workshop.

39-04-24 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Workshop Drama:
Seems Radio's Here to Stay

39-05-01
138
Wet Saturday
Y
39-05-01 Chester Times
10:30 WABC—Columbia Workshop.

39-05-01 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Workshop Drama:
Wet Saturday; Private Throgg

39-05-08
139
Wild Man
Y
39-05-08 Charleston Daily Mail
David Redstone's original story, "
Wild Man," about a criminal who can't go straight, is presented by Columbia Workshop over WCHS Monday, 9:30 p.m.
39-05-15
140
The Law Beaters
Y
39-05-15 Chester Times
10:30 WABC—Columbia Workshop.

39-05-15 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Workshop Drama;
Law Beaters
39-05-22
--
Pre-empted
--
39-05-22 Chester Times
10:30 WABC—Columbia Workshop.

39-05-22 New York Times
10 :30-WEAF--President Roosevelt, at Retailers National Forum Dinner, Hotel Mayflower, Washington; Introduced by Louis E. Kirstein, Chairman (Also WOR, WJZ, WHN, WABC; WHOM-1,450 kc
39-05-29
141
Private Throgg
Y
39-05-29 Charleston Daily Mail
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP presents a pre-Memorial day program over WCHS Monday, 9:30 p.m.---a dramatization from New York and interviews with Confederate veterans from Richmond, Va. "Private Throgg," an original radio drama by Parker Finley, is a comedy based on the fantastic reminiscences of a veteran of the war between the states. From the Robert E. Lee camp, soldiers' home, Richmond, will be broadcast interviews with veterans of the Confederacy. Also scheduled is a talk with a woman whose relatives were friends of General Logan. She will tell of the origin of Memorial day.

Announces
Highboy by Eustace Wyatt as next

39-05-29 New York Times
10:30-11:00--Workshop Drama:
Private Throgg; Interviews With Confederate Veterans at Richmond, Va.--WABC
39-06-05
142
Highboy
Y
39-06-05 Chester Times
10:30 WABC—Columbia Workshop.

39-06-05 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Workshop Drama:
Highboy
39-06-12
143
A Handful Of Dust
Y
39-06-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Workshop (KMOX): Evelyn Waugh's "
Handful of Dust," the story of a man's flight from his wife.

39-06-12 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Drama--
Handful of Dust
39-06-19
144
Listen To A Story
Y
[ Series 4 Ends]

39-06-19 Charleston Daily Mail
"Salesmanship," written by Mary Ellen Chase and adapted for radio by Norman Corwin, "Words Without Music" director, is one of the two Columbia Workshop productions listed for Monday over WCHS at 9:30 p.m. The second dramatization will be Mark Twain's "Journalism In Tennessee."

39-06-19 New York Times
10:30--WABC--
Words Without Music

Announces that there will be no broadcast the following Monday due to coverage of the National Press Women's Award ceremonies. Also announces that the next Columbia Workshop will inaugurate the Summer Festival Series on July 6.
39-06-26
--
--
39-06-05 Portsmouth Herald
10:30 WEEI—Columbia Workshop.

39-06-26 New York Times
10:30-11:00--National Federation of Press Wofnen's Awards Dinner,
Hotel Waldorf-Astoria--WEAF. WOR, WABC





39-07-06
1
The Half-Pint Flask
Y
[ First of Columbia Workshop Festival Summer Series]

39-07-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): begins summer season with "
The Half-Pint Flask," story of scientist on primitive island.
39-07-13
2
Never Come Monday
N
39-07-13 Capital Times
With nearly all of the original cast assuming the same roles, "
Never Come Monday," an English comedy, will be aired tonight during the Columbia Workshop broadcast over WBBM at 8 o'clock.

39-07-20
3
John Brown's Body
Y
[3rd in 'Festival Series' ; a one-hour presentation]

39-07-20 Charleston Daily Mail
The "Columbia Workshop Festival" drama, "
John Brown's Body," will be presented over WCHS from 1 to 10 p.m. Thursday if the Charleston-Springfield baseball game is not played. If played, the game will be on the air.
39-07-27
4
A Trip To Czardis
Y
[Fourth 'Festival Series' broadcast]
39-07-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Columbia Workshop Festival (WBBM): "
A Trip to Czardis."

39-07-26 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Characterized by its director, Brewster Morgan, as one of the finest plays radio has produced, "
A Trip to Czardis" is to be revived on "Columbia Workshop Festival" over KGLO Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m. The regular 8 p.m. newscast will be heard at 7:45 p.m. The plot concerns two small farm boys who are thrilled at going to the city to see their father. They believe he has been ill. Driving in with their mother, they pass many of their neighbors. The mother tells them to hold their heads high, look straight ahead. They talk excitedly about the thrills they expect to have in the city. The boys do not suspect that the visit to their father will be the last--that he is to be hanged before the day ends.
39-08-03
5
The Ghost of Benjamin Sweet
N
39-08-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Columbia Workshop Festival (WBBM): "
The Ghost of Benjamin Sweet."

39-08-10
6
Radio Play
Y
39-08-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): revives William Saroyan's "
Radio Play."
39-08-17
7
A Drink Of Water
Y
39-08-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--CBS Workshop (WBBM): Alice Frost in a repeat presentation of Wilbur Daniel Steel's "
A Drink of Water."
39-08-24
8
MEridian 7-1212
Y
39-08-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Workshop (KMOX): "
Meridian 7-1212," a drama based on correct time.
39-08-31
9
Apartment To Let
Y
39-08-31 Charleston Daily Mail
A collaboration of Dorothy Parker and her husband, Allen Campbell, begun in Paris and finished five minutes before their boat docked in New York, is to be presented by "Columbia Workshop Festival" Thursday. (WABC-CBS, 9 to 9:30 p.m.) A fast-moving comedy, it is called
Apartment to Let." Marie Wilson, screen star, has received the leading role from Director Brewster Morgan. "Apartment to Let" is the first play written especially for radio by Miss Parker, noted poet and author, to whom more "wisecracks" probably have been attributed than any woman in America. It was accomplished with such writing technique that virtually no changes were required in the original script.
39-09-07
10
So This Is Radio
They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest Of Ease

Y
[Announces that They Fly Through the Air with The Greatest of Ease would be "indefinitely" postponed due to the prosecution of the War. This was the fifth in the "Radio" cycle of Columbia Workshop, describing the technology and background of Radio]

39-09-07 San Mateo Times
6:00-6:30--KSFO, Columbia Workshop Festival Norman Corwin's "
They Fly Through the Air," an indictment against air-raids.

39-09-07 New York Times
10:00--WABC--Drama:
So This Is Radio

39-09-07 San Antonio Light
The Columbia Workshop (KTSA--8) will present, "
They Fly Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease", Norman Corwin's poem depicting the horrors of air raids.

39-09-07 Circleville Herald
9:00 Columbia Workshop Festival, Drama. "
They Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease" is the title of tonight's play, WKRC
39-09-14
11
The Use Of Man
Y
39-09-14 San Mateo Times
6:00-6:30--KSFO, Columbia Workshop Festival Lord Dunsany's radio play, "
The Use of Man."

39-09-07 New York Times
10:00--WABC--Drama:
The Use of Man, by Lord Dunsany
39-09-21
12
Now It's Summer
Y
39-09-21 San Mateo Times
6:00-6:30--KSFO, Columbia Workshop Festival - "
Now It's Summer" by Arthur Kobcr.
39-09-28
13
The Fall of the City
Y
[ Final Columbia Workshop Festival Summer Series]

39-09-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Cast of 500 in
"Fall of City." Virtually the entire Hollywood staff of Columbia directors and engineers have been enlisted for the spectacular production of "The Fall of the City," climaxing the "Columbia Workshop Festival" summer series which comes in over KGLO Thursday from 9 to 9:30 p.m. The directors are needed to supervise the cast of more than 500 and the engineers to direct 60 microphones at the Los Angeles Memorial coliseum for the impressive dramatization of Archibald MacLeish's famous poem.





39-10-05
--
Pre-Empted
The Great Microphone Mystery
--
[ Series 5 is scheduled to begin]

39-10-05 Sandusky Star Journal
10:00-WJR-Columbia Workshop

39-10-05 New York Times
10:00--WABC--
Neutrality--Henry L. Stimson, Former Secretary of State, Speaking From New York

39-10-05 Washington Post
Former Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson lends his voice to the neutrality,debate--WJSV, 10 p. m.

39-10-05 Chicago Tribune
9--WBBM--Columbia Workshop.

39-10-05 Chicago Tribune
9--WBBM--Preston Bradley.
39-10-12
1
Wake Up and Die
Y
[ Series 5 actually begins]

39-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Workshop (KMOX): "
Time to Get Up."

39-10-12 New York Times
10:00--WABC--Drama:
Time To Get Up
39-10-19
2
William Ireland's Confession
N
39-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Workshop (KMOX): "
William Ireland's Confession," story of Shakespearean forger.

39-10-19 New York Times
10:00-10:30--Drama: "
William Ireland's Confession"--WABC.
39-10-26
--
Pre-Empted
--
39-10-26 Syracuse Herald-Journal
10:00 P.M.--WFBL, WABC. Columbia Workshop. Original radio play, "
A Letter From Above."

39-10-26 New York Times
10:00-10:30--
"Progress of Communications," J. L. Fly, Chairman Federal Communications Commission-WABC.
39-11-02
3
Blennerhassett
Y
39-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): world premiere of Giannini's opera, "
Blennerhassett."

39-11-02 New York Times
10:00-10:30-Opera: "
Blennerhassett," by Vittorio Giannini-WABC
39-11-09
--
Pre-Empted
--
39-11-09 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Col. Louis A. Johnson, assistant secretary of war, speaks over KGLO, via the Columbia network on "Peace in the Western Hemisphere" Thursday at 9 p.m. He will talk from the annual banquet of the New York Southern society at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel. His address cancels for that night only the broadcast of the "Columbia Workshop."

