Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Old Time Radio Voices Speaking Up

BOSTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s been 43 years since the last radio drama aired on a major radio network and some say what has happened to radio drama in that time is unspeakable.

But some dedicated diehards who call themselves the “Friends of Old Time Radio” have been keeping it alive at least one weekend a year for three decades with an annual convention.

This year’s convention takes place Thursday (Oct. 20) through Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, and fans will be able to see and hear old time radio voices like Arthur Anderson, who is best known as the Lucky Charms leprechaun, and Fred Foy, the man who said “Heigh Ho, Silver!” on The Lone Ranger.

Foy admits that the heyday of radio drama has long passed but feels the convention does revive the idea of radio drama, especially because the actors perform new scripts written especially for the convention.

Naturally, Foy hopes the convention builds up interest in radio drama and says Halloween is a good time to discover it because “...the spooky shows they had on the air back then scare me more than anything with visuals.”

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