Radio Drama Recreation

The NBC Archives at the Library of Congress’ Recorded Sound Division hold the “blue books” from the early years of NBC Radio, with the working scripts used by the on-air personalities. Given that radio programs were all performed live, as recording technology had not yet developed enough to enable pre-recorded shows, the scripts offer a glimpse into what these early radio programs sounded like. When conditions allow, we will host a live stage production of the Utica Jubilee Singers radio program with video posted here. For now, here’s a sample script featuring many songs by the Jubilees, as well as poems by Forbes Magazine co-founder Walter Drey and Harlem Renaissance poet James Weldon Johnson’s “Answer to Prayer“.

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