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From the Vault 440: Sorry, Wrong Number

Radio Drama is on the verge of becoming nothing but a nostalgic memory in the US collective conscience. In the first half of this week's episode of From the Vault, we will honor the art of radio drama by presenting a recent Pacifica Radio Archives production of one of the most famous plays penned specifically for radio. Sorry, Wrong Number was written by Lucille Fletcher, stars Miss Shirley Knight and Ed Asner, and is directed by Erik Bauersfeld. This broadcast is as creepy today as it was in 1943!

In the second half of this week's program, we'll touch on the history of Sorry, Wrong Number and a learn a bit about the author, Lucille Fletcher. We'll also hear excerpts of the original 1943 broadcast starring Agnes Moorehead, and have a discussion with the director and star of the 2003 radio production, Erik Bauersfeld and Miss Shirley Knight, about radio drama and the behind-the-scenes making of Sorry Wrong Number.

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Wrapping up GRAMMY Foundation Grant work

The Pacifica Radio Archives thanks the GRAMMY Foundation for its assistance in funding our preservation of two terrific series of historical radio programs from WBAI-FM: The Free Music Store, an eclectic free concert series from the 1970s, and the Mind's Eye Theatre, WBAI's unique experiment in radio theatre from the late 1960's. Everything in our vaults from these two series has now officially been digitized and will be available as a pledge gift during our upcoming annual Pacifica Radio Archives Fund Drive!