39-11-02 New York Times
9:30--
WHN-The Immediate Future-Gov. Lloyd C. Stark of Missouri ; Peace in the Weslern Hemishpere-Louis A. Johnson, Assistant Secretary of War, at N. Y. Southern Society Ditmer, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria (Also
WABC at 10)

39-11-16
4
A Letter From Above
Y
39-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia (KMOX): "
A Letter from Above" (on WIND at 9:30).
39-11-23
5
A Circular Tour
Y
[Announcer first announces "The Circular Tour', then closes announcing 'A Circular Tour']

39-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND,KMOX): W.W. Jacob's "
A Circular Tour," story of a hypochondriac.
39-11-30
6
The Wonderful Day
Y
39-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): "
The Wonderful Day," a playlet which ncludes everything a boy loves--even a holiday from washing his ears.
39-12-07
7
As You Like It
Y
39-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): "
As You Like It," in strict 16th century simplicity.
39-12-14
8
Story in Dogtown Common
Y
39-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): "
Mr. Cohen Takes a Walk," by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

39-12-14 New York Times
10:00--WABC--Drama:
Dogtown Comment

39-12-14 Ludington Daily News
WABC-CBS— 10 Drama "
Dogtown Common;"
39-12-21
9
Mr Cohen Takes A Walk
Y
39-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): "
Mr. Cohen Takes a Walk," by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
39-12-28
10
Higher Than A Kite
Y
39-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM, WIND): Brewster Morgan's "
Higher Than A Kite," complications caused by a missent check.

Announces that
the first Columbia Workshop performance of the new year will take place on January 11 at a new time, 10:15 - 10:45 p.m., E.S.T
40-01-04
--
No Broadcast
--
[Moves to 10:15 p.m.]

40-01-04 Frederick New Post
CBS Workshop Dramatic—cbs-wabc

40-01-04 New York Times
10:15-10:30-Lord Lothian, British Ambassador to United States, at Council on Foreign Relations Dinner, Chicago-WABC

40-01-11
11
My Heart's In the Highlands
N
[Moves to 10:15 p.m.]

40-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): William Saroyan's "My Heart's in the Highlands."

40-01-11 New York Times
10:15--WABC--Workshop Drama:
My Heart's in the Highlands
40-01-18
12
Fanny Kemble
Y
40-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
"9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (KMOX): Elsa Lanchester in "
Fanny Kemble."

40-01-18 New York Times
10:15-10:45--Drama: "
Fanny Kemble"; Elsa Lanchester--WABC
40-01-25
13
Heavenly Rest
Y
40-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND, KMOX): "
Heavenly Rest," life in the hobo jungles.
40-02-01
14
Coals To Newcastle
Y
40-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND, KMOX): "
Coals to Newcastle," adaptation of Marquand's "Timothy Dexter."

Announces special programming for the following two weeks, and that Columbia Workshop will resume its broadcasts
"three weeks from now on February 22 at 10:15p.m."
40-02-08
--
No Broadcast
--
40-02-08 New York Times
10:15-WABC--
To Be Announced
40-02-15
15
Double Exposure
Y
[The Boston College Law School talk, announced for this week was postponed]

40-02-15 The Daily Mail
WABC-CBS -10:15 CBS Workshop drama.

40-02-15 New York Times
10:15-WABC--
Play: Double Exposure

40-02-22
16
The Autobiography of An Egotist
Y
40-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): "
Autobiography of an Egotist."

Announces a special '
Leap Year Program' as next
40-02-29
17
The Great Microphone Mystery - The Case Of The Mysterious Leap-Year Broadcast
Leap Year Party
Y
40-02-29 Appleton Post-Crescent
Columbia Workshop will present a special leap year program at 9:15 tonight over WISN and WIND. Usual procedures will be reversed--directors will act, commentators' wives will analyze the news, announcers will sing, singers will announce; Nila Mack will be mistress of ceremonies.

40-02-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): Leap year party, with announcers singing, directors acting, Raymond Scott battling with Beatrice Kay.

Announces
My Client Curley as next

40-03-07
18
My Client Curley
Y
40-Announces My Client Curley as next03-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND):
"My Client Curly," the story of a snake in show business.
40-03-14
19
'Dialogue With Music', 'Fraternity Meeting' and 'Outside This World'
Y
40-03-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND):
three plays by employees of KNX, Hollywood.

40-03-14 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Studio Help at
KNX Gets "Break"

Three plays written, acted and produced by nobody you ever heard of, yet without whom radio wouldn't tick . . . .
Three plays, one of them a musical, by elevator operators, ushers, stenographers, tourist guides, receptionists, mail clerks and other young members of the Columbia network's KNX (Hollywood) staff.
"Columbia Workshop" gives these folk their "big break" by turning the entire coast-to-coast program over to them on Thursday.
It will be heard over KGLO from 9:15 to 9:45 p. m. The KNX junior staff makes its debut in this direction by staging a show with its own director, production manager, continuity chief, publicity writers, chief announcer, engineering and special events staff. As soon as the program goes off tlie air, they return to their regular jobs as elevator operators, ushers, stenographers, guides, receptionists and mail clerks.

40-03-21
20
Taming of the Shrew
Y
40-03-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): musical comedy version of "
The Taming of the Shrew," with Nan Sunderland.
40-03-28
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Pre-Empted
--
40-03-28 Wisconsin State Journal
Dist. Atty. Thomas E. Dewey, New York, will start his midwest speaking campaign tonight in Chicago, with an address at 9:15 over stations WBBM, WGN, and WIND. Dewey will talk on the coming primary elections.

40-03-28 New York Times
10:15-10:45--"The Unpunished Crime," Thomas E. Dewey, Speaking at Chicago Stadium--WABC

40-04-04
21
My Client Curley
N
40-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND):
repeat performance of "My Client Curley."

40-04-11 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Return Engagement for Curly "Cat'

A flood of enthusiastic fan mail and critical applause brings delightful "Curly," the caterpillar, back for a repeat performance on the Columbia Workshop within five weeks of his triumphant bow to CBS listeners. The gay, mythical caterpillar who—in the sprightly imagination of Lucille Fletcher's short story—made Sally Rand look like a graven image when he cavorted to "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby," is to be starred again over KGLO Thursday from 9:15 to 9:45 p.m.

40-04-11
22
Title Unknown
My Client Curley
N
40-04-10 Huntingdon Daily News
For April 11:
WABC--10:15-10:45--Columbia Workshop: "
A Day In Manhattan"

40-04-11 Huntingdon Daily News
WABC--10:15-10:45--Columbia Workshop: "
A Day In Manhattan"

40-04-11 Appleton Daily Crescent
Lucille Fletcher's story, "
My
Client, Curly
." the story of a gay, cavorting caterpillar, will be reenacted on Columbia Workshop program at 9:15 tonight over WISN.

40-04-11 Los Angeles Times
7:15-KNX--Myrt and Marge--Sketch

40-04-11 New York Times
10:15-WABC--Columbia Workshop 1/2 hour

40-04-11 Washington Post
10:15-WJSV--Columbia Workshop

40-04-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND, WCCO): "
A Day in Manhattan."

40-04-18
23
Three Strikes, You're Out
Y
40-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): "
Three Strikes, You're Out."
40-04-25
24
America Was Promises
Y
40-04-25 Appleton Post-Crescent
"
American Promises", written by Archibald MacLeish will be dramatized in Columbia Workshop program at 9:15 over WISN and WIND.

40-04-25 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Workshop Plans Ambitious Show

Nicholas Nabokoff, Russian-American composer, educator and lecturer commissioned by the "Columbia Workshop" to set Archibald MacLeish's epic poem "America Was Promises," to music, has completed a cantata for it on bass and contralto with male chorus and orchestra and the the ambitious work is to receive its world premier over the Columbia Network Thursday evening, coming in over KGLO from 9:15 to 9:45 p.m. Nabokoff is head of the music department at Wells college, Aurora, N.Y., and has an imposing list of performed works to his credit.

Announces that the "
next Columbia Workshop presentation will be Sunday, May 5th, at 10:30."






40-05-05
25
The Honest Captain
Y
[Moves back to Sundays at 10:30 p.m.]

40-05-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Columbia (WBBM): "
The Honest Captain" gets his religious freedom with a shotgun.
40-05-12
26
A Day in Manhattan
Y
40-05-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop Country (WMAQ):
perils facing cotton industry.

40-05-12 New York Times
10:30-WABC--Drama:
Day in Manhattan
40-05-19
27
A Concert of Unusual Music
Mexican Music Concert
Y
40-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM):
special program of Mexican compositions with Carlos Chavez, composer-conductor.

Announces
The Dark Valley, starring Dame May Whitney [sic] on the "next Sunday evening at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time."
40-05-26
---
Pre-Empted
The Dark Valley
---
40-05-25 Winnipeg Free Press

Sunday Play Stars Dame May Whitty

By PETER B. WHITTALL.
Dame May Whitty, currently in the Vivien Leigh-Laurence Olivier production of Romeo and Juliet, will be featured Sunday "on CBS at 8:30 p.m. in the Columbia Workshop presentation of a radio drama written by the British poet, W. H. Auden. Dame Whitty will be the only character in the drama, as yet, unbilled, but described as a political fable.
Columbia Workshop scored twice in the recent Ohio State Institute of Education, winning awards for its production of Johnny Got His Gun, an Arch Oboler adaption of Dalton Trumbo's story, in which James Cagney was starred; and for Norman Corwin's whimsical piece, My Client Curly, which was so enthusiastically acclaimed that it was immediately repeated. Other programmes to receive similar awards for their educational value were NBC's Town Meeting of the Air Series and the Meet Mr. Weeks series, now discontinued. Of the latter, Variety said, in reviewing it that it was "Woollcott with the meow left out."

40-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM, WCCO)

40-05-26 Dunkirk Evening Observer
WABC--10:30--Columbia Workshop

40-05-26 New York Times
10:30-11:00--President Rosevelt's "Fireside Chat on America's Defense Conditions and Needs," From White House--WEAF, WOR, WJZ, WABC, WMCA, WHN, WOV, WHOM, WQXR.

40-06-02
28
The Dark Valley
Dark Valley
Y
40-06-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): with Dame May Whitty.

40-06-02 New York Times
10:30-WABC--Drama:
Dark Valley, with Dame May Whitty

Announces that "Beginning next Sunday, the Workshop will be heard over many of these stations from 8 to 8:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time," and that "next week's drama will be No Complications,."
40-06-09
29
No Complications
Y
[Moves to 8:00 p.m., Sundays.]

40-06-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM)

40-06-09 New York Times
8:00-9:00--Drama:
No Complications

40-06-09 San Antonio Express
6:00--KTSA, Columbia Workshop

Announces the next production as
Lucille Fletcher's The Man Who Ended Trains.

News Bulletin announces the withdrawal of King Haakon VII by Allied Troops as a consequence of the surrender of the Norwegian Army to Germany in Northern Norway.

40-06-16
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Pre-Empted
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46-06-16 San Antonio Light
Senator Pat Harrison (D.-Miss.) will be heard in an address over the C.B.S. network today (KTSA--6 p.m.) on the subject "Providing Money for National Defense." The Columbia Workshop cancelled this week's presentation to allow the speaker a half hour on the airwaves.

