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Golden Age of Radio performances for seniors at the Oak Park Arms

Radio Reenactment: Be Thankful

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Ben Dooley of Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time RadioThose Thrilling Days of Yesteryear (TTDY) Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents three radio shows in a program titled “Be Thankful” at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 20, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

  • First, George Burns and Gracie Allen try to save money and ration points by purchasing a live turkey. What they didn’t count on is how their pet duck Herman would feel about having another foul in the house.
  • Then there’s Luigi Basco. He’s so happy to be in this great country that he turns down invitations because he wants to invite all of America over to dinner to thank them. Things take a turn for the worst when everyone he invites has other plans.
  • Last, the Bickerson’s celebrate their wedding anniversary. A mink coat comes into the conversation and causes mayhem.

A reception with coffee and cookies follows the performance. The free radio recreation shows are very popular with Oak Park Arms’ residents and people from the community. Some guests bring their children and grandchildren to show them what entertainment was like before television.

About Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear features actors and voice over artists who share a common interest – performing old time radio programs for the community. Each actor and technician donates talent and time.

Group founders, Ben Dooley and Pam Turlow, husband and wife, 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.

Dooley and Turlow’s group performs only once every two months due to the considerable challenges involved in creating a show. They 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, doorbells, buzzers, a sound board and shoes for footsteps.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The radio shows are free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.