Old-Time Radio Essentials is back with episode 38, the Season 4 Premiere! Pete, Paul and Dave present an installment of the long-running series "The Fred Allen Show". This time it's Pete's pick, a double-feature of Fred and the gang, with both episodes featuring Orson Welles as guest-star! Will Dave, who leaves us for greener grass after this episode, love it? Will Paul, through his bitter tears, express his continuing hatred of Orson? Tune in and find out! (NARADA RADIO COMPANY)
And since we're on the subject of finding things out, while you listen you'll learn if we feel this entry meets the following criteria:
1. Is it truly representative of that series? (Can anyone point to it and say, "Yes, that is what [NAME OF SERIES] was all about.")
2. Is it an episode worthy of inclusion in any and every OTR aficionado's private collection?
So with this in mind, we three bring you, as our thirty-eighth number (but first official episode of S4), these episodes of Fred Allen, from 1942 and 1946. We'll introduce the shows, play them in their entirety, then discuss them at length. Thanks for joining us, and we hope you enjoy it!
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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, a new production of Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre, is set to launch on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023, to all the online retail sites, including Amazon, Audible, Apple Store, Ratuken Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Downpour, and Walmart.
Listen here to a scene from this production and please support this excellent production company by making your purchase of their dramatization of Lewis Carroll's timeless classic.
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - By Lewis Carroll
Adapted for audio by Diane Vanden Hoven – Directed by George Zarr
Post Production: David Farquhar
Release Date: May 30, 2023, Everywhere Audiobooks Are Sold.
Cast In Order of Appearance:
GEORGIA LEE SCHULTZ - Alice
NOELLE DUPUIS – White Queen
PETE LUTZ – White King
SKYE GOULBOURNE – Tiger Lily
TRISHA ROSE – Rose
ASHLEY BANKER – Red Queen
GEORGE ZARR – Conductor
ROB TYMEC – Paper Man
HEIDI STEWART – Beetle
ELLIN WALLIN – Owl
BILL CRAVEN – Tweedle Dum
KEITH BURNETT – Tweddle Dee
JOHN JARVIS – Humpty Dumpty
JEFF DUPUIS – Messenger
MICHAEL CROUCH – White Knight
S2E4: The House in Turk Street
While on the search for a missing boy, the Tec inadvertently runs afoul of some crooks, who think he's after them. Full of crosses and double-crosses! Starring The Narada Radio Company.
Adapted by Pete Lutz from the story by Dashiell Hammett.
ANNOUNCER: Darren Rockhold
THE TEC: Pete Lutz
MRS. QUARRE: Geri Elliff
MR. QUARRE: Paul Arbisi
HOOK: Mark Kalita
ELVIRA: Rhiannon McAfee
TAI: Jeff Moon
THE OLD MAN: Joe Stofko
OTHER VOICES: Daniel French
Theme and incidental music by Dr. Ross Bernhardt
Mixing and sounds by Fishbonius Sound Design
Project Audion recreates an extraordinarily rare and early lost episode of the classic audio drama Suspense. When CBS premiered the the show in June 1942, it wasn't immediately evident that it would become one of the all-time great radio dramas, running for 20 years and nearly 1000 stories. Indeed, in this (just Suspense's fifth-ever episode, from July 15, 1942), while all the typical ingredients are in place (in this instance, a murder aboard a moving train) the show hadn't quite yet settled into the style that would soon define classics like 1943's "Sorry, Wrong Number." Heard for the first time in 80 years, our recreation of this lost Suspense episode -- "The Witness on the Westbound Train" -- is taken from the single known surviving script. It features the same transcontinental cast of vocal actors who appeared in Project Audion's very first episode, along with additional talented voices who have appeared in Project Audion shows during the past three years.
MARK: Pete Lutz, TX
JOE: Doug Fain, KY
DORIS: Patte Rosebank, Canada
CONDUCTOR: Denny Thompson, CO
LAWRENCE / RANDOLPH: John Mauldin, TN
BILL / BAGGAGEMAN: Dick Huitema, FL
ANNOUNCER / WAITER: Robert Stevenson, IN
DIRECTION / PRODUCTION / SOUND: Larry Groebe, TX