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

Radio Reenactment: Who’s Wearing the Pants?

Oak Park Arms

Ben Dooley uses shoes on a wooden box for sound effectsThose Thrilling Days of Yesteryear Old Time Radio Recreations Troop presents “Who’s Wearing the Pants?” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

Included are episodes of “Gunsmoke” and “Fibber McGee.”

The shows are very popular with Oak Park Arms’ residents and people from the community. Some even 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 effect, 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, and doorbells.

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 show is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.