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Radio Everywhere

Episode 27 of 30

David Hendy explores the arrival of radio, but all too soon the seductive power of the disembodied voice was being misused.

In the early days, listening to radio was a magical, uncanny experience. Voices arrived out of thin air from hundreds of miles away. In time, the radio became a trusted part of family life - and by the 1930s and 40s, the perfect medium for propaganda, as Joseph Goebbels recognized.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the seductive power of the disembodied voice.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Signature tune composed by Joe Acheson
Producer: Matt Thompson

A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4

15 minutes


Noise retold by Matthew Herbert

Noise retold by Matthew Herbert

The head of the New Radiophonic Workshop retells the Noise series using only the sounds.