40-06-16 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Providing Money For National Defense--Senator Pat Harrison of Mississippi
40-06-23
30
In April Once
Y
46-06-23 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Alexander Percy's poetic drama, "
In April Once," a semi-religious study of medieval times.

Announces
The Man with the One-Track Mind as next, "a week from tonight."
40-06-30
31
The Man With the One-Track Mind
The Man Who Ended Trains
Y
40-06-30 Hammond Times
7:00--WBBM (77) Workshop drama, "
The Man With The One Track Mind" fantasy by Lucille Fletcher, who wrote "My Client Curly."
40-07-07
32
The Cock-Eyed Wonder
Y
40-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Cock-eyed Wonder," a story of a baseball miracle.
40-07-14
33
Fish Story
Y
40-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Fish Story," mixing music with drama.

Announces
the first broadcast of CBS Forecast, beginning the following night, Monday, July 15, 1940
40-07-21
34
The Canvas Kisser
Y
40-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Canvas Kisser," sports saga.
40-07-28
35
Carmilla
Y
40-07-28 Kingsport Times
Experimental Columbia Workshop will produce the spine-tingling Sheridan Le Fanu's "
Carmilla" at 7 p.m. today.

Announces
two poems, 'Nightmare At Noon by Stephen Vincent Benet and A Birth Sequence by E.B. White as next.
40-08-04
36
Nightmare At Noon and Radio In the Rain
Y
40-08-04 Charleston Daily Mail
"Columbia Workshop" (WCHS-CBS, 7:00 p.m.)

40-08-04 New York Times
8:00-WABC--Drama: Benet's
Nightmare at Noon; Others

40-08-04 Oakland Tribune
4:00 P.M. KSFO-Columbia Workshop.

40-08-04 Salt Lake Tribune
5:00--CBS--Columbia Workshop.

40-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Master Works--WBBM

Announces
The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins as next
40-08-11
37
Title Unknown
Nightmare At Noon and Radio In the Rain
N
40-08-11 Charleston Daily Mail
"Columbia Workshop" (WCHS-CBS, 7:00 p.m.)

40-08-11 New York Times
8:00-WABC--
Workshop Drama

40-08-11 Oakland Tribune
KSFO--4:00 p.m.--Columbia Workshop

40-08-11 The Lima News
7:00 p.m.--Columbia Workshop--cbs-wabc

40-08-11 Wisconsin State Journal
6:00--Master Works--WBBM

40-08-18
38
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
Y
40-08-18 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Howard Lindsay in "
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins."

Announces
I Followed the Seals as next
40-08-25
39
I Followed the Seals
I Follow the Seals
Y
40-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Ed Gardner and Beatrice Kay in "
I Follow the Seals," story of vaudeville troupers.

Announces
Alf, The All-American Fly as next
40-09-01
40
Alf, the All-American Fly
Y
40-09-01 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): introducing "
Alf, the All-American Fly," the first of "radio animated cartoons."

Announces
Big Boy Blue as next

40-09-08
41
The Major Goes Over the Hill
Big Boy Blue
Y
[Though Big Boy Blue was announced as the 'third Shane McCoy installment in his series, The Major Goes Over the Hill was substituted in its place (also by Shane McCoy) ]

40-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM):

40-09-08 New York Times
8:00-WABC--
Drama
40-09-15
42
Mr. Charles
Y
40-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Donald Hough's "
Mr. Charles," character study of World war veteran.
40-09-22
43
Well, Look Who's Here
Y
40-09-22 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--CBS Workshop (WBBM): "
Well, Look Who's Here," a lover for money alone.

Announces
The Pussycat; and the Expert Plubmer Who Was A Man

40-09-29
44
The Pussy Cat and The Expert Plumber Who Was A Man
Y
[Moves back to 10:30, Sundays]

40-09-29 The Lima News
10:30—Columbia Workshop Play—cbs-wabc

40-09-29 New York Times
10 :30-WABC-Workshop Players-
Pussy Cat and Plumber

40-10-06
45
The Age of the Fish -- They Also Serve
Y
40-10-06 The Lima News
10:30—Columbia Workshop Play—cbs-wabc

40-10-06 New York Times
10 :30-WABC-Workshop Dramas

Announces
next progam on October 20th.

40-10-13
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Pre-Empted
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40-10-13 The Lima News
10:30—Columbia Workshop Play—cbs-wabc

40-10-13 New York Times
10 :30-WEAF--
President Roosevelt--Annual Community Mobilization for Human Needs (Also WOR, WABC, WHOM-1450 kc)
40-10-20
46
A Man's House
Y
40-10-20 The Lima News
10:30—Columbia Workshop Play—cbs-wabc

40-10-20 New York Times
10 :30-WABC-Workshop Players-
A Man's House
40-10-27
47
Fulton's Fish Market
Fulton Fish Market
Y
40-10-27 The Lima News
10:30—Columbia Workshop Play—cbs-wabc

40-10-27 New York Times
10 :30-WABC-Workshop Players-
Fulton Fish Market

Announces An Experiment in Sound and Symptoms of Being 35
40-11-03
48
The Constitution of The United States
or . . . Sections from The Constitution of The United States
Y
[Preempts the previously announced two playlets due to the impending Elections for 1940]

40-11-03 The Lima News
10:30—Columbia Workshop Play—cbs-wabc

40-11-03 New York Times
10 :30-WABC-Workshop Players-
The Constitution
40-11-10
49
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Piano Recital
Y
[Radio premiere of Béla Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion]

40-11-10 The Lima News
10:30—Columbia Workshop Play—cbs-wabc

40-11-03 New York Times
10 :30-WABC--Workshop:
Bela Bartok, Hungarian Composer-Pianist. and Ditta Pasztory Bartok, Pianist
40-11-17
50
I Get the Blues from Revues
Y
40-11-17 The Lima News
10:30—Columbia Workshop Play—cbs-wabc

40-11-17 New York Times
10 :30-WABC-Workshop Players-
I Get the Blues from Revues, Bloch Orch
40-11-24
51
The Dynasts
Y
40-11-24 Charleston Daily Mail
"Columbia Workshop" (WCHS-CBS, 10:30 p.m.) will present Thomas Hardy's great epic, "
The Dynasts," with its prophetic Napoleonic parallel to the current invasion attempts against England. The play was produced in London during the first World war and had a long and successful run.
40-12-01
52
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
Y
40-12-15 Charleston Daily Mail
10:30 p. m.—"Columbia Workshop"

40-11-03 New York Times
10 :30-WABC-Workshop Players-
To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
40-12-08
53
The Trojan Women
Y
40-12-07 Huntingdon Daily News
10:30 Columbia Workshop: "
The Trojan Woman."
40-12-15
54
Symptoms Of Being 35 and The Electric King
N
40-12-15 Charleston Daily Mail
10:30 p. m.—"Columbia Workshop" presents to 15- ... minute dramas, Ring Lardner's " "
Symptoms of Being 35" and Milton Geiger's "In the Fog."

40-12-22
55
The Plot To Overthrow Christmas

Humble announcement of the first airing of The Plot to Overthrow Christmas from the December 25 1938 edition of the San Antonio Light
Humble announcement of the first airing of The Plot to Overthrow Christmas from the December 25 1938 edition of the San Antonio Light

Y
[Rebroadcast of Corwin's Words Without Music broadcast of 38-12-25]

40-12-22 Kingsport Times
10:30 p.m., Columbia Workshop, a special Columbia Christmas Caravan presentation, picked as one of the best broadcasts of the year.

40-12-22 New York Times
10:30--WABC--
The Plot To Overthrow Christmas

40-12-29
56
Dr. Johnson In Scotland
Y
40-12-29 Capital Times
"Columbia Workshop" is to present an original radio drama, "
Dr. Johnson In Scotland," written by James Fleming, CBS announcer and former WIBA announcer, and based upon the Great Lexicographer's visit to Edinburgh in his late years, as related in Boswell's "Life of Johnson," tonight at 9:30 over WBBM. Fleming is a btother of Ed Fleming on the staff of WIBA. This is Fleming's first radio drama and affords him an excellent opportunity to apply his extensive college studies in English literature. He has been a Columbia network announcer more than two years and has been heard on special news events, political conventions and elections, as well as on daytime serial dramas.
41-01-05
57
Love In Thirty-Two Bars
Y
41-01-05 Charleston Daily Mail
The Columbia Workshop has chosen for presentation over WCHS-CBS at 10:30 tonight Perry Lafferty's play about popular music, "
Love in 32 Bars," directed by the author-composer.
41-01-12
58
Cassidy and the Devil
Y
41-01-12 Charleston Daily Mail
"Columbia Workshop" presents a comic variant of the Faust legend, based on an old Irish folk tale, titled "
Cassidy and the Devil" over WCHS-CBS at 10:30 p.m. The play is a dramatization of a story written by Basil Heatter, son of Gabriel Heatter, master of ceremonies of CBS's "We, the P eople." This is young Heatters first play to be presented by "Columbia Workshop."
41-01-19
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Pre-Empted
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40-11-03 New York Times
10:30-WEAF-
Inauguratlon Concert From Consiltution Hall, National Sym-
Phony Orchestra, Direction Hans Kinciler- Nelson Eddy. Robert Sherwood, Charlie Chaplin, Others
(Also WOR. WABC)

41-01-26
59
This Is From David
Y
41-01-26 Charleston Daily Mail
"Columbia Workshop" is to present the tender story of a little boy neglected by his parents, in a dramatization of the magazine story, "
This Is From David," tonight at 10:30 over CBS-WCHS.
41-02-02
60
Help Me, Hannah
Y
41-02-02 Charleston Daily Mail
A rollicking farce with a Southern accent and a pink-coated hero who puts fox-hunting before romance, is to be presented by "Columbia Workshop" in a radio adaptation of Charles S. Monroe's story, "
Help Me, Hannah," over CBS-WCHS tonight at 10:30.
41-02-09
61
Dress Rehearsal
N
41-02-08 Mason City Globe-Gazette
An original plot based upon events and happenings immediately preceding the rising of the curtain on a stage play is to be presented by "Columbia Workshop" in its productionof a radio drama titled "
Dress Rehearsal" to be heard over KGLO Sunday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Charles Jackson, who wrote the radio drama, has had five productions on "Columbia Workshop" giving him the distinction of having had more of his plays produced by the "Workshop" than any other author. In "Dress Rehearsal," the action takes place on a stage behind a lowered curtain. None of the actors has ever before appeared in a stage part. This leads to numerous complications and a surprising denouement.

