The Oak Park Arms Retirement Community hosts a radio reenactment group, Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, who perform shows from the Golden Age of Radio.
The Golden Age of Radio shows are very popular with residents and people from the community. Some bring their children or grandchildren to demonstrate what pre-TV entertainment was like.
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear founders Ben Dooley and Pam Turlow established a connection with The Oak Park Arms in September of 2002, when Turlow’s father became a resident. They’ve been volunteering/performing at the Arms ever since.
The organization is composed of Chicagoland actors who share a common interest – to perform old time radio programs for the community. Each actor and technician donates talent and time, and all performances at the Arms are free.
The radio shows for 2013 are:
Dooley and Turlow, who are married, browse through thousands of old time radio episodes, select a favorite, listen and type out the script. Many shows are not available in print and have to be painstakingly transcribed. Then they gather sound effects, rehearse and mount the show.
Sound effects were an important part of live radio shows, and the group performs them live. They have a real door for slamming, buzzers, a sound board and shoes for footsteps, doorbells, etc.
The radio shows are is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.