Saturday, October 3, 2009

Show business approacheth

The Halloween Extravaganza draws closer and closer. I'll put the final press release up here when I get a minute.

We're making an effort to expand our radio reach, currently working with WNAV (1430 AM) in Annapolis to make this broadcast live on the radio. Although we produce the show as a "live to tape" production with little if any post production, we haven't actually been live on the air in many years. We began live on the radio, of course, at WSCL in Salisbury where I used to be the news producer. That went on for a few years, but then we moved to the Avalon and were not set up for live broadcasting. I seem to remember once a couple years ago doing a live feed with WRYR, the low-power FM station in Churchton, MD, but this would be a somewhat bigger deal. We're still on WRYR, and on WRYR.ORG, but this would be our first live foray into commerical radio. So we're trying to work out the details. You may know WNAV is owned by Pat Sajak, of Wheel of Fortune fame, and a major donor to the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis--there's a building named after him. A good guy. If we do this deal, and he's in the area, we're hoping he'll come down to the theater and have a few words of showbiz wisdom for us.

Anyway, stay tuned to the blog--as soon as we ink the deal, it'll be up here. Thanks to our music director Bob Diener (a major IT geek as well as a monster keyboard player) and Steve Napp of WNAV for facilitating this effort.

I'm also happy to announce the return of the Bellows Babes to the show. This accordion duo played on many productions of the show in the past, ending their "career" in 1998, the last time we put up The War of the Worlds. Rita Foust now lives in Florida and can't make the show--although she tried!--but Brenda Wood (formerly Miller) is uncrating her accordion and has a new partner in crime, Annie Hagert, coming down from Philadelphia for the occasion. I promise it'll be as cheesy as it can get--that's the way we like it, and that's the way it's going to stay.

Still looking for a sponsor for the RFD Halloween show. If you have a small (or large) business or know anyone who does, this is an entertaining way to get the word out and be involved with a long-running community production. Get in touch with me through the comments section on this blog and I'll tell you about it.

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