BOB & RAY 2010 fine art print / edition of 30 / $200.00
One day in 1946, the morning jock at Boston's WHDH radio, Bob Elliott, was introduced to the newly hired newsguy, Ray Goulding. Vocally, they were a mismatch: Ray had the sonorous voice of authority, Bob the nasality of a fellow fighting a head cold. But—as records spun and commercials blared—the pair traded quips and found that they were on the same wavelength in more ways than one. They loved the excesses of radio, especially the fatally flawed premises at the heart of popular dramas. Eventually a perceptive station manager recognized that the duo's off-air banter and ad-libbed parodies were more entertaining than the programs they lampooned. He moved their dialog on-air and gave Bob & Ray an afternoon show. As Bob later said to fan Kurt Vonnegut, "By the time we discovered we were introverts, it was too late."

Their stylistic tic was a reaction to the prevailing tone of radio, which was fraught with over-dramatization. News was shouted; organ music stabbed and stung; sound effects evoked calamitous action and propelled adrenaline-charged dialogue. Bob & Ray cherished this hokum, but couldn't help thinking that most radio was much ado about nothing. What would be left if you took away all that crap? The result was sublimely understated humor. Bob & Ray rarely said funny things; they simply said things funny. Read more...
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Only thirty (30) prints of BOB & RAY were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold numbers 1/30 thru 20/30, and are now offering numbers 21/30 and 22/30, unframed, for $200 each (plus shipping and handling). Prices will increase for subsequent prints as the edition depletes.

The image area is 13-3/4" high x 10-1/8" wide on an untrimmed 19" x 13" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.