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    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - May 31st - 6-8 PM - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: “The Six Shooter” with Jimmy Stewart / “Bold Venture” with Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart / “Mail Call” with Don Wilson, Lucille Ball, Laurel and Hardy / Part 5 of “Donellis Protection Racket” - Adventures of Superman
    May 29th, 2011

    Many radio shows were directed at our armed forces overseas during World War II.  “Mail Call” was one of them where men and women serving in the military could request particular stars to appear on the show.  Jack Benny’s long time announcer, Don Wilson (photo) , is the host of “Mail Call,” and in this show from 1943, his guests include: Lucille Ball, Laurel and Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, and the Williams Brothers (one of them whose name is ‘Andy’).

    Jimmy Stewart (photo)  stars in “The Six Shooter.”  This very classy western, with an incredible actor, is one of the best western series heard on radio.  It was only on the air from 1953 to 54, but in the 50 plus episodes, listeners found a goldmine of excellent scripts, acting, music, and sound effects.  What makes  the series unique is that Jimmy Stewart’s character, Britt Ponsett, tells the audience what he is thinking and how he is feeling about events as they take place in the story… sort of a personal narration, done in a quiet, almost whispering voice.  It is very effective and was a very unique technique at the time.  Tonight’s episode is entitled “Thicker Than Water,” and was originally aired on March 14, 1954.

     

    Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart are together again in a syndicated radio series entitled “Bold Venture.”   Seventy-eight episodes were produced from 1951-52 and most are preserved today.  The is a series of adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance set in the sultry city of Havana and the mysterious islands of the Caribbean.  Bogart plays Slate Shannon and Bacall is Sailor Duval, with Jester Hairston playing King Moses.   Slate owns a run down hotel and bar in Havanah that attracts thugs and murderers like a magnet.  Duval, is Shannon’s sidekick and possibly his “love interest”… but that is a bit unclear… the story centers on the events that these two get themselves involved in and how they get out of the situations once they are in them.   Tonight’s episode is entitled “Tommy Haven.”

    Clayton “Bud” Collyer returns as Clark Kent AND Superman in “The Adventures of Superman,” the CONCLUSION  of “The Donellis Protection Racket” from April 26, 1940.

    Join host, John Lovering, for two hours of classic old time “Audio Theatre” programming from 6 to 8 pm.  Listen locally at 106.1 FM or streaming online at www.wscafm.org
    Click on the “Listen Now” button at the top of the page.

    Requests or comments: jlovering@wscafm.org    More info about Audio Theatre: www.heirloomradio.com

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    The Free Speech Zone - Sunday - May 29th - 7 to 8 PM - Host: DJ Big Brother - Then Listen To: “Lives in the Balance” 8 to 9 PM
    May 27th, 2011

    Tune in to The Free Speech Zone on Sunday night May 29th at 7 pm to hear a 2010 program by Dave Emory titled: The Kochtopus: How The Tea Party Movement Manifests Classical Fascism. The Tea Party movement has garnered tremendous media attention, most of which has focused on superficiality - images of “the angry voter,” false or misleading statements about Obama, and the assumption that somehow “they” are responsible for the discomfort felt by the adherents to the Party.  What has not received much publicity until recently is the fact that what appears to be a broad-based, “populist”, “grass-roots” movement is actually driven in considerable measure by institutions financed by the very wealthy, particularly by the political machine put together by the billionaire Koch brothers. David Koch in particular, son of one of the prime movers of the John Birch Society, was a driving force behind the genesis of the Libertarian Party in the early 1980’s. The brothers main commercial undertaking is Koch Industries, a conglomerate with major participation in the fossil-fuels and chemical industries. As major polluters, implacable opponents of health care reform and members of the ultra-rich, the Kochs stand to benefit from frustration with the Obama political agenda.

    On WSCA-LP 106.1 FM - Portsmouth Community Radio (streaming via www.portsmouthcommunityradio.org for those outside the broadcast signal limits) 

    Then stay tuned for some great music on Lives In The Balance from 8 to 9 pm.  

