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In the early years SPERDVAC was fortunate to have many of the giants of old time radio attend the monthly meetings and share their experiences of working in the golden age of radio. Most of the meetings were recorded and placed in SPERDVAC's library for members to listen and enjoy. These unique recordings should be shared with everyone interested in OTR. We will post a new one each month here on SPERDVAC's website.

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    On October 9, 1982 SPERDVAC honored Frank Nelson and Veola Vonn with a dinner at the famed Brown Derby on Vine Street in Hollywood. It was a sell out crowd of members and celebrities, including writer Milt Josefsberg and singer Larry Stevens from the Jack Benny show, who came to hear about their careers and reminiscences of working in radio. Veola spoke of playing the femme fatal on many of the shows and of her memories of Hanley Stafford and Fanny Brice. Frank told many amusing stories of working on various shows and why he decided to turn to comedies rather than continue his many dramatic roles. At the end of the evening they delighted the audience by performing a Bickersons skit. Enjoy!

  • SPERDVAC Presents 82-10-09 7th Annual Dinner with Frank Nelson and Veola Vonn

    The SPERDVAC meeting of May 10, 1986 was a very special one. Some of the original people from the series This Is Your FBI came to present a recreation for SPERDVAC including director/producer Jerry Devine, writer Jerry D. Lewis, composer Dr. Frederick Steiner and narrator William Woodson. The cast included Peggy Webber, Parley Baer, Lou Krugman and Sean McClory. Jerry Devine talks about the origin of the series and answers questions from the audience. It is preceded by a short talk by Ames Bishop discussing a book written about the 50 year history of radio station WNEW in New York City, proceeds to benefit ALS.

  • SPERDVAC Presents 5-10-86 This Is Your FBI

    This month's post is the September 10, 1983 SPERDVAC meeting with a panel of actors who began their careers as child actors in radio, Billy Idelson, Eddie Firestone, Bob Hastings and Dick York. They talk about the shows they did, the people they worked with, the bloopers that happened and answer questions from the audience. It's filled with information and lots of laughs. All four actors went on to have extensive careers in television.

  • SPERDVAC Presents 9-10-83 Child Actors

    This month SPERDVAC Presents the meeting of July 14, 1979 with actor, writer, director and producer Elliott Lewis. Elliott Lewis the actor could do it all. He was equally at home in dramas, comedies, romances or serials. Perhaps the first role one thinks of when hearing his name is that of Remley on the Phil Harris Alice Faye Show. Elliott tells SPERDVAC how he got that role. At the time of this meeting he and Fletcher Markle were producing and directing Sears Radio Theater and shares some stories about that, too.

  • SPERDVAC Presents 7-14-79 Elliott Lewis

    John Milton Kennedy was a longtime friend of SPERDVAC, having emceed several events for SPERDVAC before appearing at the February 12, 1983 meeting to talk about his career. He began as a stage actor, winning a Shakespearean contest in 1930, and has many delightful stories to tell about the early days of radio. (Did you know the call letters for station KGFJ stood for keeping good folks joyful?) He is best remembered by radio fans as the announcer on Lux Radio Theater from 1942 to 1952, saying Lux presents Hollywood! Now, SPERDVAC Presents John Milton Kennedy!

  • SPERDVAC Presents 2-12-83 John Milton Kennedy

    Singer Bea Wain and announcer Andre Baruch were the honored guests at SPERDVAC's 6th Annual Dinner on June 13, 1981 at the fabled Brown Derby on Vine Street in Hollywood. They talk about how they got started in radio. Andre started as a pianist and ended up accidently as an announcer because the audition line was shorter. Andre does most of the talking but Bea sometimes gets a word in here and there. Also in attendance was their longtime friend L.A. Speed Riggs, famed tobacco auctioneer on many radio shows. You'll learn what his initals stand for. It was a very entertaining evening and SPERDVAC is happy to share it with you.

  • SPERDVAC Presents 6-13-81 Andre Baruch and Bea Wain

    June Foray was a great friend to SPERDVAC, always willing to help. She attended most of our conventions and shared her talent whenever asked. At this September 20, 1980 meeting she shared her memories of how she got started working in radio and the people she worked with, including Steve Allen, Smilin' Ed McConnell and Stan Freberg. Also included are many clips of her work and her many voices that are still entertaining audiences around the world today. It's hard to believe this was 37 years ago!

  • SPERDVAC Presents 9-20-80 June Foray

    Writer Phil Leslie was SPERDVAC's guest speaker at the March 14, 1981 meeting. Phil wrote for the Beulah Show, The Great Gildersleeve, and for 13 years for Fibber McGee and Molly. He is interviewed by a young John Tefteller and clips of some shows are played. This was also SPERDVAC's annual election meeting, presided over by president Joe Crawford who steps down after five years as president. Joe mentions many names who helped make SPERDVAC successful in the early years.

  • SPERDVAC Presents 3-14-81 Phil Leslie

    What do Missy Wong, Archie Goodwin, Paladin, Ma Friday, Clyde Beatty and Chester Wesley Proudfoot all have in common? The six actors who portrayed those characters were all guests at the August 14, 1982 SPERDVAC meeting. We're very pleased to share this magical afternoon with you as Virginia Gregg, Harry Bartell, John Dehner, Peggy Webber, Vic Perrin and Parley Baer talk about their radio careers and reminisce with each other. This panel was a radio fan's dream come true! As a bonus, the meeting begins with SPERDVAC member Cal Witt describing his visits with Bob Bailey who was living in a convalescent home in nearby Lancaster, California.

  • SPERDVAC Presents 08-14-1982 CBS Panel

    This month's selection for SPERDVAC Presents is Stan Freberg's first appearance from June 12, 1976. Jay Ranellucci, SPERDVAC member and Frebergís engineer for the preceding twenty years, introduces him to the capacity crowd at the First Christian Church in Reseda. Stan Freberg was SPERDVACís first guest speaker and became honorary member number #1. He shares his thoughts on radio and plays many of his classic routines and commercials in ninety minutes of hilarity.

  • SPERDVAC Presents 06-12-1976 Stan Freberg

    The first is writer/director Jack Johnstone's August 7, 1987 appearance. At the mention of Johnstone's name Yours Truly Johnny Dollar immediately springs to mind. He was also involved in many other well known series such as The Man Called X, Hollywood Star Playhouse and The Sixshooter. It's a very entertaining 90 minutes with lots of information. It was this day that many of us first learned who John Dawson really was.

  • SPERDVAC Presents 08-07-1987 Jack Johnstone

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