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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
08:27 AM CT (US)
A lot of spam has been posted to the Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention board lately, so I am temporarily suspending posts to the board.

If you would like to post a message, please send it to me ( danhughesmail@gmail.com ) and I will post it for you.

Meanwhile, Paul from Rockford has asked for confirmation of event times and location. It's my understanding that the the location is the downtown Kalamazoo Arts Council Theater, but I can't find a specific address. The date is Saturday, June 16, but specific hours are not posted. It will be just that one day, with no hotels offering special rates.

Here's the website, but it's still promoting last year's show. Hopefully someone will update it soon:


Anyone with the Kalamazoo Arts Council is invited to write me with more info, so I can post it here. Thanks!
Paul From Rockford
06:41 AM CT (US)
Hello All,
I plan on attending.
I'd like to confirm event times and location.
Does anyone have that information yet?
Paul From Rockford IL
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
10:04 PM CT (US)
Steve, unless they've changed it, this year's "convention" is not a convention, just an afternoon and evening of radio re-creations. One by the Chicago group and the rest by the Kalamazoo group. Kathy Garver and Jon Provost are scheduled; I'm assuming they will star in the re-creations.

Nothing on their web site about it yet; last year's convention info is still there:


Any of the Kalamazoo folks see this board? Help!
Steve Glinis
09:56 PM CT (US)
So can I get an itinerary? I know people wanting to come. Kathy told me June 15th. - 17th. thanks, steve
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
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!
A convention
05:09 PM CT (US)
A public presentation of a local recreation with nothing else offered is not a convention.
Charles P. Niren
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.
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
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.)
Steven Glinis
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
beverly washburn
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
Ivan Cury
11:11 AM CT (US)
It's a terrific well-run event that's a treat to attend.
Ivan Cury
11:00 AM CT (US)
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
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.)

Mark Drew
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
Mark O.M.
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
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.
Kathy Garver
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
Kathy garver

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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.
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
Steven Thompson
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.
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
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.
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
05:15 PM CT (US)
Frank, it's available at Sam's Club and Costco, and online at Amazon:
04:31 PM CT (US)
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
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!
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
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.
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
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
Steven Thompson
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.
Bill Oates
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.
Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
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.

David Maddox
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.
Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
11:14 PM CT (US)

Meredith was just 59. Here's a shot of him from the Karen Gets Hugged page.
Jim WidnerPerson was signed in when posted
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.
S JansenPerson was signed in when posted
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.

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