    Kind regards,  Brad  aka dj Big Brother
    djbigbrother@portsmouthcommunityradio.org

    “The people, unfortunately, are still very ignorant,
    and are kept in ignorance by the systematic efforts
    of all the governments, who consider this ignorance,
    not without good reason, as one of the essential
    conditions of their own power.”  ~ Mikhail Bakunin  1871
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    The Free Speech Zone   with dj Big Brother
              glimpses of sanity and truth
                     Sundays  7:00-8:00 pm
       WSCA-LP   106.1 FM   

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    Lives In The Balance: songs of social and political import
        that you won’t hear on brain-dead corporate radio
                           with   dj  Big Brother                              
    Sundays  8:00-9:00 pm  WSCA-LP  106.1 FM   
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    “Do the best that you can in the place where you are and be kind”
    ~ Scott Nearing

    SUPPORT PORTSMOUTH COMMUNITY RADIO ~ JOIN NOW!

    Stage Door - Saturday - May 28th - 8 - 10 AM - Host: April Mulkern - Spotlight on “The Tempest”
    May 27th, 2011

     

    This Saturday May 28 8AM-10AM on my show Stage Door I will be shining a bright spotlight on “The Tempest,”  which according to many critics was the last play that Shakespeare wrote.  I will be re-broadcasting a  BBC World Service Drama production adapted for radio and directed by Walter Acosta staring the late great Sir John Gielgud in the role of Prospero.  Towards the end of my show I will be playing selections from the soundtrack of the latest film version of “The Tempest” which was in limited release in movie theater’s last year directed by Julie Taymor with a absolutely hauntingly beautiful score done by Oscar winning composer, Elliot Goldenthal. Tune in to celebrate this lesser known Shakespearean play.

    Listen locally at 106.1 FM  -  Worldwide streaming at www.wscafm.org and click on “Listen Now” at top of the page

    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - May 24th - 6 to 8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: Groucho Night - Three Back-to-Back Groucho Marx Shows!
    May 22nd, 2011

    Tonight on Audio Theatre is “Groucho Night!”   Groucho Marx is either a guest or the host of our three featured shows.  First hear Radio Almanac with host Orson Welles from January 26, 1944 with his guest, Groucho Marx.  It may surprise you to hear Orson Welles, a classically trained actor, doing comedy routines with vaudevillian Groucho Marx, but he does,  and together they pull it off quite well.

    Then Groucho is Dinah Shore’s guest on Birds Eye Open House from April 19, 1945.  This show was a great vehicle for Dinah Shore as she had a very easy going and friendly personality on the radio.  Listeners loved her.  In addition she was a musical singing sensation AND she could act as well.  So not only did Dinah sing, she acted in skits with her guests, and most of them were comedians.  Tonight’s  show is no exception as Groucho Marx is the guest star.  Now it turns out that Dinah is not the host for tonight’s show.  Her father had become very ill and she took the night off from the program to be with him.  Subbing for Dinah tonigt is the talented songstress Ginny Simms.

    Finally, Groucho is the host of GI Journal from March 9, 1945.  His guest is Lucille Ball and the two of them together are hilarious in several skits.  GI Journal was broadcast via shortwave radio to our Armed Forces overseas during World War II and featured popular stars of film, stage, and radio. Due to the fact that this series was aired via shortwave, the average U.S. listener did not hear them, though many radios at the time did have shortwave band capability.

    So it is One, Two, Three Groucho Marx appearances tonight on Audio Theatre.

    Finally, Clayton “Bud” Collyer stars in Part 4 of the 6 part Donellis Protection Racket on The Adventures of Superman. Collyer was originally cast in the role of Clark Kent and Superman because he was very good at changing the tone and cadence of his voice as he switched characters.  This program was originally aired on April 21, 1940 and was from the most popular juvenile adventure radio program ever aired!  Look, up in the sky… and you know the rest….

    Live locally at 106.1 FM or streaming online at www.wscafm.org and click ont the “Listen Now” button at the top of the page.

    Requests or comments?  email: jlovering@wscafm.org More info about Audio Theatre or our Audio Theatre Players Troupe?  www.heirloomradio.com

    The Free Speech Zone - Sunday - May 22nd - 7 to 8 PM - Host: DJ Big Brother - Then Listen to : “Lives in the Balance” 8 to 9 PM
    May 20th, 2011

    Tune in to The Free Speech Zone on Sunday night May 22nd at 7 pm to hear a John Wells interview with geopolitical analyst Craig B. Hulet entitled: We’ve Lost the Country. Using the killing of Osama Bin Laden as a marker for just how lawless, propagandistic, and mindlessly “left-right” focused things have gotten in the United States, he says “We do not have to look beyond our shores to see the face of the enemy,” “it is in corporate America. ” These power brokers have no national, religious, or ethnic loyalties and are, instead, driven purely by accumulation of wealth and influence. On an international level, Hulet declares that “in twenty years, China is going to dominate the globe.” He explains that the “monopoly corporate structure” prefers the Chinese business model as opposed to the American free enterprise system. This is why so many jobs are shipped to China and will continue to be outsourced from America. Chillingly, Hulet says, that, on an individual level, he has no advice for resisting this trend and, “collectively, I just don’t have much hope.”

