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WFHB: An Evening With Border Radio now online April 19, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> Dramatic Radio, >> News.
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From Richard Fish:

“An Evening With Border Radio” is a live two-hour variety show, performed last March 27, hosted by “Colonel” Mike Kelsey & the ever-popular Arbutus Cunningham, with some help from yours truly. We were broadasting from Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, a beautifully renovated movie-and-vaudeville house from the 1920s — which will eventually, we hope, host the National Audio Theatre Festivals.

The program features Jeni & Billy, a marvellous Appalachian-folk duo from Nashville, TN, and a bunch of great Bloomington musical talent, including Cathi Norton, Art Heckman, Jason Fickel, the Firehouse Gospel Singers and our house jazzband, Dennis Riggins and the Firehouse Swing Thing.

It’s mostly music, but there’s lots of radio fun along the way. Of course Arbutus tells one of her hilarious stories, and is transformed into a radio preacher in another very funny segment.

We go back in time with the first live performance of the RadioSynclastic Infandibulator, the radio time-machine familiar to listeners of The Fire House Theatre (8-10 Sunday evenings!). We explore Border Radio in the 1930s — stations like XERA, located in Mexico (and thus beyond FCC regulation), which pumped out as much as a million watts of homespun and sometimes truly dubious programming. And there’s a tip of our hat to radio great Fred Allen with our own modern version of “Allen’s Alley.”

As you’ll hear, we had a whole lot of fun, and a fabulous audience in the theatre!
“An Evening With Border Radio”


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