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    A Christmas Carol

    Here's a vintage radio broadcast from December 24, 1939 of
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with Orson Welles as
    the narrator and Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge:

    https://ia700301.us.archive.org/27/i...sCarol_vbr.mp3

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    There's probably a 99.4% chance it'll be played tomorrow night (Sunday) on the three hour old time radio show I listen to but maybe this is a super clean copy?

    Edit: Ha! 2:45 into the broadcast I can hear someone (bet it's Orson) in the background pop the cork on a bottle of wine or champagne...nice and clean.
    Last edited by F.U.N. downtown; 2013-12-22 at 00:19.

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    You have good ears! Sadly, the radio dramatization has become a declining art form in the USA. National Public Radio’s NPR Playhouse was discontinued over a decade ago. The only professional productions I’m aware of that occur with consistency are from Jim French Productions. These are syndicated to radio stations around the country, but can also be heard weekly at their website (http://jimfrenchproductions.com). One-offs and other irregular productions can be found through The Audio Drama Directory (http://theaudiodramadirectory.com). There are also many good contemporary productions from the recent past available on compact disc at Barnes & Noble, amazon.com, etc.

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    Focus on the Family does radio theater. My son gave me The Chronicles of Narnia a few years back for Christmas. It was great to listen to while on my 45-minute commute each way to work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    Focus on the Family does radio theater. My son gave me The Chronicles of Narnia a few years back for Christmas. It was great to listen to while on my 45-minute commute each way to work!
    I heard The Chronicles of Narnia when it was broadcast on the radio about ten years ago. Like you said, it was very well done. Focus on the Family went through a period of about five years, from roughly 2003 – 2007, when they were on a hot streak and, in addition to Narnia, produced several radio dramatizations such as Les Miserables, Father Gilbert Mysteries, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, Ben-Hur, and more. But since 2008, they have released only a few and seem to have shifted away from those type of productions and more towards religious subjects and a series for children called Adventures in Odyssey. Hopefully they won’t completely discontinue producing radio dramatizations and continue to release one at least every couple years. I noticed their version of A Christmas Carol at amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Caro...dp/1589975448/), so I’ll have to put that on my Wish List!

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