Beginning April 6, 2014, we at The Tesla City Stories have been presenting an evening of live âradioâ theater derived from the recently uncovered archives of the ultra-obscure Tesla Broadcasting Company (1943-1945). Itâs âpop archaeologyâ as performance art, or, more simply, a fun night of vintage entertainment!
The shows of the TBC run the gamut from sitcom to thriller, from mystery to romantic-comedy, with forays into westerns, sci-fi and horror to boot. But all of these shows, regardless of genre, are tied to the fictional locale of Tesla City. Thatâs part of what makes the output of the TBC so unique and sought-after by historians and collectors.
So how did we come across these rarities in the first place? The short version is this: after years of armchair detective work (and unbelievable luck), I, that is Brendan Jones, came into the possession of a box full of transcripts of the shows of the TBC. Knowing that these long-forgotten gems hadnât been heard by audiences since the Forties.
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