larry bowald

Episode 029 - Classic Radio Theatre - War of the Worlds by Mark

WSAJ’s “Theatre of the Air” saved the best for last. WSAJ’s version of Orson Welles Larry Bowald couldn’t resist mounting the classic “War of the Worlds” with a western PA twist.

This was an extra length production, with Larry leading the cast of Chris Fisher, Darla Vornberger, Cheryl Sheely, Mark Harrison, Bill Koch, Art Wilson, and Donna Kozik.  We even get a promo for the program!

Somehow, this cassette fared much better over the years, and the audio quality is not bad.

We will get into the “college bands” portion of the series next time (you got a taste of it in this production—nice touch, Larry).



Episode 027 - Classic Radio Theatre - Sorry, Wrong Number by Mark

WSAJ’s “Theatre of the Air” continues, with the triller “Sorry, Wrong Number”.

Cat Fithian stars, with Paul McGill, Ron Carter, Betsy Diedrich, Cheryl Sheely, Dave Miller, Michelle Petrucci, Keith Parrish, and yours truly rounding out the cast.  I was fortunate enough to act alongside Cat on several occasions, and she really belts it out of the park on this one.

As usual, the audio quality isn’t great, but it’s the best it’s going to be.



Episode 026 - Classic Radio Theatre - The Signal Man by Mark

WSAJ’s “Theatre of the Air” continues.  It’s back to gothic horror in “The Signal Man”.

There’s no cast list in the recording, so I was surprised to hear my own voice as one of the co-stars. I have no recollection of this performance, essentially doing a Graham Chapman (Monty Python) impression.  I also recognize Larry Bowald, P.D. Gregg, and Keith Parrish’s voices.  I’m not sure of my co-star; perhaps Martin Christoffel? My apologies if I’m in error.

There was a LOT of cleanup for this one, mostly balancing the voice level—damn my baritone!



Episode 025 - Classic Radio Theatre - The Lady or the Tiger by Mark

WSAJ’s “Theatre of the Air” continues.  We go back to the classics for “The Lady or the Tiger”.

Larry Bowald plays the king, with Lisa Hogle, Mark Harrison, Donna Day, Darla Vornberger, and Bill Koch rounding out the cast.

Whomever made the original recordings seems to be doing better as they went along—there was less cleanup on this one.



Episode 023 - Classic Radio Theatre - The Invisible Man by Mark

WSAJ’s “Theatre of the Air” continues. Let’s listen to the classic “The Invisible Man”.

  The title character is played by the Orson Welles of CRT, Larry Bowald. Lisa Harris, Brenda Kirsch, Cheryl Sheely, Keith Parrish, Wes Hessel, Bill Koch, Dean Widdenstrom, and Mark Harrison round out the cast. 

As usual, the audio quality is not great and of very low volume —I did what I could to clean it up.