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THE COLUMBIA WORKSHOP

 Columbia Workshop

7 MP3 CDs - 333 episodes


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Norman Corwin Directing Columbia Workshop
(1936 - 1957)

Columbia WorkshopThe Columbia Workshop is high art radio at its finest with expert writing and direction by a slew of talented, but relatively unknown people of the moment. The goal of Columbia Workshop old time radio shows included separating itself from popular radio's overuse of film celebrities and general triviality of commercial orientated old time radio shows. This lead to several revolutions in the method in which a show is made including the development of a soundboard with complicated noises now considered essential to radio production.

Cast of Columbia Workshop
Nila Mack (director)
Nila Mack (director)

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Irving Reis created Columbia Workshop after working as a sound engineer and as a radio director.  Reis was excited about using Columbia Workshop as a platform for radio sound and narrative experimentation.  He believed that radio was a distinct and novel medium where sound effects could vividly bring the radio show to life in the homes of radio listeners.  In one Columbia Workshop episode there were more than 30 different distinct characters and hundreds of sound effects as a demonstration of radio's possibilities.   

William N. Robson (narrator)
William N. Robson (narrator)

In 1937, William Robeson became the director of Columbia Workshop with his first show "Alice in Wonderland." Robeson experimented less with radio sound effects and engineering and poured his efforts into effective and brilliant acting.

In 1941, Norman Corwin took over the reins at Columbia Workshop giving the show a more political and social slant often reflecting newsworthy events of the day.

Throughout all the show's directors, Columbia Workshop drew its stories from classic literature from authors such as William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Lewis Carroll, Arch Oboler, and more.  Orson Welles starred in a two part adaptation of Hamlet. 

The seriousness of Columbia Workshop was well received by radio audiences and the show remained popular for decades. Because Columbia Workshop was extremely radio and sound based, its era came to an end with the advent of the television as the most popular form of home entertainment.

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Volume 1: 50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 20 minutes

Columbia Workshop 360718 001 Comedy Of Dangerfinger Of God
Columbia Workshop 360725 002 Broadway Evening
Columbia Workshop 360801 003 Cartwheel
Columbia Workshop 360808 004 Experimenthighway Incident
Columbia Workshop 360815 005 Case History
Columbia Workshop 360822 006 There Must Be Something Else
Columbia Workshop 360905 007 San Quentin Broadcast
Columbia Workshop 360912 008 Voyage To Brobdingnag
Columbia Workshop 360919 009 Hamlet
Columbia Workshop 360926 011 Dream Makers
Columbia Workshop 361017 014 Dauber
Columbia Workshop 361107 016 Scoring For Radio Vocabulary Of Music
Columbia Workshop 361114 016 Hamlet Part 2
Columbia Workshop 361121 018 Electrical Demonstration Two Hundred Were Chosen
Columbia Workshop 361128 018 Patent System
Columbia Workshop 361205 020 Rhythm Of Jute Mill
Columbia Workshop 361219 020 Gods Of Mountain
Columbia Workshop 361226 021 Happy Prince
Columbia Workshop 370102 022 Public Domain
Columbia Workshop 370109 023 Control Engineer Voyage To Lilliput
Columbia Workshop 370123 025 Signalman
Columbia Workshop 370206 027 Rime Of Ancient Mariner
Columbia Workshop 370213 028 Pitch Perception
Columbia Workshop 370314 030 Split Seconds
Columbia Workshop 370321 031 Danse Macabre
Columbia Workshop 370328 032 Eve Of St. Agnes
Columbia Workshop 370404 033 Big Ben Crisis
Columbia Workshop 370411 034 Fall Of City
Columbia Workshop 370418 035 R U R
Columbia Workshop 370425 036 Saint Louis Blues
Columbia Workshop 370502 037 Drums Of Conscience
Columbia Workshop 370509 038 Supply And Demand
Columbia Workshop 370516 039 Paul Revere
Columbia Workshop 370523 040 Night At Inn
Columbia Workshop 370530 041 Discovery
Columbia Workshop 370606 042 Downbeat On Murder
Columbia Workshop 370620 044 Red Head Baker
Columbia Workshop 370627 045 Babuouk
Columbia Workshop 370711 047 Telltale Heart
Columbia Workshop 370718 048 Fifty Grand
Columbia Workshop 370725 049 Matter Of Life And Death
Columbia Workshop 370808 051 Incident Of Cosmoslast Citation
Columbia Workshop 370822 053 Escape Part 2
Columbia Workshop 370905 055 S S San Pedro
Columbia Workshop 370912 056 Death Of Queen
Columbia Workshop 370926 058 Alices Adventures In Wonderland Part 1
Columbia Workshop 371003 059 Alices Adventures In Wonderland Part 2
Columbia Workshop 371017 061 Killers Illusion
Columbia Workshop 371031 063 Sweep
Columbia Workshop 371107 064 Horla


