Lucille Fletcher Tribute

2022 Episode

Lucile Fletcher Tribute
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1:00-2:00 PM PT
Program Guide for ****Lucille Fletcher Tribute***

Re-Imagined Radio pays tribute to Lucille Fletcher, perhaps the greatest of all women radio storytellers, and her two most famous radio dramas, "The Hitchhiker" and "Sorry, Wrong Number."

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Credits

Sound Design by John Barber
Post Production by Marc Rose of Fuse Audio Design
Promotional Graphics by Holly Slocum Design
Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media and Photography
Produced and Hosted by John Barber

Background

Lucille Fletcher, who wrote episodes of radio drama for The Columbia Workshop, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, and Suspense, is perhaps the greatest of all women radio storytellers. Two works by Fletcher are among the best of radio storytelling: "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Hitchhiker" and they are the focus of this Re-Imagined Radio Lucille Fletcher Tribute. Both demonstrate the appeal and power of sound-based storytelling and how it engages listeners' imaginations.

The Hitchhiker
Essentially, a ghost story. Driving cross country, Ronald Adams sees a strange man hitchhiking again and again. Adams becomes obsessed with finding this hitchhiker, and learning his identity. LEARN more at the Radio Nouspace website.

Fletcher wrote "The Hitchhiker" for Orson Welles who performed the leading role, Ronald Adams. The story follows Adams as he drives from New York to California. Along the way he repeatedly sees a strange man, hitchhiking along the side of road. Adams becomes obsessed with the hitchhiker and determines to run him down.

Welles performed "The Hitchhiker" three times, in 1941 for The Campbell Playhouse formerly known as The Mercury Theatre on the Air, in 1942 for Suspense, and 22 June 1946 for The Mercury Summer Theatre on the Air. LEARN more at the Radio Nouspace website.

Sorry, Wrong Number
Fletcher established herself as THE writer for radio with the gripping thriller, "Sorry, Wrong Number." First broadcast on 25 May 1943 as an episode of Suspense starring Agnes Moorehead it is called the best episode from the series and the most effective radio drama ever written. Moorehead, as Mrs. Stevenson is connected into a telephone conversation between two men. She can hear the two men, but they cannot hear her. Apparently, they are plotting to murder a woman at 11:15 that night, just as a train passes outside. Mrs. Stevenson realizes she may be the murder victim.

Suspense, subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills," is often called one of the best series of the Golden Age of Radio (1920s-1950s). It provided a diverse and broad-based anthology of crime, adventure, science fiction, and supernatural stories featuring leading Hollywood actors and directors during its twenty year run, 1942 to 1962. Of all the episodes it offered, Suspense is most known for "Sorry, Wrong Number" written by Lucille Fletcher. LEARN more at the Radio Nouspace website.

Both these episodes demonstrate the appeal and power of sound-based storytelling and how it engages listeners' imaginations. Both celebrate Lucille Fletcher as a superb radio storyteller.

Promotion

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2016 Episode

Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitchhiker 2016 poster
23 March 2016

Re-Imagined Radio presented a live performance by Willamette Radio Workshop actors and other community volunteers at Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington. We presented two radio dramas by Lucille Fletcher—"Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Hitchiker"—to celebrate her work and National Women's History Month. Archival recordings available for on demand listening.

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This performance was recorded live.

Credits

Promotional Graphics by Kate Palermini

Promotion

Hewitt, Scott. The New Magic of Old-Time Radio. The Columbian, 13 Mar. 2016, pp. D1, D8.
—. The Sound Magician: David Ian Demonstrates the Art of Foley. The Columbian, 13 Mar. 2016: D1, D8.