Behind the Microphone has had copies of this film at various resolutions for years, but I just noticed that it’s now at YouTube too, which means I can embed it here for easy reference.

Titled “Back of the Mike,” this nine-minute 1938 film shows what’s going on in a young radio listener’s mind, along with what’s going on in the radio studio.

The film reminds me a bit of an ad for one of the old Infocom text-only computer adventures; the ad showed a rainbow-hued cross-section of a human brain, with the headline “We put our graphics where the sun don’t shine!”

Radio provided that kind of “…use your imagination” inspiration a half-century earlier.

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

Posted in History, oldtime radio, radio, Video

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