radio theater


The concept of radio theater, also known as radio comedy or radio theater, is an audio drama which is transmitted through the radio. As is to be expected, this lacks visual components, therefore radio dramas depend entirely on dialogue, music and sound effects, in order to help the listener so that he can imagine the story that is unfolding. The radio theater had a great boom between the years 1920 and 1940 becoming a form of mass entertainment throughout the world. Later, with the invention of television, in the middle of the 20th century, it began to decline progressively, until it occupied a small portion of the programming of entertainment spaces.

All those elements that make up the radio drama converge in the same objective and that is for the listener to activate his imagination so that he can enter the story. Today radio theater is a genre that is practically extinct, however there are a number of projects that try to rescue it from exile.

The origins of radio drama date back to the end of the 19th century, when the Italian Guillermo Marconi began with the first broadcasts of this genre. But it was not until 1920 that the radio became a mass communication medium and a means of entertaining people that included music and information. It was at that time that the radio serial became very popular and through the radio sets the plays of different genres became well known, however the drama was the genre that was most liked. This phenomenon was very popular in Spain and most Latin American countries.

The great popularity that this reached was mainly due to the fact that the theater at that time was an entertainment that was not available to everyone, but with the adaptation that the theater had on the radio, this problem disappeared. Many of the programs were even broadcast for decades, but after the arrival of the television, the radio theater was losing followers.