They work hard on the Radio, too
RAIM. In the Sunday Press recently there have been articles about the rapid rise to fame of radio and TV personalities, with suitable remarks about it being rather hard on real actors who have to work so hard to achieve their fame. 'There is plenty of truth in that, but I think the statements a little sweeping. Many very-well-known radio personalities put a great cleat of spade work into making their programmes really first-class entertainment. I have in mind this week especially lender Wayne, who is becoming a household word in relation to carefully prepared documentary programmes. Last week she started a new series called "Personal Column," the first one being about women's magazines.
As a housewife and ardent reader of a number of the journals she mentioned, I found the whole programme fascinating. The skilful contrast shown between the oldfashioned manner of giving advice to anxious correspondents (very severe, this method) and the more sympathetic modern method was intriguing. I was thrilled, too, at hearing the voices of many of my favourite writers in these magazines. It was with a little trepidation that I tuned in to the Home Service to listen to the whole of Gian-Carlo Mcnotti's "The Consul"-a musical drama in three acts-broadcast from the Sadler's Wells Theatre. Drama was the key word, I think, to the whole performance. The music was never overwhelmingly breath-taking -just exciting and competent. The story, however, was a real tearjerker, and the last scene, where poor Magda commits suicide in the hope of saving her husband's life, was superbly acted. I do hope there were a great many people tuned in to the Catholic Morning Service last Sunday. It came from Campion House, Osterley, and was conducted by Mgr. Laurance Goulder. 1 have not heard such refreshing plain speaking for a long time about the whole object and expectations in being a real Christian. We were told straight from the shoulder not to expect the good things of life, and I -sincerely hope these addresses acted as a really astringent tonic to many woolly-headed Christians who want the hest of both worlds.