APPENDIX B: LITERATURE SURVEY
Though most recent authors writing about radio drama bemoan the lack of more literature on the subject, the available literature is helpful. Tim Crook’s Radio Drama: Theory and Practice (1999) provides a very detailed overview of the history of sound transmission, the history of radio drama, as well as theories of writing, directing, and producing radio drama. The BBC’s tradition of radio drama up to 1980 is thoroughly explored in John Drakakis’ collection of essays British Radio Drama. Peter Lewis’s Radio Drama is a collection of essays providing insight into traditions of radio drama in Britain, the United States, Canada, and Australia. Of special interest to this project were the following chapters: The Sponsor's vs. the Nation's Choice: North American Radio Drama by Howard Fink and Radio Drama: the Australian Experience by Rodney Pybus. Thomas Allen Greenfield’s Radio: a Reference Guide provides a very informative introduction outlining the development of radio in the United States. The reference guide itself provides a bibliographical survey of 500 works relating to radio.
As for the story of Canadian radio and radio drama, there are many anecdotal works that tell the story from very personal perspectives. Of particular Canadian interest are the following: Bronwyn Drainie’s biography of her father, Living the Part: John Drainie and the Dilemma of Canadian Stardom; Alice Frick, a former CBC Drama Department senior script editor, tells the tale of the Golden Age of CBC radio drama as she lived it in her book, Image in the Mind : CBC Radio Drama, 1944-1954; Bill McNeil and Morris Wolfe’s Signing On: The Birth of Canadian Radio is a gold-mine of stories as told by Canadian radio broadcasting pioneers; and a gossipy and star-studded glimpse into CBC radio and CBC television is found in Knowlton Nash’s Cue the Elephant! Backstage Tales at the CBC. Canada’s gifts to the world of radio are explored in Gil Murray’s Nothing on But the Radio: a Look Back at Radio in Canada and How it Changed the World and the entertaining The Sound and the Fury: An Anecdotal History of Canadian Broadcasting by Warner Troyer. Readers interested in a more detailed discussion of British, American, Canadian, and Australian radio traditions should refer to the above mentioned works by Lewis, Drakakis and Crook.