This story was published in Radio Recall, the journal of the Metropolitan Washington Old-Time Radio Club, published six times per year.
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LOCATING SCRIPTS MADE EASY
(From Radio Recall, December 2006)
Book Hunter Press has just released a reference book to help locate scripts from the Golden Age of Radio. It’s designed to be an additional resource for collectors, re-creation groups and researchers when the "usual" script sources fail, e.g., the Internet, eBay, OTR club archives, and library special collections.
Radio Scripts In Print by Susan and David S. Siegel (Book Hunter Press, 2006) identifies more than 1,700 scripts that can be found in 174 cited books that can either be purchased or borrowed from a library using the inter-library loan process.
The scripts cover series as well as one time only specials, ranging from comedy and drama to mystery, suspense, documentaries, science fiction, news, religion, soaps, etc. Included among the 1,700+ scripts are:
- Popular series such as Cavalcade of America, Columbia Workshop and Theatre Guild
- One time only specials such as Benet's “They Burned The Books”
- Scripts for series for which only a very few programs are available in audio such as Flywheel, Shyster, and Shyster
- Scripts of interest to school teachers who may want to use radio plays to stimulate interest in classic literature, American history and the lives of famous Americans
The book's user friendly format permits the reader to search for scripts by series name, program (script) title or author or adapter. The listings also include, when the information was available, the date the script was broadcast, and the network or station that aired the program.
Radio Scripts In Print sells for only $16.95, plus $4.00 S & H, and can be ordered directly at www.bookhunterpress.com/radio, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone (914) 224-6608. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
Earlier this year the Siegels co-authored A Resource Guide to the Golden Age of Radio: Special Collections, Bibliography, and the
Internet, the first-ever guide to 3,800 primary and secondary sources for researching the Golden Age of Radio. Many of the 2,300 special collections identified in the Resource Guide also contain scripts. The book has received wide praise from academic libraries and radio researchers.
Mail inquiries will reach Book Hunter Press at PO Box 193, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.