I grew up loving radio. I liked to listen to the old programs, and was amazed that good writing, and voice work could illicit vivid images in your mind.
Where I live in Indianapolis we have this little race every Memorial Day weekend. You may have heard of it. The long standing tradition here is to listen to the race on the radio. There are a couple of reasons for this. The simplest answer is that if the race doesn’t sell out, it isn’t televised.
The more accurate reason, I think, is that the broadcast team makes it damned compelling. Consider the number of “actors” involved, and the sheer size of the track. The drama can unfold, and change in the blink of an eye. Most of the announcers can’t even see each other during the broadcast. I think it’s the closest thing we have in the modern day to old time radio. Theater of the mind.
The internet makes it easier than ever to listen to radio from all over. Do me a favor and “dial” in the race this Sunday (if it doesn’t get rained out-it’s not looking good). See if you agree with me.