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WCCR presents “The Merriment Players,” Inner Sanctum and Jazz Greats

The Western Carolinas Classic Radio (WCCR) Club will meet Monday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. on the ICC Polk Campus.

Bill Drake and Gary Poole (AKA the “Merriment Players”) will give a live performance of radio show skits as performed on radio in the 1920s to the 1950s and range from soap operas to sporting interviews. They have some super funny material for your enjoyment.

Professor Hoyt will offer his great trivia quiz.

The radio/TV presentation will feature an Inner Sanctum Mystery, “Port of Regrets” which first aired on TV Jan. 16, 1954. It is only one of four episodes known to exist from this vintage television program.

Inner Sanctum aired on radio from 1941 to 1952. Raymond, the MC, will always be remembered closing the show with “and now it is time to close that squeaking door-goodnight-pleasant dreams everyone.”

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

The community is invited to come and hear Basie, Brown, Dorsey, Satchmo, Ellington, Callaway, James and others at the most significant never-to-be-replaced moments in their careers.

Come and remember the greats. Everyone is welcome and the program is free. It is just a lot of fun recalling “the good old days.”

– article submitted

by Bob Reynolds