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TOPIC:  Old Time Radio-- General Information  #11
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Organizing an Old Time Radio Activity


1.       Each student will end up with a booklet they create about their experiences starting and running your own radio station.  All materials created will be placed in their booklets.  

2.       Radio Broadcasts can be recorded onto a computer, and saved for replay.

Learning Objectives:
Each class will work as a large group, with sub-groups in the larger classes to:

    1. Learn vocabulary and concepts of A.M. radio   technology and history; 
    2. Learn the Morris Code (part of very early wireless history);
    3. Write radio scripts, perform in dramatics, help create sound effects, and read commercial copy, news and sports copy;
    4.  Learn how the technology of today (satellite radio and F.M. radio is a spin-off of old time A.M. radio;
    5.  Work in the Technology corner to see how a simple radio works.  This will involve batteries, wires and other materials necessary to demonstrate radio waves;
    6.  Listen to music from the 1940's or 1950's; 

 7.  Read actual news clippings from the Charleston papers for the 1940's or 1950's; and some old-time classic radio broadcasts.
Materials and Equipment Needed:
 1.  A computer or computers, to do the Internet-based matrix question activity, write and print copy-pages (scripts), as well as record radio broadcasts;  copies of answer sheets (pre-run off).
 5.  Microfilm printed copies of news from the 1940's or 1950's.  (Real news of the year will be reported)
 6.  Sample audio CD's of old time Classic Radio shows.


1.  Work with your class to decide what role and what year ('42 or '54) you would like to take on in a radio production.  Go Here to see Role Playing choices.
2.  Use Learning On-Line Radio Production Details and Descriptions.

3.  Help write a commercial script, a news item, select music, and actually produce the Old Time Radio programs.

4.  Help to maintain a STUDIO-QUIET environment in the classroom to simulate a radio studio.

5.  Listen to "old time" radio music and programs in classroom.


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