Recently, I’ve found myself drawn at night to listening to episodes of Rocky Jordan. I’m sort of in conflict with myself about this series. It’s an interesting listen, but it got me thinking about just what is it that I find attractive about this series? What I determined at least for me is an explanation of just what makes good audio drama.
Radio writer Gerald Nachman wrote that “radio created its own visual language through sound effects, vocal theatrics and music.” I think this applies quite well to the Rocky Jordan series. Rocky Jordan was created by Gomer Cool and Larry Roman and their stories are punchy and succinct. The structure of the Jordan scripts with a balance of narration and action with well-crafted dialogue between characters makes these episodes a joy to listen to. Moyles like Bob Bailey in Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was made for the role and naturally falls into character. His chief protagonist, Sam Sabaaya, played by Jay Novello does an equally excellent job in portraying his character.
So listen and enjoy “The Return of Dr. Piru” as heard on Rocky Jordan from February 1950.
Music under is from Voices of the Night.