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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Friends of Old Time Radio Day One

Charlie Summers' musical shirt
Jay Hickerson
Here I am in the Garden City: Newark, New Jersey! Why would I be hanging out here on a delightful October day? It's the Friends of Old Time Radio annual convention, bringing together experts, hobbyists, on-air celebrities, behind-the-scenes production people, and generations of folks who simply know and love and appreciate Old Time Radio. And the kicker is that this is the last installment of this decades-long tradition. Jay Hickerson has been coordinating what would otherwise have been chaos for 36 years, and there have been countless hugs between long-time friends in a huge celebration of the triumphant conclusion to this event. There will be many re-creations of delights of the past and laughs and unforgettable moments. (For example: Wish you had your own theme song to accompany you wherever you go? Old-Time Radio Digest moderator Charlie Summers has such a theme song - and a shirt that plays it.) Wish you were here!

2 comments:

Jim McClain October 20, 2011 at 9:26 PM  

Maggie, has there been any kind of memoriam for Norman Corwin?

Maggie Thompson October 20, 2011 at 9:42 PM  

Today, the first day with programming, a special In Memoriam presentation by Dr. Michael Biel provided a fascinating and emotional tribute to Corwin. He provided clips from several performances, quotes from a recent interview he'd conducted with Corwin, and tied it together with an ongoing evaluation of Corwin's work. Some of the performances have, as far as I know, not been publicly available. And I used up three Kleenexes in the course of the proceedings.

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