Old Time Radio at Clayton Opera House


By Craig Thornton

Old time radio comes to the big screen in Clayton on Wednesday, July 30-Free Event

WRVO Public Media (89.3FM/91.7FM in Northern NY) is bringing the golden age of radio to the silver screen with Tuned to Yesterday “At the Movies” on Wednesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Clayton Opera House. Join radio, literature and film enthusiasts for a live showing of the 1944 mystery-thriller “Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman” starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Gale Sondergaard. Based on the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, this adventure follows Holmes’ investigation of a series of so-called “pajama suicides.”

Mark Lavonier, host of Tuned to Yesterday and senior producer at WRVO Public Media, will deliver an historical presentation before the film showing. Lavonier will guide attendees through the history of Holmes on radio and how the original novels influenced the radio productions. A reception, provided by the Clipper Inn, follows the show at 8:30pm with light fare and beverages.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. Arrive early as seating is general admission.

Tuned to Yesterday, an old time radio program hosted by senior producer Mark Lavonier, showcases classic radio shows restored from reel to reel tapes. Today the collection includes nearly 5,000 reels and over 16,000 radio broadcasts, including shows like: “The Whistler,” “The Jack Benny Show,” “Fibber McGee and Molly,” “Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy,” and “Gunsmoke.” Tuned to Yesterday airs each night on WRVO from 10 p.m. until midnight. Many shows are also archived on our website for playback on your desktop computer or mobile device.

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