Volume 2: 50 shows - total playtime 25 hours 6 minutes

Columbia Workshop 371121 Georgia Transport
Columbia Workshop 371209 Marconi, Man And His Wireless
Columbia Workshop 371216 069 Metzungerstein
Columbia Workshop 371223 070 Alice Through Looking Glass Pt 1
Columbia Workshop 371230 071 Alice Through Looking Glass Pt 2
Columbia Workshop 380108 072 Ghost Of Benjamin Sweet, Part 1
Columbia Workshop 380115 073 House That Jack Didnt Build
Columbia Workshop 380129 075 Madame Curie
Columbia Workshop 380205 076 Andrea Del Sarto
Columbia Workshop 380212 077 Be Prepared
Columbia Workshop 380219 078 Well Of Saints
Columbia Workshop 380226 079 Night Patrol
Columbia Workshop 380312 081 Hassan
Columbia Workshop 380319 082 Wedding Of Meteors
Columbia Workshop 380326 083 J. Smith And Wife
Columbia Workshop 380402 084 Seven Waves Away
Columbia Workshop 380409 085 Broken Feather
Columbia Workshop 380416 086 Terrible Meek
Columbia Workshop 380423 087 Never Come Monday
Columbia Workshop 380430 088 Four Into Seven Wont Go
Columbia Workshop 380507 089 Fisherman And His Soul
Columbia Workshop 380514 090 Meloddrams
Columbia Workshop 380521 091 Ecce Homo Behold Man
Columbia Workshop 380528 092 Bury Dead
Columbia Workshop 380604 093 Tranga Man, Fine Gah
Columbia Workshop 380611 094 Surrealism From Ooh To Aah
Columbia Workshop 380716 099 National Headliners
Columbia Workshop 380723 100 Murder In Cathedral
Columbia Workshop 380730 101 Tristram
Columbia Workshop 380806 102 Devil And Daniel Webster
Columbia Workshop 380915 106 Outward Bound
Columbia Workshop 380922 107 He Doubles In Pipes
Columbia Workshop 380929 108 Lighthouse Keepers
Columbia Workshop 381013 109 Brushwood Boy
Columbia Workshop 381020 110 Happy Journey To Trenton And Camden
Columbia Workshop 381027 111 Air Raid
Columbia Workshop 381103 112 Poetic License
Columbia Workshop 381110 113 Drink Of Water
Columbia Workshop 381117 114 Luck
Columbia Workshop 381124 115 Beauty And Beast
Columbia Workshop 381208 117 Man With Gun Fall Of Jericho
Columbia Workshop 381215 118 Trip To Czardis
Columbia Workshop 381222 119 Bread On Waters
Columbia Workshop 381229 120 Crosstown Manhattan
Columbia Workshop 390105 121 Orphan Ego
Columbia Workshop 390109 122 Forgot In Rains
Columbia Workshop 390116 123 Mr Whipple Is Worried
Columbia Workshop 390123 124 Prophecy
Columbia Workshop 390130 125 Now Playing Tomorrow
Columbia Workshop 390206 126 Do Not Open For 5000 Years


