Happy 4th of July – No REPS Meeting

Reminder, there will be NO PROGRAM in July.

The first Saturday is July 4th. We wish you all a happy Independence Day! Stay safe, stay cool.

The REPS picnic is scheduled for SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH. More information will be in the next Air Check. We will also update here with location and directions.

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REPS Showcase is Coming April 17th – 19th 2015

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The Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound are hosting a weekend of old time radio memories at the Bellevue Coast Hotel (625 116th Ave NE, Bellevue 98004) on April 17th-19th. There will be a panel discussion with Joan Benny (daughter of Jack Benny), recreations of your favorite old time radio shows with live sfx, meet and greets with stars from the golden age of radio and a banquet dinner on Saturday night. Friday night concludes with an ice cream social and Sunday morning includes a brunch where we will be honoring Gloria McMillan for her work on Our Miss Brooks.

This special event is fun for all ages and is a rare opportunity to mingle with old time radio stars. This year’s special guests include Terry Moore, Gloria McMillan, Joan Benny, Tommy Cook, Ivan Curry, Stuffy Singer, Beverly Washburn and Gregg Oppenheimer. We also have great local Seattle talent coming to help recreate shows such as Judy Canova, My Friend Irma, Fibber McGee and Molly, Suspense, Our Miss Brooks, Red Skelton, Dr. Christian, Baby Snooks, Molle Mystery Theater, Radio City Playhouse, Burns and Allen and MORE!

Visit www.repsshowcase.com and register today!!

    

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2015 REPS Showcase Old Time Radio Convention

2015 REPS SHOWCASE April 17-19 – Bellevue Coast Hotel

The REPS Showcase really is a special event. Whether it’s meeting the people who appeared in many of our favorite radio shows of yesterday or getting together with other fans, it’s always a great time to be had.
Enjoy the many performances that are staged at each convention. Performers love coming to REPS and the creative freedom they have in producing truly fun shows. In the last couple of years Chuck McCann has played Phil Harris in a recreation of the Phil Harris and Alice Faye show as well as performing as Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in a Chase and Sanborn Hour reenactment. Tommy Cook thrilled us in the title role in 2011 when he performed in a terrifying tale from Lights Out. We have produced thrillers from Suspense, a full production of The Wizard of Oz from The Lux Radio Theater, The Great Gildersleeve (with Shirley Mitchell reprising her original role of Leila Ransom)and many more. The list of shows that have entertained the Showcase crowd the last few years has been too numerous to all list here.

We certainly have had a fun time and fans travel from around the country to join the merriment.

Gregg Oppenheimer,Michael Kacey and Tim Knofler have each made the trip up from California to produce and direct shows for the REPS SHOWCASE each year. They have been telling others around the country what a great time they have and they encourage other fans to head on out to the SHOWCASE! Among those fans are Edward Blanchard from New Hampshire, Joel Klein from New York, quite a few folks from California and more.

REPS is about celebrating those days of Old Time Radio and encouraging the art of modern audio theater. That’s our niche – the REPS identity and who we are. With this specific focus we don’t have the thousands of people who come crashing through the gate to attend the convention as if REPS were Comic Con or Monster Bash. However, as a smaller event, fans have the experience and pleasure to enjoy a more intimate experience and a better opportunity to mingle with the special guests! We hope you can join us for the

2015 REPS SHOWCASE April 17-19 – Bellevue Coast Hotel. 

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‘Radio Memories’ Event Canceled

After receiving feedback from our members and reviewing our financial situation, the REPS board has decided to cancel the October 18, 2014 ‘Radio Memories’ event and focus our efforts on having a REPS Showcase slated for either March or April of 2015.

By canceling the ‘Radio Memories’ and moving up the date of our annual Showcase event to a month that is labeled ‘off season’ by hotels and airlines, we believe we can now have this bigger event thanks to the outpouring of generous donations by our members and clever cost saving ideas.

We are still falling short of our intended goal, but we are actively looking into other avenues for revenue. Rest assured that the money donated towards ‘Radio Memories’ will be applied to the 2015 Showcase event. If for any reason that event does not happen, then we will refund those donations that are received to the original generous donating member.

