Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

WOTR In Cincinnati: Archie and Company

It ain't Archiedamanagehspeakin' Duffyainhere, kiddies.

But it is for fans of the Archie comic book series, especially, including radio's Archie Andrews. (NBC Blue, 31 May-24 December 1943; Mutual, 17 January-2 June 1944; NBC, 2 June 1945-5 September 1953.)

They should love this year's Cincinnati Old-Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention, set for 20-21 April at Ramada Plaza on Sheraton Lane---because three of the Archie Andrews cast are scheduled to appear: Bobby Hastings (the fourth and final Archie, later a co-star of television's McHale's Navy), Rosemary Rice (the third and final Betty Cooper), and Harlan (Hal) Stone, Jr. (Jughead).

The convention's scheduled guests also include actress/musician Esther Geddes and Ruth Last, who performed in numerous East Coast-based radio programs before making a second career in films and as a voiceover artist, and often appears at old-time radio gatherings performing in re-creations of vintage radio shows---even if they came from genres in which she was never known to perform.

As for Archie Andrews? Think of it as The Aldrich Family wearing its puberty a little more on its sleeve, if you must. Given its limitations thereby, think of Archie Andrews as maybe a little less self-consciously cliched than the late-1960s animated version and bubblegum hit singles.


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