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Next convention: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Arts Council Theater
Downtown Kalamazoo
Guests: Jon Provost and Kathy Garver
 
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
04-22-2018
05:23 PM CT (US)
Not a convention this year, but they say if their program does well they may try another convention next year.

Fingers crossed!
960
A convention
04-22-2018
05:09 PM CT (US)
A public presentation of a local recreation with nothing else offered is not a convention.
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Charles P. Niren
04-22-2018
11:12 AM CT (US)
This Convention is not a convention it's like the The Emperor's New Clothes everybody knows it's not a convention but will not say it is not a Convention. Still I have to admit it is better than nothing.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
04-21-2018
08:29 PM CT (US)

Ethel and Albert fans will enjoy this photo of a pre-Albert Alan Bunce from the April 1944 issue of Radio Mirror magazine. (Click it to make it bigger.)
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Steven Glinis
04-15-2018
03:17 PM CT (US)

     FYI. Actor Hank Garrett is interested in coming to the Nostalgia convention in Kalamazoo also. I told him I would get him more info on it. So far I have not seen a lot on it. sglinis@hotmail.com 989-600-4757. Thanks, Steve
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beverly washburn
03-29-2018
01:35 PM CT (US)
Such a wonderful convention. I was so happy to be a part of it last year. Thanks to all of you who made me feel so welcome. Keep up the good work! blessings to all
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Ivan Cury
03-29-2018
11:11 AM CT (US)
It's a terrific well-run event that's a treat to attend.
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Ivan Cury
01-25-2018
11:00 AM CT (US)
Fabulous!
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
01-25-2018
10:21 AM CT (US)
Off topic, but some of you might enjoy this.

I was asked to star in this video, a promo for park district softball! (The kid playing my son is actually the guy who runs the softball program.)

https://vimeo.com/252593894
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Mark Drew
01-07-2018
02:59 PM CT (US)
Very sorry to hear of both Bob Burchette and Frank Buxton's passings - both OTR stars in their own rights. RIP
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Mark O.M.
01-07-2018
09:10 AM CT (US)
My sincere condolences to Bob Burchett’s family. He was indeed a great guy, great sense of humour and a big heart!
 
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
01-06-2018
08:06 PM CT (US)

Didn't Ray Erlenborn (sound effects man) attend several of the Cincy conventions? I seem to remember hearing he was there before my family started attending. Here's a note I found in the July 1942 issue of Radio Mirror magazine.
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Kathy Garver
01-03-2018
12:16 AM CT (US)
So sorry to hear about Bob
It is difficult to realize we have lost another aficionado of our beloved radio communication arts He will be missed in many ways
RIP
Bob
Kathy garver

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FRANK BONCORE
01-02-2018
06:41 PM CT (US)
Sorry about my lousy typing. What I meant to say that Bob was a person you couldn't help but like. When you went to the Cincinnati Convention, Bob treated you as if you were a guest in his home.
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FRANK BONCORE
01-02-2018
06:32 PM CT (US)
Bob Burchette was a great person whom one couldn't help. When you went to the Cincinnati Convention, Bob treated you as if you were a guest in his home. We are all .ng to miss you, Bob
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Steven Thompson
01-02-2018
05:41 PM CT (US)

Yet another OTR-related passing. Frank Buxton, co-author of THE BIG BROADCAST, one of the first books to look back at OTR, has died at age 87 or 88. Buxton also voiced the cartoon hero BATFINK, created and hosted various series including the well-remembered HOT DOG for kids in the '70s. He also did most of the non-Woody voices in WHAT'S UP, TIGER LILY? and guest starred on many sitcoms. Rest in Peace.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
01-02-2018
12:27 PM CT (US)

I have just learned that Bob Burchett, founder of the Cincy convention, has died. Bob was a great guy, and I will miss him dearly.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
12-26-2017
05:15 PM CT (US)
Frank, it's available at Sam's Club and Costco, and online at Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Top-100-Classic-Rad...grams+amari+classic
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FRANK BONCORE
12-26-2017
04:31 PM CT (US)
WHERE DO I GET MARTIN'S BOOK???
930
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
12-26-2017
02:34 PM CT (US)

The new "The Top 100 Classic Radio Shows" book by Martin Grams is at Sam's Club for $19.78; ten dollars below retail. A great price, considering it's all slick-page full color, and it has three CDs too!
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
12-23-2017
05:44 PM CT (US)
From tomorrow's Indianapolis Star (December 24):

Meredith LeWayne Granger

Indianapolis - 59, of Indianapolis, passed away December 17, 2017. He was born December 18, 1957 in West Union, IA, to the late Wayne and L. Darlene (Wolfe) Granger. Meredith was a graduate of North High School, West Union, IA, and he received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Meredith married Toni J. Morris in 1994 and was a radio producer and announcer for the Fine Arts Society from 1991 until 2015. He was a member of All Souls Unitarian Church, American Mensa and The Illustrious Clients. Meredith enjoyed singing in his church choir; he was a professional caroler during the holiday season.

The Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 E. 56th St., with visitation to follow.

Meredith is survived by his wife, Toni J. Morris; step-daughter, Margaret Parson (Chad); sister, Janelyn Papstein (Virgil); nieces, Stephanie Griffin (Noah) and Jacqueline Papstein; and great-nephew, Bain Parker. Memorial contributions may be made to All Souls Unitarian Church. Final care and arrangements are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel. www.shirleybrothers.com.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
12-22-2017
10:36 PM CT (US)
Meredith had many other interests besides OTR. He was an expert on Sherlock Holmes - his email address was "otr221b", 221B Baker Street being Sherlock's address. He was an avid tenpins bowling enthusiast, and a popular stage actor in Indianapolis. And for many years he was a radio host at the classical music station in Indy.
Edited 12-22-2017 10:37 PM
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Steven Thompson
12-22-2017
10:36 PM CT (US)

Joel and Carolyn Senter posted this nice tribute to Meredith. Rene and I were both so upset when we first heard about it that we had to get out of the house for a while. When we got in the car, we turned on the radio and the song already playing was "Only the Good Die Young." Did Meredith, a longtime radio program director, send us a message? In case there was any doubt, after we'd gone shopping and stopped to pick up dinner, we got back in the car and hit the radio again. A totally different song was playing but for some reason, the song identifying app in the car briefly flashed up, "Only the Good Die Young" again! Rest in Peace, you silly man.
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Bill Oates
12-22-2017
06:58 PM CT (US)
I first met Meredith when he introduced himself by saying "I think we have a connection" in Cincinnati. My ears perked and then he said that his first name was for Meredith Willson, the subject of a biography I had written. He was so named because he was born when The Music Man came out. He would convince me to become a Ralston Strait Shooter in fierce OTR competition, and the rest is history. What a fun guy whose friendship will never be forgotten.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
12-22-2017
01:41 PM CT (US)

I’m sad to hear about Meredith. A few years ago in Cincinnati, he asked if he could pose in a particular way for my camera. I said yes and this photo is the result.


Rick.
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David Maddox
12-22-2017
02:19 AM CT (US)
I worked some with Meredith on several conventions in Cincy. This is difficult to believe. He was really talented and a real pro.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
12-21-2017
11:14 PM CT (US)

Meredith was just 59. Here's a shot of him from the Karen Gets Hugged page.
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Jim WidnerPerson was signed in when posted
12-21-2017
10:30 PM CT (US)
I too am terribly saddened by this. I met Meredith years ago at Cincy and he knew at that time I was collecting scripts and would often give me his when he appeared in one of the recreations. He was new to the hobby and we became friends because of our shared location - Indianapolis. Meredith formed a foursome for the trivia contest - the Tom Mix Ralston Straightshooters and we participated over a number of years winning several times. He will be missed.
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S JansenPerson was signed in when posted
12-21-2017
03:28 PM CT (US)
I am terribly saddened by this news. I can't even think to write.


That stupid Cincinnati OTR Convention made me care way too much about way too many people.


Stephen
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
12-21-2017
02:43 PM CT (US)

Just learned that Meredith Granger died suddenly of a suspected heart attack.

Meredith has been attending and acting in our conventions for the past 20 years. We will miss him dearly.
Edited 12-21-2017 02:55 PM
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
11-07-2017
07:27 AM CT (US)
Just got a note from Martin Grams that he won't be coming to the convention.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
11-05-2017
11:30 AM CT (US)
CONVENTION INFO 2018!

The date for the next convention has been set: Saturday, June 16.

It will run just that one day, in an abbreviated form. No hotel; shows will be presented at the Arts Council Theater in downtown Kalamazoo.

No auditions for parts. Three re-creations, mostly cast members from the Kalamazoo group.

Guests will be Jon Provost and Kathy Garver.

This year's show is being designed to bring in more locals. If it is successful, the full convention may return in 2019.

I don't know if there will be dealers or special presentations. Somebody from Kalamazoo please post more info for us!
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Meredith L. Granger
10-14-2017
01:29 PM CT (US)
Indiana has over the years not been as well-represented as bordering states Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan at the Cincinnati/Great Lakes Old-Time Radio/Nostalgia Conventions/Expos. While I can't promise the level of enjoyment that many of us derive from those events, Indiana does offer"Listening to Orson Welles on the Air,"
https://allevents.in/bloomington/listening...ir/2001672393385358
which promises to be a guided tour through Welles' radio innovations. There are two presentation times on Th 26 October with a reception between the two:
https://orsonwelles.indiana.edu
If you let me know you will attend, also alert me which time you'll be there, and I'll do likewise.
Even if you can't attend, eyeballing these sites may point you to some interesting, valuable information, resources, and opportunities.
Thanks.
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