Symposium: Maestro, If You Please The Radio Dramatist as Musician

Dr. Jeremy Lakoff, Professor of Instruction in English and Writing at UTampa, recently presented a symposium titled “Maestro, If You Please: The Radio Dramatist As Musician.” His talk explored the early decades of broadcasting and its intersections with modern literature, especially in representations of noise, studio spaces and professional culture. It explained how radio dramatists adapted theatrical techniques and technologies to capture listeners. Using publications, broadcasts, and archival materials held by the British Broadcasting Corporation, Dr. Lakoff is working on Self-Portraits of the Broadcasting House, a monograph about the professional and literary culture of the BBC between 1922 and 1955. This book explores how the concept of the studio, as a collaborative site of creative work, emerged through debates and negotiations that happened both in back hallways and on the air.