July 20,1954

THIRD PROGRAM: (From «An Athenian’s Notes») In a few months time, Athens’s state-owned radio service is to inaugurate a new station, its Third Program. Thanks to this new station, we will be able to listen to a greater selection of music than we can today and will enjoy good programs more frequently, including literary and other cultural programs. This will satisfy true friends of the arts and put an end to complaints from those for whom serious music and literature is an unfulfilled want. Let us hope that this third radio station will fully live up to the purpose for which it was created, and that it will maintain a high standard. I am in full agreement with the reader who writes that radio programming sometimes indulges in exaggeration. Indeed, are all the short stories read each evening over the radio truly «masterpieces of our literature»? Are all of the musical pieces we listen to «works by the greats»? A more modest description would be a show of less enthusiasm and more precision. ‘HIPPOLYTUS’: About 10,000 Greek and foreign visitors watched the performance of «Hippolytus» at the ancient amphitheater of Epidaurus last Sunday evening with Mr Alekos Alexandrakis in the leading role.