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(update) With 140+ additional episodes: Columbia Workshop features high radio art with the newest sound technologies and top notch radio directing of its day.

47 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 25 hours, 19 min)
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"Home For The Fourth"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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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, TS Eliot, 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. BecauseColumbia Workshopwas 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.

See also: The Radio Guild and Listener's Playhouse.

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              1. CW 440425 008 Dorie Got Medal.mp3
              2. CW 440502 009 Cliche Expert.mp3
              3. CW 440704 017 Home For Fourth.mp3
              4. CW 440808 021 Very Fine Type Girl.mp3
              5. CW 450724 004 New York, Tapestry For Radio.mp3
              6. CW 460309 006 Thanks For Memories.mp3
              7. CW 460512 015 No Children At Play.mp3
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              1. CW 460526 017 Fisherman And Genie.mp3
              2. CW 460602 018 Richard Iii.mp3
              3. CW 460609 019 Peer Gynt.mp3
              4. CW 460616 020 Sometime Every Summertime.mp3
              5. CW 460623 021 How Radar Saved Democracy.mp3
              6. CW 460630 022 This Is Singing Country 17761864.mp3
              7. CW 460707 023 Day Baseball Died.mp3
              8. CW 460714 024 Threes Company.mp3
              9. CW 460721 025 Pied Pied Piper Of Hamelin.mp3
              10. CW 460728 026 Legend In Brocade.mp3
              11. CW 460804 027 Happy Thoughts For Hot Afternoon.mp3
              12. CW 460811 028 Wilberthe Psychoneurotic Auto.mp3
              13. CW 460818 029 Modern Exhibit.mp3
              14. CW 460825 030 Path And Door Psychological Experiment.mp3
              15. CW 460915 031 Last Delegate.mp3
              16. CW 460921 032 Midnight Town Is Full Of Boys.mp3
              17. CW 460928 033 Day That Baseball Died.mp3
              18. CW 461005 034 Studies In Jealousy.mp3
              19. CW 461012 035 Brewsie And Willie.mp3
              20. CW 461019 036 Moby Dick Part 1.mp3
              21. CW 461026 037 Moby Dick Part 2.mp3
              22. CW 461102 038 Lee Fountain Comes Of Age.mp3
              23. CW 461109 039 Farewell To Altamont.mp3
              24. CW 461116 040 Man Who Could Bring Pictures Lifesounds Peace.mp3
              25. CW 461123 041 Tin Whistle.mp3
              26. CW 461130 042 It Shouldnt Happen To Man.mp3
              27. CW 461207 043 Parade.mp3
              28. CW 461214 044 Alice And Echo.mp3
              29. CW 461221 045 Day They Gave Babies Away.mp3
              30. CW 461228 046 Rain, Rain Go Away.mp3
              31. CW 470104 047 Tongues Of Fire.mp3
              32. CW 470111 048 Surreal Marriage.mp3
              33. CW 470118 049 My Life With Ernest Ruell.mp3
              34. CW 470125 050 Natural History Of Nonsense.mp3
              35. CW 470201 Once Upon Tune Sentimental Locomotive.mp3
              36. CW 470208 Once Upon Tune One Of Our Bongs Is Missing.mp3
              37. CW 470215 Once Upon Tune Henry, Spook.mp3
              38. CW 470308 Once Upon Tune Ferdinand Bullfrog.mp3
              39. CW 470315 Once Upon Tune Tortilla Jones.mp3
              40. CW 470419 Once Upon Tune When World Was New.mp3
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                        1. CW 440425 008 Dorie Got Medal.mp3
                        2. CW 440502 009 Cliche Expert.mp3
                        3. CW 440704 017 Home For Fourth.mp3
                        4. CW 440808 021 Very Fine Type Girl.mp3
                        5. CW 450724 004 New York, Tapestry For Radio.mp3
                        6. CW 460309 006 Thanks For Memories.mp3
                        7. CW 460512 015 No Children At Play.mp3
                        Volume 7 - 40 shows - total playtime 21 hours 50 minutes
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                        1. CW 460526 017 Fisherman And Genie.mp3
                        2. CW 460602 018 Richard Iii.mp3
                        3. CW 460609 019 Peer Gynt.mp3
                        4. CW 460616 020 Sometime Every Summertime.mp3
                        5. CW 460623 021 How Radar Saved Democracy.mp3
                        6. CW 460630 022 This Is Singing Country 17761864.mp3
                        7. CW 460707 023 Day Baseball Died.mp3
                        8. CW 460714 024 Threes Company.mp3
                        9. CW 460721 025 Pied Pied Piper Of Hamelin.mp3
                        10. CW 460728 026 Legend In Brocade.mp3
                        11. CW 460804 027 Happy Thoughts For Hot Afternoon.mp3
                        12. CW 460811 028 Wilberthe Psychoneurotic Auto.mp3
                        13. CW 460818 029 Modern Exhibit.mp3
                        14. CW 460825 030 Path And Door Psychological Experiment.mp3
                        15. CW 460915 031 Last Delegate.mp3
                        16. CW 460921 032 Midnight Town Is Full Of Boys.mp3
                        17. CW 460928 033 Day That Baseball Died.mp3
                        18. CW 461005 034 Studies In Jealousy.mp3
                        19. CW 461012 035 Brewsie And Willie.mp3
                        20. CW 461019 036 Moby Dick Part 1.mp3
                        21. CW 461026 037 Moby Dick Part 2.mp3
                        22. CW 461102 038 Lee Fountain Comes Of Age.mp3
                        23. CW 461109 039 Farewell To Altamont.mp3
                        24. CW 461116 040 Man Who Could Bring Pictures Lifesounds Peace.mp3
                        25. CW 461123 041 Tin Whistle.mp3
                        26. CW 461130 042 It Shouldnt Happen To Man.mp3
                        27. CW 461207 043 Parade.mp3
                        28. CW 461214 044 Alice And Echo.mp3
                        29. CW 461221 045 Day They Gave Babies Away.mp3
                        30. CW 461228 046 Rain, Rain Go Away.mp3
                        31. CW 470104 047 Tongues Of Fire.mp3
                        32. CW 470111 048 Surreal Marriage.mp3
                        33. CW 470118 049 My Life With Ernest Ruell.mp3
                        34. CW 470125 050 Natural History Of Nonsense.mp3
                        35. CW 470201 Once Upon Tune Sentimental Locomotive.mp3
                        36. CW 470208 Once Upon Tune One Of Our Bongs Is Missing.mp3
                        37. CW 470215 Once Upon Tune Henry, Spook.mp3
                        38. CW 470308 Once Upon Tune Ferdinand Bullfrog.mp3
                        39. CW 470315 Once Upon Tune Tortilla Jones.mp3
                        40. CW 470419 Once Upon Tune When World Was New.mp3
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                        47 recordings on 23 Audio CDs
                        total playtime 22 hours, 16 min

