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The Society To Preserve and Encourage
Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy


SPERDVAC is a non-profit educational public benefit corporation with six goals:

  1. To provide the finest collection of quality radio programs that members may listen to and duplicate for their own collections.

  2. To seek out and honor the people who made radio's "Golden Age" possible.

  3. To promote and encourage drama, variety and comedy programs—old and new—on radio today.

  4. To collect and maintain for members and other interested people, a library of radio history and to use this material in the publication of a “newsletter" or special brochures in preparation of an accurate and complete account of radio history from its earliest days to the present.

  5. To contribute to the support of non-commercial radio stations interested in and aiding the goals of the society, including broadcasting "old-time" radio programs.

  6. To alert members to trends in drama, variety and comedy broadcasting; and to publish special radio program listings and news releases to inform members and the general public.
To find out more about joining,
Call: 877-251-5771
email: SPERDVAC@aol.com
Fax: 866-593-1689
Write to: Post Office Box 125, Oroville, CA 95965.

Patrick Lucanio's
RadioGram
SPERDVAC's monthly Newsletter
Articles

Old Time Radio related articles by some of the most respected authors in the field

Jim Cox * Doug Hopkinson * Walter Beaupre
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Events

Upcoming Events

Convention Flyer

Click here to to see the current convention schedule

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September
Our meeting will be September 13th at the
Tarzana-Encino Library, 18231 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356.
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Time: 12:00 Noon till 2:00 pm.

Guest: Leonard Zane

Leonard Zane will present his production of The Shadow.
Zane - Origin of the Shadow
Leonard Zane

October
Our meeting will be October 11th at the
West Valley Regional Branch Library. 19036 Vanowen Street Reseda, CA 91335..

Details to follow

Previous Events

May

RADIO HAS A FUTURE!

SPERDVAC MEETING

Our September meeting will be September 14 at the
West Valley Regional Branch Library. 19036 Vanowen Street Reseda, CA 91335.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
12 – 2 PM

SPECIAL GUEST: CAMDEN SINGER
INTERVIEWER: Larry Gassman

For parking, drive past the library heading west on Vanowen. Turn left at the first street. Library parking in the Police lot is ok on Saturdays.

Camden Singer picture Camden has an active career as a singer and actress. You heard her as a radio actress at the 2013 SPERDVAC convention in The Bickersons. You saw her in numerous television commercials, on television programs, such as The Mentalist and Desperate Housewifes, and films, such as Someday Hero and Bridesmaid #3.
Best of all, she inherited a love of radio from her father, Stuffy Singer. Radio is alive and well with such future radio stars
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NOTE: We will no longer be able to hold meetings at the Mid Valley Regional Library on Nordhoff Street.

NOTE ALSO: We will attempt to broadcast from YesterdayUSA. We may be late coming on the air.

March
Our meeting will be March 8th at the
Mid Valley library. 16244 Nordhoff St, North Hills, Ca 91343.
It is located west of the Nordhoff exit from the 405 freeway.

SPERDVAC ANNUAL MEETING
12:00 Noon

SPECIAL GUEST: JIMMY WELDON


Webster Webfoot, Jimmy Weldon, Kate Smith
Photo from Jimmy Weldon.com

NOTE: 12:15 PM is the last minute to hand deliver ballots for the SPERDVAC E-board election.
Ballots will be counted at this meeting.
Counting might not be completed before the end of the meeting.

February
Our February meeting will be February 8th at the
Mid Valley library. 16244 Nordhoff St, North Hills, Ca 91343.
It is located west of the Nordhoff exit from the 405 freeway.

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Online at: Yesterday USA (Blue Network) noon Pacific Standard Time.
Call in to be on the air at 714-545-2071

Our meeting will feature an interview with
Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner is the author of Quiz Kids: The Radio Program with the Smartest Children in America. Walden Hughes will interview. Former quiz kid, Ruth Duskin, who will talk about being a quiz kid.

We will have Martin Gardner's book available at the meeting and available through SPERDVAC. The list price is $39.95, but the publisher, McFarland, will give SPERDVAC a 40% discount, which will bring the cost to $26.97 plus $3 postage for a total of $31. These can be ordered by return email or during the meeting at 714-545-2071. If paying by mail, make the check out to SPERDVAC, Attention Jerry Williams, treasurer, P O Box 125, Oroville, CA 95965.

September
Our September meeting will be September 14 at the
West Valley Regional Branch Library. 19036 Vanowen Street Reseda, CA 91335.

Our guest will be Gary Ono.

Gary Ono pictureDuring World War II, young Japanese American men fought for our country with unequaled battle records. Other Japanese Americans served as translators. To our national shame, some were interred during the war in Camps like Manzinar. Still others manned the microphones, and assisted the war effort by broadcasting into Japan. From the same studio in Denver, Colorado, the British Warfare Mission and the U. S. Office of War Information broadcast via short wave into Japan. Both organizations recruited young Japanese Americans who spoke fluent Japanese, had gone to Japan to study, and were completely familiar with the current Japanese culture. After the war these broadcasters did not generally talk about their experiences. It came as a surprise to Gary Ono to learn that his father, Sam Masami Ono, had been one of these broadcasters for the British.

With a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and with his own personal Redress and Reparation funds, Gary Ono has produced a documentary of these "other side of Tokyo Rose" broadcasters. Calling Tokyo features newsreel footage and interviews with some of these broadcasters, describing what they did and what it was like.

Gary will show most of his documentary (total time is 47:30 minutes) and discuss these vital broadcasters. The meeting is free, and open to the public and we hope to see you there if you are in the area.

May
Our next meeting will be May 11 at the
Mid Valley library. 16244 Nordhoff St, North Hills, Ca 91343.
It is located west of the Nordhoff exit from the 405 freeway.

Our guests are three child stars of early radio. Gloria McMillan appeared on The Great Guildersleeve, Our Miss Brooks, and Lux Radio Theater to name a few. She will be joined by veteran actor Tommy Cook known for his work on Red Ryder (as Little Beaver), Blondie, and Life of Riley. Conrad Binyon was a long time performer on One Man's Family, Mayor of the Town and Smilin' Ed's Buster brown Gang.

Gloria McMillanTommy CookConrad_Binyon

The meeting is free, and open to the public and we hope to see you there if you are in the area.

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