Readers may remember that I have been a fan (though our binge-watching of “Miami Vice” interrupted it) Wisconsin Public Radio’s Old Time Radio Drama Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 11 p.m.
Not anymore. Warren Bluhm quotes WPR:
Wisconsin Public Radio is dropping the weekend Old Time Radio Drama show after this Saturday and Sunday. I’ll just leave this here …
“While schedule changes can be difficult, now is the right time to end this program,” said Mike Crane, WPR director. “Many of these plays and productions were produced more than 60 years ago and include racist and sexist material. Despite significant effort over the years, it has been nearly impossible to find historic programs without offensive and outdated content. And, ultimately, these programs don’t represent the values of WPR and The Ideas Network’s focus on public service through news and information.”
And what are those values now? Read this.
The show will end thusly:
SATURDAY: “Wild Bill Hickok,” 8 p.m.; “Our Miss Brooks,” 8:30 p.m.; “Lux Radio Theater: The Thin Man,” 9 p.m.; “Studio One: The Return of the Native,” 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: “Gunsmoke,” 8 p.m.; “The Great Gildersleeve,” 8:30 p.m.; “FBI in Peace and War,” 9 p.m.; “Crime Classics: Bathsheba Spooner,” 9:30 p.m.; “The Mann Called X,” 10 p.m.; “Arch Obler’s Plays: Mr. Pyle,” 10:30 p.m.