41-02-09 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Workshop Players:
"Dress Rehearsal"

41-02-16
62
A Crop Of Beans
Y
41-02-15 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Marjorie Kinman Rawlings' short story, "
A Crop of Beans," has been adapted for radio by Draper Lewis for presentation on the "Columbia Workshop" Sunday over KGLO-CBS from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The story concerns a married man, employed by a wealthy widow, and his efforts to win financial independence by growing a large crop of beans. He finally succeeds in growing the cherished crop, only to lose the money he gets for the beans when a bank closes. The dialogue is in quaint Florida "Cracker" dialect.
41-02-23
63
Wings For An Eagle
Y
41-02-23 San Antonio Light
The Columbia Workshop attraction will be "
Wings for an Eagle" (KTSA--7 p.m.).

41-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Wings for an Eagle," escape from prison.
41-03-02
64
Roadside
Y
41-03-02 San Antonio Light
The Columbia Workshop will present Lynn Riggs' "
Roadside" as adapted by A.M. Fishbein (KTSA--7 p.m.).
41-03-09
65
The Still, Small Voice
Y
41-03-09 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Still, Small Voice," based on the conflict of a man's actions and his conscience.
41-03-16
66
Cassidy and the Devil
Y
[Special St Patrick's Day rebroadcast by request]

41-03-16 Long Beach Independent
"
Cassidy and the Devil," comic variant of the Faust legend based on an old Irish folk tale, is to be presented over Columbia network KNX 5 to 5:30 p.m. today. The radio drama was broadcast on the "Columbia Workshop" program January 12 and is being repeated by request for the evening of St. Patrick's day. This play is the dramatization of a story written by Basil Heatter, son of Gabriel Heatter.
41-03-23
67
Out Of the Air
Y
41-03-23 Charleston Daily Mail
"
Out of the Air," radio comedy in which the principal character is a winner of large cash prizes on radio quiz shows, to be presented by the Columbia Workshop at 10:30.
41-03-30
68
'The Creation' and 'The Congo'
Y
41-03-29 Mason City Globe Gazette
A unique rhythmic treatment for percussion instruments has been arranged by Lynn Murray for the Columbia Workshop production of "
The Congo" over KGLO-CBS Sunday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The Golden Gate quartet will sing spirituals as part of the general pattern, and Craig MacDonald will act as narrator, while Lynn Murray directs the musical background in which the haunting beat of voodoo drums contributes to the striking story of the African Negro. The second half of this Columbia Workshop program will consist of another poetic dramatization of Negro life, "The Creation." It is a reverent paraphrase of the First Chapter of Genesis, from James Weldon Johnson's book of Negro sermons and verse, "God's Trombones." The Juanita Hall Singers are featured, with choric speaking and vocal sound effects devised by Miss Hall. The soloist narrator in this production will be Kenneth Spencer, the Negro bass who was discovered by Paul Robeson.
41-04-06
69
The Rocking-Horse Winner
Y
41-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Rocking Horse Winner," a charming mother plus a gambling father spells misery.
41-04-13
70
'The House,' 'The Glory Machine' and 'The Brooklyn Cantata'
N
41-04-12 Mason City Globe Gazette
Columbia Workshop is to present a dramatization of Andre Maurois' short story, "
The House;" an original, whimsical radio paly by Eric Arthur, titled "The Glory Machine;" and a musical saga of baseball, "The Brooklyn Cantata," over KGLO-CBS Sunday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. "The House" is a supernatural story involving a strange dream and its realization in an unusual climax. The radio adaptation was written by Draper Lewis and Jacques Fink.

41-04-20
71
The Reluctant Dragon
Y
41-04-20 Charleston Daily Mail
10:30--"
The Reluctant Dragon" on Columbia Workshop.
41-04-27
72
Jason Was A Man
Y
41-04-20 New York Times
"
Battle for Democracy In Asia," Former Ambassador Bullitt-WABC,
10:30-11.

41-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p. m. — C B S Workshop
presents the classical story of Jason and the Golden Fleece.

41-04-27 Long Beach Independent
An all-negro cast will present
a radio dramatization of the classical story of Jason and the Golden Fleece as the Columbia Workshop presentation today, KNX-CBS, 4 p.m.production to be without music and somewhat in the manner of "Green Pastures."





41-05-04
to
41-11-09
1
to
26
Radio Primer
to
Psalm For A Dark Year
Y
[26 By Corwin Airs between 41-05-04 and 41-11-09]

41-05-05 Mason City Globe Gazette
"Radio Primer," Will Be Presented Sunday on Columbia Workshop

Norman Corwin has written a whimsical drama in which the elemental workings of radio production are exposed, as the first of Columbia Workshop's "26 By Corwin" series to be presented over KGLO Sunday from 6 to 6:30 p. m.
The title of his first production in the Workshop series is "Radio Primer," and Corwin has drawn upon his varied experience for a series of revealing incidents which he has combined into an entertaining drama to take listeners behind the scenes of radio.
An unusual alphabetical construction--radio from A to Z--makes it possible for the drama to deal with everything from announcers to the subject of zoology and its sound effects.
Corwin explained that the production is designed to "let the listeners in on just what the radio business is all about."






41-11-16
1
Gator Boy
Y
[ New Series Begins]

41-11-15 Mason City Globe Gazette
Columbia Workshop Starts New Series on Sunday Nights - The conflict of two freedoms is dramatized on"
Gator Boy," an original radio story presented by Columbia Workshop over KGLO Sunday at 7 p.m. "Gator Boy," by Betti Lane Yerza, introduces that little known grouop of Americans living deepwithin the mysterious and cypress-studded Florida Everglades, where freedom is an intensely personal thing, jealously guarded. Broadcast of the radio drama is scheduled for the Sunday designated by President Roosevelt as "Freedom Day," the final day of Civilian Defense Week. With "Gator Boy," Columbia Workshop resumes its general function as radio's experimental theater following conclusion of the "26 By Corwin" series. It also introduces the Workshop spokesman, a commentator who explains why the show is being presented and tells about the authors, composers, actors and directors involved.

41-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "Gator Boy," a story of the Florida everglades and two freedoms.
41-11-23
2
Sound Track of the Life of A Careful Man
Y
41-11-22 Mason City Globe Gazette
Columbia Workshop presents a satirical comedyh in light verse by E. and E. Spitzer titled "
Sound Track of the Life of a Careful Man" over KGLO Sunday at 7 p.m. Virgil Thompson, eminent American composer and music critic of the New York Herald-Tribune, has composed original music for the production.
41-11-30
3
Double Ugly
Y
41-11-30 Long Beach Independent
BECAUSE Isabel Jewell is a particularly fine actress today's Columbia Workshop presentation "
Double Ugly," should prove to be one of the best in the series, 5 p.m., KNX. It is the story of a man so unattractive that he refused to believe anyone could love him.
41-12-07
4
The Fish On the Bathroom Floor
N
41-12-06 Mason City Globe-Gazette
The Columbia Workshop presents an original farce by Thomas Collins titled "
The Fish on the Bathroom Floor" over KGLO-CBS Sunday at 7 p.m. The story was written by Collins after he had heard Columbia Workshop productions over a long period and is his first script submitted for Workshop consideration. Davidson Taylor is producer, and Howard Barnes directs
.

41-12-14
5
Citizen For Tomorrow
Y
41-12-14 Long Beach Independent
Colulmbia Workshop, 5 p.m., KNX, presents
the story of a Negro preacher who explains the Bill of Rights to his congregation, written by Paul Green.

41-12-14 New York Times
10 :30-WABC-Play-
Citizen for Tomorrow
41-12-15
Spcl
We Hold These Truths

Y
[Special program, over all networks, produced by the Columbia Workshop as an independent broadcast celebrating the 150th Anniversary of The Bill of Rights; The program was heard by 70 million American and Canadian listeners--the largest audience in Radio history for a single broadcast]

41-12-15 New York Times
President Roosevelt and Others,
Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights--WEAF, WOR, WJZ, WABC, WQXR, WNEW, WHN, WBNX, WBYN, WHOM, WWRL, 10-11.

41-12-15 Washington Post
10, ALL STATIONS-PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT is. heard ._.
hour-long, all-network dedication to Bill of Rights Day. He is introduced by former. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Charles Evans Hughes. Leopold Stokowski leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in"The Star-Spangled Banner," Helen Hayes reads the "Bill of Rights" and Norman Corwin's playlet, "We Hold These Truths" is acted by Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston,' Edward G. Robinson and Bob Burns
41-12-21
6
Miracle In Manhattan
Y
[Christmas Presentation]

41-12-20 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Sunday 7:00 p.m.--"Columbia Workshop," Christmas play, "Miracle In Manhattan," starring Ed Gardner. Music by Lyn Murray.
41-12-25
Spcl
The Plot to Overthrow Christmas
N
[Second repeat presentation of The Plot to Overthrow Christmas]

41-12-21 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Thursday, Dec. 25
3:00 p. m.—
"The Plot to Overthrow Christmas." Norman Corwin's famous radio play, first presented in 1938, Is again repeated.
41-12-28
7
Who Wants To Be Born These Days?

Y
[New Year's Presentation]

41-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "The Fish on the Bathroom Floor."

41-12-28 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00 p.m.--WBBM--The Columbia Workshop, "The Fish on the Bathroom Floor."

Announces
The Fish On the Bathroom Floor as next
42-01-04
8
The Fish On the Bathroom Floor
Y
42-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 CBS Workshop--WBBM.

42-01-04 San Antonio Light
Columbia Workshop, the experimental theater of the Columbia network, presents a dramatization of an original story (KTSA--7:00).
Davidson Taylor is the producer.

42-01-04 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00 p.m.--WBBM--The Columbia Workshop, "
Fish on the Bathroom Floor."
42-01-11
9
Free Speech
Y
[Announces that Free Speech was first produced 'a few weeks ago' on the CBS network]

42-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 CBS Workshop (WBBM): Carl Sandburg's "
Freedom of Speech."

42-01-11 New York Times
10:30--WABC--Play--
Freedom of Speech
42-01-18
10
At The Sign Of the Lark
The Sign Of the Lark
Y
42-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
the Sign of the Lark."
42-01-25
11
The Man Without A Shadow
Y
42-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Workshop (WBBM): "
The Man Without a Shadow," based on Chamissot's "The Miraculous Tale of Peter Schlemihl."

42-01-25 Chicago Daily Tribune
7:00 p.m.--WBBM--Colulmbia Workshop, "
Man Without a Shadow."
42-02-01
12
Jenny, The Bus Nobody Loved
Y
42-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Bus That Nobody Loved."
42-02-08
13
Portrait Of Jennie
Y
42-02-08 San Antonio Light
The Columbia Workshop offering is an adaptation of the novel by Robert Nathan, "
Portrait of Jennie." (KTSA--1:30)
42-02-15
14
Opus For Lute and A Liar
Opus for Flute and Lyre
Y
42-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): a fantasy, "
Opus for Flute and Lyre."
42-02-22
15
The Plot of Mr Greenberg
N
42-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--CBS Workshop (WBBM): "
The Plot of Mr. Greenberg," a road in a cemetery is disturbing.

