The Columbia Workshop was an high-art radio show that aired from 1936 to 1957. The show’s creator was Irving Reis, who once worked as a radio director, as well as a sound engineer. Columbia Workshop was sort of like Reis’ experiment, since he wanted to focus on using different sound effects to bring his show to life, as opposed to other radio shows which he believes have overused popular celebrities. Hundreds of different sound effects were used for the show.The show’s first director was William Robson, and his first show was Alice in Wonderland. Unlike Reis, Robson focused more on the brilliant acting of the characters and less on the sound effects. Then, in 1941, Norman Corwin took over and made the show more social (and political), as he focused more on delivering the day's newsworthy happenings.
Most of the episodes presented, nevertheless, were derived from the work of classical authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and more. Although quite serious in theme, Columbia Workshop was well-received by the listeners, and the fact that it lasted for over two decades is an excellent proof to that.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 332 old time radio episodes:
|07.18.1936||comedy of danger and finger of god||
|07.25.1936||columbia workshop (002) broadway evening||
+A really GREAT show, "dedicated to the magic of radio." An "ear impression" of a night in the life ...
|08.01.1936||columbia workshop (003) cartwheel||
+ A short play considered to be one of the best experimental dramas written for radio. It contains 2...
|08.08.1936||columbia workshop (004) experiment highway incident||
+ A twisted look at rudimentary E.S.P. and a typical period-piece of crime and justice's retribution...
|08.15.1936||columbia workshop (005) case history||
+An experimental drama about a pilot on the brink of death. A tour of a strange airport on the edge ...
|08.22.1936||columbia workshop (006) there must be something else||
+ "An interesting experiment into the magic of radio," includes a technical demonstration with the "...
|09.05.1936||columbia workshop (007) the san quentin broadcast||
+A dramatization about how a dramatization was broadcast only two and a half hours after the story b...
|09.12.1936||columbia workshop (008) voyage to brobdingnag||
+ An experimental drama, based on "Gulliver's Travels," using experimental techniques. The program u...
|09.19.1936||columbia workshop (009) hamlet||
+ Acts one and two as produced, directed, introduced, and starring Orson Welles. Concluded on cat. #...
|09.26.1936||columbia workshop (011) the dream makers||
+An experimental drama that comes off quite well. The little men who make you dream at night make th...
|10.17.1936||columbia workshop (014) dauber||
+The story of a young artist who only wants to paint the sea, and his experiences aboard a sailing s...
|11.07.1936||columbia workshop (016) scoring for radio (vocabulary of music)||
+A music program with an introduction and commentary by Deems Taylor. Music by Debussy and Bizet. Ex...
|11.14.1936||columbia workshop (016) hamlet part 2||
+ The conclusion of the play, continued from the broadcast of September 14, 1936 (see cat. #42510). ...
|11.21.1936||columbia workshop (018) electrical demonstration two hundred were chosen||
+A program dedicated to "the scientists, research workers and engineers of the electrical industry, ...
|11.28.1936||columbia workshop (018) patent system||
+ A history of the U. S. Patent system and some of the great inventions it fostered. Also, a very pr...
|12.05.1936||columbia workshop (020) rhythm of the jute mill||
+A slightly mad composer is sent to prison for life when he murders a moneylender who won't let him ...
|12.19.1936||columbia workshop (020) the gods of the mountain||
+A strange tale about seven beggars who find an easy way to obtain plentiful food and drink, but who...
|12.26.1936||columbia workshop (021) the happy prince||
+A statue and his pal, a swallow, perform good deeds from their pedestal in the marketplace.
|01.02.1937||columbia workshop (022) public domain||
+A philosophical dialogue carried out in an imaginary land called, "The Public Domain" (a place free...
|01.09.1937||columbia workshop (023) control engineer voyage to lilliput||
+A demonstration of how the engineer in the control room can make or break a radio show by his mixin...
|01.23.1937||columbia workshop (025) the signalman|
|02.06.1937||columbia workshop (027) rime of the ancient mariner||
+The famous narrative poem of the mocking sailor and his all-too-hasty crossbow.
|02.13.1937||columbia workshop (028) pitch perception||
+Dr. Steinberg of the Bell Telephone Labs demonstrates some interesting properties of the oldest aud...
|03.14.1937||columbia workshop (030) split seconds||
+A plotless story experimenting with the thoughts running through the mind of an author jaded with t...
|03.21.1937||columbia workshop (031) danse macabre||
+ An extremely well-written and performed production about "Death Incarnate" visiting the world and ...