Volume 3: 50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 45 minutes

Columbia Workshop 390220 127 Nine Prisoners
Columbia Workshop 390227 128 Jury Trial
Columbia Workshop 390306 129 Winged Victory
Columbia Workshop 390313 130 In Train
Columbia Workshop 390320 131 Letter From Home
Columbia Workshop 390327 132 Pepito Inherits Earth
Columbia Workshop 390403 133 Rendezvous With Kit Carson
Columbia Workshop 390410 134 They Fly Through Air
Columbia Workshop 390417 135 Ear Essay On Broadcasting
Columbia Workshop 390424 136 Seems Radio Is Here To Stay
Columbia Workshop 390501 137 Wet Saturday
Columbia Workshop 390508 138 Wild Man
Columbia Workshop 390515 139 Law Beaters
Columbia Workshop 390529 140 Private Throgg
Columbia Workshop 390605 141 Highboy
Columbia Workshop 390612 142 Handful Of Dust
Columbia Workshop 390619 143 Journalism In Tennessee Salesmanship
Columbia Workshop 390706 144 Halfpint Flask
Columbia Workshop 390720 146 John Browns Body
Columbia Workshop 390727 Trip To Czardis
Columbia Workshop 390810 149 Radio Play Saroyan
Columbia Workshop 390817 150 Drink Of Water
Columbia Workshop 390824 001 Meridian 71212
Columbia Workshop 390831 002 Apartment To Let
Columbia Workshop 390907 003 So This Is Radio
Columbia Workshop 390914 004 Use Of Man
Columbia Workshop 390921 005 Now Its Summer
Columbia Workshop 390928 006 Fall Of City
Columbia Workshop 391012 008 Wake Up And Die
Columbia Workshop 391102 010 Blennerhasset
Columbia Workshop 391116 011 Letter From Above
Columbia Workshop 391123 012 Circular Tour
Columbia Workshop 391130 013 Wonderful Day
Columbia Workshop 391207 014 As You Like It
Columbia Workshop 391214 015 Story In Dogtown Common
Columbia Workshop 391221 016 Mr Cohen Takes Walk
Columbia Workshop 391228 017 Higher Than Kite
Columbia Workshop 400118 019 Fanny Kemble
Columbia Workshop 400125 020 Heavenly Rest
Columbia Workshop 400201 021 Coals To Newcastle
Columbia Workshop 400215 022 Double Exposure
Columbia Workshop 400222 023 Autobiography Of An Egotist
Columbia Workshop 400229 024 Great Microphone Mystery
Columbia Workshop 400307 025 My Client Curley
Columbia Workshop 400314 026 Dialogue With Musicfraternity Mating
Columbia Workshop 400321 027 Taming Of Shrew
Columbia Workshop 400418 028 Three Strikes, Youre Out
Columbia Workshop 400425 029 America Was Promises
Columbia Workshop 400505 030 Honest Captain
Columbia Workshop 400512 031 Day In Manhattan


Volume 4: 50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 25 minutes

Columbia Workshop 400519 032 Program Of Mexican Music
Columbia Workshop 400602 033 Dark Valley
Columbia Workshop 400609 034 No Complications
Columbia Workshop 400623 035 In April Once
Columbia Workshop 400630 036 Man With One Track Mind
Columbia Workshop 400707 037 Cockeyed Wonder
Columbia Workshop 400714 038 Fish Story
Columbia Workshop 400721 039 Canvas Kisser
Columbia Workshop 400728 040 Carmilla
Columbia Workshop 400811 041 Nightmare At Noon Radio In Rain
Columbia Workshop 400818 042 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins
Columbia Workshop 400825 043 I Followed Seals
Columbia Workshop 400901 044 Alf, All American Fly
Columbia Workshop 400908 045 Major Goes Over Hill
Columbia Workshop 400915 046 Mr Charles
Columbia Workshop 400929 048 Pussy Cat And Expert Plumber Who Was Man
Columbia Workshop 401020 050 Mans House
Columbia Workshop 401027 051 Fulton Fish Market
Columbia Workshop 401103 052 Constitution
Columbia Workshop 401110 053 Piano Recital
Columbia Workshop 401117 054 I Get Blues From Revues
Columbia Workshop 401124 055 Dynasts
Columbia Workshop 401201 056 And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street
Columbia Workshop 401208 057 Trojan Women
Columbia Workshop 401222 59 Plot To Overthrow Christmas
Columbia Workshop 401229 060 Dr Johnson In Scotland
Columbia Workshop 410105 061 Love In 32 Bars
Columbia Workshop 410112 062 Cassidy And Devil
Columbia Workshop 410126 063 This Is From David
Columbia Workshop 410202 064 Help Me Hannah
Columbia Workshop 410216 066 Crop Of Beans
Columbia Workshop 410223 067 Wings Of An Eagle
Columbia Workshop 410302 068 Roadside
Columbia Workshop 410309 069 Still Small Voice
Columbia Workshop 410316 070 Cassidy And Devil
Columbia Workshop 410323 071 Out Of Air
Columbia Workshop 410330 072 Creation Congo
Columbia Workshop 410406 073 Rocking Horse Winner
Columbia Workshop 410420 075 Reluctant Dragon
Columbia Workshop 410427 076 Jason Was Man
Columbia Workshop 410504 001 Radio Primer
Columbia Workshop 410511 002 Log Of R77
Columbia Workshop 410518 003 People Yes
Columbia Workshop 410525 004 Lip Service
Columbia Workshop 410601 005 Appointment
Columbia Workshop 410608 006 Odyssey Of Runyon Jones
Columbia Workshop 410615 007 Soliloquy To Balance Budget
Columbia Workshop 410622 008 Daybreak
Columbia Workshop 410629 009 Old Salt
Columbia Workshop 410706 010 Between Americans


