Saturday, January 2, 2010

Schorr & Simon as the Clark & Seacrest of NPR?

A couple of short items about LIVE broadcasting today . . .

New Year Things Considered
I heard part of NPR's live Toast of the Nation broadcast on New Year's Eve and wondered in a Crosscut piece about how to make it better, including bringing in Daniel Schorr and Scott Simon as the NPR equivalent of Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest.

Evolution of Radio Drama
The old-time radio website posts an episode of the Great Gildersleeve every week, and I've been listening now for about six months. The episodes are posted sequentially, and this week's episode is from early September 1945. While all the previous episodes I've heard were recordings of live broadcasts with live studio audiences, this one was done in a studio without an audience. The effect is staggering, as the jokes don't get any laughs (no laugh track back then), and the whole thing comes across as a lifeless struggle. I need to do a bit more research about the 1945 season--appears there was also a new music director, new theme music, etc.

I freely acknowledge that I am obsessed with the superiority of historic and contemporary live broadcasting over the tape-delayed variety . . .

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