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Invitation to Learning

Grams, Martin

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ISBN 10: 0970331045 / ISBN 13: 9780970331045
Published by O T R Publishing
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Title: Invitation to Learning

Publisher: O T R Publishing


Book Condition:Very Good

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In 1940, a new invitation to learning was on the air. Dr. Stringfellow Barr, president of St. John's College at Annapolis, created an intellectual radio program, extending a bid to those who would listen to learn. Invitation to Learning ran on the major network for twenty-four years and featured such panelists as Norman Corwin, John Houseman, John Carradine, Herbert Hoover, Eva LeGallienne, Hans Conried, Lillian Gish, and many more. This book, "limited to a printing of 500 and hand numbered on the title page" is a wonderful collection of broadcasts, documented by title and date, literature, story origin, plot, guest panelists, and trivia. From Leo Tolstoy, Melville, Austin, Kapak, Wells, and even the Bible, this book is in itself, an invitation to learning.

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The past decade celebrated a booming interest for nostalgia, the days of long ago when RCA radios and Matinee Houses were the primary source of entertainment. Like the Hollywood movies of the past, our "golden age" was disregarded as a medium that employed the magic of voice characterizations and awful script writing. Thousands of radio programs were dramatized over the airwaves every week but the actors, producers, directors, script writers and yes, even the broadcasting moguls thought very little about preserving such broadcasts.

So much good came from the golden age of radio that Christian programs inspired, comedies taught us new jokes, and intellectual panel programs educated. That’s where "Invitation to Learning" comes in to play. This program, heard over CBS-Radio for almost twenty-four years has been disregarded without careful scrutiny or consideration. Only a mere mention in encyclopedias reminds us that such a program even aired.

According to Jay Hickerson’s Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide to All Circulating Shows (pub. 2001), over 1,000 broadcasts of the "Invitation to Learning" program does not exist. The reason for this lack of preservation is obvious. Over the past half century, collectors grabbed whatever radio programs they could add to their collection, and whenever possible, choose the shows they preferred to listen to, rather than preservation. Who wouldn’t turn down the option of five unheard episodes of "The Shadow" before five new episodes of "Invitation to Learning"?

Without having access to 24 years worth of recordings, this book serves in the best possible interest. If I cannot preserve recordings that are not known to exist, I will preserve the program in book form. "Invitation to Learning" may not be a popular program, but the need to preserve broadcast history is, in my opinion, far more important than dismissing a program to a mere mention in passing.

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