By Pam Johnston
General Manager for News
BOSTON — The pandemic has challenged us to find new ways to build community and connections. Although this often means gathering in digital spaces, radio has emerged as a vital player in the local community, with the power to connect audiences around a shared experience.
Radio dramas were once an entertainment staple for Depression-era families — recall Orson Welles’ famous broadcast of H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds.” In 2021, while stages remain empty during COVID-19, American theatre troupes are collaborating with local radio stations to revive the format in fresh and innovative ways.
In February, Boston-based public radio station GBH will team up with The Huntington Theatre Company to broadcast the play Tiger Style! Written by Mike Lew and directed by Moritz von Steulpnagel, the comedy explores the experiences of an Asian American family dealing with themes of race, parenting, academic success, and immigration.
As the GBH team collaborates with our colleagues at The Huntington to translate this wonderful work into an audio experience, I’m reminded that broadcasters at their core are community builders. That’s why we are excited to expand this collaboration by teaming up with the Massachusetts Restaurant Association for a “tune in and take out” campaign. The idea is to encourage listeners to order takeout from their favorite local restaurant – another industry hit hard by the pandemic – and enjoy a meal while they listen to Tiger Style!
My hope is that Tiger Style! encourages our community to join together for a shared artistic experience. We hope you will listen to Tiger Style! on GBH 89.7 in Greater Boston or nationally on wgbh.org and the GBH News app from 6-8 pm on Saturday, February 6. Learn more at wgbh.org/tigerstyle.