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🤯Back in the day, there were “shows” on the radio, where people read lines and did a “show”?

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Iwillwait · M
@XenonRush Soap Operas started on the radio.
@XenonRush They may have had pictures but the audience couldn't hear them.
Sure! And some great ones.

[quote]The War of the Worlds
1938 Radio Drama
"The War of the Worlds" was a Halloween episode of the radio series The Mercury Theatre on the Air directed and narrated by Orson Welles as an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds. It was performed and broadcast live at 8 pm ET on October 30, 1938 over the CBS Radio Network. The episode is famous for inciting a panic by convincing some members of the listening audience that a Martian invasion was taking place, though the scale of panic is disputed, as the program had relatively few listeners. The episode begins with an introductory monologue based closely on the opening of the original novel, after which the program takes on the format of an evening of typical radio programming being periodically interrupted by news bulletins. The first few bulletins interrupt a program of live music and are relatively calm reports of unusual explosions on Mars followed by a seemingly unrelated report of an unknown object falling on a farm in Grovers Mill, New Jersey.Wikipedia [/quote]
Yes, you had to use your imagination. They would describe the action, with sound effects.

The closest thing in my lifetime used to be phone numbers you could call, 976 numbers, where someone would describe a romantic setting, with maybe the sounds of oceans waves or bells in the background, and narrate about an interlude. It was like a dollar a call.

Totally removed from the way things are now, of course.
You don’t have imagine anything now, it’s all there onscreen to be seen.
Teirdalin · 31-35
I know, crazy right?
Teirdalin · 31-35
TheLordOfHell · 41-45
Aye aye! The Shadow was one of my favorites, tho mind you I'm not that old.
LordShadowfire · 46-50
@TheLordOfHell I'm afraid our friend LamontCranston has slightly soured me on that show, but I still love it. Did you see the movie?
TheLordOfHell · 41-45
@LordShadowfire Yeah I remember that user. Didn't interact with them all that much tho. Oh yeah, it's my favorite superhero movie. Not really a fan of the Baldwins, but Alec was perfect for that role
LordShadowfire · 46-50
Yeah, that's right. Mostly before the invention of television. But a lot of radio shows happened after that time, like the NPR radio play of "The Empire Strikes Back".

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