WCCR goes to the movies

Published 3:34 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Western Carolina Classic Radio Club will meet on Monday, January 11 at 2 p.m. in Studio 118 on the ICC Polk County campus.

For the first time, WCCR will present a complete Lux Radio Theater production of The Wizard of OZ, starring the one and only Judy Garland in the lead role.

Lux Theater aired from 1934 to June of 1955. The most popular time slot was 9 p.m. on Monday evenings.

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At least 50 people were needed for each broadcast and had a high budget for all of the top stars of the day. A lot of Lux soap had to be sold to justify the show.

Some movies did not adapt to a radio venue, but most did very well. The Wizard of OZ makes an excellent move to radio. At the intermission, Professor Hoyt will entertain with his trivia quiz.

After the Western Carolina Radio program, about 3:10 p.m., the Winter Jazz Series will begin on WOTJ (Wonderful Olde Tyme Jazz) in Studio 118.

Lucky Strike asked Columbia Record Productions in the late 1940s or ealry 1950s to custom press a promotional album of original recordings of unforgettable hits.

WOTJ invites the public to come and hear Bassie, Brown, Dorsey, Satchmo, Ellington, Calloway, Duchin and James at the most signifact, never-to-be-replaced moments in their careers.

As always, everyone is welcome. The programs are free. There are no dues or by-laws or constitution and there will never be an election of officers.