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‘Radio Hour,’ Third Fridays sets lineup for July

The July 17th performances of “The River City Radio Hour” will be headlined by Sound Direction, an a cappella sextet, and the world famous Washboard Wonders.
Sound Direction had a loyal following before it went into hiatus four years ago. This will be their first appearance since reuniting. The group includes John and Bettie Tindall, Betsy and Keith Dishman, and Kim and David Tate. Their music is an eclectic mixture of jazz, pop, folk, spirituals and novelty tunes. It has been said, “Imagine a sound with the tight harmonies of a jazz ensemble, the street corner appeal of American doo-wop and he vocal purity of a choir, and you got Sound Direction.” 

The world famous Washboard Wonders is the brain child of Richard Adams who also MCs the Radio Hour. The newly formed group includes Buddy Thomas, Chris Wray, Jason Clarke and Adams. “Their unique sound is a delight to hear,” said a local celebrity. “Where can you find a washboard, a banjo, a bass, and a tuba coming together to create a joyous sound?” News of their coming world tour will be released soon.

Waynesboro’s own Lady of Laughter, Marsha Howard, returns to the Radio Hour after a short vacation. She brings back a new library of jokes for audiences of all ages. Howard is also announcing a new contest for aspiring joke tellers. Beginning in August potential comedians may apply to present a joke at the Radio Hour. Three names will be drawn during the performance and the jokesters incorporated into the show. All jokes must be PG. A final winner will be announced at the 8:00 December Radio Hour. For more details, call 943-9999 or email

The second chapter of the summer Serial, Nighthawk and Murder under the Big Top, completes the hour’s performance. Chester, aka The Nighthawk, is sure the accidental death of the trapeze artist was really murder. He was knocked unconscious when he got too close to the truth only to wake trapped in the lions’ cage.

The merchants of the month are Betsy Boldt and Lee Wolverton of the News Virginian.

The July 17th performances will take place at Blue Ridge Christian Fellowship at 329 Main Street in downtown Waynesboro. The Radio Hour is presented at 6:30 pm and 8 pm. Admission is “Pay what you will, but Pay.”

The River City Radio Hour is a production of the Waynesboro Cultural Commission, Waynesboro Downtown Development, Inc. and The Wayne Theatre Alliance.


Third Fridays

Friday, July 17, Downtown Waynesboro is Alive with Third Fridays! Downtown Waynesboro’s monthly night of dining, shopping, art and entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. in Downtown Waynesboro.

In addition to “The River City Radio Hour,” the evening’s schedule includes:

– River City Art & Wine Emporium, located at 407 W. Main St. will be having free wine and beer tasting starting at 5:30 p.m.

– Natural Beauty Studio, located at 414 W. Main St. are hosting an opening reception for local artist Piper Groves

– Stone Soup Books, located at 908 W. Main St. features dinner and music with the earthy blues and sassy jazz of Barbra Martin from 6-9 p.m.

– You don’t want to miss out on Kids Avenue “things to do for kids on Wayne Ave.”

– Shenandoah Valley Art Center, 126 S. Wayne Ave. will have sidewalk chalk for the little ones to create their own art along with music and treats until 7 p.m.

– Waynesboro Heritage Museum, on the corner of Wayne and Main will be open until 8:00PM featuring a story hour from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

– Short & Sweet Bakery, 133 N. Wayne Ave. has cookies for kids to decorate along with live music by Terry Short until 7:30 p.m.

– Kids and Sew On, 141 N. Wayne Ave. will have mugs for the youngsters to decorate until 7:30 p.m.

– Downtown Businesses also open for Third Fridays include Chickpeas, Shukri’s BBQ, Valley Framing & Art Gallery, Main Street Discount, Ben Around Tattoos, Sleep On It!, and Extreme Expressions

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