There is a bunch of comic book-related activity coming up at the 2010 Friends of Old Time Radio Convention.
Jerrry Robinson is also going to appear at the 2010 Friends of Old Time Radio Convention, alongside Wildcat and Dondi creater Irwin Hasen. Hasen is appearing to discuss his work on a comic strip he did based on the radio show “The Goldbergs” while Robinson is attending as his winglegend. Both will discuss their careers and generally be available to sign autographs and talk with fans. If you don’t want to meet your heroes across a rope or at the end of a line, this is the convention for you.
In addition, the Saturday dinner program will include an all-star recreation of an episode of The Adventures of Superman, the radio program that did so much to establish the Superman legend.
The 35th Annual Friends of Old Time Radio Convention (http://www.fotr.net/) will take place October 21-24 2010 at the Ramada Plaza hotel in Newark, NJ. The four day event features live recreations of classic old time radio programs with all-star casts as well as memorabilia, music, panel discussions, autographs and historical presentations. The convention is a great way to meet and show appreciation for the veterans who made old time radio great as well as get to know some of the younger actors who are working to keep the tradition alive.
The invited guest list looks great so far. I know everyone will enjoy seeing the great Simon Jones ("Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") again. Shirley Mitchell (Lelia Ransom on Gildersleeve), New York area television host Chuck McCann, WXYZ veteran Elaine Hyman ("The Lone Ranger"), ABC announcer Bill Owen and Gloria McMillan (Harriet Conklin on Our Miss Brooks) are also back for more. Local New York talk show legend Joe “Nostalgia King” Franklin will recreate his show live on stage, bringing his own surprises guests along. Another great returning guest is Ivan Curry, star of “Bobby Benson and the B-Bar B Riders” on old time radio. The guest list changes frequently, so keep checking the website for updates.
Thursday - Sunday programs include an afternoon program that consists of a recreation, panel discussions and dealer rooms. The evening program features a buffet dinner in which there is at least one special guest at each table and all-star recreations. It's a great way to socialize with the stars as well as see them perform. On Sunday, there is a buffet breakfast and panel with remaining guests.
Shows scheduled for recreation this year include The Great Gildersleeve, The Adventures of Sam Spade, The First Nighter, Fibber McGee & Molly, Columbia Workshop, Screen Guild Theater and The Adventures of Superman.
Full information on the convention including room rates (historically low right now at $75/AAA) and registration information for the convention itself is available at http://www.fotr.net/.
Please contact Sean Dougherty, publicity coordinator, at 201-739-2541 or SeanDD@optonline.net or @doughertysean on Twitter, or The Friends of Old Time Radio Convention on Facebook for more information.