It was suggested by some Forum contributors that I share the news of a just-introduced "app" of relevance to audio theater producers and listeners.
Many of you know of the Generic Radio Workshop (and if not, welcome!) and our online OTR script library. For 12 years we've posted scripts/transcripts from over 150 radio series both famous and obscure. I've lost track of how many actual scripts are linked, but it's probably thousands.
I'm still looking for additional ways to bring the imaginative magic of audio theater to a wider audience. And when I tried Apple's "magical" iPad computer, a light went on. So recently, the first "RadioBook" was born.
A RadioBook begins like an eBook. You see a precisely-scanned facsimile of the original 60-year-old radio script that the actors actually used during their performance. You can flip the pages and read it to yourself. You can see what was edited or cut from the show!
And you can listen to the original vintage show recording, of course. Flip to a page and the show can start from there.
But the cool part is that all the sound and music cues on the script pages areall touch-enabled. Touch as you read, and you'll get the appropriate music and sound effects. It's a one-man show. (well, if you're good at doubling!)
For RadioBook #1 we picked a 1949 episode of the classic radio mystery show "Suspsense" that starred Gregory Peck. If this is successful, we'll release more RadioBooks, and in-app purchases will allow readers to add them to their library.
You can more about the RadioBook and listen to a bit of the episode at our website: http://www.genericradio.com
. You can purchase it for your iPad at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radiobook/id384561237
. I'd welcome any comments, questions, or additional brainstorms on how we can use some of these new technologies to keep the old magic alive.
cofounder, Generic Radio Workshop