42-03-01
16
When the Bough Breaks
You Never Know

The CBS-owned Mason City Globe-Gazette article on the CBS-announced prize fight drama, 'You Never Know' from February 28 1942
The CBS-owned Mason City Globe-Gazette
article on the CBS-announced prize fight
drama,'You Never Know' from
February 28 1942

Y
[Originally announced and extensively promoted as 'You Never Know,' by airtime, the title was changed to 'When the Bough Breaks.']

42-03-01 Chicago Daily Tribune
1:30 p.m.--WBBM--Columbia Workshop: "
You Never Know."

42-03-01 New York Times
2:30 p.m.--WABC--Play:
You Never Know.

42-03-01 San Antonio Light
1:30 p.m.--COLUMBIA WORKSHOP: "
You Never Know," a story of the prize ring by Henry W. Denker and Ralph Berkey.

42-02-28 Mason City Globe-Gazette

Workshop to
Offer Prize
Fight Drama

Columbia Workshop delves into the psychological Sunday over KGLO at 1:30 p.m., when it presents "You Never Know," a story of the prize fight ring written by Henry W. Denker and Ralph Berkey. "You Never Know" is a moving piece of radio literature put into the language of fight rings and sidestreet gymnasiums by two writers comparatively new to radio. It traces the rise and fall of Sharpshooter Smith, one time light heavyweight champion of the world, pushed to the top by love for his wife--and dragged down to a punch-drunk bum by that same love.

42-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Workshop (WBBM): "
You Never Know," the rise and fall of a prize fighter.

42-03-08
17
The Test
N
42-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--CBS Workshop (WBBM): "
The Test," misunderstandings.
42-03-15
18
A Child's History Of Hot Music
N
42-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Workshop (WBBM): "
A Child's History of Hot Music."
42-03-22
19
The Green Receipt
N
43-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Green Receipt."
42-03-29
20
Solomon and Balkis
N
42-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
1:00 p.m.--"
Solomon and Balkis" (WBBM): world premiere of Randall Thompson's opera, with Mona Paulee, Nadine Connor, John Gurney, and Carlo Corelli.

42-03-29 Long Beach Independent
11:00--KNX--World Premiere of "Solomon and Balkis." 11:30--KNX--Columbia Workshop.
42-04-05
21
The Miracle Of the Danube
N
42-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Joseph Schildkraut in "
The Miracle of the Danube."
42-04-12
22
He Should Have Stood In Elba
Y
42-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
1:00
Spirit of '42--WCCO WBBM.

42-04-12 Hutchinson News Herald
1:00
Spirit of '42 (Nat'l Defense) 1:30 Columbia Workshop (Drama)

42-04-12
New York Times
2 :30-WABC-Play-
He Should Have Stood In Elba

Announces Play Ball! as next
42-04-19
23
Play Ball!
Y
42-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Play Ball!"

Announces
Looking For Susie as next

42-04-26
--
Postponed
--
42-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Looking for Susie."

42-04-12 New York Times
2 :30-WABC-Play-
Looking for Susie

42-05-03
24
Looking For Susie
Y
42-05-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Postponed because of a speech by Paul V. McNutte, the Columbia Workshop production, "Looking For Susie," announced for last Sunday is heard instead this Sunday from 1:30 to 1:55 p.m. Correspondingly, the Columbia Workshop dramatization of chapter I of "Flight to Arras," by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, announced for May 3, has been postponed until the following Sunday.

42-05-03 New York Times
2 :30-WABC-Play-
Looking for Susie

Announces
Chapter 1, Flight to Arras as next

42-05-10
25
Flight To Arras Chapter 1
N
42-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): Chapter 1 of "
Flight to Arras."

42-05-17
26
Good Morning Mr Crumm
Y
42-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 CBS Workshop--WCCO WIND

Announces
Midnight Blue as next

42-05-24
27
Midnight Blue
Y
42-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal
1:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WIND): "
Midnight Blue," story of swing band.

42-05-31
28
The City Wears A Slouch Hat
Y
42-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Workshop (WBBM): "
The City Wears a Slouch Hat."

42-06-07
29
The Little One
Y
42-06-07 Oakland Tribune
11:30 A.M. KQW-Columbia Workshop

42-06-07 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Workshop Drama:
The Little One

42-06-12
30
'Richie, the Great' or 'Tour of A Small Dome In 30 Minutes'
Y
42-06-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM):
"Ritchie the Great," or "Tour of a Small Dome in 30 minutes."

42-06-19
31
It Couldn't Happen To A Nicer Kid
N
42-06-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Workshop (WBBM): "
It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Kid."

42-06-26
32
Broadcast From The Year 1812
Y
42-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Year 1812," with Lililan Hellman, playwright, as commentator.

42-07-03
34
Tag Number 1-184-463
Y
42-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9:30 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Tag No. 1,184,163," story of soldier in World war I.

42-07-06 Broadcast from the Year 1812
42-07-10
35
Let Me Tell You About My Operation
N
42-07-10 Altoona Mirror
7:30 WABC--Columbia Workshop--"
Let Me Tell You About My Operation."

42-07-13 Let Me Tell You About My Operation
42-07-20
36
Someone Else
Y
42-07-20 The Capital
10:30--WABC--Columbia Workshop

42-07-20 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Play-
Someone Else


42-07-27
37
Reveille Pass
N
42-07-27 The Capital
10:30--WABC--Columbia Workshop

42-07-27 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Play-
Reveille Pass, With Chester Stratton and Colleen Ward

42-08-03
38
Laughter For the Leader
N
42-08-03 Altoona Mirror
10:30-WABC--Workshop--"
Laughter For the Leader."

42-08-10
39
The Music of Mountains
Y
42-08-10 Altoona Mirror
10:30-WABC--Workshop--"
Music of the Mountains."






42-08-17
40
All Out For Comedy - Vaudeville
Y
[First of the four, All Out for Comedy cycle presentations]

42-08-17 The Daily Mail
10:30--Columbia Workshop-cbs-east

42-08-17 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Play-
Vaudeville Show

Announces Hold''em Yale as next

42-08-24
41
All Out For Comedy - Hold `Em Yale
N
[Second of the four, All Out for Comedy cycle presentations]

42-08-24 Altoona Mirror
10:30-WABC--Workshop: "
Hold 'Em Yale" by Damon Runyon.

42-08-24 New York Times
10:30-WABC--Workshop Drama:
Hold 'Em Yale

42-08-31
42
All Out For Comedy - The Columbia Sketchbook
Time Out For Comedy - Columbia Sketchbook
Y
[Third of the four, All Out for Comedy cycle presentations]

42-08-31 The Daily Mail
10:30--Columbia Workshop-cbs-east

42-08-31 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Workshop Drama

42-09-07
43
All Out For Comedy - Cafe Society Stars
N
[Last of the four, All Out for Comedy cycle presentations]

42-09-07 Charleston Gazette
10:30—Columbia Workshop Drama—cbs-east

42-09-07 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Workshop Drama:
Cafe Society Stars






42-09-14
44
Proclaim The Morning
Portrait Of Jennie
N
42-09-14 Charleston Gazette
10:30—Columbia Workshop Drama—cbs-east

42-09-14 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Workshop Drama:
Proclaim the Morning
42-09-21
45
My Kid Brother
N
42-09-21 Charleston Gazette
10:30—Columbia Workshop Drama—cbs-east
42-09-28
46
Florrie and the Country Green
Y
42-09-28 Charleston Gazette
10:30—Columbia Workshop Drama—cbs-east
42-10-05
--
Pre-Empted
--
42-10-05 Daily Mail
NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (Wide World) -- President Roosevelt's broadcast to the nation at 10:30 tonight in opening the 1942 mobilization for human needs, which this time combines war and community chests, is to be carried by the more than 500 stations which make up the four networks. In addition to the President, brief messages are to come from Tom K. Smith of St. Louis, chairman of the mobilization, and Mayor F.H. LaGuardia of New York. As had been planned, entertainment is to include the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Blondie and Dagwood cast.

42-10-05 New York Times
President Roosevelt, Opening 1942 Human Needs Campaign; Philadelphia
Orchestra; Mayor La Guardia; Others-WEAF, WOR, WJZ,
WABC, WNEW, WBNX, WHOM, WHN, WQXR, WAAT, 10:30-11
42-10-12
47
Rebirth In Barrow's Inlet
Y
42-10-12 Indiana Evening Gazette
10:45 P.M. WJAS--Columbia Workshop.

42-10-26 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Workshop Drama:
Rebirth in Barrow's Inlet
42-10-19
48
Remodeled Brownstone
Y
42-10-19 Amarillo Daily News
9:30--Columbia Workshop Drama--CBS-east

42-10-19 New York Times
10:30-WABC-Workshop Drama:
Remodeled Brownstone
42-10-26
--
Pre-Empted
--
42-10-26 Amarillo Daily News
9:30--Columbia Workshop Drama--CBS--east

42-10-26 New York Times
10:30-WEAF
Wendell Willkie, Discussing His World Tour (Also WOR, WJZ, WABC, WMCA, WAAT, WBNX, WHN. WBYN. WNEW, WOV, WQXR)
42-11-08
49
Proclaim the Morning
Y
42-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Workshop (WBBM): "
Proclaim The Morning."
42-12-24
Spcl
The Plot to Overthrow Christmas

Y
42-12-24 Raleigh Register
C. B. S.— 8 Norman Corwin's "
Plot to Overthrow Christmas"





[The Columbia Workshop undertakes a three-year hiatus. During the interim, Norman Corwin, one of Columbia Workshop's most prolific contributors presented Columbia Presents Corwin for two seasons:
Season One - 44-03-07 to 44-08-15
Season Two - 45-07-03 to 45-08-21. ]





45-12-24
Spcl
The Plot to Overthrow Christmas
Y
[Special presentation of Corwin's The Plot to Overthrow Christmas]

45-12-24 Mason City Globe-Gazette
10:30
The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, CBS
46-02-02
1
Homecoming
Y
[ Final Series Begins]

46-02-02 Mason City Globe-Gazette
"THE COLUMBIA WORKSHOP," one of the earliest and best-known proving grounds for development of new concepts, techniques and personalities in radio as a creative art, will resume its weekly broadcasts beginning Saturday, over KGLO at 10:30 p.m. Norman Corwin, the Workshop's most distinguished alumnus, has agreed to postpone a West Coast commitment to direct the first broadcast. The new series, under the supervision of Robert J. Landry, Director of CBS' Division of Program Writing, will welcome original material from unknown writers of promise, as well as from established ones. The range of subject matter will be virtually without limit, as was the earlier Workshop's, giving free scope to original dramas, adaptations, novelties, verse drama, fantasy, comedy, and other literary forms adaptable to radio. The premiere program, "
Homecoming," was written by a 23 year old Canadian, Norman Williams. "Home coming" is the story of a returned veterand and his family's reaction to his return.
46-02-09
2
Anniversary
Y
46-02-09 Emporia Gazette
ONE of radio's early landmarks comes back into its own this week, (KMBC-Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.) when the "Columbia Workshop" presents a Joseph Ruscoll Drama, "
Anniversary." First heard on July 18, 1936, the workshop stimulates dramatic writing for radio. "Unknowns" are encouraged to submit scripts and to take part in the production of scripts selected for broadcast. To the workshop in 1938 came Norman Corwin, then 27 and a beginner in radio.
46-02-16
3
Just A Plain Blue Suit
Y
46-02-16 Morning Herald
"
Just a Plain Blue Suit," the Columbia Workshop's play at 2:30.
46-02-23
4
Hard Luck Story
Y
46-02-23 Post-Standard
2:30 WFBL--Columbia Workshop.

