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EMST: “An Evening Of Old Time Radio”

By Staff | Mar 23, 2010

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.  That’s exactly what the Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theater hopes you will do this spring as they produce two evenings of radio theater.

In conjunction with KEMB LP the area theater group will produce three of the most popular old radio shows both before a live audience the Dinges-VanOosbree Center for the Performing Arts and live on 94.1 KEMB LP.

The years between 1935 and 1950 are known as the “Golden Age of Radio”. Even in the heart of the Great Depression two thirds of American Households had radio sets.

In 1938 enough Americans took Orson Wells’ fictional “War of the Worlds” as an actual news account of aliens waging war against earth to bring about some panic and the era of the disclaimer was born.

In the fall of 1941 Americans were riveted to their radio sets as news accounts of the attack on Pearl Harbor were broadcast. They listened live to President Roosevelt ‘s speech requesting congress declare war.  Later broadcasting legends like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite brought the people at home news from Europe.

Radio also brought to countless Americans the latest in music and entertainment.  Radio Theater became increasingly popular until the advent of television. By 1950, 94-percent of American homes owned at least one radio and six million automobiles were equipped with radios.

Americans tuned into comedies and dramas on the radio. EMSCT will revive three radio classics with presentations of “The Lone Rangers”, “Buck Rodgers of the 25th Century” and “Burns and Allen”.

Follow the adventures of the Lone Ranger, Tonto and “Hi Yo Silver Away”. Listen to the amazing adventures of Buck Rodgers and laugh with the timeless comedy of “George and Gracy.”

Productions will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11 and may be heard on line at the KEMB LP link at Emmetsburg.biz.  Admission to see the shows produced live will be $5.