The sounds of 1946 will come gloriously back to life on May 21 in Langley and May 28 in Oak Harbor, as KWPA – Whidbey Public Radio presents the second annual installment of its popular fundraising event, “Old Time Radio – Live On Stage!”
Tickets are now available on line at http://www.kwparadio.org and go on sale this week at South Whidbey Commons and Coffeehouse and Moonraker Books in Langley, Book Bay in Freeland, Local Grown and bayleaf in Coupeville, and Wind and Tide Books and bayleaf in Oak Harbor, and Lavender Wind Farm on West Beach.
The show, directed by Elizabeth Herbert, will have two performances only: at 7 p.m. May 21 at South Whidbey High School and at 7 p.m. May 28 at Oak Harbor High School.
“This year’s show will give people a wonderful feeling for what it was like to gather around the family radio on a typical day in 1946,” said Harry Anderson, president of KWPA’s board of directors.
“A Day on the Radio in 1946” will feature actors and musicians from all over Whidbey Island recreating original scripts of classic radio programs of the 1940s.
The show is the principal fundraiser for KWPA so we can continue broadcasting around the Penn Cove area at 96.9 FM as well as streaming and podcasting worldwide at http://www.kwparadio.org.
This year’s edition will include:
- A 1946 newscast. The war’s over. Truman’s president. The United Nations holds its first session. Republicans win control of Congress. The first Tupperware is sold. Damon Runyon dies. The bikini is introduced.
- “Jack Armstrong – The All American Boy.” An episode of the popular daytime serial for teenagers begins a new adventure about atomic power and a possible Russian spy.
- “Fibber McGee and Molly.” In one of radio’s most popular comedies, Fibber and Molly decided to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 25 years early, with a cast of hilarious regular characters.
- “Boston Blackie.” A sophisticated and humorous “film noir” detective show, featuring a murder witnessed by Blackie and his gal pal Mary on an exotic new medium called television.
- “The Romance of Helen Trent.” In an episode of one of radio’s most popular afternoon soap operas, Helen walks into a trap and may be framed for the murder of a Hollywood producer.
- “The Top Hits of 1946,” a live recreation of a radio big-band show performed by Whidbey Island’s own Loco-Motion band.