                        Columbia Workshop Disc A001

                        1. CW 440425 008 Dorie Got Medal
                        2. CW 440502 009 Cliche Expert

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A002

                        1. CW 440704 017 Home For Fourth
                        2. CW 440808 021 Very Fine Type Girl

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A003

                        1. CW 450724 004 New York, Tapestry For Radio
                        2. CW 460309 006 Thanks For Memories

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A004

                        1. CW 460512 015 No Children At Play
                        2. CW 460526 017 Fisherman And Genie

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A005

                        1. CW 460616 020 Sometime Every Summertime
                        2. CW 460623 021 How Radar Saved Democracy

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A006

                        1. CW 460630 022 This Is Singing Country 17761864
                        2. CW 460707 023 Day Baseball Died

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A007

                        1. CW 460714 024 Threes Company
                        2. CW 460721 025 Pied Pied Piper Of Hamelin

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A008

                        1. CW 460728 026 Legend In Brocade
                        2. CW 460804 027 Happy Thoughts For Hot Afternoon

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A009

                        1. CW 460811 028 Wilberthe Psychoneurotic Auto
                        2. CW 460818 029 Modern Exhibit

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A010

                        1. CW 460825 030 Path And Door Psychological Experiment
                        2. CW 460915 031 Last Delegate

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A011

                        1. CW 460921 032 Midnight Town Is Full Of Boys
                        2. CW 460928 033 Day That Baseball Died

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A012

                        1. CW 461005 034 Studies In Jealousy
                        2. CW 461012 035 Brewsie And Willie

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A013

                        1. CW 461019 036 Moby Dick Part 1
                        2. CW 461026 037 Moby Dick Part 2

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A014

                        1. CW 461102 038 Lee Fountain Comes Of Age
                        2. CW 461109 039 Farewell To Altamont

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A015

                        1. CW 461116 040 Man Who Could Bring Pictures Lifesounds Peace
                        2. CW 461123 041 Tin Whistle

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A016

                        1. CW 461130 042 It Shouldnt Happen To Man
                        2. CW 461207 043 Parade

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A017

                        1. CW 461214 044 Alice And Echo
                        2. CW 461221 045 Day They Gave Babies Away

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A018

                        1. CW 461228 046 Rain, Rain Go Away
                        2. CW 470104 047 Tongues Of Fire

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A019

                        1. CW 470111 048 Surreal Marriage
                        2. CW 470118 049 My Life With Ernest Ruell

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A020

                        1. CW 470125 050 Natural History Of Nonsense
                        2. CW 470201 Once Upon Tune Sentimental Locomotive

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A021

                        1. CW 470208 Once Upon Tune One Of Our Bongs Is Missing
                        2. CW 470215 Once Upon Tune Henry, Spook

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A022

                        1. CW 470308 Once Upon Tune Ferdinand Bullfrog
                        2. CW 470315 Once Upon Tune Tortilla Jones

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                        Columbia Workshop Disc A023

                        1. CW 470419 Once Upon Tune When World Was New

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