    On WSCA-LP 106.1 FM - Portsmouth Community Radio (streaming via www.portsmouthcommunityradio.org for those outside the broadcast signal limits) 

    Then stay tuned for some great music on Lives In The Balance from 8 to 9 pm.  This week we celebrate Bob Dylan’s milestone 70th birthday.

    Kind regards,  Brad  aka dj Big Brother
    djbigbrother@portsmouthcommunityradio.org

    “The people, unfortunately, are still very ignorant,
    and are kept in ignorance by the systematic efforts
    of all the governments, who consider this ignorance,
    not without good reason, as one of the essential
    conditions of their own power.”  ~ Mikhail Bakunin  1871
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    The Free Speech Zone   with dj Big Brother
              glimpses of sanity and truth
                     Sundays  7:00-8:00 pm
                       WSCA-LP   106.1 FM  
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    Lives In The Balance: songs of social and political import
        that you won’t hear on brain-dead corporate radio
                            with   dj  Big Brother                              
             Sundays  8:00-9:00 pm  WSCA-LP  106.1 FM 
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    “Do the best that you can in the place where you are and be kind”
    ~ Scott Nearing

    SUPPORT PORTSMOUTH COMMUNITY RADIO ~ JOIN NOW!
     www.portsmouthcommunityradio.org

    The Free Speech Zone shows are archived at:   http://www.wscafm.org/audio/FSZ/

    Lives In The Balance playlist is at:   http://wscafm.radioactivity.fm/

    Stage Door with Host April Mulkern - Saturday - May 21st - 8-10 am - At 9 am - Guest: Alan Wilbar
    May 19th, 2011

    This Saturday May 21st on my show Stage Door (9AM-10AM)  I will be interviewing local poet, actor and performance artist Alan Wilbar.  We will be discussing his role in Northeastern Ballet Theatre’s upcoming production of Midsummer Night’s Dream which is occurring at the Hussey Theater at Noble High School in North Berwick, ME on May 28th.  We will also be discussing his inspiring story of his recovery from a traumatic brain injury and how he was able to persevere and have a successful career as a theatrical performer and poet.  His play “The Learning Man” has been performed in many areas of the seacoast, tells the story of his injury and how he has been able to prevail.

    Be sure to tune in at 9:00AM-10:00AM to hear all about Alan’s inspiring story and his current and future artistic pursuits.

    Soul Vaccination - Thursday - May 19th - 6-8 PM - Host: Jenny Freeman
    May 19th, 2011

     

    Tonight, Soul Vaccination is going to Chicago.   We’ll be listening to Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, the Dells, Bo Diddley,  Chuck Berry, Little Milton and so much more. Be sure to tune in to Soul Vaccination tonight from 6-8 pm for what you need.   Only on WSCA-LP, Portsmouth Community Radio, 106.1 FM on your radio dial and streaming worldwide from  www.portsmouthcommunityradio.org.  –Jenny Freeman

    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - May 17th - 6 to 8 pm - Host: John Lovering - Featured Shows: “Burns and Allen” / “The Witch’s Tale” / “Blue Ribbon Town” with Groucho Marx / “Superman”
    May 15th, 2011

    This evening we will start off with a George Burns and Gracie Allen (photo)  Show from April 3, 1947 entitled “Easter Hat War Counsel”  Gracie and her friends hold a meeting to try to figure out a way to get their husbands to buy all of them new Easter hats for the upcoming Easter Parade.  You can bet if Gracie is behind any plan, it has got to be a bit on the wacky side!

    Adelaid Fitz-Allen stars as the “Old Witch” in this horror thriller that ran from 1931 to 1938! Writer-director-actor, Alonzo Deen Cole produced about 350 scripts, but only about 35 recordings remain today.  Cole starred in many of the productions, which were very popular and quite scary at the time they were aired.

