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A Note from the Producer

An overarching theme for Re-Imagined Radio in 2022 is "tribute." This month we pay tribute to Women’s History Month, women in radio, and particularly Lucille Fletcher.

There are a number of women in radio we should mention. Lucille Ball whose role in "My Favorite Husband" led to the I Love Lucy series on CBS Television in the 19950s.

Cathy Lewis, actress, voiced the monotone and unsympathetic telephone operator in Lucille Fletcher's "Sorry, Wrong Number."

Edith Meiser, a writer, introduced Sherlock Holmes, the consulting detective, to the American listening public and made him a permanent part of our culture.

Ruth Woodman wrote more than 700 scripts for Death Valley Days each presenting the old west with realism and drama unmatched by other westerns of the day.

Mary McBride was a pioneering radio interview host who talked with people well known in arts, entertainment, and politics with a recognizable and original style.

Margaret Lynch was the first woman to create, write, star in, and own a radio comedy series, The Couple Next Door, a husband-wife centered situation comedy, 1957-1960.

Comedienne Gracie Allen was internationally famous as the partner and comic foil of George Burns and ran for President in the 1940 election as the "Surprise Party."

And there’s Violet Lucille Fletcher (1912–2000), subject of our March episode, "Lucille Fletcher Tribute." Fletcher wrote novels, plays, librettos, and radio dramas that were heard on The Columbia Workshop, The Mercury Theatre, and Suspense. She is best know for her radio dramas "The Hitch-Hiker" and "Sorry, Wrong Number" and is considered the greatest of all women radio storytellers.

Join us at 1:00PM, Monday, 21 March for our premier broadcast and Instagram live stream of "Lucille Fletcher Tribute." See "How To Listen," below, for more information.


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Background

Orson Welles (left) collaborated with playwright Lucille Fletcher (right) to bring Fletcher's iconic radio plays "The Hitch-Hiker" and "Sorry, Wrong Number" to life. 

"The Hitch-Hiker"

Fletcher wrote "The Hitch-Hiker" for Orson Welles, who first performed it November 17, 1941. The story follows Ronald Adams, voiced by Welles, as he drives from New York to California. Along the way he sees a strange man beside the road again and again.

The Voices
Sam A. Mowry as Ronald Adams
Jodi Lorimer as Mrs. Adams and the Telephone Operator
Marc Rose as Male Hitch-hiker
Myranda Markey as Female Hitch-hiker
Patricia Blem as Mrs. Whitney
and Susan Chapman as Lucille Fletcher

 

"Sorry, Wrong Number"

"Sorry, Wrong Number" established Fletcher as THE writer for radio when it was first broadcast on May 25, 1943 as an episode of Suspense starring Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Elbert Stevenson, a bedridden woman confined at home who depends on the telephone for a lifeline to the outside world. While calling her husband, she is connected into a conversation between two men. She can hear them but they cannot hear her. Apparently, they are plotting to murder a woman at 11:15 that night, just as a train passes outside. Mrs. Stevenson realizes she may be the murder victim. How will she convince anyone that she is in danger? Everyone she calls refuses to take her fears seriously. The drama becomes a critical examination of the telephone, a device which although it allows people to connect, does not necessarily allow them to communicate.

The Voices
Patricia Blem as Mrs. Stevenson
Jodi Lorimer as The Operator
Marc Rose as the Man on the Telephone
Sam A. Mowry as George
Jeff Pollard as Sgt. Martin
Miranda Markey as the Nurse
and Susan Chapman as Lucille Fletcher

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Credits

Curated, Produced, and Hosted by John Barber
Sound Design and Music Composition by Marc Rose of Fuse Audio Design
Social Media by Regina Carol Social Media Management
Promotional Graphics by Holly Slocum Design

How to Listen

KXRW FM, Vancouver, WA
1:00-2:00 PM PT, third Monday of each month
6:00-7:00 PM PT, Sunday evenings, past episodes broadcast 
Tune radio to 99.9 FM 
or Point your browser to KXRW.FM, press the large "Play" button at the top of the page.

KXRY FM, (aka XRAY), Portland, OR
Tune radio to 91.1 FM or 107.1 FM
or Point your browser to KXRY.FM, press the large "Play" button at the top of the page.

Or, use the XRAY App, available through the Apple and Android stores.

Or, program Amazon's Alexa to play KXR

The following radio stations broadcast and stream episodes of Re-Imagined Radio after the initial broadcast date.


KMWV FM, Salem, OR
Tune radio to 98.3 FM
or Point your browser to KMWV Internet radio

KUIK AM, Portland, OR
Tune radio to 1360 AM 

or Point your browser to KUIK Internet radio

CKXU FM, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Tune radio to 88.3 FM
or Point your browser to CKXU FM, press the "Play" button at the top of the page.

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Upcoming Episode

Next month, April, Re-Imagined Radio will be pre-empted by fundraising efforts for KXRW-FM and KXRY-FM. We urge you to support community radio by donating to either, or both, radio stations.

We’ll return on May 21 with a tribute to Archibald MacLeish and his classic radio drama "The Fall of the City," which reminds us that freedom requires our time and effort to keep it alive.

Looking further ahead . . .
In June we will offer "William Conrad Tribute" with samples of Conrad starring in "The Abominable Snowman" from Escape, and "Bloody Hands" from Gunsmoke.

In July listen for "Lone-Green-Challenge," our tribute to The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, and The Challenge of the Yukon, three uniquely interconnected radio drama series.

"Heart of Darkness" is planned for August.

In October we will examine four radio programs that could have influenced Orson Welles’s production of "The War of the Worlds."

During the summer Re-Imagined Radio will be featured on "Wednesday Wonders," the weekly Science Fiction channel of Mutual Audio Drama Network.

Watch for these episodes of Re-Imagined Radio on the Mutual Audio Drama Network

June 8, "Scifi, SciFacts"

June 15, "X-Minus One Tribute"

June 22, "Hiro/Death March"

June 29, "Nirvana & Gihenna"

July 6, "War of the Worlds" (2021 episode)

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