WCCR Club presents Merriment Players in live performance Aug. 15

Published 8:49 am Friday, August 5, 2011

The Western Carolina Classic Radio Club will meet Monday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium on the ICC Polk campus.
The club will host a live performance by The Merriment Players, featuring Bill Drake and Gary Poole.
Drake of 103.3 FM radio, is in his 52nd year of broadcast radio, the last 35 in the Spartanburg area.
Poole is a former editor-in-chief at Western Publishing in New York City and has created scripts for Warner Brothers’ cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Tweety and Sylvestor, as well as Gold Key Comics’ Yosemite Sam, Little Lulu and Bullwinkle. Organizers say if you like Bob and Ray, you will enjoy Drake and Poole’s satirical and humorous look at old-time radio shows.
The old-time radio presentation will be the suspense play “Sorry, Wrong Number,” probably the second best known radio play after “The War of the Worlds.” “Sorry” was first presented May 25, 1943 and has been repeated seven times over the years. “Sorry, Wrong Number” was always a headache for the phone company, which could always count on many calls from listeners condemning the insensitivity of its operators.
At the equipment change, Professor Hoyt will hold a trivia quiz.
The summer jazz series will follow with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “a bridge across the ages, a link between the present-day and the heyday of traditional New Orleans music.”
The program is free. All are welcome.
– article submitted

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