Happy Birthday! Radio Hour turns 3

On Oct. 15, 2007, the Waynesboro Cultural Commission’s monthly concerts made the transition to the newly coined River City Radio Hour. Featured on the first Radio Hour was the newly minted studio band The Boogie Kings under the leadership of Richard AdamsThey were joined by jazz singer Llyn Walker, Elvis impersonator Bob Lunger and comedienne Marsha Howard. That first show had an audience of a little over 100.

Over the following three years, The Radio Hour has become the responsibility of the Wayne Theatre Alliance. Its audience tops 200 with reserved seats a “must.” The old time radio talent show format has been honed with a mixture of musical talent, comedy, mystery serials, and musical commercials for local businesses and organizations.

The anniversary performances of The River City Radio Hour, set for Friday, Oct. 15, feature the mixture of talent that has made the show popular with area audiences. The Boogie Kings under the leadership of Richard Adams will headline the show with J. T. Fauber on percussion and William Hayes on piano and accordion. Sharing the evening is the popular a’cappella group. Sound Direction’s close harmonies have delighted audiences across the region. Irv Beedles will bring his homespun humor and a new set of jokes.

Toping the evening will be the second chapter of The Retired Detectives’ Roundtable and the Case of King Solomon’s Dagger by Kathy Johnson, In the first chapter, the detectives discover the body of the courier in a warehouse in Basic City. Before they alert the police, the building erupts in fire. The lone exit is locked!

The guest for the October Radio Hour will be John Tindall representing The Waynesboro Community Concerts series. In keeping with tradition, the Community Concerts will provide the door prizes. The drawing for the prizes is available to anyone who attends the performances.

The October performance will take place at the Blue Ridge Christian Fellowship Hall at 329 West Main at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seating is limited. Reserved seats are available for the Radio Hour for $7.50. Call 540.943.9999 to make a reservation.

The River City Radio Hour is a production of the Wayne Theatre Alliance with support from Waynesboro Cultural Commission, the City of Waynesboro, and The Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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