Jack Benny 12/7/41 Recreation

From IJBFC member Janine Preston:

Sunday, 12/7/03, WKNH Radio Theatre at Keene State College in Keene, NH, will present Sounds of the Season, a two hour live broadcast from the Redfern Arts Center, from 6-8PM.  The holiday variety show will use vintage microphones, including several classy RCAs and Shures and perhaps a few Turners, and manual sound effects to demonstrate to the studio audience how a live radio show would have been produced in the 1940s.  It will also be broadcast over KSC radio, WKNH, 91.3FM for residents of the Keene area who cannot physically attend a holiday show, with a special webcast on www.wknh913.com for long-distance listeners.

The first half of the program will feature holiday plays, comedy and music by local schools and colleges, including Keene's Mayor Mike Blastos as Santa Claus, and radio veteran Kate Phillips as both author and performer.  (Kate made her name as Kay Linaker in Hollywood in the thirties then went on to radio after the War, then television, penning the film The Blob in between.  At 90, she's still going strong!)  There will also be a comedy spoof on old radio westerns.  A barbershop quartet, Junction 1-3-5, will perform holiday favorites, as will Boston's Colonial Radio Theatre star Jerry Robbins as Bing Crosby, with background vocals by CRT's Andrews Sisters.  The 1960s
girl group, The Pixies Three, (Cold, Cold Winter, Birthday Party & 442 Glenwood Avenue), will star in a Christmas play with third grade students.

The second half of the program is dedicated to Pearl Harbor Day and will feature the actual Jack Benny episode from 12/7/41 by Colonial Radio Theatre,

An address by a Naval Pearl Harbor survivor, and letters, music and poetry about Pearl Harbor. The show's host announcer was also in the Army when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

The Pixies Three, who once toured with The Rolling Stones and The Dave Clark Five, will perform an after-the-show concert of their hits and holiday favorites at 8:30PM in the theater. General seating tickets for both shows are available at the door.  The show will be performed regardless of the weather.  Merchandise from performers will be available as well.  For more information or directions, contact Janine Preston, producer, at
603-357-0635, wknhradiotheatre@yahoo.com, or visit www.makingwavs.com, www.colonialradio.com, or

All proceeds go to Sounds of the Season.  Tax-deductible donations, payable to WKNH/Keene State College, can be sent to Janine Preston, PO Box 15, Gilsum, NH  03448.

*Please call in advance if needing a large group of seats together or reserved seating for handicapped or special needs patrons.