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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
10-05-2021
08:16 PM CT (US)
Fun personal note:

I taught broadcasting at Parkland College (and ran the radio station) for 26 years (I retired in 2007). Every semester, I began my class by having each new student come to the front of the class and write down three things that defined that student. Usually I got things like "PLAY GUITAR" or "VIDEO GAMER" or "WANT TO WORK AT WLS."

In 1987, a new student named Mark Carlson wrote "FUTURE MAJOR LEAGUE UMPIRE".

And tonight, 34 years later, he's the behind-the-plate umpire in the Yankees-Red Sox playoff game.

True story!!
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David MaddoxPerson was signed in when posted
09-06-2021
08:37 AM CT (US)
I recently added the latest episode of Nightshift", to my site. Episode 13 is entitled "THE DARK ROOM". Hope you enjoy.

https://gaslightaudiotheater.com/Media/
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David MaddoxPerson was signed in when posted
06-24-2021
06:56 PM CT (US)
You have a pretty good handle on things. I guess I'm just a loner, not really having much interest in mingling with the masses. For someone like me, it makes it more difficult to connect to folks. That's ok. I just have to be persistent & creative. My main thing is email, believe it or not :-) .....AND the phone, or texting when necessary.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
06-24-2021
03:26 PM CT (US)
David, I don't know (or care) much about the politics of the internet billionaires. If I were more aware in that regard, I'd probably not use Facebook, Google/Gmail, Microsoft, Apple, etc, etc.

So I just choose to ignore all that stuff, and communicate with friends using whatever media work best for me.
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David MaddoxPerson was signed in when posted
06-24-2021
02:45 PM CT (US)
That was quick, Dan. Thanks. While Facebook has it's merits, I have serious issues with the company itself, NOT the technology.
I'll probably wait for another platform to come around or just surf to see what's out there. BTW....I still miss the Cincy OTR gatherings. I'm pondering whether to visit Martin's Maryland Mid-Atlantic festival. There's quite a lineup this year.
Edited 06-24-2021 02:48 PM
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
06-24-2021
02:08 PM CT (US)
By the way, this board has about 80 members who get all the notes that are posted here.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
06-24-2021
02:06 PM CT (US)
David, there's still a lot of OTR action on Facebook. One group in particular, The Old Time Radio Researchers, is really good. Originated and moderated by Martin Grams himself. And a nice Jack Benny group called The International Jack Benny Fan Club.

I'm on Facebook, and I belong to a lot of groups that are specific to my different interests, including OTR, early TV, radio DJs from back in the day, 50s and 60s nostalgia in general, etc. I even run a group for my own neighborhood here in Champaign, IL.

I stay away from the political groups, and I've had no trouble with anything. Do it right, and Facebook is a big plus rather than minus.
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David MaddoxPerson was signed in when posted
06-24-2021
01:29 PM CT (US)
Any more posters out there? I guess I'll carry on a conversation with myself....rather odd actually. Not many OTR/Radio Drama message boards are out there. I must assume that everyone is using Facebook, for everything. Anyway, below is a link to my Audio Drama site. I have a group out of Jeffersontown Ky, that performs/records the scripts that I write. I've been doing this about 4 years now. I have written 17 scripts and have thus far...produced 12. Most of my actors come from local community theater groups in Oldham & Shelby County Ky. I also do all producing & directing (I could use help :-) Anyway, give a listen and let me know what you think.

https://gaslightaudiotheater.com/Home/
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David MaddoxPerson was signed in when posted
12-04-2020
02:32 PM CT (US)

Gotta have a few postings, before Christmas, so I guess it's up to me. I attended Cincy OTR faithfully from 1993 to 2013. I met a lot of really nice and talented folks, and had the privilege of working in re-creations with quite of few of the special personalities from Radio's AND TV's Golden age. I never had the chance to get to GLNC. My fear is, that when us boomers all move to that great radio studio in the sky....will there be any, in our childrens generation to continue the preservation of OTR & nostalgia? I certainly hope so. BTW....that's me and Kathy Garver, at a voice theater boot camp, in Lexington Ky, a few years back.
Edited 12-04-2020 02:35 PM
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Paul From RockfordPerson was signed in when posted
05-27-2020
03:48 PM CT (US)
Hello All,
I truly miss this event and the people associated with it.
If a rebirth of some type were to happen, you can count both my attendance and financial support.
I hope all of you are safe and healthy.
Paul
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-27-2020
03:38 PM CT (US)
That would be great, but obviously, to keep both the convention and the hobby alive, it needs to attract younger people. As I said before, one way to do that might be to bring in (obviously affordable) guests who are known for cartoon voice work. If the convention can bring in actor/actress X, who voices popular character Y, that could attract kids. They come to see X, who they know for playing Y, and stay to see X perform in something called a "radio play."

"Radio" is far from dead. In fact, as I recently posted on the OTR Digest, the May issue of "The Writer" magazine has an article on writing for radio.

What's more, as I wrote in this 2014 blog entry,

https://rickkeatingsrandommusings.wordpres...o-adventures-alive/

not only can full-cast audio dramas be just as successful as over-the-air broadcasts were in the days of OTR, but some "evergreen" radio shows (or shows of a certain type) could work today with minor tweaks.

