One of my favorite radio shows is This American Life, an NPR staple. It’s been really interesting for me to read accounts of the show’s attempt to transition to television – like this LA Times article – because it recollects a time that a lot of us haven’t seen or can’t remember: a time when radio programs were transitioning to TV.
The biggest hurdles for This American Life are probably keeping the same storytelling without getting overwhelmed by the visuals. For instance, a lot of people haven’t seen host Ira Glass and have no idea what he looks like. (What does he look like? Pretty average.)
The show isn’t guaranteed in any way to make the airwaves. But reading about the process has made me a lot more interested in it.
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