How WVXU Produced A Lost Rod Serling TV Show As A Radio Play

Mar 25, 2020

WVXU is bringing you an old-school radio comedy play on Wednesday at 8 p.m., live on 91.7 FM.

O'Toole from Moscow aired just one time, back in 1955, and was never seen again. Penned by TV scribe Rod Serling, better known for his work as creator of the classic TV series The Twilight Zone, the script was tracked down by WVXU media beat writer John Kiesewetter.

The script was adapted for radio by Kiesewetter, and stars students from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). It is narrated by Serling's daughter, Anne.

The airing was supposed to coincide with the Cincinnati Reds' annual Opening Day celebrations, but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, most sporting events have been canceled or postponed.

But, the show must go on.

To read more about O'Toole from Moscow, which focuses on confusion during the Cold War between Russians and the Reds, read Kiesewetter's earlier news report here.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to talk about the program are WVXU media beat writer John Kiesewetter and CCM Professor of Acting and Directing Richard Hess.

Listen to Cincinnati Edition live at noon M-F. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4 p.m. ET.

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