46-02-23 New York Times
2:30-3--Columbia Workshop: "
Hard Luck Story"--WABC.
46-03-02
5
Slim
Y
46-03-02 Morning Herald
A former busboy at the Essex House in New York City has written Saturday's play for "Columbia Workshop." "
Slim," the drama of a hobo's reactions as he goes over "the Great Divde" in a freight train was written by John H. Lovelace.
46-03-09
6
Thanks For the Memories
Y
46-03-09 Post-Standard
2:30 WFBL--Columbia Workshop.

46-03-09 New York Times
2:30-WABC--Columbia Workshop:
Thanks for the Memories
46-03-16
7
Four Quartets of T.S. Eliot
Y
[Two sections from Four Quartets Of TS Eliot]

46-03-16 Post-Standard
2:30 WFBL--Columbia Workshop.

46-03-16 New York Times
2: 30-WABC--Columbia Workshop;
Four Quarters
46-03-23
8
Act Of Faith
Y
46-03-23 Post-Standard
2:30 WFBL--Columbia Workshop.

46-03-23 New York Times
2:30-WABC--Columbia Workshop;
Act of Faith
46-03-30
9
A Very Honorable Guy
Y
46-03-30 Post-Standard
2:30 WFBL--Columbia Workshop.

46-03-30 New York Times
2:30-WABC--Columbla Workshop:
A Very Honorable Guy
46-04-06
10
The Last Speech -- A Cantata
Y
46-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday 2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Last Speech," specially commissioned cantata drawn from the late Pres. Roosevelt's undelivered Jefferson Day speech.
46-04-13
11
Joe Peabody's Dream
Y
46-04-13 The Morning Herald
2:30--Workshop Experimental Shows—cbs

46-04-13 New York Times
4:30-5--Columbia Workshop: "
Joe Peabody's Dream," With Minerva Pious--WABC.
46-04-21
12
The Playroom - A Modern Allegory
Y
46-04-20 Freeport Journal
Standard
Sunday 3:00--WBBM, Columbia Workshop.
46-04-28
13
'A Study In Bells' and 'The House'
Y
46-04-27 Freeport Journal
Standard
Sunday 3:00--WBBM, Columbia Workshop.
46-05-05
14
Sam Small's Better Half
Y
46-05-05 Port Arthur News
2:00--Columbia Workshop, "
Sam Small's Better Half," CBS
46-05-12
15
No Children At Play
Y
46-05-12 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Paul Henreid and Ona Massen in drama about food crisis, "
No Children at Play;" Clinton P. Anderson, secretary of agriculture, speaks.
46-05-19
16
The Trial
Y
46-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Franz Kafka's "
The Trial," which foreshadowed the advent of Naziism and European chaos.
46-05-26
17
The Fisherman and the Genie
Y
46-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): presents an original drama.

46-05-26 New York Times
4:00--WABC--Columbia Workshop
46-06-02
18
The Tragedy of King Richard III

Biilboard Announcment of Old Vic Airings over Columbia Workshop from 46-05-25

Y
46-06-02 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Old Vic Theater Company (WBBM): Laurence Olivier in title role of Shapespeare's "Richard III." Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson, members of London's world famous Old Vic Theater Co., currently performing for six weeks in New York, are the stars of two Old Vic broadcasts on CBS. Olivier plalys the title role in Shakespeare's "
Richard III" to be heard at 1 p.m. today on WBBM, and Richardson stars in Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" next Sunday at the same time. These broadcasts are Old Vic's first in America and the only ones the company will make during its current stay.

46-06-02 The Paris News
2 p.m. -- WBBM--Columbia Presents
46-06-09
19
Peer Gynt
Y
46-06-09 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Old Vic Theater Co. (WBBM): Ralph Richardson in Ibsen's "
Peer Gynt." (90 min)

46-06-09 Racine Journal Times
2 p.m. -- WBBM--Columbia Workshop
46-06-16
20
Sometime Every Summertime
Y
46-06-16 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Sometime Every Summertime."
46-06-23
21
How Radar Saved Democracy
Y
46-06-23 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Cecil McGivren's "
How Radar Saved Democracy."
46-06-30
22
This Is Singing Country
Y
46-06-30 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
This Is Singing Country," pre-Independence day story.
46-07-07
23
The Day That Baseball Died
Y
46-07-07 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Day Baseball Died."
46-07-14
24
Three's Company
Y
46-07-14 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Three's Company," trio of short plays by Canadian writer, Fletcher Markle, dealing with marital crisis of three couples of different cultural backgrounds.
46-07-21
25
The Pied Pied Piper Of Hamelin

Billboard Magazine October 12 1946 announcement of Shaw's Pied Piper for release as a children's album
Billboard Magazine October 12 1946 announcement of Shaw's Pied Piper for release as a children's album

Y
46-07-21 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): radio adaptation of Robert Browning's poem, "
The Pied Piper of Hamelin," with Artie Shaw in capacity of script writer, composer or original score, and conductor of the orchestra.
46-07-28
26
Legend In Brocade
Y
46-07-28 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Legend in Brocade," based on Lord Chesterfield's letters.
46-08-04
27
'Comfort' & 'Laughter'
Happy Thoughts For A Hot Afternoon
Y
46-08-04 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM):
"Happy Thoughts for a Hot afternoon," consisting of two essays in dramatic form, "Comfort" and "Laughter."
46-08-11
28
Wilbur, the Psychoneurotic Automobile
Y
46-08-11 Salt Lake Tribune
1:00 COLUMBIA WORKSHOP "
Wilber, the Psychoneurotic Automobile," is today's whimsical, lalughable farce.
46-08-18
29
Modern Exhibit
Ebony Concerto
Y
46-08-18 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Conductor-Composer Igor Stravinsky will conduct and band-leader Woody Herman will be clarinet soloist in a presentation of "
Ebony Concerto," which Stravinsky composed expressly for Herman on the "Columbia Workshop" today.
46-08-25
30
The Path In the Door, A Psychological Experiment
Y
46-08-25 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Path in the Door," psychological study.

Announces
that the following airing of Columbia Workshop will be preempted by National Air Races
46-09-01
--
Pre-Empted
--
46-09-01 Lima News
3:00 Columbia Workshop cbs

46-09-01 New York Times
4:00--WABC--National Air Races
46-09-08
--
Pre-Empted
--
46-09-08 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Archibishop of Canterbury (WBBM): first radio address since arrival in United States, on "Brotherhood of Man," before convention of National Council of Protestant Episcopal Church at Philadelphia.
46-09-15
31
The Last Delegate
Y
46-09-15 Wisconsin State Journal
2 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Last delegate," shows veteran's responsibility in trying to maintain peace.
46-09-21
32
The Midnight Town Is Full Of Boys
Y
[Moves to Saturdays, 6:15 p.m., EST]

46-09-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:15 p.m.-Columbia Workshop (WBBM): new time and day: "
The Midnight Town is Full of Boys," dealing with juvenile delinquency.
46-09-28
33
The Day That Baseball Died
Y
[Repeated in honor of The World Series]

46-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Day That Baseball Died."
46-10-05
34
Studies In Jealousy
Y
46-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9:45 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Studies in Jealousy." three short stories.
46-10-12
35
Brewsie and Willie
Y
46-10-12 Olean Times-Herald
WABC (CBS) 6:15 Columbia Workshop
Brewsie and Wilile
46-10-19
36
Moby Dick Part 1
Y
46-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Melville's "
Moby Dick."
46-10-26
37
Moby Dick Part 2
Y
46-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop WBBM
46-11-02
38
Lee Fountain Comes Of Age
Y
46-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Kenny Delmar in "
Lee Fountain Comes of Age" by Joseph Ruscoll.
46-11-09
39
Farewell To Altamont
Y
46-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): Thomas Wolfe's "
Farewell to Altamount."
46-11-16
40
The Man Who Could Bring Pictures To Life and The Sounds of Peace
Y
46-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Man Who Could Bring Pictures to Life."
46-11-23
41
The Tin Whistle
Y
46-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Tin Whistle" by Richard Burdick.
46-11-30
42
It Shouldn't Happen To A Man
Y
46-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
It Shouldn't Happen to a Man."
46-12-07
43
The Parade
Y
46-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Parade" by Margaret Lewerth.
46-12-14
44
Alice and the Echo
Y
46-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal
10:15 p.m.--Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Alice and the Echo."
46-12-21
45
The Day They Gave Babies Away
Y
[Special Christmas Program]

46-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday 5:15 p.m. Columbia Workshop WBBM

46-12-21 New York Times
6:15-6:45--Colulmbia Workshop: "
The Day They Gave Babies Away;"--WCBS.
46-12-28
46
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Y
46-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday 5:15 p.m. Columbia Workshop (WBBM): fantasy, "
Rain, Rain, Go Away."
47-01-04
47
Tongues Of Fire
Y
47-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday 5:15 p.m. Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
Tongues of Fire," original script by Barbara Woodward of Sydney, Australia.





47-01-05
1
Tugboat Danny

December 28 1946 Billboard announcement of Once Upon A Toon for a proposed 25 programs
December 28 1946 Billboard announcement of Once Upon A Tune for a proposed 25 programs.