I think the "theater of the mind" can appeal to kids (and adults) today just as much as it did in the heydey of OTR and in the decades afterward. And if a hypothetical future convention not only had voice actors familiar to kids as guests, but also some hands-on activities (learning how to create sound effects, for example), that could add to its appeal-- especially for kids in the local community.

Rick.
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Mike HelmsPerson was signed in when posted
05-27-2020
01:02 AM CT (US)
Rick, thanks so much for posting photos from some of the Cincinnati and Kalamazoo conventions. I really appreciate the look back. Maybe someone will consider hosting another get-together soon. Mike Helms
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:44 PM CT (US)
I attended every convention in Cincinnati and Kalamazoo from 1999 onward, but don't have photos from every year. At least not good photos (the lighting in those hotel ballrooms weren't always conducive to shooting without flash). But these are a good representative sample, I think. Hope you enjoy them.

Stay safe, everyone.

And remember, keep smiling.


And washing your hands.

Rick.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:36 PM CT (US)

Don Ramlow in 2013.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:36 PM CT (US)

Bob Burchett in 2013.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:34 PM CT (US)

Bob Burchett in 2011.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:32 PM CT (US)

Eddie Carroll and Stephen Jansen in 2009.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:27 PM CT (US)

Eddie Carroll and Karen Hughes in 2009.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:25 PM CT (US)

The Hughes Family, accompanied by Derek Tague, with the Dave Warren Award in 2006. Sorry about the graininess.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:22 PM CT (US)

Laura and Stephen Jansen in 2006.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:21 PM CT (US)

Bob Hastings and Michael Biel in 2006.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:18 PM CT (US)

Esther Geddes McVey and Karen Hughes in 2005.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:17 PM CT (US)

Esther Geddes McVey in 2000.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:16 PM CT (US)

Tyler McVey in 2000.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:14 PM CT (US)

Performing "Richard Diamond, Private Detective", 1999.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:13 PM CT (US)

Preparing to perform "Ethel and Albert", 1999.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:11 PM CT (US)

And Don Ramlow in 1999.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:10 PM CT (US)

And Peg Lynch in 1999.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:09 PM CT (US)

And Rosemary Rice in 1999.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:08 PM CT (US)

And Bob Hastings in 1999.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2020
11:06 PM CT (US)

Spring was the time of year of the Cincinnati and Kalamazoo OTR conventions, but since there’s no convention this year, I thought I’d post photos from some previous conventions as way to revisit those “thrilling days of yesteryear.”

Hey, that’s a good line. Someone should use that.

We'll start with Fred Foy in 1999.

Rick.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
02-20-2019
10:35 PM CT (US)

For those of you who remember Peg Lynch coming to our Cincy convention, here's a clip from the gossip column of Radio Mirror magazine, April 1946.
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Paul from RockfordPerson was signed in when posted
10-19-2018
10:55 AM CT (US)
I'm very disappointed.
I have enjoyed this event for the last 9 years, both in Cinncy and in Kalamazoo and will miss it.
I'll throw this out to the group.
I would be willing to designate some funds for a meeting, convention, get together, whatever we would choose to call it. I would not be able to cover the entire cost, of course, but if a group of us are willing to throw in a few dollars, perhaps we could make something happen.
We could choose a central location that would be convenient to all interested parties.
If any of you would like to pursue this idea, you are welcome to contact me.
box13@iversonpainting.com
Sincerely,
Paul Iverson from Rockford, IL
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
10-18-2018
08:39 PM CT (US)
NO GREAT LAKES NOSTALGIA CONVENTION NEXT YEAR

From the GLNC Facebook page:

"Dear Friends of the Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention. We are sorry to write that we have decided, due to funding issues, to cancel next year’s Great Lakes Nostalgia Convention. We made ourselves a firm deadline to attempt to raise the necessary funds, but were unable to make it happen for 2019. We are hoping to assess the possibility of a convention in 2020.

We really appreciate those who attended our past conventions, our special guests, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation for all of the support you provided over the past years. We hope someone else may be able to pick up and hold a convention yet next year. Many of us here in Kalamazoo would love to attend such an event. “Until me meet again.”
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
08-02-2018
07:23 PM CT (US)

Forgot one.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
08-02-2018
07:17 PM CT (US)

And the fourth. Enjoy.
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
08-02-2018
07:16 PM CT (US)

And the third:
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
08-02-2018
07:16 PM CT (US)

Guess I can only do one at a time. Here's the second pic:
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Rick KeatingPerson was signed in when posted
08-02-2018
07:14 PM CT (US)

Here are more photos from the 2018 convention.

Rick.
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
06-28-2018
09:52 AM CT (US)
Well, the spammers are hitting us hard again. I'm shutting off new messages for a while - you can always buzz me at danhughesmail@gmail.com, and I can post your note for you. Thanks!
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Dan HughesPerson was signed in when posted
06-24-2018
09:11 PM CT (US)
Karen, I already let it go. I paid a dollar for the name for a year; to renew would have been $15. And the board has seen so little use, I didn't think it worth it. The board won't go away; just the shortcut using the radiofun.info name.

Most of the posts we're getting lately are spam, and now that the convention is over, I doubt we'll see many more OTR notes. If we do, I can always get another shortcut name for under a dollar. Meanwhile, this board's real address is always https://www.quicktopic.com/41/H/yL4hDeiALxM/.

And for another month, the shortcut http://greatlakes.site still works.
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