    Keep in mind that radios in the home had only been available for about 10 years when this series began, so the medium was still experimenting and gathering larger and larger audiences.

    This program also spanned the Great Depression, during which radio sales actually went up… Americans had little money to do much else than stay at home and listen to this new thing called “radio.”  Of course that is assuming that they had a home, which many people lost.

    Tonight hear “The Bronze Venus” from July 2, 1931… and you will be amazed at the quality of the recording and the story in general considering what you will be listening to is 80 years old… but still 24 years younger than the “Old Nancy,” the Salem witch who narrates the tale. Oh, she brings her cat along as well… his name is “Satan.”

     

    Groucho Marx stars in Blue Ribbon Town with his special guest, Charles Laughton.  This show was originally aired on January 8, 1944 and features Groucho as a resident of the make-believe American small town named after the show’s sponsor… Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.  Tonight, Groucho has an auto accident and crashes into a light pole.  He then seeks the help of Charles Laughton.

    This series did not last too long as many critics felt that Groucho was using too many of his old vaudeville routines… and they were becoming a bit stale.  In addition, it is thought that most of his vaudeville act had visual humor, which was difficult to put across to a “listening” audience.  Of course, Groucho eventually found his signature program in the popular quiz show You Bet Your Life.

    The above said, this show is still an interesting piece of Groucho’s early years in radio, when he was still trying to find his “radio legs” so-to-speak.

    The Adventures of Superman returns once again as this ongoing serial presents Part 3 of 6 of The Donellis Protection Racket starring Clayton “Bud” Collyer as Clark Kent AND the mighty “Man of Steel”.. this show originally aired on April 19, 1940… and the series was the most popular juvenile adventure series on radio at the time…  Look, up in the sky… it’s a … well, you know how it goes by now, right?

    Join host, John Lovering for two hours of classic old time radio programming…. he loves to share his passion and knowledge of this big chunk of the American culture…. Tuesday 6 to 8 pm at 106.1 locally and www.wscafm.org and click on “Listen Now” at the top of the page to tune in on the Internet.

    Requests or questions: jlovering@wscafm.org More about old time radio and Audio Theatre Players ?  www.heirloomradio.com

    Don’t Dis My Ability - Tuesday - May 17th - 3:30 to 4:15 PM - Host: John, Ronnie, Ali - A Show For People Living with Disabilities and Those Who Care For and Love Them -
    May 15th, 2011

    This afternoon Ronnie, John and Ali welcome three guests who have made it there mission to aid people living with cancer.  Don’t miss this interesting program about the compassionate caring group of people who  are helping people living with cancer to live as normal lives as possible.

    Listen locally at 106.1 FM or streaming online at www.wscafm.org and click on “Listen Now” at the top of the page.

    The Free Speech Zone - Sunday - May 15th - 7 to 8 PM - Host: DJ Big Brother - Then: “Lives in the Balance” 8 to 9 PM
    May 12th, 2011

    Tune in to The Free Speech Zone on Sunday night May 15th at 7 pm to hear this week’s Radio Ecoshock Show with host Alex Smith entitled: FUKUSHIMA Poison Released. While the news gets less, the crisis  gets worse.  According to the mainstream media, the nuclear accident is all over. Just the opposite is happening. Historic high
    levels of radioactivity. Mega radiation released again. Unconfirmed rumors of another reactor fire. Japan admits Reactor #1 is in total melt-down and leaking.  #4 is leaning and could collapse. #3 is out of control. The latest shocking news from the world’s largest nuclear disaster.

    On WSCA-LP 106.1 FM - Portsmouth Community Radio (streaming via
    www.portsmouthcommunityradio.org for those outside the broadcast signal limits) 
    Then stay tuned for some great music on Lives In The Balance from 8 to 9 pm.   Kind regards,  Brad  aka dj Big Brother

    djbigbrother@portsmouthcommunityradio.org
    “The people, unfortunately, are still very ignorant, and are kept in ignorance by the systematic efforts of all the governments, who consider this ignorance,
    not without good reason, as one of the essential conditions of their own power.”  ~ Mikhail Bakunin  1871

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    The Free Speech Zone   with dj Big Brother glimpses of sanity and truth Sundays  7:00-8:00 pm  WSCA-LP   106.1 FM

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    Lives In The Balance: songs of social and political import that you won’t hear on brain-dead corporate radiowith  dj Big Brother              
    Sundays  8:00-9:00 pm  WSCA-LP  106.1 FM   

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    “Do the best that you can in the place where you are and be kind”  ~ Scott Nearing

    SUPPORT PORTSMOUTH   COMMUNITY RADIO ~ JOIN NOW!