N
[The initial three installments of Once Upon A Tune begin airing on the Sunday following the remaining Columbia Workshop presentations (see below); Contemporaneous references to this episode cite the protagonist as a young tugboat named Danny, with far greater aspirations]

46-12-
xx Corning Evening Leader
Sunday--CBS 2:30 p.m.,
Once Upon A Tune, new music comedy series, previously heard in Canada.

47-01-04 Sandusky Register
Sunday -- CBS, 2:30 p. m.
Once Upon A Tune: new music comedy series, preeviously heard in Canada.

47-01-04 Gloversville and Johnstown Morning Herald
CBS believes there should be a bit of excitement around its network at exactly 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Reason therefore is
the introduction of a new musical comedy series bearing the listed title of "Once Upon a Tune." A sort of fairy story set to music, it is the work of two Canadians, Ray Darby and Morris Surdin. As a matter of fact it has been a Canadian radio reature for a couple of years.

47-01-05 New York Times
2:30--Once Upon a Tune
(
Premiere)

47-01-05 Washington Post
WTOP--2:30--Once Upon a Time

47-01-04 Times-Recorder
Sunday--2:45--WJR--Once Upon A Tune

47-01-05 San Antonio Express
KTSA--1:30--Once Upon A Tune

47-01-05 Canton Repository
"Once Upon A Tune" at 2:30 (CBS): Premiere broadcast of a new type of radio show. Featured player will be "
Tugboat Danny" who is just what his name implies, a tugboat.






47-01-11
48
The Surreal Marriage
Y
47-01-10 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday 5:15 p.m. Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
The Surreal Marriage."

47-01-18
49
My Life With Ernest Rule
Y
47-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday 5:15 p.m. Columbia Workshop (WBBM): "
My Life With Ernest Rule," story of cockney girl's marriage to bigamist and murderer.

47-01-25
50
The Natural History Of Nonsense
Y
47-01-24 Mason City Globe-Gazette
(Sat.. 5:15 p. m.) A free hand adaptation of Bergen Evans' famous book. "
The Natural History of Nonsense." is presented by the "Columbia Workshop." "Nonsense" deals with man's inveterate devotion to myth, folklore find pseudo-science.

47-02-01
--
--
[Once Upon a Tune replaces Columbia Workshop]

47-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday
5:00 Country Hour WBBM

47-01-31 Canton Repository
TOMORROW
"Once Upon A Tune" at 6:15 (CBS): Formerly heard on Sundays, the show now replaces "Columbia Workshop." The fantasy play will be the "The Sentimental Locomotive."

47-01-31 Mason City GLobe-Gazette
SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS
LOVE-SICK TRAIN
(5:15 P.M.) A brand new kind of original music-comedy series titled "Once Upon A Tune" makes its debut with "The Sentimental Locomotive." Designed for listeners from 6 to 60, the program has been called "radio's nearest thing to Disney films," "fairly-tales, but for grown-ups too," "a concoction with a dash of Gilbert and Sullivan, Aesop and George Ade, Rogers and Hart," "utterly charming."

47-02-01 New York Times
6:15--WCBS--Once Upon a Time

47-02-01 Nevada State Journal
KSL--3:15 Columbia Workshop






The Columbia Workshop Radio Program [Specials and Rebroadcasts] Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
40-12-22
56
The Plot To Overthrow Christmas

Humble announcement of the first airing of The Plot to Overthrow Christmas from the December 25 1938 edition of the San Antonio Light
Humble announcement of the first airing of The Plot to Overthrow Christmas from the December 25 1938 edition of the San Antonio Light

N
[Rebroadcast of Corwin's Words Without Music broadcast of 38-12-25]

40-12-22 Kingsport Times
10:30 p.m., Columbia Workshop, a special Columbia Christmas Caravan presentation, picked as one of the best broadcasts of the year.

40-12-22 New York Times
10:30--WABC--
The Plot To Overthrow Christmas
41-12-15
Spcl
We Hold These Truths
Y
[Special program, over all networks, produced by the Columbia Workshop as an independent broadcast celebrating the 150th Anniversary of The Bill of Rights; The program was heard by 70 million American and Canadian listeners--the largest audience in Radio history for a single broadcast]

41-12-15 New York Times
President Roosevelt and Others,
Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights--WEAF, WOR, WJZ, WABC, WQXR, WNEW, WHN, WBNX, WBYN, WHOM, WWRL, 10-11.

41-12-15 Washington Post
10, ALL STATIONS-PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT is. heard ._.
hour-long, all-network dedication to Bill of Rights Day. He is introduced by former. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Charles Evans Hughes. Leopold Stokowski leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in"The Star-Spangled Banner," Helen Hayes reads the "Bill of Rights" and Norman Corwin's playlet, "We Hold These Truths" is acted by Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston,' Edward G. Robinson and Bob Burns
41-12-25
Spcl.
The Plot to Overthrow Christmas
Y
[Rebroadcast]

41-12-22 Mason City Globe-Gazette
Thursday, Dec. 25
3:00 p. m.—"The Plot to Overthrow Christmas," Norman Corwin's famous radio play, first presented in 1938, Is again repeated
42-12-24
Spcl.
The Plot to Overthrow Christmas
Y
[Second rebroadcast]
45-05-13
Spcl.
On A Note of Triumph
Y
45-08-15
Spcl.
Fourteen, August
Y
45-08-19
Spcl.
God and Uranium
Y
45-11-05
Spcl.
Seems Radio Is Here To Stay
Y
[A special rebroadcast from April 24, 1939, on the occasion of Radio's 25th Anniversary]

45-11-05 Sandusky Register Star
NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (A/P)—
Broadcast anniversary shows; Tonight—CBS 10:30 Third repeat of Norman Corwin's "
Seems Radio is Here to Stay"
45-12-24
Spcl.
The Plot to Overthrow Christmas
Y
[Seventh Anniversary rebroadcast]





AFRS 'This Is The Story' Program Log

Date AFRS No. Title Avail. Notes
44-05-16
A Tapestry for Radio
Y
44-06-13
An American Trilogy...Thomas Wolfe
Y
47-xx-xx
115
The Last Speech, A Cantata
Y
46-06-30
This Is Singing Country (1776-1864)
Y





AFRS Program Log [Other Programs and Specials]

Date AFRS No. Title Avail. Notes
47-02-01
Once Upon A 'Toon - Head in The Clouds
N





Six By Corwin [NPR]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
84-
84-
84-
84-
84-
84-





Thirteen By Corwin [NPR] (From the Columbia Workshop canon)

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
96-xx-xx
02
The Odyssey of Runyon Jones
Y
96-xx-xx
03
'Untitled'
Y
96-xx-xx
04
Descent of the Gods
Y
96-xx-xx
05
They Fly Through the Air with The Greatest of Ease
Y
96-xx-xx
07
My Client Curley
Y
96-xx-xx
08
Mary and the Fairy
Y
96-xx-xx
13
Radio Primer
Y






The Columbia Workshop Radio Program Biographies




Norman Lewis Corwin
(Writer, Producer, Director)

Newspaperman, Journalist, Poet, Writer, Screenwriter, Playwright, Producer, Director, Political Activist, Professor
(1910 - 2011 )

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Radiography:

1929 Rhymes and Cadences
1938 Columbia Workshop
1938 County Seat
1939 Words Without Music
1939 The Pursuit Of Happiness
1939 So This Is Radio
1940 We Take Your Word
1940 Forecast
1940 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre
1940 Cavalcade Of America
1941 The Free Company
1941 We Hold These Truths
1942 This Is War
1942 An American In England
1942 The Victory Front
1943 The Cresta Blanca Carnival
1943 Norman Corwin (Audition)
1943 Long Name None Could Spell
1943 Passport For Adams
1944 Silver Theatre
1944 Columbia Presents Corwin
1944 Texaco Star Theatre
1944 This Is My Best
1944 The American School Of the Air
1945 On A Note Of Triumph
1946 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre
1946 Mercury Summer Theatre
1946 Stars In the Afternoon
1947 One World Flight
1947 Hollywood Fights Back
1949 Author Meets the Critics
1949 What's the Word
1949 The New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
1950 Document A/777
1950 Faith In Our Time
1952 Lux Radio Theatre
1979 Sears Radio Theatre
1983 Six By Corwin (NPR)


Norman Corwin at his creative best, ca. 1944




Norman Corwin in NBC Studio with Peggy Burt, ca. 1937




Norman Corwin camps it up during a rare in-costume moment during RCA's Magic Key, ca. 1937




The Maestro, in his element, ca. 1942



Norman Corwin in control booth for 1945's Untitled for Columbia Presents Corwin
Norman Corwin in control booth for 1945's Untitled for Columbia Presents Corwin




Corwin's Lair, looking down from the control booth, directing Season One of Columbia Presents Corwin, ca. 1944
Corwin's Lair, looking down from the control booth, directing Season One of Columbia Presents Corwin, ca. 1944




Corwin, flanked by Regina Reynic to his right and Deems Taylor to his left, with Bernard Rogers at the piano, ca. 1947
Corwin, flanked by Regina Reynic to his right and Deems Taylor to his left, with Bernard Rogers at the piano, ca. 1947




Norman Corwin, directing live radio program, ca. 1944




Corwin discusses We Hold These Truths script with Jimmy Stewart, ca. 1941
Corwin discusses We Hold These Truths script with Jimmy Stewart, ca. 1941




On A Note of Triumph 78 RPM Record, ca. 1944
On A Note of Triumph 78 RPM Record Label, ca. 1944



Two great Radio Normans--Lear, left and Corwin, right, ca. 2005
Two great Radio Normans--Lear, left and Corwin, right, ca. 2005







Orson Welles, left and Norman Corwin, right, going over Fourteen August script, August 14, 1945
Orson Welles, left and Norman Corwin, right, going over Fourteen August script, August 14, 1945








Norman Corwin, ca. 2005





Corwin examines his first, well-deserved Oscar, ca. 2005

Norman Corwin is approaching one hundred years of age as we prepare this biography. Corwin's father Samuel lived to the age of 112. We can only hope that Samuel's sons will be as long-lived as the father. Norman Corwin's continuing legacy of thought-provoking, insightful, brilliantly crafted and prosaic commentary on the human condition have fashioned Norman Corwin into one of American History's greatest writers, visionaries, dramatists and philosophers.

Born and raised in East Boston, Corwin was transfixed by Radio as a medium from its initial broad casts. A child prodigy, Corwin was reciting poetry at the age of five, writing full-length stories at the age of seven, was a voracious reader, and an avid classical music proponent since the time he was a child. Reportedly first listening to a makeshift crystal set assembled by his older brother Al, from a cylindrical Quaker Oats box, both brothers soon became avid Radio enthusiasts.

