Radio Drama Network
 
 
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about us


 

The Radio Drama Network (Melina Brown, President) was founded by legendary audio drama director and producer, Himan Brown, to support art forms that use the spoken word to enrich our culture. Himan was a champion of all storytellers, from the tradition of the earliest stranger who wandered from town to town with tales of the latest news, to Academy Award winning writers that contributed to his thousands of radio dramas, to the writers silenced by the Red Scare who were just trying to feed their families; Himan strove to keep writers writing and actors acting, telling tales that spun out in the grandest oral traditions of history, often addressing important social issues. Himan was the son of immigrants who became an actor, a director/producer and a gifted orator early in his life.  His medium was the new frontier of radio. He began his career reading Yiddish stories over the airwaves from hotel bathrooms fashioned into audio studios, and quickly moved from packaging and starring in shows such as the Rise of the Goldbergs to creating his own shows.

During the height of radio, he created hundreds of radio series such as Inner Sanctum, Little Italy, Grand Central Station, Dick Tracy, The Shadow, Bulldog Drummond, and The Thin Man. Following television’s rise, he resurrected audio drama on the airwaves with CBS Radio Mystery Theater and Adventure Theater. Himan Brown lamented the dearth of dramatic and interesting programming on today’s airwaves, and he continued to create shows and series well into his 90s. Himan created the Radio Drama Network as a family foundation to continue his philanthropic work. He was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who doted on his great-grandchildren. Himan Brown died three weeks’ shy of 100 years old in 2010.

I never dreamed when I was winding copper wire around a Quaker Oats box to create my first crystal set, that I would spend seventy wonderful years as a radio producer.

—Himan Brown, upon winning the American Broadcast Pioneer Award in 1999

 

documentary


Don't be nice – A feature documentary film from Bowery Poetry Studios + Radio Drama Network about the Bowery Slam Team finding its voice in the Summer of ‘16.


See the WORLD PREMIERE of Don't Be Nice at the 19th Annual East End Film Festival in London, UK. Our film screens at 8:50pm Friday, April 20th at Rich Mix London.


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Don't Be Nice is opening at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Screening April 27 & 28, May 4 & 5.

 

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projects


 

Ensemble Studio theater

The Ensemble Studio Theatre—commonly known as EST— was founded in 1968 by Curt Dempster on the belief that extraordinary support yields extraordinary work. We are a dynamic and expanding family of member artists committed to the discovery and nurturing of new voices and the continued support and growth of artists throughout their creative lives. Through our unique collaborative process we develop and produce original, provocative, and authentic new plays that engage and challenge our audience and audiences across the country.

Now with nearly 600 ensemble artists, EST has been under the artistic direction of William Carden since 2007. The company received two 2013 Drama Desk Award nominations for Finks by Joe Gilford and one 2014 Drama Desk nomination for Bobby Moreno in Year Of The Rooster by Eric Dufault, who won the 2014 NY Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for a new playwright debut. Hand To God, originated at EST, was nominated for five Tony Awards for its Broadway run. EST received a special Drama Desk Award for its “unwavering commitment to producing new works” in May of 2015. For more information visit ESTnyc.org

 

bowery poetry

Bowery Poetry encourages cooperation among and advancement of artists and cultural workers; to develop and produce works by emerging poets and performers; and to promote the exploration, improvement, and advancement of the arts as a changemaking force in society..

CUNY TV

Independent New York television station CUNY TV has been educating and informing city viewers for three decades. The largest university television station in the country, its cable distribution in the city’s five boroughs is enhanced by digital broadcast on Channel 25.3, expanding its reach in the tri-state area to a 35-mile radius from Times Square.

This advance – enabling the station to more than quadruple its television audience, from nearly 1.7 million cable households in New York City to 7.3 million broadcast households in the New York metro area – is made possible by the merging of technical operations with NYC Media’s WNYE/Ch. 25 at CUNY TV’s headquarters at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street in the City University of New York Graduate Center.

CUNY TV continues to be cablecast on Ch. 75 (Spectrum and Cablevision/Optimum Brooklyn), Ch. 77 (RCN) and Ch. 30 (Verizon)

 
 
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archives


 

Radio

Himan Brown's Mystery Theater. This is the revival of the Peabody Award Winning Radio Drama, originally broadcast from 1974-1982, rebroadcast in 1998 and 2000.

Radio veteran Himan Brown returned to the studio in 1973 to work on an ambitious project to revive the "golden age of radio" in the form of audio drama. This project was known to most as the CBS Radio Mystery Theater, but it always referred to itself as Mystery Theater. It presented the opportunity for the writers and actors of the "golden age of radio" to reunite in the name of the theater of the mind. The show was quite successful, running for nine years with an impressive 1,399 total episodes.

Though it was named "Mystery Theater," it often incorporated adaptations of classic stories, history, and drama.

Link: https://archive.org/details/HimanBrownsMysteryTheaterrevival

TV, Podcasts & Performances

Coming soon.

 
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CONTACT US


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