With so many things going on in Sumter now and in the coming weeks, we’re running a risk here of information overload—and we can’t have that, because these events are worth remembering! So today, I’m just going to drop a few hints about something that will take place near the end of October…a “teaser,” if you will, and in plenty of time!
Long before the Internet, home entertainment centers or even broadcast television, radio was the first true mass media form of entertainment. Today, even with the continuing popularity of NPR, and digital stations like Pandora and Spotify with their customizable content, it’s hard to imagine that from the late 1920s through the early Fifties, radio ruled (although those of us who have seen A Christmas Story repeatedly probably have some idea). It brought comedy, drama and news into people’s homes for the first time.
Another popular genre was suspense and horror thrillers. Most notorious among these is the Mercury Theatre presentation of “The War of the Worlds” on October 30, 1938, when the convincing delivery of a very young Orson Welles caused a national panic. But was he the “Master of Suspense”? Oh, no. That singular title belongs to an English gentleman–Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock.
If you have no idea what I’m going on about, just take my word for it and mark this date on your calendar: Thursday, October 25, 2012. And stay tuned…