We welcome any input or help in making the Showcase Event a success.

— Shaun Clancy, Vice-President of REPS

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‘I Love Lucy’… The Untold Story

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Posted by Gregg Oppenheimer

i love lucy the untold storyI’m excited to announce that I’ll be directing a live, full-cast performance of my original radio play, “I Love Lucy: The Untold Story”, Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 4pm, at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation, 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA.

It’s a humorous look behind the scenes at the creation of TV’s most beloved sitcom, based on my dad’s memoir: Laughs, Luck… and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular of Sitcom of All Time. Since its New York premiere in 2011, the play has had successful productions on both coasts, as well as a nationwide broadcast on SiriusXM Radio.

Our phenomenal cast features such talented performers as Charlene Tilton (Dallas’s “Lucy Ewing”), Dick Van Patten (star of “Eight Is Enough”), Phil Proctor (founder of the legendary Firesign Theater comedy troupe), William Schallert (“Dad” on “The Patty Duke Show”), Second City alum Lance Kinsey (“Lt. Proctor” in all the “Police Academy” films), and musical guest Dora Pearson (lead female vocalist for Sha Na Na). Also featured are Tommy Cook (“Little Beaver” on “The Adventures of Red Ryder”), Ivan Cury (star of “Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders”), Stuffy Singer (“The Jack Benny Program”), Gregg Berger (“Odie” on “Garfield & Friends”), and Alan Oppenheimer (“The Six Million Dollar Man”).

The show, which runs about 45 minutes, will be performed in the style of old-time radio, with the actors and singers standing at microphones, scripts in hand, plus sound effects and recorded music.

After the show, refreshments will be served, and you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with members of the cast.

Proceeds benefit Kehillat Israel’s “Sages” seniors program. There is no charge to attend the event, but any donations are welcome. (The suggested donation is $18) Free parking is available.

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For further information, please contact Kehillat Israel’s Director of Programs & Marketing, Matt Davidson, at 424.214.7454 or mdavidson@ourKI.org

We’re going to have a lot of fun on March 3rd, and I really hope to see you there.

P.S. If you can’t make the March 3rd performance, be sure to check out the full-cast recording of “I Love Lucy: The Untold Story” now available at iTunes, at Amazon.com, at Audible.com, and at Audiobooks.com. All royalties from sales of the recording benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Posted 11th February 2013 by Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound

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Transcontinental Terror

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New Audio Productions for Halloween! Now Posted Online for Your Listening Pleasure.

horror radio shows for halloweenThis last Halloween, for the third year in a row, six audio theater companies from around the world teamed up to present a full evening of original audio horror! Transcontinental Terror: An Express Train to Audio Horror featured masterful productions by contemporary audio theater’s most exciting, inventive production companies — companies spanning half the globe.  Each of the productions are now posted online for your listening pleasure and are an example current Audio Dramas now being produced.

Part 1 of 6 of Transcontinental Terror live Halloween horror event featured Wireless Theatre Company (London, England) with “The Maiden without Hands” and “The Cask of Amontillado”.

Part 2 of 6 of Transcontinental Terror. Featuring Electric Vicuna (Halifax, Nova Scotia) with “Coach #6″ and “One by One”

Part 3 of 6 of Transcontinental Terror. Featuring FinalRune Productions (Portland, Maine) and Aural Stage Studios (Buffalo, NY) with “Dark Passenger” and “Intensive Care”.

Part 4 of 6 of Transcontinental Terror. Featuring Chatterbox Audio Theater (Memphis, Tennessee) with “Master Zacharius” Part 1 and Part 2

Part 5 of 6 of Transcontinental Terror. Featuring Icebox Radio Theater (International Falls, Minnesota) with “All Hallow’s Eve”

Part 6 of 6 of the Transcontinental Terror. Featuring 19 Nocturne Boulevard (Seattle, Washington) with the HP Lovecraft classic “The Rats in the Walls”.

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