Radio! Oh, the days when radio was not just music and talk, but in fact, real shows- what television calls variety shows or sit-coms and there were even talent shows called amateur hours where young talent competed for prizes ( nothing like what we have today, of course). Old-time radio shows are being brought back to life by a group of seniors named appropriately the Sag/Aftra Senior Radio Players. These are all professionals, who at one time made their livings in radio, television, theater, commercials, voice-overs and doing instructional materials for companies. They are all over 55 (thus the name “seniors”) and all members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists- thus the name AFTRA.
These talented men and women have been re-creating old time radio shows, every few months, live, at the Claudia Cassidy Theater located in the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 East Randolph Street (at Michigan Avenue) for over 14 years. The shows are FREE. The next show is
They will be presenting two classics from the Golden Age of Radio
“The Origin of The Lone Ranger” and one of the “Thin Man Adventures”
They use a “Foley” (sound effects person) so you can close your eyes and hear the radio as it sounded “back in the day”. This is just like the old days of radio, so some of us, who recall those days will take a time trip. Young people will get a history lesson! Upcoming shows will be on April 20th and July 14th