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An Evening Of Old Time Radio

By Staff | Apr 8, 2010

THE LONE RANGER is being performed at An Evening of Old Time Radio this weekend on the stage of Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre. Pianist Holly Klukow is pictured in the foreground with cast members of “The Lone Ranger” (left to right) John Schad, Bill Graves, Julia Madsen, Brent McAllister, Grant Duhn, Todd Muller and Rick Jones. Performances are Saturday, April 10, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at the Dinges-VanOosbree Performance Center. There is no reserved seating. More photos are on page 13. --Jane Whitmore photo

Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theater will present two broadcasts of radio theater Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. One of the episodes will be the Lone Ranger “Trouble at the Rafter H”.

The Lone Ranger first aired on WXYZ in Detroit, on Jan. 30, 1933, and soon became one of the most enduring slices of Americana.

Americans huddled by radios to hear the adventures of the Lone Ranger, his trusty sidekick Tonto, and the masked man’s famous horse Silver.

Listeners were entertained by the good deeds of the former Texas Ranger John Reid, who was left for dead after an ambush. Saved by Tonto, the Lone Ranger traveled throughout the fictional old west, righting wrongs and standing up for people who could not stand up for themselves. And, he somehow managed to do all of this without killing anyone. He just shot the gun out of the bad guy’s hand and took him off to jail, or bested him in a fist fight.

All of these adventures played out in the minds of radio listeners, with the help of background music and sound effects. The Lone Ranger television series first aired in 1955. The last radio episode aired on Sept. 3, 1954. By then, children and adults alike could recite the famous opening, “a firey horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty hi-yo Silver”. Many recognized the classical William Tell Overture only as the theme from the Lone Ranger.

Cast for The Lone Ranger radio show includes John Schad, Rick Jones, Todd Muller, Brent McAllister, Julia Madsen, Grant Duhn and Bill Graves.

“Buck Rogers of the 25th Century” will also be performed. Cast members are Bill Graves, Mark Feauto, Kevin Stillman, Mary Moser and Lloyd Satterwhite.

The third show is “Burns and Allen.” This classic comedy includes Jean Eichmemer, Brian Garrels, Kevin Stillman, Todd Muller, Mark Feauto, Lloyd Satterwhite and Bill Graves.

The cast also includes Holly Klukow playing the piano, and Donna Mason. Jackie VanOosbree is the director.

Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre presents these live radio shows at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at the Dinges-VanOosbree Center for the Performing Arts. There is no reserved seating. Shows will also be aired live on 94.1 FM KEMB-LP.