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Breaking Walls

350 EpisodesProduced by James ScullyWebsite

Breaking Walls: The Podcast on the History of American Network Radio.

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When The CBS Radio Workshop Presented "Subways Are For Sleeping" with Byron Kane

The March 1956 issue of Harper’s Magazine featured a short story by Edmund G. Love about a man named Henry Shelby who’d been living on the streets of New York for the previous three years. Shelby, a college educated man, sought to live as civilized and 'normal' a life as possible, while remaining purposely destitute.

Love himself had been sleeping on subway trains throughout the 1950s, encountering many unique individuals.

On August 3rd, 1956, CBS adapted it for The CBS Radio Workshop. William N. Robson directed and Byron Kane starred.

The CBS Radio Workshop was a revival of the earlier Columbia Workshop, which had run on CBS stations between 1936 and 1947. Launched on January 27, 1956, it quickly provided an important outlet for radio experimentation.

The program would shift origination between New York and Hollywood from week-to-week. The technical and artistic talent represented the very finest talent CBS possessed at the time.

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