Breaking Walls

Hans Conried Explains Why NBC, CBS, and ABC Killed Radio Drama in the 1950s

April 20th, 2018

Episode description

Radio, television, and cartoon character actor Hans Conried sat for an interview with Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran for their Hartford, CT-based WTIC "Golden Age of Radio" program in August of 1971. During the interview Dick Bertel asked Hans Conreid what caused the death of the American radio drama. To their surprise, he explained that it was the major networks of NBC, CBS, and ABC that killed radio drama. Here he explains why. Photo: Radio character actor Hans Conreid with femme fatale actress Rita Hayworth during Ms. Hayworth's only appearance on Suspense—an episode entitled "Three Times Murder," broadcast on October 3, 1946.

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