| || Favorite Story |
adapted by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
First time travel: 26 Jun 1946
Each week, a different personality would choose a favorite story to be dramatized on radio station KFI’s, Los Angeles, Favorite Story program hosted and narrated by actor True Boardman. They broadcast at least three time-travel tales, all adapted by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. In fact, the first time travel was also KFI’s first episode, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, selected by actor Ed Gardner. Another episode was bandleader Kay Kyser’s favorite, The Time Machine, which was the second radio script for the Wells classic, significantly abridged but more faithful than the 1948 Escape radio production.
More or less concurrently, the broadcasts were repackaged nationally for NBC radio by Ziv Syndication with Ronald Colman as host; there were also some new NBC episodes (not adapted by Lawrence and Lee) including A Christmas Carol, which as everyone knows has no real time travel. The KFI dates below are taken from ocrsite.com; the NBC dates (which ocrsite says were aired differently across the country) are from audio-classics.com. The selector for each story is also given in the list below.
- Connecticut Yankee (26 Jun 46 KFI / 23 Jul 46 NBC) Ed Gardner
- The Time Machine (30 Nov 48 KFI / 21 Sep 48 NBC) Kay Kyser
- Enoch Soames (1 Mar 49 KFI / 7 Dec 48 NBC) Donald Ogden Steward
- A Christmas Carol (24 Dec 1949 NBC) Everyone!
I ask you to imagine, gentlemen, a cube—a square box, let us say—which has only those three dimensions: length, breadth, and thickness. . . . Would not such a cube also require another dimension?
—The Time Machine