Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Woman Who Taught Us to Listen: A Centenary Tribute to Lucille Fletcher - WNYC Culture If the much-quoted tag line from “The Shadow,” “Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of men? The Shadow knows!” (followed by sinister chuckle) is your idea of Golden Age radio, you don’t know Lucille Fletcher, who was born 100 ago today. A demure Vassar graduate from a working class family, Brooklyn-born Fletcher was the author of two of the most famous radio dramas of all time — “The Hitchhiker” and “Sorry, Wrong Number.” Radio drama in the 1930s and 1940s was male dominated, and Fletcher initially got an entry-level job at CBS as a typist, but eventually began submitting work of her own. Once accepted into the ranks of radio dramatists, she helped to transformed the medium. MORE . . .