Tags: IFL, Industrial Football League, Johnny Parks, mayonnaise in my cake, Mayonnaise in My Cake and Other Delights, professional football, The Past is Present
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In 2007, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Industrial Football League (IFL), executives of the team’s six teams commissioned a tribute titled “The Past is Present”. They turned to Johnny Parks, longtime IFL announcer, to write and voice it.
The IFL is a six-team, two conference organization consisting of independently owned clubs around Roberts County. It was started in 1932 during the Great Depression by local businesses as a means to boost morale among employees and customers.
Players also earned extra money at a time when extra money was hard to come by. This “second job” status from the league’s early days was never abandoned. Even in current times, the league’s players hold down jobs elsewhere and play for their respective teams in the evening and on weekends.
Only choice for tribute was Johnny Parks
Parks’ reputation as a sportscaster was legendary. His broadcasts of events in and around the county had thrilled listeners for decades. He was the first announcer voted into the Roberts County Hall of Fame and the only sports figure inducted before retiring. His choice as the voice for the tribute was never questioned.
In the summer of 2007, Parks began writing the tribute. His health had been failing and he would give himself as much time as possible. He spent the entire month of August at Spring Lake, New Jersey crafting the piece. His words and voice would be accompanied by original music and archival footage of the IFL’s first 75 years.
In September, about one month before the start of the 75th IFL season, Parks recorded “The Past is Present”. Everyone in the recording session raved about the piece. Parks captured both the historic roots of the league and its parttime players. However, he also presented the pain and grueling season players endure in terms and extremes similar to other professional footballers.
Later in the evening, a fire broke out in the recording studio. Everything was destroyed, including that day’s work on “The Past is Present”. No backups or duplicates had been saved nor had second versions been stored elsewhere.
Parks and the league hastily scheduled another recording session for two weeks later. But before he could go back into another studio, he died.
Parks’ words linking the current office workers/footballers with the previous generations of farm and factory hands trace an arc of the league’s history and continuity. Although no recordings of “The Past is Present” survived the fire, his words are printed in their entirety:
“The Past is Present”
Offices they flee
Their echoed strength to see
If age or softness rule.
Suits during the day
Football nightly they play
Hitting and blocking duel.
Teams are of seven
And pain south of heaven
Wearied beyond fatigue.
Their muscles are sore
In the I-F-L, or
Industrial Football League.
Speed is the power
Which carries the hour
And brains help win each game
With helmets once leather,
Will bring the victors fame.
The season is long
For the men who are strong
As they fight to excel.
Their journey each week,
Not for mild or meek,
Is called the I-F-L.
Started in bleak times,
With few nickels and dimes,
In nineteen thirty-two.
Promised cheers and dollars.
Losers left black and blue.
From fact’ries they came,
And their farms just the same
All had stories to tell.
Drenched in the cold rain,
And stabbed by frozen pain,
To play the I-F-L.
October they’d start
With a rise in their hearts
And smiles as wide as fields.
December they’d slow
Running through ice and snow.
That’s when desire yields.
At length, two teams stood,
Above all others good,
To answer one last bell.
Then fiercely they’d fight.
With all means in their sight.
Such was the I-F-L.
Many decades hence
On fields frostily dense
They rage and roar and yell.
Victors still echo
Through past and present snow
To win the I-F-L.
The IFL commissioned other announcers to perform Parks’ work at the start of the 2007 season as a memorial to him. His work with aurally branding the league’s six teams was also featured each week of the season.
The loss of Johnny Parks was a severe blow to the IFL and the league continues to search for its next voice.
“The Past is Present” is scheduled to be included in the forthcoming anthology titled “Mayonnaise in My Cake” expected to be released on October 1, 2009. Ongoing details will be published at Lit Between the Ears.
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Radio Riel: Thursday January 29 Broadcast of Riel Theatre January 29, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Radio Drama.
