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The River City Radio Hour March 19 performances feature the return of a number of audience favorites.

Heading the performances will be Sound Direction. The a cappella group first appeared on the Radio Hour in July 2009, and established itself as a real crowd pleaser.

Back for their second appearance will be John and Bettie Tindall, Betsy and Keith Dishman, and Kim and David Tate. Their combined voices produce an eclectic mixture of jazz, pop, folk, spirituals and novelty tunes. When asked to describe their style, it was said, “Imagine a sound with the tight harmonies of a jazz ensemble, the street corner appeal of American doo-wop and the vocal purity of a choir, and you’ve got Sound Direction.”

Also on the bill is “The Little Girl with the Big Voice,” Emily Henline, who last appeared on the Radio Hour in September 2009. Emily has managed an impressive number of performances on stage, television and radio. She starred in Annie at Shenanarts and is a regular on the Virginia Junior Opry. She was described as the “little girl who has got what it takes to make it in [show] business: a super voice, cute as a button looks and a wonderful spirit. She is special.”

Another special treat will be the re-appearance of George Shifflet and his Hens of Renown. The hens’ rendition of Jingle Bells was a highlight of the December Radio Hour. The hens, Ruby, Scarlet and Purity, cluck their way through a variety of holiday and patriotic songs. In March, they will bring an Easter favorite.

Joining this outstanding group of musicians will be William Hayes, keyboardist extraordinaire. A member of Radio Hour’s studio band, The Boogie Kings, William will solo on the March performances.

March 19th marks the third installment of Bob Crawford’s Night Hawk and Murder at Stan’s TV and Appliances. In the second chapter, Chester Burch, aka the Night Hawk, and Sally Swisher were freed from the bat-infested basement. However, in the course of examining the murder scene at Stan’s TV and Appliances, they were locked in a trailer and hurtled down the highway to their possible death.

Also on the program is Marsha Howard, Waynesboro’s Lady of Laughter. She promises a new batch of jokes suitable for all ages.

The March’s Radio Hour guest will be Christiana Shields of Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and chair of the Foundation’s Big Read for 2010, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

The Friday, March 19th performances of River City Radio Hour are at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Christian Fellowship at 329 W. Main St. Seating is limited.

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