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THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (article first published : 2005-10-1)

Vintage Radio is now broadcast on Sunday evenings between 19h00 and 21h00. The first hour is dedicated to the Springbok Radio programmes, the second half to the international programmes, mainly old-time radio from the United States, Canada and Australia.

On October 9, Vintage Radio will feature the first of a series of new radio drama. This will be The Diary of Anne Frank, broadcast at 19h00 on Radio Today 1485am which is also available on the DSTV Audio Channel 70.

“Since I started archiving and collecting Springbok Radio programmes I always hoped that I would find the Lux Radio Theatre production of The Diary of Anne Frank,” says organiser Frans Erasmus. “Originally on Springbok it was broadcast in October 1973. This production I remember fondly and sadly it is one of many recordings that no longer exists. In August, Henry Diffenthal in Durban contacted me with an idea for a new radio drama for Vintage Radio. It was then that I mentioned to him about my long search for that production of Anne Frank. Henry told me that it was him that did the original production in 1973 and that he might still have the script.

A few days later Henry unearthed the script which had been written by the late Bernie Janion. After a long search, Frans Erasmus found the next of kin to ask permission to redo the production. Permission was granted and he commissioned Henry Diffenthal to do the production for Vintage Radio. The play was recorded with some of the original actors that appeared in the 1973 production.

In the cast are Frank Graham (Mr Frank), Caroline Smart (Mrs Frank), Margaret Logan (formerly Milner-Smyth as Margot Frank), Merle Wayne (Miep), Vera Clare (Mrs van Daan), Peter Gardner (Mr van Daan), Brian Roodt (Peter) and Roger Service (Mr Dussel). Janna-Ramos Violante, one of Durban’s major rising acting talents, plays Anne Frank.

Organiser Frans Erasmus has also introduced three special segments in the programme, Call Back The Past that highlights the historical events of the 20th Century, The Classic Ad of the week, which mainly features commercials from the 1950's, 60's and 70's broadcast on Springbok and also The Classic Hit of the week, which features a hit parade song from the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's.




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