Is Radio An Overlooked Medium?
I have previously detailed a few of Stephen King's work that has been adapted to radio. I love that format! Did you know that the Martian Chronicles was originally done as a series of radio plays, long before it became a mini series.
Know what would be cool. . . a Stephen King radio playhouse. Consider:
1. Everything is scarier on the radio. Just listen to "Lights out everybody."
2. Radio can take you more places on a cheaper budget.
3. Radio drama's often go on and on for many episodes. They are not locked in to a single episode.
4. Stars on the radio don't demand a trillion dollars.
Just suggesting that with all the Dark Tower drama about budget -- maybe there is another (better) format that had been largely overlooked in the Stephen King universe. Hard to do a modern story on the radio? Did you know that Lucas put all three of the true Star Wars movies to radio? Yep! And the first one was something like six hours! It is great.
Radio doesn't cut out any other medium. But it does open the door to some greater creativity. Frankly, I would love to travel with Larry Underwood through the Lincoln tunnel on radio. Now that would be scary. It just can't be done visually -- but I'll bet it can be done as a radio play.
Imagine Christine as a radio drama. All that music in the background! Car sounds. You'll get to know the sound of Christine's engine quickly.
Even though radio drama's don't really play so much on. . . radio. . . that should not shut out the format. In fact, with mp3, I listen to more radio now than ever. It is a format that Dickens' works have been well represented.
Works already in radio format: Misery, Pet Sematary, The Mist 3D sound.
For a fuller treatment of the subject, see my earlier article. http://talkstephenking.blogspot.com/2010/02/stephen-king-radio-dramas.html