Mentored by a devoted high school English teacher, Corwin acquired a life-long interest in poetry, especially that of Keats, Shelley and The Brownings. Upon early graduation from high school, Corwin began working as a journalist at the age of 17, with Massachusetts' Greenfield Recorder, then the Springfield Republican. Covering a variety of local community interest stories, Corwin's efforts covered sporting events--written in iambic pentameter no less, local color activities, movie reviews, and human interest stories.

His first exposure to professional Radio broadcasting came with an opportunity to air an interview regarding one of the human interest stories he'd written about. Station WBZA soon needed a newsreader and sought to have the position filled with someone from the local newspaper. Corwin fit the bill perfectly. By 1929 Corwin had fashioned his own broadcast over WBZA, a combination of piano interludes interwoven with Corwin's orginal poetry readings. He called the program Rhymes and Cadences. If this sounds a reminiscent chord, it's instructive to remember that this is how the legendary Orson Welles embarked on his own Radio career, airing a similar format entitled Musical Reveries in 1936.

Indeed, the similarities between these two great Radio visionaries is entirely appropriate. We've chronicled Orson Welles' extraordinary career elsewhere, but it's instructive to point out the fascinating series of parallels in the Radio careers of both Radio legends. You may recall that Orson Welles undertook his own wanderlust through the United Kingdom and Europe as a young man. Norman Corwin's exposure to The Continent came in 1931, as he traveled to Europe with his older brother, Emil. The fomenting fascism, social and religious unrest, and political turmoil he witnessed first-hand throughout Europe very much shaped the path Corwin's broadcasting career would take from that point forward.

Corwin returned to the U.S. and in 1935 began working as a full-fledged newsman for Radio WLW in Cinncinati, Ohio. Almost immediately encountering one of the Post-Great Depression sore spots first-hand, Corwin learned that any on air reportage of collective bargaining efforts--even organizing for collective bargaining--were grounds for immediate dismissal. He objected to the policy and soon found himself fired after only two weeks on the job. He ultimately took up the issue with the ACLU's backing and eventually got the policy changed--long after he'd departed Cincinnati.

The next stop for Corwin was The Big Apple, where he found work as an entry level publicist for 2oth Century-Fox. He soon leveraged his contacts there to yet another proposal for a local poetry/musicale format program to Radio station WQXR. He was soon airing another program similar in format to Rhymes and Cadences, this one cleverly named Poetic License. First airing in 1936, Poetic License showcased some of New York's early poetry luminaries, among them Louis Ginsberg, father of legendary Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

The first major network to take an interest in Corwin was NBC, who invited Corwin to appear on RCA's Magic Key, beginning in 1937. NBC was less than impressed and in a moment of fortuitous serendipity for Corwin, released him from his obligation to NBC. Fortuitous, because within a year, a CBS executive would hear one of Corwin's Poetic License broadcasts and offer Corwin a position as Radio Director for $125 a week. Needless to say, that was astounding pay for a young man of that era.

So it was that a few days shy of his 28th birthday, Corwin began directing CBS' on-air engineering, writing, and production efforts for the first time. Within a few months he was tapped to direct his first Columbia Workshop experimental drama, The Red Badge of Courage, airing July 9, 1938.

In yet another ironic crossed path with Orson Welles, the night of October 31, 1938 found Corwin rehearsing the pilot for a newly proposed poetry program he was developing, tentatively titled Norman Corwin's Words Without Music. In the studio just below Corwin, none other than Orson Welles and Mercury Theatre of The Air were broadcasting their infamous War of The Worlds broadcast. Oblivious to what was taking place, Corwin reportedly only learned of it once CBS' switchboards began lighting up on every floor.

Produced by no less than legendary William N. Robson, Norman Corwin's Words Without Music ultimately aired in production a month later, with Corwin agonizing over the slightest nuance of each broadcast. It was during Corwin's Words Without Musc broadcast of December 25, 1938 that he introduced his famous "The Plot to Overthrow Christmas" to a listening audience, a program that would be repeated over and over again throughout CBS' history.

Within a year, Corwin had written, directed, produced and broadcast two of his most enduring masterpieces: The Plot to Overthrow Christmas [Words Without Music] and They Fly Through the Air with The Greatest of Ease [Columbia Workshop]. By then helping others develop their own experimental Radio dramas, Corwin found himself directing Earl Robinson's stirring Ballad for Americans, and Lucille Fletcher's biting satire, My Client, Curley. Earl Robinson would go on to collaborate with Corwin on several of his Columbia Presents Corwin productions.

Mr. Corwin took most of 1940 to work as a screenwriter for RKO Studios. Unimpressed, Corwin soon realized that he'd had far more artistic freedom back at CBS. So it was that upon returning to CBS, he was offered control of fully six months worth of Columbia Workshop programming. The resulting 26 By Corwin was Norman Corwin's first unbridled artistic opportunity in Broadcast Radio.

What followed were 26 weeks worth of Norman Corwin's dramatic passion. Corwin's creativity could be fully unleashed and fully explored for the following 26-week marathon of writing, directing, producing and agonizing over the result. But the agony couldn't last long, since from moments after each broadcast's sign-off, the process would begin anew, with carte blanche and all that a blank piece of paper means to a creative person--both the pros and the cons.

In the end, he pulled it off--in spades. 1941 became one of the most triumphant years of Corwin's creative work experience to date. Indeed to this day, several of those twenty-six Corwin efforts have become standalone classics of the Golden Age of Radio. Corwin wrapped up the year in extraordinary fashion with one of Radio History's most stirring paeans to American Democracy ever aired--We Hold These Truths. We Hold These Truths was a multimedia celebration of America's Bill of Rights. The broadcast was heard by the largest single audience in Radio History up to that point. Its timing was absolutely exquisite--indeed, almost prescient, given the life-altering developments of the morning of December 7, 1941. The project wasn't developed as a response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Indeed it was still under development and being written by Corwin the afternoon that he first heard the news about the attack.

Starring no less than Jimmy Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Orson Welles, Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, Marjorie Main, Rudy Vallee and Bob Burns, the score was written by legendary composer Bernard Herrmann. And almost as a footnote to this remarkable production, FDR himself addressed the country during the production. The Star Spangled Banner was performed by the full New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by no less than Leopold Stokowski himself. The mind reels to imagine a Radio broadcast with that much prestigious talent during one airing today. Call it 1941's version of 'We Are The Children'. That's about what it amounted to. The costs alone today would be astronomical.

We Hold These Truths holds up just as well today. I have yet to share an airing of my recording of We Hold These Truths with anyone without evoking a remarkable reaction from them--young, old, and every age in between. It's quite simply one of the most stirring, patriotic, genuinely moving reminders of what this country has fought to defend for almost 240 years as of this writing.

Needless to say, by 1942 Norman Corwin's work was rapidly approaching legendary status. Nor did he shirk from the challenge to pursue even greater triumphs. His broadcasting excellence surmounted even commercial network rivalries. He was commissioned by the Office of War Information to develop the stirring This Is War series which was mandated to air simultaneously over all four major networks.

During 1943, Norman Corwin was dispatched to England to cover the War effort from their perspective. A unique joint effort of The BBC and U.S. broadcasters, the amazing recordings Corwin returned with resulted in the wonderfully inspirational An American in England series, showcasing the indomitable spirit of Wartime Great Britain. The resulting series was quite understandably one of the War effort's most inspirational series to that date.

As hard as it is to imagine, Corwin's penultimate masterpiece had yet to be produced. I say penultimate, for good reason, as you'll soon discover. . .

With the end of the War in Europe in sight, Corwin undertook to develop an hour-long, live studio observance of the end of War in Europe. The resulting On A Note of Triumph became Corwin's crowning masterpiece. Again scored by Bernard Herrmann, not only did it set another record for largest simultaneous listening audience, it was pressed as a 78 RPM record for further distribution. The first pressing sold out almost overnight, as did a hardcover print of the script, which became an overnight best-seller in its own right. Both the records and scripts were pressed and published again and again to keep up with the unprecedented demand.

Corwin, aided by Orson Welles, rose to the occasion yet again, with even less preparation, as V.J. Day finally--and quite unexpectedly--arrived on 14 August 1945. L'Affaire Gumpert was the Columbia Presents Corwin program that had been scheduled for airing on August 14th. Never one to shirk a challenge, Norman Corwin, with less than eleven hours' notice, threw together the final epitaph on World War II, with a minimal sound track, a single sound effect and only Orson Welles' magnificent voice as his primary artistic tool. And yet, irrespective of the absurd limitations placed on this single, 15-minute program of the run, you see the effort of Radio's two giants, converging to produce a miraculous post-script to the most bloody, expensive, gut-wrenching five years our young Nation had ever experienced. And quite frankly who else could possibly have ever pulled it off but these two geniuses?

To this day, one needs to pinch oneself to be reminded of the extraordinary constraints imposed on both Welles and Corwin to pull off Fourteen August at all. And yet they did it. And they could only have done it over Radio. In the final analysis, they did what both their extraordinary backgrounds had prepared them to do--and at the time that their country needed their special individual talents the most. It's beyond prosaic. It was fated. It was beyond Kismet. It was their destiny from the moment each of them separately undertook their first independent Radio broadcasts, each in their own rendition of a mixed poetry/musicale format. The ironies and coincidences are beyond serendipity. They're cosmic.

As announced, L'Affaire Gumpert was indeed Corwin's last Columbia Presents Corwin. Anything else would have been post-climactic. What could possibly have topped Fourteen August? The entire nation was sharing a combination of mass delerium and a combined, cathartic sigh of immense relief. It was time to move on. The machinery of War was destined to be scrapped and fashioned back into the plowshares that many of those same machines of War had been manufactured from.

And so it was with the two giants of Radio. Each ultimately going their own way again. Each having shared a cosmic moment of catharsis with an entire Nation. What could possibly have topped the emotion of that singular moment of 14 August?

There's no question that Norman Corwin, despite his amazing professional triumphs of the World War II years, went on to even greater triumphs for the remander of his storied career. As recently as 2005, he worked tirelessly to help produce and promote 2005's Ocscar winning Documentary Short Subject, On A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin. How fitting a tribute, but some might well ask, what took them so long?

We love our heroes. And we need our heroes even more today, as we engage in an economic battle for our financial survival. Much the same survival effort Norman Corwin's own parents had to endure while Norman was still in high school. And so we come full circle. Asking even more from our heroes. Hoping they'll remind us why we fight, why we endure, why we never give in to adversity. And why we vainly expect our heroes to always be there for us at the very instant in history when we need them the most.

[Update: Norman Corwin passed away in his sleep on October 18, 2011 at the age of 101. ]



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