|San Diego Radio Theater - Design Objective|
Elegance of Radio Days With A Global Focus
"Radio Days", a film made in 1987 by Woody Allen, evoked the ambiance of the years before TV, when listeners tuned radio receivers in ornate wooden cabinets to hear their favorite shows. The radio experience is unique and it's magic does not depend on recreating the milieu of bygone days, the magic is in its intimacy.
SDRT is not attempting to relive the past but rather to reinvigorate the medium with the novelty of the radio experience that people found in an earlier time. Our task is to take radio to a new level of appreciation.
We are building on the foundation laid by imaginative souls like Orson Welles who introduced millions of listeners to great stories, films, plays, symphonic music and jazz, taking his audiences away to exotic realms. The artistic insight of Welles, Houseman and Hermann, Charles Lindbergh, Eleanor Roosevelt and Edward R. Murrow and many others were part of this radio culture. Their broadcasts helped to insulate civilization from cynicism and despair through a global economic depression and WWII, and this gave us the courage to create a new world vision in the face of a threat of nuclear holocaust during the 1950s and 60s.
Sonorous voices are "golden" in radio; as important as the timbre of a singer's voice in opera. Keilor, Welles and Murrow had natural "radio voices". It was Welles' voice that gave him entré to the profession and an opportunity to develop his talent as a writer and director. Keilor has acknowledged this as well. Because of this quality, Welles' radio programs play well today even though the recording quality is not comparable with the fidelity of modern digital technology. SDRT provides opportunities for talented people with good voices.
In the early days, broadcasters relied on actors with well known names from stage and screen roles to attract audiences. Radio brought these celebrities into the listener's home in a more personal way than television can. This quality of personal "presence" is unique to the radio medium and it is under-utilized today.
Jack Benny & Groucho Marx"
While High Definition Video and greater audience expectations have raised production costs for television, digital technology has made it easier and less expensive to create anything imaginable in radio theater. A scene on Mars or the Amazon or the bottom of the sea can be created in one continuous recording. The fog horn of the titanic may be a processed recording of a duck call. If the voice is really a duck but it sounds like Marilyn Monroe, the listener imagines Marilyn.
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