Photos by Mike Lanke
A hearty note of gratitude to the Crosley Radio Players in
Terre Haute, Ind., who hosted me during their recent live stage show and
allowed me to take a turn at their microphones. I played bad guy “Tilly” in an
episode of “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar” that originally aired in 1962.
Crosley Radio Players, made up mostly of lifelong
broadcasters, is an example of what can result when you combine energetic
leadership with talented people.
The idea came about four years ago. Steve Ridge approached Jerry Arnold and suggested staging a
Christmas show for the residents of a local nursing home. They decided to recreate
a 1941 “Fibber McGee and Molly” episode; it was a hit.
Now the group has a
regular gig at a local dinner theater, where it recently signed up for another
four months. The shows feature period-correct commercials, news, music and
props; and those RCA mics are not just for display. Crosley Radio granted the
troupe permission to use its name.
The event has a
modern-day sponsor, Caboodle Cupcakes, with its spots woven into the fabric of
the stage program. That’s Pam Schalburg doing her best Carmen Miranda at left,
wearing a cupcake, while Steve Hall does the voiceover.
Jerry Arnold, the
energetic organizer, is a true believer in the power of radio and audio to
connect with people.
Cast pix and more
info are at www.crosleyradioplayers.com.
And you’ll be happy to know that bad guy “Tilly,” shown at right, got what was
coming to him by the end of the show.