The Re-Imagined Radio Times

"Re-Imagined Radio re-thinks, re-mixes, and reconceptualizes sound-based storytelling so to augment the community listening experience and narrative potentials."
                                                — John Barber



A Note from the Producer:

Dear Listeners,

We believe that radio sparks the  imagination like no other medium. Images in our mind's eye, prompted by  sound(s), are more compelling, engaging, immersive, interactive than those  presented by our highly processed and commercially focused visual culture.  The result: old medium, new engagement.

To inspire your imagination, we have included the introduction to The Whistler... showcasing Wilbur Hatch's infamous 13-note theme, whistled weekly by  Dorothy Roberts for the entire thirteen-year series run.

Tune in this Thursday, January 14. Noon PST:

 99.9FM,  91.1FM or 107.1FM, or 1310 AM

Stream Online

Thank you,

Re-Imagined Radio


"The First Year"

"The First Year" is an episode of The Whistler, first broadcast December 31, 1947. In "The First Year" a rich uncle decides to teach his niece, Lydia, the true value of matrimony by changing his will to require her and her husband, Elliott, to stay married for ten years before they inherit. If one of them dies, the other inherits everything. The story begins and ends on New Year's Eve of "The First Year" of their marriage.

The Whistler was on offer from 1942 to 1955, with 692 episodes broadcast during this thirteen year run. Ironically, most of America could not hear the program as it was confined to the eight station CBS Pacific Coast network and nine Mountain zone stations. Despite this lack of national distribution, The Whistler was considered one of the most popular of all American radio mystery anthologies, and its whistled theme was known to millions. Each episode began with Wilbur Hatch's 13-note theme, whistled weekly by Dorothy Roberts for the entire thirteen-year series run. The stories that followed focused on criminal acts and their surprise undoing, narrated by the unnamed and omnipresent Whistler who often commented directly on the action like a Greek chorus.

"Guy Lombardo's New Year's Eve Party"

"Guy Lombardo's New Year's Eve Party"
The second story offered in this January episode of Re-Imagined Radio
samples Guy Lombardo's New Year's Eve Party broadcast live from The Grill
Room in the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, December 31, 1957.
Lombardo, born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada, founded his
orchestra in 1914 with brothers Carmen, Victor, and Lebert. They wore
bright red blazers and called themselves "The Royal Canadians."
In America, Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians became synonymous
with New Year's Eve celebrations, performing live nationwide radio and later
television broadcasts from 1929 (the first nationwide New Year's eve
broadcast) until 1976. In 1956, Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians
began broadcasting their New Year's Eve Party on both radio and television
with each celebration featuring a televised segment from New York's Times

From these years of live performances, Lombardo is noted as "Mr. New
Year's Eve" and is honored as providing the theme song for these
celebrations, "Auld Lang Syne," a traditional Scottish folk song based on the
poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. The poem-song is about two friends
reflecting over drinks about their long and sometimes distant friendship. The
title best translates as "Old long since," or "For the sake of old times."


KXRW FM, Vancouver, WA, tune radio to 99.9FM
KXRY FM, Portland, OR, (aka XRAY), tune radio to 91.1FM or 107.1FM
AM 1310, Portland, OR, tune radio to 1310 AM


Point your browser to KXRW.FM (, scroll to the bottom of the page, press the "Play" button.
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 KXRY.


The month of February is noted for Valentine's Day and its celebration of
love. Re-Imagined Radio will feature a performance of "Affairs of the Heart" by Metropolitan Performing Arts. Join us for this tribute to Valentine's Day, as we offer three short radio dramas about love, the travails we endure, the stories we tell ourselves and the results we never expect when dealing with love. If love is not your thing join us for a return appearance by Lonesome Gal. You won't be disappointed.


There are a lot of great perks to sponsoring Re-Imagined Radio, but here are a few:


Reach listeners from Longview to Salem, as well as loyal online patrons with a sponsor message featured during one a Re-Imagined Radio performance.


Have your company name mentioned as part of the world provided by each performance of Re-Imagined Radio.


Have your company name and/or placed on promotional posters and social media posts reaching The Reimagined Radio, Metropolitan Performing Arts, KXRW and The Kiggins Theatre networks of subscribers.


We believe in the transformative power of live arts in a community. Your sponsorship invests directly into our community by making Re-Imagined Radio possible not only for listeners but also the actors, musicians, engineers, writers and students involved.
To learn more about sponsorsing Re-Imagined Radio, contact our Producer, John Barber.


Re-Imagined Radio has its own website. Point your web browser to Visit often. Learn more about upcoming performances. Enjoy recordings of past performances. Be up-to-date and in the know.

The Re-Imagined Radio Archive

Recordings of our past performances are available on our website. While you're at home, relax with the familiar comfort of classic radio dramas.  Tune in here.

What is Re-Imagined Radio?

Re-Imagined Radio experiments with radio art and drama as community performance and 21st century storytelling. Close your eyes and listen. Let the scripted dialogue and sound effects engage your imagination. Share your thoughts and photos via social media.

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