Volume 5: 50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 19 minutes

Columbia Workshop 410713 011 Anne Was An Ordinary Girl
Columbia Workshop 410720 012 Double Concerto
Columbia Workshop 410803 013 Descent Of Gods
Columbia Workshop 410810 014 Old Testament Trilogy Part 1
Columbia Workshop 410817 015 Old Testament Trilogy Part 2
Columbia Workshop 410824 016 Old Testament Trilogy Part 3
Columbia Workshop 410831 017 Mary And Fairy
Columbia Workshop 410907 018 Anatomy Of Sound
Columbia Workshop 410914 019 Fragment From Lost Cause
Columbia Workshop 410921 020 Human Angle
Columbia Workshop 410928 021 Good Heavens
Columbia Workshop 411005 022 Wolfiana
Columbia Workshop 411012 023 Murder In Studio One
Columbia Workshop 411019 023 Descent Of Gods
Columbia Workshop 411026 024 Odyssey Of Runyon Jones
Columbia Workshop 411102 025 Man With Platform
Columbia Workshop 411109 026 Psalm For Dark Year
Columbia Workshop 411116 001 Gator Boy
Columbia Workshop 411123 002 Life Of Careful Man
Columbia Workshop 411130 003 Double Ugly
Columbia Workshop 411214 004 Citizen For Tomorrow
Columbia Workshop 411215 We Hold These Truths Special Broadcast
Columbia Workshop 411221 005 Miracle In Manhattan
Columbia Workshop 411228 006 Who Wants To Be Born These Days
Columbia Workshop 420104 007 Fish On Bathroom Floor
Columbia Workshop 420111 008 Free Speech
Columbia Workshop 420118 009 At Sign Of Lark
Columbia Workshop 420125 010 Man Without Shadow
Columbia Workshop 420201 011 Jenny, Bus Nobody Loved
Columbia Workshop 420208 012 Portrait Of Jennie
Columbia Workshop 420215 013 Opus For Lute And Liar
Columbia Workshop 420301 015 When Bough Breaks
Columbia Workshop 420412 021 He Should Have Stood In Elba
Columbia Workshop 420419 022 Play Ball
Columbia Workshop 420524 026 Midnight Blue
Columbia Workshop 420531 027 City Wears Slouch Hat
Columbia Workshop 420607 028 Little One
Columbia Workshop 420612 029 Ritchie Great
Columbia Workshop 420626 Broadcast From Year 1812
Columbia Workshop 420703 032 Tag Number 1184463
Columbia Workshop 420720 034 Someone Else
Columbia Workshop 420810 037 Music Of Mountains
Columbia Workshop 420831 040 All Out For Comedy Columbia Sketchbook
Columbia Workshop 420928 044 Florrie And Country Green
Columbia Workshop 421012 045 Rebirth Of Barrows Inlet
Columbia Workshop 421019 046 Remodeled Brownstone
Columbia Workshop 421108 047 Proclaim Morning
Columbia Workshop 440307 001 Movie Primer
Columbia Workshop 440314 002 Long Name None Could Spell
Columbia Workshop 440321 003 Lonesome Train


