According to Max Schmid, host of The Golden Age Of Radio on WBAI-FM New York, old time radio dramas are just as exciting as TV shows, but much cheaper to produce.
With solid sound effects and a small budget, a radio show can put characters anywhere.
Schmid says they can be on the Titanic by splashing water in a bucket, or in Mars by simulating spacey noises.
Hes heard radio actors create the sound of a spaceship door by simply sliding their fingers across a music stand.
Schmid believes old-school radio dramas could flourish again if people still had the patience and imagination to listen.
The genre will be showcased this Thursday (Oct. 22) through Sunday (Oct. 25) at the Friends Of Old Time Radio Convention in New Jersey.
Radio stars like Simon Jones of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy will recreate live versions of classic shows.
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