Tags: Caledon Penzance, Edward Pearse, Radio Riel, Radio Riel HQ, Second Life
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This week’s broadcast of Riel Theatre at Radio Riel:
When: Thursday, January 29, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Radio Riel HQ, Caledon Penzance
Presenter: Edward Pearse
Radio Riel – Real Radio, Your Reality
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Coming in March 2009: Siege at Sorrel Rift, the mini-series January 27, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> Dramatic Radio, >> News.
Tags: Catherine Blood, Hague Clinton, Kaden Blood, Lizzie Blood, Nathan Blood, Siege at Sorrel Rift, The Ex-Press, The Rifts, Veronica Paulina
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Sex and spite, a husband and a wife, a bitter divorce and a home tragically divided. All these and more are brought to life in the audio book “Siege at Sorrel Rift, A Story in Sonnets” by Veronica Paulina.
“The book’s theme of love and war is both timely—and timeless,” says Paulina, of her first book. “It is a simple—and highly cautionary—tale of the devastation which results when parents wage war and force children into their fight.”
Starting on Wednesday March 4, and continuing for the succeeding five Wednesdays, the story of Kaden and Catherine Blood’s divorce is splashed across the pages of The Ex-Press, Kaden’s magazine for divorced mothers and fathers.
Their war also engulfs their children, Lizzie and Nathan, and a growing band of followers – other children of warring parents who have escaped their homes and joined together. Lizzie, Nathan and their followers call themselves The Rifts.
“Siege at Sorrel Rift, A Story In Sonnets” starts at 8:00 PM on Wednesday March 4, 2009 here at Lit Between the Ears.
SIEGE AT SORREL RIFT
A Story in Sonnets
By Veronica Paulina
Published on audio by Hague Clinton Inc.
Audio package includes 2 CDs plus the complete text
Available through the author’s website:
Email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t wait? Purchase Siege at Sorrel Rift as an MP3 download from Audible.com:
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Sounds of celebration: 100th anniversary of Radio January 26, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Radio Drama.
Tags: Broadcast Education Association Festival, Communication Arts, Georgia Southern University, James Kicklighter, Las Vegas
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From James Kicklighter:
I am directing a documentary for the Communication Arts department at Georgia Southern University, celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of Radio. It will premiere at the Broadcast Education Association Festival in Las Vegas this April.
We’re actively seeking individuals who have worked in radio, specifically, in the “Golden Age,” when radio dramas and the like were frequented. With a very tight timeline, we are quickly searching for these experts who are in the Georgia area that could be interviewed.
Please contact me at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.”
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WFHB: Firehouse Theater presents The Desk by Carl Chetty and produced by Promising Productions on Sunday from 8:00-10:00 p.m. January 25, 2009Posted by William Spear in >> News, >> Radio Drama.
Tags: Angela Bull, Carl Chetty, Firehouse Theater, Promising Productions LLP, Richard Fish, WFHB
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Host Richard Fish and the Firehouse Theatre present the best in audio theatre, old and new, on Sundays from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
This week’s show on Sunday January 25 includes The Desk by Carl Chetty. The Desk was created by Promising Productions, stage and radio drama producers in London, UK and drew this response from Richard:
WOW, what a piece! It’s about ordinary people; the situations, reactions, and emotions are very much understandable to most everyone; and yet the dramatisation has lifted it onto a much higher plane, and made it highly entertaining as well.
The Desk is one of the most beautifully sustained monologues I’ve ever heard, if not THE most. Carl Chetty has a fine ear for words, and the story unfolds masterfully.
Angela Bull’s performance is just wonderful — Marnie is utterly real. I liked the music very much, and the sound design was excellent throughout.
Congratulations are due to all.”
WFHB Community Radio for South Central Indiana
91.3 FM | 98.1 Bloomington | 100.7 Nashville | 106.3 Ellettsville
Streaming on the Web at http://www.wfhb.org
Promising Productions LLP – Registered in England No: OC327193
26 Webster Road
London SE16 4DF
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