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The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe is a 1950-51 American radio drama series starring Sydney Greenstreet as Rex Stout's fictional detective, Nero Wolfe. Based on the main characters of Stout but not in their stories, the series aired from October 20, 1950 to April 27, 1951 on NBC. It is considered as the series that is the main responsible for popularizing Nero Wolfe on the radio.
The new adventures of Nero Wolfe star Sydney Greenstreet as Rex Stout fictional detective genius, Nero Wolfe. Produced by Edwin Fadiman and directed by J. Donald Wilson, the series aired on NBC on October 20, 1950 – on April 27, 1951. Don Stanley was the announcer. The episodes were written by Alfred Bester.
Wolfe's archenemy, Archie Goodwin, was played by a succession of actors such as Gerald Mohr, Herb Ellis, Lawrence Dobkin, Harry Bartell, Lamont Johnson and Wally Maher.
Biographer John McAleer reported that Stout enjoyed the Greenstreet representation. The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe was the first radio series that, like Nero Wolfe's own stories, emphasized the characterization of the plot. It is considered as the series that is the main responsible for popularizing Nero Wolfe on the radio. All but one episode ("The Headless Hunter Case") has survived in radio collections.
Greenstreet suffered from both diabetes and Bright's disease, and his health fluctuated during the execution of the radio program.
The era of ancient radio, sometimes known as the Golden Age of radio, refers to a period of radio programming in the United States that dates from the proliferation of broadcasting from the early 1920s to the 1970s. 1950, when television replaced radio as a means of choice for scripted programming and radio changed to news, sports and popular music. During this period, when radio was dominant and filled with a variety of formats and genres, people regularly tuned in to their favorite radio shows. According to a C. Hooper survey of 1947, 82 out of 100 Americans were radio listeners.
The live drama, comedy, music and news broadcasts that characterize the Golden Age of the Radio had a precedent at the Théâtreton, marketed in Paris in 1890 and available until 1932. It allowed subscribers to spy live performances and hear news reports through a network of telephone lines. The development of the radio eliminated the cables and subscription charges for this concept.
It was not until after the catastrophe of the Titanic in 1912 that the radio for mass communication became fashionable, inspired in the first place by the work of radio amateurs ("ham"). Radio was especially important during the First World War, since it was vital for air and naval operations. The First World War produced important developments in the radio, replacing the Morse code of the wireless telegraph with the vocal communication of the cordless telephone, through advances in vacuum tube technology and the introduction of the transceiver. On the eve of Christmas in 1906, it is said that Reginald Fessenden has broadcast the first radio program, which consists of playing a violin and passages of the Bible. While Fessenden's role as an inventor and early radio experimenter is not in dispute, several contemporary radio researchers have questioned whether the Christmas Eve broadcast took place, or whether the date was, in fact, several weeks earlier. The first apparent published reference to the event was made in 1928 by H.P. Davis, Vice President of Westinghouse, at a conference given at Harvard University. In 1932, Fessenden cited the broadcasting event of Christmas Eve of 1906 in a letter he wrote to Vice President S.M. Kinter of Westinghouse. Fessenden's wife, Helen, recounts the transmission in her book Fessenden: Builder of Tomorrows (1940), eight years after Fessenden's death. The question of whether the Fessenden transmission in 1906 actually happened is discussed in Halper and Sterling's article "Seeking the truth about Fessenden" and also in the essays by James O'Neal. In 2006, Dr. John S. Belrose, Radiologist Emeritus of the Communications Research Center of Canada, offered an annotated argument that supported Fessenden as the world's first radio station in his essay "Fessenden & # 39; s 1906 Christmas Eve broadcast. "
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