“Great Days in Dayton”
Reproduced on these pages are the full scripts of the “Great Days in Dayton” broadcasts.
All music and sound effect “cues” are indicated just as they appeared on the working scripts used by the cast.
“Great Days in Dayton” is a series of twenty-six scripts written for radio production. It constitutes a dramatized history of Dayton.
It does not pretend to be a complete history, since the limited time allowed for presentation (only thirteen hours in all) demanded the selection of material which was at once of the greatest historic importance and dramatic value. As a result, numerous minor historic events have been omitted.
Also, for dramatic reasons, it was necessary to employ fictional characters and situations, as well as real historic figures and events, in the writing of these plays.
The reader, and especially the student of Dayton history, is urged to take these facts into consideration when reading the scripts here published.
April 21, 1941
Script No. 1 – A City is Born
Script No. 2 – Courage of Our Fathers
Script No. 3 – Love in the Wilderness
Script No. 4 – Hour of Crisis
Script No. 5 – Thunder in the North
Script No. 6 – Here Comes the Stage
Script No. 7 – Low Bridge
Script No. 8 – Rival Heroes
Script No. 9 – Christmas a Century Ago
Script No. 10 – The Iron Horse
Script No. 11 – Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
Script No. 12 – Half Slave, Half Free
Script No. 13 – Armageddon
Script No. 14 – Reconstruction
Script No. 15 – Industrial Progress
Script No. 16 – Government Comes of Age
Script No. 17 – Dayton’s Hundredth Birthday
Script No. 18 – Turn of the Century
Script No. 19 – First Flight
Script No. 20 – Home of Aviation
Script No. 21 – Untamed Waters
Script No. 22 – Up From Despair
Script No. 23 – Dikes Against Disaster
Script No. 24 – The World Aflame
Script No. 25 – The Roaring Twenties
Script No. 26 – Dayton Today