Oak Park Arms
Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop

Radio Reenactment: Dignity, Always Dignity

Oak Park Arms

Ben Dooley of Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time RadioThose Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents “Dignity, Always Dignity” at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Originally aired on February 6, 1949, Lucky Strike’s program, “Casting Duel,” featured Jack Benny, Vincent Price and Claudette Colbert. Jack wants to work with Claudette Colbert on a Ford Theatre broadcast, so he crashes her rehearsal to audition and get the part away from Vincent Price who is there in the room.

A second radio show will follow. Duffy’s Tavern presents “Dream Girl” which starred Rex Harrison and originally aired May 26, 1948. Duffy is planning to get married and is expecting a visit from his fiancée. But all things don’t go as planned when guest Rex Harrison offers his congratulations

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.

A reception with coffee and cookies follows the performance.

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.