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Scenes from Radio's Golden Age Hit the Stage

As Radio's Golden Age started coming to a close in the 1950s the airwaves were still filled with big stars, news, music, comedy, and drama. But Chicagoans were also tuned in to a series of half-hour dramas on radio station WMAQ. There was a series called Destination Freedom, and it was written by an African American, Richard Durham. Durham's series depicted African Americans as real and proud people, with a sense of purpose and history. Now for the first time, several of these scripts are being produced for the stage at Chicago's ETA creative arts foundation. Clarice Durham, the widow of Richard Durham, and Renako Jahi of ETA discuss the original series and the new production.

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