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CBS Radio Workshop

CBS Radio Workshop

The CBS Radio Workshop was one of American network radio's last attempts to hold onto, and perhaps recapture, some of the demographics they had lost to television in the post-World War Two era.

The premiere broadcast was a two-part adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, introduced and narrated by Huxley. It took a unique approach to sound effects, as described in a Time (February 6, 1956) review that week:

It took three radio sound men, a control-room engineer and five hours of hard work to create the sound that was heard for less than 30 seconds on the air. The sound consisted of a ticking metronome, tom-tom beats, bubbling water, air hose, cow moo, boing! (two types), oscillator, dripping water (two types) and three kinds of wine glasses clicking against each other. Judiciously blended and recorded on tape, the effect was still not quite right. Then the tape was played backward with a little echo added. That did it. The sound depicted the manufacturing of babies in the radio version of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

Music for the series was composed by Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Amerigo Moreno, Ray Nobleand Leith Stevens. Other writers adapted to the series included Robert A. Heinlein, Sinclair Lewis, H. L. Mencken, Edgar Allan Poe, Christopher Isherwood, Frederik Pohl, James Thurber, Mark Twain andThomas Wolfe. [Source: Wikipedia]


Broadcast: 10th February 1956
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Broadcast: 17th February 1956
Starring: Ray Bradbury
Added: Jun 08 2012
Broadcast: February 24, 1956
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Broadcast: 2nd March 1956
Starring: Clifton Fadiman
Added: Jun 11 2007
Broadcast: 9th March 1956
Starring: Various
Added: Nov 17 2001
Broadcast: 16th March 1956
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Broadcast: 30th March 1956
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Broadcast: 20th April 1956
Starring: Various
Added: Feb 02 2008
Broadcast: 27th April 1956
Starring: John Dehner
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Broadcast: 4th May 1956
Starring: Various
Added: Jul 10 2007
Broadcast: 18th May 1956
Starring: Helen Hayes
Added: May 18 2007
Broadcast: 25th May 1956
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Broadcast: 1st June 1956
Starring: William Conrad
Added: Jun 03 2008
Broadcast: 15th June 1956
Starring: Adelaide Bishop
Added: Sep 02 2008
Broadcast: 6th July 1956
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Broadcast: 13th July 1956
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Broadcast: 20th July 1956
Starring: Sarah Churchill
Added: Jul 20 2008
Broadcast: 27th July 1956
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Broadcast: 3rd August 1956
Starring: Byron Kane, Sarah Selby
Added: Aug 03 2008
Broadcast: 17th August 1956
Added: Feb 14 2008
Broadcast: 24th August 1956
Added: Sep 01 2008
Broadcast: August 31, 1956
Starring: Stan Freberg
Added: Aug 31 2008
Broadcast: 7th September 1956
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Broadcast: 14th September 1956
Starring: June Foray
Added: Apr 20 2008
Broadcast: 21st September 1956
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Broadcast: 28th September 1956
Added: Jan 11 2008
Broadcast: 12th October 1956
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Broadcast: 19th October 1956
Starring: William Conrad
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Broadcast: 19th October 1956
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Broadcast: November 2, 1956
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Broadcast: 11th November 1956
Starring: Various
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: 16th December 1956
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Broadcast: 23rd December 1956
Added: Dec 24 2007
Broadcast: 13th January 1957
Added: Jan 13 2008
Broadcast: 27th January 1957
Added: Oct 05 2008
Broadcast: 3rd February 1957
Added: Feb 09 2008
Broadcast: 10th February 1957
Starring: William Conrad
Added: Feb 19 2008
Broadcast: 3rd March 1957
Added: Mar 06 2008
Broadcast: 24th March 1957
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Broadcast: 31st March 1957
Starring: Ralph Bell
Added: Oct 05 2012
Broadcast: 14th April 1957
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Broadcast: April 21, 1957
Added: Apr 12 2009
Broadcast: 28th April 1957
Starring: Various
Added: Nov 22 2001
Broadcast: 5th May 1957
Added: Oct 28 2007
Broadcast: 12th May 1957
Starring: Various
Added: Nov 29 2001
Broadcast: June 2, 1957
Starring: William Conrad
Added: Mar 11 2016
Broadcast: 28th July 1957
Added: Nov 03 2011
Broadcast: 25th August 1957
Added: Sep 11 2012
Broadcast: September 1, 1957
Added: Sep 26 2015
Broadcast: 8th September 1957
Added: Sep 29 2012
Broadcast: 15th September 1957
Added: Sep 15 2012
Broadcast: 22nd September 1957
Added: Sep 22 2012