Volume 6: 43 shows - total playtime 21 hours 13 minutes

Columbia Workshop 440328 004 Savage Encounter
Columbia Workshop 440404 005 Odyssey Of Runyon Jones
Columbia Workshop 440411 006 You Can Dream, Inc
Columbia Workshop 440418 007 Untitled
Columbia Workshop 440425 008 Dorie Got Medal
Columbia Workshop 440502 009 Cliche Expert
Columbia Workshop 440509 010 Cromer
Columbia Workshop 440516 011 New York Tapestry For Radio
Columbia Workshop 440523 012 Tel Aviv
Columbia Workshop 440530 013 Untitled
Columbia Workshop 440606 014 American Trilogy 1 Carl Sandburg
Columbia Workshop 440613 015 American Trilogy 2 Wolfiana
Columbia Workshop 440620 016 American Trilogy 3 Walt Whitman
Columbia Workshop 440704 017 Home For Fourth
Columbia Workshop 440718 018 Moat Farm Murder
Columbia Workshop 440725 019 El Capitan And Corporal
Columbia Workshop 440801 020 Pitch To Reluctant Buyers
Columbia Workshop 440808 021 Very Fine Type Girl
Columbia Workshop 440815 022 There Will Be Time Later
Columbia Workshop 450513 On Note Of Triumph
Columbia Workshop 450703 001 Unity Fair
Columbia Workshop 450710 002 Daybreak
Columbia Workshop 450717 003 Undecided Molecule
Columbia Workshop 450724 004 New York, Tapestry For Radio
Columbia Workshop 450807 006 Savage Encounter
Columbia Workshop 450814 007 Fourteen August
Columbia Workshop 450821 008 Laffair Gumpert
Columbia Workshop 460202 001 Homecoming
Columbia Workshop 460209 002 Anniversary
Columbia Workshop 460216 003 Just Plain Blue Suit
Columbia Workshop 460223 004 Hard Luck Story
Columbia Workshop 460302 005 Slim
Columbia Workshop 460309 006 Thanks For Memories
Columbia Workshop 460316 007 Four Quartets Of Ts Eliot
Columbia Workshop 460323 008 Act Of Faith
Columbia Workshop 460330 009 Very Honorable Guy
Columbia Workshop 460406 010 Last Speech
Columbia Workshop 460413 011 Joe Peabodys Dream
Columbia Workshop 460421 012 Playroom
Columbia Workshop 460428 013 Study In Bells And House
Columbia Workshop 460505 014 Sam Smalls Better Half
Columbia Workshop 460512 015 No Children At Play
Columbia Workshop 460519 016 Trial


Volume 7: 40 shows - total playtime 21 hours 50 minutes

Columbia Workshop 460526 017 Fisherman And Genie
Columbia Workshop 460602 018 Richard Iii
Columbia Workshop 460609 019 Peer Gynt
Columbia Workshop 460616 020 Sometime Every Summertime
Columbia Workshop 460623 021 How Radar Saved Democracy
Columbia Workshop 460630 022 This Is Singing Country 17761864
Columbia Workshop 460707 023 Day Baseball DiedColumbia Workshop 460714 024 Threes Company
Columbia Workshop 460721 025 Pied Pied Piper Of Hamelin
Columbia Workshop 460728 026 Legend In Brocade
Columbia Workshop 460804 027 Happy Thoughts For Hot Afternoon
Columbia Workshop 460811 028 Wilberthe Psychoneurotic Auto
Columbia Workshop 460818 029 Modern Exhibit
Columbia Workshop 460825 030 Path And Door Psychological Experiment
Columbia Workshop 460915 031 Last Delegate
Columbia Workshop 460921 032 Midnight Town Is Full Of Boys
Columbia Workshop 460928 033 Day That Baseball Died
Columbia Workshop 461005 034 Studies In Jealousy
Columbia Workshop 461012 035 Brewsie And Willie
Columbia Workshop 461019 036 Moby Dick Part 1
Columbia Workshop 461026 037 Moby Dick Part 2
Columbia Workshop 461102 038 Lee Fountain Comes Of Age
Columbia Workshop 461109 039 Farewell To Altamont
Columbia Workshop 461116 040 Man Who Could Bring Pictures To Lifesounds Of Peace
Columbia Workshop 461123 041 Tin Whistle
Columbia Workshop 461130 042 It Shouldnt Happen To Man
Columbia Workshop 461207 043 Parade
Columbia Workshop 461214 044 Alice And Echo
Columbia Workshop 461221 045 Day They Gave Babies Away
Columbia Workshop 461228 046 Rain, Rain Go Away
Columbia Workshop 470104 047 Tongues Of Fire
Columbia Workshop 470111 048 Surreal Marriage
Columbia Workshop 470118 049 My Life With Ernest Ruell
Columbia Workshop 470125 050 Natural History Of Nonsense
Columbia Workshop 470201 Once Upon Tune Sentimental Locomotive
Columbia Workshop 470208 Once Upon Tune One Of Our Bongs Is Missing
Columbia Workshop 470215 Once Upon Tune Henry, Spook
Columbia Workshop 470308 Once Upon Tune Ferdinand Bullfrog
Columbia Workshop 470315 Once Upon Tune Tortilla Jones
Columbia Workshop 470419 Once Upon Tune When World Was New

 


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