A Day on the Radio in 1946

A presentation of KWPA Radio – Whidbey Island’s Community Radio Station

North, Central or South Whidbey – there’s a performance for you!

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May 21st, 2011 – 7pm

South Whidbey High School Auditorium

5675 Maxwelton Road, Langley – Whidbey Island

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May 28th, 2011 – 7pm

Oak Harbor High School Auditorium

350 South Oak St. Oak Harbor – Whidbey Island

KWPA has brought back, by popular demand, their Old Time Radio – Live on Stages Shows.

Only 2 performances – Tickets go on sale April 1st

Don’t miss this one of a kind production benefiting Whidbey Island’s community radio KWPA

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Come enjoy 4 wonderfully performed LIVE radio programs

from days gone by

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“BOSTON BLACKIE”

The Boston Blacke radio series began on June 23, 1944, on NBC as a summer replacement for Amos ‘n’ Andy.

The original Boston Blackie, by Jack Boyle, his only book, was written in 1919. The character “Boston Blackie”, real name Horatio Black*, was a young, handsome, well educated, gentleman that loves women and children. However, he is also a hardened criminal, a jewel thief and safe cracker, who’d served time in a California prison. His wife, Mary, is “his best loved pal,” and his collaborator on all his capers. This can be better understood when you realize that the Mary in the Boston Blackie stories has an underworld crook for a father.

Come see Boston Blackie fight crime live on stage – on Whidbey Island.

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FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY

Whidbey’s own Carolyn and Rich Tambler

return as the funny duo!

Fibber McGee and Molly was a radio show that played a major role in determining the full form of what became classic, old-time radio. The series was a pinnacle of American popular culture from its 1935 premiere until its end in 1959. One of the longest-running comedies in the history of classic radio in the United States, Fibber McGee and Molly has stood the test of time in many ways, transcending the actual or alleged limitations of its medium, form and concurrent culture.  The program struggled in the ratings until 1940, when it became a national sensation. Within three years, it was the top-rated program in America.

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CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT

The series had its beginnings in 1938 on Chicago radio station, WGN. Created by Robert M. Burtt and Willfred G. Moore, the creators of The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen, the series was sponsored by the Skelly Oil Company. The program was syndicated, recorded on 16″ glass discs at a studio in an office building at LaSalle St and Wacker Drive at the ad agency of Blackett, Sample and Hummert.

In the beginning, “Captain Midnight” was simply an undercover name for Jim “Red” Albright, who regularly piloted cargo and passengers. As an undercover agent, Albright was trying to gather information on a gang of criminals. Captain Midnight was constantly trying to stop the plans of the evil Ivan Shark and his daughter Fury. Shark remained as Midnight’s evil nemesis throughout the length of the radio run.

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THE ROMANCE OF HELEN TRENT

The Romance of Helen Trent was one of the most beloved of all the old time radio shows, and its loyal fans faithfully followed, year after year, the unending triumphs and heartbreaks of their glamorous star-crossed friend, Hollywood dress designer Helen Trent. Like a good friend, Helen was there for them, sharing her innermost secrets in heartbreaking fifteen-minute slices, for nearly three decades. The grand romance finally ended after over 7, 200 episodes in 1960. In fact, Helen outlived most of network radio!

 

Tickets go on sale on April 1, 2011 at http://www.kwparadio.org

Support you Whidbey Island Community Radio

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DON’T MISS THIS WONDERFUL ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT

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May 21st, 2011 – 7pm

South Whidbey High School Auditorium

5675 Maxwelton Road, Langley – Whidbey Island

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May 28th, 2011 – 7pm

Oak Harbor High School Auditorium

350 South Oak St. Oak Harbor – Whidbey Island