    Thursday - May 12th - 6 to 8 PM - Soul Vaccination and BlueJazzPel - Team Up For Their Pledge Drive Show - Hosts: Jenny Freeman and Peter Langley - Read Details!
    May 12th, 2011

     

    Tonight I’ll be sharing the 6-8pm timeslot with Peter of the BlueJazzPel.  Our spring membership drive is in full swing and I’m hoping that some of you who love soul, funk and R&B (and non-commercial, locally produced programming), will call in to renew your membership or make a donation.  We rely on you, dear listener, to keep us on the air.

    And I have some new music to share with the listeners tonight – Otis Redding (photo) Live in London and Paris.  To say this album is electrifying is an understatement.  His version of Shake is sure to get you calling the station with your donation – and our number is 603.430.9722.  And you can also donate on-line at our website.  Any amount is truly appreciated.

    Tune in tonight for Soul Vaccination and BlueJazzPel, 6-8pm! Only on WSCA-LP, Portsmouth Community Radio, 106.1 FM on your radio dial and streaming worldwide from www.portsmouthcommunityradio.org

    Tags: , BlueJazzPel, , Otis Reading, Peter Langley, , Portsmouth Community Radio Pledge Drive, , , , WSCA Pledge Drive,
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    Audio Theatre - Tuesday - May 10 - 6 to 8 PM - Special “Seed the Power” Pledge Drive Show - Featuring a Live Audio Theatre Performance - 603-430-9722
    May 10th, 2011


    “Seed the Power” and help Portsmouth Community Radio stay on the air as we grow into our 7th season.  Please call 603-430-9722 to make a pledge of any amount during Audio Theatre, but listen for our special offers and our new “Members Discount Card”  that can net you discounts at an ever-growing list of local businesses who are supporting Portsmouth Community Radio!

     

    Tonight, in addition to conducting our Seed the Power Membership Drive, host John Lovering (above photo) and guest, Chuck Curtis; along with our phone man, Richard Jenisch will be there to receive your pledges and to entertain you with some unique Audio Theatre programming.

    You will hear an original story by Chuck Curtis starring Chuck and his ten-year-old granddaughter in “Trees, Bulls and Owls.”  Not only is this a very cute story with a very important message about the environment, but Chuck’s granddaughter does an incredible job in her debut on Audio Theatre!

    Then John Lovering and Chuck team up performing an original comedy by Chuck Curtis entitled  ”Auditions”…  a story about a club owner who wants to hire a standup comedian for his club, but secretly wants to be a standup comedian himself.  The only problem is that he has absolutely no talent.  Maybe the comedian he hires for his club can give him a few pointers!

    This evening you will also hear several short plays that we would consider “contemporary” as they come from a series entitled Earplay and were originally produced at WHA at the University of Wisconsin in the 1970′s.  The shows were funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with additional grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Most of the writers were students at the University of Wisconsin.. the plays are crisp, unique, and extremely well done.  They were originally aired on NPR.   Our recordings are all on vinyl, so you will be hearing stories on the same medium (vinyl records) on which they were originally distributed to NPR stations almost 40 years ago.

    From the Earplay series you will hear What Do You Tell the Laughing Wind? by Robert K. Anderson; A Short Sweet Life by Edna Schappert; Kindly Replace the Receiver, The Incinerator, and Alice Throu the Intercom all by Jean Raymond Maljean.

    We will be airing these short plays throughout tonight’s broadcast.  Don’t miss them…. they are very well done.   And while you are listening to these unique shows on Portsmouth Community Radio Audio Theatre, please call 603-430-9722 with a pledge of any amount.. renew a membership, become a member…. listen for Pledge Drive information between the featured shows.  Please show your support for Audio Theatre and Portsmouth Community Radio.

    Finally, tonight, John and Chuck will perform live in the studio … a recreation of a very funny skit by Mike Nichols and Elaine May entitled The Sixty-Five Dollar Funeral.

    This all happens tonight.. Tuesday - May 10th from  6 to 8 pm at 106.1 locally or streaming online at www.wscafm.org and go to the top of the page and click on “Listen Now”.
    Thank you in advance for your support.

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